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Adventure river cruise in the U.S. with Uncruise

Uncruise is a small ship adventure company started in 1996.  They sail in Alaska, Galapagos, Hawaii, Latin America, Mexico, the Pacific Northwest.  And if you’re feeling a river cruise, they’ve got one right here in the US – Columbia & Snake Rivers.
The Columbia & Snake rivers is the recreational mecca of the rivers.  For the adventurer, you can explore by kayak, raft, skiff, swim or a hike.
This cruise is not a sit on the sideline cruise.  You’re in the middle of it all.  Each day the great outdoors calls:  Coulees (pronounced coolees) and canyons, evergreen forests, and dramatic basalt (busalts) cliffs.  You can explore the rivers’ trails by foot or by bike, and along the shore by kayak and raft.  Or you can opt to focus on wine, craft beer, and culinary touring and tasting at vineyards, wineries, breweries, and cideries. The areas along the Columbia and Snake rivers are like California’s Sonoma Valley winemaking region.  It is a blossoming wine region and the quality of wine is astounding!  There are new award-winning wineries opening all the time.
Plus, get a dose of history and geology.  Follow the path of Lewis and Clark from desert to rainforest.

There are 2 itineraries:

Rivers of Adventure – 7 night cruise from Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington (or you can do the reverse).  
INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
  • River rafting trip
  • Hike, kayak, swim, and skiff at: Palouse Falls State Park, Columbia Hills State Park, and Ft. Clatsop, a Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
  • Multnomah Falls walk and visit
  • Jet boat ride into Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Bike (or shuttle) and wine outing in Hood River Valley
  • Rowena Overlook hikes at Tom McCall Nature Preserve
  • Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center
  • Presentation by a Nez Perce tribal member
  • Narration by natural and cultural history guides
Rivers of Wine & Culinary – 7 night cruise from Portland round trip.
INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Onboard sommelier (sumulyay) and farm to table culinary demos
  • Winery tours in Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Willamette Valley
  • Cruise through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge
  • Wine, craft brews, kombucha, and cider tastings
  • Wine-pairing lunch and cooking demo at Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center
  • Food and beverage demo with a local chef in Astoria
  • Local culinary delights at historic Gesa Power House Theater
  • Rodin sculptures, European paintings, Native artifacts, and Northwest art at the Maryhill Museum
How will you be getting from point A to point B?  On the S.S. Legacy which is a 90 passenger replica of an early 20th century coastal steam ship with a Victorian look and feel.  If is a wonderful ship!
Uncruise also has some fantastic theme cruises set for 2020.
There’s an Insiders theme cruise, here you’ll be taken behind the scenes with people who live and breathe in the places you explore.
If you love birds, there are Birding cruises, with birding experts on board.
And if you have a love of photography as I do, there are some great photography cruises with the pros .
Uncruise is all about small ships, BIG adventures.  Their small ships are intimate with no more than 90 guests on any itinerary.  Guides have vast and deep experience, plus an impressive collection of advanced degrees in curiosity peaking subjects from whales to fungi to geology.
If you have any questions on Uncruise, or anything else, please feel free to reach out to us 7 days a week.

Wine River Cruise in the U.S. on the Columbia and Snake River

When you hear the words “wine river cruise”, you automatically think France’s Bordeaux region, Burgundy and Provence in the south of France, a Rhine or Danube river cruise with their hillside vineyards.

These certainly are great experiences and I am a huge fan of a European river cruise.  If you have not yet done one, put it on your bucket list as they are an unforgettable vacation.

Columbia River, Mount Hood

BUT, you don’t have to go that far to enjoy a wine themed river cruise.  There’s a spectacular one right in our backyard!  Uncruise has a wine cruise that sails the Columbia River and the Snake River.  Cruise in the footsteps of two legendary explorers, Lewis and Clark.

The areas along the Columbia and Snake rivers are like California’s Sonoma Valley winemaking region.  It is a blossoming wine region and the quality of wine is astounding!  There are new award-winning wineries opening all the time.

Fields of Grapes

Uncruise has a wine themed river cruise called Rivers of Wine and it’s a 7-night cruise aboard the S.S. Legacy that starts and ends in Portland, Oregon.  Portland is a vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest with magnificent coffee shops, brunch spots, food trucks, microbreweries, book stores and some amazing natural scenery of the Willamette River and Mount Hood.  Worth a visit!

Grapes before wine

Highlights of the “Rivers of Wine” cruise:

  • Sommelier and guest wine expert join you on board for the week
  • Winery tours and tastings
  • 5 Washington and Oregon AVAs: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Willamette Valley (An AVA basically requires that 85% or more of the wine is derived from grapes grown within the boundaries of the area)
  • 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
  • Watch for Wildlife along the way
Palouse Falls, WA

The S.S. Legacy is a beautiful ship that’s a replica of a turn of the century coastal gold rush steamer.  Featuring elegant carved wooden cabinetry, a well-stocked whiskey saloon, and spacious Owner’s Suite.

Ship – S.S. Legacy

Visits to:

  • Hood River Springhouse Cellar Winery, Columbia River Gorge (show pics)
  • Hood Winery, Columbia River Gorge
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
  • Basel Cellars Estate Winery, Walla, Walla Washington
  • Dunham Cellars, Walla Walla – Small unique winery
  • The town of Walla Walla is wonderful!  You’ll want to do a walking tour.
  • Palouse Falls
  • Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center – a great place to taste wines from the region
  • Terra Blanca Winery & Vineyard, Red Mountain.  One of the largest wineries in the area.  You’ll get to go down to the barrel caves.
  • The Dalles & Willamette Valley
  • Hawks View Cellars
  • Ponzi Vineyards
Terra Blanca Winery & Estate

Uncruise is an adventure cruise line that’s been in the adventure travel business since 1996.  They specialize in soft adventure travel…  With activities like kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, hiking and more.  Nothing too extreme, but active adventure is the name of the game.

The Rivers of Wine itinerary, is an exception.  It’s more about the wine than the activities.  You will still be able to do some hiking, but mostly hiking through vineyards and wineries.  If you want to sail the Columbia and Snake rivers but prefer a bit more adventure and activity, Uncruise does have itinerary options for that as well.

If you’ve sailed or toured this region before, please let us know what your experiences were below.  We’d love to hear about it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or submit a question to us here.