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Exploring the Pacific Northwest: The Jewels of the Salish Sea

Seattle Roundtrip - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Venture
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Discover the wilderness and majesty of the Pacific Northwest over a wide ranging exploration of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and more aboard National Geographic Venture. You'll explore isolated bays and islets by kayak, hike meadows and lush green forest trails, and gain an unmatched vantage point of this stunning region on a week-long expedition.
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Highlights
  • Explore the Salish Sea with more time in the San Juan Islands for kayaking, hiking, orca-spotting and more 
  • Enjoy invigorating hikes and breathtaking views in Olympic National Park, a World Heritage Site.
  • Visit the pene-exclave of Point Roberts, WA, a unique area which has been cut off from the rest of the world as a result of politics and the pandemic
  • Experience unique perspective on the sea life thriving in these cool, rocky waters through the camera lens of our Undersea Specialist
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Seattle | Embark

Arrive in Seattle and transfer to the National Geographic Venture to begin your expedition.

Day 2: Harstine and McMicken Island State Parks

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tucked away at the southern end of Puget Sound is 18-square-mile Harstine Island. Kayak or standup paddleboard in one of the quiet bays, or go ashore and look for sand dollars as you stroll the tideline. Join a naturalist for a hike in the ravine, rife with moss covered cedar and fir trees, or choose to go on a foraging adventure and learn about the fascinating world of fungi in this area. If the tides are right, walk across the exposed sandbar to neighboring McMicken Island.

Day 3: Deception Pass and Point Roberts

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transit the exciting and narrow waterway of Deception Pass where ebb and flood tides create whirlpools and thrill seeking kayakers can often be seen surfing the standing waves. Come ashore in the pene-exclave of Point Roberts, Washington, where the 1846 Treaty of Oregon between Britain and the United States declared the 49th Parallel the border between the territories and effectively created a geographic oddity. You can’t travel to Point Roberts by land without passing through Canada, and if you have a child in 4th grade or above, you had better pack their passport with their lunch, for they have to pass through two border crossings to attend school on the US mainland.

Day 4-5: Exploring the San Juan Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Spend two days visiting the remote shores of the San Juan Islands, an archipelago in northern Washington State perfect for kayaking, exploring by Zodiac, hiking, and spotting resident orca pods. Walks with our expert staff will familiarize you with the natural and cultural history of the rugged northwest coast region. Gain a unique perspective of the sea life thriving in these cool, rocky waters through the camera lens of our Undersea Specialist.

Day 6: Olympic National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we invite you to explore Olympic National Park. Choose to take in the sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains, subalpine meadows, and the Straits of Juan de Fuca from a viewpoint at Hurricane Ridge or enjoy an easy two-mile hike through the moss laden old-growth forest to Marymere Falls, a stunning 90-foot waterfall at Lake Crescent.

Day 7: Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge & Port Townsend

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, wake up just off of Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge, an island teeming with bird life. Along with bald eagles and glaucouswinged gulls it is home to one of the last two breeding sites of tufted puffins and the third largest colony of rhinoceros auklet in the Salish Sea. Later this afternoon we will dock in Port Townsend and visit the Victorian-era Fort Worden State Park. Once home to 1,000 troops and officers, the fort and her neighboring sisters of Fort Flagler and Fort Casey made up the coastal defense system known as “The Triangle of Fire” protecting Puget Sound from enemy invaders. This evening, enjoy a tasting of ciders and local eats at a nearby cidery.

Day 8: Seattle | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning in Seattle and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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Category 1
Located on the main deck. Approximately 136 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 2
Located on the main deck. Approximately 136 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and two portholes. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 3
Located on the upper deck. Approximately 151 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk and a large view window. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 4
Located on the upper deck. Approximately 151 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door and small, private balcony. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.
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Category 5
Located on the observation deck. Approximately 185 sq. ft. Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Botanically-inspired toiletries and hair dryers are also available in each cabin.

Notes

This fare includes:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages**
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand (soda not included on Lord of the Glens)
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
This fare excludes:
  • International and internal airfare
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages; certain super-premium brands not included
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities (except aboard Sea Cloud, National Geographic Orion, & National Geographic Explorer)
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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