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In the Wake of Lewis & ClarkA Voyage along the Columbia and Snake Rivers

Oct 16 - 22, 2014 (Call to Inquire)
Trace the route of Lewis & Clark discovering the Pacific Northwest’s landscapes aboard National Geographic Sea Bird
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Special Offers
Expedition Exclusive: To further enhance your understanding of the unique food culture of the region, our hotel staff will offer nightly complimentary beer and wine tastings and food pairings during the evening Recap and dinner.

BRING THE KIDS: We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So, take $500 off the double occupancy price for each person under 18.


Overview
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, Zodiacs, 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.

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Top 10 Reasons
See our Top 10 Reasons to Travel — Along the Columbia and Snake Rivers with Smithsonian.

Video
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Itinerary
Day 1 — Portland, Oregon - Embark Ship

In the late afternoon, you’ll embark the ship in downtown Portland 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. (D)

Day 2 — Astoria
You’ll begin your 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, you’ll walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort. You’ll 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 the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge, conditions permitting. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Columbia River Gorge and Hood River
This morning you’ll find the ship positioned off of Rooster Rock and begin your orientation to the Columbia River Gorge. You’ll get a fresh perspective on such highlights as Beacon Rock, Multnomah Falls and Crown Point, and be able to hike among towering waterfalls. You’ll then continue on to Hood River, where you’ll have a tour of the historic Gorge White House and Farm, with its spectacular view of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Lunch will be served in the farm’s dahlia garden before visiting a nearby winery for a tasting and tour. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — The Dalles/Maryhill Museum
Today you’ll visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. You may hike or take bicycles along historic Highway 30. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Maryhill Museum and view its extensive and eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures, and other fascinating exhibits. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Exploring the Palouse River
The still waters of the Palouse River are the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as you set off on Zodiac cruises and kayak adventures. You’ll visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge into pools below. This evening, while sailing down the Snake River, you’ll enjoy local food prepared by the Head Chef. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Clarkston
At Clarkston, you’ll find yourself at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, more than 450 miles from the sea. Today, you’ll 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. Led by our local historian, you’ll learn about the relationship between the Nez Perce people and Lewis and Clark. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Clarkston, Washington, Disembark Ship
After breakfast, you’ll disembark and head to the airport for your homeward-bound flights. You’ll transfer through Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home. (B)