American West Coast Expedition Cruise
Vancouver, Canada to Portland, Oregon
September 6-15, 2018

Overview:

With four sensational new destinations to discover, make this the year that you embrace your inner explorer. From turn of the century living to and going up the Columbia River to taking the train to the tallest peak of Oregon to the thundering Multnomah Falls, enjoy experiences that go above and beyond the boundaries of mere cruising. Your voyage companions will be anything from Orcas and harbour seals to fellow-minded friends. Aboard 130 guest Silver Explorer.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Vancouver, Canada
Day 2: Friday Harbour San Juan Island, WA
Day 3: Olympia, WA
Day 4: Port Angeles, WA
Day 5: Astoria, Oregon
Day 6: Rainier Oregon
Day 7: Cruise Columbia River
Day 8: Hood River, OR
Day 9: Stevenson, WA
Day 10: Portland, OR

**Early Booking Bonus – If booked and paid in full by December 30, 2016 – Call Expedition Easy for Early Booking Bonus Rates

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

American West Coast Expedition Cruise
Vancouver, Canada to Portland, Oregon
September 6-15, 2018

Day-by-day Itinerary:

DAY 1 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – VANCOUVER CANADA

Embark the Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting Silversea Expedition — “America’s Western Frontier”. Once you have settled in and before Silver Explorer leaves Vancouver, you will attend a mandatory safety drill. Later this afternoon you will be introduced to your Expedition Team. Silver Explorer will stay in Vancouver until late; therefore you can enjoy the delights of a specially prepared menu in The Restaurant in extremely calm conditions.

DAY 2 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 – FRIDAY HARBOUR, SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA

Heading west, Silver Explorer will reach the San Juan Islands. Friday Harbour offers two very different options: either transfer to scenic and historic Roche Harbor on the island’s north coast for a whale and wildlife-watching boat excursion looking for orca pods, Dall’s porpoises, harbour porpoises, minke and gray whales, harbour seals, Bald Eagles, and Rhinoceros Auklets; or discover San Juan’s remote wilderness with a naturalist guide –during the excursion an island winery or lavender farm will also be visited. Lopez Island is quite rural and has a small village north of Fisherman Bay called Lopez Village. One can explore the village and the surrounding wetlands and parks, see the Museum and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the island. This evening Silver Explorer will sail south -deep into Puget Sound.

DAY 3 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 – OLYMPIA, WA

From Washington State’s capital Olympia we will be heading west on a full day excursion to see and hike at iconic Mount Rainier in Mount Rainier National Park. After a two-hour drive we will be able to see Alpine meadows, lakes, waterfalls, old growth forests, all combined with geology and volcanology –the 14,410 foot iconic Mount Rainier is an active volcano.
If you prefer to hike a little closer to Olympia, you can choose to do so at the Mima Mounds, a National Natural Landmark some 30 miles south of Olympia. You will hike a 1.5-mile loop trail through low-growing prairie grasses and learn about the Native Americans who inhabited this area. This half-day excursion will end with a scenic walk through various habitat types out to the tidal flats of Puget Sound at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

DAY 4 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2018 – PORT ANGELES, WA

Port Angeles is located on the southern side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca opposite Victoria and next to Olympic National Park. To make the most of the day we will drive to the summit of Hurricane Ridge at 1,598 meters above sea level for stunning views of the Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Interpretive hikes will be offered to spot wildlife in this unique alpine habitat. Afterwards you can either head for an old-growth forest at Lake Crescent and end the day soaking in the Sol Duc Hot Springs, or explore Dungeness Spit beach walking and getting to know about the local shellfish farms, concluding at the Finn River Farm to learn about organic farming on the peninsula with a chance to sample the local wine with light appetizers.
If you would like to be more active, take a long excursion to hike in the Hoh Rainforest, one of the finest examples of an intact temperate rainforest, exploring the rainforest floor and mossy trees, and to paddle through Class II water in the glacier-fed Hoh River.

DAY 5 – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 – ASTORIA, OREGON

Our next stop on this voyage is at the mouth of the Columbia River. Here we will have the option to see Fort Stevens, the only military installation in the continental United States to be fired upon since the War of 1812, in either an in-depth behind-the-scenes visit or doing a bike tour focusing on the historical and geographical attraction, including Battery Russel with its great panoramic views. Another half day excursion will visit the mouth of the Columbia River and from Fort Stevens will continue south to Cannon Beach for magnificent views of an iconic monolith known as Haystack Rock. Alternatively join a tour to Fort Clatsop State Park – where Lewis & Clark spent the winter of 1805-1806 and tour a re-creation of the Fort. Enjoy an interpretive walk through coastal rainforest before enjoying a beer tasting at Fort George Brewery with a special presentation by a Lewis and Clark historian.
In the evening Silver Explorer will start our cruise up the Columbia River.

