Finger on the pulse
Back to nature
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
10 to 20
Cycling/Trekking, Rail, Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|27 May 2019||15 Jun 2019||Available||AUD $13,180|
|09 Sep 2019||28 Sep 2019||Available||AUD $13,180|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]