20810
Oregon/Washington
Lewis and Clark’s Discovery: 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
Length
9 days
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4,795
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9 days
8 nights
23 meals
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DAY
1
Arrive Portland, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Portland, OR
D
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront

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

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

Dinner: At the Mt. Hood Room, we’ll have plated meals 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. Getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Portland Exploration, Embark SS Legacy
At Sea
B,L,D
SS Legacy

Activity note: Walking about 1½ mile; about 2½ hours; city sidewalks. Use of public transportation; TriMet tickets provided.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet including items such as an egg dish, breakfast meats, 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 and any changes, 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. 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. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of the many activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. “Free Time” and “At Leisure” indicate when you can choose to do what you like and make your experience as personally meaningful, rewarding, and memorable as possible according to your preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Lecture: After the orientation, our Study Leader will give the first lecture providing an overview of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Enjoy some time for independent exploration before rendezvousing at a predetermined time and place for lunch.

Lunch: At a local eatery, we’ll have plated meals with soft drinks, coffee, tea and water included.

Afternoon: We will leave the restaurant and start explore Portland on foot with our knowledgeable local expert. Be prepared to learn some interesting and fun facts about this city formerly called Stumptown as our expert will provide commentary on the city’s history, architecture, bridges and other subjects. We will end the walk at the hospitality suite to check-in with the ship crew members then transfer to the ship. Once on board, the SS Legacy 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 fresh ingredients to reflect the flavors of our destination. There will be a choice of entrées including fresh seafood and meat options. Desserts are varied and plentiful. Wine and beer are served as well.

Evening: After dinner, we’ll gather in the Victorian-style main salon for a route discussion to prepare us for our journey through living history.

DAY
3
Bonneville Dam, Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge
At Sea
B,L,D
SS Legacy

Activity note: Walking about 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 buffet, complete with specialty items, coffee, tea, milk, juice and water.

Morning: Joining our Legacy and Road Scholar leaders on deck, we’ll 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 plated menu ranges from pasta salads and sandwiches to homemade soups and ethnic dishes.

Afternoon: We’ll then cruise upriver to view the city at the heart of the 80-mile Columbia River Gorge – The Dalles – and transit The Dalles Dam, another of the 8 lock and dam marvels found along both rivers. While onboard, our Road Scholar Study Leader will make a special presentation for our group.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

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

DAY
4
Snake River Cruising, Locks & Dams, Pioneer Stories
At Sea
B,L,D
SS Legacy

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. Hillsides reveal vineyards of over 160 wineries found within an hour’s drive in appellations such as Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, or Yakima Valley. 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’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. While onboard, our Road Scholar Study Leader will provide a presentation.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Step back in time with our Legacy leaders for colorful stories about pioneer hardships and triumphs.

DAY
5
Port of Clarkston, Nez Perce Tribe, Hells Canyon Jet Boat
At Sea
B,L,D
SS Legacy

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

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: After our final upriver locking at Lower Granite Dam we'll dock in Clarkston, WA and board a motorcoach with our Study Leader and onboard staff for a narrated ride helping to illuminate 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. The destination of our transfer will be to a dock where we will board the jet boats that will take us on our Hells Canyon adventure. 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: En route during the jet boat ride to Hells Canyon, we’ll make a stop to have packed lunches 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 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. We will then return to the dock via jet boat and transfer on foot to board the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Aboard the ship we’ll enjoy a vibrant combination of Lewis and Clark history, river lore and wine led by our knowledgeable staff.

DAY
6
Whitman Mission, Wine Country, Tales of Lewis & Clark
At Sea
B,L,D
SS Legacy

Activity note: Some walking around the Whitman Mission and at the Sacajawea State Park.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll get off the ship and transfer via motorcoach to Whitman Mission National Historic Site. The 1847 attack on the Whitmans horrified Americans and impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades afterwards. Was killing the Whitmans justified legal retribution, an act of revenge, or some combination of both? The circumstances that surround this tragic event resonate with modern issues of cultural interaction and differing perspectives.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at the Sacajawea State Park.

Afternoon: Made a couple of visits at the Lewis and Clark sites and historic places around Walla Walla. After transferring back to the ship, enjoy some free time to enjoy the amenities of the ship. You may wish to ease into the afternoon with a relaxing massage, visit with our captain on the Bridge, or watch the scenery change as we float downriver.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Learn more about Corps of Discovery from your Study Leader.

DAY
7
Maryhill Museum, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
At Sea
B,L,D
SS Legacy

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 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. 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. Our Study Leader and onboard staff will lead us throughout both destinations. We’ll then return to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: 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 will introduce tomorrow's center of attraction - Victorian Astoria, the oldest settlement west of the Rockies.

DAY
8
Astoria, Fort Clatsop, Columbia River Maritime Museum
At Sea
B,L,D
SS Legacy

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'll step way back in time to see a unique side of historic Astoria. First, 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. Next, we’ll 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. Ralph Budd, the president of the Great Northern Railroad at the time of its construction, and other investors took this project upon themselves as a way to celebrate the manifest destiny of the United States. 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. Afterwards, we’ll return to the ship.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will board a motorcoach to visit various Lewis & Clark’s various sites in the area. Our Road Scholar Study Leader will provide a narration at sites. Next stop will be a visit at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. We’ll discover the stories of the legendary Columbia River Bar, one of the most dangerous passages in the world and we’ll take time to wander through the many exhibits. We’ll then transfer back to the ship. Weather and water conditions will dictate the turnaround point to start the final evening’s river passage.

Dinner: Aboard the ship, enjoy a farewell dinner among your fellow participants. Share your favorite memories from the program with 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 9:00 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 9:00 AM at the Portland Spirit Dock 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 your journeys!