Portland, Oregon / EmbarkIn 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.
AstoriaBegin 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. (B,L,D)
Columbia River Gorge & Hood RiverThis morning find yourselves positioned off of Rooster Rock and begin your orientation to the Gorge. Youíll get a fresh perspective on such highlights as Beacon Rock, Multnomah Falls and Crown Point. Hike among towering waterfalls. Continue on to Hood River, where youíll have a tour of the historic Gorge White House and farm, with its spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Enjoy lunch in the farmís dahlia garden before visiting a nearby winery for a tasting and tour. (B,L,D)
The Dalles / Maryhill MuseumVisit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the regionís natural history. Hike or take bicycles along historic Highway 30. In the afternoon visit the Maryhill Museum and view its extensive and eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures and other fascinating exhibits. (B,L,D)
Exploring the Palouse RiverThe still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as you set off on the 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. (B,L,D)
ClarkstonAt 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 Americaís most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. Or you may opt to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Clearwater River, visiting several of their actual campsites. Led by a local Historian, learn about the relationship between the Nez Perce people and Lewis and Clark. (B,L,D)
Clarkston, Washington / DisembarkTransfer through Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home. (B)