Image: Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle
Steve Bloom  /  MCT file
"Eagle", a red metal sculpture by Alexander Calder, stands out against the Space Needle skyline in the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park. Spend a day exploring Seattle on your own, and then board the Victoria Clipper ferry for a two-and-a-half-hour ride to Victoria, B.C.
updated 2/26/2008 10:51:42 AM ET 2008-02-26T15:51:42

The Real Deal: Two nights' accommodations, ferry cruise, and a sightseeing tour from $439 per person—plus taxes of about $26.

When: Nov. 1-Dec. 22, 2008; add $20 through April 29; $30 for Oct. 16-31; $60 for April 30-May 30, Oct. 1-15; $100 for June 1-Sept. 30.

The fine print: Taxi transfers in Seattle and Victoria, a ferry cruise between Seattle and Victoria aboard the Victoria Clipper, transportation from Victoria to Vancouver by bus and ferry, and entrance to Butchart Gardens are included. Breakfast inclusion depends on the hotel. Hotel taxes are an additional 6 percent (about $26) per room. Airfare is not included. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $200. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Contact: Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, 877/460-3200, rockymountaineer.com.

Why it's a deal: The cost of this package breaks down to about $219 a day, and it includes hotel accommodations, transportation by ferry and motorcoach, and a tour of the Butchart Gardens. Aside from benefiting from the reduced group room rates when you book through Rocky Mountaineer, you'll save time and money by not having to make separate arrangements for hotels, transportation, and tours.

Trip details: The Explore Victoria and Seattle City Stop package includes two nights' accommodations: one in Seattle and one in Victoria.

The mini getaway begins in Seattle, where you'll stay overnight at the Roosevelt Hotel, a downtown boutique hotel near historic Pike Place Market, the Convention Center, shopping, theaters, and the Monorail.

Each of the 151 guest rooms comes with bathrobes, a hairdryer, cable TV with HBO, a coffeemaker, and an iron and ironing board. For convenient dining, try the adjacent Von's Grand City Café, which serves Northwestern cuisine (think salmon!) and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

While in Seattle, we suggest checking out one of the city's newest attractions: Olympic Sculpture Park a nine-acre former industrial site along the edge of Elliott Bay that has been transformed by the world-class Seattle Art Museum into a green space with gorgeous views and works by the likes of Richard Serra and Ellsworth Kelly.

After spending a day exploring Seattle on your own, you'll board the Victoria Clipper ferry for a two-and-a-half-hour ride to Victoria, B.C. You'll stay overnight at the 181-room Executive House, a family-run downtown property, directly across from Victoria Conference Center and a block from Victoria Inner Harbour. You can opt to stay instead at the nearby 177-room Chateau Victoria for the same price.

In Victoria, you'll tour the famous Butchart Gardens, whose 55 flowery acres—started in 1904 by Jennie Butchart—are located on Vancouver Island, part of Greater Victoria, and are open year-round.

  1. Don't miss these Travel stories
    1. Lords of the gourd compete for Punkin Chunkin honors

      With teams using more than 100 unique apparatuses to launch globular projectiles a half-mile or more, the 27th annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin event is our pick as November’s Weird Festival of the Month.

    2. Airports, airlines work hard to return your lost items
    3. Expert: Tourist hordes threaten Sistine Chapel's art
    4. MGM Grand wants Las Vegas guests to Stay Well
    5. Report: Airlines collecting $36.1B in fees this year

For the last leg of the trip, you'll travel for about 95 minutes by bus and ferry to Vancouver. From here you can choose to head home, extend your stay (from $98 per person per night), or join one of Rocky Mountaineer's signature rail vacation packages—you can learn more here.

You can extend your stay in Seattle or Victoria; expect to pay $92 to $172 per night.

You can upgrade to the Sheraton in Seattle and the Fairmont Empress in Victoria starting at $40 per person, based on double occupancy ($60 for solo travelers).

For more tips on what to do in the area, visit the official tourism sites of British Columbia and Seattle. Before you go, check the latest exchange rate, the local time, and the weather forecast at BudgetTravel.com.

Getting there: In a recent search on Kayak, the lowest multi-city fares we found, arriving in Seattle and departing from Vancouver in early November, are $402 from L.A., $414 from Miami, $458 from Chicago, $468 from New York City, and $485 from Houston; all on multiple carriers.


Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

Photos: The Emerald City

loading photos...
  1. Art & architecture

    The Experience Music Project and the Seattle Space Needle share acreage on the Seattle Center Grounds. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Bell Harbor Marina

    Boats move in and out of the Bell Harbor Marina, with the Seattle skyline as a backdrop. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Ballard Locks

    Visitors watch as boats make the transition from the fresh water of Lake Washington and Lake Union to the salt water of Puget Sound through Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, Seattle's Scandinavian neighborhood. (Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Seattle Art Museum

    The downtown Seattle Art Museum, designed by architect Robert Venturi, opened to rave reviews in 1991. (Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Lake living

    Modern apartments and condos sit on the hill above houseboats on Lake Union. The small Houseboat Tour takes passengers on a one-hour trip around the lake showing off the homes. (Barry Sweet / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Fish do fly

    Seattle's Pike Place Market is world-famous for its fresh seafood and produce, and its lively arts and crafts scene. (Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Curl up with a book

    With shelves specifically arranged in a non-linear formation, the main lobby of the Seattle Central Library. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Seattle Central Library

    A visitor to the new Seattle Central Library views an art installation set into an escalator wall in downtown Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Arch exhibit

    A stunning arch with usable space connects old and new exhibit areas at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. Set in the heart of downtown Seattle, the center is within easy walking distance of more than 6,000 hotel rooms. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Fun, sun & sports

    Parasailing on Puget Sound, with SAFECO Field (home to the Seattle Mariners) and the Qwest Field (home to the Seattle Seahawks) in the background. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A mile a minute

    Seattle Center's Monorail was built for the 1962 World's Fair, making the one-mile trip between the fairgrounds (now the Seattle Center campus) and the downtown retail district in less than two minutes. The Experience Music Project museum is in the background (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Mount Rainier

    The majestic Mount Rainier watches over pleasure boats on Puget Sound. (Tim Thompson / Seattle CVB) Back to slideshow navigation
  1. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  2. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  3. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

  4. Editor's note:
    This image contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.

    Click to view the image, or use the buttons above to navigate away.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments