Billings, MT, Oct. 5, 2011 – Award-winning tour operator Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA-http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and now the Caribbean, begins in mid February the first of six 10-day / 9-night cultural tours of The Real Cuba scheduled for 2012.

The double occupancy, per person rate is from $4,498 plus charter air from Miami. Tour dates are Feb 11-20; Feb 25-Mar 5; Mar 17-26; Apr 28-May 7; May 26-June 4 and June 9-18. See: http://www.austinadventures.com/packages/visit-cuba/. Required visas will be coordinated and handled by ALA that is among only a handful of adventure tour operators to be granted a special license to engage in travel-related transactions involving Cuba.

The Real Cuba itinerary was developed expressly for Austin-Lehman Adventures by noted Cuba travel expert Christopher Baker. Baker or an assigned associate will personally accompany each ALA group, leveraging their years of hands-on experience and countless connections to Cuban individuals of all walks of life.  

The Real Cuba begins over a welcome dinner where Baker’s Cuban friends spanning a spectrum of ages and professions provide insights into Cuba’s political, social and economic environment. After this it’s one handshake after another, with Eusebio Leal, Official Historian of Havana, conducting a walking tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana), and visits to private homes and community projects such as colonial mansions turned into rehabilitation centers, maternity clinics, and schoolrooms.

Guests meet Casa-Estudio de Fuster, the studio-home of Baker’s friend José Fuster, commonly called the ‘Picasso of the Caribbean.’ Fuster’s dwelling represents a remarkable urban community art project. After lunch at El Aljibe comes a walking tour through the upper middle-class Vedado region, including the Hotel Nacional, the Hotel Habana Libre and the University of Havana.

The tour journeys through the province of Pinar del Río to Finca Pinar San Luís, the private residence of the late legendary tobacco farmer and Cuban cigar ‘ambassador,’ Alejandro Robaina. His son and workers explain tobacco growing, cigar production and the daily life of tobacco farmers. The time-warp colonial village of Viñales reflects on yesteryear’s rural lifestyle. Over a dinner at historic Casa de Don Tomás, performing troubadours inform on traditional Cuban country music.

Gardener Ana Lydia leads a tour of an orchid garden at Soroa before guests arrive at Las Terrazas, a post-revolution model rural community built in a sustainable manner around a lake. Another friend of Baker, artist Lester Campa, welcomes Austin-Lehman Adventures visitors. Among possible visitation sites are a women’s artisan cooperative, a serigraphy workshop, a colonial-era coffee plantation to learn about the restoration of this colonial enterprise and a community center.

Meetings with The Real Cuba continue with photographer Julio Muñoz at his colonial home (featured in the October 1999 issue of National Geographic).  A 1906 steam train transports guest to the Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills). Over lunch at Hacienda Iznaga, a former slave plantation, light is shed on the roles of sugar and slavery in Cuba’s history, and nearby local women showcase traditional lace making. In Trinidad a babalawo (high priest) introduces the santería religion. In the industrial-university city of Santa Clara, a local historian explores Che Guevara and the battles that he led here that resulted in the toppling of General Fulgencio Batista in 1958.

Eduardo Monsejo, Director of the Museo de Automóviles (the Car Museum) and members of the Club de Autos Clásicos de Cuba, provide classic, pre-revolutionary autos for an escorted VIP ride to Museo Hemingway where another Baker friend, Ada Rosa, Director of the Museo Hemingway, introduces a Cuban perspective on Hemingway, his associations with the isle and the difficulties of restoring and maintaining Finca Vigia, his former home. Following is lunch at a seafood restaurant in Cojimar that the author favored.

Private restaurant dining, exemplary lodgings and optional horseback riding are additional pleasures of this ground-breaking adventure.

 “Excitement about an ALA tour program in Cuba has been running high among staff and past trip alumni, said Austin. “There’s already a wait list with enough interest to fill the first two departures!”  Austin recommends that interested travelers contact ALA as soon as possible to ensure space availability.

