Pre-Cruise Tour: Transportation & Seattle City Tour

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Seattle Shore Excursion Pre Cruise Sightseeing City Tour

From US$114.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Waiting to take off on a cruise? Get to know the beautiful city of Seattle on a small-group guided sightseeing tour around town. Hop in a mini-coach and enjoy a relaxing ride to the city’s most popular attractions, like the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and many more, including a great view of Mt. Rainier. Hotel pickup and port drop-off are included. Luggage will be safely stowed during the tour, and a timely return to the cruise port is guaranteed.
  • Pre-cruise Seattle city tour in a comfortable mini-coach
  • See Seattle’s top sights before boarding your cruise
  • Cover 50 miles of Seattle and its surrounding area and see the city’s most iconic attractions like Pike Place Market
  • Spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Rainier, and Puget Sound
  • Small-group tour limited to 22 people ensures a more personalized experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off at cruise terminal
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What's Included

  • Local, professional guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned mini coach bus
  • Luggage handling and storage onto the bus for the duration of tour
  • Drop-off at your cruise ship at Pier 66 or Pier 91
  • Hotel pickup and return is available for most downtown Seattle hotels
  • Gratuities (optional and not included in the price of this tour)
  • Food & drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

10:00 AM

Pickup details

We pick up from most hotels in the downtown Seattle area. We cannot pick up hotels that are not listed, at cruise ports or at private residences. If you are not staying at a hotel within our pick-up range, the closest meeting location information will be provided to you. Hotel pickups commence prior to departure time. Please call or email us to confirm hotel and exact pickup time. Please note, some hotels are inaccessible for our buses; therefore we may ask you to meet at another hotel for pickup. Meeting location in downtown Seattle (if you don’t require hotel pickup): Hyatt Regency Seattle (8th Avenue entrance) - 808 Howell St, Seattle, WA 98101.

What To Expect

Make the most of a layover in Seattle while waiting to take off on a cruise with this sightseeing tour around town. Hotel pickup includes the storage of any luggage. Just take a seat in the mini-coach and enjoy the comfort and convenience of this comprehensive tour of downtown Seattle’s main attractions and landmarks in and around the city.

See the famous Space Needle, then it’s off to Pike Place Market, one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the United States. Also stop at historic Pioneer Square and Ballard Locks, which provide a link for boats between Puget Sound, the Ship Canal, and Lakes Union and Washington.

On a clear day, majestic Mt. Rainier will be visible in the distance, plus there’s a perfect place to catch a beautiful panoramic view of Seattle’s skyline. See it all, and cover an impressive 50 miles of real estate, in just a few hours.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Seattle port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Pike Place Market (Pass By)

Olympic Mountain Range (Pass By)

Seattle Waterfront (Pass By)

Seattle Great Wheel (Pass By)

Pioneer Square

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Waterfall Garden Park

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

CenturyLink Field (Pass By)

Chinatown International District (Pass By)

Lake Washington (Pass By)

Lake Union (Pass By)

Fremont Troll (Pass By)

Fishermen's Terminal (Pass By)

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Discovery Park (Pass By)

Kerry Park

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Seattle Center (Pass By)

Museum of Pop Culture (Pass By)

