Itinerary

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Detailed Itinerary

Add On Thursday-Friday August 17 & 18 Portland Pre-Night Options
Day 1 Saturday August 19, 2017 Arrive Portland, Oregon
Day 2 Sunday August 20, 2017 Portland
Day 3 Monday August 21, 2017 Eclipse Day
Day 4 Tuesday August 22, 2017 Mount St. Helens – Seattle, Washington
Day 5 Wednesday August 23, 2017 Seattle
Day 6 Thursday August 24, 2017 Seattle – Crusing San Juan Islands – Friday Harbor
Day 7 Friday August 25, 2017 Roche Harbor – Victoria, B.C., Canada
Day 8 Saturday August 26, 2017 Victoria
Day 9 Sunday August 27, 2017 Victoria – Port Angeles, Washington
Day 10 Monday August 28, 2017 Port Angeles
Day 11 Tuesday August 29, 2017 Hurrican Ridge - Seattle
Day 12 Wednesday August 30, 2017 Seattle and Onward

Important: TravelQuest, working with our partners, makes every effort to follow the published itinerary. However, please keep in mind that it is subject to change depending on weather and other local conditions.
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Day 1 – Saturday, August 19, 2017
Arrive Portland, Oregon

Your Pacific Northwest eclipse experience begins in Portland. When you arrive at the Portland International Airport (airport code: PDX), you’ll be greeted by our TravelQuest representative for the easy transfer to your hotel. After settling in, get to know your fellow travelers at our welcome dinner.

Overnight: Doubletree Lloyd Center or similar (3 nights)

Meal: Dinner


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Day 2 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Portland

Today, enjoy a city tour of Portland with a local guide. You'll have the afternoon at leisure to explore this vibrant city independently. Gather in the evening for a briefing on the next morning’s eclipse program.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner


Day 3 – Monday, August 21, 2017
Eclipse Day

You'll want to rise early this morning to travel by private coach to TravelQuest’s specially selected eclipse-viewing location in eastern Oregon. Standing in the Moon’s shadow for a little over two minutes, you’ll be awed by a spectacle that hasn’t been visible from North America in more than 26 years.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Weather Prospects for Total Solar Eclipse Viewing in Madras, Oregon
By Eclipse Meteorologist Jay Anderson

After crossing the Cascade Mountains, the eclipse track drops sharply into “The Basin,” a low-altitude tableland that marks the southernmost extent of the Columbia Basin. Airport observations at Redmond, at the south limit of the shadow track, show an average cloud cover of 24% at eclipse time. In a 20-year period, more than 50% of the daily reports at the Redmond airport show “clear” skies and 75% have scattered cloud or less. Satellite observations indicate that The Basin has the least August cloudiness anywhere along the central line of the eclipse track, and just as promising, has almost no difference between morning and afternoon cloud amounts. It is a sunny place, pretty much all day long. The percent of possible sunshine in the region reaches more than 85% in August, making the Columbia Basin in Oregon the best location, from a weather perspective, to view the eclipse.

Day 4 – Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Mount St. Helens – Seattle, Washington

This morning you'll visit Mount St. Helens, where our expert state park guides provide a detailed account of the volcano's last major eruption in 1980. Later, continue northward through Olympia, Washington's historic capital en route to Seattle.

Overnight: Paramount Hotel or similar (2 nights)

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 5 – Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Seattle

Your guided tour of “The Emerald City“ includes the colorful restored waterfront, historic Pioneer Square, and lively Pike Place Market, famed for its stalls filled with fresh seafood and local produce. This afternoon, you'll be free to discover all that Seattle has to offer for every taste and interest.

Meals: Breakfast
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Day 6 – Thursday, August 24, 2017
Cruising San Juan Islands – Friday Harbor

Board our chartered boat to set sail through the San Juan Islands, a scenic archipelago comprising 172 islands that are remarkably accessible yet remain largely untouched by development. Whether you’re out on deck making the most of the endless photo opportunities or enjoying the comfortable amenities onboard, it’s the perfect way to explore the beautiful Northwest coast.

Your guided cruise stops at stunning Sucia Island, whose horseshoe shape creates a natural shelter that attracts yachting types from around the world. You can hike the island’s protected trails or just relax and take in the passing scene on the tranquil bay. Our day ends at Friday Harbor: a quaint seaside village filled with shops and restaurants, set against a backdrop of gorgeous coastal scenery.

Overnight: Earthbox Inn or similar

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

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Day 7 – Friday, August 25, 2017
Roche Harbor – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

This morning we sail north, passing the famed Roche Harbor on our way to view orca whales in one of their favorite gathering places. Along the way, keep an eye out for river otters, sea lions, and the northern or common minke whales that also call this area home. And at midday, make room for a Pacific Northwest specialty: fresh Dungeness crab prepared in style by our onboard chef. Your final destination today is the charming city of Victoria — capital of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province — which sits on the southern tip of Vancouver Island against a backdrop of coastal mountains.

Overnight: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites or similar (2 nights)

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

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Day 8 – Saturday, August 26, 2017

Victoria

Today you'll enjoy a guided tour of Victoria, taking in the unique architecture and rich cultural heritage of this peaceful colonial city. The highlight: your visit to renowned Butchart Gardens, 55 acres of diverse, expertly tended flora hailed by National Geographic as one of the “top ten magnificent gardens” in the world.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
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Day 9 – Sunday, August 27, 2017
Victoria – Port Angeles, Washington

Enjoy a leisurely final morning in Victoria, perhaps doing a bit more exploring on your own. Then board the ferry MV Coho for our 90-minute cruise back across the U.S. border to Port Angeles, Washington. Steeped in the history of “the authentic Northwest,” this thriving arts center at the northern edge of Olympic National Park offers breathtaking shoreline panoramas in every direction.

Overnight: Red Lion or similar (2 nights)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 – Monday, August 28, 2017
Port Angeles

Join our local naturalist guide for a leisurely hike through Olympic National Park and discover its three distinct ecosystems: rugged glacier-capped mountains, wild Pacific coastline and the magnificent old-growth Hoh Rain Forest, one of the few temperate rainforests in the U.S.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

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Day 11 – Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Hurricane Ridge – Seattle

Enjoy a scenic drive up to Hurricane Ridge, which provides magnificent views of the Pacific and the coastal mountain peaks that extend north into Canada — with opportunities to spot wildlife. And there’s plenty more breathtaking scenery all along our route back to Seattle, where your day ends with dinner at one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.

Overnight: Seattle Airport Marriott or similar

Meals : Breakfast / Dinner


Day 12 – Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Seattle and Onward

As your Pacific Coastal eclipse tour draws to a close, transfer to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA), for your flight home or on to the next adventure — carrying with you memories of a uniquely beautiful corner of the continent.

Meals: Breakfast


Add-on – Thursday, August 17, 2017 & Friday, August 18, 2017

Portland Pre-Night Options

If you’d like to arrive in Portland a night or two ahead of our Eclipse tour, TravelQuest has reserved a limited number of standard rooms at Doubletree Lloyd Center.

Cost: $310 USD per person, per night double occupancy. $500 USD per person, single occupancy. $300 USD per person triple occupancy. Rate includes arrival (PDX) airport-hotel transfer, daily breakfast and tax.

Meals: Breakfast daily
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