Take a deeper look at the most popular destinations — and discover the places unfairly left off the must-see lists with our offerings: bicycling, hiking and Mercedes Sprinter tours that bring you out of the ordinary. Our custom and private tour offerings are as endless as your imagination; email us or call 503 889-6410 to learn more about options and large group discounts.
Hiking and Biking: Columbia Gorge Hidden Waterfalls — $80*
8:30 a.m. Weekdays
Hike to waterfalls, bike the beautiful curves of the Historic Columbia River Highway, and see the Columbia Gorge beyond the experience of most tourists. The gorge is so rich, with waterfalls spouting off 800- to 1,000-foot-tall towering basalt walls in view of the freeway; but our tour is off the interstate. We start at our favorite viewpoint in the gorge, seeing the river and two states’ worth of beauty laid out before us; then we get on our bikes and ride down twisting, quiet historic highways to our favorite waterfall hikes. We’ll lock up our bikes and hike the 2.5-mile loop to a waterfall a gentle climb up the side of Larch Mountain. After the loop, a short bike ride takes us to two more tucked-away waterfalls, before we get back on the interstate to see still more. Tour includes vegetarian snacks, and coffee or tea, as well as fitted bike and helmet. One of our enthusiastic guides will ride and hike along with you; ours are the only fully-supported gorge bike tours available! (Please note most of our ride is on historic highways that do have moderate vehicle traffic in busy seasons; for traffic-free options, ask for a custom tour.)
Meditative Garden Bike Tour — $80
10 a.m. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
Experience Portland’s gardens in a deeper way on a bike tour that will delve into garden design as it’s meant to access your higher self and touch all your senses — including your sense of spiritual connectedness. Our about five-hour tour includes admission to the Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Japanese Garden, guided meditations, and visits our guide’s favorite downtown meditative gardens and places. About eight miles of biking and one considerable uphill climb. Light rail option to avoid climb available.
Meet in inner NW Portland. Bikes, helmets and garden admission provided.
Portland: More than Downtown Bike Tour — $55*
10 a.m. Daily
Explore the city as a Portlandian would, starting in the sweet inner Eastside neighborhoods. We’ll meet you in the thriving SE industrial district, at our location nestled in between three of Portland’s best coffee roasters, two distilleries, countless breweries and our favorite chocolate shop. Here you’ll be served coffee or tea and be fitted for a bike and helmet, ready for a sweet 8-10 mile ride through the Ladd’s Addition residential neighborhood, across the sexy Tilikum Bridge, and into downtown Portland. See the city from the perspective of the family cyclist, the commuter, or the bike messenger — see its glossiest and grittiest neighborhoods, its greatest triumphs and its shames and transgressions, the stories of its native people, its merchants, its sailors and immigrants. Stops for snacks and to walk through gardens and parks along the way.
Meet in inner SE Portland. Bikes and helmets provided.
Columbia Gorge Day Hiking Tour — $120*
8 a.m. Daily
The 80 miles of the Columbia River Gorge’s steep rocky sides offer some of the most spectacular hiking in the world, complete with pounding waterfalls, eagles, century-old trees, ferns, flowers, and ancient rocks. Join us for a day of exploring with 2-4 hikes aimed at pushing you to new heights both physical and experiential. Based on your group’s fitness level and the season, hikes could include Hamilton Mountain, Rowena Crest, Beacon Rock, Dog Mountain, Falls Creek Falls, and many others. Coffee, vegetarian picnic lunch and snacks included; your naturalist guide will accompany you on most of the day’s hikes. Expect 4-12 miles of hiking; elevation gain dependent on group. Pickup and drop-off in or near downtown Portland.
Urban Winery Bike Tour — $75 *
3 p.m. Thursday – Sunday
Urban wine bike tour? Yes. We’re crazy about Willamette Valley wine, bikes, and Portland. With an explosion of wineries within the Willamette Valley, many right here in Portland, it was easy to put one (or several!) together. We’ll meet you only blocks from a few such wineries, in the inner SE industrial district, where we’ll fit you with a bike and a helmet and talk wine. Due to limited opening hours for some wineries, routes will vary, but stick mostly on the eastside for 8-10 miles of biking, under bridges and through gardens and industrial areas, past vineyards growing in urban pockets, straight into barrel rooms behind trainyards. We’ll have the opportunity to taste at three wineries (tasting fees not included), and your guide will provide background about Oregon’s wine industry, and anything else you need to know, and lots of enthusiasm over our amazing city wines.
Meet in Inner SE Portland. Fitted bike, helmet, and vegetarian snacks provided.
Small Wineries of the Willamette Valley Tour — $100*
10 a.m. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Delve into the world-class Pinot Noir of the Willamette Valley and discover some of its lesser-known varieties as well in this tour meant to explore wineries whose names you may not have heard before — but you won’t forget. We’ll take you to four wineries with smaller case production but very big stories, views and flavors. Expect a deep and broad exploration of the terroir, history, and geology of the Willamette Valley and the surrounding regions that influence its wines. Tasting fees are not included; a nosh platter will be served.
Our tour will get you back to Portland in time for dinner. Pickup in or near downtown Portland included.
