Sun, Aug 19: Seattle, Washington. Fly to Seattle and enjoy a narrated city tour en route to your downtown Seattle hotel, driving by Pike Place Market, Pioneer Village and The Space Needle. You’ll find places to enjoy dinner and watch the ferries travel across Elliott Bay. Pop into fun souvenir and novelty shops and art galleries, or visit the Seattle Aquarium—all within walking distance from the hotel. After hotel check-in, the balance of the day is yours to enjoy!
Mon, Aug 20: Mount Rainier or Tillicum Village. Today choose your included excursion: a Mount Rainier Day trip or an afternoon at Tillicum Village on Blake Island. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of glacier-carved Mount Rainier, an active volcano and an icon in the Washington landscape. Waterfalls and alpine meadows await you on this day trip. Travel to Mount Rainier National Park through Pacific Northwest scenery with narration from an experienced guide. You will have time at the national park to experience old-growth forests, wildflower-filled meadows and waterfalls, and to visit one of the interpretive centers to learn more about the mountain. There are options on the tour for all abilities, from hiking to short walks to no walking at all. Or, instead you can escape modern life on a ferry to Blake Island and watch history come alive as you visit Tillicum Village to walk in the footsteps of Chief Seattle. This adventure includes a Northwest flavors-inspired buffet meal featuring traditionally-prepared alder fire roasted fish, Northwest Native American storytelling, a live stage performance and hand-crafted art – all inside a cedar longhouse surrounded by lush forest. (Meal: Breakfast)
Tue, Aug 21: Seattle & Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Explore more of Seattle on your own before taking an afternoon ferry to Victoria. Stay near the inner harbor, steps from local boutiques and restaurants. In the summer months, street vendors and performers line the popular waterfront. Your evening is free to wander! (B)
Wed, Aug 22: Victoria. Tour the island this morning with a local guide, including a visit to Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s premier floral gardens! Built in a limestone quarry, this unique, colorful, paradise drew more than 50,000 people in the 1920’s— and nowadays it attracts almost a million visitors annually. Following the tour, return to the inner harbor where the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy. (B)
Thu, Aug 23: Victoria & Vancouver. The morning is free to enjoy individual pursuits in Victoria at your leisure. An option will be offered to partake in Afternoon Tea at the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel. A memorable experience of traditional afternoon tea awaits; signature tea blends, sandwiches and cakes - all that have been served to royalty, celebrities and dignitaries from around the world. Afterward, ferry to Vancouver. Arrive in the late afternoon, check into your downtown hotel and have dinner on your own. (B)
Fri, Aug 24: Vancouver. Head out on an included sightseeing tour of Vancouver; visit Stanley Park to view the totem poles, drive through Yaletown, Chinatown, Gastown, Canada Place and stop for lunch at Granville Island. Return to your downtown hotel where you’ll have the balance of the afternoon to spend at leisure. Gather in the evening for a Farewell Dinner. (B,D)
Sat, Aug 25: Transfer to the airport in Vancouver and depart for home. (B)
Sheraton Seattle, Seattle, Washington
Located in vibrant downtown Seattle, this award-winning hotel is close to the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront. Highlights: comfortable and stylish traditional guest rooms with Sheraton Signature beds • in-room amenities • Wi-Fi Internet access (fees apply) • two restaurants • two bar/lounges • coffee bar • room service • heated indoor lap pool • fitness center.
Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour, Victoria, British Columbia
Steps away from the Inner Harbor, boutique shops and museums, the convenient Marriott Victoria boasts an ideal downtown location. Highlights: stylish, contemporary guest rooms • in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator and microwave • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • bar/lounge • room service • heated indoor pool • spa tub • fitness center.
Pinnacle Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia
Great downtown location on Vancouver’s Coal Harbour waterfront. Highlights: attractive, modern guest rooms with pillow-top beds and floor-to-ceiling windows • in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary high speed and Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • bar/lounge • room service (limited hours) • fitness center • heated indoor lap pool • spa tub • complimentary use of hotel bikes.