• Apr 19, 2014
  • Apr 25, 2014
  • Apr 26, 2014
  • May 03, 2014
  • May 10, 2014
  • May 17, 2014
  • May 24, 2014
  • May 31, 2014
  • Sep 06, 2014
  • Sep 20, 2014
  • Sep 27, 2014
  • Sep 30, 2014
  • Oct 04, 2014
  • Oct 11, 2014
  • Oct 18, 2014
  • Oct 25, 2014
  • Nov 01, 2014
  • Nov 08, 2014
  • Nov 15, 2014
  • Nov 22, 2014
  • Apr 18, 2015
  • May 02, 2015
  • May 09, 2015
  • May 16, 2015
  • May 23, 2015
  • May 30, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Itinerary Highlights: - Cruise stunning Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and visit the towering Multnomah Falls - Transit eight sets of locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center - Jet boat into Hells Canyon and hear the storied past of the Nez Perce - Step into early American history with visits to Fort Clatsop, Fort Walla Walla, and the Whitman Mission - Discover Victorian Astoria and the fascinating Columbia Maritime Museum - Explore enchanting Maryhill Museum and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center - Enjoy a private tour and tasting at a Washington winery - Retrace history following the epic journey of the Lewis & Clark Expedition - Daily narrative led by guest experts and onboard Legacy Leaders

Day 1

    Portland, Oregon

    Welcome to Portland! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hospitality area before boarding the S.S. Legacy in Portland, Oregon. Enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres before dinner, and afterwards, gather in the Victorian-style main salon for a route talk in preparation for your journey through time.

    Day 2

      Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

      Near the Columbia River Gorge entrance, you’ll slip through the locks of Bonneville Dam and embark on a private tour of the massive turbines and fish ladder at the dam’s Visitor Center. Since 1938, this historic landmark has supplied hydroelectric power and river navigation. Travel by motorcoach and take a moment at the towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon. Back on board, cruise upriver through spectacular Columbia River Gorge. At 80-miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, this river canyon cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains.

      Day 3

        Richland, Washington / Snake River

        After an early morning transit of the McNary Dam, you’ll arrive in Richland, at the confluence of the Yakima, Columbia, and Snake Rivers. Hillsides reveal the orchards of over 160 wineries found within the region in appellations such as Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain, and Yakima Valley. Learn about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and its role in World War II’s Manhattan Project. Returning to the boat for lunch, view the surrounding wheat fields and pass by massive wind farm turbines atop the hills. Observe the intricacies of locking through Ice Harbor Dam, followed by the Lower Monumental Dam. Step back in time with colorful stories about pioneer hardships and triumphs.

        Day 4

          Clarkston / Hells Canyon

          After your final upriver locking at the Lower Granite Dam, you’ll dock in Clarkston to delve into the history and culture of the Nez Perce people. Historical sites connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition abound in this area, including Clark’s first encounter with the Nez Perce in 1805. Board a covered jet boat for an invigorating ride into Hells Canyon. This free-flowing river, hemmed in by vertical cliffs, cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet. Protected as a National Recreation Area since 1975, Hells Canyon preserves a world of fascinating natural and cultural elements. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, hawks, and 7,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs. This evening marks your return downriver for a vibrant combination of Lewis and Clark history, river lore, and wine.

          Day 5

            Walla Walla, Washington

            A visit to Fort Walla Walla celebrates the “Cradle of Northwest History” with a pioneer village, Living History presentations, museum, and extensive galleries. Recognized internationally for its award-winning wines, turn your attention to the vibrant wine making industry that thrives in and around Walla Walla. This world-class wine country was shaped by its desert-like conditions, rich volcanic terroir, and controlled river irrigation. Enjoy the pride of this appellation with a tour and tasting at one of the region's distinctive wineries.

            Day 6

              The Dalles, Oregon

              It’s a day of culture at the Maryhill Museum and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. With its eclectic collection of European paintings, Native artifacts, and the Queen of Romania’s personal effects, the museum’s collection is housed in a castle-like chateau situated on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The Discovery Center’s interactive exhibits provide a life-sized look into the area’s volcanic upheavals and severe flooding; Ice Age; pioneers and missionaries; and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Take in the magnificent scenery traveling the Sam Hill Highway back to the S.S. Legacy. Transit The Dalles — another of the eight dams harnessing these mighty rivers.

              Day 7


                Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, you’ll step back in time with a visit to Fort Clatsop and Astoria. Fort Clatsop National Monument is a replica of the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the winter of 1805-1806. The fort was the Corps of Discovery’s last encampment before their return trip east to St. Louis. 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 Legacy Leaders.

                Day 8

                  Portland, Oregon

                  Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you “adieu.” Disembark for your included transfer to the Portland airport.
                   Master StateroomCommander StateroomCaptain StateroomAdmiral StateroomJr Commodore SuiteOwners Suite
                  $3,195 OFF
                  Special group discount - receive 1 free berth for every 8 passengers booked.
                  2014 : Apr 19, 25, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 6, 20, 27, 30; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 22
                  2015 : Apr 18; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
                  $200 OFF
                  Save $200 per person on select departures when you book by April 30!
                  2014 : Sep 6, 13, 20, 27; Oct 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 22
                  These special offers are applicable only to new bookings.
                  Discounts are subject to availability, so contact us for more details.
                  North America, Portland, Astoria, Columbia River Gorge, The Dalles, Clarkston, United States, Multnomah Falls, Richland, Hells Canyon, Walla Walla
                  Contact Us
                  First Name
                  Last Name
                  What's Your Adventure?

                  Traveler Stories

                  - All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy. Any stateroom (except designated single) may be sold as a single for 175% of the double occupancy rate. Triple and quad rooming arrangements are available, please contact us for rates.

                  - Quoted rates include all excursions, meals, educational programming, transfers, taxes, port charges and fees.
                  Due to the nature of your explorations, itineraries are guidelines and will change in order to maximize wildlife and natural encounters. Variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur.

                  Included in Your Fare: All onboard meals, tastefully prepared with locally sourced ingredients where possible; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airports/boat; port taxes and fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; hot tub, sauna, yoga classes and a complimentary massage.

                  Deposit & Payment

                  Initial deposit is $950 for one week cruises, $1700 for two or three week cruises, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at:

                  Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.

                  Final payment by Visa, Mastercard, Discover or AmEx.

                  Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.

                  Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.

                  Cancellation Policy

                  Days Prior to departureFee
                  91 days or more$950 per person
                  90-61 days$1700 per person
                  60-46 days55% trip cost
                  45-31 days80% trip cost
                  30-0 days100% trip cost