Rivers of Wine
As you set sail from Portland, Oregon, along the Willamette River with your crew and guest wine expert, your yearning-to-learn about the 'rivers' history and partaking in sampling Washington and Oregon wines will surely be accomplished.
You'll experience four Pacific Northwest rivers: the Columbia, Snake, Willamette, and Palouse. On board, a local wine expert joins you for a week of presentations and tastings. You'll enjoy tastings and tours at five Washington and Oregon wineries. Enjoy lunch at Terra Blanca winery & Estate vineyard. Discover stunning Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Explore Palouse Falls Canyon. Tour enchanting Maryhill Winery vineyard and cave.
Day 1: Portland, Oregon - Embarkation Welcome to Portland! Arriving at the airport, our representatives will be there to greet you for your transfer to our hospitality area in downtown Portland. If time allows, explore the city before setting sail on your "Rivers of wine" cruise. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres await you onboard before sitting down for a sumptuous dinner
Day 2: Hood River > Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Start your day with a stop at the towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon, before making your way to two fabulous local wineries for a date with the winemakers. Enjoy a tasting at Hood River's beautifully rustic Springhouse Cellars-a working winery housed in a former turn-of-the-century fruit cannery and distillery. At Mt. Hood winery, the expertise of eight generations of winemakers is yours to savour - tour and taste at this century-old farm under the watchful gaze of the winery's volcanic namesake. 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: Walla Walla, Washington Named one of the top ten wine regions in the world, this world-class wine country was shaped by its distinctive micro-climates, rich volcanic soil, and abundant river irrigation. Today you'll swirl a glass and meet the owners at award-winning Basel Cellars Estate Winery and at Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery. And while the passion may be in the bottle, you can enjoy the owner's original artwork and a smooth pour at Dunham Cellars. There'll be time for relaxing back aboard the SS Legacy, as you sail into the Snake River Canyon.
Day 4: Palouse Falls State Park According to the Palouse tribal legend, four giant brothers pursued a mythic creature called "Big Beaver." Fighting gallantly, each time Big Beaver was speared, the canyon walls were gouged until he tore out a huge canyon, the river tumbled over a cliff, and the falls were born. Arriving at the falls, by way of bus along the Palouse River, notice the jagged canyon walls and the deep marks of Big Beaver's claws. This afternoon - relax like royalty - there'll be an onboard tasting presentation by your wine host.
Day 5: Red Mountain A visit to the Walter Clore wine & culinary centre provides palette pleasing access to Washington wine experts - learn about the diversity of the state's wine and food products, perfect food pairings, and sample wines. 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. Savour a tour, tasting and lunch at the exquisite Terra Blanca Estate winery & vineyard. Explore the 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 onboard tasting event before dinner.
Day 6: The Dalles, Oregon The entrepreneurial spirit, award-winning wines, and natural beauty of Maryhill Winery are yours to discover. Tour vineyards and a wine cave, taste wines from the barrel, and take in the expansive views of Columbia River Gorge cliffs stretching 1,000 feet below. After lunch aboard the S.S. Legacy, the afternoon in The Dalles is yours as you please - a tour and taste at Columbia Valley AVA's Sunshine Mill Winery, stroll downtown or along the Riverfront Trail, or perhaps peel a grape and simply relax on deck.
Day 7: Willamette Valley The Willamette Valley is an oenophile's mecca with over 250 wineries and six recognized sub-appellations. Set atop a Chehalem Mountain slope, is the world-renowned Ponzi Winery, producers of several rare Italian varietals and their highly-acclaimed Pinot Noir, a Willamette Valley specialty. And at Hawks View Cellars, tour the sustainably farmed 50-acre estate vineyard and sip on some award-winning Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Tonight, we pull out all the corks for a wine extravaganza and city lights cruise along the Willamette River - raising one last glass to toast friendship and wine at the captain's dinner.
Day 8: Portland, Oregon - Disembark Sated, your week of wineries and rivers exploration has come to an end. Enjoy breakfast with friends and say farewell to your 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.
River Cruising Travelling nearly 1,000 miles upriver and down, our generously inclusive river cruises provide the best value available on the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette Rivers - included shore excursions, a complimentary massage, wellness programme, spirits and beverages, onboard historians, living history programmes, visits to boutique wineries, exclusive one-on-one interactions with locals, port fees and taxes, no long lines or hours on a bus, and you're never far from the riverbank. While exploring the cultural traditions, unspoiled lands, and the history and evolution of life along the rivers, you'll enjoy a stimulating heritage voyage of colourful places and fascinating people.
SS Legacy Refurbished in 2013, the ambience aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy emulates the old-world charm of an early turn-of-the-century coastal steamer. Exquisitely appointed with period decor, the vessel's carved wooden cabinetry, Grand Salon complete with a full bar and dance floor, Klondike Dining Room with wine bar, Pesky Barnacle Saloon, hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite are features accessible to all guests.
• Exclusive activities and shore excursions, presentations • Entry fees to national parks, preserves, and monuments • Narration and expertise from expedition and heritage guides. • Meet, greet services, transfers and baggage handling (between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days) • Onboard meals • Spirits, wine and microbrews • Non-alcoholic beverages • Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
Pricing (per person) $USD
Departs 2017 Departures
Aug 5, 26
Oct 14, 21 2018 Departures Aug 11, 18
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
• Airfare to and from your home city
• Optional travel insurance
• Port taxes, fees • Gratuities to your vessel cruise • Airfare to and from your home city • Optional travel insurance
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.