AdventureSmith Explorations

 
ASE_logo_blk_ver.gifBased in Lake Tahoe, California, AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, expeditionary cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith pioneered the concept of wilderness cruising - combining the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking and exploring ashore in remote wilderness areas. Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations carefully matches its guests with the top names in expedition cruising as well as smaller, boutique ships that don't make the radar of most travelers.
 
Dedicated to small footprint, sustainable travel AdventureSmith Explorations orchestrates connections with the world's most exotic natural environments and vibrant native cultures through small ship cruising. Voyages combine intimate cruising with rewarding and exciting activities such as sea kayaking, hiking, and rafting in places usually not found on more mainstream itineraries. The company specializes in extraordinary, off-the-beaten-path destinations in Alaska, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Guatemala, the Arctic, Antarctica and New Zealand.
 
Commitment to Sustainable Travel
The nature of modern travel inherently emits harmful carbon emissions through the burning of fossil fuels. Planes, ships, cars and lodges are all sources of additional carbon in our atmosphere and contribute to global warming. AdventureSmith Explorations has calculated the amount of carbon emitted by their small ship cruise passengers each year. Through the company’s Carbon Free Cruising campaign they have completely neutralized those emissions and hope to educate travelers about how to fight global warming by reducing their own carbon footprint. See https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/carbon-free-cruising for more information.
 
In addition to its ground breaking Carbon Free Cruising initiative, the company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation, and Galapagos Conservancy. See: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/conservation for more information.
 
Destinations
 
NORTH AMERICA
 
Bears and wolves, whales and sea otters reward intrepid travelers who explore off the beaten path in Alaska. Cruise it by small ship or yacht and explore the backcountry in style from luxury eco lodges. view alaska adventures
 
British Columbia small ship and yacht cruises travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in North America. Experience mist-shrouded fjords, coastal wilderness, and unique ports of call. view british columbia adventures
 
Explore the majestic Columbia and Snake rivers in the path of Lewis and Clark. Cruise aboard a small ship or yacht, visit Washington's wine country and enjoy the epicurean delights provided by the fertile lands of the Pacific Northwest. view columbia river adventures
 
Baja California and Mexico's Sea of Cortez reveal a land of contrasts. Beautifully harsh, cactus covered desert landscapes and islands give way to rich waters home to whales, dolphins and countless sea creatures. view baja adventures
 
Soaring volcanoes, crashing waterfalls, lush rain forests, vast coffee farms and golden sand beaches beckon the visitor to Hawaii. Explore the remote coves, bays and shoreline by kayak, sailboat, mountain bike and motor launch. view hawaii adventures
 
CENTRAL AMERICA
 
Verdant rain and cloud forests, an astounding diversity of tropical birds and wildlife, active volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls and beautiful beaches. Explore from upscale wilderness lodges or aboard a Costa Rica cruise by small ship. view costa rica adventures
 
Panama has it all... mountains, jungles, beaches, bird life and an astounding biodiversity of flora and fauna. Cruise up close aboard small ships exploring both coasts and the Panama Canal. view panama adventures
 
Explore ancient Maya cities cloaked in pristine rain forest home to abundant tropical birds and wildlife. Enjoy activity and relaxing on beautiful Caribbean beaches and a world-class barrier reef. view belize adventures
 
Adventures that highlight the rich cultural traditions of today's living Maya as well as ancient cities and temples with an abundance of active volcanoes, pristine rain and cloud forests, wild rivers and sacred caves. view guatemala adventures
SOUTH AMERICA
 
Quite simply a Galapagos Island cruise is the vacation of a lifetime. Our small ships and yachts are the finest available staffed with expert local naturalist guides to interpret the unique environment and wildlife of the islands. view galapagos adventures
 
The highlight of travel to Peru is South America's premier ruins, Machu Picchu or an Amazon Cruise aboard a small ship. Enjoy guided explorations of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of Urubamba, Lake Titicaca and the Amazon rain forest. view peru adventures
 
NORTHERN EUROPE
 
Northern Europe is an unrivaled place filled with dramatic landscapes, timeless towns and intriguing historical places and cultural interactions. Visitors venturing out on a Northern Europe cruise are rewarded with intimate nature-based experiences and intriguing cultural interactions that are not experienced on the well-trodden paths by the average traveler.  view northern europe adventures
 

