NW Explorer with Rail

September 12 - 19, 2021 (7-days. Roundtrip Seattle with the option to fly home from Portland, OR)

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We traveled in May 2019 with Guy Glaeser (of Inquisitours) on this wonderful journey through the wine regions of Washington and the Columbia River Gorge. We were struck by the fantastic beauty of this part of the U.S. and how friendly the people were as we made our way across Washington and back through Oregon. The itinerary that Guy and Robin put together was excellent -- we really feel we saw the "best of the best" in this region -- and our time together included enough flexibility that we could request customizations that Guy willingly included. Guy knew all of the best wineries, and we learned so much about the landscape and history of these areas. He also had suggestions on what to see and where to eat when we were on our own. We were able to also enjoy time with Robin (and their children!), so that by the end of the week, we felt like we had been traveling with friends we had known for a long time. Guy and Robin have created a tour experience with just the right mix of structure and flexibility. We HIGHLY recommend this company!

Explore Washington's Mountains and Wine Country with a stop in Hood River

September 12 - 19, 2021: NW Explorer with Rail (7-days. Roundtrip Seattle with the option to fly home from Portland, OR)

*Portland may be substituted for Hood River, Mcminnville, or Vancouver WA. InquisiTours will advise upon booking.
Double Occupancy: $3399
Single Occupancy: $4099
Per Person, Double Occupancy
“…if you see this and are ‘on the fence’ about taking this tour….just DO IT! It’s a great tour with great people and scenery that must be seen! I did it in June and have not a moments regret having done it!” B. Brands, Dallas TX

The Pacific Northwest Tour featuring Washington and Oregon! With its unique cities, charming small towns, scenic waterways and majestic mountains is one the most stunningly diverse regions in the world. The 7-day NW Explorer introduces you to Washington and Oregon and the Northwest lifestyle while offering a segment on a unique train ride.

Enjoy rugged mountain views and the Bavarian charms of Leavenworth. Take a journey to the rolling hills of the Palouse and Washington’s iconic wine country. World class vineyards and vintners will delight your senses as you travel the pioneer trail to Walla Walla, “Washington’s friendliest town.” The historic rodeo-town of Pendleton, Oregon gives way to a landscape filled with volcanoes and waterfalls along the stunning and beautiful Columbia River Gorge. The tour winds west to Portland, Oregon, known as “the City of Roses”, which boasts a unique style all its own.

Whether you’re traveling to Seattle for an Alaska Cruise, looking for a wine country tour and sightseeing tour, or just want to discover the abundance of the region, we will take you with comfort, convenience, and expertise!




7 Days


Seattle to Leavenworth, to Walla Walla, to Hood River



Seattle, Washington
Departure Dates
6-nights in a centrally located deluxe hotel
What's Included
What's Not Included
Are you looking for a different date than the ones listed above? Call us and we will customize a departure date that works best for you!

Day 1

Seattle, Washington to Leavenworth, Washington (Scenic Train)

Meet your InquisiTours Tour Director at Seattle King Street Station in the afternoon (3:30 pm) to board the Amtrak Empire Builder. As you leave Seattle, sit back and enjoy the views of Puget Sound, the Cascade Mountains, and Wenatchee National Forest before evening arrival in the Bavarian mountain town of Leavenworth. 

Meals Included: Dinner on the Train

Day 2

Leavenworth, Washington

Enjoy a morning walk exploring the charming Bavarian town of Leavenworth, the outlying river valley, and nearby trails. The rest of the day is yours to do what you please. With attractions such as the Nutcracker Museum, wine tasting, shopping, miniature golf or even walking more riverside trails there is plenty to keep you engaged in the village. In the evening, join us for a festive reception featuring authentic cuisine and craft ales.

Optional Add-Ons: Guided hike or Rafting trip (prices vary)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Reception

Day 3

Leavenworth, Washington to Walla Walla, Washington
This morning board your coach to explore the dramatic Columbia River Basin. Orchards and 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 Red Mountain AVA great wineries. After a scenic drive to Walla Walla, our day will finish with a brief walking tour of the town before checking in to the hotel for the night. The evening is yours to explore the many dining options in town.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Walla Walla, Washington
In the morning learn about the lifestyles, traditions, and crafts of the regions residents including Native Americans, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and Oregon Trail Pioneers with a visit to the Ft. Walla Walla Museum. The rest of the day is yours for exploration. You can choose from an optional excursion or may decide to spend your day exploring, shopping, or visiting the numerous tasting rooms and art galleries in town. Whatever you do, you will want to be back in time for a special multi-course dinner.
Optional Add-Ons: Cycle tour, Golfing, Wine tasting (prices vary)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Walla Walla, Washington to Hood River, OR

The wine and scenery continue today as we travel the great “River of the West”. We’ll visit Maryhill Winery atop the amazing Columbia River Gorge for lunch. Tonight, we overnight in Hood River, OR located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Hood River is chock-full of scenery, wineries, and farm-to-table bounty. Overnight in the heart of historic downtown, steps from great shopping, breweries and tasting rooms.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Hood River, OR

See why the area is called “A World of Wine in 40 Miles”. Located in the beautiful Hood River Valley, this area produces award-winning wines cultivated by expert farmers who’ve been growing fruit on the volcanic soils of Mt. Hood for generations.  We will start the day with a visit to the WAAAM Air & Auto Museum with one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplans and still-driveing antique automobiles in the country.  The items on display at this museum are not only full of history, they’re full of LIFE!  Then, we follow the orchard trail while stopping to sample some of the regions finest craft beverages. This evening, take in the views as we enjoy our dinner cruise onboard the Columbia River Sternwheeler.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Hood River, OR to Seattle, WA

In the morning, we travel back to Seattle. You also have the option to end your trip in Portland. In the shadow of the Cascadian Mountain Range, we take in the sights of volcanoes surrounding the Puget Sound and learn more about the eco-diverse Salish Sea. We pass through several towns such as Centralia, Olympia, and Tacoma before arriving in Seattle in the early afternoon.

If you are flying home from Portland, arrange your flight after noon.
If you are flying home from Seattle, arrange your flight 5:00 pm or later.
Meals Included: Breakfast