Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 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/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 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.
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 7: 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
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 8: Vancouver, WA
Arrival 8:00 AM
Disembark the American Empress and make your way home from your authentic Pacific Northwest experience.
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
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.