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 Launches ‘President’s Trips’ Series - Unique Opportunity to Travel with Industry Icons

BILLINGS, MT – Jan. 20, 2015 – One of the perks of using a travel company to book a small group guided vacation is getting to know your travel partners in a way that’s only possible with a small number of people. When the group is hosted by the travel company’s president and his wife, the group dynamic promises to be far from routine. To celebrate a legacy of 40+ years in the adventure travel business, Billings, MT based Austin Adventures is kicking off 2015 by launching a new President’s Trips series of adventures.

The award-winning travel company will run three trips, two of which will be hosted by Dan Austin, president and founder of Austin Adventures, and his wife, Carol Austin, an adventure travel consultant at Austin Adventures. The third trip will be guided by Ron van Dijk, the company’s European Operations Director who is celebrating his 40th anniversary of guiding this year.

“Customer service is our strong suit, and we always make a point to get to know each guest like family, but we seldom get a chance to travel with them,” says Dan Austin. “That’s why my wife and I are so excited to pack our bags, visit some of our favorite places and share our years of travel experience with the people who allow us to keep living out our dream of operating an adventure travel company.”

Dan is a travel industry veteran with three decades of experience creating and marketing adventure vacations all over the world. Under his leadership, Austin Adventures has received countless industry awards including Travel +  Leisure’s “Best Tour Operator in the World.” In 2013, he sold the company to Xanterra Parks & Resorts, and has stayed on as managing president along with his wife Carol who has 17 years of experience selling trips and creating customized vacation packages. 

Van Dijk is a native of Holland who has lived all over Europe and is fluent in five languages. When he’s not out guiding, which he’s been doing for 40 years, he runs the Austin Adventures Europe office and manages the European guides including his son and daughter who are also active in the business.

The 2015 President’s Trips series will include two of the company’s signature multisport tours: the Alaska Kenai Adventure, and the Italy: South Tyrol and The Dolomites tour. The third trip will be a Venetian Passageways cruise operated by Windstar Cruises – one of Austin Adventures’ sister companies also owned by Xanterra Parks & Resorts.  

The Alaska Kenai Adventure that the Austins will be hosting is a 6-day/5-night adult trip that allows guests to experience Kenai Fjords National Park via hiking, biking, kayaking and cruising. Dan designed this itinerary, his first ever, more than 20 years ago, and as a former longtime resident of Alaska, he knows the “Land of the Midnight Sun” as only a local can. The trip departs on June 14, 2015 and starts at $3,298 per person, double.

The Venetian Passageways trip that the Austins will be hosting is a 9-day small ship cruise trip that explores the city of Venice before voyaging east to follow ancient trade routes. Guests stay on the 212-passenger Star Pride yacht which takes them to ports in Italy, Greece, Albania, Croatia and Montenegro. The cruise departs from Venice on July 26, 2015 and starts at $3,999 per person, double.

The Italy: South Tyrol and The Dolomites tour that van Dijk will be leading as a celebration of his 40th anniversary as a guide is a 6-day/5-night adult vacation that allows guests to explore the Alps and Dolomites via hiking and biking excursions. Highlights include a visit to Trauttmansdorff Castle, lunch at a local mountain farmstead and a cable car ride to the charming town of St. Ulrich. The trip departs on July 26, 2015 and starts at $3,398 per person, double.

The Alaska and South Tyrol trips are limited to 12 people, and reservations for all three trips can be made by calling 1-800-575-1540 or contacting Austin Adventures at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a provider of scheduled small group tours and customized trips to all seven continents. In 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by Outside Magazine. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway and The Grand Hotel; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, and VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

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Katie Jackson

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Austin Adventures Celebrates “Land of the Incas” in 2015 – Announces January as Peru Month

Free Webinar Reveals Insider Tips and Features “5 Ways to Do Peru”

BILLINGS, MT – Jan. 8, 2015 – Peru is popping up everywhere on the latest “best places to travel to in 2015” lists. According to Business Insider, Peru is one of 23 places one should visit this year, while National Geographic Traveler lists the country in its list of Top 20 destinations to visit in 2015 and the Los Angeles Times includes it on its list of 15 destinations for travelers to set their sights on in 2015. But months before these lists were created, the award-winning adventure travel company, Austin Adventures, decided to kick off the new year by dedicating the entire month of January to the “Land of the Incas.”

“We send guests all over the world, but in the past few months we’ve seen a substantial uptick in interest in our Peru packages,” said Dan Austin, President and founder of Austin Adventures (www.austinadventures.com). “And it’s not just from adult adventurers with Machu Picchu on their bucket lists. We noticed such a strong increase in demand from families with young children that we were inspired to create a new family-friendly itinerary that explores Machu Picchu from a kid’s perspective.”

Peru Month” will run through the end of January, and one of the biggest components of the campaign will be a free webinar hosted by Dan Austin and his daughter Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations and an award-winning guide who will be returning to Peru in March to train local guides.  The webinar, “5 Ways to Do Peru” which will take place on Jan.14 at 6 p.m. EST, will give attendees a crash course on adventure travel to Peru and will highlight the differences between Austin Adventures’ distinctive itineraries that visit the country. Click HERE for more details and to register. 

Austin Adventures currently offers five Peru adventure tour packages including Inca Trail Glamping—a 10-day luxury trek to “The Lost City,” Salkantay Lodge-to-Lodge—a 7-day journey that explores the “back way” of getting to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu— a 9-day vacation package for adults that involves hiking and rafting, and an all-new Machu Picchu Family package that  allows families with kids as young as seven to experience the Andes mountains, Incan mummies and chocolate-making in Cusco. Finally, the company offers a 5-day Amazon River Luxury Cruise that takes travelers deep into the jungle to float the Ucayali River, fish for red-bellied piranha and even savor a 5-star Peruvian dinner. 

Starting in 2016, the company will also offer the “Sacred Valley of the Incas” tour which was designed by Mountain Lodges of Peru and will allow travelers to experience the Lares Trail, an alternative to the Inca Trail. Guests will stay at brand new lodges and a deluxe base camp scheduled to open in early 2015.

The 2015 scheduled departures range in price from $3,000 to $4,800 or $444/day to $844/day, per person, double. Austin Adventures’ adventure travel consultants can also create custom trips for a variety of budgets that accommodate all ages and depart at any time. 

In honor of Peru Month, the company is also sponsoring a Facebook contest where the public is encouraged to enter for a chance to win an exclusive Austin Adventures gift pack including a copy of Mark Adams’ best-selling book, Turn Right at Machu Picchu.

As of 2015, Austin Adventures takes guests to all seven continents and offers several small ship cruises in addition to its extensive lineup of traditional multisport adventures. All of the 2015 scheduled trips can be found in the Austin Adventures award-winning adventure vacation catalogs. Custom vacations can be arranged by calling (800) 575-1540 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a provider of scheduled small group tours and customized trips to all seven continents. In 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by Outside Magazine. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon,including Grand Canyon Railway and The Grand Hotel; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, and VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

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Austin Adventures Media Contact:

Katie Jackson

800-575-1540

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Website:                     http://www.austinadventures.com

Twitter Page:             https://twitter.com/austnadventures

Facebook Page:       https://www.facebook.com/AustinLehmanAdventures

Blog:                           http://www.austinadventures.com/blog

YouTube:                  http://www.youtube.com/AustinLehman

Widness & Wiggins PR:

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Austin Adventures Announces Multisport Europe: Beyond the Bike

NEW Multi-Activity Trips Designed by Operations Director Ron van Dijk

Celebrating His 40th Year of Guided European Bicycle Touring

BILLINGS, MT – Dec. 9, 2014 – Group bike tours have always been a popular way to take an active vacation in Europe. But thanks to Austin Adventures, travelers can now discover some of the continent’s best kept secrets by going beyond the bike. In a move that reflects the multisport trend in travel, the company is announcing new group tours that include the traditional two-wheeled exploration but also incorporate a variety of outdoor activities.

“Throughout the years we’ve always had great success with our biking tours, but since the multisport concept is so deeply ingrained into the ethos of our company, we know 2015 is the perfect time to take this style of adventure travel across the pond and apply it to our itineraries in Europe,” said Dan Austin, president and founder of Austin Adventures (http://www.austinadventures.com).

The company, which has a 40-year legacy in the adventure travel industry and offers trips to all seven continents, is ushering in 2015 with four new Europe multisport adventure vacations for families. The trips average $3,300 per person and include Croatia: Dalmatian Coast, Scotland: Scottish Highlands, Austria: Alps to Salzburg and France: Normandy.

In addition to its new offerings for families, Austin Adventures has seven new Europe multisport adventure vacations designed for adults. The trips average $3,500 per person and include Croatia: Dalmatian Coast, Austria/Slovenia: Carinthia to the Julian Alps, Austria: Alps to Salzburg, Spain: Catalonia, Scotland: Scottish Highlands, France: Provence and Italy: South Tyrol & the Dolomites.

Most of the multisport itineraries center around a mix of biking, hiking and kayaking, but the company’s adventure travel consultants can accommodate add-ons such as climbing, fishing, horseback riding, paragliding, parasailing, whitewater rafting and windsurfing.

