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 Announces New-for-2013 Family Trips Spanning Serengeti to Oregon’s Crater Lake

 

BILLINGS, MT, Dec. 19, 2012– Known for its insight and innovation, Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company named the 2012 “Top Family Adventure Outfitter” in the world by the editors of Travel + Leisure, announces new-for-2013 family trips spanning the Serengeti to Oregon’s Crater Lake. 

“Biking, hiking and rafting are usually part of our family adventures. But most important are the unscripted and often spontaneous opportunities these trips provide for multi-generational travelers to experience phenomenally beautiful landscapes, local cuisine and culture and rare and iconic wildlife,” said Dan Austin, founder.   

Two national parks are among the new offerings for 2013. Oregon - Crater Lake National Park Family is a six-day/five-night trip with two departures, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. The per person rate is $2,498 ($580 single supplement), children from $1,998. Activity highlights include biking the rim of an extinct volcano, hiking scented forests of pine, hemlock and red fir and rafting the world-famous Rogue River. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/oregon-family-crater-lake-tour-trips-143.php

Crater Lake National Park was chosen in 2013 as the recipient of ALA’s annual Preserve a Park Program which gives back to non-profits promoting park preservation and heritage. ALA has pledged a $100 per person donation for each guest booking a Crater Lake vacation. Since its inception in 2010, ALA has donated over $30,000 through this program. 

In Montana, ALA’s home turf, the Glacier National Park Family Adventure is a six-day/five-night “glaciers to grizzlies” program offered July 7 and July 14. The per person rate is $2,698 ($680 single supplement), children from $2,158. Here the American and Canadian Rockies shake hands over alpine lake swims, hiking with eyes peeled for mountain goat, big horn sheep and deer, rafting Flathead River and biking through its glacier-carved valley. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/glacier-national-park-montana-family-tour-trips-118.php 

Families flock to Costa Rica and ALA’s - Arenal Rainforest to Manuel Antonio Adventure, a seven-day/six-night program departing March 24 and 31, July 14 and 21, Aug. 4 and Dec. 22 and 27. The per person rate is $2,798 ($1,080 single supplement) and children as young as age five $2,158. Families can relax in the sulfur-rich waters of Costa Rica’s hot springs; traverse the treetops along a series of hanging bridges watching for sloths, agoutis, green iguanas, basilisk lizards and howler, squirrel and white-faced monkeys; kayak; snorkel and surf off the beach in Manuel Antonio National Park; swim under a tropical waterfall and learn about the life cycle of nearly 1,000 species of butterflies. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/arenal-rainforst-to-manuel-antonio-costa-rica-tour-trips-52.php 

ALA’s international family focus targets France – Normandy Family, a six-day/five-night trip departing Aug. 11 and Aug. 18.  The per person rate is $2,898 ($680 single supplement) and children from $2,318. Beaches, battlefields, lighthouses and colorful tapestries from Barlfleur to Bayeux involve sweeping coastline, rolling woodlands and charming ports while reliving a pivotal chapter in American history by walking in the footsteps of Allied World War II victors in Carentan and on Utah Beach, biking the beautiful cliff-top roads of Pointe du Hoc overlooking Omaha Beach and cemetery, and also examining William the Conqueror’s conquest of England while viewing the colorful 230-foot Bayeux Tapestry. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/normandy-family-france-tour-trips-147.php

Tanzania – The Best of the Serengeti lures families for ten days/nine nights on weekly year-round departures. The per person rate is from $6,498 ($1,880 single supplement) and children from $3,698. Guests experience sunken volcanoes, a spectacle of wildlife and sumptuous sundowners in the Serengeti. Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley is home to Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro, three of Africa’s most prized attractions. Also there are evening game drives, stalking big game and exploring diverse ecosystems that may reveal, among others, baboons, monkeys, elephants, buffalo, wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, the famous tree-climbing lions, black rhino, wildebeest, zebra and eland. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/tanzania---best-of-the-serengeti-trips-135.php

In addition to scheduled family departures, one of ALA’s fastest growing offerings is Family Customs for multi-generational groups ranging in age from 8 months to 80 yrs old.

About Austin Adventures

With a 40-year legacy, ALA provides adventure vacations on six continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa and (new for 2013) Antarctica. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, ALA was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/.

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Austin Adventures Sponsors Facebook Photo Contest With New Retail Partner, Eastern Mountain Sports

 

“Most Adventurous Moment” Photo Will Earn One Photographer  a Weeklong Trip for Two to Montana Rockies

Billings, MT, Dec. 4, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active tour company setting adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, is co-hosting a Facebook photo contest with its new (as of August 2012) exclusive retail partner, Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS).

Launching Dec. 5, 2012, the “Your Most Adventurous Moment Photo Contest” will celebrate the spirit of adventure travel. Adventurers are invited to upload to the EMS Facebook Page, photos that capture the excitement of visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things. The winner (based on the total number of votes received from the EMS Facebook community) gets a trip for two to the Montana Rockies with Austin Adventures. For trip details please see http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/big-sky-yellowstone-and-paradise-valley-montana-tour-trips-15.php

The contest begins Dec. 5 and photos can be submitted until Dec. 17, 2012. A panel of ALA and EMS judges will choose 50 finalists based upon the photos’ beauty and overall appeal to EMS customers. Facebook votes can be posted beginning Dec. 17 until midnight on Dec. 23. To enter, contestants can upload photos to the Eastern Mountain Sports Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/EasternMNTNsports. The winning entry will be revealed just in time for Christmas.

The contest was announced by ALA’s founding director Dan Austin and EMS.

“At Eastern Mountain Sports, we’re all about inspiring our people to get outside, challenge themselves and have new experiences,” Eastern Mountain Sports Vice President of eCommerce Scott Barrett explained. “Our new partnership with Austin Adventures makes it easier for our customer to do all those things and this photo contest is the perfect way to celebrate that.”  

“This new preferred partner relationship brings together two companies whose respective clientele expect only the best in quality and service,” said Austin. “Clients of both companies will benefit from the alliance as EMS refers customers to ALA for their active adventure tour needs and Austin Adventures in turn, directs tour participants to EMS for fulfillment of apparel and equipment needs.”

About Eastern Mountain Sports

Founded in 1967 by two New England rock climbers and based in Peterborough, N.H., Eastern Mountain Sports is one of the nation’s leading outfitters of outdoor gear, clothing, footwear and accessories with 69 retail stores in 12 states.  The Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School was started in 1968, and currently has four major locations and seven satellite locations throughout the East, making it the oldest and largest climbing school in the eastern U.S. More information is available at http://www.ems.com/.

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 40-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on six continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa and (new for 2013) Antarctica. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, ALA was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/.

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Austin Adventures’ Troy Glennon Named among 150 Top Travel Specialists for 2012 In Condé Nast Traveler's 13th Annual Travel Specialists List

 

Billings, MT, Nov. 20, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa, Arctic and the Caribbean, announces that Troy Glennon, its Latin America travel guru, has been named one of the world’s leading experts on Peru travel in CondéNast Traveler’s13th Annual Top Travel Specialists list for 2012.  This is the first time that he has been named to this prestigious list.

“What a pleasure to have Troy on our team and to share this exciting time with him,” said Dan Austin, founding director. Glennon’s affiliation with ALA was formalized last summer when his company, Go South Adventures, was acquired by ALA. Glennon subsequently was invited to join the Billings, MT-based company as its Latin American expert, enhancing the company’s program development team as well as supporting the sales team. He has worked for over a decade guiding travelers through the region and developing sustainable tourism experiences.

Conde Nast Traveler’s Wendy Perrin, Director of Consumer News & Digital Community, has published her 13th annual Top Travel Specialists in the December 2012 issue of CondéNast Traveler..

Condé Nast Travelersays of Glennon: A former tour guide in Peru, Glennon is perfect for active travelers who want to explore without a heavy reliance on guides. He knows how to avoid crowds at the country’s highlights and where the less-touristed gems are—say, the Colca Canyon, where you can watch condors soar in the thermal currents …”  See: http://www.cntraveler.com/travel-tips/travel-specialists/troy-glennon 

In his 13 years of traveling about Peru, Glennon has opened visitors’ eyes to this country that boasts 75 percent of the earth's ecosystems plus the archeological remains of many expansive pre Columbian civilizations found spread across Peru's deserts, mountains and cloud forests." 

“The Lost City of Machu Picchu is of course a must when visiting Peru. It has a mystery and air about it that captures everyone’s imagination. However, knowing how to avoid the tourist crush will have a big impact on your experience,” Glennon advises, adding that one big mistake people make is not spending enough free time in Cusco, the center of the Inca world, where history radiates along it's cobbled streets once walked by Inca noblemen and Conquistadors.  He suggests exploring beyond the picturesque main plaza to experience the quieter, local side of charming Cusco. 

In upcoming ALA itineraries to Peru he envisions adding Colca Canyon that is considered one of the deepest canyons in the world along with less-visited regions of southern and eastern Peru. Here guests are imbued in Andean culture while sleeping comfortably on an island in Lake Titicaca and accessing the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, all a short flight from Lima/Cusco. 

