Walking on docent-led tours through the Lan Su Chinese Garden and the Oregon Historical Society Museum. While on the American Empress, some land transportation will be provided via Hop On/Hop Off buses operated by the ship.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
After breakfast we'll be treated a lecture by our study leader on Portland's history. Following our lecture, we'll depart via motorcoach for the Lan Su Chinese Garden, where we'll enjoy a guided tour. The Lan Su Chinese Garden is one of Portland’s greatest treasures—a powerfully inspiring experience that takes you through time, offering a window into Chinese culture, history and way of thinking.
At a local restaurant offering a variety of locally sourced foods.
Following lunch, we'll reboard our motorcoach for a visit to the Oregon Historical Society Museum for a docent-led tour. This museum offers an in-depth history of the State of Oregon, with both permanent and temporary installations. A docent will provide insightful commentary as we explore the museum. Next, we'll depart via motorcoach for the Port of Vancouver to embark the American Empress. Once onboard, take a self-guided tour to familiarize yourself with the ship before dinner.
Each evening, we will dine at a specific time in the Astoria Dining Room with 5-course plated and served meals, featuring locally sourced Pacific Northwest ingredients, plus coffee, tea, beer, wine, water.
Spend the evening relaxing, exploring the ship, or with fellow participants discussing the day's activities.