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Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History

7-night scenic Columbia River wine cruise with visits to nine wineries


INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Experience four Pacific Northwest rivers: the Columbia, Snake, Willamette, and Palouse
  • A local wine expert joins you onboard for a week of tastings and presentations on the region's American Viticultural Areas
  • Tastings and tours at nine Washington and Oregon wineries, plus a craft, infused olive oil tasting
  • Enjoy a hosted lunch in Walla Walla and at Terra Blanca Estate Winery and Vineyard
  • Discover stunning Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Explore towering Multnomah Falls and the Palouse Falls canyon
  • Stroll around picturesque Cannon Beach and Victorian Astoria
  • Tour enchanting Maryhill Museum and pastoral Whitman Mission
  • The ease and convenience of sailing roundtrip Portland, Oregon
Join our guest hosts:

 

Cruise
7 nights / 8 days

Cruise

Day
01

Portland, Oregon – Embarkation
Welcome to Portland! Arriving at the airport, our representatives will be there to greet you for your transfer to our hospitality area in downtown Portland. If time allows, explore the city before setting sail on your Pacific Northwest wine cruise. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres await you onboard before sitting down for a sumptuous dinner

Day
02

Hood River / Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Start your day with a stop at the towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon, before making your way to two fabulous local wineries for a date with the winemakers. Enjoy a tasting at Hood River’s beautifully rustic Springhouse Cellars—a working winery housed in a former turn-of-the-century fruit cannery and distillery. Head across the river and into the Gorge for a tour and tasting at unexpected AniChe Cellars—a boutique family winery making wines with an eye to European tradition combined with Washington terroir and style. Back on board, cruise upriver through the 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
03

Walla Walla, Washington
Named one of the top ten wine regions in the world, this world-class wine country was shaped by its distinctive micro-climates, rich volcanic soil, and abundant river irrigation. Today you’ll swirl a glass and meet the owners at award-winning Bergevin Lane. And while the passion may be in the bottle, you can enjoy the owner’s original artwork and a smooth pour at Dunham Cellars. Make your way to Foundry Vineyards and Art Gallery for a wine and lunch soiree. This afternoon, you’ll have a chance to stroll about pastoral Whitman Mission.

Day
04

Palouse Falls State Park
According to the Palouse tribal legend, four giant brothers pursued a mythic creature called "Big Beaver." Fighting gallantly, each time Big Beaver was speared, the canyon walls were gouged until he tore out a huge canyon, the river tumbled over a cliff, and the falls were born. Reaching the falls, by way of bus along the Palouse River, notice the jagged canyon walls and the deep marks of Big Beaver's claws. This afternoon—relax like royalty—there’ll be an onboard tasting and presentation by a local wine authority.

Day
05

Richland / Washington Wine Country
Bound by the river, learn about the natural, scientific, and cultural history of Eastern Washington from a special guest speaker at the Hanford Interpretive Center. Then it’s off to enjoy the pride of the Red Mountain appellation with a tour, tasting, and lunch at the exquisite Terra Blanca Estate Winery and Vineyard. Explore Terra Blanca's rolling vineyards, wine caves, and beautifully manicured estate grounds before stepping back on board and sailing downriver.

Day
06

The Dalles, Oregon
Wine and art have long been a feted blend, and that’s precisely what’s in store today. Sitting atop a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, you’ll tour the Maryhill Museum—a castle-like chateau with an eclectic collection of European paintings, Rodin sculptures, Native artifacts, and the Queen of Romania’s personal effects. Along the museum’s adjacent slopes, taste award-winning varietals at Maryhill Winery and discover this scenic winery. In The Dalles, the Sunshine Mill Winery adds to the long, colorful history of a former wheat mill, and before setting sail towards the Pacific coast, you’ll stop in for a tour and taste of inspiration.

Day
07

Cannon Beach / Astoria
Today is the ultimate coastal experience. The tasting room at The Wine Shack presents your last opportunity for learning about Washington and Oregon wines with a tasting and presentation by the owner and winemaker. And only a stroll away, you’ll have a chance to sample craft, infused olive oils at the Oil and Vinegar Bar at Cannon Beach. There’ll be plenty of time to take in the magic of the Pacific seacoast before returning to Victorian Astoria for some free time and a grand finale Captain’s Dinner!

Day
08

Portland, Oregon – Disembark
Sated, your week of wineries and rivers exploration has come to an end. Enjoy breakfast with friends and say farewell to your crew before disembarking 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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise
7 nights / 8 days

 

Roundtrip Portland, OR (PDX-PDX)


Fares are per person double occupancy, in USD. Any stateroom (except Single) is available at 175% of double occupancy rate. Triple accommodations are available in the Admiral Staterooms 101 & 102; triple and quadruple accommodations available in the Owner's Suite. Inquire for pricing details. Charter up to 88 guests.