MEDITERRANEAN 

The rich history and culture of the Mediterranean Sea is perfect for small ship cruising. Our itineraries take you from Greece's Santorini to Montenegro's Bar, Croatia's Dalmatian Coast and Turkey's Istanbul aboard exclusive yachts and sailing vessels small enough for secluded bays and intimate harbors. See the most popular tourist destination in the world as few do.  view mediterranean adventures

POLAR REGIONS
 
Explore Antarctica - one of the last true wilderness areas left on earth and a continent of superlatives. Expedition cruises utilize long days to experience the world's greatest concentration of wildlife. view antarctica adventures
 
One of the most remote and fascinating regions of the world, recently accessible only to the privileged few. Spectacular fjords, towering mountains and glaciers; walrus and polar bear; and historic sites of polar exploration. view arctic adventures
PACIFIC
 
With the unique experience of the harsh outback contrasted by the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, this place is truly unforgettable. Small ship cruise in style and luxury aboard the Orion while preparing for amazing land expeditions ahead. view australia adventures
 
The adventure capital of the world boasting diversity from alpine mountains and glaciers to sub tropical forest and beaches. Swim with dolphins, soak in hot springs, kayak archipelagos, hike glaciers and trek famous alpine routes. view new zealand adventures
 
Cruise through pristine cobalt blue waters and explore the great variety of dramatic volcanic and coral islands and atolls and meet the locals whose rich cultural heritage is evident in the fascinating archaeological ruins dotting the countryside. view pacific island adventures
 
Japan is a nation with history, culture, and beauty unlike any other. Each of the places you'll explore present new insights into a realm that has fascinated travelers for millennia. view southeast asia adventures

Contact Information

Ph: 1-877-620-2875 / 530-583-1775

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AdventureSmith Explorations Announces Romantic Getaways Aboard the M/Y Grace Commemorating Grace Kelly’s 55th Wedding Anniversary

Four Special Eight Day Cruises for April 2011 Will Ply the Waters of the Galapagos in a Style Befitting Royalty 

Tahoe City, CA, March 28, 2011 – Active cruise specialist AdventureSmith Explorations, http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/  the travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships, announces a series of celebrity commemorative cruises in the Galapagos this April.  

Four themed expeditions aboard M/Y Grace honor the occasion of the April 19, 1955, wedding of Hollywood royalty Grace Kelly to Monaco’s Prince Rainier. They then honeymooned on this 146-foot luxury yacht that was gifted to them by Aristotle Onassis.  

Guests will be welcomed with champagne and Ecuadorian chocolates along with conservation lectures by scientists of the Darwin Foundation. Each guest will receive a photo book of the expedition covering the history of the vessel and details of the royal couple’s honeymoon. 

“The M/Y Grace is widely considered one of the most romantic ships to cruise in the Galapagos,” claims Todd Smith, founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations. “We have always recommended this ship to couples on honeymoon or celebrating a special anniversary. These special departures will make the experience even more special.” 

M/Y Grace offers nine spacious staterooms of up to 200 square feet to accommodate 16 guests. All staterooms feature private bathrooms, individual climate controls, safe boxes, telephones and plenty of storage space for clothing and luggage. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/accommprofile.php/d/galapagos/accid/295 

The dates set aside for this special cruise are: April 2 - 9, April 9 - 16, April 16 - 23, and April 23 - 30, 2011. Per person, double rates begin at $6,795 for this luxury experience. AdventureSmith is currently offering $500 off per cabin on these special departures. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/199  

The Grace cruise packages begin and end in colonial Quito, Ecuador and include Quito hotel accommodations, airport/hotel transfers, round trip flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands and a half day tour of the Quito's old town, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.  

About the M/Y Grace

Although M/Y Grace looks as young and chic today as the princess who honeymooned aboard her in the 1950's, she is nonetheless what the French call "une femme d'un certain age" born in 1928, just before The Crash silenced the Roaring Twenties. She has surrendered none of her youth’s glamour to the scars and wrinkles of a gallant life, including a stint chasing submarines during World War II. Combat aged on her, but benefactors like Aristotle Onassis, John Issa, and Prince Rainier ensured she was kept in the style to which she was accustomed. Now, as the M/Y Grace, she plies the waters of the Galapagos Islands, once again the elegant hostess to carefree, adventurous, perfect parties. 

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

The company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation and Galapagos Conservancy. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com. 

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AdventureSmith Explorations Expands Australian Cruise Itineraries Thanks to Fleet of Three Small Expedition Vessels

Tahoe City, CA, March 3, 2011– Cruise broker AdventureSmith Explorations, www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, announces re-configured Australia cruise itineraries made possible by a fleet of three small ships carrying only 46 (Coral Princess), 50 (Coral Princess II) and 72 (Oceanic Discover) passengers. Their sizes mean that the ships can maneuver hard-to-reach points of interest such as the Great Barrier Reef that larger vessels can’t. 

For example, an 8-day Great Barrier Reef small ship cruise aboard Coral Princess is the “most popular and most comprehensive Great Barrier Reef cruise available in Australia,” combining the lore of discoverer Captain Cook with the intrigue of the reef itself. Guests rub elbows with marine biologists and snorkel and dive nearly at whim. Rates are from AUD$2,883 per person double, representing “one of the best values in cruise vacations to be found anywhere in the world,” according to AdventureSmith Explorations. Departures from Townsville and Cairns are weekly year-round. For details please see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/324 

“Smaller boats mean more activity for guests,” said Todd Smith, founder and director of AdventureSmith Explorations. “It is a lot easier to get 46 snorkeling-bound passengers onto the reef than it is to get 100 there. Plus Coral Princess has more experience as a dive/snorkel operator, having pioneered reef cruising in the region.” 

Small ship cruising in Australia is up according to Smith and 2011 is promising to be a banner year. 

“According to Tourism Australia, it continues to be one of the hottest destinations in the world with 2010 visitors increasing by 6% over 2009. One of the hottest trends seen, Australia small ship cruise business has increased an impressive 30% each year for the past two years. Tourism Australia anticipates an even larger increase in 2011,” said Smith. 

Smith said that the fleet makes available “Explorer,” an awning-draped aluminum excursion vessel used for landings and extensive exploration of King George Falls and secluded rivers. 

Another cruise adventure accesses the Kimberley, a region on the northwest side of Australia bordering the Indian Ocean. An 11-day cruise is from AUD$6,950 per person double. The cruise aboard Coral Princess II or Oceanic Discoverer begins from the frontier towns of either Darwin or Broome and makes extensive use of “Explorer” on forays along the Outback. For details please see: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/337 

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

The company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation and Galapagos Conservancy. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com

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He Who Hesitates May Not Make Cut for Alaska Small Ship Cruise This Season; Increased Demand, Diminished Inventory Cited as Factors

Tahoe City, CA, Feb. 9, 2011 – Considering an Alaska cruise vacation this year? Then best be an early bird, advises small ship cruise expert AdventureSmith Explorations www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/, the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of expedition ships. 

Todd Smith, founder and president, said a number of forces converging on this year’s Alaska cruise season mandate booking early. Travel is rebounding and with the State of Alaska doing more marketing, demand is up. Alaska sales are up over 30 percent from last year for Smith’s company alone that is poised to see its biggest-ever Alaska year. Plus Cruise West that once controlled 30 percent of the Alaska cruise inventory is no longer in business. 

“Because of more demand at a time of less inventory, we’re suggesting that people make their travel commitments earlier than usual in order to assure themselves space on a small expedition ship of their choice,” Smith said. 

He suggested that folks looking for a Cruise West alternative consider Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/60 aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion. The industry’s top on-board naturalists and expedition leaders have been slated for this program.  

Another option is the Alaska Island Spirit Cruise aboard the Island Spirit, http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/56  offering exceptional value and a combination of nature, wilderness and authentic port stops. 

New to the scene are two redesigned vessels being introduced this season that are expected to fill up quickly because they offer a high level of land-based adventure activity, said Smith. These are InnerSea Discoveries’ Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/38 and Western Coves Adventure Cruise http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/54 aboard either the 156-foot, 49 passenger Wilderness Adventurer or the 169-foot, 49 passenger MV Wilderness Discoverer. 

