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America’s Pacific Coast

October 4 - October 14

$2899

HIGHLIGHTS:     Portland Rose Gardens & Columbia River Gorge, Oregon Sand Dunes, Giant Redwoods, Napa Wine Train, San Francisco, Alcatraz, Hearst Castle, The Queen Mary, San Diego, & lots more …  18 Meals

PRICE:          $2899  per person, double occupancy

                         Single supplement:  $800

                         Travel Protection with Trip Cancellation … $187

                        Deposit Required:   $200 per person 

                        Final Payment Due:  AUGUST 15, 2020       

 

OCT 4 … PORTLAND, OREGON … We meet at the airport for our transcontinental flight to the Pacific Northwest, arriving in Portland, Oregon for a 2 night stay.  Welcome Dinner. (D)

OCT 5… COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE …Breakfast and we visit Portland’s famous Rose Gardens and see why the city is called “The City of Roses”. Next we board a boat for a sightseeing cruise on the scenic Columbia River through the Gorge and past many waterfalls.  Dinner is a treat overlooking the spectacular Falls at Multnomah Lodge. (B,D)

OCT 6… OREGON COAST & DUNE BUGGY … Continuing southwest, we drive along the rugged Oregon coast, with waves crashing into rocky cliffs and pebble-strewn beaches, the group enjoys a lunch stop in Florence as we get set for an exciting experience.  Thrill to a wild adventure on a Dune Buggy ride on the National Dune Recreation Area with its sand dunes towering 400 feet high!    Later we stop at a myrtle wood factory in Coos Bay to shop for souvenirs made from this fragrant wood.  Our overnight is here along the Oregon coast at the Mill Resort and Casino.  (B,D)

OCT 7 … GIANT REDWOODS … Today we travel historic 101 along the southern Oregon coast into California. Lunch is a treat as we stop at the Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving cookhouse in the West, which continues the tradition of serving lots of good food – lumber camp style!  Entering Giant Redwood country, we travel along the “Avenue of the Giants, through both the Humboldt and Richardson groves to witness firsthand these towering trees that dwarf everything around them.  We’ll continue through the redwoods to the town of Ukiah, voted the best place to live in California.  (B,L)

OCT 8 … WINE TRAIN & NAPA …Today is set aside for California’s famous Wine Country, as we head into Napa Valley. A special highlight as you board a luxurious Pullman Lounge Car and enjoy a relaxing and scenic Train Journey through the lush vineyards of Napa Valley.  The Napa Valley Wine Train provides a relaxing three hour journey along the thirty six mile round-trip between the historic town of Napa through one of the world’s most famous wine valleys to the quaint village of St. Helena and back. Guests aboard the Wine Train enjoy a freshly prepared lunch as they view the vineyards and wineries from any of the vintage rail cars which have been lavishly restored. Later we check into our hotel for 3 nights in the San Francisco area. (B,L)

OCT 9 … SAN FRANCISCO … Touring San Francisco, we pick up a local guide for an extensive tour of “The City by the Bay” from many vantage points…Twin Peaks with its panoramic view of the city’s 45 hills, Union Square, China Town, Nob Hill, and then finish at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Dinner at one of the wharf’s popular restaurants.  (B,D)

OCT 10ALCATRAZ … It is always requested to add a day and give more time in San Francisco. So today is yours to enjoy. We will take an excursion to “The Rock” aboard a ferry to Alcatraz for a tour of this historic and infamous site.  The rest of the day is yours with time to shop this famous area of Fisherman’s Wharf, or maybe take a cable car ride. Later we return to our hotel for the Manager’s Reception.  (B)

OCT 11 … HEARST CASTLE …Today provides one of the highlights of our trip as we travel south to San Simeon. We stop for lunch in Cambria along the Pacific Coastline. Next we will tour one of the greatest examples of wealth in America, imposing Hearst Castle perched high in the hills.   After our tour, we continue southward to the Scandinavian village of Solvang for our overnight.  (B)

OCT 12 …  QUEEN MARY… This morning we continue southward past Santa Barbara and Los Angeles in route to Long Beach. Lunch is a special treat aboard the QUEEN MARY. On May 27, 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England on her maiden voyage. The huge ship set a new benchmark in transatlantic travel, which the rich and famous considered as the only civilized way to travel. She quickly seized the hearts and imaginations of the public representing the spirit of an era known for its elegance, class and style. Since her retirement from the sea as an active liner in 1967, the Queen Mary has become a popular Southern California attraction. The ship carried some 2.2 million passengers in peacetime and 810,000 military personnel in the Second World War, but here in Long Beach, an estimated 50 million people have visited. Later we travel south to San Diego, our home for the final 2 nights in this lovely destination.  (B,L)

OCT 13 … SAN DIEGO … Breakfast and then we enjoy a narrated sightseeing tour of the city that boasts of being  “America’s City with the Best Climate”.  We will visit Old Town and the many interesting sights of this beautiful location along the southern shores of California. A harbor cruise highlights the afternoon before our Special Farewell Dinner along the waterfront. (B,D)

OCT 14 …  All too soon, it is time to take our return flight home after a spectacular adventure along America’s West Coast. (B)

Details

Start:
October 4
End:
October 14
Cost:
$2899

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