Wine Country Cruises in Washington State

Just in time to celebrate the fall harvest in Washington state’s emerging wine country, American Safari Cruises is offering a savings of $500 per person on a special wine and culinary sailing of its flagship yacht Safari Explorer on the Columbia and Snake rivers of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Cruises must be booked by Aug. 21; the savings are also applicable on two regular river cruises, Sept. 30 and Oct. 8.

The 9-day, 8-night cruise on Oct. 16 from Lewiston, Idaho, to Astoria, Oregon will be a wine lovers dream. Noted sommelier David LeClaire will introduce fine wines during onboard food and wine pairings and will accompany guests for off-yacht private and exclusive tastings at five wineries in four appellations. Also included on the cruise are a cave luncheon, tour of a brewery, complimentary massages from the onboard masseuse, yoga sessions, a jet-boat ride into Hells Canyon, eight transits through locks and dams on the rivers, historical centers, guided hikes, kayaking and skiff excursions.

Tastings are scheduled at

  • L’Ecole No. 41 Winery
  • Northstar Winery
  • Hedges Family Estate Winery
  • Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard (site of the cave luncheon)
  • Maryhill Winery (and Maryhill Museum)
  • Full Sail Brewing Co.

The 145-foot, 36-guest Safari Explorer offers an on-deck hot tub, view sauna, exercise equipment, exceptional cuisine served at a single sitting and complimentary premium spirits, wines and microbrews. The relaxing salon features a large-screen TV, piano, elegant bar area and oversized view windows. The guest-to-crew ratio is 2 to 1.

Staterooms have DVD players, Tempur-pedic mattresses and private bathrooms with heated floors (some with Jacuzzi tubs). There are two suites with small balconies that are suitable for up to three persons, and all staterooms are outside with view windows.

For more information on this special offer, visit the Sunstone Tours & Cruises website.


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