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6 Day Excursion - California Coastal Splendor - April 19th - 24th. 2020 Crashing waves, rolling fog, sheer rocky cliffs, and pleasant bends and curves make a trip along the California Coast one unforgettable experience... This is some of the most beautiful coastline in the world! After the stunning natural beauty of Big Sur, comes one of the most opulent houses ever built; Hearst Castle. Built between 1922 and 1947, it was the glamorous retreat of the media magnate William Randolph Hearst.
$2,614 Double $3,134 Single
A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by February 13th, 2020
Day 1 – Sunday April 19th – Home to Monterey
Escape the Oregon winter to sunny California… We’ll fly non-stop to San Jose. Welcome to wine country and Clos LaChance Winery… Tucked into the beautiful Hayes Valley, Clos LaChance is a true wine country experience located only 30 minutes from the Silicon Valley. We’ll enjoy lunch and a tasting at this beautiful award-winning winery. We’ll make our way to Monterey and our home for the night… the Best Western Victorian Inn. Monterey was the capital of Alta during the 1700’s and 1800’s… you’ll will find historical influence of both Spain and Mexico here. Today it is famed for its artists, fishing and more. Your evening is free to explore, we are close to Cannery Row… full of shops, eateries and more! Best Western Victorian Inn
Day 2 – Monday April 20th – Monterey to Morrow Bay
We’ll head south down beautiful Highway 1 today first Stop… Julia Burns State Park – Named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well-respected pioneer rancher in the early 20th century, the park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges, and home to 400 feet redwoods. A main feature of the park is McWay Falls, which drops 80 feet into the Pacific Ocean. Next enjoy Lunch and some spectacular views at Coast Big Sur Restaurant in Big Sur. Perched high above the Pacific with view of the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains, this restaurant has been a mecca of poets, artists, travelers and vagabonds. We’ll continue down beautiful Highway 1 to our home for the next two nights, the Blue Sail Inn, Morrow Bay… situated on a bluff that overlooks Morro Rock and the Embarcadero, Blue Sail Inn offers incomparable views, along with a premier location near all the top local attractions. Tonight, enjoy a wonderful dinner cruise about the Chablis… a unique, 50-foot, two-story riverboat that graces the gentle waters of beautiful Morro Bay Harbor. The lushly decorated interior with its panoramic windows and rooftop deck makes it the perfect setting. Blue Sail Inn
Day 3 – Tuesday April 21st – Morrow Bay Local Touring
Welcome to Hearst Castle, a National Historic Landmark! William Randolph Hearst told architect Julia Morgan that he wanted to build “a little something” on the California Coast… A 165-room Moorish castle with 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways, furnished with Spanish and Italian antiques and art, flanked by three large guest houses! In its heyday, Hearst Castle had a zoo, tennis courts and two magnificent swimming pools. Over the years many famous guests visited Hearst Castle, including Lionel and John Barrymore, Ralph Bellamy, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper Joan Crawford & More! We’ll indulge in a wonderful lunch here before we head San Luis Obispo, named the “happiest city in America”. We’ll take in some of California’s heritage at to one of California’s most beautiful missions, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, the fifth California mission founded by Father Junipero Serra, Sept. 1, 1772. It was named after Saint Louis, Bishop of Toulouse, France. You’ll have some free time to enjoy San Luis Obispo’s Old Town… with tree-lined streets and handsome, traditional Spanish-style buildings. We’ll head back to Morrow Bay where your evening is free to explore the shops and eateries. Blue Sail Inn
Day 4 Wednesday April 22nd – Morrow Bay to San Francisco
After breakfast we’ll head to everyone’s favorite city, you know, the “city by the bay”; San Francisco! First stop, San Juan Bautista for lunch and some free time… Rich with culture and history, it offers a small-town atmosphere filled with the charm and character of the past. Our home for the next two nights is the Hotel Zephyr Fisherman’s Warf… with its playful personality, this waterfront property features a great location… just steps away from Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and the Alcatraz ferry landing and is close to many convenient transportation options, including the famed San Francisco cable cars. Settle in and relax before a welcome dinner at one of Pier 39’s wonderful restaurants. Hotel Zephyr
Day 5 Thursday April 23rd – San Francisco Free Day
Meet our wonderful step on guide who will show us the sights and give you suggestions on how to spend your free afternoon and evening. Explore Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Union Square, Chinatown, Alcatraz, Angel Island, museums, galleries, and more! Hotel Zephyr
Day 6 Friday April 24th – San Francisco to Home
We’ll head home today with fabulous memories of the California Coast
3 Day Excursion - Explore with the Spirit to Astoria - May 13th - 15th, 2020 Astoria is gritty, and likes it that way. But that rustic exterior is just a cover for the many enchanting dichotomies you’ll find waiting around the corner. Here, fisherman are poets, loggers drink espresso, and Main Street welcomes both the nouveau gallery and the five n’ dime. For Astoria, it’s about character, and it’s also about characters: the people who call this place home with a passion that borders on evangelical. The skipper who challenges the same mighty river his great grandfather once fished; the artist who migrated here in search of a new palette; the hotelier who resurrected a once-bustling pier.
$918 Double $1,088 Single
A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by March 4th, 2020
Day 1 – Wednesday May 13th – Salem to Astoria
This journey starts with a full day adventure that only happens twice a year! Ride the Portland Spirit as she cruises down the Willamette and Columbia Rivers to Astoria, where the river collides with the Pacific Ocean. The broad waters of the Columbia River will carry us from Portland’s vibrant harbor through the forest covered coast range on an adventure filled day, re-tracing the route of Lewis & Clark, the famed American explorers. Ocean freighters and tugboats share our route to Astoria, a quaint scenic river town that is filled with history and places to explore. This day-long adventure covers 60 miles of the Willamette & Columbia Rivers. Pass under the bridges that make Portland famous, and travel through Portland’s industrial area where the Willamette meets the Columbia. We’ll be treated to the Captain’s narration as we continue our adventure through some of the most beautiful and secluded landscapes in Oregon. Don’t forget to look for the City Hall Clock Tower as you pass through St. Helens. It faces the river a throw-back to times when the river was the main route of transportation through the area. Continental breakfast and lunch buffet are provided on-board. Our home for the next 2 nights is the Holiday inn Express located next to the Astoria Bridge. Dinner tonight is at Baked Alaska… Enjoy fine dining and sweeping views of the Columbia River. Holiday Inn Express
Day 2 – Thursday May 14th – Astoria Local Touring
After breakfast we head to Cape Disappointment… The Cape offers 27 miles of ocean beaches, two lighthouses, hiking trails, camping, and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Perched on a cliff, 200 ft above the mouth of the Columbia River, the center tells the story of the Corps of Discovery’s journey, focusing particularly on their Pacific Coast stay. Your afternoon is free to explore Astoria… you can ride the historic Trolley (near the hotel) The newly restored trolley goes along the waterfront, where you can check out the quaint shops in historic downtown, visit Waterfront Park where you can view ships, visit the Heritage Museum, the Firefighters Museum, or the Flavel House. We’ll meet up this afternoon for atour of the Columbia Maritime Museum…. One of the best in the country! Explore marine transportation from the days of dugout canoes, through the age of sail, to the present. Watch a dramatic 12-minute film introducing the history of life and commerce on the Columbia River, including the dangerous work of the Bar and River Pilots. Walk the bridge of a World War II warship, marvel at the 44-ft motor lifeboat plowing through a wave in a rescue mission. Participate in four interactive, hands-on exhibits. Dinner tonight is at Silver Salmon Grill… Located on the beautiful Oregon coast, they take advantage of the freshest seafood available. Silver Salmon Grille reflects a cozy, intimate casual, but elegant dining experience with stunning architectural treatments and superb interior decor Holiday Inn Express
Day 3 – Friday May 15th – Astoria to Home
Today we’ll visit Fort Clatsop, it was the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition near the mouth of the Columbia River during the winter of 1805-1806. It’s located along the Lewis and Clark River at the north end of the Clatsop Plains. Next we’ll enjoy Lunch at Camp 18 Restaurant and Logging Museum… Its’ architecture is authentic in materials and construction techniques and features an 85-foot ridgepole that’s the largest such piece in the United States and weighs approximately 25 tons! Oh yeah, the food is real good too!
7 Day Excursion - The Canadian Rockies - June 19th - 25th, 2020 While Italy has Venice and Florence, Canada has Banff and Jasper… legendary natural marvels that are as spectacular & vital as anything the ancient Romans ever built. Don't think these protected areas have no history. Of the thousands of National Parks, Banff, created in 1885, is the third oldest. The two bordering parks were designated Unesco World Heritage sites. Both parks are surrounded by classic Canadian Rocky Mountain peaks and stunning glaciers.
$3,264 Double $4,044 Single
A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by March 19th 2020
Day 1 – Friday June 19th – Home to Chilliwack BC
We’ll make our way north today… First stop Tulalip Resort & Casino for lunch. We’ll be crossing the border into Canada – please have your passports ready! Once in Canada, we’ll make our way to our home for the night. The Coast Chilliwack Hotel in British Columbia is surrounded by rivers, parks and mountains. Tonight, enjoy a scrumptious welcome dinner at the hotel. Coast Chilliwack Hotel
Day 2 – Saturday June 20th – Chilliwack BC to Kamloops BC
After breakfast we’ll head to Yale, BC. Yale was once the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago. Originally established in 1848 as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, Yale grew with the influx of an estimated 30,000 gold miners during the gold rush of 1858. Next, enjoy lunch at Hells Gate Airtram. Hells Gate is an abrupt narrowing of British Columbia’s Fraser River, located immediately downstream of Boston Bar in the southern Fraser Canyon. The aerial trams will give you a birds’ eye view of this historic landmark where 200 million gallons of water per minute thunder through this 33 meter (110 feet) wide passage. “We had to travel where no human being should venture for surely we have encountered the gates of hell”. – Simon Fraser, 1808. You will witness firsthand what these words really meant to this early explorer. We’ll have a leg stretch at the Oasis Hotel in Cache Creek, before moving on to our home for the night, the Coast Kamloops Hotel. Your evening is free to explore or just rest up from our adventures. Coast Kamloops Hotel
Day 3 – Sunday June 21st – Kamloops BC to Jasper BC
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning. Our journey will continue, first stop lunch in Valemount… known for its rugged beauty and natural resources travelers and adventurers from around the world visit here. Next Rearguard Falls… witness the end of a long journey by the Chinook, largest of the Pacific salmon. These fish have survived several years at sea to return to the river of their birth, the mighty Fraser. We’ll stop at the Mt. Robson Visitors Center, Under the shadow of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies on our way to our home for the next two nights, the Tonquin Lodge, Jasper. Hotels in Jasper are known for being surrounded by Mother Nature, and they provide a fantastic getaway. Tonight, we’ll have dinner at the Hotel enjoy the made-from-scratch Canadian cuisine. Tonquin Inn
Day 4 – Monday June 22nd – Jasper Local Touring
After a breakfast we’ll delight in a beautiful cruise on Maligne Lake. Tourists have been exploring and marveling at Maligne Lake and the world-famous Spirit Island for years… the heart and soul of Jasper National Park. Accessible only by boat, this diminutive icon of the Canadian Rockies is the destination point of our cruise. The 90-minute interpretive tour aboard glass enclosed and temperature controlled boats will allow us to comfortably take in the lakes lovely, tranquil-blue color and the backdrop of lofty peaks which hold back the busy world and provide a calming wilderness experience. This afternoon, we’ll have lunch at the Maligne Canyon Restaurant, at the top end of one of Jasper National Park’s most famous attractions, Maligne Canyon. The building also houses one of Canada’s premier Art Galleries! It is one of the world’s best collections of Native Indian and Inuit (Eskimo) art. The Government of Canada has asked for pieces of this collection to be included in their Canadian Museum of Civilization. Millions of dollars’ worth of original pieces of stone and ivory (tusks of walrus and narwhal) carvings are on display and for sale. We’ll have a little time to rest at the hotel before we depart on the Jasper Skytram. Your adventure begins at the Lower Station (elev. 1304 metres, 4,000 feet), where you will board one of the fully enclosed trams and lift off on the flight of a lifetime. During your seven minute flight aboard the Jasper SkyTram, you will be accompanied by a fully trained and knowledgeable flight attendant, who will point out the many sights and answer your questions. As your tram gently touches down at an elevation of 2277 metres (7,500 feet), step out into the safe Upper Station, and prepare for a whole new perspective on the Canadian Rockies! Your evening is free to explore Jasper on you own tonight. Tonquin Inn
Day 5 – Tuesday June 23rd – Jasper BC to Banff AB
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, before heading out to Athabasca Falls. A powerful, picturesque waterfall, it is not known so much for the height (23 metres, 75 feet), as it is for its force, due to the large quantity of water falling into the gorge. Next, take an Ice field Glacier Adventure ride on the Glacier Snow Coaches. An experienced driver-guide will share a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, ice fields and their impact on our environment. Midway, you can safely step out onto the glacier and take in stunning alpine and glacial vistas. Photo stops prevail as we are on one of the most beautiful drives in the world, Jasper to Banff via the Ice Fields Parkway! Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald-lakes, We’ll travel to Lake Louise, with a photo stop at Peyto Lake and others along the way. The iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism. Later, we’ll check into our home for the next two nights, the Banff Park Lodge, conveniently located in the town of Banff, just steps away from the glacier-fed Bow River. Tonight, dinner will be at the Chinook Family Restaurant, in the hotel. Banff Park Lodge
Day 6 – Wednesday June 24th – Banff Local Touring/Free Day
Our day begins with breakfast at the hotel. We’ll depart for our one-of-a-kind city tour, including Bow Falls, Cave & Basin, Mt. Norquay, and a ride on the Banff Gondola… experience a stunning bird’s eye view of six Canadian Rockies mountain ranges. Your afternoon and evening are fee to explore this fun town. Banff Park Lodge
Day 7 – Thursday June 25th – Banff to Home
We will fly home with fond memories of one of the world’s most scenic places… the Canadian Rockies!
