The powerful Columbia and Snake Rivers flow through a beautiful land and offer access to fantastic wineries, places to kayak and hike, and extraordinary scenery—you’ll experience it all. Exploring by ship is a study in contrasts; it’s at once relaxing and mentally stimulating. It reveals great natural beauty, and yet it features modern marvels of human engineering such as an imposing system of locks and dams and several large-span bridges. We’ll visit the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, enjoy a farm-to-table orchard lunch in the golden Hood River Valley, see important landmarks of the Lewis and Clark expedition including Cape Disappointment, and board kayaks, Zodiacs, and local jet boats for unique perspectives on wonders such as the Palouse River and Hells Canyon. Our culinary program follows the flow of the seasons and focuses on locality and sustainability, allowing you to taste the region’s bounty, and complimentary wine and beer tastings will introduce you to local vintners and brewers for which the region is renowned. Throughout our journey, our superb expedition team will put everything in context and weave an ongoing narrative of each day’s events. You’ll also travel with a Lindblad certified photo instructor at your side and at your service—ensuring you’ll go home with fantastic photos.
Day 1. Portland, Oregon / Embark Sea Lion
Day 2. Astoria
Day 3 - 4. Columbia River Gorge / Hood River
Day 5. Cruising
Day 6. Exploring Palouse River
Day 7. Clarkston, Washington
Day 8. Clarkston / Disembark
- Sail in the wake of Lewis & Clark and their legendary Corps of Discovery expedition.
- Spend a day cruising through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, taking in the views from the bow and perfecting your landscape photography skills.
- Taste the bounty of the region through their harvests and fresh, local, and delectable cuisine.
- Experience the region up-close on water-level Zodiac and kayak forays at Palouse Falls, or by hiking monumental Beacon Rock.
- Transit a series of eight locks that lift the ship 700 feet, 10 times the elevation of the Panama Canal.