2020 Adult & Family Vacations
Adult & Family Adventure Vacations The toughest part is going home. SM
Voted Best in the World Greetings, Travelers
2019 has been a banner year for Austin Adventures – we are thrilled and honored to report that we’ve been voted one of the Top Three Adventure Travel Outfitters in the World by the readers of USA Today ! A lofty recognition, especially when you consider that, of the top contenders, we are the only outfit based in the United States.
We work tirelessly to offer our guests an unforgettable and unmatched travel experience, and we can’t tell you how great it feels to know that our efforts are paying off. A deep and heartfelt thank you to everyone who voted for us! If you’re new to us or the world of adventure travel, we’re excited to introduce you to the award-winning Austin Adventures experience. And if you’re one of our trusted Alumni, welcome back and thank you as always for your feedback and your loyalty. Austin Adventures is a small, family-owned-and-operated business headquartered in Billings, Montana. Our size and personalized approach work to our (and more importantly, to your ) advantage. Why? Because being a boutique firm allows us to truly listen to our Alumni, our guides, and our partners – and in turn, to tweak, fine-tune, and perfect your experience in the field. So, if you’re looking to get off the grid in the most impressive, intimate and fun way possible, rest assured, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got lots in store for 2020. Check out our new offerings in places like Baja and France, and in Cuba and New Zealand, where we’ve brought back some old favorites. Be sure as well to visit our redesigned, state-of-the-art website where you can easily search for your next adventure by activity, destination, or by the groups to whom we cater (e.g., families, couples, solo travelers). Happy perusing, and remember – if you can’t find just what you’re looking for, we’d love nothing more than to craft a custom tour exactly to your liking. If you can dream it, we can build it! From our family to yours,
The Austin family: Dan, Carol, Kasey, Andy & Ketji
P.S. Did we mention that we stand behind each of our trips with a money-back guarantee ? Just one more perk that defines the Austin Advantage. www.austinadventures.com | 1.800.575.1540
Dan Austin & the team at Austin Adventures
Austin Adventures: The Toughest Part is Going Home
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Adult & Family Adventures Around the World
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What is Adventure Travel? 10 Reasons to Travel with Austin Adventures Your Guides & Local Experts
40 Australia Vacations: 41 Australia – 41 Tasmania – Cradle Mountain Huts Walk 41 New Zealand – Rimu Adventure 41 New Zealand – Tui Adventure 42 Small Ship Cruises: 43 Ecuador – Galápagos Islands
26 Europe Vacations: 27 Croatia – Dalmatian Coast 27 Spain – Barcelona & Catalonia 27 Iceland – Reykjavík to Hekla Volcano 27 France/Spain – Bordeaux to San Sebastián 28 Austria – Alps to Salzburg 28 Austria/Czech Republic – Vienna to Prague 29 Holland – Amsterdam to Odoorn 29 Holland/Germany – Amsterdam to Aachen 28 France – Normandy 28 France – Loire Valley 30 Italy – South Tyrol & the Dolomites 30 Switzerland/Italy – Lugano to Como 30 France – Champagne to Burgundy 31 Scotland – Scottish Highlands 31 Ireland – Kerry County 31 Portugal – Azores 31 Portugal – Algarve 32 Africa Vacations: 33 South Africa – Cape Town to Kruger 33 Namibia – Desert Dune Safari 33 Botswana – Iconic Botswana 33 Botswana/Zambia – Great Wilderness Journey 34 Kenya/Tanzania – The Great Migration 34 Kenya – Samburu to Masai Mara 34 Tanzania – Best of the Serengeti 37 Sri Lanka – Indian Ocean 37 Thailand – Bangkok to Krabi 37 Myanmar – Burma 37 Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh to Ha Long Bay 38 Indonesia – Bali 38 India – Delhi to Pench 38 Laos/Cambodia – Luang Prabang to Angkor Wat 38 Vietnam, Laos & Thailand – Hanoi to Chiang Mai 34 Rwanda – Kigali 36 Asia Vacations: 29 Germany – Moselle Valley 29 Denmark – Danish Isles 30 Italy – Tuscany
