Walking about 1 ½ mile; about 2 ½ hours.
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.
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.
At a local restaurant, we will have a buffet meal with soft drinks, coffee, tea and water included.
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.
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.
After dinner, gather in the lounge for a route discussion to prepare you for your journey through living history.