Summary : Become modern-day explorers, discovering America’s extraordinary wine regions in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge. Taste exquisite wines in Washington’s wine country and enjoy private winery tours in Walla Walla and Yakima, and taste from a special tasting list at the Maryhill Winery. Along the scenic journey, admire the tremendous engineering feat of the locks and dams stretching from the breathtaking Columbia Gorge to the golden coulees of the east. Witness the natural beauty and tastes of the Pacific Northwest aboard a 22-passenger yacht offering exceptional comfort.
Activities : Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$999,999,999 to $0
Welcome! You will be met at the airport this afternoon and transferred to the yacht. The Captain and crew greet you with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Relax on deck and enjoy a sunset dinner cruise.
After breakfast, transfer to the jet boat for an invigorating ride into Hells Canyon. Vertical cliffs carved by this free-flowing river hem in the rushing waters, while dramatic scenery unfolds as you jet upriver. Keep watch for Bighorn sheep and hawks throughout the day. After returning to the yacht, cruise the Snake River, passing through your first lock and dam—the Lower Granite. This evening’s dinner is a culinary arts presentation by your Executive Chef. After dinner, enjoy a brief orientation to the journey.
Pass through the Little Goose lock and dam first thing this morning, then anchor at the mouth of the Palouse River. The kayaks and skiff will be lowered for an up-close exploration of the pristine and lovely Palouse canyon. Watch for hundreds of cliff swallows that nest on the canyon walls, and for Northern Harriers and osprey hovering above the still waters as they hunt.
Travel by executive coach to the Walla Walla appellation. Tour family-owned boutique wineries. Enjoy private tours and tastings of prized reserve and award-winning wines. Visit with winemakers to learn about their handcrafted production and blend your own complex creation under the tutelage of a world-class winemaker.
Enjoy breakfast on board, before another day of exclusive wine tastings in a private setting. Join a winemaker for an exclusive vineyard tour before enjoying a romantic luncheon at a spectacular winery.
As you cruise the rolling Columbia River, make your way through the John Day Dam and enjoy a cooking demonstration en route. After lunch you’ll anchor and tour the Maryhill Museum followed by a visit to the Maryhill Winery. The museum’s collections are housed in a castle-like chateau situated on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The winery visit includes a tasting from a special tasting list. Once back on board the yacht you’ll transit The Dalles Dam.
Make a morning port call at Hood River, the windsurfing capital of the world, to visit the town. Back on board, join your Expedition Leader on deck as you enter the striking Columbia River Gorge. A designated National Scenic Area, this spectacular canyon cuts the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. Later visit the spectacular Multnomah Falls and enjoy a private tour of the Bonneville Dam, the last dam on the river as you head west towards the Pacific Ocean. View the massive turbines that produce enormous amounts of hydropower, and step outside to view the fish ladder.
Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you “adieu.” At 9:00 am you’ll be transferred to the Portland airport.
Reverse Itinerary: 10/27/2012, 11/10/2012 (Portland to Lewiston)
Exclusive shore excursions and transfers; all meals aboard the yacht; premium wine, beer and liquor; meet/greet serices and transfers; kayaking and small-boat exploration; onboard professional naturalist / expedition leader; all taxes, port charges and fees.
Airfare to and from your home city; super-premium wine, beer and liquor; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew, typically 5-10% of fare; travel insurance.