The Pacific Northwest’s Coastal Treasures
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Surround yourself in a region with stunning natural beauty, charming towns and a colorful atmosphere. Delight in a two-night stay in the captivating city of Seattle. Your sightseeing tour includes a visit to lively Pike Place Market, the famous fish and vegetable market. Embark on an incredible adventure as you cruise around the breathtaking San Juan Islands. Stay overnight in the quaint village of Friday Harbor. Savor a two-night stay in Victoria, one of Canadas most exhilarating cities and where the views of ocean, gardens and mountains surround you at every turn. The choice is yours! Choose to explore Victoria independently, utilizing an included hop-on, hop-off trolley pass or perhaps youll choose to explore Butchart Gardens followed by a local sightseeing tour of the city with your guide. Stay in Port Angeles, WA, a charming art town steeped in history considered to be the authentic Northwest. Marvel at the rain forest inside Olympic National Park where a local naturalist takes you on a leisurely hike. This tour will engulf you in all of the allures of the spectacular Pacific Northwest.
Day 1: Seattle, Washington – Tour Begins
Your scenic tour through the Pacific Northwest featuring the breathtaking San Juan Islands and Victoria, B.C. opens in Seattle, one of Americas most picturesque cities. Get to know your fellow travelers at tonights welcome dinner.
Day 2: Seattle
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the Emerald City, including the colorful restored waterfront area, historic Pioneer Square, and lively Pike Place Market, a famous fish and vegetable market dotted with restaurants and shops. The afternoon is yours to explore all that Seattle has to offer.
Day 3: Seattle – Cruising the San Juan Islands – Friday Harbor
Board your chartered boat to begin a truly incredible adventure to the San Juan Islands. Set sail to this archipelago consisting of 172 pristine islands. Relax in comfort inside or venture out on deck to take advantage of the endless photo opportunities. Make a stop at the stunning horseshoe-shaped Sucia Island State Park, a world-renowned boating destination. Sit back and enjoy the tranquility or take a hike around the area. Rejoin your crew onboard to continue on your engaging narrated cruise. Overnight in Friday Harbor, a quaint village surrounded by serene natural beauty and filled with shops and restaurants.
Day 4: Friday Harbor – Victoria, B.C., Canada
This morning set out under way and head north, passing the famous Roche Harbor on your way to witness orca whales in their natural habitat. This region is a famous gathering place for these majestic creatures. Along the way, watch for river otters, sea lions and the common minke whales that also call this area home. Then, you are in for a treat savor a cracked Dungeness crab lunch served right onboard! Later, arrive in Victoria, home to some of Canadas most exhilarating scenery. Youll be surrounded by stunning panoramas of oceans, mountains and the citys impressive gardens that are famous the world over.
Day 5: Victoria
Today the choice is yours! Perhaps youll choose to independently explore the city with a one day pass on the hop-on hop-off double decker coach. Or, maybe you would prefer to travel to Butchart Gardens to explore the most popular attraction in Victoria followed by a sightseeing tour of the city; immerse yourself in 55 acres of the most diverse gardens in the world and see firsthand why they were hailed by National Geographic as one of the top ten magnificent gardens in the world; then, discover the history of Victoria on your sightseeing tour and learn about its heritage, architecture and colorful gardens while taking in its peaceful atmosphere.
Day 6: Victoria – Port Angeles, Washington
Relax during your leisurely morning in Victoria or explore the city on your own. Then, board the M.V. Coho ferry for a 90-minute ride to Port Angeles, Washington. This charming art town is steeped in history and is considered to be the authentic Northwest. Perched on the shoreline in the shadows of the magnificent Mount Baker and the sprawling Olympic National Park, the views will take your breath away.
Day 7: Port Angeles
Join a local naturalist and guide to explore Olympic National Park. Take a leisurely hike with your guide through the enchanted Hoh Rain Forest, one of the few and most remarkable temperate rain forests in the United States. Learn about its three distinct ecosystems rugged glacier-capped mountains, wild Pacific coast, and magnificent old-growth temperate rain forest. Pause along the way to enjoy a picnic lunch while surrounded by nature.
Day 8: Port Angeles – Seattle Airport Area
Enjoy the ride to Hurricane Ridge to take in the panoramas of the mountains, the Pacific Ocean, Canada and a variety of wildlife. There will plenty of incredible scenery to enjoy before driving to the Seattle airport area for an overnight stay. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.
Day 9: Seattle Airport Area – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, but the memories of the captivating Pacific Northwest will stay with you forever.