Wonders of Oregon 2020

July 2020 • 9-11 Days • Price TBA

Snowcapped mountains, crystalline lakes, stately groves of evergreens, ancient volcanoes, pristine rivers, coastal scenery, and more!

Traveler Rewards Program: New Travelers receive a $200 discount on the Wonders of Oregon tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

City of Roses Pre-tour

July 2020 • 2 Days • Price TBA

Join us for a day exploring Portland, City of Roses!

Now accepting Early Bird deposits on this potential 2020 tour! If 25 Early Birds are received for this departure, we’ll add it to the official 2020 Schedule. An Early Bird is a $50 deposit that holds your spot during the planning stages of a trip, when we don’t have a set itinerary or dates. Early Birds are always refundable!

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Oregon has numerous world-class attractions packed into a small area: 12,000-foot snowcapped mountains, crystalline lakes, stately groves of evergreens, the stark beauty of the high desert, ancient volcanoes, pristine rivers, and some of the most spectacular coastal scenery to be found anywhere! We’ll walk past several waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, hike spectacular Smith Rocks in Central Oregon, gaze into the surreal blues of the second deepest lake in North America at Crater Lake National Park, and walk amongst the tallest trees on the planet at California’s Redwood National Park. Working our way up the Oregon Coast is a pure delight, and includes a highly entertaining mail boat ride up the wild and scenic Rogue River. Oregon is an undiscovered gem as you can see for yourself in the summer of 2020.

This is a draft itinerary reflecting our last tour of Wonders of Oregon. We will be revising this tour and an updated itinerary with dates and pricing will be made available!

City of Roses Pre-tour

Including:

  • All land travel as outlined in itinerary
  • Tourist-class hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • Portland Crown Jewel Walk
  • WAI guide services throughout
  • Entrance to the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for a supplement.

Optional Excursion:

  • Willamette River dinner cruise aboard a Portland Spirit yacht (DAY 2)

Wonders of Oregon

Including:

  • All land travel as outlined in this itinerary
  • Tourist-class hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast daily, one lunch, and two dinners as denoted (BLD)
  • All walks as outlined in this itinerary
  • Fees for those collecting AVA Credit
  • Tips for local guides, group meals and coach drivers
  • WAI guide services throughout (2 guides)
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy; single accommodations are available for a supplement.

Activities/Entrance Fees:

  • Oregon High Desert Museum
  • Ranger-guided Rim drive at Crater Lake
  • Crater Lake and Redwoods National Parks
  • Rogue River Jet boat experience (including lunch)

Optional Excursion:

  • Wizard Island cruise at Crater Lake (DAY 4)

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

25-30 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Tourist Class hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners. Letters BLD indicate which meals are included.

Airfare

Not included. Travelers will fly into and out of the Portland International Airport (PDX).

Transportation

Included. We use full-size motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 40+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Itinerary

This is a draft itinerary reflecting our last tour of Wonders of Oregon. This itinerary will be revised, and an updated itinerary with dates and pricing will be made available!

Click on each day for more details.

City of Roses Pre-tour

Day 1: Arrive in Portland, USA

You arrive today in Portland, the City of Roses. Since travelers will be arriving throughout the day, no group activities are planned.

Day 2: Activities in Portland (B)

Portland Crown Jewel Walk – 10 km, rated 3A

Many wonderful trails are available in the Portland area. We’ve selected the “Crown Jewel” of Portland walks, a route mostly on wooded trails providing great vistas of the city of Portland and Mt. Hood. The route features the World Forestry Center, the Japanese Gardens, Washington Park, and the famous International Rose Garden, the oldest official rose test garden still operating in the United States. Following the walk, we’ll enjoy a visit to the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and a glimpse into the epic westward migration that ended, for many pioneers, here on the banks of the Willamette River.

Later this evening, you’re invited to join us for an optional dinner cruise along a different stretch of the Willamette River. This 2.5 hour voyage offers a relaxing way to view the lovely Portland skyline from a unique and unforgettable perspective. We return to our hotel to prepare for our Wonders of Oregon Adventure with enchanting visions of the City of Roses lingering in our minds. Price TBA

Wonders of Oregon

Day 1: Arrive in Portland, OR

Your walking adventure in Oregon starts in Portland. We’ll rendezvous at our hotel near the airport in preparation for a full day of activities tomorrow. Travelers arriving early in the day are invited to join the City of Roses Pre-tour group for an optional dinner cruise along the Willamette River.

Day 2: Portland – Bend, OR (BD)

Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Walk – 10 km, rated 3B/4A

Our day begins with a drive down the historic Columbia River Highway, winding by waterfalls and through lush, shady forests to Multnomah Falls Lodge for breakfast. A stimulating after-breakfast nature walk takes us past several waterfalls in the Gorge. From Multnomah Falls (the 2nd highest year-round waterfall in the nation), we’ll continue on a scenic drive down the Gorge, through the fruit orchards of the Hood River Valley, and past majestic Mt. Hood (elevation 11,235 feet). The highway cuts through pine forests on Mt. Hood’s eastern slopes and on into the high desert of central Oregon to the town of Bend.

