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Legacy of Discovery

Legacy of Discovery

Cruise Highlights:

  • Lewis & Clark’s journey
  • Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls
  • Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Portland, Oregon

From: $3,395

Season: March - May, September - November

Activities: Culinary, History

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Un-Cruise Adventures - formerly InnerSea Discoveries + American Safari Cruises

Discover the legacy of Lewis & Clark, the Nez Perce, and early pioneers as you journey along the Columbia & Snake Rivers. From the shores of the Pacific to the peaks of Hells Canyon, included premium excursions and presentations highlight the region's early American history.

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-to-Day Itinerary

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, then following dinner, gather in the Grand Salon for an evening presentation about your week's journey through time.

Day 2 - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Near the Columbia River Gorge entrance sits Beacon Rock—Lewis & Clark camped here on their way to the Pacific. Once the core of an ancient volcano, the intrepid explorers debated between “Beacon” or “Beaten” Rock before naming it. Its native name translates to “the navel of the world.” As you cruise upriver, your heritage team shares the history of their famous expedition. At the locks of Bonneville Dam, embark on a private tour of the massive turbines and fish ladders at the dam’s Visitor Center. Since 1938, this historic landmark has supplied hydroelectric power and river navigation. Travel by motorcoach to towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon. At 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, the Columbia River Gorge canyon cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains.

Day 3 - Snake River Cruising

After an early morning transit of McNary Dam, you’ll arrive at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. But back on October 24, 1805 after crossing in canoes, Clark's diary entry describes it as foreboding. Today, hillsides reveal the vineyards of some of the area's more than 200 wineries. Glimpse the surrounding wheat fields of the Palouse—one of the nation's top wheat growing regions—and pass by massive wind farm turbines atop riverside hills. Observe the intricacies of locking through as you transit the locks and dams of the lower Snake River. This evening, a member of the Nez Perce tribe joins you on board with colorful stories.

Day 4 - Clarkston / Hells Canyon

After your final upriver locking at 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 speed boat for an invigorating ride into Hells Canyon. This free-flowing river stretch of the Snake, hemmed in by vertical cliffs, cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. 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, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs.

Day 5 - Richland

At Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, discover the region’s fascinating geologic history—from basalt flows and Ice Age floods to today’s living landscape; learn about the monumental efforts of the Manhattan Project and Hanford Engineering Works that ushered in the atomic era; and meet Baby Ems, a cast of the world’s only complete baby woolly mammoth skeleton. Pause to soak in the sweeping views of the Red Mountain AVA while touring and tasting at award-winning Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard. Then back on board, ease into the afternoon with a relaxing massage, a visit with your captain on the Bridge, or watching the scenery change as you cruise downriver.

Day 6 - The Dalles, Oregon

It’s a day of culture at Maryhill Museum and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. With its eclectic collection of European paintings, Native artifacts, and the Queen of Romania’s personal effects, the museum—a castle-like chateau—sits on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The Discovery Center'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. 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 heritage guides.

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

Dates Ship MST CMN CPT ADM JCO OWN MST SGL CHARTER
Apr 1, 2017 SS Legacy $3,395 $3,695 $3,995 $4,495 $4,995 $6,995 $4,395 $346,595
Apr 8, 2017 SS Legacy $3,395 $3,695 $3,995 $4,495 $4,995 $6,995 $4,395 $346,595
Apr 29, 2017 SS Legacy $3,395 $3,695 $3,995 $4,495 $4,995 $6,995 $4,395 $346,595
May 6, 2017 SS Legacy $3,695 $3,995 $4,495 $4,995 $5,495 $7,695 $4,795 $378,595
May 13, 2017 SS Legacy $3,695 $3,995 $4,495 $4,995 $5,495 $7,695 $4,795 $378,595
May 20, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
May 27, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Jun 3, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Jun 10, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Jun 17, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Jul 1, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Jul 8, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Jul 15, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Jul 22, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Aug 12, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Aug 19, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Sep 2, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Sep 9, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Sep 16, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Sep 23, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Sep 30, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Oct 7, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Oct 28, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Nov 4, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Nov 11, 2017 SS Legacy $3,995 $4,295 $4,695 $5,195 $5,695 $7,995 $5,195 $402,595
Nov 18, 2017 SS Legacy $3,395 $3,695 $3,995 $4,495 $4,995 $6,995 $4,395 $346,595

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.

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Legacy of Discovery

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S.S. Legacy

Safari LegacyThe 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...