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Adventures in the Wild Northwest

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $3,056 per person
  1. Day 1 Arrive San Francisco

    Kickstart your exploration of America's rugged Pacific Northwest in 'The City'. Check-in to your hotel located just a short walk from Union Square and the exotic sights and sounds of Chinatown. Then, take to San Francisco's hilly streets and immerse yourself in its vibrant energy. This evening, you'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hyatt Regency San Francisco
  2. Day 2 San Francisco – Humboldt Redwood State Park – Eureka

    Admire the orange glow of one of the world's most beloved bridges as you join your Travel Director for a stroll across San Francisco's landmark Golden Gate Bridge. Learn all about the "mighty task" of its construction and why it's not painted gold despite its name. Leaving its iconic arches behind, we drive alongside the towering trunks that frame California's Avenue of the Giants to Humboldt Redwoods State Park en route to the lively seaport town of Eureka.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Red Lion Eureka
  3. Day 3 Eureka – Redwood National Park – Coos Bay

    We view the ornate Victorian architecture on display at Carson Mansion this morning, before travelling to Northern California's, UNESCO-listed Redwood National Park to discover the mighty russet trunks that have towered above the forest floor for over a thousand years. Spend tonight in the quaint Oregon coastal city of Coos Bay.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel The Mill Hotel
  4. Day 4 Coos Bay – Oregon Dunes – Newport (2 Nights)

    Buckle up for an exhilarating morning navigating the shifting sands of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area- a windswept adventure through an endless sea of sand, marshes and tree islands. Sweeping coastal views are ours to enjoy as we pass Heceta Head and see its beautiful 19th century lighthouse-the brightest light on the Oregon coast-before checking into our oceanfront hotel for an evening at leisure.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hallmark Resort Newport
  5. Day 5 Newport Sightseeing

    The sun-worshipping seals of Newport Harbour take centre stage this morning as we join an expert Local Specialist onboard a nature cruise to spot the sea life and marine birds that find sanctuary amongst these waters. Spend the evening at leisure, exploring the Historical Bayfront with its turn-of-the-century storefronts, chowder houses and art galleries.

    meals Full Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Newport – Willamette Valley – Portland (2 Nights)

    Celebrate the wonder of man-made flight during a tour of the Evergreen Aviation Museum. Then, escape to Oregon's green and golden wine country and Connect with the Local winery owners for a gourmet Be My Guest lunch before an evening at leisure.

    meals Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
  7. Day 7 Portland Sightseeing

    Admire the natural beauty of Oregon's historic Columbia River Highway, imagining a time when Model Ts would ramble over bridges and through tunnels hand-hewn from the mountain rock. Pay tribute to the brave Oregon pioneers at Vista House and admire panoramic views of the winding Columbia River below. We journey to the two-tiered Multnomah Falls, the second-highest year-round waterfall in the United States, then enjoy some free time for lunch in Hood River in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Consider indulging in the local speciality of salmon and chips, washed down with one of many craft beers for which Oregon is so famous, and visit Timberline Lodge on the slopes of the snowcapped Mount Hood.

    meals Full Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Portland – Mount St. Helens – Olympic National Park

    See Mount St. Helens, whose legendary eruption was so colossal that it spewed ash into 11 states. We visit the award-winning Mount St. Helens Visitor Center which acts as a gateway to this Ring-of-Fire volcano, providing interactive exhibits of the event and a working seismograph. Our next stop is the vast wilderness of Olympic National Park before we meet Harvest Moon, a Local Specialist, who will share with you the tribal legends and stories of the Quinault nation who for generations have lived in the Pacific Northwest. Tonight, our Stay with a Story is a rustic lodge built in the 1920s on the site of the old 'Log Hotel'.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Quinault Lodge
  9. Day 9 Olympic National Park – Seattle (2 Nights)

    We delve into the emerald-green depths of Hoh Rainforest, trekking to its eerie "Hall of Mosses" past maple and spruces dripping with moss, then stop to admire the brilliant blue waters of Lake Crescent before leaving Olympic National Park. As we journey across Puget Sound, views of Seattle's Space Needle and snow-capped Mount Rainier herald your arrival in the Emerald City, which you have an opportunity to explore at your leisure this evening.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Sheraton Seattle
  10. Day 10 Seattle Sightseeing

    You're free to explore Seattle on your terms with your choice sightseeing���giving you a chance to visit the fantastical glass sculptures of Chihuly Garden and Glass Art Museum or take a trip to the top of the landmark Space Needle. Our next stop is 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. Indulge in the market's spirit of meeting the producer, then join your newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  11. Day 11 Depart Seattle

    It's time to bid farewell to your fellow adventurers and take your transfer to Seattle International Airport or perhaps extend your stay.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 10 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour in Portland, Seattle
  • Cruise along Puget Sound via ferry
  • Scenic Drive along the Avenue of the Giants, the historic Columbia River Highway
  • See the famous lighthouse in Heceta Head, the Spruce Goose, Hoh Rainforest
  • Visit Golden Gate Bridge, Eureka, Redwood National Park, Olympic National Park, Vista House, Multnomah Falls, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

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Optional Add-Ons

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

Portland Walking Tour With Dinner At Huber's Café

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. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours
Adult Price: $53

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Nancy Henderson
Travel date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Service
Everything was nice, simple, attention to detail.
Vacation
Wonderful tour guide, Mary Lee, went above and beyond seeing that each traveler individually and collectively had an excellent experience. Nice bus. Great driver, Ray. We saw everything expected and even some unexpected surprises which enhanced the trip.
John Kastura
Travel date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Service
All my questions were quickly answered. This tour had the best tour director that I have every had.
Vacation
All my questions were quickly answered
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, July 8, 2016
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, June 6, 2016
Service
GET/Trafalgar does a great tour
Vacation
GET/Trafalgar does a great tour
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Sunday, June 5, 2016
Service
This was a very good tour, but lacked any "WoW" factor. The closest thing was the Dune Buggies!
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
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.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Monday, July 6, 2015
Service
My only complaint is that several hotels that we stayed at were below par which really turned me off.
Vacation
It was a very nice tour.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Service
We were not happy when our original trip dates were canceled and we had to scamper around to make other flight arrangements. GE offered no assistance in out pursuit of this matter.
Vacation
Trip was great, including the weather. THe driver was excellent and the director showed incredible knowledge of the area both from start to finish.
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