Day-By-Day

Our itinerary & experience make the most of your time & curiosity


Each week of exploring the Columbia and Snake Rivers is crafted to offer a panoramic experience of the region’s history, harvests, and landscapes. Expect daily discoveries and up close encounters with the beauty and richness of the region.

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Embark: Portland, OR

Disembark: Clarkston, WA


Select departures travel from Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA.

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  • 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 explore the Astoria area with several options to choose from. (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. In the afternoon, continue through the Gorge to Hood River where we'll visit the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM), home to one of the largest collections of still-functioning antique cars and planes in the country. Or choose to hike the remnants of the Columbia River Highway through the Mosier Twin Tunnels. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: The Dalles/Maryhill Museum, Oregon

    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. End the day with a tour and tasting at a local vineyard and winery. (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. In the afternoon, visit the Nez Perce National Historic Park before returning to the ship for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Clarkston, Washington/Disembark

    Transfer through to Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington for connecting flights home. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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