Eastside Distillery Row Bike Tour:
Brew, Barrel Age, Grow — $75
3 p.m. Thursday — Monday
Our guides have taken thousands of cycling tourists to Portland’s breweries by bike — and who can blame them? Portland’s beer is fantastic. And so is its liquor; so is its pot. And did we mention cider? All four thrive near Cordilleran Tour’s home base, so we’ll wind through the eastside streets, stopping to sample all of what the neighborhood has to offer, with short jaunts into pretty residential districts between stops. (Our last stop is close enough to walk the bikes back should the samples be stronger than expected.) Tour price includes samples of beer and spirits, tours of the operations, bike, helmet, and a guide intimately familiar with the city’s beer, liquor and cannabis to point you in ALL the right directions.
Meet in inner SE Portland. 5-8 miles of easy riding. Bikes and helmets provided.
Bike (or hike) the Columbia Gorge:
Waterfalls & Scenic Roads — $150
8 a.m. Daily
Bike and hike both ends of the Historic Columbia River Highway on this intense experience across the gamut of Oregon geology and climactic zones. Start with 3-6 miles in the wet, waterfall-laden Western Columbia Gorge (includes short hikes to waterfalls) and then we drive east of Hood River for 5-9 miles of the gorgeous, sinuous arid end of the old highway in what we call a wildlife playground: bald eagles, deer, and more! Tour includes vegetarian lunch, snacks, and coffee or tea, as well as fitted bike and helmet. One of our enthusiastic guides will ride along with you; this is the only fully-supported gorge bike tour available! (Please note most of our ride is on historic highways that do have moderate vehicle traffic in busy seasons.)
If you or your travel partners aren’t confident on bicycles, our guides will provide hiking alternatives while our cyclists are riding their bikes. We want to make sure everyone is accommodated!
Beyond Voodoo Doughnut Bike Tour — $50*
8 a.m. Thursday
Portland has so much more to offer than standing in line for porny doughnuts! Our tour experiences doughnuts like Portland’s legendary bike tour guides — people who have put in 100s of hours and dollars on their bikes, searching out doughnut shops and testing as many as we could burn off on the way home. Expect to try doughnuts of a wide variety and learn about the fried dough specialties of many places (especially this one). Our about three-hour bike tour will stop at 3-4 doughnut purveyors with about 12 miles of moderate biking.
Meet in inner SE Portland. Bikes and helmets provided.
Portland at Night Bike Tour — $65
7 p.m. Daily
When our guides are asked, “what are you doing tonight?” the answer is usually, “ride my bike.” We felt terrible keeping it all to ourselves. The city is alive in a different way at night — grittier, quieter, more itself — and many of our favorite bicycle paths become refuges. No longer do commuters and racers ring their bells impatiently on our left; the industrial traffic dwindles. We ride to the call of the evening birds on the river and the hum of the freight trains; we watch the lights blink on the bridges and buildings and stadiums; windows become picture frames to the merriment of others; we find a quiet place to watch the sun color the sky and the city settles into its night rhythms. Our ride will start in inner SE Portland, where we’ll fit you for a bike and a helmet and let you pick your favorite lights. We’ll ride down to the river, past OMSI, under bridges, and along a floating walkway up into the inner NE to view psychedelic transit stops and tall lighted towers. We’ll ride across the bridge above the train station and down underneath, where the Amtrak often hums into the station. Once in the NW, we’ll ride through the parks of the Pearl District and return along the waterfront all the way to the newest bridge — our beloved colorfully lit Tilikum. All told, you’ll ride 8-10 miles at a comfortable pace, with just a few stops along the way for photos and beer (root beer options available).
Meet in inner SE Portland. Bikes, helmets and a beverage provided.
The BEST Mt. St. Helens Tour — $225*
7 a.m. May 15 – Oct 31
This is a 12-hour expedition that will take you places few non-locals ever see, along with some of the more well-known, but breathtaking, sites. This includes not only views into the crater from the more remote viewpoints in the heart of the blast zone, but also visits to the third longest lava tube in North America, a lava cast forest, an old-growth stand with 10-ft (3-m) diameter trees, a brewpub in Skamania County, and stops in the Columbia River Gorge. Expect up to 6 miles (10 km) of moderate hiking.
Lunch is provided, with a dinner stop in Carson or Stevenson. Pickup in or near downtown Portland included.
The Tour of Sacred Places — $140*
10 a.m. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
See the landmarks that have inspired awe, grandeur, and reverence among the people of what is now Multnomah County. You’ll take in the splendor of Portland’s oldest and most beautiful churches, synagogues, and temples, as well as learning the Native American stories honoring the 5 stratovolcanoes visible from Portland and the Columbia River Gorge. Stops will be made that allow you to get intimate with Portland’s oldest continuously-operating cemetery (and second largest arboretum), Portland’s world-renowned Catholic sanctuary known as The Grotto, and a cathedral waterfall that WE like think of as EVERYBODY’S temple.
Coffee and vegetarian snacks are provided, with a stop for more substantial fare at a local bakery. Pickup in or near downtown Portland included.
*These tours require an extra fee for bookings of one guest only. Please contact us at 503-889-6410 for single guest bookings.