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Florence, Oregon Coast

  • Florence, Oregon Coast

    Located on the central Oregon coast along Highway 101, Florence is a scenic and charming old mill town. Old Town boasts a myriad of quaint shops and restaurants, and there is a marina tucked onto the waterfront inhabited by a chorus of sea lions.

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    Whilst in Florence, why not visit the Sea Lion Caves? The world's largest sea cave is located 11 miles north of Florence and offers intimate views of Sea Lions in their natural habitat. If feels a privilege to descend the 200 feet into the home of the wild stellar sea lion.

    If time allows, also make a stop at Wildcat Bridge, located on a small winding road a short distance from Highway 126. From the bridge site where Wildcat Creek flows into the Siuslaw River, Stagecoach Road hugs the hillside until it drops into the narrow plain at Swisshome. Stagecoach Road was the original road to the coast, but was bypassed after the Linslaw Tunnel and Mapleton Bridge were built in the 1930s.  

     

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    • Top Tip 1

      The best way to appreciate Oregon's spectacular coastline is to travel southbound so the ocean is on your right. Don't miss the historic Victorian architecture if the seaside town, Astoria, and quaint Depoe Bay, Oregon's whale-watching capital.

    • Top Tip 2

      View Oregon's beautiful Multnomah Falls, which tumble 620ft into the Columbia River Gorge.

    • Top Tip 3

      Include a three mile rafting trip on the Deschutes River, departing from near Bend and take on 'The Big Eddy' rapid.

    • Top Tip 4

      Oregon has some beautiful beaches. From Florence, take a dune buggy ride on the 47 mile stretch of sand dunes or visit Cannon Beach, a romantic hideaway with unique shops and boutique galleries.

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  • Scenic Oregon Circle

    Begins and ends in Portland, Oregon

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: April to September

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    • Return trip scheduled flights 
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book

     

    • Hiking The Coast Trails

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    • Painted Hills

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    • Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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    • Crater Lake National Park

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    • Orchards

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    • Portland

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    • Smith Rock State Park

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    • Newport

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    • Coastal Road 101

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    Day
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    Arrive Portland

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Portland. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to the Hotel Monaco.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco, Portland

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    Portland

    Portland is a vibrant yet laid-back city with a booming bike culture. We recommend taking either a bike or Segway tour to introduce you to the city and spectacular waterfront. Shoppers will be delighted with the options from the Pearl District to quirky Mississippi Avenue and downtown Pioneer Place Mall. Renowned for its more than 500 food carts and plethora of international cuisine, dining is a real treat. With its new crop of urban wineries, over 50 craft breweries and Distillery Row, there's no shortage of places to spend your evenings.

    Hotel: Hotel Monaco, Portland

    80Mi/129Km

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    Cannon Beach

    It is only a short drive today as you leave the city and head for the beautiful coast. We suggest taking the northern loop road which passes through Astoria. Make a stop in the carnival town of Seaside, where surf shops, oceanfront boardwalks and ice creams are commonplace. Once in Cannon Beach, visit Haystack Rock, perhaps once of the most iconic images of Oregon's coastline.

    Hotel: The Ocean Lodge

    158Mi/255Km

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    Florence

    Heading south, your journey continues along the coastline which is dotted with scenic lookout points and quaint small towns and villages. There are numerous stops you shouldn't miss. Visit Depoe Bay Sea Wall, where crashing waves pummel the coastline on one side of Highway 101 whilst over 20 shops and restaurants line the other side. Also visit Yaquina Head Lighthouse, standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland. This lighthouse has been guiding ships along the west coast since 1873. Newport offers a scenic waterfront where many small galleries, gift shops and cafes can be found and from where many boat tours depart. The dock is also home to a noisy sea lion population.

