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Seattle, Washington
Pioneer Place Park, Pioneer Square

"Haunted Underworld Seattle Tour, with Lisa Williams"

Thurs. Sept. 1, 2023
90 minutes: Meet at 7:30. Tour: 8:00 to 9:30 PM

Early Bird
Rate: $99 per person.

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Featuring Psychic Medium TBA:

During this unique tour of Underground Seattle, a renowned psychic medium will be on the lookout for hauntings, ghosts, and apparitions. She will report what she sees and feels. She might get some messages from the other side and even do some ghostbusting and send the ghosts into the light if they are willing to cross over to the other side!

Seattle's Undergound Tour:

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour is Seattle's most unusual attraction, a humorous stroll through intriguing subterranean storefronts and sidewalks entombed when the city rebuilt on top of itself after the Great Fire of 1889.

The 75-minute guided walking tour begins beneath Doc Maynard's Public House, then spills into historic Pioneer Square, Seattle's birthplace, before plunging underground for an exclusive, time-capsule view of the buried city.

It's the only way to tour the interconnecting tunnels of the world-famous Seattle Underground—don't be fooled by impostors.

All the while, tour guides regale you with sidesplitting stories our pioneers didn't want you to hear. It's history with punch lines!

The tour ends in Rogues Gallery and the Underground Gift Shop, where you'll find displays depicting the past and Northwest memorabilia. Sons of the Profits, the book by Bill Speidel upon which the tour is based, is our most popular souvenir.

Doc Maynard's Public House, suitable for the entire family, offers affordable snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fresh Northwest seasonal fare, and a full bar.

The tour starts with a 15-minute seated introduction, convenient for a quick bite before heading underground.)

Touring the Underworld:

The Underworld Tour is an adults-only stroll through the old red-light district of the abandoned, underground city that was Seattle's birthplace.

A big-brother version of our world-famous Underground Tour, it's seamier, raunchier and laugh-out-loud lewd-icrous.

Totally inappropriate!

Admission includes a cocktail and stories you can tell your grandchildren, well, maybe not until they're older. Like in college.

Valid picture ID required.

Our Underground Tours are the only attractions that let you tour the interconnecting tunnels of the world-famous Seattle Underground. Don't be fooled by imposters!

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Historical Context

Seattle was consumed in the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. It was a town founded on mostly soggy tideflats whose streets would, whenever the rains came, bloat deep enough with mud to consume dogs and small children.

After the fire destroyed some 25 square blocks of mostly wooden buildings in the heart of Seattle, it was unanimously decided that all new construction must be of stone or brick masonry. The city also decided to rise up from the muck in which its original streets lay.

The city built retaining walls, eight feet or higher, on either side of the old streets, filled in the space between the walls, and paved over the fill to effectively raise the streets, making them one story higher than the old sidewalks that still ran alongside them.

Building owners, eager to capitalize on an 1890s economic boom, quickly rebuilt on the old, low, muddy ground where they had been before, unmindful of the fact that their first floor display windows and lobbies soon would become basements. Eventually, sidewalks bridged the gap between the new streets and the second story of buildings, leaving hollow tunnels (as high as 35 feet in some places) between the old and new sidewalks, and creating the passageways of today's Underground.

Eight years after the fire, in 1897, the Yukon Gold Rush brought 100,000 adventurers through Seattle en route to Alaska. The resultant financial boom brought to Pioneer Square all manner of entrepreneurs, including barmen and gamblers, con men and madams. When the rush was over 10 years later, these slippery people stayed on and gave the area a bad name. Reputable businesses moved uptown, and Pioneer Square was quickly forgotten.

The city's birthplace lay virtually undisturbed, like the ruins of Pompeii, for nearly two-thirds of a century, before it occurred to anyone that it might be a good idea to preserve it.

In May, 1970, the Seattle City Council adopted an ordinance naming 20 square blocks in Pioneer Square an Historic District. Later, Pioneer Square became the city's first neighborhood to be so listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Historic Preservation Act and related ordinances at the state and local levels were designed to preserve historic character and ensure sensitive restoration in old neighborhoods. Designation of Pioneer Square as an Historic District gave preservation the credibility it needed to capture the interest of bankers. The city kicked in funds for upgrading public right-of-ways and public spaces.

