Austin Adventures

Website: http://www.austinadventures.com

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

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

Activities and Destinations

BIKE / CULTURAL TOURS Asia / Pacific

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

MULTI-SPORT / CULTURAL / NATIONAL PARK TOURS

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

FAMILY MULTI-SPORT / CULTURAL TOURS

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

FOOD & WINE / MULTI-SPORT / CULTURAL TOURS

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

SAFARI / NATURAL WORLD EXPLORATIONS

  • Galapagos
  • South Africa
  • Zambia

 

 

Austin Adventures Expands 2014 Portfolio, Nearly Doubles Number of Multi-Sport Vacations: Now in 22 Countries on Five Continents

Billings, MT, Feb. 12, 2014– For every iconic destination there’s a best way to see and experience it. With a legacy of innovative tour planning spanning over 40 years, Austin Adventures has perfected this concept and announces that for 2014, 13 new multi-sport adventures have joined its portfolio of 31 multi-sport itineraries now being conducted in 22 countries on five continents. 

Per person double occupancy rates range from $2,200 for a six-day trip in Utah to $19,000 for 10 over-the-top days in Tasmania. These programs accommodate up to 12 adults (ages 16 and up). See: http://www.austinadventures.com/activities/multisport/index-pages-580.php

“The concept of ‘adventure’ is deeply ingrained in the ethos of our company. We believe that for every destination we visit, there’s a unique way to best experience it. In Alaska it may be by sea kayak; in Montana it’s by horseback and there’s no better way to see Botswana’s Okavango Delta than by dugout mokoro,” says Dan Austin, Austin Adventures founder (http://www.austinadventures.com/).

Here are three examples the new multi-sport trips from Austin Adventures:

California Coast and Wineries Adventure, a 6-day/5-night program encompassing Napa and Sonoma valleys from $2,998 per person, double  ($780 single supplement) with departures Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5.Guests sea kayak pristine bays, hike and bike rolling hills and mountain trails, and visit hillside vineyards, polishing off lunches and dinners with fine local wines. The trip that begins and ends in San Francisco encompasses a cycle along a newly completed path through Presidio National Park and over the Golden Gate Bridge; hiking through lush, fern-lined forest and grassland to an overlook boasting out-of-this-world views of Mt. Tamalpais, the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco’s city skyline; sea kayaking Tomales Bay, keeping an eye out for sleeping seals and elk grazing along the shore; biking into the heart of Napa Valley and breaking for a visit to the 1876 Beringer Vineyards, the oldest continually operating winery in Napa; and hiking through redwood forest to Coyote Peak in Napa State Park. Guests spend two nights at Point Reyes Seashore Lodge adjoining the 71,000 acres of Point Reyes National Seashore Park and three nights at Cottage Grove Inn tucked into the charismatic wine country village of Calistoga in Napa Valley. See: http://www.austinadventures.com/tours/california-wine-country-tours-tour-trips-108.php

Croatia – Dalmatian Coast Adventure, a 6-day/5-night journey from $3,998 per person, double ($680 single supplement) with departures Apr. 27, May 4, June 8, 15, Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5. Croatia today claims a reputation as one of Europe’s must-see destinations. Renowned for crystal-clear coves, wooded islands, vineyard-clad hills and picturesque harbor towns, the Dalmatian Coast is an adventurer’s paradise. Here guests may be introduced for the first time to Venetian Renaissance architecture at Hvar Town before sea kayaking the peaceful waters around the Pakleni Otoci islands, cruising by private boat to Korcula to bike the island’s vineyard and olive grove-clad hills, enjoying the beach at Lumbarda and learning to bake a sweet and savory burek pastry (the breakfast of choice for farmers and fishermen) at the home of a local chef. The first two nights guests lodge at Hotel Adriana in Hvar, Croatia’s first and only member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World. Here a rooftop salt-water swimming pool and on premise spa can indulge guests at the end of their active days. The next three nights are at the four-star Hotel Marco Polo on the island of Korcula with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and wellness and fitness centers, all a short stroll from the center of town. See: http://www.austinadventures.com/tours/dalmatian-coast-croatia-tour-trips-95.php

Iconic Botswana Adventure, an 11-day/10-night safari from $5,998 per person, double offers year-round departures (please inquire). Guests travel from the game-heavy wetlands of the Okavango Delta and along the newly flowing Savuti Channel to the banks of the Zambezi River and the base of 350-feet-high and 5,600-feet-wide Victoria Falls.  In mokoro and motorboat in the riverine forests surrounding Paradise Island are probable sightings of elephant, hyena, tsessebe and the elusive sitatunga. From a private deck at camp on Hunda Island guests witness passing herds of zebra and wildebeest. On guided walks and game drives along Savute Channel the quest focuses on wild dogs as well as giraffe, leopard, lion, cheetah and red lechwe. In Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park the quest along wooden walkways shifts to elephant, hippo and crocodile.  Nights one and two are at Xigera Camp on an island in the heart of the Okavango Delta. The camp consists of 10 luxuriously furnished tented rooms raised on wooden platforms and walkways that offer superb views of the seasonal floodplains and lagoon.  Nights 3-5 are at Tubu Tree Camp (a recipient of Trip Adviser’s Certificate of Excellence) located on the largest area of permanently dry land in the region that attracts a variety of plains game species to its palatable grasses. Nights 6-8 are at Savuti Camp offering a viewing area with fire pit that extends outward on raised wooden decks. Nights 9 and 10 are at Toka Leya Camp overlooking the Zambezi River. Wooden walkways snake between safari-style tents, limiting the footprint on this pristine area. See: http://www.austinadventures.com/tours/botswana-safaris-tour-trips-160.php

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.

