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Columbia River Gorge Tour

"On the Road of a Thousand Wonders"

Specially crafted by My Chauffeur to showcase Oregon's unparalleled bounty, this itinerary features the romantic Columbia River Gorge and combines unique and select educational scenic touring with exquisite picnicking or dining and luxury transportation. 

Columbia River, Cascade Mountains, Oregon, (1876) by Vincent Colyer (oil on canvas). Beacon Rock is visible on the left.

Columbia River & Gorge, Cascade Mountains, Oregon, (1876) by Vincent Colyer (oil on canvas). Beacon Rock is visible on the left.

Feast your eyes on the Gorge and it's scenic waterfalls.  The Columbia River Gorge is a beautiful and exciting place to visit, formed by ancient lava flows & carved out of the rocks by ancient floods 15,000 years ago...more 

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Penny Postcard, Crown Point and Vista House, Oregon, ca.1930

Here is the tour itinerary which you will see & learn about.

Your route will follow the...

 Your 4, 5 or 6+ Hours Event will include...4-9+ beautiful stops/options (*see below) or extended stops including:

(Note: the route may be reversed in the winter or early morning/ late afternoon tours, and may start at Corbett)

  1. Horsetail Falls

  2. Oneonta Gorge

  3. Multnomah Falls, Lodge, Restaurant, Visitor's Center, Gift Shop & Viewing Bridge (Option: Hike to the Viewing Bridge, pictured right)

  4. Wahkeena Falls & viewing bridge (Option: Hike to the Viewing Bridge)

  5. Bridal Veil Lodge (2 Options)

    1. Bridal Veil Falls Hike

    2. Overlook Hike

      Photo by Wendy Seltzere

  6. Shepperd's Dell & Falls

  7. Latourelle Falls & hike

  8. Crown Point & Vista House Viewpoint - "Crown Point is an ancient lava flow which filled a former canyon 25.5 miles from Portland, Oregon. A view of 35 miles both East and West can be seen from Vista House."

  9. Chanticleer Point/Women's Forum Viewpoint - "One of the most beautiful vista's/viewpoints in the world"

Options:

* With your 4-hour option tour, you will typically visit up to 4-6 stops/options from above (#1-4 or #5-9). With your 5-hour option tour, you will visit about 6-7 stops/options. With your 6-hour option tour, you will typically visit all 9 stops and/or options (hikes and viewing bridges, as time permits). A restaurant, museum stop, extended hike, Bonneville Dam, Sternwheeler Cruise or stop at Troutdale will typically add 1 or more hours tour time/cost each to the 4, 5 or 6 hour tour. My Chauffeur recommends 6 hours for the full Gorge experience. The # of stops/options are not guaranteed (may be lower or higher) and is dependent on your your pickup location, groups size, groups speed and other factors. Let us know how much you want to see and we will try to make it happen. Customize It!

Let Us Know If There Are Any Locations Not Shown Above You Would Like To See Or Topics You Would Like Us To Discuss Either On Or Off This Route And We Will Be Happy To Accommodate Your Request, If Possible.

 

"The one prevailing idea in the location and construction was to make this highway a great scenic boulevard surpassing all other highways of the world"

John Arthur Elliott, a locating engineer on the CRH and builder of the Mitchell Point tunnel

 


ATTENTION

To do any of the following optional COLUMBIA R. GORGE tour activities, you must notify My Chauffeur before your tour:

You'll learn about:

  • the Supervolcano and the 2nd biggest lava field in the world (CRBG, pictured right)--lava, lava everywhere,

  • the biggest floods ever to occur on earth, the Ice Age Floods,

  • the Birth of the Gorge,

  • the "The King of Roads",

  • the largest freestanding monolith (rock) in the U.S., and the 2nd largest in the world, Beacon Rock

  • & the largest concentration of waterfalls in North America including 6 up-close.

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Customize this tour/ Options

Departures:

  • Daily at your desired place & time.

Duration:

  • 4 -6 hours (extended duration with added stops/options are available)

  • about 6-9 stops or more

Price: (For pricing details, click here or request a Quick Quote)

  • Adult: $72 & up

  • Child 17 & under: 1/2 OFF or Free (5 & under).

