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

 

 

Popularity of Small Ship Cruising Prompts Austin Adventures to Expand Options: Now Offers Seven Cruises from Antarctica to Alaska

Billings, MT, March 18, 2014–The company that for four decades has offered award-winning international multi-sport vacations has responded to growing demand by launching a new category of adventure – small ship cruising.  Utilizing a variety of classic vessels that carry from 12 to 150 passengers, this year there are seven cruises from Antarctica to Alaska.

Dan Austin, Founder and President, cautions that an Austin Adventures cruise is a far cry from a traditional big ship experience with thousands exercising their way on crowded shore excursions and to and from meals.

“Austin Adventures cruises are all about our signature trademark – small group adventure. We have found some of the best small ship cruise options from around the globe. Imagine a cruise up the Amazon where you can fish for piranhas, or discovering what Charles Darwin saw in the Galapagos, or whale watching in Alaska,” he says.

Austinadds that many enticing shoreline destinations can only be fully appreciated by small ship cruising. For example Antarctica and the Amazon are two regions offering spectacular natural wonders that can only be experienced on board a small and nimble ship designed to maneuver shallow, difficult-to-navigate waterways inaccessible to mega cruise liners.  His company’s selection of ships ranges from a Peruvian riverboat that sleeps 14 to a four-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148.

The Australia | Kimberley Wilderness Cruiseis an 8-day/7-night voyage on the 36-passenger True North that cruises through Western Australia’s pristine Kimberley wilderness region. On shore excursions 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. Cabin prices begin at $10,495 per person.

Alaska Northern Passages & Glacier Bay is an 8-day/7-night cruise departing weekly in the summer aboard the newly renovated 76-guest Wilderness Explorer built specifically to navigate narrow straights and shallow lagoons. Amenities include a sauna and hot tub, a Douglas fir-topped bar, a hydrophone for listening below the surface and a bow-mounted underwater camera that streams to the vessel’s lounge and to guest cabin TV. The cruise explores from Juneau to Sitka, taking in spectacular tidewater glaciers, snow-capped mountain ranges, chiseled fjords, and pristine waters and wilderness teeming with whales, otters, bears and bald eagles. The per person double rate starts at $4,195. Departures are from May 3 through September 13, 2014.

Antarctica | Peninsula Expedition Cruise is an 11-day/10-night exploration through a world of sculpted ice and spectacular wildlife: sliding penguins, slumbering seals, 3,000-foot ice walls, and surreal sunsets. Guests navigate iceberg-laden waters and White Continent wilderness by small ship, zodiac, kayak and on foot. The M/V Plancius, originally an oceanographic research vessel for the Royal Dutch Navy, accommodates 114 passengers. Built specifically for icy conditions and equipped with 10 Zodiac Mark Vs, Plancius offers a restaurant/lecture room, a spacious panoramic observation lounge (with bar) and large, open deck spaces, perfect for enjoying the scenery and wildlife. The per person double rate starts at $8,450. Multiple departures between June - September and October – May.

Ecuador | Galapagos Islands is an 8-day/7-night exploration of Darwin’s world that enables guests to witness many of the same wonders he first recorded.  Guests snorkel alongside warm-water penguins and sea lions and marvel at the diverse and fearless avian population. Home base is one of three identical 20-passenger motor yachts: M/Y Eric, Flamingo I and Letty, all with outside-facing cabins with private bath and shower. The per person double rate is $3,900. Departures are weekly year-round.

Peru | Amazon River Cruise is a 5-day/4-night journey aboard the 130-foot luxury riverboat M/V Aqua that sleeps 24 pampered guests. This itinerary reflects June through November departures. Another itinerary is in effect during high-water season of December through May. Departures are year round.   From the observation deck guests can hear exotic birdsong and monkey calls, and witness three-toed sloth along the Ucayali River and other simians on the Pacaya River accessed by skiff. The per person double rate begins at $3,800.

Costa Rica & Panama | Corcovado to Panama Canal is a 7-day/6-night voyage celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal this year. Guests sail the exquisite marine and wildlife-rich shores of Costa Rica and Panama’s Pacific coastline, including a transit of the Panama Canal. Corcovado National Park’s treasures include spot tapirs, jaguars and scarlet macaws; breaching whales and pods of playful dolphins welcome guest to the Osa Peninsula. Guests snorkel among schools of manta rays in Coiba National Park, home to one of the largest coral reefs in Central America.  Home base is the 148-passenger, four-masted Wind Spirit sailing yacht with over 10,000 square feet of open deck space, a water-sports platform, library, pool, hot tub, a variety of dining options and an on-board spa. The per person double rate is from $2,199. 2014 departures are Mar 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr 6, Dec 13, 20 and 27.

Greece & Turkey | Greek Isles & Turkish Delights is an 8-day/7-night cruise that takes guests from the Acropolis of Athens to the palaces of Istanbul, enroute exploring the tiny streets of Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo on Delos, the coffee houses of Bodrum and the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Guests sail on the four-masted Wind Spirit sailing yacht with 73 ocean-view staterooms, over 10,000 square feet of open deck, a water-sports platform, library, pool, hot tube, varied dining options and an onboard spa. The per person double rate starts at $3,599. Weekly departures are from May 17 through Oct. 11.

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.

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’ Kasey Austin Honored as a World’s Best Guide By OUTSIDE Travel Awards 2014

BILLINGS, MT, Mar 12, 2014 – The votes have been tallied and it is good news once again for award-winning Austin Adventures http://www.austinadventures.com/. Kasey Austin, Vice President of Operations and trip leader extraordinaire, has been named one of the planet’s best guides for 2014. 

Austin was singled out by the editors of OUTSIDE Magazine as the world’s top Family Guide for 2014.

“Many of my favorite experiences have to do with kids who are my favorite guests! Most of my most memorable experiences involve watching kids spot their first wolf, bear, or bison. They get so excited and it’s contagious for the entire group,” explained Austin.

This year, OUTSIDE tapped its global network of correspondents who traveled across America, to Belize, Switzerland, Italy, and beyond identifying the best new adventures, most stunning lakes, gorgeous new lodges and hotels, family vacations, secret getaways, high-tech airports, and foodie hotspots. The result is more than 50 spectacular trips, plus the best travel apps, tour guides, gear, tips for traveling green, and advice for traveling solo

The entire list of honorees appear in OUTSIDE’s April issue (on newsstands March 18), and online at www.outsideonline.com/travelawards.

“I’m thrilled and humbled by this honor,” said Kasey, “but honestly, guiding is what I love most in this world and any opportunity to share what I know and cherish with others is my ultimate reward!”

Austinis no stranger to being recognized for her exceptional guiding credentials.  For the past two years (2012 and 2013) Kasey has been honored as one of the Top Travel Professionals Under 35 by Travalliance Media (publishers of Vacation Agent and [email protected] magazines).

More than a decade of guiding Austin Adventures family vacations has taught Austin the one essential secret to a successful family trip. “If you can keep the kids happy then the parents will quickly follow!”

Kasey began in the business at an early age. She was six when her father Dan Austin first got into the adventure travel business. She graduated in 2011 as a Presidential Leadership Scholar at the University of Montana in Missoula with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She is an accomplished writer and photographer and competes in biking, skiing, running and mountain events while not guiding families on trips throughout the West. She is a member of the Billings Bike Committee engaged in making Billings a top bicycle-friendly community.

About OUTSIDE: America’s leading active lifestyle brand since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, Outside Books, and now Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Visit online and on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

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.

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 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.

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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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