Austin Adventures

Website: http://www.austinadventures.com

The story of Austin Adventures is really about founder Dan Austin and his passion to create the world’s best active travel company. For a legacy dating back over 40 years, Dan has sharing his love of adventure with each and every guest. Austin Adventures' longtime insider's knowledge and extensive contacts in each destination they visit allow them to offer cultural and artistic experiences and encounters that give their guests a much more in-depth feel for the local people and their way of life.

Many companies may cover the world, but AA focuses solely on The Americas, Africa and Europe. They just want to be the best wherever they go. Itineraries are designed to deliver surprising luxury with an absence of pretension. They have done their research and know the best accommodations in each region to rest and recharge. Whether you dine in a 5 star restaurant or are served campfire-side, you will enjoy the finest local cuisine and wines, artfully prepared and deliciously sinful. You are a VIP with Austin Adventures and they promise to deliver on each traveler’s high standards for luxury, quality and comfort.

Activities and Destinations

BIKE / CULTURAL TOURS Asia / Pacific

    • Europe
      • Austria
      • France
      • Germany
      • Holland
      • Italy

MULTI-SPORT / CULTURAL / NATIONAL PARK TOURS

    • Africa
      • South Africa – Kruger NP
    • Central America
      • Costa Rica – Corcovado and Tortuguero NP
      • Mexico – Baja, Oaxaca and Chiapas
      • Panama
    • US & Canada - Mountain West
      • Alberta – Banff NP
      • Montana – Yellowstone  NP
      • Wyoming – Grand Teton NP
      • South Dakota – Badlands NP
    • US Pacific Coast
      • California – Yosemite NP
      • Oregon – Crater Lake NP
    • US & Canada - Northwest
      • Alaska – Glacier Bay NP & Kenai Fjords NP
      • BC – Okanagan Valley
      • BC – Vancouver Island – Pacific Rim NP
      • BC - Whistler
      • Washington – North Cascades NP
    • US Southwest
      • Arizona – Grand Canyon NP
      • New Mexico
      • Utah – Bryce & Zion NP
    • South America
      • Ecuador – Galapagos NP
      • Peru – Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

FAMILY MULTI-SPORT / CULTURAL TOURS

  • Alaska
  • Austria
  • Canadian Rockies
  • Costa Rica
  • France (Loire)
  • Galapagos
  • Germany (Mosel)
  • Grand Canyon (Havasu)
  • Holland
  • Panama
  • South Africa
  • Vancouver Island (BC)
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Whistler (BC)

FOOD & WINE / MULTI-SPORT / CULTURAL TOURS

  • France
  • Germany
  • Mexico (Chiapas and Oaxaca)
  • Tuscany
  • Canada (Okanagan Valley)

SAFARI / NATURAL WORLD EXPLORATIONS

  • Galapagos
  • South Africa
  • Zambia

 

 

Austin Adventures Expands its Programs in Anticipation of a Booking Surge

BILLINGS, MT, Jan. 13, 2022– Even as the pandemic raged, Austin Adventures has planned ahead to assure travelers that as the clouds lift, adventure aplenty lies ahead.

“The company,” explains Dan Austin, Founder and Visionary, “has pursued a two-fold strategy over the past few years. The first was to expand inventory in the North American market for people who may be wary of long-haul travel. The second was to beef up exposure for offshore programs that are easy to access on shorter-haul international fights.”

The apocryphal “If you build it right, they will come” is proving out once again.

“I think we all are ready to move on from the dark days of fear and uncertainty that have enveloped us over the past two years. We are prepared and ready for whatever surge in bookings we see with the simple message of “Book Early” to guarantee space on the trip and date of your choice,” he says.

The rush to recovery has started. Starting in mid-December the company has seen unprecedented search activity and early season bookings for its small-group and group exclusive North American tours. Some national park trip dates are already sold out and travelers should call to check on availability as soon as possible.

The hottest ticket items to date have been these U.S. National Park and Canadian Rockies itineraries:

Internationally, Costa Rica and Peru are the two destinations currently receiving the most interest, Austin notes. Two new tours in particular are gaining momentum in these easy-to-reach destinations:

In a state of readiness for what Austin anticipates will be a record-breaking 2022 season is a handful of new-for-2022 adventures that embrace in true Austin Adventures style this country’s still-wild and natural areas. Itineraries also include, for the first time, explorations of iconic regions on the Atlantic seaboard.

