Breakfast daily, 10 lunches, 9 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Seattle
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Arrive in Seattle. Welcome to Seattle! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Seattle–Leavenworth–Spokane. Depart Seattle and stop in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, where you’ll enjoy an included lunch of local fare. There’s time to stroll the charming streets of town or perhaps visit the Nutcracker Museum. Arrive in Spokane later this afternoon for an evening at leisure. You may wish to walk along the banks of the Spokane River or ride the Gondola Skyride over some of the area’s waterfalls. (B,L)
Spokane–Sandpoint–Whitefish. Start the day with sightseeing of Spokane, including Manito Park Gardens. Then, travel along the scenic Pend Oreille River into Idaho. Stop in pretty Sandpoint, where there’s time to browse the boutiques and galleries. Continue to Whitefish, Montana, just outside Glacier National Park, where you have a 3-night stay.
Whitefish. Excursion to Glacier National Park. A full day to explore the wonders of GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Board the vintage RED JAMMER buses that take you along one of North America’s most spectacular highways: Going-to-the-Sun Road. After crossing 6,664-foot-high Logan Pass, enter a wonderland of alpine scenery, where jagged mountain peaks, deep-green forests, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape. (B,L)
Whitefish. This morning, a guided tour of the CONRAD MANSION explores the historic elegance of a bygone era. Then, enjoy a GONDOLA ride to the top of Whitefish Mountain for fantastic views and photo opportunities. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore on your own. Maybe play a round of golf, browse the art galleries and boutiques, or just relax at your resort. This evening, enjoy a cowboy sing-along, and old-fashioned [LF] WESTERN RANCH BARBECUE.
Whitefish–Wallace–Coeur d’Alene. Depart Whitefish and travel along the spectacular shores of Flathead Lake. Stop in Wallace, Idaho, and tour the SIERRA SILVER MINE, where you’ll travel underground with an experienced miner and learn the history of mining in this region. A short drive brings us to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, where you’ll enjoy a sightseeing CRUISE. Tonight, why not explore the quaint downtown area of Coeur d’Alene with its shops, restaurants, and galleries?
Coeur d’Alene–Lewiston. Excursion to Hells Canyon. Today brings an exciting CRUISE into Hells Canyon, home to North America’s deepest river gorge. Hugging the borders of Oregon and Idaho, Hells Canyon is more than 200,000 acres of high mountain peaks, ominous canyon rim-rocks, and breathtaking vistas. See ancient petroglyphs left by the Nez Perce Indians and enjoy your captain’s folklore tales. Watch for deer and bighorn sheep, then enjoy a [LF] BARBECUE LUNCH along the river, where you can enjoy the magnificent surroundings. (B,L)
Lewiston–Washington Wine Country. This morning, visit NEZ PERCE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK and learn about the people who have called this home since the beginning of time. Cross into Washington and travel along the Snake River on the same route as Lewis & Clark. Visit the historic [LF] PATAHA FLOUR MILL, meet the family that works there, and enjoy a homemade lunch. Arrive in Washington’s wine country and visit a [LF] WINERY for a tour and tasting. (B,L)
Washington Wine Country–Mount Rainier National Park–Seattle. This morning, visit MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK for breathtaking views of its 14,000-foot peak. This evening, toast new friends as you admire fabulous waterfront views at a festive farewell dinner.
Seattle (Embarkation). Embark Holland America’s MS Westerdam to begin your cruise.
Cruising. Your cruise continues north toward Alaska today. Spend the day aboard the ship preparing for the endless scenic surprises that await you as you get closer to the Gulf of Alaska, abundant wildlife, and the many ports of call you’ll enjoy. (B,L,D)
Juneau. Visit one of the most remote capital cities—Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, Native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. (B,L,D)
Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park. This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea—making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events. (B,L,D)
Sitka. Step back in time in the charming port of Sitka, which reigned as the capital of Russian America for 100 years. Experience “life under the czars” with majestic onion-domed St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Sheldon Jackson Museum (housing prized Russian and Indian artifacts), and a lively performance by the New Archangel Dancers. (B,L,D)
Ketchikan. Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques. (B,L,D)
Victoria. Experience a bit of Britain in this Canadian city with its unique blend of Old World charm and New World experiences. Boasting the mildest climate in Canada, the city is green and beautiful year-round. You’ll find history, architecture, colorful gardens, and traditions like Afternoon Tea mixed with an abundance of outdoor adventure, world-class culinary experiences, and a vibrant art and culture scene. Visit world-famous Butchart Gardens, stroll along the Inner Harbour, or maybe sample some of Canada’s finest brews. (B,L,D)
Seattle (Disembarkation). The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Please schedule flights after Noon.