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Embark in the fascinating city of Portland, Oregon, this dazzling 8-day river cruise offers you the opportunity to explore the wonders of this rich region. Transit eight locks and enjoy a private tour at the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center. Take a walk on the wild side at Multnomah Falls—the tallest in the state. Observe lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits that shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, and wide-stretching plateaus. Discover the award-winning wines that come out of the Red Mountain AVA. Whitewater rafting, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking opportunities abound as you learn about this area's culture, natural history, Lewis and Clark, and native history via a presentation by a Nez Perce tribal member.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Portland, OR | Embark
Day 2 : Astoria | Ft. Clatsop | Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Day 3 : Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area | Hood River Valley
Day 4 : Walla Walla, WA
Day 5 : Palouse River | Snake River
Day 6 : Deschutes River
Day 7 : Rowena Plateau | Columbia River Gorge
Day 8 : Portland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Hike along the Lewis and Clark River
  • Sample local culinary delights at Walla Walla’s historic Gesa Power House Theater
  • Cruise through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge
  • Bike through Hood River Valley and enjoy an exclusive wine tasting

Ship

Wilderness Legacy

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Columbia River Gorge Visit a local wine cellar for a tasting Columbia River Gorge Friends hiking during a trip together Enjoy a glass of local red wine Bridge over Columbia River to Mount Hood
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Day 1 Portland, OR | Embark

Arrive in Portland, a representative will escort you to your 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 Wilderness 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 | Ft. Clatsop | Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 walk. 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 Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area | Hood River Valley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 big adventure: a bike* and wine outing. 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. Back on the saddle again, feel the breeze in your face as you wind your way on backcountry roads through this perfectly pastoral countryside. On board, rest up from a full day with a good soak in the hot tub. 
* A shuttle is available for guests who prefer not to ride bikes.

Day 4 Walla Walla, WA

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 true of the area at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre. With local bites come local sips and time to stretch your legs. Tour and taste at family-owned Dunham Cellars. In historic downtown Walla Walla, visit multi-media artist Squire Broel’s studio and stroll downtown with your guides 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 your guides for interpretive presentations of a land rich in history.

Day 5 Palouse River | Snake River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up at the mouth of the Palouse River. The essentials of the day: kayaks, paddle boards, and swimsuits. Bring your binocs, too! There’s the chance of an early morning skiff outing for some great birding—hawks and herons and grebes, oh my. At the confluence of the Palouse and Snake rivers, your 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.

Day 6 Deschutes River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
River play is on the agenda today—whichever option you pick, start 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; your ship’s chef provides the picnic lunch. 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 you off 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 7 Rowena Plateau | Columbia River Gorge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 a 2-mile roundtrip 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 roundtrip 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 GorgeOUS! Cheers to adventure, wine, and your week aboard! Wrap it up cruising through the Columbia River Gorge and popping a few corks at the Farewell Dinner.

Day 8 Portland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
One last fresh scone or omelet. After breakfast, disembark in Portland and transfer to the airport to catch your flight home.
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  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/hotel/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to parks/preserves/winery
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