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Journey through time along the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette Rivers. Hells Canyon, Lewis & Clark, the Nez Perce, and early pioneers are the highlights on board and on included premium shore excursions.
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Seven nights river cruise accommodation, all meals onboard including fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews, roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between rail station/airport & vessel, port fees and taxes and interpretive shore excursions and on board presentations - entry fees to national parks, museums, wineries, and other historical venues.
Selected Saturdays; 01 Apr - 18 Nov 2017
Cruise nearly 1,600 kilometres - conveniently, roundtrip Portland, Oregon - on an inclusive eight day voyage aboard an 88-guest replica coastal steamer. Historians, heritage guides, guest experts, and included premium excursions ashore to museums, forts, scenic parks, and wineries carry you through time sharing its varied past and how agriculture and engineering have shaped this vast region.
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Cruise through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge which cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains.
Hillsides of the Columbia and Snake Rivers reveal the vineyards of some of the area's more than 200 wineries.
Explore Portland, a vibrant city that is close to nature and renowned for its culinary scene and sustainable, green values.
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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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. Afterwards, enjoy a tour, tasting, and savory lunch 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.
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.
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.
Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you “adieu.” Disembark for your included transfer to the Portland airport.
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