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’s New Cuba Tour Emphasizes Max of Just 12 Guests on All Departures In Order To Secure Intimate, Meaningful, People-to-People Exchanges

BILLINGS, MT, Mar. 5, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting cultural and adventure vacations standards internationally, reports limited availability remaining on three of its six 2012 9-day / 8-night small group cultural tours of The Real Cuba introduced for the first time in February. 

These remaining scheduled departures are April 28-May 6, May 26-June 3 and June 9-17. However ALA anticipates that 25 percent of its Cuba travel bookings will come from custom itineraries with travelers requesting their own private group dates.  The per person (double occupancy) rate on a set departure is from $4,498 inclusive of a roundtrip charter flight from Miami to Havana.  Required visas are coordinated and handled by ALA that is among a handful of adventure tour operators granted a special license to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba. http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/cuba-tour-trips-107.php 

“Our trips are true people-to-people exchanges, accomplishing what the U.S. Treasury Department- issued license for U.S. tour companies is intended to do,” reports Dan Austin, founder and owner. As a result of his own recent experiences guiding a handful of guests on the inaugural tour in Cuba, he has recommitted to a maximum of just 12 participants on all future Cuba adventure vacation packages. “Moving forward our tours will have the distinction of being the only American people-to-people tour groups capped at just 12 participants and staffed by two English-speaking guides.”  

“The key to the most meaningful experiences is to keep our groups small so that we can comfortably access exclusive and rewarding people-to-people exchanges. Small groups really are the only way to truly get behind the scenes,” he says. He said other U.S. people-to-people tour groups are averaging between 20 and 40 participants or more.    

“This number, of course, will limit other companies’ tours to larger venues and make home and small business visits impossible logistically,” Austin notes.   

Examples of exclusive people-to-people exchanges available to ALA guests include a visit with Elsa de Zayas, an 86-year-old aunt of ALA guide Michael de Zayas. The aunt “vividly remembers Cuba before Castro, the chaos during the revolution and through the past 50 years of communist control and U.S. embargo,” notes Austin. ALA guests meet her extended family in an outdoor garden for a traditional pig roast, complete with live music. The de Zayas family has a rich Cuban history including Alfredo de Zayas y Alfonso(1861–1934) who was a Cuban lawyer, poet and President of Cuba from May 20, 1921 to May 20, 1925. 

ALAguests also are treated to an exclusive tour of a tobacco plantation, viewing the drying process along with demonstrations of cigar rolling directed by Hirochi Robaina, grandson of the Cuba’s most legendary grower, the late Alejandro Robaina, renowned by cigar aficionados everywhere as Cuba’s top tobacco farmer. Annually 80 percent of Robaina’s tobacco harvest is deemed fit for use as wrapper leaf for Cuban cigars (compared to only 35 percent for other plantations). In 1997, Habanos SA honored the family by launching a new line of cigars bearing the name of this famous farmland, Vegas Robaina cigars.  

In addition, guests explore entrepreneurial ventures possible for the first time in nearly 50 years due to the lifting of a Cuban government ban on such activities. In a small neighborhood in Old Town Havana there’s now a school for barbers with an associated shop offering training and reasonably priced haircuts. But the vision goes beyond just training Cuba’s future hair stylists, notes Austin. There’s a plan for a barber-themed playground and a similarly themed coffee shop. Artists have come to the area to set up small galleries and workspaces all assisted by micro loans from the barbershop and school.  

“This is a prime example of the ‘new’ and changing Cuba. No other tour groups will be offering this exclusive opportunity,” Austin says. ALA has posted a number of fresh videos and blogs about the Cuba adventure here: http://www.austinlehman.com/blog/expert-in-adventure-tourism  

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa and now the Caribbean. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee.  

In the March 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, Austin Adventures was winner of the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators and has been the recipient of Travel + Leisure World’s Best Tour Operator Award for three consecutive years in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2011 the company was honored with Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. 

For a comprehensive 2012 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/. To access a digital version of the 2012 catalog go to: www.austinlehman.com/2012catalog  

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Austin Adventures’ “Sensational Seven” Cycling Routes of Europe

Great for a Do-It-Yourself Weekend Escape or As Part of a Weeklong Escorted Tour 

Billings, MT, Jan. 31, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, shares its favorite pedal routes through Europe gleaned from over 38 years of operating small group cycle tours. 

