Northwest Wine & Rail Tour
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Northwest Wine & Rail Tour - 5 days
Ride the rails and take a journey to the heart of Eastern Washington and Wine Country. Admire the striking Mountain views and enjoy the quaint Bavarian charm of Leavenworth. Grand vistas of the expansive Columbia River, authentic pioneer history, and world-class wines await you in Walla Walla, Washington’s friendliest town. Sun-kissed Yakima Valley offers the largest variety of fresh-grown produce in the Pacific Northwest – grapes for wine, hops for beer, and fresh produce for your table.
Unparalleled scenic stops will offer you an unforgettable experience of this diverse region before we wind our way through the heavily wooded and volcanically formed Cascadia Range and back to beautiful Seattle.
Seattle > Leavenworth > Walla Walla
Meet your InquisiTours Tour Director at Seattle King Street Station in the afternoon (3:30 pm) to board the Amtrak Empire Builder. As Seattle fades into the distance, you can relax back and gaze at the ever-changing scenery from your window. Admire the glimmering waters of Puget Sound, the tree-clad Cascade Mountains, and the blend of colors in Wenatchee National Forest, before pulling into the fairytale-like Bavarian mountain hamlet of Leavenworth, aglow in the evening light. Overnight.
Meals included: Picnic dinner aboard the train
Hotel: Bavarian Lodge, or similar
Let the Alpine magic of Leavenworth envelop you on a morning stroll through its quaint streets lined with timber-framed houses, nestled into the lush green mountainside. Relax riverside as you discover nature trails and explore the outlying valley, or fill your day fully immersed in all this picturesque town has to offer. The time is yours to spend how you choose. With enchanting attractions like the Nutcracker Museum, wine tasting, and rows of charming little stores with handcrafted items and boutique clothing, there’s plenty to engage you during your stay. In the evening, we’ll get together for a festive reception featuring authentic German cuisine and original craft ales to complement the Bavarian mood. Overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Reception
Optional Add-ons: Zipline, Rafting, Cider Tasting, Hiking
Our adventure begins this morning exploring the sensationally photogenic Columbia River Basin. A green stretch of sweeping orchards and tumbling vineyards complete the expansive views as we travel into the heart of the wine country. You’ll enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the exceptional Red Mountain AVA wineries with an impressive view to boot. Following that we make our way through charming pastoral scenery to Walla Walla, where our day will complete with a brief walking tour to get you acquainted with this friendly community of creative wine-lovers. We’ll share our stories over a glass of the best before checking into the hotel for the night. Take the evening for yourself to explore some of the many, farm-to-table and creative culinary options in town.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Marcus Whitman, Marriott, or similar
Get to know and love Walla Walla with a grand tour! In the morning, join your guide for a walking art tour of downtown and Whitman College campus. Walla Walla has a hopping art scene with impressive public works to stroll by and admire. After that, head to the Whitman Mission and learn about the integral role Walla Walla played in American history, playing host to the Lewis and Clark expedition, countless intrepid Pioneers on the Oregon trail, and crucially, of course, the surrounding landscape was home to generations of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla Nations.
Spend the rest of the day soaking up the eclectic vibe of this vibrant town, choosing from an optional excursion, or simply getting the lay of the land, exploring, shopping, visiting the art galleries and boutiques, or dropping into one of the numerous tasting rooms around town. Whatever you do, you will want to be back in time for a special multi-course dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Add-Ons: Cycle tour, Golfing, Wine tasting (prices vary)
A hearty breakfast begins the day before we leave the Walla Walla Valley behind us and head onward to Seattle. As we journey West, we wind our way through the sun-kissed slopes of the abundantly fertile Yakima Valley, and over the densely forested slopes of the Cascade Mountains making numerous breathtakingly scenic stops, including lunch, before dropping you back at King Street Station around 5 pm.
Please let us know if you are taking an Alaska Cruise so we can time your arrival if it’s before 5 pm.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch