Oregon
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 25, 2017
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Crater Lake Vacation Package

Discover the majesty of Oregon’s only national park on this action-packed, small group adventure to Crater Lake and one of the Northwest’s richest regions of cultural and natural beauty with our Crater Lake Vacation Package. Our expert guides can’t wait to introduce you to the deepest lake in the United States on a hiking experience like no other before pedaling along wooded paths to reach unforgettable vistas. From rafting the Rogue River to applauding a famous Shakespearean production under the stars in Ashland, this all-inclusive Oregon vacation package offers the perfect blend of adventure and cultural inspiration. After you’ve had your fill exploring by foot, bike and raft, settle into your cozy accommodations that range from an iconic park property to the luxuriating waters of Lithia Springs Resort. All the while, savor the tastiest in local fare as Austin’s signature touch of best-in-class service invites you to relax and let us handle the details for your Crater Lake Tour. Cheers!

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

There's a legend in Oregon that when the first Crater Lake visitors with color cameras took their photos to be developed, they were reimbursed for what Kodak assumed was an error in the printing process. Little did Kodak know, the impossibly bright blue hue of Oregon's Crater Lake was, in fact, real. Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of Crater Lake and beyond on this six-day, exclusive Crater Lake Tour through Oregon's southern region as you taste the wonderful offerings of local cheeses, wines, beer and fresh produce. This guest-favorite Crater Lake Vacation package truly is an experience for the senses!

  • Bike along the rim of an extinct volcano and down a highway of waterfalls
  • Raft the world-famous Rogue River
  • Summit Mount Scott to soak up the magnificent views from the highest point in Crater Lake National Park
  • Hike the Pacific Crest trail enveloped in the rich bouquet of pine forests
  • Indulge in fresh Rogue Valley berries, cheeses and wines
  • Relax in the soothing warm waters of your private bungalow at Lithia Springs Resort
  • Enjoy a live performance at one of the beautiful theaters at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival
Biking Crater Lake
Photo: Biking Crater Lake

"We will never travel another way again! Austin Adventures and our guides, went above and beyond to make this the most amazing adventure for us."

Caroline R Milford, MA

"Our Guides were extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the trip. They also were able to quickly make adjustments due to the heat wave!"

Kris M Bridgewater, CT

"Great Guides, really learned a lot about Oregon and Crater Lake"

William E Saegertown, PA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Medford, Oregon (MFR)

Day 1: Medford / Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake Tours
Meals Included:  L, D

On Day 1, shuttle from Medford to the beginning of today's hike. Lodgepole pine and Shasta red fir forests dominate the scene as we hike the short Annie Creek Trail in Crater Lake National Park.

This afternoon we'll hike Dutton Creek Trail in Crater Lake National park. Recognized worldwide as a scenic wonder, America's deepest lake was formed when 12,000-foot Mount Mazama collapsed nearly six centuries ago.

Upon reaching the crater rim, we are awed by the lake's mesmerizing deep blue.

For the next two evenings we overnight in hand-picked lakeside rooms at Crater Lake Lodge, perched on the lake's rim.

Tonight we dine in Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room, Crater Lake's premier fine dining establishment. The dining room features Northwest cuisine made with choice Oregon-grown ingredients. Sample the best of what Oregon has to offer, from the freshest, locally-grown mushrooms and berries to Rogue Valley cheeses and wines.

About Crater Lake Lodge
Crater Lake National Park is one of the country's crown jewels. No place else on earth combines a deep pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost 2,000 feet high; a picturesque island and a violent volcanic past.

Begin your journey by lodging in the historic Crater Lake Lodge, the only "in-Park" lodging where you will be surrounded by an authentic rustic northwest atmosphere. Enjoy morning coffee as you watch the sun rise over the lake, or spend a quiet evening relaxing by the fireplace. Spend your days gazing at the lake from more than 20 scenic overlooks during a breathtaking trip around Crater Lake on Rim Drive.

Day 2: Crater Lake/Wizard Island
Crater Lake Oregon
Meals Included:  B, L, D

This morning we hike down to Crater Lake to get a different perspective of the crater on a National Park Service boat tour.

This afternoon, explore Wizard Island, mid-lake, for a few hours and enjoy a hearty picnic. Take a boat back to the dock and hike the strenuous trail back up to the trailhead. Enjoy some downtime this evening after tonight's dinner at the lodge.