All of Austin Adventures’ new Europe multisport itineraries were designed by Ron van Dijk, the company’s European Operations Director and its most experienced guide. Van Dijk began his career as a guide in 1974 when he co-led a cycling tour with his father, Wim van Dijk, one of the original founders of Euro-Bike Tours which Austin Adventures acquired in 2008. 

In July, van Dijk and his wife Elfriede will lead a special 40th anniversary trip—Austin Adventures’ Italy: South Tyrol and the Dolomites tour — a six-day, five-night adventure vacation that includes hiking and cycling in the Alps and the Dolomites.

In addition to his wife, van Dijk’s son, Dennis, and his daughter, Mirjam, are also guides for Austin Adventures.

“In fact, with my daughter and son now guiding, my family is well into the third generation of tour guides. I guess I'll plan to retire once the fourth generation is ready to roll!” said van Dijk. That day will be dreaded by the Austin Adventures guests who return year after year just for the chance to travel with van Dijk.

“Ron is the consummate professional, a connoisseur of customer service, historical knowledge, professionalism and kindness,” read a letter that Austin Adventures recently received from a couple who were on a Germany vacation guided by van Dijk in August.

Van Dijk, who manages the Austin Adventures’ European office in Holland, will make his annual trip to the company’s headquarters in Billings, MT in February. While in the U.S., he will host a webinar on the movement towards multisport travel in Europe.

All of the company’s scheduled multisport trips to Europe depart in spring and summer, but the sales team expects to see an uptick in booking during the holiday season when families are gathered together. Because trip space is limited and to encourage travelers to book early, Austin Adventures is offering to pay for pre-trip hotels for all guests who book their Europe Multisport Vacation by January 1, 2015.

In addition to multisport adventures, Austin Adventures also offers biking and hiking-specific itineraries as well as small ship cruises.  All of the 2015 scheduled trips can be found in the Austin Adventures award-winning adventure vacation catalogs.  Custom vacations can be arranged by calling (800) 575-1540 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a provider of scheduled small group tours and customized trips to all seven continents. In 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by Outside Magazine. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway and The Grand Hotel; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

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Austin Adventures Media Contact:

Katie Jackson

800-575-1540     

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Follow Austin Adventures:

Website:                     http://www.austinadventures.com

Twitter Page:             https://twitter.com/austnadventures

Facebook Page:       https://www.facebook.com/AustinLehmanAdventures

Blog:                           http://www.austinadventures.com/blog

YouTube:                  http://www.youtube.com/AustinLehman

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 Announces Death Valley Adventure Week

Adventure Travel Company Dedicates Week of Dec. 1-7, 2014 to Exploring Land of Extremes 

BILLINGS, MT – Nov. 14, 2014 – The inaugural Austin Adventures Death Valley trip departs Feb. 15, 2015, but travelers can learn about this distinctive vacation destination during the company’s upcoming Death Valley Adventure Week Dec. 1-7. 

In 2014, Death Valley National Park began celebrating its 20th anniversary as a national park, and the adventure travel consultants at Austin Adventures are noticing a strong uptick in the number of inquiries about the region.

“We’ve added several new trips to our 2015 line up of adult adventure vacations and Death Valley is one that I’m particularly excited about,” said Dan Austin, president and founder of Austin Adventures (http://www.austinadventures.com). “My daughter Kasey and I were the trip scouts last spring and for months we’ve been looking forward to the day our guests get to experience this unique, and often underrated, destination.”

Death Valley Adventure Week kicks off on Monday, Dec. 1 with the announcement of a Facebook giveaway. The week will continue with daily social media posts dedicated to all things Death Valley, and on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. EST, Dan Austin will host an informative webinar, Death Valley: Why the Hottest, Lowest and Driest Place in North America is a Must-See.

Webinar attendees who book an Austin Adventures Death Valley vacation by Jan. 7, 2015 will save $100 per adult on the price of their trip. They’ll also receive a complimentary copy of The Explorer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park.

Austin Adventures’ Death Valley Adventure Vacation is a five-day, four-night itinerary for adults that includes hiking in Golden Canyon, biking in Badwater Basin, touring Titus Canyon by Jeep 4x4 and plenty of rest and relaxation at the historic AAA four-diamond Inn at Furnace Creek Resort where guests stay all four nights.  

Xanterra Parks & Resorts owns both Austin Adventures and the Furnace Creek Resort — a Death Valley National Park establishment since 1927. As a result, Austin Adventures guests are afforded exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences including a private sunset BBQ in the desert and rooms with some of the best views in the valley.

