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8 Days | Columbia & Snake River Voyage


Day 1 | Portland, Oregon. Situated between the sparkling waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, Portland has flourished throughout history with the fortunes of the great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed Portland's busy waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water. Today, big city excitement combined with small town charm makes Portland one of the favorite destinations in the West. Highlights include the Portland Art Museum, the International Rose Test Garden and famous Powell's Bookstore, filling an entire city block.

Narrated city tour of Portland.* Since it was incorporated in 1851, Portland has long been a hub of arts, culture and welcoming residents eager to showcase the city's diverse offerings. Discover "North America's best Big City" on a three-hour motor coach excursion with a local expert guide. Highlights include Portland's exciting downtown, multiple river bridges, the International Rose Garden, and the Japanese Test Gardens. (*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Portland, Oregon.)

Day 2 | Astoria, Washington. A nationally significant historic region at the western end of the Lewis & Clark Trail, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies and today showcases more than 70 Victorian-era homes in its unique historic district. In the winter of 1805-06 the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition was headquartered at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replica of the fort was built near the original site was eventually named a National Monument. Get a comprehensive overview of the Corp's entire expedition at Fort Canby and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.

Astoria City Tour and Fort Clatsop. Tour historic Astoria, the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. Learn the history of the area while visiting two historic sites. The first stop will be at the Astoria Column, where you will have the opportunity to climb 164 steps to the top of the column to see the majestic views of the countryside. The tour will then proceed to Fort Clatsop, a replica of the original site where the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery camped during the winter of 1805-1806.

Columbia River Maritime Museum. The Columbia River Maritime Museum is one of the premier maritime museums on the West Coast and is the official maritime museum of the state of Oregon. As your guide leads you through the museum, experience what it is like to pilot a tugboat and participate in a Coast Guard rescue. The museum features a new exhibit called Crossing the Bar. This exhibit takes a look at the legendary Columbia River entrance, where the forces of the mighty Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean meet.

Day 3 | Rainier. Cruise through Volcano Alley on the Columbia River with views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens. From Rainier, you will travel to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. At the nearby observatory and interpretive center, look right into the volcanic crater with its steaming dome, and witness firsthand the destructive power and damage caused by its volcanic blast in 1980.

Mount St. Helens Tour. Get an up close look at this active volcano. A scenic bus ride takes you to the Mount St. Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory. The observatory sits on a bluff overlooking the crater and offers views of Mount St. Helens' lava dome, pumice plain and landslide deposit.

Day 4 | Cruising the Columbia River Gorge. The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. A popular recreational destination, the gorge holds federally protected status as a National Scenic Area called the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is managed by the United States Forest Service. The cliffs of the awe-inspiring gorge look down on quaint riverfront towns and exhilarating windsurfing waters. Through millenniums of geologic events, waterfalls have found their home in the Columbia River Gorge.

Day 5 | Stevenson, Washington. In the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, the ship will move through transit the Bonneville Lock and Dam to reach the port of Stevenson. At the Bonneville Dam Visitors Center, learn about the workings of the massive turbine generators behind this imposing hydroelectric power source. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center showcases the area's unique cultural and historical diversity, from the Native American tribes that inhabited the Gorge, to Lewis and Clark and 19th-century loggers.

Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery. Enjoy a guided tour of the Bonneville Dam to learn about fisheries and hydropower (1 Hour). After the tour, take a short bus ride to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery, where you can participate in a self-guided tour through the Spawning Room, Adult Fish Holding Ponds, Rearing Ponds, Rainbow Trout Ponds Outdoor Sturgeon Ponds, Underwater Viewing Center and the Gift Shop. While on this tour, be sure to visit Herman the Sturgeon. Herman is 10 feet long, 425 pounds and over 65 years old.

