20810
Oregon/Washington

Lewis & Clark: The Columbia and Snake Rivers by Small Ship

Embrace your pioneer spirit as you explore natural wonders and cultural landmarks, learning about America’s formative years and the historic adventures of Lewis and Clark.
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Program No. 20810RJ
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9 days
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9 days
8 nights
23 meals
8 B 7 L 8 D
DAY
1
Arrive Portland, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Introduction
Portland, OR
D
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

Activity note: Hotel check-in available from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program registration begins at 5:00 p.m. in our hotel meeting room. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in front of our meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule and other important information. We will have dinner and have the Welcome and the Introductions session in our meeting room at 6:00 p.m. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: In our hotel meeting room, we will have a buffet meal with soft drinks, coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Welcome and Introductions: The Group Leader and the Study Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. Get to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Orientation, Portland Gardens, Embarkation
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Walking about 1 ½ mile; about 2 ½ hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet including items such as farm-fresh eggs, smoked salmon, breads and potatoes, a variety of hot and cold cereals, fresh fruit, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Orientation: We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Total walking mileage for the entire 8-day program is 3 to 4 miles. Unless specified otherwise, transportation on land will be provided primarily by motorcoach, which will require going up/down a few steps when boarding or getting off. Onboard staff and our Road Scholar Study Leader will lead all field trips and lectures, unless otherwise indicated. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and river conditions may affect the itinerary. River conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). A robust educational program is delivered in each port, and this may mean that free time in port is limited. Lecture: After the orientation, our Study Leader will give the first lecture providing an overview of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will have a buffet meal with soft drinks, coffee, tea and water included.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will leave the restaurant and begin our docent-led exploration of two of Portland's most famous gardens, The International Rose Test Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden. The International Rose Test Garden, known simply as the Rose Garden, has over 550 varieties of roses, producing more than 7,000 flowers each year. This is one of the main reasons Portland gained its nickname as the “City of Roses.” We’ll continue afterwards to the Portland Japanese Garden, acclaimed as “the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan” by Ambassador Nobuo Matsunaga. There are eight distinct areas that help to establish a sense of peace, harmony and tranquility. Our docent will point out special features of the garden, such as its Japanese Tea House, arbors, bridges, pagodas, stone lanterns and water basins. An unsurpassed view of Mt. Hood also awaits us. Afterwards, we will check-in with the ship crew members at the hospitality suite and then transfer to the ship. Once on board, the M/V Wilderness Discoverer crew will lead a safety orientation and a ship introduction before welcoming us with champagne and hors d'oeuvres.

Dinner: Our dinners on the ship will feature locally sourced ingredients to reflect the flavors of our destination. There will be a choice of entrées, including local seafood, vegetarian, and meat options. Desserts are varied and plentiful. Make the most of your expedition during meals in the dining room with included beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.

Evening: After dinner, gather in the lounge for a route discussion to prepare you for your journey through living history.

DAY
3
Bonneville Dam, Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Outdoor walking of up to ½ mile on uneven surfaces. Getting on/off ship. Getting on/off motorcoach; requires going up/down a few steps.

Breakfast: Each day includes an "early-riser breakfast" of fresh fruit, baked-on-board pastries and breads, followed by a full breakfast, complete with specialty items, coffee, tea, milk, juice and water.

Morning: Joining our Wilderness Discoverer and Road Scholar leaders on deck, we will 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 then get off the ship and take a motorcoach to the Bonneville Lock and Dam to embark on an exclusive field trip led by dam staff to see the massive turbines that produce enormous amounts of hydropower. Afterwards, take a moment to step outside and view the fish ladder before continuing via motorcoach to a gorge gem, towering Multnomah Falls – the tallest falls in Oregon. We’ll then return to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard the ship, the lunch menu offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and regionally-influenced dishes.

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

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Attend an informative presentation staged by our Wilderness Discoverer or Road Scholar instructor.

DAY
4
Snake River Cruising, Locks & Dams, Pioneer Stories
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: All day cruise.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After passing through McNary Lock and Dam, we’ll arrive at the confluence of the Yakima, Columbia and Snake rivers. Back on October 24, 1805 after crossing in canoes, Clark's diary entry describes this confluence as foreboding. Today, hillsides reveal the vineyards of some of the area's more than 200 wineries found within an hour’s drive. From the deck of the ship, our onboard staff will provide commentary, as will our Study Leader, on these sites and establishments amidst the beautiful scenery.

Lunch: Aboard ship as we pass by massive wind farm turbines and enter the mouth of the Snake River, the Columbia River’s largest tributary.

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

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: This evening, a member of the Nez Perce tribe joins you on board with colorful stories.

