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The Pacific Northwest: Oregon & Washington

10 days
From world-class cities to expansive wilderness, you’ll be dazzled by the diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Start your journey in vibrant Portland, Oregon, traveling through magnificent national parks as you make your way to Seattle, the “Emerald City.” Along the way, soak in the scenery, culture and character of this beautiful region.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of the Pacific Northwest

Portland, Oregon 3 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Portland

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Oregon! Arrive in Portland and transfer to your hotel. Then, meet your fellow travelers at an included welcome dinner.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Portland

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Portland, the “City of Roses,” on a guided sightseeing tour. 

• Drive alongside the Willamette River to downtown Portland’s Pearl District and stroll past the once-industrial neighborhood’s chic shops, cafes and lofts 

• Stroll through the zen gardens and manicured landscapes of the Portland Japanese Garden 

• Admire the beautiful blooms at the International Rose Test Garden

Enjoy a free afternoon in Portland or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Columbia River Gorge & Multnomah Falls $49pp* Details

Take a scenic drive to the Columbia River Gorge, where you’ll hop aboard a paddleboat to take in breathtaking views of the corridor’s steep cliffs and canyon walls, and be dazzled by the region’s bounty of beautiful waterfalls. After the river cruise, stop to admire Multnomah Falls, the second-highest year-round waterfall in the United States, where you’ll enjoy taking spectacular photos before returning to Portland. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from May through October only.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

Day 3: Free day in Portland

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Portland or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument $29pp* Details

In the morning, drive along scenic Route 504 to Mount St. Helens, taking in the spectacular landscape, including the volcano’s horseshoe-shaped crater and stark blast zone. Arrive at the Johnston Ridge Observatory, where you’ll watch award-winning films and hear from park rangers, learning about the history and human stories of the volcano’s major eruption in 1980. Then, head to the visitor center where you’ll enjoy free time to eat lunch, shop for souvenirs or take a short hike around the park. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-May through October only. Bring an extra layer or raincoat in case of inclement weather.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $39)

Bend, Oregon 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Transfer to Bend

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Bend, Oregon. En route, stop  to take photos of the magnificent scenery in Mount Hood National Forest and the historic Timberline Lodge, located on the slopes of Mount Hood. When you arrive in Bend, enjoy dinner at a local brewery and sip craft beers at a tasting.

Day 5: Crater Lake National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, visit Crater Lake National Park, the “Gem of the Cascades.” Follow a local park ranger as you enjoy views of the crystal blue lake and marvel at the majestic landscape created by ancient volcanic activity. (Please note: Activities may vary depending on season and weather conditions.)

Astoria, Oregon 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Astoria via Tillamook

  Included meals: Breakfast

Stop in the mountain town of Sisters before crossing the Willamette Valley en route to Astoria, on Oregon’s coast. Along the way, visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory, a farmer-owned dairy co-op in operation for over 100 years. Enjoy free time for lunch at the factory. Then, take a self-guided tour for a look at cheesemaking in action before continuing on to the town of Astoria for a free evening.

Port Angeles, Washington 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Port Angeles via Olympic National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive along scenic U.S. Route 101 on your way to Port Angeles, Washington, stopping at Olympic National Park en route. 

• View Lake Quinault, a glacial-carved lake at the edge of the park

• Visit Ruby Beach, named for the ruby-like crystals of its sand

• Take a short walk in the Hoh Rainforest, distinguished as North America’s largest temperate rainforest

Seattle, Washington 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Seattle via Olympic National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, return to Olympic National Park and admire the awe-inspiring scenery on a walk at Hurricane Ridge. Later, cross the Pudget Sound by ferry (weather permitting), and arrive in Seattle for free time to discover Washington’s largest city.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Seattle

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get an introduction to Seattle’s most iconic sites on today’s guided tour. 

• Pass the Fish Ladder, built along Seattle’s locks to assist migrating salmon 

• See the campus at the University of Washington, one of the oldest universities on the West Coast 

• Visit the Space Needle, an icon of the Pacific Northwest, and take in spectacular views of the city 

• Wander through Seattle’s neighborhoods, admiring the city’s architecture and beautiful green spaces

• Enjoy free time at the iconic Pike Place Market

Later, toast your trip and fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to explore Vancouver.

Add Vancouver Starting from $649 pp

Delve deeper into the diversity and vibrancy of British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Many cultures meet in the seaport of Vancouver, which boasts thriving Chinese and Indian neighborhoods. Spend your days wandering around the original settlement in Gastown or enjoying the great outdoors. Then, spend your evening feasting on Chinese food and checking out the lively music scene. Opt for a day to take in the beauty and refinement of Victoria, beloved for its blooming gardens and mild weather.

Vancouver, British Columbia 3 nights

Day 10: Transfer to Vancouver

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, cross the Canadian border and travel to Vancouver, British Columbia. When you arrive, spend free time getting acquainted with the city.

Day 11: Sightseeing of Vancouver

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover what makes Vancouver a sought-after destination for city dwellers and nature lovers alike on a guided tour. 

• Pass the Vancouver Public Library, a stately building inspired by the Colosseum in Rome 

• See Canada Place and admire the architecture of its iconic “sails”  

• Visit Stanley Park, Vancouver’s largest urban park, and Queen Elizabeth Park, home to a beautiful arboretum, rose garden and public art installations 

After lunch on your own at Granville Island, the city’s shopping district, enjoy a free afternoon and evening exploring at your own pace.

