Washington/British Columbia

Northwest Waterways: Seattle to Victoria to San Juan Islands

Seattle’s innovative culture, the grand Parliament of Victoria B.C., the blooms of Butchart Gardens, the serenity of the San Juan Islands — see it all on this grand Northwest adventure.
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Program No. 4348RJ
10 days
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This is an excellent program for those interested and seeing and learning about the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Seattle is a wonderful dynamic growing city with the nearby to the hotel corporate headquarters of Amazon. I hadn't been there in 10 years and much of downtown had changed for the better. Victoria is a place to return to again and again as is Butchart Gardens which changes by the season. Friday Harbor has an interesting history and is worth a visit. It also has a different vibe in the fall vs the summer peak tourist season. Water, water everywhere with beautiful ferry boat rides among green islands boat. The occasional light rain adds to the beauty as does the sun which changes the perspective. The presenters are very good with many personal stories. Not to diminish the others, I especially enjoyed artist Nancy Spaulding and bib-overall wearing historian/ecologist/anthropologist/ecologist Russell Barsh. Tour Director Linda Wanless was among the best of the many Road Scholar tour leaders I have enjoyed my travels with. This is an A+ program.


This program was wonderful all the way around! Highly educational and a good pace for the activities. The group leaders and local experts were very knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed my time on this trip immensely!


Program takes participants into beautiful country. Lovely scenery, interesting ferry rides. Accommodations are the best and food provided was ample and delicious.


The Northwest Waterways program was well organized with interesting and informative speakers. The planned tours provided a good variety of sites and a chance to learn new information. Michael Vouri was a great tour leader. The nine days went quickly.


Beautiful and interesting area to explore. Seattle and Victoria are great vibrant cities and the San Juan islands are beautiful and charming. Friday Harbor is a fun community with outstanding things to see and learn. Tour is well organized and expertly led.


The Northwest Waterways tour was a delightful blend of urban and nature, history and contemporary. A nice overview that will inspire another visit to explore even further.

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