Adventure calls on the rivers with hiking, biking, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. Local natural and cultural history guides offer unique perspectives in this recreation mecca.

Set sail for the river adventure with us. Wine lovers and foodies revel in tours and tastings—we think Syrah tastes even better when sipped from the bow and overlooking the hills of the riverbank. And for the adventurer, explore the Cascade playground by hike, kayak, raft, and skiff. It’s all impressive and all-inclusive.

Highlights


• Deschutes 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

• Hike forested trails and above the basalt cliffs in the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area

• Pedal or stroll the heart of the famed Columbia Gorge or explore the quaint and happening town of Hood River

• Rowena Overlook hikes at Tom McCall Nature Preserve

• Transit six locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center

• Hike, walk, or stroll Pacific Ocean beach trails

• Narration by natural and cultural history guides

Arriving in Portland, an UnCruise representative escorts you to our hospitality suite where you can relax or explore the city. Breweries, bookstores, coffee shops, and quirkiness abound, the City of Roses doesn’t disappoint with colorful options within walking distance. When it’s time to board the Wilderness Discoverer, you’ll be welcomed with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and views of the city—a perfect start to your adventure cruise. (D)
Dock in charming, Victorian downtown Astoria, then you’re off to Ft. Clatsop, the winter fort of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Check out the exhibits and follow trails to the replica fort or take a low- /no-elevation walk from the visitor center to view replica dugout canoes. For a longer but easy hike, a one-mile trail along the Lewis and Clark River leads to an outdoor viewing area highlighting the landscape and stories described in the journals of Lewis & Clark. Hard chargers can take a 7-mile, one-way hike on the Fort to Sea Trail through forest, fields, and dunes. Whichever you opt for, everyone experiences Ft. Clatsop and beach walks. Back downtown, explore on your own, walk the waterfront trail, and/or visit the Astoria Column. Afterwards, set sail up river and see what delectable treats your chef and crew have in store for the evening—a nibble from a local harvest, a special pairing perhaps? (BLD)
Gateway to the gorge. Slip through the Bonneville Dam locks, then head behind the scenes at the visitor center. You’re in luck with a private tour of its massive turbines and fish ladders. Take a walk on the wild side at Multnomah Falls—the tallest in the state. Snap a few photos before your next big adventure: a guided hike in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. Set out for a trek that gets your legs going while you soak in the lush fern-filled forest—Northwest adventure at its best. Choose the low elevation option, or trek upward to a waterfall amidst towering trees. Back on board, your crew has a “Best of Hood River Valley” wine tasting dialed in. All you have to do is take a seat in the lounge—you’re in good hands. (BLD)
River play is on the agenda today—whichever option you pick, start with a shallow wet landing on beach. Choose whitewater with a Deschutes rafting adventure. Class II and III+ rapids come with names like Elevator and Surf City. Rafting guides provide the gear (including optional wetsuits) and expertise; your ship’s chef provides the picnic lunch. Stick to dry land and visit Columbia Hills State Park on foot or, if weather permits, by skiff. Take a dip in a lazy section of the river, and let the sunshine dry you off after a swim. Along the river’s edge, listen to the rustle of cottonwoods. Swap stories with your shipmates over sunset cocktails and appetizers. (BLD)
The essentials of the day: kayaks, paddle boards, swimsuits, and hiking shoes. Bring your binocs, too; there’s great birding and views. At the only remaining waterfall formed by the ice age-era Missoula Floods, hike above the canyon to view the falls—which, according to tribal legend, were born after a gallant fight with a mythic creature. Afterwards, skiff out to the kayaks and grab a paddle or go for a swim in the Palouse River. Wind up the afternoon cruising one of the most scenic stretches of the Snake River. (BLD)
Kickstart the day with a hike back in time in the land of the Ice Age Floods. Once under 900 feet of water, this area is now a dramatic landscape of basalt and lava—a lesson in geology best learned in your favorite hiking boots. Treat yourself after a big morning to a sampling of eats and sips of the region including micro brews and spirits. Bellies full, the afternoon is perfect for easy river cruising, joining your guides for interpretive presentations of land rich in history. (BLD)
Lava flows, floods, and volcanic ash deposits shaped the Rowena—sheer cliffs, basalt landforms, wide-stretching plateaus. At Rowena Overlook, it’s boots-on-the-ground exploration. Opt for a 2-mile round trip hike to the crest of Tom McCall Nature Preserve. Your reward: expansive views in every direction—including the river far below. Or, choose the steeper, 3.6-mile round trip Tom McCall Point trail. On a cloudless day, your effort gaining 1,000 feet of elevation pays off with views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and the Columbia River GorgeOUS! Post-hike, fuel up. There’s time to cycle or stroll along a pedestrian-only section of the historic Columbia River Highway, or explore downtown Hood River on your own. Art galleries, boutique shops, and wine tasting are all options. (BLD)
One last fresh scone or omelet. After breakfast, disembark in Portland and transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. (B)
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary and the order of days may occur to maximize your experience.

