18D/17N - 2019 North by Northwest

    North by Northwest    

    San Francisco-Sacramento-Lake Tahoe-Reno-Black Rock Desert-Elko-Twin Falls- Craters of the Moon-Jackson-Grand Teton-Yellowstone National Park-Flathead Valley-Kalispell-Glacier National Park-Calgary-Banff National Park-Lake Louise-Jasper- Kamloops-Sun Peaks-Vancouver-Seattle-Mt. Rainier-Mt. St. Helens-Portland-Newport-Oregon Dunes-Coos Bay-Redwood National Park-Eureka-Sonoma-San Francisco

    18days/17nights Denver /San Francisco

    2019 depart:  May 26. Jun 09. Jul 07, 28. Aug 25. Sep 15

    On request: Child rates 07-12 years & single supplement.

     

day 01 Denver Arrival

Welcome to Denver. With the impressive Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Denver effortlessly blends the city’s Old West heritage with today’s modern skyscrapers and urban energy. Upon arrival at Denver International Airport, transfer independently to your hotel where you will you will meet your Tour Director

day 02 Denver

Enjoy a full day at leisure in the “Mile High City.” Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist with making plans for the day.

day 03 Denver-Rocky Mountains-Cheyenne-Casper

A short distance from Denver you’ll enter Rocky Mountain National Park where you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world. Here, 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Continue through Cheyenne, Wyoming’s capital city and the nation’s railroad capital, to Casper whose landscapes are a painter’s dream come true. Casper has a rich and vibrant history as an important outpost of the Old West. The area is steeped in western history, Old West culture and the legacy of pioneers who forged their way through the mountains and plains on their way to Oregon and California.

day 04 Casper - Yellowstone

Today, take an unforgettable journey into America’s first national park and nature’s wonderland – Yellowstone. Here, the Earth is in action with geysers, mountain ranges and rivers, waterfalls, and ancient volcanoes. The iconic spots – Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs and Yellowstone Canyon – will be familiar from photographs, but seeing them in person is a humbling experience. They’re not just as good as you’ve heard – they’re better. In addition to superb scenery, the park is one of the world’s principal wildlife preserves. Home to eagles, grizzly and black bears, buffalo, elk and much more, you’re bound to see wildlife wherever you go.

day 05 Yellowstone

Spend the day experiencing more of Yellowstone’s natural wonders. Marvel at a volcano’s hidden power rising up in colourful hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Explore mountains, forests, and lakes to watch wildlife and witness the drama of the natural world unfold, and get active with a walk along park trails or boardwalks.

day 06 Yellowstone-Flathead Valley- Kalispell

Crossing the Continental Divide, you’ll leave the wonder of Yellowstone behind as you make your way alongside the impressive Mission Mountain Range and beautiful shore of Flathead Lake to Kalispell.

day 07 Kalispell-Glacier National Park-Calgary

This morning, visit the Crown of the Continent, Glacier National Park. Travel along the famed 50-mile Going-to-the-Sun Road, a National Historic Landmark and one of the most epic engineering feats in the World, before crossing the U.S./Canada border into Calgary. Set dramatically between prairies and peaks, Calgary is surrounded by incomparable natural grandeur and offers an unparalleled urban experience.

day 08 Calgary-Banff-Canmore

Today, it’s on to Banff, Canada’s first national park and one of the world’s premier destinations. Nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies, Banff features snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers, forests, meadows, rivers, and sweeping vistas. Spend the day exploring this magnificent area before heading to Canmore for the night

day 09 Canmore-Lake Louise-Jasper

Today begins with a visit to Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness,” Lake Louise. Set against the stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier, the emerald colours and grandiose setting of Lake Louise render it Canada’s most famous lake, and probably the most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies. Continue along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning roadways, to Banff’s northern counterpart, Jasper National Park.

day 10 Jasper-Kamloops-Sun Peaks

This morning’s drive along the Yellowhead Highway allows you to enjoy British Columbia’s stunning scenery the moment you cross the provincial border and enter Mount Robson Provincial Park. Mount Robson is the second oldest park in British Columbia’s park system and the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Continue to Kamloops and the stunning paradise of Sun Peaks.