DAY
5
Port of Clarkston, Nez Perce Tribe, Hells Canyon Jet Boat
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Getting on/off ship, and jet boats. Jet boat rides will last about six hours.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After our final upriver locking at Lower Granite Dam, we'll dock in Clarkston to delve into the history and culture of the Nez Perce people. Historical sites connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition abounds in this area, including Clark’s first encounter with the Nez Perce in 1805. We will board covered speed boats (jet boats) for an invigorating ride into Hells Canyon. A uniquely exhilarating adventure, the high speed jet boats will offer excitement, and maybe a refreshing splash, amidst gorgeous scenery. Our jet boat captain will provide commentary on our surroundings as we speed along.

Lunch: During the jet boat ride to Hells Canyon, we will stop to have a buffet-style lunch on shore.

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 bighorn sheep, and golden eagles throughout the journey. Along the route we will view 7,000-year-old petroglyphs – reminders of the Nez Perce people that were the earliest inhabitants of the canyon. We will then return to the dock via jet boat and transfer on foot to board the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

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

DAY
6
Whitman Mission, Walla Walla, Sacajawea State Park
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Walking about ½ mile throughout the day; paved paths and sidewalks. Total driving distance is about 200 miles throughout the day; many stops will extend the duration aboard the motorcoach to approximately 6 hours.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We will get off the ship and transfer via motorcoach to the Whitman Mission National Historic Site where we will discover the region’s fascinating pioneer and Native history with the help of on site park rangers—from the centuries-long inhabitation of the area by native Cayuse, to the arrival of Narcissa and Marcus Whitman, and the tragic attack on the mission. Along the drive via motorcoach, pause to explore sites along the Lewis & Clark Trail.

Lunch: Lunch at Columbia Valley AVA winery

Afternoon: After lunch, we will transfer by motorcoach to Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center, located at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The site of a camp where Lewis & Clark stayed on their journey west, this beautiful, tree-shaded park has expansive shoreline access and several walking trails. At the interpretive center, learn about the Corps of Discovery, the incredible influence Sacajawea had on their success, and the Native people who occupied this land and welcomed Lewis & Clark. After transferring back to the ship, take some free time to enjoy the amenities of the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the hot tub, read a book, or mingle with your Road Scholar mates in the cozy lounge.

DAY
7
Maryhill Museum, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Walking and standing at the museum for about 2 hours. Multiple short motorcoach rides, requiring a few steps when boarding or getting off.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Once docked, we’ll transfer to the Maryhill Museum of Art 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.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Next, a short drive will take us to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and its interactive exhibits that provide a life-sized look into the area's volcanic upheavals, the Ice Age, periods of severe flooding, native heritage, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Afterwards, we will return to the ship. Relax and enjoy the sunset cruising along the Columbia River en route to the Pacific Ocean. Our Road Scholar Study Leader will provide a lecture for the group.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

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

DAY
8
Astoria, Fort Clatsop, Columbia River Maritime Museum
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Walking about ½ mile throughout the day; paved paths and sidewalks. Total driving distance is about 40 miles throughout the day; many stops will extend the duration aboard the motorcoach to approximately 4 hours. The top of the 125 foot tall Astoria Column can be reached by spiral staircase.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today we will step way back in time to see a unique side of historic Astoria. First, we will embark on a historical drive through Astoria where we will stop for a visit at the hand-painted Astoria Column. 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 to commemorate the early settlers of Astoria. An opportunity to climb the 125-foot column will be available for those who wish to earn some spectacular views of the surrounding area including Young’s Bay, the Columbia River, and the Pacific Ocean out in the distance. Next, we’ll 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. While here, fort staff will lead us around the grounds and teach us about what members of the Lewis and Clark expedition did in the area. Afterwards, we will transfer back to the ship. Weather and water conditions will dictate the turnaround point to start the final evening’s river passage.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Next, we will stroll through the quaint Victorian streets of Astoria and take time to wander through the many exhibits at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Some free time will be provided on this afternoon to explore Astoria on your own.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, enjoy a farewell dinner among your fellow participants. Share your favorite memories from the program with your new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At our wrap-up session, re-live the week through photos and storytelling hosted by our on board staff. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
9
Portland – OR, Disembarkation, Program Concludes
Portland, OR
B

Activity note: Disembarkation at 8:30 a.m. Transfers after disembarkation are included for all participants.

Breakfast: Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you farewell.

Morning: Disembark at 8:30 a.m. for transfer to the Portland airport for connections home or to the hospitality suite at the World Trade Center in downtown Portland if staying in Portland or departing later. Please book flights departing after 12:00 Noon. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all of your journeys!






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