Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

Columbia and Snake Rivers Voyage: $500 Air Credit

Book by July 31, 2019 and receive a $500 air credit on the April 25, May 1, October 9 and 15, 2019 departures. Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Please call for details.

Available Departures
  • May 1-7, 2019
  • Oct 9-15, 2019
  • Oct 15-21, 2019
Special Offer for Solo Travelers

Book now and waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, and may not be combined with other offers. Solo premium waiver not applicable on pre- or post-extensions. Please call for details.

Available Departures
  • May 1-7, 2019
  • Aboard the new National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Sea Lion, retrace the path of Lewis and Clark’s trailblazing expedition through the Pacific Northwest.
  • Cruise through the towering canyons of the Columbia River Gorge, and explore the shoreline by kayak or Zodiac.
  • Board jet boats for a thrilling ride through the rapids of the Snake River and into Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge.
  • Enjoy delicious meals made with fresh ingredients sourced from providers located along the path of our journey.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Retrace the Pacific Northwest portion of Lewis and Clark’s epic 19th-century expedition aboard the National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Sea Lion. Cruise through the lush landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge, the mountains of the Cascade Range, and the historical lands of the Native American tribes that the peripatetic duo encountered. Dine on locally sourced cuisine, and sample the region’s famed wines and microbrews.

This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.

 

Day 1: Portland, Oregon

After boarding our ship, cruise the lower reaches of the Willamette River through downtown Portland, nicknamed Rose City for its many rose gardens.

Meals Included:Dinner
Day 2: Astoria, Oregon

Sail to the mouth of the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon. At Fort Clatsop, walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805-1806 before their return journey to St. Louis. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town. Explore downtown Astoria or visit the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and, weather permitting, choose to hike with a historian at Cape Disappointment, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Columbia River Gorge and Hood River

Continue east on the Columbia River, which forms the border between Washington and Oregon. Deepening canyons signify the beginning of the 100-mile stretch known as the Columbia River Gorge. As we enter the gorge, we'll see the towering monolith of Beacon Rock and Bonneville Lock and Dam, a New Deal project originally built in 1938. Hike within sight of one of the gorge’s myriad waterfalls—which include towering Multnomah Falls. Visit the town of Hood River, stopping in at the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM), home to one of the largest collections of still-functioning antique cars and planes in the country, or choose to hike the remnants of the Historic Columbia River Highway through the Mosier Tunnels. Later, raise a glass at a local brewery along our route.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: The Dalles

Learn about the region’s natural history at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Hike or bike among the cliffs and cascades along the Historic Columbia River Highway, one of the original coast-to-coast U.S.highways. At the Maryhill Museum of Art, browse an eclectic collection of Native American baskets, Rodin sculptures, and chess sets. Cap off the day with a vineyard tour and wine tasting.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Palouse River

This tributary of the Snake River empties out from a remote, narrow canyon, and its calm waters are ideal for exploring with the ship’s Zodiacs and kayaks. Visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge into pools below. Afterward, sail up the Snake River, sampling local specialties along the way.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Clarkston, Washington

Near the Idaho border, Clarkston, Washington is at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. Here, set out on a jet boat ride up the Snake River, zipping across rapids and past abandoned homesteads and gold mines en route to Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington

Disembark in Clarkston and transfer to Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast

Optional Extensions

Optional Extensions

  • Portland Extension
Portland Extension

Pre or Post-Voyage

Stroll through green parks and fragrant rose gardens, savor farm-to-table cuisine and world-class wines, and delve into the rich pioneer history of Portland, Oregon during a stay in this welcoming city. Choose to set out on a half day tour of Portland’s historic districts and trendy neighborhoods with a local guide. Or venture into the lush hills of the Willamette Valley to visit three renowned wineries that are experimenting with new approaches to an ancient craft. Or make a full day of it and enjoy both excursions—the choice is yours.

Please call an Expedition Specialist to inquire about any of these options for pre- or post-trip experiences.

Day 1: Portland Half-Day City Tour

Portland’s rich cultural heritage is evident in its many epithets, from the City of Roses to Bridgetown, Beertown, and the Greenest City in America. Explore the city’s colorful history on a half-day tour alongside our local guide. Begin with a panoramic view of Portland’s skyline and distant Mount Hood from the exquisite Pittock Mansion, which overlooks the city from the wooded West Hills. Then venture into the neighborhoods of Portland’s five quadrants to experience each area’s unique atmosphere. Discover innovative art galleries and stylishly renovated warehouses in the Pearl District, and marvel at 19th-century architecture in the central old town. Later, learn about Portland’s abundant flora and fauna while exploring scenic sections of the city’s 10,000 acres of public parks.

Day 2: Willamette Valley Winery Half-Day Tour

South of Portland, nestled along the verdant banks of the Willamette River and bounded by soaring mountain ranges on three sides, lies Oregon’s “promised land”: the Willamette Valley. Pioneers by the thousands traveled along the famed Oregon Trail to set down roots in the valley’s rich farmlands. Today, the Willamette Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) wine grape-growing region contains six sub-appellations comprising over 500 wineries, particularly well-known for pinot noir. Set out on a private tour of three award-winning wineries. With our expert guide, learn about exciting developments in the local industry, from biodynamic to single block wines, sourced from a single distinct section of a vineyard. Enjoy a series of wine tastings, followed by a locally sourced picnic lunch. Return to Portland and enjoy the evening on your own to explore one of the country’s most celebrated restaurant scenes.