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. 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/

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 and Austin Adventures.

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Austin Adventures Launches New-for-2014 Lineup of 13 Domestic and International Hiking Adventures

BILLINGS, MT, Jan. 27, 2014– Avid walkers can explore some of the world’s iconic regions with Austin Adventures (http://www.austinadventures.com/) that for 2014 has introduced a Hiking Adventures dossier of 13 trips to be enjoyed on foot in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia. 

“We’ve always had a day or two of hiking included in our week-long multisport trips but felt it was time to launch a dedicated trip series focused purely on hiking a selection of the world’s most breathtaking trails and paths,” says Dan Austin, Austin Adventures founder and president.  “For us the ultimate hiking trip includes an element of surprise – an off-the-beaten-path picnic spot, a hidden waterfall, a chat with a village farmer. It also includes a variety of trails to choose from, breathtaking views and of course, the opportunity to pause – to take it all in!” See: http://www.austinadventures.com/activities/hiking/index-pages-88.php

Among the new programs are mountain hiking adventures in the Canadian Rockies, Patagonia and Bavaria. 

Alberta - Hiking the Canadian Rockiesis a trekker’s dream beginning and ending in Calgary. A short shuttle takes guests to Kootenay National Park where home for three nights is Baker Creek Chalet while trekking Stanley and Athabasca glaciers (crampons included) in Jasper National Park. Here Summit Mountain and Sentinel Pass may yield sightings of wolves, elk and big horn sheep. Two nights follow at Banff Royal Canadian Lodge in Banff National Park that offers a hike at 7,500 feet while straddling the Continental Divide. Six day/five night packages are $2,898 per person, double ($780 single) with 2014 departures July 6 and Aug. 24. http://www.austinadventures.com/tours/candian-rockies-hike-tours-tour-trips-163.php

Chile - Hiking Patagoniais a flexible itinerary that can span from five to nine days starting at $3,000 per person double ($1,000 single). Guests transfer from the airport in Punta Arenas to Hotel Salto Chico, the region’s only lodge with a privileged location in the center of Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. The lodge on the banks of Salto Chico waterfall affords an excellent view of the Paine Massif and two of the three impressive torres, or towers, which give the park its name.  Guests can plan their own outings choosing from 20 different treks along glaciers, lakes and mountainous formations of magma and granite. Another option here is to become a guest gaucho, enjoying some of 14 different rides on horseback. One outing includes sailing along the face of an electric-blue glacier. Dining here introduces guests to the southern king crab and Magellanic lamb with Chilean wines. Departure dates are available upon request. http://www.austinadventures.com/tours/patagonia-adventure-vacations-tour-trips-97.php

Germany – Hiking the Bavarian Alpsis a seven-day, six-night program from $3,298 per person double ($780 single) that begins and ends in Munich. Departures are May 11, June 8 and Aug. 17. The journey begins in Grainau along Lake Eibsee where a cable car to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain at 8,724 feet, reveals panoramas of the High Alps of Tyrol. Two nights at Hotel Waxenstein access the twin Alpine villages of Garmisch/Parenkirchen for a woodland walk to the top of Eckbauer peak.  After a transfer to Oberammergau guests enter the world of “Mad” King Ludwig II and Linderhof Castle, followed by Fussen, a magical town of old burgher houses and a stroll through shady forests to Lake Alpsee and Ludwig’s childhood home at Hoenschwangau Castle. Two nights are spent at Hotel Hirsch. Oberstdorf and Lake Freibergsee offer a cable car and chairlift to Nebelhorn peak for splendid views to the Appenzell Alps and as far as the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. From Parkhotel Frank an exhilarating cable car ride places guests in Austria for a descent on footpaths through the Kleinwalsertal Valley and the Breitachklamm Gorge. http://www.austinadventures.com/tours/germany-hiking-vacations-tour-trips-170.php

Other walking itineraries include

About Austin Adventures

For over 40 years Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has provided adventure vacations, now on six continents, building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, Africa and Antarctica. Its specialty is adult adventure (multi-sport), family, biking, hiking and small ship cruising adventures, all focused on history, culture and nature’s gifts.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, Austin Adventures offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

Austin Adventures has 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. 

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/.  

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Value-driven Family Trips Combine Wilderness Icons with Multi-Generation-Friendly Accommodations on Austin Adventures’ New 2014 Itineraries

Billings, MT, Jan. 7, 2014 – Austin Adventures http://www.austinadventures.com, the award-winning active travel company setting international adventure vacation standards, announces 10 new-for-2014, value-driven family trips among its 100 itineraries and tours in 35 countries on six continents. 

“Keeping the family vacation tradition going strong has always been our mission, so each year we take a close look at our itineraries and prices and offer as much value and relief as we can,” says Dan Austin, President. “With Austin Adventures active, two-parents-working families can combine their thirst for outdoor adventure with distinctive kid-friendly lodgings that offer exemplary service and cuisine, all at a very competitive price.” 

Nearly a quarter of the company’s itineraries are family-focused and value-driven. “We’ve researched comparable tours from other well-known family adventure companies and we can safely say that no one comes close to the inclusions and value that Austin Adventures offers,” noted Austin. 

