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Explore popular port cities like Vancouver and Astoria as you cruise along the Columbia River on our roundtrip river cruises from Portland. Cruising along the Columbia River presents countless opportunities for adventure in a divine landscape. Join American Empress on this 7-day cruise to explore the stunning mountain landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you opt to hike trails through lush rainforest to spot waterfalls, bike trails with views of the Columbia River Gorge, kayak the region's waterways, or simply stroll through funky port cities like Portland, Vancouver, Astoria, or The Dalles, this itinerary is sure to delight.
Sunrise over Crown Point at Columbia RiverVancouverMultnomah Falls, near Portland, OregonEnjoy stunning views of PortlandEnjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyardExplore the lush forests of the Pacific NorthwestView the stunning Columbia River Gorge
Highlights
  • Explore Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies
  • Experience the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center and Bonneville Dam
  • Explore The Dalles, home to a unique wine scene
  • Enjoy scenic landscapes and the historic attractions of Vancouver
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Vancouver, Washington

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the pre-cruise hotel. The evening is yours to become acquainted with the city. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel, and our friendly staff can assist with everything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving premium experiences. Both American Queen Steamboat Company and local representatives will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment and sightseeing options to maximize your time here.

Day 2: Vancouver, Washington | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
A suburb of Portland, Oregon, Vancouver, Washington, has taken on a distinctive identity of its own. Located in an ideal spot among Mount St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge and the Pacific Coast, Vancouver boasts a newly renovated waterfront and an abundance of activities, scenic landscapes and historic attractions for all to enjoy.

Day 3: Stevenson, Washington

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Stevenson embraces the adventurist – with hiking trails, hot springs and local wineries, a visitor is sure to find plenty to do. Opportunities for educational enlightenment abound within the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center and at Bonneville Dam. Consider a stop downtown to visit restaurants, cafés and small locally owned shops in which reside treasures of the Pacific Northwest.

Day 4: Astoria, Oregon, USA

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Astoria is known to be the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. There is no doubting the richness of the history grounded in this Columbia River town. For thousands of years, the Clatsop Tribe inhabited the lands. Today, you can climb to the top of the Astoria Column – wrapped in depictions of history – look out over the landscape toward the Pacific Ocean and watch your model wooden airplane glide through the air to its rest below.

Day 5: River Cruising

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Watch small river towns and lush landscapes slowly become lost in the horizon as sunlight plays upon the deck. Take hold of a literary classic, curl up on a plush chair in a cozy corner and relish in the moment of tranquility. Experience the fulfillment that river cruising offers.

Day 6: The Dalles, Oregon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the end of the overland Oregon Trail, The Dalles holds a unique place in history as a jumping-off spot for pioneers, soldiers, gold miners, adventurers, gun-slingers, floozies and scallywags. The Dalles, although a part of the Oregon High Desert, features a long growing season and a relatively warm climate that supports the growing of grapes. As a result, the region is home to a wine scene unlike any other in Oregon. Visitors will be pleased to see the rolling hills speckled with vineyards.

Day 7: Vancouver, Washington | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
As the journey concludes, there are other opportunities for you to take in the town. Enjoy the city at your leisure, or consider a post-cruise premium experience with airport transfer.

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Astoria Dining Room

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$1,599
American Empress  Outside Stateroom
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Outside Staterooms With Window (D)
180 sq. ft. 7 cabins located on the Explore Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Interior access.
American Empress Veranda Stateroom
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Veranda Staterooms (E)
150 sq. ft. 12 cabins located on the Vista Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Semi-private veranda, Interior and exterior access.
American Empress Deluxe Veranda
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Deluxe Veranda Staterooms (C)
180 sq. ft. 75 cabins located on the Discovery and Frontier Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Private veranda, Interior access.
American Empress Superior Veranda
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Superior Veranda Staterooms (B)
210-250 sq. ft. 9 cabins located on the Vista, Discovery and Frontier Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Sitting area, Private veranda, Interior access, Stateroom 403 features a semi-private veranda.
American Empress Single outside
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Single Outside Stateroom With Veranda (SO)
160 sq. ft. 1 cabin located on the Frontier Deck. Single bed Full bathroom with shower, Private veranda, Interior access.
American Empress Suites with veranda
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Suites With Veranda (A)
310 sq. ft. 6 cabins located on the Vista Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Sitting area with sofa, Semi-private veranda, Interior and exterior access.
American Empress Luxury Suite
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Luxury Suites With Veranda (LS)
410 sq. ft. 2 cabins located on the Discovery and Frontier Deck. Queen bed or two single beds, Full bathroom with shower, Sitting area with sofa, Private veranda, Interior access Commodore Services, including a River Butler.
Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Included on American Queen Voyages
    - One-Night Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay
    - Unlimited Beverages Open Bars and Lounges
    - Acclaimed Cuisine in Multiple Venues
    - All-Day In-Room Dining
    - Unlimited WiFi
    - Bicycles* & Hiking Sticks
    - Live, Daily Onboard Entertainment & Enrichment
     
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Excluded on American Queen Voyages
    - Port charges
    - Optional premium shore excursions
    - Travel Protection Plan
    - Transfer to and from the airport
    - Mandatory Gratuities - Pay onboard or in advance
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