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American Empress Eastbound, Portland to Clarkston

Rates & Dates:

Trip Length: 9 Days/ 8 Nights

Prices from: $2,999 pp/do*

Single Price: $5,099 pp

Sale: Save up to $1000 Off Per Stateroom on Select 2018 Departures!!
Book by: 12/31/2017

2018 Dates: Apr 1, 15, 29; May 13, 27; Jun 10, 24; Jul 8, 22; Aug 5, 19; Sept 2, 16, 30; Oct 14, 28

Ships: American Empress

Notes: Port fees $179 Per Person.
*Per Person/Double Occupancy. Special Single Rates apply where listed.

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These are the original words (and spelling of “ocean”) that William Clark scrawled in his journal on November 7, 1805. One could hardly blame him for forgetting his spelling lessons in all the excitement. Experience the same sense of excitement and wonder as your journey begins in Portland near the Pacific Ocean, the objective of Lewis and Clark’s expeditionary party, the Corps of Discovery. You will visit many historic, scenic and enjoyable sites along your Columbia and Snake River voyage to Clarkston. If you’re looking for something tailored more to a specific interest, you might enjoy the Premium Experience Excursion to the Walla Walla Wine Trail or a trip to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.


  • The largest and most elegant riverboat in the Pacific Northwest
  • Complimentary shore excursions in every port
  • Included deluxe hotel stay before your voyage – includes breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the American Empress
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Regional pacific northwest cuisine utilizing fresh ingredients creatively combined with a contemporary flair
  • Gracious service from a friendly, All-American staff
  • Country club-casual ambiance, no formal wear required
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard history and culture expert
  • All staterooms feature a balcony or picture window with dramatic scenery unfolding before your eyes 24 hours a day
  • Our own dedicated fleet of luxury coaches
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Day 1: Hotel Stay – 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. The day is yours to check into your hotel and enjoy this wonderful city.

Day 2: Embark – Portland, OR

Enjoy complimentary breakfast at your hotel, and enjoy the morning in Portland before embarking on your American Empress cruise. Onboard, settle into your spacious stateroom and get to know your new home.

Day 3: Astoria, OR

Stroll along the shops and cafes lining the Riverwalk, visit the George Flavel House for a peek at the 19th-century life of a millionaire, discover the Native American culture of Clatsop County at the Heritage Museum or enjoy the views from the top of the Astoria Column more than 600 feet above the water.


Day 4: Stevenson, WA

Nature’s power and beauty surround Stevenson and you can learn about the geological forces that shaped this area at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center. A tour of the Bonneville Dam will reveal the unique challenges of building this power plant with a minimal impact to wildlife – the answer is fish ladders.

The Dalles

Day 5: The Dalles, OR

Welcome to the end of the Oregon Trail. Shoppers will adore the boutiques and oenophiles will enjoy Sunshine Mills Winery, inventors of Copa Di Vino or “wine by the glass.” The Fort Dalles Museum and the Original Courthouse Museum put early pioneer life on display.

Sacajawea State Park

Day 6: Sacajawea State Park, WA

In 1805, Lewis and Clark and their Indian guide Sacajawea camped here, an event immortalized at Sacajawea State Park. Venture into the County Mercantile Store, part of a working farm with agricultural demonstrations.

River Cruising

Day 7: River Cruising, WA

Enjoy a day of scenic Snake River cruising. Picturesque canyon walls and crevasses will keep you guessing as to what lies around the next bend. Wildlife of many varieties can be spotted in the area, from bighorn sheep to gray wolves to bald eagles.Clarkston

Day 8: Clarkston, WA

Nez Perce National Historic Park tells the story of the Nez Perce Native American tribe who assisted Lewis and Clark and still reside in the area today, or uncover the past from one-room schoolhouses to ice harvesting at the Clarkston Heritage Museum.


Day 9: Disembark in Clarkston, WA

Disembark the American Empress and make your way home from your authentic Pacific Northwest Experience.

Photo Credit: American Queen Steamboat Company