6 Day Excursion - Hurricane Ridge & the San Juan Islands - July 18th - 23rd, 2020 It's time to breathe the fresh, mile-high air on Hurricane Ridge, just south of Port Angeles, in the Olympic National Park. You'll feel you're on top of the world, and you actually are! The ruggedly carved mountain range contrasts with the soft fields of wildflowers in the subalpine meadows below. Next, it’s Anchors Away! Cruise the pristine waters and narrow passageways aboard the Chinook. View Orca whales, and other wildlife, on a 3 day cruise you’ll never forget!
$2,884 Double $3,598 Single
A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by April 20th, 2020
Day 1 – Saturday July 18th – Home to Port Angeles
We’ll head north, up the Kitsap Peninsula, surrounded by 236 miles of saltwater shoreline it’s centrally located between the Olympic and Cascade Mountain ranges. Welcome to Bremerton where a scrumptious lunch at Anthony’s awaits. The restaurant overlooks Bremerton Marina and hosts spectacular sweeping views of the Sinclair Inlet, the Bremerton ferry and Naval ships. After lunch we’ll visit the Puget Sound Navy Museum… Explore naval history of the region and experience life as a sailor through exhibits, see the USS John C. Stennis Special Operations Submarines and much more. Next, we’ll walk next door to the USS Turner Joy… The famed Navy destroyer from the Vietnam War is now maintained and administered by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association. The museum ship and memorial honors not only the men and women of our modern US Navy, but also recognizes the accomplishments of those who help build and maintain the Navy ships as well. An active and educational facility makes the USS Turner Joy a unique and lasting legacy to Puget Sound’s maritime heritage. We’ll continue north to our home for the night, the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles. It features spectacular views of the Straits of Juan da Fuca. Your Evening is free to explore Port Angeles, full of shops restaurants and more! Red Lion Hotel, Port Angeles WA.
Day 2 – Sunday July 19th Port Angeles to Friday Harbor
We’ll start our day with a trip to the Olympic National Park Visitors Center… Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. From the lush canopy of the rain forests, to the sandy beaches of the coast, to the majestic overlooks of the rugged glacier-capped mountains, Olympic National Park has a great deal to offer. Next, it’s on to Hurricane Ridge the journey is spectacular, with stunning views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the islands beyond. Hurricane Ridge is the most easily accessed mountain area within Olympic National Park. Lunch is on your own in the quaint town of Port Townsend. Welcome aboard the Chinook… a deluxe 72′ vessel with two levels of indoor and outdoor seating. After clearing the dock in Port Townsend, we will work our way towards the San Juan archipelago. We’ll cruise past such points of interest as Iceberg Point, Deadman’s Island and Cattle Pass. As we travel, our captain will give an interesting and entertaining narration about the history of the islands. Upon arrival in Friday Harbor you and your luggage will be transferred to the Earthbox Inn & Spa. You’ll have time to get cozy in your room before a wonderful dinner at Downriggers overlooking the harbor. Earthbox Inn, Friday Harbor WA.
Day 3 – Monday July 20th – San Juan’s Local Touring
We have a full and exciting day ahead of us. Start the morning off with a hot cup of coffee or tea upon boarding. You’ll be served breakfast onboard the Chinook, as we make our way north in San Juan Channel to our first stop Roche Harbor… established in 1886 as the company town of the Roche Harbor Lime Works. We’ll see the classic Hotel de Haro is still open and is listed on the National Historic Register. You will have a plenty of time for a good walk around on your own, or join us on a guided tour conducted by one of the crew members. At noon, we’ll re-board the Chinook to explore more of the San Juan Islands, while searching for wildlife, including Orca and Minke whales, while enjoying an Old-Fashioned Cracked Crab Feast. We’ll head back to charming Friday Harbor where your evening is free to explore its many shops and restaurants. Earthbox Inn, Friday Harbor WA.
