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Itinerary

Day 1 | July 7 | Bloomington, MN

Enjoy a leisurely evening in Minneapolis before tomorrow’s morning flight. Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington

Day 2 | July 8 | Vancouver, WA

Welcome to Vancouver, Washington. The American Empress’ dedicated staff is at your service and is ready to help you make the most of your experience. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own. Hotel To Be Announced

Day 3 | July 9 | Vancouver, WA

Today is the big day! Spend a few hours this morning exploring the beautiful City of Vancouver before your departure.

Day 4 | July 10 | Astoria, OR

Today enjoy Astoria, known to be the oldest American Settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. For thousands of years, Clatsop
Indians inhabited the lands that are now known as Astoria. There is no doubting the rich history has deep roots grounded in this
Columbia River town. When the history combines with the scenery, the harmony will surely bring you back for more! Your included excursions today include the Riverwalk, Flavel & Carriage House Museum, Astoria Column, Heritage Museum and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

Day 5 | July 11 | Stevenson, WA

On the banks of the scenic Columbia River, the city of Stevenson is your launch pad to the Washington side of the Gorge. A stroll along the Rock Cove pathway or the Columbia River waterfront is a great way to take in surroundings. Downtown Stevenson is home to unique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Stevenson is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Explore the eastern entrance to Mount St. Helens or the spectacular Lewis River Valley. Your included excursions today include Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Bonneville Dam and downtown Stevenson Washington.

Day 6 | July 12 | The Dalles, OR

At the end of the overland Oregon Trail, The Dalles holds an unique place in history as a jumping-off spot for pioneers, soldiers, gold miners, adventurers, gun-slingers, floozies, and scallywags. Lewis and Clark camped at this location at Rock Fort Camp during their historic journey in 1805 and 1806. Fort Dalles was established in 1850. Oregon Trail pioneers ended their overland journey at The Dalles, forced to build rafts and take the “river road” west to Fort Vancouver, then into the Willamette River valley. Ten thousand years of Native American trading took place on the banks of the Columbia River, shaped by the Ice Age Missoula floods. The town was located at the foot of a series of dangerous rapids which the Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders called “The Dalles of the Columbia.” Your included shore excursions today include the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, the original Wasco County Courthouse Museum, Fort Dalles Museum, Sunshine Mill Winery and downtown Dalles Commercial Historic District.

Day 7 | July 13 | Scenic River Cruising

Behold the beauty of nature as you enjoy a day of scenic river cruising. Picturesque canyon walls and fascinating volcanic formations will keep you guessing as to what lies around the next bend. As you wind through the dramatic mountains and forested ridges of the great Pacific Northwest, join the Riverlorian on-deck for insightful and entertaining narration.

Day 8 | July 14 | Richland, WA (Tri-Cities)

Richland is located near the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers, the northern most point reached by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. First incorporated in 1910, Richland remained a small agricultural community until the Army acquired it and 670 square miles of adjacent land in 1943 as the site of the Hanford Engineer Works which was used to produce plutonium during World War II and the Cold War. Today, the historic B Reactor and other important historical venues are part of the new Manhattan Project National Historic Park. The city is also home to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a branch campus of Washington State University. Your included excursions today is the REACH Museum, Sacajawea State Park, Franklin County Historical Society and Museum and Pasco Farmers Market.

Day 9 | July 15 | Clarkston, WA

Nestled at the union of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in southeast Washington, Clarkston is the gateway to North America’s deepest gorge, Hells Canyon on the Snake River. The picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates, and a deep history make this scenic inland port a more-than-desirable stop! Your included excursions today include Nez Perce National Historical Park, First Territorial Capitol Interpretive Center, Bridablik/Schroeder House, Nez Perce Historical Society and Museum and Basalt Cellars.

Day 10 | July 15 | Clarkston, WA to Home

Your cruise concludes today with your flight home.

Mode of Travel  

Pricing Per Person Cash Or Check

  • $5,585 – Dble
  • $9,825 – Single
  • Deluxe Verandah Staterooms Priced Contact Our Office for Other Stateroom Options
  • Tour Price Includes:
    Roundtrip Transfers by Southwest Tour and Travel, Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay, Roundtrip Flights, Roundtrip Airport Transfers, Cruise Package, Travel Protection and All Meals on American Empress
  • Items Not Included in Tour Price:
    Gratuities, Upgraded Beverage Package and Airport Baggage Fees

Pricing Per Person Credit Card

  • $5,750 – Dble
  • $10,115 – Single
  • Deluxe Verandah Staterooms Priced Contact Our Office for Other Stateroom Options
  • Tour Price Includes:
    Roundtrip Transfers by Southwest Tour and Travel, Pre-Cruise Hotel Stay, Roundtrip Flights, Roundtrip Airport Transfers, Cruise Package, Travel Protection and All Meals on American Empress
  • Items Not Included in Tour Price:
    Gratuities, Upgraded Beverage Package and Airport Baggage Fees

Itinerary, Pricing and Availability are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control.

Departure Date

07/07/2018

Return Date

07/16/2018

Tour Highlights

  • Astoria Riverwalk
  • Flavel House & Carriage House Museum
  • Astoria Column
  • Heritage Museum
  • Columbia River Maritime Museum
  • Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
  • Original Wasco Courthouse Museum
  • Fort Dalles Museum & Interpretive Center
  • Sunshine Mill Winery
  • Historic District of The Dalles
  • Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
  • Bonneville Dam
  • Historic Downtown Stevenson
  • REACH Museum
  • Sacajawea State Park
  • Franklin County Historical Society & Museum
  • Pasco Farmers Market
  • Nez Perce National Historical Park
  • First Territorial Capitol Interpretive Center
  • Bridablik/Schroeder House
  • Nez Perce Historical Society & Museum
  • Basalt Cellars
  • Hosted by American Empress Staff