For the first time in the history of Alaska cruising, guests aboard these two state-of-the-art ships will be able to pick and choose from such traditional activities as in-depth wilderness explorations by Zodiac, kayak or naturalist guided walks, to new, ground-breaking optional activities such as overnight wilderness kayaking, hiking and camping, expert fishing charters from the ship (local guides/boats rendezvous with the vessel to take clients fishing for the day) and flight-seeing. There will be some new activities included in the programming as well such as paddle boarding, caving and snorkeling. 

Smith said that as many of the bigger expedition vessels are beginning to fill up, more travelers are considering AdventureSmith Explorations’ selection of adventure yachts. 

“From luxury to floating base camps we have an active Alaskan yacht cruise for every ability and budget,” he said. For example, Smith points out:

Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/160;

Alaskan Safari Yacht Cruises http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/19;

Active Inside Passage http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/128, and Active Prince William Sound Discovery Cruise http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/127  

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

The company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation and Galapagos Conservancy. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.”Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.  

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AdventureSmith Explorations, Leader in Small-Ship Expedition Cruising, on Board for Bay Area and Los Angeles Adventure Travel Shows

Travelers, Media and Agents Invited to Drop By and Learn About Adventure Cruising Jan. 15-16 in Santa Clara and Mar. 19-20 in Los Angeles  

TAHOE CITY, CA, JAN 5, 2011 –The future of adventure cruising will be revealed as AdventureSmith Explorations (www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com), welcomes guests to its booth at two upcoming travel shows in California.  AdventureSmith is the travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships. See: http://www.adventureexpo.com/default.htm  

The first show in their line-up is the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show Jan. 15-16, 2011, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara.  Shortly following is the Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show Mar. 19-20, 2011.  

Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show

AdventureSmith Explorations Booth Number: 924 (corner booth near the zip line)

The Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great American Pkwy., Santa Clara, CA 95054. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. Tickets are $15 for adults. Children 16 and under may attend free. Featured presenters will be Pauline Frommer, creator of Pauline Frommer Guidebooks, and Jennifer Bagget, a travel journalist and co-author of The Lost Girls. Tickets may be purchased online – click here. For more information please see http://3bl.me/sg2k92 

Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show

AdventureSmith Explorations Booth Number: 346

The Los Angeles Times Travel & Adventure Show takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall), 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. This show is open to trade only from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 19 and to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 19 and Mar. 20. Parking (West Hall parking) is $12 a day (no in-out parking). General admission is $10. Advance purchase tickets are $8. Travel agents and children 16 and under with an adult are free. More than 500 exhibitors will be promoting their destinations and tours. Highlights include trip giveaways, cultural entertainment and presentations by travel experts Rick Steves and Arthur and Pauline Frommer. For more information please see: http://events.latimes.com/travelshow/  

About AdventureSmith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.  

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.  

The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.”  

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe. Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com 

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The Last Great Race on Earth! 2011 Dog Sled Competition, Early Alaska Focus of New Tour from AdventureSmith Explorations

TAHOE CITY, CA, DEC 13, 2010 – In the 1920’s sled dogs carried mail and supplies to remote regions of Alaska along a trail now called Iditarod. Guests on an AdventureSmith Explorations’ http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ nine-day program in Alaska this winter can place bets on their favorite huskies and witness the start of the annual Iditarod dog sled race while basking under the magnificence of the Northern Lights. This 1,150-mile wilderness trek from Anchorage to the Bering Sea commemorates an heroic race against death by diphtheria in 1925 when these fabled dogs brought life-saving serum to Nome. 

Iditarod and Northern Lights Tour 2011 that begins Feb. 27, 2011 is a guaranteed-to-sparkle (think flashing sky atop frosty world) program engaging guests in dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, with stops along the way to see the Northern Lights from atop a mountain and review works-in-process at the 25-acre Ice Park where, in March, the World Ice Art Championships are held. Lodging is at several of Alaska’s finest hotels. 

From Fairbanks, the arrival and departure city, and a stay at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge on the banks of the Chena River, the tour travels to Chena Hot Springs Resort to play in this winter world.  Here is some the best Northern Lights viewing, especially from the vantage while soaking in a natural outdoor lake of up to 105 degrees. (The resort is also one of the leaders in harnessing geo-thermal energy from the hot springs.) 

