Rivers of Adventure

8-night adventure cruise on the Columbia & Snake Rivers

From $4,995

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Itinerary

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • One-night hotel stay in Portland
  • Guided local Portland tour
  • Deschutes River whitewater rafting
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Private tour and tasting at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
  • Transit eight locks and a private tour at Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Waterfall hikes on both sides of the Cascade Mountains
  • Swimming, kayaking, biking, and skiff excursions
  • Presentation by a Nez Perce tribal member
  • Narration on board by natural and cultural history interpreter

Departure Dates & Rates

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2018
Aug
2018
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2018
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2018

Your day-by-day details

Portland to Clarkston

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Clarkston to Portland

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DAY 1

Portland to Clarkston
You made it, welcome to the City of Roses! Check in to your hotel, then go take it all in on your own. Farm-to-table dining, craft breweries, art, museums, shopping—more to explore than you have time, but it’s fun trying. Overnight at Hotel Rose (or similar).
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DAY 2

Portland – Embarkation
After breakfast at your hotel, do as you please. Unless you sleep in, you have plenty of time before gathering with your shipmates for an afternoon city tour (by foot and by bus). Eclectic neighborhoods, expansive gardens and parks, historic bridges and mansions—Portland is quirky, cosmopolitan, and fascinating. Afterwards, the captain and crew help you settle in aboard ship. Then it’s all champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and sweeping views—a perfect start to your adventure cruise.
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DAY 3

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area / Multnomah Falls
Gateway to the gorge. Slip through the Bonneville Dam locks, then head behind the scenes at the visitor center. You’re in luck with a private tour of its massive turbines and fish ladders. Take a walk on the wild side at Multnomah Falls—the tallest in the state. Your guides have the options. Hike a short, steep switchback trail 2.2 miles roundtrip through temperate rainforest to the top of the falls. Or get legs a’burning with 1,600 feet of elevation gain on a 5.4-mile loop to Wahkeena Falls. In Native Yakima, Wahkeena means “most beautiful.” Rest easy and cruise upriver through the gorge. It’s 80 miles long, up to 4,000 feet deep, and cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains. And it’s spectacular.
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DAY 4

Rowena Plateau / Columbia River Gorge
Lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, wide-stretching plateaus. At Rowena Overlook, it’s boots-on-the-ground exploration. Opt for 2-mile round trip hike to the crest of Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Your reward: expansive views in every direction—including the river far below. Or, choose the steeper, 3.6-mile round trip Tom McCall Point trail. On a cloudless day, your effort gaining 1,000 feet of elevation pays off with views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River GorgeOUS! Post-hike, fuel up. There’s time to cycle or stroll along the Twin Tunnels Trail—a pedestrian-only section of the historic Columbia River Highway, or tour a Hood River orchard and working farm (that makes a mighty fine cider).
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DAY 5

Deschutes River
River play is on the agenda today—whichever option you pick start with a shallow wet landing on beach. Choose whitewater with a Deschutes rafting adventure. Class II and III+ rapids come with names like Elevator and Surf City. Rafting guides provide the gear (including optional wetsuits) and expertise; your ship’s chef provides the picnic lunch. Stick to dry land and hike or bike in the canyon of Deschutes River State Recreation Area. Take a dip in a lazy section of the river, and let the sunshine dry you up after a swim. Along the river’s edge, listen to the rustle of cottonwoods. Swap stories with your shipmates over sunset cocktails and appetizers.
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DAY 6

Washington Wine Country / Richland
Award-winning wines come out of the Red Mountain AVA. Sweeping views surround Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard. And its owner and winemaker do a good job of keeping you on the task of tasting. A private tour takes you through the vineyards, to the crush pads and production areas, and into their wine caves. After lunch, soak up the beauty of your surroundings with guided yoga stretches in a Richland park. Or, opt to run, walk or bike along the Columbia River Trail. Cruise the river this evening. Pop into the bridge to chat up the captain. Relax on the sun deck with a book and a glass of wine—or with your complimentary massage.
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DAY 7