Glennon has been both a solo traveler and group tour leader in Peru, Bolivia and Chile. He studied in Mexico and has a degree in Spanish Literature and Culture from the University of Washington. 

According to Perrin, “The travel planners featured represent the best blend of destination knowledge, insider connections, user-friendliness, and value for your dollar that I’ve found in more than two decades of scrutinizing the travel industry for this magazine. They have all been road-tested by Condé Nast Traveler readers, editors, or both. Of the more than 10,000 travel agents and tour operators who have tried to break onto this list since its inception 13 years ago, only a tiny fraction have made the grade. Getting into this group is, statistically speaking, tougher than getting into Harvard.” 

Staying on Perrin’s list is tougher still: It requires not only an absence of valid reader complaints but also ongoing positive assessments from both readers and editors. 

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 40-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on six continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa and (new for 2013) Antarctica. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, ALA was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/

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Austin Adventures Launches New Collection of Wellness Retreats In Southwestern Utah and Chiapas, Mexico

 

Alumni Past and Future Invited to Join ALA Founders Dan and Carol Austin  for the Inaugural Retreat in Utah Feb. 10-15, 2013

Billings, MT, Nov. 5, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa, Arctic and the Caribbean, for 2013 has added week-long wellness adventure retreats in southwestern Utah and Chiapas, Mexico.

To inaugurate the company’s new wellness programs, Dan Austin, founding director, and his wife, Carol will host the first scheduled retreat based from the Red Mountain Resort near St. George, UT, Feb. 10-15, 2013. The week’s program has been expressly designed for couples.

Later in the season, from March 3-8, Christy Hamill, ALA’s GM, will host a Red Mountain Resort women’s retreat, and from June 9-14, Kasey Austin, representing Austin Adventures’ next generation of management, will host a family focused retreat. Dan’s daughter Kasey is ALA’s family program manager and CEO (chief entertainment officer).

The Utah Wellness Adventure at Red Mountain Resort is a six-day / five-night program at $3,898 per person, double occupancy ($1,080 single supplement). The nearly all-inclusive rate covers healthy meals, guide services, ground transportation, luxury accommodations, daily planned activities and more. Not included are guide gratuities, optional spa and salon treatments and sessions and other items of a personal nature. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/utah---red-mountain-resort-trips-136.php

“The scenery is nothing but spellbinding and spiritual,” says program architect Dan Austin. “Nature has done its job to provide the perfect backdrop for a magical week dedicated to rejuvenating your mind, body and spirit.”

Surrounded by the red rock cliffs and canyons of southwestern Utah near Zion National Park where, in addition to Zumba Canyon View Yoga, Tai Chi on the Rocks, meditation and warm lava detox wraps, guests will hike up to eight miles a day, mountain bike between eight and 16 miles a day, and explore, among others, Yankee Doodle Canyon, a narrow slot canyon perfect for honing canyoneering skills with a trained adventure guide.

Red Mountain Resort, voted the #1 Destination Spa by Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards in 2012, offers 82 rooms and 24 villa suites on 55 acres of black lava gardens and fragrant mesquite with stunning vistas of the surrounding mountains. All amenities, from nutrition seminars to massages, are a short, scenic walk away.

“When Dan and I were planning this program,” said Carol Austin, “the perfect day began with a cup of coffee while we watched the Southwest sunrise. After a yoga class and hike in Zion, a visit to the spa was a must before the day wrapped up in grand style with a fiery sunset and a glass of wine."

Austin Adventures’s second wellness offering with an emphasis on yoga takes place at the Argovia Finca Resort near the Pacific coast in Chiapas, Mexico. Located on a fourth-generation coffee plantation near the pounding Pacific, guests will partake of sunrise yoga classes, hikes to local swimming holes, kayaking through lush mangrove swamps and beach-side lunches. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/mexico---argovia-finca-resort-trips-119.php

Wellness Adventures at Mexico’s Argovia Finca Resort are six-day / five-night programs priced at $2,198 per person, double occupancy ($680 single supplement). Dates for 2013 coincide with spring break and blossom time; March 10-15, March 17-22 and March 24-29. The gateway city is Tapachula, Mexico (TAP).

Research is currently being done and plans are on the table for the development of new wellness resort programs for 2013-14 in the US and Latin America including Costa Rica.

About Austin Adventures      

Austin Adventures, with a 40-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on six continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa and (new for 2013) Antarctica. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, ALA was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/

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Austin Adventures Announces 2013 Catalog: Company Holds or Lowers Rates on 72 Percent of Tours

 

Adventure Travel Programs Steeped in Authenticity and Value Span Five Continents

Billings, MT, Oct. 25, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, announces that 21 new itineraries both domestic and foreign will bring its 2013 roster of trips to over 80 scheduled programs on five continents, with pricing on 72 percent either held at 2012 levels or lowered.

