Captivating Pacific Northwest - Vista Suite, Summer 2020
From 07/08/2020 to 26/09/2020
INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES.
You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Enjoy the comfort of Luxury Gold's air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard restroom.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
From time to time, your Travel Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
Itinerary / more information
Day 1 - Portland, the City of Roses. Welcome to Portland. Also known as the City of Roses, this charming Oregon city is a glowing mixture of sweeping skylines and natural bliss. On arrival, you'll be whisked to your luxury hotel, The Nines. A contemporary building which offers striking rooftop views and delectable dining, you'll be situated in Downtown Portland, just steps away from Pioneer Square and the Central Business District. Join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2 - Sightseeing in Portland. Prepare for a day of sightseeing as you explore this vibrant city, with all its cultural delights, trendy districts and boutiques. You'll start by heading along the historic Columbia River Gorge drive, where you'll stop off at Crown Point, a breathtaking scenic lookout and visit Vista House, a museum and memorial celebrating Oregon's pioneers. Take a refreshing trip to Multnomah Falls, where you'll capture Oregon's heart-stopping natural wilderness. In the early afternoon, you'll replenish with some cold craft beers at a private beer tasting. Meet a local master brewer for a lesson and tasting of their craft pours. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Why not discover more about the world we live in and beyond, by checking out the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry?(Breakfast)
Day 3 - On to the Emerald City. Journey north from Portland to Seattle. Otherwise known as the Emerald City, this dynamic part of the world comes with inspiring views and plenty of character. Experience Seattle Your Way, with a choice of experiences, including a visit to the striking Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit or the iconic Seattle Space Needle. You have the rest of the day to explore Seattle on your own. Refresh for tomorrow's events at your luxury accommodation, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. A mix of classic elegance and timeless d?cor, this newly renovated hotel offers a peaceful ambiance after a day of sightseeing.(Breakfast)
Day 4 - A Seattle Education. Enjoy a relaxed start before a VIP coffee education class with local Seattle roasters at Caffe Vita, where you'll learn to make the perfect cup of coffee. You then have some free time to explore Pike Place Market. Situated on the Elliott Bay waterfront, this farmers market is home to some delicious seafood treats and handcrafted gift options. In keeping with your nautical day, head to Aqua by El Gaucho in the evening, where a waterfront fine-dining experience awaits you. Indulge in a delicious menu of fresh, locally sourced seafood.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 5 - Seattle to Victoria. Board the Victoria Clipper and relax as you travel in comfort from Seattle to Victoria. Famous for its European allure, this quaint capital of British Columbia is elegance in its truest form. On arrival, you'll have some leisure time. Relax at your hotel or ask your Travelling Concierge for some tips on where to explore. Tonight's dinner is at 10 Acres Kitchen, where you'll sip and savour dishes prepared with quality ingredients that are locally foraged by land and freshly caught from the sea.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6 - Victoria in Bloom. Delight in the local culinary specialities during a Highlight Lunch, farm tour and a wine tasting at The Roost. Praised by locals, this rustic favourite is situated in the heart of North Saanich's beautiful pastoral landscape and focuses its attention on delivering divine food in a sustainable manner. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Perhaps head to Lower Johnson Street, known locally as LoJo. This pastel-coloured neighborhood is home to a number of independent boutiques and restaurants.(Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)
Day 7 - Sky High Vancouver. Kick off the day by joining a docent for a private discussion about the First Nations at the Royal British Colombia Museum before it opens to the public, where you'll find out more about the native people's art, history and culture. Take in the beauty of Canada from the air, as you travel from Victoria to Vancouver via classic seaplane. Experience the best of Vancouver during your comprehensive sightseeing tour, which takes you to Stanley Park and English Bay. Stop at Granville Island Public Market, where you'll have time to browse the stalls for scrumptious treats and handcrafted gifts.(Breakfast)