ALA’s European expert and cycling director, Ron Van Dijk represents a legacy dating back to 1974 as the first European tour operator to offer cycling tours to American travelers.  

“It was a fun challenge for me to go back through nearly four decades of cycling to pick my all time favorite pedal routes of Europe. I call them my Sensational Seven,” explains Van Dijk. “I hope to inspire others to slow down, get on a bike and enjoy a Europe adventure on two wheels either on their own or with a small group tour such as those offered by ALA.” 

Austin Adventures Adventure’s European bike tour season begins in April of each year and runs through October. An advantage to travelers booking Europe bike tours with Austin Adventures is the fact that Van Dijk’s knowledge and expertise are imbued in every trip. 

The following favored stretches, many of which are included in ALA multi-day tour itineraries, are suggested for daylong or weekend outings:  

For a full list of favorite bike rides see: http://www.austinlehman.com/besteuropebikerides 

  • France: The Dordogne between Argentat and Beynac (110 miles). Says Van Dijk, “A favorite for its authenticity, the peace, the great food, the old Romanesque churches, the castles and the history (such as the Hundred Years War between France and England). Make sure to divert from the valley every now and then to visit villages like St-Céré, Autoire, Loubressac, Rocamadour, as well as the lively town of Sarlat.”
  • Italy: South-Tyrol from Reschen Pass to Merano (50 miles). Van Dijk says from the top of the pass “it’s all pretty much all downhill for about 50 miles on specially marked bike paths, and you’re always surrounded by some of the most majestic mountains of the Alps. Pass by villages, lakes, meadows, apple orchards and end your ride in the noble spa town of Merano.” See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/innsbruck-to-lake-garda-italy-austria-tour-trips-88.php
  • Spain: Rioja vineyards between Logroño and Haro (35 miles). Van Dijk suggests October when the leaves are turning, roads are peaceful and hospitality including tapas bars in Haro a blessing after tackling a few hills. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/la-rioja-spain-tour-trips-110.php
  • Germany: Mosel Valley from Trier to Koblenz (132 miles). This is a four-day stretch through steep vine-clad hills with stops at villages for sips of Rieslings. This is a gentle, downhill trip past Roman sites in Trier and castles and ruins around every bend of the Mosel. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/mosel-valley-germany-tour-trips-75.php
  • Austria: Salzach Valley from Gerlos Pass/Krimml to Salzburg (115 miles). With the snowcapped Grossglockner, this is a highly scenic descent from Gerlos Pass (1628m = 5340 ft) to Salzburg (443m = 1450 ft), notes Van Dijk. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/alps-to-salzburg-austria-tour-trips-56.php
  • Netherlands: Tulip, hyacinth and narcissus fields near Keukenhof (Best in April: 20 miles). See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/netherlands-highlights-holland-tour-trips-72.php
  • Denmark: Danish Riviera between Copenhagen and Helsingør (30 miles). Bike paths along Denmark’s “Gold Coast” reveal villas, fishing villages, and museums such as the Karen Blixen Museum (author of Out of Africa), the Nivagaard art museum and the supreme Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in an incredible setting overlooking the Sound, advises Van Dijk. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/danish-isles-denmark-tour-trips-92.php 

ALA reports that bookings on their cycling trips were up 26 percent from 2010 to 2011 and year-to-date compared to last year they are already up 10 percent. To accommodate the projected up trend, ALA added three new trips and additional departures representing a 15 percent increase in capacity from 2011 to 2012. The trips new for 2012 are

 About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee.  

For a comprehensive 2012 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/. To access a digital version of the 2012 catalog go to: www.austinlehman.com/2012catalog  

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Austin Adventures Company Contact:

Dan Austin, Director / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ 800-575-1540 / 406-655-4591 / www.austinlehman.com  

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Austin Adventures Displays Online Trip-Planning Tips / Resources Compiled by Accomplished Staff of Veteran Adventure Travelers

Billings, MT, Jan. 3, 2012 –Creating seamless adventures around the world is Austin Adventures’ specialty, and by so doing sets award-winning adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.  

“Remember that Irving Berlin tune that goes ‘Anything you can do I can do better’?” asks Dan Austin, owner and founder of this nearly 40-year-old company. “Just take a look at our website. Drawing from decades of personal experience, we have staff vying to outdo each other in creating on-line guidelines on how to plan the perfect trip: How to Plan the Perfect Custom Adventure Vacation; Top 10 Tips for Planning the Perfect Couples Getaway; How to Plan the Perfect African Safari Vacation and Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Solo Adventure.”  

