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Trip Type : River Cruise
In the Wake of Lewis & Clark tour

In the Wake of Lewis & Clark

Smithsonian Journeys
3.0 . Average
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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: $ 4,300 $ 614 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy active adventures featuring kayaks, expedition landing crafts, and biking as you focus on the region's natural history.
  • Visit sites such as the campsites used by the Corps of Discovery and the eclectic Maryhill Museum with its collection of Native American basketry and beadwork
  • You'll discover the region's culinary delights, aboard ship as we’re underway, and at a family farm and winery
  • Pass through the series of eight locks that raise or lower the ship over 700 feet—a monumental triumph of engineering that deserves to be observed up close
  • Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town

Short Description

Enjoy autumn colors and clear blue skies while exploring one of America’s great waterways along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Follow the route of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition, which carved a pathway to the West, accompanied by our team of experts, including a historian, expedition leader, naturalist/geologist, and photo instructor. Enjoy active adventures featuring kayaks, expedition landing crafts, and biking as you focus on the region's natural history; visit sites such as the campsites used by the Corps of Discovery and the eclectic Maryhill Museum with its collection of Native American basketry and beadwork. And all along the way, you'll discover the region's culinary delights, aboard ship as we’re underway, and at a family farm and winery. Our expedition ship is perfectly suited to river travel and fosters an incredible spirit of shared adventure. You'll also pass through the series of eight locks that raise or lower the ship over 700 feet—a monumental triumph of engineering that deserves to be observed up close.

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 Washington

Trip Includes

  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Meals as noted in itinerary (B-breakfast; L-lunch; D-dinner), including non-alcoholic beverages while aboard ship.
  • Group transfers.
  • All sightseeing as noted in the itinerary.
  • Pre-tour information, including a reading list.
  • All on-tour transportation, unless otherwise noted.
  • Gratuities (except to ship’s crew).
  • Port taxes and fees.
  • Services of an expedition leader, naturalist staff, and expert guides.
  • On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $50,000 if tour was booked before 5/1/2014 or up to $100,000 if tour was booked after 5/1/2014), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance.

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Portland, Oregon, Embark

Meals: Dinner

Board the ship and cruise the center of Portland on the Willamette River before reaching the Columbia River.

Day 2: Astoria

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin our journey by navigating the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Fort Clatsop, where 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 expedition landing craft and kayak in the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge, conditions permitting.

Day 3: Columbia River Gorge/Hood River

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we begin our orientation to the Gorge. You’ll 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’ll enjoy fresh fruit from a family farm and taste award-winning wines at a local vineyard.

Day 4: The Dalles/Maryhill Museum, Oregon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Walk or take bicycles along the beautiful river trail. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Maryhill Museum and view its extensive and eclectic collection of baskets woven by Native Americans, Rodin sculptures, and other fascinating exhibits.

Day 5 :Exploring the Palouse River, Washington

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off on our expedition landing craft cruises and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls where cascading waters plunge into the pool below. Afterwards, continue up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties.

Day 6 : Clarkston

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Day 7: Clarkston, Washington, Disembark

Meals: Breakfast

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

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The trip was awful due to flight cancellations and failure of the contractor to adequately compensate for missed activities and days.

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My wife and I were on the Smithsonian Journeys Splendors of Australia and New Zealand between April 13 and May 2, 2018. Smithsonian is rated by this site as Luxury travel. However, Smithsonian "farms out" the logistics for their trip to Odysseys Unlimited. Odysseys booked within country air travel with the lowest cost air carriers. Flights were cancelled from Ayers Rock to Sydney and from Queenstown New Zealand to Rotorua. Another flight was significantly delayed so that we did not arrive at our Christchurch destination until 2:00 am, making for a really tired next day. Odysseys Unlimited compensated us $400 per person for missing a day in Sydney and paid for an excursion in Auckland for missing Rotorua. This was wholly inadequate, given that these were highlights of the trip. In addition, our tour guide was rude to several people on the trip. If Smithsonian Journeys is truly a luxury travel outfit, as we had believed, then they would not be farming out travel logistics to such a chinch company as Odysseys Unlimited. We will think twice about traveling with Smithsonian again, and so should others.
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Get to Cuba before it changes because it has to.

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Cuba has been open to limited group travel for four years and is being opened to individual travel (still with restrictions) now. With thousands of Americans descending on our nearest island neighbor, Cuba has to increase its tourist infrastructure - and lose some of its charm.

Smithsonian Journeys is a great way to see Cuba before it changes. Yes, Smithsonian tours are more expensive than some other tour companies but the phrase, "you get what you pay for", certainly holds true. Everything about the tour was top notch - the American tour coordinator, the local Cuban guide, the itinerary - the best. And everything is included - everything - tipping, all activities, tours. Cuba is a fascinating destination and deserves a quality tour company.
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Optional Activities

  • Optional Extension in Portland

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • Airfare and air and departure taxes.
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Transfers and baggage handling abroad for those not traveling on the designated program departure and arrival dates.
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operators in making additional travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew are at your discretion.
  • Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan: Unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses. This optional plan offers an affordable package of benefits and services that can provide coverage and assistance for the unexpected.

Meals Included:

6 Breakfast, 5 Lunch, 6 Dinner

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