Discover the pristine glory of the Pacific Northwest—a region of unparalleled natural bounty and spellbinding beauty—where waterfalls plunge down mossy cliffs, and powerful rivers are edged by steep canyon walls and mountains swathed in dense greenery. From Vancouver to Clarkston, cruise the mighty Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi.
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.
SEP 17 VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON/PORTLAND, OREGON
Begin with a one-night stay at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, or perhaps arrive earlier and enhance your travel experience with the two-night Go Next Historic Portland & Oregon’s Willamette Valley Pre-Cruise Program, which includes sightseeing that takes in the region’s unique wineries, accommodations at the landmark Benson Hotel in Portland, and more.
SEP 18 VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Vancouver. Embark on your river cruise aboard the American Empress in the afternoon.
SEP 19 ASTORIA, OREGON
Arrive 3AM–Depart 5PM
Where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find Astoria, the oldest city west of the Rockies. The “Little San Francisco” has a downtown studded with cafés and whimsical shops, maritime relics, and steep hillsides blanketed in sprawling Victorian homes. INCLUDED EXCURSION Begin with a stop at the Astoria Riverwalk, a four-mile walkway overlooking the Columbia River, flanked by shops, cafés, and historic canneries. Continue to some of the city’s renowned historic attractions, including the 19th-century Flavel House, the marvelous Queen Anne style residence of a prominent local millionaire; the Heritage Museum, which illustrates early pioneer life and logging and maritime industries; and the Astoria Column, awarding splendid panoramas from its dramatic perch 600 feet above sea level.
SEP 20 THE DALLES, OREGON
Arrive 12PM–Depart 3AM SEP 21
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.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Stop at the original Wasco County Courthouse museum, famed as the first courthouse west of the Rocky Mountains; the Fort Dalles Museum, which showcases unique military and pioneer remnants; the downtown shopping district; Sunshine Mill Winery, a state-of-the-art boutique winery housed in a 130-year-old abandoned wheat mill; and the beautifully designed Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, offering a variety of unique exhibits as well as walking trails and scenic overlooks.
SEP 21 STEVENSON, WASHINGTON
Arrive 7AM–Depart 5PM
Nestled in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the friendly and laid-back town of Stevenson offers 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 Stop at the downtown area to explore the boutiques and local specialty shops. Then visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum to learn about the incredible geological forces that shaped this astounding region. Continue to the Bonneville Dam, the first dam built on the Columbia River, a monument to human ingenuity with massive turbines and fascinating fish ladders.
SEP 22 TRI-CITIES (RICHLAND), WASHINGTON
Arrive 2PM–Depart 5PM SEP 23
The Tri- Cities metropolitan area, situated on the Yakima, Columbia, and Snake Rivers, is known for its outdoor recreation and natural and scenic attractions—including Sacajawea State Park, where Lewis and Clark and their Shoshone Indian guide camped in 1805 during their fabled expedition. Nearby you’ll find Washington’s Red Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area), a small winegrowing region sprinkled with award-winning wineries.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Visit Sacajawea State Park and its interpretive center, featuring Lewis-and-Clark themed exhibits; the Franklin County Historical Society and Museum; and the REACH Museum, providing a glimpse into the natural, scientific, and cultural heritage of eastern Washington.
SEP 24 CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON
Arrive 12PM (Overnight)
Situated in the beautiful Lewis-Clark Valley are the sister cities of Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Washington. Founded in the 19th century as a way station for travelers bound for the Idaho goldfields, Clarkston is the famed gateway to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. INCLUDED EXCURSION Stop at the Nez Perce National Historical Park, which chronicles the Nez Perce tribe and its relationship with the Corps of Discovery expedition. Afterward, explore Native American culture and local-pioneer history at Lewiston’s Nez Perce County Historical Society & Museum.
SEP 25 CLARKSTON/SPOKANE, WASHINGTON
Disembark in Clarkston and transfer to Spokane for your return flight home. Transfers to the Spokane airport are an additional cost. Flights should be scheduled to depart from Spokane after 11:45am.
HISTORIC PORTLAND & OREGON’S WILLAMETTE VALLEY – PRE-CRUISE PROGRAM
$649 PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY – INCLUDES:
• 2 nights at the historic 4-star Benson Hotel in downtown Portland or a similar accommodation, with breakfast
• Full-day tour of Willamette Valley, one of the world’s premier wine-producing areas, with visits to 3 wineries to sample wine-and-food pairings
• Expert-led walking tour of Portland highlighting unique, storied attractions, including the hidden Portlandia statue and the city’s picturesque waterfront
Program includes accommodations, sightseeing, transfers from the hotel to the riverboat, an exclusive Go Next Program Manager/hospitality desk, and professional tour guides.