Austin Adventures family trips accept children ages 7 and up (5 and up for Costa Rica and Yellowstone). There are no age restrictions on custom and private trips which are becoming increasingly popular with extended family groups that include the grandparents. 

Family adventures offer special child pricing for the first and second child in the same room with parents or grandparents. Other special considerations for families include an extra guide and van and such kid-friendly equipment as tag-along bikes, squirt guns and games. Knowing that togetherness is key but in reality parents and kids enjoy time set aside just for them, Austin Adventures has carefully designed itineraries to include supervised activities for kids while adults enjoy a candlelit meal or some private downtime. 

“With plenty of options and flexibility on our family vacation trips, we've created the perfect blend of cross-generational activity, R&R, comfort and adventure to satisfy adventurers of all ages. Parents can relax with us as our guides take over. Whether teaching kids how to rock climb or exploring folklore and history, our guides are a hit with kids. They're great role models and friendly and fun to be with,” Austin says. 

Accommodations are carefully thought through to combine child-friendly elements such as swimming pools and, on arrival and departure nights, proximity to airports.

A sampling of Austin Adventures’ 10 new family programs for 2014 includes:

British Columbia Family – Whistler

Hiking, biking, rafting and a gondola ride to the top of Whistler Mountain combine with well-earned meals and comfortable overnights at the top-rated Legends Lodge at the base of Whistler Mountain. Departures for this six-day program are June 29, July 6 and 13, Aug. 3 and 24. The rate is $2,798 ($680 single supplement); children from $2,238 to $2,518. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/whistler-british-columbia-family-tour-trips-40.php

Nicaragua Family – Granada to San Juan del Sur

Families zip-line through a rainforest, explore two volcanoes, kayak on Lake Nicaragua and swim in the Pacific. Departures for this eight-day trip are Mar 22, April 5, July 12 and 19 and Nov. 22. The rate is $2,498 ($480 single supplement); children from $2,248. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/nicaragua-family---granada-to-san-juan-del-sur-trips-149.php

Montana Family – Great Western Adventure

Guests live the tales of Custer and the Wild West at Little Bighorn Battlefield, get into a summer snowball fight at the crest of the famed Beartooth Highway enroute to Yellowstone National Park, keep an eye out for wolves, bear, bison, elk and antelope – and the sunrise – in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley, hike, ride horseback, then hoot and holler at the Cody Stampede Rodeo. Departures for this six-day trip are June 22 and 29, July 4 and 27, Aug. 17 and 24. The rate is $1,998 ($380 single supplement); children from $1,598 to $1,798. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/great-western-adventure-family-tour-trips-152.php

Other new family trips for 2014 are:

-Montana Family Camp/Lodge combo. http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/montana-camp-family-tour-trips-111.php

-Yellowstone Family Winterhttp://www.austinlehman.com/tours/yellowstone-winter-tour-trips-117.php

-Ecuador Family – Galapagos Land-Based Adventure. http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/galapagos-land-based-ecuador-tour-trips-93.php

-Belize Family – Mountains to the Seahttp://www.austinlehman.com/tours/belize-family-vacation-packages-tours-trips-156.php

-Australia Family – South Australiahttp://www.austinlehman.com/tours/australia-family-vacation-packages-tour-trips-169.php

-South Africa Family – Cape Town to Limpopo. http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/south-africa-family-safaris-tour-trips-159.php

-Botswana Family – Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls. http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/botswana-family-safaris-tour-trips-161.php

About Austin Adventures

For over 40 years Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has provided adventure vacations, now on six continents, building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, Africa and Antarctica. Its specialty is adult adventure (multi-sport), family, biking, hiking and small ship cruising adventures, all focused on history, culture and nature’s gifts.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, Austin Adventures offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, the company was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded AA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  AA 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.

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/

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Austin Adventures Announces Winter Tours in Yellowstone National Park with Set Departures for Adults and Families

Billings, MT, Nov. 19, 2013– Yellowstone in the winter takes on a magic of its own.  Austin Adventures http://www.austinadventures.com, the award-winning active travel company setting adventure vacation standards around the world, is hosting three adult and two family departures into Yellowstone that maximize opportunities to paint memories on a white canvas and to relax in distinctive accommodations.

Yellowstonein Winter Adventures for adults this year are Dec. 22-26, Dec. 29-Jan.2 and in 2014 Feb. 23-27; for families departures in 2014 are Feb. 16-20 and Dec. 21-25. The five-day rate per adult, double, is $2,498 ($580 single supplement), and $2,248 per child in a room share. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/yellowstone-winter-tour-trips-117.php

“Yellowstone is where we got our start many years ago. It’s our backyard, a place we revere and up until now we’ve kept its winter magic a secret all to ourselves. No more! It’s time we shared our favorite spots and things to do in this incredible winter wonderland!” says Dan Austin, president. 

Austin points out that it is usually near impossible for travelers to find holiday season lodging availability in and around the park but with Austin Adventures’ position and influence, they are able to offer trips during the popular Christmas week.  In 2013 guests will spend Christmas Eve at Old Faithful Snow Lodge and in 2014 participants will be treated to traditional holiday cheer at Chico Hot Springs Resort. 

Among the activities included in the five day packages are cross-country skiing from Craig's Pass down to Old Faithful Geyser, dog-sledding in Paradise Valley, a soak in historic Chico Hot Springs and snowshoeing the park’s Upper Geyser Basin Trail.

