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Vineyards, Vintages and Varietals Cruise
(Wine Cruise)

9 days with American Queen Steamboat  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
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!
Special onboard event sponsored by Browne Family Vineyards
Browne Family Vineyards
Browne Family Vineyards was 15 years in the making before its first vintage ever debuted. Vineyards, winemakers and cellar masters committed to world-class wine production were carefully and deliberately selected to represent the best of the Columbia Valley AVA.
Special onboard event sponsored by Primarius and Pendulum
Located just south of the Columbia River, Primarius is located in the heart of Oregon’s premier growing region, the Willamette Valley. This AVA is renowned for producing exceptional Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, and Primarius highlights just how expressive these varietals can be. Winemaker Sarah Cabot provides an ease of articulation about what makes Oregon wine so special.
The Columbia Valley’s reputation for red wines is built on its ability to produce supple fruit such as the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah varietals that make up Pendulum. Drawing from the pedigreed vineyards of Alder Ridge and Canyon Vineyard Ranch, Pendulum has become famous for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Blends. 
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 4: 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!
Special onboard event sponsored by Waterbrook
Founded in 1984 in the heart of Walla Walla, Waterbrook is recognized for producing wines that truly exemplify the outstanding vineyard sources in the Columbia River Valley. Waterbrook marked 30 years of winemaking in 2014, and it has earned more than 100 90+ point scores.
Special onboard event sponsored by Canoe Ridge
Canoe Ridge
Canoe Ridge Vineyard is one of Washington State’s most recognized wineries, with and estate vineyard established in 1989 in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. The name comes from a ridge by the vineyard located along the mid-Columbia River. The famed explorers Lewis & Clark named this crest of land, as they thought the ridge resembled an overturned canoe.

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!

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum
A winner of the American Institute of Architects Honor Award for its beautiful design, the Columbia Gorge Discover Center offers a multimedia, interactive museum that will inspire a broad appreciation of natural and cultural treasures of the Gorge and beyond. Collections include hundreds of American Indian baskets, photo archives and breathtaking views of the surrounding flora and fauna of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy the beautiful, paved walking trails, a pond, and scenic overlooks. The Discovery Center is located in a beautiful and unique ecosystem native to the area. The multimedia, interactive museum inspires appreciation and stewardship of the natural and cultural treasures of the Gorge and Wasco County. Exhibits focus on the volcanic upheaval and raging floods that created the Gorge, the unique flora and fauna of the region, and eleven thousand years of cultural history. In addition to touring the many fascinating exhibits, visitors can spend time viewing films in the theater located on site as well as exploring the museum’s incredible Raptor Interpretive Program, where live raptor shows where live birds of prey are showcased daily.

Original Courthouse Museum
This historic building was built in 1859 and is known as the first courthouse of the Rocky Mountains. Here guests can experience exhibits showcasing the history and culture of the local region and explore the courthouse. In 1854 The Dalles was designated by the Territorial Legislature as the county seat of one of the largest counties ever formed in the United States. Wasco County extended from the crest of the Cascade Mountains to the Great Divide in the Rockies and encompassed 130,000 square miles. Construction begun in 1958, under the supervision of Judge Orlando Humason, who was the first county judge and also the chairman of the Board of Commissioners. This small courthouse was used as a public meeting place, church services, as well as the seat of law for the county.

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce
Discover the history of this historic and beautiful city. Use this opportunity to learn about the many attractions and buildings, and get a listing of the best places to grab a bite to eat, get a fine glass of wine, or do the most unique shopping. The friendly hosts will assist you in any way possible while informing you about their hometown with different exhibits and models.

Fort Dalles Museum and Interpretive Center
An original military base built in the 1800’s. Guest can experience unique collections of military and pioneer artifacts as well as the historic wagons that brought early settlers to the Oregon Trail’s last stop. Located in a former Dalles’ Surgeon’s Quarters and is one of Oregon’s oldest history museums, it first opened its doors in 1905. Take a tour of the unique collection of pioneer and military artifacts and antique wagons at one of the old west’s most pivotal places in history. Enjoy the views of the exhibits and walking on the grounds of this military fort. Fort Dalles Museum houses a historic collection of wagons and antique vehicles. The collection holds over 30 wheeled vehicles, including a stage coach, buses, road-building equipment, a covered wagon, two horse-drawn hearses, and two surreys, one of which was owned by Oregon Governor, Zenas Moody.

The Dalles Fire Museum
Located in City Hall, this museum was completed in August of 2009. The museum was curated by the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in cooperation with the Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue District in partnership with the city of The Dalles. Tour the facility to learn more about the history and see some incredible artifacts and photos.

Downtown Shopping
The Dalles Commercial Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Spend the day exploring this city’s extraordinary boutiques, exquisite cuisine, and beautiful historic structures. Walk the streets of this peaceful and quirky river-town and admire the intricate murals that line the walls and streets of The Dalles. A total of 15 murals wrap around the city, depicting important moments in their history – 13 of these murals include a “voice box” that allows visitors to hear the history of the city as they soak in the beauty of the artwork.

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.
Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM)
Today’s tour takes guests back in time. A time when flight was a novelty rather than a daily mode of transportation and when the automobile required a crank and power steering was almost a century away.  Embark on an exclusive tour to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum, also known as the WAAAM.  Enjoy a guided tour of this facility offering an extensive collection of over 130 antique cars and hangers full of meticulously restored aeroplanes from as far back as 1917. Available exclusively to American Empress guests, enjoy an included tour of the restoration work shop where these antique modes of transportation are brought back to life.  The pilots take these tributes to America’s history to the air as often as they can and proudly maintain them in full working order.  Guests can explore the collection of Model T’s, Studebakers, the 1914 Detroit Electric, Harley Davidsons, military vehicles and so much more!  Want to test out their capabilities?  Guests will be able to ride around the property in an authentic Model T! 
Day 7: 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.
Special onboard event sponsored by Desert Wind Winery
Desert Wind Winery
In 2001, the Fries Family launched their Washington brand to showcase handcrafted wines from their estate grown vineyards in the Wahluke Slope of WA. Today, the winery focuses on BIG reds which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and their flagship red blend, RUAH. The winery is located in Prosser, Washington and remains true to its core values of small production terroir driven wines at an affordable price. 
Special onboard event sponsored by Duck Pond Cellars
Duck Pond Cellars
Family Owned and Operated by Doug and Jo Ann Fries for over 20 years, Duck Pond Cellars opened their doors in the heart of Dundee, Oregon in 1993. Today, they remain one of the top selling brands in the Northwest with the focus on Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The family owns 5 beautiful vineyards in the Willamette Valley and their newest vineyard in the Southern Umpqua Valley of Oregon. 
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.
Special onboard event sponsored by Mercer Estates
Mercer Estates
The Mercer family farming tradition spans five generations actively managing the same property in Washington since 1886. They were the first to plant wine grapes in the Horse Heaven Hills in 1972 and today grow more than 2000 acres of wine grapes.  In 2005, Rob and Brenda Mercer founded Mercer Wine Estates, which includes three tiers of estate wines plus a single label dedicated solely to charity: Mercer Estates, Mercer Estates Reserve, Mercer Canyons and Eagle & Plow.
Day 9: Disembark - 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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All This Included
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.
  • Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
  • All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
  • 24-Hour Room Service
  • Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
  • Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
  • Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
  • Daily lectures by the Riverlorian, our onboard historian
  • Professional showboat-style entertainment and dancing nightly
  • American Queen Steamboat Company's own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
Accommodations on this Tour
Cabin onboard American Empress
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Single occupancy cabins are available.
  • Port Taxes are additional and not included in the prices shown above.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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