Rivers of Adventure—Fitness & Yoga

Inclusive Columbia River wellness cruise with focus on mindfulness and fitness.

From $5,195

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Itinerary

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Special wellness, mindfulness, nutrition, and fitness presentations
  • Small group beach and on-deck yoga; walking meditation
  • Guided strength training and fitness sessions
  • Deschutes river rafting trip
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Private tour and tasting at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
  • Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Waterfalls and hikes in the Cascade Mountains
  • Swimming, kayaking, biking, and skiff excursions
  • Presentation by a Nez Perce tribal member

Departure Dates & Rates

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2019
Oct
2019

Your day-by-day details

Clarkston to Portland

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DAY 1

Clarkson, 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 getting to know your travel mates over dinner—a perfect start to your wellness adventure cruise.
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DAY 2

Hells Canyon
Kick the week off right with morning on deck yoga. With sweeping sun salutations, 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. Finish your first full day sitting in on a nutrition or wellness talk or soak up the stars from the top deck hot tub.
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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. Wellness means doing what’s right for you. Today’s essentials could be kayaks, paddle boards, swimsuits, or hiking shoes—or all of the above. Bring your binocs, too (there’s great birding and views). At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, go on a thigh-burning hike above the canyon to view the falls. Vistas and fresh air are good for the soul—and only get better as you climb. 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 with dramatic views surrounding Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard. And its owner and winemaker do a good job of keeping you on the task of tasting. Treat yourself—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. While cruising the river this evening, take a moment for mindful meditation, pop into the bridge to chat up the captain, or connect with your wellness host for a one-on-one consultation. Relax on the sun deck with a book and a glass of wine.
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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 high-energy 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 as you practice gentle stretches and yoga or try a “surf-n-turf” beach workout. 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 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. Whichever you choose, pause for a mindful moment of meditation in nature. If there’s time, 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) and toast to a day of fresh and local treats and empowering activity.
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DAY 7

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area / Multnomah Falls
Near the Columbia River Gorge entrance, your sleek ship slips through the locks of Bonneville Dam. A private tour of the massive turbines and fish ladders at the visitor center offers a behind-the-scenes peek. Zip off by motor coach to towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon, for an empowering final hike on a switchback trail. Back on board, sit back for an afternoon of cruising upriver through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, a river canyon that cuts the only sea level route in the Cascade Mountains. The Captain’s Farewell Dinner this evening, followed by reliving the week through photos and reflections hosted by your crew, is the perfect Namaste to your week.
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DAY 8

Portland, Oregon – Disembark
One last fresh scone or omelet. 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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Clarkston 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
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Cabin Options
Rate Per Person
Indicate Choice
Master
$5,195
Commander
$5,495
Captain
$5,895
Admiral
$6,445
Jr Commodore Suite
$6,995
Owner's Suite
$9,395
Single
$6,755
Charter
$519,395
Port taxes/fees
$225

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.

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2019
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2019
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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.

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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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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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Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Just a short distance from Portland, Oregon’s Multnomah Falls drops a souring 620 feet down 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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Hood River, Oregon

Located on the Columbia River, the port city of Hood River lies approximately 60 miles east of Portland and 21 miles west of The Dalles. Incorporated in 1895, the city was named for nearby Hood River. Discovered by Lewis & Clark in 1805, the river was originally called Labeasche River, a French-Canadian word meaning “elk”. Traditionally known for growing delicious apples, pears, cherries, peaches and other fruits, the area’s economy has more recently been focused on high-tech industries including aerospace engineering.
 

Situated on the river and below towering peaks in the Cascade Range, Hood River is also known as a world-class windsurfing destination and the kiteboarding capital of the world. The winds from the Columbia River Gorge create the ideal conditions for riding the waves. An outdoor enthusiast’s mecca, it offers some of the best kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking in the U.S.

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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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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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Red Mountain AVA

Nestled in a wide horseshoe bend of the Yakima River—a tributary of the Columbia—between Benton City and West Richland, Red Mountain AVA is Washington State’s smallest viticulture area. Officially part of Yakima Valley AVA and the larger Columbia Valley AVA, Red Mountain includes just over 4,000 acres of land that gently slopes south, providing great exposure to nourishing sunshine. Like many of the AVA’s in the region, Red Mountain benefits from ice-age flooding that deposited rich nutrients in the soil. The combination of soil, sun, minimal rainfall, and warm gusty winds provide ideal conditions for growing small grape clusters with heavily concentrated flavors. The first vines were planted in 1975, and the region earned AVA status in 2001. Today, the area’s predominant varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, and approximately 35 vineyards are currently in operation.

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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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Columbia Valley AVA

Covering over one-third of the state’s entire land area, Washington’s largest wine area was granted AVA status in 1984, and today includes eight sub-AVAs: Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley, Ancient Lakes, Rattlesnake Hills, the Rocks, and Wahluke Slope. Of Columbia Valley AVA’s 11 million acres, over 40 thousand are planted in vineyards. The AVA includes most of south-central Washington plus a slice of north-eastern Oregon and encompasses the Columbia River drainage and its tributaries. The region benefits from being in the rain shadow of the Cascade Range that borders to the west. Bordering to the east are the rolling Palouse and the Idaho State line. The AVA sits between the 46th and 47th parallels, which puts it at similar latitudes to Burgundy and Bordeaux, France.

Ten-thousand years ago, the Missoula Floods left mineral-rich topsoil across the region. Paired with a nearly 200-day growing season, the region has proved very fertile for cultivating wine grapes. Within such a large area, there are many micro-climates that allow specialization of different varietals—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah are among those grown.

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The Dalles

The area now known as The Dalles was a prominent trading post for Native people for over 10,000 years and today is one of the most important archeological regions in the country. Known as the end of the Oregon Trail, pioneers loaded their wagons onto rafts or barges at The Dalles and floated down the Columbia River to the mouth of the Willamette River, then upriver to Oregon City. It was also the site of Fort Dalles, which was established in 1850 to protect immigrants after the Whitman Mission massacre. At that time, Fort Dalles was the only military post between the Pacific Ocean and Wyoming.

Today, The Dalles is home to around 15,000 residents and is a predominant Bing cherry growing region. Oregon’s oldest bookstore, Klindt’s, established in 1870, still operates in The Dalles with its original wood floors and oak and plate glass display cases. The Dalles has a reputation for being the best place to learn to windsurf and is an excellent fishing location for walleye and sturgeon. It is also the place of origin for a pedigree of cat known as LaPerm, developed in the 1980s from a unique colony of curly-coated farm cats.

Extend Your Experience

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HOTEL STAY

PORTLAND – HOTEL ROSE
2018 RATES: From $170

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

RATES through November 30, 2015:

Double Single
Metropolitan view (king or two full beds) $159 $289
River view (king, queen, or two full beds) $169 $299


Prices are per person and in USD.


Deposit Payment: A minimum of 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.

Final Payment: Due 60 days prior to stay / beginning of extension.

Cancellation Policy: After final payment, cancellations for any reason are subject to a penalty. Penalties vary depending on package. Cancellations at 30 days or less are nonrefundable.

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. And wherever she sails, she announces her arrival with an antique whistle. Like the crew and guests having the time of their lives, she hums with each new opportunity. It’s no wonder that for many of the crew (and office folk), she’s a first love that never fades.

Onboard Features: Elevator (access to three public decks); portable activity launch platform; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; two on-deck hot tubs; fitness equipment and yoga mats; piano; DVD and book library; wine bar

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles; in-room safe deposit box

Destination: Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers

Deck plan below reflects all departures through March 2019.
To view deck plan for April 2019 and beyond, please click here.

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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)