Enjoy autumn colors and clear blue skies as you trace the route of Lewis and Clark, exploring one of America's great waterways along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

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 The dramatic Mount Hood  The Columbia River  Fort Clatsop. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Statue of Sacagawea at Fort Clatsop. Credit: Marc Cappelletti  Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge  The Palouse River and waterfall. Credit: Jason Hatfield  Pictograph found along the route of Lewis and Clark  Kayakers on the Columbia River. Credit: Ralph Lee Hopkins  Fort Clatsop National Memorial. Credit: Marc Cappelletti

In the Wake of Lewis and Clark

Cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers Aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird

7 days from $4,390

Enjoy autumn colors and clear blue skies as you trace the route of Lewis and Clark, exploring one of America's great waterways along the Columbia and Snake Rivers.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

I enjoyed our expedition landing craft tour of Palouse Falls. Great small ship. Wonderful food! My 6th Smithsonian trip!

- Gail A.

My perspective on the world was transformed by this expedition.

- Jeffrey A.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Explore the wonderful, quirky, and picturesque city of Portland, or choose to visit three wineries and have dinner in a region famed for its pinot noir, and learn the history of the fine art of viticulture. Or make a full day of it and do both.

Willamette Valley Wine Tour
Sit back and let us share some of Oregon’s acclaimed boutique wineries with a private tour and tastings. Just outside Portland lies Willamette Valley Wine County, boasting nearly 400 wineries and tasting rooms. Award winning wineries such as Winter's Hill, Durant, Stoller, Rex Hill, Fox Farm, and Laurel Ridge have contributed to the prestige of the region. On this half-day tour, visit three of the aforementioned wineries that all deliver on elegance but leave the pretense at the door. From the first stop to the last, you’ll discover that each winery represents distinctive elements of the Willamette Valley, from biodynamic farming practices to unique single-block and single-close wines. We’ll tour the wineries and taste fine wine, while learning about the art of viticulture from an expert guide and sometimes the winemakers themselves. You’ll clean your palate with an artisanal cheese and meat platter.In the evening, explore Portland's restaurant scene independently. We’ll provide you with some of our favorite restaurant recommendations covering various types of cuisine. Or, perhaps you have another locale in mind already. With so many well regarded restaurants in Portland, the real challenge will be narrowing it down to one!

Portland Half-Day City Tour
Portland, also known as The City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, Rip City, Little Beirut, or Beertown, is Oregon's most populous city, and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in the Cultural District downtown or a renovated warehouse in the trendy Pearl District, it’s easy to see why Money magazine called Portland the “Best Big City” in North America. Rich in Northwest arts and heritage, the city and region are also noted for strong land-use planning, excellent public transportation and a progressive regional-government.

Join us for a guided tour of the city’s must-see highlights. We’ll start by taking in the iconic views of Portland and surrounding volcanic peaks at the historic Pittock Mansion. Next we explore the neighborhoods and Portland’s four main quadrants: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. Each quadrant has its own distinct feel and unique attractions including art galleries, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and performance spaces. We will also visit at least two of the following parks: Washington Park, Rocky Butte, McCall Waterfront Park. Your naturalist guide will bring the parks alive by interpreting history, flora and fauna, and spotting birds.

Option 1* — Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel and Half-day City Tour:

Includes one hotel night, baggage handling, pickup at the hotel for the guided tour, services of local guides, city sightseeing, all admission fees, taxes, and transfer to ship if applicable depending on pre- or post-voyage extension.

Option 2* — Portland Half-day Tour Only:

Includes pickup at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel for the guided tour, services of local guides, city sightseeing, all admission fees, taxes, and transfer to the ship. 

Option 3* — Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel Only:

Includes one hotel night, baggage handling, and taxes.

Option 4* — Willamette Valley Wine Tour Only:

Includes pickup at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel for the guided tour, services of local guides, all admission fees, taxes, and transfer to the ship if applicable depending on pre- or post-voyage extension.

Option 5* — Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, Half-day City Tour and Willamette Valley Wine Tour:

Includes pickup at the Marriott Hotel for the guided tour, services of local guides, city sightseeing, Willamette Valley Wine Tour, all admission fees, and one hotel night, baggage handling, taxes, and transfer to the ship if applicable depending on pre- or post-voyage extension.

*A minimum participation of 4 guests is needed to operate all options. Please call for extension rates. 

I enjoyed our expedition landing craft tour of Palouse Falls. Great small ship. Wonderful food! My 6th Smithsonian trip!

- Gail A.

My perspective on the world was transformed by this expedition.

- Jeffrey A.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Portland, Oregon / Embark

In the late afternoon, embark the ship and cruise the lower part of the Willamette River, passing under the many bridges and through the center of picturesque Portland, before reaching the Columbia River.

Day 2 — Astoria

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

Day 3 — Columbia River Gorge/Hood River

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 we’ll enjoy fresh fruit from a family farm and taste award-winning wines at a local vineyard. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — The Dalles/Maryhill Museum

Visit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or take bicycles along the beautiful river trail. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Maryhill Museum with its impressive collection of Rodin sculptures and drawings, extensive collection of Native American baskets, and other fascinating exhibits. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Exploring the Palouse River, Washington

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, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Clarkston

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. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Clarkston, Washington / Disembark

Transfer through to Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home. (B)