Accommodations include Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel with elk grazing the perimeter; Old Faithful Snow Lodge, a hub from which snow-filled activities take place and where the namesake geyser entertains every 35 to 120 minutes; and Chico Hot Springs and its gourmet dining and on-premise spa in the foothills of the Absaroka Mountain Range.

The program begins and ends in Bozeman, MT, embracing snow-covered Paradise Valley enroute to Mammoth Hot Springs. A Bombardier snowcoach provides transport to Old Faithful as guests keep a watchful eye out for bison, elk, deer and coyotes. Here on snowshoes guests learn about Yellowstone’s four geothermal features: geysers, hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles. The following day the coach positions guests for cross-country skiing, following Spring Creek, crossing this frozen stream several times over a series of bridges, and eventually joining the Lone Star Geyser trail to return to Old Faithful. An ice skating option may also be woven into the schedule here. On day four guests may cross-country ski the three-mile Fern Cascades Loop Trail or snowshoe two miles up to Observation Point, a lookout over the steaming Upper Geyser Basin. Positioned later at Chico Hot Springs, guests have a mushing 101 lesson before embarking on a dog sledding excursion through Paradise Valley under the towering peaks of the Absaroka Mountains.

About Austin Adventures

For over 40 years Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has provided adventure vacations, now on six continents, building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, Africa and Antarctica. Its specialty is adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations focused on history, culture and nature’s gifts.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, Austin Adventures offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

In September 2013 Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings.

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, Austin Adventures (ALA) was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 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/.  

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Austin Adventures Escorts Clients Into Heart of Deepest, Darkest Africa In Quest of Congo’s Western Lowland Gorilla

BILLINGS, MT, Oct. 15, 2013– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures, the multisport tour company setting adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Antarctica, in 2014 will guide clients into the Congo River Basin tracking one of the world’s most elusive animals, the Western Lowland Gorilla. 

The per person double rate for the seven-day/six-night trip is $8,598; single supplement price varies. There are weekly departures year round for between two and 10 clients. See: http://www.austinadventures.com/tours/gorilla-tracking-in-the-congo-tour-trips-151.php

“Few companies offer the Republic of Congo in their African safari itineraries. This region is only regaining attention due to calming of political unrest in neighboring countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, and the building of new safari camps and infrastructure,” notes Dan Austin, Director, Austin Adventures (http://www.austinadventures.com/).

The trip begins and ends in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of the Congo. Guests lodge on night one at Mikhael’s Hotel in this French-influenced town in central Africa, before departing by private charter and 4x4 vehicles to Lango Camp, one of two thatch-roofed, luxuriously appointed camps enjoyed on this itinerary. Lango and Ngaga are sensitively constructed facilities that blend into the remote forest environment.  

Lango Camp is in the Congo River Basin on the edge of the savannah in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, home to the world’s second (after the Amazon) largest tropical rainforest. The park is pivotal for Western Lowland Gorilla conservation in Central Africa. This region holds the distinction for African forest elephants and is renowned as the richest forest block in central Africa for primates, with 11 diurnal species recorded and more than 100 mammal species. 

This is home while spending two full days tracking with expert guides two family groups of this smallest subspecies of gorilla, watching quietly from a forest perch as these elusive creatures rest and forage, often with their youngsters in tow. Their habitat is trees but they are often on the ground feeding on fruits and digging. This primate is considered man’s closest relatives in the natural world. 

Ngaga Camp, in the heart of a marantacea (a tuberous plant) forest, offers more than a single species focus and is an experience encompassing forest elephant, buffalo and a range of other species seldom seen elsewhere. There are boating trips by motorized pirogues.  Here guests enjoy the expertise of seasoned trackers and naturalists who provide information on research in the area, conservation concern for the species, their biology and ecology. 

Animals that may be seen on both day and night excursions include such rare and endangered species as chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, bonobos (pygmy monkey), okapi, white rhinos and duikers that are antelopes the size of rabbits. Other species include red river hogs, buffalo and bongo, spotted hyena, golden cat, water chevrotain and forest elephant. 

Covering an area of almost 342,000 square kilometers, Republic of the Congo is slightly smaller than Montana.  The population is a mere four million people, of whom 70 percent live in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, the major port on the country’s narrow coastal strip on the Atlantic Ocean. The rest of the country is sparsely populated and largely pristine. Bordering countries are Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon. This little-known former French colony was spared the conflict of neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, and not having shared neighboring Gabon's recent limelight, tourism to the Congo is at a fledgling stage with an aura of exploration and discovery enhancing every journey into its interior.

Austin Adventures’ deep commitment to Africa includes Dan Austin’s founding of the 501c3 non-profit initiative Wheels of Change http://www.wocinternational.org/ that donates used bikes, parts and tools to various rural communities throughout Africa bringing mobility and economic development to those who need it the most.

About the partner: Wilderness Safaris

For this program Austin Adventures works with Wilderness Safaris, a conservation and ecotourism organization established in 1983, that operates privately on over 3 million hectares (8 million acres) of southern Africa's finest wildlife reserves in more than 70 lodges and camps. The company employs approximately 2,800 staff members across seven countries, 85 percent of whom hail from neighboring communities.

