Your adventure begins with a stay in Vancouver, Washington, just minutes from Portland and known for its gorgeous parks, eclectic neighborhoods, and culinary scene. Before your cruise, enjoy a Premium Shore Excursion to two Willamette Valley wineries. Then, board the American Empress and journey to Astoria, where splendid Victorian homes and maritime relics mingle with delightful cafés and shops. Admire the lovely scenery and small-town charm of The Dalles, and head ashore in Stevenson, your gateway to the famed Bonneville Dam and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Before concluding your riverboat journey in Clarkston, travel to Richland, and explore nearby Sacajawea State Park, the site of Lewis and Clark’s 1805 campsite. This stop also includes a Premium Shore Excursion to two Walla Walla wineries.
Study Leader Information
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 16 PORTLAND, OREGON/VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON
Fly into Portland and enjoy a one-night stay at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, a contemporary hotel located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Washington.
SEP 17 VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON
Enjoy an included pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion before transferring to the American Empress. INCLUDED PREMIUM EXCURSION Visit two Willamette Valley wineries for a tasting. Lunch will be included at the Golden Valley Brewery and Restaurant in McMinnville.
SEP 18 ASTORIA, OREGON
Arrive 3AM–Depart 5PM
Where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find the oldest city west of the Rockies: Astoria. Referred to as Little San Francisco, the city 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 The Hop-On Hop-Off Motorcoach tour begins with a stop at the Astoria Riverwalk, a four-mile walkway overlooking the Columbia River. Continue to some of the city’s renowned historic attractions, including the nineteenth-century Flavel House; the Heritage Museum, illustrating early pioneer life; and the Astoria Column, awarding splendid panoramas from its dramatic perch six hundred feet above sea level.
SEP 19 THE DALLES, OREGON
Arrive 12PM–Depart 3AM SEP 20
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 The Hop-On Hop-Off Motorcoach makes stops at the Original Courthouse Museum; The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce; the Fort Dalles Museum, which showcases unique military and pioneer remnants; the downtown shopping district; the Fire Museum; and the beautifully designed Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, offering a variety of unique exhibits as well as walking trails and scenic overlooks.
SEP 20 STEVENSON, WASHINGTON
Arrive 7AM–Depart 5PM
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 fifteen thousand years of compelling regional history.
INCLUDED EXCURSION Traveling aboard a Hop-On Hop-Off Motorcoach, stop in 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 Bonneville Dam, the first dam built on the Columbia River, a monument to human ingenuity with massive turbines and fascinating fish ladders.
SEP 21 RIVER CRUISING/TRI-CITIES (RICHLAND), WASHINGTON
Picturesque canyon walls and fascinating volcanic formations will keep you guessing as to what lies around the next bend. As you wind through the dramatic mountains and forested ridges of the great Pacific Northwest, join the Riverlorian for an insightful and entertaining narration.
SEP 22 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 PREMIUM EXCURSION Departing from Richland, this tour takes guests to two Walla Walla wineries and includes a lunch at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel.
SEP 23 CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON
Arrive 12PM (overnight)
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 The Hop-On Hop-Off Motorcoach stops at the Nez Perce National Historical Park, which chronicles the indigenous tribe and its relationship with the Corps of Discovery expedition; the First Territorial Capitol Interpretive Center; the Bridablick House; the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts and History; and the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum, where you can explore native culture and local-pioneer history.
SEP 24 CLARKSTON/SPOKANE, WASHINGTON
Disembark in Clarkston, Washington, 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 12:00PM.
Note: If you are interested in an optional Premium Shore Excursion in Spokane, your return flight should be scheduled to depart from Spokane after 3:20pm.
Premium Shore Excursions are offered in many ports of call for an additional charge.
All port times are approximate. Itinerary, hotel, and shore excursions are subject to change.