Day 4 – Tuesday July 21st – Friday Harbor to Seattle
You’ll start your day today with coffee or tea and a tasty breakfast on board, as we steer for the top of the San Juan Islands. Once again, we’ll search of Orca Whales, Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals, Dall’s Porpoise, Minke Whales, sea birds and other magnificent wildlife. Viewed in their natural environment these magnificent animals are always a treat to behold! Up north, at the very top of the archipelago, lies a unique, horseshoe shaped destination called Sucia Island State Park. The reefs and broken shorelines of the island are from geologic folding of the Earth’s crust, which has brought many interesting marine fossils to the surface. Upon arrival on Sucia, you’ll be treated to a freshly prepared picnic on the beach. After lunch, take a short hike through the forest or along the shoreline and enjoy this opportunity to stretch your legs among some of the most stunning shorelines the Northwest has to offer. After our unforgettable shore visit we’ll re-board the Chinook to continue on our final leg of our voyage, taking us through channels and past islands not yet explored. We’ll depart by motor coach from Bremerton for Seattle, where a welcome dinner awaits. Maxwell Hotel, Seattle WA
Day 5 – Wednesday July 22nd – Seattle Local Touring
After breakfast we’ll enjoy another cruise on a distinctly different kind of vessel… the Ducks! Travelers and local Seattle-ites of all ages love to Ride the Ducks! Their hilarious, Coast Guard-certified maritime captains will take you on an adventure tour of Seattle while they narrate historical information and local folklore, dance to funky music and QUACK you up with jokes and comedy! The amphibious World War II vehicles will show us Seattle on wheels, then SPLASH into Lake Union for a party that floats! Your afternoon is free to explore Seattle and it’s many wonderful attractions. You might find yourself at Pike Place Market; the oldest, continuously operating market in the United States. The original Starbucks and Sur La Table stores can be found here, as well as the world-famous fish throwing “Pike Place Fish Boys”. Early evening we’ll tour Chihuly Garden of Glass, providing a look at the inspiration and influences that formed the career of artist Dale Chihuly. Located at Seattle Center, Chihuly Garden of Glass includes an Exhibition Hall, the centerpiece Glasshouse and a lush Garden. The Exhibition Hall contains eight galleries and three drawing walls, offering visitors a comprehensive look at Chihuly’s significant series of work; the Glasshouse presents a suspended 1,400-piece, 100-foot-long sculpture; and the Garden is a backdrop for four monumental sculptures and other installations. We also head up the Space Needle for spectacular views of the city. Maxwell Hotel, Seattle WA
Day 6 – Thursday July 23rd – Seattle to Home
After breakfast we’ll board the Coast Starlight passenger train to Portland and Salem with wonderful memories of this beautiful tour!
5 Day Excursion - Boise Basque Festival July 29th - August 2nd, 2020 The Basques are an ethnic group that primarily inhabits an area traditionally known as the Basque Country, a regionthat is located around the western end of the Pyrenees, on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, and straddles parts of north-eastern Spain and south-western France. Boise… Idaho's capital and home to the largest population of Basque people in the United States. Boise celebrates with a festival known as Jaialdi every 5 years. The celebration is based around the religious feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, patron saint of the Basques, and founder of the Jesuit religious order.
$1,534 Double $1,938 Single
A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by May 14th, 2020
Day 1 – Wednesday, June 29th – Home to Pendleton
We’ll make our way north east, to Hood River, where you will have some free time to sample some of the best of the best in food and drink, from simple home style meals to gourmet offerings. We’ll continue through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge to The SAGE Center in Boardman… an interactive visitor center that highlights sustainable agriculture and energy. Hands-on exhibits feature the sophisticated technologies used by growers and the related industries at the Port of Morrow and communicate the passion and knowledge of the people who work for these businesses. Explore Morrow County through the center’s own Hot Air Balloon experience. How good are you at planting corn in a straight line? Find out and compare your skills to the GPS technology farmers currently use. You’ll have time to get cozy in your room before we head to dinner at Hamley’s Steakhouse… located in the heart of downtown Pendleton, home to the historic Pendleton Round-Up, is a restaurant for the ages. Every square foot has been meticulously designed to embody the American Old West. We’ll be taken back in time to experience the late eighteenth-century design and top-of-the-line craftsmanship. Hamley’s is truly an experience you’ll never forget! Oxford Inn & Suites
