Columbia and Snake Rivers

Nowhere is the timelessness of rivers more apparent than here in the pristine Pacific Northwest, a captivating corner of America which displays an abundance of awe-inspiring, natural beauty that will leave you breathless. Our voyages on the Columbia and Snake Rivers are specifically tailored to maximize daytime river cruising for optimal viewing of spectacular scenery and iconic highlights such as the Columbia River Gorge. As you cruise past the fertile fields, impressive mountains and vertical canyons, you will bear witness to the precious land just as it appeared to Lewis and Clark in 1805 – majestic, unspoiled and unimaginably glorious.

Sacajawea, Lewis and Clark’s faithful Native American guide, knew how to read these lands and soon you will also, thanks to the legacy of the expedition that opened the West to settlement. As you relive the daring exploits of frontiersmen and adventurers, you are treated to the very same natural wonders. Columbia Gorge cuts through the Cascade Mountains thanks to the Missoula Floods of the last Ice Age. At Multnomah Falls, snowmelt streams plunge over 600 feet in two tiered cascades down a sheer cliff face. Deeper than the Grand Canyon, Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon is a dramatic crack in the earth with raging waters best explored on an exciting jet boat ride. Near Portland, understand the raw power of nature in the collapsed volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens. Along the Columbia River, fish ladders help salmon swim upstream while bison, deer and elk graze freely.

With the American Empress serving as a floating boutique hotel for your journey, travel into the heart of Washington’s wine country where many acclaimed wineries of the Pacific Northwest have made their mark among wine connoisseurs. Take time to explore the Red Mountain region and sample some of the finest vintages in the midst of breathtaking scenery. Whether you choose to take in the scenery from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge nestled among the pines or climb the Astoria Column to view the  expansive Pacific, a voyage on the Columbia and Snake Rivers will show you the world from a new perspective.

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Sep 05 - Sep 13

Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA) 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...

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Sep 12 - Sep 20

Clarkston to Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA)

WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST - This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range...

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9 Days
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Sep 19 - Sep 27

Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA) 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...

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9 Days
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Sep 26 - Oct 04

Clarkston to Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA)

WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST - This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range...

Duration
9 Days
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$3,795
Oct 03 - Oct 11

Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA) 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...

Duration
9 Days
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$3,795
Oct 10 - Oct 18

Clarkston to Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA)

WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST - This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range...

Duration
9 Days
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$3,795
Oct 17 - Oct 25

Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA) 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...

Duration
9 Days
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$3,795
Oct 24 - Nov 01

Clarkston to Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA)

WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST - This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$3,795
Oct 31 - Nov 08

Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA) 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...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$3,795
Nov 07 - Nov 15

Clarkston to Portland, OR (Vancouver, WA)

WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST - This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range...

Duration
9 Days
Fares from
$3,795
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