    Hotel: Driftwood Shores Resort

    124Mi/199Km

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    Gold Beach

    Before departing from Florence, why not take a dune buggy ride at Sand Dunes Frontier? Accommodating all adrenaline levels, take a small jeep flying across the dunes or a seat in one of the more leisurely large vehicles, both driven by skilled drivers. You may also wish to visit Sand Master Park, to try your hand at Sand Boarding. Hugging the coast, continue south with stops in Coos Bay and Port Orford en route to Gold Beach.

    Hotel: Tu Tu Tun Lodge

    196Mi/315Km

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    Grants Pass

    Cross the state line into northern California where you will find the Redwood National and State Parks. Once in Grants Pass you may choose to learn the Italian Art Glass technique at The Glass Forge, where you can create your own masterpiece.

    Hotel: Weasku Inn

    313Mi/504Km

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    Crater Lake National Park & Bend

    Shortly after leaving Grants Pass, make a stop at Jacksonville, voted one of America's coolest small towns. We have allowed you a two night stay in Bend, so you can take a full day in Crater Lake National Park en route. Prepare to witness one of the most spectacular lake landscapes you will ever see. Crater Lake was formed 7,700 years ago, when a volcanic peak erupted and then collapsed. The remaining calder filled with water, creating the deep azure-blue lake that you see today. Rim Drive offers dozens of lake viewpoints and the grand 1915 Crater Lake Lodge warrants a stop too. If time allows, you may wish to stop at Collier Logging Museum in Chiloquin before arrival into Bend. Bend is a very quaint town, filled with small cafes and independent shops. A visit to High Desert Museum is a must.

    Hotel: The Oxford

    230Mi/371Km

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    Smith Rock State Park, Painted Hills & Baker City

    Todays drive through Central Oregon into Eastern Oregon is packed full of scenic sights so keep your camera close by. Your first port of call is Smith Rock State Park located near the town of Redmond. Its sheer cliffs of tuff and basalt are ideal for rock climbing, but the less adventurous can hike or mountain bike the miles of trails. However you decide to discover this wonder, you will be mesmerised by the 800ft cliffs towering over the lazy Crooked River. Next make a stop at Painted Hills, where millions of years of history are revealed in the multi coloured layers of mountainous earth. The colours are thought to have been created by the varying minerals from one millennia to the next, resulting in hills which appear to have been painted in reds, oranges and yellows. The Thomas Condon Paleontology Centre is home to hundreds of fossils from the John Day Fossil Beds and surrounding areas and make s perfect afternoon stop. Should time allow, visit Kam Wah Chung Museum before making the last part of todays journey, along winding forested roads into Baker City. Baker City is a former gold rush boomtown, adorned with historic buildings and the award-winning Barley Brown's Brew Pub.

    Hotel: Geiser Grand Hotel

    96Mi/155Km

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    Hells Canyon, Wallowa Lake & Pendleton

    Baker City is at the start of an incredible 208 mile scenic byway, ending at La Grande. Start with a visit to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Centre, following which the highlights of your journey are Hells Canyon Dam, Hells Canyon Overlook, Wallowa Lake, Nez Perce Interpretive Centre, Minam State Recreation Area and the Eagle Cap Excursion Train.

    Hotel: Oxford Suites

    200Mi/321Km

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    Columbia River Gorge & Mount Hood

    Todays journey hugs the state border with Washington State and includes many highlights. Start with a stop in Boardman, which is home to SAGE Centre - an interactive experience which highlights sustainable agriculture and energy. In The Dalles, we suggest visits to Sunshine Mill Winery for a tasting of the vineyards premier wines, and at Columbia Gorge Discovery Centre & Museum, which tells the story of the Gorges natural and cultural histories. Head to Rowena Plateau for sweeping views of the Gorge and adjacent historic highway. Hood River, a sweet little town, makes a perfect stop for lunch before exploring the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. Taking the I35 south, your journey sweeps toward the incredibly majestic Mount Hood. Should time allow, visit Tamawanas Falls Trailhead near the base of Mount Hood. A 3.6 mile round-trip walk rewards hikers with a thundering 125ft waterfall that you can walk behind. Make a stop at Timberline Lodge for a hot chocolate or cool lemonade, before arrival into Welches where you are based for two nights. On your second day in this area, visit the Wildwood Recreation Site located close to your hotel. Combining the Cascade Streamwatch Trail and Wildwood Wetlands Trail, which are lined by boardwalks, you can explore the natural stream and wetland ecosystems on an easy walk. You may also decide to visit Jonsrud Viewpoint in Sandy which is part of the Oregon Trail and offers spectacular view of Mount Hood. Save ample time to explore Columbia Gorge Waterfalls, a collection of 77 waterfalls located along the Gorge. Our favourites are Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah Falls so if time is short make these your chosen viewings.

