Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour San Juan Islands
Introducing Dolce Tempo From Backroads
Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour San Juan Islands
Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour San Juan Islands
Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour San Juan Islands
Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour San Juan Islands
Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour San Juan Islands
San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure Tour
San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure Tour
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Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour San Juan Islands

Dolce Tempo Journey on San Juan, Orcas & Vancouver Islands

Exploring this gorgeous corner of the Pacific Northwest is to get up close and personal with a misty island-dotted landscape—a splash of Alaska mixed with a laid-back island vibe. Picture forested islands, quaint harbors and marine wildlife in the water. Glimpse otters and bald eagles from the seat of an e-bike. Mix in rocky coasts, quaint hotels and the horns of ferry boats and you have a trip as rich in experiences as it is in crisp salty air.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

FROM: $3,699 pp dbl occ
($800 for sgl occ)

Bike
Walk/Hike
Whale Watch
Kayak
Washington San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure
Washington San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure

Washington & British Columbia

Start Anacortes / End Victoria, BC, Anacortes or Seattle

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Dolce Tempo Highlights

Refreshingly Active Adventures
E-bike along secluded coastal roads, paddle to hidden bays and walk through cool dense forests with scenic views. 

Immersive Travel
Meet local naturalists to learn the fascinating stories of the San Juan Islands' famous underwater residents. Explore lesser-visited corners and quaint communities throughout our island-hopping adventure. 

Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Hear the sounds of the sea from our harborside hotels and savor a classic locally sourced Backroads picnic on a rugged and scenic driftwood beach. 

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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Board a ferry to Orcas Island, the most rugged of the islands in the San Juan archipelago, known for its rocky shores and dense forests | Visit the summit of Mount Constitution for unparalleled views of the surrounding islands, plus the snowcapped summits of Mount Baker and the Olympic Range | Kick back on the porch to catch the view at our bayfront resort in Eastsound.

Outlook Inn, Orcas Island, Washington
Outlook Inn
Orcas Island
| Premiere Hotel

It's a short walk to the private beach and the shops and galleries of downtown from this retreat at the water's edge.

Days 2-3

Embark on a wildlife-watching cruise and keep your eye out for minke whales and the famed local orcas | Visit the only state park in the US dedicated to whale watching | E-bike on San Juan Island past secluded bays and driftwood beaches | Search the tide pools of False Bay for unique sea creatures | Paddle a sea kayak through tranquil harbors and inlets | Watch for harbor seals or sea otters napping in the kelp canopies | Relax and rejuvenate at our sophisticated hotel overlooking the water.

Roche Harbor Resort, San Juan Island, Washington
Roche Harbor Resort
San Juan Island
| Premiere Hotel

Located in the charming waterfront hamlet of Roche Harbor, this popular island destination has hosted guests since 1886, when it was part of a lime works and company town. (pool) 

Days 4-6

Cross the border into Canada and discover one of its most prized gems: Vancouver Island! | Get a taste of Canadian hospitality in British Columbia | Be immersed in Victoria’s old-world charm as we walk along the captivating waterfront | E-bike to glorious bays and soak in spectacular Olympic Mountain views | Gaze in awe at world-renowned Butchart Gardens, featuring over 50 acres of perfectly tended colorful flowers and lush foliage | Perhaps indulge in a specialized treatment at the boutique spa at Brentwood Bay | Kayak across serene waters filling a deep glacial fjord.

Brentwood Bay Resort
Brentwood Bay Resort
Vancouver Island
| Premiere Hotel

Perched on a forested hillside with spectacular bay vistas, this chic boutique resort features a blend of West Coast and Asian styles. (pool, spa) 

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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Dolce Tempo: What to Expect

Our easygoing Multi-Adventure tours make adventuring a breeze! Perfect for beginners or occasional bikers/hikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world actively. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS supported routes, the day is yours to decide. An unbeatable blend of walking and biking routes (2-4 hours of activity, 10-30 miles of biking, 2-7 miles of walking) with other fun-filled activities such as kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, camel riding and more. On trips with biking, custom electronic-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly! 

 

Route notes

The San Juan Islands' landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys. Some sections of chip-sealed pavement may feel a bit rougher than riding on traditional asphalt roads.

*Prefer to pedal without power? Regular road bikes are available by request, ask your Trip Consultant.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike. See all options below.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Ferry Transfers

To bring you to our favorite parts of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula, we make liberal use of ferry transfers on this trip.  You'll be on board a ferry for many of the days on this trip as we island-hop like the locals do. Consider this an opportunity to view some spectacular marine scenery (and occasional wildlife!) while resting your legs in preparation for your next activity.

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Have a question and need expert advice? Our team of Trip Consultants is here to help! You can also visit our FAQ's.

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