The small ship cruise is the ultimate Columbia and Snake River adventure; hike, kayak and paddle by day and relax with a glass of local wine onboard in the evenings. 

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Sample local culinary delights

Onboard sommelier, and natural and cultural history guides

Kayak, paddle and relax along the scenic Columbia River Gorge

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Rivers of Adventure & Wine

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Day 1


You made it, welcome to the City of Roses! Check in to your hotel, then go. Farm-to-table dining, craft breweries, art, museums, shopping—more to explore than you have time, but it’s fun trying. (D)


Day 2


Dock in charming, Victorian downtown Astoria, then you’re off to Ft. Clatsop, the winter fort of the 1804 -1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Check out the exhibits and follow trails to the replica fort. Hard chargers can take a 7-mile, one-way hike on the Fort to Sea Trail through forest, fields, and dunes. Whichever you opt for, everyone experiences Ft. Clatsop and beach walks. Back downtown, explore on your own, walk the waterfront trail, and/or visit the Astoria Column.

Afterwards, set sail up river and see what delectable treats your chef and crew have in store for the evening - a nibble from a local harvest, a special pairing perhaps? (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Hood River Valley / Columbia River Gorge

Gateway to the gorge. Slip through the Bonneville Dam locks, then head behind the scenes at the visitor center. Take a walk on the wild side at Multnomah Falls—the tallest in the state. Snap a few photos before your next big adventure: a guided hike in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. Choose the low elevation option, or trek upward to a waterfall amidst towering trees.

Back on board, your onboard sommelier has a “Best of Hood River Valley” wine tasting dialed in. All you have to do is take a seat in the lounge - you’re in good hands. (B)(L)(D)

Columbia River Gorge

Day 4

Walla Walla

Start the day cruising the famed Wallula Gap. 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, stroll downtown with your guides where boutique shops and over 30 tasting rooms await. Bellies full, the afternoon is perfect for easy cruising in the most unique river system in the nation. Join your guides for interpretive presentations of a land rich in history. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Palouse River

Wake up at the mouth of the Palouse River. At the confluence of the Palouse and Snake rivers, your crew has everything set with a beach party at Lyons Ferry State Park - go for a long or short paddle and a swim. Wind up the afternoon cruising one of the most scenic stretches of the Snake River. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Deschutes River

River play is on the agenda today. Whichever option you pick, start with a shallow wet landing on the beach. Choose whitewater with a Deschutes rafting adventure. Class II and III+ rapids come with names like Elevator and Surf City. Rafting guides provide the gear (including optional wetsuits) and expertise; your ship’s chef provides the picnic lunch.

Stick to dry land and visit Columbia Hills State Park on foot, or if weather permits, by skiff. Take a dip in a lazy section of the river, and let the sunshine dry you off after a swim. Along the river’s edge, listen to the rustle of cottonwoods. Swap stories with your shipmates over cocktails and appetisers. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Rowena Plateau

Lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, wide-stretching plateaus. At Rowena Overlook, it’s boots-on-the-ground exploration. Opt for a 2-mile roundtrip hike to the crest of Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Your reward: expansive views in every direction—including the river far below. Or, choose the steeper, 3.6-mile roundtrip Tom McCall Point trail. On a cloudless day, your effort gaining 1,000 feet of elevation pays off with views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River Gorge!

Cheers to adventure, wine, and your week aboard! Wrap it up cruising through the Columbia River Gorge and popping a few corks at the Farewell Dinner. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8


One last fresh scone or omelet. After breakfast, disembark in Portland and transfer to the airport. (B)

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