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American West Coast Silversea Cruise

Mixed Board Basis 14 nights from £4,599 per person Including Flights

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Overview

Explore the legendary west coast of North America beginning in the sunshine city of San Diego, cruising along the Pacific coastline north to Vancouver. Stay aboard the luxurious Silver Explorer, where not only will you enjoy butler service and gourmet dining, you will also  sailing with several experts, leaders in their field chosen for their knowledge and enthusiasm, who will give lectures, run workshops, lead Zodiac trips and guide nature walks.

Cruise California’s golden coast, from the urban metropolis and palm lined beaches of San Diego, to the stunning caves, trails and beaches on Santa Cruz Island. Marvel at the classic Californian buildings and charm of Monterey, and San Francisco’s impressive architecture. You’ll then journey to Oregon, where you can visit an array of fascinating museums and incredible viewpoints in Astoria, and the Lewis & Clark Trail in Rainier. Catch a rare glimpse of Mount St Helens Crater from hikes and observatories.

From Oregon, you’ll sail to the Evergreen State of Washington to experience the National Parks and trails. of Port Angeles, remarkable museums, parks and attractions in Olympia and quirky cafes, galleries and shops on the coastal island of Anacortes. You’ll sample culinary specialities of the Pacific North West and taste the local wine, beer and cider.

To finish your trip, you’ll head to one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver

2018 sailing: 2 May cruising for 11 nights

Please note that you can also enjoy the following cruises on the Silver Explorer along the West Coast: 13 May cruising from Vancouver to San Francisco for 9 nights; 6 Sep cruising from Vancouver to Portland Oregon for 9 nights. Please ask for prices and details.

 

Details

Day 1
San Diego

Fly into San Diego and transfer to the hotel US Grant, or an alternative hotel of your choice. You may want to arrive a couple of days earlier to enjoy some time in this fabulous coastal city.

Day 2
Embark cruise ship

Board the Silver Explorer and settle into your suite. This is a lovely intimate ship in the Silversea fleet, accommodating a maximum of 130 guests. The suites are all serviced by butlers, and feature marble bathroom with walk-in shower and Bulgari amenities, stocked fridge, seating area, flat-screen TV with on-demand movies and WiFi. At 17.00 you will set sail, heading north along the Pacific coastline.

Day 3
Santa Cruz Island, California

Arriving early morning at Santa Cruz Island, you will have the morning to explore this island, home to an amazing array of natural features such as three mountain ranges, deep canyons, giant sea caves and expansive beaches.  There will be different options for hikes – short or long, easy or strenuous. Walk up the Navy Road for a short distance to get a nice view from above. The Pelican Bay Trail will head in a northwesterly direction. During the moderate to strenuous hikes, pass California lilac bushes and will be on the look-out for Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, the Island Scrub Jay and the Santa Cruz Island Fox.

Day 4
Monterey, California

Choose either a full day excursion, driving along Highway 1 to Bixby Creek Bridge and Big Sur, see Pebble Beach with its gorgeous homes, stroll the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-sea. Alternatively visit the Monterey Aquarium, play a round of golf at the legendary Pebble Beach golf links or take a 3-hour kayaking experience.

Day 5
San Francisco, California

Either explore this wonderful city independently or take one of the excursions to get the most from your time here. You will set sail late afternoon, and once Silver Explorer leaves the berth you should be out on deck passing by Alcatraz Island and then heading out to sea passing under the Golden Gate Bridge shortly before sunset.

Day 6
Day at sea

Enjoy wine tastings, talks by enthusiastic experts or a dance class. Or just slip away and immerse yourself in a good book.

Day 7
Astoria, Oregon

Cruise to the quaint little town of Astoria arriving early afternoon. A unique combination of rustic fishing village with Victorian-era houses, overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River. You can take a bike tour or a historical tour of Fort Clatsop State Park, including an interpretive walk through coastal rainforest before enjoying a beer tasting at Fort George Brewery. In the evening, the Silver Explorer will begin the cruise up the Columbia River.

