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 on up close, water level 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 harvests and fresh, local, and delectable cuisine.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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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 explore more of Lewis and Clark History 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 visit the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM), home to one of the largest collections of still-functioning antique cars and planes in the country.
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 pools 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. In the afternoon, visit the Nez Perce National Historic Park before returning to the ship for a farewell dinner.
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): 9/23/2018, 10/5/2018, 10/17/2018, 5/1/2019, 9/21/2019, 10/3/2019, 10/15/2019
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.
Optional Extensions: Willamette Valley Wine Tour (From $240 per person) and / or Portland City 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. Hotel packages in Portland also available. 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; use of kayaks. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; transfers; 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.
Photos: © Ralph Lee Hopkins (kayak, bridge, sunset); © Rich Reid (river canyon, Palouse Falls); © Linda M. Burback (statue, mountain goat); © Marc Cappelletti (canoe)