Passages of Lewis and Clark
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Follow the passage of Lewis and Clark’s fabled expedition to the Pacific Coast as you journey through a geological masterpiece of astounding landscapes. From verdant forests and magnificent mountains to breathtaking gorges and sparkling waterfalls, experience the natural majesty of the Pacific Northwest while cruising the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi. Begin with a stay in Spokane, Washington’s second-largest city, graced with beautiful parks and world-class museums. Then embark on your river cruise in Clarkston, where rich Native American culture springs to life at the nearby Nez Perce National Historical Park. Explore the Interpretive Center at Sacajawea State Park, delve into the unique pioneer history of The Dalles, and take in picturesque scenery in Stevenson, Washington, home to the renowned Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Visit the Bonneville Dam, a monument to human ingenuity, and revel in the small-town charms of the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, before your voyage concludes in the “City of Roses,” Portland.

Program Highlights

  • 7-night voyage
  • All meals, aboard the American Empress featuring
  • Regional Pacific Northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions
  • 1-Night Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane
  • Private reception at The Dalles’ Sunshine Mill Winery
  • Private onboard reception
  • $100 onboard credit per stateroom
  • Premium tours: Multnomah Falls, Lewis & Clark Experience
  • Reception at The Dalles’ Sunshine Mill Winery
  • Pre-paid gratuities


Steve Cushman, Professor of English at U.Va.

Steve CushmanStephen Cushman is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at U.Va., where he has taught since 1982. With a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Yale, he has brought to the English Department his commitment to American literature, modern literature, poetry, literature and the environment, and the American Civil War. His teaching has been honored with an All-University Teaching Award, the first Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the Cavalier Distinguished Teaching Professorship, and a State Council of Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. A poet as well as a scholar, he has published ten books, most recently *Belligerent Muse: Five Northern Writers and How They Shaped Our Understanding of the Civil War* (University of North Carolina Press) and *The Red List: A Poem* (Louisiana State University Press).


Day 1 - Saturday, August 13

Spokane, Washington, overnight in hotel

Passage of Lewis & ClarkYour journey begins with a one-night stay at the Davenport Hotel, a four-star landmark hotel located in the heart of Spokane. Known as the “Capital of the Inland Empire,” Spokane is the vibrant cultural and economic hub of the Inland Northwest. Set along the Spokane River, the thriving downtown district draws visitors with its grand, historic buildings, trendy boutiques and top-notch restaurants.

Day 2 - Sunday, August 14

Clarkston, Washington – Embark

Passage of Lewis & ClarkMorning at leisure. Board the graceful American Empress in the afternoon and celebrate the journey ahead with a special evening dinner cruise. Overnight on riverboat in Clarkston.

Day 3 - Monday, August 15

Clarkston, Washington

Arrive 7 a.m.- Depart 5 a.m.
Situated in the beautiful Lewis-Clark Valley—the centuries-old home of the Nez Perce Indians—are the sister cities of Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. Founded in the 19th century as a way station
for travelers bound for the Idaho goldfields, today Clarkston is famed as the gateway to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge.

AE_Entertainment_The-Show-Lounge_680x300Included Excursion In the morning, stop at the Nez Perce National Historical Park, which chronicles
the indigenous tribe and its relationship with the Corps of Discovery expedition. Then explore more native culture as well as local pioneer history at Lewiston’s Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum.

Day 4 - Tuesday, August 16

River Cruising/The Dalles, Oregon

Passage of Lewis & ClarkArrive 8 p.m.
Take in glorious landscapes as you leisurely cruise past the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. Transit the highest lock in the United States, the John Day Dam. Overnight on riverboat in The Dalles.

Day 5 - Wednesday, August 17

Tri Cities (Sacajewea State Park), Washington

Passage of Lewis & ClarkAt the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, this 284-acre park occupies the former site of Ainsworth, a 19th-century railroad town. The land also holds unique history—in 1805, Lewis and Clark and their Shoshone Indian guide camped here during their fabled expedition. Sacajawea State Park features a blend of ponds, marshes, sand dunes, and over 9,000 feet of freshwater shoreline as well as an interpretive center.

Day 6 - Thursday, August 18

The Dalles, Oregon

Passage of Lewis & ClarkThis 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 Westbound pioneers heading to the Willamette Valley.

Included Excursion hop-on, hop-off motor coach makes stops at the Original Courthouse Museum, known as the first courthouse west of the Rocky Mountains; The Dalles Visitor’s Center; the Fort Dalles Museum and Interpretive Center, which showcases unique military and pioneer remnants, including Oregon Trail wagons; the downtown shopping district; Sunshine Mill Winery, a state-of-the-art boutique winery housed in a 130-year-old abandoned wheat mill; and the beautifully designed Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, offering a variety of unique exhibits as well as walking trails, scenic overlooks and a pond.

Day 7 - Friday, August 19

Stevenson, Washington

Passage of Lewis & ClarkDepart 5 p.m.
Nestled in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the friendly, laid-back town of Stevenson packs in lovely scenery and layer upon layer of history. Peaceful riverfront parks and downtown delicatessens, pubs, antique stores and art galleries offer a dose of small-town charm while the nearby Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum brings to life 15,000 years of geological glory and compelling regional history.

Included Excursion Traveling by motor coach, stop at the downtown area to explore the boutiques and local specialty shops. Then visit the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum and learn about the incredible geological forces that shaped this astounding region, and discover Native American legends, petroglyphs, and other captivating artifacts and exhibits. Continue to the first dam built on the Columbia River, the Bonneville Dam, a National Historic Landmark and a monument to human ingenuity with its massive turbines and fascinating fish ladders.

