Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has partnered with Food & Wine to bring “gastronomic expeditions” to the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
The National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion will sail on an eight-day expedition of the Pacific Northwest.
“The bountiful diversity in the Columbia and Snake Rivers region is every chef’s dream! With the opportunity to source fresh ingredients directly from farmers along the way, this new itinerary perfectly captures the best culinary delicacies of the region,” said Ana Esteves, vice president of Hotel Operations at Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. “The immensity of the canyons and gorges with miles of wheat fields and grains paired with the most stunning orchards in central Washington, the fresh wild-caught seafood of the coast, and the lush Oregon forests where our partners forage mushrooms, all make this one of my favorite culinary itineraries and a place on Earth that every food lover should visit.”
The ships include regionally-inspired menus and wine, including more than 40 regional wines on each ship curated by Esteves in collaboration with Food & Wine’s Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle, nightly onboard wine tastings, and more.
“The expedition follows the Columbia River through some of the Pacific Northwest’s most beautiful wine country—Oregon and Washington regions like the Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, and others,” said Isle. “It’s been an adventure in itself choosing the wines for this series of exclusive expeditions and being able to taste them while in the heart of the landscape they come from should be an extraordinary experience for anyone on the trip.”
The National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion each feature 31 outside cabins and suites. The inaugural Columbia and Snake Rivers Journey will set sail from Portland, Oregon on March 31, 2024 on the National Geographic Sea Bird.
To learn more about the expeditions, visit www.expeditions.com/landing/foodandwine. Reservations are open now.