Summary : Experience an up-close perspective of the Columbia River Gorge. This is a culinary journey that embraces the region’s vibrant food, wine and craft beer. Stroll vineyards and sample wine, and enjoy a menu a chef has planned for this voyage that represents the bounty of the region and so much more. The expedition ship will pass through a series of eight locks during the river journey that will raise the ship over 700 feet — nearly 10 times the height of the Panama Canal. Relive a chapter of history and an expedition that changed America and became a national treasure. The journey retraces some of the route Lewis and Clark followed on their Corps of Discovery Expedition. Learn many facets of their voyage by visiting sites where they camped and the well-established trade routes they discovered. All departures have a certified photo instructor onboard.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$4,890 to $6,650
In the late afternoon, embark the ship and cruise the lower part of the Willamette River, passing under the many bridges and through the center of picturesque Portland, before reaching the Columbia River.
Begin your journey by navigating the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Fort Clatsop, where the explorers hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805-1806, walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town. In the afternoon you can choose to visit Cape Disappointment or Zodiac and kayak in the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge, conditions permitting. (B,L,D)
This morning, begin your orientation to the Gorge. You’ll get a fresh perspective on such highlights as Bonneville Lock and Dam, Beacon Rock, and Multnomah Falls. Continue through the Gorge to Hood River, where you’ll enjoy fresh fruit from a family farm and taste award-winning wines at a local vineyard. (B,L,D)
Visit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or take bicycles along the beautiful river trail. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Maryhill Museum with its impressive collection of Rodin sculptures and drawings, extensive collection of Native American baskets, and other fascinating exhibits. (B, L, D)
The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as you set off on Zodiac cruises and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls where cascading waters plunge into pools below. Afterwards, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties. (B, L, D)
At Clarkston, find yourself at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, more than 450 miles from the sea. Today, travel by comfortable jet boat up the Snake River into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. (B, L, D)
Transfer through Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home. (B)
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Clarkston to Portland): 9/26/2017, 10/7/2017, 10/8/2017, 10/19/2017, 4/18/2018
Special Photo Expedition: 9/19/2017
Join National Geographic photographer, Becky Hale on board for this special photo expedition. Becky is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Fieldwork has taken her on assignment to Istanbul, Rome, and Cairo. She’s shot Stonehenge at daybreak, and aerials of the whooping crane migration from an ultralight aircraft.
Special Photo Expedition: 10/1/2017, 10/7/2017
Join National Geographic photographer and naturalist Jeff Mauritzen on board for this special photo expedition. Jeff is a seasoned and popular photography expert. His adventures have immersed him in vivid landscapes in all seven continents and more than 60 countries around the world. His photography is represented by National Geographic Creative and has appeared in over a dozen National Geographic books, the Society’s website as well as a feature in National Geographic Traveler Magazine.
Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Optional Extensions: Willamette Valley Wine Tour (From $240 per person) and / or Portland Tour (From $100 per person). Pre- or post-trip extension to explore the gems of Portland, or the boutique wineries of the Willamette Valley. All tours have a minimum guest participation of 4 guests in order to operate. Should participation be below the minimum, the cost may be higher. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Accommodations aboard ship; meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship; excursions as per itinerary; entrance fees; port charges and service taxes; airport transfers to and from the ship with group flights; use of kayaks and Zodiacs. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.; optional extensions; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance.