18520
Washington
Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands
Enjoy art and nature, learn about orca whales, visit a salmon hatchery, discover museums and immerse yourself in history and tradition as you explore the San Juan Archipelago.
Rating (4.85)
Program No. 18520RJ
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7 days
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4.85 Average
Herb
(5)
An excellent program and I want my kids to savor it.
Susan
(5)
Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands was a good introduction to the islands. The speakers were well informed, the program well organized and the food good. The ferry rides were fantastic! But be aware that the days are very structured and a participant has little free time or ability to leave the group for any independence. Overall it was a very positive experience but one has to pretty much keep up with the group and for me, at times, that was stressful.
Alma
(4)
My atlas showed me that there were a lot of islands in Puget Sound, but I neither knew nor cared whether they were occupied or were merely rocks that seals used for birthing their pups. Instead I found very friendly people lived on several of these islands and in addition to their natural beauty there was quite an interesting history attached to them. This history was told to us by our group leader who was very knowledgeable and as we went to the historic sites, he reminded us of what we had been told and brought the history to life for us. I would recommend this program to anyone who is interested in the beauty of nature and history.
Dora
(5)
Enjoyed the total program except one part. The Lambiel Museum was overwhelmed with good art in a over stuffed setting.
Virginia
(5)
This program has a lot of variety in subject matter. You learn about the culture, both past and present, of the islands. Experiencing the use of the ferries for everyday life is very different from my day to day experiences where I live.
Linda
(5)
A great way to experience the San Juan Islands. The accommodations, meals and staff were outstanding! The group size of 32 was very nice and our Skagit College leader, John Pachuta, was informative and fun. This was our first RS trip and did not disappoint. Friday Harbor Inn was very convenient, clean and comfortable. Friday Harbor town was very active and interesting. The Ferry rides added to the overall experience. The food, prepared by Chef Frank, was outstanding, very high quality. As good or better than one could find in a restaurant.
Judy
(5)
This was an amazing trip. Our group included ages from 21 yrs to 89 yrs and there was enough for all to enjoy. The education made the trip. The location and scenery were wonderful (as was the weather), but the orientation and enrichment presentations are what made the trip outstanding. Would do it all over again if I could! (And the food at Friday Harbor was absolutely delicious!)
Judith E
(5)
I got to see a beautiful part of the country that I hadn't before explored, right in my own backyard!
Nancy
(5)
We thoroughly enjoyed this program. It is a wonderful overview of the history of the San Juan Islands and what life is like on islands. Leadership and topics, accommodations and food all high quality on this trip. Glad to recommend it to others.
Joan
(5)
A relaxing, low-key experience, enhanced by great weather and views of Mt. Baker!
Robin
(5)
This trip is a great way to experience the San Juan Islands!
Nancy
(5)
This was a very interesting program in a beautiful location. Some of the walking was rather hilly however, if mobility is a problem.
Margaret
(5)
This was a wonderful program. Our leader John and all of the instructors were so helpful and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed that we were able to travel to 3 of the islands and see and learn so much of this beautiful area. Our chef Frank provided delicious meals all week long. It was a great week!
Madlyn
(5)
I have been going to Road Scholar programs for 15 years, and this certainly was one of the 3 best trips I have participated in. The scenery was beautiful, I learned so much that was new and interesting, the transportation, both land and sea, was excellent, and the whole experience especially delightful.
Sandra
(5)
Great staff and meals. Interesting visits and presenters. Fun week.
Celia
(5)
What a wonderful way to experience the San Juan Islands and the local culture as well as some beautiful scenery.
Mercedes
(5)
Little is generally known about these islands and their rich history. It was fascinating to learn how they fit into the economy of our country as it developed.
Martha
(5)
The San Juan Islands are a treasure to be enjoyed.
Mary
(5)
Roughing it in style, is how I'd describe this program We got out into some rather remote areas but very comfortably. No fancy dress, no concert music but a lot of down-home experiences. The atmosphere of the tour complemented the surroundings.
Carol
(4)
It would be nice to have a slightly larger typeface!!
Phyllis
(5)
This is an amazing part of the country historically and in terms of its natural beauty. A wonderful experience as are all Road Scholar trips!
Joann
(5)
Exploring the San Juan Islands was fun fantastic and full of surprises; I highly recommend escaping to the islands for 6 days of adventure. J.T. October 2016
Annette
(5)
Island Hopping on the San Juan Islands was a wonderful introduction to the Pacific Northwest's beauty and diversity! The scenery was stunning, meals and accommodations were excellent, the company was exceptional! The tour guide was knowledgeable and personable and seeing the Orcas was a real plus! Loved all of it!
Mary Jane
(5)
It was a new area for me and I learned a lot about the history of the San Juan Islands and its people of long ago.
Hildegard
(5)
A remarkable program. Quality of learning sessions was phenomenal! The San Juan Islands were on my 'Bucket List' for years...with good reason, a beautiful place...land, water and spectacular views across the water to Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier and the Olympics. Enjoyed a whale watching afternoon (on our own) that completed the week perfectly.
Cathleen
(5)
If you have never been to the San Juan Islands consider a Road Scholar trip! It was the most wonderful travel experience we have had! The instructors were knowledgeable, passionate, and excellent presentors. The activities, accommodations and food terrific! You will enjoy it for sure.
Catherine
(5)
This was a great program. Learned many new things, and it is a fantastic place to visit. Every day was such fun and a great learning experience. As most said , just another day in paradise. The presenters were all wonderful, and we learned so much. It was a joy to attend.
Walter
(4)
This was an informative and enjoyable experience and anyone who enjoys the outdoors should try a "Road Scholar Trip".
Edda
(4)
SanJuan Islands are a hidden gem. They are a must see
Marianne
(5)
Road Scholar's San Juan Island-Hopping is a trip not to miss! I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing the Washington ferry system, in addition to experiencing the diversity of the three islands we visited. Leaders, lectures, food, and accommodations were great, too!
Sharon
(4)
I enjoyed the ferry rides through the San Juan Islands. Tthe scenery is beautiful as you have views of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges. The flowers were in full bloom on our trips and were just beautiful. We even sighted some sea lions on one of our trips,
Sandra
(5)
The islands are most inviting and interesting. This was a delightful experience that I highly recomnend.
Shirley
(5)
the program described it well
Diane
(5)
I highly recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in Island hopping and seeing a very diverse area. The beauty of the Islands, the beautiful weather and absolutely lovely plants, sustainable living and cleanliness leads me to want to return again with gusto!
Francis
(5)
Great program, outstanding guides, nice pace - best way to experience San Juan Islands.
Elizabeth
(5)
Wonderful time. I can't stop talking about it. I'd go back again but want to see other wonderful places in the US
Linda
(4)
Stunning beauty every day-forests, fields, farms and flowers abound. San Juan Island reminds me of a painting by a French Impressionist. Go there and be renewed.
Marilyn
(5)
We learned more about Salmon and their role with the Orcas!
Evelyne
(5)
This was an extremely enjoyable program. The speakers were excellent and subjects very interesting. Ferry rides to the different islands provided views of all the islands in the San Juans. Our leader, Kevin was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful to all and made the experience a week to be remembered.
Cecilia
(5)
Perfect weather, fun co-travelers and mind-blowing vistas all combined with great speakers for a perfect week. Thank you, Road Scholar!
Russell
(5)
Essentially a good, clear, easy to follow site. We've been attending Road Scholar adventures at various times over the years since you were Elderhostel. You continue to improve and expand - not sure how you manage to keep track of the multitude of programs. but do keep it up. They're great !!





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