Nestled against the wooded hills along the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. With its steep hills and beautiful Victorian homes, Astoria has been called the “Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest.” Named for the early fur trader, John Jacob Astor, Astoria offers the traveler Fort Clasop, the reconstructed winter quarters of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the elegant Victorian mansion of Captain Flavel and excursions into the breathtaking surroundings including Mount St. Helens.

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  • Panoramic Astoria

    Go back in time and learn the history of Astoria on this panoramic introduction to the city.

    Astoria was established in 1811 by the John Astor fur trading party and became the first permanent U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Boarding your bus at the pier, you will commence a narrated tour of the city, viewing several noteworthy locations such as the Liberty Theater where Clark Gable made his first stage appearance, the Doughboy Monument, historical homes, and the first Victorian Mansion where Captain George Flavel once lived. Your local guide will also relate the story of the 1922 fire that nearly destroyed Astoria and the subsequent rebuilding to bring it back to life. Astoria's historical Uniontown with its fish market and former boarding houses is another interesting area of the city.

    Before long, you will reach the Astoria Column, a 125 ft. tower which sits atop Coxcomb Hill. Built by the Astor family in 1926, the tower features an interior circular staircase which visitors can climb to the top in order to take advantage of a breathtaking panoramic view of Astoria, the Colombia River and the surrounding countryside. Following your time here, you'll transfer back to the cruise ship pier.

    Please note: This tour has limited walking and is mostly panoramic in nature. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the bus and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing, sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. This tour will operate with local school buses that are not air-conditioned. The local operator reserves the right to change or modify the itinerary or venues at any time due to weather, traffic or road conditions.

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  • Flavel House Tea & Scones

    Step back in time with a visit to the elegant Victorian Astoria Flavel Home built in 1885 by Captain George Flavel, a Columbia River bar pilot and the area's first millionaire. Situated in a park-like setting that covers an entire city block, the Flavel House is a magnificent example of Queen Anne style architecture with period furnishings and artwork.

    A short transfer from the pier brings you to this beautiful Victorian mansion that has been returned to its original form by experts in historic restoration. Its decorative exterior, with hipped roof, balconies and verandas, is distinguished by a fourth-cupola used by Captain Flavel and his wife to watch the river traffic. As you enjoy your walk through this historic home with its 14-foot ceilings and elegant woodwork, you will discover furnishings and décor typical of a century ago. Other fine examples of the wood worker's crafting are the six hand-carved fireplace mantels, all carved from different hardwoods.

    When your tour of the home is completed, you can relax in the parlor and be treated to some delicious tea and scones. Before returning to the pier, you will also have some time to shop in the adjacent Carriage House.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate walking and a flight of stairs to negotiate. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Astoria Ale Trail

    Beer lovers will be delighted by the variety of local brews available in the Astoria area. From pale ales, amber ales, rich porters or full stouts, no matter the personal preference, even the most discriminating palate finds a new favorite.

    This tour allows participants to taste a number of the varieties during visits to two local breweries where you will have a chance to sample some of Oregon's favorites.

    A local school bus serves as your transportation as you travel to the breweries on a personalized tour complete with samples and a glass of beer of your choice at each location.

    Your final stop will be a visit to the Wet Dog Café before being transferred back to the pier. After this fun and informative ale trail tour, you will come away with a better understanding of the art of beer brewing in Oregon.

    Please note: This tour includes minimal walking; however, it is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. A light snack will be provided at one of the stops. The order of the sites visited may vary and the actual venues may change without notice.

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  • Willamette Valley Wine

    The Willamette Valley is in the heart of Oregon wine country. Over half the wineries in Oregon are in the appellation. These wineries produce primarily Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Oregon Pinot is recognized as one of the premier productions in the world.

    Your tour begins with a ride through the scenic Oregon Coast Mountain Range, with abundant greenery of all sorts as well as deer and elk. While on this tour you will sample a variety of Oregon cheeses as well as a blind comparative tasting of Oregon Pinot Gris. Your guide will also share information about their favorite wineries.

    Upon entering the Willamette Valley, your first stop will be at the Montinore Estates winery which produces a classically Oregon wine variety that is certified organic. From Montinore it's on to the Solena winery further up the Yamhill Carlton District. This winery is known for its Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Lastly, you will visit Willakenzie winery. They are especially known for their Pinot productions.

    You will enjoy private tastings along with a discussion of the wines produced at each winery.