Twelve Apostles Great Walk
What We Offer
10 Lodging 11 Cuisine 12 Who Travels With Us?
14 A World of Adventure Awaits 16 North America Vacations:
17 Alaska – Kenai Fjords & Peninsula 17 Washington – San Juan Islands 17 British Columbia – Purcell Mountains Hike 17 Alberta – Banff to Jasper 18 Wyoming – Yellowstone & Grand Teton 18 Montana – Big Sky, Yellowstone & Paradise Valley 18 Montana – Glacier National Park 18 Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park 19 Arizona – Grand Canyon National Park 19 California – Yosemite National Park 19 California – Wine Country 19 Baja – Swimming with Whale Sharks 20 Wyoming – Yellowstone Winter 20 Montana/Wyoming – Western Adventure 20 Montana/Wyoming – Yellowstone, Glacier & Grand Teton National Parks 20 South Dakota – Black Hills & Mount Rushmore 21 Utah – Arches & Canyonlands 21 Utah – Bryce Canyon & Zion 21 Utah – Mighty Five National Parks 21 Arizona/Utah – Grand Canyon to Bryce & Zion 22 Latin America Vacations: 23 Costa Rica – Arenal Rainforest to Uvita 23 Costa Rica – Tortuguero to Cahuita 23 Nicaragua – Granada to the Emerald Coast 23 Belize – Western Belize 24 Peru – Machu Picchu 24 Peru – Salkantay Lodge to Lodge 24 Cuba – Trinidad to Havana 24 Brazil – Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls 25 Ecuador – Galápagos Land Based 25 Chile/Argentina – Authentic Patagonia
43 Ecuador – Galápagos Islands Holiday Charter 43 Alaska – Northern Passages & Glacier Bay 43 Antarctica – Antarctic Peninsula Expedition 44 Peru – Amazon River 44 Vietnam/Cambodia – Mekong River 44 Botswana/Namibia – Zambezi Queen Safari 44 Hawaii – Hawaiian Seascapes 45 Indonesia – Bali to Flores 45 Australia – Kimberley Coast 46 Austin Collection: 47 Alaska – Sheldon Chalet 47 British Columbia – The Chilko Experience 47 British Columbia – Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort 47 Montana – The Resort at Paws Up 48 Life is Good Adventures: 49 Alberta – Banff to Jasper 49 Utah – Bryce Canyon & Zion 49 Costa Rica – Manuel Antonio to Punta Islita 49 Montana – Big Sky, Yellowstone & Paradise Valley 50 Austin Adventures Online 51 Adventurer’s Club 52 Planning Your Next Vacation/Traveler Incentives 53 Austin Adventures Leads the Pack 45 Baja – Sea of Cortez 45 Costa Rica/Panama – Nicoya Peninsula to Panama Canal
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Principal catalog photography by Dennis Coello, Dan Austin, Andy Austin Photographer and Peak Photography of Montana, and Austin Adventures Guides and Staff Copyright © 2020 Austin Adventures
Activity Levels: These levels are subjective, depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
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Moderate to Challenging
25 Argentina – Southern Patagonia 25 Colombia – Bogotá to Cartagena
Paddling/ Horseback Snorkeling/
Ziplining Cross Country Dogsledding
Small Ship Gourmet
Offering the best in high-end adventure vacations and biking and hiking tours for over four decades
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What is Adventure Travel? Active, immersive, exhilarating • Adventure vacations combine travel with action, allowing you to explore well off the tourist track, in the most impressive, intimate, and fun way possible
• Hike, bike, raft, horseback ride, snorkel, surf, even wine taste (you name it) – whatever you like to do, adventure vacations have something for everyone
Exceptional guides • Selected for their boundless energy and deep insider knowledge, a good guide will take you behind-the-scenes to soak up the best of the local sights and culture • Simply put, guided travel means exploring in ways you couldn’t on your own and ensures the richest, most fulfilling experience possible
Small groups • Traveling with a group of 18 or less takes you well off the beaten path, experiencing the beauty, culture, flavor, and excitement of a destination from the perspective of an insider • Small groups offer one-of-a-kind experiences and ultra-personalized service
Eat, play, sleep • Who says wining and dining aren’t a part of adventure travel? • Half the fun of an active day in the field is coming home to a well-earned meal and a comfortable bed at a carefully-vetted local establishment
Explore while doing the things you love
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Worry-free travel • Adventure vacations are carefully structured to maximize your vacation time • No matter how exotic the destination, you can relax from start to finish, knowing that every detail has been considered – and that your only job is to show up and have fun
Your style, your pace • Adventure vacations are as active as you want them to be. Feeling energetic? Opt for a more rigorous hike. Craving a lazy morning? By all means, sleep in! • Whatever it takes for you to enjoy the vacation you deserve, just say so – flexibility is the name of the game
Structured & spontaneous • Part of the magic of an adventure vacation is waking up with a game plan, but allowing for spontaneity as the day unfolds • Expect the unexpected is ingrained in the adventure travel mantra – sometimes it’s those unexpected moments you’ll cherish the most
Where challenge meets reward • On an adventure vacation, guides encourage guests – kids and adults alike – to let go of their everyday mindsets and to step safely out of their comfort zones • Whether tackling a 30-mile bike ride or leaping from the rim of a 20-foot waterfall, adventure vacations are about trust and trying new things
Give us a call at 1.800.575.1540. We’d love to hear from you.
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10 Reasons to Travel with Austin Adventures
We’ve got your back Plans change. We get it. Our tour deposits are fully refundable and transferable and we stand alone in our promise of a 100% money back guarantee. So, when a competitor cancels a trip last minute for low enrollment, come to us (as many do) – our doors are always open, our policies are always flexible, our trips are always running.