Palouse Falls State Park / Snake River
The essentials of the day—kayaks, paddle boards, swimsuits, and hiking shoes. Bring your binocs, too (there’s great birding and views). At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, hike above the canyon to view the falls—which according to tribal legend, were born after a gallant fight with a mythic creature. Afterwards, skiff out to the kayaks and grab a paddle or go for a swim in the Palouse River. Wind up the afternoon cruising one of the most scenic stretches of the Snake River. After your final upriver locking at Lower Granite Dam, dock in Clarkston, Washington.
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DAY 8

Hells Canyon
The history of this area is as rich as the canyon walls are dense. Delve into it! After breakfast, it’s a treat when a Nez Perce tribal member comes aboard for a special story, song, and music presentation. Lewis & Clark, Nez Perce, early Pioneers—signs of the past tell tales on your jet boat ride into the canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for sure-footed bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old petroglyphs. Hemmed in by vertical cliffs, this free-flowing stretch of the Snake cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. Celebrate the week tonight with a Farewell Dinner and slide show recap presented by your expedition team.
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DAY 9

Clarkston, WA – Disembark
One last fresh scone or omelet. After breakfast, disembark in Clarkston and transfer to the Lewiston, Idaho or Spokane, Washington airport (your choice) to catch your flight home.

Passport required (non USA citizens). Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

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DAY 1

Clarkston, WA - Embarkation
Met at the airport in Spokane, Washington or Lewiston, Idaho, there’s time to sit back and relax on your transfer to the S.S. Legacy in Clarkston. Once on board, your captain and crew help you settle in. Then it’s all champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and sweeping views—a perfect start to your adventure cruise.
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DAY 2

Hells Canyon
The history of this area is as rich as the canyon walls are dense. Delve into it! After breakfast, it’s a treat when a Nez Perce tribe member comes aboard for a special story, song, and music presentation. Nez Perce, Lewis & Clark, early Pioneers—signs of the past tell tales on your jet boat ride into the canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for sure-footed bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old petroglyphs. Hemmed in by vertical cliffs, this free-flowing stretch of the Snake cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge.
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DAY 3

Snake River / Palouse Falls State Park
A technicolor sunrise and chirping birds—follow one of the most scenic parts of the Snake toward the Palouse River and watch the world wake. Drop anchor and gear up. The essentials of the day—kayaks, paddle boards, swimsuits, and hiking shoes. Bring your binocs, too (there’s great birding and views). At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, hike above the canyon to view the falls—which according to tribal legend, were born after a gallant fight with a mythic creature. Afterwards, skiff out to the kayaks and grab a paddle or go for a swim in the Palouse River.
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DAY 4

Washington Wine Country / Richland
Award-winning wines come out of the Red Mountain AVA. Sweeping views surround Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard. And its owner and winemaker do a good job of keeping you on the task of tasting. A private tour takes you through the vineyards, to the crush pads and production areas, and into their wine caves. After lunch, soak up the beauty of your surroundings with guided yoga stretches in a Richland park. Or, opt to run, walk or bike along the Columbia River Trail. Cruise the river this afternoon. Pop into the bridge to chat up the captain. Relax on the sun deck with a book and a glass of wine—or with your complimentary massage.
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DAY 5

Deschutes River, Oregon
River play is on the agenda today—whichever option you pick start with a shallow wet landing on beach. Choose whitewater with a Deschutes rafting adventure. Class II and III+ rapids come with names like Elevator and Surf City. Rafting guides provide the gear (including optional wetsuits) and expertise; your ship’s chef provides the picnic lunch. Stick to dry land and hike or bike in the canyon of Deschutes River State Recreation Area. Take a dip in a lazy section of the river, and let the sunshine dry you up after a swim. Along the river’s edge, listen to the rustle of cottonwoods. Swap stories with your shipmates over sunset cocktails and appetizers.
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DAY 6