    After your picnic style lunch guests are invited to walk around the quaint town of Carlton, taking in the local shops or discovering nearby wineries tasting rooms which are within walking distance.

    Please note: This tour includes over 4 hours of driving and approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking. The tour is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing (jacket and umbrella) and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Seaside. Cannon Beach & Shopping

    Enjoy a leisurely exploration of two artistic beach towns tucked along Oregon's northern coastline, an area whose immense natural beauty has changed little over the centuries.

    Depart from the pier passing stunning examples of Victorian architecture before crossing Young's Bay Bridge. Sit back and marvel at the impressive views of Saddle Mountain, one of Oregon's highest peaks; and the Astoria-Megler Bridge, noted as the longest bridge in Oregon and, at almost four miles long, has the distinction of being the world's longest continuous truss bridge.

    The gorgeous setting and slow, easy pace of Cannon Beach have attracted a thriving artists' community of photographers, painters, glassblowers and ceramists. You'll have time to admire their work in the town's many galleries and boutiques while exploring on your own. The town's waterfront looks out over Haystack Rock, a basalt monolith that rises out of the surf 235 feet and has become an icon of northern Oregon.

    A bit farther up the coast, you'll find Seaside, another charming coastal village located at the end of the Lewis & Clarke Trail that is a national landmark. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a guide from the local Chamber of Commerce who will introduce you to the town and what it has to offer. Then, you are free to walk the oceanfront promenade, browse the antique shops, or savor the local seafood at your own pace. This area is also synonymous with saltwater taffy, a locally made confection that comes in all sorts of exotic flavors from huckleberry to habanero. Following your time in Seaside, you'll reboard your bus and make the drive back to the pier in Astoria.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops and there may be some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the bus, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing, hat, sunglasses, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Travel on this tour is via local school buses that are not air-conditioned.

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  • Fort Stevens Behind the Scenes

    Your tour begins with a 30-minute drive to Fort Stevens where you will enjoy an informative "Behind the Scenes" look at this historic fort.

    Once you arrive at Fort Stevens, you will be greeted by your guide and be taken through the history of the Fort. Over 140 years ago, young soldiers dressed in Union Blue and stood watch on earthwork fortifications over the entrance to the Columbia River. Today, you can marvel at a similar view from the re-constructed Civil War earthen works.

    Fort Stevens enjoys the distinctions of being the only military installation in the continental United States to be fired upon since the War of 1812. Your guide will tell you the story of the night of June 21,1942 when the fort was the target of a Japanese Submarine that fired 12 shells towards the Fort. The Fort served for 84 years, beginning with the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Fort Stevens today has grown into a 3,700-acre park that offers visitors the chance to explore a piece of American history and enjoy the Park's nature and recreational opportunities.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking and some areas of the Fort are only accessible by climbing numerous steps. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Historic Astoria and Fort Clatsop

    Consider yourself a modern day explorer as you board your bus for an exploration of the "oldest American settlement west of the Rockies". Join the ranks of other important visitors, starting with Captain Robert Gray in 1792, Lewis and Clark's corps of discovery in 1805, and now you.

    Travel first to Fort Clatsop, winter home of Lewis and Clark which is now a detailed replica of how the fort was described in Clark's journal. After a 1-hour guided tour, you will depart for a visit to the Astoria Column, with its breathtaking views that take in Astoria, the Columbia River, the Megler Bridge, and magnificent panoramas all the way to Washington.

    Heading back, you will travel through Astoria past Famous Union Town, the Doughboy monument and the acclaimed Columbia River Maritime Museum, designated Oregon's official State Maritime Museum. A final tour stop here allows you to enjoy this outstanding institution that has 24,000 feet of exhibit space and was the first nationally accredited maritime museum in the western United States.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking and is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to both make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Ultimate Coast

    The northern Oregon Coast pulses with a rich and varied habitat. The coastal communities have an equally rich and diverse history that is steeped in maritime heritage, timber and pioneer settlements. This delightful tour will have you traveling from Astoria to Tillamook, making new discoveries at iconic sites that include the Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook Cheese Factory and Cannon Beach.

    A scenic 2 1/2 hour drive brings you to the Tillamook Air Museum, the world's largest wooden structure. Hanger "B" was built in 1943 and has been home to one of the finest collections of privately owned WWII flying aircraft in the nation. View over 30 vintage aircraft in this gigantic wooden structure and enjoy 20-minute presentations of documentaries in the theater. You can even hop into the aircraft training cockpit and "play pilot". There is an excellent gift shop and café at the Museum and you will be treated to a light lunch here before continuing on.