Space Needle (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please contact local service provider to arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location after you have received your confirmation
  • Tour cannot pickup from private residences
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Hotel pickups are not available from airport area hotels
  • Hotel pickups commence prior to departure time. Please contact local service provider to receive exact pickup time at hotel
  • Service animals allowed
  • Tour typically gets to cruise ship port between 1:15pm-1:30pm for drop-off
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Traffic and road conditions may alter tour route
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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55 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Great Tour
Carey_C, Sept 2023
Very small tour group which made a much more enjoyable experience. Erica was very informative and ample time was provided for exploring some of the stops on our own. We made it to the cruise port as promised and would definitely recommend this tour.
Was nicely impressed!
Betsy_B, Aug 2023
I loved that we were picked up and dropped at the cruise ship. Excellent way to help us learn about Seattle and get to the dock.
Great Tour
Kara_M, Aug 2023
Fun experience and great guide. Lots of good info. Love learning the history of new cities!!!!!! Wish we had gone to the space needle
Great way to visit the city and have transport to the cruise port
Janet_H, Aug 2022
Great way to see Seattle and to learn about its history. Some lovely buildings as well. We stopped off to have a coffee break at Caffe Umbria which was very nice so nice that my Daughter and I went back there twice the next week when we got off the cruise ship and had time before getting a train.
Our Driver was friendly...
James_D, Aug 2022
Our Driver was friendly and very knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Seattle who wants a snapshot of things in Seattle.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks for joining us, James!
Seattle precruise
Patti_J, Aug 2022
Tom was an excellent tour guide. He had lots of information and he gave us a narrative of what we were viewing. Tom was very helpful and pleasant.
Guide was great but arrived 30 minutes late and not enough time at stops
Joyce_G, Sept 2021
Knowledge of tour guide .Very informative Some stops not really necessary and not enough time for others. Had no time at all at Space Needle.
Seattle tour
Thomas_V, Sept 2019
Your guide Charles was great! He was extremely knowledgeable about sites in Seattle. Impressed by his presentation anod driving skill.
Excellent tour to get a taste of...
Joe N, Mar 2018
Excellent tour to get a taste of Seattle. Picked up at hotel and dropped off at the cruise terminal. Driver was very personable and funny.
Once we got started the tour was...
Suzanne P, Oct 2017
Once we got started the tour was very informative. Adam made it very fun. However, there was some mixup in the pickup. Also, we went to the Chocolate store ? and it was closed due to a company event. I think the company should have alerted the tour company and guide of that closure. No worries, Adam was still very good!
This was a pre-cruise tour that...
Betty A, Sept 2017
This was a pre-cruise tour that picked you up at your hotel with your luggage, toured you through Seattle and left you off at your ship with your luggage. A wonderful way to see Seattle prior to a cruise. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, funny and a good guy to spend a few hours with. We know more about Seattle because of him and a good time learning. We highly recommend this tour if your are going to take a cruise.
Horrible! A waste of money. For...
Gail S, Sept 2017
Horrible! A waste of money. For example, we didn't stop at Pike Place which would have been preferred over stopping to see the lake and tour the neighborhood homes. We were also told that we would get to see the needle. Nada! This was a complete waste of money. Either be honest with your customer or change the tour to meet what is promised! Gail S.
Picked up on time and delivered to...
Lynette V, Sept 2017
Picked up on time and delivered to ship on time. City tour interesting, minimal photo stops, but was aware of this through previous reviews. Polite and good information.
The convenience of being picked up...
Susan_C, Sept 2016
The convenience of being picked up with our luggage , seeing the sights, getting out for some interaction and being dropped off at the ship was fabuloud!
Great overview of Seattle. We...
Howard B, Sept 2016
Great overview of Seattle. We wanted to use our time effectively and end with our transfer to the cruise terminal. On the day we took the tour, they combined the Pre-cruise with the normal city tour. It worked out very well.
Excellent - Though we were picked...
Jeneve_M, Sept 2016
Excellent - Though we were picked half an hour later than advised the tour ended up covering a lot of the Seattle area although did not go near space needle and we only saw it in the distance.
The tour was OK, I guess it would...
Judy K, Sept 2016
The tour was OK, I guess it would have been better if our tour guide was a little more presentable. He looked like he have just rolled out of bed.
Awsome overview of Seattle! The...
Margaret_H, Aug 2016
Awsome overview of Seattle! The guide was informative and knowledgeable about the city. Gave us good insight as to where and what we wanted to see to optimize our time while in Seattle. Stopped for several photo opps. along the way. Great way to start a trip!
This was a great opportunity to see...
Patricia_J, Jul 2016
This was a great opportunity to see Seattle on a limited time schedule before our cruise. Barry, our tour guide, was prompt, friendly and very knowledgeable! He delivered us to our ship right on time. Enjoyed the experience and I highly recommend this tour!
They say rate 1 to 10 on anything...
Charlotte W, May 2016
They say rate 1 to 10 on anything. Our tour was an 11. Best money spent in Seattle. I learned so much about Seattle and got to see it too. The Lock was my favorite. The getting on was very confusing and we had been picked up at the hotel and taken to another location and no one knew what to do with us. We were not on any list. Upsetting to me as I had paid on line before arriving. They keep calling and finally we got on a bus for a tour............That was a very bad experience.........But then the tour started and it turned out good..

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