London - Seattle
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a Virgin Atlantic flight to Seattle. On arrival, we transfer to the Mayflower Park Hotel (4T) for a two-night stay. The rest of the evening you’re free to explore.
After an orientation tour, spend today at leisure in one of mainland USA’s most northerly cities. There is plenty to do here including numerous parks to explore and magnificent views to take in from the dizzying heights of an observation deck, or discover old Seattle on an underground tour and maybe visit Sonic Bloom after sunset.
Seattle - Olympic National Park - Port Angeles
This morning we take the short ferry crossing from Seattle to Bainbridge to begin our visit to Olympic National Park, renowned for the diversity of its ecosystems. Glacier-clad peaks interspersed with far-reaching alpine meadows, are surrounded by an extensive old growth forest, amongst which is the best example of intact and protected temperate rainforest in the Pacific Northwest. We continue to Port Angeles and our hotel for the night - the Red Lion (3T).
Port Angeles - Hoh Rainforest - Olympia
This morning we travel to the Hoh Rainforest, in the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. Tremendous Sitka spruces, up to 95 metres tall, offer a canopy over the multitude of trees, ferns and mosses, elk and other, smaller inhabitants below. We spend time exploring before we travel to the Red Lion Olympia (3T) or Best Western Tumwater - Olympia Inn (3T), where we stay overnight.
Olympia - Portland
We start today by visiting Mount St Helens, one of Washington’s five major active volcanoes. We cross the Hood River to Mount Hood National Forest which covers over 60 miles of forested mountains, lakes and rivers. View the mighty Multnomah Falls that tumble over 600 feet from the glaciers and snowfields of majestic Mount Hood and enjoy the spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge and Bonneville Dam before travelling to our hotel in Portland, the Hotel Modera (4T).
Portland - Newport
This morning we visit The International Rose Test Garden. Founded in 1917, it is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. In the beginning, even though World War I was raging in Europe, hybridists sent roses from around the world to Portland’s garden for testing and to keep the new hybrids safe from being destroyed by the bombing in Europe. This afternoon we travel through beautiful Oregon wine country, visiting the historic town of McMinnville, then follow the spectacular coastline south to Newport, famed for its marvellous seafood. Our hotel for the night is the Elizabeth Street Inn (3T).
Newport - Grants Pass
There is more dramatic scenery today as we take Highway 101. Stop at Sea Lion Caves, one of the few mainland rookeries of these fascinating creatures. Following the coast to Grants Pass, we stay two nights at the Best Western at the Rogue (3T).
Crater Lake National Park
Today we travel to Crater Lake, the seventh deepest lake in the world and highest at 6,177ft above sea level. Since it was formed 7,000 years ago by a violent volcanic eruption of Mt Mazama, rain and melting snow have filled the caldera, creating a Sapphire-blue lake so clear that sunlight penetrates to a depth of 400ft.
Grants Pass - Redwood National Park - Eureka
This morning we leave Oregon behind and enter the Golden State, California. We take a scenic drive through Redwood National Park, one of a group of parks declared as an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, for our first glimpse of these colossal trees. We’ll also make a brief photo stop at The Carson Mansion, one of the most written about and photographed Victorian houses in California. On arrival into Eureka we check into the Best Western Humboldt Bay Inn (3T) for an overnight stay, with the rest of the evening free for you to relax or sample the restaurants and bars in Old Town.
Eureka - Humboldt Redwoods State Park - Santa Rosa
A real touring highlight today as we drive through the Avenue of the Giants, one of the country’s most famous scenic routes. Surrounded by the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, this section of the old Highway 101 takes us right through the most outstanding display of these giant trees, for over 30 miles. Established by the Save-the-Redwoods league in 1921, the Park has grown to become the third largest in the California State Park System, now spanning nearly 53,000 acres. We will also have the opportunity for a self-guided walk amongst these giant trees. We travel onwards to Santa Rosa in California’s wine-producing region. We have a tour and wine tasting at Kendall Jackson, before we retire at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa (3T).
Santa Rosa - San Francisco
This morning we take the final short journey to San Francisco, where we have an orientation tour which showcases its colourful mix of cultures and famous sights. We stay for two nights at the Parc 55 San Francisco - A Hilton Hotel (4T).
Spend the day at leisure; perhaps take a stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf or visit Union Square for shopping opportunities.
San Francisco - In flight
We transfer to the airport for a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
Day 14 London
Arrival at London Heathrow where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.