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San Juan Islands

Washington State's Multisport Paradise

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Biking on the San Juan Islands, the world seems both expansive and small at the same time.

In the San Juans, to-do lists and busy schedules recede and are replaced by placid water, distant peaks, and the rhythm of simple fishing villages along the Washington shore. As your focus shifts, it is inexorably drawn to the vastness of the Pacific sprawling to the west, the magnificence of the North Cascades on the horizon, and the broad open skies above. These idyllic and relaxing islands, with their temperate maritime climate, lush vegetation and stunning views, offer an absolutely amazing location for your next active-travel bicycle vacation.

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Anacortes, Washington

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2017JulAug

Daily Itinerary


Day

1

Today's Ride:

Fidalgo Island
Approximately 16 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Description:

After a quick 15 minute private shuttle, you'll arrive at Washington Park, on the western edge of Fidalgo Island, where your Trek Travel guides will do a short round of introductions before familiarizing you with your Trek bike and making sure you have a comfortable fit. Then it's into the saddle for today’s warm-up ride with views of brilliant blue waters and snow-capped Mount Baker shimmering in the distance. Return to Washington Park post-ride before heading to the nearby Washington State Ferry Terminal for a one hour cruise to Lopez Island, your home for the night. Enjoy a boxed lunch as you take in the sights and sounds of your first ferry crossing. Upon arrival, you'll have a chance to explore Lopez Village and settle into your spacious room at the beautiful Edenwild Inn before gathering for drinks and appetizers in the garden. At this social hour you will hear about all the fun and adventure in store for you in the days ahead. You'll cap the night with delicious fresh local food at Haven Kitchen & Bar.

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Hotel:

Edenwild Boutique Inn
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

2

Today's Ride:

Lopez Island Loop with Mackaye Harbor Extension
Approximately 34 miles with 1,725 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Lopez Island Loop
Approximately 23 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Description:

Scratch baked goods and fresh fruit parfaits await you this morning as you soak in the last moments of the tranquil Edenwild. After breakfast you'll saddle up to spend the day riding on tranquil, gentle roads to explore rolling farmland and oceanside routes, all with stunning views, and perhaps you will spot an eagle or two soaring above. Lopez offers the flattest terrain of the trip, so enjoy these gentle roads as you loop around to a fantastic waterfront picnic lunch at Odlin Park. From the park you'll hike a path to the ferry landing and board the ferry bound for Orca Island. Once on Orcas, you'll shuttle to the Outlook Inn where you can explore the waterfront village of Eastsound or relax in the gardens in one of the many Adirondack chairs. Tonight, you will walk to Hogstone’s Wood Oven for a delightful meal at this small, highly acclaimed eatery. Enjoy dishes prepared by chef Jay Blackinton that showcase local foods in creative, delicious ways.

Hotel:

Outlook Inn
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day

3

Today's Ride:

Orcas Island Loop with Deer Harbor Extension
Approximately 25 miles with 1,560 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Orcas Island Loop
Approximately 16 miles with 1,100 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Orcas Island Loop with Deer Harbor Extension and Mount Constitution Climb
Approximately 50 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing

Description:

Orcas Island offers the most challenging riding of the trip, but your guides have several ride options for you to choose from today. You'll begin riding on the west side of this horseshoe-shaped island, where you'll see the sparkling waters of President's Channel and the famed Orcas Island Pottery, a cooperative of local potters known for their classic and functional artwork and designs. From Orcas Island Pottery you have a short spin back to Eastsound to enjoy a lunch of your choice. Next up is a visit to Moran State Park and either a shuttle or ride to the top of the 2,409-foot Mount Constitution, where you can hike around the park and soak up breathtaking views of the surrounding islands. Finish the day at Buck Bay Shellfish Farm where you can shuck oysters freshly pulled from the bay. This evening, explore the charming village of Eastsound at your own pace and take your pick of one of its lovely restaurants for dinner.

Hotel:

Outlook Inn
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

4

Today's Ride:

San Juan Island Loop
Approximately 17 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Friday Harbor to Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Approximately 10 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Today's Activity:

Sunset Wildlife Cruise

Description:

This morning you will bid farewell to Orcas Island as you ferry to San Juan Island and disembark in the charming port town of Friday Harbor, the largest town in the San Juan Islands. Here you can discover the art galleries or perhaps check out the whale museum before grabbing lunch on your own at one of the cafes. After lunch you'll ride past False Bay, a popular photo spot where the brilliant blue waters contrast stunningly with distant, snow-capped peaks. Pedal through green farmland spotted with red barns and golden straw bales to the Pelindaba Lavender Farm, where you can wander through fragrant purple fields and sample some of their homemade lavender ice cream! This evening, after picking up dinner of your choice from one of the local eateries or some picnic-style snacks, you will join your travel companions for a sunset wildlife cruise. You’ll spend the next several hours on the water, learning about the region’s incredible wildlife including orca whales, porpoises, and bald eagles from an onboard naturalist. It’s a beautiful way to spend the evening before retiring to your Friday Harbor hotel.

Hotel:

Earthbox Inn and Spa
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Included Meals:

Breakfast


Day

5

Today's Activity:

Guided Sea Kayaking from Roche Harbor

Today's Ride:

Roche Harbor to Lime Kiln to Friday Harbor
Approximately 19 miles with 1,450 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Roche Harbor to Lime Kiln
Approximately 10 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Description:

You'll trade bicycles for kayaks this morning and explore the pristine inlets and rocky coves of this beautiful coastline. If you're lucky, you may see harbor seals who bed off nearby Henry Island. After your adventure on the waves it's back to dry land for a cafe lunch in scenic Roche Harbor and another relaxing afternoon ride past Lime Kiln State Park. Visitors here often witness pods of resident orcas feeding in the kelp beds just offshore and you can learn more about these enigmatic creatures by visiting the lighthouse research center. This evening the group will gather to toast the week and newfound friends with a social hour overlooking the harbor and a final dinner downtown.

Hotel:

Earthbox Inn and Spa
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day

6

Today's Ride:

Cattle Point Return
Approximately 18 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Description:

This morning’s ride is your last chance for a peaceful early-morning spin on San Juan Island. You'll ride to the southernmost tip of the island and Cattle Point, to bask in the stunning views of the Olympic Mountain Range and the lighthouse here that overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca--soak up as much as you can before it’s time to pack up and head for home. You'll have time to shower and check out before boarding the late morning ferry back to Anacortes.

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Included Meals:

Breakfast



Dates & Pricing

CURRENT PRICING AVAILABLE UNTIL OCTOBER 5th

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book your price and date are guaranteed.

2017


Jul
9th - 14th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2899 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy
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16th - 21st / 6 days / 5 nights
$2899 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy
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23rd - 28th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2899 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy
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$2899 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy
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6th - 11th / 6 days / 5 nights
$2899 / Person, $850 / Single Occupancy
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What does "Single Occupancy" mean?

We understand that some guests find it more convenient and comfortable to have a private room while on vacation. And that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The supplemental charge guarantees a private room without a roommate.

Hotels

Stay at the Edenwild Inn on Trek Travel's San Juan Islands bike tours

The Edenwild Boutique Inn

Lopez Island, Washington

On the first night of your trip to the islands, you will be welcomed by the Rovente family to your spacious room at the Edenwild Boutique Inn, a beautiful and relaxing property in the heart of Lopez Village. This quiet island is the perfect place to begin to unwind as you explore the gardens and wrap-around porch of the inn or venture forth to explore the beach, galleries, cafes and views of Fisherman's Bay and San Juan Channel from the village, just steps away.
Outlook Inn on Trek Travel's San Juan Islands bike tour

Outlook Inn

Eastsound, Washington

Perfectly located in the village of Eastsound and right on the water, the Outlook Inn is a delightful place to stay. Combining all the charm of a historic country inn with classic architecture and warm hospitality, the Outlook enjoys an incredible atmosphere and offers a memorable experience for all guests.
Stay at the Earthbox Inn and Spa on Trek Travel's San Juan Islands bike tours

Earthbox Inn and Spa

Friday Harbor, Washington

This recently renovated inn - located very close to the Friday Harbor Ferry Landing - embodies comfort and convenience. Rooms feature simple designs using calming colors, inspired by the earth, sea, sun and sky. With cruiser bikes available for guests to borrow, an indoor pool and on-site spa, the Earthbox is a fun retreat within easy walking distance of Friday Harbor's many restaurants and attractions.

