Rivers of Wine
DATES – 2019 – November 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 | December 07
EMBARKATION – Portland, OR
DISEMBARKATION – Portland, OR
DURATION – 8 days/7 Nights
SHIP – M/V Legacy
From – $4,295 (Plus Port Charges $225)
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.
- Sommelier and guest wine expert join you on board for the week
- Winery tours and tastings in five Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley
- Lunch at Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard
- Maryhill Museum and Winery tour and tasting
- Explore Palouse Falls canyon and Multnomah Falls
- Discover Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
- Convenience of sailing roundtrip Portland, Oregon
- Onboard meals;
- Onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages;
- Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days;
- Entry fees to parks/preserves/winery;
- All from-the-vessel activities and equipment;
- Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage.
- P0rt Charges
- Air Fare
- Pre- or post-cruise services
- Gratuities to crew
- Travel Insurance
Portland, Oregon – Embarkation
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 on your “rivers of wine” cruise. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres await you on board before sitting down for a sumptuous dinner.
The Columbia meets the Pacific in the rustic 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. We’ll sample whatever is in season and meet the folks who work in the small-scale seafood industries up and down the Washington and Oregon coast. Wash it all down with a cold one from a local craft brewery. 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.
Hood River / Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
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. Sample craft ciders made from the acres of apple and pear orchards that roll across the mountains. Fill up at lunch, the base of Mount Hood is also prime wine growing region—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.
Walla Walla, Washington
Go local. Today, sample all things Walla Walla including tastes from visits with an olive oil maker, a local chocolatier, and makers of hand-cured pastrami and cheeses. And with local bites comes local sips. Lunch is a special treat at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre where your onboard chef and area farmers, producers, and the winemakers from Bergevin Lane Vineyards prepare a feast that is truly of the area. Then it’s time to stretch your legs. Visit Dunham Cellars or head to historic downtown with your guide and sommelier where boutique shops and over 30 tasting rooms await. Back on board, trade stories of culture and food and drink adventures over dinner with your shipmates.
A visit to the Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center 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 from a featured AVA. 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, tasting, and lunch 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 onboard tasting event before dinner.
The Dalles, Oregon
Pair fine craft food and drink with the craft of fine art. Atop a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, tour the 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. After lunch onboard, afternoon activities include meeting a local brew master to learn about ales, stouts, pilsners, and lagers. Over a swig or two, soak up tales of families whose ancestors crossed the country on the Oregon Trail and settled in The Dalles. Weather permitting, stroll the Columbia River Trail to a noteworthy Lewis and Clark campsite, or visit the historic downtown area of The Dalles.
Oregon’s largest AVA, the Willamette Valley is an oenophile’s mecca with over 250 wineries and six recognized sub-appellations. And like a plump grape, bursting with opportunities to please your palate! At Hawks View Cellars, tour the sustainably farmed 50-acre estate vineyard and sip on some award-winning Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Then tour and taste at a couple of other hand-picked wineries—perhaps take in Parrett Mountain’s southern views while sipping Archer Vineyards’ old-vine varietals, or nestled among the Dundee Hills, is family-run Domaine Serene, specializing in Pinot Noir from eco-cultivated vineyards. Or maybe it’s world-renowned Ponzi Winery atop a Chehalem Mountain slope or Penner-Ash Wine Cellars with its wide Chehalem Valley vistas. Whichever winemakers du jour, you’ll gain an insider’s view of this world-renowned region. 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.
Portland, Oregon – Disembark
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.
Outfitted with a portable activity launch platform, the 86-guest S.S. Legacy is ready for adventure. Notable features of this replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer include beautiful carved wooden cabinetry, a well-stocked whisky saloon, and spacious Owner’s Suite.
A perfect mash-up of old and new—replica 1898 coastal gold rush steamer, Victorian-style décor, and modern machinery. The elegant and one-of-a-kind S.S. Legacy is a classic and the fastest in the fleet. Capable of 15 knots, she can sail to the farthest reaches gathering more stories of adventure along the way. And wherever she sails, she announces her arrival with an antique whistle. 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.
Onboard Features: Elevator (access to three public decks); portable activity launch platform; kayaks, paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, hiking poles; two on-deck hot tubs; fitness equipment and yoga mats; piano; DVD and book library; wine bar
Cabin Features: TV/DVD player; hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo, body wash; binoculars; reusable water bottles; in-room safe deposit box
- 86 guests
- 43 cabins
- 34-35 crew members
- 192 feet in length
- 40 feet wide
- Cruising speed of 11 knots
- Built in 1983 by Bender Shipbuilding
- Renovated in 2013
- Registered in United States
- 2.5:1 Guest-to-crew ratio