Sleep well tonight on your last night in the Park.

Day 3: Crater Lake / Ashland
View of Crater Lake
Meals Included:  B, L, D

After an early breakfast and short shuttle ride, we will start our hike of Garfield Peak. This 3.4 mile roundtrip hike features spectacular panoramic views of Crater Lake from its 8.060 foot summit.

After lunch at Crater Lake Lodge, we will begin our transfer to Ashland (1.5 hour transfer time). Along the way, we will stop for a short hike to Mill Creek Falls.

Tonight settle into Lithia Springs Resort, your home for the next 3 nights.

About Lithia Springs Resort
Located in the valley between Cascade and Siskiyou mountains, outside of Ashland, Oregon, Lithia Springs Resort features healing, mineral warm springs (94°F) piped into private soaking tubs located in your comfortable bungalow.

The curative springs are rich in sulfur and numerous minerals, which help the body heal, relieve stress, and rejuvenate. The resort grounds include beautiful flower gardens, arbors, koi ponds, and secret hideaways. This place is an oasis of tranquility and beauty with its quaking aspens, fruit trees, grapes, and colorful rose and berry bushes.

A spa exists on site featuring massage therapists with years of experience offering such services as Side by Side Massages and Thai Yoga Massages. Enjoy your time spent in this private sanctuary that celebrates healing waters and nature.

Day 4: Ashland/Rogue River
River on the Cater Lake Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L

After breakfast we load up and head towards our put-in at the Rogue River. Rafting the Rogue should be on everyone's "To Do List."

  • Today is an introduction, not only to the Rogue, but to white water rafting in general
  • A scenic setting starts with mellow riffles and rapids and uniquely progresses from class I introductory rapids to the exciting but safe class IV whitewater
  • (Walk-around option is available on the two class IV rapids)
  • Beautiful scenery, sparsely populated, and a variety of birds and waterfowl add to the many memorable pleasures

After our take-out, we'll stop for a late lunch at the Brickroom. Following lunch, jump on a bike and take in some scenery as you bike the Bear Creek Greenway, a city bike path.

This afternoon and evening is yours to enjoy as you wish. Walk around down town and enjoy dinner and the night life of Ashland or just relax and catch up on a good book.

Day 5: Ashland / Shakespeare Festival
Crater Lake Tour
Meals Included:  B, L, D

After breakfast, on today's agenda is a drive to Oregon Caves National Monument (1.75 hours). Nestled deep inside the Siskiyou Mountains, these caves formed as rainwater from the ancient forest above dissolved the surrounding marble and created a special marble cave system. We'll tour the "Marble Halls of Oregon" and then enjoy lunch outside the caves.

This afternoon, relax with a wine tasting and vineyard tour at Bridgeview Winery.

After dinner we make our way over to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to experience a live performance in one of the beautiful theaters.

 

Day 6: Ashland / Medford
Crater Lake Oregon
Meals Included:  B

This morning, pedal your bicycle down Mt. Ashland for one last ride before you depart.

Then we reluctantly say our good byes and shuttle to Medford for early afternoon drop offs.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

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& Details

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 25, 2017
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day 1 of your itinerary starts at 8:15 am at the Courtyard Marriott in Medford.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Medford airport (1:00 pm) or your Medford hotel (1:30 pm).
Activities
  • Hiking: 2 to 5 miles per hike, easy to strenuous terrain.
  • Biking: 14 to 20 miles per bike ride, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Class II & IV rapids, no experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions, except one dinner on your own, are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions - except one dinner on own your own.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Any necessary equipment, all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner during your trip.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

Regions we visit in Pacific Coast & Northwest: , , ...

  • 1. Crater Lake: at 1,943-feet deep, it's the seventh deepest lake in the world and the deepest in the United States.
  • 2. The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival: founded in 1935, the theater is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. See it with our Crate Lake Vacation Package.
  • 3. The "magic" mineral water at Lithia Springs Resort: guests have claimed the water that the resort uses to fill their whirlpool tubs have cured all sorts of ailments, from poison oak to insomnia.
  • 4. Remember that historic jump in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? You'll raft by it on your Crater Lake Tour down the Rogue River.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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