Sunday, 2 October 2011

Cruise On The Snake And Columbia Rivers

Intermingling history of the west, the autumn crush and spectacular foliage in Washington wine country, and exhilarating river explorations, American Safari Cruises offers six departures along the Columbia and Snake Rivers this October and November.

The week-long 'Rivers of the West' itinerary sails one-way between Portland, Oregon, and Lewiston, Idaho (and reverse) aboard the exclusive 12-guest Safari Spirit. Available for individual travel or charter, departure dates include October 8; November 12, 19 and 26, with special Culinary and Wine Discovery theme cruises on October 29 and November 5.

The itinerary transits eight locks and three states, as well as cutting through the dramatic Columbia River Gorge. In Oregon, guests will explore the Multnomah Falls, Bonneville Dam and dock for the evening in the picturesque town of Hood River (the wind-surfing capital of the world). A guest speaker joins after dinner in Hood River to discuss the area’s history. Cruising the Columbia, the largest river in the Pacific North-west region, offers a close-up look at the workings of the rivers’ locks and dams.

On the Washington side, highlights include private tours to two local wineries, cruising through a wildlife region rich with migratory birds, entering the Snake River and kayaking or skiff explorations up the Palouse River. An exhilarating jet-boat ride into Hells Canyon in Idaho takes guests into North America’s deepest canyon for incredible scenery and opportunities to view 7,000-year-old petroglyphs and bighorn sheep.

For more info, visit www.americansafaricruises.com or the UK's leading specialist for adventure and luxury cruising, The Cruise Line Ltd..