Multnomah Falls and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Experience the powerful beauty of nature by visiting Multnomah Falls. Eighty miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, the Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only navigable route through the Cascade Mountain Range. Visit magnificent Multnomah Falls, one of over 70 waterfalls found along the Gorge. Plummeting 620 feet, it is the second highest waterfall in the United States. You can enjoy the falls from the Visitor's Center, or walk the paved trail to Benson Bridge, where you can get an up close view of the falls. After viewing the falls, visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, where you will learn about the bountiful life of the Gorge. The Interpretive Center also displays the natural and cultural history of the region.

Day 6 | Pendleton, Oregon. Richland, Washington. Journey to Pendleton and get a taste of the real West watching working cowboys at the world-famous Pendleton Roundup and learn about the pioneers from the perspective of the Native Americans at the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute.

Pendleton Underground Tour. Experience a trip underground and into Pendleton's intriguing and entertaining past. The Pendleton Underground Tour shows you the secrets that lie beneath the streets of this lively town. A network of hidden basalt-rock tunnels link restored buildings, allowing you to see the way they were constructed in the 19th century.

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute. Experience the storied past and bright future of the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla Indians Visit the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, which plays tribute to the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla Indians. These three distinct peoples have melded together over the past 150 years in an alliance called the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The facility also includes interactive exhibits, significant artwork, a living culture village, and a raptor program about birds of prey.

Pendleton Woolen Mill. Visit the Pendleton Woolen Mill and Museum to learn about the town's renowned weaving process during a guided tour. Pendleton Mills has been producing world famous woolens since 1901, including Native American blankets inspired by ancient designs and legends. There will be time after the tour to visit the gift shop where you can purchase woven goods produced on site.

Winery Tour. Sample award winning wines and enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful vineyards on this narrated winery tour. nown as "The Heart of Washington Wine Country," the Tri-Cities region houses more than 160 wineries within a 50 mile radius. Sample award-winning wines and enjoy breathtaking views of beautiful vineyards on this narrated winery tour. Sharing the same latitude as the world-famous Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France, the Columbia Valley has the perfect soil conditions and temperatures for producing great wines. The Tri-Cities' area wineries offer a comfortable setting to experience world-class wines. Visit the Columbia Valley and discover the Heart of Washington Wine Country.

Day 7 | River Cruising. Enjoy an authentic Columbia River Valley wine tasting along the Snake River. After the wine tasting, head to the top deck of Queen of the West where you will have a front row seat as we cruise past rugged mountains and rolling plains. Relax in a lounge chair with a good book or grab a pair of binoculars and search for bald eagles and other wildlife that may be lurking on the river's edge. Today is a day devoted to total relaxation and enjoying the simple pleasures that come with a river cruise.

Day 8 | Clarkston, Washington. Lewiston, Idaho. The twin cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington, are known as the Northwest's most inland seaports. Here, along the Snake River, you'll find Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. This canyon is known for its pristine wilderness and breathtaking scenery. View ancient Indian petroglyphs and magnificent wildlife.

Hells Canyon Jet Boat Tour.* Prepare yourself for an fascinating ride across pristine wilderness. Climb aboard a jet boat for a safe, yet exhilarating adventure into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Your United States Coast Guard certified captain will narrate as you travel across the Snake River through the pristine wilderness of Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America. Along the way, you'll stop to view 7,000-year-old petroglyphs, foraging big horn sheep and rock formations sculpted over a million years ago. (*This is a premium tour. Please call 855-255-1200 for more information. Tour only offered on cruises ending in Clarkston, WA.)

Nez Perce National Historic Park.* Learn about the rich history of the Nez Perce Native American tribe. Located in Spalding, Idaho, the Nez Perce National Historic Park commemorates the contributions the tribe has made. It also helps preserve the sites, stories and artifacts associated with their history and culture. At the park, you will learn about the rich history of the Nez Perce Native American tribe, also remembered for having saved the Lewis and Clark expedition team from starvation following its harrowing journey through the Bitteroot Mountains. (*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Clarkston, WA.)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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