Portland to Clarkston (9 nights / 10 days)

Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Portland near the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery. You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston. If you’re looking for something tailored more to a specific interest, you might enjoy the Premium Experience Excursion to the Walla Walla Wine Trail or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

As you relive the daring exploits of Lewis and Clarke, you are treated to many natural wonders. Columbia Gorge cuts through the Cascade Mountains thanks to the Missoula Floods of the last Ice Age. At Multnomah Falls, snowmelt streams plunge over 600 feet in two tiered cascades down a sheer cliff face. Deeper than the Grand Canyon, Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon is a dramatic crack in the earth with raging waters best explored on an exciting jet boat ride. Near Portland, understand the raw power of nature in the collapsed volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens. Along the Columbia River, fish ladders help salmon swim upstream and bison, deer and elk graze freely.

From Portland’s lovely International Rose Test Garden to the hallowed artefacts on the Nez Perce Reservation, the region comes to life. Tour a millionaire’s Victorian home in Astoria, Oregon and marvel at the engineering achievement of the Bonneville Dam. Whether you choose to take in the scenery from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge nestled among the pines or climb a lighthouse to view the expansive Pacific, a voyage on the Columbia and Snake Rivers will show you the world from a new perspective.

With the American Empress serving as a floating boutique hotel for your journey, travel into the heart of Washington’s wine country. The acclaimed Maryhill Winery overlooking the Columbia River has made its mark among wine connoisseurs while the celebrated Walla Walla Wine Trail in the “Napa of the North” offers the tastes of Canoe Ridge, Cayuse, Leonetti and Five Star Cellars, among others.

Day - 1 Portland, Oregon

Fly from London to Portland, USA.

Private transfer to the Hilton Vancouver Washington Hotel for your overnight stay. 

Day 2 - Portland, Oregon

Enjoy the morning in Portland before embarking on your American Empress cruise. Onboard, settle into your spacious stateroom and get to know your new home.

Day 3 - Astoria, Oregon

Astoria is known to be the oldest American Settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. For thousands of years, Clatsop Indians inhabited the lands that are now known as Astoria. In 1805, Lewis and Clark led their expedition through the town and spent the winter at Fort Clatsop. In 1813, a British warship sailed into the Columbia River, gaining possession of the city and holding control until 1818, when they finally agreed to a joint occupation of the land. The British did not fully leave Astoria until 1846. There is no doubting the rich history has deep roots grounded in this Columbia River town. When the history combines with the scenery, the harmony will surely bring you back for more!

Day 4 - The Dalles, Oregon

At the end of the overland Oregon Trail, The Dalles holds a unique place in history as a jumping-off spot for pioneers, soldiers, gold miners, adventurers, gun-slingers, floozies, and scallywags. Lewis and Clark camped at this location at Rock Fort Camp during their historic journey in 1805 and 1806. Fort Dalles was established in 1850. Oregon Trail pioneers ended their overland journey at The Dalles, forced to build rafts and take the “river road” west to Fort Vancouver, then into the Willamette River valley. Ten thousand years of Native American trading took place on the banks of the Columbia River, shaped by the Ice Age Missoula floods. The town was located at the foot of a series of dangerous rapids which the Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders called “The
Dalles of the Columbia.”

Day 5 - Stevenson, Washington

On the banks of the scenic Columbia River, the city of Stevenson is your launch pad to the Washington side of the Gorge. A stroll along the Rock Cove pathway or the Columbia River waterfront is a great way to take in surroundings. Downtown Stevenson is home to unique shops, art
galleries, and restaurants. Stevenson is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Explore the eastern entrance to Mount St. Helens or the spectacular Lewis River Valley.

Day 6 - Scenic River Cruising

Behold the beauty of nature as you enjoy a day of scenic river cruising.  Picturesque canyon walls and fascinating volcanic formations will keep you guessing as to what lies around the next bend. As you wind through the dramatic mountains and forested ridges of the great Pacific Northwest, join our Riverlorian on-deck for insightful and entertaining narration.

Day 7 - Richland (Tri-Cities), Washington

Richland is located near the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers, the northern most point reached by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. First incorporated in 1910, Richland remained a small agricultural community until the Army acquired it and 670 square miles of adjacent land in 1943 as the site of the Hanford Engineer Works which was used to produce plutonium during World War II and the Cold War. Today, the historic B Reactor and other important historical venues are part of the new Manhattan Project National Historic Park. The city is also home to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a branch campus of Washington State University.

Day 8 - Clarkston, Washington

Nestled at the union of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in southeast Washington, Clarkston is the gateway to North America's deepest gorge, Hells Canyon on the Snake River. The picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates, and a deep history make this scenic inland port a more-than-desirable stop! Spend the day following the footsteps of the historic Lewis and Clark journey – where the city received its name.  This incredible city is filled with artifacts and stories that depict the journeys of famous explorers. Clarkston has the ideal climate for visitors to enjoy countless activities including fishing, scenic walks along the trails, shopping, and exploring!

Day 9 - Disembark in Clarkston, Washington

Tie up in Clarkston, Washington and bid your steamboat adieu.

Shared transfer to Spokane Airport for flight to London, UK.

Day 10 - Arrive London, UK

Fly from Spokane Airport to London, UK

Spokane - The Naturally Nice 2 Night City Stay Package

Extend your vacation in a city that blends the unmistakable beauty of the Pacific Northwest with urban sophistication.  Take in the delights of this one time European trading post when you choose our Post Cruise City Stay and enjoy an additional three days and two nights in the “Lilac” city.  Your accommodation at the Historic Davenport Hotel has everything to make your stay as relaxing as your voyage on the American Empress.  Experience everything this city has to offer from the Spokane Falls within Riverfront Park, Spokane Public Market, Casinos, unbeatable shopping and some of the best wineries that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

  • American Empress exclusive Post Cruise Premium Excursion - Spokane City Tour
  • Two nights at the Historic Davenport Hotel
  • Two full American breakfasts
  • Walking, Art and Wine Tasting Tour of downtown Spokane
  • Transfer from the Historic Davenport Hotel to Spokane Airport


Veranda Stateroom (Category E) Vista View Deck Deck
From £3395 per person

Outside Stateroom with Window (Category D) Explorer Deck
From £3595 per person

Superior Veranda Stateroom (Category B) Frontier/Discovery/Vista View Deck
From £4435 per person

Please call for more details.

Cruise Prices

Guide Prices are per person based on 2 persons sharing a cabin include:

  • Return scheduled flights (Economy Class) from London UK
  • One night pre-cruise stay at the Hilton Vancouver Washington including Full American Breakfast
  • Seven nights luxury cruise on board the American Empress including all meals, drinks with dinner (wine and beer), complimentary coffees, bottled water and soft drinks included throughout the voyage
  • On board 'showboat' entertainment each evening and daily lectures from the resident Riverlorians
  • Complimentary shore excursions in each Port on the 'Hop On Hop Off' coaches
  • Private transfer from Portland airport and shared transfer from hotel to boat and boat to Spokane airport
  • All Port Charges
  • Full ATOL financial protection

Additional Charges

  • Premium shore excursions
  • Gratuities - $18.50 per person, per day (for 2019) Gratuities included for 2020
  • Alcoholic drinks not listed above (Beverage Package available for pre purchase)
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)

For more information call: 01223 568904 or email: sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk


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