Join in a small group tour around the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the US and sample some of the fantastic food, wine and - very importantly - beer that is produced by a wide range of independent brewers. Start in cosmopolitan Seattle, home of Boeing and Microsoft, before heading down through Washington State. See stunning natural beauty in the form of Mount Rainier before entering Oregon for some more wonderful food and drink around Portland. See Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River Gorge as you head to Bend, Oregon. More natural beauty accompanies further tasty brews as you visit Crater Lake and Ashland before heading back north. Visit the city of Eugene and stunning coastal setting of Cannon Beach before ending the tour back in Seattle for the flight home. All in all, a great taste of this corner of the country!
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Travel from the UK to Seattle. Direct flights are available from London Heathrow and Manchester or via East Coast gateways from regional deaprtures. Arrive at your Seattle hotel, conveniently located near sights, restaurants and shops. This evening explore Seattle and its many multi-cultural dining options.
Begin the day with a tour to the Boeing assembly plant, home to legendary planes like the 747, 777 and the world's most advanced jetliner - the 787 Dreamliner. Go inside the world's largest building to view airplanes in various stages of assembly and visit the interactive exhibits at the Future of Flight Museum. In the afternoon, make your way to Chihuly Garden and Glass. This not-to-be-missed exhibition includes eight Galleries, the centrepiece Glasshouse and a lush Glass Garden.
Today, enjoy a tour to Washington's crown-jewel, Mount Rainer, encased in more than 35 square miles of snow and ice. Binoculars and cameras are a must on this day-long expedition amid this active volcano's surrounding old-growth forests, alpine meadows, lakes and waterfalls. Your guide will deepen the small-group experience with naturalist interpretation as you take in the sights and sounds along the drive, and while walking in the park.
Afterwards, return to Seattle for a meet and greet reception hosted by our guide, a beer aficionado and destination specialist.
This morning we'll tour Seattle, an unpretentious port city populated with natural and cultural amenities that so epitomize the attraction of the Northwest. Visit its colourful neighbourhoods and iconic attractions such as historic Pioneer Square, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. This afternoon will be for tastings. The proliferation of Seattle craft breweries is mind boggling. The city's small-batch producers tend to know their stuff, producing solid line-ups of supremely drinkable IPAs, stouts, and more.
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 market, ensuring special treatment. Meet lively characters and hear memorable stories. See fish fly, chesses being made and the ‘original’ Starbucks store as you get to taste samples from no less than seven of the stalls you see.
After the excitement of the market, it’s time to leave Seattle and head for Portland, a 175-mile drive south through Washington state and just over the border into Oregon. After some free time for dinner, you will meet up again for a special evening programme; collect real ghost hunting equipment before visiting known ghostly places and getting behind the scenes into what hauntings are all about. This is not a theatrical performance. It's a true view into the reality of paranormal investigations.
Portland sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. Enjoy an orientation tour of the city and its iconic gardens in the morning while the afternoon offers the options of a Bicycle Brewery Tour or a Walking Foodie Tour.
Spend this day taking in the beauty of two major Pacific Northwest rivers: the Columbia and Hood Rivers. Visit the Columbia River Gorge and experience the power and beauty of nature up close atr Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water. Another stop will be a at some of the 12 breweries in this area. Imaginative flavours are created here using local malts, hops and fresh fruit in its beers. The drive continues south to Bend, known for its richly diverse cultural landscape, award-winning dining and boutique shopping.
Today you’ll 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’s the deepest lake in the US at nearly 600m. Stand in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting. A National Park Ranger will talk to you about the Park’s origins and special features before taking a leisurely hike filled with breath-taking views and photo opportunities.
Continue to Ashland and enjoy the downtown this evening. Ranked in the top 10 of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America,” Ashland is a cultural hot spot, with award-winning galleries, theatres and restaurants.
This morning, tour the city of Eugene, home to the University of Oregon and a prominent arts community. After a short walking tour, 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 makes these local beers bold and flavourful.
This evening, you will arrive in the coastal community of Cannon Beach which combines the inspiring beauty of the Oregon Coast with a picture-perfect village by the sea. Enjoy an included final night dinner, paired with local brews, overlooking magnificent Haystack Rock.
Start the day with a walk on the beach to dramatic shoreline rock formations 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’ll have time to wander the picturesque sidewalks and courtyards of downtown Cannon Beach to discover art galleries, specialty shops and public art.
Depart for Seattle early afternoon and arrive at Seattle-Tacoma airport for an overnight flight back to the UK.
‘Boutique Hotel; Downtown Seattle’
Motif Seattle takes inspiration from the city in every sense, from the architecture and design to the in-house music made by local artists. The hotel features modern rooms and suites with varying views, while Frolik Kitchen and Cocktails offers a rooftop bar and a locally-inspired menu. A 24-hour fitness centre is featured.
‘Portland Boutique Hotel’
In the heart of downtown, Hotel Lucia resides only moments away from Pioneer Court House Square and the Pearl District. The building which holds the hotel was first constructed in 1909 and in 2003 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel is also famous for its gallery which features the largest collection of black and white photography by Pulitzer Prize winner and Oregonian David Hume Kennerly.
The Oxford Hotel, Bend resides in the heart of historic downtown Bend, close by to central Oregon. The hotel combines eco-sustainability features with modern amenities. Rooms are designed with great attention to detail, while the restaurant offers locally-sourced fare.
‘Oasis in Oregon’
Ashland Hills Hotels & Suites is set at the foot of the Siskiyou mountains, 14 miles north of the border with California and a short drive to downtown Ashland. Features at the 14-acre property include a courtyard patio, outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, café and a collection of comfortable rooms with many boasting private balconies.
‘Oceanside Retreat; Relaxing Setting’
Surfsand Resort, Cannon Beach sits in a peaceful location by the ocean, a short walk away from downtown Cannon Beach. Cosy guest rooms feature fireplaces, while on-site services include massages, a fitness centre, sauna and indoor pool.
All accommodation as listed
International flights in economy
Transportation in small coaches
Sightseeing tours as listed
Selected brewery tours and beer tastings
Meals unless otherwise stated
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