20810
Oregon/Washington

Lewis & Clark: Columbia & Snake Rivers by Expedition 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 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
Portland, OR
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Walking about 3 miles on paved sidewalks and city streets; 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 split into groups and head out on a walking exploration of Portland led by a local expert. On our walk, we will learn about the history, art and architecture of this exceptional Northwest city. See and hear the stories behind many unusual details that even many locals miss. Take note of the fascinating outdoor public artworks that our local expert will identify along the walking route. These artworks were commissioned through Oregon's Percent for Art legislation, which was passed in 1975. 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
Astoria, Fort Clatsop
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Various hiking options ranging from 1 to 7 miles; Some uneven terrain at Fort Clatsop; Total driving distance is about 30 miles throughout the day.

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: This morning, we will dock in charming, Victorian Astoria before heading off to Fort Clatsop, the winter fort of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Check out the exhibits and follow trails to the replica fort or take a low elevation walk from the visitor center to view replica dugout canoes. For a longer hiking option, a one-mile trail along the Lewis and Clark River leads to an outdoor viewing area highlighting the landscape and stories described in the journals of Lewis & Clark. Hard chargers can take a 7-mile, one-way hike on the Fort to Sea Trail through forest, fields, and dunes. Each option will offer a unique experience of Fort Clatsop and its scenic grounds. Afterwards, we will transfer back to the ship for lunch.

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

Afternoon: Back in Astoria, some free time will be offered to explore on your own, walk the waterfront trail, or visit the Astoria Column. Afterwards, we will set sail up river.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

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

DAY
4
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Hood River Valley
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Various hiking and walking options provided of up to 3 miles on uneven surfaces. Getting on/off ship. Getting on/off motorcoach; requires going up/down a few steps.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

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. Snap a few photos before your next big adventure: a guided hike in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. Set out for a trek that gets your legs going while you soak in the lush fern-filled forest—Northwest adventure at its best. Choose the low elevation option, or trek upward to a waterfall amidst towering trees. We’ll then return to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: After lunch, your crew has a “Best of Hood River Valley” wine tasting dialed in. All you have to do is take a seat in the lounge—you’re in good hands.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

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

DAY
5
Fort Walla Walla, Columbia and Snake River Cruising
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Walking about 1-2 miles throughout the day; paved paths and sidewalks. Total driving distance is about 50 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This morning, we'll cruise the Columbia River, taking in views of the Wallula Gap. Lend an ear to your Expedition Team and Road Scholar Study Leader for stories of the epic Missoula Floods that shaped this landscape. The Ice Age geologic dramas of this area rival any soap opera. We will get off the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Fort Walla Walla where we will discover the region’s fascinating pioneer and Native history. Located on the grounds of a 19th-century military fort, Fort Walla Walla Museum features a 17-building historic pioneer settlement, beautiful gardens, and five exhibit halls housing thousands of artifacts for us to explore. Along the drive via motorcoach, pause to explore sites along the Lewis & Clark Trail.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

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: Enjoy the hot tub, read a book, or mingle with your fellow Road Scholars in the cozy lounge.

DAY
6
Palouse Falls State Park
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Options for today will include hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, or swimming. If you choose to kayak, getting in/out of kayaks will be required; assistance provided as needed. Distance will depend on personal preference.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The essentials of the day—kayaks, paddle boards, swimsuits, and hiking shoes. Bring your binoculars, too - there’s great birding and views. At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, hike above the canyon to view the falls. According to tribal legend, the cascading falls were formed after a gallant fight with a mythic creature.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Afterwards, skiff out to the kayaks and grab a paddle or go for a swim in the Palouse River. Wind up the afternoon cruising scenic river stretches.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: As time allows, our Road Scholar study leader will provide a presentation.

DAY
7
Deschutes River Rafting
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Rafting around 4-6 hours throughout the day. Rafting level and intensity will depend on your personal preference.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: River play is on the agenda today—whichever option you pick start with a shallow wet landing on beach. Choose whitewater with a Deschutes rafting adventure. Class II and III+ rapids come with names like Elevator and Surf City. Rafting guides provide the gear (including optional wetsuits) and expertise.

Lunch: Picnic lunch along the Deschutes River.

Afternoon: Later this afternoon, return to our vessel and swap stories with your shipmates over sunset cocktails and appetizers.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

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

DAY
8
Rowena Plateau, Columbia River Gorge
Columbia and Snake Rivers
B,L,D
UnCruise Adventures's Wilderness Discoverer

Activity note: Various hiking options will be provided today, ranging from 2 to 3.6 miles; Elevation gains of up to 1,000 feet.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, wide-stretching plateaus. At Rowena Overlook, it’s boots-on-the-ground exploration. Opt for 2-mile round trip hike to the gorge overlook at Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Your reward: expansive views in every direction—including the river far below. Or, choose the steeper, 3.6-mile round trip Tom McCall Point trail. On a cloudless day, your effort gaining 1,000 feet of elevation pays off with views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River Gorge.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: After lunch, some free time will be provided to cycle or stroll along a pedestrian-only section of the historic Columbia River Highway, or explore downtown Hood River on your own. Art galleries, boutique shops, and wine tasting are all options.

Dinner: Back on board the Wilderness Discoverer, celebrate the week with a Captain's Farewell Dinner

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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