Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey on National Geographic Quest
Columbia & Snake Rivers Journey: Harvests, History & Landscapes
Two great rivers and a region’s bounty
The most interesting way to experience the Columbia & Snake Rivers
On our Columbia and Snake River cruises, we travel through the region as early explorers, settlers, and natives did—by the waterways that stretch far inland from the Pacific Ocean. Our intimate, 62-guest expedition ship will enable you to:
- Sail in the wake of Lewis & Clark and their legendary Corps of Discovery expedition
- Taste the bounty of the region through their harvests and fresh, local, and delectable cuisine
- Experience the region on up close, water level expedition landing craft and kayak forays
- Transit a series of eight locks that lift the ship 700 feet, 10 times the elevation of the Panama Canal
Experience the region’s history, harvests & landscapes
The powerful Columbia and Snake Rivers flow through a beautiful land and offer access to fantastic wineries, places to kayak, bike or hike, and extraordinary scenery—you’ll experience it all. Hike to a towering waterfall. Taste local fruit at a family farm and enjoy views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Visit sites used by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark while they made their way to the Pacific Coast.
Every day is engaging and options abound
You’ll be offered guided tours of museums, a farm, and a winery. You’ll walk, hike, bike, kayak, or expedition landing craft cruise—most days off-the-ship outings will be offered. Bike ride or walk along a historic route. Or, if you’d prefer to take an afternoon off, you’re welcome to grab a good book and relax on our ship’s sundeck.
Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, a historian, a geologist/naturalist, plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for the Columbia & Snake Rivers is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Educational and Learning
When she rolled out of Nichols Brothers shipyard and into the bay on Whidbey Island, the 100-guest National Geographic Quest became the third ship in the Lindblad fleet built at this storied Pacific Northwest shipyard. In the 1970s, Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, which continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.
National Geographic Quest was purpose-built to explore the fast-moving channels and narrow straits of Alaska, along the coast of Costa Rica, and into the gray whale nursery lagoons of Baja, her design and engineering informed by our nearly 40 years of experience in these regions. Her twin boarding platforms, for example, were suggested by a veteran staffer. Enabling our team to load two Zodiacs at once means guests get off the ship quickly to take advantage of wildlife sightings and maximize exploring time.
Larger than her siblings Sea Bird and Sea Lion, Quest has the same shallow draft, allowing her captain to navigate the same inner reaches and provide the same intimate, "insider" experiences in these charismatic regions. Modern cleaned-lined, with large expanses of glass to keep you connected to the extraordinary views, National Geographic Quest enables you to see, do, and experience the best of her geographies.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
Teams that do whatever it take ...
|1||Portland, Oregon / Embark Ship|
|2-3||Columbia River Gorge / Hood River / The Dalles|
|5||Walla Walla, Washington|
|8||Clarkston / Disembark Ship|