Columbia & Snake Rivers Experience Guide
Our well-appointed replica coastal steamer harkens back to an elegant time of travel at the turn of the century.
Heritage guides and guest hosts share stories of the people who came before—Native people, Lewis & Clark, early explorers and hearty pioneers—and of the landscape and land itself providing in-depth interpretation of the places and sights you’ll visit along the journey. Along the wide and winding Columbia & Snake Rivers, the landscape changes dramatically from ocean coastline to rugged hills. Each microclimate sustains a unique collection of wildlife, vegetation, and wine varietals that thrive in the specific conditions of that area.
Each season offers a different perspective and something new to see from brilliant, blooming spring to the harvest of fall crush—it’s always a good time to be on the rivers.
History, Natural History & Nature
Columbia & Snake Rivers Travel FAQs
ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
Q. Do you have specific arrival and departure guidelines I should follow when making my travel plans?
Q. I have an interest in engineering. Will we be visiting inside any of the hydroelectric dams along the river?
Both of our river itineraries transit several sets of locks and dams and the construction and operation of the lock systems along the Columbia, several of the largest in the world, will be of interest to everyone but in particular to those who enjoy and study engineering.
LEWIS & CLARK
Q. Will we learn about the Lewis & Clark Expedition?
Yes, these cruises cover some of the same territory Lewis & Clark traversed and your heritage guides and/or guest experts will address the subject during your adventure.
Q. Many places on these itineraries are accessible by car. Why cruise?
The experience of actually traveling on the Columbia River is unparalleled. First, one better understands the power and influence that this huge river basin has had throughout history—and today. Secondly, the hassle-free travel experience, good company, Heritage guides, and well-planned excursions all come together to make this easy, fun, and intellectually rewarding. It would be almost impossible to get all this from either independent or group land travel.
Q. Which winery or wineries and tasting rooms will we visit?
As an added benefit, our small group size allows us to work closely with exclusive boutique wineries to make each visit very special. Details on who we visit will vary from week-to-week, and sometimes a local wine maker may step on board to say hello. Our Rivers of Wine itinerary visits the most wineries and tasting rooms.
|Itinerary Name||Rivers of Wine||Rivers of Adventure|
|Duration||7 Nights||8 Nights|
|Begin/End Points||Roundtrip Portland, Oregon||Portland, OR to Clarkston, WA (or reverse)|
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