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Retrace the Pacific Northwest portion of Lewis and Clark’s epic 19th-century expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird/Sea Lion or the National Geographic Quest. 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.
Aboard the new National Geographic Quest, retrace the path of Lewis and Clark’s trailblazing expedition through the Pacific Northwest.
Cruise through the towering canyons of the Columbia River Gorge, and explore the coastline by kayak or Zodiac.
Board jet boats for a thrilling ride through the rapids of the Snake River and into Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest gorge.
Enjoy delicious meals made with fresh ingredients sourced from local providers located along the path of our journey.
Itinerary - 7 Days
Day 1 — Portland, Oregon
After boarding our ship, cruise the lower reaches of the Willamette River through downtown Portland, nicknamed Rose City for its many rose gardens. (D)
Day 2 — Astoria, Oregon
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). (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Columbia River Gorge and Hood River
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 sample 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. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — The Dalles
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. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Palouse River
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. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Clarkston, Washington
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. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Clarkston
Transfer through Lewiston, Idaho, or Spokane, Washington for your flight home. (B)
Book by September 30, 2017 and receive a $500 air credit on the following departures:
2017: October 13, 14, 19, and 20
2018: April 12, April 18, October 11, and October 17
Offers are for new bookings only and are subject to availability. Please call for details.
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.
Becky Hale is a studio photographer on staff with National Geographic in Washington, D.C. Her work is wide-ranging and includes portraiture and still photography illustrating complex scientific and cultural stories. Becky’s images have appeared in articles about the evolution of artificial hearts, invasive species and advances in organ regeneration. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Fieldwork has taken her around the globe—from the Arctic Circle to southern Chile. She’s photographed whooping cranes from an ultralight, set up a portrait studio inside the cold-storage locker in a morgue, and driven through Idaho shooting portraits of ranchers and environmentalists grappling with the reintroduction of wolves. In her life beyond National Geographic, she’s the mother of two small redheads who try their best to evade her camera.
Add a Pre- or Post-Voyage One-Day Extension:
Portland, Oregon City Tour and/or Willamette Valley Wine Tour. Please call for details.
Sea Bird/Sea Lion
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin, add $2,450 in Category 1 and $2,850 in Category 2.
Airfare to Portland and return from Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane Washington, or vice versa, is not included in the expedition cost.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.