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Adventures in the Wild Northwest

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Space Needle, Seattle
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $3,195 per person

From San Francisco to Seattle via Eureka, Portland and Olympic National Park: the bohemian cities and natural beauty of three states are revealed on this in-depth journey into the wild northwest.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... sampling local, fruity Pinot wines in the up-and-coming region of the Willamette Valley. Spend an illustrious evening dinning with your hosts at their historical, 13 acre farm, sipping a delicious wine created from grapes grown just steps away.

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  1. Welcome to San Francisco. After checking in at your hotel, dive into exploring on your own at nearby Pier 39, the famed marketplace filled with shops, attractions and street performers. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

    hotel:Hyatt Regency San Francisco
  2. What better way to get a taste of San Francisco than by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world's most recognisable landmarks. If you are up for a walk, grab your cameras and join your Travel Director for a stroll across this impressive feat of engineering. Learn all about the bridge and why it's not painted gold despite its name. Drive along the stunning Avenue of the Giants before arriving at Humboldt Redwoods State Park filled with some of the tallest trees you have ever seen.
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    hotel:Red Lion Eureka
  3. This morning, view one of the most written about and photographed Victorian houses in California, the Carson Mansion. Visit Northern California's Redwood National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with trees more than 1,000 years old and over 300 feet (90 meters) tall. Arrive in Coos Bay and enjoy the evening at leisure.
    hotel:Red Lion Coos Bay
  4. Gear up for the trip to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a natural wonder of endless shifting sand, unique tree islands and lots of interesting creatures. Hop in a dune buggy for an exhilarating ride up and down these expansive tracts of sand. Then stop at Heceta Head overlook and see a beautiful 19th century lighthouse that casts its beam out to sea, before checking into your spectacular oceanfront rooms.
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    hotel:Hallmark Resort
  5. After a leisurely breakfast, join a sea life cruise where you'll want to keep an eye out for sea life and marine birds as the onboard naturalist, your Local Specialist, tells you all about your surroundings. With your free time this afternoon, perhaps explore Newport's historic waterfront.
  6. Tour the Evergreen Aviation Museum, where you will see the Spruce Goose and celebrate the lives of innovators, pilots, and veterans who courageously pioneered flight. Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch in Willamette Valley where the innkeepers host a tour and tasting of their winery and bed and breakfast followed by a gourmet meal with locally produced Pinot Noir. Continue on to Portland where your evening is free.
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    hotel:Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
  7. Today you'll discover some of Oregon's most beautiful scenery along the historic Columbia River Highway. Stop at Chanticleer Point and the Vista House for panoramic views of the river from 733 feet (223 meters) above. Vista House's octagonal building and copper dome is home to an interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the gorge. Then it's onward to Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, and Oregon's tallest. Lunch is on your own in Hood River, consistently named one of the best small towns in the United States. Perhaps enjoy a local specialty of salmon with chips at a local brewery and sip one of the many craft beers Oregon is known for. Visit Timberline Lodge with great views of Mt. Hood before enjoying a free evening in Portland.
  8. Visit the award-winning Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, dedicated to the active Ring-of-Fire volcano that erupted in 1980. Learn about the legendary blast, an eruption so colossal that it spewed ash into 11 states, as you watch a reenactment of the event and experience interactive exhibits such as a step-in volcano model and working seismograph. Venture west to the rugged coast of Olympic National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, the park contains three distinct ecosystems. Then meet Harvest Moon, a Local Specialist, who shares with you the tribal legends and stories of the Quinault people who have long called the Pacific Northwest home.
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    hotel:Quinault Lodge Authentic Accommodations
  9. Enter the beautiful Hoh Rainforest, one of the world's few (as well as the largest) temperate rainforests and trek to the eerie "Hall of Mosses" with trees and branches dripping with moss. Then make a stop at dazzling Lake Crescent before leaving Olympic National Park. Sensational views of the Seattle skyline unfold before you as you make your way by ferry across Puget Sound into the Emerald City. Enjoy the evening to explore Seattle.
  10. This morning, stop at the historic Pike Place Market, the nation's oldest farmer's market, where the fish fly low—from one fishmonger's hands to the next. Afterward, your choice of sightseeing gives you a chance to enjoy a visit to the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the creativity that inspires contemporary pop culture, or make the trip to the top of the Space Needle, the iconic landmark of the great Pacific Northwest. After some free time, join your newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner and toast your exciting adventures.
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  11. It's time to bid farewell to your fellow adventurers and take your transfer to Seattle International Airport or perhaps extend your stay at the Hotel Andra.

