Columbia and Snake Rivers: Food, Wine, and History
Join Ray Isle on the inaugural departure March 31, 2024
Executive Wine Editor
Food & Wine
JUST ANNOUNCED! In 2024, Lindblad Expeditions and Food & Wine magazine are combining their expertise to deliver the most stimulating and satiating experience possible of the Pacific Northwest. Delve deep into the history, harvests, and landscapes of the Columbia and Snake rivers, while indulging your senses with the region’s culinary splendors and world-class wines. Our nimble, intimately scaled ship will follow the storied waterways traveled by early explorers, settlers, and indigenous peoples as we take in spectacular scenery, tour museums and historic sites, and actively explore by foot, kayak, Zodiac, and jet boat. A top team—including naturalists, a historian, and a geologist—will illuminate all we see, and a food and wine expert will guide us through the wild bounty that thrives in this fertile corner of the country.
Indulge in gourmet menus guided by the rhythms of the season, featuring sustainable ingredients sourced exclusively within 250 miles of our route
Witness the region’s geological wonders—from the Columbia River Gorge to Multnomah Falls and Beacon Rock—and explore up close and at water level while hiking, kayaking, or Zodiac cruising
Taste more than 40 of the region’s best wines, sampling bottles personally selected by Food & Wine magazine’s Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle
Explore places brimming with history and local charm, from the museums and vineyards of Walla Walla to historic Cape Disappointment and the offbeat seaside town of Astoria
Savor spectacular backdrops, enjoying canapes and cocktails as you transit towering locks by moonlight, taste local wines at a private museum gathering, and more
Voyage alongside a team of experts with deep knowledge of the Pacific Northwest’s history and geology, as well as a food and wine expert to guide you through the region’s various terroirs
Join award-winning author and wine expert Mark Oldman on the Oct. 12 and 19, 2024, departures
In Good Company - Food, Wine & History with Ray Isle
- Nov 2023
In 2024, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic and Food & Wine are collaborating to deliver an immersive small-ship journey along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, a fertile region known for its exceptional culinary scene. Ray Isle, Food & Wine's Executive Wine Editor, has handpicked more than 40 local wines for guests to taste throughout the voyage. He will also join the inaugural departure on March 31, 2024. In this episode of In Good Company, Isle shares more about his wine selections and how great wine is a “way to travel the world in a glass.
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National Geographic Sea Lion
A U.S.-flagged vessel, she and her sister National Geographic Sea Bird discover domestic waters
Before they built the National Geographic Venture and National Geographic Quest, U.S. shipbuilder Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Sea Bird. Nimble, reliable, and intimately scaled, they both continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.
National Geographic Sea Lion accommodates just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Her inviting public spaces foster a sense of shipboard life where everyone is integral to the adventure, engendering a rewarding sense of community and esprit de corps. National Geographic writer Andrew Evans called National Geographic Sea Lion the “closest thing to Cousteau’s Calypso” he’s ever had the pleasure to be on.
National Geographic Sea Bird
American-flagged, she and her sister, National Geographic Sea Lion, are ideal for discovering domestic waters
Before they built the National Geographic Venture and National Geographic Quest, U.S. shipbuilder Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion. Nimble, reliable and intimately scaled, they both continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.
With a shallow draft and small size, she can easily reach places inaccessible to larger ships. She can venture into fast-moving channels where whales come to feed, transit a series of locks in the Pacific Northwest, nose up to waterfalls in secluded coves, and sail into protected anchorages in small bays perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.
Over 50+ years of exploring, Lindblad Expeditions’ veteran staff and the quality companionship they provide has established the company’s reputation. From expedition leaders to naturalists, most hold advanced degrees and are established authorities in their fields. Some join a few expeditions each year to explore the same sites, some of them spending some time in the field away from rigorous academic work. And others lead expeditions all around the world—with many guests saying, “Where you’re going, we’re going,” and returning time after time to travel with them. Browse our team directory to discover the full cast of expedition staff.
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