Day 12: Free day in Vancouver

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Vancouver or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Victoria Sightseeing $189pp* Details

Board a ferry for a scenic ride to Victoria, where a local guide will introduce you to the city’s downtown area. Next, take in a passing view of the Parliament Buildings, the Inner Harbour and the iconic Empress Hotel. After a few hours to eat lunch and explore on your own, travel through the countryside for a guided tour of the famed Butchart Gardens, home to 55 acres of stunning floral displays. Your evening comes to a close as you head back to the docks to catch your return ferry to Vancouver.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $199)

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Bend, Oregon, United States
  • Astoria, Oregon, United States
  • Port Angeles, Washington, United States
  • Seattle, Washington, United States
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Passport & visa requirements

• Valid government-issued identification is required for air travel within the United States. 

• If you are not a U.S. citizen, please be sure have your required identification with you as well. 

• U.S. citizens continuing on to the Vancouver extension of this tour will require a valid passport to enter Canada. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure have your required identification.

Tour pace

• This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

• If you have any mobility and/or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Relations Team at 800.597.0350 so that we can review all necessary information with you.

Transportation & arrival information

• Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Portland, Oregon and depart from Seattle, Washington (Vancouver, British Columbia on extension).

• When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and will escort you via private motor coach to your hotel.

• Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

• If you did not book your flights through Go Ahead, airport transfers are available upon request and at an additional cost. Please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350 for additional information.

• All included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

• Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Be advised that most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage, and that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight.

• Go Ahead travelers are allowed only one checked bag per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). 

• Please note there may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. 

• Please label your baggage and pack valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & packing tips

• We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered.

• For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes and rainwear. 

• If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may want to bring dressier attire. 

Health

• Please be aware that during portions of your tour, you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health problems with travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks. 

• Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring  symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

• Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

• Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our included walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to stay behind.

• Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, motion sickness medicine, anti-diarrhea medicine and any prescription medications. 

• If you have medications that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered  

• If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Cuisine

• The United States contains some of the most varied food in the world. Most of the cuisine on this tour is well-known to Americans. 

• The Pacific Northwest is known for its seafood and shellfish, especially salmon and oysters. 

• “Locavore” cuisine is very popular, with restaurants emphasizing the region’s locally grown produce like berries, apples, potatoes and kale. 

• Keep an eye out for dishes that incorporate game meats and fish prepared in traditional Native American styles.

Electricity & air conditioning

• All regions operate on the U.S. standard 110 volts.

• The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.

• Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed at hotels in more remote locations.

Time zones

• Your tour will fall on Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is three hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

• When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 9am on tour.

Currency

• U.S. dollars will be the currency on the entire tour. 

• Canadian dollars will be the currency during the Vancouver extension of the tour. 

• Contact your bank for the best way to exchange currency. 

Tipping

• At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in your tour country’s currency.

• We recommend tipping $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. 

• We recommend tipping $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

• If applicable, we also recommend $2USD/ CAD per local guide. 

• Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Purchasing excursions on tour

• If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your tour. Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.

• Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 

• Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See the “Optional Excursions” sheet for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Come experience the Pacific Northwest

This was my first tour with Go Ahead Tours. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and even though it was a new tour, it went smoothly. I especially enjoyed the variety of things we explored and experienced. From beautiful gardens, volcanic mountains and craters, vibrant cities (Portland and Seattle), waterfalls, rivers, and much, much more. The tour leader, Phil and our driver, Gary were excellent, they had a large fund of knowledge and kept us running smoothly. The food was superb and I am not getting on a scale for at least two weeks. Flat iron stake, cobbler with fresh berries, salmon and prawns, beer tasting... The group size was perfect. I think I am hooked. Maybe New Zealand next!!

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Hi Celia! It’s great to know that you enjoyed your first Go Ahead tour. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director and bus driver, and will be sure to share it with them. We’re also glad to learn that you enjoyed the food (and we never worry about the scale when we’re on vacation!). Thank you for your great review, and let us know when you’re ready to check out New Zealand!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Pacific Northwest

Could not have had a better group of people on tour. Additionally the tour director as well as the driver went above and beyond to be accommodating including making additional stops and/or trying new places to stop and have lunch. As the maiden tour there are a few bugs to work out. Personally I did not expect to do as much sitting as we did - perhaps some aspects of the tour can be changed such as moving in one direction only. Town of Sister was interesting and worth a longer stop. The hotel in Port Angeles was dirty, the toilet seat in our room was broken. Breakfast at all stops was mediocre. Phil did work with our Portland hotel to offer different/additional choices which was great. The worst part of the trip was something you cannot control - the flights. Both outbound and returning flights for us got delayed requiring some interesting maneuvering at the airport which is always fun! All in all with a few tweaks the trip is worthwhile and the sights are tremendous. We also lucked out with fabulous weather the whole time. Many thanks again to Phil and Garry!

 

Hi Sharon! Between your tour group and Tour Director, we’re thrilled to learn that these aspects of your experience exceeded your expectations. We appreciate your feedback on some of the logistics of the itinerary, and we will be sure to share this information with our Product Development team. We are surprised to hear that the hotel in Port Angeles was not in a condition that meets our Go Ahead standards, and we will be investigating this immediately. We take your comments very seriously, as hotel standards are a high priority for us. In terms of your flight experience, we regret that your flights were delayed. As a company of travelers, we understand the frustration and inconvenience this can cause. Thank you for your helpful review, and we are glad that overall you had a wonderful experience on tour. We hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead adventure soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 10, 2016