“We created these easy-to-use resources and tips to assist and inform travelers worldwide. Whether they choose to go on an ALA tour, with another company or independently the goal is to help them have the best experience possible,” explains Austin.  

Although pride of authorship rests with Austin himself when it comes to How to Plan the Perfect Family Adventure Vacation, he gives full credit to team input regarding How to Choose the Right Tour Operator 

There are also website etiquette tips and a few basic phrases in five languages that help guests break the ice with locals and feel more comfortable on foreign soil when enjoying a Europe Adventure 

In addition, Austin Adventures has compiled and posted its Top 10 Lists for hiking, biking, dining, lodging, wildlife, scenery and more.  

A detailed list with links of travel-related resources and information includes just about everything one would need for their journey: airlines, state departments, gear suppliers, weather, currency converters, health information, etc.  www.austinlehman.com/resource  

The compiling and posting of these tips and resources coincides with strategic updates and enhancements to the entire Austin Adventures website. These include:  

-A new destination menu on the homepage, making it even easier to find a destination and trip opportunities. One can search by Continent, Country and State. More robust trip information and photos accompany search results. http://www.austinlehman.com/destinations/index-pages-361.php

 -ALA has made it easier to now find a trip based on the activities included. Whether it is biking, hiking, rafting or even wine tasting, appropriate tour options are now easier to define. http://www.austinlehman.com/activities/index-pages-80.php  

-In another upgrade one can now search for trip type or package such as a family tour, couples adventure, solo traveler escapes, custom and exclusive group trips or by criteria such as national park destinations. http://www.austinlehman.com/packages/index-pages-108.php

-And to keep pace with the growing trend of online sharing, ALA has added easy to use social media tools to their site, so sharing that trip of a lifetime is a "like", tweet or +1 away.  

“At the end of the day, these tips and resources reflect the reality that on each and every one of our adventures we are constantly upping the ante for our clients by way of services, destinations and professional staff. This is what sets us apart after 38 years of creating “wows” for, by now, three generations of guests. Our 65 percent repeat guest factor speaks volumes on client satisfaction,” says Austin.  

For a comprehensive 2012 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/. To access a digital version of the 2012 catalog go to: www.austinlehman.com/2012catalog  

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee.  

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For photos and/or more information on Austin Adventures please contact:  

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Austin Adventures Weaves Sensory Web around Guests On New-for-2012 Spain – LaRioja Bike Tours

Billings, MT, Dec. 8, 2011– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, weaves a sensory web around guests on its new-for-2012 Spain – La Rioja Bike Tours. 

These seven-day / six-night active wine and cycle tours, the newest in ALA’s line-up of Europe bike tours, are scheduled Apr. 21-27, May 26-June 01 and Sept. 29-Oct. 5. The per person rate, based on double occupancy is $3,498 ($780 single supplement). The arrival / departure city is Pamplona. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/spain---la-rioja-trips-110.php 

“I just returned from doing a fall dry-run of this trip with tour architect and European operations director Ron van Dijk and we both were blown away by the friendly people we met, their farm to table cuisine, the rich oak and vanilla-infused Rioja wines and the feeling we stepped into a time capsule where very little has changed for centuries - with the exception of the modern luxury of the distinctive lodges in which we stayed,” said Dan Austin, ALA founder and director. 

Guests wander into the foothills of the Pyrenees with a visit to historic Pamplona (think running of the bulls) en route along the ancient pilgrimage Camino de Santiago and the wine capital of the Navarra province, Olite. Also think hilltop towns, cruising cliffs overlooking the Rioja’s Cidacos Valley, the medieval town of Languardia and a typical meal of fresh artichokes, Piquillo peppers, cordero al Chilindrón (lamb) and bacalao ajo arriero (salted cod) washed down with wines of the region. 

Sleep-filled nights are assured in such lodgings as Hotel Los Agustinos, a convent founded in 1373 and converted into a first-class hotel in 1989. It is under the protectorate of the Government of La Rioja. Guests stay for two nights at Parador de Olite, a hotel in an historic medieval castle in the Pyrenees region of Spain. 

