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 (12 Nights/13 Days)         

DEP DATES 2017 DEP DATES 2018
05, 19 Nov  08, 22 Apr, 06, 20 May
09, 23 Apr, 07, 21 May  03, 17 Jun, 01, 15 Jul
04, 18 Jun, 02, 16, 30 Jul  29 Jul, 12, 26 Aug
13, 27 Aug, 10, 24 Sep  09, 23 Sep
08 Oct, 22 Oct, 05 Nov  07, 21 Oct, 04 Nov

 

 

 

 

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Clarkston to Portland Cruise Package (8 nights)

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

Eastbound, Portland to Clarkston Map

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.

Itinerary


Day 1: Spokane, Washington
Arrive Spokane International Airport and transfer to the hotel.
Your journey begins with a luxury hotel stay in Spokane, WA.

 

 



Day 2: Clarkston, Washington
Departure: 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy complimentary breakfast at your hotel in Spokane before boarding our motorcoach for your free transfer to Clarkston, WA. 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.


Join us for an exclusive American Empress nature adventure into Hells Canyon; North America's deepest Gorge. As we board the ultra-comfortable Coast Guard approved luxury jet boats, you will immediately feel the adventure begin. We will leave directly from our Clarkston dock and travel deep into the narrowest part of Hell’s Canyon on the Snake River. Guests will enjoy, not only the excitement of being in this beautiful natural setting with its remarkable geological landscape, but also a naturalist’s journey while viewing Big Horn sheep, deer, and other wildlife. Our exclusive nature tour of Hell’s Canyon is a fully narrated tour including the history and geology of this natural wonder.

As an extra bonus, guests will enjoy a stop at the Idaho Garden Creek Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy in Hells Canyon, to stretch your legs and enjoy a snack and refreshments. The Idaho Garden Creek Preserve, once a working cattle ranch, is now a facility welcoming its visitors to explore and enjoy this section of the Gorge. Stroll through the orchard where deer and turkey make their home, snack on seasonal fresh fruit or just sit back and take in the awe-inspiring beauty of nature’s landscape that surrounds you.

Note: Jet boats are generally enclosed, heated and contain onboard bathroom facilities. All boats are inspected by the Coast Guard and are driven by licensed captains.

 

 

Transportation: Included
Price: $129.00
Duration: 5 hours
Tour Capacity: 150 guests



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.

Experience Lewiston, Idaho—the stories seldom told and often forgotten. Embark on this historical tour beginning with a ride through town in a 1920’s-style trolley. This narrated tour provides guests with an overview of the history of our host town along with the eerie and long-forgotten tales of the spirits and ghosts still present among its citizens. Included is a tour of the acclaimed Normal Hill and cemetery in addition to a walking tour with views of historic Victorian homes throughout the town.

Transportation: Included
Price: $29.00
Duration: 1.5 hours
Tour Capacity: 20 guests



Day 4: 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.

Explore the Fruit Loop; a breathtakingly beautiful 35-mile loop that leads to the base of Mt. Hood. Our motorcoach will embark on a narrated tour of this scenic roadway, crossing through orchards, forests and farmland unique to the area and its fertile soil. One cannot experience this area by simply driving through; we’ll make a few key stops along the way. Our first stop offers a paradoxical view. Guests may recognize this lodge as the eerie Overlook Hotel used in the blockbuster film, “The Shining.” But there’s nothing scary about the Timberline Lodge, it’s basked in beauty and sits humbly in the shadows of the enormous Mt. Hood. Here guests can tour the hotel and stand in the very spot where President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a memorable and moving speech in 1937. Explore the vast hotel before gathering in the warmth of the great stone hearth fireplace for coffee, cocoa and pastries.

Continuing on our tour of the Fruit Loop, we will stop for a homemade all-American lunch prepared with local ingredients and fruits harvested right here in the region. At the Parkdale Grange Hall, lunch includes an in-depth presentation by local horticulturalists who will explain why this area is so uniquely suited for the countries best produce and wines.

As we travel even further, into the valleys and orchards, we will make a stop at The Fruit Company. This family-owned company has been offering the fruits and “jems” found only in these fertile valleys to the rest of the country via their mail order program since 1942. They’ve taken pride in offering local produce and treats, showcasing the fruits of the region, their uniqueness and pristine quality—like nowhere else on earth.

We will then experience the fruits of the local fertile ground as we head down the Fruit Loop to the Mt. Hood Winery. Here, guests can enjoy samples of wine produced here at this historic Winery.

Finally, we reach Multnomah Falls, in the heart of the Columbia River gorge, we will depart the motorcoach and set out for the 45-foot long footbridge that crosses a mere 105-feet above the pounding water of the falls. As the footbridge spans from cliff to cliff, guests can cross the suspended wooden structure amidst the mist and fog of the beautiful cascade below as they witness the majestic birds-eye-view of the surrounding Gorge.

