Eastbound, Portland to Clarkston
“OCIAN IN VIEW! O! THE JOY!”
These are the original words, and spelling of “ocean,” William Clark scrawled in his journal on November 7, 1805. One could hardly blame him for forgetting his spelling lessons in all the excitement. Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Portland near the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery. You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston. If you’re looking for something tailored more to a specific interest, you might enjoy the Premium Experience Excursion to the Walla Walla Wine Trail or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.
- The largest and most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest
- Complimentary shore excursions in every port
- Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Empress
- Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
- Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
- Regional pacific northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients creatively combined with a contemporary flair
- Gracious service from a friendly, All-American staff
- Country club-casual ambiance, no formal wear required
- Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert
- All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic scenery unfolding before your eyes 24 hours a day
- Our own dedicated fleet of luxury coaches
Day 1: Hotel Stay - Portland, OR
The “City of Roses” is an eclectic blend of art galleries, coffee shops, museums and farm-to-table restaurants with a spirited vibe. Marvel at the beauty of more than 8,000 roses at the International Rose Test Garden or spend the day discovering nature’s boundless power at nearby Mount St. Helens. The day is yours to check into your hotel and enjoy this wonderful city.
Day 2: Embark - Portland, OR
Departure: 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy complimentary breakfast at your hotel, and enjoy the morning in Portland before embarking on your American Empress cruise. Onboard, settle into your spacious stateroom and get to know your new home.
Day 3: Astoria, OR
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
Explore this historic pioneer city situated near the mouth of the Columbia River; Named after John Jacob Astor, an American Investor and owner of the American Fur Company. This tour begins with a stop at the Riverwalk; a four-mile paved walkway overlooking the beautiful Columbia River. In addition to the remarkable views, guests can explore the statues, shops, cafes, docks and historic canneries dotting the path. Guest who wish to can choose to board the riverfront trolley that runs along the banks for an extra fee.
Next stop, the Flavel House and Carriage House Museum. The Flavel House stands proudly as a monument of national significance. As a perfectly preserved example of Queen Anne architecture, this historic abode was once the home of Captain George Flavel, one of Astoria’s most influential citizens in the late 1800s. Guests can tour this 11,000 square foot elegant mansion as well as the detached Carriage House Museum and Visitor’s Center.
If you’re seeking the perfect vantage point to view the majestic valley and the mouth of the Columbia River, the next stop will end your search. The peak of the Astoria Column sits 600 feet above sea level and boasts an incredible 365-degree view. Guests who are up to the challenge can climb the 164-step spiral staircase to the top of this spire for a majestic observation point, or remain on the ground to examine the ornate murals depicting 14 significant events from Oregon’s history.
Last stop on our tour is the Heritage Museum. Learn the history and culture of Oregon through their permanent and alternating exhibit galleries that beautifully capsulate the exciting history and culture of Oregon and the Columbia River. Located within Astoria’s Old City Hall building, this neoclassical structure pays tribute to the hunters, loggers and fishermen that forged this new territory and depicts the history of this frontier town.
Before returning to the boat, guests can visit the Columbia River Maritime Museum for a reduced fee when showing their American Queen Identification Card. Here, guests can experience interactive displays, galleries and collections representing the history of the mighty Columbia River throughout time.
Day 4: Stevenson, WA
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
This included tour begins with a stop in Downtown Stevenson, Washington. Guests can hop off here and enjoy the various local specialty shops and boutiques lining the streets.
Then, we’ll stop at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, the Interpretive Center brings life to human stories of natural history in our nation’s most compelling landscape. Here, guests can learn the local story of the geography and culture of the region and catch an under-water glimpse of spawning Salmon passing through the Fish Ladders. Exhibits celebrate 15,000 years of history.
Finally, experience an incredible man-made engineering feat at the Bonneville Dam. The Bonneville Damn, completed in 1938, is an electrical power generator for the local area using Hydro power. Guests can enjoy a self-guided tour of this powerhouse as they learn about its progression and improvements over time, the exhausting build project that encountered numerous obstacles due to the unique geology of the area and the unique way the dam assists spawning Salmon pass through the damn. Witness the ingenious apparatus that allows the Salmon population to thrive in the Salmon Ladder viewing area and learn about the importance of this invention.
