• Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge on a 9-hour guided tour from Portland with a small group of 14 people or fewer. Start your day with a 2-hour brunch cruise on the Columbia River and then take a scenic drive toward Mt. Hood, stopping to admire picturesque views of the mountains and explore the historical Timberline Lodge.

Highlights

  • Explore the Columbia River Gorge on a 9-hour excursion from Portland with a small group of 14 people or fewer
  • Cruise down the Columbia River on a morning brunch cruise, featuring buffet-style breakfast and lunch items and champagne
  • Drive through a charming agrarian valley and a portion of Mt. Hood National Forest on the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway
  • Stretch your legs at Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark known for its architecture
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Portland included

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge Tour and Brunch Cruise

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Meet your guide at your accommodation in downtown Portland or at a central meeting location prior to 8:30 a.m. (pickup time to be advised upon reconfirmation). Drive past grand basalt cliffs and lush evergreen forests in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area en route to the charming town of Cascade Locks, where you will board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler for a 2-hour brunch cruise. 

Fill up on a buffet-style brunch featuring a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dessert items, as well as Champagne, sparkling cider, orange juice, coffee, and hot tea. Alcoholic beverages from a full-service bar are available for purchase. Enjoy your meal while taking in the fresh air and views of the surrounding natural scenery.

After the cruise, return to the car to drive past pear, cherry, apple, nectarine, and peach orchards on the scenic 35-mile (56-km) route known as the Fruit Loop, pausing to admire Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams from a vista point. Stop at local farm stands to meet the farmers who collectively produce the most pears and apples in the country.

Continue onto the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway and watch the agrarian valley segue into groves of towering evergreens as you enter Mt. Hood National Forest. Stretch your legs at Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark known for its rustic architecture.

After relaxing in the lodge, journey back to Portland through the charming towns of Rhododendron, Zigzag, Welches, and Sandy. Return to your hotel at roughly 5:30 p.m.

Customer Reviews

Rachel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Excellent tour. Even though the brunch seating was almost cheek to cheek which made it problematic for the very friendly crew to keep everyone supplied with enough coffee, water, etc. to drink we were never even offered the free mimosas, the food was tasty and the views from the boat...wow! The captain was masterful in handling the vessel and told us extremely interesting things along the tour the audio system was A. Above deck it was not crowded, with two levels to view the magnificent river, forest and mountains. We saw planes heading to dip water from the river to put out fires, amazing wind surfers in the boat's wake, and even a seal relaxing on a rock! The captain welcomed people into the wheelhouse, even a few kids who helped steer. This was a fine way to see the Gorge from a different point of view.

Sandra V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour was amazing!

Colleen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Well worth the time and money. Saw and did that which would not have happened on our own. Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and enjoyable tour guide Carrie who went above and beyond to accommodate our needs and quest for knowledge. Plenty of Oregon facts, history and Native American lore. Brunch on the Columbia River was very good with plenty of food and drink, beautiful scenery. Mount Hood was incredible. If there was one small point to be aware of, it is a lot of driving, but that's what you get when Timberline Lodge is 70 miles away.

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