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

For a comprehensive 2012 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/. To access a digital version of the 2012 catalog go to: www.austinlehman.com/2012catalog 

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For photos and/or more information on Austin Adventures please contact: Widness & Wiggins PR:

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Austin Adventures Announces New Yoga and Wellness Adventure in Chiapas, Mexico

Billings, MT, Nov. 28, 2011 – A March 19-24 wellness adventure on a private coffee plantation in Chiapas, Mexico, may well be the best way to deal with the winter doldrums of March, says Austin Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and most recently, Cuba. 

“This is ALA’s first-ever adventure itinerary built around wellness and yoga,” said Dan Austin, founding director. “But there’s no arguing with the curative powers of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountains around us, a tropical forest and a luxurious coffee plantation where we dine and lodge.” See: http://www.austinlehman.com/argovia-finca---chiapas--mexico-trips-119.php  

Argovia Finca Resort Yoga Retreat is a six-day / five-night program beginning and ending in Tapachula. Guests fly into Tapachula International Airport which offers daily service from Mexico City. The per person double rate (exclusive of air) is $2,198 with a $680 single supplement. 

"The combination of sunrise yoga accompanied by the sounds of the tropical forest, a steaming mug of Argovia's own plantation coffee, and the inner peace and soul cleansing that results from a week immersed in the wonders of the surrounding jungle makes for a restful, full body vacation,” reflected Kasey Austin, trip architect and field operation liaison. 

Activities include daily yoga, flora/fauna and sustainability / conservation tours including commentary on the traditional uses of plants in medicine, exploring the Mayan ruins of Izapa dating to 1200 BC, kayaking through mangrove swamps on the Pacific Coast (think crocodiles and jaguars), touring the fourth generation coffee plantation, hiking waterfalls and enjoying an Argovia’s temazcal, a traditional indigenous sauna bath and cleansing before a dinner overlooking a Mexican sunset. 

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

For a comprehensive 2012 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/. To access a digital version of the 2012 catalog go to: www.austinlehman.com/2012catalog 

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Austin Adventures Announces New Yellowstone in Winter Tour

Three February 2012 Departures of Snow-Filled Fun Include Snowshoeing Among Geysers, Dog Sledding, X/C Skiing 

Billings, MT, Nov. 8, 2011 – If you think Yellowstone is a warm weather destination only, think again. For the first time, Austin Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, will host three February 2012 five-day/four-night Yellowstone in Winter programs. 

Activities include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, dog sledding, ranger talks and sipping hot chocolate fireside. The per person, double occupancy rate is $2,198 ($580 single supplement) inclusive of accommodations and meals at historic Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (dates to 1883), Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and Chico Hot Springs Resort and Spa (dates to 1920’s and features pools fed by mineral hot springs, a spa and exceptional dining); intra-lodge/activity snow coach transfers, sporting equipment and more. Departures based from Bozeman, MT, are Feb. 5-9, Feb. 12-16 and Feb. 26-Mar. 1. 

“We live and play in this special corner of Wyoming and Montana and Yellowstone National Park is literally our back yard. It’s a natural,” said Dan Austin, founding director. “Devoid of crowds, winter in Yellowstone is an amazing time. The cold temps make even more dramatic the thermal activity (geysers, bubbling mud pots, hot spring pools and steam vents), and wildlife is concentrated in the warmer, snow-free geyser basins for easier viewing.” 

Austin noted that while snowshoeing the Upper Geyser Basin Trail guests will experience in an approximately two-square-mile area the largest concentration and nearly one-quarter of all the geysers in the world. This is the home of Old Faithful. 

Yellowstone in Winterhttp://www.austinlehman.com/yellowstone-winter-trips-117.php is one of six brand-new ALA adventures that won’t be found in their new 2012 print catalog but are only featured on the ALA website. The new trips include: The Real Cuba - http://www.austinlehman.com/cuba-trips-107.php; Glacier National Park Family Adventure - http://www.austinlehman.com/glacier-park-tours-trips-118.php; Croatia – The Dalmation Coast - http://www.austinlehman.com/dalmatian-coast-trips-95.php; Slovenia – The Julian Alps Adventure - http://www.austinlehman.com/slovenia-tours-trips-89.php; and Chile / Argentina - Salta to Atacama - http://www.austinlehman.com/chile-argentina---salta-to-atacama-trips-104.php  

National Park vacations have always been a major part of our offerings,” said Dan Austin, founding director, noting that his company first began offering trips into Yellowstone decades ago. “Year after year it’s our Yellowstone Park vacation packages that outsell all others; however we have seen interest in all of our National Park vacations grow at an astounding rate.” 