A flight to Anchorage includes lodging at the Captain Cook Hotel and an invitation to attend the Musher’s Banquet that celebrates the great achievement of the serum run that saved the lives of countless Nome children. The life and work of mushers who drive the teams will be explored, along with insights into the characteristics of sled dogs and the years of breeding and training that go into putting together a team. Mushers will describe the strategy, hardships, technical aspects and joys of life on the trail. At the banquet guests can bid at an auction for a ride with a musher as they leave the race start chute. 

The ceremonial Iditarod start begins in downtown Anchorage. The #1 position is reserved in the memory of Leonhard Seppala, an immigrant from Norway who came to Alaska for the Gold Rush and became the state’s foremost hero when he did the 1925 sled run. Any of AdventureSmith Explorations’ guests who are successful bidders on the "Idita-Rider" auction will ride in the sled of a musher as they begin the race. 

The per person rate begins at $2,699 (plus $98 tax) for eight nights lodging and breakfasts, two dinners, escort, private transfers, air between Anchorage and Fairbanks plus all admissions to events and lectures. 

From November 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011 AdventureSmith Explorations also offers a shorter version of their Northern Lights Tour with an optional seat on the spectacular Aurora Train between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The program departs daily upon request and rates begin at $450 per person (without the train extension), or $750 with the train ride.

See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/18

About AdventureSmith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. 

In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia. 

The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.” 

Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the northern shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com

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Small Yacht Adventure Cruising – AdventureSmith Explorations Announces a Better Way to Experience Hawaii

Book an Eight Day Winter Cruise by November 30 and Save $500 Per Person

 Tahoe City, California, November 18, 2010– On a small ship cruising adventure through the Hawaiian Islands the next port of call might be a deserted beach or secluded rain forest trailhead. Active expedition cruise company AdventureSmith Explorations http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/ thinks this may be the optimum way to experience the essence of Hawaii.

 New for 2011, AdventureSmith Explorations is introducing two flexible itineraries cruising the Hawaiian Islands aboard the 36 passenger Safari Explorer. The eight day Hawaiian Seascapes cruise offers five islands exploring pristine areas of Hawaii that can only be accessed by sea. The eleven day Hawaii's Traditional Shores itinerary delves deeper into island culture and the unique marine wildlife found in island waters.

 “I have never been more excited for the launch of a new small ship cruise program. Many small ship cruise companies have entertained the idea of a Hawaiian cruise in the past but none have had the precise combination of the perfect ship and the right vision to be successful,” shares AdventureSmith owner and founder Todd Smith.

 What distinguishes this cruise opportunity from others, explains Smith, has to do with the focus on the undeveloped, naturally pristine pockets of paradise still found in the islands. The 145-foot Safari Explorer is nimble enough to set anchor each night in a different secluded harbor or inlet, making it possible to explore remote coves and shoreline by foot, kayak, paddle board, sailboat, mountain bike and motor launch.

 The luxury small ship carries up to 36 passengers in 18 well appointed cabins. Featured amenities include an on deck hot tub, a view sauna, complementary massages, exercise equipment, a well stocked book and video library, a full beam swim step for ease in boarding kayaks and inflatable shore boat, mountain bikes and a fully stocked bar with premium wine, beer and spirits.  All staterooms feature heated tile floors in the bathroom, Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses, Flat-screen TV/DVD, and an iPod docking station.  All staterooms have view windows (no portholes). See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/accommprofile.php/d/hawaii/accid/296

 “In our opinion, this is the optimum way to see Hawaii,” states Smith. “Our passengers will actively experience the islands from a much more intimate perspective than they would find at a high-end resort.”

 And Smith points out that being ship-based doesn’t mean that you’ll have to pass up your golf game. While visiting Lanai on either cruiseitineraryguests have the optional opportunity to play either The Challenge at Manele Bay or The Experience at Koele, two legendary championship courses. 

 The eight day Hawaiian Seascapescruise visits the islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Molokini and the Big Island of Hawaii. Low season rates begin at $4,995 per person, double occupancy.  Departures are scheduled from late October into May with special family dates available. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/200

 AdventureSmith’s eleven day Hawaii's Traditional Shores itinerary visits the same islands as the shorter cruise but adds an emphasis on snorkeling or diving, marine mammal observation and visits to cultural and historical sites. Rates begin at $6,495 per person, double occupancy.  Three trip dates are offered departing Oct 26 and Dec 8, 2011 and May 11, 2012. See: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/316

About Adventure Smith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.

