Belgium & The Netherlands

June 22 – July2, 2024

Welcome to Amazing Oregon! Coastal highways, evergreen forests, rolling fields, meandering rivers and mountain peaks await. Sit back, slow down and take it all in. Finding awe in Oregon’s natural wonders is a powerful way to bring joy and perspective to life. Outdoor escapes, farm-to-table cuisine, world-class wines, craft beef and an art-loving spirit will feed your soul.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Portland Culinary Walking Tour
  • International Rose Test Garden
  • Portland Japanese Garden
  • Portland Sunset City Lights & Bridge Cruise
  • Western Columbia River Gorge to Hood River (waterfalls, views, short hikes)
  • Multnomah & Latourell Falls
  • Hood River Fruit Loop Farm Stands/U-Pick Fruit
  • Hood River Winery Tour with Tastings
  • Hood River Lavender Farm
  • Eastern Columbia Gorge to Rowena Crest Viewpoint
  • Microbrewery with Tastings
  • Lunch at Timberline Lodge at the base of Mount Hood
  • Willamette Valley Wine Tour
  • Oregon Coast Northward from Neskowin to Cannon Beach
  • Three Capes Drive
  • Easy hike at Oswald West State Park
  • Tilamook Cheese Factory
  • Cannon Beach (with free time for walks, tide pooling and relaxation)
  • Hike at Ecola State Park (2 mi/optional)
  • Downtown Cannon Beach
  • Astoria Column

INCLUDED:

  • 9-day guided tour of the best of these locations: Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Mt. Hood, Willamette Wine Country, Oregon Coast & Cannon Beach
  • Service of a local master guide
  • Private transportation by coach
  • A dedicated coach driver
  • Accommodations in Portland, Hood River, Willamette Valley & Cannon Beach (4*) - city, river, wine country & beach locations
  • Breakfast daily in the hotel
  • Lunches and dinners at select restaurants & cafes
  • All guided tours
  • Wine & beer tastings as part of an excursion
  • Plenty of free time built in to relax, go out on your own or dine with new friends from the tour

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare
  • 3rd meal of the day
  • Alcoholic beverages unless part of an organized tasting
  • Travel Insurance

PRICE: $ 6820 based on single occupancy; ask us about double rooms

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 15 guests + staff

June 23 - July 1, 2024

SUN, June 23: Arrive Portland, Transfer to Hotel, Free Time, Tour Orientation, Welcome Dinner  

Travel from your home city to Portland. You will be transferred to your centrally located downtown hotel. In the early evening, gather for a Tour Orientation in the hotel to meet your fellow travelers and learn more about the tour. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner afterward at a select restaurant in Portland.

Meals: D

Accommodations: Dossier Hotel

MON, June 24: Culinary Walking Tour with Lunch, Free Time, Willamette River City Lights & Bridge Cruise

Portland is foodie heaven. Today, stroll through the vibrant downtown while you visit some of the best places to eat and drink. Enjoy a culinary walking tour designed and led by a well-known Portland foodie. Afterward, visit the International Rose Test Garden. Established in 1975, the Rose Test Garden is a testing ground for the American Rose Society - there are over 10,000 rose test bushes of approximately 650 varieties.  Then, stop at  Portland's Japanese Garden acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Portland is known as 'Bridgetown' given that the city is crossed by ten bridges. At sunset, enjoy a city lights & bridge cruise on the Willamette River to take in Portland’s skyline lit up at night. Enjoy appetizers on the boat as you cruise the waterway.

Meals: B, L

Accommodations: Dossier Hotel

 

TUES, June 25: Depart Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Waterfalls, Microbrewery Lunch, Hood River Fruit Loop, U-Pick Fruit, Apple Valley Country Store, Arrive Hood River

Head out for a day along the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway. The Columbia River is one of America’s grandest rivers as it rolls through the Columbia River Gorge. Framed by sheer walls of basalt, soaked in firs, ferns and rare endemic plants, it is accentuated with over 4000 waterfalls. Many are hidden away but some are a short hike off this historic highway. Visit Multnomah & Latourell Falls and make scenic stops. Take in the breathtaking vistas over the Columbia River and hear stories of the area from your guide. Enjoy a microbrewery lunch with beer tastings. A unique farm experience awaits you in Hood River Valley where you will encounter on-the-farm fruit stands, wineries, breweries, cideries and fields of flowers. Drive the Hood River Fruit Loop and stop at one of the 28 fruit stands to pick seasonal fruit in the orchard. Visit the Apple Valley Country Store and try a marionberry milkshake. Shop for jams, syrups, fruit butters, sauces and other local treats. Later, arrive at your Hood River cliffside hotel with views out to the river. The evening will be at leisure.

Meals: B, L

Accommodations: Columbia Cliff Villas

 

WED, June 26: Columbia Gorge/Hood River Winery Tour, Lunch, Lavender Farm, Free Evening

Today, you will drive and take short walks along the Columbia Gorge historic highway to the Rowena Crest, a dramatic viewpoint of the Eastern Columbia River Gorge. Learn about the history of the Columbia River, the Lewis & Clark Expedition and The Oregon Trail. Along the way, stop at select wineries for tastings. The Hood River Valley is a world-class wine region with over 35 wineries along a 40-mile stretch of river. Discover two of the best wineries in the area - one next to Hood River Lavender Farm. Enjoy lunch, wine tastings and visit the lavender farm. The evening will be at leisure.

