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Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes

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Sailing along the Columbia and Snake Rivers offers you an exclusive panoramic experience of the region's history, harvests, and landscapes. Expect daily discoveries and up-close encounters with the local beauty on this relaxed 7-day North America getaway. Explore fantastic wineries, places to kayak, bike, or hike, and taste local fruit at a family farm as you enjoy views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Portland, Oregon | Embark
Day 2 : Astoria
Day 3 : Columbia River Gorge and Hood River
Day 4 : The Dalles | Maryhill Museum
Day 5 : Exploring the Palouse River
Day 6 : Clarkston
Day 7 : Clarkston, Washington | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail the Willamette River to reach the center of picturesque Portland
  • Visit the historical Columbia River Maritime Museum
  • Discover Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge into the pool below
  • Explore one of North America‚Äôs most scenic places, spectacular Hells Canyon

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Fort Clatsop Scenic Landscape Bonneville Dam Sacagawea Statue at Oregon's Cascade Locks Dugout Canoe at Fort Clatsop

Day 1 Portland, Oregon | Embark

In the late afternoon, embark your 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.

Day 2 Astoria

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 you can choose to visit Cape Disappointment or Zodiac and kayak in the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge, conditions permitting.

Day 3 Columbia River Gorge and Hood River

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning begin your orientation to the Gorge. 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 can 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, and taste award-winning wines at a local vineyard. 

Day 4 The Dalles | Maryhill Museum

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 visit the Maryhill Museum and view its impressive collection of baskets woven by Native Americans, Rodin sculptures and drawings, and other fascinating exhibits.

Day 5 Exploring the Palouse River

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The 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. Afterwards, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties.

Day 6 Clarkston

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7 Clarkston, Washington | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer through Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home.

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Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and a large view window. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door, and small, private balcony. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability. 

Costs Include:
  • All accommodations aboard the ship per itinerary
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship
  • Meals as indicated
  • Ashore excursions
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Special access permits
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits
  • Use of kayaks
  • Gratuities (except to ship’s crew)
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Services of a ship physician on most voyages
  • Services of expedition staff
Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Extensions
  • Passport
  • Visa, immigration fees
  • Meals not indicated
  • Baggage/accident/travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, and laundry
  • Gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
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