Family owned & operated For us, “family-run” isn’t just a term, it’s at the core of who we are. Give us a call or shoot us an email and chances are you’ll hear back from Dan, founder and CEO, Carol, travel consultant, Kasey, VP of operations, or Andy, guide and photographer. Here at Austin Adventures, we treat our guests as we do each other – like family.
Homegrown guides & small groups Our carefully vetted local guides are the lifeblood of our business. Many have worked for us for decades. With a maximum of 12 guests (18 on family trips) and the lowest guest-to-guide ratio in the industry (6:1), expect nothing short of highly personalized, above-and-beyond service.
Uncanny attention to detail We’ve put careful thought into every detail of your experience, from start to finish. We know we’ve done our job well, however, when the fine-tuning (equipment, transfers, lodging, meals, etc.) melts into your periphery and you’re left with the simple joy of the experience itself. So, go ahead – unwind, unplug, connect – and leave the rest to us.
Exceptional value, without compromise Every year, we adjust our rates, terms, conditions, and inclusions to secure ourselves as the leader of the value pack. We guarantee no extra transfer, equipment rental, or last-minute fees. We’re proud to offer the best value in the industry while remaining steadfast in our commitment to quality.
Over 40 years of meaningful, transformative, and sustainably operated travel
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Award-winning adventure & loyal alumni Earning top honors from Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler are pinch-me-now moments here at Austin Adventures. We’re humbled by these awards, but by far the best accolade we could accrue is the loyalty of our Alumni, 98.8 percent of whom indicate they would travel with us again. We couldn’t be more grateful for our repeat travelers.
The WOW moments Decades ago, we discovered the power of anchoring a special moment of a trip with a thoughtful, unexpected touch, which our guests coined “The Wow Factor.” You may not recall the name of that high mountain lake in Montana, but you’ll never forget the sight of your guide appearing trailside with a pineapple carved like a fish on a silver platter.
35 years in the field What sets us apart isn’t just decades of field experience, but the relationships, trust, and perks that come along with it. We’re one of the few outfitters, for example, with access to lodging within America’s national parks. Our long-term, mutually respectful partnerships make all the difference when it comes to offering an unmatched, insider experience.
A commitment to your safety Your safety is paramount. Our guides are hired on this principle and trained to keep you safe in the field. This policy extends to our partners – to the rafting outfitter or rancher you might meet along the way – as well as to our equipment, which is always top-notch and carefully maintained. Our safety record, we’re happy to report, is impeccable.
The best, most authentic lodging & cuisine We go to great lengths to select accommodations that meet our strict standards and also reflect the unique culture and the energy of the places we visit. The same goes for our cuisine. For us, fine dining can mean anything from brunch at an out-of-the-way bistro in Barfleur to a barbecue by the campfire in Bryce Canyon.
Visit www.austinadventures.com/why-austin-adventures/ for more information
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Your Guides & Local Experts
Your guides = our lifeblood • At Austin Adventures we think of our guides as the world’s best travel companions • Whether taking you down an unmarked trail to a hidden hot spring or arranging a private painting demonstration with a local artist, our guides are the folks who truly make the Austin Adventures experience
So what’s the secret? • Austin Adventures’ guides possess the most important emotional quality one must embody to do what they do successfully: empathy • They are excellent listeners, with an uncanny ability to uncover individual wants, needs, limitations, hopes, and aspirations
The perfect travel companions • Along with their empathy, our guides are selected for their infectious enthusiasm, sense of humor, and encyclopedic knowledge of the local wildlife, geography, history, language, and culture • Most have an average tenure of 15 years – one of the highest in the industry
Guests often forge long-lasting friendships with their guides and fellow travelers
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The inside scoop • Our private (never contracted) guides have the inside track on local sights and culture • With years of experience and training, our guides are treated – as you will be – like locals in each of the destinations we visit • Our guests tell us that their guides are a top reason they return year after year
Above and beyond • With fanatic attention to detail and an innate ability to anticipate your every need, our guides love nothing more than getting to know each of the guests on their tours • They are committed to going above and beyond when it comes to ensuring your trip is everything you dreamed it would be and more
Learn more about our guides at www.austinadventures.com/trip-guides/
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What We Offer Adult adventure vacations • Built for travelers 16 years and up • Crafted to include longer, more rigorous options when it comes to activities like hikes or bike rides • Include special ‘grown-up’ perks like private wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and as much quiet time as the heart desires Family adventure vacations • Designed for children 7 and up (5 and up in Costa Rica & Yellowstone) • Include an extra guide and van, special equipment (e.g., tag-along bikes), and separate activities for kids so grownups can have some ‘adult time’ • The perfect blend of cross-generational activity, R&R, and good, clean outdoor fun
Multisport vacations • Designed to get the absolute most out of each of the destinations we visit • Explore well off the tourist track, while doing the things you love • Active, invigorating adventure, tailored to your level of energy and endurance
Biking and hiking vacations • Created specifically for our biking and hiking enthusiasts • Flexible ride-time and mileage cater to adventurers of all abilities • From village to vineyard, meadow to mountaintop – an ideal way to fully immerse in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a region
The best in family travel, brought to you by the Austins: the First Family of Adventure Travel
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Custom adventures • Entirely new, once-in-a-lifetime trips built from scratch to meet your definition of a dream vacation • Simply share your idea of a perfect getaway – what you want to do, how much you’d like to spend, and how active you’d like to be – and leave the rest to us
Exclusive adventures • Choose from one of our pre-existing tours, and we’ll tailor it specifically for you and your travel companions • Tell us your interests, your time frame, and your budget, and we’ll create a vacation experience that unfolds just the way you want it to
Small ship adventure cruising • Explore by riverboat, small ship, or sailing yacht – vessels designed specifically to maneuver shallow, difficult-to-access waterways inaccessible to big ships • Get up-close with some of the most dramatic scenery and wildlife-rich waters in the world
The Austin Collection • Eight fantastic five-star wilderness lodges carefully vetted for discerning travelers • A handpicked portfolio leveraging our knowledge, connections, and 30+ years of experience
Once-in-a-lifetime adventures, tailored to your definition of perfection
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Lodging We’ve found some gems
• A private bayside cabin in Alaska; a picture- perfect château in Loire Valley; a 16-passenger luxury yacht in the Galápagos • Each of our locally run inns, B&Bs, ecolodges, resorts, and haciendas are selected for their unique charm and history and offer a true feel for the region • Expect nothing short of the best (and for the average traveler, inaccessible) rooms at each of our properties
When it comes to sleeping and eating, Austin Adventures does it right
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A true taste of local flavor • Part of feeling like a local is eating like a local – and eating well, which is especially rewarding after an active day • Jump-start your morning with a delicious, high-energy breakfast; lunch is often an artfully prepared, farm-fresh picnic served trailside; in the evening, enjoy a 5-star restaurant, a campfire barbecue, or a trip to a local hotspot • A variety of selections easily accommodate all diets
Who says wining and dining aren’t a part of adventure travel ?
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Who Travels With Us? Adventurers of all ages & abilities • Our trips cater to families, adults, couples, and solo travelers • Some itineraries are designed with one particular group in mind (for families or adults) • Whether you’re seven or seventy, a first-time explorer or a traveler with well-worn hiking boots, our trips are suitable for adventurers of all ages and athletic abilities
Designed for everyone: families, adults, couples, and solo travelers
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What our guests have in common • Our guests are curious, fun-loving, and down-to-earth • They share a passion for immersing themselves in the sights, tastes, and cultures of a new land • With busy lives, our guests savor every second of their vacations, including the chance to unplug, unwind, and hit the reset button
Our guests are active, adventurous, and after the vacation of a lifetime
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A World of Adventure Awaits Where we travel
• The real question is: Where don’t we travel? Our trips span all seven continents, from mountain to sea, river to rainforest • From Alaska to Antarctica, we take you off the grid to experience each of our destinations in the most intimate and authentic way possible • Visit us online to peruse our complete roster of trip offerings – and if you don’t see your dream destination, just tell us where you’d like to travel and leave the rest to us
For complete trip offerings, visit www.austinadventures.com
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National park vacations • There is no better way (in our humble opinion) to explore our iconic national parks than with Austin Adventures • From Yellowstone to Yosemite, our national park vacations take you well off the tourist track to experience each park in its majesty – away from the crowds • Thanks to our long-lasting partnerships, guests of Austin Adventures have access to the best rooms at the best lodges in each of the parks we visit
Our national parks: worlds of adventure, right in your back yard
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ALASKA – Kenai Fjords & Peninsula Explore the Kenai Peninsula at a comfortable pace by train, small ship, sea kayak, bicycle, and on foot. Wild, pristine, and blessed with an abundance of astounding scenery and wildlife, the wonders of Alaska amaze explorers of all ages.
“The ‘wow’ factor is huge! The guides were great, and the activities were just right!” James M., San Francisco, CA
WASHINGTON – San Juan Islands There’s hardly a setting more peaceful than Washington State’s San Juan Islands. Hike, bike, boat, and kayak around two of the larger islands of this spectacular 100-million-year-old archipelago.
BRITISH COLUMBIA – Purcell Mountains Hike
Canada’s westernmost province is home to some of the world’s most astounding natural beauty. Meet a grizzly bear face-to-face, savor an artfully prepared lunch on a mountain summit, and helicopter to a backcountry lodge in the heart of the Purcell Mountains. A
ALBERTA – Banff to Jasper Soaring, snow-clad peaks, crystalline glacial lakes, alpine meadows, and countless species of wildlife set the perfect stage for your six-day Canadian Rockies adventure.
For all North American destinations, go to www.austinadventures.com/destinations/north-america/
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WYOMING – Yellowstone & Grand Teton
Peppered with soaring spires, snaking rivers, and steaming mud pots, Wyoming is home to two of our nation’s most renowned national parks. Austin Adventures offers the best of both worlds. A F
MONTANA – Big Sky, Yellowstone & Paradise Valley Welcome to Montana – a place we hold near and dear to our hearts. Our homegrown guides are excited to share with you our insider’s perspective on this six-day adventure in Big Sky, Yellowstone, and Paradise Valley.
