Tour Overview

This 7 day 6-night all-inclusive luxury tour of the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, Redwoods National Parks, Oregon Coast, and Willamette Valley Wine Country begins and ends in Portland, Oregon.  

Lake cruises, jet boat rides, vineyards, majestic forests, and ocean scenery will be complemented with a taste of the local bounty from Oregon’s fertile soil. You walk in Lewis and Clark’s footsteps and experience the high desert, majestic volcanoes, the tranquility of the Pacific Ocean and the unique culture of Portland Oregon.

Oregon

Includes

Dinners: 6

Lunches: 6

Breakfasts: 6

6 Nights Luxury Lodging

Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake Lodge

1 night at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood 

1 night at Crater Lake Lodge

3 nights at OceanFront Lodge

1 night at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland Oregon

  • In-transit beverages including beer, wine, soft drinks, juice, coffee, tea.

  • In-transit appetizers and desserts.

  • Fresh fruit and sweet and salty snacks.

  • Driver Guide, and Hospitality Guide.

  • Walking sticks and binoculars are available for guests.

  • Transportation on the luxury Expedition Cruiser.

  • Trip Insurance

  • Transfers to and from the airport.

Some meals will be prepared in the field. These are custom made to order meals. You value spending time in the landscapes viewing the wildlife and wonders. No need to rush off for reservations or worry about waiting in long lines.

All attractions included in the itinerary.

  • Multnomah Falls
  • Mt. Hood National Scenic Area
  • Oregon Wine Tasting
  • Crater Lake National Park
Mt. Hood
Deschutes River

Additional Attractions

  • Redwood National Park
  • Rogue River Jet Boat Ride
  • Deschutes River
  • Smith Rock State Park

Day 1:  Multnomah Falls, Hood River & Mt. Hood

Lodging:  Timberline Lodge

We will travel up the historic Columbia River Highway with a stop at the 542 foot-tall, two-tiered Multnomah Falls. A
leisurely moderate stroll to the top of Oregon’s most popular trail is 2.2 miles one-way with 700 feet of elevation gain. For those just wanting to see the falls, it’s only a 5-minute walk to the footbridge at the lower cascade. Witness the thunderous cascades and enjoy the refreshing mist either way you go. Our journey will then continue east to Hood River Oregon for lunch. You’ll have time to explore the Hood River shopping district before we relish in the famed fruit loop where cherries, pears and grapes are in abundance. We will then continue into the Mt. Hood National Forest and ascend Mt. Hood (the highest mountain in Oregon at 11,249 feet) before making our way to the historic Timberline Lodge which was built as a WPA Project. Down feather beds, giant timber beams, and creative use of stone makes this historic Lodge a treasure of Oregon that offers panoramic views in all directions. Tour the lodge and then the evening is yours to explore the many amenities including wildflower walking trails, the Magic Mile Chair Lift, an outdoor pool and sauna, and general relaxation in this one-of-a-kind retreat.

Day 2:  Smith Rock State Park & Crater Lake

Lodging: Crater Lake Lodge

Our scenic drive starts at the top of Mt. Hood and descends into the high desert of Bend Oregon.  The landscape slowly
transitions from lush the lush Evergreen trees of the Mt. Hood National Forest to the arid landscape of Central Oregon. The unique smell of the sage,Ponderosa Pine, and fresh water from the rivers and lakes makes this a truly unique visit.  We will visit Smith Rock State Park which is known as the home of rock climbing,but to us is a place of amazing natural beauty.  We will walk the high desert landscape and take in all of the features of the park.  We will continue onto Crater Lake where we will spend afternoon relaxing in the majesty of the deepest lake in America.  The evening is yours to relax on the deck or explore the trail system close to the lodge.

