Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes (Lindblad)

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.

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2018 Departure Dates:

- October 17-23


INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS: 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 bead-work.
  • Visit a winery and enjoy a menu on board of seasonal, sustainable, and all locally sourced cuisine, including award-winning wines and craft brews.
  • Travel through eight different locks that lift and lower you some 700 feet in all—nearly ten times what transiting the Panama Canal entails.

The Lindblad Expedition Team includes an expedition leader, historian and naturalist/geologist; the latter will illuminate your travels through the largest basalt flow, floods, and mudslides in the history of the world. The on-board Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor will help you take your best photos yet.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC QUEST

National Geographic Quest (launched in 2017) is designed with over 50 years of expedition heritage and built in the U.S.A. She sets a new standard in exploration comfort and style.

PUBLIC AREAS: Global gallery; fitness center; LEXspa; lounge with full service bar and facilities for films and presentations; observation deck; mudroom with lockers for expedition gear, and a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables. The “open bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet the officers and captain and learn about navigation.

MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family-style. Menu emphasizes local fare.

CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities, and climate controls. Category 4 cabins have step-out balconies.

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: A fleet of 8 Zodiacs and 24 kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, splash-cam, underwater video camera, and video microscope.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest Internet access, elevator, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, and video chronicler.

WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features a gym with an elliptical machine, treadmill, exercycles, handweights, and resistance bands. Treatments in the LEXspa are available by appointment.


ITINERARY

DAY 1: Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington/Clarkston/Embark: Arrive in Lewiston or Spokane and transfer to Clarkston, Washington to embark the ship. (D)

DAY 2: Clarkston: At Clarkston, you find yourself at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, more than 450 miles from the sea. Travel by comfortable jet boat up the Snake River into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. Plus visit the Nez Perce National Historical Park visitor center. (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Exploring the Palouse River: The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as you set off on Zodiac and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge into the pool below. Afterwards, sail down the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: The Dalles/Maryhill Museum: Visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or take bicycles along the beautiful river trail. In the afternoon, visit the Maryhill Museum with its impressive collection of Rodin sculptures and drawings, extensive display 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: Hood River, Oregon/Columbia River Gorge: This morning travel to Hood River, Oregon, where you visit the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, home to one of the largest collections of still-functioning antique cars and planes in the country. Transit through the heart of the gorge and get a fresh perspective on such highlights as Bonneville Lock and Dam and Beacon Rock. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: Astoria: You near the end of your westward journey as Lewis and Clark did, 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, 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 more of Lewis and Clark history with several options to choose from. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: Portland/Disembark: Disembark in Portland and transfer to the airport for flights home or join an optional extension. (B)


For more information contact travel@npca.org or call 202.454.3305.

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  • Cost:
    From $4,390 per person double occupancy; single supplement applies
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