“Following our last Austin Adventures vacation, we knew our experience could not be matched; yet amazingly,
MONTANA – Glacier National Park Glacier National Park preserves over a million acres of old growth forests, alpine lakes, rugged mountains, and sweeping wildflower meadows.
this trip surpassed all!” Amy V., Severna Park, MD
WYOMING – Yellowstone National Park
Mountain peaks soar, reaching for the sky. Earth-toned canyons brim with geysers, fumaroles, steam vents, and mud pots. Rushing rivers feed crystalline lakes and mighty forests make a comfortable home for the richest diversity of wildlife this side of the Serengeti.
At Austin Adventures, national parks are what we do best
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ARIZONA – Grand Canyon National Park
Marvel at the breadth and beauty of this mile-deep natural wonder on a six-day family-friendly adventure that takes you through some of Arizona’s most awe-inspiring high desert country.
“Thank you for another unforgettable family vacation. It was the perfect blend between adventure and peacefulness.” Stacey H., Berlin, NJ
CALIFORNIA – Yosemite National Park
How will it inspire you? Come see for yourself, as you stand at the base of a tumbling 2,425-foot waterfall, a soaring 8,842-foot granite dome, and a 3,000-year- old, 300-foot Giant Sequoia in this spectacular, 150-year-old national park.
CALIFORNIA – Wine Country From expansive vineyards and hillside chateau wineries to untamed coastal beaches, you will bike, hike, paddle, and taste your way over the Golden Gate Bridge, past some of the tallest trees in the world, and through California’s renowned Napa Valley wine country. A
BAJA – Swimming with Whale Sharks Swim with whale sharks in a private cove rimmed by a mile-long white sand beach on the shimmering turquoise Sea of Cortez. Kayak, hike, and relax in your well-appointed beachside yurt in a land dubbed the “Galápagos of Mexico” by author John Steinbeck.
Visit www.austinadventures.com for detailed itineraries
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“This trip exceeded my expectations on all levels.” Sarah D., Pontiac, IL
WYOMING – Yellowstone Winter Dive into a quiet winter wonderland of lodgepole pine forests, geysers, waterfalls, and wildlife as you explore Yellowstone by ski, skate, snowshoe, and dogsled.
MONTANA/WYOMING – Western Adventure
MONTANA/WYOMING – Yellowstone, Glacier & Grand Teton National Parks Explore three of the Northern Rockies’ most stunning national parks: Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Teton. This adventure takes you into the wild west, from the towering Teton Mountain Range to the roaming wildlife of Yellowstone’s volcanic plateaus, to the glacially-carved valleys of Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road. A Experience western culture in the iconic landscape Austin Adventures proudly calls “Home.” Enjoy a 10,000-foot view in the Beartooth Mountains before experiencing unparalleled wildlife viewing in Yellowstone and hiking, rafting, and fly fishing where “Buffalo Bill” Cody made himself a legend. A F SOUTH DAKOTA – Black Hills & Mount Rushmore The Black Hills of South Dakota: an oasis of pine-clad mountains and prairie land, abundant wildlife, a world-class national park, and a host of dedicated Rails to Trails bike routes. A F
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UTAH – Arches & Canyonlands Step into two of nature’s finest jungle gyms on a hiking, biking, and rafting adventure through the river-carved canyons, sprawling mesas, and sandstone pillars of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. F
UTAH – Bryce Canyon & Zion Explore a playground of colorful desert canyons and sky-high sandcastles on this six-day adventure through the spectacular wind-swept rocky terrain of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. A F
UTAH – Mighty Five National Parks Journey through red rock heaven in Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks: Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Capitol Reef. The surreal scenery and variety of activities, all geographically close, make this unforgettable adventure an easy way to check five of America’s 61 parks off your bucket list.
ARIZONA/UTAH – Grand Canyon to Bryce & Zion Hike to the depths of the Grand Canyon, soak up the sorbet-colored sandcastle spires of Bryce Canyon, and trek The Narrows beneath 1,000-foot rock walls in Zion National Park on this quintessential southwest hiking adventure. A
“Absolutely, amazingly awesome!” Lainey F., San Diego, CA
An adventurer’s paradise, the Southwest’s red rock country is a feast for the senses
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COSTA RICA – Arenal Rainforest to Uvita
Welcome to Costa Rica – a land of unspoiled scenic beauty, protected ecological habitat, and one of the world’s most family-friendly destinations.
COSTA RICA – Tortuguero to Cahuita
Cradled between two continents and two seas lies a land as wild and primeval as any on earth. Protected on this tiny isthmus are more species of wildlife and flora than any other place on the planet.
“This was a life-changing experience. Our guide helped us to ‘see’ things we never would have understood on our own.” Einar S., Paradise Valley, AZ
NICARAGUA – Granada to the Emerald Coast Home to countless volcanoes, a spectacular coastline, the two largest fresh-water lakes in Central America, and rainforests teeming with flora and fauna, it’s no wonder Nicaragua has been designated one of Mesoamerica’s biodiversity hotspots. A F
BELIZE – Western Belize There’s never a dull moment to be had in Belize, home to thousands of acres of pristine wilderness, the second largest barrier reef in the world, and a fascinating world of ancient history.
Many adventures depart weekly and schedules vary. Call 1.800.575.1540 for availability.
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“One word – AMAZING! From our first hike to our last dinner, [this was a trip I’ll never forget.]” Jennifer B., El Paso, TX
PERU – Machu Picchu From the rapids of the Urubamba to the mystical mountains of Machu Picchu, the Land of the Inca begs to be explored.
PERU – Salkantay Lodge to Lodge
While some visitors spend a day hiking the Inca Trail to reach Machu Picchu, this adventure includes a weeklong lodge-to-lodge trek along a path much less traveled, but by many accounts, more scenic and exclusive than the Inca Trail itself. A
CUBA – Trinidad to Havana Caught between a tumultuous past and uncertain future, Cuba offers a culture best experienced in the moment. Cook, ride horses, throw clay, cruise in classic cars, and dance to the resilient, warm, and vibrant beat of a land and people forgotten by time.
BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro and Iguazu Falls Lush, verdant, and pulsing with life, Brazil will tantalize your senses as you discover fauna-rich mountains, powdery white-sand beaches, rich culture in Rio, and a series of waterfalls wider than Victoria, taller than Niagara, and more beautiful than both.
Peru is the perfect exclusive or custom opportunity
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“Our guides were fantastic. The entire experience was beyond perfect. I know, how could it be? But it was!” Lynne P., Reno, NV
ECUADOR – Galápagos Land Based With sea-swept volcanic terrain and an abundance of exotic creatures as curious about you as you are about them, the Galápagos Islands offer a wilderness and wildlife experience like no other. A F
CHILE/ARGENTINA – Authentic Patagonia
From El Calafate to Torres del Paine, savor a take- your-breath-away landscape of glaciers, lakes, rivers,
forest, and villages as you explore Chile and Argentina’s most dramatic scenery on this scintillating ten-day adventure. A
COLOMBIA – Bogotá to Cartagena Soaring Andean peaks, pristine Caribbean coastline, mysterious Amazon jungle, age-old archaeological ruins, and cobblestoned villages – Colombia boasts all of South America’s draw and more. Be one of the first to explore the extraordinary culture, colonial charm, and diverse landscapes in what’s emerging as one of adventure travel’s next big (yet still untouristed) destinations. ARGENTINA – Southern Patagonia Visit the blinding blue-white Perito Moreno Glacier by safari boat, hike to Cerro Torre to the backdrop of Monte Fitz Roy, and horseback ride through lush lenga forests from the luxurious Helsingfors Lodge. This is Southern Patagonia at its best. A
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“One of the best trips ever, and I’m 80 years old!” Paul R., Sammamish, WA
SPAIN – Barcelona & Catalonia Hike, bike, kayak, and snorkel from the Pyrenees Mountains to the blue-green coves of the Costa Brava on this weeklong adventure in northeast Spain, a region renowned for its unique history, spectacular scenery, and artistic legacy. A CROATIA – Dalmatian Coast Once overlooked, Croatia has quickly reclaimed its reputation as one of Europe’s must-see destinations. Renowned for its crystal-clear coves, wooded islands, vineyard-clad hills, and picturesque harbor towns, the Dalmatian Coast is an adventurer’s paradise. A F
ICELAND – Reykjavík to Hekla Volcano
From picture-perfect fjord towns to uninhabited interior highlands to splendid natural hot springs, Iceland, a country of raw, natural beauty, has it all. A
FRANCE/SPAIN – Bordeaux to San Sebastián
Take an epic journey through two of the most romantic countries in Europe as you bike, hike, and paddle along spectacular coastlines, vibrant vineyards, pastoral landscapes, and the snow-dusted Pyrenees in some of the most culturally and historically rich regions in the world. A
Interested in our Europe trips? Visit www.austinadventures.com/destinations/europe/ for more information
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FRANCE – Normandy Follow a spectacular shoreline from Barfleur to Bayeux, snaking through fishing harbors, along windswept seaside plateaus, past historic WWII sites, and into a rolling green countryside peppered with sheep, cattle, and ancient stone farmhouses. A F
FRANCE – Loire Valley Retrace the footsteps of King Charles VIII, Catherine de' Medici, Leonardo da Vinci, and Joan of Arc as you indulge in the rich history, charming villages, and world-class cuisine of la Loire. A F
AUSTRIA – Alps to Salzburg With soaring, snow-capped peaks, thundering waterfalls, glacier-carved gorges, and scenic villages, Austria is the perfect playground for the adventurous at heart. A F
“Austin Adventures delivered us an amazing family adventure we will remember forever!” Steven S., Potomac, MD
AUSTRIA/CZECH REPUBLIC – Vienna to Prague Explore lush vineyards, lively red-roofed villages, pristine lakes, and the majesty of the Bohemian Forest by bike, foot, and canoe on this weeklong adventure highlighting the best of Austria and the Czech Republic.
Europe with Austin Adventures is so much more than just biking
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HOLLAND – Amsterdam to Odoorn Emerald pastures, wildflower-strewn meadows, cobblestone villages, and working windmills set the perfect stage for family fun on this seven-day adventure through Holland’s pristine Northern Territory. A F
HOLLAND/GERMANY – Amsterdam to Aachen
This multisport adventure takes you by bicycle and foot from Amsterdam’s colorful tulip markets to Aachen’s famous cathedral. Taste a caramel-filled stroopwafel in a quaint café, cycle the fabulously flat and scenic landscapes of the Dutch countryside and explore Germany’s westernmost city of Aachen with a knowledgeable guide. A GERMANY – Moselle Valley Pedal Germany’s abundant wine-growing region from Trier to Koblenz, exploring imperial cities, majestic castles, lush gardens, and ancient Roman artifacts on this six-day adventure following the gentle, meandering path of the Moselle River. A F
DENMARK – Danish Isles Explore a string of islands renowned for their gentle, rolling hills, extensive bike paths, historic ruins, royal castles, thatch-roofed farmhouses, and colorful fishing villages on this seven-day Danish Isles adventure.
“Without a doubt, this was the best vacation we’ve ever had.” Don H., Greensboro, GA
Call 1.800.575.1540 and book your Europe vacation today!
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ITALY – Tuscany Welcome to your classic Tuscan adventure – six full days of mouthwatering food, graceful sprawling vineyards, weathered hillside villas, and vibrant cities brimming with art, history, and old-world charm.
“This was a great experience – nourishment for the soul.” Sharon L., Pittsburgh, PA
ITALY – South Tyrol & the Dolomites Explore South Tyrol on foot and the Alps and Dolomites by bike, following the gentle path of the Adige River as you take in northern Italy’s acclaimed mountain scenery.
SWITZERLAND/ITALY – Lugano to Como
Trek across the Swiss/Italian border, savoring stupendous views of the Matterhorn, the Jungfrau, and the Apennines before basking in the romance of Lake Como. Explore old stonework chapels, 13th-century cross bridges, and lush, terraced gardens by day, settling in for a meal of local fish, hand-rolled pasta, and stracciatella gelato by night. A FRANCE – Champagne to Burgundy Feel the pulse of the heart of France as you cycle, hike, kayak, and taste your way through this land of renowned vineyards, quaint villages, rolling hills, and stately castles. Romance and adventure make an excellent pairing. A
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SCOTLAND – Scottish Highlands From the shores of Loch Ness to the ancient forests of Cairngorms National Park, venture deep into Scotland’s luscious lake, glen, and mountain scenery by foot, bike, and speed boat, soaking up a true taste of Highland culture.
IRELAND – Kerry County Kerry County has it all: cobalt lakes, cliff-studded coastlines, rolling hills, and ancient castles – and there’s no better way to soak it all up than on a weeklong, action-packed multisport adventure.
PORTUGAL – Azores Search for sperm whales by zodiac, hike the crater rim of Sete Cidades Lake, sample homemade cheese, octopus, and chorizo on a tapas tour, and sip wine from the volcanic rock vineyards of Pico as you explore The Azores, an archipelago quickly emerging as a mecca for adventure travel. A PORTUGAL – Algarve Island hop by private boat in Ria Formosa. Kayak a maze of coastal caves off of Praia Grande. Picnic at the peak of the Fóia and spot dolphins in Lagos. With its Instagram-worthy scenery, rich culture, and phenomenal cuisine, this sun-kissed sliver of southern Europe will dazzle the senses. A
“It was a trip of a lifetime. A month after and we are still talking about it on a daily basis!” Laura A., New York, NY
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SOUTH AFRICA – Cape Town to Kruger
Savor 360-degree views atop Table Mountain in Cape Town, spectacular wines in Stellenbosch, and Big Five sightings on the Sabi Sabi Private Reserve, exploring South Africa at its finest. A F
“I’ve been to lots of places with different groups, as well as solo, and this was truly the best trip ever!” Miranda W., Nashville, TN
NAMIBIA – Desert Dune Safari From Sossusvlei to Swakopmund to the Skeleton Coast, venture well off of the tourist path on this epic, ten-day expedition encompassing the best that Namibia has to offer. A F
BOTSWANA – Iconic Botswana Travel from the brilliant-green, game-heavy wetlands of the Okavango Delta, along the newly flowing Savuti Channel, to the banks of the Zambezi River and the base of Victoria Falls on this classic, wildlife-rich safari. A F BOTSWANA/ZAMBIA – Great Wilderness Journey Follow in the footsteps of Africa’s earliest game- viewing explorers as you visit the mighty Victoria Falls, the blue-green wetlands of the Okavango Delta, and the diverse and wildlife-rich waters of the Linyanti and Chobe River systems. A F
Visit www.austinadventures.com/destinations/africa/ to view our African adventures
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KENYA/TANZANIA – The Great Migration
Venture from Lake Nakuru through the Masai Mara and into the Tanzanian Serengeti, taking in an out-of-this- world display of wildlife, culture, and natural beauty. A F
“The entire trip was well planned, fun, and incredibly rewarding.” Noelle F., Cincinnati, OH
KENYA – Samburu to Masai Mara Vast savannah peppered with immense herds of wildlife. Traditional tribes who bring soul and color to the earth. The home of African wildlife conservation. This is Kenya: the perfect place to answer Africa’s call of the wild. A F
TANZANIA – Best of the Serengeti Serengeti National Park. Lake Manyara. Ngorongoro Crater. Each is a name synonymous with the best game viewing on the planet. Step into a world of jaw-dropping scenery and prolific wildlife on this seven-day Tanzanian safari. A F
RWANDA – Kigali The perfect mixture of urban and wild, this 6-day in-depth exploration of a welcoming city accompanied by treks into Akagera and Volcanoes national parks leaves no holds barred. Indulge yourself in the rich history of Kigali, meet a mountain gorilla and bask in the Rwandan wilderness on this African adventure.