Standard hikes on our regular tour are listed above and are considered 'short & easy' and are optional as you can see all the falls (except Bridal Veil) without hiking to the viewing bridges. Add the historic Bonneville Dam, extended hikes, a lunch stop, river cruise, railroad journey or other options on request (See 'customize this tour' below).  Your standard tour is approx. 4 hours long.

  • Eat, Play and Stay: There are lots of things you can do with your standard tour; customize this tour with additions or other options.  View photos of the Gorge here.


The Historic Columbia River Highway

The Historic Columbia River Highway

'Long Live the "King of Roads"'.  When the highway first opened in 1916, Teddy Roosevelt praised its scenic grandeur and remarkable engineering. And The Illustrated London News went on to call it "the king of roads." With its mossy stone walls and graceful viaducts winding past dozens of waterfalls, this All-American Road still reigns as one of the world's most glorious drives. Today,  2 main sections of the old highway remain (while the other parts are being restored), and our standard tour follows the course from Corbett to Ainsworth State Park.

Your route may take the standard 1/2 day tour or customize/extend it.  Click the 'View Tour Details' link above to view your tour details or click HERE on ways to customize your tour with a picnic lunch, tour additions etc.

There is a nice Youtube video HERE on the historic highway and the project to restore the highway to it's original splendor. View a Ford Motor Co. 1917 silent film about the Gorge Highway HERE (We view most of the sights in this interesting video).

 

The Classic Columbia River Gorge Tour

Columbia River Gorge Itineraries

STANDARD TOUR INCLUSIONS/OPTIONS*

4 Hour Tour

Classic Standard Tour - ½ day

EXTENDED TOUR OPTIONS/ADDITIONS*

5-6 Hour Tour

Classic Standard Tour with ¾ day options

7-8 Hour Tour

Classic Standard Tour with full-day options

View All Custom Gorge Tour Itinerary Options

(Includes Restaurants & Lodging)

* Latourell & Multnomah Falls (viewing bridges) hikes are typically automatically included in your tour itinerary.  Wahkeena (viewing bridge) & Bridal Veil Falls hikes are often included in the itinerary, and are recommended. These are short hikes (15-30 minutes RT max.). All other hikes ('extended hikes') are an option and must be pre-arranged before your tour; otherwise they are not an option. NOTE: All hikes are self-guided hikes and are optional; including the standard hikes, where your driver/guide will not be accompanying your group. To add the Bonneville Dam, please notify us or your tour guide ahead of time; the 5-6 hour tour option may apply. You do not have to participate in any hike as views of all of the standard falls (except Bridal Veil) are all had without hiking.

A Trailhead Release Agreement form is required from your group (see below *) to hike on any optional/extended hike.  This does not apply with the standard (viewing bridge) hikes. Be prepared for inclement weather (rain, snow, cold, ice, wind etc.) during winter time tours.  Be prepared for rainy weather during summer time tours, and dress appropriately.

* ALL HIKES ARE SOLO 'SELF-SERVICE' HIKES; your driver and/or tour guide WILL NOT be accompanying your group on your hike due to Forest Service regulations. While we consider our extended hikes to be completely safe; in wilderness areas, possible wilderness dangers are always present, including Falling—Please stay on the maintained trail. A Trailhead Release Agreement form exonerating My Chauffeur of any responsibility on the trails will be required for your tour.  Hikes are not recommended for children or pets. Trails are typically not near restrooms or running water, so you should plan on carrying your own water supply. Cliff sections (if applicable) are exposed, so anyone subject to vertigo should proceed carefully, and turn back if the first set of cliffs are uncomfortable...  If you have any apprehensions about nature hiking and/or nature areas, you should not do the extended hikes. The trail surfaces are often rocky and uneven, and anything less than a good pair of hiking shoes or boots is not adequate. Also keep in mind that the Columbia Gorge is home to poison oak, and it grows along some sections of the some trails. If you're susceptible to it, keep an eye out in sunny, open cliff-tops and open oak forests. Long pants are a good idea is you're particularly sensitive.

We are here to help plan your Gorge tour, answer questions and/or make suggestions.  Give us a call at 503-969-4370 (toll-free 1-877-692-4283) or EMAIL US.  If you have already made a reservation, contact your personal concierge.

** The options of Bonneville Dam and Upper Horsetail Falls require more time than our standard stops.  Please notify your guide ahead of time to be able to accommodate this in your schedule (we will drop out other stops) unless you want to extend your tour to the 5-6 hour option.

