Portland Roses & Oregon Trails
Featuring Single-Hotel Stay, Rose Festival Parade, Columbia River Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, Astoria

Departing: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Limited Space

6 Day Package
9 Meals Included
New Itinerary

Price:
$1499 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$1999 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Embark on a unique Oregon adventure that features a single-hotel stay and reserved seating for the Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade! You’ll only have to unpack once, and, get to enjoy the region’s gorgeous coast, mountains, waterfalls and volcanoes - each within a day’s drive from our upscale downtown Portland hotel. From the Columbia River Gorge and the Mt. Hood Railroad to Mt. St. Helens, Astoria and Cannon Beach, this itinerary features some of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest sights! 

Tour Highlights:
  • A single-hotel stay in a premier boutique hotel in downtown Portland within walking distance of restaurants and shops 

  • Ride aboard the Mt. Hood Railroad in the premier Diamond Class dome car
  • Visit Johnston Ridge Observatory at Mt. St. Helens National Monument
  • Travel through the scenic Columbia River Gorge and visit the 620-foot Multnomah Falls
  • Reserved seating in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum for the Rose Festival’s hallmark event, the Grand Floral Parade – featuring all-floral floats, marching bands, equestrian units, dancers and more
  • Travel to Astoria – where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean – and visit the Astoria Column and Fort Clatsop National Memorial, commemorating the 1805-06 winter encampment of Lewis and Clark

  • Visit the picturesque village of Cannon Beach, and take a walk on Cannon Beach featuring the 235-foot tall Haystack Rock


   Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
  • Night 1-5: Marriott City Center - Portland, OR
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Wednesday, 6/6/2018 - Arrive in Portland
Our journey begins with optional transfers from home or our departure points this morning to LAX for a scheduled nonstop flight to Portland, Oregon. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air, should arrive at the Portland International Airport by 11:30 a.m. if they want to be included on the complimentary transfer from the airport. Upon arrival in Portland we’ll board our deluxe motorcoach with a local guide onboard and begin a panoramic tour of the “Rose City.” We’ll travel through the various parts of the city including downtown and the vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods of Nob Hill and the Pearl District. Late this afternoon we’ll arrive at our premier hotel located in the heart of downtown Portland. Unpack once and enjoy five nights at this sophisticated boutique hotel located in the center of the city’s business district adjacent to great shopping and restaurants. Join your fellow passengers at an included Welcome Dinner this evening.

