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Rivers of Adventure & Wine Cruise

Pull out the corks and gear up for adventure on this Columbia River cruise! This 8-day Rivers of Adventure & Wine Cruise travels round-trip from Portland, Oregon, cruising the Columbia, Willamette, Deschutes & Snake Rivers through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Hike dramatic landscapes, kayak through canyons, sample local wines, and raft the rapids on this adventurous Snake River and Columbia River cruise. Relax into the sweeping landscape of the Columbia and Snake Rivers aboard the 86-guest Wilderness Legacy—the dream ship for oenophiles, foodies and active adventurers.

This Portland river cruise is infused with an exclusive winery tour, chef-designed tastings, an onboard sommelier, and hand-crafted meals and pairings to keep you satisfied and knowledgeable about the region’s vast varietals and offerings. This Columbia and Snake River cruise also features a Deschutes River rafting trip and near-daily opportunities for hiking, paddling, swimming and skiff rides joined by natural and cultural history guides. Inspired meals can be savored alongside complimentary onboard premium wine, beer and spirits. Exclusive tours among spectacular vistas round out this week-long Columbia and Snake River cruise.

This active and gastronomic journey highlights the Victorian town of Astoria, river play on the white waters of the Deschutes, the local delights in Walla Walla and the sheer cliffs and wide-stretching vistas of Rowena Plateau. Explore historic towns by foot. Relax and sip along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, enlighten the palate and be captivated by the beauty of the region.

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Itinerary

Rivers of Adventure & Wine Itinerary

The 8-day Rivers of Adventure & Wine Cruise travels round-trip from Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia, Willamette, Deschutes & Snake Rivers.

Route map of Rivers of Adventure & Wine Cruise round-trip from Portland, Oregon, into Washington, with visits to Astoria, Hood River Valley, Fort Clatsop, Walla Walla, Palouse River, Snake River, Deschutes River & Rowena Plateau.
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Day 1
Embark Portland, Oregon

Arrive in Portland, be met by a representative and escorted to the hospitality suite for relaxing, or head out and 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 ship, be welcomed with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and views of the city—a perfect start to this adventure.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

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Day 2
Astoria & Fort Clatsop-Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Dock in charming, Victorian downtown Astoria, then head 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 option, everyone experiences Ft. Clatsop and beach walks. Back downtown, explore independently by walking the waterfront trail and/or visiting the Astoria Column. Afterwards, set sail upriver and see what delectable treats the chef and crew have in store for the evening—a nibble from a local harvest, a special pairing perhaps?

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area & Hood River Valley

Gateway to the gorge. Slip through the Bonneville Dam locks, then head behind the scenes at the visitor center. Enjoy a private tour of the 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 the next big adventure: a guided hike in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. Set out for a trek that gets the legs going while soaking in the lush fern-filled forest—Northwest adventure at its best. Choose the low elevation option, or trek upward to a waterfall amidst towering trees. Back on board, the onboard sommelier has a “Best of Hood River Valley” wine tasting dialed in.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Walla Walla, Washington

Start the day cruising the famed Wallula Gap. Today’s theme is all things Walla Walla including nibbles from visits with an olive oil maker, a local chocolatier, and makers of hand-cured meats and sauces. For lunch, try culinary delights that are truly of the area at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre. With local bites come local sips and time to stretch the legs. Tour and taste at family-owned Dunham Cellars. In historic downtown Walla Walla, visit multi-media artist Squire Broel’s studio and stroll with the guides downtown, where boutique shops and over 30 tasting rooms await. Bellies full, the afternoon is perfect for easy cruising in the most unique river system in the nation. Join the guides for interpretive presentations of a land rich in history.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Palouse River & Snake River

Wake up at the mouth of the Palouse River. The essentials of the day: kayaks, paddleboards, swimsuits and binoculars. There’s the chance of an early morning skiff outing for some great birding, watching for hawks, herons and grebes. At the confluence of the Palouse and Snake rivers, the crew has everything set with a beach party at Lyons Ferry State Park—go for a long or short paddle and a swim. Wind up the afternoon cruising one of the most scenic stretches of the Snake River.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Deschutes River

