London - Seattle
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for your indirect, scheduled Icelandair flight to Seattle via Reykjavik. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Seattle (4T) for a three-night stay.
We enjoy an included guided tour of Seattle this morning, taking in some of the city’s most famous landmarks such as the Space Needle, the 60ft totem pole of Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market, which opened in 1907; it’s one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the USA, and home to a great variety of interesting specialist shops and great family-run restaurants. You are free to explore Seattle at your own pace this afternoon - perhaps view the collections of the fascinating Seattle Art Museum or learn about the local marine wildlife at the Seattle Aquarium.
A further day to enjoy this innovative city and its surrounding natural beauty. Maybe find a tour to walk through the historic underground passageways of Seattle, meander along a waterfront full of restaurants, piers and attractions such as the Seattle Great Wheel; or take a leisurely stroll through Volunteer Park, 40 acres of gardens on Capitol Hill and home of the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
Seattle - Spokane
There is a little more free time this morning before we transfer by coach to the city of Spokane and check in to our hotel for the night, which will be arranged by the American Empress.
Day 5 - Spokane - Clarkston
You have time to explore Spokane at leisure before we transfer to the city of Clarkston, named in honour of the explorer William Clark, where we embark the American Empress (5T) this afternoon. Our river voyage begins with an early evening dinner cruise, returning to Clarkston later tonight.
Day 6 - Clarkston
We spend the morning following the footsteps of the historic Lewis and Clark journey. The incredible city of Clarkston is filled with artefacts and stories that depict the journeys of the famous explorers. In the Nez Perce National Historical Park, spread out over four states, we learn about the history and culture of the Nez Perce tribe, known as the Nimiipuu in their own language and continue to the town of Lewiston in Idaho. Here we discover more about the region’s frontier history, visiting restored historic homes and public buildings from the turn of the last century and tasting local wines. We return to our ship this afternoon.
Day 7 - Richland, Tri-Cities
We arrive in Richland today, one of the three towns that make up the historic Tri-Cities metropolitan area at the confluence of the Columbia and Yakima Rivers. This was the spot where Lewis and Clark camped with their Native American guide, Sacajawea, in 1805 and we will learn more about their expedition at the Interpretive Centre in Sacajawea State Park. We will also visit the Hanford Reach National Monument, a protected wild landscape created from the former buffer zone of the now mostly decommissioned Hanford Nuclear Reservation, and home to abundant wildlife including coyotes, elks, porcupines and bald eagles, as well as a rich variety of flora.
Day 8 - Cruising the Snake River
We enjoy a day of scenic cruising along the Snake River today, with views of majestic mountains and canyons and perhaps sightings of local wildlife such as bison, elk, deer and grey wolves. We arrive in The Dalles this evening, known as the end of the Oregon Trail.
Day 9 - The Dalles
The city of The Dalles was a major Native American trading centre for thousands of years, and became an important fur-trading post in the 19th century. At Fort Dalles Museum we will gain an insight into the lives of the early pioneers and we can enjoy a glass or two of local wine at the Sunshine Mills Winery. There will also be time to explore the town’s other attractions, such as the Columbia Gorge Discovery Centre, with interactive exhibits on the region’s history, wildlife and geology and to browse through the downtown boutiques.
Day 10 - Stevenson
In the small town of Stevenson on the banks of the Columbia River is the fascinating Columbia Gorge Interpretive Centre, housing a wide variety of exhibitions on the local Native American tribes, the 19th century traders and settlers and the natural history of the area, as well as a section devoted to religious artefacts and what is claimed to be the largest collection of rosaries in the world. There are also outdoor exhibits, including a diesel locomotive. Also of interest is the Bonneville Dam, a hydroelectric generator for the surrounding towns completed in 1938, with a built-in salmon ladder to allow the spawning fish to pass through.
Day 11 - Astoria
We arrive in the city of Astoria today, near the mouth of the Columbia River. Lewis and Clark spent the winter of 1805/06 at Fort Clatsop around 8km southwest of the modern city; a replica of their original wooden structure has been erected in the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. While you’re in town, you could take a stroll along the Astoria Riverwalk, which stretches along the length of the city’s attractive waterfront lined with shops, cafés, breweries and museums, or perhaps climb to the top of the 38-metre high Astoria Column, which offers panoramic views as far as the Pacific Ocean.
Vancouver - Portland
Our cruise comes to an end this morning when we disembark in Vancouver, Washington. We transfer across the river to Portland, Oregon to the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront (4T), our hotel for the night. Our included excursion today takes us to the city’s charming International Rose Test Garden, planted with thousands of rose bushes, and to the volcanic Mount St Helens, which last erupted in 1980. The rest of the day is at leisure to find places like Pioneer Courthouse Square, which hosts regular outdoor events, street entertainment and exhibitions, or you could spend time in the Portland Art Museum, which holds works by Van Gogh, Cézanne and Monet. Be sure to experience the city’s famous ‘food cart’ scene; there are now more than 600 of these tiny kitchens around town, serving a huge variety of street food from traditional fish and chips to Norwegian, Italian, Korean, Thai and Mexican specialities and much more.
Portland - Mount Hood
We leave Portland today and transfer to Mount Hood, Oregon’s highest mountain, for our final night, at the unique Timberline Lodge Hotel (3T+). Along the way, we visit the Columbia River Gorge, enjoying the views of the river from the scenic lookout of Crown Point and stopping to experience the photogenic splendour of Multnomah Falls. This evening you can enjoy the facilities of our hotel, a historic ski lodge, which stands on the south slope of Mount Hood, 6,000ft above sea level.
Mount Hood - Portland - In flight
This morning you can explore Mount Hood at your leisure, or relax in the cosy surroundings of the hotel. There’s a chance to pick up some bargains at an outlets shopping centre before we transfer to Portland Airport for an indirect, scheduled Icelandair flight to London via Reykjavik.
Day 15 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.