Death ValleyNational Park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states, and it is infamous for being the hottest, driest and lowest place in North America. But as the Austin Adventures blog points out in a recent post, 10 Ridiculously Cool Things That You Didn’t Know About Death Valley, there’s more to this expanse of the Mojave Desert than meets the eye.    

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a provider of scheduled small group tours and customized trips to all seven continents. In 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by Outside Magazine. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railwayand The Grand Hotel; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountainand Petrified ForestNational Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resortin Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodgesas well as the Geneva Marinaat Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resortin Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

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AustinAdventures Media Contact:

Katie Jackson

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Website: http://www.austinadventures.com

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/austnadventures

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AustinLehmanAdventures

Blog: http://www.austinadventures.com/blog

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/AustinLehman

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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The Ebola Effect: Tour Operator Amends Cancellation Policy

Austin Adventures to Waive Cancellation Fee if Health Officials Report a Confirmed Case of Ebola within 500-mile Radius of Trip’s Host City 

BILLINGS, MT – Oct. 29, 2014 – It’s a highly unlikely event, but should health officials report a confirmed case of Ebola within 500 miles of an Austin Adventures vacation host city, the company is announcing that it will waive its trip cancellation fee. 

“While we realize that the odds of Ebola affecting our itineraries are minuscule at best, we hope to assuage any fears that a guest may have by updating our cancellation policy to address this sensitive subject,” said Dan Austin, President and Founder of Austin Adventures (http://www.austinadventures.com/). 

The adventure travel company, which offers trips to all seven continents, is applying the revised policy to all of its trips—not just those to Africa where many of its partners are also adjusting their cancellation policies. 

As with most tour operators, Austin Adventures’ cancellation fee ranges in amount from 15 percent to 100 percent of the price of the trip depending on when the trip is cancelled. In order to avoid the cancellation fee, guests would have to cancel at least seven days prior to their scheduled departure. 

The company’s host cities in Africa include Arusha, Brazzaville, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Livingstone, Maun, Nairobi and Windhoek. Brazzaville, the capital city of the Republic of the Congo, is nearest to the African countries that have reported confirmed Ebola cases, but even then it’s more than 3,000 miles away. This is roughly the distance between Maine and California.   

On the improbable occasion that a case of Ebola is confirmed within the parameters, booked guests could either cancel their trip completely, at least seven days prior to their scheduled departure, without having to pay a cancellation fee, or they could postpone their trip and travel at a later date for the same price. In addition, Austin Adventures offers all of its guests travel insurance and encourages travelers to obtain coverage to cover any flight cancellation fees or penalties.   

Austin Adventures’ legacy in the adventure travel industry goes back more than 40 years, and the company has been selling safaris in Africa for more than a decade. It currently offers 10 different adult and family vacation packages and a river cruise in African countries including Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and the Republic of Congo. The company’s adventure travel consultants can also arrange custom travel itineraries to the continent.

Austin Adventures’ new 2015 catalogs are now available. Anyone wishing to receive copies should visit http://www.austinadventures.com/request-catalog/ or call 1.800.575.1540.

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a provider of scheduled small group tours and customized trips to all seven continents. In 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by Outside Magazine. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway and The Grand Hotel; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

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Austin Adventures Media Contact:

Katie Jackson

800-575-1540

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Follow Austin Adventures:

Website: http://www.austinadventures.com

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/austnadventures

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AustinLehmanAdventures

Blog: http://www.austinadventures.com/blog

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/AustinLehman

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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Getting to Know the Galápagos: Land vs. Sea

Austin Adventures to Host Webinar Discussing Ways to Explore Ecuadorian Islands  

BILLINGS, MT – Oct. 17, 2014 –The Austin Adventures office in Billings, MT is almost 4,000 miles away from the famous Galápagos Islands. But the adventure travel company could not be more prepared for its upcoming webinar that will tackle the tougher questions associated with travel to one of the world’s most sought after archipelagos.

“Traveling to the Galápagos Islands can be tricky, but with help from experts who are familiar with Ecuador’s rules and restrictions, it’s entirely possible and definitely worthwhile to visit the one of the first places to land on UNESCO’s World Heritage List,” says Dan Austin, President and Founder of Austin Adventures (http://www.austinadventures.com/).

Since many major travel decisions are made during the holidays when families are gathered together, Austin and his team of travel professionals hope to answer burning questions prior to the Thanksgiving holiday by hosting a Galápagos-themed 45-minute webinar on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:00 p.m. EST.  For more information and to reserve a seat please visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/814043352.