“We took a hard look at our established competition and can safely say we can’t find anyone in a similar arena with better pricing. We work hard to see that Austin Adventures continues to maintain recognition for best service and vacation value,” said Dan Austin, founder.

Austin said the company’s overall health and strength and an improving economy have allowed it to maintain prices on 46 percent of its trips and drop prices on 26 percent of its itineraries.

“A combination of growth in 2012, improved buying power and yield management, inventory increases and the strength of the dollar all bring benefit to our clients,” he said. “We’re focused on maintaining our reputation for exceptional value.” In the March 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, Austin Adventures was recipient of the 2012 World’s Best Value Award for Tour Operators

Even on those trips that saw a modest rise in price, Austin noted that the increase averaged just less than 5 percent. 

The results, said Austin, include a new cycling tour in Holland running from $300 to $600 per person less than comparable trips from other companies; an improved itinerary with a price drop on their Bryce and Zion Adventure in Utah; and through partnerships in Southern Africa, four new scheduled wildlife safaris in Namibia and Botswana starting at just $3,498 per person. 

The new-for-2013 itineraries include expedition cruising in Alaska and the Antarctic; wellness spa, yoga and retreat packages in Utah and Chiapas, Mexico; cycling trips in Arizona, the Dordogne region of France and Holland; expansion of Africa programs in Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania; and creation of new multisport adventures to Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park, Nicaragua, Ireland, Scotland and Turkey. 

New family adventure itineraries are being launched in Normandy, France and Oregon’s Crater Lake; and online visitors will see an expansion of website-only listed trips to Croatia, Whistler BC, Slovenia and Cuba. 

“Family travel has always been an important part of Austin Adventures’s trip program,” says Austin. “We continue to be recognized for our quality and exceptional value.” In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure ALA was named the “Top Family Adventure Outfitter” in the world from a field that also included top brands such as Disney Adventures and Micato Safaris. The company has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. For its humanitarian work, in 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative that sends donated bicycles to Africa. 

Austin Adventures’ 2013 program is outlined in a free 100-page, four-color catalog, “our best effort to date!” said Austin. To request a copy please call 1.800.575.1540 or visit: http://www.austinlehman.com/request-a-catalog-pages-621.php. See all the new trips for 2013 at: http://www.austinlehman.com/2013-new-trips-pages-451.php

About Austin Adventures

Austin Lehman Adventure Travel, with a 40-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

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Austin Adventures Brings Award-Winning Small-Group and Custom Itineraries to Nicaragua, Combining Culture with High Adventure

 

Billings, MT, Oct. 12, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting land-based adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, for the first time in 2013 will bring its award-winning small-group and custom itineraries to Nicaragua, announced Dan Austin, founding director. 

The 8-day/7-night Nicaragua: Cerro Negro to San Juan del Surprograms with scheduled departures Jan 26, Mar 23, Mar 30, Jul 27, Aug 03, Nov 16, Nov 23, Dec 21, and Dec 28, 2013 begin and end in Managua. The per person double occupancy rate is $2,398 ($380 single supplement) See: http://www.austinlehman.com/nicaragua---cerro-negro-to-san-juan-del-sur-trips-134.php 

Often referred to as “unvisited and off-the-radar as Costa Rica was 50 years ago” Nicaragua had a special appeal to Austin who is always on the lookout for the next “hot” travel destination.

“This is Austin Adventures’s first foray into the wilds of Nicaragua,” says Austin. “We wanted to design a tour that offers a broad, behind-the-scenes look at Nicaragua’s extraordinary natural and cultural treasures.”  Guests overnight in accommodations known for their cultural, environmental and historic significance. 

From surfing black volcanic sands to zip lining through tropical rainforest, this adventure has it all, he promises. Home to countless volcanoes, a spectacular coastline, the two largest fresh-water lakes in Central America and rainforests teeming with flora and fauna, Nicaragua has been designated one of Mesoamerica’s “biodiversity hotspots.”

Guests climb to the rim of Cerro Negro crater before surfing on an ash board down its black volcanic sands; tour the cathedral, galleries and museums of Leon, the intellectual capital of Nicaragua; hike Masaya Volcano National Park, home to a 54-square-kilometer caldera and two (one active, one dormant) volcanoes; kayak on the Asesse Peninsula among the famed Mombacho islets of Lake Nicaragua to witness some 250 species of birds; soar with a boisterous population of monkeys and birds on a zip line tour of Mombacho Nature Reserve; and relax on the white sand beaches of San Juan del Sur.