About Austin-Lehman Adventures

Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 38-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

For a comprehensive 2012 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail info@austinlehman.com. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/. To access a digital version of the 2012 catalog go to: www.austinlehman.com/2012catalog

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Austin-Lehman Adventures Company Contact:

Dan Austin, Director | Dan@austinlehman.com | 800-575-1540 / 406-655-4591

www.austinlehman.com

For photos and/or more information on Austin-Lehman Adventures please contact: Widness & Wiggins PR:

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / sara@widnesspr.com

Dave Wiggins / 303-554-8821 / dave@travelnewssource.com

For a Portfolio of Past News Releases Visit: http://www.travelnewssource.com/

Follow Widness & Wiggins PR on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/BoulderDave

Billings, MT, Aug. 24, 2011 – Award-winning tour operator Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA – http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond, announces three new itineraries for 2012 embracing the diversity, culture, cuisine and natural wonders of both sides of the Andes in Argentina, Chile and south to Patagonia.

 

Wine aficionados will appreciate Argentina & Chile – Wine Country, a 9-day multi-sport (trekking, horseback riding, cycling) program at $5,098 per person, double, that begins in Mendoza and ends in Santiago. The 2012 tour dates are Feb. 13-21, Mar. 5-13 and Dec.24-Jan. 1. See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/argentina-wine-country/

 

This itinerary encompasses the Uco Valley of Argentina and Mendoza´s wine regions (Malbecs and Torrontés) in a dry desert at the foothills of the Andes as well as Chile’s vines (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Carmenere) that grow in the Colchagua Valley, a lusher colonial-flavored landscape near the Pacific. The scenic drive across the Andes takes guests along the base of Mt. Aconcagua (22,841 foot elevation), the highest peak of the Americas and anywhere outside of the Himalayas.

 

Dan Austin, ALA’s founder and owner said that the enjoyment of these trips is enhanced by “engaging guests on bike, horseback and on foot in the living cultural experiences available in these two extraordinary countries.”

 

“We completely avoid the “factory” winery tour,” says Austin. “At one winery we will blend our own wine; at another there’s a superb culinary experience.” One stop is for a five-course lunch planned around Argentina wines at Chef Lucas Bustos’ restaurant at Rica Malen Winery. Another is an overnight stop at a Colchagua Valley (Chile) vineyard.

 

“Our choices for lodging are boutique hotels at the vineyards, haciendas and estancias (authentic working cattle ranches) that become true highlights of the trip,” he says.

 

Two other new trips for 2012 that span both Argentina and Chile:

 

Argentina & Chile – Patagonia is a 10-day, moderately paced mountaineering adventure with hiking trips priced at $5,498 per person, double, that begins and ends in El Calafate (South Patagonia) for transfers to Buenos Aires and covers much of the territory of Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia. The 2011-2012 tour dates are Dec. 19-28, Feb. 20-29, Mar. 12-21 and Dec. 31-Jan. 9. See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/chile-patagonia/

 

Highlights include (in Argentina) trekking to the best views of the Southern Face of Cerro Torre, its lake and hanging glaciers, and the Egger and Standhard spires plus views of the Fitz Roy massif, Mt. Saint Exupery, and Poincenot peaks. There’s also a glaciologist-led ice hike over the Perito Moreno Glacier to observe its surreal formations of ice peaks and blue crevasses.

 

Crossing into Chile participants take in Torres del Paine National Park including Lago Grey Beach for iceberg viewing, Grey Glacier (a 3.75-mile-wide wall of ice), and Lago Pehoe where Andean Condors are regularly seen soaring above.

 

A third new tour is Argentina & Chile – Salta to Atacama a 10-day cycling, horseback and hiking adventure priced at $5,298 per person, double, that begins in the northwest Argentine city of Salta and ends at the Atacama town of Calama with air transfers to Santiago, Chile. The 2012 departures are offered year-round.  

See: http://www.austinadventures.com/destinations/south-america/

 

Highlights include cycling Los Cardones National Park, wine tasting at local bodegas, museum visits, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Humahuaca Canyon and three full days exploring Chile’s Atacama, the driest desert in the world.

 

About Austin-Lehman Adventures

Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 37-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

 

For a comprehensive 2011 catalog and to get on the list for the 2012 edition (available i
n the fall) call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail info@austinlehman.com. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/.

 

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Austin-Lehman Adventures Company Contact:

Dan Austin, Director / Dan@austinlehman.com / 800-575-1540 / 406-655-4591

www.austinlehman.com

 

For photos and/or more information on Austin-Lehman Adventures please contact: Widness & Wiggins PR:

 

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / sara@widnesspr.com

Billings, MT, Aug. 24, 2011 – Award-winning tour operator Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA – http://www.austinlehman.com/), the active travel company setting adventure vacations standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond, announces three new itineraries for 2012 embracing the diversity, culture, cuisine and natural wonders of both sides of the Andes in Argentina, Chile and south to Patagonia.

 

Wine aficionados will appreciate Argentina & Chile – Wine Country, a 9-day multi-sport (trekking, horseback riding, cycling) program at $5,098 per person, double, that begins in Mendoza and ends in Santiago. The 2012 tour dates are Feb. 13-21, Mar. 5-13 and Dec.24-Jan. 1. See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/argentina-wine-country/

 

This itinerary encompasses the Uco Valley of Argentina and Mendoza´s wine regions (Malbecs and Torrontés) in a dry desert at the foothills of the Andes as well as Chile’s vines (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Carmenere) that grow in the Colchagua Valley, a lusher colonial-flavored landscape near the Pacific. The scenic drive across the Andes takes guests along the base of Mt. Aconcagua (22,841 foot elevation), the highest peak of the Americas and anywhere outside of the Himalayas.

 

Dan Austin, ALA’s founder and owner said that the enjoyment of these trips is enhanced by “engaging guests on bike, horseback and on foot in the living cultural experiences available in these two extraordinary countries.”

 

“We completely avoid the “factory” winery tour,” says Austin. “At one winery we will blend our own wine; at another there’s a superb culinary experience.” One stop is for a five-course lunch planned around Argentina wines at Chef Lucas Bustos’ restaurant at Rica Malen Winery. Another is an overnight stop at a Colchagua Valley (Chile) vineyard.

 

“Our choices for lodging are boutique hotels at the vineyards, haciendas and estancias (authentic working cattle ranches) that become true highlights of the trip,” he says.

 

Two other new trips for 2012 that span both Argentina and Chile:

 

Argentina & Chile – Patagonia is a 10-day, moderately paced mountaineering adventure with hiking trips priced at $5,498 per person, double, that begins and ends in El Calafate (South Patagonia) for transfers to Buenos Aires and covers much of the territory of Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia. The 2011-2012 tour dates are Dec. 19-28, Feb. 20-29, Mar. 12-21 and Dec. 31-Jan. 9. See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/chile-patagonia/

 

Highlights include (in Argentina) trekking to the best views of the Southern Face of Cerro Torre, its lake and hanging glaciers, and the Egger and Standhard spires plus views of the Fitz Roy massif, Mt. Saint Exupery, and Poincenot peaks. There’s also a glaciologist-led ice hike over the Perito Moreno Glacier to observe its surreal formations of ice peaks and blue crevasses.

 

Crossing into Chile participants take in Torres del Paine National Park including Lago Grey Beach for iceberg viewing, Grey Glacier (a 3.75-mile-wide wall of ice), and Lago Pehoe where Andean Condors are regularly seen soaring above.

 

A third new tour is Argentina & Chile – Salta to Atacama a 10-day cycling, horseback and hiking adventure priced at $5,298 per person, double, that begins in the northwest Argentine city of Salta and ends at the Atacama town of Calama with air transfers to Santiago, Chile. The 2012 departures are offered year-round.  

See: http://www.austinadventures.com/destinations/south-america/

 

Highlights include cycling Los Cardones National Park, wine tasting at local bodegas, museum visits, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Humahuaca Canyon and three full days exploring Chile’s Atacama, the driest desert in the world.

 

About Austin-Lehman Adventures

Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 37-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning.  ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

 

For a comprehensive 2011 catalog and to get on the list for the 2012 edition (available in the fall) call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail info@austinlehman.com. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/.

 

# # #

 

Austin-Lehman Adventures Company Contact:

Dan Austin, Director / Dan@austinlehman.com / 800-575-1540 / 406-655-4591

www.austinlehman.com

 

For photos and/or more information on Austin-Lehman Adventures please contact: Widness & Wiggins PR:

 

Sara Widness / 802-234-6704 / sara@widnesspr.com

Dave Wiggins / 303-554-8821 / dave@travelnewss
ource.com

For a Portfolio of Past News Releases Visit: http://www.travelnewssource.com/

Follow Widness & Wiggins PR on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/BoulderDave

Dave Wiggins / 303-554-8821 / dave@travelnewssource.com

For a Portfolio of Past News Releases Visit: http://www.travelnewssource.com/

Follow Widness & Wiggins PR on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/BoulderDave

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