The topic of the webinar is “land-based vs. boat-based” and with the help of Austin Adventures’ partners Tropic Journeys in Nature and Ecoventura, participants will learn the benefits of these two distinct ways of exploring the islands. The webinar will close with a real time Q&A session with Austin and his adventure travel consultants as well as land-based expert Jascivan Carvalho of Tropic Journeys in Nature and boat-based expert Doris Welsh of Ecoventura.

“It’s pretty much a win-win situation when you have multiple ways to experience such a biologically diverse destination, and we’ve always gone out of our way to offer the best of both worlds to our guests who visit the Galápagos,” says Austin. “With this webinar, we hope to answer a lot of reoccurring questions regarding the ideal ways to visit these unique islands.”

Although Austin Adventures sells award-winning vacation packages to all seven continents, its Galápagos itineraries are among the most in-demand for both families and adults.

Austin Adventures currently offers five trips to the Galápagos including a new Galápagos Luxury Cruise that makes its debut in the company’s 2015 Adult Adventure Vacations Catalog. The other Galápagos tours that Austin Adventures offers include:

·         Ecuador Family: Galápagos Islands

·         Ecuador Family: Galápagos Islands Land-Based

·         Ecuador Adult: Galápagos Islands

·         Ecuador Adult: Galápagos Islands Land-Based

The webinar is open to consumers, members of the media and travel agents. Participants who book an Austin Adventurers Galápagos vacation by December 5 will receive a free gift. Austin Adventures will also cover the cost of their Galápagos National Park entrance fee ($100) and transit control card ($10).

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a provider of scheduled small group tours and customized trips to all seven continents. In 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by Outside Magazine. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railwayand The Grand Hotel; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountainand Petrified ForestNational Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resortin Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodgesas well as the Geneva Marinaat Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

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Austin Adventures Releases 2015 Catalogs

New Catalogs Feature Several “Firsts” for Award-Winning Adventure Travel Company

BILLINGS, MT – Sept. 23, 2014 – It’s a whirlwind of activity at Austin Adventures in Billings, Montana. For months, the team has been designing two new 2015 catalogs that showcase more than 75 adventure vacations to some of the world’s most distinctive and enticing destinations.

For the first time in the history of the company, which has more than 40 years of experience in the adventure travel industry, the decision was made to go from producing one annual catalog to publishing two. 

“Even though it meant more work for us, we decided that taking the singular catalog model and splitting it into two catalogs—one for adults and one for families—would make it easier for guests to “shop” our trips and be wowed by their ideal itinerary,” said Dan Austin, President and Founder of Austin Adventures (http://www.austinadventures.com/).

The Adult Adventure Vacations catalog is 69 pages and includes trips and small ship cruises that take guests to all seven continents—also a first for Austin Adventures.

“We’ve been waiting for the opportune time to add Asia to our roster, and this is the year! We’ve had such great success with our Amazon River cruise trips, so when our partners there launched a new cruise that visits Cambodia and Vietnam, we knew we had to be a part of it,” explained Austin.

Other adult vacations that are being offered for the first time include Death Valley (California), Provence (France), South Tyrol & the Dolomites (Italy), Nairobi to Masai Mara (Kenya), Best of the Serengeti (Tanzania), the Great Wilderness Journey (Botswana), Galapagos Islands Luxury (Ecuador), and the Chobe River (Botswana).

The Family Adventure Vacations catalog is 56 pages and includes new itineraries that go to Arizona, Croatia, Montana, Namibia, Peru and Scotland. Austin Adventures has always offered family trips, but unlike others in the industry, the company doesn’t believe in taking adult itineraries and adding kids to make them kid-friendly. Every family itinerary detail is chosen with children front of mind.  

Family vacations are something that the company has always excelled at. In September 2012 Travel + Leisure ranked Austin Adventures the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World and in 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by Outside Magazine.

The new Death Valley and Grand Canyon trips are made possible with the help of Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, the industry-leading hospitality company that acquired Austin Adventures in 2013. Xanterra has properties at many of Austin Adventures’ domestic destinations and guests reap the benefits from the close relationship between the two companies.

The exciting news for foreign trips is that for the first time, the bike tours in Europe have been redesigned as multisport tours to keep up with the demand from travelers looking for a variety of active experiences and adventures.

In addition to appearing in the catalogs, all of the new trips can be seen at http://www.austinadventures.com/new-trips-for-2015/.

“The focus for our 2015 trips was providing value, and we accomplished our goal of being able to maintain, and in many cases, lower trip prices,” said Austin.  

Although some trip prices did increase, the company is running an early bird promotion where guests who book by Nov.1, 2014 can receive 2014 prices on 2015 trips. Additional incentives include $100 off for first-time Austin Adventures’ travelers who book a trip within 45 days of receiving a catalog, and an alumni referral award that saves alumni $150 on their next trip when someone they refer books a trip.

The new 2015 catalogs are currently going out in the mail. Anyone wishing to receive copies should visit http://www.austinadventures.com/request-catalog/ or call 1.800.575.1540.

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a provider of scheduled small group tours and customized trips to all seven continents. In 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by Outside Magazine. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway and The Grand Hotel; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

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Austin Adventures Continues Expansion - Announces Addition of Two New Staff Members

Marketing Specialists Alexis Brill and Katie Jackson Join Billings-Based Adventure Travel Company 

BILLINGS, MT – Sept. 10, 2014 – Dan Austin, Founder and President of Austin Adventures, announced recently that Alexis Brill has joined this Billings-based international travel company as Marketing and Sales Manager and that Katie Jackson has come on board as PR & Communications Specialist. 

Brill, a Billings native, will oversee the growing Sales and Marketing Department. She spent several years in New York City as Global Head of Marketing at Reward Gateway, Co-Organizer of The Seed and Senior Marketing Manager at enter:marketing.  A graduate of Montana State University in Billings, she began her career in Las Vegas where she worked at Fontainebleau Resorts as a business marketing analyst and at Credit One Bank as a digital marketing manager. 

“The Sales and Marketing Department has been busier than ever this year after Austin Adventures was acquired by Xanterra Parks & Resorts last year. The timing couldn’t be better to bring Alexis on board,” said Austin. “She hit the ground running! Alexis has already played a major role in the creation of our annual catalogs and the development of our 2015 marketing plan and budget—all within her first few weeks of working here.”

An avid traveler and social media wiz, Jackson will manage the company’s public relations initiatives, Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.  A native of Lewistown, MT, she spent several years in Manhattan where she graduated from St. John’s University before joining the media relations department at M Booth. After a stint in Nicaragua working for Greenspot Travel, she served as an account executive at French/West/Vaughan in Raleigh, NC.

“We couldn’t be happier that we’ve brought two native Montanans back home to Big Sky Country and they’re joining us in Billings. The fact that they both decided to leave the hustle and bustle of New York behind was purely coincidental but no big surprise,” Austin joked.  

Alexis Brill can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 406-294-4590, and Katie Jackson can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 406-366-0526.

Hot off the press! Anyone wishing to receive copies of Austin Adventures’ two new 2015 catalogs, should visit http://www.austinadventures.com/request-catalog/

About Austin Adventures

Based in Billings, MT, Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has spent more than 40 years building an international reputation as a provider of scheduled small group tours and customized trips to all seven continents. In 2014, Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations, was named the World’s Top Family Guide by OUTSIDE Magazine. In 2013, Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway and The Grand Hotel; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, and VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

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Austin Adventures Sees Strong Trend In Last Minute Demand for Summer Vacations

BILLINGS, MT, July 10, 2014– Travel companies must turn on a dime faster than ever these days. A leading multisport tour operator, Austin Adventures, reports that summer bookings once averaging 40 to 60 days in advance of departure are now coming in under 30 days or fewer this season.

“Because people are planning summer vacations at the 11th hour, it takes all of our skill and connections to be able to pull it off,” reports Dan Austin, president and founder. “’Where can I go next week?’ is becoming the new norm.”

Last summer, Austin reported that just six percent of all bookings took place within 30 days of departure. This year that segment of business is predicted to double to over 12 percent.

Austin thinks that this past hard winter and cool and wet spring effected how folks planned – or didn’t – for their summer vacations. Many didn’t get away in the first half of the year but he sees pent-up demand now for the annual summer escape.

“The air deals for summer are also finally here and families have sorted out their children’s complicated schedules,” he adds.

“In accommodating the demand, it doesn’t hurt to have good connections either,” added Austin. His company became part of the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® family last year, a fact which also aids in accommodating last minute space requests, as Xanterra is the largest concessionaire in America’s National Parks.

“This partnership brings access to hard-to-get hotel rooms, off-the-tourist-track itineraries and access to local specialists whose expertise adds unique perspective to our national park travel experiences,” Austin notes.

“We seem to thrive when faced with a good challenge,” states Austin. “For example, just last week we had a guest call up on the Monday she returned home from our Montana Adventure and asked us to create a special “custom” Western experience for her children and their grandparents – next week!  She wanted the grandparents to experience what the family just did.  Needless to say getting rooms in Yellowstone or Jackson can be a bit tough, but we did it and the grandparents and grandkids are currently exploring Grand Teton National Park after spending the last few days in Yellowstone.”

