Vancouver & The Us Pacific Northwest
14 nights. October 2020 - October 2021. From £2645.00.
EARLY BIRD OFFER – SAVE £100pp ON 2020 & 2021 DEPARTURES – USE CODE: EARLY100
Experience some of North America's most exciting cityscapes, and explore the stunning natural wonders beyond.
Join us to discover this wonderful region, where the western USA and Canada meet, each vying to outdo the other for beauty and fascination. Against a breath-taking backdrop of towering mountains and ocean-washed shores, some of North America’s most easy-on-the-eye, laid-back locations provide an exciting, colourful and unfailingly enjoyable touring experience. Discover plunging waterfalls, rushing rivers, dense ancient forests and sweeping coastlines peppered with welcoming little ports and some of America’s coolest cities.
What's Included13 nights’ room-only accommodation in Seattle (2 nights), Vancouver (2), Victoria, (2), Port Angeles (1), Ocean Shores (1), Newport (1), Bend (2) and Portland (2), plus one night on the plane
Return flights to Seattle (returning from Portland)
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsSeattle’s magnificent setting on the Puget Sound
Vancouver, one of the world’s best places to live – and visit
Stay in easy-going Portland, at the end of the Oregon Trail
Glorious Vancouver Island and British Colombia’s provincial capital, Victoria
Port Angeles and scenic Olympic National Park
Journey down Oregon’s stunning Pacific coast on Highway 101
Drive through the Cascades and Williamette National Forest
Take a breath-taking Rim Drive around extraordinary Crater Lake
See the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and spectacular Multnomah Falls
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel in one of the world’s fastest growing, fastest changing, most exciting and friendliest cities. Rest and relax after the journey, and waste no time in soaking up the atmosphere of a place that hums with life day and night. Head to historic Pioneer Square, Pike Place, laid-back, trendy Ballard or the waterfront, where you’ll be spoilt for choice as far as dining options are concerned.
Day 2Make the very most of a full day in Seattle, perhaps joining our optional excursion for the very best introduction to the city. This wonderful tour will include sightseeing by amphibious ‘Duck’ vehicle, and will take in historic Pioneer Square, lively Pike Place market - America’s oldest continuously working marketplace - and the waterfront area, before splashing into Lake Union for a breath-taking view of the city’s skyline.
Later why not take a trip to the observation deck of the iconic Space Needle for panoramic views over Victorian Pioneer Square, and pay a visit to the extraordinary Chihuly Glass and Gardens, a permanent exhibition and outdoor display of the colourful glasswork of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly?
Day 3Today you’ll journey north along the scenic shores of Puget Sound, crossing the Canadian border and arriving by early afternoon in the glittering city of Vancouver. Later, enjoy your first taste of a place often voted among the best in the world to live – set as it is between the waters of the Georgia Strait and the dramatic mountains of the coastal ranges. And whether you go for traditional seafood, sushi, charcuterie (a local speciality) or sensational fusion dishes forged from the city’s cosmopolitan cuisine, Vancouver is foodie heaven, with restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.
Day 4Join this morning’s fascinating introduction to the city, highlights of which will include restored Gastown, colourful Chinatown, and the waterfront. Cross over the Lion’s Gate Bridge into the leafy suburbs of North Van to brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, which stretches 140 meters across a deep river gorge. After the tour, explore the city at leisure and enjoy a second evening in this wonderful place.
Day 5This morning, you’ll take the ferry over the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island. Soak up the beautiful coastal views, then continue to the unashamedly British-feeling capital of British Columbia, Victoria. With its Royal B.C. Museum, vast Parliament Buildings and grand Empress Hotel, this compact, charming city is all elegance, surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy the first of two evenings in the city, which boasts a predictably superb choice of restaurants, bars, craft breweries and cafés.
Day 6Spend today wandering Victoria’s inner harbour, open spaces – as well as Canada’s narrowest street – and fascinating museums. Alternatively, join our optional morning visit to world-famous Butchart Gardens, where over a million plants and several hundred floral species are displayed. This afternoon, you’ll have a chance to take an optional whale-watching cruise, and go in search of orca, humpback and grey whales in their natural environment before another chance to enjoy Victoria by night.
Day 7After another morning enjoying the delights of Victoria, board another ferry and head back into the US for a night in Port Angeles – gateway to magnificent Olympic National Park, and a wonderful mix of a seaside town and mountain resort.
Day 8Journey through the forested beauty of Olympic National Park, winding past magnificent Lake Crescent, set beneath the towering Olympic Mountains, and head west to the Pacific Ocean. Journey south, past tiny, timeless coastal settlements – some of which were used as locations in TV’s Twilight Zone – and spend the night in the classic beach resort of Ocean Shores.
Day 9The breath-taking coastal scenery continues as you head further south along Washington State’s Pacific coastline on famous Highway 101, crossing the mouth of the great Columbia River to enter Oregon, and passing the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, and the traditional seaside resorts of Seaside (yes, really), Cannon Beach and Rockaway Beach (which has a famous namesake across the US, on the Atlantic shore). You’ll spend the evening in Newport, another wonderful coastal town. Don’t miss the chance to grab a bowl of Pacific clam chowder – it’s a speciality along the coast.
Day 10After a brief visit to Newport’s famous Yaquina Lighthouse, one of two that guided sailors safely towards the shore and sheltered bay, you’ll turn east. Head inland, through the beautiful Cascade Mountains and vast Williamette National Forest, and after a spectacular, scenic day you’ll arrive in the friendly, outdoors-oriented Oregon town of Bend, where you’ll spend the next two nights.
Day 11An unforgettable day awaits as you journey south to extraordinary Crater Lake. Formed over 400,000 years ago by the collapse of a volcano, Crater Lake is one of North America’s bluest, deepest bodies of water and Oregon’s only national park. Its shoreline (and crater edge) form the breathtaking Rim Drive through the spectacular scenery that you’ll follow, today, before returning to Bend for a second evening.
Day 12Discover yet more majestic scenery as you journey north, following the geological wonder of the Columbia River Gorge (the Northwest’s own Grand Canyon). You’ll pass the 11,000-ft dormant volcano that is Mount Hood, and plunging Multnomah Falls, to arrive in the beautiful, European-style city of Portland, Oregon, by late afternoon. Enjoy your first evening in this delightful place, which perfectly combines the attractions of trendy city life with the stunning wonders of nature that surround it.
Day 13This morning’s tour introduces the easy-going city that once marked the end of the hazardous Oregon Trail for countless pioneers. Lovingly preserved, Portland's highlights include historic Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Waterfront Park on the Williamette River, and colourful Pearl District. Gardeners will love the International Rose Test Garden, and all will delight in the views from restored Pittock Mansion. Adventurous foodies will find countless places to tempt them in the city that gave us the Voodoo Doughnut and has become the US home of the gourmet food truck.
Day 14Spend a last morning enjoying Portland’s shops and speciality stores before your transfer to the airport to check in for your overnight flight home.
Day 15You’ll land in the UK this morning, at the end of a spectacular, unforgettable north-western USA adventure. Back to top
Passports and visasWhen travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta. The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Border chargesThere is a $6 US charge to cross the border from Canada to the USA. This is payable in cash at the border crossing and is not included in the tour price.
Terms and conditionsEARLY100 TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings only on air holidays to destinations outside the UK and Europe made between 1st and 31st October 2019 (inclusive) only. This offer does not apply to 2019 departures. Offer excludes all departures with late-availability pricing and all river cruises. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code EARLY100 has been entered, and will be confirmed before purchase. The discount applies to your final holiday price (excluding insurance if selected) at the time of booking. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top