Austin is in good company when he predicts a bumper season around the corner. The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) in a December 2021 press release reported:

  • “Nine out of ten members (93%) anticipate growth in sales in 2022. Two thirds (65%) of those respondents are “optimistic” and forecasting a “boom year” with growth anywhere from 7% to 10% and higher.”
  • “Members report that travelers are gravitating towards locations with wide-open spaces. National Parks were named the top domestic destination for 2022. Alaska followed in second.”
  • “Members chose small group tours as the most popular travel product for 2022. FIT ranked second, followed by private, custom groups.”

In addition to pent-up demand for active travel, Austin Adventures’ growth can also be attributed to a new partnership that began in summer 2021 with Active Adventures of New Zealand. Active Adventures’ unique hiking, biking, and kayaking experiences in New Zealand, South America, Europe, the Himalayas, and Africa are now available via the Austin Adventures’ website.

About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures:

With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive, small-group adventures in the most breath-taking regions of the world. Their teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand-picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining and unique activities showcasing the best of each region.

Each of their 100+ trips are crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically but also to take a deep dive in the local way of life in every destination. For more information, please visit activeadventures.com and austinadventures.com.

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Active Adventures Increases Its Offerings with A Brand-New Camino de Santiago Trek in Spain

Queenstown, New Zealand, December 14, 2021- Active Adventure is excited to announce they’ve added a 9-day Camino de Santiago trek in Northern Spain to their offerings.

This new adventure provides another opportunity for North Americans to travel with ease to Europe and explore an ancient pilgrim route with expert local guides leading the way. Guests will trek in the footsteps of pilgrims, who, for thousands of years, made their way along the same path to the tomb of the apostle St. James.

With Active Adventures’ attention to detail and track record of strong customer service, both return and new travellers can look forward to hiking the Camino de Santiago beginning in April 2022.

“The Camino de Santiago has been on our radar for some time now, and the opportunity to add this life-changing journey to our portfolio was something we couldn’t pass up”, explained Wendy van Lieshout, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures CEO.

The new adventure is 9-days long and is hiking focused. Here’s the catalog tour description:

9-day Camino de Santiago by Active Adventures

Explore the ancient pilgrim route, which takes you from the port city of Bilbao packed with incredible avant-garde architecture, along spectacular coastal trails and mountain paths in Asturias, through the green hills of Galicia to Cape Finisterre - once believed by the Romans to be the end of the known world. Follow in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims as you make your way to the tomb of James the Apostle. Discover a piece of yourself on one of the most renowned walks of Christian history.

Highlights include superb regional gastronomy, the golden sand beaches on the Camino del Norte in Asturias, ancient ruins of Galicia and charming oak forests and rural landscapes of the Camino Primitivo. After visiting the magical UNESCO World Heritage city of Santiago, your journey finishes at Cape Finisterre with stunning views of Costa da Morte.

Activity level: 3 to 4 out of 5, hiking focused

Trip fare: US$4499

Departure dates: Weekly from April to October, 2022

More Information: https://activeadventures.com/destinations/europe/trips/camino-de-santiago/

This is not all that is new for Active Adventures. In August 2021, Active Adventures merged with Montana-based Austin Adventures. Together these companies have covered all the bases of active vacation planning and execution for adventurers across the globe. Their time-tested expertise has proved priceless in the last year as more and more travellers turn to professionals for travel planning advice and assistance.

About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures

With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive, small-group adventures in the most breath-taking regions of the world. Their teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand-picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining and unique activities showcasing the best of each region. Each of their 100+ trips are crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically but also to take a deep dive into the local way of life in every destination. For more information, please visit activeadventures.com and austinadventures.com.

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Personal Reflections from Dan Austin

Dear Friends,

For the last 20 years or so you have likely come to expect a year end wrap up from me. Just a chance to share a bit of the past 365 days and a quick look forward. Not one to disappoint, the following is just that: A look back and a look forward.

2021 was definitely a year for the record books. Thanks primarily to our extensive domestic portfolio of National Parks adventures, we were able to host more intrepid travelers than ever before. And this came at a time when we really needed it!

Like everyone else in the travel business, 2020 was a year we might want to forget. That said, we have no intention of forgetting all the lessons that helped us not just survive but actually thrive in delivering the quality and peace of mind that our travelers demand. In addition to safety/sanitation protocols that are now part of our standard operating procedures, we are proud of our more flexible client-first policies that have evolved to accommodate these ever-changing times.

