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Reader Holidays - Vancouver, Portland and Seattle - Pacific Northwest from The Oxford Times
Departing June 2014
*Price shown: 03 Jun 2014 - VAU
A wonderful escorted tour
See one of North America's most sparkling corners. Visit glittering Vancouver and British Columbia's capital, Victoria, on a scenic journey through the US mainland's glorious northwest. Along the way you'll also discover delightful cities like Portland and Seattle, and stunning natural splendours from the sweeping Pacific Coast to towering Mount St Helens.
What The Price Includes
- Return scheduled flights from selected regional airports
- Nine nights' room-only accommodation in a series of good standard hotels
- A scenic drive along the Pacific coastline
- Free time in Vancouver and Seattle
- A visit to Vancouver Island
- A tour of Portland
- Coach rides along the Columbia River Valley and through Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks
- Full touring itinerary as described
- The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
- Government taxes and service charges
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Fly to Vancouver to spend two nights in one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Join this morning's optional guided city tour and discover restored Gastown, colourful Chinatown, and Vancouver's spectacular waterfront. Cross over the Lion's Gate Bridge into the leafy suburbs of 'North Van' and take the cable car to the summit of Grouse Mountain to brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge - the world's longest suspended public walkway.
Cross the strait to Vancouver Island, today, and head to the unashamedly 'British' capital of British Columbia, charming Victoria. See the Royal B.C. Museum, vast Parliament Buildings and grand Empress Hotel, and visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, where over a million plants and several hundred floral species are displayed.
Enjoy this morning's optional 'Whale Watch' cruise, perhaps spotting orca, killer, humpback and grey whales in their natural environment. This afternoon you'll head to sea again, crossing into the United States for a night in Port Angeles, gateway to magnificent Olympic National Park.
Today we'll drive through the forested beauty of Olympic National Park, past magnificent Lake Crescent, heading west and south to the Pacific Ocean and the classic beach resort of Ocean Shores.
Head inland this morning, then south through beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery past Mount St Helens, to the beautiful, European-style city of Portland, Oregon - your base for the next two nights.
This morning's tour introduces the easygoing city that 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 the colourful Pearl District. Gardeners will love the International Rose Test Garden, and all will delight in the views from restored Pittock Mansion. This afternoon, relax in this very relaxed city.
Journey east from Portland into the Columbia River Valley, with its cascades, maple forests and mountain vistas, travelling via the riverfront town of Hood River to Seattle, in its beautiful setting on Elliot Bay.
This morning, take an optional excursion with a difference, boarding a WW2 amphibious vehicle to explore on land and water, followed by a visit to Seattle's towering Space Needle. This afternoon, make the most of your stay and explore this charming city.
Today you'll bid farewell to Seattle and make the journey back north towards Canada, heading to Vancouver Airport and the overnight flight back to the UK.
Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a wonderful Pacific Northwest adventure.
There 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.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
Vancouver, Portland and Seattle Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Further Hotel Information »
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Hide Hotel Information »