Oregon
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 24, 2018
  • 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!

  • Get a close up view of Crater Lake on a boat tour with a knowledgeable Park Ranger.
  • 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

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

 

Shuttle from Medford to Crater Lake National Park (1hr 40min) • After a short welcome meeting, embark on your first short hike to Natural Bridge • Then, enjoy a delicious guide-prepared picnic lunch near Crater Lake Lodge • This afternoon, a short but strenuous hike takes you up to the lofty summit of 8,060 foot Mount Garfield • The views from the summit are far reaching, encompassing the entire lake, Wizard Island, Phantom Ship and the high peaks of the south Cascades • For the next two evenings we overnight in rooms at Crater Lake Lodge, the only ‘in-park’ lodging in Crater Lake National Park • Overnight Crater Lake Lodge

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 National Park
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 • Our NPS boat guide will educate us on the history, geology and cultural significance of the lake, while we take in the natural beauty of the caldera from the boat • Enjoy a sack lunch while transferring back to the boat dock • The toughest part of our day will be hiking the strenuous trail (equivalent to climbing 70 flights of stairs) back up to the trailhead! • This afternoon, we take a short hike to a beautiful waterfall • Relax with some downtime before this evening’s dinner which will be back at the lodge • Sleep well on your last night in the Park

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

 

Breakfast and a short shuttle will bring us to the start of our bike ride • The paved trail winding around Diamond Lake offers magnificent views of Mount Bailey and Mount Thielsen • Picnic lunch at Diamond Lake • Begin the transfer to Ashland (~2 hours); along the way, jump on one more short hike to Mill Creek Falls where there’ll be an opportunity to scramble or climb around on “Avenue of the Boulders” at the falls’ base • Continue on to Ashland and settle into Lithia Springs Resort, your home for the next three 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 take a leisurely bike ride right from the resort to take in Rogue Valley from a saddle • Lunch at Stone River Winery to try out the local fare • This afternoon, 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  • Beautiful scenery, sparsely populated, and a variety of birds and waterfowl add to the many memorable pleasures • After our “take out”, we’ll head back to Lithia Springs Resort • This evening is yours to enjoy as you wish • Walk around downtown and enjoy dinner and the nightlife of Ashland or just relax and catch up on a good book

Day 5: Oregon Caves/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 (2 hour transfer) • Nestled deep inside the Siskiyou Mountains, these caves formed as rainwater from when 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 • Drive back to Ashland and get ready for an unforgettable evening • After dinner we make our way over to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to experience a live performance in one of the incredible theaters

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

 

This morning, pedal your bicycle along Bear Creek Bike Path 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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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jun 24, 2018
  • From $2,998 / person
  • ($580 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jun 24, 2018
  • Jul 1, 2018
  • Aug 5, 2018
  • Aug 12, 2018

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival/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 (12:00 pm) or your Medford hotel (12:30 pm).
Activities

Hiking: 2 to 4 miles per hike, easy to strenuous in difficulty depending on trail. Sometimes multiple hikes will be done in a day. Please note that an alternate activity will be planned if Mt. Garfield is covered in snow on early season trips (June / early July).

Biking: 15 to 20 mile bike ride, easy to moderate in difficulty.

Whitewater Rafting: Class II – IV rapids, no experience necessary. Safety tips and paddling instruction provided by professional river guide.

Crater Lake Boat Tour: Must be able to “hike” down and then back up the equivalent of 70 flights of stairs to get to the boat dock. Please note that Crater Lake Boat tour may be canceled due to ice on the lake/docks on early season trips (June / early July). An alternate activity will be arranged.

Discovery: This trip highlights beautiful Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States with a maximum depth of 1,932 feet. The lake was formed after the collapse of an ancient volcano, posthumously named Mount Mazama, which violently erupted approximately 7,700 years ago. That eruption was 42 times as powerful as the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens! Did you know that there were no fish in clean, clear, cold Crater Lake until they were introduced by humans? Today rainbow trout and kokanee salmon still survive within the depths. Check out Oregon Shakespeare Festival, making sure to catch a live performance in one of the three theaters on campus. Raft the exciting class III and IV whitewater of the Rogue River, making sure to learn of the controversies surrounding dam building and removal dating back to over a century. Experience the Oregon Caves nestled deep inside the Siskiyou Mountains. Come explore “the Beaver state” with the experts in adventure travel!

Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, Austin Adventures guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you

 

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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Testimonials
Testimonials

Great guides, accommodations and restaurants.

Stephen V., Philadelphia, PA

Imagine a day that starts by exploring the caves in a hidden gem of the national park system and ends with a gourmet dinner before enjoying a wonderful play under the stars.

Julie A., Alexandria, VA

Great guides, really learned a lot about Oregon and Crater Lake.

William E., Saegertown, PA
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 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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