Africa wrote the book on adventure travel
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” – Anonymous
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SRI LANKA – Indian Ocean Sri Lanka packs a lot of punch, for such a small island! Take in the alluring scents of cinnamon, lemongrass, and cardamom as you explore a kaleidoscope of exquisite beaches, ancient ruins, and wildlife-rich tropical jungles. A F
THAILAND – Bangkok to Krabi You don’t know true hospitality until you’ve visited Thailand. Savor a warm welcome and a delicious taste of Thai culture, cuisine, tradition, and scenery on this extraordinary Bangkok to Krabi adventure. A F
“Our itinerary had the perfect balance of activities and downtime. We had a wonderful vacation!” Ted W., Whitefish Bay, WI
MYANMAR – Burma From floating gardens to sapphire-studded stupas, Myanmar is home to a trove of little-known treasures. Immerse yourself in a land of gentle people and ancient tradition on this enchanting Burmese adventure. A F
VIETNAM – Ho Chi Minh to Ha Long Bay Lowland tropical rainforest. White sand beaches. A UNESCO-designated bay dappled in limestone. Dive deep into Vietnam’s scintillating display of diverse
natural beauty and cultural delights on this two-week multisport adventure.
For a look into our Asia vacations, go to www.austinadventures.com/destinations/asia/
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“First class – great food, accommodations, trips, guides, scenery. This trip will not soon be forgotten.” Jeff R., Pittsburgh, PA
INDONESIA – Bali Bali has seduced artists and adventurers for centuries. Experience the allure of this exotic Indonesian island, both above and below the surface of the sea. A F
INDIA – Delhi to Pench From artistic culture and ancient traditions to culinary creations and glorious landscapes, India will kindle your curiosity, shake your senses, and ignite your travel passions. Whether exploring the Golden Triangle or searching for sloth bears, leopards, and tigers in two national parks, this adventure is sure to intrigue. A F LAOS/CAMBODIA – Luang Prabang to Angkor Wat Immerse yourself in the bite-sized destinations of Laos and Cambodia on a 12-day tour that offers a world of culture. Explore the side streets of Laos and the temples in Luang Prabang before losing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat.
VIETNAM, LAOS & THAILAND – Hanoi to Chiang Mai From Hanoi to the Mekong River, explore hidden city gems, remote hill tribe villages, rice farms, and buffalo dairies on this trifecta of cultural and scenic delight. A F
Experience an enchanting world of exotic adventure and soul-calming relaxation
“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
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“Top notch service, where guest expectations were consistently exceeded.” Deb R., Jenison, MI
AUSTRALIA – Twelve Apostles Great Walk
Revel in a world of rugged, cliff-top vistas, fragrant Eucalyptus forests, mysterious moonscapes, and sleepy hamlets as you traverse the most stunning sections of the Great Ocean Walk in the land of the limestone Apostles. A
TASMANIA – Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
By day, hike the iconic Overland Track, savoring the rare beauty and diversity of Lake St. Clair National Park and Tasmania’s renowned Cradle Mountain. By night, retreat to a hot shower, a sumptuous meal, and a well-earned glass of local Tasmanian wine. A
NEW ZEALAND – Rimu Adventure The South Island of New Zealand knits rugged, mystical, simple, and awe-inspiring into a small but mighty landscape that inspires 14 days of adventure in misty fjords, temperate rainforests, craggy peaks, and sparkling coastlines.
NEW ZEALAND – Tui Adventure Experience the essence of the South Island on an action-packed 8-day adventure that will have you trekking peaks and glaciers; flying into the remote Siberia Valley; jet boating; cycling; and marveling at the misty, waterfalled wonder of Milford Sound from overnight cruise boat and kayak.
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