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Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise tour

Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise

American Cruiselines
4.2 . Great
75%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 3,995 $ 499 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • A narrated city tour of Portland
  • Visit Columbia River Maritime Museum which is one of the premier maritime museums on the West Coast
  • Tour historic Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies
  • Get an up close look at Mount St. Helens
  • Multnomah Falls & Fish Hatchery
  • Sample award winning wines and enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful vineyards
  • Learn about the rich history of the Nez Perce Native American tribe

Short Description

Cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers along the epic route pioneered by Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago. Join us aboard the paddlewheelers American Pride and Queen of the West for an 8-day cruise through this rich tapestry of ever changing landscapes, thriving wildlife habitats and diverse wine country.

Enjoy freshly prepared regional cuisine, local wine varietals and the personalized service of American Cruise Lines as we travel from Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA.

These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Trip Type River Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Portland
End City Clarkston, Washington

Trip Includes

  • American Cruise Lines’ per person fare includes passage
  • Dining service, snacks
  • Complimentary cocktail parties, and entertainment aboard the ship.
  • Fares do not include shore tours (except for Alaska cruises), service charges,or port charges and fees

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Itinerary

Day 1: Portland, OR

Situated between the sparkling waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland has flourished throughout history with the fortunes of the great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed Portland’s busy waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water. Today, big city excitement combined with small town charm makes Portland one of the favorite destinations in the West. Highlights include the Portland Art Museum, the International Rose Test Garden and famous Powell’s Bookstore, filling an entire city block.

Day 2: Astoria, OR

A nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and today showcases more than 70 Victorian-era homes in its unique historic district. In the winter of 1805-06 the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition was headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site and was eventually named a National Monument. Get a comprehensive overview of the Corp’s entire expedition at Fort Canby and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.

Day 3: Rainier, OR

Cruise through Volcano Alley on the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. From Rainier, you will travel to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. At the nearby observatory and interpretive center, look right into the volcanic crater with its steaming dome, and witness firsthand the destructive power and damage caused by its volcanic blast in 1980.

Day 4: Cruising the Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. A popular recreational destination, the gorge holds federally protected status as a National Scenic Area called the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is managed by the United States Forest Service. The cliffs of the awe-inspiring gorge look down on quaint riverfront towns and exhilarating windsurfing waters. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge.

Day 5: Stevenson, WA

In the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, the ship will move through and transit the Bonneville Lock and Dam to reach the port of Stevenson. At the Bonneville Dam Visitors Center, learn about the workings of the massive turbine generators behind this imposing hydroelectric power source. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center showcases the area's unique cultural and historical diversity, from the Native American tribes that inhabited the Gorge, to Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers.

Day 6: The Dalles, OR

Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, on the south bank, The Dalles is a perfect photographic spot. Discover the area where Lewis & Clark camped at Rock Fort Camp during their historic journey to explore the Louisiana Purchase territory in 1805-1806.

Day 7: Pendleton, OR / Richland, WA

Journey to Pendleton and get a taste of the real West watching working cowboys at the world-famous Pendleton Roundup and learn about the pioneers from the perspective of the Native Americans at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. This unique town began to thrive in 1851 with the establishment of a European-American commercial trading post and today it offers visitors a true view of the original American west.

Day 8: Clarkston, WA

The twin cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington, are known as the Northwest’s most inland seaports. Here, along the Snake River, you’ll find Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. This canyon is known for its pristine wilderness and breathtaking scenery. View ancient Indian petroglyphs and magnificent wildlife.

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Columbia and Snake Rivers cruise

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One of the best vacations that I have taken

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I took my first cruise on American Cruise Lines was August 2014. I took the Columbia/Snake River cruise. It was on the Queen of the West. It was one of the best vacations that I have taken. It was fantastic. The service & personnel was excellent. I had a lot of fun. Even though I was solo traveler, I felt so welcome & met a lot of very nice people. The food was very good. I would recommend this trip. I would like to take another vacation with American Cruise. I plan to in the near future.
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Ship Name

American Pride

Ship Stats

Our most spacious staterooms, from 352 to 600 square feet, the Owner’s Suite features tasteful room décor and a private balcony. Relax in comfort and style with your choice of two Twin or one King sized bed, a cozy seating area and full sized bathrooms

Ship Description

American Pride offers an unparalleled experience never before available on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Aboard American Pride, guests will discover the natural beauty, history, and culture of the Pacific Northwest while enjoying the finest in accomodations and personalized service.  American Pride not only boasts the largest, most well-appointed staterooms, but also offers private balconies and unobstructed views. In addition to the amazing scenery, our master chefs have been busy preparing menus that are tailored specifically to the Pacific Northwest region

Deck & Cabin Plans

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

Cruise Cancellation Protection is recommended and available, and allows for a refund of the cruise fare cost, up to the sailing date. For information on the Cruise Cancellation Protection Plan, contact American Cruise Lines, Inc. Cancellations must be received by American Cruise Lines at its office in Guilford, CT in writing. Only written cancellations will be accepted and should be sent certified, registered mail or return receipt requested. All cancellations will incur a non-refundable $250.00 per person cancellation administrative charge. Cruise Cancellation Protection Plan purchase allows for a full refund of monies up to the day of sail for a covered reason, less administrative charges and Cruise Cancellation Protection Plan costs, which are non-refundable. Following is the refund schedule for any monies received without Cruise Cancellation Protection Plan:

Up to 91 Days prior to day of sail  100%*

90-46 Days prior to day of sail      50%*

45-0 Days prior to day of sail        0%

* All refunds will incur $250.00 per person charge.

The cancellation fees of $250 per passenger may be applied as a courtesy discount toward fare for a future cruise reserved with American Cruise Lines, Inc. within one year of the cancellation date. Fees paid for the American Cruise Lines Cruise Cancellation Protection Plan are non-refundable. For cancellations relating to group bookings, passengers should refer to the group booking agreement for terms and conditions.

Trip ID#:

ColAndAme

Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Accommodations if not mentioned in the ititnerary
  • Meals if not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

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