About Austin Adventures

For over 40 years Austin Adventures (formerly Austin Adventures) has provided adventure vacations, now on six continents, building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, Africa and Antarctica. Its specialty is adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations focused on history, culture and nature’s gifts.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, Austin Adventures offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

In September 2013 Austin Adventures joined the Xanterra Parks & Resorts® portfolio of experiential leisure offerings.

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, Austin Adventures (ALA) was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 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/.

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Wheels of Change Delivers Latest Shipment Of 300+ Donated Bikes to Rural Africa – Helps Spawn Two New Tourism Enterprises in Namibia

BILLINGS, MT, Sept. 23, 2013– For the past four years It has been the mission of adventure travel icon Dan Austin (founder of award-winning Austin Adventures) to help alleviate the cycle of poverty facing the people of rural Africa through increased mobility and economic development.  Along with a group of entrepreneurs that shared a common passion for helping those who need it the most, Austin launched the Wheels of Change (WOC) non-profit in 2010 to bring donated bicycles to the continent. On August 7, 2013, the latest shipment of more than 300 bikes, parts and tools arrived at its final destination in Linyanti, Namibia.

Through various chapters throughout the U.S.,Wheels of Change Internationalcollects donated bicycles to be shipped overseas to Africa. Upon arrival, locals are trained in both bicycle mechanics and how to run a business. The shipping container is then converted into a bike shop that retails, services and rents bicycles at a subsidized cost with 100% all profits going back into the community.

The latest container of bikes arrived in Linyanti village in August and will serve the Zambezi Region of northeast Namibia (formerly known as the Caprivi Region).  Here, no public transport is available, and owing to their low incomes, private motor vehicle ownership is impossible for most people. The population of the region survives mainly on subsistence farming and fishing, so transporting produce is a major requirement. For children, getting to school can be a daily challenge, especially if they live more than a few kilometers from school. In this case, transport can mean the difference between having an education and a brighter future, or continuing a cycle of poverty. For people who need to visit medical facilities, transport can be a big obstacle. For patients who need to access important medication like antiretrovirals that are used to treat HIV/AIDS, walking can be a major energy drain, while hitching a lift can take hours or even days and can be costly. A bicycle can be a perfect solution for a patient in this situation.

Economic development is also part of the Wheels of Change mission. The shipment to Linyanti will also benefit two conservancy-based bicycle tourism projects that will be launched using the new bicycles. The first is in the Wuparu Conservancy, about 50km from the bicycle shop, and the other is located on the other side of Namibia in the Kunene region, in Khoadi Hoas Conservancy. Namibia’s conservancy model is world-renowned for giving local people ownership over important tourism sites as a way to earn money to build their communities. For example, high end lodges must pay rent to the conservancy in order to operate there, and conservancy-led tourism ventures are supported by these lodges.

There will be 15 bikes from the shipment allocated to safari camps in each of these conservancies. The bikes will be owned by the conservancies, but individual conservancy members will be given an opportunity to run tour businesses, taking tourists to visit local attractions and real villages—a rare privilege on Namibia’s current tourism circuits, which are geared mainly to visiting the country’s spectacular wildlife and landscapes, but with limited opportunities to experience the way-of-life of local people.

Under Austin’s leadership, Wheels of Change continues to expand its efforts in Africa.  WOC’s first Namibian project—Tuliwonde Bicycle Shop—continues to be very successful and has grown beyond the borders of Namibia. As it sits near the border with Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, it has developed markets in these countries. Since it opened in late 2010, it has sold more than 1000 bicycles, with profits supporting local orphans who are fed and clothed through a highly regarded local organisation, Catholic AIDS Action.

In 2011, WOC delivered a shipment of 400 bikes to a village outside of Nairobi, Kenya which now operates as a successful Bicycle Empowerment Center serving thousands of people.

The Tuliwonde, Nairobi and now Linyantibike shops are all part of a network of 31 locations supported by the Namibian NGO, the Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN).

BEN Namibia’s network of shops has created a large demand for bikes throughout the country. Last year the NGO in association with Wheels of Change International and other initiatives imported 6,276 bicycles into Namibia, and with this year's imports to date, they have brought the total number of bikes donated to 32,706 since the Network’s inception in 2005.

“When a bicycle is donated, the possibilities are endless and the math becomes simple,” explains Austin.  “In the hands of a healthcare worker, they can cover four times the ground than otherwise on foot. This translates into four times the number of patient visits and four times the number of medication disbursements.  Wheels of Change helps fulfill a basic need, to provide a distribution vehicle for improved healthcare for those too remote from formalized healthcare facilities.  But it doesn’t stop there.”

Austin points out that a healthcare worker can visit 3 to 4 times the number of clients with a bicycle compared to walking, girls are 70 percent more likely to attend school if their household owns a bicycle, 5km on foot = 1 hour / 5km by bicycle = 20 minutes, and a bicycle can carry up to five times the load compared to a person walking.

A bicycle shop, which meets an important need for transport, can help capitalize other businesses, and give hard-working local people, who have never had a shot at conventional employment, a chance to learn new skills and build a strong local enterprise.

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Xanterra Parks & Resorts Acquires Austin Adventures; Much-Lauded Adventure Tour Company Recognized As One of the World’s Best

DENVER, September 11, 2013Xanterra Parks & Resorts announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Austin Adventures. Formerly called Austin Adventures, this Billings, Mont.-based tour company offers upscale, active adventures throughout the world. The transaction is expected to close in October. 

