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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Sanctuary and Rainforest Wildlife Center

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Sanctuary and Rainforest Wildlife Center

By My Holidays Online
per adult
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Ages 0-95, max of 15 per group
Duration: 2h 45m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, tea and a smoked salmon snack.
  • Snacks
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Herring Cove

    Pickup details
    • This tour meets in front of the Ketchikan Visitor's Center . Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers. Return Point: Ketchikan cruise port
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • Ketchikan Visitors Center
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9444P54

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9444P54

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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
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        Cancelled with no reason or excuse
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