Day 2 – Thursday, July 30th – Pendleton to Boise
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the hotel before we head out… We’ll be traveling through some gorgeous scenery this morning as we make our way to Ontario where lunch at the Country Kitchen awaits… We’ll continue to Boise this afternoon… did you know Boise is the headquarters for several major companies, such as Boise Cascade, Albertsons, J.R. Simplot Company, Idaho Pacific Lumber Company, WinCo Foods and many others. We’ll check into our home for the next 2 nights, the Riverside Inn… you’ll have time to freshen up before dinner and our First Basque Festival Event. Boise is home to the largest population of Basque people in the United States. They celebrate with a festival known as Jaialdi every 5 years. The celebration is based around the religious feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, patron saint of the Basques and founder of the Jesuit religious order. Are you ready for Sports Night? This is a very unique competition between athletes from around the world. Watch as weight lifters from the Basque Country test their strength by lifting cylinders weighing 250-400 pounds and stone balls weighing 350 pounds. Woodchoppers will test their skills against each other and traditional farm sports competitors will throw hay bales, lift wagons and see who can carry milk cans the farthest. Riverside Inn
Day 3 – Friday, July 31st – Boise Basque Festival
Meet our wonderful step on guide this morning… he will enlighten us on Boise… Idaho’s capital and most populous city. First stop, the Birds of Prey… the center’s research facilities are designed to enhance the health, reproduction and reintroduction efforts of endangered species and to collect information about the general biology of raptors. They are currently helping endangered California Condors and Aplomado Falcons. The condors are released to the wild in northern Arizona; Aplomado Falcon chicks are released to the wild in Texas and New Mexico. Our city tour will come to an end at the Basque Block… where you’ll have some free time to enjoy lunch on your own and take in The Basque Museum and Cultural Center… it was established in 1985 as a small museum in the historic Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga House. The Museum began to interpret the rich and colorful history of the Basques, their origins and their new life in America. You will also see dancers and other Basque events taking place on the block. You will have some time to freshen up at the hotel before we head out for a wonderful dinner at one of Boise’s best restaurants Cottonwood Grill. Next another Basque event Festa’ra (dance night) is a celebration of the traditional music and dance of the Basque Country, including performers from Euskadi and Boise’s famous Oinkari Dancers. For over 50 years, the Oinkaris have been dancing at festivals and world fairs – even the Capitol building in Washington DC, building goodwill and attracting attention with their twirls and jumps in their traditional white, red and black costumes. Riverside Inn
Day 4 – Saturday, August 1st – Boise to Bend
We’ll head out this morning with great memories of a Jaialdi and Boise… We’ll enjoy a few stops along the way including a delicious lunch at the Apple Peddler in Hines. Enjoy the scenery as we enter the high desert of Central Oregon, with forests of ponderosa pine, winding rivers and lakes, and mile after mile of sun-kissed earth. Get cozy in the comforts of the Double Tree by Hilton. You are on your own for dinner tonight in Old Town it’s full of restaurants, shops and galleries for you to peruse. Double Tree by Hilton
Day 5 – Sunday, August 2nd – Bend to Home
After breakfast, we’re off to the world class High Desert Museum… whether you’re three or 93, there’s something for everyone at the High Desert Museum. See birds of prey, otters, porcupines, a bobcat and more. Check out the collection of desert dwellers in their Desertarium. Visit with living history characters at the 1904 Miller Family Ranch. Explore High Desert history and culture in the permanent exhibits. The Museum is set on 135 beautiful wooded acres just south of Bend. It’s no wonder the Museum is ranked the #1 thing to do in Bend by TripAdvisor. We continue on to Sisters where you’ll have some time to discover the arts and crafts of Sisters in mom-and-pop shops. Get a hearty, old-fashioned lunch in casual elegance.
Discover a Washington Original… Lake Chelan! Enjoy 50.5 miles of a crystal clear, glacier-fed Lake Chelan, surrounded by vineyards, mountains and small-town charm that promises an array of unique activities. Throughout July and August, Leavenworth Summer Theater turns the Ski Hill and the Fish Hatchery into centers for theater. Ski hill? Fish hatchery? That’s right! Every summer you can see “The Sound of Music” at the Ski Hill Amphitheater.
