San Juan Islands & Victoria B.C.
September 11 - 17, 2022 (7 Days)
• Roundtrip airfare ABQ to Seattle (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach and
exclusive San Juan Islands yacht tours
• 6 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches,1 High tea, 2 dinners
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your professional Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
$3,475 Double occupancy, per person
$4,195 Single occupancy
DEPOSIT: $200 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: June 9, 2022
None - Through June 9, 2022
$200 - June 10 - July 20, 2022
$2,200 - July 21 - September 6, 2022
100% - After September 6, 2022
We combine the sea and land while exploring the Pacific Northwest and get the best of the San Juan Islands. Traveling by coach and small pleasure vessel, we are captivated by seaports and burgeoning cities, all while traversing beautiful waters.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
DAY 1 D
We depart Albuquerque and fly to Seattle, Washington. Our first stop is the famous Pike Place Market where we can find lunch on our own while enjoying the buckets of flowers and watch the fishmongers sail their wares into the air. We head to the Boeing Future of Flight, where we'll see Boeing's latest innovations. We check into our Bellingham hotel for one night and enjoy a welcome dinner together.
DAY 2 B,L,D
We board our private motor yacht for our 2 day tour of the archipelago. After clearing Bellingham we will work our way south to explore the southern end of the San Juan archipelago. We choose our route today based on current wildlife reports and weather so be on the lookout for marine mammals and birds, while our captain gives an interesting and entertaining narration about the history of the islands. We’ll quite possibly cruise past the historic Burrows Island lighthouse, as well as points of interest with names like Iceberg Point, Deadman’s Island, and Cattle Pass. A hearty homemade lunch will be served as we go. After our cruise, we dock in Friday Harbor where we relax and unwind. This delightful harbor town is filled with good restaurants, interesting shops and galleries, pubs, and home to the only museum devoted to Orca whales.
DAY 3 B,L
This morning we sit back and enjoy a very scenic and interesting cruise east through
the narrow passages and small islands on our way to circumnavigate Fidalgo Island.
We start at the North end of the narrow dredged Swinomish Channel just east of Anacortes. This interesting narrow channel will lead us to the picturesque and historic waterfront town of La Conner. We arrive in La Conner late morning, and have time to explore this unique historic town on the banks of the Swinomish Channel with its unique shops, artist studios and galleries and bookstores, and local microbreweries. After La Conner we head south as we continue our circumnavigation, making our way through Hole In The Wall, a natural opening through the rock cliffs leading us to Skagit Bay, where we head north to and through Deception Pass, well-known for its swift tidal flow and stunning scenery. The Deception Pass Bridge is a National Scenic Monument, and is one of the most photographed places in Washington State. As we head for Deception Pass we enjoy a San Juan Cruises tradition, an Old Fashioned Cracked Dungeness Crab lunch. While enjoying lunch we go in search of Orca Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals, Harbor Porpoise, sea birds and other magnificent wildlife. Viewed in their natural environment these magnificent animals are always a treat to behold!
DAY 4 B
We check out of our hotel and board our yacht for the final time for our cruise back to the mainland. There we will pick up our deluxe motor coach in Bellingham and head north over the Canadian border to Vancouver.
DAY 5 B
We ferry to Victoria this morning. We enjoy a tour of this quaint city in the afternoon, then check into the Hotel Grand Pacific, our home for two nights.
DAY 6 B, High Tea
We have a full and exciting day ahead of us today. After breakfast at the hotel, we board our coach and travel to the Parliament House for a guided tour. Our lunch takes the shape of High Tea at the Abkhazi Garden, a great way to prepare for our visit to Butchart Gardens, one of the most spectacular floral displays in the world. We return to the Grand Pacific for an evening on our own.
DAY 7 B
We check out of our beautiful hotel, ferry back to the mainland, and board our coach for a return to Seattle. There is time before our flight to visit the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair, and the amazing Chihuly Garden and Glass, where we see sparkling flights of fancy. Time to wrap up our cool, green and water-filled memories before going to SeaTac Airport to board our flight home back to the high desert, bringing images of whales, islands, and water back home with us!
Itinerary subject to change