A wild world of natural wonder awaits you in the Pacific Northwest. Begin with a day in Seattle, including a city tour, before we depart on our 7-night, small-ship journey. Explore islands, hike in rainforests and up mountains, paddle in Puget Sound waterways and the San Juan Islands, and watch for birds, orca, and other marine life. Explore waters inaccessible to larger ships, mingling with locals (both the civilized and wild-and-woolly kind), and creating lifelong memories—all focused on activities and excursions that complement the wilderness, wildlife, culture and heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Friday, 22 Sep 2017: Arrive Seattle, WA; Welcome Reception (R)
Schedule your arrival no later than 4:00pm and take local transportation to the hotel. The tour will begin at the hotel at 6:00pm with our Welcome Reception to get acquainted and discuss our trip. Overnight Seattle - 1 night
Saturday, 23 Sep 2017: Seattle, Washington - Embarkation (D)
We begin the day with a walking tour of the Emerald City concluding at Pike Place Market, the oldest continuously operating market in the nation and the heart and soul of downtown. Seattle's public market offers a multi-sensory experience of sights, sounds, tastes, aromas and textures. Here you can grab lunch and perhaps eat outside at Waterfront Park soaking in the gorgeous views of Puget Sound and watching the ferries ply the water. After the tour, we will transfer to the pier for our cruise.
Sunday, 24 Sep 2017: Salish Sea / Deception Pass (B,L,D)
Wake up surrounded by the wilderness of the Salish Sea. Today, there will be many opportunities to investigate this salty playground of islands. A guided kayak tour reveals local inhabitants—sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, perhaps even inquisitive harbor seals. Walk along a curiosity-rich inter-tidal 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.
Monday, 25 Sep 2017: Lopez Island / San Juan Island (B,L,D)
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. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. Join your expedition team on deck searching for whales, seals and sea lions as you cruise through the San Juans—no two islands are the same. We'll 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.
Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017: Orcas Island (B,L,D)
Your Captain navigates through the islands to your basecamp at Orcas Island for a day of play where the options are unending. A local favoriteis the hike up Mt. Constitution, the highest peak in the San Juans with 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.
Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017: Sucia Island (B,L,D)
The treats keep a-coming! Enjoy your day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total year-round population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the inter-tidal zone with your guides, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting, there’ll even be a BBQ ashore.
Thursday, 28 Sep 2017: Captain's Choice (B,L,D)
Make it an ideal morning by kicking 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 beach combing for anemone and hermit crabs along the shores of Puget Sound. Or perhaps, choose to kayak and paddle board, investigate bird rookeries or search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters.
Friday, 29 Sep 2017: Olympic National Park (B,L,D)
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 rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. And, enjoy the bounty of the sea—a tasting of locally-grown oysters and clams. This evening, we'll wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.
Saturday, 30 Sep 2017: Disembark; Return Home from Seattle (B)
After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer provided directly to the Seattle airport. Schedule your return flight to depart no earlier than 12:00pm (noon).