Summary : The powerful Columbia and Snake Rivers flow through a beautiful land and offer access to fantastic wineries, places to kayak and hike, and extraordinary scenery—you’ll experience it all. Sail in the wake of Lewis & Clark and their legendary Corps of Discovery expedition. Spend a day cruising through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, taking in the views from the bow and perfecting your landscape photography skills. Taste the bounty of the region through their harvests and fresh, local, and delectable cuisine. Experience the region up-close on water-level. Zodiac and kayak forays at Palouse Falls, or by hiking monumental Beacon Rock. Transit a series of eight locks that lift the ship 700 feet, 10 times the elevation of the Panama Canal.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$5,600 to $9,690
This afternoon board the ship and discover why Portland is nicknamed “Bridgetown” as you sail under 8 of the city’s 12 eclectic bridges along the Willamette River, the first of 5 rivers you will encounter on this voyage.
Gain a fresh perspective on such highlights as Bonneville Lock and Dam, Multnomah Falls, and Beacon Rock (perhaps even hike it if you are inclined). Bonneville is first in the series of eight locks which will lift or lower the ship some 700 feet above sea level, nearly 10 times that of the Panama Canal.
Continue through the Gorge to Hood River, located in the shadows of majestic Mount Hood where you will have the option to see the spring bloom in the Hood River Valley. The valley is known for its fruit growing orchards—including one of the world’s largest pear growing areas. Visit the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum and explore one of the largest collections of still functioning antique cars and planes or choose to do something more active in the area.
Today spend the day cruising through some of the most scenic and geologically interesting stretches of the Columbia River and the Columbia Plateau. Your onboard geologist and naturalists will talk with you about the Columbian Basalt Flows and the Missoula Floods that sculpted the landscape 13,000 years ago. Relive the historic tales of the Corps of Discovery through the eyes of the historian as you sail by landmarks from their epic journey. Or unwind with a massage from the wellness specialist.
Drive through some of the most fertile agricultural areas in the nation, with bright, rolling green fields of sprouting wheat, asparagus, the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onions, and now the vineyards that bring Walla Walla world-wide recognition. Enjoy historic Walla Walla with a visit to the Whitman Mission, a National Historic Site, and the location of the 1847 attack on missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and 12 members of their household by a group of Cayuse seeking retribution for the spread of measles among their people and the inability of Whitman to heal the sick. Enjoy lunch and a tasting at a local winery.
The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as you set off cruising on Zodiac and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge 198 feet into the pool below. These falls and the canyon are an important feature of the channeled scablands created by the great Missoula Floods that swept periodically across the region. 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. The name Clarkston is in reference to William Clark and is located directly across the river from Lewiston, Idaho, which is named for Meriwether Lewis, though neither of them ever traveled to the Clarkston side of the river. Travel by comfortable jet boat into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. The 125-mile long canyon was carved by the waters of the Snake River and at 7,993 feet is North America’s deepest river gorge—most of it inaccessible by road. The earliest known settlers in the canyon were the Nez Percé tribe and, as you travel up the river, look to the hillsides and see remnants of their ancestral horse trails along with pictographs and petroglyphs on the rock formations.
This evening, enjoy the company of a local winemaker onboard (NOTE: winemaker onboard only on eastbound itineraries) and sample their wines while you learn how the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA's terroir influences the flavor profiles of their wines.
After breakfast this morning transfer to the airport for your connecting flights home. Choose to fly from nearby Lewiston, Idaho, or travel though the picturesque landscapes of the Palouse to Spokane, Washington, located two hours away.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Reverse Itinerary (Clarkston/Portland): 4/21/2021
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-Voyage Extensions:
Portland Half-Day City Tour from $100 per person
Willamette Valley Wine Tour from $245 per person
Half-Day Whitewater Rafting White Salmon River: Inquire for 202 rates; class III-IV rapids
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 are also available to combine with the tours. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Pre-Voyage Extension: Lewiston History & Wine
Venture into the United States’ newest-designated wine region nestled in the Lewis-Clark valley to try some award-winning vintages on a historic and culinary adventure. Designated in just 2016, these 306,658 acres of picturesque, rolling vineyards are the valley’s third appellation and Washington States’ 14th. Throughout, you’ll be joined by a local sommelier who also happens to be a historian and is ideally suited to illuminate all you see—and sample. 3 Days.
2021: Please inquire for rates
Post-Voyage Extension: Lewiston History & Wine
Venture into the United States’ newest-designated wine region nestled in the Lewis-Clark valley to try some award-winning vintages on a historic and culinary adventure. Designated in just 2016, these 306,658 acres of picturesque, rolling vineyards are the valley’s third appellation and Washington States’ 14th. Throughout, you’ll be joined by a local sommelier who also happens to be a historian and is ideally suited to illuminate all you see—and sample. 2 Days.
2021: Please inquire for rates
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)