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Urban Outdoor Adventures: Bicycling Portland

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Program #20894RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a more flexible schedule with ample independent time and several meals on your own, then our FLEX learning adventures are made for you.
Equipment Requirements
Proper bike gear. Program provides Hybrid bikes with upright handlebars and bike helmets.

Itinerary for May 2 — May 6, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Benson Hotel is Portland's Grand Hotel and the lasting legacy of timber baron and philanthropist, Simon Benson. Designed by W. E. Doyle, Benson spared no expense when he built the hotel in 1912. The classic European styled lobby is adorned with Circassian walnut from imperial Russia, exquisite Austrian crystal chandeliers and the finest Italian marble. Recent renovations include the Lobby, Palm Court, and Mayfair Ballroom. The Benson Hotel is conveniently located on Broadway in the heart of downtown Portland, near the Pearl, and surrounded by shopping, nightlife, theatre, museums and attractions. The Benson has provided lodging for many of the sports teams and performers that have visited Portland.

Contact info:
309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
phone: 503-228-2000
web: www.bensonhotel.com

Room amenities: Deluxe rooms feature Tempur-Pedic memory foam sleep systems, a work area with an executive desk, comfortable seating and luxurious accommodations. Every guestroom has breathable and biodegradable plush bamboo Benson bathrobes and slippers.

Facility amenities: The Benson Hotel has 24-Hour Room Service. Complimentary newspapers and morning coffee, tea served in the lobby. High speed wireless throughout hotel. 24-hour business center and fitness room. Gold key concierge on duty.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 190.
Contact Hotel directly for pricing

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Friday, May 02 - Welcome Cocktail Reception and dinner at the olde...
Welcome Cocktail Reception and dinner at the oldest restaurant in Portland.

Arrive To: Mix and mingle at hotel cocktrail reception as we get to know each other and hear about the week ahead.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at Hubers, one of the oldest restaurants in Portland.

Evening: On your own relax and prepare for our week ahead.

Lodging: The Benson

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Benson Hotel is Portland's Grand Hotel and the lasting legacy of timber baron and philanthropist, Simon Benson. Designed by W. E. Doyle, Benson spared no expense when he built the hotel in 1912. The classic European styled lobby is adorned with Circassian walnut from imperial Russia, exquisite Austrian crystal chandeliers and the finest Italian marble. Recent renovations include the Lobby, Palm Court, and Mayfair Ballroom. The Benson Hotel is conveniently located on Broadway in the heart of downtown Portland, near the Pearl, and surrounded by shopping, nightlife, theatre, museums and attractions. The Benson has provided lodging for many of the sports teams and performers that have visited Portland.

Contact info:
309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
phone: 503-228-2000
web: www.bensonhotel.com

Room amenities: Deluxe rooms feature Tempur-Pedic memory foam sleep systems, a work area with an executive desk, comfortable seating and luxurious accommodations. Every guestroom has breathable and biodegradable plush bamboo Benson bathrobes and slippers.

Facility amenities: The Benson Hotel has 24-Hour Room Service. Complimentary newspapers and morning coffee, tea served in the lobby. High speed wireless throughout hotel. 24-hour business center and fitness room. Gold key concierge on duty.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 190.
Contact Hotel directly for pricing

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, May 03 - Bike along the Willamette River and Springwater c...
Note: 20 miles RT to Springwater corridor 40 miles RT to town of Gresham

Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast at the Benson.

Morning: Pick up our bikes and ride along the eastside of Willamette River to Crystal Springs Rhododendron gardens.

Lunch: Lunch at a local bakery.

Afternoon: Bike along the Springwater corridor, a rails to trails, toward town of Gresham. Then either turn back on trail or ride MAX from Gresham back to our lodging.

Dinner: Free time with dinner on your own, as you take advantage of our downtown location to select from one of Porltand's great restaurants that are within easy walking distance.

Evening: Free time as you enjoy many of Portland's entertainment options within walking distance of our lodging.

Lodging: The Benson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Benson Hotel is Portland's Grand Hotel and the lasting legacy of timber baron and philanthropist, Simon Benson. Designed by W. E. Doyle, Benson spared no expense when he built the hotel in 1912. The classic European styled lobby is adorned with Circassian walnut from imperial Russia, exquisite Austrian crystal chandeliers and the finest Italian marble. Recent renovations include the Lobby, Palm Court, and Mayfair Ballroom. The Benson Hotel is conveniently located on Broadway in the heart of downtown Portland, near the Pearl, and surrounded by shopping, nightlife, theatre, museums and attractions. The Benson has provided lodging for many of the sports teams and performers that have visited Portland.

