Taste of Sitka Sea Walk Tour is a tour of downtown Sitka, Alaska focused on historical and current points of interest. Bob Purvis, a retired educator, has been involved with the tour industry in Sitka since 1997. He has created a tour along historic Lincoln Street where visitors can meet local merchants and experience locally made products. Tour guest also will learn of the Tlingit and Russian history of Sitka.
Sitka is a small community on the West side of Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska with a rich cultural history dating back to time immemorial. As a longtime resident of Southeast Alaska and Sitka, Bob enjoys sharing the uniqueness of this small community with visitors.
The two hour plus tour begins at Castle Hill and will provide visitors an opportunity to walk along Lincoln Street, stopping for historical highlights and unique locally made products. Highlights include Castle Hill, site of the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States. Other sites of note include St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Russian Bishop’s House and the new Sea Walk (see photo at right) with views of the historic Sheldon Jackson College, the Alaska State Museum and Sitka Sound Science Center.
The tour ends at the Sitka National Historic Monument where guests can proceed on their own to visit the Park, go on to the nearby Raptor Center, or return to explore any of the previous sites.
Sitka boasts a variety of excellent locally made products including Theobroma chocolate, Devil's Club soap, suave and Alaska Pure Sea Salt. Meet the artisans, learn about their process and purchase a special local made treasure to share with family and friends. A discount card is provided to each guest at the end of the tour.
Join a Taste of Sitka tour and learn about Sitka’s rich history from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. See the six business descriptions below for more information. The tour is less than a mile in length and is fully accessible to vision impaired and mobility impaired individuals. Cost for the 2 hour tour is $40 per person. For more information or to book a tour, call Bob at 907-738-6574.