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OREGON / WASHINGTON

Adventures Afloat: Columbia and Snake Rivers: History and Harvest by Small Ship

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Program #20445RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Oct 21 — Oct 28, 2014

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Type: Three-Star Hotel

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
700 N Division St
Spokane, WA 99202 USA
phone: 509-326-5577
Room amenities: Premium television channel(s) Premium bedding Climate control Blackout drapes/curtains Air conditioning Phone Free local calls Voice mail Microwave (on request) Refrigerator (on request) Coffee/tea maker Wake-up calls Complimentary toiletries Hair dryer Shower/tub combination Extra towels/bedding in room Electronic check-out Electronic/magnetic keys Window opens Clock radio Desk Iron/ironing board Pillowtop mattress Rollaway/extra beds available Cribs/infant beds available Speakerphone Daily housekeeping ESPN Satellite television service Free Wi-Fi

Facility amenities: Red Lion River Inn features a spa tub and a fitness facility. The hotel offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. Business-related amenities at this 3-star property consist of audiovisual equipment and small meeting rooms. Event facilities measuring 3000 square feet (279 square meters) include conference/meeting rooms, exhibit space, and banquet facilities. This Spokane hotel also offers complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and room service (during limited hours). Complimentary parking is available on site. Red Lion River Inn is a smoke-free property. Spa tub Fitness facilities Bar/lounge Restaurant Room service (limited hours) Free parking Self parking Exhibit space Banquet facilities Multiple small meeting rooms Multiple large conference rooms Event catering Audiovisual equipment Business services Total number of rooms - 245 Safe-deposit box at front desk 24-hour front desk Express check-out Security guard ATM/banking Dry cleaning/laundry service Patio Microwave in lobby Air-conditioned public areas Number of floors - 2 Wedding services Airport transportation (complimentary) Number of outdoor pools - 2 Meeting facilities size (meters) - 279 Meeting facilities size (feet) - 3000 Smoke-free property Complimentary newspapers in lobby Free Wi-Fi

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to Availability
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, October 21 - Arrive Spokane, Washington / Registration and Ori...
Arrive Spokane, Washington / Registration and Orientation / Welcome Dinner

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Registration: After you have your room assignment, stop by the Road Scholar desk beginning at 5:00 p.m. (location will be posted on the hotel reader board) to meet the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and other program information along with the time for our dinner and orientation.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: In our private meeting space, join your fellow Road Scholar travelers to enjoy our first dinner as a group.

Evening: Following dinner we will hold introductions and a program orientation to review the daily schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and answer any questions you may have. Following orientation you are free to relax, settle in and get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.

Lodging: Red Lion River Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Small groups in a generous amount of public space with several highly qualified team members who accompany the group throughout the cruise. Zodiac landing craft allow the group to disembark and explore almost anywhere. Menus emphasize local flair. Special expedition equipment on every ship.

Ship Information: Length 152 feet, Beam 33 feet, Draft 8 feet, Tonnage 95 USCG cargo capacity, steel hull with aluminum superstructure, launched in 1982, cruising speed 11.5 to 12 knots.

Contact info:
Portland Docks
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 800-397-3348
Room amenities: All rooms face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. Keys are not issued for the cabins, but cabin doors may be locked from the inside. Category 1 (Lindblad Cat 3) Bridge Deck #105, 106 Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only. Category 02 (Lindblad Cat 2) Bridge Deck #100-104 Upper Deck #200-212, 215 These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window. Category 03 (Lindblad Cat 1) Main Deck #300-305 Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window. Note: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 2 and 3 only. Participants wishing to share should enroll in Cat 3.

Facility amenities: The public areas include a library; lounge with full-service bar; facilities for films, slide shows and lectures; an observation deck; and partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables. Ship has an open bridge policy that allows you to meet the officers. There are no laundry facilities on the ship.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only


Day Two: Wednesday, October 22 - Spokane / Clarkston
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a walking tour of downtown Spokane, The Riverside Park, and view the Spokane Falls. Throughout the walking tour your study leader will discuss the geology and the early history of Spokane. We return to the hotel by 11:30am and check out of the hotel. We'll store our luggage until after lunch.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in Spokane. Road Scholar staff will provide you with some nearby suggestions and set a location and time for gathering back together.

Afternoon: Coach transfer from Spokane to Clarkston. On the bus ride enjoy a historical narrative from your study leader. Once you arrive in Clarkston you will Embark the MV Sea Bird.

Dinner: Aboard the ship. Unassigned seating makes for easy mingling and informal dining. Menu will emphasize local fair and your Study Leader hosts one table.

Evening: Each evening will include a review of the next days activities, a presentation by ship or Road Scholar staff or depending on the days activities, some time to relax and rest.

