Columbia River: Legacy of Discovery (UnCruise)

Small Ship Journey: Discover the legacy of Lewis & Clark, the Nez Perce, and early pioneers as you journey along the Columbia & Snake Rivers. From the shores of the Pacific to the peaks of Hells Canyon, included premium excursions and presentations highlight the region's early American history.

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Join us May 17 at 2pm eastern to learn more about UnCruise Adventures


2017 Departure Dates:

- July 1-8, July 8-15, July 15-22, July 22-29

- Aug 12-19, Aug 19-16

- Sept 2-9, Sept 9-16, Sept 16-23, Sept 23-30, Sept 30-Oct 7

- Oct 7-14, Oct 28-Nov 4

- Nov 4-11, 11-18, 18-25


Included Highlights:

  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Multnomah Falls
  • Learn about Merriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Corps of Discovery expedition from onboard historians, presentations, and visits to historical sites
  • Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon
  • Visit Astoria Column and Columbia River Maritime Museum
  • Tours to Fort Clatsop, Maryhill Museum, Hanford Reach, and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Centers

DAY 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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. 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 intricacies of locking through as you transit the locks and dams of the lower Snake River. This evening, a member of the Nez Perce joins you on board with colorful stories.

DAY 4: Clarkston, Washington / 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 5: Richland: 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. This afternoon, pause to soak in the sweeping views of the Red Mountain AVA while touring and tasting 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

DAY 6: 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 7: 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 8: Portland, Oregon – Disembark: Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you “adieu.” Disembark for your included transfer to the Portland airport.


To reserve space call UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or sales@uncruise.com and mention you are with NPCA.

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  • Cost:
    From $4,295 per person double occupancy; single supplement applies
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