Day 3:  Crater Lake National Park, Rogue River and the Pacific Ocean

Lodging: Oceanfront Lodge

It’s difficult to imagine finding a better place to have your morning coffee than from the lodge at Crater Lake.  The Lodge provides the perfect perch to look down on the 1,943 deep blue lake.  Options for your day include a hike and lake boat cruise, fishing, or general relaxation at our lodge which offers panoramic views and relaxing hiking options. For those wanting to hike down to the water, we will take a lake cruise to learn about the history, geology, and cultural significance of the lake while viewing the natural beauty of the caldera from the boat. The Volcano Boat Cruises depart from the north side of Crater Lake at Cleetwood Cove. Guests must make the 1.1-mile hike on Cleetwood Trail to access the lake and boat dock. This hike can be very strenuous as it drops approximately 700-feet and may take 30 to 45 minutes to descend the trail. These cruises offer a fantastic perspective of the lake and will travel approximately 45-minutes to Wizard Island where guests are dropped off for 3-hours to hike and explore. When the boat returns for the pickup, the cruise will take approximately 75-minutes to complete the counter-clockwise trip around the perimeter of Crater Lake. A Ranger from the National Park Service will be on board the boat and on Wizard Island to offer a cultural and natural history of Crater Lake. Other than the drop-off at Wizard Island, guests will remain on the boat for the entire tour making stops at some special points along the way to view the beauty and formations of Crater Lake, including Wizard Island and Phantom Ship. Upon returning to the boat dock, it is time for the 1.1-mile hike out. This hike can take an hour or more, and the 700-foot ascent in elevation is the equivalent of climbing more than 70-flights of stairs. No fishing license is required for those wanting to cast a line on the shoreline of Crater Lake. Kokanee Salmon and Rainbow Trout are both found in Crater Lake, and there is no limit to your day’s catch.

If hiking down to the boat and fishing are not your style, you have ample options to enjoy any of Crater Lake’s other 90 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. In the afternoon we will board the Expedition Cruiser for the drive along the Rogue River and onto Crescent City.  We will eat in transit and break up the drive to the Pacific Ocean with unique stops that will give you another chance to get the perfect picture.  Crossing into northern California, our tour ventures into Redwood National & State Park, a World Heritage Site known for its old-growth, temperate rain forest climate. With over 40 miles of coastline in the park, we will absorb every lookout and walk among the world’s tallest trees. Redwood’s lush landscape is complete with ferns, tide pools, and countless opportunities to snap amazing pictures of the rich flora and fauna. We will arrive at the ocean in time for you to absorb the sunset and sound of crashing waves just outside your hotel room.

Day 4:  Redwoods National Park’s Trees of Mystery and Prairie Creek State Park

Lodging: Oceanfront Lodge

We will start the day with a couple stops along the beautiful Pacific Ocean where the sand in your toes and breeze on your face will make for the perfect beach walk.  We start our immersion into the Redwood National Park with a visit to the Trees of Mystery for a perfect combination of trails, museums, education, and art.  The leisure stroll through the Redwood giants is informative and more importantly, stunning.  We will make our way to the gondola for a ride to the top of the mountain where a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean awaits.  The Native American Museum offers a glimpse into the past and the present as well as beautiful hand-crafted native art. 

Prairie Creek State Park

This state park is a hiker’s dream come true. It boasts over 75 miles of trails to explore through the various woods, canyons, beaches, and prairie lands. There are a plethora of trails carved out, some ideal for beginners who just want to take a little stroll through some scenic areas. You’ll find other paths for the expert hikers. They even have trails accessible for those with disabilities.

You can do entire trails. Alternatively, you can do short segment loops of several of the more extended ridge and valley trails. This will provide the most variety of sights in a day. A few notable trails in the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park are the Miner’s Ridge and James Irvine loop, the Big Tree Loop, and the Brown Creek Loop.

For those up for a longer, but leisure hike, it is 10 miles round trip to Fern Canyon.  Guests can spend the majority of the day on this hike and your guide is happy to take you.  For those that don’t want to walk that far, there is plenty to see and appreciate close to the visitors center and the Expedition Cruiser.  For those that are hiking in, lunches will be provided to enjoy on your hike.  There is little elevation and has multiple scenic payoffs along the way.  We will return to the hotel for another beautiful evening on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Day 5:  Redwood National Park 

Lodging:  Oceanfront Lodge

The early morning is yours to explore the beach before we head back into the lush Redwood Forest. Our first stop will be the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, named for an American explorer of extraordinary courage, and is a feast for the eye. The park protects 10,000 acres of primeval redwood groves, a lush undergrowth of rhododendrons and azaleas, and banks of ferns against giant fallen trees.  We will explore a number of trail systems that will take us into the countless breathtaking scenes.  We will continue to the Hihouchi Visitors Center for another leisure walk among the giants before we return to our hotel for a special dinner on the beach.