    Your next stop is at the Tillamook Cheese Factory, a farmer-owned cooperative that was established in 1909. The Factory also produces Tillamook ice cream which is available in more than 40 flavors; however, it is limited to the Pacific Northwest. In addition to ice cream you can take a walking tour of the second floor where you will have a bird's eye view of how cheese is made. While cheese, ice cream and everything dairy is the focus of the Tillamook Cheese Factory, make sure you take the time to shop their unique farm-themed gift shop. (the viewing area to observe the cheese making process is currently closed and under renovations and will not be reopened until mid-year 2018 however the gift shop, ice cream parlor and a display showing pictures of the cheese making process will be available).

    Your final stop before returning to Astoria is at Cannon Beach, where you can admire paintings and photographs of Haystack Rock as well as the wildlife and beautiful views.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking and is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing (jacket and umbrella) and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Mount St. Helens

    At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18,1980, Mount St. Helens erupted.

    The unforgettable sight of this cataclysmic event is still imprinted in the memories of all who watched this drama unfold. Your destination on this tour is the Mount St. Helens National Monument.

    Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this towering symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche that decimated everything in its path. In 1982, the President and Congress created the 110,000 acre National Volcanic Monument for the purpose of research, recreation, and education. During your visit, you will witness for yourself how the environment is re-growing and reshaping the landscape naturally since the event took place.

    On your two-hour journey up to the Monument, you will also relive Lewis & Clark's journey from the comfort of your motor coach and view many distinguishing features and landmarks along the way. At the Monument itself, the visitors' center reveals amazing views of Mount St. Helens, including the crater, lava dome and blast zone.

    Before re-joining your coach for the return to Astoria, a lunch consisting of a sandwich, fruit, cookie and a beverage will be provided at the Forestry Learning Center.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking/standing and is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing (jacket and umbrella) and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Snow conditions may prevent the coach from going all the way to the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. If that is the case, you will stop at Silverlake and the Forestry Learning Center which still affords views of Mt. St. Helens.

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  • Shot in Astoria

    Movie buffs will love this tour that takes you to the sites of various locations where movies have been filmed in Astoria.

    Presented by Clatsop County Historical Society, this fun tour begins with a narrated 2 1/2 hour tour that will showcase more than 10 movie locations along with breathtaking views of the Columbia River.

    In 1984, Goonies was the first major motion picture to be shot in Astoria. Following that, Astoria has been host to such films as Short Circuit, Benji, The Hunted, Come See the Paradise, Kindergarten Cop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Free Willy and Ring 2.

    You will soon find there's more to Astoria than meets the eye as your expert tour guide reveals the best photo opportunities of the area along with giving you a good overview of Astoria's rich history. At the end of the tour, each participant will receive the "Shot in Astoria" Tour book.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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  • Astoria Waterfront Bike Tour

    Enjoy a 2 ½ hour leisurely, guided bike tour as you pedal along the scenic Astoria Waterfront. Enjoy the sights and sounds along the Columbia River with stops along the way where your guide will share stories of Astoria’s rich history.

    The Astoria Riverwalk is your paved and wooden pier path as you travel through the working waterfront and enjoy the scenic vistas along the Columbia River. Your guide will share stories of times pass when this waterfront was lined with fish canneries, large warehouses and being shanghaied was a possibility. You’ll learn more about the time when Astoria was known as the “Salmon Canning Capital of the World” and the “Wickedest Place on Earth” as a very busy seaport in the late 1800s.

    Stop at a local Fish market and enjoy a fresh Pacific Shrimp Cocktail as you learn more about the fishing industry on the lower Columbia River. Continue along the waterfront as we look for birds and wildlife along the shore. See the enormous California Sea lions that make the Astoria waterfront their home and be on the lookout for the many birds that frequent the waterfront such as Bald Eagles, Cormorants, Terns, Egrets and Herons.

    Return to your ship after this six-mile round trip up and down the Astoria Waterfront.

    Notes:

    It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes suitable for bike riding. Raingear may be needed in case of inclement weather. Parts of the path is on wooden piers with uneven surfaces and spaces between planks. Equipment included. It is not recommended for inexperienced bike riders.

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