Optional Excursions


IJCAI-01 has arranged with Seattle V.I.P. Services to offer IJCAI-01 attendees a special tours program that includes some of the highlights of Seattle and its surrounding areas. The three optional tours are listed below. A registration form for these tours will be mailed with the confirmation of your IJCAI-01 confirmation.  For more information, or to have a tour form faxed to you, please contact AAAI at ijcai@aaai.org.


Independent Victoria Day Trip (Unescorted)

Friday, August 3


V.I.P. Services will arrange for passage aboard the Victoria Clipper for those wishing to visit the picturesque town of Victoria, British Columbia on their own. A scenic three hour cruise aboard this catamaran will bring you to this quaint "Old English" town. You will have plenty of time on your own to visit the many attractions and shops located within walking distance of the pier. Reservations aboard the Victoria Clipper can be made for any day of the week. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from Pier 69, which is a short cab ride from the downtown Seattle hotels. You must check in at the dock 45 minutes prior to departure to collect your boarding passes.


Note: Proof of U.S. citizenship (such as a passport, photo drivers license or certified copy of birth certificate) is required for all U.S. citizens (including minors) entering Canada. Foreign nationals should check possible visa needs for entry into Canada and re-entry into the U.S.


Hours: 7:00 am 9:45 pm

(Exact times may vary depending on departure date and boat used, schedule subject to change without notice)

Boat departs Seattle at 8:00 am and arrives Victoria at 11:00 am

Boat departs Victoria at 7:00 pm and arrives in Seattle at 9:45 pm


Includes: Round Trip Victoria Clipper Fare

Seattle V.I.P. Services Victoria Clipper Voucher


Price: $102.00 per person round trip

May 15 - September 12, 2001

(3 hour Service to Victoria)


Options: In order to provide plenty of time to enjoy all the sights in this charming city, Seattle V.I.P. Services can provide for overnight accommodations in Victoria. The additional cost will depend on the specific dates and hotel selected.


Note: Guests wishing to have High Tea at the Empress Hotel should be aware that there is a dress code. Shorts, blue jeans, jogging attire and t-shirts are not allowed.



7:00 am Guests arrive at Pier 69 to begin boarding Victoria Clipper

8:00 am Victoria Clipper departs for Victoria

11:00 am Arrive Victoria

11:00 am - 7:00 pm Free time in Victoria

7:00 pm Clipper departs for Seattle

9:45 pm - 10:00 pm Arrive Seattle



Seattle City Highlights Tour by Night with Dinner in the International District

Tuesday , August 7


pictureLearn why Seattle has been named one of America's most livable cities! V.I.P. Services' friendly and informative guides will give historical background on the area and point out interesting landmarks. Included in the tour is historic Pioneer Square, the International District, and Alki Point, the birthplace of Seattle. During the evening, you will enjoy a delicious Chinese banquet in the International District.


Hours: 6:00 9:00 pm


Includes: Motorcoach Transportation

Dinner Inclusive of Gratuity

Washington State Sales Tax

Seattle V.I.P. Services Tour Guide

Price: $50.00 per person, excluding alcoholic beverages



5:30 pm Tour guide arrives.

5:45 pm Motorcoach arrives. Boarding begins.

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Travel through downtown, Pioneer Square, Waterfront,

past Kingdome and into International District

6:45 pm - 8:15 pm Dinner

8:15 pm Depart fopr Alki. Stop at viepoint to look at Seattle.

Drive along Harbor Blvd. to view Statue of Liberty

and Lighthouse before returning to Seattle

9:00 pm Return to Seattle



Mt. Rainier Tour
Saturday, August 11



For many years Mount Rainier has been the landmark and sacred ground for the Indians and is now the symbol of natural grandeur for the Northwest. This majestic peak (Elevation: 14,411 feet) was named by Captain Vancouver of the English Navy in 1792 for his friend, Admiral Peter Rainier. You will enjoy a drive through the countryside to Mount Rainier National Park (Elevation: 5,400 feet), with its easy hiking trails that pass waterfalls, massive glaciers and fields of wildflowers. There is an informative Visitor Center with panoramic views and slide and movie presentations on the park and its history. Snack and gift shops can be found at the Visitor Center and the beautiful Paradise Inn. Our informative guides will help you make the most of your time spent in this wonderful park. Jackets and sturdy walking shoes are advised. Lunch is on your own.


Hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm


Includes: Motorcoach Transportation

Mount Rainier National Park Admission

Washington State Sales Tax and All Applicable Gratuities

Seattle V.I.P. Services Tour Guide


Price: $54.00 per person



7:30 am Tour Guide arrives.

7:45 am Motorcoach arrives. Begin boarding.

8:00 - 9:00 am Depart for Mt. Rainier via Enumclaw to Federated Forest

State Park Interpretive Center and restrooms.

9:15 am Depart Federated Forest

10:35 - 11:05 am Arrive Grove of the Patriarchies and walk to giant trees

11:05 - 11:35 am Travel to Box Canyon

11:35 - 11:45 am Stop at Box Canyon

11:45 am - 12:05 pm Drive to Paradise

12:05 - 3:00 pm Time on own at Paradise to hike and explore the Visitors Center.

3:00 - 6:00 pm Return trip to Seattle. Stop at rest stop at Alder Lake.