Summary : Begin this amazing journey in the picturesque waterfront city of Seattle. Transit through the historic Chittenden Locks or cruise the Seattle waterfront, then cruise the Puget Sound on the trip of a lifetime. Highlights include visits to Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the San Juan archipelago, and Deception Pass. Kayak, stand up paddleboard, and skiff in island channels formed by glaciers; hike in temperate rainforest, old growth forest, state parks, and at Mt. Constitution; watch for whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds; and taste local oysters, clams, cider, and microbrews.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins
$3,845 to $5,695
Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail via either the historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or picturesque Shilshole Bay and cruise along the city's shoreline before dropping anchor in a tucked away cove.
Wake up surrounded by the wilderness of the Salish Sea. Today, there are many opportunities to investigate this sea-salty playground of islands. A guided kayak excursion reveals local inhabitants—sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, perhaps even inquisitive harbor seals. Walk along a curiosity-rich intertidal zone or stretch your legs on a mossy hike. Tides and current permitting, sail through the swirling waters of Deception Pass. Cap off your first day of adventure with a front-row view of the sunset from the bow.
You’ve landed 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. When kayaking, keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface. Join your expedition team 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 to your base camp at Orcas Island for a day of play where the options are unending. Hike Mt. Constitution, a local favorite. It’s the highest peak in the San Juan Islands at 2,409 feet high and has a mind-blowing view of the archipelago. If you’re interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and stand up paddleboards are up for grabs. You might also visit the charming community of Eastsound. It's nestled above Fishing Bay and has been around since the late 1880s.
The treats keep coming! With no paved roads or even ferry access, enjoy your day on picturesque Sucia Island, a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. You feel a million miles away from it all, exploring the intertidal zone with your guides, hiking across the island, and kayaking in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’s even a barbecue ashore.
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 for explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea. 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. Or perhaps, a chance to kayak and stand up paddleboard, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the sea’s rich emerald waters.
Hike (or snowshoe if the snow is still there!) in Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and top-of-the-world 360-degree views. Your trek at Hurricane Ridge takes you across fields of sub-alpine flowers in warmer weather and snow-covered hills in the colder months. On a clear day, you can see Canada across to the Straits of Juan de Fuca. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.
This morning, cruise into Seattle either via the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or at Shilshole Bay. After breakfast, the captain and crew bid you a fond farewell.
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. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Shipboard accommodations; premium spirits, wine, beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; entry fees to national parks/preserves; from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; all meals onboard the ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional activities; port fees and taxes; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; gratuities; travel insurance; fuel surcharge may apply.