“Austin Adventures is one of the best adventure travel companies on the planet and shares Xanterra’s deep commitment to offering inspirational travel experiences in some of the world’s most beautiful places,” said Andrew N. Todd, president and CEO of Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “We are especially pleased to welcome Dan Austin, who will remain in his current role as president of Austin Adventures, to the Xanterra team. Dan is known throughout the travel industry for his passion for outstanding  customer service, and this is one of the reasons he was successful in building Austin Adventures into the award-winning, world-renowned company it is today.” 

With a legacy going back nearly 40 years, Austin Adventures offers tours in more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the South Pacific and the Middle East. The company’s guided adventures include biking, hiking, paddling, safaris, horseback, small ships and snorkeling/swimming while focusing on themes such as culture, gourmet food and wellness. 

With years of offering adventures in national parks, I am personally familiar with the high level of customer service and the serious commitment to sustainability that defines Xanterra, and it is a privilege to join this company,” said Dan Austin. “This announcement comes during one of Austin Adventures’ best years ever, and we expect to see double-digit growth next year. Joining the Xanterra family will help make us stronger, and our customers can expect to see not only the same robust attention to service, but also exciting new offerings in 2014.” 

Austin Adventures’ operations will remain in Billings, and there will be no change to current management and staff. Additionally, Austin Adventures will take advantage of synergies with other Xanterra companies. Austin Adventures already added two Windstar Cruises to its 2014 catalog and plans to expand its offerings in national parks where Xanterra operates, including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Glacier National Parks.

Austin Adventures is known for offering high-end family-friendly adventures, and the company’s offerings complement its new sister adventure travel company, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, which is especially popular with active empty nesters.

Consistently rated as one of the world’s top tour operators, Austin Adventures received numerous awards in 2012. Travel + Leisurenamed the company as the “Top Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter for Families,” the number two “Tour Operator in the World”and a “World's Best Value for Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters."National Geographic Traveler recognized the company’s offerings in its list of 50 Tours of a Lifetime, and Outside Magazinenamed Austin Adventures a “Hall of Fame Travel Awards Recipient.”

This is the latest of several Xanterra expansion announcements this year, including the acquisition of three cruise ships from Seabourn and the 20-year contract renewal to operate concessions at Yellowstone National Park. In mid-August, the National Park Service announced that Xanterra was awarded the Glacier National Park concession contract beginning in 2014. Other recent Xanterra acquisitions include Kingsmill Resort in 2010; Windstar Cruises in 2011; and VBT Walking and Bicycling Vacations and  The Grand Hotel in 2012 and Kingsmill Realty in 2013.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has grown into a diversified global hospitality company with offerings on the sea, rails and land. The company has expanded its revenue base by more than 50 percent in the last three years aloneand continues to look for new opportunities to build on its diverse leisure travel portfolio.

A Brief History of Xanterra

Like many U.S. companies with a long and significant history, Xanterra Parks & Resorts’ corporate family tree has many branches. Xanterra traces its roots to 1876 when visionary Fred Harvey partnered with the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway to fill the need for high-quality food for rail travelers. Harvey Houses built at stops along the railroad provided good food served quickly, a new experience for train passengers who previously had only poor-quality food available during their trips to destinations across the American West. In the early part of the 20th century, the Fred Harvey Company began expanding operations to include concessions in national parks as well as other tourism businesses nationwide. Xanterra purchased the Fred Harvey Company in 1968 and with the acquisition of TW Recreational Services in 1995, became the largest national and state park operator in the U.S. Denver-based Anschutz Company acquired Xanterra in 2008.

Xanterra strives to provide legendary hospitality with a softer footprint. For example, following the 2007 acquisition of the 112-year-old Grand Canyon Railway (GCR), Xanterra converted the train to an all-diesel fleet for environmental reasons. But in a nod to the historic appeal of the steam train, GCR developed a way to power an occasional steam train run to the park using recycled vegetable oil from the company’s restaurant kitchens.

The Future

Xanterra will continue to seek acquisition opportunities to grow its leisure tourism portfolio. The company will also take advantage of synergies within its operations, including developing across-the-board environmental management practices and launching health and wellness initiatives encouraging employees and guests to enjoy the great outdoors in these unique and spectacular destinations. 

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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 and The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz.; 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 Announces New-for-2014 Hiking, Multi-Sport Vacations Now Embracing Six Continents

BILLINGS, MT, Aug. 26, 2013– The upcoming 2014 season will mark the most impressive expansion of trips and destinations to date for award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/). The multisport tour company setting adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa, Antarctica and now the Pacific announces that with the addition of 23 new trips for 2014, it now offers nearly 100 small group adventures spanning six continents. 

“We’re working on the seventh,” says Dan Austin, founder/director, hinting that excursions in China might be the next big news.  “We have several new programs in the works that we are really excited about.” 

Why such aggressive growth? During this company’s 40-year legacy of creating multi-generational, multi-sport, hiking, paddling, cycling, safari and small ship cruising opportunities worldwide, they have always listened to their loyal alumni guests for ideas and inspiration. 

