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

 

 

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 

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Award-Winning Tour Operator, Austin Adventures, Announces Nine New Domestic / International Trips for 2012

Freezes 2012 Season Prices at 2011 Rates through Oct. 10, 2011 

Billings, MT, Sept. 12, 2011– Innovative and 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 nine new 2012 itineraries for cyclists, wine enthusiasts and families. Plus there’s an early bird booking incentive on all past programs offering 2011 pricing on trips booked on or before Oct. 10, 2011. 

The full 2012 season lineup is now online at: http://www.austinlehman.com/2012-schedule-pages-570.php and a listing of all the new trips for 2012 is at: http://www.austinlehman.com/2012-new-trips-pages-451.php. 

Available winter of 2011 is Yellowstone Winter, a five day/four night program out of Bozeman, MT, with departures in February and March.  

“With sold out Yellowstone programs in 2011, we needed to look for additional opportunities in the Park,” said Dan Austin, ALA founder and owner. “Yellowstone Winter is just that, a completely different season in our nation’s first National Park. Activities will include cross country skiing, snow shoeing and dog sledding.”  

Five new domestic trips starting in the late spring and running through the fall are the six day/five night California: Napa/Sonoma wine country beginning and ending in San Francisco featuring cycling, hiking and wine tasting;New Mexico: Poblanos, Peaks & Pueblos with Santa Fe/Taos as the hub; and South Dakota Family: Black Hills to Mount Rushmore out of Rapid City, SD. Another new addition to ALA’s national parks trips is the Yellowstone Family Camp Adventure, a five day/four night lodge and cowboy camp program based out of Bozeman, MT. 

In Europe guests can sip award-winning vintages and cycle country roads in early May and throughout the summer and fall on ALA’s new France: Burgundy for six days/five nights out of Dijon, or head farther south for Spain: Rioja in April, May and September for seven days/six nights. 

A nine day/eight night Chile/Argentina: Wine Country program has departures in February, March and over the 2012 December holiday, beginning and ending in Santiago. 

“The popularity of trips that focus on wine and cycling has exploded over the last few years,” said Austin, noting that his team is pedaling hard to keep up with demand and look to develop and feature new cycling trips to the planet’s top wine regions over the next few years. 

Austin said that the enjoyment of these active vacations is enhanced by “engaging guests on bike, horseback and on foot in the living cultural experiences available in these extraordinary destinations.”  

To round out their portfolio of new trips, ALA will be offering a long-awaited safari program in Kenya to compliment their community and culturally-themed African adventures in Morocco, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. 

Travelers looking for significant savings are advised to book their 2012 trip before the Oct. 10, 2011 early bird booking deadline to enjoy 2011 season prices and to reserve preferred departure dates. 

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/. 

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

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Looking at Life from Both Sides of the Andes Possible on Three 2012 Austin Adventures Spanning Argentina and Chile

New Adventure Vacations Visit Wine Regions, Highest Mountains, Driest Desert and Two Faces of Patagonia 

Billings, MT, Aug. 24, 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 three new itineraries for 2012 embracing the diversity, culture, cuisine and natural wonders of both sides of the Andes in Argentina, Chile and south to Patagonia. 

Wine aficionados will appreciate Argentina & Chile - Wine Country, a 9-day multi-sport (trekking, horseback riding, cycling) program at $5,098 per person, double, that begins in Mendoza and ends in Santiago. The 2012 tour dates are Feb. 13-21, Mar. 5-13 and Dec. 24-Jan. 1. See: www.austinlehman.com/winecountry  

This itinerary encompasses the Uco Valley of Argentina and Mendoza´s wine regions (Malbecs and Torrontés) in a dry desert at the foothills of the Andes as well as Chile’s vines (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Carmenere) that grow in the Colchagua Valley, a lusher colonial-flavored landscape near the Pacific. The scenic drive across the Andes takes guests along the base of Mt. Aconcagua (22,841 foot elevation), the highest peak of the Americas and anywhere outside of the Himalayas.  

Dan Austin, ALA’s founder and owner said that the enjoyment of these trips is enhanced by “engaging guests on bike, horseback and on foot in the living cultural experiences available in these two extraordinary countries.”  

“We completely avoid the “factory” winery tour,” says Austin. “At one winery we will blend our own wine; at another there’s a superb culinary experience.”  One stop is for a five-course lunch planned around Argentina wines at Chef Lucas Bustos’ restaurant at Rica Malen Winery. Another is an overnight stop at a Colchagua Valley (Chile) vineyard. 

“Our choices for lodging are boutique hotels at the vineyards, haciendas and estancias (authentic working cattle ranches) that become true highlights of the trip,” he says. 

Two other new trips for 2012 that span both Argentina and Chile:  

Argentina & Chile - Patagoniais a 10-day, moderately paced mountaineering adventure with hiking trips and horseback tours priced at $5,498 per person, double, that begins and ends in El Calafate (South Patagonia) for transfers to Buenos Aires and covers much of the territory of Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia. The 2011-2012 tour dates are Dec. 19-28, Feb. 20-29, Mar. 12-21 and Dec. 31-Jan. 9. See: www.austinlehman.com/2012patagonia  

Highlights include (in Argentina) trekking to the best views of the Southern Face of CerroTorre, its lake and hanging glaciers, and the Egger and Standhard spires plus views of the Fitz Roy massif, Mt. Saint Exupery, and Poincenot peaks. There’s also a glaciologist-led ice hike over the Perito Moreno Glacier to observe its surreal formations of ice peaks and blue crevasses. 

Crossing into Chile participants take in Torres del Paine National Park including Lago Grey Beach for iceberg viewing, Grey Glacier (a 3.75-mile-wide wall of ice), and Lago Pehoe where Andean Condors are regularly seen soaring above. 

A third new tour is Argentina & Chile – Salta to Atacamaa 10-day cycling, horseback and hiking adventure priced at $5,298 per person, double, that begins in the northwest Argentine city of Salta and ends at the Atacama town of Calama with air transfers to Santiago, Chile. The 2012 departures are offered year-round.  See: http://www.austinlehman.com/chile-argentina---salta-to-atacama-trips-104.php 

Highlights include cycling Los Cardones National Park, wine tasting at local bodegas, museum visits, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Humahuaca Canyon and three full days exploring Chile’s Atacama, the driest desert in the world.  

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. 

Dave Wiggins / 303-554-8821 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Austin Adventures a Top Five Tour Operator For Third Consecutive Year in Travel + Leisure’s 2011 World’s Best Readers’ Survey Awards

BILLINGS, MT, July 12, 2011– A chemistry combining hospitality with paddles and  saddles (bike and equine) on thousands of miles of international trails and waterways has, for the third consecutive year, garnered Austin Adventures (ALA) a top ranking in Travel + Leisure Magazine’s 2011 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. 

A jury of magazine readers and editors placed multiple-award-winning tour operator ALA http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and beyond, Number 5 in the category of ‘Best Tour and Safari Operator in the World” http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest/2011/air-cruise-more/tour-operator-safari-outfitter/246.  Only four companies that primarily conduct African safaris scored higher. Companies were rated on a variety of criteria including staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and value. 

On the heels if the announcement made on July 6, 2011, Dan Austin, founder and president, reported that his company is having its “best year ever.” He attributes this to bar-setting client services and active itineraries that annually expand destinations to loyal alumni who represent 40% percent of the company’s business and to an “exponential” growth in the family and multi-generational market.  

ALA’s Preserve a Park program that for three consecutive years has singled out a National Park to receive a portion of guest bookings to that park has also positively stimulated an always-strong interest in national park trips and traveling to America’s iconic destinations, said Austin. The 2012 park selection is Canyonlands National Park. 

Growth in the company’s Europe bike tours with the recent introduction of e-bikes has also been a factor in record bookings for 2011. 

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 free 2011 catalog and to get on the list for the upcoming 2012 edition, 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 2012 Preserve a Park Recipient: Utah’s Canyonlands National Park

Will Donate $100 per Guest on All 2012 Arches to Moab Multisport Adventures  

Billings, MT, July 11, 2011– For the third consecutive year a leading adventure travel company will donate a portion of its profits to US National Park preservation through its charitable Preserve a Park Program 

Canyonlands National Park has been selected as the 2012 recipient, announced Dan Austin, Director of Austin Adventures (ALA) http://www.austinlehman.com/, the award-winning active travel company setting adventure tour standards in the Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond. This park, straddling the Colorado River in Utah, is best known for its 500 square miles of steep, river-carved canyons, multi-colored mesas, sandstone pillars and natural arches. 

Launched in 2010 to celebrate and support America’s national parks in times of reduced funding, ALA has pledged over $10,000 to date to non-profit associations affiliated with specific parks.  Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA) http://www.cnha.org /has been chosen as the 2012 beneficiary; others have been Glacier National Park Fund www.glacierfund.org in 2010, and Yosemite Conservancy http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org in 2011. 

Austin notes that in 2011 National Park funding cuts stand at $101 million. http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2011/03/congress-slashes-101-million-national-park-service-budget-more-come7858. Affiliated nonprofits are feeling the same pinch. 

Throughout the 2012 season Austin Adventures will donate $100 to the CNHA for each guest booked on its small group Arches to Moab Multisport Adventure. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/moab-adventures-trips-81.php. 

“New guests and our loyal alumni love knowing that a portion of their trip fee helps preserve our national treasures. In fact, in 2010 spaces on our Glacier Park trip sold out in record time. The same happened this year in Yosemite and in 2012. If past history tells us anything, we expect our Canyonlands trips to also sell out quickly,” said Austin. 

From the host city of Grand Junction, CO, Canyonlands’ wonders unfold as ALA guests bike through Colorado National Monument to ancient petroglyphs, raft Westwater Canyon of the Colorado River and observe historic evidence of ancient Fremont, Anasazi and Navajo communities. 

In addition to hiking, rafting and biking in two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands) during the 2012 season CNHA will weave an educational component into each trip. The nearly all-inclusive vacation (in 2011) is priced at $2,398 per person double ($680 single) for adults and from $1,918 for children age 7 and up. Specific dates have been set aside exclusively for families. 

Austin notes that two 2011 dates, Aug. 28-Sept. 2 and Sept. 4-Sept. 9, are still available for anyone wishing to travel this season. 

Austin says that guests have been raving about this year’s trips. 

“My wife and I just returned from Arches to Moab, our ninth adventure trip with Austin Adventures, and our new all-time favorite. What made this trip special were the out-of-the-way places our guides took us – places we wouldn’t have found on our own, be it the Fiery Furnace “playground” or the waterfall in the desert,” said Ron K. of Springboro, Ohio.  

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’ Factoids on Fall Travel Whet Curiosity for Adventure Vacations into America’s Still-Wild West

BILLINGS, MT, June 17, 2011– Three post-Labor Day escapes offered by award-winning adventure vacations tour operator Austin Adventures http://www.austinlehman.com/ focus on America’s still-wild West. 

To add a little sizzle to their banquet of late summer, early fall offerings, Austin Adventures (ALA), the 37-year-old travel company setting adventure tours standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond, has forwarded the following experiential and factual nuggets on their post-summer trips to Yellowstone Park, the Black Hills of South Dakota and Utah’s Bryce and Zion National Parks. (See http://www.austinlehman.com/factoids for a full list of fun and curious facts). 

Yellowstone National Park: Did You Know? 

- There are fewer than 1,000 geysers in the whole world and over 500 of them are located within Yellowstone NP making it the highest concentration of geysers on the planet.

- More than 2,400 miles of streams flow through Yellowstone, providing some of the best fly-fishing in the world.

- September is prime time for photographers as cooler air turns aspens gold while enhancing the thermal features of the park. The elk are in rut, bears are foraging to fatten up and mammals start to sport thick winter coats. 

