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Washington
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 23, 2015
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($880 single supplement)

Explore the San Juan Islands!

Hike, bike, boat, kayak, and whale watch on San Juan and Orcas, two of the larger islands of this spectacular 100 million year old archipelago. Discover the best of all worlds – spectacular scenery, a rich diversity of wildlife and some of the best wining and dining the Pacific Northwest has to offer on this Washington vacation. Explore the diverse landscape of mountains, wooded countryside and spectacular vistas at Orcas Island. Come visit this paradise of 172 islands, San Juan.

  • 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. Hike, bike, boat, and kayak on two of the larger islands of this spectacular 100 million-year-old archipelago.

  • 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
  • Watch the sun set over a postcard-perfect cove as you dine al fresco at the Outlook Inn’s famed New Leaf Café
Kayaking San Juan Island
Photo: Kayaking San Juan Island

Excellent planning and coordination, and extremely personable and insightful guides really made this trip.

Deb Pepper Denver, CO

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Seattle, Washington (SEA)

Day 1: Seattle / Anacortes / San Juan Island
Seattle / Anacortes / San Juan Island
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 Island
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
San Juan Island
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
Orcas Island
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
Orcas Island
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 Café at the Outlook Inn.

Day 6: Orcas Island/Anacortes/Seattle
Orcas Island/Anacortes/Seattle
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

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: Aug 23, 2015
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($880 single supplement)

Departure Dates

  • Aug 23, 2015
  • Aug 30, 2015
  • Sept 06, 2015

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.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. 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 and Orca you sure aren't afraid of commitment; Orcas can live to be 80 years old!
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