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

For a comprehensive 2012 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/. To access a digital version of the 2012 catalog go to: www.austinlehman.com/2012catalog 

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Austin Adventures Receives Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2011 Global Vision Award for Corporate Innovation

Recognized For Its Wheels of Change Initiative That Sends Used Bikes to Africa,  Converting Shipping Containers into Bike Shop/Rental Centers 

Billings, MT, Oct. 26, 2011Travel + Leisure magazine announced on Oct. 19, 2011, that tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA) (http://www.austinlehman.com/) is a recipient of its 2011 Global Vision Award. ALA is the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and most recently, Cuba. 

The award in the category of corporate innovation and community development recognizes the Austin Adventures-driven program called Wheels of Change that from a collection center in Billings, MT, receives used bicycles for eventual delivery to African villages. 

“This award is for everyone involved in Wheels of Change both in Montana and abroad where the tires ultimately hit the ground in Africa.  We are honored and appreciative of the recognition but our work has just begun,” notes Dan Austin, director of Austin Adventures and founder of Wheels of Change (http://wocmontana.org/). 

Austin points out that a bike can change a life in a poor country, but for millions of low-income individuals a new bicycle is financially out of reach. Wheels of Change helps coordinate and establish Bicycle Empowerment Centers throughout Africa to ensure that disadvantaged people have access to improved mobility, food and water, employment, health care, education, and social opportunities. 

The project came about in 2010 when Austin realized that bikes used in its own domestic and international touring programs needed to be replaced. Along with an equal number of donated bikes he shipped them to Ngoma, Namibia, where his company operates a luxury wildlife tour. Here his team helped locals turn the used bikes into a rental and repair business operating out of a shipping container that carried the bikes. The shop became self-sufficient within 10 months, inspiring Austin to create the nonprofit Wheels of Change. The benefits are significant: 10 million bikes are discarded annually in the United States, and each can give someone in the developing world vital access to water, schools, jobs and medical facilities, he said. 

Cyclists on Austin Adventures Adventure’s Namibia Family Adventure http://www.austinlehman.com/south-african-tours-trips-85.php and a new Kenya Adventure http://www.austinlehman.com/kenya---meru-to-nairobi-trips-106.php can visit bike shops set up by Wheels of Change. 

The 2011 Global Vision Awards are featured online at: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/global-vision-awards-2011 and in the November issue of the magazine, currently on newsstands. 

Nancy Novogrod, editor in chief of Travel + Leisure said, “It is always a source of deep satisfaction to see the dedication and inspiration our winners apply to preserving the world's precious cultural and natural resources. These are not only our heritage, but a defining element of destinations and humanity." 

The jury was comprised of José Andrés, chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup; Bonnie Burnham, president and CEO of the World Monuments Fund; Lauren Bush, cofounder, creative director, and CEO of FEED Projects; Megan Epler Wood, executive director of the Planeterra Foundation; Premal Shah, president of kiva.org; Dr. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist; Kate Stohr and Cameron Sinclair, founders of Architecture for Humanity. 

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 37-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

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Austin Adventures Adds Three New European Cycling Trips for 2012

Brings Number of Across-the-Pond Bike Trips to 19 With Award-Winning Company That Specializes in Castles, Culture, Cuisine 

Billings, MT, Oct. 11, 2011– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and now the Caribbean, announces three brand-new European cycling tours for 2012, bringing to 19 the number of distinct opportunities for Europe adventure on two wheels. They are France’s Burgundy region, Spain’s La Rioja and a family program in the Danish isles. 

An advantage to travelers booking Europe bike tours with Austin Adventures is the fact that the Euro is significantly down off its spring 2011 highs. 

“Our 2012 rates reflect the prospect of a stronger dollar. Once prices are set, that’s what the consumer will pay regardless of unfavorable fluctuations later on in the Euro versus the dollar. This all means price security for the traveler and the best possible value in Europe,” noted Dan Austin, ALA founder and director.   

