Forged by volcanic eruptions 40 – 60 million years ago and catastrophic floods at the end of the last ice age the Columbia River basin has been inhabited for over 15 000 years. Nearly 40 years after the Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804 thousands of settlers arrived drawn west by cheap land and the expectation of a better life.
After the settlers came the industrialist to harness the river’s hydro electric power and today the river’s dams generate more power than any other in North America
Join our Heritage cruise to retrace the footsteps of the Lewis & Clark expedition journeying nearly 1,000 miles to discover the natural wonders of this area, the history of the indigenous people and those that came after them and view the mighty dams, locks and power stations they created.
Hear from our guest experts, see our on board historical recreations and join our visits ashore to museums, historic forts and wineries
Aboard Un-Cruise replica coastal steamer “SS Legacy” Newly refurbished in 2013 the six stateroom categories aboard the S.S. Legacy can accommodate up to 88 guests in an ambience emulating the old-world charm of an early turn-ofthe-century coastal steamer.
Exquisitely appointed with period decor, the vessel’s carved wooden cabinetry, Grand Salon complete with a full bar and dance floor, Klondike Dining Room with wine bar, Pesky Barnacle Saloon, hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite are features accessible to all guests. The S.S. Legacy’s four decks have elevator access which provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces.
8 Days/ 7 nights Ex Portland, Oregon round trip Aboard: SS Legacy
Departures: 30 Saturday sailings from April through to November
Prices: 7 nights twin share from $3,600
Day 1: Portland, Oregon – Embarkation | You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to the S.S. Legacy. Enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres before dinner and after dinner gather in the Grand Salon for an evening presentation about your coming weeks journey through time.
Day 2: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area | Near the Columbia River Gorge entrance we navigate the 8 locks of Bonneville Dam and tour the power plant and fish ladders followed by a coach trip to the towering Multnomah Falls. Back on board, we cruise the Columbia River Gorge.
Day 3: Snake River Cruising | After an early morning transit of McNary Dam, we arrive at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers with its hillsides vineyards of more than 200 wineries. Observe the navigational challenges as we transit the locks and dams of the lower Snake River. Step back in time with colourful stories about hardships and triumphs of early pioneers.
Day 4: Clarkston / Hells Canyon | We dock in Clarkston and delve into the history and culture of the Nez Perce people and historical sites connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition which abound in this area. Board a covered jet boat for an exciting ride into Hells Canyon a free-flowing river stretch of the Snake river cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs.
Day 5: Walla Walla | A visit to Fort Walla Walla celebrates the “Cradle of Northwest History” with a pioneer village, Living History presentations, a museum, and extensive galleries. A vibrant winemaking industry thrives in and around Walla Walla. Enjoy a tour and tasting at one of the region’s distinctive wineries.
Day 6: The Dalles, Oregon | Visits to Maryhill Museum and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Centre. The museum – a castle-like chateau – sits on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The Discovery Centre’s interactive exhibits provide a look into the area’s geologic origins of volcanic upheavals and catastrophic floods; pioneer and missionary life; and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Day 7: Astoria | Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, you’ll step back in time with a visit to Fort Clatsop National Monument a replica of the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the winter of 1805-1806. Visit the fascinating Columbia River Maritime Museum and take time to stroll through the quaint Victorian streets of Astoria. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening, then relive the week through photos and storytelling hosted by your heritage guides.
Day 8: Portland, Oregon – Disembark | Enjoy breakfast this morning before disembarking for your transfer to the Portland airport.
●● Onboard meals; premium spirits, wine, beer
●● Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/yacht
●● Port fees and taxes and entry fees to national parks/preserves
●● All adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: fitness equipment, yoga, and a complimentary massage
●● Super premium wines and spirits
●● Gratuities and all personal expenses
Price per person twin share | Based on lead in cabin rising in price according to cabin level and season