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
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 exploration of the Pacific Northwest’s unrivalled beauty: 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 unpretentious port city populated with natural and cultural amenities that epitomize the attraction of the Northwest. Visit colourful neighbourhoods and iconic attractions such as historic Pioneer Square and the Space Needle. This afternoon will be for tastings. 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 mar-ket ensuring you receive special treatment. Meet the Market’s lively characters and hear their memorable stories. See fish fly, cheese being made, the “original” Starbucks store, and savour tastings at no less than 7 food stalls. This evening is on your own to discover the many restaurants serving regional cuisine. Seat-tle dishes are heavily influenced by Asian and Native American traditions and typically feature locally-caught seafood.
Seattle - Cannon Beach/Seaside
A scenic drive through the state of Washington ends on Oregon’s northern shore. Take a walk along the dramatic shoreline to see rock for-mations 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.
Cannon Beach - Eugene
This morning you will depart for 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 flavourful. Relax at your hotel before enjoying the local atmosphere this evening.
Eugene - Crater Lake National Park - Bend
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. National Park Rangers are on site and can tell you about the Park’s origins and special features. Then take a leisurely hiker filled with breathtaking views and photo opportunities. The drive continues north to Bend, known for its richly diverse cultural landscape, award-winning dining and boutique shopping.
Bend - Columbia River Gorge - Portland
En route to Portland, take in the beauty of two major 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 many breweries in this area. Imaginative flavours are created here using local malts, hops and fresh fruit in its beers. Portland sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. Check in to your Portland hotel before enjoying some of the city’s restaurants.
A morning tour of Portland and its iconic gardens orients you to the city. In the afternoon, you’ll be able to explore the city more thoroughly on your choice of tours: join a bicycle tour that will take you to breweries featuring local classics as well as innovative and fresh flavours, 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’ eclectic mix of neighborhoods.
Portland -Snoqualmie Falls - Seattle & Home
Before returning to Seattle, you will visit Snoqualmie Falls, a 268-foot (82m) waterfall It is one of Washington's most popular scenic attractions, but is perhaps best known internationally for its appearance in the cult television series Twin Peaks. Enjoy a group brunch at the historic Salish Lodge, overlooking the Falls, before departing for the airport. Salish Lodge is known far and wide for their brunch. It’s not to be missed!
- 7 nights hotel accommodation
- Experienced driver and tour leader
- Transportation in an air-conditioned small coach, sprinter or van
- Welcome reception, 1 dinner, 7 breakfasts, 1 brunch
- International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required)
- Sightseeing tours of Seattle, Space Needle, Pioneer Square, Portland's Washington Park Rose Gardens, Columbia River Gorge & Multnomah Falls, Crater Lake National Park, Haystack Rock & Snoqualmie Falls. Experiences include: Pike Place Market Food Tour, Portland Bicycle Tour OR Walking Brewery Food Tour, Eugene Ale Trail.
2022 departure dates - 18 June, 10 September