On a six-day ALA vacation guests hike, raft, horseback ride and spa through Yellowstone at $2,298 per person double; adult-only departures are Aug. 28, Sept. 4 and 11. The lodgings used are a roster of favorites:Old Faithful Inn dating to 1904, Lake Yellowstone Hotel hearkening to 1891, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, named after nearby steaming limestone terraces; and Chico Hot Springs Resort with mineral hot spring-fed pools and spa services. http://www.austinlehman.com/yellowstone-tours-trips-17.php 

“Fall is my favorite time to travel the Yellowstone backcountry. The weather is usually postcard perfect; the bugs have long gone; there are far less people on the trails; the fishing is great and wildlife viewing is at its peak,” Dan Austin, director. 

Black Hills of South Dakota: Did You Know? 

- The in-progress Crazy Horse mountain carving will be the world’s largest sculpture (563' high, 641' long, carved in the round).

- Mount Rushmore’s Thomas Jefferson was originally started on George Washington's right, but after 18 months Jefferson was dynamited off and carved on the other side.

- September is prime time to bike the George S. Mickelson Trail, a 109-mile abandoned railroad bed with more than 100 converted railroad bridges and four rock tunnels. 

Activities in the Black Hills of South Dakota include biking, hiking, caving and spa time at $1,998 per person double; six-day trip departures are Sept. 4, 11 and 18. Accommodations include the century-plus Franklin Hotel in Deadwood, State Game Lodge made of stone and wood in a ponderosa pine forest, and Red Rock River Resort & Spa, with unique sandstone architecture dating back to 1891. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/black-hills-vacations-trips-79.php 

Bryce and Zion National Parks: Did You Know? 

- At the intersection of three separate ecosystems, Zion has a variety of plants (more than 900 species) not found anywhere else in Utah

- Bryce Canyon National Park has a 7.4 limiting magnitude night sky. In most rural areas of the United States, 2500 stars can be seen on a clear night. At Bryce Canyon, 7500 stars can be seen twinkling in the void.

- # 5 in National Geographic’s ranking of America's Best 100 Adventures is hiking the Narrows of Zion’s Virgin River, a gorge 16 miles long, up to 2000 feet deep, and at times only 20-30 feet wide. With flash floods a concern, the fall is the best time to experience it. 

ALA guests bike and hike through Utah’s Bryce & Zion National Parks at $2,098 per person double; six-day departures are Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and  9. Overnights are at Seven Wives Inn, Utah's first bed and breakfast and a restored Victorian (the innkeeper's ancestor really did have seven wives), Bryce Canyon Lodge, built in the 1920's with replicas of original hickory furniture, and Zion Park Inn with its Great Room fire place and an outdoor heated pool. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/zion-tours-trips-11.php 

Austin says that the summer 2011 season bookings for his company’s National Parks programs has “exceeded all projections and will be a record setting year for Austin Adventures!” 

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 free 2011 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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Watch Those Fingers and Do Say ‘Bon Jour’: Austin Adventures Posts Etiquette Tips, Foreign Phrases to Help Americans Blend In While On Adventure Tour in Europe

Billings, MT, May 20, 2011– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure tours standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond, has enhanced its mission to create meaningful cultural interaction while traveling on a Europe Adventure by posting on its website etiquette tips and a few basic phrases in five languages that will help guests break the ice with the locals and feel more comfortable on foreign soil.  

For example, in Italy they recommend that travelers “don’t talk about politics and the Mafia;” in Holland, “don’t discuss your income and possessions or the Dutch Royal Family” and even if you long to tap the middle of your forehead with your index finger – don’t!  It is a sign for “crazy” and considered impolite. 

Fingers are issues elsewhere. The index finger made into a circle with the thumb is verboten in Spain and Germany and it’s probably a good idea to avoid it elsewhere as it’s considered an obscene gesture. Don’t bring up Franco (in Spain) and the Nazis and even though you may drive a Mercedes back home, button your lip because not everyone in Europe can afford to.  But this may be the toughest one of all to get under an American belt. In France they don’t appreciate jokes but do like serious conversation. 