The number one takeaway was seeing clearly how important our domestic product is to us and our travelers. As you all know, we have been a leader in the National Parks of the West for over 35 years. After a sold out 2021 summer season, we have been working tirelessly to create even more opportunities close to home. We have created a new East Coast Series traveling to: Maine, Vermont, North Carolinaand Georgia. In addition, we have a new program exploring Death Valley & Joshua Tree National Parks.We have also doubled down and created more departures in our tried and true programs like our #1 selling Yellowstone Adventure and of course we have geared up to return to the Canadian Rockies after a two year absence.

Have you heard the other good news? Make that great news!? Last July Austin Adventures finished the year-long process of merging with international industry leader, Active Adventures, based in New Zealand. We have been working with Active for years selling each other’s programs so we knew of their reputation and integrity. As we got to know CEO Wendy van Lieshout and her amazing team, we just saw a perfect fit. We have the North American programs they were missing and Active’s international portfolio enhances and compliments everything we do quite well. Add to that having completely opposite seasons, the ability to extend office hours and just all around more bandwidth, and you have a match made in heaven.

To help launch this partnership, I’ve enlisted my wife and soul-mate Carol to join me in hosting our annual Founders Trip on one of Active’s newest trips in Spain! On May 7, 2022,we will be hitting Camino Santiago Trail with a dozen or so fellow adventurers for an epic journey! We can’t wait.

As 2021 winds down, we are excited to roll into our annual Past TravelersAppreciation Month (December). This year it’s even more exciting as we have worked to combine the Austin Adventures Past Traveler perks with the Active Adventures perks! Now, anyone who has or will travel with either brand will get to enjoy reciprocal past travelers’ incentives and opportunities! So, special rewards for being a loyal traveler,from trip discounts to free travel, now carry across both brands.

Unfortunately, we have all come to accept that we all will be impacted indefinitely by this COVID Pandemic. Guided by our conscious and facts,we have deliberated as a team and have come to the tough decision to implement a mandatory vaccine policy for the 2022 season. Regardless of where our guests choose to travel, the mandatory vaccine requirement will be in place. It is the right thing to do not just for our travelers and guides, but also to protect the people and places we visit. I can say, so far the response has been overwhelmingly supportive.

As we move into the end of the year, I want to wish each and every one of you a heartfelt and warm holiday season! It’s a wonderful time to gather with friends and family and start planning your next great adventure!

Until next time my friends, Namaste, Namaste

Dan Austin, Founder

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$500 Savings on Domestic And International Adventures

BILLINGS, MT, Nov. 22, 2021– Recently merged Active Adventures of Queenstown, New Zealand and Austin Adventures of Montana, USA have announced an unprecedented offer for the travel-starved this Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

From Friday, Nov. 26 through Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, this special offer saves travelers $500 (per person) on trips priced over $3,500 that are sold and operated exclusively by either travel brand. This booking offer for departures now through the 2022 season is valid through phone and/or online reservations. (Note: This offer excludes Australia hiking adventures and cannot be combined with other promotions, discounts or offers.)

In designing what has turned into Active Adventures and Austin Adventures’ biggest sale ever, Dan Austin, Founder of Austin Adventures, focused on these conditions:

  • Widespread hunger for the spiritual healing an adventure vacation in nature can bring,
  • The release of pent-up desire to travel again in the wake of the worldwide pandemic,
  • The general expectation that 2022 trips will fill quickly now that people are feeling better about travel domestically and abroad.

Due to earlier than usual interest and bookings, Austin expects the following itineraries to be best sellers:

Active Adventures programs anticipated to be highly popular and sell fast include:

Interested travelers can reserve a spot and take advantage of these special savings by calling 800-575-1540.

About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures:

With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive, small-group adventures in the most breath-taking regions of the world. Their teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand-picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining and unique activities showcasing the best of each region.

Each of their 100+ trips are crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically but also to take a deep dive in the local way of life in every destination. For more information, please visit activeadventures.com and austinadventures.com

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Austin Adventures Launches 2022 with Six New Domestic Tours in the Eastern U.S.

BILLINGS, Montana, Oct. 14, 2021 – During a surprisingly successful 2021 season, an enthusiastic and ever-expanding client base helped fuel one of the best seasons for domestic travel in Austin Adventures’ history. This has inspired the company to look beyond its hugely popular National Park itineraries in the West. The result? Six new East Coast departures for the 2022 calendar.

