Washington
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 28, 2016
  • From $3,298 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Explore the San Juan Islands!

Unplug your electronics and recharge your adventure-craving soul on this action-packed, small group journey through the San Juan Islands. Our expert guides can’t wait to introduce you to the hidden gems of this 100-million-year-old archipelago as you navigate the pine-studded islands, stunning coastlines and rich coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. Hike, bike, boat, kayak and whale-watch your way around San Juan and Orca Islands to discover a spectacular diversity of wildlife and unforgettable vistas of the sun setting over the Pacific. Throughout this all-inclusive, custom voyage discovering North America’s treasured islands, enjoy some of the best wining and dining in Washington, from fresh-off-the-boat seafood to delicious, locally-produced wines. All the while, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to relax and let us handle the details so you can focus on the big picture of unearthing the endless offerings of the majestic San Juan Islands.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

There's hardly a setting more peaceful than Washington State's San Juan Islands, ranked #2 on the New York Times list of top travel destinations for 2011. On this six-day, exclusive adventure around some of the San Juan's 172-islands, hike, bike, boat and kayak before settling into your cozy accommodations and indulging in some of the finest wining and dining in the Pacific Northwest. This vacation package truly offers the perfect balance of relaxation and adventure.

  • Kayak the calm, pristine waters of San Juan Island, keeping an eye out for whales, seals, porpoises and bald eagles
  • Hike to Lime Kiln Park Lighthouse and picnic at South Beach on San Juan Island
  • Scout the Salish Sea for the 80+ orcas who make the islands their summer home on a whale-watching tour
  • Stroll the quaint town of Eastsound with a coffee or ice cream in hand
  • Pedal through fields of lavender and savor the relaxing fragrance wafting on the sea breeze
  • Trek to the summit of Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan's, for a breathtaking view
  • Watch the sun set over a postcard-perfect cove as you dine al fresco at the Outlook Inn's famed New Leaf Cafe
Kayaking San Juan Island
Photo: Kayaking San Juan Island

Having everything planned for you really allows you to be present during you trip and with your loved ones.

Jonathan H Chicago, IL

Loved the islands, the other guests, the activities, and the guides.

Marie L Plainfield, IL

Well planned, organized and executed from start to finish-the little personal touches were appreciated.

Michelle M Sherman Oaks, CA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Seattle, Washington (SEA)

Day 1: Seattle / Anacortes / San Juan Island
San Juan Islands
Meals Included:  L, D

On Day 1, grab a morning shuttle from Seattle to Anacortes to catch a ferry to San Juan Island. On board, notice the hustle and bustle of city life begin to fade as we pass the picturesque islands of Lopez and Shaw.

Then, enjoy lunch at Blue Water Bar & Grill on the wharf at Friday Harbor. This afternoon, saddle up for your first bike ride to American Camp, occupied by the U.S. Army from July 1859 through November 1874 because of a water boundary disagreement with Great Britain.

Tonight we dine on local Pacific Northwest cuisine at The Place Bar and Grill, where vegetables are picked fresh from the chef's garden.

About Friday Harbor House
At Friday Harbor House, you'll enjoy elegantly-appointed accommodations with stunning views, an oversized jetted tub, and a cozy fireplace.

The Bluff Restaurant Bar & Terrace at Friday Harbor House is a comfortable, welcoming destination for locals and visitors alike. Wind down at the end of the day with a group of friends or enjoy a multi-course dining experience featuring the freshest fare from local waters and farms.

Day 2: San Juan Island
San Juan Active Adventure Tour
Meals Included:  B, L

After breakfast overlooking Friday Harbor, we'll make our way over to Roche Harbor for a morning of kayaking!

Paddle quiet bays and shoreline, keeping your eyes peeled for magnificent sea life, including:

  • Sea lions
  • Bald eagles
  • Otters
  • Porpoise
  • If you're lucky, orca whales!

This afternoon, we'll bike through cottage country to the National Park, English Camp and later pedal rolling hills back to Friday Harbor.

Enjoy dinner on your own tonight at one of the many local hotspots in Friday Harbor.

Day 3: San Juan Island
View of the San Juan Islands
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, we explore San Juan Island by bike and by foot.

We'll begin our bike ride from Friday Harbor this morning, making sure to pause and take in the expansive views along the way. On our way to the historic Lime Kiln State Park, we'll have time to stop and take in the culture.

Upon arriving at the Park we'll hop off the bikes and embark on a short hike loaded with picturesque views while watching for the 80+ Orca that call these shorelines home.

