See why traveling to the Pacific Northwest with us should be on your must-do list
1. Experience the Pacific Northwest in-depth. Our over twenty years’ experience enables us to design exceptionally rich Pacific Northwest getaways. On our Columbia & Snake River Journey, we explore Lewis & Clark history; discover diverse, lush landscapes; and taste the region’s culinary treasures. The Exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Island expedition ventures to spectacular, remote islands, and sails through channels that teem with sea life. Plus, you’ll visit charming towns and First Nations heritage sites.
2. Explore aboard nimble expedition ships perfect for navigating this region. Carrying 100-guests and with a shallow draft, National Geographic Quest and National Geographic Venture take you almost 500 miles inland, up the Columbia and Snake Rivers or through tiny bays, islands, and inlets. The deck of our ship is the perfect platform for viewing dramatic landscapes and landmarks where photo opportunities abound as well as sharing the wonder with like-minded others.
3. More learning, personal attention, and activity choices. We travel with an expedition staff tailored to suit your destination; always at the helm is the Expedition Leader, accompanied by a naturalist, photo instructor, and depending on your destination, a geologist, historian, or cultural interpreter to illuminate our travels through spectacular geography or areas long inhabited by First Nations cultures of the region. You’ll have the opportunity to walk, kayak, and explore in Zodiak and other craft.
4. Experience Native American cultures in-depth. On the Columbia River we travel through the land of the Nez Perce, once led by the famous Chief Joseph. At the Nez Perce Center you’ll learn about the rich culture of the tribe, and how they aided the Corps of Discovery on their journey. In Canada, we visit the Big House in Alert Bay, home of the Kwakwaka’wakw people of coastal British Columbia.
5. Unique focus on regional food. Outstanding local cuisine adds an extra level of immersion to your experience. Our chef provisions the ship with food harvested from local farms in the region; some is picked up along the way, so it’s as fresh as can be. We choose local food providers that are committed to organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farming methods. Local wines are selected to represent the various growing areas and grape varieties that embody the region’s best.
6. Visit a family farm, vineyard, and taste craft brews. Enjoy striking views of Mt. Hood and local fruit as you visit a family farm in the Hood River Valley. You’ll also visit a local vineyard, and enjoy award-winning wines and local craft brews on board.
7. A certified photo instructor on every departure. One of the naturalists aboard this expedition is specially trained to provide assistance with many camera models, plus instruction and tips that will help you take your best shots ever.
8. Experience the locks. Locking-in is one of the most fascinating aspects of our Columbia & Snake River journey. We’ll travel through a total of eight different locks that lift you some 700 feet in all—nearly 10 times what transiting the Panama Canal entails.
9. Wellness Program aboard. We travel with a wellness specialist onboard, offering morning stretch classes on the sun deck, as well as a range of fee-for-service spa treatments.
10. Exclusive Video Chronicle of your expedition. Your Chronicle captures the expedition moments you’ll want to remember. Professionally shot in HD and edited during the voyage, it’s available for purchase at disembarkation.
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