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Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

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Seattle, United States
Private Tour: Seattle Highlights

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


See the best of Seattle on this private, 3-hour, sightseeing tour. Pick and choose the sites and attractions with the most appeal and let an expert guide lead the way. Consider the many options: the iconic Space Needle, the famous Pike Place Market and the Elliott Bay waterfront. How about Pioneer Square, the birthplace of Seattle, or the Ballard Locks? Get sweeping views of Puget Sound and Mt Rainier. This customizable tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private customizable sightseeing tour of Seattle
  • Visit your choice of top Seattle attractions including Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square and the Ballard Locks
  • Whiz up the Space Needle (own expense) to enjoy sweeping views of Mt Rainier, Puget Sound and the city skyline
  • Soak up the bustling Northwestern atmosphere of neighborhoods such as Belltown, Chinatown and Queen Anne Hill
  • Visit local art galleries and grab coffee at the original Starbucks (own expense)
  • Your expert local guide helps tailor the tour to your tastes and provides commentary on local history, culture and architecture
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Private tour
Professional guide
Pickup at location of choice in the greater Seattle area
Admission to Space Needle
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Seattle , Seattle, Seattle, Washington

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1/2/2022 - 12/30/2022
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.Private Tours we pick up and drop off with in the greater Seattle and SeaTac area. Contact us to arrange if you do not see your location listed.
After downtown hotel pickup, begin this private, customized tour around Seattle. Ask the friendly and knowledgeable guide for advice on where to go or make some selections and let the sightseeing start.

Where to begin? There are plenty of options. Consider Belltown, the city’s most populated neighborhood and home of the famous Pike Place Market, one of the oldest public farmers markets in the United States. It overlooks the Elliott Bay waterfront, with its span of parks and piers, ferry and ship terminals and promenades and public spaces. Coffee lovers will want the experience of visiting the original Starbucks here, too. Feel free to stop and get out at any of the sites or attractions that look especially appealing.

Not far from Belltown is the iconic Space Needle. Don’t let this opportunity pass by. Jump out, buy a ticket and ride to the top for unforgettable views of majestic Mt Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, Puget Sound and the Seattle skyline. Consider visiting the lookout point on Queen Anne Hill for a breathtaking view of the city from a distance.

Ballard Locks is one of Seattle's most popular tourist attractions, especially during the warmer months. There’s Pioneer Square, the birthplace of Seattle, with great restaurants, shops, night life and home to two pro sports teams. Then there’s the Chinatown-International District, also known as ID, also one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods. Travel to the Lake Union area, with a number of floating homes, including the one from the movie Sleepless in Seattle. Pass by the University of Washington and find the famous public sculpture called the Fremont Troll.

