Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes
- Sail in the wake of Lewis & Clark & their legendary expedition
- Enjoy complimentary wine and craft beer tastings
- Experience the region on up close, water level Zodiac and kayak forays
- Transit eight locks, lifting the ship 700 feet
At a glance
Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights
Coverage: Portland, Oregon to Lewiston, Idaho
Season: September - October
Activities: Culinary, History
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Travel through the region as early explorers, settlers, and natives did—by the waterways that stretch far inland from the Pacific Ocean, aboard the 62-guest expedition ship National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion.
The powerful Columbia and Snake Rivers flow through a beautiful land and offer access to fantastic wineries, places to kayak, bike or hike, and extraordinary scenery—you’ll experience it all. Hike to a towering waterfall. Taste local fruit at a family farm and enjoy views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Visit sites used by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark while they made their way to the Pacific Coast.
You’ll be offered guided tours of museums, a farm, and a winery. You’ll walk, hike, bike, kayak, or Zodiac cruise—most days off-the-ship outings will be offered. Bike ride or walk along a historic route. Or, if you’d prefer to take an afternoon off, you’re welcome to grab a good book and relax on our ship’s sundeck.
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, a historian, a geologist/naturalist, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for the Columbia & Snake Rivers is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Day 1 — Portland, Oregon/Embark Ship
In 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.
- Day 2 — Astoria
We begin our 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, we 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)
- Day 3 — Columbia River Gorge and Hood River
This morning we find ourselves positioned off of Rooster Rock and begin our orientation to the Gorge. You’ll 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 we’ll 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 farm’s dahlia garden before visiting a nearby winery for a tasting and tour. (B,L,D)
- Day 4 — The Dalles/Maryhill Museum
Visit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or take bicycles along historic Highway 30. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Maryhill Museum and view its extensive and eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures and other fascinating exhibits. (B,L,D)
- Day 5 — Exploring the Palouse River
The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off on our 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)
- Day 6 — Clarkston
At Clarkston, we find ourselves 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. 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 our local Historian, we learn about the relationship between the Nez Perce people and Lewis and Clark. (B,L,D)
- Day 7 — Lewiston, Idaho/Disembark
Transfer to Lewiston airport for connecting flights home.
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Ships||1||2||3||Single 1||Single 2|
|Sep 19, 2017||National Geographic Sea Lion||$4,890||$5,690||$6,650||$7,340||$8,540|
|Sep 20, 2017||National Geographic Sea Bird||$4,890||$5,690||$6,650||$7,340||$8,540|
|Sep 26, 2017||National Geographic Sea Bird||$4,890||$5,690||$6,650||$7,340||$8,540|
|Oct 1, 2017||National Geographic Sea Lion||$4,890||$5,690||$6,650||$7,340||$8,540|
|Oct 2, 2017||National Geographic Sea Bird||$4,890||$5,690||$6,650||$7,340||$8,540|
|Oct 7, 2017||National Geographic Sea Lion||$4,890||$5,690||$6,650||$7,340||$8,540|
|Oct 8, 2017||National Geographic Sea Bird||$4,890||$5,690||$6,650||$7,340||$8,540|
|Oct 13, 2017||National Geographic Sea Lion||$4,890||$5,690||$6,650||$7,340||$8,540|
|Oct 19, 2017||National Geographic Sea Lion||$4,890||$5,690||$6,650||$7,340||$8,540|
National Geographic Sea Bird/Sea Lion
National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion (sister ships) can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. View ship details...