Become absorbed in the rich living culture of Southeast Alaska's Native Americans and witness a rip-roaring lumberjack competition on this comprehensive and fun tour of Ketchikan.
Your excursion commences with a short transfer to Saxman Native Village. For generations, Tlingit villages have maintained a tradition of welcoming visitors in regal style and at Saxman, guests are still afforded this same time-honored welcome.
In this native community, tribal elders and others have worked hard to pass on many of the traditions that have long defined the culture of Southeast Alaska. A visit to Saxman gives the visitor a first-hand opportunity to see the results of these efforts. A guided nature trail walk brings you to the Tribal Clan House where you will enjoy a short video program that introduces visitors to the culture and history of Saxman. Following that, you will make your way into the Beaver Clan House where you will be welcomed by native dancers and singers. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the final dance before it's time to move on to the Saxman Totem Park, one of the largest gatherings of totem poles in the world.
At the totem park, your guide will help unravel the mysteries of these towering, majestic poles that stand as sentries over the present generation. From here, it's on to the Village Carving Center where world-famous carvers work and pass on their skills to eager apprentices. Before leaving here, a visit to the village store provides guests with the opportunity to purchase some of the finest Alaskan native art available or a small memento of your visit.
Rejoining your coach, you will see the sights of Creek Street on your way to your final stop, the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show. Let the fun begin as you watch hardy lumberjacks bring to life Alaska's colorful forest history with an action-packed competition in the partially covered and heated outdoor arena. Cheer on your team of World Champion lumberjacks in events such as chopping, sawing, tree climbing and much more. You will be kept on the edge of your seats as the entertaining host relives rich logging tales of a bygone era.
Following the show, you will make your own way back to the ship at your leisure.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking/standing, some of it on gravel pathways. The tour is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layers of weather appropriate clothing that is suited for the outdoors and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. There may be a short wait prior to the lumberjack show. If this is the case, time can be spent on your own or in the adjacent shop. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.