- Wilderness Adventurer
- Expedition Ship
- 60 Capacity
- 8 Days
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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
$1,695 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.
Make it an ideal morn, by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub or a paddle along shore at Marrowstone Island, or both! Learn the history of Puget Sound’s “Triangle of Fire” this afternoon before docking in historic Port Townsend, a charming town with a wonderful art and pub scene.
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.
Today lands you in 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 territory too! Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. Later you’ll have time on your own to explore the intriguing whale museum, art galleries, and boutiques of charming Friday Harbor.
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.
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.
All onboard meals; non-alcoholic beverages; 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; wellness program; hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga mats. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare from your home city; snorkeling gear and wetsuits; items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages; gratuities; travel insurance; port taxes and fees; fuel surcharge may apply.