Day 6:  Oregon Caves and Willamette Valley Wine Country

Lodging: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Portland Oregon

We will start our day with a short drive to the Oregon Caves where we will twist, stoop, explore and discover the dark depths of the Oregon Caves with a ranger guide. We will explore a labyrinth of marble passageways, pass glistening flowstones, and visit a huge room 220 feet beneath the surface. The guides will lead us on a caving experience and explain the interesting geology around us. As we continue South through the heart of Oregon’s lush landscape, we will visit multiple wineries and thenconclude our day with a farewell dinner with our Chef at a vineyard where the views, wine and atmosphere are a perfect recipe for a joyful conclusion to our tour Natural boundaries and the Willamette River
create the 100-mile long, 60-mile wide Willamette Valley. This region is home to approximately 400 Oregon wineries and many more wine shops and wine bars.  Our navigation through this fertile landscape will take us through
the heart of Oregon’s world-famous Pinot Noir country to sip and savor a palate-pleasing adventure. We will arrive in the Rose City at dusk to see its many bridges light up as a warm welcome to this charming city.  Portland has a rich and robust nightlife for you to explore on your own. The hotel is inthe heart of downtown and offers convenient exploration of the cities rich culture.

Day 7:  Homeward Bound

Breakfast is included at your hotel in downtown Portland Oregon, and a shuttle service to the airport is included in your all-inclusive package. Thank you for choosing National Park Escapes.

Available Dates

September 6-12, 2020

September 13-19, 2020

Pricing

Double Occupancy: $2,999
Triple Occupancy: $2,799
Quad Occupancy: $2,699
Single Occupancy: $3,999

Deposit at time of booking: $1,500 Per Person

Your all-inclusive adventure will include the following:

Small Groups

National Park Travel Club provides seating for 20 travelers aboard the Expedition Cruiser. Small groups give guests the ability to fully relax and not be rushed. The Expedition Cruiser gives travelers ample room to see the region with full views, space to relax, and the full attention from their guides. Fewer people equal more focus and less hassle.

Lodging

The criteria for lodging is based on several factors that will impact your adventure. We do our best to choose lodging that is 4 and 5 start lodging, but experience has taught us that everyone has a different interpretation of 4- and 5-star lodging. When choosing to lodge the primary factors we consider are:

  • Reputable —The hotel has a reputation for providing a safe, clean service that would meet the expectation of discerning travelers. National Park and National Scenic Areas do not always offer lodging options that are 4- and 5-star quality. Strategic locations on lakes, rivers, ocean beaches or inside the National Park are often 3-star quality. They are, however, clean, safe and provide good sleeping quarters. When 4- or 5-star lodging is routed with our unique itineraries, we will always choose these properties when available.
  • Location—We choose hotels that minimize the commute on the Expedition Cruiser. Our goal is to make time in your destination as efficient and comfortable as possible. Spending an extra hour of commute each day to get back or to a hotel is not consistent with our tour culture.
  • Convenient to multiple food options—Although some of the hotel choices we choose offer a limited offering of restaurant options because of how remote they are, we focus on properties that give guests an opportunity to explore dining options that meet their cravings and interest.
  • Activity-Focused—We make best effort to choose lodging that gives guests an opportunity to explore on their own such as walking trails, hiking options, beach access, fishing, shopping districts, water activities, and historical or educational opportunities.

Meals

chefFood is a big part of most everyone’s vacation experience. When we travel to remote destinations our goal is to have food enhance the experience and not take from it. Our trips are routed with multiple dining out options that include the cost of breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day on the tour. Most of our meals are served in restaurants with multiple options to choose from. While on the Excursion Cruiser, meals are strategically prepared to offer dining experiences that are fresh, made-to-order and maximize your time at your destination. Crafting meals that are sensitive to food allergies and nutrition choices is as equally important to our guests as the creative and tasty options that are provided while in these remote destinations. While the sun is up, and the light is available we focus on more time in the park and less time in lines and waiting for food. Enjoying a hand-crafted meal on the banks of a majestic river makes the experience complete and satisfying. In addition to crafted meals, the guest is also offered daily appetizers, treats and a full-service drink menu that includes wine, beer and any type of beverage requested in advance of the tour for each guest’s pleasure. Fresh seasonal fruit is always in stock on the Expedition Cruiser throughout the day and of course, all snacks, appetizers desserts, and beverages are included in the all-inclusive price.