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Aug 15

SL
PDX-PDX
$3,695
$3,995
$4,295
$4,795
$5,295
$8,995
$4,795
$384,395
incl

Aug 22

SL
PDX-PDX
$3,695
$3,995
$4,295
$4,795
$5,295
$8,995
$4,795
$384,395
incl

Aug 29

SL
PDX-PDX
$3,995
$4,295
$4,595
$5,095
$5,595
$9,295
$5,195
$411,395
incl

Sep 5

SL
PDX-PDX
$3,995
$4,295
$4,595
$5,095
$5,595
$9,295
$5,195
$411,395
incl

FARES INCLUDE – All onboard meals; premium spirits, fine wine, microbrews; non-alcoholic beverages; exclusive roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; port fees and taxes; interpretive shore excursions and onboard presentations; entry fees to national parks, museums, wineries, and other historical venues; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage

FEES: Port fees and taxes are additional, per person, and should be added to cruise fare unless indicated as included (incl).

Ports & Places

Astoria, Oregon

Fort Astoria is located near the mouth of the Columbia River, and was founded by employees of John Jacob Astor’s fur trading company in 1811. Today, Astoria has more registered historic buildings than any other city in Oregon and is the oldest U.S. city on the west coast.> Read More

Cannon Beach, Oregon

According to National Geographic (June 2013), Cannon Beach is "One of the World's 100 Most Beautiful Places." Located on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Oregon, 80 miles west of Portland and 25 miles south of Astoria, Cannon Beach is surrounded by the rugged natural beauty of forests, ocean beaches, rivers, and the Oregon Coast Mountain range. > Read More

Columbia River

This great river of the West was not discovered until the 1700s. Many explorers sought to discover the mouth of this great river. James Cook, John Meares, and George Vancouver all searched for and missed it.> Read More

Columbia River Gorge

The entire Pacific Northwest has been influenced by 2 major types of floods. The first were volcanic in origin, as floods of molten lava poured over the land. Originating in volcanoes long since extinct, these flood basalts, as they are called, accumulated layer upon layer, creating the land mass that is now Washington and Oregon. > Read More

Maryhill Museum

Originally built by Sam Hill as mansion for his wife in the middle of a utopian agricultural community, Maryhill Museum has bee described as ‘The loneliest art museum in the world.’ Exquisite and unique can also be used to describe Maryhill Museum. Due to Hill's friendship with European royalty, it contains Romanian and American art donated by his friend Queen Maria of Romania.> Read More

Multnomah Falls - Oregon

Officially regarded as the tallest falls in Oregon, Multnomah Falls begins as Multnomah Creek in Larch Mountain. It drops in 3 major steps, one drop is 9 feet, one 542 feet and one 69 feet, totaling a complete drop of 620 feet.> Read More

Palouse Falls

One of the state's most beautiful waterfalls, Palouse Falls drops from a height of 198 feet with high volumes of water flow in spring and early summer. For many years the falls were called Aput Aput, meaning falling water. Later, the name was changed to commemorate the Palouse Indian culture.> Read More

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon straddles the Willamette River in northwestern Oregon, near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Once a First Peoples campground and traditional hunting and fishing site, Portland was first settled by non-natives in 1829 and incorporated in 1851.> Read More

Snake River

For Lewis & Clark, the Snake River was an area of almost continual rapids and waterfalls. Today, the area is starkly beautiful, with a mixture of irrigated farmland and open rangeland where beef cattle and an occasional deer graze.> Read More

The Dalles

Known as the end of the Oregon Trail, The Dalles was where pioneers loaded their wagons onto rafts or barges and floated down the Columbia to the mouth of the Willamette River, then upriver to Oregon City. > Read More

Walla Walla, Washington

Sunny and fertile, this area is often called Washington’s breadbasket. Soils deposited by ice-age floods, combined with irrigation from the Columbia, Snake, and Walla Walla Rivers, contribute to the area's high production of wheat, alfalfa, corn, asparagus, potatoes, the famous Walla Walla sweet onion, and wine grapes.> Read More

Extend Your Cruise

To be announced!

Vessels

S.S. Legacy

Refurbished in 2013, the ambience aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy emulates an early steamer with carved wooden cabinetry, and a lounge complete with a full bar and old-world charm. A luxurious Owner's Suite occupies three rooms on the top deck, including a living room, king-sized bed and a full bathtub.

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