Pacific Northwest Peaks & Pours
Uncover the beautiful scenery of America’s Pacific Northwest. Travelling through the states of Washington and Oregon, this tour showcases everything from snow-topped volcanoes, incredible beaches to deep-blue lakes. We’ll call in at quaint coastal towns and culture-packed small cities. Cuisine is another highlight, whether it’s Portland’s street food carts and craft ales or seafood chowder on the coast.
- Small group tour - maximum 2 vehicles with 14 passengers each
- The coastal Oregon town of Cannon Beach
- Crater Lake National Park
Take your direct flight to Seattle. After checking into your hotel, mingle this even-ing with other group members at a meet and greet reception hosted by your guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist. You will be given an introduction to your 8-day explora-tion of the Pacific Northwest’s unrivaled beau-ty: spectacular waterfalls and lakes, magnificent mountains and volcanic monuments, young, vibrant cities—and some of the most imaginative craft beers in the country.
This morning you will tour Seattle, an unpreten-tious port city populated with natural and cul-tural amenities that epitomize the attraction of the Northwest. Visit colorful neighborhoods and iconic attractions such as historic Pioneer Square and the Space Needle. This afternoon will be for tastings. The prolifera-tion of Seattle craft breweries is mind boggling. The city’s small-batch producers tend to know their stuff, producing solid line-ups of supremely drinkable IPAs, stouts and more. You will find plenty of restaurants serving region-al cuisine. Seattle dishes are heavily influenced by Asian and Native American traditions and typically feature locally-caught seafood.
Seattle - Portland
Pike Place Market is as much a part of Seattle’s identity as the evergreens, the mountains and the water. Past or present members of the Pike Place Market community will guide you through the market ensuring you receive special treat-ment. Meet the Market’s lively characters and hear their memorable stories. See fish fly, cheese being made, the “original” Starbucks store, and savor tastings at no less than 7 food stalls. Upon arrival in Portland, there will be time to relax, have dinner and taste some of the local brews before meeting up for a special evening program. You will be given real ghost hunting equipment before visiting known ghostly places and getting behind the scenes into what hauntings are all about. This is not a theatrical performance—it’s a true insight into the reality of paranormal investigations.
Portland sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. You will enjoy an orientation tour of the city and its iconic gardens. This afternoon, ex-plore more of the city on your choice of tours: join a bicycle tour that will take you to brewer-ies featuring local classics as well as innovative and fresh flavors, or enjoy a walking tour to some of the downtown area’s most unique restaurants, food emporiums and food trucks, all while experiencing the City of Roses’ eclec-tic mix of neighborhoods.
Portland - Columbia River Gorge - Bend
Spend this day taking in the beauty of two ma-jor Pacific Northwest rivers: the Columbia and Hood Rivers. You will visit Columbia River Gorge and experience the power and beauty of nature up close at Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall (186m) roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water. You will then stop at some of the 12 breweries in this area. Imaginative flavors are created here using local malts, hops and fresh fruit in its beers.The drive continues south to Bend, known for its richly diverse cultural landscape, award-winning dining and boutique shopping.
Bend - Crater Lake National Park - Ashland
Today you will travel to Crater Lake National Park. Created by a collapsed volcano after a violent eruption more than 7,000 years ago, scientists marvel at its purity. Fed only by rain and snow, it is the deepest lake in the US at nearly 600m. Stand in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting. A National Park Ranger will talk to you about the Park’s origins and special features before you take a leisurely hike filled with breathtaking views and photo opportunities. Continue to Ashland and enjoy the downtown this evening. Ranked in the top 10 of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America,” Ashland is a cultural hot spot, with award-winning galleries, theaters and restaurants.
Ashland - Eugene - Cannon Beach/Seaside
This morning you will tour the city of Eugene, home to the University of Oregon and a prominent arts community. After a short walking tour, you will stop in an area of Eugene aligned with local breweries, all part of Eugene’s Ale Trail. Ultra pure water from the McKenzie River and an emphasis on local and regional ingredients from hops to grains make these local beers bold and flavorful. This evening you will enjoy a final night dinner in the coastal community of Cannon Beach which combines the inspiring beauty of the Oregon Coast with a picture-perfect village by the sea. You will overnight in neighboring Seaside this evening.
Cannon Beach/Seaside - Seattle & Home
Start the day with a walk on the beach to dramatic shoreline rock formations like Haystack Rock, one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks, rising 235 feet from the edge of the shoreline. Cannon Beach also offers the quintessential small beach town experience. You will have time to wander the picturesque sidewalks and courtyards to discover art galleries, specialty shops and public art. We depart for Seattle early afternoon. You can be dropped off either at the Seattle-Tacoma airport or downtown Seattle.
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Experienced driver and tour leader
- Transportation in an air-conditioned small coach, sprinter or van
- Welcome reception, 1 dinner
- International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required)
- Sightseeing tours of Seattle, Columbia River Gorge & Crater Lake National Park. Entrance to attractions, including: Pike Place Market Food Tour
2021 departure dates - 18 June, 16 July, 13 August, 17 September