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Harvests, History & Landscapes

Harvests, History & Landscapes

At a glance

Duration: 7 Days, 6 Nights

Coverage: Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington

From: $4,890

Season: September - October

Activities: Culinary, History

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Lindblad Expeditions, in partnership with National Geographic

Lindblad travels through the region as early explorers, settlers, and natives did—by the waterways that stretch far inland from the Pacific Ocean. Our intimate, 62-guest expedition ship will enable you to:

  • Sail in the wake of Lewis & Clark and their legendary Corps of Discovery expedition
  • Taste the bounty of the region through their harvests and fresh, local, and delectable cuisine
  • Experience the region on up close, water level expedition landing craft and kayak forays
  • Transit a series of eight locks that lift the ship 700 feet, 10 times the elevation of the Panama Canal

Experience the region’s history, harvests & landscapes

The powerful Columbia and Snake Rivers flow through a beautiful land and offer access to fantastic wineries, places to kayak, bike or hike, and extraordinary scenery—you’ll experience it all. Hike to a towering waterfall. Taste local fruit at a family farm and enjoy views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Visit sites used by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark while they made their way to the Pacific Coast.

Every day is engaging and options abound

You’ll be offered guided tours of museums, a farm, and a winery. You’ll walk, hike, bike, kayak, or expedition landing craft cruise—most days off-the-ship outings will be offered. Bike ride or walk along a historic route. Or, if you’d prefer to take an afternoon off, you’re welcome to grab a good book and relax on our ship’s sundeck.

Travel in excellent company

Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, a historian, a geologist/naturalist, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for the Columbia & Snake Rivers is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — Portland, Oregon/Embark Ship

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 and 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

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)

Dates & Rates

Dates Ships 1 2 3 Single 1 Single 2
Sep 19, 2017 National Geographic Sea Lion $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Sep 20, 2017 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Sep 26, 2017 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Oct 1, 2017 National Geographic Sea Lion $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Oct 2, 2017 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Oct 7, 2017 National Geographic Sea Lion $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Oct 8, 2017 National Geographic Sea Bird $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Oct 13, 2017 National Geographic Sea Lion $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Oct 19, 2017 National Geographic Sea Lion $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Apr 12, 2018 National Geographic Quest $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Apr 18, 2018 National Geographic Quest $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Sep 17, 2018 National Geographic Quest $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Sep 23, 2018 National Geographic Quest $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Sep 29, 2018 National Geographic Quest $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Oct 5, 2018 National Geographic Quest $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Oct 11, 2018 National Geographic Quest $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540
Oct 17, 2018 National Geographic Quest $4,890 $5,690 $6,650 $7,340 $8,540

*Reverse itinerary
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Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes

Ships

National Geographic Sea Bird/Sea Lion

National Geographic EndeavourNational Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion (sister ships) can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. View ship details...


National Geographic Quest

National Geographic Quest

Lindblad's newest ship in Alaska is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves, and fast-moving channels where wildlife congregate while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort. Spacious cabins, open decks for wildlife viewing, and specialty tools for exploration make it the ideal platform for sailing in the remote areas of Alaska. View ship details...

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