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Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

A Voyage Along the Columbia & Snake Rivers: In The Wake of Lewis & Clark

Aboard the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA BIRD & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SEA LION
With Smith and Williams Colleges

September 15 -21, 2012

The Corps of Discovery expedition, led by Lewis and Clark from 1804 to 1806, was a dramatic episode in American history. Conceived by Jefferson as more than a geographic exploration, it studied native cultures; collected specimens; and through maps, put form to what was terra incognita. Join us as we explore the Palouse River by Zodiac and kayak, see Native American petroglyphs, cruise eastern Washington’s wine country, and take a jet boat ride into Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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FULL ITINERARY

September 15, 2012 DAY 1: PORTLAND, OREGON/EMBARK

Board our ship and cruise the center of Portland on the Willamette River before reaching the Columbia River. (D)

September 16, 2012 DAY 2: EASTERN WASHINGTON’S WINE COUNTRY

Awake this morning to the colorful plateaus east of the sweeping Cascade Mountains, an area famous for its expanding wine industry. As we travel on, the Columbia completely changes character: a well-watered landscape gives way to gracefully tapered buttes and semi-arid steppes. Locks lift the ship higher and higher into desert- hued canyons. At the entrance to the Snake River, we pass between banks formed by the largest basalt flow in the world. (B,L,D)

September 17, 2012 DAY 3: CLARKSTON

At Clarkston, we find ourselves at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers, more than 450 miles from the sea. Today, travel by comfortable jet boat up the Snake River into one of North America’s most scenic spots, spectacular Hells Canyon. Or you may opt to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark along the Clearwater River, visiting several of their actual campsites. Led by our local Historian, we learn about the relationship between the Nez Perce people and Lewis and Clark. (B,L,D)

September 18, 2012 DAY 4: EXPLORING THE PALOUSE RIVER

The still water of the Palouse River is the perfect mirror for the surrounding basalt cliffs as we set off on our Zodiac cruises and kayak adventures. Visit Palouse Falls where cascading waters plunge into pools below. Afterwards, sail down the Snake River, enjoying a barbecue on deck. (B,L,D)

September 19, 2012 DAY 5: COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE AND HOOD RIVER

Today venture through the Columbia River Gorge, perhaps the most awe-inspiring section of the entire river. Cruise past the 620-foot-high Multnomah Falls and visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. (B,L,D)

September 20, 2012 DAY 6: ASTORIA

We continue our journey by navigating the Columbia to the mouth of the river at Astoria. At Fort Clatsop, where the explorers hunkered down for the wet winter of 1805-1806, we walk through the full-scale reconstructed fort. The Columbia River Maritime Museum chronicles the history of river navigation and this port town. (B,L,D)

September 21, 2012 DAY 7: PORTLAND/DISEMBARK/HOME

Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)


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Cost and Program Inclusions

2012 Cost Per Person Double Occupancy**
Category 1 TBD
Category 2 TBD
Category 3 TBD
Sole Occupancy
Category 1TBD
Category 2 TBD
Advance Payment: $450
**Preliminary

Cost Includes: Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; entrance fees; all port charges and service taxes.

Not Included: Air transportation; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.; discretionary tips to ship’s crew.

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Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Bird


Linblad's twin expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. All cabins face outwards with windows, private facilities and individual climate control.

Thanks to Linblad's sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment's notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with our Bryn Mawr Faculty Lecturer or Linblad's naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune.

The Public Areas of the ships include a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Linblad's "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet their Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

All meals are served in single a seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Linblad's state of the art Expedition Equipment includes: Bow Camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope and, Zodiac landing craft. Special Features: Guest internet access, Wellness Program and LEXmarket. A Video Chronicler onboard all voyages. alaska



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