The new offerings provide Americans and many of Austin Adventures’ alumni guests who live in the eastern region with more opportunities to explore in their own backyard as pent-up travel demand is released on domestic destinations.

“While it has taken us some 20 years to return to offering trips in the eastern part of our country, we are no strangers to the region.  Many of our top guides are from the area and have played an integral role in the development of these adventures, filled with the cultural, historical and natural highlights and “wow” moments our travelers have come to expect,” explained Dan Austin, Founder of Austin Adventures.

The new programs with options for both family and adult-only participation include:

Maine | Acadia National Park | Adult and Family Tours-- Experience the best of Maine's Atlantic coast by bike, foot, kayak and sailboat near Acadia National Park, Penobscot Bay and more. Lobster rolls are included.

Adult-only departures for ages 16+ are Aug. 28-Sept. 2 and Sept. 4-Sept. 9, 2022. Rates are from $3,998 (single supplement $680). See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/maine-acadia-national-park-adult-only/

Family departures are June 12-June 17, June 19-June 24 and Aug. 21-26, 2022. Rates are from $3,998 adult, $3,608 children ages 7-12 sharing room with 2 adults (single supplement $680). See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/maine-acadia-national-park-family-vacation/

Vermont | Green Mountains | Adult Only Tour-- Get inspired by Vermont's picturesque countryside and quintessential farmlands in the Green Mountains. Guests discover Robert Frost’s farm, waterfalls, how cheese is made and the secrets of maple syrup. Adult-only departures for ages 16+ are Sept. 18-Sept. 23 and Sept. 25-Sept. 30, 2022. Rates are from $3,198 (single supplement $680). See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/vermont-green-mountains-adult/

North Carolina | Blue Ridge Mountains | Adult and Family Tours– Guests are ensconced in the Appalachian range of mountains that defines the East Coast from Georgia all the way up into Canada. Paddling on mountain lakes, walking across the Mile High Swinging Bridge over an 80-foot chasm and enjoying the history of the grand Biltmore Estate are a few of many thrills in store. 

Adult-only departures for ages 16+ are Oct. 2-Oct. 7, Oct. 9-Oct. 14 and Oct. 16-Oct. 21. Rates are from $3,898 (single supplement $880). See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/north-carolina-blue-ridge-mountains-asheville-adult/

Family departures are July 31-Aug.5 and Aug. 7-12, 2022. Rates are from $3,898 adults (single supplement $880) and $3,508 children ages 7-12. See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/north-carolina-blue-ridge-mountains-asheville-family/

Georgia & South Carolina | Savannah & Charleston | Family Vacation– Kayak with dolphins around Hilton Head, meet Charleston’s ghosts, lounge on the beach and hike through salt marshes and forests covered with Spanish moss. Departures are July 3-July 8 and July 10-15, 2022. Rates are from $3,898 adults (single supplement $780) and $3,508 children ages 7-12. See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/georgia-south-carolina-savannah-charleston-family-vacation/

Along with these new tours, the company has also been retrospective regarding the nature of small group travel in the future.

“The pandemic has been rough on all of us. But it has also provided our company with a steep but positive learning curve,” said Austin. “Small group travel is in our DNA and has always been our focus. While more and more travelers and tour operators are now looking to tours with a smaller number of participants, we have operated this way since our inception in the 1980s. With the attraction and value of nature-based small group travel and social distancing clearly emphasized during the pandemic, we will continue our style of travel on this new line-up of East Coast trips with an emphasis on what many now call “Bubble Tours” with groups limited to just 12 participants and two guides.”

Austin Adventures prides itself on the inherent perks of small group travel. According to Austin, they include:

  • A 6-to-1 guest to guide ratio that allows a deeper connection and personalized service.
  • Avoidance of over-tourism with a smaller foot print (on and off the trails).
  • Privileged behind the scenes access due to local guides and connections.
  • Smaller more nimble vehicles instead of larger busses that are limited to where they can and can’t go.
  • Memorable dining options from on-trail guide-curated picnics and outdoor BBQs to boutique Bistros with personalized menus.
  • A real opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers on a more intimate level.

In August 2021, Austin Adventures merged with New Zealand-based Active Adventures. Together these companies have covered all the bases of active vacation planning and execution for adventurers across the globe. In the last year, their time-tested expertise has proved priceless as more and more travelers turn to professionals for travel planning advice and assistance.

About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures

With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive, small-group adventures in the most breath-taking regions of the world. Their teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand-picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining and unique activities showcasing the best of each region. Each of their 100+ trips are crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically but also to take a deep dive in the local way of life in every destination. For more information, please visit activeadventures.com and austinadventures.com

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MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION:

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401-400-3472

Travel Professionals and Tour Operators Prove Their Worth in 2021

BILLINGS, Montana, and QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand – Sept. 21, 2021 -- Eager travelers are increasingly convinced that getting the right help when planning a vacation is priceless in today’s confusing travel atmosphere.

Andra E. of Indiana completed her first Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park getaway in July with Austin Adventures, a Montana-based boutique tour operator. Between the pandemic and a cancer diagnosis, her journey to the perfect vacation wasn’t easy. Austin Adventures sympathetically navigated multiple rebookings for her. The result? Her highly anticipated trip exceeded expectations.

“We were looking forward to not having to make all the decisions and arrangements while exploring a large and beautiful part of the country. What we got was a great trip with guides who were knowledgeable, personable and thoughtful. They planned out the meals and activities; they truly handled every detail. We were completely spoiled! (The Austin Adventures) team has been nothing but kind, helpful and accommodating.”

COVID-19 aftereffects rage on in the travel industry in the form of volatile border reopenings, record-setting crowd numbers in National Parks and worldwide iconic destinations, and availability shortages due to the soaring travel comeback.

But planning experts like Active Adventures and Austin Adventures, newly merged brands as of August 2021, are proving their worth by easing the stress of traveling in today’s era.

“Our numbers are definitely showing that travelers are anxious to get back out there,” said Dan Austin, Founder of Austin Adventures. “Between January and September, we’ve seen a 200% increase in travel inquiries compared to the same period in pre-pandemic 2019. Bookings are also breaking records, up 130% over 2019.”

Active Adventures and Austin Adventures have covered all the bases of vacation planning and execution for over 60 collective years. In the last year, their time-tested expertise has proved priceless as more and more travelers turn to professionals for travel planning help.

Professionals and agents find partnering with a reliable tour operator just as valuable. Kristin Cless of Houlahan Travel concurs: “As Travel Professionals, we are extremely concerned about the safety of our clients when they are traveling. Working with Austin Adventures takes all the guesswork out of that process. We know the great lengths they go to ensure the safety and well-being of their clients and it is a huge weight off our shoulders.”

The menu of helpful services offered by tour operators and travel professionals is endless:

  • They are travelers’ number one fans and advocates. Operators and professionals are there to clean up the pieces when previous vacation plans have been destroyed and they can provide an extra layer of protection when facing confusing rebooking and cancelation conditions. What they always want for travelers is a seamless, stress-free experience from start to finish!
  • Operators and professionals alike serve as the eyes and ears on the ground at clients’ desired destination. They are nimble navigators, in tune with the ever-changing environment, and they are vital insiders’ resources into border openings, restrictions and inventory. When plans seem bleak, operators and professionals have a plan B, C, D, and are more ready to fill in last-minute requests.
  • Years of operating and finding time-tested good practices result in genuine expertise on how safe travel really works. Whether there is a global pandemic or not, operators and professionals know what it takes to pull off a safe vacation.
  • All logistics are handled and mapped out for groups of all traveler types: Families, adults, couples and solo adventurers. Operators and professionals can round up all the details needed to plan high-end requests and distribute the information and paperwork needed for each traveler, making it easy to check those items off the planning list.

Travelers who may have relied on their own independence when planning their getaways in the past are also increasingly recognizing the priceless value travel professionals and agents bring to the table. Having professionals and agents on their side amplifies travel planning security and confidence.

The future of travel and all the requirements and planning that come along with it may continue to evolve, but help from travel professionals and tour operators is here to stay.

About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures:

With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive, small-group adventures in the most breath-taking regions of the world. Their teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand-picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining and unique activities showcasing the best of each region.

Each of their 100+ trips are crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically but also to take a deep dive in the local way of life in every destination. For more information, please visit activeadventures.com and austinadventures.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION:

Courtney Iannuccilli

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401-400-3472

Active Adventures and Austin Adventures Unite to Create Global Adventure Travel Company

BILLINGS, MT, Aug 24, 2021-- United by a powerful belief that travel creates inspiring and life-changing moments, Active Adventures of Queenstown, New Zealand and Austin Adventures of Montana, USA have merged to provide a wider world of opportunities for global travelers.