Rowena Plateau / Columbia River Gorge
Lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, wide-stretching plateaus. At Rowena Overlook, it’s boots-on-the-ground exploration. Opt for a 2-mile round trip hike to the crest of Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Your reward: expansive views in every direction—including the river far below. Or, choose the steeper, 3.6-mile round trip Tom McCall Point trail. On a cloudless day, your effort gaining 1,000 feet of elevation pays off with views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River GorgeOUS! Post-hike, fuel up. There’s time to cycle or stroll along the Twin Tunnels Trail—a pedestrian-only section of the historic Columbia River Highway, or tour a Hood River orchard and working farm (that makes a mighty fine cider).
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DAY 7

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area / Multnomah Falls
Gateway to the gorge. Slip through the Bonneville Dam locks, then head behind the scenes at the visitor center. You’re in luck with a private tour of its massive turbines and fish ladders. Take a walk on the wild side at Multnomah Falls—the tallest in the state. Your guides have the options. Hike a short, steep switchback trail 2.2 miles roundtrip through temperate rainforest to the top of the falls. Or get legs a’burning with 1,600 feet of elevation gain on a 5.4-mile loop to Wahkeena Falls. In Native Yakima, Wahkeena means “most beautiful.” Rest easy and cruise downriver through the gorge. It’s 80 miles long, up to 4,000 feet deep, and cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains. And it’s spectacular.
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DAY 8

Portland, Oregon - Disembarkation
One last fresh scone or omelet. Then, bid adieu to crew before setting out on a Portland city tour (by foot and by bus). Eclectic neighborhoods, expansive gardens and parks, historic bridges and mansions—Portland is quirky, cosmopolitan, and fascinating. Check into Hotel Rose (or similar) for your included hotel stay and explore the city on your own this afternoon.
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DAY 9

Portland, OR
Take breakfast at your hotel, then wish your travel mates farewell. Your transfer waits, to the Portland airport for your flight home.

Passport required (non USA citizens). Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Rates and Dates

Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Single fares are "from prices" reflecting the lowest fare available in select cabins. Triple accommodations are available in the Admiral cabins 101 & 102; triple and quadruple accommodations available in the Owner's Suite. Inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 86 guests.

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Departure Dates

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Aug
2018
Sep
2018
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2018

See ALL 2017-18 Columbia & Snake Rivers Rates & Dates (.pdf)

Aug 24

2018

Portland to Lewiston
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S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$4,995
Commander
$5,295
Captain
$5,695
Admiral
$6,195
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,745
Owner's Suite
$9,145
Single
$6,495
Charter
$491,095
Port taxes/fees
$175

Aug 31

2018

Lewiston to Portland
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S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$4,995
Commander
$5,295
Captain
$5,695
Admiral
$6,195
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,745
Owner's Suite
$9,145
Single
$6,495
Charter
$491,095
Port taxes/fees
$175

Sep 07

2018

Portland to Lewiston
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S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$4,995
Commander
$5,295
Captain
$5,695
Admiral
$6,195
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,745
Owner's Suite
$9,145
Single
$6,495
Charter
$491,095
Port taxes/fees
$175

Sep 14

2018

Lewiston to Portland
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S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$4,995
Commander
$5,295
Captain
$5,695
Admiral
$6,195
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,745
Owner's Suite
$9,145
Single
$6,495
Charter
$491,095
Port taxes/fees
$175

Sep 21

2018

Portland to Lewiston
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S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$4,995
Commander
$5,295
Captain
$5,695
Admiral
$6,195
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,745
Owner's Suite
$9,145
Single
$6,495
Charter
$491,095
Port taxes/fees
$175

Sep 28

2018

Lewiston to Portland
240x180_legacy.png
S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$4,995
Commander
$5,295
Captain
$5,695
Admiral
$6,195
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,745
Owner's Suite
$9,145
Single
$6,495
Charter
$491,095
Port taxes/fees
$175

Oct 05

2018

Portland to Lewiston
240x180_legacy.png
S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$4,995
Commander
$5,295
Captain
$5,695
Admiral
$6,195
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,745
Owner's Suite
$9,145
Single
$6,495
Charter
$491,095
Port taxes/fees
$175

Oct 12

2018

Lewiston to Portland
240x180_legacy.png
S.S. Legacy

Come aboard the 86-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.

