Pacific Northwest & California
From $3,029* pp | 8 Days • 10 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Travel to the Pacific Northwest and discover the best of California while exploring the natural beauty from Seattle to San Francisco.
- Learn about one of America’s greatest volcanic eruptions with a visit to Mount St. Helens Visitor Centre.
- Travel along the magnificent Bandon Beach Loop in Bandon State Natural Area to see the famed Face Rock..
- Enjoy dinner on Pier 39 and experience postcard views of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
Inspiring Landscapes Meets Dynamic Cities
Explore the majestic Pacific Northwest and California on this eight day adventure, from the wilds of Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River Gorge to the sophistication of Portland and San Francisco. Travel along Oregon’s beautiful Pacific coast. Enjoy an elegant dinner cruise on the Willamette River and experience Portland’s dazzling city sights and city lights. Visit Redwood National Park. Explore Eureka, a historic timber and fishing village. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and discover the “City by the Bay,” San Francisco. Don’t miss one of America’s most beautiful regions!
Day 1. Seattle, Washington – Tour Begins
Your scenic tour through the Pacific Northwest and California opens with an overnight stay in one of America’s most picturesque cities, Seattle. Get to know your fellow travellers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Dinner High 21 Low 11 Renaissance Seattle Madison Hotel
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the “Emerald City,” including the colourful restored waterfront area, historic Pioneer Square, and lively Pike Place Market, a famous fish and vegetable market dotted with restaurants and shops. Departing Seattle, travel south through Olympia and stop at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Centre. Learn about the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens as well as the history and geology of the state park. Continue to Portland, Oregon for a two-night stay in North America’s “Best Big City.”
Day 3. Portland – Cascade Mountains – Portland
Drive along the Mt. Hood route to the lush Columbia River Gorge. It’s a day of sightseeing you will never forget. Mt. Hood dominates the horizon as you leave the valley and enter the slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Discover the awe-inspiring landscapes on a tour of the magnificent Columbia River Gorge and the Bonneville Dam, where you will learn about its fascinating hydropower and history. This evening, relax on Portland’s premier dining and sightseeing cruise. Enjoy a vibrant setting enhanced by dazzling city sights and city lights, festive cuisine and live performances. Glide along the Willamette River and Lake Oswego for an unforgettable and delightful evening.
Day 4. Portland – Willamette Valley – Newport – North Bend
Your scenic journey takes you through what was the Promised Land for many pioneers during the days of the Oregon Trail. The Willamette Valley contains some of the most fertile agricultural soils of Oregon and nurtures vegetables, flowers, herbs, nuts and vineyards. Next, head to the coastal town of Newport for a brief stop before travelling along some of the country’s most beautiful coastline and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Begin your day with a drive to Bandon State Natural Area. You will be amazed by the scenery along the striking Beach Loop with sights such as Bandon Rocks and Face Rock, known to many from the American Indian legend. Stop in the picturesque coastal town of Gold Beach, known for amazing wildlife including bald eagles, cormorants, seals and blue heron. Continuing south, enter the redwood country of California. Travel through the famous Redwood National Park, home to some of the world’s tallest trees. Inside the park, get up-close to these trees that rise to nearly 91 metres tall and see for yourself why the sun seldom hits the ground. Arriving in Eureka, enjoy a delightful tour through this historic timber and fishing village and witness the Victorian architecture of Old Town.
Day 6. Eureka – San Francisco
Continue your journey through the majestic beauty and splendid grandeur of the Redwood Forest, including the “Avenue of the Giants,” a scenic highway loaded with towering redwoods. Next, drive over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge and arrive in “the City by the Bay,” San Francisco. Tonight, gather for dinner on Pier 39 which offers exceptional views of San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge.
Day 7. Choice of San Francisco Bay Cruise or City Tour of San Francisco
After breakfast the choice is yours! Perhaps you’ll choose to take an hour-long cruise on San Francisco Bay featuring an in-depth narration on its history and landmarks including Alcatraz* and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of the city…hear stories of the city’s past and present as you drive past its famous landmarks including Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the view of the city from the Twin Peaks. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore San Francisco independently. For a true local experience, ride the famed cable cars up and down San Francisco’s thrilling hills.
Your tour ends today, but the memories will stay with you forever.
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
- The Pacific Northwest and California are 18 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
- The highest point on this tour is 6,000 feet above sea level.
- The currency in Washington, Oregon, and California is the United States Dollar.
- For electricity, the United States uses 120 Volts.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Mar 3 – Mar 13. $3,079
Mar 10 – Mar 20. $2,829
Mar 17 – Mar 27. $2,829
Apr 7 – Apr 17. $2,949
Apr 14 – Apr 24. $2,949
Apr 21 – May 1. $2,949
Jun 6 – Jun 26. $3,979
Jun 20 – Jul 1. $3,979
Jul 18 – Jul 29. $3,979
Aug 8 – Aug 19. $4,299
Aug 15 – Aug 26. $4,299
Sep 5 – Sep 16. $3,979
Sep 12 – Sep 23. $3,979
Sep 26 – Oct 7. $3,979
Oct 10 – Oct 21. $3,979
Nov 7 – Nov 18. $3,469
Mar 13 – Mar 24. $3,469
Mar 27 – Apr 7. $3,599
Apr 3 – Apr 14. $3,729
Apr 24 – May 5. $3,729