The Tour Guide is very helpful and organized. The driver is good. The hotels are nice and large enough for three persons. The bus ac is cold enough but the bus seats are a little bit small. For the initerary, I think we can reduce the trip ..to five days and skip the train.Read full review
100% 3 day tour of Napa Valley, Crater Lake, McArthur-Bernie Waterfalls
By: Pranjal Porwal | Mon Aug 29, 2016 at 09.02 PM
This was one of the relaxed tour and we covered a lot many places.
Day 1 - Tour begin with a visit to winery in Napa Valley and in later part of the day, Redwood National Park was covered
Day 2 - Trees of Mystery attraction was visited in.. the 1st half of the day while the entire 2nd half was for Crater Lake
Day 3 - Mt Shasta vantage point and McArthrur Bernie falls were on last day of the tour
Tour guide Sandy was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Tour driver Jimmy was also very cooperative.
Overall, the tour was smooth and comfortable.Read full review
We went on July 26-28th. Nina, the tour guide made the trip more enjoyable - spoke Mandarin and English. She tells funny jokes sometimes too.
Hotels: Red Lion Inn very nice. Days Inn average but has everything. Both have mini frig and ..microwave.
Bus: Our bus was supposedly purchased 2015 so fairly new. Each row of seats has 110v 2 prong outlet (very convenient) but no wifi. There is overhead compartment supported by rubber elastic band (so light stuff only). Heavy luggage under the bus. Each seat also has air vent and light like an airplane - nice to have if you need it. Restroom in back is only for #1 (not #2). There are enough rest stops (almost every 2 - 2 1/2 hours). No drinks in cups allowed due to spills (one person snuck in a cup of coffee and placed it in overhead compartment which then spilled all over someone's backpack).
Food stops: you have options at food stops, lunch is mostly fast food (ie. McDonald's, Subway, Wendy's or shop at supermarket if there is one), both dinners are buffet. Last day lunch option was buffet or many fast food options. Nina ordered special mushroom pork soup for 2nd day asian buffet dinner which was excellent.
Day 1- Walked around 1/2 hour at Beringer Winery in Napa, Drive-Thru Chandelier Tree in Leggett was fun to watch cars trying to get thru. The bus won't fit. Stayed only about 20 minutes so you must be quick taking pictures and shop fast at little gift shop. Grandfather Tree (1800 years old) - about 20 minutes stop. Last stop was Founders Grove - gigantic redwoods, we walked the trail with Nina -very scenic, 45 min. I would have liked 10-15 more minutes to take more pictures.
Day 2 - 1 1/2 drive to Trees of Mystery where we stayed for 1/2 hour for more pictures of Paul Bunyan statue and saw privately owned Indian museum inside gift shop.
Saw movie "RV" on bus. - lunch - rest stop on Rogue River - more pictures of people rafting on river. Finally arrived Crater Lake at about 3:30pm for about 1 hour only. I wish we had more time - maybe 15 more minutes to enjoy the lake. There is nice visitor center and 2 gift shops. The lake is GORGEOUS. We saw DVD on bus - good info on spirit of the mountain.
Day 3 - Left hotel at 6:30am, 1 1/2 hr drive to Vista Point of Mt. Shasta - nice spot to take pictures from afar. We saw Burney Falls informational DVD on bus - stayed at Burney Falls from about 9:45-10:45am. Nice walking trail down to Falls so you can get closer look. Falls is beautiful. Small new & nice visitor center. There's also a gift shop.
For shoppers - no sales tax in Oregon - very nice. If you like to shop, you need to be fast to do both shopping and enjoy the scenery.
Trip went very quickly. Nina is nice and will answer any questions you have.Read full review
By: prasenjit choudhury | Thu Sep 11, 2014 at 12.14 AM
I've been on tours with Tours4Fun and this was one of the best tours I've done. Our tour guide Mr. Dale was super friendly and knowledgeable and we had a great time on the tour.
We could have spent probably little more time at Crater Lak..e, but other than that - this was a great tour and I'd always choose Tours4Fun as my first choice for tours!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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