Austin Adventures Timeline

Inspiring friends, families and adventurers through world-class adventure travel vacations since 1985.

  • 1974

    Euro-Bike & Walking Tours is founded by Dr. Hendrik & Ellen Hoeve and Wim van Dijk, becoming the first U.S. bike tour company to establish operations in Europe.

  • 1985

    Backcountry Tours founded in 1985 by Doug and Carmin McSpadden specializing in bike tours in and around the Rockies.

  • 1994

    Dan Austin takes bike trip to Grand Teton National Park with a small tour operation located in Bozeman, Montana. He is so inspired he gathers together like-minded partners and purchases the company, Backcountry Tours.

  • 1997

    Austin sells Backcountry Tours and 3 days later decides he wants to be back in the adventure travel business.
    Adventures plus is started and operates out of Dan’s basement.

  • 2000

    Paul Lehman and Dan Austin meet when Paul, an avid traveler and proponent of family travel, discovers Austin’s business. A quick friendship leads to a new partnership.
    Austin-Lehman Adventures is incorporated and formed.
    ALA acquires Backcountry Tours.

  • 2003

    Costa Rica is added to Austin-Lehman’s roster.

  • 2004

    Oaxaca, Mexico is added as a new destination.

  • 2005

    Peru is added as a destination and trips to Machu Picchu begin.
    Galapagos Islands tours are added.
    Costa Rica trips are expanded.

  • 2006

    Mexico and Costa Rica trips are added.

  • 2007

    Okanagan, BC tours begin.
    Chiapas, Mexico is added as a new destination.

  • 2008

    Panama is added as a new destination.
    Peru Lodge to Lodge tour is added.
    Southern Africa is added to Austin-Lehman’s roster marking significant expansion. 5 trips are added to this continent.
    Euro-Bike and Walking Tours is acquired adding 34 years of bike tour expertise and legacy.

  • 2009

    Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic are added to a growing global portfolio. 26 new European itineraries are featured.
    Austin-Lehman Adventures is named the #1 Tour Operator in the World by the readers of Travel+Leisure magazine.

  • 2010

    Greece, Belize and South Dakota are added as new trip destinations.
    Austin-Lehman Adventures makes the list of Travel + Leisures’ World’s Top Adventure Trips

  • 2011

    Morocco, Israel, Slovenia, Denmark, Namibia, New Zealand and Belize tours are added.New domestic family trips to Idaho’s Salmon River, Utah’s Bryce & Zion National Parks and California’s Yosemite Park are added

  • 2012

    Austin-Lehman is one of first U.S. adventure travel companies to offer cultural tours to Cuba.
    Austin-Lehman ranked #2 Tour Operator in the World by Travel + Leisure Magazine

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