Where Are We Going?
Wednesday, March 22 - PORTLAND, OREGON (Overnight)
Each Columbia and Snake Rivers itinerary comes complete with a Complimentary Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay, providing you with a seamless way to board the ship and explore the local area. Arrive the day before your scheduled cruise date, and we will handle the rest.
The package includes a premium hotel stay, where you can enjoy the city leisurely. On the morning of the cruise, meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast, and we will transport you to the ship to begin your cruise. All luggage will be brought directly from the hotel and placed in our stateroom aboard the ship.
Thursday, March 23 - HAYDEN ISLAND, OREGON
Begin your journey in this vibrant region with majestic Mount Hood serving as a stunning backdrop. Situated between the waters of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, the area's history is forever entwined with the fortunes of these great rivers. In the golden age of riverboats, sternwheelers crossed the waterfront while steam whistles and calliopes rang out across the water.
Friday, March 24 - ASTORIA, OREGON
A nationally significant historic region at the western end of Lewis & Clark Trai, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies. In the winter of 1805-06, the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discover Expedition was headquarters at Fort Clatsop. In 1955, a replication of the fort was built near the original site and was eventually named a National Monument. With its steep hills and beautiful Victorian home, Astoria has been called the "Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest" and has a revitalized downtown ideal for shopping and dining.
Saturday, March 25 - KALAMA, WASHINGTON
Explore Kalama, a small town nestled between the big cities of Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. While here you can peruse one of the many antique stores, take a walk along the Columbia River, or visit one of the nearby wineries. Perhaps the most impactful of all landmarks in the region is Mount St. Helens. From high on an overlook, bear witness to the awesome power of the volcano whose eruption in 1980 scorched 230 square miles of forest land and forever changed the landscape and the lives of those in the surrounding towns.
Sunday, March 26 - CRUISING THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE / STEVENSON, WASHINGTON
The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting through the Cascade Mountain Range with incredible natural contrasts of rainforest and desert, sea-level passage, and alpine meadows. As the largest federally protected National Scenic Area in the United States, the Gorge boasts stunning waterfalls, basalt cliffs, lakes, streams, rivers, and fields of wildflowers.
In the 1800s, Lewis & Clark traveled down the scenic Columbia River Gorge on their journey westward, with the Oregon Trail pioneers following soon after. Today, the area offers a variety of history museums and art centers, fine dining, theaters, wineries, many recreational opportunities, as-well-as some of the most impressive landscapes in the world.
Monday, March 27 - THE DALLES / HOOD RIVER, OREGON
Located between Mount Hood and Mount Adams, The Dalles is famous for being the last stop on the historic Oregon Trail. To the pioneers, the terrain was treacherous; to today's visitors, it is simply stunning. Overlooking the Columbia River Gorge is the Maryhill Winery, the ideal place to spend an afternoon with expert sommeliers enjoying the bounty of the fertile Columbia Valley.
At the base of Mount Hood lies the sleepy town of Hood River. The old trading post is most famous as the terminus of the Mount Hood Railroad, where timber and produce would be transferred to ships and sent downriver. One of Hood River's notable features is its proximity to the myriad of small towns, which are nestled along the banks of the Columbia River and tucked into nearby agricultural valleys.
Tuesday, March 28 - PENDLETON, OREGON / RICHLAND, WASHINGTON
Pendleton is known for its beautiful countryside, indigenous Native American tribes, and the network of underground tunnels created a century ago for illicit activities. The area is likewise famous for its lucrative wool trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit The REACH Museum in Richland, which illustrates the culture and history of the region through engaging exhibits, artifacts, and tours.
Wednesday, March 29 - CRUISING THE SNAKE RIVER
On your journey to Clarkston, WA, cruise the renowned Snake River along mountain ranges, canyons, and plains. Relax on the sun deck or your private balcony and view the spectacular wildlife that lives along its shores, including Otter, Coyote, Pronghorn, Deer, Coyote, Mountain Goat, and Marmots. You may also spot Osprey and Eagles and a mixture of various species of birds.
What you won't see are snakes as the river doesn't have snakes in it, but rather an abundance of salmon. While some believe the river is named the Snake because its shape has many twists and winds, it is believed to have received its name from a Native American hand symbol.
Thursday, March 30 - CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON
Conclude your incredible voyage in Clarkston, WA, named for William Clark of the historic Lewis and Clark Expedition. After breakfast, we will transport you to the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport (LWS) to begin your journey home.
Or you may take advantage of our brand new Hells Canyon Post-Cruise Package wich includes a 1-night hotel stay, Hells Canyon Jet Boat Adventure, breakfast, and transportation to the airport the following day.