Travel-Learn Program

Passage of Lewis and Clark

When: August 13, 2017 - August 21, 2017 (iCal)



“Had we traveled alone, we would have never seen or learned as much as we did in this week.”


We will retrace the passage of Lewis and Clark’s expedition to the Pacific coast. Journeying through the Pacific Northwest, replete with verdant forests and mountains and breathtaking gorges and waterfalls, we will cruise the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the American Empress. We will start in Spokane and embark in Clarkston, where we will learn about Native American culture at Nez Perce National Historical Park. We will explore the Interpretive Center at Sacajawea State Park, learn the unique history of The Dalles, and take in picturesque scenery in Stevenson, Washington, home to the renowned Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Our journey will include the small-town charms of the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, a visit to the Bonneville Dam, and conclude in Portland, the “City of Roses.”


Activity Level: Moderately Active


Brochure & Registration Form



Price From: $3,999
Includes land and cruise only; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.

To avoid the disappointment of a sold out program, Register Now!


Usha Nand Sellers Ed. D., Director Tufts Travel-Learn Program, at or 617-627-5323.


This cruise is an opportunity to delve into the rich history, culture, and cuisine of each destination. A variety of complimentary shore excursions are carefully selected by Go Next.

Day 1: Spokane, Washington – Arrive, overnight in hotel
Known as the “Capital of the Inland Empire,” Spokane is the vibrant cultural and economic hub of the Inland Northwest. Set along the Spokane River, the thriving downtown district draws visitors with its grand historic buildings, trendy boutiques, and top-notch restaurants.

Day 2-3: Clarkston, Washington
Situated in the beautiful Lewis-Clark Valley—the centuries-old home of the Nez Perce Indians—are the sister cities of Lewiston, Idaho, and Clarkston, Washington. Founded as a way station for travelers bound for the Idaho goldfields, today Clarkston is famed as the gateway to Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge.

Day 4: Sacajawea State Park, Washington
At the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, this 284-acre park occupies the former site of Ainsworth, a railroad town. The land also holds unique history; Lewis and Clark and their Shoshone Indian guide camped here during their fabled expedition. Sacajawea State Park features a blend of ponds, marshes, sand dunes, and over 9,000 feet of freshwater shoreline as well as an interpretive center.

Day 5: River Cruising


Day 6: The Dalles, Oregon
This quintessential frontier town rests on a crescent bend of the Columbia River between Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams and welcomes visitors with its picturesque backdrop of forests, orchards, and high desert. Once known as the end of the Oregon Trail, The Dalles occupied a strategic transfer point for Westbound pioneers heading to the Willamette Valley.

Day 7: Stevenson, Washington
Nestled in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the friendly town of Stevenson packs in lovely scenery and layer upon layer of history. Peaceful riverfront parks and downtown delicatessens, pubs, antique stores, and art galleries offer a window into small-town charm while the nearby Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum brings to life 15,000 years of geological glory and compelling regional history.

Day 8: Astoria, Oregon
Where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, sits the oldest city west of the Rockies, Astoria, named for John Jacob Astor, the owner of the American Fur Company. This “Little San Francisco” is bursting with character, from its steep hillsides blanketed in sprawling Victorian homes and weathered Deco-era buildings to its maritime antiquities and downtown studded with chic cafes and whimsical shops.

Day 9: Vancouver, Washington/Portland Oregon – Disembark

*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change