4348
Washington/British Columbia
Northwest Waterways: Seattle to Victoria, B.C., 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
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DAY
1
Welcome and Orientation
Seattle
D
The Warwick Seattle Hotel

Afternoon: Program registration 4:00-5:00 PM. Welcome reception and orientation program begins at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner will be served in our hotel conference room. We'll enjoy a plated dinner of mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, grilled NW salmon; lemon butter sauce, rice pilaf, steamed seasonal vegetables, warm bread & butter, coffee and hot tea and cheesecake dessert.

Evening: Welcome, get acquainted activities, and introduction to "Seattle."

DAY
2
Hiram Chittenden Locks / Museum of History and Industry
Seattle
B,L,D
The Warwick Seattle Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, use your voucher to choose from a variety of menus which include eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, pancakes and waffle, hot oatmeal and cold cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and pastry, milk, juice, coffee/decaf, tea and water.

Morning: Our morning begins with a field trip to the Hiram Chittenden Locks. The Locks in Ballard are a complex of locks that sit in the middle of Salmon Bay, part of Seattle's Lake Washington Ship Canal. They are known locally as the Ballard Locks after the neighborhood to their north. The locks and associated facilities serve three purposes: to maintain the water level of the fresh water Lake Washington and Lake Union; to prevent the mixing of sea water from Puget Sound with the fresh water of the lakes (saltwater intrusion); to move boats from the water level of the lakes to the water level of Puget Sound, and vice versa.

Lunch: Special seafood lunch at a local restaurant on the Seattle waterfront.

Afternoon: City excursion continues to points of historical and cultural interest, including the Museum of History and Industry. MOHAI has grown to become the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington. Its engaging exhibits and programs, its collection of nearly 4 million historic artifacts, archives and photographs, and its award-winning educational programs have created an appreciation for the Northwest's diverse cultural, social and economic history. In 2013, MOHAI reopened in its new location on Lake Union, in the heart of Seattle. MOHAI is accredited by The Alliance of American Museums and is a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a nearby local restaurant (approx. 1 block from the hotel). Tonight's dinner will be warm homemade pita, a variety of spreads, Greek salad with feta, smashed fried garlic potatoes, roasted seasonal vegetables, lamb kebabs/caramelized garlic-red wine glaze, chicken kebabs/yogurt dill, haloumi cheese & fig kebabs/balsamic reduction, and triple coconut cream pie bites with coffee, tea, or iced tea.

Evening: We’ll have a presentation on an interesting aspect of Pacific Northwest history.

DAY
3
Pike Place Market / Space Needle / Chihuly Garden & Glass
Seattle
B,L
The Warwick Seattle Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, use your voucher to choose from a variety of menus which include eggs, breakfast meats and potatoes, pancakes and waffle, hot oatmeal and cold cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and pastry, milk, juice, coffee/decaf, tea and water.

Morning: Presentation on the history of Pike Place Market. Following, enjoy a walking field trip to experience and explore the market. Our guided walk will include “seldom seen spots” along the way, as we take in the aromas, the sights, the culture and creativity, and of course the “flying fish” that have made Pike Place one of the nation’s most popular market sites.

Lunch: We'll board the Monorail to Seattle Center and The Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit, and Space Needle. Before heading off to explore, we'll enjoy lunch together at the Seattle Center Armory.

Afternoon: After lunch, you'll receive tickets for the Space Needle (also located at Seattle Center); Chihuly Garden & Glass; and a return monorail ticket. The afternoon is yours to explore these iconic spots at your own pace. Additional nearby activities to explore on your own during free time include: EMP Project Music Experience, Gates Visitor’s Center, and the Century 21 Exhibit.

Dinner: Have dinner on your own or with new friends from the program! There are many wonderful dining choices near the hotel. Your group leader can assist with suggestions.

DAY
4
Travel to Victoria, BC aboard the Victoria Clipper Passenger Ferry/Royal BC Provincial Museum
Victoria, British Columbia
B,L,D
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Breakfast: We’ll start early by packing our sack breakfasts to go, and enjoy breakfast aboard the Victoria Clipper. Hot coffee or tea will be available on board the Victoria Clipper.

Morning: Travel to Victoria, BC aboard the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry. Our three hour cruise will provide ample opportunity for wonderful water vistas along the way.

Lunch: Lunch upon arrival at “Jonathan’s” Restaurant in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites. Lunch will feature a buffet with two choices of soup, green salad with house dressing, Jonathan's Caesar salad, macaroni salad, sandwiches (roast beef, turkey or veggie), plus coffee, iced tea or tea.

