- Wilderness Adventurer
- Expedition Ship
- 60 Capacity
- 8 Days
- 2014, 2015
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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, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$1,595 to $2,695
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. Hike in the Olympic rainforest surrounded by old growth woods and quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. Sample the regions finest cuisine with a tasting of local oysters and clams.
The intertidal wetlands of Quilcene Bay make the ideal setting for kayaking, skiff exploration, and excellent birding opportunities. Cruise along lesser visited channels keeping watch for gray whales, orcas, seals and sea lions, and learn the history of Puget Sound’s “Triangle of Fire.” Dock in historic Port Townsend for a special evening presentation on local Native cultures.
The timing for today all depends on tides and currents, but the morning has time for bird watching, possibly around Protection Island, a federally protected National Wildlife Refuge and nesting site for tufted puffins and rhinoceros auklets. Cap off the day with afternoon hikes, shore walks, and kayaking near scenic Deception Pass.
Discover one of the most scenic areas of the San Juan Islands. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals, and it is orca whale territory. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking, paddle boarding or a chance to snorkel. For a magnificent view from Orcas Island, hike Mt. Constitution, the highest peak in the San Juan Islands.
Pull anchor, as the Captain leads the way exploring narrow passages throughout the archipelago in search for whales, sea lions, and other marine life. Later enjoy personal time to explore the historic whale museum, colorful art galleries, and charming boutiques of Friday Harbor which was once an important whaling center.
Spend the day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island a Washington State Marine Park with a residential population of four. Explore and learn about the intertidal zone from knowledgeable expedition leaders, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll be a barbeque ashore. Wrap up the day with an evening 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.
Beer Themed Departure: 4/19/2014
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Accommodations aboard ship; all onboard meals; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-boat adventure activities and equipment (excludes snorkel gear and wetsuit); hot tub, sauna and yoga.
Airfare from your home city; snorkeling gear and wetsuits ($35 rental fee); items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages and massages; gratuities; travel insurance; port taxes and fees ($150 per person); fuel surcharge may apply.