“That being said, the on-line language tips remind us that even though we’ve seen the Eiffel Tower in hundreds of pictures we’re now on someone else’s doorstep and it’s a compliment to our host to extend our most courteous hand by making at least a small effort to say ‘Bon jour’,” says Dan Austin, owner and founder. “It’s also a great way to meet and connect with people who are usually delighted to help you find a secret spot that only the locals know or the best place to eat in town. Your pronunciation doesn't have to be perfect; all that matters is that you are trying and that means a lot to the locals.” 

Austin’s team has thrown in a few notes on local customs as well:  

French:http://www.austinlehman.com/language-tips--pages-523.php#french -- Instead of a 3-course meal that Americans are used to, the French traditionally serve 6 courses. In order, they are: hors d’ oeuvres, fish course, meat course, salad, cheese plate, and dessert. Bread and wine are also staples that are always on the table.

Italian:http://www.austinlehman.com/language-tips--pages-523.php#italian -- Italians take part in La Passeggiata daily. This is a stroll around the town at about 6 p.m. The purpose is to see and be seen and catch up with friends before dinner.

Spanish:http://www.austinlehman.com/language-tips--pages-523.php#spanish – In a bullfight the Matador dedicates the death of the bull to his president or the crowd before performing his faena or “dance with death” when he stands in the arena with his sword letting the bull charge him until he finally kills it. This tradition dates all the way back to 711 A.D.

German:http://www.austinlehman.com/language-tips--pages-523.php#german – Every year for 16-18 days from the end of September to the beginning of October, Germans celebrate Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the largest fair in the world with more than 5 million people in attendance each year.

Dutch:http://www.austinlehman.com/language-tips--pages-523.php#dutch -- Wooden clogs worn by Dutch people of the Netherlands are an iconic symbol of their culture used for Dutch dancing or worn by farmers. They keep feet warm in the winter, cool in the summer, have good support, and absorb perspiration. 

For more helpful travel planning resources please see: http://www.austinlehman.com/travel-planning-resources-pages-490.php. 

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 free 2011 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 to Donate $200 to Wheels of Change In Name of Each Client Who Books a Biking Tour in May

 Billings, MT, May 5, 2011 – Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure tours standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond, is honoring National Bike Month with a $200 donation to Wheels of Change, a non-profit charity, in the name of each person booking one of their dedicated biking tours during the month of May. 

Wheels of Change provides donated bicycles to underprivileged African communities. Donations will help defer the cost of shipping 400 bikes, parts and tools.  Through a community effort, ALA has collected the bikes and will pack them for shipment on Mothers’ Day weekend. Collection of bikes, parts and tools began shortly after last year’s spring shipment of bikes to Ngoma, a remote village in the far eastern corner of Namibia. This year’s shipment will go to Nairobi, Kenya.  

Active cyclists wanting to put their trip fee toward a worthwhile cause are encouraged to book their bike vacation now. Some of ALA’s most popular biking tours in 2011 include: 

>South Dakota: Black Hills to Mount Rushmore- http://www.austinlehman.com/black-hills-vacations-trips-79.php

>France: Provence- http://www.austinlehman.com/france-bike-tour-trips-59.php

>Germany: Romantic Road- http://www.austinlehman.com/europe-bike-trips-trips-77.php

>Holland/Belgium: Brussels to Gent- http://www.austinlehman.com/holland-biking-tours-trips-73.php

>Italy: Tuscany- http://www.austinlehman.com/tuscany-bike-tours-trips-61.php

>Switzerland/Germany: Lake Constance to Zurich- http://www.austinlehman.com/switzerland-vacations-trips-74.php 

Dan Austin, owner and founder of ALA, said that a bike, that can change a life in a poor country, remains financially out of reach for millions. Wheels of Change helps empower people through improved mobility and access to food and water, employment, healthcare, education and social opportunities.  

For example, a healthcare worker can visit up to four times more clients by biking instead of walking; girls are 70 percent more likely to attend school if their household owns a bicycle; in 60 minutes biking can cover three times the distance of walking; a person biking can carry five times more than while walking.  

“The efforts of this organization will allow us to make a positive impact on the people who need it the most,” Austin said.  

