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OREGON / WASHINGTON

Adventures Afloat: Lewis and Clark’s Discovery: The Columbia and Snake Rivers by Small Ship

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Program #20810RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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 May 8 — May 16, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel is ideally located on the Willamette riverfront, conveniently near Portland State University and many other top downtown attractions. Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront accommodations offer gorgeous views of the Willamette riverfront and cityscape. Each guestroom features granite counter tops, baths and local art work. The hotel is ENERGY STAR compliant and Green Seal Silver Certified, making them one of the only hotels in Portland to have both ratings.

Contact info:
1401 SW Natio Parkway
Portland, OR 97201 USA
phone: 503-226-7600
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxor-portland-marriott-downtown-waterfront/

Room amenities: The guest rooms offer luxurious Ritz Carlton bedding, wireless Internet access (for a fee), LCD TVs, hairdryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker / tea service and iron and ironing board.

Facility amenities: Hotel has indoor saltwater pool; whirlpool; fitness center including weights, treadmills and stairmasters; restaurant; full service business center; coin operated laundry and vending machines.

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
Valet parking at the hotel is $32 per night (self park not available). Other parking structures available nearby.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Friday, May 08 - Arrival and Check-In / Registration and Orientati...
Note: Total walking mileage for the entire program is 3 to 4 miles. One hike is 1 to 1.5 miles (In Astoria). Other short walks are on uneven ground such as along basalt and rock paths to visit Lewis and Clark sites, and there is one walk uphill for approximately 100 yards.

Afternoon: Participants that book their air through Road Scholar Travel Services will be greeted at the Portland International airport and transferred to our hotel in downtown Portland (offer available only on on the first day of the program).

Hotel check-in will begin at 4:00 PM and program registration will begin at 5:00 PM. Our hotel is along the south waterfront area which includes Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The walkway along the river is a great way to unwind from your travels.

Dinner: At hotel at 6:00 PM

Evening: Orientation and introductions will follow dinner.

Lodging: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Ship Information: Length: 192' Beam: 37' Draft: 7.5' Guests: 88 Cruise speed: 13 knots Crew: 35

Contact info:
3826 18th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-901-1009
web: www.un-cruise.com

Room amenities: Staterooms have hair dryers, bathrobes, alarm clock and TV/DVD players.

Facility amenities: Sauna and one complimentary massage plus on-deck hot tub, onboard fitness equipment, a DVD and reading library plus an excluisive wine library.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Saturday, May 09 - Portland Exploration / Transfers / Embarkation
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: We will depart the hotel on foot as we explore Portland with our knowledgeable local guide. Be prepared to learn some interesting and fun facts about this city formerly called Stumptown. We will utilize public transportation during our exploration.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in a local eatery.

Afternoon: Following lunch enjoy some free time as you make your way back to the hotel to our ship's hospitality room by 2:30 PM. You will be transferred to the ship beginning at 5:15 PM. The ship will be located at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park Seawall. Once on board, the SS Legacy crew will welcome you with champagne and hors d'oeuvres.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: After dinner, gather in the Victorian style main salon for a route discussion to prepare you for your journey through Living History.

Lodging: SS Legacy

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

Ship Information: Length: 192' Beam: 37' Draft: 7.5' Guests: 88 Cruise speed: 13 knots Crew: 35

Contact info:
3826 18th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-901-1009
web: www.un-cruise.com

Room amenities: Staterooms have hair dryers, bathrobes, alarm clock and TV/DVD players.

Facility amenities: Sauna and one complimentary massage plus on-deck hot tub, onboard fitness equipment, a DVD and reading library plus an excluisive wine library.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Sunday, May 10 - Bonneville Dam / Multnomah Falls / Columbia River...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Join your Legacy and Road Scholar Leaders on deck this morning as we enter the striking Columbia River Gorge. This spectacular canyon cuts the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range and is a designated National Scenic Area. We’ll transit the Bonneville Lock and Dam to embark on a private tour of the massive turbines that produce enormous amounts of hydropower. Take a moment to step outside to view the fish ladder. Continue via motorcoach to a gorge gem, towering Multnomah Falls the tallest falls in Oregon.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: After lunch, cruise upriver to view the heart of the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge. Transit The Dalles – another of the eight lock and dam marvels found along both rivers. As time allows our Road Scholar historian will make a special presentation for our group.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: After dinner enjoy an informative presentation staged by your Legacy and Road Scholar Leaders.

Lodging: SS Legacy

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

Ship Information: Length: 192' Beam: 37' Draft: 7.5' Guests: 88 Cruise speed: 13 knots Crew: 35

Contact info:
3826 18th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-901-1009
web: www.un-cruise.com

Room amenities: Staterooms have hair dryers, bathrobes, alarm clock and TV/DVD players.