What's Included

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  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events/activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 5 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our San Juan Islands trip, you will stay in an intimate family-owned inn located in quiet Lopez Village; a relaxing seafront lodge in the town of Eastsound; and a cozy retro-chic motor inn just steps from all that Friday Harbor has to offer.
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our San Juan Islands trip the evening restaurants we visit are elegant yet comfortable. Each features freshly caught seafood and seasonal locally grown fruits and vegetables. Delightful flavors of the Northwest are enhanced by simple but creative preparation that you're sure to enjoy. On both Orcas Island and San Juan Island you’ll have one evening to dine at the restaurant of your choice.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting, or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bicycle
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • The use of Garmin Touring Plus GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. Industry standard is 5-­10% of the trip price which will be divided by your guide team. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership.Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 2
  • Average Daily Mileage | 22
  • Terrain | Undulating
  • Average Daily Elevation | 1,400 ft.

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our San Juan Islands trip is best suited for Type 2 Riders. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is full of rolling hills, including some long, gradual grades and some short steep ones. The riding near Anacortes and on Lopez Island is the most gentle, and Orcas Island has the hilliest terrain. Many of the roads on the islands have a "chip seal" surface, which is a type of pavement treatment that is more rough than typical asphalt. This type of surface makes the riding slower and a bit more difficult for the distance when compared to asphalt roads you may be used to. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Schedule a massage or spa visit
  • Take a catamaran cruise or a sunset sail from Eastsound
  • Visit the Whale Museum or one of the other art & history museums located on the islands
  • Enjoy sight seeing and the varied terrain of the San Juan Islands on a horseback ride
  • Scenic hiking all over the islands
  • Witness firsthand the amazing ocean ecosystem while sea kayaking
  • Join the group for a sunset wildlife cruise

Daytime temperatures range from the upper 60s to low 80s. Evenings cool to averages of 50 to 60 degrees, and as the west coast can be rainy we recommend you come prepared with wet weather gear (although we'll cross our fingers that you won't need it!). We also suggest bringing a warm jacket to wear on the naturalist-led sunset boat cruise on Day 4.

For an additional fee you may request to upgrade to the brand new Trek Emonda SLR with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting or Bontrager Aeolus carbon wheels for the ultimate riding experience. Contact our trip consultants for more details.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to all the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip.

Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA). From the airport you can take the Bellair Airporter to Anacortes (www.Airporter.com, 866 235 5247). Reservations can be made online or by telephone. A one-way ticket costs $40 per person or $76 for a round trip. The Airporter picks up passengers outside Door 00, just past baggage claim carousel #1. The shuttles run about every two hours between the hours of 6:00 AM and 11:30 PM and it takes about two and a half hours to get to Anacortes. In Anacortes the shuttle will drop you off at the Shell Station in downtown Anacortes at 1312 Commercial Avenue. From here it is a half mile to the Majestic Inn & Spa, where you will meet your guides on the first day of your trip. We recommend calling a taxi upon your arrival in Anacortes to take you and your luggage to the hotel of your choice (Mert's Taxi: 360 708 6358; A Cab for You: 360 421 3083).

If you chose to drive to Anacortes and need to leave a vehicle somewhere for the duration of the trip, we recommend parking it in the upper lot of the Anacortes Ferry Terminal Lot (Lot #3). The cost for the week is approximately $40. You must pay at one of the six electronic pay boxes with credit card before leaving the vehicle— parking spaces cannot be reserved in advance. After dropping off the car on the first day of the trip you should take a taxi to meet the group at the normal meeting location. On the last day of the trip your guides can drop you and your luggage off at Lot #3 to retrieve your vehicle.

Majestic Inn & Spa | Anacortes, Washington

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Majestic Inn & Spa (419 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes, Washington) at 8:00 AM on the first day of the trip. After a 15 minute private shuttle you’ll arrive at Washington Park and the start of today’s ride! Please have your cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. Your guides will acquaint you with your bike and ensure you a comfortable fit before setting out on today’s ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, the Edenwild Inn (360 468 3238), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. Taxis are available to the Washington State Ferry Terminal in Anacortes to meet the group. You will need to be at the ferry terminal no later than 12:00 PM in order to meet your guides and board the ferry. If you are unable to make it to the ferry terminal by 12:00 PM check the current ferry schedule (www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule, look for the summer sailing schedule) for departures to Lopez Island. You may call your guides or the Edenwild Inn to arrange transportation from the ferry landing.

