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Ferries and Towns of Puget Sound


Ride the ferry boats, walk/shop the streets of small towns, enjoy a room with a view, visit a national park


  • 4 ferry rides on Puget Sound, including the longest routes, Seattle/Bremerton and Seattle/Bainbridge Island
  • Visit the villages of Poulsbo, Sequim, Port Gamble, and Langley as you make your way around the Sound
  • Guided tours: Poulsbo, learn about the town’s Norwegian heritage; Olympic National Park
  • 4 nights Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish – gaming for those who enjoy it, beautiful views for those who don’t 
  • Visit the grave of Chief Seattle, the Suquamish Tribal Museum and the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial – local landmarks which tell the history of the region
  • 9 meals: Sunday Brunch (plated), 4 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Door-to-door airport service
  • Roundtrip airfare to/from Seattle
  • 2650/2950 Gold Passport Points



Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Fly non-stop to Seattle. Enjoy brunch at Anthony’s (with a view) near the airport. The afternoon ferry ride to Bainbridge Island is the second longest (35 minutes) and one of the most scenic on the Sound. Suquamish is the home of the late Chief Seattle, the Native American who convinced his people to accept the coming of white settlers. Visit the museum, the Chief’s grave and hear his unique story.

Your lodging for four nights is at the beautiful Clearwater Casino Resort, overlooking the waters of Puget Sound. Dinner is at your leisure from the several choices on property. Walk along the Sound and sit outside near the fire ring in the evening. It’s really one of the most wonderful accommodations in our entire catalog. The tour days are of reasonable length, so you’ll have time to enjoy this beautiful resort. (Note:  The lodge building is completely separate from the casino - a 3 minute walk.) (BR)

Day 2

Just down the road from our waterfront home is Poulsbo. Founded by Scandinavian immigrants in the 1880’s, today it’s a popular tourist destination. We’ve arranged a short guided walking tour along with a visit to Sluy’s, the town’s legendary bakery, where you can pick out a FREE treat! 

Port Gamble is another colorful little spot in the Pacific Northwest. The old mill town has been restored and is a National Historical Landmark. Our visit includes time to visit the museum (where we will have dinner) and then see the town from a "ghost's point of view." (FB,D)

Day 3

More ferry rides and a lighthouse today! Travel to the waterfront village of Port Townsend and hear of its bawdy history before boarding the ferry to Whidbey Island (we'll have a little time here on the return trip this afternoon). Arriving on Whidbey, travel to the south end of the island to discover the small village of Langley. You'll want to explore the shops, pick a spot for lunch, and perhaps engage a local in conversation about their town. Then it's back to the ferry to retrace our steps to Port Townsend where the coach awaits to bring us back to the resort. Dinner is in Poulsbo with a decidedly local twist as the Sons of Norway Hall hosts us for Norwegian-style dining and perhaps entertainment.  (FB,D)

Day 4

Off to visit Olympia National Park this morning, featuring a stop at Hurricane Ridge for spectacular mountain views. Back down at sea level we make two stops in quaint Sequim for lavender and lunch. Eat at a popular diner downtown and then visit Purple Haze Lavender. Take some home if you wish, or sample their other products. Ice cream laced with lavender is included! (FB,L)

Day 5

Today you will travel south to Bremerton for the longest scenic ferry trip across the Sound, but first an important stop. There is a small memorial here, honoring some of the first Japanese-Americans to be taken away to internment camps from Bainbridge Island. Their story is told and it’s an important one. We'll have lunch in Bremerton before we catch the ferry across the Sound, then head to the airport and our late afternoon flight home. (FB, L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Sunday, July 16, 2023 to Thursday, July 20, 2023

5 Days, 9 Meals

Sunday Brunch (plated), 4 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners


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