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.

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.

Countries
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Columbia River
  • Snake River
Ship Name
  • National Geographic Sea Lion

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5.0 Meals
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Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey

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great sights. Great local guides. Impatient unpleasant photographer leader November 2017

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  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
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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Photographic tour of Turkey featuring Istanbul, Capadoccia and the coast January 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Turkey was a destination I had dreamed of visiting, and going there with a group of photographers was a dream come true. in 2014 I travelled with a National Geographic Expedition to Turkey which allowed us access to many locations and sight we would perhaps not had the opportunity to see with another group or travelling individually. The cost of the tour was a little expensive but the accommodation and tour generally was 5star.

Our tour was for only 10 days so we stayed in 3 main destinations for 2-3 nights, and we took an internal flight to keep our exploration time on the ground to a maximum. We were lead by 3 tour leaders being a cultural guide, photographic guide and general organiser. Our cultural guide was an expert on the history of the country and he passionately shared this with us on our journey. We visited many other highlights and our photographic guide was available for questions and help throughout the whole tour. Our tour was designed to take advantage of photographic opportunities wherever possible. The opportunity to do your own thing was also possible with the extended stays in each location.

We started off in Istanbul where we stayed for 3 nights, then flew to Capadoccia where we stayed a further 2 nights. My friend and I took advantage of a balloon ride over the amazing landscape there and I am so glad we did. We also experienced a whirling dervishes and were allowed to take photos of their spiritual dance which was a thrill and privilege. We then headed towards the coast where we visited the ruins at Ephesus and by bus to Bodrum which was our final destination. We visited the Museum of Underwater Archeology, and had a behind the scenes tour of the complex and watched the process of reconstruction and recovery of ancient shipwrecks in the area. There were many other sights and locations we visited throughout the trip, and each day we experienced local food and hospitality which really enhanced the experience.

My friend and I decided to book a further couple of nights in Bodrum to extend the length of the holiday as we didn't want to leave the magical coast of Turkey. The locals were very friendly throughout our tour and we were made welcome by everyone we met.

National Geographic Expeditions were a high standard of tour and I would be happy to recommend them as a tour provider for a photographic experience.
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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.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,590

Price Per Day:

$ 656 per day
 

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2015, add $2,300 for Category 1 and $2,700 in Category 2.For a single cabin in 2016, add $2,340 in Category 1 and $2,780 in Category 2.

Third person rates are available in a limited number of Category 3 cabins at one-half the double occupancy rate.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
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

Deck & Cabin Plans
Trip Includes
  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
  • Ground transportation
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

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
Portland
End City
Clarkston, Washington

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