About Austin Adventures    

Austin Adventures, with a 40-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on six continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa and (new for 2013) Antarctica. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, ALA was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/

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A Personal Message from Dan Austin

 

Dear Friends,

While on an adventure in Oregon you happen to mention that you have a passion for micro beers. The next thing you know, your guide has put together a behind-the-scenes tour of a local brewery. In France, learning that a couple loves classical music, another trip leader arranges for a string quartet to play for guests before dinner.

These are a few of many signatures on Austin Adventures' active, international multi-sport, cycling and family vacations. These "wow" moments, some scripted, some serendipitous, deliver powerful and deeply meaningful physical, mental and spiritual experiences that guide our guests beyond their comfort zones and that set a very high bar for our competitors.

Next year Austin Adventures reaches a significant milestone marking a 40-year legacy of offering the finest in adventure travel.  For four decades we have enabled our guests to experience destinations, wildlife and communities in a deeper and richer manner than they would on their own, along the way inspiring them to become clients for life. (The company enjoys a 44 percent repeat guest factor year in and year out.)

Look for the launch of some very exciting new destinations and programs for 2013. We’ve doubled our African Safari program with new itineraries and camps in Namibia and Botswana. In Europe we are unveiling new trips in Turkey, Ireland, Scotland, Holland and France.  Closer to home we have a new expedition cruise program in Alaska, cycling in Crater Lake NP and northern Arizona. My favorite is a first-ever multi-sport tour in Nicaragua.  Keep an eye open for future press releases on these and more!

As ALA continues to flex its wings throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe and beyond, philanthropic initiatives are being layered into our concerns, improving the lives of people in the places visited and helping our staff and guests travel with an open heart and small footprint.

Two examples include our nonprofit Wheels of Change initiative, providing donated bicycles and new empowerment to communities in Namibia and Kenya, and Preserve a Park, offering a portion of guest fees to a designated National Park every year. Since the park program began in 2010 ALA has donated over $10,000 to organizations promoting park conservation and preservation.

Guests tell us we exceed their expectations and sometimes transform their lives. This is thanks to our staff's attention to detail and to the empathy and charisma of our guides.

We're excited to embark on our next decade. Thanks to you and all our friends in the media who have supported us all these years.

In a few weeks we’ll be sending out our 2013 catalog. Please let us know if you would like to be on our mailing list.

Namaste,

Dan Austin

Director | Austin Adventures 

Phone: 800.575.1540 | Cell: 406-671-6067

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P.S.  I’ve just returned from an incredible 10 days touring Montana and Yellowstone with a delegation of tourism and conservation professionals from Namibia.  From what I can tell the experience of sharing mutual challenges and solutions with American contemporaries - park rangers, cattle ranchers, representatives of the Crow Nation and others by-in-large exceeded everyone’s expectations. This all adds up to an incredible story to tell and if you are interested I’d be happy to fill you in on all the details – with knockout pictures as well!

 

Nicaragua: Cerro Negro to San Juan del sur

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Managua-León

Meet at the airport and transfer to León

Accommodation hotel in León: El Convento

Day 2: León-Cerro Negro Volcano

The more adventurous should try their hand at Ash Boarding; the new extreme sport which allows visitors to descend the black sands of Cerro Negro strapped onto a board.Once inside make your way up to the Cerro Negro crater where you will receive a short technical training from your experienced bilingual guide. Put on the protective equipment provided for your safe descent and get ready for the ride of your life!

Afternoon León City Tour. The new town, is a warm and welcoming peaceful city. The Leon Cathedral, declared a World Heritage; more than a dozen of Catholic churches, the Great Poet Ruben Dario Museum, Ortiz-Gurdian Art Gallery, and other cultural and historical sites make Leon the intellectual capital of the country.

Accommodation hotel in León: El Convento

Day 3: León- Masaya Volcano - Granada

This tour gives you a unique experience of hiking though Masaya Volcano National Park. This was the first national park of Nicaragua established in 1979. The park includes a great caldera of 54 squared km.  In this excursion, you will visit two volcanoes in the same day, one is a dormant volcano and the other is an active volcano which was known by the first Conquerors as “The Entrance to the Hell”.

Later, you can enjoy shopping at The National Handicraft Market in Masaya, followed by a photo tour around Catarina view point.

Accommodation hotel in Granada: Hotel Granada

Day 4: Granada- Kayak in Lake Nicaragua

Kayak along the ASESE Peninsula in single or double kayaks. This is your opportunity to be in contact with the existing nature between the towering volcano and the famous Mombacho islets of Lake Nicaragua.

The tour is 2 hours long and you can see several species of birds-over 246 species. You can visit Zopango Island where you can enjoy a delicious lunch and relax at this beautiful site.