$1,918 Double $2,324 Single
A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by June 10th, 2020
Day 1 – Sunday August 9th – Home to Chelan
We’ll make our way through the beautiful Columbia River Gorge today with a few stops along the way including the City of Toppenish, where you’ll have some free time for lunch and to view their murals. They have over 70 outdoor, historical murals telling the stories of early development and the city’s rich history and cultural diversity. We’ll continue over rugged Stevens Pass before descending into the glacier-carved Chelan Wine Valley… as we approach the lower end of the valley admire massive Lake Chelan that is flanked by wooded hillsides and acres of rolling vineyards. Our home for the next two nights is beautiful Lakefront Hotel featuring beautiful lakefront views. You’ll have some time to rest up before a wonderful dinner at Tsillan Cellars on the shores of stunning Lake Chelan. Lakefront Lodge
Day 2 – Monday August 10th – Lady of the Lake – Lake Chelan
This morning we’ll enjoy a cruise on Lake Chelan… The Lady of the Lake II is the largest vessel in the fleet and can accommodate up to 285 passengers. She has a spacious deck for outdoor viewing and transports you in style. Along the way, the Captain provides light narration on the folklore and points of interest. Welcome to Stehekin… it is a breathtaking destination nestled deep in the heart of the North Cascades. You’ll have time to explore the landing area including the National Park Visitor Center. The valley is surrounded by peaks of the North Cascades. You’ll be dwarfed by trees over a hundred feet tall, experience one of the most peaceful places on earth. We’ll make our return trip to Chelan via The Lady of the Lake II… the scenic setting is relaxing and spectacular. Dinner tonight is served at Karma Vineyards featuring lovely lake views and great food. Lakefront Lodge
Day 3 – Tuesday August 11th – Chelan to Leavenworth
Enjoy a Leisurely morning to soak up the views from your balcony or take a walk along the lake before we say goodbye to breathtaking Lake Chelan. Were off to the Cashmere County Museum & Pioneer Village… The Museum embraces a wonderful collection of Pioneer and Native American history. The village consists of 20 original structures brought in from the local area, mostly by explorer scouts. It showcases a carefully restored Great Northern Railway caboose and a one room schoolhouse, originally located in Brender Canyon. Lunch is served at the Milepost Brewery… the building was originally a Chevy Dealership and a helicopter repair shop before it became a brewery and restaurant. We’ll continue on to Leavenworth and our home for the next two nights the Bavarian Inn located in the heart of downtown. Your afternoon is free to explore or rest up. Tonight, we’ll head to the Ski Hill amphitheater for a Bavarian Village classic… The Sound of Music! As the sun falls behind the ridge, the moon rises over the valley and Maria descends the hillside singing, “The Hills are Alive”. Bavarian Inn
Day 4 – Wednesday August 12th – Leavenworth Local Touring
After a Bavarian Breakfast we’ll head to Red Tail Canyon Farm where we will climb aboard one of their horse-drawn wagons. A draft horse team will lead us through the forests and fields into Red-Tail Canyon. You will experience a working draft horse ranch and registered tree farm. We’ll hear about the history of the area, how the horses are used for logging and farming the ranch. Afterward we’ll indulge in a traditional BBQs here… we’ll be served amongst the towering pines in their mammoth outdoor log lodge. The setting adds to the mouthwatering food and savory smells with outdoor dining at its best! Your afternoon is free to explore Leavenworth on your own… You’ll find many wonderful shops, museums, bakeries and restaurants here. We’ll meet up early evening for a wonderful dinner at Visconti’s Ristorante Italian… featuring traditional Italian fare. Now were set for the Music Man… Seventy-six trombones, a shipoopi or two, and some trouble in River City are all featured in this hilarious Golden Age classic… all under the stars at the Fish Hatchery Amphitheater. Bavarian Inn
Day 5 – Thursday August 13th – Leavenworth to Home
We’ll say goodbye to Leavenworth this morning, but the fun isn’t over! First stop: Central Washington Agricultural Museum… Its park-like surroundings are home to multitudes of horse drawn and early mechanical farm machinery, farm equipment and homesteads. The agricultural museum is designed to display large farm equipment in informative exhibits and in some cases actual operational representations. We’ll indulge in a delicious catered lunch here before we head home with great memories of gorgeous Central Washington.
7 Day Excursion - Great Montana & Glacier National Park - August 20th - 26th, 2020 Welcome to Big Sky Country… Montana! It is defined by its diverse terrain ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains. Its wide-open spaces include Glacier National Park, a vast wilderness preserve that passes into Canada. The park’s many snow-capped peaks, lakes and alpine hiking trails are showcased along its famed Going-to-the-Sun Road, stretching 50 miles over some of the most gorgeous landscapes in the world!
