Itinerary Overview

Two great rivers and a region’s bounty


NEW! SPECIAL SPRING DEPARTURES!

Having conducted expeditions during the spectacular fall season for many years, we’ve rediscovered the region in spring. Our special spring itineraries for 2019 and 2020 follow a modified itinerary to take full advantage of the effervescence! Click below to see the full itinerary.

COLUMBIA & SNAKE RIVERS “SPRING BLOOM” ITINERARY aboard National Geographic Quest: Apr. 25 & May 1, 2019; Apr. 26 & May 2, 2020

 

The most interesting way to experience the Columbia & Snake Rivers

On our Columbia and Snake River cruises, we travel through the region as early explorers, settlers, and natives did—by the waterways that stretch far inland from the Pacific Ocean. Our intimate, 50-cabin expedition ship will enable you to:

  • Sail in the wake of Lewis & Clark and their legendary Corps of Discovery expedition
  • Spend a day cruising through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, taking in the views from the bow and perfecting your landscape photography skills
  • Taste the bounty of the region through their harvests and fresh, local, and delectable cuisine
  • Experience the region up-close on water-level Zodiac and kayak forays, or by hiking monumental Beacon Rock or Palouse Falls
  • Transit a series of eight locks that lift the ship 700 feet, 10 times the elevation of the Panama Canal

Experience the region’s history, harvests & landscapes
The powerful Columbia and Snake Rivers flow through a beautiful land and offer access to fantastic wineries, places to kayak and hike, and extraordinary scenery—you’ll experience it all. Hike to a towering waterfall. Taste local fruit at a local orchard and enjoy views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Visit sites used by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark while they made their way to the Pacific Coast. And on our spring itinerary spend a lively day in bountiful Walla Walla, Washington where you’ll enjoy a special lunch and tasting at one of the city’s celebrated wineries.  See more of the cultural experiences you’ll have.

Every day is engaging and options abound
You’ll be offered guided tours of museums, historic sites, and either an orchard or winery. You’ll walk, hike, kayak, or Zodiac cruise—most days off-the-ship outings will be offered. Or, if you’d prefer to take an afternoon off, you’re welcome to grab a good book and relax on our ship’s sundeck. See more of what you’ll do

Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, a historian, a geologist/naturalist, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for the Columbia & Snake Rivers is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Meet the team

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