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Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

10 nights' accommodations, 10 full breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest lunch, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Be My Guest

  • Visit a local Willamette Valley winery for lunch.

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay at Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Park.

Local Specialist

  • Embark on a nature cruise in Newport and learn about the Quinault people in Olympic National Park.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle
  • Visit Golden Gate Bridge, Eureka, Redwood and Olympic National Park, Vista House, Multnomah Falls and the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
  • See the famous lighthouse in Heceta Head, the Spruce Goose and Hoh Rainforest
  • Cruise along Puget Sound via ferry
  • Scenic drive along the Avenue of the Giants and historic Columbia River Highway
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
18 Jun 17 28 Jun 17 checkmark $3,195pp Call 1-877-622-9109
16 Jul 17 26 Jul 17 checkmark $3,395pp Call 1-877-622-9109
13 Aug 17 23 Aug 17 checkmark $3,395pp Call 1-877-622-9109
3 Sep 17 13 Sep 17 checkmark $3,195pp Call 1-877-622-9109
24 Sep 17 4 Oct 17 checkmark $3,195pp Call 1-877-622-9109

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $440.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $115 per person.

Airport transfers: Transfers on the last travel day to Rome Fiumicino Airport will operate at 7 am and 9:30 am.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.


  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions. 


Friday, July 8, 2016
Service rating : Our travel director was excellent and provided snacks, surprises, and interesting information; he provided quiet time between the tidbits of information. One suggestion: review the manner of getting off the bus. Rotating seats is as it should be; perhaps rotating sides also would be fairer in terms of who gets to go to the bathroom first. As usual, we had many more women than men although it was more equal than many trips that I have been on.
Vacation : This is a very nice trip although it has extensive riding; that would be expected when you look at the distance to be covered but may not be suitable for everyone. I would not recommend it for young children. We had five children from age 5 to age 13; it was difficult for the five-year-old to manage that much riding and being relatively quiet.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Service rating : GET/Trafalgar does a great tour
Vacation : GET/Trafalgar does a great tour
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Service rating : This was a very good tour, but lacked any "WoW" factor. The closest thing was the Dune Buggies!
Vacation : Hotels in Eureka and Coos Bay were below par, however, we had an excellent included dinner in Eureka. The dinner in Newport was not satisfactory. We were in a conference room and the meal was like something served at a business meeting! The chicken and corn were overcooked and the only drink choices were ice tea or water. Several of the buffet breakfasts were not hot. The breakfast in Newport was excellent, but the staff was overwhelmed by 50+ tourists lined up at 0700 and trying to make an 0830 bus, We arrived both mornings before 0700 and were not served until about 0740. The seats in the coach are too close together (worse than on airplanes), and there needs to be a second door. People on this tour are older and if there is an emergency, Those in the back will not get out. Emergency window exits will not allow them to get out by themselves. The Quinault Lodge was old but very nice. It was as nice as some in National Parks. We should have spent another day there and only one day in Portland. At Quinault Lake, there were plenty of nearby opportunities for hiking or exploring. The dinner there was excellent but the breakfast was not warm and no bread or toast was provided. The optional experience in Portland was not worth the money. The local guide was very knowledgeable, but nothing on the walk was that interesting. The meal at Huber's was ordinary. The individual who made the "Spanish Coffee" seemed to be surprise that people would take pictures and contorted his face and body with every flash photo! We did not need two nights in Portland. The "Wild Northwest" is not in the cities! More adventures like the Dune-buggies would be great. A couple of the places we stopped as for lunch on our own were rundown strip malls with little choice of food! The Travel Director, Tyson, was excellent, very knowledgeable, and willing to work to make things special. He set up a special surprise at a park that include champagne mimosas and pastries! He road his bicycle ahead to the park to prepare for us! We enjoyed this tour and will likely try GET/Trafalgar again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your detailed feedback of your trip and apologize that it didn't produce the "wow' factor you were hoping for. While each destination and vacation is unique we to try to offer the best of each city visited. We will be sharing your comments with our Quality Control team for immediate review. Thank you again for taking the time to share your comments.

Grand European Travel
Monday, June 13, 2016

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Portland Walking Tour with Dinner at Huber's Café

Adult Price: $50.00 | Child Price: $30.00

You’ll be wowed by this up close and personal walk through downtown Portland. Afterward, enjoy dinner at Huber’s Cafe, Portland’s oldest restaurant, located inside the Historic Oregon Pioneer Building.

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