Adventures in the Wild Northwest - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from US$2768 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"The best holiday we have ever taken"
Janine , Jul 2014

This escapade sees your family zipping over sand dunes, walking over the Golden Gate Bridge, riding the Rogue River, exploring tide pools and learning about the notorious Ring-of-Fire.

It’s Insider moments like… the gentle glow of hanging lanterns as you watch glass-blowing artisans at work and dine on regional produce with the studio owner, before trying your hand at the delicate art. Listening to Harvest Moon spin tales of her Native American tribe at Olympic National Park, as you hear about a past life in the ‘long house’ when tribal women would weave baskets and recite the legends of their people. And experiencing majestic Hoh Rainforest and the luminous beauty of Hall of Mosses, backdrop to pop-culture favourite Twilight.

Trip type:
Family Experiences
Trip code:
DPNA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO

    Welcome to San Francisco! After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a real San Francisco treat and dive into exploring on your own at nearby Pier 39, the famed marketplace filled with shops, attractions and street performers angling for oohs, aahs and cheers from the crowd. Be sure to visit the ‘Sea Lebrities', the pier's resident sea lion population. At 6 p.m., get together at the hotel with your fellow adventurers and Travel Director at a festive Kick-off Party.

    Meal(s)

    Kick-Off Party

    Hotel

    Hyatt Regency Embarcadero

  • 2.

    SAN FRANCISCO – EUREKA

    What better way to get a taste of San Francisco than by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the world's most recognisable landmarks. If you and the family are up for a walk, grab your cameras and join your Travel Director for a stroll across this impressive feat of engineering. Learn all about the bridge and why it's not painted gold—despite its name! Visit the Charles Schultz Museum, a charming reflection of the modest and much-loved cartoonist who created the Peanuts. Drive along the stunning Avenue of the Giants before arriving at Humboldt Redwoods State Park filled with some of the tallest trees you have ever seen! Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Red Lion Hotel

  • 3.

    EUREKA – REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK – COOS BAY

    This morning, view one of the most written about, and photographed Victorian houses in California, the Carson Mansion. Drive through Northern California's Redwood National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with trees more than 1,000 years old and over 300 feet (90 metres) tall. Arrive in Coos Bay and enjoy the evening at leisure.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Red Lion Hotel Coos Bay

  • 4.

    COOS BAY – OREGON DUNES – GLENEDEN BEACH (2 NIGHTS)

    Gear up for the trip to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a natural wonder of endless shifting sand, unique tree islands and lots of interesting creatures. Hop in a dune buggy for an exhilarating ride up and down these expansive tracts of sand. Then stop at Heceta Head overlook and see the view of a beautiful 19th-century lighthouse that casts its beam out to sea, before continuing north to Gleneden Beach.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Salishan Spa & Golf Resort

  • 5.

    NEWPORT SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Kick off your shoes, roll up your pants and wade in the Yaquina Head tide pools for a captivating search for hermit crabs, sea urchins, anemones, sea stars and even the occasional octopus! Your next look at sea life is even cooler, because you're headed to the Oregon Coast Aquarium — named one of America's "Most Awesome Aquariums" by Forbes magazine. Come face-to-face with sharks and bat rays in Passages of the Deep—an acrylic walk-through tunnel surrounded by water. With your free time this afternoon, maybe explore Newport's historic waterfront or join an optional Sea Life Cruise; keep an eye out for sea life and marine birds as the onboard naturalist tells you all about your surroundings.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 6.

    GLENEDEN BEACH – TILLAMOOK – PORTLAND (2 NIGHTS)

    Better get moo-ving, because you're travelling to Tillamook, a city synonymous with the dairy industry. Get the scoop about this Local Speciality during a tour of the Tillamook Creamery and learn about dairy cows. Then you'll be treated to a fresh waffle cone filled high with your choice from 35 delicious flavours of Tillamook Ice Cream. Next, journey to Portland, where you'll enjoy an orientation city tour, complete with a stop at the International Rose Test Garden. This evening, walk through the art of glass blowing. This experience is the best way to enjoy the excitement of playing with fire and melted glass. Enjoy a Be My Guest dinner, overlooking the workshop, with your host at the factory tonight.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Portland Marriott City Waterfront

  • 7.

    PORTLAND SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Today you'll discover some of Oregon's most beautiful scenery along the historic Columbia River Highway. Stop at Crown Point and the Vista House for panoramic views of the river from 733 feet (223 metres) above. Vista House's octagonal building with its copper dome is home to an interpretive display of historic and geologic points of interest in the Gorge. Onward to Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, and Oregon's tallest! Stop at Bonneville Dam to view this historic dam and lock. Also learn about a fish ladder designed to allow salmon to navigate the Columbia River during spawning. Return to Portland and enjoy some free time. If you're feeling adventurous, choose to take an optional jet boat ride. And if you're still in the mood to explore, an optional walking tour including dinner is available this evening!

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 8.

