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The Columbia and Snake Rivers - 9 day(s), North America, Northwest US


Spend seven nights aboard the American Empress exploring the Pacific Northwest where the Columbia and Snake rivers wind gently through the hills. On this Food and Wine Journey, you’ll enjoy premium tours of vineyards and savor local cuisine using the freshest ingredients as you discover the legendary wineries of this breathtaking region.


What’s Included

  • Professional tour director
  • Complimentary overnight stay in a luxury hotel before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage, and transfers to the American Empress
  • All meals included on cruise portion
  • 7 Nights onboard the American Empress
  • Hop on/hop off excursions included in each port
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, bottled water, and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • All hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers at scheduled times

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Duration: 9 Days


Day 1 – Portland
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
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. AAA Exclusive Premium Tour – Three Vintners Burgundy Winemaking Experiences: Flowing from the mountains near Eugene to the confluence with the Columbia River at Portland, the Willamette River Valley’s broad floor is blessed with flood-carried fertile sediments and shares the same latitude as the Burgundy region in France. Only since the 1970’s have visionary pioneers, led by the region’s legendary David Lett, founder of The Eyrie Vineyards, was first to plant grapes here. His 1975 South Block Reserve Pinot Noir shocked much of the wine world when it showed very well in the Wine Olympiad ("Wine Olympics"), in Paris. Soon afterward, the 500 year legacy French Pinot-maker family of Baron Drouhin followed Lett by planting their own new vineyard near The Eyrie in this same Oregon valley. You will visit three legendary Wineries as we drive the beautiful Willamette Valley: The Eyrie Vineyards, and Domain Drouhin in McMinnville, and Adelsheim in the scenic Chehalem Mountains. Here at Adelsheim you will enjoy a vineyard walking tour with the viticulturist Chad Vargas; meet the winemakers and founders from the Adelsheim family, and enjoy a private lunch and curated tasting on The Terrace.
Day 3 – Astoria
Stroll along the shops and cafes lining the Riverwalk, visit the George Flavel House for a peek at the 19th-century life of a millionaire, discover the Native American culture of Clatsop County at the Heritage Museum, or enjoy the views from the top of the Astoria Column more than 600 feet above the water.
Day 4 – Stevenson
Nature’s power and beauty surround Stevenson and you can learn about the geological forces that shaped this area at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. A tour of the Bonneville Dam will reveal the unique challenges of building this power plant with a minimal impact to wildlife – the answer is fish ladders. AAA Exclusive Tour – Cheese Parings from Celilo Restaurant in Hood River. Chef and co-owner Ben Stenn can be found manning the pans 6 nights a week at Celilo Restaurant and Bar in Hood River Oregon. Ben is dedicated to using local products that highlight the seasons and the regional bounty. While most folks think jam is only for PB&J’s, it can be used in creative yet simple ways to complement many things. For years the Spaniards have been serving delicious Membrillo (quince jam) with cheeses like Manchego, Cabrales and Mahon. They knew that a little sweetness can offer a delicious counterpoint to their fine cheeses. American cheese makers have really stepped in with fantastic and original cheeses of their own. Chef Ben has skillfully paired several of Oregon Growers’ jams with local artisan and “farmstead” cheeses with delicious results.
Day 5 – The Dalles
Welcome to the end of the Oregon Trail. Shoppers will adore the boutiques and wine lovers will enjoy Sunshine Mills Winery, inventors of Copa Di Vino or “wine by the glass.” The Fort Dalles Museum and the Original Courthouse Museum put early pioneer life on display.
Day 6 – Sacajawea State Park
In 1805, Lewis and Clark and their guide, Sacajawea, camped here, an event immortalized at Sacajawea State Park. Venture into the County Mercantile Store, part of a working farm with agricultural demonstrations.
Day 7 – River Cruising
Enjoy a day of cruising the scenic Snake River. 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
Nez Perce National Historic Park tells the story of the Nez Perce Native American tribe who assisted Lewis and Clark and still reside in the area today, or uncover the past from one-room schoolhouses to ice harvesting at the Clarkston Heritage Museum.
Day 9 – Disembark: Clarkston
Disembark the American Empress and make your way home from your authentic Pacific Northwest Experience.

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