Contact info:
309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
phone: 503-228-2000
web: www.bensonhotel.com

Room amenities: Deluxe rooms feature Tempur-Pedic memory foam sleep systems, a work area with an executive desk, comfortable seating and luxurious accommodations. Every guestroom has breathable and biodegradable plush bamboo Benson bathrobes and slippers.

Facility amenities: The Benson Hotel has 24-Hour Room Service. Complimentary newspapers and morning coffee, tea served in the lobby. High speed wireless throughout hotel. 24-hour business center and fitness room. Gold key concierge on duty.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 190.
Contact Hotel directly for pricing

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, May 04 - Bike along the Willamette River to the quaint St....
Note: 21 mile RT bike ride to St. Johns neighborhood 32 mile RT to St. Johns, Columbia Slough and Kelley Point park

Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast at the Benson.

Morning: Bike along the Columbia Slough to St. Johns neighborhood. Optional longer ride to Kelly Point Park at the junctions of Columbia and Willamette Rivers.Walk across the St. John's bridge (painted green for St. Patrick's day). St. Johns bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the Northwest with the highest clearance.

Lunch: Lunch at St. John's brew pub, built in 1905 as the National Cash Register Company's exhibit hall for Portland's Lewis and Clark Exposition.

Afternoon: Bike along the Willamette River past University of Portland to Portland. After our bike ride, we can enjoy Portland's Saturday market, which is the nation's largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market. neighborhoods.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own as you select from Portland's many interesting restaurants. Enjoy one of Portland's beer pubs, 30 breweries within city limits, which is more than any other city on earth.

Evening: Free time to enjoy Portland's many fine entertainment options or visit Powells bookstore, covering an entire block with 3 floors of 1.5 million books, which is the largest used and new bookstore on earth.

Lodging: The Benson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Benson Hotel is Portland's Grand Hotel and the lasting legacy of timber baron and philanthropist, Simon Benson. Designed by W. E. Doyle, Benson spared no expense when he built the hotel in 1912. The classic European styled lobby is adorned with Circassian walnut from imperial Russia, exquisite Austrian crystal chandeliers and the finest Italian marble. Recent renovations include the Lobby, Palm Court, and Mayfair Ballroom. The Benson Hotel is conveniently located on Broadway in the heart of downtown Portland, near the Pearl, and surrounded by shopping, nightlife, theatre, museums and attractions. The Benson has provided lodging for many of the sports teams and performers that have visited Portland.

Contact info:
309 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 USA
phone: 503-228-2000
web: www.bensonhotel.com

Room amenities: Deluxe rooms feature Tempur-Pedic memory foam sleep systems, a work area with an executive desk, comfortable seating and luxurious accommodations. Every guestroom has breathable and biodegradable plush bamboo Benson bathrobes and slippers.

Facility amenities: The Benson Hotel has 24-Hour Room Service. Complimentary newspapers and morning coffee, tea served in the lobby. High speed wireless throughout hotel. 24-hour business center and fitness room. Gold key concierge on duty.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 190.
Contact Hotel directly for pricing

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, May 05 - Use Portlands transit system to transport you up ...
Use Portlands transit system to transport you up the hills (MAX train) and descend the hills on the tram.

Note: 26 miles medium ride up to Council Crest, along the Willamette river and the cute Hawthorne district. 30 miles for the medium ride up Mt. Tabor, an extinct volcano.

Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast at the Benson.

Morning: Learn about Portland's ongoing initiatives to create the most bike friendly city in the US. Portland claims to be Bike City, USA due to its 315 miles of bikeways and the nations highest percentage of bike commuters at 7%. We'll put our bikes on the MAX train to ride up to Portland Zoo and Forest Park, the biggest park in Portland. Then ride along the heights to Council Crest for outstanding views of Portland and the surrounding Cascade mountains. Then descend on Portland's bullet shaped Tram built in 2006 down to the south waterfront. Then bike along the Willamette River, which bisects Portland to Butterfly park. We will pass by Mill Ends park at 24 inches in diameter which is the world's smallest dedicated park. Enjoy views of Mt. Hood in the distance.

Lunch: Enjoy Portland's food carts as you choose from many options

Afternoon: For those that want an additional 10 mile loop, we can cross over the Willamette River and bike through many of Portland's quaint neighborhoods lined by flowering trees and plants.

Dinner: A farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Re-live our memories from our days together.

Evening: Share stories, photos and experiences from the week during a closing program that ends by 9:00 pm.

Lodging: The Benson

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Five: Tuesday, May 06 - Enjoy the memories we have had together and say g...
Enjoy the memories we have had together and say goodbye to your new friends.

Breakfast: Enjoy your breakfast at the Benson.

Morning: Program ends as you continue onto your next adventure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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4 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips

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