 In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.

 The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.”

 Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.

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Now – By Land As Well As By Sea AdventureSmith Explorations Develops Land-Based Tours to Enhance Portfolio Brimming with Small Ship Cruises

 

Tahoe City, California, November 4, 2010 – AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, has a land-based face as well that focuses on distinctive wilderness lodges and boutique hotels that promote proximity to nature and authentic culture.
 
“While we have been experiencing unprecedented growth in all areas, tours on terra firma are now the fastest growing segment of our overall business,” said Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorationsowner and founder.
 
Many of our land programs began as extensions to our small ship cruises.  However over time they have become so popular they are now stand alone itineraries in unique destinations. Our accommodations and the people who run them are rooted in the region's environment.” 
 
Smith went on to point out that their land tours are designed and operated with the same philosophy as the adventure cruises they offer;  small group travel, with exceptional naturalist guides designed to access and explore regions that are off the radar of most travelers and away from tourist crowds. 
 
“We are a company founded by guides and believe that a professional, knowledgeable and personable guide is the key to a successful adventure travel experience be it land-based or small ship cruising,” explained Smith.
 
For the coming year, AdventureSmith Explorations will be offering 41 distinctive land-based tours. Following are the two newest and most ambitious land programs for 2011:
 
Baja Intimate Insider
“Insider” is the operative word because the whole focus of this trip which combines the excitement of Cabo with authentic Old Mexico in Todos Santos is to engage with the local people. Guests mingle on a working rancho with the caballeros, potters and owners who live and work much as they have for the past 200 years.  Exclusive visits to art galleries and meetings with the artists unveil the hip and modern side of Todos Santos. Guests are welcome in the kitchen to mingle and learn with the executive chef at a historic hotel where later the staff invites one and all to party into the wee hours.
 
This tour offers an optional opportunity to volunteer as a language mentor with the Bridge-to-English program in Todos Santos. This is an after-school program for local kids run by a Mexican non-profit. Travelers may volunteer for just a few hours or for several days if they wish.  7 Days from $1,995 per person, double occupancy. Daily year-round departures upon request.
 
Salkantay Equestrian Adventure
AdventureSmith Explorations is the exclusive North American representative for the equestrian version of a legendary trek over the Salkantay Pass in Peru. Experienced riders will appreciate this lodge to lodge ride ending in the ancient fortress city of Machu Picchu.  Five unique mountain lodges are utilized during this high altitude adventure.
7 Days from $2,950 per person, double occupancy. Departures from April to November.
 
Other popular land-based trip destinations also include Alaska, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador Amazon, Galapagos and Panama.
 
For more information on these and all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ 2011 season offerings please visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com, call toll-free 800-728-2875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
About Adventure Smith Explorations
AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.
 
In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.
 
The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.”
 
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe. Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.
 
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“Jungle” Jack Hanna Joins AdventureSmith Explorations’ Peruvian Amazon Trip in November to Film Upcoming Into the Wild TV Series

 

Tahoe City, CA, Oct. 14, 2010 -- The Peruvian Amazon will get a VIP visitor when “Jungle” Jack Hanna, naturalist, TV celebrity and Emmy award-winner, boards the MV Aqua on a working cruise this November.

 Hanna is filming the upcoming season of his syndicated series Into the Wild. The three-night / four-day trip departs Nov. 6 on this intimate and luxurious 12-suite vessel that will access one of the most remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon, the Pacaya Samiria Reserve which Hanna and his crew will explore and document.
 
On-board guests and then television audiences will sail through various Amazon River tributaries and come face to face with the mystical pink dolphin, cayman, sloth, giant lilies and hundreds of other rare and exotic Amazon animal and plant species.
 
“If you have ever seen him on TV you know that Jack Hanna is a true character.  To share the wonder of discovery with “Jungle” Jack Hanna while cruising the Amazon is surely the trip of a lifetime.  His enthusiasm is infectious and his sense of adventure ensures all around him are having fun.  The side benefit is that you might even end up on TV,” said Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Exploration’s (www.adventuresmithexplorations.com) owner and founder.
 
