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

Columbia & Snake Rivers Cruise Activities

This isn’t a sit-on-the-sidelines river cruise. You’re in the middle of it all—jumping into adventure or tasting your way along the riverbank. 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

Walks & Hikes

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, and up the Rowena Plateau for dramatic views. Would hiking poles be helpful? We've got them.  

Chef Chris Holen does a cooking demonstration at Baked Alaska in Astoria

Savor the Flavors

Sample local vintages and delicacies. Your opportunities range from a winery tour to onboard tastings sampling wines from one of the region's best Northwest AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) and nibbles from fresh seafood to artisan chocolates.

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

Kayaking

One highlight is paddling a tandem sea kayak along the Palouse River. This gentle tributary of the Snake River leads past golden hills and sharp, dark basalt cliffs. Sunny day? You might want to take a quick dip in the river.

 

UnCruise Adventures guests rafting the Deschutes River in Oregon

River Rafting

Take on the adventure! Go rafting down the Deschutes River, a tributary that flows into the Columbia not far from The Dalles. On this designated Wild and Scenic River you’ll challenge Class II and III+ rapids with help from a rafting guide. All necessary gear provided, as well as optional wetsuits—and a post-adventure picnic lunch. 

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

Lots of Locks

Transit multiple lock and dam systems, including Bonneville Lock and Dam. This massive engineering accomplishment was the largest water impoundment project of its type in the United States when completed in 1937. You’ll have a behind-the-scenes look at its huge turbines and fish ladders on a private tour. 

Photo of the Chief Comcomly Memorial on Coxcomb Hill in Astorial, Oregon

Northwest Arts & Culture

Sample Northwest history and culture. Explore galleries and historic buildings in Astoria and Walla Walla. At Fort Clatsop—a Lewis and Clark National Historical Park—learn about the Corps of Discovery and their exchanges with local Native Americans.

Tempted by the outdoor recreation—and wine? Then check out this itinerary and pick your date.