Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey

Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey

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DETAILS

Delve into the history, harvests, and landscapes of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, while indulging in the culinary splendors and world-class wines of the region.  Travel as early explorers did—by waterways that stretch far inland from the Pacific Ocean. Aboard our intimate ship, enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Tour museums and historic sites, taste local produce, and meet celebrated winemakers. We’ll be joined by naturalists, a historian, and a geologist as well as a food and wine expert who’ll guide us through the region’s bounty.

Pricing from
$5,192
Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
Apr 5, 2025 - Apr 12, 2025
Oct 4, 2025 - Oct 11, 2025

SHIP

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD
CAPACITY: 31 outside cabins accommodating 62 guests.
OVERALL LENGTH: 152 feet. REGISTRY: United States.
PUBLIC AREAS: The ship features a library; global market; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows, and presentations; observation deck; partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables; and LEXspa. An open Bridge provides guests an opportunity to meet the officers and captain and learn about navigation.
MEALS: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere.
Menu emphasizes local fare.
CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows, private bathroom, and climate controls. Cabins are equipped with Wi-Fi and multiple electrical and USB outlets. Botanically inspired shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essentials Kit. Hair dryers, complimentary insulated water bottles, and a National Geographic Atlas are available in each cabin.
EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, kayaks, paddleboards, snorkeling equipment, bow camera, hydrophone, splash-cam, underwater video camera, and video microscope.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest internet access, certified photo instructor.
WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a wellness specialist and features exercise equipment, LEXspa, and outdoor stretching area.

EXTENSIONS

PRE- AND POST-VOYAGE EXTENSIONS

Portland & Willamette Wine Country Experience: Enjoy a guided exploration of the city’s must-see highlights, neighborhoods, and lush parks along with a visit to a few of the region’s most acclaimed boutique wineries. Hotel stay included.
Lewiston Two-Day History & Wine Extension: Venture into the U.S.’s newest-designated wine growing region to try award-winning vintages on a historic and culinary adventure. Hotel stay included.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

CANCELLATION POLICY
Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start Per Person Cancellation Fee
120 or more days – No penalty: Advance Payment will be credited toward your next expedition**
119-90 days 50% of trip cost***
89-0 days 100% of trip cost***
**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.
***Trip cost is total price paid including extensions, airfare, and other additional services. We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan

TOUR MAP

Columbia Snake map

ITINERARY

  • day 1

    CLARKSTON, WASHINGTON/EMBARK

    Choose to fly into nearby Lewiston, Idaho, or into Spokane, Washington, two hours away. Transfer to Clarkston to board the ship in the afternoon. (D)

     

  • day 2

    CLARKSTON

    Today begins at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, 450 miles from the sea. Travel by comfortable jet boat into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. The 125-mile-long canyon is the deepest gorge in North America—most of it inaccessible by road. As we travel up river, observe remnants of the Nez Perce tribe including ancestral horse trails along the hillsides, and pictographs and petroglyphs on rock formations. This evening we are introduced to the unique terroir of the Lewis-Clark Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area), the first of several wine regions we will pass through. (B,L,D)

  • day 3

    PALOUSE RIVER

    The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off cruising on our Zodiac and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls, where cascading waters plunge 198 feet into the pool below. In spring, the falls are at their peak, fueled by melting snows nearby. Afterwards, sail up the Snake River, enjoying a taste of local specialties. (B,L,D)

  • day 4

    WALLA WALLA

    Drive through some of the most fertile agricultural areas in the nation, with bright, rolling green and purple fields of sprouting wheat, asparagus, and famous Walla Walla sweet onions. Wine lovers can wander downtown on a wine walk, sampling from the vineyards that bring worldwide recognition to this area. Or opt to visit the Whitman Mission, a standout museum and National Historic Site where friction between Native Americans and white missionaries erupted into an event that reverberates in our culture today. As we sail through the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, enjoy a Food & Wine-curated wine selection from this unique region. (B,L,D)

  • day 5

    CRUISING THE GORGE

    Today we will spend the day cruising through some of the most scenic and geologically interesting stretches of the Columbia River and the Columbia Plateau. Our onboard geologist and naturalists will talk with you about the Columbian Basalt Flows and the Missoula Floods that sculpted the landscape 13,000 years ago. Relive the historic tales of the Corps of Discovery through the eyes of the historian as you sail by landmarks from their epic journey. Or unwind with a massage from the wellness specialist. (B,L,D)

  • day 6

    HOOD RIVER, OREGON/CRUISING

    Immerse yourself in natural and man-made marvels as we explore the scenic Columbia River and pass through Bonneville Lock and Dam. Take a steaming cup of coffee to the bow where our naturalists offer honest perspectives on the controversial history of dams along the river. In the afternoon, make a stop at neck-craning Multnomah Falls before an optional hike of iconic Beacon Rock, the 848-foot basalt column where Lewis and Clark first noticed the tides affecting the water levels in the Columbia River, more than 120 miles from its mouth. This evening enjoy an exclusive culinary and wine experience. (B,L,D)

  • day 7

    ASTORIA

    Navigate the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Cape Disappointment, take in the dramatic scenery where Meriwether Lewis saw the Pacific for the first time in 1805. In the afternoon, there are several options to explore the Astoria area, from learning its modern and maritime history at fascinating museums to sampling the local beer and oysters in this off-beat seaside town. (B,L,D)

  • day 8

    PORTLAND/DISEMBARK

    Arrive in Portland, located on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snowcapped Mt. Hood. The city is known for its ecofriendliness, microbreweries, and coffeehouses. After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

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