Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
British Columbia's Yachters' Paradise tour

British Columbia's Yachters' Paradise

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 3,695 $ 462 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • In-depth exploration of Washington’s San Juan’s and Canada’s Harmony and Gulf Islands
  • Extended time in stunning Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the world’s most scenic places
  • Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise the Seattle waterfront
  • Search for orca whales, eagles, and Dall’s porpoise
  • Enjoy botanical wonders and High Tea at Butchart Gardens
  • Leisure time to explore Victoria, British Columbia
  • Visit the intriguing Whale Museum in quaint Friday Harbor
  • Kayaking and skiff excursions in pristine fjords and inlets
  • Casual beachcombing and guided nature walks

Short Description

7-night British Columbia cruise aboard a boutique yacht. travel by coach to Butchart Gardens for High Tea and to leisurely enjoy the garden’s 52-acres of botanical wonder. Discover nature’s wonders today off the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Princess Louisa Inlet, only half a mile wide and walled in by 5,000-foot, near-vertical mountains, culminates at the tremendous Chatterbox Falls. On the largest of the islands, San Juan Island, you’ll clear customs in the tiny town of Friday Harbor before a visit to the intriguing Whale Museum.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Seattle
End City Seattle

Trip Includes

  • All onboard meals
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
  • Entry fees to national parks/preserves
  • Most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
  • Wellness program
  • Hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, and yoga mats

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Itinerary

Day 1: Seattle, Washington – Embarkation

Transfer to the Safari Quest at Seattle’s waterfront, where the crew greets you with champagne and smiles. Set sail and enjoy cocktail hour and dinner before nestling in to a remote anchorage for the evening.

Day 2: Victoria, British Columbia & Butchart Gardens

After clearing customs, it’s all ashore for free time in downtown Victoria. Take in a visit to the elegant Empress Hotel; Royal British Columbia Museum; or browse the quaint shops nuzzled about this garden city. Later, travel by coach to Butchart Gardens for High Tea and to leisurely enjoy the garden’s 52-acres of botanical wonder. Back on board the yacht, set sail through the Gulf Islands and settle into the rhythm of the Salish Sea.

Day 3: Harmony Islands

Discover nature’s wonders today off the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Kayaks and skiff rides keep you busy in sheltered Buccaneer Bay—home to visiting sea lions, tide pools, driftwood, and a superb spot for birding. The word “Skookumchuch” means strong water in Chinook, and at Skookumchuck Rapids, one of the largest saltwater rapids on Canada’s west coast, trek two miles on an easygoing ramble in the forest.

Day 4: Princess Louisa Inlet

After passing through the Malibu Rapids, you’ll enter the calm waters of Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the 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 for exploration on foot and by kayak. Enjoy the evening solitude relaxing in the upper deck hot tub or join your yachtmates for a nightcap in the salon.

Day 5: Jervis Inlet

Set the morning aside for paddling or exploring the inlet by skiff before heading out to the “yachter’s paradise” of Jervis Inlet. With binoculars in-hand, keep all eyes open for orca, porpoise, seals, and sea lions along the rocky shoreline as you cruise through the waters of Princess Royal Reach and around Jedediah Island—the most diverse in a chain of more than thirty islands and islets in the area.

Day 6: Captain's Choice – Gulf Islands

Situated in the heart of the Salish Sea, today's passage carries you south, back into the protected waters of the Gulf Islands where intricate passages are home to some of the best kayaking in the Pacific Northwest. These islands harbor artist’s hamlets, organic farms, and sublime glacier-carved landscapes in a backdrop painted with harbor seals, bald eagles, pelicans, sea lions, and Douglas-fir. Land and sea explorations await—and it’ll be a treat—wherever the tides take you.

Day 7: Washington’s San Juan Islands / Friday Harbor

An early start has you meandering through the San Juan Islands—172 islands and rocky islets make up this archipelago. On the largest of the islands, San Juan Island, you’ll clear customs in the tiny town of Friday Harbor before a visit to the intriguing Whale Museum. Learn about the resident pods of orca that call these island waters home before getting underway for a day of “gunkholing,” or exploring, as landlubbers would say. The scenery is stunning and the passages are just right. Be on watch for orca and other marine wildlife. Delight in a festive Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening and enjoy a picturesque recap of the week with your expedition leader.

Day 8: Seattle – Disembark

After breakfast on board, the Captain and crew bid you a fond farewell. Safe travels to all!

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Ship Name

Safari Quest

Ship Stats

Safari Quest

 

  • 22 guests
  • 11 cabins
  • 9 crew members
  • 120 feet in length
  • 29 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Shear Yachts; renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Mariner
C1-C4, C6
King, queen, or twin beds; elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing); private bath with shower

Commander
B2
Queen bed; view window; private bath with shower

Captain
A1-A4
King, queen, or twin beds; sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with shower

Single
B1
Twin bed; view window; private bath with shower (Pullman berth available)

Ship Description

Safari Quest

Unwind into adventure aboard our 22-guest boutique yacht. Four decks offer invigorating spaces to get away from it all and take in up-close views of surrounding wilderness. Recap the day's activities, relax, or watch a movie on the wide screen TV in the comfortable and sophisticated salon. The yacht also features a fully stocked bar and a library with large view windows for reading or discussing marine life with fellow guests.

Ready for adventure, the Safari Quest is equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, and hiking poles, includes a full-beam swim step for easy access to water activities, and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub and fitness equipment in the sun lounge.

There are four cabin categories aboard the Safari Quest: Single; Mariner; Commander; and Captains. Captains are suited for single and double accommodation.

Common to all cabins are: Heated tile floors in bathroom; air conditioning; private bath with shower; Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Safari Quest

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

22 Guests

Trip ID#:

bricolunc

Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

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