By: lalaine san marcos | Thu Aug 06, 2015 at 11.23 PM
My husband and I had fun even though we were the only non Chinese speaking in the group, our tour guide Joseph did his best to accommodate us and our driver John was very good. The tour was very good we enjoyed all the places we went, espec..ially the Columbia ice fields, the lakes and the rivers were breathtaking so is the mountains and parks. Joseph our tour guide found us tour company in Vancouver for Victoria and Butchart gardens(only 7 of us in the group wants to go)so we we're thankful for him. The wine tasting at Lulu's Island was really awesome we bought icewine they were very good, that was not in and the tours for fun iterinaries but it was , I hope tours 4 fun will be more specific with the iterinaries tour because we went to a lot of places that was not in the web site, but we were thankful because we got to enjoy all of it. We enjoyed the day trip to Victoria and of course the ferry rides. The suspension bridge was cool also. All in all the tour was very good and I will recommend it.Read full review
I don't really know where to start, because every day was amazing and this whole tour was an awesome experience! My favorite cities were San Francisco, Seattle, Jackson and Las Vegas, especially the sunset cruise in San Fran was great. We w..ent to a lot a beautiful parks and Yosemite, Yellowstone, Redwood, Zion and Grand Canyon are on top of my "highlight" list. A biiiiiiig thank you to our tour leader Ian Rozner who showed us the most wonderful places. I made so many new friends on this trip and saying goodbye was extremely hard for me.Read full review
This was an amazing experience for me. I made some really good friends and saw some outstanding scenery and wildlife. I loved the national parks, Yosemite and Yellowstone were my favourites. A massive thankyou to our tour leader: Ben Collie..r who worked so hard to make sure the rest of us were having a good time. He planned the trip really well and was pleasant and patient with the group at all times (even way we were late). He could answer most of our questions and if he didn't know the answer he would research and get back to us. There was only one fellow trekker doing the full tour and we had to join two separate groups (Pacific coast and Mountain trail) Ben was fully aware that trekking for a month was a long time and made sure we took some time out for ourselves. Some of the top highlights of the tour were unplanned places that ben took us to. I loved having breakfast at Voodoo Dougnuts in Portland. A couple of negative points about the trek was that we had so little time in Seattle and the way the trip is planned we saw alot of Canyons before we got to the Grand Canyon which personally took the 'wow' factor out of it (but only slightly). Also, from a personal point of view I would have preferred to spend only one night at the Grand Canyon and Two nights in Vegas. This was one of the best experiences of my life, I met some amazing people and our tour leader worked so hard to make the trip special. Thanks Ben :)Read full review
95% A great trip to experience all that the west coast has to offer.
By: Anonymous | Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 12.00 AM
This was a great trip (as all of them are, I'm sure). It was a lovely mix of all the cities/towns of the west coast; Yosemite, San Francisco, Seattle, Mt. St. Helen's, and many small coastal towns that I had never heard of. Admittedly I had.. never heard of most of the places we visited - but really should have researched before I left, as many were world famous (oops).
Two weeks was a nice amount of time, long enough to get to know the whole group and settle into the rhythm.
Every morning starts out quite early, always leaving at something like 7:30 - having already had breakfast and packed up the tents and tables. The tents are easy to put up and down once you've gotten used to it, even the people who haven't camped before won't have much trouble. Breakfast usually hosts many choices (that we've chosen ourselves) and coffee & tea were always brewed.
I went in the middle of summer and was shocked at how cold it was along the coast, I had just come from temperatures in the 20/30s C (80/90s F) in Maryland to temperatures of like 10 degrees C (plus wind) in California. Arctic wind cools the coast, so be prepared for cold and windy weather there, but bloody hot temperatures inland. Every time we darted inland I had a chance to defrost my cold-phobic Aussie bones, dry my towel and wash my meager supply of warm clothes. Be sure to pack warm AND cold clothes.
There are many hikes on this trip, be prepared with a decent supply of sunscreen (50+) if possible, and an easy-to-use water supply (like the ones with a straw). Backpacks are a must.... unless you're happy carting kilos of water, sunscreen, snacks, hats, camera etc. in your pockets.
The trip to San Fran was very well timed, half-way through our journey and was a lovely chance to charge all devices and sleep in a proper bed. We stayed two nights, most people in a shared room (I was lucky enough to get one to myself), and there were no obligations - we could explore the city however we liked. The break of pace and sudden freedom was very enjoyable.
The showers were mostly okay, they're public in camping sites so we didn't expect much, but most of them were clean and in working order. Some of the showers were pretty awful, dead spiders all around and luke-warm water (so thongs/flip-flops are a must) but most were fine - some even very nice! Some toward the end of the journey needed quarters, and one needed tokens, but most were free. I think all of them even had power points.
There are many hours spent in the van, of course, so make sure you've got something to keep you entertained.
Overall this was a fantastic holiday; lovely people from all over the world (though mostly Britain :P), beautiful sights and a nice chance to visit many famous places in a short period of time. Most of the above sound like complaints, but really it's just things you need to know. I had a great time on this trip and I hope you do too. :)Read full review
If you want to see some amazing national parks I would definitely recommend this tour. Not so many cities which I prefer but this is still an great tour.
When I went in July we did not have one day of rain, every day was hot and sunny :..)
Lets start with Oregon - on the itinerary it does not say that you will go to Portland - but ask your tour leader if you can stop by as this is a truly beautiful city and and the street food is incredible, in fact a whole block is dedicated to street food.
Yosemite National Park, CA and Mt. Rainier National Park, WA were the best parks I have been to (but be prepared to walk and take a camera).
I have been to San Francisco which is probably one of my favourite cities in the USA - Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge are a must see (obviously). Whilst your in San Fran go to the "Kozy Kar" on 1548 Polk Street this is probably the most strangest bar I have ever been in and very good to have a laugh.
And finally, Seattle! I only spent the 1 night before it was time to go home but we still managed to get down to the Space Needle, Skyline Views & a MLB match Seattle Mariners VS Minnesota Twins. I had no idea the rules of baseball but the atmosphere was electric - great experience.Read full review
This was by far the greatest experience of my life. It was far better than I could ever have dreamed. I made some amazing friends, saw the most beautiful landscapes and got involved in a range of activities I never thought I could do. A mas..sive thank you to my Trek Leader: Graeme Hartnett who made sure it was a great experience for all those on the trek.
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