Legacy of Discovery
- Cruise stunning Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and visit the towering Multnomah Falls
- Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
- Jet boat into Hells Canyon and hear the storied past of the Nez Perce
At a glance
Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
Coverage: Roundtrip Portland, Oregon
Season: March - May, September - November
Activities: Culinary, History
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Roll on, Columbia, roll on. Embrace the American West spirit and encompass both human and natural history. The basin was forged by volcanic eruptions 40-60 million years ago and catastrophic floods near the end of the last ice-age. Inhabited by humans for over 15,000 years, indigenous peoples and tribes have a historical and continual presence here. Waves of explorers like Lewis and Clark and Oregon Trail pioneers charted their way and settled in this land. Then industrialists came along and harnessed the mighty Columbia. In 1943, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation—the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor—was established as part of the Manhattan Project.
Today, you can sail upriver alongside golden coulees, high desert, and steep gorges. A range of vegetation, from Western hemlock in the moist regions to sagebrush in the arid country and stretches of orchards and vineyards, are strewn across the land. Supporting several species of wildlife and migrating fish, the rivers have allowed steamships to link communities and facilitate trade. Today, the dams along the Columbia produce more hydroelectric power than those of any other North American river.
Awaken your senses with Living History programs, discovery of natural wonders, historical landmarks, and amazing human endeavors along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Travel nearly 1,000 miles through the Columbia River Gorge, quaint riverside towns, the golden coulees of the east, and Washington’s premier viticultural areas. Learn the history of Lewis & Clark, Oregon Trail pioneers, and Native Americans and see how agriculture and engineering have shaped this vast region. Stark natural beauty stands in dramatic contrast to hand-of-man achievements along your voyage.
The crew was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and attentive to our needs. The crew more than any other factor was responsible for making this cruise the most enjoyable for me.
- Day 1 - Portland, Oregon – Embarkation
Welcome to Portland! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to our 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 Cruising
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
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 - Astoria
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 – Disembark
Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you “adieu.” Disembark for your included transfer to the Portland airport.
Due to the nature of our 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.
Dates & Rates
|2015||Master||Commander||Captain||Admiral||Junior Commodore Suite||Owner's Suite||Single||Full Yacht Charter|
|August 1, 8||$3,695||$3,995||$4,295||$4,795||$5,295||$8,995||$4,795||$384,395|
|September 12, 19, 26||$3,995||$4,295||$4,595||$5,095||$5,595||$9,295||$5,195||$411,395|
|October 3, 10||$3,995||$4,295||$4,595||$5,095||$5,595||$9,295||$5,195||$411,395|
|October 17, 24||$3,695||$3,995||$4,295||$4,795||$5,295||$8,995||$4,795||$384,395|
|November 14, 21||$3,195||$3,495||$3,695||$4,195||$4,695||$7,795||$4,195||$335,595|
|2016||Master||Commander||Captain||Admiral||Junior Commodore Suite||Owner's Suite||Single||Full Yacht Charter|
|April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30||$3,395||$3,695||$3,895||$4,395||$4,895||$7,995||$4,395||$353,595|
|May 7, 14||$3,695||$3,995||$4,295||$4,795||$5,295||$8,995||$4,795||$384,395|
|May 21, 28||$3,995||$4,295||$4,595||$5,095||$5,595||$9,295||$5,195||$411,395|
|June 4, 11||$3,995||$4,295||$4,595||$5,095||$5,595||$9,295||$5,195||$411,395|
All rates are per person, double occupancy in US dollars. Any stateroom (except Master) is available as a single at 175% of double occupancy rate. Admiral triple and Owner's Suite triple/quad rates available upon request. Charter up to 88 guests.
The 88-guest S.S. Legacy (formerly Cruise West Spirit of '98) was purchased by Un-Cruise Adventures. She emulates an early Victorian steamer with carved wooden cabinetry and a Grand Salon complete with a dance floor, full bar, and old-world charm. Exquisitely appointed with period decor, it features an intimate Wine Bar and library, hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite (complete with a complimentary massage.) View ship details...