2024 Columbia and Snake Rivers: Food, Wine, and History

Oct. 6-13, 2024 – Waitlist Only (Join the waitlist here.)
Tour Operator: Lindblad
Price: From $5,454 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 8 days
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Delve deep into the history, harvests and landscapes of the Columbia and Snake rivers, while also indulging your senses with culinary splendors and world-class wines of the region, curated by Food & Wine magazine’s Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle.

Travel as early explorers, settlers, and indigenous peoples did—by waterways that stretch far inland from the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy spectacular scenery including views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.  Tour museums and historic sites, taste local produce and wines, and actively explore by foot, kayak, Zodiac, and jet boat. A top team—including naturalists, a historian, and a geologist—will illuminate all you see, and a food and wine expert will guide you through the region’s bounty. Take it all in from the unmatched perspective of our nimble, intimately scaled, small ship the Sea Lion.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart for Clarkston, WA
  • Day 2 : Clarkston
  • Day 3 : Palouse River
  • Day 4 : Walla Walla
  • Day 5 : Cruising the Gorge
  • Day 6 : Hood River, OR
  • Day 7 : Astoria
  • Day 8 : Portland, OR/Disembark


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a Carolina Alumni member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a Carolina Alumni member in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or become a Carolina Alumni member online.

Mobility Information

You should be in good physical condition to enjoy your tour to its fullest.

Our trips involve a considerable amount of daily standing and walking, up hills or stairs, and on uneven or cobblestone streets. Typical distances are between 2-4 miles per day, unassisted. Some tours have excursions in high altitudes, very early morning departures and/or excursions involving Zodiacs and/or floating docks.

Please contact the tour operator directly with concerns specific to your tour and your needs. For highly active tours, you may wish to speak with your doctor.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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