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. Join us on our new Spring departures and take advantage of the region in bloom. 


Embark: Clarkston, WA

Disembark: Portland, OR


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

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  • DAY 1: Clarkston, Washington/Embark

    Choose to fly into nearby Lewiston, Idaho, or fly into Spokane, Washington, located two hours away and travel though the picturesque landscapes of the Palouse to Clarkston to board the ship. (D)

  • DAY 2: Clarkston

    At Clarkston, we find ourselves at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, more than 450 miles from the sea. The name Clarkston, is in reference to William Clark and is located directly across the river from Lewiston, Idaho, which is named for Meriwether Lewis, though neither of them ever traveled to the Clarkston side of the river.

     

    Travel by comfortable jet boat into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon.  The 125-mile long canyon was carved by the waters of the Snake River and at 7,993 feet is North America’s deepest river gorge—most of it inaccessible by road. The earliest known settlers in the canyon were the Nez Percé tribe and, as you travel up the river, look to the hillsides and see remnants of their ancestral horse trails along with pictographs and petroglyphs on the rock formations. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 3: Palouse River

    The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off cruising on our Zodiac and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge 198 feet into the pool below. These falls and the canyon are an important feature of the channeled scablands created by the great Missoula Floods that swept periodically across the region. Afterwards, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Walla Walla

    Drive through some of the most fertile agricultural areas in the nation, with bright, rolling green fields of sprouting wheat, asparagus, the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onions, and now the vineyards that bring Walla Walla world-wide recognition. Enjoy historic Walla Walla with a visit to the Whitman Mission, a National Historic Site, and the location of the 1847 attack on missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and 12 members of their household by a group of Cayuse seeking retribution for the spread of measles among their people and the inability of Whitman to heal the sick. Visit Fort Walla Walla Museum featuring an eclectic collection of historical artifacts, farming implements, a 17-building historic pioneer settlement and an impressive display of a 1919 Harris hillside wheat combine complete with life-size replica of a team of 33 mules. Enjoy lunch and tasting at a local winery. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Cruising

    Today we will spend the day cruising through some of the most scenic and geologically interesting stretches of the Columbia River and the Columbia Plateau. Our onboard geologist and naturalists will talk with you about the Columbian Basalt Flows and the Missoula Floods that sculpted the landscape 13,000 years ago. Relive the historic tales of the Corps of Discovery through the eyes of the historian as you sail by landmarks from their epic journey. Or unwind with a massage from the wellness specialist. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Columbia River Gorge/Hood River

    Gain a fresh perspective on such highlights as Bonneville Lock and Dam, Multnomah Falls, and Beacon Rock (perhaps even hike it if you are inclined). Bonneville is first in the series of eight locks which will lift or lower the ship some 700 feet above sea level, nearly 10 times that of the Panama Canal. Continue through the Gorge to Hood River, located in the shadows of majestic Mount Hood where you will have the option to see the spring bloom in the Hood River Valley. The valley is known for its fruit growing orchards-including one of the world’s largest pear growing areas. Visit the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum and explore one of the largest collections of still functioning antique cars and planes in the country or choose to do something more active in the area.

     

    This evening, enjoy the company of a local brewer onboard and partake in some of their craft brews while you hear about how the microbrew industry got started in Hood River. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Portland, Oregon/Disembark

    Arrive in Portland, located on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mt. Hood. The city is known for its eco-friendliness, microbreweries, and coffeehouses. After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight 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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