Columbia River Cruise
Experience the luxury of nostalgia cruising 500 river miles in the Wake of Lewis and Clark
aboard the 126-passenger sternwheeler Queen of the West .
Dates of sailing Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA
2015 Aug 1, 15, 29 Sep 12, 26 Oct 10, 24 Nov 7
2016 Mar 12, 26 Apr 9, 23 May 7, 21 Jun 4, 18 Jul 2, 16, 30 Aug 13, 27 Sep 10, 24 Oct 8, 22
Day 1 SAT Portland, OR Arrive by 12 noon and board Queen of the West paddle wheeler from the Jantzen Beach Red Lion dock on the Columbia River. Embark for Astoria, OR at 1:30 pm.
Day 2 SUN Astoria, OR Optional shore tours include guided tours of the Victorian era homes in the City of Astoria, Fort Clatsop where historians have recreated the headquarters built by Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery for the winter of 1805-6 and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
Day 3 MON Rainier, OR Cruise the Columbia River with views of Mt Hood, Mt St Helens and Mt Adams. Optional shore tour to Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument up on the flanks of the 1980 eruption.
Day 4 TUE Cruise into the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area comprised of 85 river miles between Portland, OR and The Dalles, OR with views that are consistently rated among the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Day 5 WED Stevenson, WA Optional shore tours to Bonneville Dam, Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center. Cruise to Burbank, WA through the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area where the river cuts down through the Cascade Mountain Range. Many of the 75 waterfalls are visible from the ship’s viewing areas.
Day 6 THU Burbank, WA Optional shore tours include the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute co-operated by the Umatilla, Cayuse and Walla Walla Indian Nations or Pendleton, OR where you visit the Pendleton Wollen Mill and Museum. If you prefer, there is also a winery tour of the Columbia Valley where more than 160 producers offer world-class wines.
Day 7 FRI Cruise the Snake River transiting four locks-and-dams. Today is devoted to total relaxation.
Day 8 SAT Clarkston, WA Disembark after breakfast. Optional transfer to Spokane International Airport (GEG) in time to fly out a 12:00 noon. You may wish to extend your stay and enjoy an exhilarating Hells Canyon National Recreation Area jet boat excursion. This pristine wilderness is the deepest canyon in North America and includes surprise viewings of wildlife and 7,000 year old petroglyphs. A different tour takes you to Spalding, ID where the Nez Perce National Historic Park provides rich history lessons. Learn how the Nez Perce saved Lewis and Clark’s expedition members from starvation following their harrowing Bitterroot Mountains experience.
Dates of sailing Clarkston, WA to Portland, OR
2015 Aug 8, 22 Sep 5, 19 Oct 3, 17, 31
2016 Mar 19 Apr 2, 16, 30 May 14, 28 Jun 11,25 Jul 9, 23 Aug 6, 20 Sep 3, 17 Oct 1, 15, 29 Nov 5
Day 1-7 SAT Clarkston, WA to Astoria Oregon (Reverse Itinerary)
Day 8 SAT Disembark in Portland, OR after breakfast. Optional transfer to Portland International Airport (PDX) in time to fly out at 12:00 noon.
Room Rates from $3,975 per person double occupancy. Room rates include unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages, onboard presentations by historians and naturalists, walk-on musicians and daily room service. Port taxes and fees, ship to airport transfers, all shore tours and gratuities are extra. Ask about -$400 per room early booking savings.