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Discover the Pacific Northwest

San Francisco to Seattle, with skyscraper redwood forests and sweeping coastal routes in between! Discover the Pacific Northwest as you explore the culture of San Francisco, traverse Oregon's coastal dunes, and bear witness to some of America's most impressive National Parks. San FranciscoOur tour kicks off with some touring through San Francisco. Explore the business district, Union Square and Chinatown before we really get to the belly of the city with a walking food tour in the Mission District. Enjoy an afternoon at the iconic Fisherman's Wharf - an absolute must for any visit to San Francisco!Back to natureWe would be remiss to not experience some of the Pacific Northwest's extraordinary natural beauty on this tour. Wind through the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage-listed Redwood Forest aboard the historic Skunk Train. Traverse America's largest expanse of coastal sand dunes by dune buggy. See the deep blue waters of beautiful Crater Lake National Park and take a scenic wildlife cruise of Newport's beautiful Coastline.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to USA. Taxes included
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Tipping Made Easy, $135 pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners, including a group welcome dinner & farewell dinner

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking, locally based tour director
  • English-speaking locally based guides

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

American flavour

  • Take a walking food tour through San Francisco's Mission District.
  • Sample wine as you tour the beautiful Buena Vista Winery.
  • Discover Portland's buzzing craft beer scene with a tasting session followed by dinner.
  • Pair wines with a gourmet picnic lunch accompanied by a sommelier in the Willamette Valley.

Finger on the pulse

  • Enjoy a city tour of beautiful San Francisco, including Union Square, Chinatown and the Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Discover the thriving culture of America's Northwest in Portland on a city tour.
  • Take a city tour of Astoria, featuring the Colombia River Maritime Museum, Astoria Column and Flavel House Museum.
  • Cross the Pudget Sound by ferry and take a city tour of Seattle, including free time in the iconic Pike Place Market.
  • Spend time exploring Seattle, including the space needle, and the Museum of Pop Culture.

Back to nature

  • Travel back in time with a trip through the beautiful Redwood Forest on board the historic Skunk Train.
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage-listed Redwood National Park.
  • Take in the stunning scenery of Crater Lake National Park.
  • Traverse the sand dunes of Oregon Dunes National Park by dune buggy!
  • See the herd Roosevelt elks of Dean Creek.
  • Enjoy a wildlife cruise along Newport's stunning coastline with a naturalist.
  • Visit the noisy inhabitants of Sea Lion Caves.
  • Awe at the beauty of Colombia River Gorge, home to America's highest concentration of waterfalls.
  • Visit Mt St Helens, an active volcano, en route to Astoria.
  • En route to Olympic National Park stop to see Ruby Beach and the Hoh Rainforest.
  • Explore the beauty of Olympic National Park on a full day tour, including Sol Duc Falls and Hurricane Ridge.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
20
Price From
AUD $13,545
Start Location
USA
End Location
USA
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
10 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Cycling/Trekking, Rail, Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
27 May 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $13,180
09 Sep 201928 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $13,180
ItineraryExpand
Discover the Pacific Northwest

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive San Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco, a city that's home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, rattling cable cars, and the infamous Alcatraz Prison. We'll enjoy a group welcome dinner this evening. [D]

Day 2. San Francisco

A morning of sightseeing is ahead, which will include the business district, Union Square and Chinatown.

Special Experience: Learn more about San Francisco through its food with a walking food tour in the Mission District.

Our tour wouldn't be complete without some time at the lively Fisherman's Wharf, where we'll enjoy an afternoon at leisure. [B,L]

Day 3. San Francisco - Santa Rosa

On our way to Santa Rosa we'll spend time in the Napa Valley, California's most well-known wine region. [B]

Special Experience: Get to know the Napa Valley with a tour and tasting at one of the region's excellent wineries.

Day 4. Santa Rosa - Eureka

This morning we drive to Willits.

Special Experience: All aboard for the historic Skunk Train! Our journey has us winding through the magnificent Redwood Forest.

