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Rivers of Adventure

Rivers of Adventure

At a glance

Duration: 9 Days, 8 Nights

Coverage: Portland to Lewiston

From: $4,995

Season: August - October

Activities: Culinary, History

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

8-night adventure cruise on the Columbia & Snake Rivers

Highights

  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Portland
  • Guided local tour on embarkation day
  • Deschutes River whitewater rafting
  • Narration on board features Lewis & Clark, culture, and natural history
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Private tour and tasting at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
  • Transit eight locks and a private tour at Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Waterfalls and hikes on both sides of the Cascade Mountains
  • Swimming, kayaking, biking, and paddle boarding
  • Presentation by a Nez Perce tribal member
  • Air between Portland and Lewiston

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Portland, Oregon

You made it, welcome to the City of Roses! Check in to your hotel, then go. Farm-to-table dining, craft breweries, art, museums, shopping—more to explore than you have time, but it’s fun trying. Overnight at Hotel Rose (or similar).

Day 2 - Portland – Embarkation

Check out of your hotel and gather with your shipmates for a tour of the city by foot and bus. Eclectic neighborhoods, expansive gardens and parks, historic bridges and mansions—even gourmet doughnuts and coffee. Portland is quirky, cosmopolitan, and fascinating. This afternoon, board your ship. The captain and crew help you settle in. Then it’s all champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and sunset views—a perfect start to your adventure cruise.

Day 3 - Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area / Multnomah Falls

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. Your guides have the options. Hike a moderate, switchback trail 2.2 miles roundtrip through temperate rainforest to the top of the falls. Or get legs a’burning with 1,600 feet of elevation gain on a 5.4-mile loop to Wahkeena Falls. In Native Yakima, Wahkeena means “most beautiful.” Rest easy and cruise upriver through the gorge. It’s 80 miles long, up to 4,000 feet deep, and cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains. And it’s spectacular.

Day 4 - Rowena Plateau / Columbia River Gorge

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 1-mile 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-mile 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! Post-hike, fuel up. There’s time to cycle or stroll along the Twin Tunnels Trail—a pedestrian-only section of the historic Columbia River Highway, or tour a Hood River orchard and working farm (that makes a mighty fine cider).

Day 5 - Deschutes River

River play is on the agenda today—whichever option you pick start with a shallow wet landing on 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 hike or bike in the canyon of Deschutes River State Recreation Area. Take a dip in a lazy section of the river, and let the sunshine dry you up 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 6 - Washington Wine Country / Richland

Award-winning wines come out of the Red Mountain AVA. Sweeping views surround Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard. And its owner and winemaker do a good job of keeping you on the task of tasting. A private tour takes you through the vineyards and into their wine caves. After lunch, soak up the beauty of your surroundings with guided yoga stretches in a Richland park. Or, opt to run, walk or bike along the Columbia River Trail. Cruise the river this evening. Pop into the bridge to chat up the captain. Relax on the sun deck with a book and a glass of wine—or with your complimentary massage.

Day 7 - Palouse Falls State Park / Snake River

The essentials of the day—kayaks, paddle boards, swimsuits, and hiking shoes. Bring your binocs, too (there’s great birding and views). At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, hike through the canyon to view the falls—which according to tribal legend, were born after a gallant fight with a mythic creature. Afterwards, skiff out to the kayaks and grab a paddle or go for a swim in the Palouse River Canyon. Wind up the afternoon cruising one of the most scenic stretches of the Snake River. After your final upriver locking at Lower Granite Dam, dock in Clarkston, Washington.

Day 8 - Hells Canyon

The history of this area is as rich as the canyon walls are dense. Delve into it! After breakfast, it’s a treat when a Nez Perce tribal member comes aboard for a special story, song, and music presentation. Lewis & Clark, Nez Perce, early Pioneers—signs of the past tell tales on your jet boat ride into the canyon. Keep your eyes peeled for sure-footed bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old petroglyphs. Hemmed in by vertical cliffs, this free-flowing stretch of the Snake cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. Celebrate the week tonight with a Farewell Dinner and slide show recap presented by your expedition team.

Day 9 - Lewiston, Idaho / Portland, Oregon – Disembark

One last fresh scone or omelet. After breakfast, disembark in Clarkston and transfer to the Lewiston, ID airport for your charter flight back to Portland.

Passport required (non USA citizens). Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Dates & Rates

Dates Master Commander Captain Admiral Jr. Commodore Suite Owner's Single (Masters) Ship Charter
Aug 24, 2018 $4,995 $5,295 $5,695 $6,195 $6,745 $9,145 $6,495 $491,095
Aug 31, 2018 $4,995 $5,295 $5,695 $6,195 $6,745 $9,145 $6,495 $491,095
Sep 7, 2018 $4,995 $5,295 $5,695 $6,195 $6,745 $9,145 $6,495 $491,095
Sep 14, 2018 $4,995 $5,295 $5,695 $6,195 $6,745 $9,145 $6,495 $491,095
Sep 21, 2018 $4,995 $5,295 $5,695 $6,195 $6,745 $9,145 $6,495 $491,095
Oct 5, 2018 $4,995 $5,295 $5,695 $6,195 $6,745 $9,145 $6,495 $491,095
Oct 12, 2018 $4,995 $5,295 $5,695 $6,195 $6,745 $9,145 $6,495 $491,095

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.

Map

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Ships

Safari Legacy

Safari LegacyThe 88-guest Safari Legacy (formerly Cruise West Spirit of '98) was recently 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...