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A Voyage Along the Columbia & Snake Rivers:
In The Wake of Lewis & Clark
 
October 10 – 17, 2011
1 overnight – Portland, OR
 
7 Days/6 Nights – National Geographic Sea Bird

 
The Corps of Discovery expedition, led by Lewis and Clark from 1804 to 1806, was a dramatic episode in American history. Conceived by Jefferson as more than a geographic exploration, it studied native cultures; collected specimens; and through maps, put form to what was terra incognita. Explore the Palouse River by Zodiac and kayak, see Native American petro glyphs, cruise eastern Washington’s wine country, and take a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America.
 
DAY 1: PORTLAND, OREGON/EMBARK
Board our ship and cruise the center of Portland on the Willamette River before reaching the Columbia River.
 
DAY 2: EASTERN WASHINGTON’S WINE COUNTRY
Awake this morning to the colorful plateaus east of the sweeping Cascade Mountains, an area famous for its expanding wine industry. As we travel on, the Columbia completely changes character: a well-watered landscape gives way to gracefully tapered buttes and semi-arid steppes. Locks lift the ship higher and higher into desert-hued canyons. At the entrance to the Snake River, we pass between banks formed by the largest basalt flow in the world. 
 
DAY 3: CLARKSTON
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 up the Snake River into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. Or you may opt to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Clearwater River, visiting several of their actual campsites. Led by our local Historian, we learn about the relationship between the Nez Perce people and Lewis and Clark.
   
DAY 4: EXPLORING THE PALOUSE RIVER
The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off on our Zodiac cruises and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls where cascading waters plunge into pools below. Afterwards, sail down the Snake River, enjoying a barbecue on deck.
 
DAY 5: COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AND HOODRIVER
Today venture through the Columbia River Gorge, perhaps the most awe-inspiring section of the entire river. Cruise past the 620-foot-high Multnomah Falls and visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.
 
DAY 6: ASTORIA
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. The Columbia River Maritime Museum chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town.
 
DAY 7: PORTLAND/DISEMBARK/HOME
Transfer to the airport for flights home. 
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
*Roundtrip transfer from Ames – DSM Airport
*Roundtrip air from Des Moines – Portland
*Overnight – River Place Hotel, Portland
*Accommodations – aboard the 62-guest
National Geographic Sea Bird
*All meals
*Excursions
*Services of a National Geographic Leader
*Naturalist Staff and expert guides
*Use of kayaks
*All entrance fees
*Luggage handling & luggage fees
*All port charges and service taxes
*First National Bank Escort

NOT INCLUCED
*Insurance (optional) $350.00
Covers the cruise portion only
Airline tickets good for one year
from date of issue. $150.00/change fee

*Tips to ship’s crew
 

 
  
Price per person– Double Occupancy - $5775.00
Price per person– Single Occupancy -  $7480.00
 
Depost - $500.00 with reservation
Final Payment – August 1, 2011

 

For more information, contact Tanya Anderson at 515-663-3009 or email Tanya.Anderson@FNBames.com

 

 

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