Welcome to the World of Adventure Travel
At Austin Adventures, our approach to planning the perfect vacation is simple. It begins with the understanding that for every destination we visit, there is a way to experience it in the most immersive, energizing, and inspiring way possible.
With over 40 years of experience in the adventure travel business, we are committed to offering our guests unparalleled and impossible-to-replicate encounters with the land, the people, and the cultures of the places we visit – all while embracing the importance of traveling with an open heart and a small footprint.
Our adventure vacations take you well off the tourist track, in a unique blend of travel and action that will have you exploring your destination in the most intimate, fun and exhilarating ways possible.
Why Travel with Austin Adventures?
We often hear from our guests that ‘the hardest part is going home.’ Rest assured that with Austin Adventures, you will take home unforgettable memories that will stay with you long after you’ve returned home.
Here is what embarking on an adventure vacation means to us (and what you can expect when you travel with us):
For over 25 years, the Austin family has meticulously curated truly unique and enriching adventure travel vacations. Our carefully vetted itineraries are world-famous, and have earned us a spot as the Best Tour Operator in the World by Travel + Leisure, and other top honors from Conde Nast Travel, National Geographic, and more.
Pampered Small Groups
We guarantee a 6:1 ratio of guests to guides (the lowest in the industry) and a max of 18 guests per trip. Our small group sizes are unprecedented, designed to take you off the tourist track to enjoy the beauty, culture, and excitement of a destination from the perspective of an insider – all while receiving ultra-personalized, above-and-beyond service that will leave you (and each of your companions) feeling like a V.I.P.
Expert Local Guides
Our guides are private–never contracted–with the highest tenures in the industry for an average of 15 years. Selected for their infectious enthusiasm, and deep insider knowledge of the local wildlife, language, culture and history, our guides are the finest local experts around. They also possess the one quality a guide must have to do what they do successfully: empathy. They are excellent listeners, with an innate ability to anticipate individual wants, needs, limitations, and aspirations. Indeed, our guests regularly tell us their guides are a top reason they return to us year after year.
Finest Lodging & Cuisine
Our insider access gains us (and our guests) access to the best lodging available. Each of our locally run Inns, B&Bs, ecolodges, resorts, and haciendas are selected for their unique charm and history, and embody the unique culture of the places we visit – they offer a ‘true feel’ for the region. And from five-star restaurants to dinner by the campfire, you will enjoy the finest local cuisine, with a true taste of the local flavor. A variety of selections easily accommodate all diets.
Thrilling Wow Moments
Expect the unexpected. Our team relishes the opportunities to surprise and delight with our signature, over-the-top moments that create memories of a lifetime. It’s these unexpected and thoughtful details throughout each adventure, that are often the signature ‘extras’ you’ll remember most.
When you book a vacation with Austin Adventures, the tour will operate on the dates and itinerary scheduled and will not be cancelled due to lack of participation. Rest assured, if you book it, you’re going. Get ready for a great time.
100% Money Back Guarantee
With decades of experience, impeccable service, and unmatched access to national parks and the world’s natural wonders, we guarantee you’ll love every moment with Austin Adventures. Expect nothing short of five-star service, with the confidence that, as our guest, you are well-protected. Not only are we one of the few in the industry with a money-back satisfaction guarantee, we also carry USTOA travel insurance.
What We Offer
Worry free travel – our adventure vacations are all-inclusive, active and multisport adventures to America’s National Parks and across the globe on all 7 continents. These all-inclusive, multisport tours are carefully structured to maximize your vacation time. No matter how exotic the destination, you can relax from start to finish, knowing that every detail has been considered – and that your only job is to show up and have fun! Hiking, biking, rafting, climbing (you name it), we offer a wide variety of multisport activities to enjoy on all of our all-inclusive adventure vacations.
Where Do We Travel?
Austin Adventures designs and operates deeply memorable, all-inclusive, multisport adventure vacations throughout our national parks, spanning all 7 continents – including North, Central & South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia & Pacific. We even have small ship cruises!
Who Travels with Us?
Below you’ll find a full roster of the specific adventures we offer. We believe adventure travel is for everyone. At Austin Adventures, our itineraries are carefully designed to suit travelers of all ages, and athletic ability. Families, adults, solo travelers and couples from all walks of life, from seven to seventy, will find an adventure to enjoy, tailored to their energy levels and ability.
Adult Adventure Vacations
Designed for travelers 18 years and up, these tours are crafted to include longer, more rigorous options for daily activities like hikes or bike rides. These trips also include ‘grown-up’ perks life private wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and as much quiet time as the heart desires. These trips are favored among solo travelers, friends, and couples. Popular Adult destinations include Costa Rica Adventures, National Park Adventures, and Europe Adventures.
Family Adventure Vacations
These adventures are designed for children 7 and up (5 an up in Costa Rica & Yellowstone), and include and extra guide, van, and special equipment, as well as separate activities for kids so grownups can have some ‘adult time.’ These tours are the perfect blend of cross-generational activity, R&R, and good, clean outdoor fun. Popular Family vacations include National Park Adventures, Austria Multisport Adventures, and France’s Loire Valley Tour.
For inspirational ideas and practical advice to help you plan the best family vacation possible, check out our FREE Guide to Planning the Ultimate Family Vacation!
National Park Vacations
Our decades-long partnerships give us unparalleled insider access to each park, and we take you off the tourist track to experience the iconic national parks in the most intimate and authentic way possible – away from the crowds. From Yellowstone National Park to Yosemite, our all-inclusive adventures are a family favorite.
For tips on planning your next national park vacation, check out our FREE Guide to Planning the Ultimate National Park Vacation!
Our women’s trips explore the world’s most beautiful and exciting destinations, and are perfect places to forge new friendships with other adventurous, inspiring women! Travelers often come to these trips solo, or bring a girlfriend (or two), for adventures that are filled with encouragement, support and camaraderie that leave travelers feeling empowered and inspired.
These itineraries allow you to get the most out of each destination we visit. Hike, bike, raft and climb (you name it), and explore well off the tourist track, with active, invigorating adventures tailored to your level of energy and endurance.
Custom & Exclusive Adventures
We build custom, once-in-a-lifetime trips from scratch to meet your definition of a dream vacation. Simply share your idea of a perfect getaway – and leave the rest to us!
Or choose any one of our pre-existing tours, and make it exclusive! We’ll tailor it specifically for you and your travel companions – tell us your interests, timeframe, and budget, and we’ll create a vacation experience that unfolds just the way you want it to.
Small Ship Adventure Cruising
Get up-close with some of the most dramatic scenery and wildlife-rich waters in the world as you explore by riverboat, small ship, or even sailing on a yacht. These cruising adventures are designed to maneuver shallow, difficult-to-access waterways inaccessible to big ships. Popular cruises include the Vietnam & Cambodia Cruise, Amazon River Cruise, and our Alaska Glacier Bay Cruise!
Truly unforgettable combinations of luxury accommodations, spectacular scenery and exotic wildlife – dive deep, get up-close and even face-to-face with nature’s most gorgeous creations. Popular safaris include the Luxury African Safari, Namibia Desert Dune Safari, and the Republic of the Congo Safari!
Discover Your Next Adventure Vacation
Want to see ALL of the trips Austin Adventures has to offer in one place? