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Oregon
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 28, 2015
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Experience the beauty of Crater Lake!

Experience the remnant of destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama, up close and personal. Crater Lake National Park offers adventures from hiking to the tops of peaks with 360 views in all directions to biking down relaxing paths. Hike forested trails and get lost in the bright blue depths of Crater Lake. The only National Park in Oregon, Crater Lake National Park, is one for the bucket list.

  • Adult 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.

  • 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 Coast trail enveloped in the rich bouquet of pine forests
  • Indulge in fresh Rogue Valley berries, cheeses, and wines
  • Enjoy the rare spectacle of classic theater under the stars at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival
Biking Crater Lake
Photo: Biking Crater Lake

As with all of our previous six adventures we have been on with Austin Adventures, all the activities were excellent, but Ashland and the Bard were beyond special!

Ron & Sandy Kelly Springboro, Ohio

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Medford, Oregon (MFR)

Day 1: Medford / Crater Lake National Park
Medford / Crater Lake National Park
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 6 centuries ago.

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

For the next 2 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
Crater Lake
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.

After a short (but steep hike) back up the trail, a hearty lunch awaits us at a nearby picnic area.

This afternoon, a strenuous hike takes you up and away from the crowds. 8,929 foot Mount Scott summit is the highest point in Crater Lake National Park. The views from the summit are the most far reaching in the park, encompassing not only the entire lake but such surrounding peaks as Mount Thielson, Mount Shasta, and Mount McLoughlin.

Tonight’s dinner – back at the lodge.

Sleep well tonight on your last night in the Park.

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

An early breakfast and a short shuttle will bring us to the start of our bike ride when we set out to ride a beautiful stretch of road winding through lush forests.

After a picnic lunch, we explore by trail the Upper Rogue River, designated a Wild and Scenic River. Sculpting its path through the volcanic landscape created by the Cascade Range and the eruption of Mt. Mazama, the landscape offers examples of nearly vertical incised pumice canyons, remnant cores of an ancient volcano now known as Rabbit Ears, and a lava tube arching across the entire Rogue River at Natural Bridge.

We transfer to Ashland, our base for the rest of this adventure (~1.5 hours).

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
Ashland
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 in Gold Hill at an authentic Mexican restaurant, and shuttle back to the hotel for a nice, hot shower.

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 / Shakespearean Festival
Ashland / Shakespearean Festival
Meals Included:  B, L, D

After breakfast, on today’s agenda is a hike up Grizzly Peak.

At 5,922 feet with relatively few trees on its southern slope, Grizzly Peak offers an outstanding view of the Rogue Valley and the city of Ashland.

We'll have lunch at Lithia Springs Park.

Late afternoon we will rally back at the Inn for some downtime before heading into town to enjoy a fabulous dinner at the Amuse Restaurant. Chef/Owners Erik Brown and Jamie North prepare a Northwest/French menu daily; utilizing organic, seasonal meat and produce. The carefully selected wine list focuses on a wide array of excellent Oregon and California wines.

After dinner we make our way over to the Elizabethan Stage and Allen Pavilion to enjoy a night of Shakespeare under the stars.

Day 6: Ashland / Medford
Ashland / Medford
Meals Included:  B

This morning, pedal your bicycle down the Bear Creek Bike Path 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.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 28, 2015
  • From $2,598 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Jun 28, 2015
  • Jul 05, 2015
  • Aug 09, 2015
  • Aug 16, 2015

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.

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Crater Lake: at 1,943 feet deep, it's the 7th 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.
  • 3. The "magic" mineral water at Lithia Springs Resort: guests have claimed the water 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 pass by it on your rafting trip down the Rogue River.
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