Austin reports that this client is also booking a custom trip in Yellowstone in September for her office staff. “We are thrilled because with this much notice, September is easy!”

Word-of-mouth recommendations from family and friends are still the company’s best advertising. Austin points out that 28 percent of all Austin Adventures travelers are direct referrals from past guests.

Taking the risk out of booking is another factor that helps encourage last minute reservations. Austin Adventures, throughout its history, has offered a guarantee of satisfaction which is among the industry’s best. It simply states: “If we fail to meet your expectations and are unable to resolve a matter to your satisfaction during your trip, we’ll refund up to the full amount you paid to Austin Adventures.”

Whether guests want to explore the granite spires and soaring redwoods of Yosemite, take the kids kayaking through Alaska's Kenai Peninsula or discover all of the incredible wildlife and geothermal features of Yellowstone, last minute space is still available for the following six-day/five-night vacations (and others – call 800.575.1540):

Yellowstone Family: The rate is from $2,298 per person double ($1,838 and up for children). This adventure spirits guests away from crowds into back country where elk, bison and bear freely roam. Horseback riding and rafting the Yellowstone River promise family bonding moments. Guests enjoy accommodations at four distinctive lodges. http://www.austinadventures.com/packages/yellowstone-family-vacations/

Montana Family:  Big Sky, Yellowstone, Paradise Valley: Guests are immersed in the majesty of Montana. The per person double rate is $2,398 ($1,918 and up for children). This adventure that accommodates guests at a guest ranch, Yellowstone Lake Lodge, and Chico Hot Springs Resort features hiking, biking, horseback riding and rafting. See: http://www.austinadventures.com/packages/montana-family-big-sky-yellowstone-paradise-valley/

Yosemite Family:  During this immersion guests begin to understand Yosemite’s lore as they stand at the base of a tumbling 2,425’ waterfall, under a soaring 8,842’ granite dome and witness a 3,000-year-old giant sequoia.  John Muir’s experience will become theirs too: "by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Rappelling is a highlight of this trip.The per person double rate is $3,298 ($2,638 and up for children). Accommodations include the iconic Yosemite Lodge. See: http://www.austinadventures.com/packages/yosemite-national-park-family/

Alaska Family: Guests explore the Kenai Peninsula at a comfortable pace by train, small ship, sea kayak, mountain bike and on foot while enjoying the hospitality of three distinct lodges. Wild, pristine and blessed with an abundance of astounding scenery and wildlife, the wonders of Alaska amaze explorers of all ages. The rate is $3,198 per person, double ($2,558 and up for children). See: http://www.austinadventures.com/packages/alaska-family-kenai-peninsula/

For a comprehensive 2014 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.austinadventures.com/.

About Austin Adventures

In addition to multi-sport adventures, Austin Adventures offers family, biking and hiking tours and small ship cruising, in total spanning 35 countries on six continents.

Outside Magazine recently singled out Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations and trip leader extraordinaire, as the world’s top Family Guide for 2014. Past recognition includes; Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators and Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. 

In September 2013 Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Known for its “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts® entities include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks and resorts as well as a cruise line, railway and tour operator. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz., and The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, AZ.; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, CWAdventures; and Austin Adventures.

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Austin Adventures Sees Strong Growth and Trend In Demand for Exclusive, Custom Vacations

BILLINGS, MT, June 16, 2014 – Austin Adventures, world leader in small group, multisport and active travel, have shifted sales focus and operations this year to accommodate a significant uptick in requests for private and exclusive custom trips. The 2014 season is shaping up to be a banner year for independent group travel.

Custom trips this year will comprise 31 percent of Austin Adventures’ overall business, up from 12 percent five years ago. Custom tour bookings are up 28 percent over 2013.

“We have a record number of requests for exclusive and private trips and as far as experiences and itineraries go; one is only limited by their imagination (or ours),” says Dan Austin, President.

This company is often ahead of the curve when it comes to recognizing and reacting to travel trends before larger, less nimble tour companies.

As Austin explains, designing a custom trip usually starts with a call to the Austin Adventures sales team, followed by a detailed question and answer session. The joint mission is to come up with an itinerary that addresses and satisfies the needs and desires of each member of the party or family. Then it is his company’s goal to create and run a one-of-a-kind trip that will exceed all expectations.

“Clients seem better informed when it comes to where to go and what to do. As creative as our set itineraries are, many want to modify a few activities or craft the week into a completely different private trip. We love the challenge!” Austin’s company can handle groups of two to 20+ on existing itineraries that can be custom tweaked.

