Skagit Valley Tulip Festival & Seattle
April 17, 2024 thru April 22, 2024
Wake up your senses with our journey to the Skagit Tulip Festival and Seattle! We explore the beautiful tulip farms of the Skagit Valley and enjoy the events of their annual Tulip Festival. We experience the dazzling fields of flowers at RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town and walk the homemade quilt show in Anacortes. On our way back to Seattle, we see the Future of Flight Museum and take the amazing Boeing Factory Tour in Everett. Our adventures in Seattle include a ferry ride to spend the day on Bainbridge Island and tours of the world-famous Pike Place Market and the Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Roundtrip air*** included in package price.
6 days, 5 nights
Activity Level 3
9 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 2 dinners) included
Tour Director, Local Guide & Driver Tips
- Skagit Tulip Festival…tulips, tulips, tulips!!!
- RoozenGaarde & Tulip Town
- Anacortes Quilt Walk (if open)
- La Conner Galleries & Public Sculpture
- Ferry Trips
- Bainbridge Island – Naval Undersea Museum, Bloedel Reserve
- Chihuly Garden & Space Needle
- Pike Place Market
- Roundtrip airfare ABQ to Seattle (not including airline baggage & in-flight charges)
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- 5 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
- 9 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
- Admission to all listed attractions
- Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
- Your professional Tour Director
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Departure to Seattle
We fly into Seattle and board our deluxe motorcoach. We stop at Lighthouse Park in Mukilteo to explore this waterside park and take in the ocean vista of Pugent Sound. Our independent lunch might include fresh seafood or waterfront dining. We continue to the Hampton Inn & Suites in Burlington for a two-night stay. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at IL Granaio Italian Restaurant in Mt. Vernon.
Day 2 – Skagit Tulip Festival
Tulips! We begin with a visit to the Washington State University Discovery Garden in Mount Vernon, Washington. Two Master Gardeners will help us explore some of the 30 demonstration gardens there and be our guides for the day. We continue to RoozenGaarde, the largest flower bulb grower in North America. They feature over 1000 acres of flowers and bulbs, 16 acres of greenhouses, a show garden, an authentic windmill and, of course, a gift shop! After lunch at the Skagit River Brewery, we experience Tulip Town, where we will tour their blooming tulip fields, see the original historical equipment from the earliest days of the tulip industry, and get a close-up view of their famous planted tulip rainbow! Tulip Town has the only indoor flower and garden show (in case of rain.) We finish our day at The Farmhouse Restaurant in Mt Vernon.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 3 – Deception State Park, Anacortes, & Boeing Museum Tour
We head west through Fidalgo Island and make our way to Washington State’s most visited state park: Deception Pass State Park. Here we relax at the water’s edge or hike a section of a 1.2 mile, ADA paved trail, that lies between Rosario Strait and Cranberry Lake. Be on the look for ocean wildlife and waterfowl. We depart to the northern point on Fidalgo Island and enjoy shops, galleries, the Anacortes Quilt Walk and an independent lunch. We travel south to Everett to tour the Boeing Future of Flight Museum and from the Sky Deck, view the Boeing Airplane Factory, the world’s largest building by volume. The airline activity at the Paine Field includes commercial aircraft, private aircraft, and the testing of new airplanes. We then check into the Staybridge Suites, in South Lake Union Seattle, for a three-night stay while we explore Seattle.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 4 – Ferries and Bainbridge Island
This morning we board classic ferry boats and sail across Elliott Bay to Bainbridge Island, with its incredible landscapes, where we disembark and drive to Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre public garden and forest preserve. We’ll walk forested paths to the largest public moss garden in the U.S., the Reflection Pool, the Japanese Garden and the Bird Marsh and Meadows. Following free time for lunch and exploring the seaside town of Poulsbo, we visit the Naval Undersea Museum, which explores the US Navy’s undersea history, covering everything from ships to submarines, weaponry to search and rescue and technology to the ocean environment. We ferry back to Seattle and our hotel.
Meals included: (B, L)
Day 5 – Seattle
We travel the short distance to Seattle Center, home to Chihuly Garden and Glass, 1.5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, a 40-ft high conservatory and galleries filled with Dale Chihuly’s brilliant and brightly colored glass sculptures. We ride to the top of the Space Needle, Seattle’s skyline icon from the 1960 World’s Fair; the view of Seattle and the surrounding water, urban landscape and snowcapped mountains is spectacular! After exploring the vibrant Pike Place Market (where they throw the fish!), we will visit the Klondike National Historical Park Visitor Center and Museum, which chronicles the impact of the Yukon Gold Rush on Seattle. This evening we gather for a delicious farewell dinner and have a quiet evening to prepare for our trip home tomorrow.
Meals included: (B, D)
Day 6 - Travel Home
This morning we depart SeaTac Airport for our direct flight back to home, bringing memories of green vistas, visions of tulips and dancing waters in our heads.
Meals included: (B)
Itinerary Subject to Change.
***If you would like to join this tour and are not traveling to/from Albuquerque, please contact us for special pricing.
The Skagit watershed boasts 394 glaciers, 387 lakes, 35 major tributaries, 5 dams and 32 towns.
The watershed is home to more than 250 wildlife species, including 174 birds, 73 mammals, 25 fish, 17 amphibians and 10 reptiles.
Seattle is home to the world’s first gas station.
Opened on East Marginal Way in 1907.
Hampton Inn & Suites
South Lake Union, Seattle
$2,695 per person
$3,185 per person
Final payment due:
January 9, 2024
• Roundtrip airfare ABQ to Seattle (not including airline baggage & in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 5 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• 9 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners)
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• Your professional Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: January 9, 2024
- None – Through January 9, 2024
- $200 – January 10 – February 14, 2024
- $1,500 – February 15 – March 10, 2024
- 100% – after March 10, 2024
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
The Activity Level for this tour is Level 3: Moderate.
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On our airline for this tour, passengers may be assessed a fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
The tour director gratuity is included in this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach drivers.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
The average daytime high temperatures during our stay in Skagit Valley and Seattle is typically in the middle 70’s and the average night-time temperature is usually lower 60’s. When we are on or close to the Puget Sound those temperatures drop 5-10 degrees or more. Typically, the air is much more humid than in Albuquerque and we can expect some Spring storms. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.
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