Itinerary in brief:
- 2 nights Napa
- 1 night Eureka
- 2 nights Grants Pass
- 2 nights Portland
- 1 night Cannon Beach
Day 1: Arrival in California
On arrival into San Francisco you will collect your rental car from the airport and make the 1.5 hour drive straight to Napa Valley, the most famous wine region in the state, where you will check into your hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2: Napa Valley
Spend the day exploring Napa Valley, hopping between vineyards and tasting the wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon that grows in this part of the world. If you’re after some fine food, head to the French Laundry – twice voted “Best Restaurant in the World”. You’ll need to book ahead to get on to the 2 month long waiting list!
If you want to travel in style, why not book a trip on the Wine Train, a glass domed train that will take you through the valley where you can enjoy views over the vineyards. We can add this to your trip – just ask.
Day 3: Napa Valley to Eureka
This morning you will drive north from Napa towards Eureka, in the far north of the state where you will check into your hotel for one night. This area of California is full of vineyards and some of the tallest trees on the planet – you can even drive through the Chandelier Tree in Leggett, just a couple of hours south from Eureka. Further north you’ll find both Jedediah Smith State Park and Redwood National Park where you can spend the afternoon strolling through the woods and marvelling at the giant sequoias and redwoods.
Day 4: Eureka to Grants Pass
Driving north into Oregon, today you can either take the short route up the coast, pulling in for lunch at the wide beaches of Crescent City, or take the longer drive inland through the national forests enjoying the cool air as you drive into Oregon. Either way you’ll end up at Grants Pass, in the heart of South Oregon wine country, where you’ll check into your hotel for 2 nights.
Day 5: Oregon Vineyards
Today we’ve included a Wine Hopper tour that will take you on a tour of a local Southern Oregon vineyard – from exploring the barrel room to walking amongst the vines, learning about the grapes and soil – this will take you behind the scenes of an active winery. In the evening, you can relax at your hotel, perhaps with a glass of wine you’ve bought today!
Day 6: Grants Pass to Portland
This morning you’ll drive north to Portland – you can stop off along the way to look around small vineyards or stop for lunch in Eugene, a pretty town in the Oregon hills – before arriving in Portland where you’ll check into your hotel for 2 nights. Portland is a city of hippies and foodies – you can eat unique street food on every corner and cycling is more popular here than any other city in the States. Portlanders go crazy for craft beer and wine so you can spend the evening hopping between local breweries and tasting the best of what Oregon has to offer!
Days 7: Portland
Today we’ve booked you a tour to visit two highlights of this region – the wineries and the waterfalls! Colombia Gorge has lots of waterfalls as the river winds its way through the mountains, including the 620 foot tall Multnomah Falls. You’ll learn about the history of the areas as well as looking out for local wildlife. Later on in the day you’ll visit some of Oregon’s boutique wineries where you can learn about the art of viticulture whilst enjoying views of magnificent Mount Hood.
Day 8: Portland to Cannon Beach
Today you’ll leave the city and head to the beach. Cannon Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in America, thanks to its starring role in The Goonies back in the 80s. The windswept sands lookout towards Haystack Rock, where hundreds of colourful starfish clinging the rock are exposed at low tide. Take a walk along the beach or just settle down to watch the sun set into the ocean.
Day 9: Cannon Beach to Seattle
Why not get up early for one last walk along the beach or hire a stand-up paddle board for an early morning trip along the shore. Later, you’ll drive north towards Seattle, where you’ll depart from the international Airport.
If you would like to extend your stay in Seattle please speak to your consultant who would be happy to make some suggestions.