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Culinary & Wine Discovery

Yacht cruise
,  yacht tour
,  yacht charter
,  Columbia River
,  Lewis and Clark
,  Snake River
,  Washington
,  Oregon
,  Idaho
,  Lewiston
,  Astoria
,  Hood River
,  Richland
,  wine, Idaho, Oregon, United States

from $5,995* per person 8 Days October, November
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: American Safari Cruises 24 people max
  • Airport near portland, or, united states
  • Culinary & Wine Travel trips
Become modern-day explorers, discovering America’s extraordinary wine regions in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge. Sample award-winning wine, gourmet cuisine, and cruise through history, witnessing the natural beauty and tastes of the Pacific Northwest. Celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary, birthday or just to enjoy your passion for highly-rated fine wines amidst one of the USA’s most scenic backgrounds.

Locations visited/nearby

Yacht cruise , yacht tour , yacht charter , Columbia River , Lewis and Clark , Snake River , Washington , Oregon , Idaho , Lewiston , Astoria , Hood River , Richland , wine, Idaho, Oregon, United States

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Itinerary

Day 1
Lewiston, Idaho - Embarkation
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.
    
Day 2
Hells Canyon by Jet Boat
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, you’ll cruise the Snake River, passing through your first lock and dam—the Lower Granite. This evening’s dinner is a culinary arts presentation by our Executive Chef. After dinner, enjoy a brief orientation to the journey.
    
Day 3
Palouse River Canyon
We’ll 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.
    
Day 4
Walla Walla Appellation
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.
    
Day 5
Red Mountain & Yakima Valley Appellations
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.
    
Day 6
Maryhill Museum & Winery / Columbia Gorge Appellation
As you cruise the rolling Columbia River, you’ll 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. Our winery visit includes a tasting from a special tasting list. Back on board the yacht you’ll transit The Dalles Dam.

Day 7    
Hood River / Bonneville Dam / Columbia River Gorge
We’ll 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 we 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 we’ll 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.
    
Day 8
Portland, Oregon - Disembark
Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you “adieu.” At 9:00 am you’ll be transferred to the Portland airport for connections home.

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