With departures beginning in May of 2012, here are the new trips: 

New! France – Burgundy Bike Tours begin in Dijon where living like the Dukes of Burgundy of yore is easy to do before embarking on two wheels through villages surrounded by vineyards and along the Route des Grand Crus enroute to Beaune and an elegant dinner of lobster ravioli, foie gras and homemade soufflé ice cream. Other alluring sips come with such esteemed labels as Meursault, Mercurey and Santenay, among others. The per person double rate is $3,198 ($680 single supplement) for May 6, June 10, July 15, Sept. 2 and Sept. 30 six day / five night departures. The host city for the journey is Dijon. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/france---burgundy-trips-109.php 

New! Spain – La Rioja Bike Tours wander into the foothills of the Pyrenees with a visit to historic Pamplona (think running of the bulls) en route along the ancient pilgrimage Camino de Santiago and the wine capital of the Navarra province, Olite. Also think hilltop towns, cruising cliffs overlooking the Rioja’s Cidacos Valley, the medieval town of Languardia and a typical meal of fresh artichokes, Piquillo peppers, cordero al Chilindrón (lamb) and bacalao ajo arriero (salted cod) washed down with wines of the region. The per person double rate is $3,498 ($780 single supplement) for April 21, May 26 and Sept. 29 seven day /six night departures. The host city for the journey is Pamplona. See:  http://www.austinlehman.com/spain---la-rioja-trips-110.php. 

New! Denmark Family – Danish Isles is an island hopping exploration of the Vikings, inclusive, of course, of The Little Mermaid and more in Copenhagen before ferrying to Helsinger where Hamlet once roamed, pondering the ways of the Vikings on a tour of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, reviewing a vintage car collection at Egeskov castle, a fleet of 750 bottled ships in Aeroskobing and a castle built on 12,000 wooden poles on the island of Funen. Open air markets supply picnic lunches and local seafood surfaces at dinners. The per person double rate is $3,998 ($880 single supplement); $3,198 to $3,598 for children for June 23 and July 28 eight day / seven night departures. The family-focused journey begins and ends in Copenhagen.  See: http://www.austinlehman.com/denmark-cycling-tours-trips-116.php 

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

For a comprehensive 2012 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/. To access a digital version of the 2012 catalog go to: www.austinlehman.com/2012catalog 

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Austin Adventures’s The Real Cuba Itinerary Includes Daily Meetings with Artists, Farmers, Others Who Help Shed Light on Heretofore Mysterious Island

Billings, MT, Oct. 4, 2011– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and now the Caribbean, begins in mid February the first of six 10-day / 9-night cultural tours of The Real Cuba scheduled for 2012. 

The double occupancy, per person rate is from $4,498 plus charter air from Miami. Tour dates are Feb 11-20; Feb 25-Mar 5; Mar 17-26; Apr 28-May 7; May 26-June 4 and June 9-18. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/cuba-trips-107.php. Required visas will be coordinated and handled by ALA that is among only a handful of adventure tour operators to be granted a special license to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba. 

The Real Cuba itinerary was developed expressly for Austin Adventures by noted Cuba travel expert Christopher Baker. Baker or an assigned associate will personally accompany each ALA group, leveraging their years of hands-on experience and countless connections to Cuban individuals of all walks of life.   

The Real Cuba begins over a welcome dinner where Baker’s Cuban friends spanning a spectrum of ages and professions provide insights into Cuba’s political, social and economic environment. After this it’s one handshake after another, with Eusebio Leal, Official Historian of Havana, conducting a walking tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana), and visits to private homes and community projects such as colonial mansions turned into rehabilitation centers, maternity clinics, and schoolrooms. 

Guests meet Casa-Estudio de Fuster, the studio-home of Baker’s friend José Fuster, commonly called the ‘Picasso of the Caribbean’. Fuster’s dwelling represents a remarkable urban community art project. After lunch at El Aljibe comes a walking tour through the upper middle-class Vedado region, including the Hotel Nacional, the Hotel Habana Libre and the University of Havana. 

The tour journeys through the province of Pinar del Río to Finca Pinar San Luís, the private residence of the late legendary tobacco farmer and Cuban cigar ‘ambassador,’ Alejandro Robaina. His son and workers explain tobacco growing, cigar production and the daily life of tobacco farmers. The time-warp colonial village of Viñales reflects on yesteryear’s rural lifestyle. Over a dinner at historic Casa de Don Tomás, performing troubadours inform on traditional Cuban country music. 

Gardener Ana Lydia leads a tour of an orchid garden at Soroa before guests arrive at Las Terrazas, a post-revolution model rural community built in a sustainable manner around a lake. Another friend of Baker, artist Lester Campa, welcomes Austin Adventures visitors. Among possible visitation sites are a women’s artisan cooperative, a serigraphy workshop, a colonial-era coffee plantation to learn about the restoration of this colonial enterprise and a community center. 

