Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey

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Trip Dates:

September 22, 2014 through September 28, 2014

NPCA Member Price From

$4,490 per person double occupancy, single supplement applies. Full pricing below.

Deposit

$450 per person

Note: Itinerary is subject to change. Lindblad reserves the right to replace the vessel and/or hotel accommodations, when necessary, with another of comparable size and caliber. Prices listed are as of publication date, and are subject to change; Lindblad reserves the right to impose surcharges based on increases in the company's actual cost of fuel.

Related Parks

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

September 22-28, 2014

Only 3 cabins are left on this small ship cruise! Reservations close March 31.

Experience the best of the Pacific Northwest in-depth. Retrace Lewis & Clark’s rich history of exploration, discover diverse, lush landscapes and taste the region’s culinary treasures. Immerse yourself in the stunning Columbia River Gorge. Enjoy striking views of Mt. Hood. Inspire your inner artist among one of the world’s finest Rodin collections, and see Native American basketry and beadwork. Visit a winery and enjoy a menu on board of seasonal, sustainable and all locally sourced cuisine, including award-winning wines and craft brews. And we’ll travel through eight different locks that lift you some 700 feet in all–nearly ten times what transiting the Panama Canal entails. Our Expedition Team includes an expedition leader, historian and naturalist/geologist; the latter will illuminate our travels through the largest basalt flow, floods and mudslides in the history of the world. And the onboard Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor will help you take your best photos yet.

For details about this trip, download the brochure (pdf)

Tour Highlights

National Geographic Sea Bird

Carrying just 62 guests and with a shallow draft, the National Geographic Sea Bird takes you almost 500 miles inland up the Columbia and Snake rivers in comfort.

Columbia River Lock System

Locking-in is one of the most fascinating aspects of your river journey. You’ll travel through a total of eight different locks that lift you some 700 feet in all – nearly ten times what transiting the Panama Canal entails. .

Culinary Journey

Dine on local sustainable food, wine, beer, and chocolate as you enjoy your cruise.

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Portland, Oregon/Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington

Length of Tour

7 days/6 nights

Pace

Easy to moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests.

Price Includes

All accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes. .

Price Does Not Include

Air transportation; voyage DVD; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.; discretionary tips to ship’s crew.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $450 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior are subject to a $150 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations 89-60 days prior to departure, $450 deposit is forfeited; 59-30 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 29 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. If you need assistance, NPCA recommends contacting Travel Insurance Services.

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Daily Itinerary

September 22: Embarkation in Portland, Oregon

Board our ship late afternoon and cruise the center of Portland on the Willamette River before reaching the Columbia River. (D)

September 23: Astoria, Oregon and Fort Clatsop National Monument

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 Zodiac and kayak in the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge, conditions permitting. (B,L,D)

September 24: 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)

September 25: The Dalles and Maryhill Museum

Visit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or take bicycles along historic Highway 30. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Maryhill Museum to see its extensive and eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures and other exhibits. (B,L,D)

September 26: 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 cruises and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls where cascading waters plunge into pools below. Afterwards, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties. (B,L,D)

September 27: Clarkston, Washington

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)

September 28: Disembarkation in Clarkston, Washington

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

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$4,490 per person double occupancy, single supplement applies. Full pricing below.

Deposit

$450 per person

Note: Itinerary is subject to change. Lindblad reserves the right to replace the vessel and/or hotel accommodations, when necessary, with another of comparable size and caliber. Prices listed are as of publication date, and are subject to change; Lindblad reserves the right to impose surcharges based on increases in the company's actual cost of fuel.

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National Geographic Sea Bird Deck Plan

Category 1: Orange. Main Deck #300-305. $4,490 double, $ 6,740 single occupancy (only one cabin left)
Conveniently positioned between the dining room & lounge, these cabins feature two single lower beds, a writing desk and a large view window.

Category 2: Green, Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215. $5,270 double, $7,900 single (only 6 cabins left)
These well-located cabins include two lower single beds & a view window.

Category 3: Yellow, Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219. $6,130 double (only 1 cabin left)
These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds (which can convert to a double bed) and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.

Note: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates are available in certain categories at one half the double occupancy rate. Shared accommodations can be arranged at the double occupancy rate in Categories 1 and 2 only.

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Travel Partner

Linblad Expeditions

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Lodging Info

National Geographic Sea Bird

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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