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Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey

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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
7 days
From: $ 4,590 $ 656 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Follow the path of Lewis and Clark’s expedition through what are today the states of Washington and Oregon.
  • Cruise through the towering canyons of the Columbia River Gorge, and explore the coastline by kayak or motorized landing craft.
  • Hike or bike along breathtaking vistas, and take an exhilarating jet boat ride up the Snake River to Hell’s Canyon.
  • Enjoy locally sourced, sustainable cuisine and nightly beer and wine tastings on board. Also visit a winery for a tasting and tour.
  • Learn about the history of the Nez Perce and other Native American tribes of the area.
  • Learn from a National Geographic photographer aboard a specially-crafted fall foliage Photo Expedition on the Oct. 10 departure.

Short Description

Retrace the Pacific Northwest portion of Lewis and Clark’s epic 19th-century expedition. Cruise through the lush landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge, the mountains of the Cascade Range, and the historical lands of the Native American tribes the peripatetic duo encountered. Dine on locally-sourced cuisine, and sample the region’s famed wines and microbrews.

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
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
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

  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation

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Itinerary

Day 1: Portland, Oregon

Meals: Dinner

After boarding our ship, cruise the lower reaches of the Willamette River through downtown Portland, nicknamed Rose City for its many rose gardens.

Day 2: Astoria, Oregon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sail to the mouth of the Columbia River at Astoria, Oregon. At Fort Clatsop, walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805-1806 before their return journey to St. Louis. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town. In the afternoon, choose between a visit to Cape Disappointment (the headland where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean), or the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge by Zodiac or kayak (weather permitting).

Day 3: Columbia River Gorge and Hood River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Sail east on the Columbia River, which forms the border between Washington and Oregon. Deepening canyons signify the beginning of the 100-mile stretch called the Columbia River Gorge. Begin exploration of the Gorge with visits to Bonneville Lock and Dam and Beacon Rock. Hike within sight of one of the Gorge’s myriad waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, one of the highest in the U.S. The ship continues on to Hood River, where you’ll tour a family farm and samle local fruit with spectacular views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams as a backdrop. End the day with a tour of a local vineyard and a tasting of their award-winning wines.

Day 4: The Dalles

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or bike among the cliffs and cascades along Highway 30, one of the original east-west, coast-to-coast U.S. highways. In the afternoon, visit the Maryhill Museum of Art with its eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures, and chess sets.

Day 5: Palouse River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This tributary of the Snake River empties out from a remote, narrow canyon and its calm waters are ideal for exploring with the ship’s Zodiacs and kayaks. Visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge into pools below. Afterward, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties.

Day 6: Clarkston, Washington

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Near the Idaho border, Clarkston, Washington, is at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers. Guests can opt for a jet boat ride up the Snake River over rapids and past abandoned homesteads and gold mines to Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America.

Day 7: Clarkston

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer through Lewiston, Idaho, or Spokane, Washington for your flight home.

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Wow I do not miss ng have loved it my while life and I am 70 my perfect trip would be yellowstone

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I grew up with National Geographic so when I signed up for a NG trip I was quite excited. I spent a lot of time on a crowded bus. Some of the accommodations were two star, peeling paint, smelly rooms, poorly catered. This was an expensive trip all my girl friend and we spent 17,000 dollars for the two of us. Some of the guides were actually wrong about what they were saying about the history of Sicily, and you did not have to be an expert to realize this. There were a number of representations that tour operators made that turned out to be less than accurate. The tour group one night was having dinner in Sorento, and I asked about the wine they were serving, that is the grape and vintage, the only explanation I got was "its red". In another circumstance, the tour operator lost guests at Pompeii, and then threatened to leave them. It was a mess. I could go on, but I would cross this trip off the list.
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We just returned from an amazing experience exploring the Galapagos Islands then following up with another awesome week in Peru -- highlighted by touring the ruins of Machu Picchu. The naturalists, local guides and expedition leaders were outstanding! We'll be talking about this trip for years. This was our first experience with National Geographic Expeditions and loved it so much we've already made reservations for our next trip!
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Fantastic! This is by far the best way to see the world most unique places!

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The local guide went above and beyond. The sights were amazing. The accommodations and meals much better than expected. Lots of driving but in good cars with good drivers. The trip is advertised as being for all levels of photographers but you need to check carefully if this is true for each particular photographer. This trip for me was spoilt by attitude and behavior of photographer and being told by the photographer that if I did not know what I was doing he could not help me. I have reasonable photography experience and I thought these trip were to help all levels learn. Photographer spent most of his time with the most experienced photographers and was dismissive of those less experienced .
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Ship Name

National Geographic Sea Lion

Ship Description

Accommodating just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins, the National Geographic Sea Lion is large enough to operate in remote environments in comfort, yet small enough to enter ports and inlets inaccessible to bigger ships. The ship carries sea kayaks and a fleet of Zodiacs, providing easy access to coastlines and other places of interest. All cabins have windows and are attractively and comfortably furnished with lower berths, private bathrooms, reading lights, and individual climate control. The Sea Lion is authorized to operate in the Tongass National Forest under a Forest Service Special Use Permit

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

colandnat

Trip Excludes

  • Air transportation
  • Gratuities for ship’s crew
  • Passport, visa, and permit expenses
  • Medical expenses and immunizations
  • Baggage/accident/cancellation insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, and alcoholic beverages

Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 6 Dinners

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