Attractions

National Park Travel Club provides travel solution with multi-generational options. Activities are classified in our itineraries as Leisure, Adventure and Scenic.

Tour itineraries are built strategically to have a complete offering for all ages and activity levels. Some activities may not be of interest to some travelers, so they are not always included in the price of the tour. Below is a description of the types of activities that would be a part of a National Park Travel Club itinerary.

Leisure

Scenic walking trails, vistas, waterfalls, and other park attractions that are accessible regardless of your activity level. These attractions are available to most travelers and enjoyed by those seeking a relaxing vacation that is easy on the eyes and easy on the knees.

Adventure

Rafting, paddle boarding, canoeing, horseback riding, zip lining, gondola rides, fishing, windsurfing, aggressive hiking trails, golf, and bike riding are examples of options that are available on most tours. While some of these attractions may be included in the all-inclusive price, most of these options are add-on features that guests can choose from at an additional cost.

Educational

Museums, interpretive centers, visitors’ centers, and historical markers, all enhance the guide’s interpretation of the region’s human history, geology, flora and fauna, and lifestyle of the people of the region. This is always included in the tour as well as one-on-one opportunities with the guides to better understand the full value of our treasured National Parks.

Cultural and Human History

Every region and National Park offers a unique history and present that makes the destination so special. Native Americans, Frontiersman, Trappers, Settlers, Miners and iconic people in our nation’s brief history have contributed to the fascinating stories that make our National Parks and surrounding attractions so appealing. Our guides interpret the region but also include the stories of the people who developed the region into the treasures they are today. Connecting each National Park Travel Club guest with the local art, music, and creativity of the region is a key objective on each tour.

Culinary and Farm to Table

Farm to TableOur goal at National Park Travel Club is to help involve our guests in an immersion into the local culinary and beverage options and gain a new perspective through the eyes of the artisans, farmers, and chefs that bring life to this fascinating area of tourism. Because not all guests are interested in wine tasting, breweries, distilleries, and farm-to-table options, these attractions are not always included depending on the type of tour it is but is made available when the route and schedule allow.

Luggage Handling

Included your all-inclusive tour is the porterage of luggage to and from your hotel room when arriving or departing.

Transfers to and from airport

Transfers to and from the airport are included in your all-inclusive tour. Arrangements are made by National Park Travel Club which will include either the Expedition Cruiser, shuttle bus, cab, or other scheduled transportation.

The Expedition Cruiser

Remote destinations offer all kinds of challenges to even the most well-planned traveler. The sole purpose of the Expedition Cruiser is to provide a relaxing environment for each guest while offering the comforts that are not available on alternative modes of transportation. While the Expedition Cruiser may have many bells and whistles that are rarely used, it has the essential tools that enhance the wonders of the National Parks. Designed with the purpose of giving guests a complete small group experience while also catering to individuals needs, the Expedition Cruiser boasts leather couches, two private lounges with seating up to eight, seating at tables, multiple central heating and air zones, full kitchen, hot and cold towel service, multiple charging stations for electronic devices, in-transit satellite television, wireless internet, closets for coats and bags, and a lavatory that has a flushing commode and hot water for washing your hands. 2020 motor coaches will also offer multiple six-way captain chairs that rotate degrees.

Our Staff, Drivers, Guides, Hospitality

Our drivers have pristine driving records and extensive technical knowledge of the motor coach, ensuring your safety and well-being during your trip.

Our Guides and Hospitality Crew are passionate about educating and sharing their experiences with our guests while prioritizing your comfort and individual needs above all else.

Can I make special room requests?

Of course! National Park Travel Club is happy to advise hotels of any special room requests or requirements, provided we receive them at the time your reservation is made. Please be aware that all requests cannot be guaranteed and additional fees may be applied.

Can the National Park Travel Club book rooms before and after my adventure?

Your lodging is secured for your first through last night of your tour. National Park Travel Club is happy to assist you in booking a pre or post tour night stay at the hotel we are staying at based on availability.  If you would like to choose an alternative hotel, we can make suggestions, but it will be the traveler’s responsibility to handle the booking. Give us a call, and we would be happy to recommend lodging and activities in your departure and arrival cities.

