Rivers of Wine & Culinary
The highlights of this small ship cruise with UnCruise Adventures include: • Onboard sommelier and farm to table culinary demos • Winery tours in Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Willamette Valley • Cruise through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge • Wine, craft brews, kombucha, and cider tastings • Wine-pairing lunch and cooking demo at Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Centre • Food and beverage demo with a local chef in Astoria • Local culinary delights at historic Gesa Power House Theatre • Rodin sculptures, European paintings, Native artifacts, and Northwest art at the Maryhill Museum
Pull out the corks! Pacific Northwest AVAs, bunches of wineries, dozens of varietals, chef demonstrations, and an onboard sommelier. Plus, hand-crafted meals and pairings, exclusive brewery and winery tours, on-foot exploration, and a week of relaxation on the sweeping landscape of the Columbia and Snake Rivers - an oenophile and foodie's dream.
Day 1: Portland, Oregon - Embarkation (D) Welcome to Portland! Arriving at the airport, UnCruise representatives are there to greet you for your transfer to our hospitality area in downtown Portland. If time allows, explore the city before setting sail. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres await you on board before sitting down for a sumptuous dinner.
Day 2: Astoria (B,L,D) The Columbia meets the Pacific in the historic seaport of Astoria. Settle in and take a bite. Iconic Pacific Northwest razor clams, oysters, salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab, sturgeon, steelhead, and cod are all harvested here. Test your nose and your palate with whatever is in season and meet one of Astoria's own, Chef Chris Holen, during a food and beverage demo. Chris distills his own spirits and runs several restaurants in town. Wash it all down with a cold one from a local craft brewery, Buoy Beer. Need to move your feet? Hit the Astoria Riverwalk trail and explore bridges and seafaring history along the path of the old Columbia River Railroad. Or, burn some serious calories and climb from sea level to the Astoria Column for stellar views. Back onboard to cruise like the explorers once did, leave the mouth of the Columbia, delving into the heart of the Coastal Range as you wrap up your first big day.
Day 3: Hood River > Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (B,L,D) Start your day with on deck guided stretches and a hearty breakfast as you pass through the Bonneville Locks. Misty or sunny, it's all epic scenery. Today's focus reflects the agricultural landscape: orchards and vineyards. Meet the owners at Ferment Brewing Company, makers of craft beers and kombucha. The Hood River Valley - ripe for touring and tasting. Back on board, cruise upriver through the Columbia River Gorge's diverse collection of ecosystems. 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 4: Walla Walla, Washington (B,L,D) Start the day cruising the famed Wallula Gap. Today's theme is all things Walla Walla including nibbles from visits with an olive oil maker, a local chocolatier, and makers of hand-cured meats and sauces. For lunch, try culinary delights that are truly of the area at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre. With local bites come local sips and time to stretch your legs. Tour and taste at family-owned Dunham Cellars. In historic downtown Walla Walla, visit multi-media artist Squire Broel's studio and stroll downtown with your guides where boutique shops and over 30 tasting rooms await. Back on board, trade stories of culture, food, and drink adventures over dinner with your shipmates while cruising the most unique river system in the nation.
Day 5: Red Mountain (B,L,D) A visit to the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Centre provides palette-pleasing access to Washington and Oregon wine experts. Learn about the diversity of the region's wine and food products, perfect food pairings (including a cooking demo), and sample wines from a featured AVA over lunch. Then it's off to discover the pride of the Red Mountain appellation - the smallest wine-grape growing region of Washington by acreage and known for its critically acclaimed reds. Savor a tour and tasting at the exquisite Terra Blanca Estate Winery & Vineyard. Explore Terra Blanca's rolling vineyards, wine caves, and beautifully manicured estate grounds. Nose and bouquet, balance and finish, legs and body - your wine host and sommelier guide you through an on-board tasting event before dinner.
Day 6: The Dalles, Oregon (B,L,D) Rise above the cliffs that form the Columbia Gorge this morning on a tour of the expansive Maryhill Museum - a castle-like chateau with an eclectic collection of European paintings, Rodin sculptures, Native artifacts, Northwest art, and the Queen of Romania's personal art objects and artifacts. Return to the Legacy for a daylight cruise of the famed Columbia Gorge, and relax over an onboard tasting of locally crafted spirits as you weave into the heart of the Gorge. Watch the land change from desert to temperate rainforest within the span of an hour, taking in all the flavors of the area.
Day 7: Willamette Valley (B,L,D) Rise and shine with hot cup of joe. Your morning features an onboard coffee sampling from a local roaster to complement your pastries and hot breakfast while cruising up the Willamette River. Next up, the Willamette Valley. Oregon's largest AVA is an oenophile's mecca and, like a plump grape, bursting with opportunities to please your palate. Tour and taste at hand-picked, family-owned, boutique wineries. Feel like one of the family while sipping Raptor Ridge's and Archer Vineyards' old-vine varietals and taking in Oregon's Coastal Range. Tonight, pull out all the corks for a wine extravaganza by the city lights of Portland, Oregon. Raise one last glass to toast friendship and wine at the multi-course captain's dinner.
Day 8: Portland, Oregon - Disembark (B) Sated, your week of wineries and river cruising has come to an end. Enjoy breakfast with friends and say farewell to the 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.
SS Legacy The one-of-a-kind Legacy - "whale whisperer" as many will tell you - is the fastest in the fleet. Capable of 15 knots, she sails to the farthest reaches spinning yarns of adventure along the way. Like the crew and guests having the time of their lives, she hums with each new opportunity. It's no wonder that for many of the crew (and office folk), she's a first love that never fades. And, a welcoming hub for souls looking for adventure.
• Exclusive activities, shore excursions, presentation • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition guides • Meet & greet services, transfers, and baggage handling between airport & vessel on embark and disembark days • Onboard meals • Onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
Departs 2020 Departures
Sep 12, 19
Oct 24, 31
Nov 7, 14, 21 2021 Departures Aug 28
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25
Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13, 20
Sep 12, 19
Booking conditions • Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices.
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
• Prices are per person in US Dollars, double/twin occupancy. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for single, triple cabin prices. • Please contact World Journeys for the updated US exchange rate.
Not included • Port taxes, fees
• Gratuities to your vessel cruise
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities to your vessel cruise
Gratuity • Our recommendations for gratuities is USD 25 - 35 per person per day.
• Our recommendations for gratuities is USD 25 - 35 per person per day.
Book by 15 Dec 2020 to save up to US$400 on all 2021 departures!
Book and pay your deposit by 15 Dec 2020, and save up to US$800 per couple (or US$400 per person) on all 2021 departures. (Excludes Master cabin category).
Offer applies to new bookings only in Commander cabins and above, is subject to availability, and may only be combined with the past guest Loyalty and Refer-a-Friend savings. Restrictions apply.