Immerse yourself in the scenery and story of Portland on this small-group sightseeing tour. With your naturalist guide, visit verdant urban parks, eclectic neighborhoods and some of the city’s most treasured landmarks including the famous Powell’s Books. Enjoy a breakfast of tea and pastries as you traverse the city in style.
Tour of Portland by luxury vehicle
Learn about Portland’s history and culture from your naturalist guide
Enjoy morning tea, pastries and seasonal snacks
Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience
Your Portland sightseeing tour begins with morning hotel pickup and a tasty selection of tea, pastries, and seasonal snacks. Settle in as your luxury van winds through Portland’s west side en route to the historic Pittock Mansion. From here, enjoy of one of the best views of Portland. Descend from the hills for a tour of Portland’s four main quadrants: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest. Experience the distinct feel of each area—from the Pearl District and Nob Hill to Hawthorne and Alberta—and discover the many art galleries, cafes, wine bars, boutiques, and restaurants. Then, accompany your guide to at least two of Portland’s gorgeous green spaces. Possible stops include Washington Park, Mt Tabor Park, Laurelhurst Park and, depending on the season, the International Rose Test Garden. Conclude your tour at Powell’s City of Books—the world’s largest independent new and used bookstore—before returning to your downtown Portland hotel.
Reviews by Viator travellers
Great Little Tour
, Jul 2019
This is the perfect half day tour for getting an overview of Portland. There were only 6 of us and everyone was in a great mood. Enhancing our mood was our fabulous driver and guide Bree. There were several places I went back to during my stay in Portland just to take in a little more i.e. Powell's Book Store. I highly recommend this tour!
While the pickup was right on time, the car was dirty, especially the windows. The tour guide was from Portland but provided limited information on the history of the State; or info on Portland was founded. The driving was not good. Four times she almost hit pedestrians and then apologized in the car. The neighborhoods we visited were interesting. Stopped at Pittock Mansion but didn't go into house, which was unfortunate. Did get time at Rose Garden, thankfully. Offered water but not bottled, reusable canisters. No way to know if sterilized after previous use. Didn't feel like a professional tour; overpriced for what was given.
We're sorry the tour didn't meet your expectations. It's true that we visit the grounds of the Pittock Mansion but not the house itself (it's closed at the time that we're in the park). As an orientation to the city, we hope we can introduce you to neighborhoods and attractions to which you might want to return, and this is a perfect example.
I do need to address one point that you've made specifically: for years, to avoid piling up plastic bottles, we have utilized reusable stainless steel water bottles on tour. They are sanitized and washed in a commercial dishwasher after every tour. To decrease our environmental footprint, we also do not wash our vans every day, and even announce that fact with stickers inside the van, BUT, our guides should be dusting the windows before tours, and we'll make sure that is reiterated!
Thanks for your comments, and we hope for the opportunity to serve you better in the future, whether in Portland or at our northern Base Camp in Seattle.
Yes we got an excellent overview of Portland, it's various communities and a bit of history, and yes I enjoyed the Blue Star Donuts and the walk down Mississippi street, the views from Pittock Mansion and Mt Tabor. What I appreciated the most was Brie's straightforwardly addressing the lack of diversity in Portland and how the African American Community was displaced to build the arena/auditorium. I also appreciated her truth speaking about the white supremacists in Portland and how Portland is working to address this issue. In my visits to cities and countries all over the world, too often the folks/tour operators are too careful about discussing issues that could potentially be controversial but are still of historical significance to the area/city. Thank you for the breath of fresh air!
I'm very happy that I chose this tour. It was a great way to preview the city sights and attractions, including the 5th quadrant! The tour guide, Paul, was very knowledgeable and and offered personal insights through conversation that would probably not happen if not for the small group. This is a perfect introduction to the city and helped me decide which sites I wanted to spend more time visiting later. It would also be great if you have only a short period of time to see the city.
Excellent experience with a fantastic guide! If you want a look into the history and development of Portland, this tour is for you! We toured all four quadrants of the city, with a well informed funny native. A very pleasant and educational morning!
Our guide Paul was very nice. It was a little early to start the tour at 8am but it was a good time to see the Rose Garden because there were no crowds. About half way through the tour we stopped at a park where he served us Coffee and doughnuts. It was a very nice over view of the city and all the neighborhoods.
Marcus, our guide, was an amazing source of facts about Portland. He was totally engaging and his enthusiasm for his native City was contagious. The tour itself was definitely worthwhile as Portland is a complex City with much history to become aware of.