Does National Park Travel Club work with Travel Agents?

National Park Travel Club highly values working with travel professionals. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have an Agent you are working with.

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

It is highly recommended that you book as soon as dates are made available – our tours often times are filled up to a year in advance. We have limited departure dates for each individual region that we visit. If you are in search of a private section on the Limo Liner or a private vacation with your closest travel companions, the timing of your booking is even more critical.

What is due at the time of booking with National Park Travel Club?

A deposit is required in order to hold a reservation for a National Park Travel Club adventure. A $1,500.00 per person deposit must be made for our 7 days, 6-night tours and must be received at the time of your booking, or received at our office within 10 days of your booking date. $500.00 of this deposit is non-refundable without travel insurance.

All Day Trips must be paid in full at time of booking.

What hours can I contact a Tour Specialist at National Park Travel Club to discuss my tour?

You can give us a call any time you would like! If you prefer talking to a human, our operating hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST (excluding celebratory holidays). If you happen to call after hours, be sure to leave us a voicemail and we will reach out to you within the next business day.

Alternatively, you can reach our lead Tour Specialist directly at tours@nationalparktravelclub.com

What forms of payment does the National Park Travel Club accept?

National Park Travel Club accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and check payments. To book your All-Inclusive Vacation or Day Trip with National Park Travel Club, you may use our online booking platform or call our offices on our secure line, 7-day vacation final payments are due 100 days prior to departure.

Will I have to make payment at the time I make a reservation?

A deposit is required in order to hold a reservation for a National Park Travel Club adventure. A $1,500.00 per person deposit must be made for our 7 days, 6-night tours and must be received at the time of your booking, or received at our office within 10 days of your booking date.

$500.00 of this deposit is non-refundable without travel insurance.

Will I receive documentation when I book a National Park Travel Club adventure?

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive a booking summary and a trip receipt. This communication will come in the form of an email and will be sent immediately after a booking is confirmed. But it doesn’t stop there – we want to get to know each guest and their travel preferences before their departure. Following your booking summary, you will receive your Welcome Packet with your next steps as a traveler with National Park Travel Club as well as your travel waivers. These consist of Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Liability Waiver, Emergency Contact Information, Photo & Publicity Release Form, and Guest Profile Form.

How many meals will the Tour Chef prepare while on our adventure?

What is hungry? We strategically plan our meals with our Tour Chef to conform to the demands of the itinerary schedule – ensuring that our guests are always full and content. The Tour Chef prepares locally-sourced meals that reflect the flavors of the region. Utilizing hand-selected destinations to prepare in the field, our Tour Chef enables each traveler to maximize their time exploring the parks rather than racing to make a reservation across town.

In addition to planned meals with our Tour Chef, you will also have the opportunity to taste the local fare by utilizing your Flex Pass when the Chef is not providing your culinary inclusions. Complimentary in-transit appetizers, desserts and hand-crafted beverages will be available all day throughout your tour.

Is alcohol included and served on the Limo Liner?

Yes, local and domestic beer and wine are made available to those who want to drink responsibly. This is included as are all refreshments that are made available while on tour. Please know that this is not a booze cruise. All-inclusive alcohol is a privilege and guests are expected to use their best judgment when consuming it. The National Park Travel Club Hospitality Guide and Tour Chef reserve the right to refuse serving alcohol to any individual where safety is at risk or behavior affects other travelers.

Will I have individual time with the Senior Tour Specialist to ask questions?

Absolutely. Our small group atmosphere allows a lot of opportunities to get to know your guide. We have at least one expert guide on each tour.  The Senior Tour Specialist is completely free of distraction to focus specifically on your needs. The flora, fauna and human history are all important to communicate as well as hearing the stories of the region that only local insight can offer.

What is the activity level of the tour?

Anything you would like it to be. We have strategically crafted each of our adventures to be compatible with various activity levels and multi-generational travelers – ensuring that each guest receives the vacation that fulfills their unique interests. Your Guest Profile Form will help us understand how to best meet your needs while on the tour.

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Company Name:  National Park Travel Club

Office Phone: (318) 335-8252

Address:  PO Box 210 Grant, LA 70644

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Central Time Zone

If you have questions about this tour please send inquiries to complete this form or email us at:  tours@nationalparktravelclub.com