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Legacy of Discovery

Living history, natural wonders, and locks and dams highlight this 7-night Columbia river cruise


INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Visit the stunning Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and towering Multnomah Falls
  • Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Ride a speed boat into Hells Canyon and hear the storied past of the Nez Perce
  • Step into early American pioneer history with included tours at Fort Clatsop and Fort Walla Walla
  • Discover Victorian Astoria and the fascinating Columbia River Maritime Museum
  • Tour enchanting Maryhill Museum and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center
  • Enjoy a private tour and tasting at a Washington winery
  • Retrace history following the epic journey of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Daily narrative led by guest experts, historians, and onboard Heritage guides

Join these Theme Departures:


Lewis and Clark
Explorers: Enhanced Lewis & Clark 2015: May 16 with Todd Weber
2015: May 23 with Todd Weber
2015: October 31 with Todd Weber
2015: November 7 with Todd Weber
2016: May 14 with Todd Weber
2016: May 21 with Todd Weber
Music Theme
Music / Entertainment 2014: October 11 with Letters from Home
2015: August 8 with Letters from Home


   ADVENTURE SAVINGS!

  • Save $400 per couple on April - November 2015 departures! Book by September 30, 2014.

 

Cruise
7 nights / 8 days

Cruise

Day
01

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
02

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 ladders at the dam’s Visitor Center. Since 1938, this historic landmark has supplied hydroelectric power and river navigation. Travel by motorcoach to the towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon. 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

Snake River Cruising
After an early morning transit of McNary Dam, you’ll arrive at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Hillsides reveal the vineyards of some of the area's more than 200 wineries. Learn about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and its role in World War II’s Manhattan Project. 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 navigational challenges and intricacies of locking through as you transit the locks and dams of the lower Snake River. Step back in time with colorful stories about hardships and triumphs of early pioneers.

Day
04

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
05

Walla Walla
A visit to Fort Walla Walla celebrates the “Cradle of Northwest History” with a pioneer village, Living History presentations, a museum, and extensive galleries. Turn your attention to the vibrant international winemaking industry that thrives in and around Walla Walla. This world-class wine country was shaped by its distinctive micro-climates, rich volcanic terroir, and abundant river irrigation. Enjoy the pride of this appellation with a tour and tasting at one of the region's distinctive wineries.

Day
06

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
07

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
08

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.

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.


Lewis and Clark theme - Explorers: Enhanced Lewis & Clark Themed Departure
Music Theme - Music / Entertainment Themed Departure


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Apr 5

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Apr 12

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Apr 19

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Apr 26

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May 3

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May 10

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May 17

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May 24

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May 31

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Aug 30

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Sep 6

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Sep 13

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Sep 20

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Sept 27

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Oct 4

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Oct 11

Music Theme
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Oct 18

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Oct 25

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Nov 1

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Nov 8

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Nov 15

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Nov 22

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Apr 4

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Apr 11

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Apr 18

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Apr 25

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May 2

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May 9

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May 16

Lewis and Clark
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May 23

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May 30

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Jun 6

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Jun 13

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Jun 20

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Jun 27

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Jul 4

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Jul 11

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Jul 18

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Jul 25

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Aug 1

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Aug 8

Music Theme
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Sep 12

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Sep 19

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Sep 26

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Oct 3

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Oct 10

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Oct 17

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Oct 24

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Oct 31

Lewis and Clark
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Nov 7

Lewis and Clark
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Nov 14

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Nov 21

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Apr 2

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Apr 9

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Apr 16

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Apr 23

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Apr 30

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May 7

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May 14

Lewis and Clark
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May 21

Lewis and Clark
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May 28

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Jun 4

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Jun 11

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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).


The 22-guest Safari Quest is available for full yacht charter. Inquire for details. 

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

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

Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America and a wonderful and unique region to explore by jet boat. This stretch of the Snake River is designated as a national recreation area and is one of the last remaining free-flowing sections of the river.> 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

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

HOTEL STOPOVER: Portland - Marriott

The Portland Marriott Downtown hotel offers all the urban color and flavor of this vibrant city. Ideally located on the Willamette riverfront, the hotel is near Portland State University and many other top downtown attractions.> Read More

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 Grand Salon 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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