The following sketches of recent custom itineraries help capture some of the creativity used when planning private adventures:

1) Private Multisport Group Trip with Austin Adventures in Southern France

A group of 28 arrived in two private jets from New Haven, CT. Here’s a blow by blow account of their tour:

  • Daily they split up to bike, hike or sightsee/shop depending upon personal desires.
  • They visited the Sunday antique market in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the Wednesday market in St-Rémy-de-Provence and the Friday market in Carpentras.
  • A guided visit (with a local expert) was arranged to the Synagogue in Carpentras, the oldest in France (13th century).
  • Eighteen participated in a cooking class at the Michelin starred restaurant Le Phebus.
  • Luncheons included three saffron-infused courses at a saffron producer’s home and another at a pastry maker’s home where mille-feuille (aka Napoleon) starred.
  • Guests enjoyed a Jeu de Boules tournament and kayaked from Collias to Remoulins under the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard.
  • A masseuse who works on Tour de France cyclists treated these guests who all agreed that he’s the “best masseuse they ever encountered.”
  • A local expert guided them through the mental hospital where Van Gogh was treated and revealed stories of St-Rémy.
  • More than 10 electric bikes were brought in for guests who don’t cycle regularly.
  • Arrangements were made for special early-morning photography sessions.

2)   Private Yellowstone/Teton National Park Exclusives

This year a number of Austin Adventures Yellowstone-Teton trip dates were turned into “exclusive” trips, meaning that a regular program was modified as requested for a private group.

  • One trip was modified to accommodate a fly fishing excursion on Lewis Lake for six guys (three boats and three fishing guides). The gals went kayaking on Jackson Lake.
  • On an exclusive trip for 10, half wanted to go horseback riding. On an already jam-packed program, the company arranged this and a covered wagon ride for the others.  All met up for a cowboy cookout steak dinner. For the one-year-old the company provided a bike trailer (Burley) and invested in cribs (pack and play) to place in the parents’ and the nanny’s rooms.
  • The company arranged a stay at a dude ranch in Jackson Hole followed by a visit to the Park for nine who flew in on their private jet in June. Included were custom airport transfers and red carpet treatment.

3) Canadian Rockies Custom

A multigenerational family of 12 is traveling to the Canadian Rockies in July on Austin Adventures regular family itinerary -- with the addition of kayaking on Bow River and rock climbing instruction for a wide range of abilities.

4) Custom Corporate Retreat in Big Sky Country

A corporate retreat was chauffeured from Bozeman to engage in such team building activities as rock climbing in the Gallatin Canyon, snowshoeing up Beehive Basin and equestrian challenges at the 320 Guest Ranch. Two meeting days were squeezed in at Old Faithful Inn, with a private guide available for outings there.

5) Utah’s Canyonlands program

A family of six reserved two Austin Adventures guides for their exclusive tour in Arches and Canyonlands National Park. A two-year-old will go on all the hikes and bike rides but isn’t old enough to go rafting or on the Hummer Backcountry Jeep tour, so one guide will accompany the family while another serves as a temporary nanny.

6) High End Camping – Yellowstone Country

The dream of one family of four is to camp under the Montana night sky. They will do this in deluxe style for two nights at a private ranch, followed by two nights in lodges in and around Yellowstone; and camping the last evening on the Gallatin River. All equipment and private camp chef are included. On the final night the group is in for a surprise. The private chef will be none other than Austin Adventure’s Founder and President, Dan Austin (an accomplished Dutch Oven and BBQ chef).

And already on the books for 2015 a multigenerational family will experience a custom-built 13-day trip exploring by hiking, biking, kayaking and white water rafting Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Because of this marked increase in people looking to create a private trip, an expanded section dedicated to planning bespoke vacations was recently added to the company website:

http://www.austinadventures.com/about-us/adventures/travel-planning-resources/plan-adventure-vacation/plan-perfect-custom-adventure-vacation/and a page that offers a number of possible destination ideas: http://www.austinadventures.com/tour-packages/custom/.

For a comprehensive 2014 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.austinadventures.com/

About Austin Adventures

In addition to multi-sport adventures, Austin Adventures offers family, biking and hiking tours and small ship cruising, in total spanning 35 countries on six continents.

Outside Magazinerecently singled out Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations and trip leader extraordinaire, as the world’s top Family Guide for 2014. In March 2012 Travel + Leisure awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators. ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative.

In September 2013 Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings. Known for its “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint,”Xanterra Parks & Resorts® entities include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks and resorts as well as a cruise line, railway and tour operator. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz., and The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, AZ.; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, CW Adventures; and Austin Adventures.

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