“We talk to our alumni and take to heart where they would like to go next,” notes Austin. “We also hear how they want to spend their precious vacation time. This year you will see a return of our walking/ hiking emphasis as well as more family programs – plus a new small ship luxury cruise in Australia!“ 

Walking/hiking programs new for 2014 include Glamping along Peru’s Inca Trail, Provence in France, Bavaria in Germany, Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park, Botswana and Morocco. Families can anticipate new trips to Montana, Belize, southern Australia and Botswana. New multisport adventures will be offered in Austria/Slovenia, Spain, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania and the Republic of Congo. Spain’s Catalonia, Argentina’s wine country and the Canadian Rockies will host new biking tours. And the coast and islands of Western Australia will be explored on a new small ship cruise adventure. 

For a full list and descriptions of all of Austin Adventures’ new trips for 2014, please see http://www.austinlehman.com/a-look-into-2014-pages-702.php

A good example of ALA’s ambitious expansion into more hiking and walking is their new Walking in Provence tour that begins in Avignon, France. With guides well-versed in local lore, participants will walk in the footsteps of Van Gogh in the sun-washed valleys of Luberon and Vaucluse. Here is a vibrant tapestry of fertile vineyards, ancient ruins, colorful markets and the ubiquitous fragrance of honey, thyme and lavender. Emphasis is placed on the region’s rich history, rustic elegance and world-renowned cuisine. Seven day/six night trips begin at $3,598 per person, double.  See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/walking-in-provence-tour-trips-120.php

Montana - Discovering the Wild West brings families up close and personal with the special places Austin Adventures call home.  ALA sought input from kids when building this active six day/five night program. Highlights include a visit to the historic Little Bighorn Battlefield, hiking the Beartooth Mountains with a summer snowball fight, channeling one’s inner cowboy on a horseback ride across Montana’s prairieland, soaking in the sunrise over Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley while searching for wolves, bears, bison, elk and antelope and a wild and wooly night at the Cody Stampede Rodeo. Call for 2014 pricing and departures: 1.800.575.1540. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/discovering-the-wild-west-montana-family-tour-trips-152.php

For travelers who want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, a new safari is the seven day/six night Gorilla Tracking in the Congo adventure. With the region’s most revered guides guests make their way from Brazzaville into the heart of the Congo Basin where safari camps, built seamlessly into the river and rainforest environments of Odzala-Kokoua National Park, offer up-close encounters with some of the world’s most elusive wildlife.  Guests spend two full days tracking a group of magnificent western lowland gorillas watching quietly from a forest perch as they rest and forage, often with youngsters in tow. Nightfall brings the comfort of a luxurious wilderness camp and sharing the day’s sightings around a bonfire. Call for 2014 pricing and departures: 1.800.575.1540. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/gorilla-tracking-in-the-congo-tour-trips-151.php 

The Australia | Kimberley Snapshot Cruise is now the fifth small ship cruise available through Austin Adventures. This adventure is an 8-day/7-night program on the 36-passenger True North that cruises through Western Australia’s pristine Kimberley region. On shore excursions (included in the cruise rate) guests hike (or helicopter) to the top of King George Falls, take a refreshing dip in a secluded billabong, marvel at some of the oldest art in the world -- "The Bradshaws," a group of traditional cave paintings with mysterious origins -- and climax each day with a glass of Australian wine while watching the sunset from an observation lounge. Departures in 2014 are April 19, May 10 and 31, June 21, July 12, and Aug. 2 and 23. For cabin pricing, call ALA at: 1.800.575.1540. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/australia-cruise-tour-trips-150.php 

About Austin Adventures

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

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Six Trips on Six Continents Come with Six Good Reasons to Travel This Fall with Austin Adventures

Billings, Montana, July 24, 2013 – Austin Adventures, the small group adventure travel company setting active vacation standards worldwide, has expanded its award-winning offerings to six continents (number seven coming in 2014) and recommends six trips on six continents with six good reasons to travel. Aside from more predictable and moderate weather worldwide in the fall, travelers will benefit from fewer crowds, an adult travel atmosphere with kids back in school, spring flowers in some destinations, fall colors and autumn harvests in others, and fewer pesky insects.

“It’s simply my favorite time of the year to travel,” states Dan Austin, founder and director of Austin Adventures - http://www.austinlehman.com/. “I’ve been to popular places in the fall where our small group seemed to be the only ones there, aside from the locals and increasingly active wildlife.”

Austin says there are multiple reasons his company offers a strong and diverse line-up of trips and destinations in the fall. Some of his favorite multi-sport holidays in Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America and South America include:

Africa: Kenya Safari - Meru to Masai Mara - http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/kenya-meru-nairobi-tour-trips-106.php. Private 9 day/8 night safari offered year-round from $6,698 per person. On the Bisinandi Reserve and in Meru National Park guests enjoy jeep safaris, fishing, horseback riding and visits with Masai herdsmen.”Witness the magic of the Masai; an abundance of wildlife beyond your wildest dreams; sleeping under the stars and the friendliest people on earth,” says Austin. NOTE: 67° F is the average September-November temperature in the gateway city of Nairobi.

Antarctica: Expedition Cruise Aboard the M/V Plancius -http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/antarctica---peninsula-expedition-cruise-trips-128.php. November marks the beginning of the Antarctic cruise season. This cruise on a 114-passenger expedition ship includes many optional activities (on-shore camping, hiking, sea kayaking, and more) at no extra cost. The per person double occupancy rate for 12 days/11 nights is from $8,790. Guests depart Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, for the ethereal dream world of 3,000-foot ice walls, flying penguins and slumbering seals explored by small ship, zodiac, kayak and on foot. NOTE: the average high temperature November to December hovers around 34° F.