The merger will enable more adventure travelers to benefit from a broader range of global destinations and experiences. Both companies specialize in off-the-beaten-path small group adventure trips delivered with a personal touch.

“Travel today is not just about choosing a destination. Now more than ever, it’s about how we travel,” says Wendy van Lieshout, CEO of the new merger.

“It’s about precious time together - creating lifetime memories, being inspired, and connecting with the people and environment around us. It’s about feeling you can trust the company you are on that journey with, that all the little details will be taken care of to create the best experience possible.”

“To expand our offerings to our loyal customers, it was critical we find a like-minded brand to join forces with. Just like us, Austin Adventures was born out of a deep passion for sharing authentic, curated, and inspirational adventure experiences with their guests.”

What does the merger mean for travelers?

  • More choice of destinations, dates, and trip styles: 100+ adventure trips available across the globe
  • More departure dates available throughout the year
  • More life-changing experiences – to be able to share with family and friends
  • Two customer service teams in different time zones, providing extended hours to help adventurers find the best trip to suit them

Each brand brings its own specialties and experiences that form an expanded, unified collection of adventure opportunities across the globe. Now, Austin Adventures’ tours will be available for booking on Active Adventures’ website, adding adventures in the USA, Canada, and Central America for both brands, including specific family departures. Active Adventures’ unique hiking, biking, and kayaking experiences in New Zealand, South America, Europe, the Himalayas, and Africa will be available via the Austin Adventures’ website.

According to Dan Austin, founder of Austin Adventures, the homework has been done to make sure the match was a natural fit and would create new opportunities for each other’s loyal guests. “We were founded in different countries, yet our companies have very similar stories. Each business is like a family – now we’ve just created one bigger family!”

Shared features:

  • Incredible local guides who have in-depth knowledge of every destination and years (if not decades) of experience
  • Small group sizes - average of 12-18 travelers per trip with two guides.
  • One-of-a-kind experiences, away from the crowds
  • All-inclusive, multi-day, fully guided, multi-activity adventures in the most stunning adventure travel destinations around the world
  • Authentic, personalized service - taking care of every detail, so guests can just relax and enjoy their vacation
  • Hand-picked accommodations in amazing locations
  • Great food and memorable meals are part of the adventure and experience

The two brands have come together as one global team across New Zealand and the USA, with operational bases around the globe.

“We share the same commitment to putting our guests at the heart of everything we do. We look forward to sharing many more special experiences with our guests and partners,” says van Lieshout.

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About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures:

With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive small group adventures in the most breath-taking regions of the world. Teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal, and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand- picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining, and unique activities showcasing the best of each region. Each of their 100+ trips are crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically, but also to take a deep dive in the local way of life in every destination. For more information,please visit activeadventures.com and austinadventures.com.

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Award-Winning Travel Company Austin Adventures Acquires Wildland Adventures, Expands Team and International Trip Portfolio

BILLINGS, MT, Nov. 11, 2020 – One of the most trusted names in the adventure travel industry, Austin Adventures based in Billings, MT, announced today that it is expanding its international operations.

The family-owned company has acquired Wildland Adventures, a time-tested international adventure travel icon headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The acquisition adds a range of exciting new tours and destinations to Austin Adventures’ signature trip portfolio.

The formal closing for the purchase was late October 2020. The two teams have since been busy integrating Wildland Adventures contracts, guests and tours within the two brands.

Wildland Adventures is an ecotourism pioneer with a 36-year track record of successfully providing active adventures throughout the world, connecting travelers in a deep and meaningful way to the people and places they visit.

“By acquiring Wildland and its well-established operation and excellent reputation, we are expanding our destinations and offerings by 35 percent. Clients will have the opportunity to travel on an additional 40 vetted Wildland itineraries in exciting destinations,” Austin said.

The integrity of Wildland’s core product is already aligned with that of Austin Adventures, Austin added. The Austin Adventures mission is to give guests a comprehensive and immersive view of regions visited by engaging in multi-sport adventure such as biking, hiking, sea kayaking and whitewater rafting. The newly acquired programs combine adventure with a focus on cultural and natural history.

“Our programs have always been about learning, inviting guests to explore the outdoors through activities and wowing our guests with attention to detail, all in a luxurious, fully-supported manner,” Austin said. “This is such a great fit with the experiential style of tours at Wildland.”

To ensure a smooth transition, Wildland CEO Kurt Kutay is staying on the team for the foreseeable future. He will be taking on roles in quality control and product development.