Dinner
Day 2
Thursday, 6/7/2018 - Mount St. Helens
Following an included breakfast at the hotel, we travel into Washington and Mount St. Helens National Monument. At 8:32 a.m. on May 18, 1980 this “Mountain of Fire” blew its top with the force of over 27,000 atomic bombs. The 600 mph super heated winds decimated everything to the north up to 17 miles away! The ash cloud drifted around the world and dumped ash in 11 neighboring states. The two-mile wide mudflows and debris which crashed down the river valley is the largest landslide ever recorded by man. We’ll visit the award-winning Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, dedicated to the active Ring-of-Fire. Watch a reenactment of the event and experience interactive exhibits such as a step-in volcano model and working seismograph. As we continue into the “lateral blast zone” you will see the devastation that still remains – a mile plus wide crater and hillsides which are still covered with the shattered trees and stumps. We’ll then visit the Johnston Ridge Observatory, located in the heart of the blast zone and offering stunning views of Mount St. Helens (weather permitting). Enjoy time at leisure to explore the interpretive displays that tell the biological, geological, and human story of Mount St. Helens, watch award-winning films, listen to ranger talks and enjoy an included picnic lunch. After being blown away by Mount St. Helens we’ll return to Portland with the balance of the evening at leisure. 
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 3
Friday, 6/8/2018 - Mt. Hood Railroad & Columbia River Gorge
After an included breakfast at the hotel we’ll travel into the Columbia River Gorge. One of Oregon’s Seven Wonders. this awe-inspiring canyon was carved by the Columbia River – the fourth largest river in the United States. We’ll travel to Hood River and arrive at the Hood River Depot in the historic downtown district. Built in 1911, the depot is a fine example of Craftsman-style architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here we’ll board the Mount Hood Railroad and enjoy Diamond Class seating – the most exceptional class of service featuring seating in the upper portion of the Sky Dome car, with panoramic views of the passing landscape. Our journey takes us through forests, orchards, and vineyards enroute to Parkdale. While in Parkdale, we’ll enjoy an included barbecue lunch before we return to Hood River onboard the train. This afternoon we’ll stop to visit the magnificent Multnomah Falls. Cascading 611 feet down the sheer face of Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, and Oregon’s tallest. We return to the hotel late this afternoon with the balance of the evening at leisure. 
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 4
Saturday, 6/9/2018 - Portland
After an included breakfast we travel to Portland’s Memorial Coliseum for reserved indoor grandstand seating for the Grand Floral Parade, the biggest event of the annual Portland Rose Festival. The festival’s hallmark event, the Grand Floral Parade features all-floral floats, marching bands and equestrian units – in addition to vintage vehicles, colorful dancers and more. We return to the hotel with the balance of the day at leisure to do as you choose. Our hotel’s central location allows for easy access to shopping, dining, Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Willamette River Waterfront where you can get up-close to the Grand Floral Parade floats at the Grand Floral Float Showcase.
Breakfast
Day 5
Sunday, 6/10/2018 - Astoria & Cannon Beach
Following an included breakfast we’ll follow the Columbia River to the historic city of Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. We’ll visit Fort Clatsop National Memorial, the winter headquarters of the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805-1806 and the first U.S. military post west of St. Louis. Visit the Astoria Column standing 600 feet above sea level on Astoria’s Coxcomb  Hill.  Modeled after the Trajan Column in Rome, the 125 foot column built in 1926 features a hand-painted spiral frieze of 14 scenes commemorating the history of Astoria. Perhaps the only thing more impressive than the column itself, is the unrivaled view of Young’s Bay, the Coast Range, the mighty Columbia River, and the Pacific Ocean. We continue to the picturesque small-town village of Cannon Beach, home to a number of restaurants, shops and galleries. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own and browsing. On Cannon Beach is Haystack Rock – the famous landmark towering 235 feet. This is the third largest coastal monolith in the world and its closeness to the beach will astound you. We return to Portland with an included Farewell Dinner at a locals’ favorite. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 6
Monday, 6/11/2018 - Portland & Journey Home
Following an included breakfast, we’ll travel to Portland’s Washington Park to visit the International Rose Test Garden, the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. The garden was conceived in 1915 as a safe haven for hybrid roses grown in Europe during World War I. Enjoy time to smell the roses while strolling amongst more than 10,000 roses and take in the spectacular views of downtown and Mount Hood. We continue to the historic turn-of-the-century Pittock Mansion offering picture-perfect views of the city and a revealing glimpse into Portland’s past. The mansion is characterized by its impressive architecture and 23 art-and antique-filled rooms, where we’ll learn about the fascinating success story of early Portland moguls Henry and Georgiana Pittock – instrumental in the early development of Portland. We continue to the Portland Airport for our scheduled nonstop return flight to Los Angeles. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air that would like to be included on the transfer to the airport, should depart the Portland Airport no earlier than 3 p.m. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective destination. We’ll return home with incredible memories and photos of our time in the Pacific Northwest.
Breakfast

Tour Inclusions:

  • 5 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 9 Meals: 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 5 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach and aboard the Mt. Hood Railroad in Diamond Class
  • Airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour


Additional Information:

  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: CON, FV, SBL, LHS or meet the group at LAX
  • A deposit of $200 p.p. + air (if purchasing group airfare) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60-90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $395 p.p.
  • Optional LAX transfers available from $69 roundtrip (optional home pickup available – ask for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: Moderate (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity level: Medium (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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