Featuring a tour of the New Dungeness Lighthouse
• Tour 2 lighthouses
• View the tulip fields in La Connor
• Visit the towns of Friday Harbor and Port Townsend
• Crew gratuities and cocktails before dinner included
• 13 meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches 4 dinners
• Round trip airfare to/from Seattle
• Door-to-door airport service
• 2500/2600 Gold Passport Points
Fly from Sacramento to Seattle and travel by motorcoach north to La Connor. View the beautiful tulip fields before boarding the Island Spirit to meet Captain Jeff and his wonderful crew. A late lunch is provided on the ship. Cruise through scenic Deception Pass, named by Captain George Vancouver when he explored the territory. Look for marine mammals and enjoy views of the 175 San Juan Islands. Arrive in Friday Harbor this evening. It’s the county seat and the hub of island commerce and shopping. A wonderful dinner is served followed by a sinful dessert. An evening movie will be shown in the lounge. On board the Island Spirit – 4 nights (L,D)
This morning visit shops and galleries and enjoy a hosted visit to the Whale Museum to learn about the three local Orca Whale pods that return to the San Juan Islands each season. Later this afternoon we cast off to enjoy a wildlife search of the area. The New Dungeness lighthouse is a very special place. Built in 1857, it provides navigation safety to vessels entering Puget Sound and is available to tour. Captain Jeff is a lighthouse volunteer and a member of its association. Tonight we anchor in the bay behind the light. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a morning visit to the lighthouse and meet the weekly keepers of the light. Their job is to give tours, paint, mow the lawn and do small improvements and/or repairs. Will you walk up the 72 stairs to the lighthouse platform and step out into the weather? It is hearty exercise for the hearty at heart. Most folks have to walk 10 miles to visit the lighthouse. Not us! We will enjoy a beach landing with the crew of the Island Spirit. Captain Jeff will bring a special boat to land right on the beach up close and personal. Later today we weigh anchor. We are bound for Port Townsend and another lighthouse tour. (B,L,D)
This morning our docent will lead a tour to Fort Warden and the Point Wilson Lighthouse. Fort Warden is the site of the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman.” Established in the early 1900’s, the army artillery corps set up gun emplacements here to protect Puget Sound and Seattle. The guns are quiet but memories abound. Later today there is time to shop and enjoy Port Townsend. Tonight we’ll cruise south for a new anchorage close to Seattle in the Poulsbo area. (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast as we cruise to Seattle where we transit the Hiram Chittenden Locks. The locks lead us from the salt water of Puget Sound to fresh water above. Your captain narrates during the transit. Disembark after lunch for the airport and your flight home to Sacramento. (B,L)
As often happens with our very popular holiday mystery tours, this year’s tour sold out very quickly following our Spring Fling Holiday Preview Day. While space is currently unavailable, we are taking names for the waitlist. If you are interested in joining us this year, please contact our office.
Mystery Tours always feature great food. Heck, even the Rockefellers would be impressed with this dinner. A lavish Sunday Brunch you say? Breakfast with a view? Fancy accommodations? Well, of course! (The hotel pattern is 3 nights, 1 night, 1 night.) Oh, and the chocolate is free. Who doesn’t like FREE chocolate at Christmas time?
Featuring dining at the historic Mission Inn and some historical steps back in time.
Frankie always considered Chicago “his kind of town.” You are cordially invited to celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday (were he still with us) in style. Stay four nights at the Palmer House Hilton, one of Frank’s favorite places.
There’s a host of Christmas activities, but it’s the entertainment that really shines. Besides a great dinner party to celebrate Frank’s birthday (complete with a Sinatra look-alike singing your favorite tunes), you’ll enjoy two Broadway shows.
First, it’s Beautiful, the Tony-award winner about the life of composer/vocalist Carole King. If you loved Jersey Boys and Mamma Mia!, we think you’ll be crazy about Beautiful. Lots of wonderful music from the 60’s and 70’s and a fantastic story about an incredible singer and songwriter.
Also featured is Gotta Dance, a musical making its pre-Broadway stop in Chicago. You will, in fact, see the very first preview production of the show, directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, a Tony-winner in his own right. The show includes some original music by the late Marvin Hamlisch in a story line about an all-senior dance team. Uplifting and fun, it’s certain to be a hit in New York. You’ll see it first!
We mentioned Christmas activities and there are many. See the remarkable display of international Christmas Trees at the Museum of Science and Industry. There’s 75 in all, so bring your camera. On arrival evening, there’s an optional Christmas lights tour. You’ll enjoy lunch in the famous Walnut Room at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field’s) and take time to browse an authentic German-style Christmas Market, just blocks from your hotel. Stop for treats at the famous Magnolia Bakery or shop for gifts on the Magnificent Mile! There’s even an authentic Polish dinner in a charmingly beautiful local restaurant, and a luxurious holiday tea at the Drake Hotel, a Chicago landmark. Tour Director(s): Chris and/or Mark.
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