Accommodation hotel in Granada: Hotel Granada

Day 5: Granada- Mombacho Volcano

Mombacho Volcano with its lush vegetation and pleasant climate is home for many plant and animal species, some of which are endemic. 4x4 vehicles are needed to enter this Nature Reserve. Zip line across the treetops using high angle equipment and technology. After the tour, you can relax and enjoy the coffee farm, take in the views, and taste a delicious hot cup of coffee “Café Las Flores”.

Accommodation hotel in Granada: Hotel Granada

Day 6: Granada- San Juan del Sur

Private transfer to Morgans Rock Hotel & Ecolodge

Accommodation hotel Morgan´s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge .

Day 7: San Juan del Sur

Accommodation hotel Morgan´s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge .

Day 8:San Juan del Sur - Airport

Timed transfers to International Airport

 

Distinctive Accommodations

 

El Convento - is a first class hotel located in the department of León, in the Pacific side of Nicaragua. It is a project that belongs to national investors - the majority of them are locals - who wanted to give an elegant touch to the city and a high quality service.

The establishment has a colonial architecture and a large backyard that provides tranquility to guests. The restaurant El Victoriano is open to the public 24/7 and offers a wide variety of international food.

Hotel Granada - is a colonial fortress, located in the historical center of the city of Granada, offers comfortable and elegant rooms with a colonial design, in addition to unique spaces for business and social meetings. 

Morgan’s Rock -  You will stay in a luxurious bungalow open to the ocean. You´ll enjoy typical Nicaraguan food, excellent climate and experience the warmth of its people.  The surrounding jungle offers a variety of monkeys, wild birds, sloth, and other wild animals that are great for viewing. The private beach is great for relaxing, bathing and having fun in the white sand. You can experience this and many other tours with  local guides that will open your eyes to unusual experiences that make you appreciate wild Nicaragua.

South Dakota – Black Hills to Mt. Rushmore

 

South Dakota – Black Hills to Mt. Rushmore
 
Trip Summary
 
Mention the Black Hills of South Dakota and most of us remember an old Beatles song about one
very special raccoon who resided there. For others, visions of Sturgis, the world’s largest motorcycle
rally, come to mind. What many don’t imagine is an oasis of pine-clad mountains and prairie land,
abundant wildlife, world-class National Parks and forests and a host of dedicated Rails to Trails bike
routes.
 
The legendary Great Plains and Black Hills of South Dakota are the perfect backdrop for your 6-day
biking adventure. Follow an abandoned railroad along the Mickelson Trail, traversing countless
bridges and rock tunnels. Hike the base of Mount Rushmore, explore the Native American cultural
center at Crazy Horse Monument and snap photos of bison, elk, sheep and prairie dogs on a ride
along the aptly named Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park. At the end of the day, treat yourself to a
hot stone massage and delectable meal before calling it a night in the comfort of your exquisite
resort, hotel or lodge.
 
Itinerary
 
Day One: Rapid City / Sturgis / Deadwood
Begin your vacation by exploring Bear Butte State Park and summit the mountain trail yielding
sweeping panoramic views for miles and miles • Experience the Old West and learn why Bear Butte
is considered one of the most sacred lands by the Plains Indians • After a short tour of the visitor’s
center, we head over to the famous biker town of Sturgis for lunch at a local spot • Tour the Sturgis
Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame • Load up to finish the day’s journey, traveling past Deadwood
to begin our first bike ride on the Mickelson Trail • Pedal down the crushed limestone gravel path
towards Deadwood, our home for the night • We’ll walk the same sidewalks as the likes of Wild Bill
Hickok, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp and Buffalo Bill, to name just a few • Tonight’s dinner is at the
fabulous Jake’s Restaurant, owned by Kevin Costner • Kevin fell in love with the area after filming
Dances with Wolves and the restaurant is filled with his movie memorabilia • Overnight Silverado
Franklin Historic Hotel (L, D)
 
Day Two: Mickelson Trail / Custer State Park
After a hearty breakfast we head up to the aspen forested Dumont Trailhead to begin our second leg
of the Mickelson Trail • The trail follows the historic Deadwood to Edgemont Burlington northern rail
line, which serviced gold country for nearly a century • The route takes us south through the heart of
the Black Hills • We catch up with the van for lunch at Tracy Park, and then take a walk down small
town Hill City’s artsy streets • After you’ve bought a few Black Hills souvenirs, shuttle to our home for
the next three nights, the Blue Belle Lodge, located in Custer State Park • Take a short drive to the
State Game Lodge, where you will taste culinary delights such as smoked pheasant pasta or buffalo
ribeye • Transfer back to your lodge for a good night’s sleep in your cozy room • Overnight Blue Bell
Lodge (B, L, D)
 
