Vineyards, Vintages and Varietals Pacific Northwest WINE Country
2017 Sail dates: Mar 19-27, Mar 26-Apr 3, Nov 12-20 and Nov 19-27
Fares from $2699 pp Roundtrip Portland, OR /Vancouver, WA
A TOAST TO THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST – This voyage through the Pacific Northwest exposes you to the beauty and bounty 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 of the Red Mountain region and we bring the best of Pacific Northwest wine country to you onboard the American Empress. While cruising amidst the natural beauty of the region, you will have the opportunity to meet with local wine makers for exclusive onboard tastings and pairings of their celebrated varietals. Inspire your palate and get acquainted with the nuances of traditional wine-making on this special journey which highlights extraordinary wines of the Washington and Oregion regions. Special onboard wine events sponsored by Browne Family Vineyards, Canoe Ridge, Desert Wind Winery, Duck Pond Cellars, Mercer Estates, Pendulum, Primarius and Waterbrook.
• Vineyards, Vintages and Varietals*
• See ports of call below for information on included tours.
*All themed entertainment, events and tours are subject to change without notice.
Day 1: Hotel Stay – Vancouver, WA
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Vancouver, Washington.
Day 2: Vancouver, WA
Departure 6:00 PM
Explore Vancouver at your leisure or consider a Pre-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion in Portland, Oregon with afternoon transfer to the American Empress.
Day 3: Astoria, OR
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!
Day 4: River Cruising to The Dalles
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 5: The Dalles, OR
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: The Dalles/Hood River Bus Tour
Take advantage of included morning and afternoon tours in The Dalles with a scenic bus tour along Hood River.
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 8: Portland, OR
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.
Day 9: Vancouver, WA
Arrival 8:00 AM
Disembark the American Empress and make your way home from your authentic Pacific Northwest experience.
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