Retrace the Pacific Northwest portion of Lewis and Clark’s epic 19th-century expedition with this seven-day itinerary along the Snake and Columbia Rivers aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Sea Lion. 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.
After boarding our ship, cruise the lower reaches of the Willamette River through downtown Portland, nicknamed Rose City for its many rose gardens.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer through Lewiston, Idaho, or Spokane, Washington for your flight home.
Book by July 31, 2013 and receive a complimentary $550 air credit on the Oct. 14 and Oct. 20, 2013 departures. Applies to new bookings and subject to availability.
Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Barton Seaver is a chef and National Geographic Fellow who has dedicated his career to restoring the relationship we have with our ocean. It is his belief that the choices we make for dinner directly impact the ocean and its fragile ecosystems. Seaver has manned the helm of some of Washington, D.C.’s most acclaimed restaurants. In doing so, he brought the idea of sustainable seafood to the nation’s capitol while earning Esquire magazine’s 2009 “Chef of the Year” nod from acclaimed food writer John Mariani. Barton recently became the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program Director for the Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment.
Barton will join the following departure:
Oct 14 - 20, 2013
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
National Geographic Sea Bird
National Geographic Sea Lion
REV Indicates trip operates in reverse.
Learn from a National Geographic photographer aboard a specially-crafted fall foliage Photo Expedition on the October 2 and 8 departures..
Add a Pre- or Post-Voyage One-Day Extension: Portland, Oregon City Tour and/or Willamette Valley Wine Tour. Please call for details.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin in 2013, add $2200 in Category 1 and $2540 in Category 2.
Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the expedition cost.
Third person rates are available in a limited number of Category 3 cabins at one half the double occupancy rate.