Choose a few or choose them all. This private tour of Seattle makes it easy.
Stop At:  
Pioneer Square
This stop is old Seattle, brick clad buildings house a secret and are full of interesting antique and art galleries. Unique retail shopping, Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Waterfall Garden Park and The Firefighters Memorial are all features on this pleasant part of the city.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Elliott Bay Waterfront
Washington State Ferries, Seafood restaurant and fish and chowder bars, Aquarium, the Great Wheel, and Sculpture Garden park.
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Pike Place Market
USA's oldest continuous running farmers market. Fishmongers, fruit and vegetable vendors, flower vendors, the soul of the city and must see place in Seattle. A stop here can be arranged if desired.
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Space Needle
Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, MOPOP, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Queen Anne Hill
Nice neighborhood with Queen Ann style homes and great views.
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Olympic National Forest
view only on clear days
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Mount Rainier
views only on clear days
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Chinatown International District
optional part of the tour based on time, but has areas of interest including markets, museums, Tong buildings and art.
Stop At:  
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
Seattle 3rd most popular attraction. The locks are basically boat elevators moving boats from salt to fresh water and vise versa. Salmon are going through a fish ladder from mid June to October. Other wildlife can be found depending on the Season.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
T-Mobile Park
Home of the Seattle Mariners our major league team.
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Fishermen's Terminal
Home to a large fishing fleet of over 700 vessels, including some of the crab boats from the show (Deadliest Catch)
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CenturyLink Field
Home of the NFL franchise the Seattle Seahawks.
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Olympic Sculpture Park
A great park on Seattle's waterfront full of art and miles of a shorline walk.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a jacket are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Customized Tours
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Seattle Highlights?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Seattle Highlights?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Seattle Highlights?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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    City tour of Seattle
    , Jul 2020
    Our guide, Capt. Steve was an excellent tour guide. He had lots of information about the sites/history of Seattle. He made everything very interesting. He was also very accommodating to my grandchildren(ages 9 and 4). We saw everything and more. I would highly recommend using Capt. Steve. I would use him again!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
    Thank you for your review. We are grateful to have Captain Steve as part of our team at Customized Tours.
    Seattle city tour
    , Sep 2018
    The tour was excellent and our tour guide exceptional. Great value for the money. Would highly recommend this tour to family and friends and would definately use viator in my future travels.
    Wonderful tour! Our tour guide knew everything and really showed us a great trip!!
    , Jul 2018
    If you only have a few hours and want to cover everything this is the trip for you!! The price was reasonable and we gave a nice tip!
    Amazing Private Tour
    Ashley L
    , Jul 2018
    We actually were the only family on this tour. We had the whole van to ourselves and our guide was amazing. He was extremely nice and took his time showing us around to all the wonderful sights in Seattle. We got a history lesson the gold rush and how it influenced the city. We stopped by a cool local glass store and got to watch them make a glass plate right in front of us. You cfould feel the fire of the stove while watching. It was really memorable experience.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    We extended our tour to 4 hours to...
    Paula H
    , Dec 2017
    We extended our tour to 4 hours to take advantage of a layover. The tour guide was very informative and backed all the experiences up with a history lesson.. I thought we saw a lot of Seattle in 4 hours and decided that from now on, I will want to have a tour of a new city if I'm going to be there a few days, just so I know what sights I want to go back to for a closer look. My only other comment is that I thought the traffic in Seattle was some of the worse I have ever been in and our driver knew all the shortcuts....still really busy. Need to allow plenty of time.
    This tour was outstanding. We were...
    , May 2017
    This tour was outstanding. We were able to get an excellent overview of Seattle and our guide was very accommodating to meet our individual requirements. He adjusted the timing of our stops to allow extra time in places we found especially interesting and even changed the end location so that we could have lunch at a special restaurant near the Aquarium. On another day, we re-visited the city with local friends and found that we were indeed well versed in Seattle lore and were very comfortable in our Seattle Highlights knowledge. Highly recommended.
    I'm sorry but our tour operator was...
    Doreen M
    , Nov 2016
    I'm sorry but our tour operator was very rude, He didn't introduce himself and came and spoke to us as though we were kids. We were waiting in our hotel lobby for him for 45 minutes and he came in and said so rudely, I have been waiting for you for so long parked on the main road. We didn't know this as usually they come to the hotel lobby. We only did half the tour and asked to go back to the hotel.
    Don was our tour guide for Seattle...
    , Oct 2016
    Don was our tour guide for Seattle, and he was amazing. It was only Don and the 4 of us, and he made every effort to show us everything, stop when we wanted to take a picture, etc. It was a great and fun experience. Kudos to Don.
    We were given an overview of...
    Dotsy C
    , Aug 2016
    We were given an overview of Seattle. Our driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. He went out of his way to make us comfortable and to try to show us everything he could in the time allotted. Our problem was that it was a Friday afternoon in Seattle traffic!
    Don picked us up at our hotel with a...
    Eileeen D
    , Oct 2015
    Don picked us up at our hotel with a comfortable Ford Van. He had spent his whole life in Seattle so he was able to share his knowledge and history of the many neighborhoods we visited. We loved our break at the chocolate factory, especially the sampling, which was encouraged. We were even able to stop at the ballet school where our friends grandson had come for advanced training. At the end of a great morning Don dropped us off for lunch at one of his favorite spots within easy walking distance of our hotel. We were so comfortable with the city after our tour that we ventured out in the afternoon to the Chihouly Garden and Exhibit fabulous under the Space Needle and took the monorail to near Pike Place for dinner at Etta's before ending our beautiful day in Seattle. Thank you Don for a great tour experience, Eileen, Bob, Marcia and Jack
    Good tour of the city. The vehicle was...
    Melinda M
    , Jun 2015
    Good tour of the city. The vehicle was pretty rough riding though and uncomfortable.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    It was wonderful. Our tour guide was...
    Connie R
    , Jun 2015
    It was wonderful. Our tour guide was the best and took us to see the best in Seattle.

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