Meetings with The Real Cuba continue with photographer Julio Muñoz at his colonial home (featured in the October 1999 issue of National Geographic).  A 1906 steam train transports guests to the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). Over lunch at Hacienda Iznaga, a former slave plantation, light is shed on the roles of sugar and slavery in Cuba’s history, and nearby local women showcase traditional lace making. In Trinidad a babalawo (high priest) introduces the santería religion. In the industrial-university city of Santa Clara, a local historian explores Che Guevara and the battles that he led here that resulted in the toppling of General Fulgencio Batista in 1958.   

Eduardo Monsejo, Director of the Museo de Automóviles (the Car Museum) and members of the Club de Autos Clásicos de Cuba, provide classic, pre-revolutionary autos for an escorted VIP ride to Museo Hemingway where another Baker friend, Ada Rosa, Director of the Museo Hemingway, introduces a Cuban perspective on Hemingway, his associations with the isle and the difficulties of restoring and maintaining Finca Vigia, his former home. Following is lunch at a seafood restaurant in Cojimar that the author favored.  

Private restaurant dining, exemplary lodgings and optional horseback riding are additional pleasures of this ground-breaking adventure. 

 “Excitement about an ALA tour program in Cuba has been running high among staff and past trip alumni," said Austin. “There’s already a wait list with enough interest to fill the first two departures!”  Austin recommends that interested travelers contact ALA as soon as possible to ensure space availability.  

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

For a comprehensive 2012 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/. To access a digital version of the 2012 catalog go to: www.austinlehman.com/2012catalog 

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2012 Cultural / Educational Adventures to Cuba To Be Offered by Award-Winning Tour Operator, Austin Adventures

Billings, MT, Sept. 14, 2011– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond, announces it will host cultural / educational adventures to Cuba beginning in early 2012.  

With license in hand from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Affairs, ALA’s programs will promote cross-cultural, people-to-people contact through licensed guided tours in Cuba in a style similar to its other culturally immersive international programs, said Dan Austin, Founder and Director.  

One 10-day tour itinerary with an as-of-yet undetermined number of scheduled departures will launch in early 2012. Custom / exclusive small group trips will also be offered. Additional itineraries (requiring separate approval) are on the drawing board for the future, he said.  

“Excitement about an ALA tour program in Cuba has been running high among staff and past trip alumni, said Austin. “There’s already a wait list with enough interest to fill the first two departures!”  

Austin said the formal permitting process began early in 2011 after nearly three years of research into the possibilities of conducting guided adventure tours in Cuba.  

“Because most Americans have been prevented from visiting Cuba since the US embargo in the 1960s, we are extremely curious about our neighbor just 90 miles to the south of Key West, FL. Our license will allow us to finally lift the veil and rediscover this destination that’s been off-limits to Americans the past 50 years,” said Austin. He noted that Cuba is an untapped market that “fits well with our core goals of exotic/desirable destinations, easy access from the US, lots of activities, a distinct and colorful culture, a friendly and welcoming host population and opportunities to immerse travelers in authentic Cuban life including world-renowned music, cuisine, art and dance.”  

Noted Latin American authority Christopher Baker, author of six books on Cuba, worked hand-in-hand with Austin to create an itinerary exclusive to ALA. Baker will lead many of the set tour departures as will other recognized experts in Cuban lifestyle and culture.  

Baker is well-known on the speaking circuit for his insightful lectures on Cuba before the National Press Club, National Geographic Society (televised “Live from National Geographic”) and World Affairs Council, among other prestigious organizations. He has also appeared speaking about Cuba on ABC, CBS, Fox TV, NBC, NPR, and dozens of other radio and TV outlets.  

With years of hands-on experience and countless connections to Cuban individuals of all walks of life. ALA proposes to use interactions with Baker’s personal Cuban acquaintances as a core component of the educational tours.  

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 37-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee.  

For a comprehensive 2011 catalog and to get on the list for the 2012 edition (available in the fall) 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 Company Contact:

Dan Austin, Director / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./ 800-575-1540 / 406-655-4591 / www.austinlehman.com 

For photos and/or more information on Austin Adventures please contact: Widness & Wiggins PR: 

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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