After lunch, we'll pedal over to Pelindaba lavender farm, an experience for all the senses! The day's adventure ends back at Friday Harbor, where dinner tonight will be served at the McMillian House in Roche Harbor.

Day 4: Orcas Island
Sailing around the San Juan Islands
Meals Included:  B, L, D

After breakfast, ferry to Orcas Island and take a short hike at Turtleback Preserve.

This afternoon, board a boat and get ready to go whale watching! This all-afternoon tour will take you to the best spots to look for all the different kinds of whales of this area and learn how they hunt, interact, and migrate.

Afterward, shuttle back to the Rosario Resort where you will stay for the last 2 nights of the trip. The Mansion Restaurant in the Moran Mansion at the Rosario will serve an amazing dinner tonight.

About the Rosario Resort & Spa
Over 100 years ago, Seattle Shipbuilder Robert Moran built Rosario with Arts and Crafts ideals in mind - time spent with family, a respect for nature and a return to hand craftsmanship lost in the industrial revolution.

100 years later, Rosario Resort & Spa on Orcas Island offers comfortable and relaxing guest accommodations with beautiful views of Washington State's San Juan Islands. Rosario Resort's guest rooms are surrounded by the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands with views of magnificent East Sound and Cascade Bay on Orcas Island.

Day 5: Orcas Island
Sunset over the San Juan Islands
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Surrounded by small, scenic State Park-designated islands, Orcas Island is a playground for adventurers. This morning, we'll explore one of the many trails of Moran State Park, named for Robert Moran, the Seattle Mayor and ship builder who provided the land for the park.

Afterward, we'll break for a relaxing picnic lunch. And if you're feeling energetic, take a hike up Mount Constitution to the highest point in the San Juan Islands (it's worth the effort, the views are spectacular!).

Tonight, wrap up your active day with a farewell dinner at The New Leaf Cafe at the Outlook Inn.

Day 6: Orcas Island/Anacortes/Seattle
Biking on the San Juan Islands Vacation
Meals Included:  B, L

This morning, enjoy a final early morning hike to Cascade Lake if the group is up to it.

Then, we'll shuttle to the Orcas Ferry Landing to catch our final ferry back to Anacortes - lunch will be provided. Return to Seattle for late afternoon airport and hotel drop offs.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

** 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

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 28, 2016
  • From $3,298 / person
  • ($680 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Aug 28, 2016
  • Sep 4, 2016
  • Aug 20, 2017
  • Aug 27, 2017
  • Sep 3, 2017
  • Sep 10, 2017

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Additional Trip Information

Departure

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 6:00 am or 6:15 am, with a pickup from your pre-designated Seattle hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Seattle airport (4:00 pm) or your Seattle hotel (4:30 pm).

Activities
  • Hiking: 1 to 5 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Biking: 5 to 20 miles, rolling hills, quiet, backcountry roads.
  • Kayaking: Calm waters, no experience necessary.
  • Whale watching: Take a boat ride to observe the orcas of the San Juan Islands and their habits.
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 the Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths. Rooms often accommodate 3 or 4 people.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, except one dinner on own your own, refreshments and receptions.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other 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 the Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • 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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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Wonderful, organized, friendly, better than expected.

Dan N, Albuquerque, NM

This was really one of the best trips we have taken with you. The guides, the area, the activities were outstanding.

Lisa B, Tampa, FL

You never know what unexpected surprise my lie around the next bend!

Lyle F, San Diego, CA

1st class- in every way accommodations/dining Friendships for life-like minded people

Robert G, Lotz, FL

My idea of a vacation is filling the time with new and exciting places and activities sharing these experiences with family is extra special. Having knowledgeable, involved and caring guides, our guides were what made the trip all that I expected. Oh, and I forgot - Fun!

Anne S, Fairport, NY

Accommodations, restaurants were top notch. Our guides were THE BEST guides, drivers, chefs, servers!!

Sandra P, Henrietta, NY

The care and devotion to a perfect adventure though always a goal was perfected by all.

Denise R, Campbell, CA
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Regions we visit in Pacific Coast & Northwest: , , ...

  • 1. Slow down! On San Juan Island there are no traffic lights.
  • 2. Orcas are some of the most beautiful creatures of the sea. Come here and you can adopt one!
  • 3. If you adopt an Orca you sure aren't afraid of commitment; Orcas can live to be 80 years old!
  • 4. Perfect balance of luxury and adventure: with lodgings like Rosario Resort and Spa, indulge in hot-tub bliss and the best views of the sound.
  • 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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