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, stand up paddleboarding, and skiff explorations in glacial fjords and the San Juan archipelago.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Dedicated Solo Cabins
$3,845 to $5,395
Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. 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 surrounded by the wilderness of the Salish Sea. Today, there are many opportunities to investigate this sea-salty playground of islands. A guided kayak 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 and a total year-round population of four. 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 morn 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 paddleboard, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the sea’s rich emerald waters.
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 Olympic Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) surrounded by rain forest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. Enjoy the bounty of the sea, a tasting of locally-grown oysters and clams. This evening, wrap it up with a farewell dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.
After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport or to your overnight hotel stay.
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.
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.