Anacortes Ferry Terminal | Anacortes, Washington

You will say farewell to your guides at 12:15 PM at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal. We recommend reserving a ticket with the Bellair Airporter for transportation to the Sea-Tac Airport (www.Airporter.com, 866 235 5247). The cost is $40 per person, one-way (or $76 for a round-trip ticket from the airport). Your guides can help you find the Airporter pickup location at the ferry. The shuttle departs for the airport every two hours between 2:00 AM and 7:00 PM, at 5 minutes after the hour--we recommend booking a ticket on the 1:05 PM shuttle. The shuttle takes about three hours. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays. Alternatively, you may book a flight on Kenmore Air (www.kenmoreair.com) directly from the Friday Harbor Marina to the Sea-Tac Airport for approximately $165 per person. Multiple flights are offered each day. Guests who choose this option will say goodbye to their guides and travel companions in Friday Harbor. Contact Kenmore Air for more details of this convenient option.

Before: Seattle, Washington

Nicknamed the Emerald City, Seattle has a lot to offer and, if your travel plans allow, should be explored before your trip. City highlights include Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Flight and the Seattle Aquarium. Or, venture out to one of the three National Parks located within a one to three hour drive from Seattle - Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park. If you are in downtown Seattle and need to get to Anacortes to meet the group for the trip start, you can still use the Bellair Airporter. Airporter shuttles depart from the Washington State Convention Center in downtown four times daily. Call 866 235 5247 or visit www.Airporter.com to make arrangements. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

Inn At The Market

The Inn wins high praise from Condé Nast Traveler and other prestigious publications for its exceptional standards of personal attention and style. This newly remodeled hotel is centrally located and offers views of Elliot Bay, the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.

86 Pine Street | 206 443 3600 | www.InnAtTheMarket.com | ~$425

Hotel Ändra

One of Seattle’s finest boutique hotels, this property is located in the heart of downtown, offering easy access to the waterfront, Pike Place Market, and countless shops and cafes. Renowned chef Tom Douglas’ Greek-inspired restaurant Lola is right next door (and available through room service) and the Northern Italian-inspired Assaggio Ristorante is Hotel Ändra’s other tempting neighbor. When not out dining or exploring, enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and impeccable Scandinavian decor inside this top-rated hotel.

2000 4th Avenue | 206 448 8600 | www.HotelAndra.com | ~$350

Cedarbrook Lodge

If your travel plans require a night spent close to the Seattle-Tacoma Airport either before or after your trip, the Cedarbrook Lodge is the place to stay. This lodge offers the service you’d expect at a boutique hotel, relaxing grounds on 18 acres of restored wetlands, an on-site restaurant specializing in farm-to-table cuisine, and a complimentary airport shuttle that’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

18525 36th Avenue South | 206 901 9268 | www.CedarbrookLodge.com | ~$250

After: Anacortes, Washington

Anacortes is the working heart of the San Juan Islands and is well-known as the home of the Washington State Ferry Terminal, serving the San Juan Islands as well as Victoria, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. It is located on Fidalgo Island and enjoys a milder, drier climate than other locations in the Pacific Northwest, due to the rain shadow effect of the Olympic Mountains to the west. Take some time to visit nearby Mount Erie, Washington Park or Deception Pass State Park. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

The Majestic Inn and Spa

Emanating historical elegance, this small hotel has been recently remodeled with careful attention to detail and is centrally located in the heart of Anacortes. Dine at the 5th Street Bistro or relax at The Apothecary Spa during your stay. It is also the pickup location on the first day of your Trek Travel vacation.

419 Commercial Avenue | 360 299 1400 | www.MajesticInnAndSpa.com | ~$300

Anacortes Ship Harbor Inn

This unique and quaint property, located about three miles from downtown Anacortes, features 30 rooms which are spread out over 6 acres. The rooms vary widely in size and amenities, and many feature full kitchens, fireplaces, and extra living space. All rooms have views of the Guemes Channel and Rosario Strait and continental breakfast is included in the room rate.

5316 Ferry Terminal Road | 360 293 5177 | www.ShipHarborInn.com | ~$200

The Wild Iris Inn

If you have several days to spend in the area after your Trek Travel vacation, you might consider relaxing in the small village of La Conner, about 15 miles from Anacortes. This bed & breakfast offers comfortable rooms and a delicious breakfast each morning. Take some time to explore this historical waterfront town with boutique shops, art galleries, sunset and dinner boat cruises, and locally sourced cuisine.

121 Maple Ave, La Conner, WA | 360 466 1400 | www.WildIris.com | ~$150


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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