Day 3: Bend – Crater Lake National Park, OR (B)

Bend Walk – 11 km, rated 2A

The first event of the day is a walk in the high desert town of Bend with lovely stretches along the pristine Deschutes River. Next stop is the High Desert Museum for an introduction to the unique natural and human history of this special land of cinder cones, pine forests, and crystal clear rivers. Our destination this afternoon is Crater Lake National Park for a two-night stay in the lodge with breathtaking views down into the crater and the deepest, and perhaps bluest, lake in the nation.

Day 4: Activities in Crater Lake National Park (B)

Crater Lake Rim Walk – 10 km, rated 3B

Today’s walk hugs the rim of Crater Lake with nonstop panoramas of one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Afternoon options include a unique boat trip out to Wizard Island in the center of Crater Lake or a ranger-led circle drive around the crater rim in our coach. NOTE: The Wizard Island excursion requires a strenuous one-hour hike down to the lake’s edge and back. Price TBA

Day 5: Crater Lake – Oregon Caves National Monument, OR (B)

Rogue River Walk – 11 km, rated 2A

We depart Crater Lake on a drive down the western slopes of Mt. Mazama, stopping partway down for a nature walk beside the rushing Rogue River. The trail winds along the river through stands of fir and cedar and past an ancient lava tube in which the main branch of the river temporarily disappears. After a stop for lunch in charming 19th century Jacksonville, site of the Northwest’s first gold rush, our route continues south to the Oregon Caves National Monument. Travelers may opt to explore the famous Oregon Caves on a guided tour (not included). Otherwise, the late afternoon is free to enjoy this lovely spot deep in the forests of the Siskiyou Mountains.

Day 6: Oregon Caves National Monument – Gold Beach, OR (B)

Giants of the Redwood Forest Walk – 10 km, rated 3B

This special day begins with a drive across the California border through the extraordinary stream and forest scenery of the Smith River National Recreational Area. Our walk of the day takes us deep into Redwoods National Park. “Awesome” is one of the many superlatives for describing these massive trees. After the walk, we’ll turn north and get our first views of Oregon’s beautiful coastline on our way to Gold Beach.

Day 7: Gold Beach – Bandon, OR (BL)

An exciting 64-mile jet boat trip up the Rogue River has been a favorite with past travelers. We’ll stop for a home-style lunch in the tiny community of Agness before returning through the pristine Rogue River Canyon; be prepared to spot wildlife! From Gold Beach, we continue along the scenic southern Oregon coast to Bandon. We’ll enjoy time for browsing the quaint shops in the old town with time for dinner then a stroll along the beach back to our hotel.

Day 8: Bandon – Lincoln City, OR (BD)

Winchester Bay Lake & Lighthouse Walk – 10 km, rated 1B

After a morning drive around Coos Bay and past miles of sand dunes, we’ll arrive in Winchester Bay for a popular walk that features the marina, a lighthouse, a lovely coastal lake, and of course, the Oregon beach. Following lunch, our route parallels the coastline for more spectacular views and stops at points of interest such as Yaquina Head Lighthouse. In Lincoln City, we’ll reminisce at a farewell dinner in preparation for our return home tomorrow.

Day 9: Lincoln City – Hometown, USA (B)

After 3 days of coastal beauty, we turn inland, bound for the Portland airport. It’s hard to say goodbye to this beautiful state and the new friends we’ve made while exploring the history, culture, and scenery of Oregon.

More Details

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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

Call or mail in your refundable Early Bird ($50) to save your spot! A maximum of 30 travelers will be accepted on this Adventure.

Early Bird deposits are refundable $50 deposits which serve to hold your spot on a tour until dates and pricing have been confirmed. Once all details on a tour have been finalized, travelers can then register with an additional $450 deposit to bring their total on a tour up to $500.

Traveler Rewards Program

New Travelers receive a $200 discount on the Wonders of Oregon tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected].

Note: The New Traveler and Alumni Traveler Discounts apply only to the main tour price. The City of Roses Pre-tour is not eligible for these discounts.

How Is Airfare Arranged?

Travelers will fly into and out of the Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon. More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be made available after this tour has been finalized.

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

What happens next?

We are currently developing the itinerary for this Adventure. Once the itinerary is released, we will accept registration deposits ($500) to save space.

If you have Early Birded with a refundable $50 deposit, your spot on the tour will be held for 2 weeks after the itinerary is published while you make a decision on whether or not you’d like to register with an additional $450 deposit, bringing your total on the tour up to $500. If you decide not to join us for this tour, your Early Bird can be refunded or transferred to another tour.