The Feds came up with a nice little tax-credit program for historic buildings, and — along with adventuresome tenants such as artists, architects, gallery owners, nightclubs and the Underground Tour—the preservation of Pioneer Square was underway.

Today, Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market, a few blocks north, are Seattle's famous old downtown neighborhoods.

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Ketchikan, Alaska

" Indigenous Alaska:
Timeless Totems of the Tlingit, with drumming ceremony led by Denise Linn"


Sun. Sept. 4, 2023
3 1/2 Hours: 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM


Early Bird Rate: $169 per person.

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One of our speakers will lead an awesome drumming session to invoke the Spirit of Alaska during this excursion. Percussion instruments will be provided.

Totem Bight State Park - Guide will walk guests through the Totem Park and explain the stories behind the totem poles and the native culture.

Potlatch Park - Guide will walk guests through the Totem Park and explain stories behind the totem poles and the native culture.

Both of these locations include Totem Poles, Clan Houses, and Carving Center on beautiful ocean setting.

Totem Heritage Center - Guests will see firsthand some of the original totem poles saved from villages in the area. As well as tools, cedar baskets, bentwood boxes among other Native Art.

Recommended Dress

We recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Sensible walking shoes that may get wet are also suggested.

Restrictions

Guests with physical restrictions must be able to get themselves onto and off of the van. There is approximately one quarter mile of walking required, with some inclines. There are some steps and thresholds to maneuver. Fold up wheelchairs can be stored on the transportation with advance notice.

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Please eat brunch or lunch before the tour.

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Juneau, Alaska

"
Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching — Guaranteed"

Mon. Sept. 5, 2023
4 1/2 Hours: 4:00 to 8:30 PM

Early Bird Rate: $329 per person.

Juneau's spectacular whales and the Mendenhall Glacier, all in a half-day program on a boat holding a maximum of only 40 guests. Whale viewing is guaranteed.

Your Juneau excursion adventure begins with a short drive to a scenic harbor. Here, you will board a mammal-friendly jet boat equipped with water jet drives to ensure a quiet underwater operation without dangerous propellers that may frighten or harm the animals. The boats have an enclosed and heated cabin, complete with indoor plumbing. In addition, the boat only holds a maximum of 40 guests. There are large viewing windows and an outdoor viewing deck, providing an up-close and personal experience while you observe and photograph the animals in their natural surroundings.

On this Juneau whale watching tour, you will be on the boat for approximately two hours in an area that the whales frequent every summer.

Returning to land, you will travel further into the valley to see the only "drive up" glacier in Southeast Alaska. Once you arrive at the Visitor's Center (entrance included), you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore on your own. You can walk around the Visitor's Center, which has an elevated view of the glacier across the Mendenhall Lake, or view exhibits, as well as a short film about the Juneau Ice Fields. For those guests feeling more adventurous during this Juneau excursion, there are several hiking paths around the lake area, including Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier face. At the appointed time, meet your guide for the trip back to town.

Recommended Dress

For all tours in Alaska, we recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Participants should dress in warm layers appropriate for changing weather conditions and temperatures, and comfortable waterproofed walking shoes.

Restrictions

Guests must be able to navigate a ramp that leads to a floating dock to access the boat. Due to dramatic tidal changes, this ramp may be steep. Folding wheelchairs are permitted on this tour, but must be stored at the office while on the boat. Walking at the visitors center includes some steps and inclines. Guests 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult of 18 or older.

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A snack and coffee is included.

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Skagway, Alaska

"Spectacular Scenic White Pass Rail and Drive"

Tues. Sept. 6, 2023
3 3/4 Hours: 7:30 to 11:15 AM

Early Bird
Rate: $259 per person

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Experience the best Skagway has to offer on this interesting and interactive Skagway White Pass Summit rail and bus excursion. A train ride on the White Pass Summit Rail will take you through history and some of the best natural scenery in the world. This bus and rail combination tour provides a view of the unparalleled beauty of Alaska from two completely different tour perspectives--one way by train and the other by bus.