Guests fly to Lima and transfer to Iquitos where they board the ship. While viewing wildlife is the main objective of this cruise, there are also opportunities for cultural exchanges in remote native villages along the Amazon.
 
This cruise, said Smith, is the perfect compliment to a land-based Peruvian adventure. Rates are from $2,250 per person, double. For information please see
 
Space on the November 6-9, 2010, three-day departure is extremely limited. To reserve a cabin please contact AdventureSmith Explorations by phone at 1-800-728-2875 or visit their website: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com
 
About Adventure Smith Explorations
AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.
 
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe. Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.
 
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AdventureSmith Explorations Heralds Golden Age of Small Ship Cruising with Itineraries from Alaska to Patagonia

 

Tahoe City, CA, Oct. 7, 2010 – AdventureSmith Explorations, the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, announces its 2011 adventure portfolio.  Careful expansion includes water-filled worlds from Patagonia to Alaska and points between on adventure-laden itineraries for small ship cruise aficionados.
 
Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Exploration’s (www.adventuresmithexplorations.com) owner and founder, said that demand is high for new ships and new destinations.
 
“Almost everywhere the land meets the sea there is a small ship or yacht available for up-close exploration,” said Smith. “I feel we are entering a golden age of small ship cruising. As soon as the economy rebounds the small ship market will explode. Travelers and agents are becoming aware of the benefits of this style of travel and discerning voyagers are demanding the more authentic experiences available aboard small ships.”
 
Following are highlights of AdventureSmith Explorations’ new 2011 small ship cruise programs:
 
Hawaiian Seascapes
The 39-guest Safari Explorer follows paradise across five islands over eight days with time out for excursions by mule, optional golf, scuba diving and snorkeling.  Rates begin at $4,995 per person, double. 2011/2012 Departures run October to May with specified family trips available.
 
Camp Leakey – Faces in the Forest
This 11-day trip from Bali to Singapore explores the wildlife, birds and culture of Borneo aboard the luxurious new 100-passenger capacity Orion II. A visit to Camp Leakey in Tanjung Puting National Park is a highlight, viewing the rehabilitation of ex-captive orangutans. Rates from $6,930 per person, double. Dates: Sep 30-Oct 10, Dec 29-Jan 8, 2011 and Jan 8-18, 2012.
 
Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise
This wheelchair accessible, six-day cruise for 12 passengers aboard Sea Wolf II is the only cruise to focus on Glacier Bay National Park, spending an entire week in this pristine wilderness.  Rates from $3,500 per person, double. Season runs from May 15 to September 2.
 
Other Alaska small ship programs include Alaska Eastern Coves Adventure Cruise: http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/38 and the return route Alaska Western Coves Adventure Cruise:
http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/itinerarydetails.php/advid/54 Cruising is aboard the newly refurbished M/V Wilderness Adventurer and M/V Wilderness Discoverer and rates for the active eight day adventure begin at just $1,795 per person, double. Season is May to September and specified family departures are available.
 
Inland Sea of Japan – Discovery of an Ancient Culture
Many of the logistical complexities of traveling this region disappear when traveling for 11 days by small ship on this culture-driven cruise that considers Japan’s lifeblood, the sea, and its primeval forests and mountain peaks. Rates for ocean view suite aboard Orion II are from $6,930 per person, double. 2011 cruise dates are Jul 8-18 and Jul 28-Aug 7.
 
Patagonia Expedition Cruise
A compliment to a South American adventure is a three or four-night cruise exploring the wilderness and glaciers of the Chilean Fjords in the heart of Patagonia. Rates are from $840 per person, double. The season runs from September to April.
 
For more information on these and all of AdventureSmith Explorations’ 2011 season offerings please visit www.adventuresmithexplorations.com, call toll-free 800-728-2875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
About Adventure Smith Explorations
AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.
 
In moving through exotic natural environments and exploring vibrant native cultures seldom associated with more mainstream cruise itineraries, AdventureSmith Explorations dedicates its efforts to small footprint, sustainable travel and has launched a carbon free cruising initiative. Its off-the-beaten-path destinations include Alaska, Baja, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Hawaii, Peru, the Arctic, Antarctica, and Australia.
 
