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Luxury on the Columbia River - 2018

  • Luxury on the Columbia River - 2018
  • Luxury on the Columbia River - 2018
  • Luxury on the Columbia River - 2018
  • Luxury on the Columbia River - 2018
  • Luxury on the Columbia River - 2018

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Chicago

Luxury on the Columbia River tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station. The Metropolitan Lounge will be our base in Chicago. The Willis Tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings, is close by. Other Chicago attractions are a cab ride away.

This afternoon we’ll board Amtrak’s Empire Builder for a 2:15 p.m. departure. Our 2205-mile journey crosses seven states to Seattle. Relax in your private Roomette sleeping accommodations. Bedrooms are available for an additional cost. Coffee, juice and water are available in your sleeping car. Go to the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car for spectacular viewing. All dining car meals are included beginning with dinner tonight. You’ll have time for a trainside walk when we arrive in Minneapolis-St. Paul this evening.

Meal(s):  D

Day 2: En Route

During the day we will roll across the remote flat lands of North Dakota and eastern Montana. This evening a dramatic panorama of Rocky Mountain peaks will begin to rise above the horizon, becoming increasingly dynamic as we approach Glacier National Park.

The scenery is striking as we wind past waterfalls, river gorges and other sights. The glass-walled lounge or dining car is an excellent vantage point.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 3: En Route / Seattle

You may want to rise early to watch the sun come up over some spectacular scenery. This morning the Empire Builder will enter the 7.8-mile long Cascade Tunnel. Over the next two hours we’ll wind through the scenic Cascade Mountains and then through the lush Puget Sound area and ease into Seattle late morning.

You will have time for an “on-your-own” lunch prior to our 2:10 p.m. departure on Amtrak Cascades train to Vancouver, WA. Arrival is scheduled for 5:10 p.m.

Upon arrival we will check into the Hilton Vancouver hotel, our home for the night.
A welcome dinner will be hosted by your Tour Director this evening.

Meal(s):  B & D

Day 4: Embarkation

Following an included breakfast at our hotel this morning we will transfer to the American Empress.

You’ll have time for an “on-your-own” lunch or a pre-cruise shore excursion. Sample optional Pre-Cruise Premium tours include: Mount Saint Helens Tour, The “Rose City” Portland tour.
We’ll board the ship prior to the 6:00 p.m. departure.

Meal(s):  B & D

Day 5: Astoria, OR

Astoria is known to be the oldest American Settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. For thousands of years the Clatsop Indians inhabited this land. 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. Sample included shore excursions include: Riverwalk, Flavel House and Carriage House Museum, Astoria Column, Heritage Museum, Columbia River Maritime Museum. B, L & D

Day 6: Stevenson, WA

Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Stevenson is surrounded by a stunning backdrop of water and forested mountains. Six parks are within walking distance of the pier and can all be accessed via a walking path. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center features exhibits and artifacts highlighting the area’s natural history, early inhabitants and industrial progress. Outdoor displays include a diesel train, logging equipment and cedar log carvings.

Sample included shore excursions include: Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, Bonneville Dam, Downtown Stevenson, Washington, Skunk Brothers Spirits.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 7: Dalles, OR

Dalles is known as the end of the Oregon Trail. It is where pioneers loaded their wagons onto rafts or barges and floated down the Columbia to the mouth of the Willamette River, then upriver to Oregon City. Later the Barlow Toll Road was constructed to permit a much safer overland crossing.

Sample included shore excursions include: Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Original Courthouse Museum, Fort Dalles Museum and Interpretive Center, Sunshine Mills Winery, Downtown Shopping.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 8 & 9: Tri-Cities (Richland), WA

Richland is located at the confluence of the Yakima and the Columbia Rivers. Spend the day exploring the many attractions and shops that line the streets of the city. At the Hanford Reach National Monument you will witness a diverse landscape of sweeping vistas and towering bluffs, blended with an abundance of wildlife.

Sample included shore excursions include: Sacajawea State Park, Franklin County Historical Society and Museum, The Reach Interpretive Center, Downtown Richland including a River Walking Trail.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 10: Clarkston, WA

Clarkston is known as “The Gateway to Hells Canyon,” North America’s deepest gorge. The twin communities of Clarkston, Washington and Lewiston, Idaho lie along the Snake River on the historic path of Lewis and Clark. The low elevation provides a winter climate that few people would associate with the Pacific Northwest, so mild in fact, that they can often golf year round!

Sample included shore excursions include: Nez Perce National Historical Park, First Territorial Capitol Interpretive Center, Lewis and Clark State College Center for Arts & History.

Meals:  B, L & D

Day 11: Clarkston, WA

Following breakfast we will say goodbye to the American Empress. We will board our motorcoach and enjoy spectacular Rocky Mountain Scenery as we travel to Kalispell, MT.

We will stop for an “on-your-own” lunch en route.

Our home for the night will be the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell, MT.

A farewell dinner will be included tonight.

Meal(s):  B & D

Day 12: En Route

Early this morning we will board the Empire Builder in Whitefish for the 1620-mile journey across five states to Chicago. Departure is scheduled for 7:41 a.m.

You will enjoy the same type of accommodations you enjoyed on your westbound trip. You’ll want to spend some time in the Sightseer Lounge to view the passing scenery.

During the day we will roll across the remote flatlands of eastern Montana and North Dakota.

Meal(s):  B, L & D

Day 13: En Route to Chicago

We’ll arrive in Chicago’s Union Station at 3:55 p.m. Tour members will depart for home destinations throughout the day.

Meal(s):  B & L

13 Days

Fri., June 8 to Wed., June 20, 2018

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  • Vancouver
  • Astoria,
  • Stevenson
  • The Dalles
  • Tri-Cities
  • Clarkston
  • The American Empress®

Tour Highlights

  • Seven nights aboard the American Empress® steamboat on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
  • Astoria is known to be the oldest American Settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. For thousands of years, the Clatsop Indians inhabited this land.
  • Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Stevenson is surrounded by a stunning backdrop of water and forested mountains.
  • Dalles is known as the end of the Oregon Trail. It is where pioneers loaded their wagons onto rafts or barges and floated down the Columbia to the mouth of the Willamette River.
  • Spend the day exploring Richland, located at the confluence of the Yakima and the Columbia Rivers.
  • Clarkston is known as “The Gateway to Hells Canyon,” North America’s deepest gorge.
  • Relax and enjoy traveling over 3800 miles aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder. The Rocky Mountain peaks become increasingly dynamic as we approach Glacier National Park. We travel 7.8-miles through the Cascade Tunnel.

Tour Package

  • Round-trip transportation by Amtrak rail, and connecting motorcoach.
  • Private Roomette on Amtrak for three nights.
  • First-class hotel accommodations for two nights.
  • Outside Category E cabin aboard the American Empress® for seven nights.
  • 33 meals.
  • Sightseeing tours at each destination.
  • Baggage handling, taxes, tips.
  • Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.

Tour Pricing

$6,395 - 13 Days
Ship upgrades (see below for descriptions):
Cabin: D + $400; $800 single
C + $500; $1,000 single
B + $1,800; $3,600 single
A + $2,400; $4,800 single
Train Bedroom + $995

Single $10,995
See above for ship upgrade pricing.

FLY OPTION - Fly to Portland and return from Kalispell. 10 Days
Price: $5,395
Single $9,345
America by Rail will be happy to arrange your flights. Airfare is not included in above prices.

All prices are per person/double occupancy unless otherwise stated.

 

SUITE AND STATEROOM CATEGORIES

E Veranda stateroom - open veranda - Vista View Deck
Outside stateroom with window - Explorer Deck
C Deluxe Veranda (private) stateroom - Discovery and Frontier Decks
B Superior Veranda (private) stateroom - Vista View, Discovery and Frontier Decks
A Suites with Veranda (open) - Vista View Deck
LS Luxury Suites with Veranda (private) - Discovery and Frontier Decks

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