Facility amenities: Sauna and one complimentary massage plus on-deck hot tub, onboard fitness equipment, a DVD and reading library plus an excluisive wine library.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Monday, May 11 - Snake River Cruising
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: After passing through McNary Lock and Dam, arrive at the confluence of the Yakima, Columbia and Snake rivers. Hillsides reveal orchards of over 160 wineries found within an hour’s drive in appellations such as Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain or Yakima Valley. Learn about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and its place in World War II’s Manhattan Project.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch onboard the SS Legacy as you pass by massive wind farm turbines and enter the mouth of the Snake River, the Columbia’s largest tributary.

Afternoon: Relax on deck to view the surrounding wheat fields of the Palouse, one of the nations top wheat growing regions. Observe the intricacies involved in locking through Ice Harbor Dam followed by Lower Monumental. As time allows our Road Scholar historian will provide a presentation.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: After dinner, step back in time with your Legacy Leaders for colorful stories about pioneer hardships and triumphs.

Lodging: SS Legacy

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

Ship Information: Length: 192' Beam: 37' Draft: 7.5' Guests: 88 Cruise speed: 13 knots Crew: 35

Contact info:
3826 18th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-901-1009
web: www.un-cruise.com

Room amenities: Staterooms have hair dryers, bathrobes, alarm clock and TV/DVD players.

Facility amenities: Sauna and one complimentary massage plus on-deck hot tub, onboard fitness equipment, a DVD and reading library plus an excluisive wine library.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Tuesday, May 12 - Port of Clarkston / Nez Perce Tribe / Hells Canyo...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: After our final upriver locking at Lower Granite Dam we'll dock at Clarkston, WA. In this region we will learn about the culture of the Nez Perce people and the historical sites connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition including William Clark's first encounter with members of the Nez Perce tribe in 1805. We will depart via motorcoach this morning to begin our Hells Canyon adventure.

Lunch: We'll board our jet boats for an exhilarating ride and enjoy lunch on board.

Afternoon: Hells Canyon is North America's deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet. Protected as a National Recreation Area since 1975, it preserves a world of fascinating natural and cultural elements. Vertical cliffs carved by the river now hem in the rushing waters. Watch dramatic scenery unfold as we jet upriver. We'll watch for big horn sheep and hawks throughout the journey. Along the route we will view petroglyphs: reminders of the Nez Perce people that were the earliest inhabitants of the canyon.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: This evening marks your return downriver for a vibrant combination of Lewis and Clark history, river lore and wine.

Lodging: SS Legacy

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

Ship Information: Length: 192' Beam: 37' Draft: 7.5' Guests: 88 Cruise speed: 13 knots Crew: 35

Contact info:
3826 18th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-901-1009
web: www.un-cruise.com

Room amenities: Staterooms have hair dryers, bathrobes, alarm clock and TV/DVD players.

Facility amenities: Sauna and one complimentary massage plus on-deck hot tub, onboard fitness equipment, a DVD and reading library plus an excluisive wine library.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Wednesday, May 13 - Whitman Mission / Washington Wine Country / Tales...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: The Walla Walla region is a storyteller's dream. Visit the storied Whitman Mission historical site to learn about the 1847 massacre that impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades. Attention then turns to the vibrant wine making industry which thrives in and around the community of Walla Walla. This is world-class wine country shaped by long, warm summer days, rich volcanic soils and ample river irrigation. We'll enjoy a tour and tasting at a distinctive destination winery featuring the pride of this appellation - Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lunch: Lunch at a local winery

Afternoon: Visit some of the Lewis and Clark sites in the area and then return to the ship to settle back on deck as we cruise along the rolling Columbia River.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Enjoy the hot tub, sauna, relax with a complimentary massage, read a book, or mingle with your Road Scholar mates in the cozy Wine Library or Main Salon.

Lodging: SS Legacy

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

Ship Information: Length: 192' Beam: 37' Draft: 7.5' Guests: 88 Cruise speed: 13 knots Crew: 35

Contact info:
3826 18th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-901-1009
web: www.un-cruise.com

Room amenities: Staterooms have hair dryers, bathrobes, alarm clock and TV/DVD players.

Facility amenities: Sauna and one complimentary massage plus on-deck hot tub, onboard fitness equipment, a DVD and reading library plus an excluisive wine library.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Thursday, May 14 - Maryhill Museum / Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Enjoy breakfast onboard the SS Legacy before traveling to Maryhill Museum and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. Maryhill Museum's collections are housed in a castle-like chateau situated on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The museum offers an eclectic collection of Native arts, European paintings and the Queen of Romania's personal effects. The Discovery Center's interactive exhibits provide a life-sized look into the area's volcanic upheavals, Ice Age, periods of severe flooding, native heritage and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Relax and enjoy the sunset cruising along the Columbia River en route to the Pacific Ocean. As time allows our Road Scholar historian will provide a lecture for the group.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: This evening's educational presentation introduces tomorrow's center of attraction - Victorian Astoria, the oldest settlement west of the Rockies.

