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Pacific Northwest Passage

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Sail through the inlets and islands that so inspired Captain George Vancouver. Here, orca whales move silently through the water in search of salmon. Seals and sea lions lounge on rocky islets, black bears and deer flourish in the deep evergreen forests, and snow-capped mountains fall steeply to the waters. Experience sandy beaches and charming towns and cities such as Friday Harbor, in Washington's San Juan Islands, and Victoria, British Columbia. Whether you're browsing art galleries in hideaway ports or kayaking in the wilderness fjords of the Pacific coastal mountains, you'll find a world rich in nature and culture waiting. Highlights: * Experience fall colors and High Tea at Buchart Gardens * Kayak and small-boat exploration of pristine fjords and islands * Extended time in stunning Princess Louisa Inlet * Visit Royal B.C. Museum * Daily insights from your onboard Exploration Leader/Naturalist

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Seattle, Washington
Day 2 : Victoria, British Columbia & Buchart Gardens
Day 3 : Jervis Inlet & the Harmony Islands
Day 4 : Princess Louisa Inlet
Day 5 : Nanaimo / Gulf Islands
Day 6 : Washingtons San Juan Islands / Friday Harbor
Day 7 : Coastal Cruising
Day 8 : Seattle / Disembark


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Moments of serenity An ice-coated sunrise Paddle boarding in Alaska Cultural experiences Breathtaking San Juan Islands

Day 1 Arrive Seattle, Washington

Upon arrival, transfer to the Safari Quest, docked at Seattle’s historic Fishermen’s Terminal. The crew will greet you with champagne and smiles as you set sail. Soon after departing, transit the historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, being lowered 20 feet from freshwater Lake Union to the saltwater of Puget Sound. En route enjoy cocktail hour and dinner prior to arriving in a pristine bay for your evening anchorage.

Day 2 Victoria, British Columbia & Buchart Gardens

Settle into the rhythm of the Salish Sea as you leave busy lives behind. Cruise along the “inside track” between the eastern shoreline and the mainland as you ship heads north towards Victoria, British Columbia. After clearing customs, travel to Butchart Gardens to view the 52-acres of botanical wonder and to enjoy a traditional British “High Tea.” After your time at Butchart Gardens, travel to downtown Victoria at leisure; visit the Royal British Columbia Museum, the historic and elegant Empress Hotel and the array of quaint shops that are nestled throughout the garden city. This afternoon transfer back to the yacht and set sail for Jervis Inlet.

Day 3 Jervis Inlet & the Harmony Islands

Known as a “yachter’s paradise,” today explore the protected waters of Jervis Inlet. Be sure to have binoculars in-hand and all eyes open for orca whales, porpoise, hundreds of seals, and sea lions out on the rocks along the shoreline. Explore the sheltered Harmony Islands as you take to the surrounding waters in your kayak or join the crew in the skiff to explore more. Those who have a zest for adventure may join the crew for a truly natural shower at Friel Lake Falls, a cascade that plummets 1,400 feet before relinquishing its water in a voluminous, sea level spray.

Day 4 Princess Louisa Inlet

Today roam on shore and along the calm waters of Princess Louisa Inlet, considered one of the ten most beautiful locations on earth. Princess Louisa Inlet, only half a mile wide and walled in by 5,000-foot, near-vertical mountains, culminates at the tremendous Chatterbox Falls. Anchor in the inlet and enjoy an exploration on foot and by kayak. Before retiring for the evening, enjoy the solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or enjoy a nightcap in the salon with your fellow yachtmates.

Day 5 Nanaimo / Gulf Islands

After crossing the Strait of Georgia visit the city of Nanaimo. Once docked, enjoy the picturesque waterfront promenade and marina. Upon returning to the yacht, set sail to cruise among the protected waters of the Gulf Islands heading south towards Washington’s San Juan Islands. The Executive Chef prepares another delectable dinner as the captain drops anchor in a specially-selected cove for the evening.

Day 6 Washingtons San Juan Islands / Friday Harbor

The day will have you meandering through the hundreds of untouched islands in the San Juan’s. Be on the watch for orca whales and other marine wildlife. Dock at Friday Harbor on the largest of the islands, San Juan Island. You’ll have time at leisure to stroll through the tiny town’s boutique shops and art galleries and visit the intriguing Whale Museum, where you will learn about the resident pods of orca that call these island waters home.

Day 7 Coastal Cruising

Cruising through open seascapes and islands of the Pacific Northwest, the scenery is stunning and the passages are just right for “gunkholing,” or exploring, as landlubbers would say. A highlight is a stop at one of the most striking places in the San Juan Islands, Stuart Island. Enjoy a hike along a bluff to the Turning Point Lighthouse. Back on board, join the Captain on the bridge to fully enjoy the abounding wilderness and calming sense of solitude or relax on deck while keeping an eye out for orcas and other sea life. Tonight, delight in a festive Captain’s Farewell dinner while nestled in a picturesque cove.

Day 8 Seattle / Disembark

After breakfast on board the Captain and crew will bid you a fond farewell. A transfer to the Seattle airport or local hotel is included. Safe travels to all!

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B2. Queen bed, view window, private bath.
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B1. Single twin bed, view window, private bath.


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- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.
- Quoted rates include all excursions, meals, educational programming, and transfers.

Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and may change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

Included in cruise fare:
- All-inclusive of taxes & port fees
- Roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat if you are arriving/ departing on scheduled days
- Wine, beer, and premium spirits served onboard
- Accommodations in luxury staterooms with heated tile floors in every bathroom, Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses, flat screen DVD/TV, iPod docking stations, a hot tub and more
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