The May shipment of bikes to Nairobi marks the first official initiative of the just-established nonprofit, Africa-based organization Wheels of Change founded by Michael Linke (http://www.benbikes.org.za/namibia/) and represented in Billings by Austin. Linke has helped establish 26 up and running bikes shops throughout Namibia, including the Billings-supported shop in Ngoma.  

About Wheels of Change

Austin said that Wheels of Change is taking an assertive role and expanding geographically to other African countries as well as adding new programs. One initiative allows solar lights to be shipped and sold at the bike shops. Another project is helping a young Namibia woman establish a bike tour company offering guided day trips to Katutura, the township area of Windhoek.  

Up to 400 bicycles can be loaded into one shipping container, along with tools and spare parts. The shipping container itself becomes a Bicycle Empowerment Centre (BEC) which in turn becomes a source of employment and revenue. A center provides refurbished bicycles free of charge to, among others, healthcare outreach volunteers and school children. Income from bike-related activities goes to assisting a sustainable business model while creating local jobs. Profits are reinvested in other community projects such as growing food for AIDS orphans, making micro loans to foster small enterprises, purchasing school uniforms, and paying school fees for disadvantaged children.  

Linke, Austin and others will be launching fundraising projects in the near future to help cover some of the cost associated with establishing BEC’s and adding additional services and products.  

People are invited to follow the progress on Austin Adventures’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/austinlehmanadventures. May is National Bike Month: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bikemonth/index.php, with May 16-20 Bike to Work Week and May 20 Bike to Work Day. 

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 free 2011 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 Offers Three Peru Tours Encompassing Machu Picchu Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Rediscovery by Yale Archaeologist

Billings, MT, May 2, 2011 – Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure tours standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond, offers three itineraries to Peru encompassing Machu Picchu that is celebrating 100 years since its 1911 rediscovery by Yale University archeologist Hiram Bingham.  

“Just like the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu trips top the bucket lists of ‘must do’,” says Dan Austin, ALA’s founder and owner, adding that on July 7, 2007, Machu Picchu was named among the new seven wonders of the world, drawing up to 2,000 people daily and with visitor numbers growing at 6 percent annually.  

Austin expects that because of the anniversary and planned observances surrounding the July event, space on these Peru tours will sell out quickly. 

The three adventures consist of two multi-sport cultural tours that span nine days. The third is a seven-day trekking/cultural program suited for intermediate to advanced hikers. 

The nine-day Peru | Machu Picchu Multi Sport Adventure http://www.austinlehman.com/machu-picchu-trips-trips-12.php is ALA’s most popular itinerary. The nearly all-inclusive, per person double occupancy rate (including internal air) is $3,998 ($1,280 single supplement) with departures Apr. 30-May 8, June 11-June 19, July 16-July 24, Aug. 13-Aug. 21 and Oct. 2-Oct. 16.  This upscale trip focuses on the Sacred Valley with splashing on Class II and III rapids, hiking the Inca Trail, planting a tree as part of the United Nations “Plant for the Planet” campaign, visits to Indian markets and more. 

The second nine-day program, Peru | Amazon to Machu Picchu Adventure http://www.austinlehman.com/machu-picchu-vacations-trips-99.php explores both sides of the Andes. The nearly all-inclusive, per person double occupancy rate (including internal air) is $4,198 ($1,980 single supplement). Scheduling of this program is arranged on a custom basis with two or more persons. The first three nights are aboard a small ship that plies the waters through a segment of the Amazon rain forest, with on-water and land safari experiences, sunrise over Machu Picchu and an historical immersion into how and why the Incas accomplished what they did. 

The seven-day Peru| Salkantay Lodge to Lodge http://www.austinlehman.com/machu-picchu-lodge-to-lodge-trips-54.php trip features a less-traveled alternative to the Inca Trail. The nearly all-inclusive per person double occupancy rate is $2,850 ($1,425 single supplement).  Scheduling of this program is arranged on a custom basis with two or more persons. This is a lodge-to-lodge journey along the Salkantay Valley to Machu Picchu, an exclusive and highly scenic route that traverses bamboo forests, avocado orchards and coffee plantations en route to Llactapata pass for jaw-dropping views (that most never see) of Machu Picchu from the Southwest. A visit with an Andean family and dip in a natural hot spring are included. 