Note: Inclusion of the Timberline Lodge is dependent upon weather conditions. Due to its elevation and remote location, the Timberline Lodge stop will not be available in winter weather conditions. In the event that the road leading to the Timberline Lodge is impassable, there will be a substitution made including a shopping stop in Downtown Hood River. The Timberline Lodge sits at 6,000 feet above sea level-those at heightened risk for altitude sickness should avoid this tour.

Transportation: Included
Price: $99.00
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Capacity: 50 guests
 


 
HelenaDay 5: Sacajawea State Park, Washington
In 1805, Lewis and Clark and their Indian guide Sacajawea camped here, an event immortalized at Sacajawea State Park. Venture into the County Mercantile Store, part of a working farm with agricultural demonstrations.

Explore the Hanford Research Facility, a place of great significance in the World’s history. Built in 1943 as part of the Manhatten Project, the Hanford Research Facility, also known as the Hanford Project and Hanford Works is home to the B-Reactor. The first large scale plutonium production reactor in the world, the B-Reactor produced the plutonium used in the Atomic Bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan five days before the end of WWII. Today the site is mostly decommissioned but still maintains some functional nuclear facilities. Guests will receive a guided tour of the plant including an informative video, the 9 reactors on the banks of the Columbia River as well as the historical B-Reactor.

After the conclusion of this exclusive tour, guests will have the option to stop at the Country Mercantile Store included in the Hop on-Hop off tour at this port. Guests can hop off here, enjoy the store and a full tour of the Candy Factory before returning to the boat. All guests on this tour will receive complimentary vouchers for lunch at the Country Mercantile Store.

 

 

 

 

Transportation: Included
Price: $39.00
Duration: 4.5 hours
Tour Capacity: 50 guests


Tour the region that produces wine unlike any other. A region that demands patience and perseverance but bears fruit that captures the heart and soul of a landscape that is uniquely American. Join us, as we travel along the Walla Walla Wine Trail for a progressive experience offering the full wine-enthusiast experience. Our progressive wine journey follows the regional grapes through the process to transform them into award winning vintages. We will begin with the unique agriculture of the land, to the bottling and ageing process, before finally reaching the perfected glass of local wine.

Travel through Walla Walla, Washington as our knowledgeable local guide offers a guided tour of this unique and historic town. We will arrive first at Basel Cellars Estate Winery. Here, guests can enjoy a tasting of wines from local vineyards as well as an engaging explanation of the agricultural aspects of wine production in the Walla Walla area. Discover why this location produces high quality and distinctive wines and learn about the effort and procedures involved to create the perfect vintage. We will continue on to Seven Hills Winery. Established in 1988, Seven Hills Winery is Walla Walla’s oldest and most respected winery. Enjoy a sample of the wines that helped shape this region and secure its position as a wine production capital world-wide. Here, learn about the production side of winery—the intricacies of wine making from ageing to the bottling process.

As our experience continues, guests make the short stroll to the Historic Marcus Whitman Hotel for a buffet lunch. Built in 1928 and named in honor of missionary Marcus Whitman, this stately hotel stands proudly as a keystone within the Walla Walla community. Enjoy lunch in this beautiful hotel along with a presentation from their in-house sommelier who will explain the intricacies of wine paring and offer insider knowledge on the art of wine choice.

Our final stop brings us to the crescendo of our progressive wine experience. At Three River Winery guests can sample the wines produced from the vines harvested from this 16-acre site. Perched atop a small knoll overlooking the breathtaking vineyards below, Three River Winery offers the perfect ambiance to appreciate the artful wine created on site. Enjoy a wine tasting paired with a sweet treat all within their rustic tasting room, complete with exposed timber, vaulted ceilings and a warm stone fireplace as the perfect cap to your full wine experience. A beautifully delicious ending to a spectacular day in America’s wine country.

Transportation: Included
Price: $99.00
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Capacity: 50 guests


SteamboatingDay 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.

Today’s tour takes guests back in time…Time when flight was a novelty rather than a daily mode of transportation, when the automobile required a crank and power steering was almost a century away. We will take you on an exclusive tour to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, also known as the WAAAM. Enjoy a guided tour of this facility offering an extensive collection of over 130 antique cars and hangers full of meticulously restored aeroplanes from as far back as 1917. Available exclusively to American Empress guests; enjoy an included tour of the work shop where all of the restorations take place. What is most unique about the automobiles and aeroplanes on display—the entire collection is still in working order and not only can fly—but does on a regular basis! The pilots take these historical tributes to America’s history in flight to the air as often as they can and proudly maintain them in full working order. Guests can explore the collection of Model T’s, Studebakers, the 1914 Detroit Electric, Harley Davidsons, military vehicles and so much more! Want to test out their capabilities? Also available, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take to the air in a historic plane or glider for an airborne tour of Mt. Hood offered at an additional fee. (Private Airplane and Glider rides must be booked in advance)

Transportation: Included
Price: $59.00
Duration: 3.5 hours
Tour Capacity: 100 guests
 



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.