    PORTLAND – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    Visit the award-winning Mount St. Helens Visitor's Center, dedicated to the active Ring-of-Fire volcano that erupted in 1980. Learn about the legendary blast — an eruption so colossal that it spewed ash into 11 states — as you watch a reenactment of the event and experience interactive exhibits such as a step-in volcano model and working seismograph. Venture west to the rugged coast of Olympic National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, the park contains no fewer than three distinct ecosystems. Then meet a Local Expert who shares with you the tribal legends and stories of the Quinault people who have long called the Pacific Northwest home.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Quinault Lodge

  • 9.

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK – SEATTLE (2 NIGHTS)

    Enter the beautiful Hoh Rainforest, one of the world's few (as well as the largest) temperate rainforests and trek to the eerie "Hall of Mosses" with trees and branches dripping with moss. Then make a stop at dazzling Lake Crescent before leaving Olympic National Park. Sensational views of the Seattle skyline unfold before you as you make your way by ferry across Puget Sound into the Emerald City. Once ashore in this hip and vibrant town, stop at the historic Pike Place Market, the nation's oldest farmers market, where the fish fly low — from one fishmonger's hands to the next! Enjoy the evening at leisure to explore Seattle as you wish.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Sheraton Seattle

  • 10.

    SEATTLE SIGHTSEEING

    This morning, enjoy a visit to the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the creativity that inspires contemporary pop culture. No visit to Seattle would be complete without making the trip to the top of the Space Needle, the iconic landmark of the great Pacific Northwest. After some down time, head to the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum featuring beautiful glass artwork by the same artist who created the famous glass ceiling at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. After a docent-led tour of the museum, join your newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner toasting to your exciting Northwest adventures!

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 11.

    DEPART SEATTLE

    Time to bid farewell to your fellow adventurers and take your complimentary transfer to Seattle International Airport or extend your stay in Seattle.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Relish a dinner overlooking an artisan glass studio in Portland and try your hand at crafting melted glass.
  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert

    Learn about the legends and traditions of the Quinault Native Americans while visiting Olympic National Park.
  • Local Speciality

    Tour the Tillamook Creamery where you'll be treated to a scrumptious ice cream cone.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Avenue of the Giants

    Drive through this living museum of stunning trees.
  • Coos Bay

    Overnight in this charming coastal city.
  • Eureka

    Admire some of the nation's finest historic Victorian homes; visit Carson Mansion.
  • Heceta Head

    View this famous lighthouse located in a spectacular setting.
  • Mount St. Helens

    Stop at the Visitor Center and learn about this volcano.
  • Newport

    Visit the renowned Oregon Coast Aquarium.
  • Olympic National Park

    Explore the Hoh Rainforest and view Lake Crescent.
  • Oregon Dunes

    Explore sand dunes on a fun dune buggy ride.
  • Portland

    See the city's highlights and International Rose Test Garden; explore the historic Alphabet District and NW 23rd Avenue, and taste culinary treasures.
  • Puget Sound

    Enjoy superb views while cruising the waterway.
  • Redwood National Park

    Marvel at the redwood trees in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • San Francisco

    Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge with your Travel Director.
  • Seattle

    See the city's sights and take a trip up the Space Needle.
  • Yaquina Head

    Explore the shoreline's tidepools and search for marine life.

Dining

  • 6 evening meals:

    Be My Guest Dinner in Portland with wine
    3 three-course dinners
    Farewell Dinner with drinks in Seattle
    Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Francisco
  • 10 full breakfasts

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 10 nights First Class accommodation
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Florence, OR

  • Sand Dunes Dune Buggy Upgrade

    Adult Price: $40.00 While many of you will choose to enjoy the included “Giant Buggy” ride at the Sand Dunes, for the very adventurous, you won’t want to miss the smaller “Sand Rails” ride. For a nominal upgrade price, you will rip and roar along the dunes leaving the “Giant Buggies” in the dust. Imagine being on an extended roller coaster ride in the sand and that’s what you will get on the sand rails. This one will get your blood pumping and your heart racing! Tour length: 1.5 hours. (Minimum: 2 guests).

Newport

  • Sea Life Cruise

    Adult Price: $40.00 Join onboard naturalists during a two-hour marine life cruise aboard the 65-foot Discovery. Depending on the season, search for porpoise, seals, sea lions, pelicans and bald eagles. Keep your cameras ready for sensational views of the bay, river and coastline as well as the Yaquina Bay Bridge and historic lighthouses. If the conditions are right, the captain might even decide to drop a few crab pots to try his luck! Duration: 2.5 hours. (Minimum:10 guests)

Portland

  • Portland Walking Tour with Dinner at Huber's Café

    Adult Price: $58.00 You’ll be wowed by this up close and personal walk through downtown Portland. Afterward, enjoy dinner at Huber’s Cafe, Portland’s oldest restaurant, located inside the Historic Oregon Pioneer Building. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 5 guests)

Gold Beach

  • Jet and Mail Boat Trip

    Adult Price: $35.00 Jet boat the historic “Mail Boat Route” on the Rogue River, just as the pioneers did since 1895 when road access did not exist. These are the only “Mail Boats” in the nation and still deliver mail today. The jet boats are capable of traveling in just inches of water and the 90 minute ride is relaxed. Be on the lookout for wildlife as you jet through the pristine wilderness of the Pacific Coastal Estuary. (Minimum 20 guests)
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