    Hotel: The Resort at the Mountain

    42Mi/68Km

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    Journey home

    It is a short drive back to Portland International Airport, so you may choose to spend some time in Willamette Valley, which is the centre of Oregon's wine region. Return your car to the depot and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2799 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. Park entrance fees are not included and payable locally.

    City & Coast Escape

    Begins and ends in Portland, Oregon

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: April to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Return trip scheduled flights 
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book

     

    • Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport

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    • Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach

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    • Dune Grass on the Pacific Ocean Coastline

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    • Tilikum Crossing Bridge, Portland

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    • Surfer on the Beach

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    • Prickly Ash Food Cart, Portland

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    Day
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    Arrive Portland

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Portland. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to the Hotel Modera, where you will be based for the first three nights.

    Hotel: Hotel Modera

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    Portland

    The question isn't what to do in Portland, but where to start! A great way to familiarise yourself with the city is on a Segway or Bike. You may even choose to take the bike tour which includes a sampling at one of Portland's brew pubs. Visit Pioneer Square, filled with great shopping and a host of attractions, then meander some of the quaint squares which dot the area, relaxing with a coffee en route. Portland is renowned for its food trucks - they are a local phenomenon, serving delectable cuisine from across the globe.

    Hotel: Hotel Modera

    80Mi/129Km

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    Cannon Beach

    It is only a short drive today as you leave the city and head for the beautiful coast. We suggest taking the northern loop road which passes through Astoria. Make a stop in the carnival town of Seaside, where surf shops, oceanfront boardwalks and ice creams are commonplace. Once in Cannon Beach, visit Haystack Rock, perhaps once of the most iconic images of Oregon's coastline.

    Hotel: The Ocean Lodge

    158Mi/255Km

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    Florence

    Heading south, your journey continues along the coastline which is dotted with scenic lookout points and quaint small towns and villages. There are numerous stops you shouldn't miss. Visit Depoe Bay Sea Wall, where crashing waves pummel the coastline on one side of Highway 101 whilst over 20 shops and restaurants line the other side. Also visit Yaquina Head Lighthouse, standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland. This lighthouse has been guiding ships along the west coast since 1873. Newport offers a scenic waterfront where many small galleries, gift shops and cafes can be found and from where many boat tours depart. The dock is also home to a noisy sea lion population.

    Hotel: Driftwood Shores Resort

    124Mi/199Km

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    Journey home

    Rather than following the same coastal route back to Portland, we suggest driving inland to Eugene and venturing north via Willamette Valley. If time allows, why not try a tasting at one of over 200 vineyards? On arrival at Portland Airport, return your car to the depot and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    186Mi / 299Km

    Prices

    From £1635 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Wilderness, Wine & Coast Adventure

    Begins and ends in Portland, Oregon

    10 Days / 9 Nights

    Departures: April to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Return trip scheduled flights 
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book

     

    • Mount Hood

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    • Yaquina Head Lighthouse

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    • Welcome to Portland

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    • Cotterell Vineyard, Willamette Valley

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    • Pioneer Square, Portland

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    • Smith Rock State Park

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    • Portland Waterfront

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    • Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach

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    • Winery Tastings

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    • Hiking Trail on Oregon Coast

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    Day
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    Arrive Portland

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Portland. Upon arrival, proceed to the Hotel Modera, which is located downtown, surrounded by a wide selection of restaurants, bars and entertainment. Relax on the hotels outdoor patio and perhaps sample your first taste of Oregon wine or one of the many locally brewed ales.

