San Juan Islands & Victoria B.C.
September 7 - 13, 2021 (7 Days)
• Roundtrip airfare ABQ to Seattle (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach and
exclusive San Juans cruise ship
• 6 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches,1 High tea, 4 dinners
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Your professional Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
$3,775 Double occupancy, per person
$4,535 Single occupancy
DEPOSIT: $200 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: June 3, 2021
None - Through June 3, 2021
$200 - June 4 - July 14, 2021
$2,200 - July 15 - September 2, 2021
100% - After September 2, 2021
We combine the sea and land while exploring the Pacific Northwest and get the best of Seattle, Victoria and the San Juan Islands. Traveling by coach and small pleasure vessel, we are captivated by seaports, formal gardens, Victorian architecture, burgeoning cities, and peaceful gardens, all while traversing beautiful waters.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
DAY 1 D
We fly to Seattle and join our guide for a walking tour of Pike’s Place Market and the Puget Sound waterfront. We check in to the Waterfront Marriott hotel for an overnight stay and enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.
DAY 2 B
Today we travel north to La Conner, Washington where we will have free time to explore the quaint town and have lunch before boarding our exclusive San Juan Cruises tour boat. We then cruise through Deception Pass, a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island that connects Skagit Bay with the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We pass under a pair of bridges known collectively as Deception Pass Bridge and then spend the afternoon cruising the islands; looking for seals, porpoises, Minke, grey, humpback and killer whales and observing the many bird species. We make our way to Friday Harbor, a charming, historic, walkable seaport, to check in for a two night stay at Friday Harbor Suites.
DAY 3 B,L, D
This morning we travel by motorcoach to Roche Harbor, where we tour the historic lime kilns, the outdoor sculpture trail, and the Roche Harbor Resort. Then we are back to the waters of the islands again with lunch on board the boat and wildlife-ogling through the verdant islands to the Rosario Resort, where we will explore the unique architecture, hear an organ/piano concert from one of the family members who still owns the resort and have a group dinner. We then sail back to Friday Harbor with the East Sound sunset.
DAY 4 B, L
We board today for breakfast and another morning of sun-splashed water and Pacific Ocean wildlife awaits us as we sail across Haro Strait. We will have lunch on board the boat just before arrival in Victoria, British Columbia, where we will be picked up by our deluxe motorcoach for a driving tour that includes St Andrews Cathedral, finished during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1892, and a walking tour in Victoria’s Chinatown. This afternoon we check in for our two night stay at the luxurious Hotel Grand Pacific, located on Victoria, British Columbia’s picturesque Inner Harbour and within access to Victoria’s most exciting experiences.
DAY 5 B, High Tea, and D
Today we travel to see two of Victoria’s most famous and beloved places. First, the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, with thousands of tropical butterflies, plus poison dart frogs, tortoises, large iguanas, flamingos, tropical ducks, and free flying tropical birds. We then take a short ride over to the famed Butchart Gardens, where we explore the spectacular floral gardens you most want to see before having High Tea in the Dining Room at the Gardens – a historic home with garden views. This evening we will enjoy a group farewell dinner and another chance to experience the long daylight of the north.
DAY 6 B, D
This morning we explore Victoria, visiting the stately Parliament Building, home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and the Royal British Columbia Museum. Founded in 1886, the Museum consists of The Province of British Columbia’s natural and human history museum as well as the B.C. Provincial Archives. We then embark on the Victoria Clipper and sail across the Strait of San Juan de Fuca into Puget Sound. Dinner onboard is included. On arrival in Seattle we will transfer to the Cedarbrook Lodge our last night’s stay.
DAY 7 B
Time to wrap up our cool, green and water-filled memories before going to SeaTac Airport to board our flight home back to Albuquerque, bringing images of whales, islands, gardens and Canada back home with us!
Itinerary subject to change