Pacific Northwest Journeys Services and Rates
We offer the following services:
FULL ITINERARY PLANNING SERVICE
Fees for our Full Itinerary Planning Service are based on the amount of time we spend planning your personal itinerary. Our hourly rate for full itinerary planning is $85, with a minimum planning fee of $295, which generally covers trips of up to a week in length with 2-3 destinations. The planning fee for a two week trip will generally run about $350-400, depending on the number of stops in your itinerary. The final product, a detailed written itinerary, will include suggestions for sightseeing and activities in each location based on your interests; if you'd like more structure, we also offer the option of adding a personalized "Suggested Daily Itinerary" to your final written itinerary, which will add about another hour of planning time. Your final package will also include such helpful items as maps, ferry schedules and lodging confirmations.
Because the full itinerary planning service will usually include reservations at our
preferred hotels in Seattle, Portland, Vancouver or Victoria (at no additional charge), the savings on the hotel bookings alone will often equal or exceed the planning fee. For example, a recent client saved over $200 per night booking two rooms for his family for a three night stay at one of our favorite downtown Seattle hotels--for total savings in excess of $600.
The minimum fee is due when you return your completed Planning Questionnaire to us to start the planning process. We will give you an estimate at that time as to whether and how much additional time is likely to be necessary, and will keep you advised as work on your itinerary progresses. You will be invoiced for any additional time when your final itinerary is sent to you prior to your trip.
TELEPHONE OR EMAIL CONSULTATIONS
If you’ve already planned most of your itinerary, but want a bit of extra assurance that you've made the right decisions on where to go, where to stay, etc., we now offer consultations by phone or email. The minimum fee is $60 for 30 minutes, with additional time at $25 per 15-minute increment.
Email us your proposed itinerary with as much detail about who you are and what you are looking for as possible. The more information we have about you, the better we will be able to assess whether the itinerary you've designed will meet your needs. Also, more information up front will enable us to be more efficient in advising you. We’ll contact you to set up a time for your phone consultation (or it can be done by email if that’s more convenient for you, although generally phone consultations are more time-efficient).
EXCELLENT HOTELS AT PREFERRED RATES
We offer preferred rates at our favorite hotels in Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Victoria. Please see our Hotel Reservation page for full details. We consistently find that our preferred rates are better than the rates available through the big online booking sites, especially during the summer months.
PRE OR POST CRUISE/WEEKEND GETAWAY SPECIAL
Whether you're looking for the perfect romantic hideway in the San Juans,
a few days of sightseeing in Seattle before or after your cruise,
a weekend of theater in Vancouver, or an exciting ski trip to Whistler, our weekend getaway special planning rate may be just what you need. For a fee of $150, we'll help you choose a location, find the right accommodations and write you a short detailed itinerary with suggestions for activities and restaurants. This special is limited to stays of two or three nights at one destination; for longer trips, our regular minimum planning fee applies.
Our fees are nonrefundable once your final itinerary has been completed. If you need to cancel your trip before we have finished work on your final itinerary, we will refund our minimum fee, minus the fees for time already spent working on your trip.
Cancellation policies for the accommodations we book for you will vary. We will advise you of these cancellation policies in your final itinerary. Once reservations have been made, you are responsible for cancelling any accommodations booked for you (in most cases, payment will be guaranteed by your credit card). If you would like us to take care of cancellations for you, we would be happy to assist you at our applicable hourly rate.
We strongly suggest that you consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.
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