From Seattle: NW Explorer with Rail (7 days)

The Pacific Northwest with its unique cities, charming small towns, scenic waterways and majestic mountains is one the most stunningly diverse regions in the world. The 6-night NW Explorer introduces you to Washington and Oregon and the Northwest lifestyle while offering two unique train rides. Enjoy the rugged Mountain views and Bavarian charms of Leavenworth. Take a journey to the rolling hills of Eastern Washington and Wine Country. World class wine awaits as you travel the pioneer trail to “Washington’s friendliest town,” Walla Walla. In Oregon, the historic Western town of Pendleton is your gateway to the Volcanoes and Waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge. Portland Oregon, “the City of Roses,” has a style all its own.

Whether your're traveling to Seattle for an Alaska Cruise or just want to discover the abundance of the region, we will take you with comfort, convenience, and expertise!

"...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


2019 Tour Dates: 5/12/19 - 5/18/19 | 5/19/19 - 5/25/19 | 6/16/19 - 6/22/19 | 7/7/19 - 7/13/19 | 8/11/19 - 8/17/19 | 9/8/19 - 9/14/19

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Day 1: Seattle, WA to Leavenworth, WA (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. Overnight.

Meals Included: Dinner aboard the Train.

Day 2: Leavenworth, WA

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.   In the evening, join us for a festive reception featuring authentic cuisine and ale. Optional add-on activities: Guided hike or Rafting trip (prices vary)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Reception

Day 3: Leavenworth, WA to Walla Walla, WA

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, WA 

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 to do what you please.  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 dinner.

Optional add-on activities: Cycle tour, Golfing, Wine tasting (prices vary)

Overnight. Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Walla Walla, WA to Portland, OR

This morning we will meander country roads and farmlands before heading to Pendleton Oregon, home of the world-famous Round-Up and Woolen Mill.  From there, we will make our way back to Portland along the scenic Columbia River Gorge with a few stops before checking in to the hotel in the early evening. Dinner is on your own and in Portland that means anything from food trucks to fine dining. 

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Portland, OR

After breakfast, join us for a walking tour of Portland, the City of Roses. The rest of the day is yours to do what you please.  You can choose from an optional tour, or you may decide to spend your day at Powell’s Book Store, exploring various neighborhoods while riding the MAX train, visiting the numerous museums or breweries in town, tax-free sales shopping, or a combination of all!  However you spend your day, we hope you will find time to join us for a reception in the early evening.

Optional add-on activities: Cycle tour, wine tasting, Segway tour (prices vary)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Reception

Day 7: Portland, OR to Seattle, WA (Scenic Train)

In the morning, we will board the Amtrak for our trip back to Seattle.  In the shadow of volcanoes, we take in the sights of Western Washington before we meet up again with the Puget Sound. We pass through several towns such as Centralia, Olympia, and Tacoma before arriving in Seattle King Street Station in the early afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast