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 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.

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.austinlehman.com/.

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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.

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/.

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Austin Adventures’ Rising Star - Kasey Austin Named VP of Operations

For Two Consecutive Years (2012 & 2013) Honored As One of the Top Travel Professionals Under 35 by Travalliance Media 

BILLINGS, MT, June 26, 2013 – The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. Dan Austin,founder and CEO of Austin Adventures (ALA- http://www.austinlehman.com/), announced this month that daughter Kasey Austin has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for this award-winning active travel company setting adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and Caribbean. 

“Kasey exemplifies what a great employee is all about.  She wakes up every day with a passion and desire to be the best of the best in her field.  She takes on responsibility like most have a second cup of coffee. Bring it on is her mantra,” said Dan Austin. 

Most recently she served as Field Operations Liaison, for 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. 

She was age 6 when this family business began. Starting at age 11 she spent her summers working with the company in the office, helping occasionally on family adventure programs. Eventually Kasey assumed responsibility for running guide operations within the office and leading family trips in Yellowstone, Tetons and Alaska.  She has explored Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Germany and Holland, as well as much of the western U.S. and Canada. This spring she accompanied her father on a trip research and development mission to Australia and Tasmania. 

Today she is Austin Adventures’ primary contact and liaison for guides, in charge of the company’s Guide Quality Control Program domestically and globally. She is her father’s point person when it comes to trip development and the go-to guide to lead many custom trips and exclusive programs. 

“As it gets easier in our schools to bring the globe to a classroom with modern technology, you just can’t replace an authentic, hands-on cultural experience somewhere outside your comfort zone,” said Kasey. “My brother and I have been fortunate to learn about life and other cultures on the road, on some pretty incredible trips.” 

In July it will be announced that Kasey Austin was 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 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. She is a member of the Billings Bike Committee engaged in making Billings a top bicycle-friendly community.

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. 

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/

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Austin Adventures Named Top Tour Company of the Year

New York Travel Writers Society Announces 2013 Travel Industry Award Winners 

NEW YORK, NY, June 14, 2013 – The New York Travel Writers Society (NYTWS) recently announced the 2013 Travel Industry Award Winners and Austin Adventures (http://www.austinlehman.com/) was recognized as the Top Tour Company in the World. 

The society joins a long and prestigious list of media recognizing the Billings, MT-based adventure travel company as an industry leader.  Recent awards and accolades have included Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Tour Operator award for four years running (#1 overall in 2009 and #1 in Family Travel in 2012), Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialist for Peru in 2012 (For Costa Rica in 2009), Outside Magazine’s Hall of Fame Award, National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime (multiple times), and others (see: http://www.austinlehman.com/about-us/adventure-travel-companies-pages-71.php). 

In 2011 the company was also honored with Travel + Leisure Magazine’s Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative that brings donated bicycles, parts and sustainable business development to rural communities in Africa. 

“In the midst of our best year ever in terms of bookings and revenue, this NYTWS honor provides a much appreciated feather in our cap,” said Dan Austin, founder and director of Austin Adventures. “Coming from professionals whose business it is to evaluate and write honestly about travel makes this award all that much more satisfying.” 

In Austin’s summation, “We must be doing something right!” He goes on to explain, “Our focus is solely on our guests and the experience, not on competing for these awards. However, they are confirmation that we are continuing down the right path. Putting our customers and values first as we continue to grow and expand our offerings is mission number one.” 

Sofia Braganza, Chairperson of NYTWS notes, "Our industry winners include well-known broadcasters like Darley Newman, television host and producer of "Equitrekking", as well as highly respected travel companies such as Trafalgar Tours, Austin Adventures and Holland America Line." 

NYTWS 2013 Award Winners include some of the most respected brands in travel: Cruise Line of the Year, Holland America Line; Hotel of the Year, Mandarin Boutique Hotel; Spa of the Year, The Lodge at Woodloch; Tour Company of the Year, Austin-Lehman AdventuresLuxury Tour Company of the Year, Trafalgar; Travel Magazine of the Year; Hemispheres; Culinary Magazine of the Year, BON APPETIT; Travel Television Program of the Year, Equitrekking (with Darley Newman); Travel Podcast of the Year, Travel with Rick StevesAirline of the Year; Swiss International Air Lines, and others. 

The New York Travel Writers Society awards will be presented to the winners at the Holiday Gala and Awards ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 in New York City. 

About The New York Travel Writers Society

Based in New York City, the New York Travel Writers Society, http://NYTWS.org, is an international association of over 850 media professionals who focus on travel and travel journalism.  Members include journalists, authors, editors, photographers and broadcasters. We also welcome members of travel related businesses such as tourism and tour companies, hotels, restaurants, and transportation companies. 

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 (new for 2013) 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. 

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/

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Due to High Demand, Austin Adventures Adds Departures for Yellowstone National Park, Its Most Popular Family Destination

 

BILLINGS, MT, May 23, 2013– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA - http://www.austinlehman.com/), the multisport tour company setting adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, reports that it is adding capacity to its family tour departures this summer and fall to Yellowstone National Park because of higher-than-usual demand. 

“Inquiries and bookings this spring point to a strong trend toward domestic travel this year – especially to national parks,” reports Dan Austin, founder and director of Austin Adventures. “Pent-up desire, the prediction of lowering gas prices, a recovering economy, recent television documentaries and media attention are all helping drive the demand.”

Austinnoted that the additional Yellowstone family trip departures assure that clients will be accommodated in style in the park. However, he suggested that people book as soon as possible before this season’s inventory runs out and to book early for 2014. Scheduled 2013 ALA tour itineraries that specifically focus on Yellowstone now number 13 in addition to custom, private group departures.

The number of overnight accommodations available to the public has not increased in most of the National Parks since the 1960s. As a result, travelers have learned to reserve their rooms and cabins early. In Grand Canyon National Park, Xanterra, the official national park concessionaire, begins accepting lodging reservations the first of the month for that month the following year. In Yellowstone, Xanterra begins accepting lodging reservations in May for the following summer.

Other ALA tours that include Yellowstone (and combine Yellowstone with Big Sky or Grand Teton National Park) number 19 unique departures. Austin projects that these programs will run at 95 percent capacity, which means that over 450 people will experience ALA’s unique style of wilderness travel in this corner of Wyoming and Montana. (This is up from 400 last year.)

Noted family travel writer Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) wrote of a 2011 experience: “Our Austin Adventures trip was one of the least stressful family vacations I’ve ever experienced.  All we had to do was relax and enjoy—very unusual for adults shepherding kids on a family vacation. Our stellar guides sweated all the details, entertained the kids and took us places we never would have found on our own. You’re lucky on a family vacation to get a couple of memorable moments; we had those I-can’t-believe-we’re-here-doing-this-together moments every day of our trip.”

The government has tracked visitors here since 1904 when it counted 13,727 park tourists. Last year, 3,447,729 people passed through Yellowstone Park gates (the second highest total on record). 2013 is already on pace to match or exceed that number. Austin Adventures Adventure’s first trip to Yellowstone was in the early 1980s (when the company was named Backcountry Tours). Since then this park and surrounding region has emerged as the company’s single most popular family trip destination.

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 (new for 2013) 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.

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, 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 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/.

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