Australia: Kimberly Small Ship Cruise Aboard the True North - http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/australia-cruise-tour-trips-150.php.  This 8 day/7 night cruise and others to similar scenic coastlines of Australia are offered year round. Exploring the Kimberley coastline, one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, on a 36-passenger ship comes with mud crabbing, shore hiking and helicopter rides. NOTE: the average fall high temperature in the gateway city of Broome, Australia is of 88° F.

EuropeFrance – Cycling Burgundy - http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/burgundy-france-tour-trips-109.php. This 6 day/5 night cycle tour departs Sept. 1 and Sept. 29 at $3,198 per person double. Guests pedal ancient roads through picturesque farms and world-renowned wine villages (sampling vintages along the way). NOTE: Average high temperature in September is 71° F in the gateway city of Dijon, France.

North America: Utah - Bryce/Zion Multisport - http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/bryce-zion-utah-tour-trips-11.php.   This is a 6 day/5 night, multisport hiking and biking trip with departures Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from St. George, UT. The per person double occupancy rate is $1,998 for guided exploration of nature’s red rock playground of hoodoos, canyons and sand castles in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. NOTE: The average daytime temperature is 73° F.

South America: Peru – Glamping on the Inca Trail - http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/inca-trail-peru-tour-trips-148.php.  For 10 days/9 nights ALA’s Latin America Director Troy Glennon, will host a glamorous camping excursion on the trail to Machu Picchu.  The per person double occupancy rate is $3,898. Colonial history, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, and the Inca mythology come to life on this bucket-list trek. NOTE: The average September high temperature in Cusco is 67° F.

About Austin Adventures

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

For a comprehensive 2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/.

MEDIA NOTE: The 2014 line-up of trips, destinations, dates and prices will be online, ready to view on or before September 1, 2013. Media wishing earlier access to this information may call 1.800.575.1540 for the inside scoop.

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Austin Adventures Expands, Promotes Four Members of Billings Staff to New Roles and Positions

Montana Company Experiences Best Year Ever As Bookings and Inquiries Set New Highs 

BILLINGS, MT, July 2, 2013 – The adventure travel business has been bullish for award-winning, Billings, Montana-based tour operator Austin Adventures (http://www.austinlehman.com/). In the midst of its best year yet, ALA has promoted within, naming four members of its staff to new roles and titles.

“2013 is really becoming a breakout year for us,” said Austin Adventures founder and director Dan Austin. “Last year saw solid growth but this year is really exceeding all expectations in terms of guests booked and trips run.”  ALA will again see double digit growth over the previous year’s reservation numbers and the inquiries have yet to slow down.

To help handle the increased volume and maintain the high level of personalized customer service ALA has built a reputation upon, Austin felt it was time to promote from within bestowing new titles, roles and responsibilities to four members of its staff.

Twelve year employee Christy Hamill has been named the new General Manager, Amy Weidlich was appointed to the position of Sales Manager, social media expert Blake Eden has become the new Digital Media Marketing Coordinator, and Kasey Austin, the new Vice President of Operations.

Christy Hamill, GM– Big Sky native and graduate of Montana State University-Billings with a BS in Accounting and Management, Christy’s experience in tourism includes the airline industry, a stint as front desk and revenue manager of a premier Montana hotel and as Director of Reservations at a local ski resort before continuing her love of the travel industry at Austin Adventures. Her contributions have been vital to the growth of ALA and her duties include accounting, payroll and finance, operations & logistics, and human resources. “Christy has always been my right hand and as GM she will finally get the credit that is due,” explains Austin.

Amy Weidlich, Sales Manager – Also a graduate of Montana State University-Billings; with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Amy first learned about experiential travel at the Billings, MT office of Global Travel Alliance where she spent five years involved in sales, trip coordination and guiding. “My travel experiences have given me a greater understanding of the interconnectedness of people and environments around the world. The more I know about a particular place, the more I love it and want to protect it for future generations to enjoy,” said Weidlich.

According to Austin, Amy has been a go-getter from Day 1. “Last year and into 2013 we have seen record sales month after month.  Amy has managed to break every single goal and personal best and continues to set new milestones for herself and her team each and every week.”

Blake Eden, Digital Media Marketing Coordinator– According to Austin, Blake continually steps-up, taking on more and more responsibility individually and as a team member. She was originally hired as administrative support, a title and duties that lasted all of two weeks before stepping in and drastically improving ALA’s social media and website efforts. Blake is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, Cum Laude with honors with a BA in Art History. Prior to ALA her most enjoyable job in travel included time as the Front Desk Manager at the HF Bar Guest Ranch in northern Wyoming.

Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations– 2011 graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula as a Presidential Leadership Scholar with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, Kasey was just named for the second consecutive year, one of the top young travel industry professionals age 35 and under by Travalliance Media (publishers of Vacation Agent and [email protected] magazines). “Kasey exemplifies what a great employee is all about,” said father and founder Dan Austin with a great deal of pride. Kasey moves from Field Operations Liaison, where she spent the past two years overseeing the detailed orchestration of dozens of guides and subcontractors serving Austin Adventures clients on five continents and in 40 unique domestic and international destinations to the expanded role of VP of Operations. She will be the primary contact and liaison for guides and in charge of the company’s Guide Quality Control Program domestically and globally. She will continue to be her father’s point person when it comes to trip development and the go-to guide to lead many custom trips and exclusive programs.

About Austin Adventures

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

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