$2,548 Double $3,324 Single
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Day 1 – Thursday August 20th – Salem to Coeur d’Alene ID
Enjoy the scenery as we make our way through the Columbia River Gorge. We’ll make a few stops along the way including Multnomah Falls… According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. It cascades more than 600-feet down a sheer cliff face amidst a lush and verdant forest. Next, it’s Ice Harbor Brewing Company at the Marina in Kennewick… enjoy the view and some great food… they are famous for their fish and chips and more! Our Home for the night is the Coeur d’Alene Resort… overlooking a stunning alpine lake in a quaint, friendly downtown. You’ll have some time to get cozy before our welcome sunset dinner cruise on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Coeur d’Alene Resort
Day 2 – Friday August 21st – Coeur d’Alene to Butte Mt
We’ll continue east through the Silver Valley this morning…Shoshone Valley produced 1.2 billion ounces of silver since 1884. Silver mining is still a big part of their economy, but today it is carried out in total harmony with a pristine mountain environment. Welcome to Montana “Big Sky Country” our first stop is Missoula Historic Downtown… enjoy some free time to grab a bite amongst the old buildings. Next it’s Montana Gems of Philipsburg… you will have a chance to mine for Montana sapphires this afternoon… they will give us a bucket of Montana Sapphire gravel and everything we need… screens, gold pans etc. to sift through the pay dirt to find your own sapphires. Our home for the next two nights is the Copper King in Butte. We’ll have a delicious dinner at the hotel before we say goodnight. Copper King
Day 3 – Saturday August 22nd – Local Touring
We’ll head to Historic Nevada City Montana today… enjoy living history in the outdoor museum that houses one of the largest collections of Old West artifacts outside the Smithsonian, it has one hundred 1863 to early 1900 buildings. The museum entrance is also home to several unique music machines. Experience the culture, time and place as you discover early Montana. We’ll also take in Virginia City… the very much alive ghost town, it is frozen in time and a remarkably well-preserved Old West Victorian gold mining town. We’ll head back to Bute where we’ll visit the World Museum of Mining… experienced a century of hard rock mining that earned the reputation of being home to one of the world’s most productive copper mines. You’ll have some time to rest up at the hotel before we head to dinner. Copper King
Day 4 – Sunday August 23rd – Butte to Glacier National Park
Today we’ll explore stunning terrain and diverse beauty, first stop is Gates of Mountain where we’ll take a cruise on the Missouri River. When Lewis and Clark came across this deep channel they toiled to move upstream. Rock embankments made towing from shore impossible and the deep channel forced the men to row rather than pole their boats forward. Limestone cliffs rose to a spectacular height of 1200 feet. “In many places,” wrote Meriwether Lewis, “the rocks seem ready to tumble on us.” At each bend in the waterway, great stone walls seemed to block passage, only to open like gentle giant gates as the expedition drew near. In his journal, Meriwether wrote: “I shall call this place: “GATES OF THE MOUNTAINS“. We’ll make our way north to our home for the next two nights, the historic “Big Tree Lodge” at Glacier National Park… Inside this historic hotel, Douglas Fir logs tower over the lobby, a fire crackles in the stone fireplace and guests gather to share stories of the day’s adventures. Instead of television, you’ll find beautiful mountain views and instead of air conditioning you’ll breathe fresh Montana mountain air. “Big Tree Lodge” at Glacier National Park
Day 5 – Monday August 24th – Glacier National Park
After breakfast we’ll enjoy a “Historic Red Bus Tour of Glacier National Park”. The scenery and wildlife in Glacier National Park provide constant amazement and inspiration. The famous Red Buses serve as an ideal way to see and learn more about Glacier National Park. In fact, the vintage 1930s buses are part of the human history and heritage of the park. As much of the park’s scenery is vertically oriented, the roll-back tops are perfect for providing full views of the stunning mountains and the area’s signature Big Sky. The guides are seasoned park veterans, who are here because they love the park and enjoy sharing the park with visitors. Our route drives us over Marias Pass, with wildlife viewing at Goat Lick. After lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge, we’ll tour the grand cedar and hemlock forests that lie within the Lake McDonald Valley. Ascend to the high alpine region of the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Logan Pass and down into the St. Mary Valley. Stop at the Wild Goose Island overlook for another incredible photo opportunity. The tour finishes with grand vistas of grassland, prairie and mountains we’ll arrive back at Glacier Park Lodge where your evening is free to soak up the surroundings. “Big Tree Lodge” at Glacier National Park
Day 6 – Tuesday August 25th – Glacier to Spokane WA
We’ll depart Glacier today with fabulous memories of this beautiful place. Our drive will take us through a variety of landscapes today. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch overlooking beautiful Flathead Lake… it is the largest natural lake in northwest Montana and is the largest natural freshwater lake by surface area west of the Missouri River. We’ll end the day in luxury at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane… it has been world famous since it opened in September of 1914. It was the first hotel with air conditioning, a central vacuum system, housekeeping carts (designed by Louis Davenport himself). You’ll have time to get cozy in your room before indulging in a delicious dinner at the hotel. Davenport Hotel
Day 7 – Wednesday August 26th – Spokane to Home
We’ll make our way home today with a few stops along the way including a wonderful lunch at the iconic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River. It was built by Simon Benson, who was involved with the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway project. Benson envisioned a hotel at the end of the highway and completed the Mission style hotel in 1921. Join us for an unforgettable adventure in “Big Sky Country”
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