The tours were wonderful. Both tour guides were so knowledgeable and made us feel like old friends going out together for a day of fun.
The scenery was absolutely breath-taking. The Columbia Gorge Waterfalls was amazing!
The tour guide is wonderful. He is very knowledgable and well experienced. We still enjoy the trip very much although the weather is not very good.
Great tour, informative guide.
My wife and I were really glad we booked the Portland and waterfalls tour. We would not have been able to see and cover as much on our own. Ron Davies, our tour Director, was great. He shared his knowledge about the area with us and did extra things to make the experience even better. This was our second Viator tour. We definitely hope to do more.
Excellent summary for a one day discovery of Portland and the wonderful Columbia River Gorge.
You don't have to be specially fit to enjoy the experience, nevertheless, You have many stops to take pictures and are not in car during hours. We have seen many and comptly different MUST in Portland.
Good experience even during a wet day.
Perfect introduce also for a longer stay , Our driver gave us many different advises about places to visit quietly (Excellent library, Chinese and Japanese gardens, excellent restaurant, bakery..) and so much more.
Perhaps one day, we vill have the opportunity to come back, this time a bit longer.
Better to rent a car for a day. The falls are all right by road so easy to find. And if you rent your own you can take your time. Wine places everywhere to stopn off if you want.
One hidden aspect of this tour is the small size of the groups. We were part of a 6 person group. I am not sure if they are all this size, but I got the feeling that it is set up this way for many of the tours. I felt I received a great overview of Portland. I also felt that I got to see some of the important waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge. Because of the size of the group our guide, Tom, was able to adjust to our interests and the weather. It was a bit wet, but not less enjoyable.
The weather was terrible for most of the trip, but the scenery and level of information from our guide Tom meant that it didn't really matter. Multnomah Falls are breathtaking, as was the view from the Pittock Mansion and the Rose Garden.
Morning was pretty good, but spent most of the time in the car. afternoon was better
This was a great tour of Portland, Oregon. My guide was very knowledgeable and he explained a lot about Portland on the city tour morning half. We went to two mansions and the international rose test center and he explained a lot about how the town was formed and the people who contributed to Portland's development. He also gave restaurant recommendations and a good overview of the city in general. The drawback was on the city tour there were a lot of people...probably too many for the van we were driving around in. Several passengers complained about the cramped conditions (which I admit was a problem) and their inability to hear the guide when we were driving around and providing commentary. The van probably needed back speakers so the guide could be heard better. After a stop for lunch, the tour really took off and we headed toward the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls. Only about four of us were on this part of the tour, so it made it easier for the tour guide to provide his great commentary and take us to some of the best spots. The only problem was the Waterfalls were extremely crowded and one time we lost track of the guide. However, this was brief and after finding him, he took us to some areas of the Waterfalls that were fantastic to see and lightly trafficked. Overall, a great orientation tour of Portland, Oregon and the Waterfalls. I highly recommend it. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This was the last city on our "bucket list" in the U.S. We had a fantastic tour guide, Rich, (who was on time to meet us) and was very personable and knowledgeable about Portland and the falls. We even went to a "secret falls" he had found, but will not tell! All the sites were provided with ample time to visit everything. Lunch time was provided near the food carts, if you wished or Starbucks is up the street one block. We had no idea we would see so much, as we had a lot on our list and this tour covers everything. Rich covered all the historical factors and made the tour very interesting. The people on our tour were also very friendly and it was interesting learning about where they came from. Thank you, Rich, for making our stay in Portland as memorable one.
We always book through Viator, as they are always dependable and you get what the tour states
Although there were some organizational issues, this turned out to be a great trip and I would recommend it to someone looking to get outside of Portland for a few hours.
There was some confusion regarding the transportation arrangements - turns out the option we booked, even though it required us to give our hotel information for pickup, didn't include a pickup. Then when we tried to arrange one, we were informed that this was outside of the pickup zone. It was 15 minutes away by bus/streetcar so I'm not sure who they're charging to pickup if they have to be that close anyway... When we got to the bicycle shop the van they needed to transport us to the Gorge was not there. We had to wait about 1/2 hour or so for the van to be returned and loaded with our bikes before our trip could even start.
That being said, the adventure itself was awesome. I'm not an avid cyclist by any stretch of the imagination (in fact I'm a downright novice) and it was a fairly easy ride - a few hilly spots but nothing unmanageable. Our tour guide, Daniel, gave us a lot of historic information on our ride out and was helpful in setting up (and even repairing) the bikes. The hikes to the waterfalls were also fairly easy and offered spectacular views. The only thing we didn't have time for (due to our late departure) was to hike to the Multnomah Falls bridge. Slightly disappointing, but it didn't ruin the trip.
To make up for the late departure, Daniel did take us to a detour on the way back into Portland, one of the McMenamin's, for a beer and some snacks, courtesy of the company. This was a nice gesture to make up for the inconvenience caused by the morning's disorganization and was something else fun/touristy to do with a definite Portland vibe.
Overall, great active day outside of the city seeing some of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The only thing that needs improvement is the shop's organization.
Left at food carts for 2 hrs while he picked Up more people could not sit with family when he got back as 3 rows of seats and a member in each row. And daughter had to sit with 2 men, in back of van...was not impressed
Daniel, the guide was charming and very knowledgeable. The mini bus was very comfortable and gave a good ride. There were 2 other ladies with us from USA. Daniel gave us information on the geology and formation of the gorge as we drove along and pointed out landscape features. We stopped at three waterfalls and 2 or three view points before lunch. A couple of waterfalls, right by the road we drove past very slowly. None of the walks were long or difficult. At Multnomah Falls, Daniel made coffee for us while we climbed up to the falls on our own and then he served coffee cake with the coffee which we had by the bus. He provided information on important people involved in the building of the road and also about the trees and climate. Before we stopped for lunch we drove up through the fruit orchards, pears and cherries to a magnificent view point looking across the river to Mount Hood. The lunch stop in Hood River was nice and we ate at a cafe called, Bodas kitchen. The town was quaint and attractive and we had time for a brief stroll before resuming our journey. The lunch was delicious. Roast chicken with a choice of fresh salads or vegetables. This was a great day out and so much easier than driving ourselves.
Doing what: Columbia Gorge Adventure from Portland
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