Lodging: M/V Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Small groups in a generous amount of public space with several highly qualified team members who accompany the group throughout the cruise. Zodiac landing craft allow the group to disembark and explore almost anywhere. Menus emphasize local flair. Special expedition equipment on every ship.

Ship Information: Length 152 feet, Beam 33 feet, Draft 8 feet, Tonnage 95 USCG cargo capacity, steel hull with aluminum superstructure, launched in 1982, cruising speed 11.5 to 12 knots.

Contact info:
Portland Docks
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 800-397-3348
Room amenities: All rooms face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. Keys are not issued for the cabins, but cabin doors may be locked from the inside. Category 1 (Lindblad Cat 3) Bridge Deck #105, 106 Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only. Category 02 (Lindblad Cat 2) Bridge Deck #100-104 Upper Deck #200-212, 215 These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window. Category 03 (Lindblad Cat 1) Main Deck #300-305 Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window. Note: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 2 and 3 only. Participants wishing to share should enroll in Cat 3.

Facility amenities: The public areas include a library; lounge with full-service bar; facilities for films, slide shows and lectures; an observation deck; and partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables. Ship has an open bridge policy that allows you to meet the officers. There are no laundry facilities on the ship.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only


Day Three: Thursday, October 23 - Clarkston
Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Lunch enroute.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, return to the ship and begin sailing down the Snake River, the longest tributary of the Columbia River. Rugged mountains divided by rolling plains make up the Snake River Plain created by a volcanic hotspot which now lies underneath Yellowstone National Park, the headwaters of the Snake River. The canyons and ridges along the middle and lower Snake were created by Ice Age floods. By the time Lewis and Clark crossed the Rockies and sighted the Snake river, the Nez Perce and Shoshone were the most powerful people in the region. Learn about the travels of Lewis and Clark in this area.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Spend the evening with fellow participants discussing the day's activities.

Lodging: M/V Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Small groups in a generous amount of public space with several highly qualified team members who accompany the group throughout the cruise. Zodiac landing craft allow the group to disembark and explore almost anywhere. Menus emphasize local flair. Special expedition equipment on every ship.

Ship Information: Length 152 feet, Beam 33 feet, Draft 8 feet, Tonnage 95 USCG cargo capacity, steel hull with aluminum superstructure, launched in 1982, cruising speed 11.5 to 12 knots.

Contact info:
Portland Docks
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 800-397-3348
Room amenities: All rooms face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. Keys are not issued for the cabins, but cabin doors may be locked from the inside. Category 1 (Lindblad Cat 3) Bridge Deck #105, 106 Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only. Category 02 (Lindblad Cat 2) Bridge Deck #100-104 Upper Deck #200-212, 215 These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window. Category 03 (Lindblad Cat 1) Main Deck #300-305 Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window. Note: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 2 and 3 only. Participants wishing to share should enroll in Cat 3.

Facility amenities: The public areas include a library; lounge with full-service bar; facilities for films, slide shows and lectures; an observation deck; and partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables. Ship has an open bridge policy that allows you to meet the officers. There are no laundry facilities on the ship.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only


Day Four: Friday, October 24 - Exploring the Palouse River
Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: 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.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Join your study leader and ship experts for an afternoon lecture.

Dinner: While sailing down the river, you'll enjoy local food prepared by the Head Chef.

Evening: Re-cap the days events and discuss the areas we will be visiting tomorrow.

Lodging: M/V Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Small groups in a generous amount of public space with several highly qualified team members who accompany the group throughout the cruise. Zodiac landing craft allow the group to disembark and explore almost anywhere. Menus emphasize local flair. Special expedition equipment on every ship.

Ship Information: Length 152 feet, Beam 33 feet, Draft 8 feet, Tonnage 95 USCG cargo capacity, steel hull with aluminum superstructure, launched in 1982, cruising speed 11.5 to 12 knots.

Contact info:
Portland Docks
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 800-397-3348
Room amenities: All rooms face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. Keys are not issued for the cabins, but cabin doors may be locked from the inside. Category 1 (Lindblad Cat 3) Bridge Deck #105, 106 Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only. Category 02 (Lindblad Cat 2) Bridge Deck #100-104 Upper Deck #200-212, 215 These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window. Category 03 (Lindblad Cat 1) Main Deck #300-305 Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window. Note: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 2 and 3 only. Participants wishing to share should enroll in Cat 3.

Facility amenities: The public areas include a library; lounge with full-service bar; facilities for films, slide shows and lectures; an observation deck; and partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables. Ship has an open bridge policy that allows you to meet the officers. There are no laundry facilities on the ship.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only


Day Five: Saturday, October 25 - The Dalles / Maryhill Museum
Note: This day will include an optional morning hike or bike ride. Participants must be able to walk at least 1 mile.

Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: Visit the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center to learn about the natural history of the Gorge. Hike or take bicycles along the Columbia River Scenic Highway. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Maryhill Museum and view its extensive and eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures and much more.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: In the afternoon visit the Maryhill Museum and view its extensive and eclectic collection of native baskets, Rodin sculptures, chess sets and other fascinating exhibits.

Dinner: Enjoy a cocktail hour to recap the days experiences followed by dinner.

Lodging: M/V Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Small groups in a generous amount of public space with several highly qualified team members who accompany the group throughout the cruise. Zodiac landing craft allow the group to disembark and explore almost anywhere. Menus emphasize local flair. Special expedition equipment on every ship.

Ship Information: Length 152 feet, Beam 33 feet, Draft 8 feet, Tonnage 95 USCG cargo capacity, steel hull with aluminum superstructure, launched in 1982, cruising speed 11.5 to 12 knots.

Contact info:
Portland Docks
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 800-397-3348
Room amenities: All rooms face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. Keys are not issued for the cabins, but cabin doors may be locked from the inside. Category 1 (Lindblad Cat 3) Bridge Deck #105, 106 Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only. Category 02 (Lindblad Cat 2) Bridge Deck #100-104 Upper Deck #200-212, 215 These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window. Category 03 (Lindblad Cat 1) Main Deck #300-305 Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window. Note: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 2 and 3 only. Participants wishing to share should enroll in Cat 3.

Facility amenities: The public areas include a library; lounge with full-service bar; facilities for films, slide shows and lectures; an observation deck; and partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables. Ship has an open bridge policy that allows you to meet the officers. There are no laundry facilities on the ship.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only


Day Six: Sunday, October 26 - Columbia River Gorge / Hood River
Note: Today's afternoon hikes range from 1.7 miles to 2.7 miles with inclines of 200-400 feet.

Breakfast: Light breakfast aboard the ship

Morning: This morning you'll find the ship positioned off of Rooster Rock and begin your orientation to the Columbia River Gorge. You'll get a fresh perspective on such highlights as beacon rock, Multnomah Falls and crown Point, and be able to hike among towering waterfalls.

Lunch: Continue on to Hood River to visit the historic Gorge White House and Farm with its spectacular view of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Lunch will be served in the farm's dahlia garden.

Afternoon: Lunch will be followed by an opportunity to taste award-winning wines at a local vineyard nearby.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Lodging: M/V Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Small groups in a generous amount of public space with several highly qualified team members who accompany the group throughout the cruise. Zodiac landing craft allow the group to disembark and explore almost anywhere. Menus emphasize local flair. Special expedition equipment on every ship.

Ship Information: Length 152 feet, Beam 33 feet, Draft 8 feet, Tonnage 95 USCG cargo capacity, steel hull with aluminum superstructure, launched in 1982, cruising speed 11.5 to 12 knots.

Contact info:
Portland Docks
Portland, OR 97232 USA
phone: 800-397-3348
Room amenities: All rooms face outside with windows, private facilities and climate controls. Keys are not issued for the cabins, but cabin doors may be locked from the inside. Category 1 (Lindblad Cat 3) Bridge Deck #105, 106 Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only. Category 02 (Lindblad Cat 2) Bridge Deck #100-104 Upper Deck #200-212, 215 These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window. Category 03 (Lindblad Cat 1) Main Deck #300-305 Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window. Note: Sole Occupancy cabins are available in Categories 2 and 3 only. Participants wishing to share should enroll in Cat 3.

Facility amenities: The public areas include a library; lounge with full-service bar; facilities for films, slide shows and lectures; an observation deck; and partially covered sun deck with chairs and tables. Ship has an open bridge policy that allows you to meet the officers. There are no laundry facilities on the ship.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower only


Day Seven: Monday, October 27 - Astoria
Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: We near the end of our Westward journey as Lewis and Clark did, 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'll walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort. Visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum, which chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: In the afternoon you can choose to visit Cape Disappointment or Zodiac and kayak in the Lewis and Clark Wildlife Refuge, conditions permitting.

Dinner: Enjoy your final celebratory dinner aboard the ship as we discuss the highlights of our journey.

Evening: Rest, relax and finish packing in preparation for our disembarkation tomorrow.

Lodging: M/V Sea Bird

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eight: Tuesday, October 28 - Portland, OR / Disembark
Breakfast: Aboard the ship.

Morning: After breakfast disembark the ship at 8:00 a.m. and transfer to the airport for flights home.

This concludes our program.

We hope you've enjoyed your Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all of your journeys.

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