Northwest Coast Leisure Tour
Best Time of Year
- Cruise along Puget Sound
- Full day whale-watching cruise
- Learn about the Native American culture
- 25-minute show featuring traditional song and dance
- Chinook Salmon buffet
- Explore Coupeville, one of the oldest towns in Washington, located next to a National Historic Reserve
- Try the renowned fresh mussels and clams in Coupeville, and take in the town’s historic architecture
- Scenic drive along the Avenue of the Giants, the Historic Columbia River Highway with views of Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, the Spruce Goose, Hoh Rainforest
Cities and Landmarks
- City Tour Portland
- City Tour Seattle
- Coupeville on Whidbey Island
- Journey to Tillicum Village
- Explore Blake Island State Park
- Golden Gate Bridge
- Redwood National Park
- Olympic National Park
- Vista House
- Multnomah Falls
- Mount St. Helen’s Visitor Center
- All meals included
- Luxury air-conditioned SUV with WiFi
- Hotels all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- All porterage and local charges included
- Must-see sightseeing
- An expert Travel Director
- All hotel tips and local taxes included
- VIP entry to exclusive sights
DAY 1 – ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO
Pick up at the airport in San Francisco at 6 p.m. meet your travel director and travel companions for a welcome reception at the hotel.
DAY 2 – SAN FRANCISCO – HUMBOLDT REDWOOD STATE PARK – EUREKA
Start the morning off by visiting Alcatraz, one of the most infamous prisons in the world. Experience San Francisco by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. join your travel guide on a walk through this spectacular engineering achievement. Learn all about the bridge and why despite its name it is not painted gold. Drive on the beautiful Giants Avenue before you reach Humboldt Redwoods State Park with a number of the tallest trees you’ve ever seen before you reach Eureka.
DAY 3 – EUREKA – REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK – COOS BAY
Today we will start the day with a view to Carson Mansion, one of the most widely written and photographed Victorian homes in California. After the Carson mansion, we will visit the Redwood National Park in Northern California, with trees over 1,000 years old and over 300 meters high. Arrive in Coos Bay and enjoy the luxury at night.
DAY 4 – COOS BAY – OREGON DUNES – NEWPORT
Gear up for the trip to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Hop in a beach buggy for an exhilarating ride up and down these extensive tracts of sand. After the dunes, we will head to Heceta Head Overlook and see the gorgeous and majestic 19th-century lighthouse that shines out to the ocean. Then you will check into your spectacular oceanfront rooms.
DAY 5 – NEWPORT SIGHTSEEING
Board a nature cruise where you’ll see marine life and birds as your naturalist on board tells you everything about the surrounding environment. Later with your free time, explore the old city district of Newport.
DAY 6 – NEWPORT – WILLAMETTE VALLEY – PORTLAND (2 NIGHTS)
See the Spruce Goose and celebrate the lives of innovators, pilots, and veterans who bravely flew. Tour Evergreen Aviation Museum. Enjoy a tour and a degustation of its winery and a gastronomic lunch including local Pinot Noir. End the day with leisure time in Portland.
DAY 7 – PORTLAND SIGHTSEEING
Begin on Historic Columbia River Road, where you’ll discover the stunning scenery of Oregon. The octagonal building of the Vista House and the Copper Dome host historical and geological points of interest within the gorge. Then it’s up to Multnomah Falls, the second-highest body of water in the United States and the highest in Oregon. Lunch will be served in the town of River Hood, a cozy, simple town. Enjoy a local salmon specialty with chips in a local brewery, or sip on one of Oregon’s many craft beers, or visit Timberline Lodge with views of Mt. Hood.
DAY 8 – PORTLAND – MOUNT ST. HELENS – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK
Visit Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, an active volcano of the Ring of Fire which erupted in 1980. Find out about the legendary blast, an eruption so stupendous that it spewed ash into 11 states, as you watch a reenactment of the event and experience interactive exhibits. Go west to the rugged shore of the Olympic Park, the World Heritage agency and the International Region Reserve, which includes three distinct ecosystems. Then meet a local expert, who shares with you the Quinault’s tribal legends and stories of those who have long called the Northwest home.
DAY 9 – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK – SEATTLE
Take on the magnificent Hoh Forest, one of the few temperate (as well as the largest) rain forests in the world, with a hike to the eerie Hall of Mosses. Stop at Lake Crescent before leaving the National Olympic Park. Enjoy sensational views of Seattle’s skyline. Then join the Tillicum Excursion, the longest boat tour in Seattle. Finish in Tillicum Village of Blake Island, where you’ll enjoy a salmon dinner and indigenous fun.
DAY 10 – SEATTLE SIGHTSEEING
This morning, we will be off to a Full-Day Whale Watching and Whidbey Island Tour from Seattle. Learn about the migration of gray whales through Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. Enjoy prime whale-watching opportunities from multiple viewing decks on the catamaran ferry an learn about the whales from the naturalist guide.
Day 11- WASHINGTON SIGHTSEEING
Start the day in one of the oldest towns in Washington with two hours to explore Coupeville. Try famous fresh mussels and clams in Coupeville, and take in the town’s historic architecture. Then explore colorful and renowned glass sculptures in the Chihuly Garden and Glass Art Museum. Then we are off to the highest Needle in the area, a permanent feature in the great Northwest. Stop at the historic Pike Place Market, the oldest farmer’s market in the nation. Then join your new friends for a Farewell Dinner.
DAY 12 – DEPART SEATTLE
It’s time to go! Take the transfer to Seattle International Aiport.