Day Three: Mount Rushmore / Crazy Horse
Today is your chance to take a day off from biking, stretch your legs and explore some of the true
treasures of the Old West • Navigate the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway with its impressive granite
tunnels and pigtail bridges to your first stop: Mount Rushmore! • After hiking the base of Mount
Rushmore, exploring the in-depth Visitor Center, and diving into the humongous gift shop, we will
head to our secluded picnic spot just minutes away • A short shuttle past that is Crazy Horse
Monument • Still in progress, the monument is destined to be some 10 times the size of Mt
Rushmore • This is more than just carvings in stone; it is a compound that will eventually pay tribute
to the American Indians and the great Indian Chief, Crazy Horse, housing the Indian Museum of
North America, Indian University of North America and a host of other properties • After viewing
Crazy Horse, we will shuttle back to Custer State Park and enjoy a chuck wagon barbeque,
complete with genuine cowboys and a hay ride • Overnight Blue Bell Lodge (B, L, D)
 
Day Four: Wildlife Loop or Mickelson Trail
Depending on conditions in Custer State Park and our group’s input, we will either bike the Wildlife
Loop or section three of the Mickelson Trail. The Wildlife Loop is appropriately named and will take
us through the south end of Custer State Park. In true western spirit, we’ll pedal through pine
covered hills and along foothills and prairie. Keep your camera handy as we are sure to run into
more wildlife than you can imagine: Bison, Pronghorn, Elk, White Tail and Mule Deer, Bighorn
Sheep, Prairie Dogs and Coyotes. We’ll stop for a guide prepared lunch back at the Bluebell Lodge •
Our other option is to bike the beautiful section of the Mickelson Trail from Hill City to the town of
Pringle where you will pedal through green cow-dotted farmland, aspens shimmering in the wind,
and tall granite rock formations • This section will be key in finishing the whole 110 mile Mickelson
Trail • This afternoon, opt for a hike or a pleasant afternoon relaxing in the Blue Bell Lodge’s calming
atmosphere • Tonight’s dinner is on your own at the dining room of the Blue Bell Lodge • Here is
your chance to taste some local favorites at this down home restaurant – including our favorite,
Bison meatloaf • Then it’s back to your room to turn in for a much needed good night’s rest •
Overnight Blue Bell Lodge (B, L)
 
Day Five: Custer / Hot Springs
Today we will continue our journey south on the Mickelson Trail, completing the final section of our
110 mile journey • This easygoing section of trail passes through rolling foothills, expansive private
ranches, and “as-far-as-the-eye-can-see” prairies • Lunch is at the City Park in Edgemont, the official
end of the trail, where we will celebrate our last day of biking with a toast! • After lunch, we load up
the bikes and shuttle to our home for the evening, the Red Rock River Resort and Spa • After five full
days of biking and hiking through the Black Hills, there’s nothing like treating yourself to a wide
variety of massages or treatments • Dinner tonight is at the quaint Sage Creek Grille in Custer •
Overnight Red Rock River Resort and Spas (B, L, D)
 
Day Six: Hot Springs / Rapid City
Savor your last hearty breakfast at a local bakery before we shuttle north to Wind Cave National
Park • Wind Cave encompasses two worlds: one visible and one hidden • A sea of waving prairie
grasses covers 70 percent of the park • Hidden beneath this scenic landscape lies Wind Cave • Over
80 miles of explored passages intertwine in a complex three-dimensional maze • The vast and
unknown depths of Wind Cave represent one of the last frontiers on Earth • After our guided tour of
the caves we load up, say goodbye to the Black Hills and head back to Rapid City for our farewells •
(B)
 
*Not ready to say goodbye quite yet? Consider extensions to Badlands National Park (an hour south
of Rapid City) or Devils Tower National Park (a few hours west in Wyoming).
 
Activities
Biking: 15 to 35 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain.
Hiking: 1 to 4 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
Discovery: Few attractions stir the emotions of visitors the way Mount Rushmore does. Since its
completion in 1941, it has joined the Statue of Liberty and the Stars & Stripes as one of America's
most inspiring symbols of democracy. Can you imagine climbing 506 stairs to go to work on “The
Heads” everyday? Did you know that Thomas Jefferson’s face was supposed to be carved on the
other side of George Washington? Can you believe that no one died during the carving of Mount
Rushmore even though 90% of the mountain was carved using dynamite? Discover for yourself the
legacy of Korczak Ziolkowski in his work on the Crazy Horse Memorial and the controversy that
surrounds this masterpiece. Follow the route of the 1890 Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad
on the Mickelson Trail, keeping an eye out for wild turkeys along the way. Dive into the histories of
Wild Bill Hickock, Calamity Jane, Jack McCall, and Seth Bullock in the Old West historic town of
Deadwood. Visit a herd of the friendly wild begging burros in South Dakota’s first and largest state
park, Custer State Park. Come see all there is to do in the Mount Rushmore State.
Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They take the time to
explain the local history and daily sightseeing and route options. Each route has been carefully
planned to include options to please each traveler’s interests. Austin Adventures guides are available to
help you select the distance that’s right for you and to offer advice and assistance as you desire.
 