Austin underscores that each itinerary’s accommodations and dining experiences are selected as part of the cultural immersion.  

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 free 2011 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 Sees Double-Digit Growth In Multi-Generational (3G) Family Adventures

Suggests Questions 3G Families Should Ask Tour Operators Before Booking   

Billings, MT, Apr. 25, 2011 – Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure tours standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond, reports an explosion in multi-generational or “3G” (three generations of same family)  travel.  

For the fourth consecutive year, ALA reports mid-double digit growth in 3G trips both in pre-set, small-group and custom departures. Seventy-five percent of its custom exclusives are 3G bookings, mostly requesting national park trips, an ALA specialty.  

“Our Yellowstone National Park family adventures are sold out for 2011 and we’re now taking bookings for 2012,” said Dan Austin, founder and owner. He added that family programs to other national parks such as Yosemite, Glacier, Bryce & Zion and Grand Teton still offer good space this season.  

Austin suggests that 3G families and their travel consultants explore together the various options and ask the following questions of the tour operator “to assure that meeting the complex needs of three generations surpasses all expectations.”  

Accommodations

-Are the accommodations family-friendly (i.e. meeting needs of both adults and kids)?

-Are there children’s menus and safe places where children can roam when parents are socializing, reading on the porch, or sipping wine by the fire?

-Is there a place to swim?

-Does the itinerary allow parents to enjoy their own quiet meal if desired knowing children are being cared for, fed and entertained? (ALA ends its Yellowstone programs at Chico Hot Springs Resort where adults dine by candlelight while their kids have pizza by the pool.)  

Pre-set Departures, Group Size and Guides

-Will the group be big enough to allow interaction between multiple families with kids the same age, yet small enough to allow intimate and personalized attention and service from the staff and guides? (ALA says that a maximum of 18 on a family trip is the preferred number.)

-Are guest rosters on pre-set family departures arranged insofar as possible with families who have children of similar ages? (Austin said his company does its best to match up three or four like-minded families with children of similar ages on the same departure.)

-What is the guest to guide ratio? (ALA recommends a six guests per one guide maximum so that everyone gets individualized attention.)

-What are the guides’ qualifications? Summer break teachers experienced in working with young children can be the best, says Austin.  

Equipment and Transportation

-What kinds of equipment are used for activities and how is the equipment adapted for 3G use?  For example, Austin’s team offers kid-size mountain bikes and even tag-along kiddy carriers on all trips and new high tech electric bikes on all European trips.

-What kind of transportation is used from Point A to Point B on a trip?

-How is luggage stored and moved?

-Do the guides offer any ongoing dialog and/or fun games to help pass time en route? 

Flexibility and Age-Appropriate Activities

-How flexible is the itinerary if someone wishes to veer from the day’s planned events?

-Are there age-appropriate activities? Ask if the itinerary is flexible to accommodate, if necessary, individual programs for a range of guests 7 to 70 years old.  Austin cites a Montana trip where guides spontaneously set up an easy half-day horseback ride for grandparents who otherwise would have sat on the porch as younger family members did an intensive hike.  

ALA’s 3G experience is in line with industry-wide statistics, said Austin, noting that 3G trips have recently been identified as top trends by mainstream travel companies such as Virtuoso and American Express Travel. Austin cites U.S. Travel Association research that notes that 30 percent of U.S. adult leisure travelers vacation with children or grandchildren along. TripAdvisor reported this year that 92 percent of families with children surveyed last year planned to travel in 2011, up from 88 percent who did so last year. There’s also more international travel by families (predicted to be up 5% from 2010) because so many of today’s parents are becoming more and more world travel savvy and operators such as Austin Adventures are developing family-focused programs abroad.   

Austin said that in addition to national park trips the 2011 season is beginning to fill up and that people who want to travel with one of Travel + Leisure’s Best Tour Operators in the World should consider booking their plans now.  

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 free 2011 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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