Clarkston to Vancouver, WA (Portland) River Cruise - 9 Day Journey

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Fares From £1595 pp

Cruise Summary

THE BEAUTY AND BOUNTY OF NATURE – This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the beauty and bounty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates the dense forests of the coastal regions of Washington and Oregon from the arid rolling hills and wine country of the Red Mountain region. You will experience both climates on this voyage sailing west via the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the only break in the Cascades between British Columbia and Southern Oregon. At each port, you can embrace the culture and history of this region on an included shore excursion, such as a guided tour of Nez Perce National Historical Park to learn about the Native American tribe that assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who still inhabit a reservation near Lewiston.

Included Tours:
• See ports of call below for information on included tours.

Post-Cruise City Stay Package:
• Extend your journey with an unforgettable 3-day/2-night city stay package. 

*All themed entertainment, events and tours are subject to change without notice.

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1: Hotel Stay – Spokane, WA

Enjoy your complimentary stay at the historic Davenport Hotel. The evening is yours to venture into the city and independently explore fine eateries, museums, theatres and local attractions. Our Hospitality Desk will be located in the hotel for your convenience between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m, when our friendly staff will be on hand to assist with anything from general questions about your upcoming voyage to reserving Premium Shore Excursions. An American Queen Steamboat Company representative, as well as a local representative, will be readily available to provide you with dining, entertainment, and sight-seeing suggestions so that you may maximize your time in Spokane.

 

Day 2: Clarkston, WA

Departure 6:00 PM
Today is the big day! Spend a few hours exploring the beautiful city of Spokane before traveling to Clarkston, Washington, where you will board the American Empress on the Columbia River. If you didn’t have a chance to check-in on the first night, the hospitality desk will be open today between 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM at the official Pre-Cruise hotel. During the easy check-in procedure, representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer questions regarding your upcoming voyage. The process is simple and we will have you back exploring or relaxing in no time. If you think of additional questions, the hospitality staff will be at your service until the transfers begin. The vessel will depart for a lovely dinner cruise and then return to Clarkston for an overnight stay on-board.

Premium Shore Excursions

Day 3: Clarkston, WA

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 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 artefacts 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!

Included Shore Excursions
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Day 4: Richland, WA (Tri-Cities)

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 in 1943 along with 670 square miles of adjacent land, to create 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.

Included Shore Excursions
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Day 5: 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 resident Riverlorian expert on-deck, for an insightful and entertaining narration.
For those guests seeking a bit of land adventure today, our premium shore excursion, Pendleton and the Wild West, is available for purchase.

Premium Shore Excursions
 

Day 6: The Dalles, OR

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, then later Fort Dalles was established in 1850. Oregon Trail pioneers ended their overland journey at The Dalles, where they were forced to build rafts and take the “river road” west to Fort Vancouver and 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.”

Included Shore Excursions
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Day 7: Stevenson, WA

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 your 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.

Included Shore Excursions
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Day 8: Astoria, OR

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!

Included Shore Excursions
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Day 9: Vancouver, WA

Arrival 8:00 AM
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy Vancouver at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Premium Shore Excursions

Additional Sailing Dates

  • Aug 25, 2019 – Sep 02, 2019 – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • Sep 08, 2019 – Sep 16, 2019 – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • Sep 22, 2019 – Sep 30, 2019 – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • Oct 06, 2019 – Oct 14, 2019 – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • Oct 20, 2019 – Oct 28, 2019 – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
  • Nov 03, 2019 – Nov 11, 2019 – Fares from £PLEASE CALL
Vessel: American Empress

Highlights

Price: From £1595 pp

Your Cruise Fare Includes:

  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
  • Complimentary deluxe hotel stay the night before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Empress
  • All on-board meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
  • Daily lectures by our on-board Riverlorian expert
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly
  • Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches

Available for Purchase: Additional Pre-voyage Hotel Night
Available for Purchase: Optional Post-voyage Hotel Night

Call 01223 568904 or contact your Travel Agent!

Terms and Conditions
One included pre-voyage hotel night is provided as part of the voyage fare. Additional pre-voyage hotel nights may be purchased for an additional charge. Guests are required to present a credit card upon hotel check-in to cover their incidental charges. Post-voyage hotel nights are not included in the voyage fare and may be purchased for an additional charge. A maximum of three pre-voyage and three post-voyage hotel nights are allowed for any booking. In lieu of an included pre-voyage hotel night on any voyage, a $50 per person on-board credit is available upon request and dependent upon voyage date. On a back-to-back voyage, two included hotel nights or a combination of one included hotel night plus a $50 per person on-board credit will be granted in lieu of taking a second included hotel night. A hotel credit will not be offered if a hotel is unable to accommodate additional hotel nights. Additional room night availability is based on the AQSC standard annual rate and is not guaranteed. The AQSC pre-voyage hotel may offer a direct promotional rate throughout the year that is lower than the AQSC standard annual rate.

Fares are per guest, double occupancy, with the exception of single cabin categories. Fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include air or land transportation. Port Charges of $189 per person are additional and not included in the fare. All fares, itineraries, hotels, entertainment, shore excursions and other voyage attributes are subject to change and we are not responsible for errors or omissions therein.

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