Meals
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches,
snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own - are included.
Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
 
Distinctive Accommodations
 
Night 1: Franklin Hotel
The Historic Franklin Hotel has been greeting guests of distinction for well over a century. Explore
one of Deadwood’s true historical treasures. Stay in one of the Black Hills’ most enduring symbols of
an era fueled by gold, grit and guns. Services offered: Wifi, Adjoining Rooms, TV, Hairdryers
 
Nights 2 to 4: Blue Belle Lodge
Blue Bell Lodge is as comfortable as a pair of old blue jeans. This hideaway retreat with a guest
ranch flavor offers a Western experience that's sure to charm the boots right off 'ya!
Services offered: Wifi, Laundry, TV, Hairdryers
 
Night 5: Red Rock River Resort & Spa
The unique sandstone architecture dates from 1891. Your room offers glimpses of that time with its
high ceilings and deep windowsills. Relaxing décor, luxurious bedding, complete with down
comforter and feather/down pillows, and modern conveniences ensure your privacy and comfort.
Services offered: Wifi, TV, Hairdryers

Austin Adventures Expands Tour Portfolio; Adds 19 New Domestic and International Itineraries for 2013

 

Recently recognized as the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World, ALA Holds 2013 Rates at 2012 Prices for Existing Trips Booked by Sept. 30, 2012

Billings, MT, Aug. 29, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting land-based adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, announces new additions to its 2013 tour schedule while coming off a record 2012 season with bookings up 21 percent over the previous year.

To keep up with past guest demand for ever-new destinations and itineraries, the company announces it has expanded its 2013 tour roster with 19 new trips home and abroad. And, as it has done for the past 10 years, Austin Lehman Adventure Travel is freezing next year’s rates at 2012 prices for trips booked by Sept. 30, 2012.

This is one of the most ambitious new itinerary expansions in the company’s 40-year legacy of creating multi-generational, multi-sport, hiking, paddling, cycling, safari, and small ship cruising opportunities.

“We have a growing roster of alumni who want to travel to undiscovered destinations with us,” said Dan Austin, founding director, noting that ALA’s returning guest factor stands at 40 percent annually. Some parties have traveled with ALA as many as 30+ times. Austin expected this number will continue to climb in part due to the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure that recognized ALA as the #1 Family Tour Outfitter in the World.

“We’re both honored and thrilled to be listed on top of a distinguished line-up that also includes such travel icons as Micato Safaris, ROW and Disney Adventures,” said Austin.

The trips new for 2013 include a number of new family trips as well as adult-oriented tours featuring multi-sport activities exploring America’s national parks: Oregon’s Crater Lake (along with Ashland’s Shakespeare Festival); Arizona’s Colorado Plateau (with the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Mormon Lake); and Utah’s Red Mountain Wellness Retreat in the high desert outside of St. George.

Last year ALA added a small ship cruise division and in 2013 will add a journey through Alaska’s Northern Passages and Glacier Bay, as well as an expedition into the wilds of Antarctica.

Six new tours swell the opportunities for cycling in Europe to 26 unique itineraries. These are Ireland’s Cork to Killarney, the Scottish Highlands, France’s Dordogne region, a second route through Normandy, a time-budgeted version of a popular trip through Holland and an exploration of the Aegean Sea along Turkey’s shore.

South of the border the new 2013 catalog will feature a wellness week in Chiapas, Mexico; a hiking/boating trip through Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park and Osa Peninsula; and a journey to undiscovered Nicaragua.

Rounding out the expansion are five new wildlife safaris in Africa encompassing lesser-known regions of Namibia, Botswana and Tanzania.

In what is now Austin Adventures’s most successful season to date, in 2012 the company saw family bookings increase 14 percent, European bookings 18 percent (with bookings to France up 32 percent), national park bookings up12 percent and trips to Latin American (including ALA’s new Cuba trip) up 35 percent over 2011 numbers.

See all the new trips for 2013 at: http://www.austinlehman.com/2013-new-trips-pages-451.php?.

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 39-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, ALA was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/.

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