Washington Waterways and National Parks

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Washington Waterways and National Parks

9 Days • 13 Meals
Featuring Mount Rainier and Olympic Mountains National Parks

Explore the Pacific Northwest from Seattle’s vibrant waterfront to the English charm of British Columbia’s capital. Along the way, see an impossibly green rain forest; the deep, dark waters of Puget Sound; mesmerizing glass art and much more!

Highlights

  13 Meals (5 dinners and 8 breakfasts)
  Round trip airport transfers
  Spend 5 nights at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma
  Tour the Museum of Glass featuring a “hands on” session and the impressive Chihuly Bridge of Glass
  Visit LeMay-America’s Car Museum, the largest collection of classic and vintage automobiles in the world
  Open-air tram through Northwest Trek Wildlife Park with its American bison, Roosevelt elk, caribou and moose
  Take an excursion on the steam-powered Mt. Rainier Scenic Railway with a barbecue dinner at Mineral Lake
  Narrated city tour of Seattle including Pioneer Square Historic Park and free time for lunch in Pike Place Market
  Visit the Museum of Flight viewing the historic aircraft, Space Gallery and Boeing’s original Red Barn factory
  Tour Mount Rainier National Park with its giant Douglas firs, icy glaciers and Jackson Memorial Visitor Center
  Enjoy a tasty dinner at the Emerald Queen Casino
  Visit Port Townsend and a Sequim area Lavender Farm
  Ferry to Victoria, known for its English flavor, double-decker buses, Tudor-style buildings and gardens
  Discover world-famous Butchart Gardens with its ornate landscaping and superb Italian, Japanese, and rose gardens
  Touring in Olympic National Park featuring Hoh Rain Forest, Lake Crescent and the beautiful Olympic Mountains
  Farewell dinner at the Bushwacker Restaurant
  $45 in Mayflower Money

Itinerary

Day 1  TRAVEL TO TACOMA, WASHINGTON

Arrive at Sea-Tac International Airport and transfer to our hotel in Tacoma. Tonight, our Tour Manager hosts a welcome dinner at The Lobster Shop. Dinner

Day 2  MUSEUM OF GLASS AND LEMAY AMERICA’S CAR MUSEUM

Today starts with a unique “hands on” session in a Tacoma “glass hot shop,” where we will design and make our own art glass pieces. Then, visit the renowned Museum of Glass and cross the Chihuly Bridge of Glass filled with the artist’s glass works. Later, we explore the massive collection of classic vehicles at the spectacular LeMay-America’s Car Museum nearby. After lunch, groups will switch places so that everyone will enjoy identical opportunities. Breakfast

Day 3  NORTHWEST TREK WILDLIFE PARK AND MT. RAINIER SCENIC RAILWAY

We begin today at the unique Northwest Trek Wildlife Park with an open-air tram tour through its “free-roaming area” to view numerous American bison, Roosevelt elk, caribou, and moose found here. Later, our excursion aboard the steam-powered Mt. Rainier Scenic Railway will feature views of the state’s highest peak and a barbecue dinner at Mineral Lake. Breakfast and dinner

Day 4  SEATTLE CITY TOUR AND MUSEUM OF FLIGHT

Our guided tour of Seattle includes the downtown, Pioneer Square Historic District, Waterfront Park, the Space Needle and the Lake Washington Ship Canal and Locks. Following free time for lunch and browsing at famed Pike Place Market, we’ll spend the afternoon viewing the numerous displays and historic aircraft, Space Gallery and Boeing’s original Red Barn factory at Seattle’s outstanding Museum of Flight. Breakfast

Day 5  MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK

One of the nation’s premier scenic attractions, Mount Rainier stands at 14,410 feet and is the focal point of the park. Fields of brilliant wildflowers, forests of giant Douglas fir, icy glaciers and peaceful valleys teeming with wildlife are found here. Visit the Jackson Memorial Visitor Center and enjoy a tasty dinner at the Emerald Queen Casino. Breakfast and dinner

Day 6  OLYMPIC’S PORT CITIES AND SEQUIM LAVENDER FARM

Cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to the Olympic Peninsula and visit the charming village of Port Gamble before a guided tour in historic Port Townsend, with its handsome Victorian-era homes. This afternoon we tour a colorful lavender farm in the Sequim area before coming to our waterfront hotel. Breakfast

Day 7  FERRY TO VICTORIA, BC AND BUTCHART GARDENS

Have your passports handy this morning as we cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca via the spacious MV Coho ferry en route to Vancouver Island. Here, picturesque Victoria maintains a delightful English flavor, spiced with red double-decker buses, Tudor-style buildings and immaculate gardens. Our guided tour features such sights as the Parliament Buildings, the British Columbia Provincial Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Christ Church Cathedral and the Helmcken House Museum. Next we’ll discover why the Butchart Gardens are world-famous for ornate landscaping and superb Italian, Japanese, and rose gardens. Before returning to Port Angeles this evening, dinner is included at the Victoria Harbour House Restaurant. Breakfast and dinner

Day 8  OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Today, we embark on a scenic drive through extraordinary Olympic National Park. See the lush Hoh Rain Forest, beautiful Lake Crescent, panoramic vistas of the towering Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the mile-high Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Tonight, our farewell dinner is served at the Bushwhacker Restaurant. Breakfast and dinner

Day 4  RETURN HOME FROM SEATTLE

Crossing Puget Sound via the Washington State Ferry from Bainbridge Island, we arrive at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport from flights out after 1:00 p.m. Breakfast

Lodging

Day One through Five – Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington

Day Six through Eight – Red Lion Hotel, Port Angeles, Washington

Departure Date Per Person Twin Single Room Availability
July 16, 2015
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August 20, 2015
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September 10, 2015
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STAY ANOTHER NIGHT – Rooms for the night before the tour are available. Cost for a room in Tacoma is $199, tax included.

Map

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LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs.

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