Rivers of Wellness

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

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With your wellness hosts, take a journey of serenity and renewal in a stunning landscape. The remote wilderness of the Columbia & Snake Rivers sets the stage—you’re in for a most renewing, whole-body, health-consciousness adventure.


  • Special wellness, mindfulness, and fitness presentations
  • Small group nutrition workshops
  • Beach and on-deck yoga; walking meditation
  • Guided strength training and fitness sessions
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard tour and tasting
  • Transit eight locks and tour Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Hikes on both sides of the Cascade Mountains
  • Swim in the Snake River
  • Discover Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Convenience of sailing roundtrip Portland, Oregon

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Roundtrip Portland, Oregon



Portland, Oregon – Embarkation
Welcome to Portland! Arriving at the airport, UnCruise representatives greet you for your transfer to our hospitality area downtown. And, if you have the time, go explore the city before setting sail on your rivers of wellness cruise. Along with your crew, light appetizers and a little welcome bubbly greet you on board.


Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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 motorcoach to towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon, for an empowering forest hike. 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.


Snake River Cruising
Take advantage of a full day of wellness seminars and yoga from Jo and Joe while making your way to the meeting of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. In between inspiration, take in hillside vineyards of some of the area’s more than 200 wineries. Glimpse the surrounding wheat fields of the Palouse—one of the nation’s top wheat growing regions—while you lounge on the sun deck. Join the captain on the bridge for a look at the navigation, and your crew on deck as the ship rises up through four locks, each one raising the vessel almost 100 feet. Finish your day from the top deck hot tub as you soak up the stars.


Clarkston, Washington / Hells Canyon
Board a covered jet boat for a ride into Hells Canyon. This free-flowing stretch of the Snake, hemmed in by vertical cliffs, cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old petroglyphs. At Cache Creek, a protected National Recreation Area since 1975, Hells Canyon preserves a world of nature and culture to take in while you do outdoor yoga. Finish the afternoon with quiet meditation.


Wake up with morning yoga sessions and in the afternoon pause to soak in the sweeping views of the Red Mountain AVA, the smallest, warmest wine-grape growing region in Washington. Tour and taste at award-winning Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard. Then back on board, ease into the afternoon with a relaxing massage and a guided sound journey. Lie down, listen to the gong, and let this deeply meditative experience enrich your flow on the river.


The Dalles, Oregon
Get energized back on land with a morning hike at The Rowena Crest Overlook or Tom McCall point. Wide hillside vistas and fresh air are good for the soul—and only get better as you climb. For the afternoon, explore The Dalles, stroll around town, or kick back with a local craft brew.


Wellness means doing what’s right for you. In either the morning or afternoon, choose between hiking to the Astoria Column with free time exploring the quaint Victorian streets of Astoria, or continue your spiritual and wellness journey with a final guided meditation or yoga session. 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.


Portland, Oregon – Disembark
Your crew caps off a rejuvenating and restorative week with another excellent breakfast before bidding you “adieu.” Disembark for your included transfer to the Portland airport.

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

Guest Wellness Experts for this Itinerary



In the world's greatest spa—courtesy of Mother Nature—travel with purpose and well-being. With your wellness host, take a journey of serenity and renewal in a stunning landscape.

October 12 with Jo Zukovich and Joe Lauletta

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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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Oct 12


Portland to Portland
Wilderness Discoverer

Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.


  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 27 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats; renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio
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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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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.


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.


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.


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. 

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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.


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


Wilderness Discoverer

Inviting, and oh so cared for by her crew, the Wilderness Discoverer delivers big adventure with top-of-the-class style. Wild, remote, and at the edges of the map, she carries a bit of Alaska wherever she sails—the beautiful bar top and tap tower are made from a yellow cedar log found in Peril Strait. But looks aside, she doesn’t hold back when it comes to exploration. Her shoal draft allows access to waters that are off-limits to bigger boats, where she can slip right in. An instigator of action, she was the first “Wilderness” boat in the family and set us on a path toward greater adventures—you will be too.

Onboard Features: EZ Dock kayak launch platform; bow-mounted underwater camera; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles, snorkel gear/wetsuits; two on-deck hot tubs; fitness equipment and yoga mats; DVD and book library

Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles

Destinations: Alaska; Pacific Northwest

  • 76 guests
  • 38 cabins
  • 27 crew members
  • 176 feet in length
  • 39 feet wide
  • Cruising speed of 10 knots
  • Built in 1992 by Blount Boats; renovated in 2011
  • Registered in United States
  • 3:1 Guest-to-crew ratio

201, 203-208, 210
Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower


Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower


Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower


Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower