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Passage of Lewis & Clark Aboard American Empress

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  • May 06, 2018 - May 14, 2018

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Passage of Lewis & Clark Aboard American Empress

Discover the pristine glory of the Pacific Northwest—a region of unparalleled natural bounty and spellbinding beauty—where majestic waterfalls plunge down mossy cliffs and powerful rivers flow through deep awe-inspiring gorges edged by steep canyon walls, rugged high desert, and mountains swathed in dense emerald forests. From Clarkston to Vancouver, follow Lewis and Clark’s epic passage along the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi. Your adventure begins with a hotel stay in Spokane, Washington’s second-largest city. Board the American Empress in Clarkston, where rich Native American culture springs to life at the nearby Nez Perce National Historical Park. Travel to Richland and explore nearby Sacajawea State Park, the site of Lewis and Clark’s 1805 campsite, and admire the lovely scenery and small-town charm of The Dalles. Head ashore in Stevenson, Washington, your gateway to the famed Bonneville Dam and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Before concluding your riverboat journey in Vancouver, visit Astoria, which blends splendid Victorian homes and maritime relics with delightful cafés and shops.

Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, your onboard history and culture expert Showboat-style entertainment including cabaret shows, one-man historical acts and dancing to big band music

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Itinerary

MAY 6 SPOKANE, WASHINGTON
Your journey begins with a one-night stay at the Historic Davenport Hotel, a four-star landmark hotel located in the heart of Spokane.

MAY 7 SPOKANE/CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON
Spend the morning at leisure in Spokane. Board the graceful American Empress in Clarkston in the afternoon, and celebrate the journey ahead with a special evening dinner cruise. Overnight on riverboat in Clarkston

MAY 8 CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON
Founded in the nineteenth century as a way station for travelers bound for the Idaho goldfields, Clarkston is famed as the gateway to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. INCLUDED EXCURSION In the morning, stop at the Nez Perce National Historical Park, which chronicles the indigenous tribe and its relationship with the Corps of Discovery expedition. Then explore more native culture as well as local-pioneer history at Lewiston’s Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum.

MAY 9 TRI-CITIES (RICHLAND), WASHINGTON
The Tri-Cities metropolitan area is known for its outdoor recreation and natural and scenic attractions–including Sacajawea State Park and Washington’s Red Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area). INCLUDED EXCURSION Visit Sacajawea State Park and its interpretive center, featuring Lewis–and–Clark themed exhibits and Native American implement displays; the Franklin County Historical Society and Museum; and the REACH Museum, providing a glimpse into the natural, scientific, and cultural heritage of eastern Washington.

MAY 10 RIVER CRUISING/THE DALLES, OREGON
Take in glorious landscapes as you leisurely cruise past the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Transit John Day Dam, the highest lock in the United States. Overnight on riverboat in The Dalles

MAY 11 STEVENSON, WASHINGTON
This quintessential frontier town rests on a crescent bend of the Columbia River, between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, and welcomes visitors with its picturesque backdrop of forests, orchards, and high desert. Once known as the end of the Oregon Trail, The Dalles occupied a strategic transfer point for pioneers heading to the Willamette Valley. Overnight on riverboat in Stevenson

INCLUDED EXCURSION The Hop-On Hop-Off motor coach makes stops at the Original Courthouse Museum; The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce; the Fort Dalles Museum and Interpretive Center, which showcases unique military and pioneer remnants; the downtown shopping district; and the beautifully designed Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, offering a variety of unique exhibits as well as walking trails, scenic overlooks, and a pond.

MAY 12 STEVENSON, WASHINGTON
Nestled in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the friendly laid-back town of Stevenson packs in history and lovely scenery. Peaceful riverfront parks, pubs, antique stores, and art galleries offer a dose of small-town charm, while the nearby Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum brings to life 15,000 years of geological glory and compelling regional history. INCLUDED EXCURSION Traveling by motor coach, stop at the downtown area to explore the boutiques and local shops. Then visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum to learn about the incredible geological forces that shaped this astounding region. Continue to the first dam built on the Columbia River, the Bonneville Dam, a monument to human ingenuity with massive turbines and fascinating fish ladders.

 

MAY 13 ASTORIA, OREGON
Where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria. This “Little San Francisco” is bursting with character, from its steep hillsides blanketed in sprawling Victorian homes to its maritime relics and downtown studded with cafés and whimsical shops. INCLUDED EXCURSION Begin with a stop at the Riverwalk, a four-mile walkway overlooking the Columbia River. Continue to some of the city’s renowned historic attractions, including the nineteenth century George Flavel House and Carriage House Museum; the Heritage Museum, illustrating early pioneer life; and the Astoria Column, awarding splendid panoramas from its dramatic perch six hundred feet above sea level.

MAY 14 VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON/PORTLAND, OREGON
Disembark in Vancouver, Washington, and transfer to Portland for your return flight home. Transfers to the Portland airport are an additional cost. Flights should be scheduled to depart from Portland after 10:30am.

Note: If you are interested in an optional Premium Choice Tour of Portland, your return flight should be scheduled to depart from Portland after 2pm. Premium Choice Tours will also be offered in many ports of call for an additional charge. All port times are approximate. Itinerary, hotel, and shore excursions are subject to change.

 

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HISTORIC PORTLAND & OREGON’S WILLAMETTE VALLEY POST-CRUISE PROGRAM

MAY 14–16 • $659 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

• 2 nights at the historic 4-star Benson Hotel in downtown Portland or similar accommodations, with breakfast

• Customized walking tour of Portland, the “City of Roses,” with an expert guide

• Full-day tour of Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley, one of the world’s premier wine-producing areas, with visits to unique wineries to sample

wine-and-food pairings

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