Columbia and Snake River Cruises

The Columbia and Snake Rivers portray stunning scenery winding through gentle hills, impressive mountains, vertical canyons and fertile fields of America's Pacific Northwest.

Clarkston to Portland - Flight Inclusive Holidays

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Clarkston to Portland (9 Nights /10 Days)         

 08, 22 Apr, 06, 20 May
 03, 17 Jun, 01, 15 Jul
 29 Jul, 12, 26 Aug
 09, 23 Sep
 07, 21 Oct, 04 Nov





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Clarkston to Portland River Cruise Package (9 Nights / 10 Days)

Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Spokane near Clarkston to find the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery. You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Portland. If you’re looking for something tailored more to a specific interest, you might enjoy the Premium Experience Excursion to the Walla Walla Wine Trail or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

As you relive the daring exploits of Lewis and Clarke, you are treated to many natural wonders. Columbia Gorge cuts through the Cascade Mountains thanks to the Missoula Floods of the last Ice Age. At Multnomah Falls, snowmelt streams plunge over 600 feet in two tiered cascades down a sheer cliff face. Deeper than the Grand Canyon, Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon is a dramatic crack in the earth with raging waters best explored on an exciting jet boat ride. Near Portland, understand the raw power of nature in the collapsed volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens. Along the Columbia River, fish ladders help salmon swim upstream and bison, deer and elk graze freely.

From Portland’s lovely International Rose Test Garden to the hallowed artifacts on the Nez Perce Reservation, the region comes to life. Tour a millionaire’s Victorian home in Astoria, Oregon and marvel at the engineering achievement of the Bonneville Dam. Whether you choose to take in the scenery from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge nestled among the pines or climb a lighthouse to view the expansive Pacific, a voyage on the Columbia and Snake Rivers will show you the world from a new perspective.

With the American Empress serving as a floating boutique hotel for your journey, travel into the heart of Washington’s wine country. The acclaimed Maryhill Winery overlooking the Columbia River has made its mark among wine connoisseurs while the celebrated Walla Walla Wine Trail in the “Napa of the North” offers the tastes of Canoe Ridge, Cayuse, Leonetti and Five Star Cellars, among others.

Day 1 - Arrive Spokane, USA

Fly from London to Spokane, USA

Private transfer to the Historic Davenport for an overnight stay.




Day 2 - Clarkston, Washington

Enjoy complimentary breakfast at your hotel in Spokane before boarding our motorcoach for your free transfer to Clarkston, Washington.  Explore Clarkston at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Excursion. You will board the American Empress this afternoon, settle into your spacious stateroom and get to know your new home.


Day 3 - Clarkston, Washington
Nez Perce National Historic Park tells the story of the Nez Perce Native American tribe who assisted Lewis and Clark and still reside in the area today, or uncover the past from one-room schoolhouses to ice harvesting at the Clarkston Heritage Museum.


Day 4 - Tri-Cities (Richland), Washington

Richland is located at the confluence of the Yakima and the Columbia Rivers. The town has become an important hub for produce and local food and products. Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of tis stunning and unique river-town. Spend the day exploring the many attractions and shops that line the streets of the city. Richland is weaved with history and filled with a culture that is unlike other northwest cities. Experience a place that thrives on the community and utilizes the support from each other to sustain a strong, intertwined city.


HelenaDay 5 - Scenic River Cruising

Behold the beauty of nature as you enjoy a day of scenic river cruising. 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 our Riverlorian on-deck for insightful and entertaining narration.

Day 6 - The Dalles, Oregon

Welcome to the end of the Oregon Trail. Shoppers will adore the boutiques and oenophiles will enjoy Sunshine Mills Winery, inventors of Copa Di Vino or “wine by the glass.” The Fort Dalles Museum and the Original Courthouse Museum put early pioneer life on display.



Day 7 - Stevenson, Washington

Nature’s power and beauty surround Stevenson and you can learn about the geological forces that shaped this area at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. A tour of the Bonneville Dam will reveal the unique challenges of building this power plant with a minimal impact to wildlife – the answer is fish ladders.



Day 8 - Astoria, Oregon

Stroll along the shops and cafes lining the Riverwalk, visit the George Flavel House for a peek at the 19th-century life of a millionaire, discover the Native American culture of Clatsop County at the Heritage Museum or enjoy the views from the top of the Astoria Column more than 600 feet above the water.


Day 9 - Disembark in Vancouver, Washington

Tie up in Vancouver, Washington and bid your steamboat adieu.

Private transfer to Portland Airport for flight to Londo, UK.




Day 10 - Arrive London, UK


Clarkston to Portland - Flight Inclusive Holidays Special Offer
Save up to 200 per person on selected dates in 2018. Please enquire for details.
Cruise Prices

Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:

  • Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London UK
  • One night pre-cruise stay at the Historic Davenport Hotel including Full American Breakfast
  • Seven nights luxury cruise on board the American Empress including all meals, drinks with dinner (wine and beer), complimentary coffees, bottled water and soft drinks included throughout the voyage
  • On board 'showboat' entertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident Riverlorians
  • Complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the 'Hop On Hop Off' coaches
  • Private transfers to and from airports and shared transfer from hotel to boat
  • All Port Charges
  • Full ATOL financial protection
Additional Charges
  • Premium shore excursions
  • Gratuities - $16.50 per person, per day in 2017 and $17.50 per person, per day in 2018
  • Bar drinks (soft drinks complimentary)
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)

Veranda Stateroom (Category E) Vista View Deck

From £3495 per person

Outside Stateroom with Window (Category D) Explorer Deck

From £3955 per person

Superior Veranda Stateroom (Category B) Frontier/Discovery/Vista View Deck

From £4685 per person