Navigator Cabin

$4,045 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$4,545 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$4,945 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$5,260 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$7,245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$4,045 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$4,545 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$4,945 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$5,260 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$7,245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$4,045 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$4,545 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$4,945 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$5,260 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$7,245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$4,045 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$4,545 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$4,945 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$5,260 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$7,245 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$3,745 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$4,245 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$4,645 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$4,870 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$6,945 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Navigator Cabin

$3,745 USD pp
Navigator Cabin
201, 203-208, 210 Queen or twin beds; view window, private bath with shower

Trailblazer Cabin

$4,245 USD pp
Trailblazer Cabin
310-325 Queen or twin beds; view window; private bath and shower

Pathfinder Cabin

$4,645 USD pp
Pathfinder Cabin
300-309 Outside entry; fixed queen, fixed double bed, or fixed double bed with twin bed (307, 309); view window; private bath with shower

Single

$4,870 USD pp
Single
Single accommodation available, please contact us for more details.

Explorer Cabin

$6,945 USD pp
Explorer Cabin
400-403 Sitting area; queen or twin beds; large picture window; private bath with shower

Additional charges:

Port taxes/fees. From: 225 USD pp

Wilderness Discoverer

Vessel type: Expedition

Length: 176 feet

Passenger Capacity: 76 guests

Built: 1992, renovated 2012

Active adventure is top-of-mind aboard the Wilderness Discoverer. Complementing the wilderness outside, the décor of the main lounge including reclaimed Alaskan yellow cedar on the bar top evokes the feel of a National Park. The casual, welcoming ambiance of the lounge and dining room with an open floor plan between them creates easy camaraderie among guests. Three public decks are easily accessible—the sun deck features both covered and open spaces for viewing no matter the weather, and the bow and observation deck offer unencumbered views.

The Wilderness Discoverer comes equipped for adventure with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, hiking poles, wet suits and snorkel equipment, and yoga mats. The EZ Dock launch platform makes getting into the water a cinch. A hydrophone transmits below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera shows the action. For wellness and relaxation, the vessel offers two hot tubs and fitness equipment.

There are four cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Discoverer: Navigator; Trailblazer; Pathfinder; and Explorer. Depending on the cabin, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated.

Common to all cabins are: Air conditioning; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station, private bath with shower; a view window (no portholes).

Cabin layout for Wilderness Discoverer

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2021 Early Bird Savings - book before December 15, 2020 & save $800 per couple ($400 per person) on 2021-2022 departures.  Excludes Master and Navigator cabin categories. Prices online do not show the discounted rates. Terms and Conditions apply, special offer is subject to availability, please contact us for more details.

Inclusions


Voyage on board in selected cabin category
Group transfers between airport and ship on embarkation day
Group transfer between ship and airport on disembarkation day
Use of activity equipment on board including kayaks and paddle boards
All landings and shore excursions as per the itinerary
All meals while on board the ship
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (Except super-premium wines)
Experienced expedition team, heritage guides and guest experts
Trip specific inclusions Wilderness Discoverer;
Wellness amenities: hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats
Underwater bow camera
Hydrophone
Wetsuits and Snorkel gear available at extra cost

Exclusions


International and domestic airfares
Travel insurance
Passport and visa costs if applicable
Additional excursions/ land extension programmes
Super premium wines
Port Taxes (See trip specific for amount)
Gratuities (Recommend USD$250 per passenger per week)
Trip specific exclusions;
Port taxes USD$225.00 per person
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