Trip Type : Small Ship Cruise
Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands tour

Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

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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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 1,795 $ 224 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise Seattle’s picturesque waterfront
  • Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiff exploration in glacial fjords and the San Juan archipelago
  • Hiking in Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mt. Constitution, and Washington State Parks
  • Unhurried time for watching whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds
  • Explore scenic winding channels, temperate rainforest, and old growth forest
  • Uncover Native cultures of the Pacific Northwest
  • Time on your own for exploring quaint Friday Harbor and Port Townsend
  • Hand-crafted cuisine including an oyster and clam tasting hosted by local growers

Short Description

7-night coastal Washington and San Juan Islands cruise. On this Washington cruise, snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords and the San Juan archipelago, and visit with locals. Or, opt for an inclusive boutique exploration and sail into a yachters’ paradise on both sides of the border—take in nature’s wonders by kayak, skiff, or on foot, witness British Columbia’s stunning Princess Louisa Inlet, British-influenced Victoria, enjoy High Tea in a garden, and discover the San Juan Islands and a charming seaside town. With either, you’ll experience first-hand Mother Nature’s role in creating some of the most dramatic scenery along coastal Washington and British Columbia.

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
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 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

Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail from Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise the city’s picturesque waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked away bay.

Day 2: South Hood Canal

Wake up in one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound—Hood Canal, a glacial fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. You’ll be hiking in the Olympics today, surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. A local family joins you onboard for a tasting of their home-grown oysters and clams.

Day 3: Port Townsend

Make it an ideal morn, by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub or a paddle along the shores of the Olympic Peninsula, or both! Learn the history of Puget Sound’s “Triangle of Fire” this afternoon before docking in historic Port Townsend—with its wonderful art and pub scene. Here’s your chance to go for a run, explore this charming town, and shop like a wingnut.

Day 4: Lopez Island / Friday Harbor

Today lands you in one of the most scenic areas of the San Juan Islands. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals, and it is orca whale territory. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. Later you’ll have time on your own to explore the intriguing whale museum, art galleries, and boutiques of charming Friday Harbor.

Day 5: Orcas Island

Your Captain navigates through the islands this morning to your basecamp at Orcas Island—for a day of play where the options are unending. A local favorite, hike Mt. Constitution—it’s the highest peak in the San Juan Islands and it provides a stunning view of the archipelago. If you’re interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs too.

Day 6: Sucia Island

The treats keep a-coming! Enjoy your day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your expedition team, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll even be a barbeque ashore.

Day 7: Salish Sea / Deception Pass

The timing for today all depends on tides and currents, but the morning has you underway for bird and whale watching, possibly around Protection Island—a federally protected National Wildlife Refuge and nesting site for tufted puffins and rhinoceros auklets. Cap off your final day with afternoon hikes, shore walks, and kayaking near scenic Deception Pass. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slideshow highlighting your week’s adventures.

Day 8: Seattle – Disembark

After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport or to your Un-Cruise overnight hotel stay.

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Ship Name

Wilderness Discoverer

Ship Stats

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 26 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats; renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

Navigator
201, 203-208, 210
Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer
310-325
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Explorer
400-403
Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Pathfinder
300-309
Outside entry; queen, double bed or double bed with bench seat; view window; private bath with shower

Ship Description

Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.

The Wilderness Discoverer comes equipped for adventure with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone transmits below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera shows the action. For wellness and relaxation, the vessel offers two hot tubs and fitness equipment.

There are four cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Discoverer: Navigator; Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer. Depending on the cabin, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated.

Common to all cabins are: Air conditioning; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station, private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Passport and visa fee
  • Personal expenses

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