Summary : The powerful Columbia and Snake Rivers flow through a beautiful land and offer access to fantastic wineries, places to kayak, bike or hike, and extraordinary scenery—you’ll experience it all. Hike to a towering waterfall. Taste local fruit at a family farm and enjoy views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Visit sites used by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark while they made their way to the Pacific Coast. Experience the region via expedition landing craft and kayak forays. Transit a series of eight locks that lift the ship 700 feet—10 times the elevation of the Panama Canal! Taste the bounty of the region through their fresh, local, and delectable cuisine. Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, a historian, a geologist/naturalist, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for the Columbia & Snake Rivers is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
- $500 air credit
- Pay 2019 rates for 2020 dates
- Solo supplement waived on select departures
- Offers may not be combinable; conditions may apply
Receive a FREE DVD chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$4,940 to $8,270
Board the ship and discover why Portland is nicknamed “Bridgetown” as you sail under eight of the city’s eclectic bridges along the Willamette 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 explore the Astoria area with several options to choose from.
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 have the option to visit the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, cycle through the scenic Twin Mosier Tunnels, or go for a trek along the Historic Columbia River Highway.
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. End the day with a tour and tasting at a local vineyard and winery.
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 the pool below. Afterwards, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties.
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.
Disembark the ship and transfer to Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Clarkston to Portland):
5/1/2019, 9/21/2019, 10/3/2019, 10/15/2019, 5/2/2020, 9/19/2020, 10/1/2020, 10/13/2020
Lindblad-National Geographic 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.
Pre- or Post-Trip Extensions:
Portland City Tour (from $100 per person)
Willamette Valley Wine Tour (from $240 per person)
Explore the gems of Portland, and/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. Hotel packages in Portland also available. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Transfers between airport and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; individual transfers; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, Internet, etc.; optional extensions; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance.
Photos ©: Linda M. Burback (Sacagawea statue and sky, mountain goat); Marc Cappelletti (canoe); Ralph Lee Hopkins (dam, kayak, bridge, sunset); Betty Lu Krause (Sacagawea statue and forest); Rich Reid (river canyon, Palouse Falls)