Explore the Fruit Loop; a breathtakingly beautiful 35-mile loop that leads to the base of Mt. Hood. Our motorcoach will embark on a narrated tour of this scenic roadway, crossing through orchards, forests and farmland unique to the area and its fertile soil. One cannot experience this area by simply driving through; we’ll make a few key stops along the way. Our first stop offers a paradoxical view. Guests may recognize this lodge as the eerie Overlook Hotel used in the blockbuster film, “The Shining.” But there’s nothing scary about the Timberline Lodge, it’s basked in beauty and sits humbly in the shadows of the enormous Mt. Hood. Here guests can tour the hotel and stand in the very spot where President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a memorable and moving speech in 1937. Explore the vast hotel before gathering in the warmth of the great stone hearth fireplace for coffee, cocoa and pastries.

Continuing on our tour of the Fruit Loop, we will stop for a homemade all-American lunch prepared with local ingredients and fruits harvested right here in the region. At the Parkdale Grange Hall, lunch includes an in-depth presentation by local horticulturalists who will explain why this area is so uniquely suited for the countries best produce and wines.

As we travel even further, into the valleys and orchards, we will make a stop at The Fruit Company. This family-owned company has been offering the fruits and “jems” found only in these fertile valleys to the rest of the country via their mail order program since 1942. They’ve taken pride in offering local produce and treats, showcasing the fruits of the region, their uniqueness and pristine quality—like nowhere else on earth.

We will then experience the fruits of the local fertile ground as we head down the Fruit Loop to the Mt. Hood Winery. Here, guests can enjoy samples of wine produced here at this historic Winery.

Finally, we reach Multnomah Falls, in the heart of the Columbia River gorge, we will depart the motorcoach and set out for the 45-foot long footbridge that crosses a mere 105-feet above the pounding water of the falls. As the footbridge spans from cliff to cliff, guests can cross the suspended wooden structure amidst the mist and fog of the beautiful cascade below as they witness the majestic birds-eye-view of the surrounding Gorge.

Note: Inclusion of the Timberline Lodge is dependent upon weather conditions. Due to its elevation and remote location, the Timberline Lodge stop will not be available in winter weather conditions. In the event that the road leading to the Timberline Lodge is impassable, there will be a substitution made including a shopping stop in Downtown Hood River. The Timberline Lodge sits at 6,000 feet above sea level-those at heightened risk for altitude sickness should avoid this tour.

Transportation: Included
Price: $99.00
Duration: 8 hours
Tour Capacity: 50 guests
 


 

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.

Join us as we re-trace the history of America’s most famous frontiersmen. We’ll begin with the exploration of Station Camp. Occupied for ten days by the Corps of Discovery and used as a departure point for an overland trek to their first views of the Pacific Ocean. Explore this historical point in America’s History as the first leg of our exploration on the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Then, we’ll discover the last stage of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as we set off for Cape Disappointment overlooking the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. It was at this site where the American Pioneer’s two year expedition, and dream of discovering the Pacific Ocean via river, finally came to fruition. Explore the Interpretative center’s extensive and thorough timeline that documents the entire journey of these intrepid frontiersmen and experience the beauty and power of the Pacific Ocean from the enclosed overlook as the waves crash along the banks below. In addition to being the home to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, these rocky banks were the set of “The Guardian,” a 2006 blockbuster staring acclaimed actor Kevin Costner.

As we continue our path along the Lewis and Clark Expedition, we’ll stop at Fort Clatsop. Made famous as the winter encampment for the Corps of Discovery (Lewis and Clark and their crew). Here, guests can enjoy exhibits in the interpretive center, exhibit hall, gift shop, view films outlying the historic journey and explore a replica of the forts built by Lewis and Clark in their attempts to maintain shelter during the harsh winters.

Transportation: Included
Price: $69.00
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Capacity: 100 guest
 



Day 9: Portland, Oregon
Arrival: 8:00 a.m.
Disembark the American Empress and your transfer is provided to Portland Airport for your flight back to UK

 



Day 10: Arrive London, UK


 

Clarkston to Portland - Flight Inclusive Holidays Special Offer
Up to 250 off per person on selected dates if you book by 31 Mar 2017..
Cruise Prices

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

  • Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) as specified from London Heathrow
  • Return transfers to and from airports and hotels
  • Complimentary shore excursions in every port (Hop On-Hop Off Bus)
  • One nights stay in luxury hotel pre-cruise in Spokane
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, expresso, specialty coffees, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner with regional recipes
  • On board showboat enertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident Riverlorian
  • Gracious service from friendly all-American staff
  • Full ATOL protection
Additional Charges
  • Premium shore excursions
  • Gratuities $16.50 payable on board
  • Bar drinks (soft drinks complimentary)
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
  • Single Supplement (prices on request)

Outside Stateroom with veranda (Category E) Vista View Deck

From £3495 per person

Outside Stateroom with window (Category D) Explorer Deck

From £3955 per person

Superior Stateroom with veranda (Category B) Discovery Deck

From £4685 per person

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