Columbia & Snake River Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes


Columbia River Gorge

Exploring the Pacific Northwest by ship is a study in contrasts. It’s at once relaxing and mentally stimulating. It reveals great natural beauty, and yet it features modern marvels of human engineering: an imposing system of locks, and large-span bridges. The locks we travel through will raise and lower the ship nearly 700 feet—close to ten times what transiting the Panama Canal entails. Complimentary wine and beer tastings during evening recap and dinner will introduce you to local vintners and brewers for which the region is renowned. We’ll stroll the grounds of the Maryhill Museum, walk through a vineyard with Mt. Hood in view, see the reconstruction of Lewis & Clark’s Fort Clatsop, as well as kayak and explore by expedition landing craft. Throughout our journey, our superb expedition team will put everything in context and weave an ongoing narrative from each day’s events. You’ll also travel with a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor at your side and at your service—ensuring you’ll go home with fantastic photos.

Program Highlights

The most interesting way to experience the Columbia & Snake Rivers
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 expedition ship will enable you to:

  • Follow the path of Lewis and Clark’s expedition, stopping at some of their campsites and learning about the Nez Perce people they encountered
  • Enjoy locally sourced, sustainable food on board from our providers along the way – so it’s literally as fresh as can be
  • Experience the region on up close, water level expedition landing craft and kayaking forays
  • 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, bike or hike, and extraordinary scenery—you’ll experience it all. Hike to a towering waterfall. Taste local fruit at a family farm 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.

Every day is engaging and options abound
You’ll be offered guided tours of museums, a farm, and a winery. You’ll walk, hike, bike, kayak, or expedition landing craft cruise—most days off-the-ship outings will be offered. Bike ride or walk along a historic route. 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.

Snake River, Idaho, Big Horn Sheep on the beach

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.


Reginald H. Garrett, Professor of Biology

Reginald GarrettReg joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 1968. In 1975, he was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Vienna, Austria, and in 1976, a visiting scientist in the Department of Genetics, Cambridge University (U.K.). In 1983, he returned to Cambridge and the Department of Genetics as Thomas Jefferson Visiting Fellow in Downing College. In 2003, he was Professeur Invité at the University of Toulouse (France) and the CNRS Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology there. He has an abiding interest in science education and taught biochemistry for 46 years. He is the author, with his colleague, Charles M. Grisham, of a widely used textbook, Biochemistry, the sixth edition of which was published in March, 2017. In addition, he taught marine invertebrate zoology and coral reef ecology for 20 years in the Bahamas and Mexico, and he has traveled informally in the West Indies, North, Central and South America, Africa, and Asia as a biology tourist. His research interest was focused within biochemistry and molecular biology. He is a former Academic Dean (2009) and professor with the Semester At Sea program, making three circumnavigations. His theme for the 2009 voyage was Migrations, which addressed the human odyssey that populated the planet, from our origins in Africa to the arrival of the Amerindian ancestors in the American Southwest.


Day 1 - Wednesday, April 18

Clarkston, Washington/Embark

Fly into Lewiston or Spokane and transfer to Clarkston, Washington to embark the ship.
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DAY 2 - Thursday, April 19

Clarkston, Washington

At Clarkston, we find ourselves at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, more than 450 miles from the sea. Today, travel by comfortable jet boat down the Snake River into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon.
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DAY 3 - Friday, April 20

Exploring the Palouse River

The still water of the Palouse River is perfect for our expedition landing craft cruises and kayak adventures.

The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off on our expedition landing craft and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls where cascading waters plunge into the pool below. This evening, while sailing down the Snake River, enjoy a taste of local specialties.
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DAY 4 - Saturday, April 21

The Dalles/Maryhill Museum, Oregon

Visit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the region’s natural history. Hike or take bicycles along the beautiful river trail. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Maryhill Museum with its impressive collection of Rodin sculptures and drawings, extensive collection of Native American baskets, and other fascinating exhibits. We’ll also visit the Maryhill Winery for a tour and tasting.
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DAY 5 - Sunday, April 22

Hood River/ Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Visit Hood River, where we’ll enjoy fresh fruit from a family farm. Begin your exploration of the Gorge where you’ll get a fresh perspective on such highlights as Multnomah Falls, Beacon Rock, and Bonneville Lock and Dam.
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DAY 6 - Monday, April 23

Astoria, Oregon

Fort Clatsop
Fort Clatsop

Dugout canoe along the shore at Fort Clatsop[/caption]We continue our journey by navigating the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Fort Clatsop, where the explorers hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805-1806, we walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town. In the afternoon explore more of what the area has to offer with a trip to either the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge or Cape Disappointment.
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DAY 7 - Tuesday, April 24

Portland, Oregon/ Disembark

Disembark in Portland and transfer to the airport for flights home or join an optional extension.