Day 8 - History Meets the Great Outdoors. Linger longer over breakfast with a relaxed start, before heading out with your Travelling Concierge. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Once here you'll cross the bridge over the Capilano River and appreciate views from the top of the canyon. The rest of the day is yours to explore Vancouver. A haven for sports buffs and history enthusiasts alike, you'll have plenty to discover. Share stories with your fellow travellers as you raise a final toast to your holiday during your Celebration Dinner at Hy's Steakhouse, one of the city's most highly rated restaurants.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 9 - Join your Alaska Cruise. It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers. Enjoy the morning at leisure before a transfer takes you to Canada Place where your Alaska cruise begins on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam.(Breakfast / Dinner)
Day 10 - Cruising the Inside Passage. With the most Southeast Alaska accessible only by boat or plane, cruise the Inside Passage for a unique view.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 11 - Cruise Tracy Arm and Juneau. The dramatic Sawyer Glaciers at the end of Tracy Arm are framed by mountains and bathed in the blue hue of the ice. Arrive in Juneau, where you can shop downtown, kayak, dogsled, raft or flightsee.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 12 - Skagway, Alaska. Step into the town's colourful past at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 13 - Cruise Glacier Bay. From the comfort of your ship, enjoy pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 14 - Exploring Ketchikan. While ashore, check out the world's largest collection of standing totem poles or take an optional guided through town or a harbour cruise.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 15 - Scenic Cruise of the Inside Passage. Today is a day for relaxation as you cruise back to Vancouver.(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)
Day 16 - Depart Vancouver. Sail into Vancouver Harbour this morning. After disembarking, take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the hotel, if you wish to extend your stay. Airport arrival will be at approximately 09:30.(Breakfast) Exceptional Dining Portland: Get to know your travelling companions during your delightful Welcome Dinner. Seattle: A waterfront Highlight Dinner awaits at Aqua by El Gaucho, where masterfully prepared seafood and chops are paired with dramatic views of Elliott Bay. Victoria: Enjoy locally sourced fine dining inspired by land and sea at 10 Acres Kitchen. Victoria: Praised by locals for its mouth-watering rustic options, head to Roost Farm Bakery and Vineyard Bistro for delicious, sustainable treats. Vancouver: Toast to your travels with a Celebration Dinner at the top-rated Hy's Steakhouse. Dining Summary: 15 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 1 Lunch with wine (LW), and 11 Dinners with wine (DW). Journey Highlights Portland: Journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway up the Columbia River Gorge and witness Crown Point Vista House, and Multnomah Falls. Victoria: You'll have access to the masterfully crafted blooming flower displays at the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Victoria to Vancouver: Take in Canada's remarkable landscapes from the air, as you embark on a breathtaking seaplane flight from Victoria to Vancouver. Vancouver: Gain a unique perspective from high above the ground with a Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Luxury Hotels Portland: A luxury hotel in a desirable location, you'll be situated in Downtown Portland, just steps away from Pioneer Square and the Central Business District. The Nines, A Luxury Collection Hotel offers sustainable dining in its unique restaurant, The Urban Farmer, while modern Asian cuisine is on offer atop the grand building for those looking for dinner with a view. Seattle: As the city's grand dame, the Fairmont Olympic traces its roots deep into Seattle history, being one of the original buildings of the University of Washington. Newly renovated and refreshed, the hotel's coveted location makes for easy access to local attractions. And those who prefer to relax in the hotel's elegant surroundings can enjoy a classic afternoon tea at The Georgian, or taste some of the city's best oysters at Shuckers. Victoria: Tucked away along the waterfront in Downtown Victoria, the Delta Hotels Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort offers the perfect escape. Its beautiful harbour views and spacious rooms add to its calming ambiance, while its popular restaurant, Lure, offers a delectable selection of locally sourced cuisine. Its 'hidden' location is deceiving, as the heart of the city is only a water shuttle away. Vancouver: The legendary Hotel Georgia combines the grandeur of the Roaring Twenties with contemporary design in the heart of Vancouver. First opened in 1927, it quickly established itself as the city's most fashionable retreat and one of the best hotels in Vancouver. After an extensive renovation in 2011, it was unveiled as Rosewood Hotel Georgia. VIP Experiences Portland: Indulge in Portland's Craft Beer scene at a private beer tasting with a Brewmaster. Seattle: Learn how to make your own perfect cup of coffee at home during a private Coffee Education Class with Seattle roasters at Caffe Vita. Victoria: Join a docent for a private discussion about the First Nations at the Royal BC Museum before it opens to the public for the day, where you'll find out more about the native people's art, history and culture.
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