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Harvests, History & Landscapes!
Aboard National Geographic Sea Lion
October 3-10, 2020

"The leaders exceeded expectations.  Knowledgable naturalist staff with local knowledge of wildlife and culture.  Nat Geo photographer gave new perspectives. All leaders were approachable all of the time."   --  2017 Participant

Columbia River Oct 11 17 2018 Betchart group
Columbia River 2018 Betchart group

2019 Group pix
Columbia River 2019 Betchart group

Cruise the mighty Columbia and Snake Rivers, and take in the scenery once witnessed by America’s great explorers. These awe-inspiring views are part of this carefully designed voyage following the path of the Lewis and Clark expedition that rewrote the map of the American West. Aboard the expedition ship National Geographic Sea Lion, journey further into history as you transit the Columbia River Gorge. See time layered in the riverbanks, where the Missoula Floods of 15,000 years ago carved much of the route you travel, and the landslides of 500 years ago altered the river’s course by a full mile—events Betchart’s geological expert Dr. Duncan Foley and others on board will explain. In fact, the full expedition team puts everything into context, weaving an ongoing narrative from each day’s events.

Columbia River Map

Fall is harvest time and the region bursts with flavors from the orchards we visit, and in the dining room as we provision the ship from local markets, vineyards, and breweries. Enjoy complimentary wine and craft beer during dinner and tastings aboard, along with delicious food grown in the rich soil of the region. See modern marvels of human engineering—the imposing systems of locks and large-span bridges. Enjoy kayaking, hiking, a farm-to-table lunch, and a visit to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum.

We hope you’ll join us, October 3-10, 2020, on an expedition featuring the best of the region. To reserve your space on the Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey, please return the reservation form or call 800-252-4910.


Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions, Inc.
For AAAS Travels, ACS and Sigma Xi Expeditions

From $5,450 plus air.

2020 Brochure (PDF)



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