Legacy of Discovery
Journey through time along the Columbia Snake and Willamette Rivers and your senses awaken much as they must have for Captain Robert Gray. In 1792 Gray discovered and named the Columbia River after his ship, the Columbia Reviva. As you push off from the Portland dock enjoying champagne and hors d'oeuvres, it is certain your bountiful expedition will have you traveling in greater comfort than your predecessors - who without the aid of modern amenities, undertook tough journeys. This week, joined by legendary and colorful personalities, the history along these shores comes to life.
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 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.
Day 4: Clarkston >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. 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.
Day 6: The Dalles, Oregon It's a day of culture at the Maryhill Museum and Columbia Gorge Discovery Centre. With its eclectic collection of European paintings, Native artifacts, and the Queen of Romania's personal effects, the museum's collection is housed in a castle-like chateau situated on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The Discovery Centre's interactive exhibits provide a life-sized look into the area's volcanic upheavals and severe flooding; Ice Age; pioneers and missionaries; 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.
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 Traveling 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 Come aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. Our replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century decor. Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.
• 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
Apr 1, 8(C), 29
May 5, 13, 20, 27
Jun 3, 10, 17
Jul 1, 8, 15, 22
Aug 12, 19
Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Oct 7, 28
Nov 4, 11, 18(H) 2018 Departures
Apr 7, 14, 21, 28
May 6, 12, 19, 26
Jun 16, 23, 30
Jul 7, 28
Aug 4, 25
Sep 8, 15, 22, 29
Oct 20, 27
Nov 3, 10, 17(H)
C = Chairman's
H = Holiday
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 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.
• Our recommendations for gratuities is USD 25.00 to USD 35.00 per person per day.