Sitka, Alaska, US
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Meals not included
Enjoy a narrated motorcoach tour to Fortress of the Bear -- a working rehabilitation center for orphaned brown and black bears. The facility is presently home to eight bears of various ages. While you are observing them, the on-site interpretive staff will tell you about the animals and the remarkable story of the couple who established the rescue facility.
Then, take to the water aboard an expedition vessel to explore a glacier-carved fjord. Along the way, you will step ashore at a remote Alaskan homestead where your wilderness guides share the knowledge the original inhabitants of Southeast Alaska have used to thrive here for thousands of years. Enjoy spectacular views of the bay from the beach or while sitting around the campfire, complete with s'mores and cocoa.
Back aboard your expedition craft, you will cruise north in search of Steller sea lions and other wildlife species common to the area. At Sawmill Creek, you will transfer to a waiting coach to continue your exploration by road.
Some walking is required on mostly level surfaces between modes of transportation and at all venues. Participants must negotiate a few steps with minimal assistance to (dis)embark transportation. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat. Tour sequence may vary, with the cruise before Fortress of the Bear. Your tour may end downtown at the Sitka Visitor Center or at the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal. Free shuttle buses, departing every few minutes, provide transportation between downtown and the Cruise Terminal.