*** Mt. Hood tour option is between 8-10 hours long.


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Our Party Bus - 14 passengerEnjoy Touring Limos Custom-Designed for Panoramic Viewing. Travel in style and comfort in our 14-passenger mini-coach. See the city through the oversized windows, stretch out with ample leg room and tour comfortably with air-conditioning.

  • Comfortable, spacious seats

  • Extremely large tour windows

  • Perimeter couch seating for a luxurious, festive event

  • Outstanding sound system


Your Route

(standard route is Corbett or Troutdale to Horsetail Falls)

File:Kinbasket Lake, Columbia River

 We will visit the Columbia River and...

File:Columbia River Gorge landscape.jpg

...the Gorge...

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... and Vista House (from Chanticleer Point) and Multnomah Falls (below) ...with several other spectacular waterfalls!!!

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... And in winter the falls turn into a frozen icicle. (Wintertime tours are available)

Image, 2005, Multnomah Falls, Oregon, click to enlarge

photo by http://www.columbiariverimages.com

 

Finally, in Autumn.

Multnomah Falls: Autumn Evening

 

"My Chauffeur's Columbia River Gorge tour is Phenomenal; You Won't be disappointed." 

When you ring to make your booking, order the standard tour or let us know what your tour requirements (interests) are and we will do the rest for you." Or for details & questions, contact us at 503-969-4370 or 1-877-692-4283 or email us at info@tourportland.com.

 

Tour Pricing/Service Option -

Click on the links below to view service option/pricing & additional details. 

  1. Standard Full-Service

  2. Last-Minute-Special

    • Book not more than 24 hours advance.

    • About 25% savings

    • Subject to availability.

Click links above for details.

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Discount Options - Tour Directory

Most hikes on our regular tour we consider to be 'short & easy', and are optional.  Our optional

Top tips for visiting the Gorge…It’s recommended that people visit during off-peak times:

  • Go Early – Start before 10 a.m. to beat the crowds.

  • Go Late – Start your trip after 4 p.m. as the crowds are leaving and enjoy cooler temperatures and amazing sunsets.

  • Go Midweek – Visit during weekdays to find peace and quiet at popular sites.

 regular tour hikes are at Wahkeena Falls & viewing bridge, Multnomah Falls & viewing bridge, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls (20-30 minutes RT). No trailhead release agreement is required.

 Viewing bridges are 15-25 minutes RT.


Hike the Gorge!  Our regular tour includes several short hikes, but you may add extended Gorge hikes including Eagle Creek & Punchbowl Falls, Multnomah Falls or Latourelle Falls (to the top), Horsetail Falls to Triple Falls or Wahkeena Falls to Fairy Falls.  View hike details.  A Trailhead Release Agreement is required with any extended hike; please inquire.


Tour Options!  This tour may be combined with our Portland City Tour, Columbia River Gorge Wine Tour or Mt. Hood Tour.  Additional options include a restaurant dining stop for lunch or dinner, extended Gorge hiking, a Sternwheeler Cruise on the Columbia or your request! See Customization details & Options


Lunch Options!  We are proud to offer lunch concierge services. This would be the perfect complement to your tour, while you enjoy the view of the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Order a gourmet picnic lunch from My Chauffeur. $$ (10-20 pp)

  • Stop at Multnomah Falls Lodge restaurant (additional tour costs may apply. $$ (10-30 pp)

  • Order lunch from the Multnomah Falls Lodge Espresso Cart and Snack Bar offering a variety of hot/cold drinks and food (turkey wraps, vege wraps, hot dogs, chips, ice cream, fudge etc. to go. $$ (5-10 pp)

What to bring?

  1. Cool (or warm in winter!), comfortable shoes/clothing. Be prepared for inclement weather (rain, snow, cold, etc.).

  2. Binoculars (We typically have several sets of binoculars available but we recommend bringing your own if possible.)

  3. Camera


A Trailhead Release Agreement form may be required.  If you choose to take any hike beyond the standard described in the basic Columbia River Gorge tour, whether short or long, this form will be required from all group members. 

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* Wikipedia GNU Free Documentation License applies.  Some photos courtesy of our friend Donald L. Mack.

 

 

           
 

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