Each of the islands of Orcas, Lopez and San Juan offer abundant options for cycling, enchanting hikes, superb beaches and unique marine ecosystems. This is the best of the Pacific Northwest, world’s away from mainland, where the island charm is welcoming. Starting from the historic village of La Conner, we enjoy an easy day of cycling in the Skagit Valley before cruising to the islands from Anacortes; on the San Juan Islands, there are a few rewarding hills each day but the distances are modest and support never far if needed. In addition to cycling, there is the opportunity to hike to outstanding viewpoints, and sea-kayak in secluded coves. There is even the opportunity to sail for ½ day aboard a historic wooden 42’ yacht. The accommodations are lovely and by week’s end, you won’t want to leave this enchanting corner of Washington State.
Only Great Explorations:
- Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
- A view you will never forget: from atop Mount Constitution
- Order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks
- We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises!
“I write in appreciation of all your flexibility and skill in arranging our fabulous San Juan trip. Frankly, the decision to ask you to arrange the trip was motivated by COVID-19 challenges to going to places perceived as more exotic. In short, visiting the San Juan’s was a default destination trip. Now, our gratitude for our San Juan experience is beyond profound. We adapted to the e bikes you secured. That opened doors to challenging terrain of ethereal beauty. And the full day sail with Captains David and Barbara and baby Skye will always be a treasured memory. And, I know we have preciously relayed our appreciation of our tour guide but what other travel company could recruit a former submarine commander to lead a biking tour? He set a high bar for his intelligence, energy and adaptability. He made us feel like guests rather than professional obligations. I truly wish you many more years of introducing folks to new worlds.”
‘Fabulous trip. We had an excellent guide: knowledgeable, considerate, attentive to details and fun. We enjoyed the personalized trip planning and emphasis on both fun and history. Guides are excellent at making the trip unforgettable with serendipitous experiences, careful attention to every detail, service and just plain kindness. The kayak tour, lavender farm, pottery shop, wine tasting and Duck Soup restaurant were all fabulous. Love the GPS Bike App. Excellent ride options and our guide was flexible. Interactions with the Travel Advisor exceeded our expectations.’
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