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

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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Study Lewis and Clark’s brave early 1800s journey, learning about the history, landscapes and culinary delights of the region aboard an expedition ship. Onboard experts specializing in nature, geology and local history accompany you. Delve into themes including the mountain crossing by the Corps of Discovery, the evolution of river navigation and the cataclysmic origins of the Columbia River Gorge.


• Follow the path of Lewis and Clark’s expedition, stopping at sites where they made camp.
• Enjoy locally sourced, sustainable food onboard; some cuisine is picked up from providers along the way, so it’s literally as fresh as can be.
• Travel through eight different locks that lift us some 700 feet in all – nearly ten times what transiting the Panama Canal entails.

Program Notes

All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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Hikes of various distance offered to accommodate a range of fitness levels. Uneven and potentially slippery terrain. Climbing in and out of expedition landing craft or kayaks.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Spokane, Wash., 1 night; embark National Geographic Sea Bird, 6 nights (ports of call include Clarkston, Palouse River, The Dalles, Ore., Columbia River Gorge, Astoria); disembark Portland, departure.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
19 meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips


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