Afternoon: Field trip on foot to the Royal BC Provincial Museum. Explore the museum's treasures through its unique galleries. The Museum showcases the human and natural history of British Columbia, and features periodic exhibitions of international renown. Highly realistic and inviting displays, such as the Ice Age and Coastal Forest dioramas, provide visitors with a sense of having truly experienced the authentic settings of many exhibits. Walk back to the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites to check-in.

Dinner: Tonight’s dinner will be plated and will include: green salad with house dressing, lemon breaded sole with white wine butter sauce, rice & seasonal vegetables, Crème Brule, iced tea, coffee or tea. Vegetarian alternative by advance request.

Evening: After dinner, your group leader can assist with a route for an optional walk around Victoria's inner harbour area.

DAY
5
BC History Presentation / Parliament Building / James Bay Walking Exploration / Prelude to Butcharts Garden
Victoria, British Columbia
B,L,D
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at “Jonathan’s” Restaurant in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features eggs, breakfast meats, pan fried potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt, mini-muffins, toast, orange juice coffee, iced tea or tea

Morning: To start our morning in Victoria, we'll learn about Victoria's rich history from an expert historian. Then, we'll walk to the Parliament Building for a guided exploration of the legislative center of the city. The capital city of Victoria is where the BC Provincial Government assembles to make the laws and decisions of our province and it is also where the legislation assemblies are held. Your guide will take you behind the scenes of the rich history that this spectacular building holds.

Lunch: Special lunch in the Legislative Dining room within the Parliament Building. Bring your driver's license or photo id for admittance to one of Victoria's best-kept dining secrets. Far from being a simple pit stop between debates, the subterranean eatery is a delightful, silver-service restaurant showcasing the best in regional ingredients. Choose from a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads with coffee, tea or hot tea.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll return to the hotel and the group will split into two smaller groups for afternoon activities. Half of the group will enjoy “Victoria: A Lady with a Past” guided walking excursion of the inner harbour where you see the sites and the hear the stories behind them. The other half of the group will enjoy “A Brush With Nature” at the Robert C. Bateman Centre. Robert Bateman’s realistic painting style, featuring wildlife in its habitat, encourages the viewer to closely observe the natural world. Note: This activity is repeated on Day 6 to allow everyone the opportunity to participate in both activities.

Dinner: Tonight’s dinner will be plated and will include: Jonathan’s Caesar salad, Chicken Cannelloni, fresh dinner roll, profiteroles with chocolate drizzle, iced tea, coffee or tea. Vegetarian alternative by advance request.

Evening: Evening presentation gives an insider's view of seasonal highlights to come at Butcharts Gardens.

DAY
6
Fort Rodd Hill National Historic site / Fisgard Lighthouse / James Bay Walking Exploration-Cont'd / Evening free time
Victoria, British Columbia
B,L
Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at “Jonathan’s” Restaurant in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features eggs, breakfast meats, pan fried potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt, mini-muffins, toast, orange juice coffee, iced tea or tea

Morning: Board the bus to Fisgard Lighthouse at Fort Rodd Hill for a guided walk of this National Historic Site.

Lunch: Special group lunch at the oldest pub in British Columbia. The food is made from scratch using the best and freshest ingredients, using herbs and vegetables from their own organic culinary garden. Choose from a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads with coffee, tea or hot tea.

Afternoon: When we return to the hotel, we'll split into two smaller groups for afternoon activities. Half of the group will enjoy “Victoria: A Lady with a Past” guided walking excursion of the inner harbour where you see the sites and the hear the stories behind them. The other half of the group will enjoy “A Brush With Nature” at the Robert C. Bateman Centre. Robert Bateman’s realistic painting style, featuring wildlife in its habitat, encourages the viewer to closely observe the natural world.

Dinner: Dinner on own to experience Victoria's rich dining options! Your group leader will provide you with a list of nearby options.

Evening: Free evening to relax in your room; enjoy the hotel's pool or game rooms or enjoy an evening walk around the harbour.

DAY
7
Butcharts / Washington State Ferry from Sidney BC to San Juan Island
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Friday Harbor Suites

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at “Jonathan’s” Restaurant in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features eggs, breakfast meats, pan fried potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt, mini-muffins, toast, orange juice coffee, iced tea or tea

Morning: Board motor coach for a field trip via the Peninsula Loop / Marine Drive and Mt. Tolmie where you can see panoramic views of Saanich and Victoria across to the Olympic Mountain Range and to Mt. Baker in the Cascades. Your next stop will be the famous Butchart Gardens, home to 55 acres of beautiful floral displays divided into four main gardens.

