*Revised itinerary day-by-day for 2021 departures of Exploring British Columbia & the San Juan Islands.

Expedition Highlights:

  • Explore the Salish Sea with more time in the San Juan Islands for kayaking, hiking, orca-spotting, and more.
  • Enjoy invigorating hikes and breathtaking views in Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Hurricane Ridge, Marymere Falls, and more.
  • Join an expert on a unique foraging experience and learn about the fascinating world of the photogenic fungi in the region. 
  • Visit the pene-exclave of Point Roberts, WA, a unique area which has been cut off from the rest of the world as a result of politics and the pandemic.  
  • Gain a unique perspective on the sea life thriving in these cool, rocky waters through the camera lens of our Undersea Specialist. 
  • Enjoy local wine and beer onboard throughout the trip, and a special farm-to-table dinner.

Day 1: Seattle/Embark 

Arrive in Seattle and transfer to the National Geographic Venture to begin your expedition. (D)

Day 2: Harstine and McMicken Island State Parks 

Tucked away at the southern end of Puget Sound is 18-square-mile Harstine Island. Kayak or stand-up paddleboard in one of the quiet bays, or go ashore and look for sand dollars as you stroll the tideline. Join a naturalist for a hike in the ravine, rife with moss covered cedar and fir trees, or choose to go on a foraging adventure and learn about the fascinating world of fungi in this area. If the tides are right, walk across the exposed sandbar to neighboring McMicken Island. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Deception Pass and Point Roberts 

Transit the exciting and narrow waterway of Deception Pass where ebb and flood tides create whirlpools and thrill seeking kayakers can often be seen surfing the standing waves. Come ashore in the pene-exclave of Point Roberts, Washington, where the 1846 Treaty of Oregon between Britain and the United States declared the 49th Parallel the border between the territories and effectively created a geographic oddity. You can’t travel to Point Roberts by land without passing through Canada, and if you have a child in 4th grade or above, you had better pack their passport with their lunch, for they have to pass through two border crossings to attend school on the US mainland. (B,L,D)

Day 4-5: Exploring the San Juan Islands 

Spend two days visiting the remote shores of the San Juan Islands, an archipelago in northern Washington State perfect for kayaking, exploring by Zodiac, hiking, and spotting resident orca pods. Walks with our expert staff will familiarize you with the natural and cultural history of the rugged northwest coast region. Gain a unique perspective of the sea life thriving in these cool, rocky waters through the camera lens of our Undersea Specialist. (B,L,D)

Day 6: Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge & Port Townsend 

This morning, wake up just off of Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge, an island teeming with bird life. Along with bald eagles and glaucous-winged gulls it is home to one of the last two breeding sites of tufted puffins and the third largest colony of rhinoceros auklet in the Salish Sea. Later this afternoon we will dock in Port Townsend and visit the Victorian-era Fort Worden State Park. Once home to 1,000 troops and officers, the fort and her neighboring sisters of Fort Flagler and Fort Casey made up the coastal defense system known as “The Triangle of Fire” protecting Puget Sound from enemy invaders. This evening, enjoy a tasting of ciders and local eats at a nearby cidery. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Olympic National Park 

Today we invite you to explore Olympic National Park. Choose to take in the sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains, subalpine meadows, and the Straits of Juan de Fuca from a viewpoint at Hurricane Ridge or enjoy an easy two-mile hike through the moss laden old-growth forest to Marymere Falls, a stunning 90-foot waterfall at Lake Crescent. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Seattle/Disembark 

Disembark this morning in Seattle and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)