We continue to Eureka where we visit one of America's grandest homes, the 19th century Carson Mansion. [B,L]

Day 5. Eureka - Grants Pass

We'll spend a full day exploring the majestic UNESCO World Heritage-listed Redwood National Park. Surrounded by some of the world's tallest trees, we'll meet a park ranger at the visitor centre who will detail the history and information of the area before visiting the Trees of Mystery. We'll then travel to Grants Pass, Oregon for an evening at leisure. [B]

Day 6. Grants Pass

A breathtaking sight awaits today on our sightseeing tour of Crater Lake National Park. The caldera lake is famous for its clear water and deep blue hues. In the afternoon we return to Grants Pass. [B]

Day 7. Grants Pass - Newport

We continue to Reedsport to visit Dean Creek and its herd of Roosevelt elks.

Special Experience: Get set for a dune buggy ride across America's largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in Oregon Dunes National Park.

After lunch we'll stop by Sea Lions Cave before visiting the Heceta Head Lighthouse on our way to Newport. [B]

Day 8. Newport

This morning we'll visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center, a leading marine research centre. [B]

Special Experience: We head out onto the ocean today on a coastline cruise of Newport. A naturalist will explain about the wildlife and scenery along the way.

Day 9. Newport - Portland

We take the coastal route today as we travel to Portland via Tillamook State Forest, stopping to capture the sights of this picturesque coastline. We'll be spending the next 3 nights in Portland, giving us ample time to explore this thriving city of America's Northwest. Our city tour this afternoon includes visits to the gentrified Pearl District, Nob Hill, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Washington Park and its fragrant rose garden. [B]

Day 10. Portland

It's time to get back to nature this morning as we explore Colombia River Gorge. The gorge has the highest concentration of waterfalls in North America and is a sight to behold! [B,D]

Special Experience: Discover why Portland's craft beer scene is one of the best in the country with a craft beer and dinner session at a local brewery.

Day 11. Portland

Special Experience : A gourmand's delight today as we indulge in a wine tasting tour of the Willamette Valley. Accompanied by a sommelier, we will learn all about the wineries in the valley and how to pair the pinots, chardonnays and rieslings with our gourmet picnic lunch.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore Portland at your own pace or just relax. [B,L]

Day 12. Portland - Astoria

Today we travel to Mt St Helens and visit the Johnston Ridge Observatory to learn more about this active volcano. We then continue up the coast to Astoria, a city founded by the American Fur Company in the 1800s and the first permanent settlement on the Pacific coast. [B]

Day 13. Astoria

Our city tour this morning includes a visit to the Colombia River Maritime Museum, the city's highest point at the Astoria Column, the Captain George Flavel House Museum, and Fort Clatsop, the winter encampment for Lewis and Clark's expedition. [B]

Day 14. Astoria - Olympic National Park

The Lake Quinalt Museum is our first stop for the day. We then continue to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Olympic National Park, which is home to 3 distinct ecosystems and provides some fantastic photo opportunities. On the way we'll stop for sightseeing at Ruby Beach, named after the ruby-like crystals in the sand, and the Hoh Rainforest. [B]

Day 15. Olympic National Park

Special Experience: Spend the day breathing in the fresh mountain air of Olympic National Park, where we'll visit the exquisite Sol Duc Falls and Hurricane Ridge.

The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy our pristine surrounds. [B]

Day 16. Olympic National Park - Seattle

We farewell the spectacular surrounds of Olympic National Park and travel to Seattle, birthplace of grunge. En route we'll board a ferry and cross the Puget Sound. On arrival into Seattle we'll take a city tour before we have time at leisure in Pike Place Market. This thriving market overlooks Elliott Bay and is one of the oldest farmers' markets in America. [B]

Day 17. Seattle

A visit to Seattle isn't complete without a trip to the iconic Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair. We'll also enjoy a docent-led tour of the unique Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Museum of Pop Culture and spend time at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center. This evening we will have a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 18. Depart Seattle

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 19. In transit
Day 20. Arrive Australia