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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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  1. New Pacific Northwest itinerary for an in-depth experience. Our experience enables us to design an exceptionally rich itinerary. We explore Lewis & Clark history; discover diverse, lush landscapes; and taste the region’s culinary treasures.

  2. Explore aboard nimble expedition ships adapted for river navigation. Carrying just 62 guests and with a shallow draft, National Geographic Sea Bird takes you almost 500 miles inland up the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The deck of our ship is the perfect platform — for viewing dramatic landscapes and landmarks, including the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, Beacon Rock and Crown Point; taking photographs; and sharing the wonder with like-minded others.

  3. More learning, personal attention and activity choices. We travel with an extraordinary group of leaders who will illuminate your travels through the largest basalt flow, floods and mudslides in the history of the world. We also engage local experts to expand on some of the themes introduced by our experts: the mountain crossing by the Corps of Discovery, the history of river navigation, and the cataclysmic origins of the Columbia River Gorge. You’ll have the opportunity to walk, kayak, and explore in Zodiacs and other craft.

  4. Expert Native American cultures in-depth. We travel through the land of the Nez Perce, once led by the famous Chief Joseph. At the Nez Perce Center you’ll learn about the rich culture of the tribe, and how they aided the Corps of Discovery on their journey.

  5. Unique focus on regional food. We are committed to provisioning with seasonal and sustainable foods sourced from local producers and providers along our route — some certified by Food Alliance, a non-profit organization with the most comprehensive third-party certification for sustainably-produced food in North America. We are the only Food Alliance Supply Chain Ally in the travel industry.

  6. Visit a farm, vineyard and taste craft brews. The Gorge White House is a 102-year-old working farm in Hood River on the National Registry of Historic Places. You’ll meet the owners and have lunch crafted of ingredients grown on the property, served in the dahlia garden (weather permitting). You’ll also visit a local vineyard, and enjoy award-winning wines and local craft brews on board.

  7. A Certified Photo Instructor on every departure. One of the naturalists aboard this expedition is specially trained to provide assistance with many camera models, plus instruction and tips that will help you take your best shots ever.

  8. Experience the locks. Locking-in is one of the most fascinating aspects of this river journey. We’ll travel through a total of eight different locks that lift you some 700 feet in all — nearly ten times what transiting the Panama Canal entails. Weather permitting, we also offer a unique view of the locks — from our Zodiacs.

  9. Wellness Program aboard. We’re the only expedition company with a Wellness Specialist onboard, offering morning stretch classes on the Upper Deck, as well as a range of fee-for-service spa treatments.

  10. Exclusive Video Chronicle of your expedition. Your Chronicle captures the expedition moments you’ll want to remember. Professionally shot in HD and edited during the voyage, it’s available for purchase at disembarkation.