Columbia and Snake Rivers: History and Harvest by Small Ship
Learn about history, nature, photography and sustainable cuisine alongside experts as you follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
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Program No. 20445RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Embark on an exceptional adventure exploring Lewis and Clark’s brave early 1800s journey, learning about the history, landscapes and culinary delights of the region aboard the intimate, 62-guest expedition ship, National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion. This voyage will be led by a knowledgeable Road Scholar group leader and accompanied by a study leader, as well as onboard experts specializing in nature, geology and local history. 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. Plus, an onboard photo instructor offers photography tips that last a lifetime.
Activity Level
Please note that the ship's lounge and dining room are on the lower floor of the ship that is accessed by a steep staircase and there is no elevator available. So while the activity level of the excursions is accurately described as Easy, getting on and off the ship, as well as getting down the stairs to the lounge or for meals may be difficult for some. 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

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Follow the path of Lewis and Clark’s expedition, stopping at sites where they made camp, while enjoying locally sourced, sustainable food on board.
  • Travel through eight different locks that lift us some 700 feet in all – nearly ten times what transiting the Panama Canal entails.
  • An expert on the Corps of Discovery offers an in-depth exploration of Lewis and Clark's expedition while stopping at various sites where they made camp.

General Notes

All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.
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Marylou Blakeslee
Marylou has been traveling the world for the past 20 years, lecturing on topics from the wolves of the Arctic to turtles of the Great Barrier Reef. She spends summers as a park ranger at Glacier Bay National Park, autumns leading trips in Manitoba and winters in Antarctica, observing interactions of climate and marine life, and Baja, observing grey whales birthing in warm lagoons. She also leads trips to Yellowstone and enjoys drawing and painting wildlife art, leading hikes, lecturing, kayaking, snorkeling and wildlife spotting.
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