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Portland, Seattle & Vancouver with Victoria

4.0 stars(4 reviews)

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

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8 days From $2,450 per person
Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2022 Tour code: WC-PSVN-22

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 of this rugged area on your own.

Then it's off to Seattle via a beautiful trip on Amtrak's Cascades. Your two-day stay in this waterfront city includes a Hop-On Hop-Off tour where you can visit 15 great sites, including the iconic Space Needle. 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 a trolley tour through the city. You can even relax on a ferryboat as you cruise False Creek for a unique view of Vancouver.

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 Los Angeles to this tour.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive Portland

Arrive in Portland and spend the day touring this eco-friendly city on your own. Overnight Portland.

Day 2 - Portland City Tour

Today's highlight is a 2.5-hour guided tour. Visit Pittock Mansion, home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock, which sits on 46 acres of beautiful land and has one of the best views of the city from its lofty grounds. You'll then head to Washington Park for a visit to the International Rose Test Gardens, full of 7,000 types of roses. This site provides a great view of Mount Hood. Next tour Portland's most historic neighborhoods, including Pioneer Square. 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 rugged Northwest scenery. This afternoon you'll experience the best of Seattle on a comprehensive Hop-on Hop-off tour. This fascinating double-decker bus tour stops at iconic sites like the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Chinatown. Explore central Seattle's neighborhoods, restaurants and landmarks at your own pace. Overnight Seattle.

Day 4 - Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour

Enjoy a 6-hour tour that takes you deep into the Cascade foothills. You'll 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. Overnight Seattle.

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 third-largest city, which offers a variety of parks, museums, and fantastic dining for you to enjoy. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 6 – Vancouver Sightseeing

Spend the day exploring this coastal city through a Hop-On Hop-Off tour, the perfect way to see the city's most important sights. Must-see attractions include Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, and Granville Island. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 7 – Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour

Today you'll take a ferry ride to Victoria through the Gulf Islands. Once in British Columbia's capital, you have a guided tour followed by time to explore independently. The day wraps up with a visit to the breathtaking Butchart Gardens. The 55-acre grounds are filled with exotic floral displays from all over the world. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 8 - End of tour

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

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.

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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4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 4 reviews

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Barbara B

4 stars

Submitted 9/Sep

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

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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