Summary : Begin this amazing journey in the picturesque waterfront city of Seattle. Transit through historic Chittenden Locks and cruise out into the Puget Sound on a trip of a lifetime exploring scenic winding channels and old growth forest on your way to the San Juan Islands. Enjoy unhurried time for watching gray whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds. Hike in the Olympic Mountains, up Mt. Constitution, and through Washington State Parks. Learn the history and cultures of Natives of the Pacific Northwest while aboard a comfortable expedition vessel with kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiff explorations in glacial fjords and the San Juan archipelago.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
$2,095 to $4,995
Embark the vessel and set sail from Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise the city’s picturesque waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked away bay.
Wake up in one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound—Hood Canal, a glacial fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. You’ll be hiking in the Olympics today—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. And enjoy the bounty of the sea—your crew treats you to a tasting of locally-grown oysters and clams.
Make it an ideal morning by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub, a paddle along the shores of the Olympic Peninsula, or both! Your Captain sets the course today—explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea await. You may find yourself hiking deep into the mossy, towering old growth of the Olympic Peninsula or beachcombing for anemone and hermit crabs along the shores of Puget Sound. Kayak and paddle board in protected bays, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters.
Today lands you in one of the most scenic areas of the Salish Sea. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals—and it’s also orca territory. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. Join your expedition crew on deck searching for whales, seals, and sea lions as you cruise through the myriad San Juans—no two islands are the same. Drop anchor near San Juan Island—the second largest landmass in the archipelago—to explore tide pools and skiff or kayak into hidden coves, as conditions permit.
Your Captain navigates through the islands this morning to your basecamp at Orcas Island—for a day of play where the options are unending. A local favorite, hike Mt. Constitution—it’s the highest peak in the San Juan Islands and it provides a stunning view of the archipelago. If you’re interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs too.
Enjoy your day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your expedition team, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll even be a barbeque ashore.
The timing for today all depends on tides and currents, but the morning has you underway for bird watching, possibly around Protection Island—a federally protected National Wildlife Refuge and nesting site for tufted puffins and rhinoceros auklets. Cap off a delightful final day with afternoon hikes, shore walks, and kayaking near scenic Deception Pass. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.
After breakfast, say goodbye to newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer to the Seattle airport.
Due to the nature of the exploration, the itinerary is a guideline and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.
All onboard meals; non-alcoholic beverages; most alcoholic beverages (starting in 2017); exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; alcoholic beverages (2016 only); some premium alcoholic beverages (starting in 2017); optional gratuities; snorkeling; travel insurance; port taxes and fees; fuel surcharge may apply.