Lodging: SS Legacy

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

Ship Information: Length: 192' Beam: 37' Draft: 7.5' Guests: 88 Cruise speed: 13 knots Crew: 35

Contact info:
3826 18th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 877-901-1009
web: www.un-cruise.com

Room amenities: Staterooms have hair dryers, bathrobes, alarm clock and TV/DVD players.

Facility amenities: Sauna and one complimentary massage plus on-deck hot tub, onboard fitness equipment, a DVD and reading library plus an excluisive wine library.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Friday, May 15 - Astoria / Fort Clatsop / Columbia River Maritime ...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Today we'll step way back in time in and around historic Astoria. Board a motorcoach for a trip to Fort Clatsop National Memorial, the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition near the mouth of the Columbia River during the winter of 1805-1806. The fort was the last encampment of the Corps of Discovery before embarking on their return trip east to St. Louis. Stroll through the quaint Victorian streets of Astoria and take time to wander through the many exhibits at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Lunch: Lunch is provided.

Afternoon: Visit the Astoria Column and enjoy a historical drive through Astoria. The Astoria Column is the final crowning monument in a series of 12 historical markers erected in the early 1900s between St. Paul, Minnesota and Astoria, Oregon. The site offers great views of the surrounding area.

Reboard the ship. Conditions dictate the turnaround point to start the final evening’s river passage.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: After dinner, re-live the week through photos and storytelling hosted by your Legacy Leaders.

Lodging: SS Legacy

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, May 16 - Arrive in Portland – A Fond Farewell
Breakfast: Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you "adieu."

Morning: Disembark at 9:00 AM at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park seawall for transfer to the Portland airport for connections home or to the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel if staying over. Please book flights departing after 12:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Portland, OR
Crystal Springs Rhododendron GardenThe Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was originally developed as a test garden. The oldest rhododendron in the current garden was planted prior to 1917. There are more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants in the garden.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandonline.com/parks
International Rose Test GardenWith 8,555 rose bushes representing 722 varieties of roses, this garden is definitely worth a visit. Call 503-823-3635 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: rosegardenstore.org/thegardens.cfm
Lan Su Chinese GardenDiscover an ever-changing landscape of pavilions, stone, water, plants and literature. Call 503-228-8131 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandchinesegarden.org
Oregon Historical SocietyExperience the Oregon story, from its earliest inhabitants to the present day, with fascinating displays of rare Oregon treasures. Call 503-222-1741 or visit the website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.ohs.org
Pittock MansionThe Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people. Information from www.pittockmansion.org. Call 503-823-3623 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.pittockmansion.org
Portland Art MuseumThe Portland Art Museum is the oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s collection includes works of European painting and sculpture, American painting and sculpture, English silver, Asian art, Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Cameroon and other African art, contemporary art, sculpture, prints and drawings, and photography. Call 503-226-2811 or visit the website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandartmuseum.org
Portland International AirportFor information about airlines, parking, restaurants or shopping at the airport call 877-739-4636 or visit their website.
For additional information, visit: www.flypdx.com
Portland Japanese GardenThis beautiful and tranquil garden features five gardens in 5.5 acres. Call 503-223-1231 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.japanesegarden.com
Portland Spirit River CruisePortland Spirit River Cruises offer Willamette River cruises and Columbia River cruises from downtown Portland Oregon aboard the Portland Spirit, the Willamette Star, the Crystal Dolphin and the Outrageous Jetboat. Call 1-800-224-3901 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandspirit.com
Portland Walking ToursPortland Walking Tours offers a wide range of walking tours- from the Best of Portland, to Underground Portland to an Epicurean Excursion. Call 503-774-4522 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.portlandwalkingtours.com
Powell's City of BooksPowell's City of Books has over a million new and used books on the shelves. Get lost in the nine color coded rooms while searching through the 3,500 sections. This is more than just a bookstore, it's an entire block! Call 1-800-878-7323 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.powells.com
Travel PortlandPortland's one-stop visitor center, includes local events calendar and trip planning information. Visitor's information center conveniently located in Pioneer Courthouse Square (also known as Portland's living room). Call 1-800-962-3700 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.travelportland.com
Tri MetTri Met is Portland's public transportation system (includes lightrail, streetcar and buses). Call 503-238-7433 or visit their website for more information.
For additional information, visit: www.tri-met.org
Waterfront BicycleWhether you're looking to rent a bike for a few hours or for a week, Waterfront Bicycle will have what you need. All rentals include a helmet, lock and handlebar bag. Choose from five styles of bikes. Website includes suggested rides. Call 503-227-1719 or visit their website for additional information.
For additional information, visit: www.waterfrontbikes.com

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23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips

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