HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
- First Class Transportation
- 8 Nights Accomodations
- 16 Meals - All 8 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L), 4 Dinners (D)
- Portland City Tour with International Rose Gardens
- Columbia Gorge National Monument
- Mount St. Helens
- Puget Sound Cruise
- Seattle "Duck" Tour
- Deluxe Motor Coach with Restroom
- Full Time Tour Manager
- Baggage Handling
Day 1 — Portland, Oregon (D)
Arrive in the "Rose City" for a city tour before a Welcome Dinner to delight. Your tour manager/guide will meet you at the airport to begin your journey.
Day 2 — Multnomah Falls and Bonneville Dam (B,L)
Following your included breakfast, depart for the historic Columbia Gorge National Monument and beautiful Multnomah Falls – fourth highest in North America at some 620 feet. Continue your ride to the Bonneville Dam, first on the Columbia River, to visit the interpretive center and stop at the fish hatchery to “visit” Herman, a 90 year old Sturgeon, descended from the dinosaur era! There is also a stop at one of our many wineries for a tasting. Return to Portland for free time.
Day 3 — Mount St. Helens (B,L)
All tourists that come to the Pacific Northwest want to see the famous volcano that erupted in May of 1980. We depart northward to Washington and head to the site of this historic happening. Enjoy the scenic drive as we ascend to over 4,000 feet to the Johnston Ridge Interpretive Center where you experience the excitement of the eruption and recovery just four miles from the still steaming crater. Lunch is included today before returning to Portland once more.
Day 4 — Long Beach (B,D)
Pack your bags to be off to the longest beach in North America – Long Beach, Washington! We traverse scenic “old highway 30” along the river to Astoria, Oregon, site of the encampment of Lewis and Clark in 1805. After a stop for panoramic views and a visit to the 1805 site, we enter Washington over the bridge at the mouth of the Columbia to re-enter Washington and a stop at Cape Disappointment National Monument to see military encampments and the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Continue to Long Beach to check into your hotel for the night with a sumptuous dinner.
Day 5 — Cranberries & Carriages (B,L)
This morning is interesting as you visit Oysterville, once a thriving village but now has only twelve citizens! Your docent will tell of stories as you see the historic church and other buildings on the national historic register – then it is onto the cranberry museum. This is one of the homes of Ocean Spray Cranberries and you take a tour of the research center as well as the bogs. One more stop at the kite museum before a “bucket” lunch and it is onto the wonderful carriage museum where you can imagine being Scarlet O’Hara riding off into the sunset in a fabulous carriage! Just next door is the seafare museum and we won’t miss that as well! You arrive in Olympia, capitol of Washington State to overnight.
Day 6 — Tiffany Lamps, Coffee, and Mint Chips (B,D)
Today we explore the city. Enjoy a tour and a stop at the capitol to learn why it is famous and to visit the unusual tiffany lamp collection, found nowhere else in the USA. We also visit a “mint chip” factory to see how it is done! The afternoon finds us visiting a coffee roaster. The Pacific Northwest is famous for drinking the most coffee in the world and is home to Starbucks! Enjoy an included dinner this evening.
Day 7 — The Museum of Glass and a Cruise on the "Sound" (B,L)
We journey northward this morning for a scenic cruise on Puget Sound Board your chartered yacht and enjoy the sights and sounds of whales and other sea life and learn what it is like to live in the area. We then continue to an included lunch at the Chihuly Museum and Bridge of Glass in Tacoma before a tour and a visit to the hot shop. The last stop is the LeMay car museum where you can step into the past and bring alive the memories of your youth! Overnight in Seattle Southside.
Day 8 — Seattle at Last (B,D)
Your trip today takes you downtown to the “Emerald City” for a tour on the amphibious Ducks that includes much of the city both from land and water! There is time for lunch on your own at the wonderful Pike Place Public Market as well as a bit of shopping before we return to the hotel for a Farewell Dinner.
Day 9 — Home Again! (B)
Transfer to Seatac for a return to your home with fond memories of the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
This tour includes: First class transportation for 9 days, accommodations for 8 nights with breakfast each morning, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, attractions with admissions and taxes as stated in the itinerary, porterage for one suitcase at each hotel, full time tour director for the duration of the tour, and travel insurance.
The tour does not include: airfare, any attractions not stated, alcohol, miscellaneous such as telephone or laundry and gratuities for guide and driver recommended at $4 per day per person for the guide and $3 per day for the driver.
The price of this tour as written is $2019 ppdo. A single supplement of $650 is needed for single occupancy.
Note: This tour will also include a $50 savings if you sign up by January 1!
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