Meals: B, L

Accommodations: Columbia Cliff Villas

 

THURS, June 27: Depart Hood River, Drive to Mt. Hood, Lunch at Timberline Lodge, Arrive in Willamette Wine Country, Free Evening

After breakfast, drive the loop around Mt. Hood taking in the spectacular scenery. Stop for lunch at the historic Timberline Lodge set on the shoulder of Mt Hood. Built in 1937, Timberline Lodge has been a place to experience the magnificent and expansive high-alpine environment of Mt. Hood. After lunch, continue on to Willamette Wine Country to end the day at your hotel nestled in a town in Oregon’s premier wine region. The evening will be at leisure.

Meals: B, L

Accommodations: Grand Lodge

FRI, June 28: Willamette Valley Character Wineries with Lunch, Free Evening

Today, your guide will introduce you to the rolling hills, vineyards and wines of the Willamette Valley AVA and its world-class wine scene. There are over 700 wineries in Willamette Valley. You will be wafted away to wine country while he gives you information about the history, terroir and character of Willamette Valley wines. Visit three tasting rooms that excel for their wines as well as the intriguing characters who run them. A tour and lunch will be included at one of the wineries. Willamette is pronounced Will- AM-itte (like dammit, as the locals say!) The evening will be at leisure.

Meals: B, L

Accommodations: Grand Lodge

SAT, June 29: Depart Willamette Valley, Coast Drive, Tilamook Cheese Factory, Lunch, Hike in Oswald West State Park, Arrive Cannon Beach; Free Evening

Today, drive from the Willamette Valley to the Oregon coast. Ahh..the beach. In Oregon it means craggy headlands, crashing waves, sandy beaches and rocky tide pools. There is also relaxation galore! Once on the coast, travel along the Pacific coast from Neskowin northward to Cannon Beach. Make scenic stops along the way. Visit the Tilamook Cheese Factory - a must when in the area. Enjoy lunch at a marina where crabbing is the local activity and on the menu. Afterward, take a short (easy) nature hike in Oswald West State Park to see coastal views you just can’t miss! When you arrive in Cannon Beach, you’ll be staying at a beachfront lodge just steps away from Haystack Rock - one of Oregon’s most recognizable coastal landmarks. It is home to diverse birdlife such as Tufted Puffins, Harlequin Ducks, Black Scoters & Oystercatchers, Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles and more. The beach will be outside your room - perfect for relaxing with an adirondack chair and the sunset. This is the place where life slows and simple pleasures on the beach triumph. The evening will be at leisure.

Meals: B, L

Accommodations: The Ocean Lodge

 

SUN, June 30: Ecola State Park Hike, Visit Cannon Beach, Tidepooling, Free Afternoon, Farewell Dinner

No trip to Cannon Beach would be complete without visiting Ecola State Park perched dramatically on the edge of the Tillamook Head. Ecola Park Road at the north end of Cannon Beach winds through the old-growth rainforest before emerging at one of the Oregon coast’s most panoramic views overlooking numerous rock formations and headlands with spectacular views of the Pacific Coast. Take an easy 2 mile-loop hike in the park. The afternoon will be at leisure with an option to go tidepooling or visit the town of Cannon Beach. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a select restaurant in Cannon Beach.

Meals: B, D

Accommodations: The Ocean Lodge

MON, JULY 1: Drive to Portland, Fly Home

Enjoy some time on the beach in the morning. Afterward, you will head to Portland for your flight home in the afternoon or evening.

Meals: B

 

PRICE: $6820 based on single occupancy; ask us about double rooms

INCLUDES:

  • 9 day fully guided small-group tour
  • Service of a certified guide and dedicated driver
  • 8 nights of  superb city, Columbia River cliffside, wine country & Oregon beachfront accommodations
  • Transportation by private coach
  • Breakfast in the hotel daily
  • Lunches & dinners  - restaurants, cafes, per Daily Itinerary
  • Portland Culinary Walking Tour
  • Columbia Gorge guided tour with stops for waterfalls, panoramic views & short hikes
  • Hood River Wine & Fruit Loop Tours
  • Willamette Valley Wine Tour with tastings & lunch
  • Cannon Beach: free beach time, tide pools, visit to town
  • Ecola State Park Hike
  • All site entrance fees
  • All guided tours
  • Tips for restaurant servers
  • Plenty of free time to relax or go out on your own

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare
  • 3rd meal
  • Tip for the driver/guides
  • Alcoholic beverages unless part of an organized excursion
  • Travel Insurance

REGISTRATION: 

Registration for this tour can be done online via the Registration page of this website. The registration deadline its April 22, 2024.

 

TOUR DEPOSIT: 

A deposit of $1500 is requested to hold a spot on this tour. The balance is due 60 days out from departure or April 22, 2024.  After April 22, 2024, full payment is required at registration.

 

TOUR PAYMENT:

Tour payment can be made by eCheck, credit card or bank transfer.

 

TOUR CANCELLATION:

This tour can be canceled through April 22, 2024. A refund will be given less a $250 service charge. After April 22, 2024, refunds cannot be given.

If Pack A Fork cancels the tour, for any reason, all monies will be refunded.

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to offset tour cancellation, airline and other travel-related fees. We also recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy that includes coverage related to  COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

For the safety and health of all guests, we require the full COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days before departure. We no longer require a booster shot.  We will request a copy of your vaccination card at registration.

 

AIR RESERVATIONS

Pack A Fork! has partnered with Exito Travel for air reservations. We work with Leanne Reuss who is an international airfare specialist. Leanne can assist you with the best flights from your home city. She can be reached at 800-655-4053, Ext. 8528. Alternatively, you can always purchase your own flights.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance will help protect you from trip cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruptions, lost or damaged baggage. Travel insurance may also give you medical protection during your trip. If under 70, we recommend World Nomads. If over 70, we recommend SquareMouth for InsureMyTrip for comparing policies.

 

11-Day Tour

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$1500 deposit due at registration
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