day 11 Sun Peaks-Vancouver

Wind your way through Fraser Canyon following the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. Follow the trails used by early gold seekers and relive their journey through steep canyons, raging rivers, high mountain passes, and rugged scenery. Continue through the lower Fraser Valley to the port city of Vancouver. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, Vancouver offers visitors an exciting cityscape set within a landscape of stunning, rugged beauty. Upon arrival, a city tour highlights many of Vancouver’s famous sights, including Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, English Bay, Stanley Park, and Vancouver Harbor.

day 12 Vancouver

A full day at leisure provides ample time to take in more of Vancouver’s sighs and attractions, or to take a ferry across the island-dotted Strait of Georgia to Victoria Island. The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm & new world experiences. Combined with the beauty of the Pacific Ocean & rainforests set against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, a visit to Victoria makes for the perfect day trip.

day 13 Vancouver-Seattle

Today’s journey takes you back across the Canada/U.S. border to the jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle. Set on the waterfront and framed by snow-capped mountains, Seattle is a sophisticated city that offers visitors a real sampling of Northwest life.

day 14 Seattle-Mt. Rainier-Mt. St. Helens-Portland

Depart this morning for Portland, Oregon’s largest city and one of the world’s best walking cities. En route, visit Mount Rainier National Park and Mount St. Helens, both active volcanoes and part of the Northwest’s “ring of fire.” Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S. Just south of Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens is the youngest and most active volcano in the contiguous U.S

day 15 Portland-Newport-Oregon Dunes-Coos Bay

Today, enjoy a scenic drive along Oregon’s coastline where spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding forests await. Continue south through Newport and the heart of the central coast to Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Further south is Coos Bay, the largest community on the coast.

day 16 Coos Bay-Redwood National Park-Eureka

Continuing south, the rugged Oregon coastline offers stunning views, endless beaches, crashing waves and beautiful lighthouses; while California’s spectacular Redwood Coast offers sparkling beaches, cascading rivers, quiet countryside, historic communities and a forest as old as the dinosaurs. Located in the heart of this Redwood Empire, Eureka is one of California’s historic landmarks and an “open air museum” of Victorian architecture.

day 17 Eureka-Sonoma

Today, pass through the unbelievably picturesque Village of Mendocino, recently designated a Preserve America Community; where every structure speaks of history, en route to Northern California’s Wine Country. Home to perfect grape-growing conditions, dazzling displays of colour as the seasons change and a Mediterranean climate, this region possess some of the most famous wineries in the world.

day 18 Sonoma-San Francisco Departure

This morning, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, an engineering marvel and one of the most beloved bridges in the world, before arriving in San Francisco where your tour comes to an end.

Inclusions: twin share, welcome reception, deluxe coach, tour director, visits as per program, porterage, service charges, tax.
Sightseeing: Tour of Denver & Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, ”The going to the Sun Road”, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Vancouver, Napa Wine tasting.

Hotels: Denver- Holiday inn Cherry Creek, Casper-Ramkota Hotel, Yellowstone-Gray Wolf Inn, Kalispell-Red Lion Hotel Kalispell, Calgary-Sandman Hotel Calgary City Center, Banff-Quality Resort Chateau Canmore, Jasper-Tonquin Inn, Sun Peaks-Nancy Greene’s Cahility Lodge, Vancouver-Pacific Gateway at Vancouver Airort, Seattle-Courtyard Seattle Bellevue/Redmond, Portland-Red Lion on the River, Coos Bay- Red Lion Coos Bay, Eureka-Red Lion Eureka, Sonoma-Sandman Hotel (or similar)

Notes: All bookings are made only on English spoken tour departures; however some tours may be modified to multilingual (2 languages) at short notice. Tours are subject to change without notice pending climatic and local traffic conditions.

Optional excursions: Calgary Tower Visit, Columbia Icefield Snowcoach ride, Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane, Space Needle dinner.

Optional excursions need to be arranged with the tour director at the start of the tour.

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