Lunch: Indulge in the traditional midday gathering "Afternoon Tea" hosted in the original Butchart family residence. From the Dining Room, enjoy spectacular views of the Private Garden, the Italian Garden and Tod Inlet. Your "Afternoon Tea" features savory tea sandwiches; traditional delicacies such as sausage rolls and quiche; berry trifle; numerous house-made sweets; scones; and choice of tea or coffee.

Afternoon: Board motor coach for Sidney, BC and the ferry dock where you will clear customs/immigration and board the ferry bound for San Juan Island. Then, board the Washington State Ferry for Scenic trip across the Haro Strait into the San Juan Archipelago and arrive to Friday Harbor, San Juan Island.

Dinner: Late Dinner upon arrival in Friday Harbor. Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, home-made lasagna (choose from meat or veggie lasagna), and garlic bread – topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Due to late arrival and dinner, no evening activities are planned.

DAY
8
Coast Salish History/San Juan Historical Museum/Whale Museum
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L
Friday Harbor Suites

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: Begin the morning with a presentation by local expert with perspective on Coast Salish Native History in the Islands. Before lunch, we split into two smaller groups. One group will walk to the San Juan Historical Museum to explore and learn how islanders have adapted to life in the islands over time. The other group will walk to the Whale Museum, a delightful museum dedicated to the stewardship and preservation of whales and ecosystems in the Salish Sea. *Note: this activity will be repeated after lunch to give everyone the opportunity to visit both local museums.

Lunch: Have lunch the way you like it! Lunch will be served buffet-style and features a soup of the day with salad bar (including green leaf / spinach salad, a variety of fresh raw veggies, potato salad, three bean salad, and more) – topped off with coffee, tea, iced, water and dessert of the day. Y

Afternoon: After lunch, we split into two smaller groups. One group will walk to the San Juan Historical Museum to explore and learn how islanders have adapted to life in the islands over time. The other group will walk to the Whale Museum, a delightful museum dedicated to the stewardship and preservation of whales and ecosystems in the Salish Sea.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many quaint restaurants in in Friday Harbor. Your group leader can provide you with a list of local options.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to relax at the hotel or enjoy a stroll the seaside town of Friday Harbor.

DAY
9
Meet a Local Artist / San Juan Island Excursion
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
B,L,D
Friday Harbor Suites

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice.

Morning: BMorning activity begins with a presentation showcasing the creative and artistic spirits that are abundant in these islands. Meet a local guest artist! Following, enjoy a field study excursion around the south end of San Juan Island to American Camp National Park and then to Pelindaba Lavender Farm.

Lunch: Since we’ll be out exploring, we’ll enjoy a picnic/bag lunch today. Our caterer will provide whole fresh fruit or fruit cup, chips, bottled water, and a chef’s choice fresh bakery treat for everyone. Each member of the group will build their own sandwich to their liking – choosing from an assortment of meats, cheese, breads, and condiments/accoutrements.

Afternoon: Our field trip continues to Lime Kiln Point State Park, one of the best places in the world to view whales from a land and home to Orca research outpost and lighthouse. We'll continue on to San Juan Island National Historic Park- British Camp with historical, cultural and scenic interest. At our final destination at the northern tip of the island, you'll have a choice to visit either the historic Roche Harbor Resort Village on a guided excursion (with its lovely marina and English gardens) or visit the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park (where you can view hundreds of outdoor sculptures thoughtfully placed amidst acres of quiet forests, wetlands, meadows and rocky outcroppings).

Dinner: Our dinners are served buffet style so that you choose what works for you. Tonight’s dinner features NW green salad, prawns & scallops (in sun-dried tomato pesto), penne pasta and steamed veggies– topped off with coffee, tea, iced tea, water and dessert of the day.

Evening: Enjoy a musical farewell from a beloved local musician.

DAY
10
Departure Day
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island
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Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet: featuring a variety of fresh fruits, assorted hot/cold cereals, assorted breakfast breads (toast, English muffin, bagel, etc.), cottage cheese, boiled eggs, coffee, tea, juice. Breakfast is early today, so that we may catch the departing ferry.

Morning: Depart Friday Harbor, San Juan Island via the Washington State ferry and chartered motor coach. The ferry departs at approximately 8:00 am and will take us to a chartered bus in Anacortes, WA. The program concludes in Seattle with drop off at SeaTac International airport(approximately 12:30pm) or the Warwick Hotel,Seattle (approximately 1:30pm). Since we do not arrive at SeaTac airport until approximately 12:30 pm, we recommend scheduling outbound flights after 2:30 pm (to allow ample time to check bags, go through security check points and get to your flight gate).