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  • Itinerary
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Departures: Aug-Oct 2020 (7 Nights)
Host: Local expert guides and onboard crew
Cost: Starting at US$5,395, ask us!
Trip Type: Cruising – Yacht to Small Ship, Hosted Small Groups

Step aboard the 90 passenger S.S. Legacy as you cruise the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington. This week long active adventure will have you on the edge of your seat excited for what you’ll find next.

Highlights

  • Deschutes River rafting trip
  • Hike, kayak, swim, and skiff at: Palouse Falls State Park, Columbia Hills State Park, and Ft. Clatsop, a Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
  • Multnomah Falls walk and visit
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Bike (or shuttle) and wine outing in Hood River Valley
  • Rowena Overlook hikes at Tom McCall Nature Preserve
  • Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Presentation by a Nez Perce tribal member
  • Narration by natural and cultural history guides

© Images courtesy of UnCruise Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 - Portland, Oregon - Embarkation

Arriving in Portland, a representative will escort you to the hospitality suite where you can relax or explore the city. Breweries, bookstores, coffee shops, and quirkiness abound, the City of Roses doesn’t disappoint with colorful options within walking distance. When it’s time to board the S.S. Legacy, you’ll be welcomed with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and views of the city—a perfect start to your adventure cruise.

Day 2 - Astoria

Dock in charming, Victorian downtown Astoria then you’re off to Ft. Clatsop, the winter fort of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Check out the exhibits and follow trails to the replica fort or take a low/no elevation walk from the visitor center to view replica dugout canoes. For a longer but easy hike, a one-mile trail along the Lewis and Clark River leads to an outdoor viewing area highlighting the landscape and stories described in the journals of Lewis & Clark. Hard chargers can take a 7-mile, one-way hike on the Fort to Sea Trail through forest, fields, and dunes. Whichever you opt for, everyone experiences Ft. Clatsop and beach walks. Back downtown, explore on your own, walk the waterfront trail, and/or visit the Astoria Column. Afterwards, set sail up river and see what delectable treats your chef and crew have in store for the evening—a nibble from a local harvest, a special pairing perhaps?

Day 3 - Hood River / Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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. Snap a few photos before choosing between your next big adventure: a bike* and wine outing or a half day guided hike in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. Hikers set out from the ship for a trek that gets your legs going while you soak in the lush fern-filled forest on route to a waterfall—northwest adventure at its best. Prefer two wheels? Pedal and taste your way through the Hood River Valley accompanied by local guides. Quaint shops, bountiful orchards, boutique wineries— it’s all worth stopping for. Hop off your bike for visits with the locals and wine tastings on sunny patios. On board, rest up from a full day with a good soak in the hot tub.

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 Gorge! 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 explore downtown Hood River on your own. Art galleries, boutique shops, and wine tasting are all options.

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 visit the Columbia Hills State Park on foot or, if weather permits, by skiff. 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.

Day 6 - Palouse Falls State Park / Snake River

The essentials of the day—kayaks, paddle boards, swimsuits, and hiking shoes. Bring your binoculars, 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.

Day 7 - 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.

Day 8 - Clarkston, Washington – 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.

Includes:

  • Onboard meals; spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to parks/preserves/wineries
  • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment
  • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Gratuities and personal expenses
  • Port taxes/fees
  • Excursions not mentioned as included

The price of this cruise varies by time of year and level of experience and cabin category. A variety of options are available:

  • August 29, 2020 starting from US$5,395 per person
  • September 5, 2020 starting from US$5,395 per person
  • September 26, 2020 starting from US$5,395 per person
  • October 3, 2020 starting from US$5,395 per person
  • October 10, 2020 starting from US$5,395 per person
  • October 17, 2020 starting from US$5,395 per person

For more information please contact us.