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Free Extension to Explore Portland

Portland, also known as The City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, Rip City, Little Beirut, or Beertown, is Oregon’s most populous city, and the third most populous city in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in the Cultural District downtown or a renovated warehouse in the trendy Pearl District, it’s easy to see why Money magazine called Portland the “Best Big City” in North America. Rich in Northwest arts and heritage, the city and region are also noted for strong land-use planning, excellent public transportation and a progressive regional-government.

Disembark in Portland in the morning and join us for a guided tour of the city’s must see highlights. We’ll start by taking in the iconic views of Portland and surrounding volcanic peaks at the historic Pittock Mansion. Next we explore the neighborhoods and Portland’s four main quadrants: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest. Each quadrant has its own distinct feel and unique attractions including art galleries, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and performance spaces. We will also visit at least two of the following parks: Washington Park, Rocky Butte, McCall Waterfront Park. Your naturalist guide will bring the parks alive by interpreting history, flora and fauna, and spotting birds. After the tour, check in to your hotel (PORTLAND WATERFRONT MARRIOTT)and explore the city on your own for the remainder of your time. (B)

After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)


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Our newest ship in this region is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves, and fast-moving channels where wildlife congregates, while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort. Spacious cabins, open decks for wildlife viewing, and specialty tools for exploration make it the ideal platform for sailing in the Pacific Northwest.

PUBLIC AREAS: Global gallery; fitness center; LEXspa; lounge with full service bar and facilities for films and presentations; observation deck; mudroom with lockers for expedition gear, and a partially covered sundeck with chairs and tables. Our “open bridge” provides guests an opportunity to meet our officers and captain and learn about navigation.

CABINS: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes, private facilities and climate controls. Category 4 cabins have balconies.

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, a fleet of 24 kayaks, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), hydrophone, splashcam, underwater video camera, video microscope, paddleboards, snorkeling gear for all guests (where applicable).

SPECIAL FEATURES: Guest internet access, elevator, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, and a video chronicler.

WELLNESS: The vessel is staffed by a Wellness Specialist and features a gym with an elliptical machine, treadmill, exercycles, hand-weights and resistance bands. Treatments in the LEXspa are available by appointment.


Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local fare.

Program Fees

 Deck Plan

All prices are per person, double occupancy
Category 1 – $4,390
Main Deck cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. (Single Occupancy – $6,840)

Category 2 – $5,190
Main Deck cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. (Single Occupancy – $8,040)

Category 3 – $ 6,150
Upper Deck cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two large view windows.

Category 4 – $ 6,890
Upper Deck cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, large view window, and small private balcony.

Category 5 – $7,690
Observation Deck cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, a writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person.

Note: Single Occupancy (S.O.) is available in Categories 1 and 2 only. Third person rates are available in Category 5 only, at one-half the double occupancy rate.

Single Occupancy
Category 1 – $ 6,840
Category 2 – $ 8,040

Price includes:

• Accommodations aboard ship
• All meals & non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship
• Wine and beer tastings
• 24-hr coffee, tea & soda on demand
• Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during nightly recap
• Exercise equipment & gym
• The guidance and expertise of the expedition staff
• All shore activities & entrance fees
• Zodiac & kayak explorations
• Lectures & presentations in the lounge
• Photo instruction
• Morning stretch classes with wellness specialist
• Transfers from and to group flights
• Special access permits, park fees & port taxes
• Local transportation to/from sites of interest
• Gratuities to local guides and drivers

Does not include:
Airfare; optional extensions; meals not indicated on itinerary; individual transfers; travel protection plan; items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages (other than the wine and craft beer tastings), email, voyage DVD, laundry, etc., and discretionary gratuities to ship’s crew.

General Terms & Conditions

AIRFARE: Airfare is an additional cost. Lindblad Expeditions will assist in making your air arrangements, if needed, for a $50 per person service fee.

RESERVATIONS: To confirm your place, an advance payment of $750 per person is required at the time of reservation and is payable by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or check.

FINAL PAYMENT: Due no later than 90 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN: Travel protection and medical insurance are available at extra cost. Information will be sent upon registration.

SMOKING POLICY: Allowed only in designated outdoor areas.

RESPONSIBILITY AND OTHER TERMS & CONDITIONS: Certain other provisions concerning, among other things, limitations of Lindblad Expeditions liability for loss of property, injury, illness, or death during the voyage will be provided to all guests on the ship’s ticket sent prior to departure or upon request. By registering for a trip, the guest agrees to all such terms and conditions.


Date Prior to Expedition Start Per Person Cancellation Fee
120 or more days $350
119-90 days Advance payment cost
89-60 days 25% of trip cost
59-45 days 50% of trip cost
44-0 days No refund