Day 8 - Saturday, August 20

Astoria, Oregon

Passage of Lewis & ClarkArrive 6a.m.-Depart 6 p.m.
Where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria—named for John Jacob Astor, the owner of the American Fur Company. This “Little San Francisco” is bursting with character, from its steep hillsides blanketed in sprawling Victorian homes and weathered Deco-era buildings to its maritime relics and downtown studded with chic cafes and whimsical shops.

Included Excursion Begin with a stop at the Riverwalk, a four-mile walkway overlooking the Columbia River, flanked by shops, cafes and historic canneries. Continue to some of the city’s renowned historic attractions, including the 19th-century George Flavel House and Carriage House Museum, the marvelous Queen Anne-style residence of a prominent local millionaire; the Heritage Museum, illustrating early pioneer life and logging and maritime industries; and the Astoria Column, awarding splendid panoramas from its dramatic perch 600 feet above sea level.

Day 9 - Sunday, August 21

Portland, Oregon – disembark

Passage of Lewis & ClarkArrive 8 a.m.
Disembark in Vancouver, Washington and transfer* to Portland for your return flight home. *Transfers to the Portland airport are an additional cost. Flights should be scheduled to depart from Portland after 10:30 a.m.

• 2 nights at the historic 4-star Benson Hotel in downtown Portland or similar accommodations, with breakfast
• Half-day customized city walking tour of Portland, the “City of Roses,” with an expert guide
• Full-day tour of Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley, one of the world’s premier wine-producing areas—renowned for its exceptional pinot noir and chardonnay
– Take in gorgeous, lush scenery while visiting 3 unique wineries, where you’ll taste the region’s bounty through delightful wine and food pairings.


American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat west of the Mississippi, delivers classic elegance and modern luxury on a grand scale. One step onboard and you will quickly discover that there is far more to this vessel than her welcoming appearance and signature red paddlewheel.

Boasting a vast collection of some of the finest historical artifacts and artwork of the Native Alaska, Russian, Gold Rush and sternwheeler eras, the corridors of the American Empress hold nearly as much beauty and intrigue as the dramatic scenery unfolding on the river outside. You needn’t be an art enthusiast to appreciate the captivating display of Pacific Northwest heritage that this unique collection represents.


All Meals while on board to American Empress are included.

Program Fees

Prices based on cabin selection and are per person, double occupancy (unless indicated). Gratuities are included. Port charges are additional.

Airfare and airport transfers are not included. Dates, pricing and itinerary are subject to change.

American Empress 2016 Deck Plan
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Outside Stateroom with Window
D $3,999
180 sq. ft.- Two Twin Beds* or One Queen Bed • Shower • Flat-screen TV with DVD Player • Explorer Deck
*Staterooms 105 & 108 feature two twin beds and may be converted to a king bed upon request

Veranda Stateroom
E $4,399
150 sq. ft.- Two Twin Beds* or One Queen Bed • Shower • Flat-screen TV with DVD Player • Semi-private Veranda • Vista View Deck
*Staterooms 416 & 418 feature two twin beds and may be converted to a king bed upon request.

Single Outside Veranda Stateroom
SO $6,599
160 sq. ft.- The single outside stateroom is slightly scaled down for the single traveler, but allows you to take full advantage of the splendid features of our Deluxe Veranda staterooms. One Twin Bed • Shower • Flat-screen TV with DVD Player • Private Veranda • Frontier Deck

Deluxe Veranda Stateroom
C $4,699
180 sq. ft.- Two Twin Beds* or One Queen Bed • Shower • Flat-screen TV with DVD Player • Private Veranda •
Discovery and Frontier Decks
*Select staterooms featuring two twin beds may be converted to a king bed upon request.

Superior Veranda Stateroom
B $5,999
210-250 sq. ft- Two Twin Beds* or One Queen Bed • Shower • Flat-screen TV with DVD Player • Sitting Area • Private Veranda • Vista View, Discovery and Frontier Decks
*Staterooms 345 & 346 feature two twin beds and may be converted to a king bed upon request.

Suites with Veranda
A $6,499
310 sq. ft. – Two Twin Beds* or One Queen Bed • Shower • Flat-screen TV with DVD Player • Sitting Area with Sofa • Semi-private Veranda • Vista View Deck

Luxury Suites with Veranda
LS $7,999
410 sq. ft.- Two Twin Beds* or One Queen Bed • Shower • Flat-screen TV with DVD Player • Sitting Area with Sofa • Private Veranda

Price includes:

  • 7 nights aboard the American Empress, the largest and most elegant riverboat cruising the Pacific Northwest
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay
  • Exclusive excursions as listed: Multnomah , Lewis & Clark Experience and shore excursions to fascinating river towns and cities
  • Attentive service from an experienced Go Next program manager
  • All entertainment aboard the American Empress
  • Daily lectures by the onboard Riverlorian
  • Private U.Va. reception
  • An array of sumptuous dining options including regional Pacific Northwest cuisine
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water and soft drinks
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • $100 shipboard credit per stateroom
  • Gratuities

Price Does not include:
port charges, any premium shore excursions except Multnomah Falls and Lewis & Clark which are included, tipping for shore excursions, transfers from airport to hotel and back, items of a personal nature such as laundry and sundries, anything not specifically mentioned as included.

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