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Portland, Seattle & Vancouver with Victoria

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8 days From $2,492 per person
4.2 stars(5 reviews)

Explore the best cities of the Pacific Northwest as you discover the area's culture, history, modern architecture, and natural wonders.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: WC-PSVN-24

About the tour

This 8-day excursion begins in the bustling city of Portland, full of beauty, nature, and welcoming neighborhoods. During your 2-night stay, you'll have a guided tour of Portland to visit the city's top landmarks. You then have plenty of free time to explore more on your own or opt to add another activity.

Then it's off to Seattle via a beautiful trip on Amtrak's Cascades. Your two-day stay in this waterfront city includes a tour to experience the best Seattle has to offer. Then enjoy an excursion to the foothills of the Cascade Mountains for a trip to the stunning Snoqualmie Falls. The day's journey includes stops at two charming wineries.

Another scenic journey aboard the Cascades takes you into Canada. You'll have two days to explore Vancouver, with a mix of free time and Vancouver city tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Next is a day trip to Victoria, where you can view the scenic waterways on a ferry ride through the Gulf Islands. A guided tour of downtown, free time to explore on your own, and a trip to the lovely Butchart Gardens fills up this full-day excursion. Wrap up your journey to the Pacific Northwest with a final night in Vancouver.

Reminder: A valid passport is required to cross the U.S./Canada border.

*This tour can start or end in a variety of cities. Talk to your Rail Specialist about including the Empire Builder out of Chicago or the Coast Starlight out of San Francisco or Los Angeles to this tour.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive Portland

Arrive in Portland and spend the day touring this quirky city on your own. Overnight Portland.

*There's so much to see and do in this Pacific Northwest city. Speak to your rail specialist about adding additional nights or activities in Portland.

Day 2 - Portland City Tour

Spend the morning exploring Portland's eclectic neighborhoods, including the Pearl District, Nob Hill, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. Then head to Washington Park and the International Rose Test Gardens, full of 7,000 types of roses, and take in the view of Mount Hood. The rest of the day is yours to explore more of Portland on your own. Overnight Portland.

Day 3 – Seattle Sightseeing

This morning, board Amtrak's Cascades in Portland for your trip to Seattle, which provides excellent views of the lush and rugged Northwest landscape. This afternoon you'll experience the best of Seattle on a comprehensive tour of this waterfront city. Stop at iconic sites like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Pioneer Square, and keep an eye out for the Fremont Troll. Enjoy an evening to explore Seattle's restaurants and landmarks at your own pace. Overnight Seattle.

Day 4 - Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour

Leave the city behind as you venture out into the Cascade foothills. Enjoy wine tastings at two boutique wineries, including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington's oldest winery. Enjoy the views of rolling hills as you head to Snoqualmie Falls for a look at its rushing waters before returning to the city center. Overnight Seattle.

*Prefer National Parks to wineries? Opt to take a day trip to Mt Rainier or Olympic National Park instead. Or add additional nights in Seattle and experience it all.

Day 5 – Train to Vancouver

This morning watch the scenery roll by the mountainous backdrop as you travel aboard the Cascades to Vancouver. Once in Vancouver, you have the rest of the day to explore Canada's Pacific metropolis, which offers a variety of parks, museums, and fantastic dining for you to enjoy. Overnight Vancouver.

*Amtrak is currently operating this route by bus, featuring restrooms, roomy reclining seating with leg rests and individual lighting.

Day 6 – Vancouver Sightseeing

Spend the day exploring this coastal oasis with a Vancouver city tour, with highlights including Stanley Park and Canada Place. Stop at Capilano Suspension Bridge for a bit of adventure and stunning views. Continue to Granville Island to shop or grab a bite. Spend the rest the day exploring the city at your own pace. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 7 – Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour

Get out on the water with a ferry ride to Victoria through the picturesque Gulf Islands. Once in British Columbia's capital, enjoy a guided city tour to learn more about the people and history of the area followed by free time to explore. Continue your day with a visit to the breathtaking Butchart Gardens. The 55-acre grounds are filled with exotic floral displays from all over the world. Board the ferry back to Vancouver and capture the views as the sun begins to set. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 8 - End of tour

Wrap up this tour of the Pacific Northwest with your last day in Vancouver.

*There's so much to see and do in this modern city. Speak to your rail specialist about adding additional nights or activities in Vancouver. Or opt to continue your vacation exploring more of Canada.

Additional information

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel accommodations include The Duniway Portland (or similar), the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown (or similar), and Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver.

Pricing Plans

Amtrak Accommodations are in Coach and Business Class. Coach accommodations offer theater style seating, or family style that accommodates up to four people at a table. Coach amenities include free Wi-Fi, reclining seats with seat back trays, reading lights, and power outlets. Business Class offers the same amenities as Coach as well as complimentary newspapers, priority boarding and detraining, wider seats with more leg room, and fewer passengers in each car.

Please note


Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 5 reviews

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5 stars

Submitted 24 May 2023

This was the first time we’ve traveled by Amtrak. The first leg from Portland to Seattle it was 2 hours late. The second leg from Seattle to Vancouver it broke down and we had to take the bus there. Eric’s team did a good job of rebooking us on Grayhound although we were able to get a ride on another bus line that got us there earlier. As totally unreliable as Amtrak was we did enjoy scenic views and are considering booking another. We loved the Theodore Hotel. They gave us an upgraded room and the hotel was beautiful. We liked the Hilton the least. The prices were incredible $24 for a shot of tequila and $19 for a glass of the worst Chardonnay ever. Plus it was a short pour. The Seattle tour was the worst. On that trip the driver had no speaker so you couldn’t understand half what she said. Stops were very brief and it was all about the history and not much else. If we hadn’t got off at the Space Needle we would have missed that and the very beautiful Chihuly exhibit. Next to the Butchart garden were highlights of our trip.

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Barbara B

4 stars

Submitted 09 Sep 2022

Overall we really enjoyed the tour. There was only one glitch as the Porland city tour was scheduled before we even got into town, so we paid for this and didn't receive it. We were disappointed in that flaw. We called our agent to report this and she has submitted a refund request.

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3 stars

Submitted 29 Jul 2022

We enjoyed our trip and the hotels and side tours we awesome. The actual transportation was awful. Our train from Portland to Seattle was dirty, loud, and old. When we booked, we were unaware that Amtrak does not have a train to Vancouver, so we had to ride a bus. We paid for business class, but there is no business class for the bus! Communication with Vacations by Rail was very difficult. Overall, it was a great trip, but we had questions that were never answered.

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Rebecca L, Kingston, TN

5 stars

Submitted 08 Oct 2018

Great tour- had a great time! Loved the variety of places seen! Had opportunity for land visits, cities & national parks!

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Joan C, Pawtucket, RI

4 stars

Submitted 20 Jan 2018

I was not disappointed in any of the sights we visited. The tour gave me the opportunity to see more of America- super!

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