Specs:

  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$4,995
Commander
$5,295
Captain
$5,695
Admiral
$6,195
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,745
Owner's Suite
$9,145
Single
$6,495
Charter
$491,095
Port taxes/fees
$175

Ports & Places

The places you visit play a starring role throughout every journey. While this list isn’t exhaustive of every nook-and-cranny you’ll explore along the way, we’ve included descriptions of key ports and places to help you get to know the wilderness areas, landmark locations, notable regions, and coastal towns relevant to this itinerary.

Departure Dates

Select Year and Month to View Rates

2018
Aug
2018
Sep
2018
Oct
2018
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Columbia River

While the Columbia River and its tributaries had already been an epicenter of culture and trade for thousands of years, many European and American explorers sought the mouth of this great river of the West for years without success. James Cook, John Meares, and George Vancouver all searched for and missed it. In 1792, a U.S. fur trader and merchant sea captain, Robert Gray, became the first non-native man to sail a vessel into the river. He named it for his ship—the Columbia Rediviva. Ongoing exploration was accelerated as a result of Gray’s discovery, aided by the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.

Lewis & Clark, Wilson Price Hunt and the Astorians, the Hudson’s Bay Company, missionaries like the Whitmans and the Spaldings, Benjamin Bonneville, and Peter Skeen Odgen all helped discover and open up the Pacific Northwest by way of the mighty Columbia. What first started out as a small smattering of explorers and traders would eventually become a flood, as thousands of Oregon Trail settlers came west seeking a new start.

The fourth largest river in the U.S. by volume and the largest in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia flows over 1,200 miles from its source in the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Today, the main river has 14 dams, 11 in the U.S. and three in Canada as well as a number of navigational locks as far up as Lewiston to aid barges and boats in transit.
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Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon straddles the Willamette River in northwestern Oregon, near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Once a campground and traditional hunting and fishing site of Native Chinook, Portland was first inhabited by settlers in 1829 and incorporated in 1851. It was an early terminus for Oregon Trail pioneers and the flow of gold rush immigrants. Today it has become an important west coast port and Oregon’s largest city with a population of approximately 584,000. Portland is the second largest exporter of grain in North America (Vancouver, B.C. is first), shipping one-third of all U.S. wheat. Other exports include lumber and aluminum, and Portland is one of the largest auto ports on the west coast due to being one and one-half days closer to Japan than San Francisco.

A city of many nicknames—today Portland is best known as the “City of Roses” (a nod to its popular Rose Festival held every June) and “City of Bridges” for its 14 unique auto bridges (some built by world-famous engineers and 8 listed on the National Historic Register.) Then there’s “Stumptown” (from the days when early builders left tree stumps in the middle of the city) and “Puddletown” (referring to an 1852 Oregonian editorial stating it was not appropriate for women to raise their skirts to avoid all the puddles and they should stay home when it rained!) Those days have certainly changed.

This clean and friendly riverside city is often awarded the “Greenest City in America” and ranks among the world’s top 10 greenest cities. Home to an array of artists and arts organizations, in 2006 it was named as the 10th best Big City Arts Destination in the U.S. There is much to enjoy with its wonderful blend of historic and eclectic sites. The Portland Saturday Market provides a bazaar-like environment reflecting the many cultures of the area and the Tom McCall Waterfront Park is popular for scenic riverside strolls or jogs. The city offers myriad attractions from visiting museums to perusing Powell’s Bookstore—at one city block long and three stories high, it’s the largest independent bookstore in the U.S. and requires a map to guide you through.
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Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

The dramatic walls of the Columbia River Gorge expose the tremendous geologic history of the region as they rise up to over 4,000 feet where they meet Larch Mountain. The region’s fiery origins, owing to the volcanic Cascade Mountains, left layer after layer of molten lava—also known as flood basalts—creating the land mass that is now Washington and Oregon. These layers can be seen along the steep walls of the gorge.