Enjoy a relaxing 1 hour and 45-minute scenic journey on a train from Skagway to the top of the White Pass Summit. Along your journey you will pass Pitchfork Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, the Gold Rush Cemetery, William Moore Bridge & Overlook, Skagway Scenic Overlook, Fraser Train Depot, Tormented Valley, and the "Welcome to Alaska" Sign. You will also make a stop at the Skagway Scenic Overlook to stretch your legs, take pictures, and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the Alaskan wilderness. Please be advised that this Skagway port tour might alternate between operating with the bus portion first or the train portion first.

Please Note: All guests are required to have a valid passport or passport card in order to take this tour. If time permits, there will be one restroom stop during the bus ride or if requested in advance by one of the passengers on the bus.

Recommended Dress

For all Alaska tours, we recommend layers of clothing, with the top layer being water-proof. We also suggest comfortable walking shoes that may get wet.

Restrictions

The minimum age to attend the tour is 3 years old. This tour cannot accommodate (and accessible to) wheelchairs, motorized scooters, or strollers. Guests must be able to pull themselves up onto and down from the train and motorcoach.

Collapsible walkers can be accommodated as long as the walker does not exceed the following measurements, when folded up: 30 inches in length by 10 inches in width by 30 inches in height (including wheels). This tour can only accommodate "umbrella" style baby strollers that do not exceed the following measurements when folded up: 45 inches in length by 10 inches in width by 10 inches in height (including wheels). If there is no room on the bus, these items will have to be left behind with the local representative and delivered to the guest at the conclusion of the tour.

Please be aware that this tour operates in the wilderness, hours away from medical facilities. Although staff do have general first aid knowledge, this tour is not recommended for guests with serious medical conditions.

The tour will be crossing the Canadian border and then back across the US border. All US and Canadian citizens who are 16 and older will be required to present a valid passport. It is suggested to bring a photo ID as well. Any guest unable to produce the proper identification will not be able to participate.

US and Canadian citizens who are 15 years old or younger may travel with a certified birth certificate. People of all other citizenships are required to have a photo ID, a passport, and visa (If required) in their possession when crossing the border.

All minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian or if they are traveling with someone else they must have a letter of consent signed by all of the minors legal guardians. Any single adult traveling with a child under 18, must provide a death certificate for the non-accompanying parent(s) OR a certified letter from the non-accompanying parent(s) stating:

1) The accompanying parent has permission to take the child across the border,
2) The accompanying parent has the authority to make any and all decisions regarding any medical care required by the child,
3) Provide a daytime telephone number for the non-accompanying parent where they can be reached if there are any questions.

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Victoria, BC, Canada

"
Jewels of Queen Victoria's Garden City"

Thur. Sept. 8, 2023
1 1/2 Hours: 7:30 to 9:00 PM

Early Bird
Rate: $99 per person

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Discover the sights of Victoria on an open-air bus or classic turn-of-the-century trolley bus. This Victoria bus tour with on-board commentary gives you a quick way to see the main attractions of this beautiful city at the end of the day.

Victoria proves a gentle blend of colonial England and up-to-date Western Canada. The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast. Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and the Dominion of Canada, Victoria is one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, with British settlement beginning in 1841.

The city has retained many of its historic buildings, the two most famous landmarks are the British Columbia Parliament Buildings (home of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia) and the Empress Hotel.

The city's Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's and provides its own attractions, shopping and restaurants.

Experience Victoria in a unique and special way in the evening as the light at the end of the day provides a beautiful glow to a city that already shines!

Please Note: The evening city tour does not operate as a hop-on, hop-off tour. The tour is narrated in English.

Recommended Dress

We recommend comfortable clothing and sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes. A light or warm jacket may be needed, depending on the weather.

Restrictions

Guests must be able to step on and off the bus. This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair.

Meeting Instructions

Details will be provided on your ticket.

Additional Details

A snack and coffee is included.

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