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Oregon/Washington/Montana

The Corps of Discovery: Montana to Oregon by Land & River

Program No. 22207RJ
Embark on an adventure of learning and discovery as you follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, exploring Great Falls, Hell’s Canyon and historic Middle Village and Station Camp.
Length
13 days
Rating (4.95)
Activity Level
Starts at
7,499
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DATES & PRICES

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A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.

May 3 - May 15, 2023
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Ship Balcony 7,499
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May 17 - May 29, 2023
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Enroll by April 05, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

May 31 - Jun 12, 2023
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Ship Balcony 7,899
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Enroll by April 19, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Jul 12 - Jul 24, 2023
Ship Balcony 7,899
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Enroll by May 31, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Aug 9 - Aug 21, 2023
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Enroll by June 28, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Itinerary Note

This is a large group date with a max of 64 participants.

Aug 23 - Sep 4, 2023
Ship Balcony 7,899
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Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Sep 6 - Sep 18, 2023
Ship Balcony 7,899
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Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2023
Ship Balcony 7,899
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Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Oct 4 - Oct 16, 2023
Ship Balcony 7,699
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Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Oct 18 - Oct 30, 2023
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Ship Balcony 7,699
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Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

DATES & PRICES

Ship Balcony
Accommodation Details

A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.

May 3 - May 15, 2023
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 8,999
Special Offer

Enroll by March 22, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

May 17 - May 29, 2023
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 8,999
Special Offer

Enroll by April 05, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

May 31 - Jun 12, 2023
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 9,399
Special Offer

Enroll by April 19, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Jul 12 - Jul 24, 2023
Ship Balcony 9,399
Special Offer

Enroll by May 31, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Aug 9 - Aug 21, 2023
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 9,399
Special Offer

Enroll by June 28, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Itinerary Note

This is a large group date with a max of 64 participants.

Aug 23 - Sep 4, 2023
Ship Balcony 9,399
Special Offer

Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Sep 6 - Sep 18, 2023
Ship Balcony 9,399
Special Offer

Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Sep 20 - Oct 2, 2023
Ship Balcony 9,399
Special Offer

Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Oct 4 - Oct 16, 2023
Ship Balcony 9,199
Special Offer

Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

Oct 18 - Oct 30, 2023
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 9,199
Special Offer

Enroll by June 30, 2023 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities!

At a Glance

Charged with the task of finding a water route across North America, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on their historic expedition in 1804. On land by private motorcoach and on the river by 221-passenger riverboat, the American Empress, voyage from Montana through Idaho to Washington and Oregon, learning about important expedition sites. Enriching lectures with a Road Scholar study leader provide an in-depth perspective of this monumental expedition.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Optional walks up to 1.5 miles; uneven or slippery terrain. Elevation up to 6,500 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn on the Corps of Discovery with an in-depth exploration of Lewis and Clark’s expedition.
  • Follow the infamous Portage Route around five waterfalls on the upper Missouri River.
  • Explore features of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail.

General Notes

The program is limited to 36 participants and the ship holds 221 passengers.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
by Stephen E. Ambrose
This book is based on journals and letters written by Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Thomas Jefferson and the members of the Corps of Discovery. The book discusses the expedition in detail, interactions with native people, weather, terrain, science, wildlife, and much more.
Lewis and Clark: Pioneering Naturalists; Second Edition
by Paul Russell Cutright
Originally published in 1969, Lewis and Clark: The Pioneer Naturalist continues to be the most comprehensive account of the scientific work Meriweather Lewis and William Clark conducted during their expedition to the Pacific Northwest.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Day by Day
by Gary Moulton
Based on the journals of the two captains and four enlisted men, this book provides a daily narrative of Lewis and Clark's Expedition from the start in Illinois in 1804 to its return in 1806 to St. Louis.
Lewis and Clark Among the Indians
by James P. Ronda
A story detailing Lewis and Clark's encounters with Native American tribes during their expedition.
Only One Man Died: The Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
by Eldon G. Chuinard
The author, a medical doctor himself, describes the medical viewpoint of the Lewis and Clark expedition rather than the geographic. It is focused on medicine practiced among the military, among Native Americans, and on the frontier.
Meals
35 Meals
12 Breakfasts
11 Lunches
12 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 04, 2023 - Oct 16, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • May 03, 2023 - May 15, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • May 17, 2023 - May 29, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • May 31, 2023 - Jun 12, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • Jul 12, 2023 - Jul 24, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • Aug 09, 2023 - Aug 21, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • Aug 23, 2023 - Sep 04, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • Sep 06, 2023 - Sep 18, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • Sep 20, 2023 - Oct 02, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • Oct 04, 2023 - Oct 16, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
  • Oct 18, 2023 - Oct 30, 2023 (Great Falls, MT to Portland, OR)
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.
2 nights
Great Falls
SpingHill Suites by Marriott in Great Falls, Montana, is located near the historic downtown. Take a stroll along the River’s Edge Trail; walking alongside the beautiful Missouri River. Historic downtown is a 0.7 mile walk via the River's Edge Trail.
1 night
Helena
Located in the Great Northern Towne Center, this hotel is in a prime location. You are not far from the state capital, businesses, and restaurants.
1 night
Missoula
Located on the banks of the Clark Fork River, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater provides panoramic views of Mount Sentinel and easy access to Missoula's downtown attractions. After a busy day of travel, relax in the pool, by the fireplace, or in the comfort of your own room.
1 night
Lewiston
The Hells Canyon Grand Hotel is the only full service hotel in Lewiston, ID.
7 nights
New Albany
American Queen Voyages' American Empress is a paddlewheeler sailing the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Built in 2003 and refurbished in 2014, this four-deck ship accommodates 217 passengers in 112 staterooms. Spacious cabins feature Victorian furnishings, plenty of storage, en suite bathrooms and large windows offering river views. This grand paddlewheeler features three lounges, Broadway-caliber entertainment, regionally inspired dining, a collection of artifacts and artwork from the Pacific Northwest, and the American Queen Voyages' renowned Riverlorians.





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