Later, floods of water further eroded and carved the land into its rugged, present-day beauty. At the end of the last Ice Age about 15,000 years ago, ice dams repeatedly broke allowing enormous floodwaters originating near Missoula, Montana, to scour a path down the Columbia River corridor. Rushing water reached as much as 1,000 feet high and traveled at speeds close to 100 miles per hour. Ripping and tearing at the sides of the river valley and removing huge quantities of rock, gravel, and debris, the floodwaters deposited this material in the Walla Walla and Willamette Valleys as they slowed in speed. This deposited material, called Loess, is the reason these two areas are so agriculturally rich.

People have called this region home for over 13,000 years, drawn to the fertile land and water that provided abundant resources; cedar and fir, salmon and steelhead, beaver, and big game. The only sea-level passage through the Cascade Mountains, the Columbia was the route for intrepid pioneers and explorers who ventured westward and, today, is vital for the transport of goods and generation of power.
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Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Just a short distance from Portland, Oregon’s Multnomah Falls drops 620 feet in three thunderous steps; one drop is 9 feet, one 542 feet and one 69 feet. Officially regarded as the tallest falls in Oregon, a number of sources also claim that Multnomah Falls is also the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Beginning in the Larch Mountains from a spring, Multnomah Creek travels toward the falls collecting snowmelt and rainwater along the way. During unusually cold weather the waterfalls have been known to freeze, turning the plummeting water into a majestic icicle, and creating a playground for daring ice climbers.

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Richland, Washington

At the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers, Richland today has a population of nearly 50,000. Once an important site for the Wanapum, Yakakam and Walla Walla who harvested fish during salmon runs, the land was purchased by W.R. and Howard Amon in 1905 as a proposed town site.

During the war years in the 1940s, the town was purchased by the US Army as a bedroom community for workers on the Manhattan Project at the Hanford Nuclear Site. In just two years the population soared from 300 to 25,000. The last production reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Site was shut down at Hanford in the late 1980s and the city has transitioned to environmental cleanup and technology.
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Washington Wine Country

In 1825, the first wine grapes were planted in Washington State near Fort Vancouver. Since 1983, Washington has become the largest wine producing state in the U.S. second only to California. With over 550 wineries producing more than twenty varietals, it is no wonder the region has gained international attention.

This $2.4 billion enterprise is divided into two distinct regions; Eastern and Western. Washington Wine Country has nine officially recognized appellations, only one of which is located west of the Cascade Mountain Range, and it produces about one percent of the state’s wines. Washington Wines are sold in all 50 states as well as in 40 different countries.

In 2002, 2003 and 2005, Washington state wineries received a perfect 100-point score; an acclaim that only a few wines in the world have ever won.
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Snake River

For Lewis & Clark, the Snake River was an area of almost continual rapids and waterfalls. The largest tributary of the Columbia, the Snake begins its long course in Wyoming. During the time of exploration by non-Natives, the river was given many names. The river’s final, lasting name was given somewhat in error; the hand gestures made by the Shoshone when asked the river’s name actually described the action of fish swimming upstream, not the motion of slithering reptiles.

The Snake winds through ranch land, some of the largest family-owned apple orchards, and untouched open spaces including several areas that were set aside as wildlife refuges by the Corps of Engineers. Many small scenic parks dot the shoreline and certain stretches of the river offer excellent wildlife viewing, including sightings of the rare white pelican near Ice Harbor Dam, and osprey, golden eagles, and numerous species of hawk along the cliffs, bluffs, and shorelines. Though today, numerous dams and locks produce hydroelectric energy and ensure faster, safer travel for vessels of all types, the 10-mile section along Hells Canyon is designated a “Wild and Scenic” river.
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Hells Canyon

Nez Perce legend says that Coyote dug out Hells Canyon with a stick to protect his people in Oregon’s Blue Mountains from the treacherous Seven Devils Mountains. The deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is perpetually being carved ever deeper by the Snake River. Full of history, geology, wildlife, and breathtaking scenery, this canyon stretch of the Snake is designated as a national recreation area and is one of the last remaining free-flowing sections of this “Wild and Scenic” river.