River play is on the agenda today, for those who want to raft. Whichever optionrafting or a visit to a state park on dry landstart with a shallow wet landing on the 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; the ship’s chef provides the picnic lunch. Or stick to dry land and visit 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 things after a swim. Along the river’s edge, listen to the rustle of cottonwoods. Swap stories with shipmates over sunset cocktails and appetizers.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Rowena Plateau & Columbia River Gorge

Lava flows, floods and volcanic ash deposits shaped the Rowena’s sheer cliffs, basalt landforms and 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. The 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, the effort gaining 1,000 feet of elevation pays off with views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Cheers to adventure, wine and the week aboard! Wrap it up by cruising through the Columbia River Gorge and popping a few corks at the farewell dinner.

Accommodations

Wilderness Legacy

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Portland, Oregon

Enjoy one last fresh scone or omelet. After breakfast, disembark in Portland and transfer to the airport to catch flights home.

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations aboard vessel; onboard meals; premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines), non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embarkation/disembarkation day; entry fees to national parks/preserves/wineries/historic venues; all from-the-vessel activities and equipment; exclusive activities and shore visits; wellness amenities, presentations by onboard expedition/heritage guides and/or guest experts.

Exclusions

Airfare to and from your home city; discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew; travel insurance and insurance of any kind; optional excursions and land tours; excess baggage charges; items of a personal nature; taxes and port fees of $225 per person (2021).

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy at 150-175% of the per-person listed rate; special triple-occupancy rates may also be available in select cabins. Call AdventureSmith for more details, as availability and rates vary by ship and cabin category.

Families & Children

Kids 8 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 7 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval. Save $500 per child, ages 8 to 13, with the exception of holiday departures.

Payment & Cancellation

Reservations Made Prior to 7/29/20:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
91 days or more – 50% of deposit
90 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 31 days – 75% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Reservations Made 7/29/20, On:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 days or more – 50% of deposit
119 to 91 days – 100% of deposit
90 to 46 days – 50% of total trip cost
45 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

A booking or future travel certificate re-accommodated to a new sailing date is a one-time only move and remains non-refundable. Cancellation of your re-booked cruise will result in the loss of any reservation payments on file at time of re-accommodation.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms  and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Arrival & Departure

The Rivers of Adventure & Wine Cruise begins and ends in Portland, Oregon (PDX). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Portland by 2:30pm on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Portland no earlier than 1:00pm on day 8.

Activities

This trip offers primarily light activity options, but the crew can tailor some excursions to suit your skill and interest level. Activities may include wine tastings and pairings, town explorations, local food tastings, winery tours, hiking, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

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Aug 07 - Aug 14, 2021
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Wilderness Legacy

A replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer, the 86-guest Wilderness Legacy features a dance floor, full bar and old-world charm, with modern adventure gear including kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. 

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Expert Review

Reviews From Our Experts so You Know What to Expect

Arielle Lightcap • December 13th, 2018
Expert Review: Rivers of Adventure

Travel with an AdventureSmith Specialist aboard the 86-guest Wilderness Legacy as she navigates the Columbia and Snake Rivers—as well as the region’s diverse wineries—on this small ship river cruise.

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"Try It, Even If You’re Not the Cruising Type"

The staff on board the ship have a way of making you feel like you are the most important person on board. They go the extra mile to make sure you have what you need every time you leave for your excursions. Try small ship cruising, even if you don’t think you’re the cruising type. The day’s itinerary and meals are arranged for you so you can spend your vacation enjoying your family without dealing with logistics every few hours.

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"Enjoyed Every Aspect of this Trip"

The cabins and ship, the staff, the Heritage speakers, the dining experience - all of this and more - was terrific! The chef was fantastic in her choices and flavors. Our cabin was well appointed and maintained perfectly. Lastly, our Adventure Specialist, Nick, was responsive, informative and very helpful every step of the way. The trip ran like clockwork from beginning to end.

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"Top Notch"

From reception to disembarking attention to detail was evident in all events. I saw lots of teamwork and enthusiasm at all levels. Their wealth of knowledge was amazing. I think they had as much fun as we did. These are obviously top notch people who loved their work and did a wonderful job.

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