Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey

Columbia River Cruise

  • National Geographic
    Sea Lion/Sea Bird
  • Expedition Ship
  • 62 Capacity
  • 7 Days
  • 2015 View Departure>
    • 2015
    • Sep 21 Mon
    • Sep 27 Sun
    • Oct 3 Sat
    • Oct 15 Thu
    • Oct 21 Wed
    • Oct 27 Tue
  • Price from
  • $4,590

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

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Itinerary
Day 1
Portland, Oregon / Embark

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.

Day 2
Astoria

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.

Day 3
Columbia River Gorge and Hood River

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.

Day 4
The Dalles / Maryhill Museum

Visit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or take bicycles along historic Highway 30. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Maryhill Museum and view its extensive and eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures and other fascinating exhibits.

Day 5
Exploring the Palouse River

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. This evening, while sailing down the Snake River, enjoy some local foods prepared by your Head chef.

Day 6
Clarkston

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.

Day 7
Clarkston, Washington / Disembark

Transfer through Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Reverse Itinerary (Clarkston to Portland):

9/29/2014, 10/10/2014, 9/27/2015, 10/21/2015

Optional Extension: Willamette Valley Wine Tour and / or Portland Tour. Pre- or post-trip extension to explore the gems of Portland, or the boutique wineries of the Willamette Valley. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Certified Photo Instructor:
Every expedition aboard the Sea Lion/Sea Bird will offer a certified photo instructor. Guests of any interest or skill level can rely on assistance with their camera model, instruction on elements of composition and more, plus useful shooting tips—in the field, where it counts!

Included:
Accommodations aboard ship; all meals and non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship; daily excursions and sightseeing; entrance fees; taxes, service charges, and tips (except to ship's crew); transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks and Zodiacs.

Not Included:
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.