Day 5: The Dalles, OR
Included Hop-on Hop-off Tour:
Welcome to The Dalles, Oregon; known as the end of the Oregon Trail! Hop on our industry leading Hop on-Hop off Motorcoach and set off to experience everything that The Dalles has to offer. First stop, the Original Courthouse Museum. This historic building was built in 1859 and is known as the first courthouse of the Rocky Mountains. Here guests can experience exhibits showcasing the history and culture of the local region and explore the courthouse. Next stop, The Dalles Visitor’s Center where guests can learn more about this Pioneer river town followed by a stop at the Fort Dalles Museum and Interpretive Center; an original military base built in the 1800’s. Guest can experience unique collections of military and pioneer artifacts as well as the historic wagons that brought early settlers to the Oregon Trail’s last stop. Before exploring the shops of the Downtown Shopping area guests can stop at the Sunshine Mills Winery. Originally a 130-year-old abandoned wheat mill and now a state of the art Quenett boutique winery and home of Copa Di Vino-a unique invention by entrepreneur and wine enthusiast, James Martin. Featured on ABC’s The Shark Tank, guests can stop in at the one-of-a-kind wine tasting room to try a sample of the new wine trend that’s sweeping the nation, one glass at a time.
Day 6: Sacajawea State Park, WA
Included Tour: Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center
Explore Sacajawea State Park and Interpretive Center. Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, the Sacajawea State Park marks a significant point in American History. Guests can explore the Interpretive Center on the Park grounds which feature the history of Lewis and Clark. The on-site exhibits and a knowledgeable presentation at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM will highlight the history on this site and focuses on the Core of Discovery’s voyage from modern-day Illinois to these grounds with the helpful guidance of their Native American interpreter, Sacajawea.
Included Tour: The Country Mercantile Store
Also included at this port; The Country Mercantile Store. This country store is a working farm and unique store filled with gourmet foods, jams, local items, homemade ice cream, hand dipped chocolates and one-of-a-kind gifts for guests to explore and take home as a special memento of their time in Washington. Enjoy a guided tour of the facility and the candy factory at this sweet location.
Day 7: River Cruising, WA
Enjoy a day of scenic Snake River cruising. Picturesque canyon walls and crevasses will keep you guessing as to what lies around the next bend. Wildlife of many varieties can be spotted in the area, from bighorn sheep to gray wolves to bald eagles.
Day 8: Clarkston, WA
Included Morning Tour: Nez Perce National Historic Park
Experience the history and culture of the Nez Perce people as we travel to the Nez Perce National Historical Park. Learn about the historic and present-day way of life of these Native American’s whose name is derived from the French “Pierced Nose.” The Nez Perce people are well known for their involvement and assistance with the Lewis and Clark Expedition and guests can learn first-hand how they were trusted by the Corps of Discovery through an exclusive presentation by the staff of Nez Perce National Historical Park.
This tour departs at 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM.
Included Afternoon Tour: Lewiston to Clarkston Shuttle
Travel to Clarkston, Washington, the brother city to Lewiston, Idaho. Nestled in the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers, this town was ironically never a stop on the Lewis and Clark trail but both boast the early American explorers’ names. Discover this historical town first settled in 1862. Guests can visit the Nez Perce County Historical Society and Museum that strives to preserve and interpret the history of the local region and culture. With rotating exhibits that chronicle the early history of the town and the surrounding are. After discovering the history of the town, guests can enjoy free time in the downtown region for shopping and independent exploring or hop on the trolley for a ride around town.
Day 9: Disembark in Clarkston, WA
Arrival: 8:00 a.m.
Disembark the American Empress and make your way home from your authentic Pacific Northwest Experience or consider extending your stay in Spokane with our three day, two night Naturally Nice City Stay package. Click here for full details
Night after night, top performers bring down the house with a variety and caliber of entertainment that is most notable. Step into the warm ambiance of the American Empress' Show Lounge and encounter stellar performances by one or more of the following acts:
The last of the great American big band singers, Lynn Roberts is a reminder of a bygone time when bands were big and the sound was bigger. Having performed with, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra and both Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Lynn is an authentic American treasure.
Dick Hardwick is living proof that comedy can be wholesome and funny. Dick’s comedy will take you back to a simpler time and awake your inner Gomer Pyle.
This amazing duo brings entertainment to the American Empress in both quantity and quality. Bill, a talented musician as well as magician performs “close-up” magic and backs Laura in her various shows, which include a tribute to the great ladies of song as well as the Red Hot Mama show and a tribute to Patsy Cline.
Whether performing his tribute to the Rat Pack or his amazing Christmas show, Fred Bishop is a hit. A regular on the American Queen, Fred has the magic touch and carries himself with the professionalism that he has acquired from his many years on Broadway.
Playing a ride array of eclectic acoustic instruments, Dave & Cathy provide a folksy feel to their river songs. With a nice blend of Bluegrass and Folk musical styles, these performers reach a nice synergy with the riverboat culture while on board the American Empress.
Oregon’s own Joe Stoddard recreates the great cowboy songs and offers his own version of humor. Since the days of Will Rogers, America has responded to the dry western wit that is central to Joe Stoddard’s show.
This group performs a toe-tapping eclectic mix of blues, jug music, and bluegrass. Jug music is a purely American art form that was created at the docks of river towns such as Memphis, Louisville and New Orleans.
A long standing member of the American Queen Entertainment staff, Bobby Durham brings his amazing, guitar and banjo show to the American Empress. You will be amazed as Bobby takes you on a jazz journey by singing and playing your favorite tunes. Throw in a few rock and country songs and you have the incredible Bobby Durham Show.
Country music flows through the veins of this amazing fiddle player and vocalist. As daughter-in-law of country legend Johnny Cash, Laura has a wealth of great stories and amazing country, bluegrass and gospel music to deliver to the masses
America’s fastest rising Bluegrass act, Storefront Congregation has the feel and sound of an Alison Krause or Nickle Creek show.
The internationally renowned western swing performers, The Quebe Sisters, keep to the true roots of the great swing masters such as Bob Wills, Ray Price and the Sons of the Pioneers. This Fort Worth based act is creating the new sound of swing by holding on to the roots and infusing it with their own brand of energy and fun.
Beloved American Queen Entertainer, Will Kiefer, delivers a knock-out performance aboard the American Empress with his incredible “Banjomania” show. This show is a platform that displays the depth of Will Kiefer’s talents as an instrumentalist and singer.
Rates are listed per person, double occupancy.
- 9-Day Journey - 2014 - CSR
LUXURY SUITES WITH VERANDA
Category: AE- LS
|Apr 5 - Apr 13||$6,595|
|Apr 19 - Apr 27||$6,595|
|May 3 - May 11||$6,595|
|May 17 - May 25||$6,595|
|May 31 - Jun 8||$6,595|
|Jun 14 - Jun 22||$6,595|
|Jun 28 - Jul 6||$6,595|
|Jul 12 - Jul 20||$6,595|
|Jul 26 - Aug 3||$6,595|
|Aug 9 - Aug 17||$6,595|
|Aug 23 - Aug 31||$6,595|
|Sep 6 - Sep 14||$6,595|
|Sep 20 - Sep 28||$6,595|
|Oct 4 - Oct 12||$6,595|
|Oct 18 - Oct 26||$6,595|
|Nov 1 - Nov 9||$6,595|
Own the American Empress, or at least feel as if you do, as you enjoy the best. From your spacious suite, you are treated to a sweeping river view with large windows facing both forward and starboard. Step out onto your private veranda and search the shores for wildlife. Sip a beverage and share conversation in your cozy sitting room complete with a large TV, sound system and cocktail table, as well as your own mini refrigerator and wet bar. Your plush bedroom is separate from the sitting room, allowing you to entertain while maintaining privacy.
410 sq. ft. – Queen Bed or Two Twin Beds – One Sofa Bed – Large View Windows – Private Veranda – Sitting Room – Panoramic View Forward and Starboard – Wet Bar – TV – Alarm Clock – Mini Refrigerator – Coffee Maker – Sound System – Safe
SUITES WITH VERANDA
Category: AE - A
|Apr 5 - Apr 13||$5,795|
|Apr 19 - Apr 27||$5,795|
|May 3 - May 11||$5,795|
|May 17 - May 25||$5,795|
|May 31 - Jun 8||$5,795|
|Jun 14 - Jun 22||$5,795|
|Jun 28 - Jul 6||$5,795|
|Jul 12 - Jul 20||$5,795|
|Jul 26 - Aug 3||$5,795|
|Aug 9 - Aug 17||$5,795|
|Aug 23 - Aug 31||$5,795|
|Sep 6 - Sep 14||$5,795|
|Sep 20 - Sep 28||$5,795|
|Oct 4 - Oct 12||$5,795|
|Oct 18 - Oct 26||$5,795|
|Nov 1 - Nov 9||$5,795|
Enjoy your large suite with a convivial sitting area and your own sound system. Your semiprivate veranda provides splendid river views from four stories above the river and also allows for direct access to the Vista View Deck for a stroll around the vessel.
310 sq. ft. – Queen Bed or 2 Twin Beds - Large View Windows – Semiprivate Veranda with Vista View Deck Access – Sitting Area – TV – Alarm Clock – Mini Refrigerator – Coffee Maker – Sound System – Safe
SUPERIOR VERANDA STATEROOMS
Category: AE - B
|Apr 5 - Apr 13||$5,295|
|Apr 19 - Apr 27||$5,295|
|May 3 - May 11||$5,295|
|May 17 - May 25||$5,295|
|May 31 - Jun 8||$5,295|
|Jun 14 - Jun 22||$5,295|
|Jun 28 - Jul 6||$5,295|
|Jul 12 - Jul 20||$5,295|
|Jul 26 - Aug 3||$5,295|
|Aug 9 - Aug 17||$5,295|
|Aug 23 - Aug 31||$5,295|
|Sep 6 - Sep 14||$5,295|
|Sep 20 - Sep 28||$5,295|
|Oct 4 - Oct 12||$5,295|
|Oct 18 - Oct 26||$5,295|
|Nov 1 - Nov 9||$5,295|
Enjoy your spacious stateroom with a charming sitting area or panoramic view with large forward-facing windows. Your private veranda provides a quiet place to watch the ever-changing scenery.
210-225 sq. ft. – Queen Bed or 2 Twin Beds - Large View Windows – Private Veranda – Sitting Area or Panoramic View Forward – TV – Alarm Clock – Mini Refrigerator – Safe
DELUXE VERANDA STATEROOMS
Category: AE - C
|Apr 5 - Apr 13||$4,795|
|Apr 19 - Apr 27||$4,795|
|May 3 - May 11||$4,795|
|May 17 - May 25||$4,795|
|May 31 - Jun 8||$4,795|
|Jun 14 - Jun 22||$4,795|
|Jun 28 - Jul 6||$4,795|
|Jul 12 - Jul 20||$4,795|
|Jul 26 - Aug 3||$4,795|
|Aug 9 - Aug 17||$4,795|
|Aug 23 - Aug 31||$4,795|
|Sep 6 - Sep 14||$4,795|
|Sep 20 - Sep 28||$4,795|
|Oct 4 - Oct 12||$4,795|
|Oct 18 - Oct 26||$4,795|
|Nov 1 - Nov 9||$4,795|
Deluxe veranda staterooms are a popular choice for many couples. Share a toast on your private veranda as you glide through the scenic Pacific Northwest.
180 sq. ft. – Queen Bed or 2 Twin Beds – View Windows – Private Veranda – TV – Alarm Clock – Mini Refrigerator – Safe
SINGLE OUTSIDE STATEROOMS WITH VERANDA
Category: AE - CS
|Apr 5 - Apr 13||$5,695|
|Apr 19 - Apr 27||$5,695|
|May 3 - May 11||$5,695|
|May 17 - May 25||$5,695|
|May 31 - Jun 8||$5,695|
|Jun 14 - Jun 22||$5,695|
|Jun 28 - Jul 6||$5,695|
|Jul 12 - Jul 20||$5,695|
|Jul 26 - Aug 3||$5,695|
|Aug 9 - Aug 17||$5,695|
|Aug 23 - Aug 31||$5,695|
|Sep 6 - Sep 14||$5,695|
|Sep 20 - Sep 28||$5,695|
|Oct 4 - Oct 12||$5,695|
|Oct 18 - Oct 26||$5,695|
|Nov 1 - Nov 9||$5,695|
The perfect option for the single traveler. Take advantage of all of the features found in a Deluxe Veranda Stateroom, scaled down slightly to meet the needs of a single guest.
160 sq. ft. – 1 Twin Bed – View Windows – Private Veranda – TV – Alarm Clock – Mini Refrigerator – Safe
Category: AE - E
|Apr 5 - Apr 13||$3,795|
|Apr 19 - Apr 27||$3,795|
|May 3 - May 11||$3,795|
|May 17 - May 25||$3,795|
|May 31 - Jun 8||$3,795|
|Jun 14 - Jun 22||$3,795|
|Jun 28 - Jul 6||$3,795|
|Jul 12 - Jul 20||$3,795|
|Jul 26 - Aug 3||$3,795|
|Aug 9 - Aug 17||$3,795|
|Aug 23 - Aug 31||$3,795|
|Sep 6 - Sep 14||$3,795|
|Sep 20 - Sep 28||$3,795|
|Oct 4 - Oct 12||$3,795|
|Oct 18 - Oct 26||$3,795|
|Nov 1 - Nov 9||$3,795|
Our most affordable American Empress stateroom. Enjoy wonderful views from your veranda which provides access to the Vista View Deck. You will enjoy a more social experience with this semiprivate veranda option.
150 sq. ft. - Queen Bed or 2 Twin Beds – View Windows – Semiprivate Veranda with Vista View Deck Access – TV – Alarm Clock – Mini Refrigerator – Safe
OUTSIDE STATEROOMS WITH WINDOW
Category: AE - D
|Apr 5 - Apr 13||$4,395|
|Apr 19 - Apr 27||$4,395|
|May 3 - May 11||$4,395|
|May 17 - May 25||$4,395|
|May 31 - Jun 8||$4,395|
|Jun 14 - Jun 22||$4,395|
|Jun 28 - Jul 6||$4,395|
|Jul 12 - Jul 20||$4,395|
|Jul 26 - Aug 3||$4,395|
|Aug 9 - Aug 17||$4,395|
|Aug 23 - Aug 31||$4,395|
|Sep 6 - Sep 14||$4,395|
|Sep 20 - Sep 28||$4,395|
|Oct 4 - Oct 12||$4,395|
|Oct 18 - Oct 26||$4,395|
|Nov 1 - Nov 9||$4,395|
This large stateroom provides river views through generously sized windows.
180 sq. ft. – View Windows – TV – Alarm Clock – Mini Refrigerator – Safe
Fares are in U.S. Dollars, are per guest, are based on double occupancy, and do not include air or land transportation. Fares for CS Category are based on single occupancy. Port Charges of $109 per guest are additional and not included in the fare. All fares and itineraries are subject to change; we are not responsible for errors and omissions. Additional terms and conditions apply. *Stateroom information provided here is a general representation of the stateroom categories. Actual features and amenities vary slightly between and within stateroom categories. Verandas on the Vista View Deck are semiprivate because the public walkway runs just over the railing. Call for details.
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The American Queen Steamboat Company