Eclipse Of The Century
The Great American Eclipse Tour: 14 - 24 August 2017
Join us on this wonderful tour of the beautiful West Coast of the United States where we will view the Total Solar Eclipse of 21 August 2017 from our location in Oregon where weather prospects are at their best to hopefully allow for a clear view of this phenomenal natural wonder. Your fantastic 10 night tour will take in Oregon’s stunning coastline and natural wildlife, the giant Redwoods of California, spectacular Crater Lake, the charming town of Ashland, lively Portland and a wine tasting session in a local winery. You will also be able to enjoy the benefit of a series of astronomy talks from our expert lecturers Dr Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich) and Dr Ed Gillen of Cambridge University
Total Solar Eclipse
You will witness the total solar eclipse of 21 August 2017 from a carefully selected location north of Bend, Oregon (where you will stay prior to the eclipse) along the centre path where we should enjoy 2 mins of totality. Oregon itself offers some of the best weather prospects anywhere along the entire eclipse path.
14 August: Arrive Portland (Oregon)
Upon arrival in Portland, you will be met at Portland Airport by our Guide and private coach and will be transferred to your hotel. (N.B. Airport transfer applies to specific flight arrival times at Portland Airport)
You will stay 2 nights at the comfortable Benson Hotel in downtown Portland
15 August: Columbia River Gorge Waterfall Tour
Our morning will start along the Historic Columbia River Highway National Scenic Byway.
During this scenic drive we will visit some of the waterfalls that may include; Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Multnomah Falls & Horsetail Falls. We will also visit some viewing spots such as the Portland Women’s Forum & Crown Point Vista House.
Return to Portland for a free afternoon of exploring, shopping, and dining. Portland itself is a very pedestrian-friendly city with parks, bridges and easily accessible public transport.
16 August: Portland-Newport
After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and head to Newport.
En route you will visit the World of Speed which offers visitors a behind-the-scenes view of the racing world. The museum encompasses many aspects of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, land speed racing, motorcycle racing, open wheel, NASCAR and hydroplanes.
We then move on to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum where one of the highlights is the original Spruce Goose built entirely of wood due to wartime restrictions. Other displays range from the elegant aeronautic designs of Orville and Wilbur Wright to a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird that can fly at speeds of over 2,000 miles per hour.
We’ll then drive along the rugged cliffs and shoreline of the Oregon Coast for some spectacular scenery and photo opportunities. You will stay 2 nights in Newport at the Shilo Inn Hotel.
17 August: Newport
Today visit the Newport Aquarium where you can immerse yourself in the mysteries of the ocean.
A world-class educational attraction nestled on beautiful Yaquina Bay, the aquarium is surrounded by an established woodland and estuary where many of the species exhibited within the aquarium flourish in their native habitat.
We then visit Newport Old Town and Marina where you have free time for lunch and shopping.
After lunch visit Yaquina Head and Lighthouse. We then return to our hotel (or there is an optional drop off at Nye Beach Village to explore, dine and then walk back our hotel (a 15 min walk).
18 August: Newport-Brookings
Today we visit the Sea Lion Caves - America's largest sea cave and home of the beautiful Steller Sea lions. This marine reserve has helped to protect the local marine animals and marine environment and you can observe the sea lions in the cave and on the rocky ledges of the coast.
After lunch, we will set off for an adventure unlike no other as we take a dune buggy ride on the moonlike Oregon Dunes which extend for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast.
For the remainder of the afternoon we will head south on Highway 101 winding on and off the coastline with a rest stop at the charming town of Bandon (home of Ocean Spray Cranberries). You will stay 1 night in Brookings at the Whaleshead Beach Resort
19 August: Brookings-California Redwoods
Today we continue on Highway 101 to the Oregon-California border to visit the stunning California Coastal Redwoods.
Located at the very centre of Redwood National and State Parks, Trees of Mystery is California's premier nature attraction on the North coast where you can learn all about these awe-inspiring natural treasures. Lunch is included today.
After our visit, we head through the verdant Rouge River and Klamath National Forests. We then enter the Southern Oregon banana belt and arrive at the charming, artistic town of Ashland, home to the year round Oregon Shakespeare Festival. You will stay 1 night in Ashland at the Plaza Inn & Suites.
20 August: Ashland-Crater Lake
We leave early this morning to head up to the top of Mt. Mazama to visit Crater Lake National Park. As we drive up the mountain to 7,000 ft, you will experience breath-taking view of the spectacular, vibrant blue, Crater Lake which is the US’s deepest lake and Oregon’s treasured gem.
After our visit we travel on to Bend where you will stay 2 nights prior to the eclipse and where you will enjoy your eclipse and astronomy lecture programme led by our experts Dr Marek Kukula and Dr Ed Gillen which will include advice for photography preparations for tomorrow.
21 August: ECLIPSE DAY
Today we set off early to view the Total Solar Eclipse.
We then return to your hotel for more talks from our expert speakers and a round up of today’s events.
22 August: Bend-Eugene
We depart Bend and head through the dramatic scenery of the Willamette Valley. On a clear day, dormant volcanoes are visible - Mt Bachelor, Broken Top, Three Sister, Mt Jefferson, Three Finger Jack, Black Butte and more.
En route, we stop of at Sisters - a modern, western community that honors its heritage. Known for its charming village setting and western themed downtown with unique shops, galleries and restaurants, Sisters is home to the Sisters Rodeo.
We then travel to Williamette Valley Wineries where you take part in a wine-tasting of Oregon Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. You will stay 1 night in Eugene at the Hilton Eugene.
23 August: Eugene-Portland
Spend a leisurely morning in Eugene exploring the 5th Street Public Market, Riverwalk & downtown area has to offer before heading to the Woodburn Premium Outlets – a top destination for tax-free outlet shopping including Banana Republic, Gap, Nike, The North Face and more. For your final night return to Portland.
24 August: Depart
Transfer to Portland Airport and depart home.
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