The small group Seattle City Tour by Minibus is an intimate tour that explores the many forces that have shaped the city from past to present.
Seattle is a cultural mecca where technology, nature and the arts intersect to produce a rich tapestry of experiences. Your friendly guide will keep you entertained and informed with stories, facts, favorite places and so much more.
Take this tour early on in your visit to Seattle in order to benefit from all of the recommendations!
9:00 am & 1:30 pm daily
Hotel pickups occur between 35 minutes and 5 minutes before scheduled departures, depending on location. See Special Schedule Details.
Special Schedule Details
This tour does not operate on the following holidays:
The tour will begin in Seattle’s bustling downtown core highlighting the Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, Shopping District and the world’s first Starbucks!
Pioneer Square & Stadium District
Seattle’s original downtown is now a 35 square-block historic district filled with turn-of-the-century Romanesque architecture, art galleries & trendy restaurants, all of which border the sports stadiums for the Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners.
International District & Waterfront
Home to Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korea, Cambodian, and Hmong communities, this neighborhood continues to play a vital role in Seattle’s multicultural identity. Seattle’s waterfront includes the aquarium, ferris wheel, classic seafood restaurants, funky souvenir shops, historic piers and ferry and water taxi terminals.
Seattle Center & Queen Anne View Point
The Seattle Center is a 72-acre urban park and is the site of the 1962 World's Fair. The home of the Space Needle, Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project, Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass Exhibition and Pacific Science Center. Kerry Park on Queen Anne Hill provides a dramatic panoramic photo opportunity of Seattle’s skyline. You’ll also view the spectacular architecture and aesthetic in one of the city’s more exclusive, old-money neighborhoods.
Ballard Locks & Fremont Neighborhood
Opened in 1917, the lock system and ship canal connects the fresh water of lakes Union and Washington with the salt water of the Pacific in Puget Sound. It’s a popular destination for watching boats navigating between the two waterways. It also features a fish ladder for observing the seasonal migration of salmon. Fremont neighborhood, famous for its outdoor art and nude bicyclists in the Summer Solstice parade, is also a microcosm of the challenges Seattle faces as it grapples with growth. This once quirky bohemian artist colony is now transforming into a high-tech powerhouse with offices for Google, Tableau and Adobe while remaining true to its artsy roots.
This tour requires minimum of 4 passengers to operate. Tours usually depart as scheduled, but occasionally these minimums are not met. If the minimum number of persons is not met for the date and time of your reservation, you will be contacted at least 48 hours in advance to discuss alternatives.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many people will be on the bus?
All tours are designed to be be intimate, with no more than 14 guests per bus.
Do you have wheelchair access?
There is space in the back of the bus for wheelchairs, but guests must be able to climb three steps onto the bus.
Is there a restroom on board the bus?
No, but there will be a convenient break for refreshments and facilities approximately half way into the 3 hour tour.
How many stops will we make?
There will be 3 to 5 stops per tour, the main ones being (1) Kerry Park, with its outstanding panoramic views over the city, water and mountains, (2) Fisherman’s Terminal for restroom/refreshment break and a local “mystery treat”, and (3) Ballard Locks and fish ladder. This stop is a highlight for many guests. Unlike other tours, your guide will accompany the group to the locks and fish ladder and provide commentary on the history and operation of the locks, the life cycle of the salmon and its importance to the region.
Do you offer tours in languages other than English?
All tours are in English.
Minimum 4 passengers required for tour to operate. This tour includes pickup from designated Downtown Seattle hotels ONLY.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
Use the form below to select the date for your reservation. Calendar defaults to first available date. Please verify your date selection prior to submitting your order.
If you are unable to select a date, it means the tour is unavailable on that date.