The company's mission is to give back to the individuals, communities and environments touched by AdventureSmith Explorations trips by connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation and Galapagos Conservancy. The company was named by National Geographic Adventure as one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” and is the recipient of Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious “World Savers Award.”
 
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe. Phone: 800-728-2875 toll-free or 530-583-1775. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.
 
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AdventureSmith Explorations Leaps to Provide Attractive Cruise Alternatives To Would-be Cruisers Landlocked by Demise of Cruise West

 

Tahoe City, CA, Sept. 24, 2010 – AdventureSmith Explorations (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/), the active travel company that secures matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small, expedition ships, is arranging strategies with its portfolio of cruise companies to assist an estimated 4,000 travelers whose cruise vacations were impacted by the recent demise of Cruise West.
 
On Sept. 17, 2010, Cruise West announced that effective Sept. 18, 2010, the company was ceasing all operations. See: http://www.cruisewest.com/.
 
Todd Smith, founder of AdventureSmith Explorations, explains why his company feels compelled to do something to help displaced passengers, “As a preferred partner with Cruise West we are saddened by their closure. We are empathetic to the pain and panic their clients must be experiencing. We want to do everything in our power to assist those passengers in their pursuit of an alternative top quality, small ship cruise vacation.”
 
Smith was instrumental in helping arrange cruise incentives for cancelled Cruise West clients. He outlined special offers to date that companies are extending to these thousands of travelers whose vacations were aborted by the now-defunct cruise company.
 
-Displaced but documented Cruise West clients can opt for 20 to 50 percent savings on a range of 2010 and 2011 Orion Expeditions cruises by booking by Oct. 31, 2010, on the following sailings:
  • 50% reduction on any Orion sailing between now and Mar. 7, 2011, (not including Antarctica)
  • 25% reduction on Papua New Guinea 2010 and 2011 sailings
  • 25% reduction on Antarctica sailings December 2010/January 2011
  • 20% reduction on Kimberley sailings 2011
  • 20% reduction on any Orion II destination in 2011
 
-Lindblad Expeditions will honor documented deposits made to Cruise West (up to $500 per booking) when rebooking a cruise with them. This is in addition to any applicable offers for the following expeditions:
  • Baja: Pre-Hispanic Art, Missions and Wildlife – Jan. 2, 5, 12, 15.  Guests will receive the current offer of $500 per person plus $500 off per booking.
  • Alaska: On select dates in May and the first two weeks in June guests will receive the current offer of $500 per person plus the current promotion of “free air” or “free air plus $500” depending on the date of departure.
  • Costa Rica Panama:  Guests will receive the current offer “3 day complementary extension to Montverde”, plus an additional $500 per booking for departures on Nov. 6, 13, 20; Dec. 8, 11, 18; Jan. 22, 29; Feb. 16, 19; Mar. 2, 26.
 
-American Safari Cruises/InnerSea Discoveries is offering a $150 per person savings if being re-accommodated on InnerSea Discoveries and $300 per person off if rebooked on American Safari Cruises. Plus:
  • On InnerSea Discoveries’ Mexico Sea of Cortes Cruise, Jan-Apr there is an offer for 25 percent off of published fares for anyone who had been booked on a Cruise West Spirit of Endeavour Mexico cruise.
 
-Fantasy Cruises offers displaced guests of Cruise West a $275 per person savings plus two free pre or post cruise hotel nights (Sitka, Petersburg or Juneau) for bookings on their Alaska cruise ship Island Spirit.
 
For these and other specials and promotions designed to assist cancelled passengers of Cruise West, contact AdventureSmith Explorations by phone: 800-728-2875 (toll-free) or 530-583-1775, or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
About Adventure Smith Explorations
AdventureSmith Explorations is the global leader in small ship, adventure cruise vacations. Company founder Todd Smith helped pioneer the concept of wilderness cruising that combines the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking, hiking and exploring remote wilderness areas ashore. The company matches guests with the top names in small ship cruising as well with intimate, boutique ships that may not make the radar of most travelers.
 
Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations is based in Tahoe City, California along the western shore of Lake Tahoe. Visit: www.AdventureSmithExplorations.com.
 
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