Columbia & Snake Rivers cruise guests ride a skiff near the UnCruise Adventures vessel SS Legacy

Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruise Activities

These aren’t sit-on-the-sidelines cruises. You’re in the middle of it all—jumping into adventure or tasting your way through the rivers’ wine and culinary scene. Our inclusive Columbia & Snake River cruises feature these activities at no extra charge. Each day the great outdoors calls: coulees and canyons, evergreen forests, and dramatic basalt cliffs. Your travels are topped off with a dose of history and geology.

 

UnCruise guests hiking to Palouse Falls

Exploration on Foot

From short strolls to an hours-long thigh-burner, there’s a hike that’s right for you. Expert guides lead the way—through historic Astoria, along riverbanks and sand dunes, up the Rowena Plateau, in and out of vineyards, and above Palouse Falls for dramatic views. Would hiking poles be helpful? We've got them.  

Vineyards in the vicinity of Hood River, Oregon

Wine Tastings

On Rivers of Wine & Culinary, discover four Northwest AVAs, American Viticultural Areas, sampling fine vintages, craft brews, and local delicacies. Gain insights from culinary demos and an onboard sommelier. If you choose our more adventure-focused itinerary, pedal your way through the orchards and vineyards of the Hood River Valley, pausing to try wines and drink in the scenery.

UnCruise guests kayaking the Palouse River on a Rivers of Adventure cruise

Water Play

The Columbia River Gorge region is famous for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Take on the Rivers of Adventure: Paddle a tandem sea kayak in Palouse Falls State Park. Ride a jet boat up Hells Canyon, through North America’s deepest river gorge. Challenge Class II and III+ rapids rafting down the Deschutes River. Or take it easy with a refreshing dip along the banks of the Snake River.

 

View from the bow of the SS Legacy as it passes through a Columbia River lock

Lots of Locks & Scenery

Transit multiple locks on your journey, including Bonneville Lock and Dam. You’ll have a behind-the-scenes look at its turbines and fish ladders on the Rivers of Adventure private tour. From one of ship's upper decks, admire unobstructed views of the landscape as it morphs from rugged hills and deep gorges to high desert and golden coulees.

Photo of JR Spencer, a professional storyteller and singer of traditional songs, who is a member of the Nez Perce tribe

Northwest Native Cultures

At Clarkston, a Nez Perce tribal member comes aboard Rivers of Adventure to share traditional stories and songs, inviting you into a deeper understanding of the tribe’s history and culture. On Rivers of Wine & Culinary, visit Maryhill Museum of Art, touring art and artifacts made by indigenous peoples of the Columbia River Plateau region.

UnCruise Adventures guests biking through the Hood River Valley wine country

Bike Tours

Guests on Rivers of Adventure have two biking opportunities. Explore the Hood River Valley’s vineyards on a mostly flat “Bike and Wine” excursion. You can also bicycle along the Twin Tunnels Trail, a scenic, car-free section of the historic Columbia River Highway with some gentle ups and downs. The two rides each take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

Tempted by the outdoor recreation — or more tempted by the food and wine? Look at these two itineraries to pick your cruise.