SEATTLE & PACIFIC NORTHWEST
MAY 16-22, 2020
$2,100 per person double occupancy
$2,750 per solo traveler
As you break away from the congested airports and freeways, join us as we board the Amtrak Coast Starlight from beautiful, sunny southern California to Seattle, the emerald city. On the train, you will enjoy the fellowship of each other and good food as you take in the majestic scenery of the Pacific Coastline. The cozy seats and panoramic windows will give you the perfect view as the train hugs the rocky coastlines on the legendary horseshoe bend merged in the cascading mountains. Our journey includes stays at 4-star hotels, great dining experiences at well known local eateries in Seattle and Victoria, a visit to the iconic Space Needle and Pike Park Market, and a ferry ride to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. While in Canada we will have an opportunity to see the vivid floral displays at the enchanting Butchart Gardens and tour some of the highlights of Victoria. Our return to Seattle will include a full day at beautiful Mount Rainier, a national landmark in Washington. Don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning backdrops of your journey and every breathtaking moment.
Day 1: Depart Union Station on Amtrak in Los Angeles
The Amtrak Train Coast Starlight departs Union Station at 10:00 AM. The train passes through Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento and Portland. This route is the most spectacular of all train routes and provides a stunning backdrop to your journey to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.o.
Day 2: Arrive in Seattle, Washington
During the train ride to Seattle games and fellowship will be available. An optional devotion will be provided Sunday morning. Arrive in Seattle, Washington at 9:00 PM. Transportation to the hotel. Overnight in Seattle.
Day 3: Seattle City Tour (B, D)
After breakfast, depart for a ½ day Seattle City Tour where you will visit the Space Needle (Seattle Center), the Seattle Waterfront, Pike Place Market. The stop at Pike Place will allow you to have lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area. After lunch, you will continue your tour to other wonderful sites in Seattle. The remainder of the day is at your leisure and to prepare for dinner at a selected restaurant. Overnight in Seattle.
Day 4: Ferry Ride to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (B, D)
After breakfast, depart the hotel at 8 am for your ferry ride to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The trip to Victoria Island includes a two-hour ferry crossing. This is a large ferry and motion sickness should not be a problem. The ferry ride is a scenic route through the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. During the ferry ride, you are likely to see bald eagles. Upon your arrival to Victoria, you will have a walking tour of the Parliament area and other familiar sites such as the beautiful and historic Empress Hotel. Overnight in Victoria, Canada.
Day 5: Butchart Gardens (B, L)
After breakfast, spend a major portion of the day in the spectacular Butchart Gardens. A garden, which was once a limestone quarry, is now one of the most beautiful in the world and is listed as a National Historic Site. Lunch will be provided in Victoria. After lunch, you will have a bus ride through Victoria. At 5 PM arrive at the ferry for your return to Seattle. Overnight in Seattle.
Day 6: Mount Rainier National Park (B, D)
After breakfast, depart for a visit to Mount Rainier National Park. In 1899, Congress established Mount Rainier as a National Park. It is also deemed a National Historic Landmark. Mount Rainier is 4,300 meters above southern Washington and is the tallest and most glaciated peak on the US mainland. It encompasses over 236, 000 acres or over 350 square miles; home to more wildflowers than one can imagine making it an ideal springtime destination. After a wonderful day at Mount Rainier, prepare for your final evening in Seattle with dinner at a selected restaurant. Overnight in Seattle.
Day 7: Depart Seattle (B)
After breakfast depart the hotel for home on Alaska Air.
Day 8: Arrival in Los Angeles
9:00 PM arrival at Union Station in Los Angeles.
One-way train ride on Amtrak to Seattle and one-way flight return to Los Angeles.
Lodging at selected hotels. Costs are based on two persons sharing a queen bedroom. For persons requiring a single room, the single supplement cost is shown. The requirement for single room occupancy should be indicated when making your reservation.
Note: Lodging is not provided for the departure ride on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight. Travelers have the option to upgrade to a Superliner Roomette, if available. The Coast Starlight’s large seats are suitable for comfortable reclining.
Meals are provided as indicated on the itinerary.
Use of large motorcoach for your convenience.
All taxes related to the tour.
Cost of personal travel insurance.
Transportation of heavy baggage in excess of applicable allowance. Amtrak allows two checked baggage.
Gratuity for baggage handling, coach driver and tour guides. A suggested guideline of $100.00 per passenger to be paid in advance. Getaway With Joy management does not accept gratuities. All gratuities go to tour guides, bus drivers and others who assist passengers.