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5 Day Northwest Wine and Rail Tour in Leavenworth and Walla Walla, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington, USA

Authentic Culinary Tour USA

Ride the rails and take a journey to the heart of Eastern Washington and Wine Country. Enjoy the rugged Mountain views and Bavarian charms of Leavenworth. Grand vistas of the Columbia River, pioneer history, and world class wines await you in Walla Walla, Washington’s friendliest town. Sun-kissed Yakima Valley offers the largest variety of fresh grown produce in the Pacific Northwest - grapes for wine, hops for beer and fresh produce for your table. Scenic stops will offer you a taste of this region before we wind our way through the heavily wooded and volcanically formed Cascadia Range and back to beautiful Seattle. Come and experience this magical wine and culinary holiday with InquisiTours.

Highlights

  • All breakfasts
  • All group transportation
  • 4 nights accommodations in centrally located hotels
  • 1 reception with wine and appetizers
  • 2 lunches with wine
  • 2 dinners with wine

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5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
15:30

During this holiday, you will stay in four-star deluxe hotel accommodations. For the first two days, you will stay in Leavenworth and Walla Walla in Washington, USA.

Program

Day 1: Seattle, Washington to Leavenworth, Washington (scenic train)

Meet your InquisiTours tour director at Seattle King Street Station in the afternoon at 3:30 p.m. 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. Dinner will be served aboard the train.

Day 2: Leavenworth, Washington

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 InquisiTours for a festive reception featuring authentic cuisine and ale. Breakfast will be served.

Day 3: Leavenworth, Washington to Walla Walla, Washington

This morning, board your coach to explore the dramatic Columbia River Basin. Orchards and vineyards complete the expansive views as you 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, your 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. Breakfast and lunch will be served for the day.

Day 4: Walla Walla

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. You will be served with breakfast and dinner.

Day 5: Walla Walla, Washington to Seattle, Washington

After a hearty breakfast, you will make your way out of the Walla Walla Valley toward Seattle. On your journey West, you will travel through the Yakima Valley and over the Cascade Mountain making numerous scenic stops, including lunch, before dropping you back at King Street Station around 5:00 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served for the day.

Included excursions

  • Travel through the Yakima Valley and over the Cascade Mountains making numerous scenic stops
  • Explore the Columbia River Basin
  • Visit the Walla Walla Museum

Location

This holiday will take place at Leavenworth, and Walla Walla in Washington, USA.

Food

During this holiday, you will be served with daily breakfasts, two lunches with wine, two dinners with wine, and one reception with wine and appetizers.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Amtrak train from Seattle to Leavenworth
  • Deluxe transportation for touring via air conditioned small coach, sprinter or van
  • 1 reception with wine and appetizers
  • Local experts providing historical accounts, museum admissions, and entertaining stories of the birthplace of Western hospitality
  • Fully escorted
  • Peace of mind
  • No driving required, and plenty of storage for purchases
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches with wine
  • 2 dinners with wine
  • 4 nights deluxe accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Gratuities for your tour director and/or driver

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA). The NW Explorer with Rail and the NW Wine and Rail Tour groups meet at the Seattle King Street (Amtrak) Station at 3:30 p.m. The NW Wine Explorer will also leave from this location, at 9:00 a.m.

Unless the flights arrive before 10:30 a.m, InquisiTours suggests that you arrive the day before and staying at an airport hotel as the downtown Seattle hotels are extremely expensive. Otherwise, uncertainty with timing in Customs, luggage, flight delays, etc may jeopardize missing the train and it is always nice having a night to relax and ease in to a new timezone.

From the airport, one can take a taxi (around 60 to 80 USD), Uber (30 to 40 USD) or the Light Rail to the International District/Chinatown stop (5 USD) - InquisiTours recommends the light rail not only for the cost but for the ability to see various neighborhoods on the way up and it runs every 10-15 minutes. Also, it's a nice way to get in and explore the city if arriving the day before.

Most airport hotels have a complimentary shuttle to/from the airport.

Upon drop off, InquisiTours will come back to the Seattle King Street Station. Depending on the tour, it will be between 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., so either a late (red-eye) flight recommended or another night stay before booking a flight.

Some people also find flying in or out of Portland International Airport (PDX) is a nice option. Seattle is a three-hour bus or train ride away.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This holiday is available all year round upon request for small groups of 2 to 6 people traveling together. Please select your arrival date below. 

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