    Hotel: Hotel Modera

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    Portland

    From your central location, the many attractions of Portland are right on your doorstep. This is a wonderfully walkable city, however there is also a very strong bike culture. Perhaps take a bike tour down to the waterfront or to see the city's many attractions, before savouring dinner and sampling a beverage from one of Oregon's urban wineries or one of the 50 craft breweries. If you are joyed by the outdoors, visit one of the many gardens; Washington Park, International Rose Test Garden, Forest Park, Portland Japanese Garden or Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. If attractions and museums are more your ruse, visit Oregon Zoo, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Centre, Oregon Museum of Science and History or Pittock Mansion.

    Hotel: Hotel Modera

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    Mt Hood

    This morning collect your rental car. It is a short but wonderfully pretty drive out of the city and into the wild terrain for which Oregon is primarily known. Driving east you arrive at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, where verdant mountain-sides and waterfalls meet the Columbia River, one of the west's largest rivers flowing into the Pacific Ocean. The area is filled with scenic hiking trails, picnic spots and viewpoints to discover. Thirty miles south of the Columbia River, Mt Hood at 3,428 meters boasts five ski areas and is the most visited snow-covered peak in America. Why not take a visit to Timberline Lodge to enjoy a hot chocolate on the patio overlooking the wonderful scenery? Don't miss the galleries, restaurants and breweries in Hood River's historic downtown. Your accommodation is located in the small town of Welches, close to Mt Hood. The resort offers a golf course, a spa, tennis courts and an outdoor pool, with access to bountiful outdoor opportunities including hiking and mountain biking trails, river rafting, fly-fishing, skiing and snowboarding.

    Hotel: The Resort at The Mountain

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    Willamette Valley

    It is such a short drive to Willamette Valley that we would suggest taking a longer loop route. You may choose to visit the John Day Fossil Beds, a three site paleontology site where fossils such as mollusks, which lived on what was a beach 100 million years ago, are found in abundance. The Painted Hills site showcases barren hillsides which looked brushed in hues of reds and yellows, creating a dramatic vista. Here you can take one of the five short hiking trails. Smith Rock State Park is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. Those not brave enough to clib the rocks can take a short meander around the base of the 800ft cliffs. Once in Willamette Valley, you'll see the scenery change to rolling vineyards and food-to-table farmlands. Oregon's wine industry has moved from unknown to world-renowned. Award-winning pinot noirs placed Oregon on the global wine map, but the diverse geo-climate has enabled both warm and cool weather varieties to thrive. There are now 17 winegrowing regions within Oregon's state lines. The naturally welcoming trait of the Oregonians ensures tours and tastings at the plentiful wineries are more reflective of drinking with friends than a sightseeing tour

    Hotel: Black Walnut Inn and Vineyard

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    Florence

    Once again the drive to your next base is short, but wonderfully scenic as you join the coastal route and head south past pretty coves and fishing villages. There are many places to stop and explore, but don't miss Newport; a small town with a big personality. Newport offers a scenic waterfront where many small galleries, gift shops and cafes can be found and from where many boat tours depart. The dock is also home to a noisy sea lion population. Also visit Yaquina Head Lighthouse, standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland. This lighthouse has been guiding ships along the west coast since 1873. Your accommodation is in the quaint town of Florence, gateway to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area; a 50 acre expanse of oceanfront sand dunes. The southern half is open to off-highway vehicles - including dune buggies - so why not give it a try? The northern half is reserved for wildlife which makes it a wonderful hiking opportunity.

    Hotel: Driftwood Shores Resort

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    Journey home

    You may choose to venture inland en route back to Portland International Airport, visiting Eugene and Salem. Once back at the airport, return your car to the depot and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2165 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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