“By keeping Kurt in the loop with support from other key Wildland staff and overseas partners, we gain decades of experience,” Austin said.

Kutay assures Wildland will remain dedicated to offering travelers outstanding quality and service. He supports the shared goals of the two companies to maintain Wildland’s close ties to its partners, guides and local communities worldwide.

“We are thrilled to keep the legacy we’ve built alive and vibrant for years to come by joining the Austin Adventures family,” Kutay said. “To collaborate as one, we won’t miss a beat providing trip expertise and in-depth regional knowledge.”

This purchase also provides Austin Adventures an opportunity to revise operations and management approaches. This will guarantee that both international and domestic products continue to run smoothly. Kasey Austin, president of the company, will dedicate more energy and time domestically, while Curtis Fox, recently hired as vice president of international operations, will manage foreign product.

This is the fifth time in its 35 years that Austin Adventures has grown through acquisition. In 2000 the company firstly acquired Backcountry Tours, followed by Eurobike Tours, CBT Tours, Inc. and Go South Adventures. With each acquisition, Austin Adventures added destinations, regional expertise and talent.

Austin Adventures manages all of the arrangements for its selected destinations that include distinctive regions of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Small groups are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures). Rates include first-class accommodations, most meals and beverages, expert guides, park entry fees, multisport activities such as hiking, biking, rafting, horseback riding and more, ground transportation and luggage service. Not included is round-trip travel to the host city.

For a copy of the 2021 catalog as well as information on Austin Adventure’s unique itineraries for active adult and family travel, please call toll-free 1-800-575-1540, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries you can visit its website www.austinadventures.com.

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Austin Adventures Awards Free Vacation to Texan COVID-19 Nurse Through Essential Service Providers Contest

BILLINGS, MT, Oct. 22, 2020 – Top-rated travel company Austin Adventures has acknowledged a winner for their friendly Essential Service Providers contestwhich honored heroic workers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The lucky recipient of an all-inclusive five-day vacation from Austin Adventures is Debora Ybarra, a nurse assigned to the coronavirus intensive care unit at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

To honor Ybarra’s dedicated work in the healthcare field, she was awarded a 2021 trip for four guests to Yellowstone National Park, planned and guided by Austin Adventures. The announcement was made on Oct. 16, 2020, over a live Zoom call by Dan Austin, founder and director of the decorated Austin Adventures company operating out of Billings, Montana.

“While we may never be able to thank Debora enough for her personal sacrifice and dedication, we do hope our adventure vacation into the natural beauty of Yellowstone helps her recharge and heal,” adds Austin.

Ybarra’s name was chosen from a drawing that included 24 other finalists from around the country. By working with Life is Good partners, these top nominees will receive a Life is GoodHigh Sierra backpack full of Austin Adventures and Life is Good swag.

Like many who were nominated, Ybarra has worked tirelessly tending to patients diagnosed with the coronavirus disease. Before the pandemic spread, she dedicated over 20 years volunteering her medical skills around the country and the world assisting natural disaster victims in southern United States, Haiti and Puerto Rico. She also fulfilled needs in Mexico and South America. Ybarra recently finished work to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and is completing her doctorate degree.

Ybarra was one among a total of 156 outstanding nominations in Austin Adventures’ Essential Service Providers contest. All of these contenders, including the top 24 nominees, will receive a gift certificate for a $500 discount on a future Austin Adventures trip. This opportunity to recognize brave individuals was created by Austin Adventures in early June 2020 while the company rolled out many other consumer-focused initiatives amidst the pandemic.

“We wanted to recognize those selfless individuals who never rested or who didn’t have the luxury of sheltering in place,” said Austin. “America’s essential workers have and will continue to sacrifice their health and their family time for the rest of us. This is our way of saying thank you.” 

Austin Adventures has and continues to prioritize optimism and transparency whether or not facing a difficult travel season. This year Austin Adventures offered unique additional domestic trip options to sustain travel in the United States as well as implemented safe travel procedures for guests and guides and lightened its cancelation policies. They stuck to the A, B, C’s of the business by Anticipating, Being Honest and Communicating with guests and supporting travel agents by giving 50% of commission at the time of bookings.

