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West Coast Swing

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Trip Length: 11 Days/ 10 Nights

Prices from: $2,695 pp/do*

2016 Dates: Sept 19th-29th

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Notes: Port taxes of $165 per person are additional and not included in the above fares.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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The ‘Best of the West’ by train and grand cruise ship.

In 1939 Canadian Pacific put out a nifty brochure titled, appropriately ‘Glorious British Columbia’ and this heading summarizes perfectly our view of this beautiful Province. This Fall, we have a truly glorious holiday that features train travel, time in Seattle ‘The Emerald City’, two full nights in lovely Victoria, aptly described as “More British than Britain”, sightseeing including a visit to legendary Butchart Gardens with its famed floral displays and two days in Vancouver before the highlight of our holiday, a rare Pacific Coastal voyage down the West Coast to San Diego. With fine hotels, a leisurely pace and a traditional Ocean liner ambiance with Holland America Line, this holiday is always popular and always sells out.

In fact, stylish touches abound on this holiday, from our welcome dinner in Seattle, to a special cocktail party aboard the ms Noordam, and a very special evening in the elegant Pinnacle Grill during our voyage south to San Diego. Naturally, there is a professional tour manager from start to finish to handle all of the details so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

Our holiday begins with a scenic ride to Seattle aboard the Coast Starlight train with an two-night stay at the Roosevelt Hotel along with plenty of free time to enjoy ‘The Emerald City’. In Seattle, we have included a special welcome dinner and well as a visit to Pikes Market before we sail to Victoria for our two-night stay in this magical setting with plenty of free time along with our special visit to Butchart Gardens with traditional Afternoon Tea. In Vancouver, our guests enjoy an overnight stay at the splendid Sheraton Wall Centre along with a sightseeing tour and bon voyage luncheon on sailing. Saving the best for last, we then board Holland America’s ms Noordam at Vancouver for a rare Pacific Coastal voyage south to San Diego, a nice way to sample traditional Ocean liner travel, with a stop in picturesque Astoria, Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River en route. Onboard there is as much, or as little to do as you like and we cannot imagine a nicer way to travel home. We have included dinner one evening in the superlative Pinnacle Grill as well as a farewell cocktail party. There is only one flaw in this entire indulgent holiday, it will fill quickly and prompt reservations are encouraged to avoid disappointment.
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Highlights

  • Free train travel from any California or West Coast point to Seattle aboard the Coast Starlight, a scenic overnight journey.
  • Two-night hotel stay in Seattle at the classic Roosevelt Hotel.
  • Travel from Seattle to Victoria aboard the popular high speed ferry along the scenic Puget Sound, the best way to travel between these two cities.
  • Two-night stay in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia including sightseeing with a visit to famed Butchart Gardens.
  • Travel by ferry from Victoria to Vancouver with overnight stay at the Sheraton Wall Centre.
  • 4-night Pacific Coastal cruise from Vancouver to San Diego aboard Holland America Line’s Dutch ocean liner ms Noordam with a day-visit to charming Astoria, Oregon en route.
  • Return train travel to any California or West Coast point from San Diego.
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Day 1: September 19

One-way coach Amtrak travel is included from any California point to Seattle. Guests depart from their closest Amtrak city today for this overnight trip.

September 20

Day 2: September 20

Evening arrival into Seattle by train where we transfer to the Roosevelt Hotel for our two-night stay.

September 21

Day 3: September 21

All morning is free to relax and explore Seattle’s Space Needle, vibrant shopping, or Pioneer Square. Tonight is our special welcome dinner, a nice treat to meet your fellow travelers. A second night at the superbly located Roosevelt Hotel. (B,D)

September 22

Day 4: September 22

We depart the hotel late morning and visit Pikes Market before boarding the Victoria Clipper ferry for the high speed ride through the Juan de Fuca straight to Victoria. Overnight at the Hotel Grand Pacific. (B)

September 23

Day 5: September 23

All morning to relax or visit the magnificent Parliament Buildings and downtown Victoria. The Indian buffet lunch at the Bengal Bar of the Empress is recommended. After lunch, we enjoy famed Butchart Gardens with the special treat of Afternoon Tea at this lovely site. (B,AT)

September 24

Day 6: September 24

We travel from Victoria to Vancouver by ferry through the lovely Straits of Georgia. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore Vancouver’s vibrant downtown. Overnight at the Sheraton Wall Centre. (B)

September 25

Day 7: September 25

We depart the hotel this afternoon for a leisurely embarkation of the ms Noordam to begin our voyage to San Diego. We are scheduled to sail at 4:00pm. (B,L,D)

September 26

Day 8: September 26

Astoria, Oregon 12:00pm – 6:00pm (B,L,D)

September 27

Day 9: September 27

Cruising the waters of the Pacific Coast. (B,L,D)

September 28

Day 10: September 28

Cruising the waters of the Pacific Coast. (B,L,D)

September 29

Day 11: September 29

We disembark in San Diego after breakfast time and guests make connections to travel home. (B)

Photo Credit: Uncommon Journeys