Ferries have become popular sightseeing vessels ever since they stopped requiring passengers to swim alongside so that they could pack in more cars. Enjoy the ride to glorious sightseeing with today's Groupon: up to 51% off a sightseeing tour from Kitsap Tours. Choose from three tours:
- $48 for the Bainbridge Island/Kitsap Peninsula Tour (a $97 value, including tax)
- $32 for the Bloedel Reserve Tour (a $64 value, including tax)
- $53 for the Kitsap Photo Safari Tour (a $106 value, including tax)
Once you've picked your Kitsap adventure, you'll be whisked away by Washington State Ferry, which departs from downtown Seattle (ferry fare from Seattle to Bainbridge not included), and then in turn be whisked away aboard Kitsap's new luxury touring minibus—equipped with reclining leather seats and a rear compartment for any purchases you make. Every trip is subject to whale sightings (though not every tour is subject to whale attacks), and guests should prepare to gasp with the force of 1,000 unfrozen cavemen at the breathtaking mountain, ocean, and wildlife views that accompany each crossing.
The Bainbridge Island/Kitsap Peninsula Tour gives tour-takers seven hours to take in the small-town charm of Bainbridge and the history behind Port Gamble, an old company timber town, and Suquamish, the original home of Chief Seattle, as well as Poulsbo, a small town of Norwegian heritage on Liberty Bay. The Bloedel Reserve Tour takes you to the famous reserve on the northern end of Bainbridge Island, where the rugged natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest blends with fascinating groomed landscapes, including an internationally known Japanese garden. You'll also tour the visitor center, a stately, French-inspired country home whose library is packed with quaint, bound, paper reading devices that smell like library books. Both the Bainbridge and Bloedel tours give you the option to take the ferry back to Seattle at day's end or spend extra hours, even stay overnight, on Bainbridge Island for shopping, dining, kayaking, evading smoke monsters, and other island activities.
A local photographer leads the Kitsap Photo Safari to some of the best places on the peninsula for taking pictures of the spectacular landscape, timing each stop to ensure optimal lighting. The day ends with a wine tasting, during which the small group of shutterbugs can discuss their day's work over sips of Type A grape blood. Bring a camera and turn your computer wallpaper into an epic backdrop with today's Groupon to Kitsap Tours.
Ferry fare from Seattle to Bainbridge is not included, although the cost of the return trip is.
- Kitsap Peninsula Tour is a full day of sightseeing, history and heritage, shopping and dining with an optional electric boat or kayaking tour to Poulsbo's local "landmark " - harbor seals ! – Washington Adventures
- The specialty tours can revolve around a variety of themes: photo safaris, artists’ studios, culinary, agricultural, military or Native American history, to name a few. “I want people to experience things,” [co-owner] Jean Boyle said. – Leila Arciero, North Kitsap Herald
Husband-and-wife team Jim and Jean run Kitsap Tours, a company that explores Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas via a luxury bus. Voyagers might admire the forests in the Bloedel Reserve tour or go on a photo safari in the Kitsap Peninsula. The Bainbridge Island tour shuffles sightseers to rural areas and the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, whereas the Bainbridge Island and Kitsap Peninsula tour shows off the home of Chief Seattle. Tours take place onboard a luxury touring van or mini coach, which has a standup center aisle, reclining leather seats, a TV and DVD player, and a rear storage compartment for purchases or souvenirs of the world's largest key chain.
Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal
Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110Get Directions