Day 8
Rainier, Oregon

The charming settlement of Rainier nestles on the southern shore of the Columbia River and is named after nearby Mount Rainier. Rainier is due west of Mount St. Helens and during our morning we will take the Lewis and Clark Bridge, crossing into Washington to explore Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument. This monument certainly is one of the most powerful reminders of nature’s forces, and naturalists will share stories of the drama of the 1980 eruption – the most deadly and destructive eruption in the history of the United States. You will experience how volcanoes are monitored and what Mt. St. Helens has taught. At the Johnston Ridge Observatory birds-eye views into the still-steaming crater can be had and on a hike diverse birdlife and possibly deer, elk and beavers can be observed.

Day 9
Day at sea

Silver Explorer will sail downstream to reach the Pacific and then head north. Have a leisurely breakfast, attend a lecture or workshop, and take the time on the outer decks to look for seabirds, dolphins and whales. Relax in one of the lounges or read a book from the well-stocked library.

Day 10
Port Angeles, Washington

Port Angeles is located on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, across from the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It was occupied by indigenous Americans for thousands of years until the Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza entered the harbour in 1791, when it was named Puerto de Nuestra Senora de los Angeles. The name was anglicized in the mid 19 century by settlers from the United States.

Day 10
Olympia, Washington

Choose from either a half or a full day excursion. The full day option takes you to Mount Rainier National Park, where you will see alpine meadows, lakes, waterfalls, old growth forests, all combined with geology and volcanology –the 14,410 foot iconic Mount Rainier is an active volcano.

Day 12
Anacortes and Friday Harbour, Washington

Heading north, Silver Explorer will reach the San Juan Islands and Anacortes.

Anacortes is the main city on Fidalgo Island and a starting point for a visit to most other San Juan Islands. Fidalgo Island is the eastern-most island of the San Juan Archipelago and has an easy access via bridge to the mainland. The 67 miles of trails throughout Anacortes and Fidalgo Island encompass Mount Erie, four fresh-water lakes, one of the last old-growth forested areas on the coast and a variety of wildlife, including Bald Eagles. This is a place to explore the northern woods at your own or you can choose between a visit Deception State Park for nature walks, continue on to Whidbey Island and Fort Casey State Park and have a look at the Admiralty Head Lighthouse with sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as well as visiting Penn Cove mussel farms to sample this local delicacy. Or how about kayaking to see seals, porpoises, eagles and possibly killer whales?

During lunch Silver Explorer will relocate a short distance and will anchor between Shaw and San Juan Island for a visit to Friday Harbour. Wander the docks in Friday Harbor during an afternoon of self-exploration and relaxation. Watch at the boats, enjoy a walk down the waterfront, and look for the sculpture of Popeye, a female harbour seal that has been a frequent visitor to Friday Harbor.

Day 13
Vancouver

Arrive into the delightful city of Vancouver and disembark the Silver Explorer. Check into the L'Hermitage boutique hotel (or another of your choice) for a two night stay

Day 14

Vancouver

Enjoy a day exploring the diverse neighbourhoods of this fabulous city. You may want to book a foodie tour to enjoy the fusion cuisine of Vancouver or browse the shops of Gastown, a quaint historical district. You could take a horse-drawn carriage ride through beautiful Stanley Park or get a birds-eye view of the city from the Vancouver Lookout.

Day 15
Fly home

Either fly home or choose an extension to your North America adventure. You could spend a few more days in Vancouver, or cross the water to Vancouver Island and the delightful city of Victoria. Or you could pick up the Rocky Mountaineer train to take you into the Rockies and the stunning national parks of Jasper and Banff.

  • International flights & airport transfers
  • 1 night at the US Grant hotel in San Diego on a room only basis
  • 11 nights on board the Silver Explorer on a full board basis including drinks
  • 2 nights at the L'Hermitage Hotel Vancouver on a room only basis
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The US Grant  

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 - American West Coast Silversea Cruise

This stylish and luxurious hotel sits at the heart of San Diego, making it easy for you to enjoy the best sights and attractions that the city has to offer.

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Explore the wonderful city of Vancouver and stay in a luxurious, relaxed hotel. This is the perfect base to explore the attractions of the city.

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