DAY 6 – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 – RAINIER, OR

Rainier is due west of Mount St. Helens and during our morning we will take the Lewis and Clark Bridge, crossing into Washington to explore Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument. This monument certainly is one of the most powerful reminders of nature’s forces, and naturalists will share stories of the drama of the May 18, 1980 eruption –the most deadly and destructive eruption in the history of the United States. You will experience how volcanoes are monitored and what Mt. St. Helens has taught. At the Johnston Ridge Observatory birds-eye views into the still-steaming crater can be had and on a hike diverse birdlife and possibly deer, elk and beavers can be observed.

DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018 – CRUISE COLUMBIA RIVER

Heading south on the Columbia River, our lecturers will take advantage of the time spent aboard to offer talks and seminars about Lewis and Clark, about the Pacific Northwest’s largest river on which Silver Explorer is sailing, its importance to the economy of several states and perhaps the geology of the Pacific Northwest.
When not attending a lecture, seminar or workshop, take the time on the outer decks to relax, to enjoy a cocktail or any other refreshment and see the landscape go by.
Our culinary team will prepare and offer delicious choices using local produce.

DAY 8 – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 – HOOD RIVER, OR

At Hood River you will have various choices for a full day excursion, or spend an afternoon on a tasting tour of Hood River and the valley where you will visit a local cidery, winery and a brewery and get a behind-the-scene tour of a production facility with afternoon refreshments. A short history walk through downtown Hood River will end the day.

For the full day excursions you will have to choose between tasting local produce while travelling the scenic 35-mile fruit loop trail in bountiful Hood River Valley, heading out on the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway to see several waterfalls, or to reach Mt Hood and the Timberline Lodge to tour the historic Forest Service property.

When travelling the Fruit Loop Trail, you will learn about the growing seasons and sample some of the ripe local produce on fruit orchards and family farms and have a local, season lunch featuring the ingredients seen on the farms. You will also visit two boutique wineries, talk to knowledgeable wine guides and get to taste the wines.
Choosing the Columbia River George excursion will take you to “Waterfall Alley”. You will stop to explore several viewpoints and waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, Oregon’s tallest waterfall at 620 feet. Lunch will be had at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale before heading out to see more waterfalls.

For Mt Hood and Timberline Lodge you will travel to reach a height of 6,000 feet, learning about the Barlow Trail and the tough conditions pioneers encountered as they tried to find their way into Willamette Valley. At the Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, you will ride the Magic Mile chairlift to the top of the Palmer Snowfield and tour Mt Hood National Forest.
Hood River will be our furthest up the Columbia River. Tonight Silver Explorer will start to head back downriver.

DAY 9 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 – STEVENSON, WA

Stevenson will offer two adrenalin-producing options: you either take in the beauty of the majestic Columbia River Gorge flying suspended by a cable on a morning ziplining tour on seven different lines –the longest one being over 900 feet in length- or you can go on a fast and scenic white-water rafting trip down the middle of the White-Salmon River in the Columbia Gorge. Depending on water levels –and for the adventurous- you can even go over Husum Falls, a class V waterfall. During this option a catered lunch will be enjoyed next to the river.
If you would like to know more about the geology of Beach Rock State Park, choose the third option: Hike a 2-mile round trip trail to the top of the core of the ancient volcano or follow a shorter trail near the base of the large basalt column sticking straight out of the north bank of the river. You will also learn about Lewis and Clark’s expedition and the Native Americans of the region at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and will have lunch overlooking the river.
During the night Silver Explorer will sail down the Columbia River to reach the Willamette River and Portland.

DAY 10 – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 – PORTLAND, OR

After breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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American West Coast Expedition Cruise
Vancouver, Canada to Portland, Oregon
September 6-15, 2018

Rates:

September 6 – 15, 2018
Adventurer Suite: Fares from approx. $5,350 per guest
Explorer Suite: Fares from approx. $5,750 per guest
View Suite: Fares from approx. $6,250 per guest
Vista Suite: Fares from approx. $6,650 per guest
Veranda Suite: Fares from approx. $8,250 per guest
Expedition Suite: Fares from approx. $9,650 per guest
Medallion Suite: Fares from approx. $11,350 per guest
Silver Suite: Fares from approx. $12,150 per guest
Grand Suite: Fares from approx. $13,650 per guest
Owner’s Suite: Fares from approx. $15,150 per guest

**Early Booking Bonus – If booked and paid in full by December 30, 2016 – Call Expedition Easy for Early Booking Bonus Rates

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

International Air Not Included.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc. Airfare prices are subject to change until booked and ticketed

Included:

– Highly Qualified expedition team with experts in their field
– Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac
– Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
– Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
– Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
– Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
– Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
– Free WIFI throughout the ship
– Onboard Gratuities
– Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society

Not Included:

– Airfare
– Optional hotel accommodation
– Transfers & Luggage Handling
– Optional Shore excursions
– Meals ashore
– Accommodation while ashore
– Security Surcharges
– Items of personal nature such as laundry, spa treatments or purchases from the ship boutiques
– Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections
– Caviar, cigarettes and cigars

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 20% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.


September 6 - 15, 2018