Tour Overview

This 4 day 3-night all-inclusive luxury tour of the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake National Park, Smith Rock State Park, Mt. Hood, Mt Bachelor, Mt. Adams and the Columbia River Gorge at the end of the Oregon Trail.

Oregon

Includes

Some meals will be prepared in the field by your Hospitality Guide. These are custom made to order gourmet 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.

A big part of travel means tasting great meals that capture the culture and flavor of the region. Our culinary inclusions cover all your meals and drinks while on vacation with us. We utilize fresh local ingredients and every meal is prepared to your liking. Your flex pass is loaded with money for meals where we dine at the finest local establishments to truly immerse in the region’s culture.

Dinners: 3

Lunches: 3

Breakfasts: 3

3 Nights Luxury Lodging

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

Crater Lake Lodge

Crater Lake Lodge

Hood River Inn

Hood River Inn

  • 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.

All attractions included in the itinerary.

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

Additional Attractions

  • Smith Rock State Park
  • Sherars Falls
  • Beacon Rock
  • Columbia River
  • Crown Point

Available Dates

August 10 -13, 2020

August 17 – 20, 2020

Pricing

Double Occupancy: $1,799
Triple Occupancy: $1,650
Quad Occupancy: $1,579
Single Occupancy: $2,250

Deposit at time of booking: $550 Per Person

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

Premium Lodging: Timberline Lodge

We will continue 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.

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Day 2:  Mt. Bachelor, Smith Rock State Park & Crater Lake

Premium 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 make this a truly unique visit. We will visit Smith Rock State Park to stretch our legs and take in beauty most people don’t even know exists.  

Excitement builds as we drive into the Crater Lake National Park for a visit to the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet which is also the ninth deepest lake in the world! 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 onboard 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. Alternatively, relax under the sun with a book, take an afternoon siesta, or soak up the azure vista with the feeling that life is good.  Our evening will be at the Crater Lake Lodge and the crisp, fresh evening air will be a reminder that we are in a place in the world that is protected from the chaos of life.

Crater Lake National Park

Day 3:  Crater Lake, Bend Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge

Premium Lodging:  Hood River Inn, Hood River Oregon

The morning will be spent relaxing in the Crater Lake National Park with multiple options for hiking, exploring, learning and absorbing this peaceful and beautiful National Park.  We will visit the Deschutes Brewery as we pass through Bend Oregon and then make our way along the Deschutes River and onto Sherars Falls for a magnificent view of the Deschutes River observe Native Americans Fishing for salmon and steelhead.  We will then pass through the Tygh Valley and into The Dalles Oregon which is the end of the Oregon Trail. We will visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center for our favorite representation of Lewis and Clark and the Oregon Trail. Just a few minutes down the historic Columbia Gorge Highway and we arrive in Hood River for a night on the Columbia River.  Downtown exploration of Hood River is available to those who want to explore.

Columbia River

Columbia River Gorge

Day 4: Columbia River Gorge and Beacon Rock

We will depart around 8:00 am and take the short scenic drive over to the Washington side for a hike up Beacon Rock.  This 848-foot basalt column once formed the core, or belly, of an ancient volcano.  We will start from a developed parking area on the south side of the highway, the hike heads up immediately — after all, you have 848 feet to climb in less than a mile. But the grade is surprisingly gentle, with plenty of places to catch your breath and enjoy the view. Moss covered boulders line the wide gravelled path at the base. The trail then curves around to the south side of the rock, where you encounter handrails and a sturdy boardwalk trail that switchbacks all the way to the top of the mountain. Along the way, the trail winds in and out of trees — surprisingly huge for growing out of a rock mountainside. You’ll enjoy views up- and down-river of the mighty Columbia. This is the perfect way to complete our trip and once at the bottom we will complete the journey with a 30 minute scenic drive to the Portland International Airport.

Beacon Rock

Beacon Rock

Your all-inclusive adventure will include the following:

Why 4 days vs 7 days?

Our 7-day adventure includes the Redwoods National Park, the Oregon Coast and the Willamette Valley wine country, and the 4 day does not, but guests should fully understand what to expect on this 4-day trip.

There is a difference between long days in the park and exhausting days in the park.  The Expedition Cruiser is the prescription for exhaustive days that take all your energy away.  We will leave daily around 8am and not return until around 8 in the evening, but the pace of travel is designed to preserve time, energy and to not feel rushed.  This allows guests who have limited time or budget to travel to feel like they missed something on a shorter vacation.

Meals, Restrooms and Parking

  • Our Chef will prepare all three meals a day plus all snacks, desserts and refreshments.  There is no need for long lines at restaurants, limited menus with mediocre offerings, and slow service. The time we spend in the park is efficient and considerate of our guests’ individual needs.  Blood sugar levels are maintained throughout the day with timely, drinks, fresh fruit, tasty fresh snacks and all meals served in scenic locations. Meals will be made to order and meet the needs of those who have food allergies, or other dietary restrictions.  
  • The Expedition Cruiser is equipped with a spacious restroom with two stations for hand washing and freshening up.  
  • The National Park provides nice restrooms but are sometimes spaced out over long distances.  These rest breaks also often have very long lines so after a long stretch of “holding it”, travelers are often expected to “hold it” another 20 to 30 minutes.  
  • The Expedition Cruiser can take advantage of bus parking which is at the front of every stop.  When there is not parking available, the guide can get off with the guests, and then the Expedition Cruiser will return when they are radioed by the Guide.  This saves a lot of time and enables our guests to seize the moment when an animal sighting is available.

Lodging

We chose the Lodge at Bryce Canyon and the Zion Lodge because it allows each guest to explore on their own when not with the National Park Travel Club Guide.  There are alternative options that will save $100.00 per night, but still are safe and clean if guests want to save money. Please communicate this desire at the time of booking.

Tour start and end location

  • The tour starts at 1:00 pm on the day of departure.  Guests will be picked up at the Portland International Airport or the hotel of the guest’s choice near the airport.  Please get pre-approval for hotel pickup prior to booking your room if you plan to arrive early.
  • The tour ends at 1:00 pm on the final day.  Guests will be taken to the Portland International Airport on the final day.  If guests choose to stay an extra day in Portland, please get pre-approval for hotel drop-off before booking your room.

Small Groups

National Park Travel Club provides seating for 14 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 of their guides. Fewer people equal more focus and less hassle.

Multi-Generational Travelers

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. 

Luggage Handling

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

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 individual’s 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 motorcoach, 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.

Redwood National Park

Company Name:  National Park Travel Club

Office Phone: 1-844-566-7745

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:  travel-experts@nationalparktravelclub.com