When measured from He Devil Mountain, the canyon plunges nearly 8,000 feet—2,000 feet more than the Grand Canyon at its deepest point. The west rim, which is in Oregon, drops one mile to the river, and the east rim in Idaho drops 7,400 feet below the Seven Devils Mountain range. The 10-mile canyon remains pristine and remote.

Massive mountain areas that were once part of the ocean floor were uplifted when oceanic and continental plates collided, creating jagged peaks abundant with limestone deposits. Then, ancient volcanic activity flooded layer after layer of basalt and about 6 million years ago, the Snake River began its work of carving the canyon into the plateau. As a result of the carving, unique columnar basalt formations stretch skyward forming the canyon as you see it today. Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, bald eagles, great blue herons, elk, and mule deer can all be found in Hells Canyon.

Pictographs and petroglyphs of the region’s Native inhabitants can still be seen on the canyon walls and archeological artifacts from encampments can be found. Once the beloved and traditional lands of the Nez Perce, in the late 1870s, the tribe was driven out by conflict. At the famous Nez Perce crossing, Chief Joseph and his people, including women and children, were forced to swim across the swollen Snake River as they fled in hopes of reaching freedom and safety in Canada. Still an important area for the tribe today, the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce gathers nearby every summer for a Friendship Feast and Powwow.
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Clarkston, Washington

Nestled at the intersection of the Snake and Clearwater Rivers in Washington State, Clarkston is the gateway to Hells Canyon, the deepest gorge in North America. Before incorporation in 1902, the area was known as Jawbone Flats. In honor of the Corps of Discovery’s leaders William and Meriwether, Clarkston sits just across Lewiston, its sister city in Idaho. Clarkston benefits from a Mediterranean climate and while it has an active and important port, it is predominantly an agricultural region.

Extend Your Experience

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HOTEL STAY

PORTLAND – HOTEL ROSE
2018 RATES: From TBD

Resplendently modern, the Hotel Rose is a perfect example of Portland’s chic, cheeky, and fun style. Across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Willamette riverfront, the Rose is centrally located for discovering the city’s charm and attractions.

Summary

Package includes:

Stopover package at Hotel Rose includes meet and greet service at the airport, transfer from the airport to hotel, city or river view accommodations, taxes, and service fees.

Vessels for this Itinerary

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S.S. Legacy

A perfect mash-up of old and new—replica 1898 coastal gold rush steamer, Victorian-style décor, and modern machinery. The elegant and one-of-a-kind S.S. Legacy is a classic and the fastest in the fleet. Capable of 15 knots, she can sail to the farthest reaches gathering more stories of adventure along the way. It’s no wonder that for many of the crew (and office folk), she’s a first love that never fades.

And wherever she sails, she announces her arrival with an antique whistle—a relic from UnCruise CEO Dan Blanchard’s childhood tugboat (well, actually his father’s tug). The Pesky Barnacle Saloon is a welcoming hub to every adventure-hearted soul who sidles up with a whisky and a tale. In 2018, she’ll be equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, and at the ready for more explorations. Like the crew and guests having the time of their lives, she hums with each new opportunity.

Onboard Features: Portable activity launch platform; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear/wetsuits; two hot tubs; fitness equipment, yoga mats; two massage rooms; elevator (access to three public decks); piano; DVD and book library

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; air conditioning/heat; private bath with shower, bathrobes, hair dryer, conditioning shampoo, and body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles; in-room safe deposit box

Destination: Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers

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  • 86 guests
  • 43 cabins
  • 34-35 crew members
  • 192 feet in length
  • 40 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 11 knots
  • Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
  • Renovated in 2013
  • Registered in United States
  • 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
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103-104, 319-320
Fixed double bed; view window; private bath with shower

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105-111, 206-210, 303-308, 311-318
Fixed queen, double, or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

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211-214
Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower

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101-102, 201-202, 309-310
Queen, fixed queen, or twin beds; view window; private bath with shower (trundle available for triple)

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301-302
Fixed queen bed; refrigerator; wrap-around view windows; private bath with shower

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300 sq. foot entertainment and sitting area with wet bar, refrigerator, media center; 300 sq. foot master bedroom with king bed; view windows; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower (sofa bed for triple/quad)