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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

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

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, 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.  

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

Savor the Flavors

Sample local vintages and delicacies. Depending on your itinerary (adventure or wine and culinary), your opportunities range from onboard wine tastings to an abundance of tours: boutique wineries in four Northwest AVAs (American Viticultural Areas); producers of craft beers, spirits, and kombucha; and nibbles from fresh seafood to artisan chocolates.

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

Kayaking

One highlight of Rivers of Adventure 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 Rivers of 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

Both our Columbia & Snake Rivers itineraries 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 the Rivers of Adventure private tour. 

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

Northwest Arts & Culture

Sample the Northwest art scene as well as fine food and beverages on Rivers of Wine & Culinary. Explore galleries and historic buildings in Astoria and Walla Walla. At the Maryhill Museum, tour Native American artworks and artifacts, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, paintings, Eastern Orthodox icons, Art Nouveau-era glass, and an outdoor sculpture garden.

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