Columbia and Snake Rivers Cruise
September 19 - 27, 2021 (9 Days)
*CAT E – Double Occupancy
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
Airfare ABQ to Spokane / Portland to ABQ (Not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
1 night’s lodging in Spokane, WA
7-night cruise with all meals on board
Government and air taxes and fees
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 20 or more travelers)
DEPOSIT: $250 per person now holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: May 13, 2021
$250 - Through May 13, 2021
25% - May 14 - June 16, 2021
50%* - June 17 - July 14, 2021
75%* - July 15 - August 12, 2021
100% - After August 12, 2021
*Percentage of total price
Our voyage on the American Empress through the Pacific Northwest shows us the bounty and beauty of nature, as well as the history and heritage of the people who inhabited this diverse region. The Cascade Range separates the dense forests of the coastal regions of Washington and Oregon from the arid rolling hills and wine country the Red Mountain region.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
Our journey begins with a deluxe one-night hotel stay at the beautiful Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington.
DAY 2 D
We can take time to explore Spokane at our leisure, or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Excursion before making our way to Clarkston to begin our voyage.
DAY 3 B, L, D
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. The picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates, and a deep history make this scenic inland port a more-than-desirable stop! Spend the day following the footsteps of the historic Lewis and Clark journey – where the city received its name. This incredible city is filled with artifacts and stories that depict the journeys of famous explorers. Clarkston has the ideal climate for visitors to enjoy countless activities including fishing, scenic walks along the trails, shopping, and exploring.
DAY 4 B, L, D
Richland is located at the confluence of the Yakima and the Columbia Rivers. The town has become an important hub for produce and local food and products. Visitors can enjoy the scenic beauty of its stunning and unique river-town. Spend the day exploring the many attractions and shops that line the streets of the city. Richland is weaved with history and filled with a culture that is unlike other northwest cities. Experience a place that thrives on the community and utilizes the support from each other to sustain a strong, intertwined city.
DAY 5 B, L, D
Known as the end of the Oregon Trail, The Dalles has long been a destination point for pioneers and adventurers alike. Located on the south bank of the Columbia River between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams, the city's rich history dates back thousands of years to the Native American trading which took place right on the banks of the river. Explore the history that weaves through the town at every stop, discover the art that lines each of the streets, and taste the culinary expertise at some of the town’s most popular cuisine restaurants!
DAY 6 B, L, D
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.
DAY 7 B, L, D
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 our Riverlorian on-deck for insightful and entertaining narration.
DAY 8 B, L, D
Astoria is 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. In 1805, Lewis and Clark led their expedition through the town and spent the winter at Fort Clatsop. In 1813, a British warship sailed into the Columbia River, gaining possession of the city, and holding control until 1818, when they finally agreed to a joint occupation of the land. The British did not fully leave Astoria until 1846. 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!
We disembark our ship today and fly home from Portland, with memories from our authentic Pacific Northwest experience.
Itinerary subject to change