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures has spent 40 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury, small group and multisport tours for adults and families of the world’s most captivating destinations. With cruises and accommodations on seven continents, they have been recognized twice by Travel + Leisure Magazine with the prestigious World’s Best Awards along with other national media accolades and distinctions. Austin Adventures has perfected the art of creating itineraries featuring exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations, incredible guides and exhilarating activities, all while keeping all-inclusive rates and services the norm. In addition to scheduled group departures, Austin Adventures has developed a reputation as the leader in customized trip planning and execution supported by the industry’s best money-back satisfaction guarantee. Austin Adventures is a Virtuoso Preferred Tour Operator.

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Austin Adventures Secures the Best Vacation Alternatives for 2021 – Adds Lineup of Top Western Guest Ranch Vacations

Highly Regarded as One of the Safest Getaway Options Available to Travelers, The New Guest Ranch Collection Includes Celebrated Properties In Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming

BILLINGS, MT – Sept. 24, 2020– Challenging times call for creative solutions. Looking to expand its award-winning portfolio of naturally self-distancing, nature-based, small group vacations for adults and families, Austin Adventures only needed to look to its own backyard for the perfect solution – the Western guest ranch vacation.

In partnership with Best Ranches in the West, Austin Adventures has added 14 first- class guest ranches to their lineup of offerings. Founder and President Dan Austin and his Montana-based team drew from their personal knowledge and regional experience having hosted and operated adventures throughout the West for the past 40 years. With careful vetting and personal experience, they have bestowed their highest mark of approval on each property in this exclusive group of all-inclusive guest ranches situated in some of the most spectacular settings in the West.

In 2020, many North American guest ranches saw a surge of bookings from families needing to come up with safe alternatives to their cancelled cruise and international vacation plans. Austin recognized this trend early and in January began the steps to include ranch vacations in its 2021 line-up. It was, “a long overdue addition” in Austin’s words.

Knowing safety will be top priority to today’s traveler, Austin emphasizes the natural and healthy style of this type of vacation alternative that also embraces carefully planned and recently enacted COVID-19 mitigation protocols:

  • All are in wilderness-adjacent locations that are isolated and remote
  • Chef-prepared, fresh and locally sourced foods and wines of the region
  • Opportunities to indulge in a variety of outdoor recreational activities
  • The natural social-distancing that horseback riding provides
  • Adhering to the highest standards of housekeeping, service and maintenance
  • A rare feeling of exclusivity with VIP pampering, service and experiences
  • The ability to combine a ranch stay with a road-trip to avoid flying

Austin Adventures’ Guest Ranch Collection for 2021 will include these highly coveted ranch properties across the West:

  1. Tanque Verde Ranch - Tucson, AZ
  2. White Stallion Ranch - Tucson, AZ
  3. Tombstone Monument Ranch - Tombstone, AZ
  4. Rancho de la Osa - Sasabe, AZ
  5. Kay El Bar Ranch - Wickenburg, AZ
  6. Latigo Guest Ranch - Kremmling, CO
  7. Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch - Loveland CO
  8. Western Pleasure Guest Ranch - Sandpoint, ID
  9. Running Y Ranch Resort - Klamath Falls, OR
  10. Zion Mountain Ranch - Zion National Park, UT
  11. Spring Creek Ranch - Jackson, WY
  12. Brush Creek Luxury Ranch Collection - Saratoga, WY
  13. The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch - Shell, WY
  14. Paradise Guest Ranch - Buffalo, WY

“We look forward in the months ahead to welcoming to our portfolio other outstanding properties that meet our criteria,” Austin adds. The Guest Ranch Collection is expected to grow with the addition of one or two new offerings a year.

Guest ranch vacation packages will be available for booking through the adventure specialists at Austin Adventures. See: https://www.austinadventures.com/guest-ranch-collection/. To research and reserve any of Austin Adventures offerings, please call 1.800.575.1540 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For a full roster of Austin Adventures’ 2021 trips, covering seven continents, please visit http://www.austinadventures.com.

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, Montana, Austin Adventures has spent 40 years building an international reputation as a top provider of luxury, small group, multisport tours for adults and families to the world’s most captivating destinations. With cruises and accommodations on seven continents, they have been acknowledged twice by Travel + Leisure Magazine with the prestigious World’s Best Awards along with other national media accolades and distinctions. Austin Adventures has perfected the art of creating itineraries featuring exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations, incredible guides and exhilarating activities, all while keeping all-inclusive rates and services the norm. In addition to scheduled group departures on all seven continents, Austin Adventures has developed a reputation as the leader in customized trip planning and execution, all backed by the industry’s best money-back satisfaction guarantee. Austin Adventures is a Virtuoso Preferred Tour Operator.

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