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Columbia River Explorer: An Easy-Paced Riverboat Adventure

Voyage along the Columbia River to learn about its unique history and breathtaking nature. Trace the path of Lewis and Clark, explore the landmarks of Portland and sample local wines.
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Program No. 22612RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
6,499
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FREE
Oregon/Washington

Columbia River Explorer: An Easy-Paced Riverboat Adventure

Voyage along the Columbia River to learn about its unique history and breathtaking nature. Trace the path of Lewis and Clark, explore the landmarks of Portland and sample local wines.
Length
11 days
Starts at
6,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 22612 RJ
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DATES & PRICES

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Accommodation Details

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

Sep 11 - Sep 21, 2021
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 7,199
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Oct 9 - Oct 19, 2021
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 6,699
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OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Aug. 28, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

May 7 - May 17, 2022
Ship Balcony 6,499
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

May 21 - May 31, 2022
Ship Balcony 6,499
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Jun 4 - Jun 14, 2022
Ship Balcony 6,999
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Aug 27 - Sep 6, 2022
Ship Balcony 7,299
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 10 - Sep 20, 2022
Ship Balcony 7,299
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 24 - Oct 4, 2022
Ship Balcony 7,299
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Oct 8 - Oct 18, 2022
Ship Balcony 7,299
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other 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.

Sep 11 - Sep 21, 2021
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 8,699
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by July 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Oct 9 - Oct 19, 2021
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 8,099
Special Offer

OFFER EXTENDED: Enroll by Aug. 28, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

May 7 - May 17, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 7,799
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

May 21 - May 31, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 7,799
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Jun 4 - Jun 14, 2022
SOLD OUT
Ship Balcony 8,399
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Aug 27 - Sep 6, 2022
Ship Balcony 8,799
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 10 - Sep 20, 2022
Ship Balcony 8,799
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Sep 24 - Oct 4, 2022
Ship Balcony 8,799
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

Oct 8 - Oct 18, 2022
Ship Balcony 8,799
Special Offer

Enroll by August 31, 2021 and receive free round-trip airfare from many cities! Availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities.

At a Glance

Float up the Columbia River on a classic riverboat for a one-of-a-kind adventure with minimal exertion and maximal learning! Sail past lush forests and rugged mountains, and trace the route of Lewis and Clark on leisurely excursions. On comfortably paced field trips, experience bountiful vineyards and verdant landscapes, and explore the historic landmarks of Portland — the “City of Roses.” Join experts at renowned museums to learn about the geology, flora and fauna of the Columbia River, and discover the long history of human settlements in the area.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Short distances on mostly paved paths to visit points of interest and museums. Some of the ramps at sites in Portland are relatively steep. Must be able to get on and off motorcoach and on and off jet boat for excursion into Hells Canyon.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the historic sites of the Lewis and Clark expedition, including Fort Clatsop, a replica of the fort built by the expedition where they spent the harsh winter of 1805-1806.
  • Learn about the natural and human history of the magnificent Columbia River in the state-of-the-art Columbia River Maritime Museum.
  • Experience the alluring beauty of the 620-foot Multnomah Falls, Oregon’s tallest waterfall.

General Notes

This program is limited to 24 participants and the ship holds 221 passengers.
Featured Expert
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Mary Ellen Ergle
Since the 2003 Lewis and Clark bicentennial, Mary Ellen traveled the country as a park ranger, Road Scholar leader, and avid “Lewis and Clark-ie.” She has even examined the original Lewis and Clark plant collections in Philadelphia and London. She believes this historic adventure story is still relevant and exciting. Mary Ellen’s travels have included hiking the Grand Canyon, hiking and kayaking in Alaska and Florida and paddling a dugout on the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers and a Chinook canoe on the Columbia.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Over the course of Shannon Harmon’s distinguished career, she worked as a guide, interpreter and supervisor in California State Parks for 40 years as well as a Ranger Interpreter with the Bureau of Land Management and a California high school teacher. She has been a Lewis and Clark enthusiast since high school, and is thrilled to have been working the Lewis and Clark tours with Road Scholar since 2011. She plays the hammered dulcimer and enjoys singing, drawing, painting, photography, sewing and traveling.
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Mary Ellen Ergle View biography
Since the 2003 Lewis and Clark bicentennial, Mary Ellen traveled the country as a park ranger, Road Scholar leader, and avid “Lewis and Clark-ie.” She has even examined the original Lewis and Clark plant collections in Philadelphia and London. She believes this historic adventure story is still relevant and exciting. Mary Ellen’s travels have included hiking the Grand Canyon, hiking and kayaking in Alaska and Florida and paddling a dugout on the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers and a Chinook canoe on the Columbia.
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Richard Sola View biography
Richard is a Washington native who has spent decades exploring the land and history of the Inland Northwest—the vast and varied region east of the Cascade Mountains and west of the Rockies. Since retiring from Eastern Washington University, Richard has been a study leader for Lewis and Clark programs as well as programs focused on the Great Ice Age Floods that swept through the region 15,000 years ago. Richard frequently lectures throughout the region. He is also an instructor at Spokane Community College.
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Bob Vinatieri View biography
Bob was introduced to travel at age two, riding in a TWA Super Constellation cockpit from Kansas City to Amarillo. Travel has been his vocation for over forty years, and he has visited all fifty states, six continents and over fifty countries. Bob enjoys leisurely walks along both mountain trails and urban cityscapes. Highlights on his programs include discussions of geology, climate transitions and human histories. You can always find him with a camera, photographing wildflowers and the epic landscapes of the Pacific Wonderland.
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.
Fire, Faults & Floods: A Road & Trail Guide Exploring the Origins of the Columbia River
by Marge & Ted Mueller
This handy guidebook offers an overview of the mighty, historic floods that carved the landscapes of Washington and Oregon. It also provides practical information to explore these regions, including maps and illustrations, photographs, and travel tips. This is an excellent resource for understanding the geological features of the Pacific Northwest.
People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory
by Bill Mercer
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, Sixth Edition
by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
Bound for Glory: The Hard-Driving, Truth-Telling Autobiography of America's Great Port-Folk Singer
by Woody Guthrie
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River
by William Dietrich
Native Peoples of the Northwest
by Jan Halliday and Gail Chehak
A River Lost
by Blaine Harden





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