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American Queen

Sailing on the Columbia River.

November 06, 2016 – November 13, 2016       Fares from $2,649 

WELCOME TO THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFIC NORTHWEST  This voyage through the Pacific Northwest shows you the bounty and beauty 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 the Red Mountain region. You will experience both climates on this voyage sailing west via the scenic Columbia River Gorge, the only break in the Cascades between British Columbia and Southern Oregon. At each port, you can embrace the culture and history of this region on an included shore excursion, such as a guided tour of Nez Perce National Historical Park to learn about the Native American tribe that assisted the Lewis and Clark Expedition and that still inhabits a reservation near Lewiston.

Columbia And the Snake Rivers.

Nowhere is the timelessness of rivers more apparent than here in the pristine Pacific Northwest, a captivating corner of America which displays an abundance of awe-inspiring, natural beauty that will leave you breathless.

Our voyages on the Columbia and Snake Rivers are specifically tailored to maximize daytime river cruising for optimal viewing of spectacular scenery and iconic highlights such as the Columbia River Gorge.


As you cruise past the fertile fields, impressive mountains and vertical canyons, you will bear witness to the precious land just as it appeared to Lewis and Clark in 1805 – majestic, unspoiled and unimaginably glorious.

Day 1:  Clarkson, WA.  Departure 6:00pm for your cruise.

Depart from Salem OR, to Spokane,WA,  making your way to Clarkston to begin your American Empress voyage. Your voyage will start with an evening dinner cruise departing around 6 PM and returning back to Clarkston later in the evening.

Day 2: Clarkson, WA.

Nestled at the union of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in southeast Washington, Clarkston is the gateway to North America's deepest gorge, Hells Canyon. The picturesque vistas, year-round mild climates, and a deep history make this scenic inland port a more-than-desirable stop! Spend the day following the footsteps of the historic Lewis and Clark journey – where the city received its name. This incredible city is filled with artifacts and stories that depict the journeys of famous explorers. Clarkston has the ideal climate for visitors to enjoy countless activities including fishing, scenic walks along the trails, shopping, and exploring.

Day 3: Tri-Cities (Richland), WA

Home to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's first national monument, Richland is a city dedicated to preserving its unique history, culture and landscape. At the Hanford Reach National Monument you will witness a diverse landscape of sweeping vistas and towering bluffs, blended with an abundance of  wildlife. Although being dismantled, remnants of WWII and the Cold War such as plutonium reactors can still be seen dotted along the river. 

Day 4: River Cruising.

Enjoy a day of scenic river cruising through the pristine Pacific Northwest. Picturesque canyon walls and crevasses will keep you guessing as to what lies around the next bend. 

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: Stevenson, WA

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 7: 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 8: Vancouver WA

Disembark the American Empress and make your way home from your authentic Pacific Northwest experience.  We will have our motorcoach waiting for us.  Drive back to Salem.  End of Tour.





Included: This escorted adventure by Motorcoach and the American Queen Includes :  
Shuttle service to Spokane, WA  from Salem, OR   travel bag, luggage and name badge.  A lot of fun and a great vacation.


Excluded: Items of personal nature such as telephone calls or laundry, attractions or admissions not stated, and gratuities for step-on guides and drivers.


Cost:   $2,649.99   Per Person Double Occupancy

           $3,398.24   Single


The Fine Print: This tour is operated by Tours By André in conjunction with American Queen Steamboat Company.  A 20 person minimum is required for the tour to be escorted. Tour payments are non-refundable unless the 20 person minimum is not reached and the trip is cancelled.  Tours By André is not liable for damage, delay or inconvenience which may occur through acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in providing services, provisions, accomodations, transportations or facilities in connection with this tour, nor are we liable for any damage, loss or other acts of God connected with the tour. Read more.

A $200.00 deposit is required. Final payment TBA.


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American Queen

Sailing on the Columbia River.

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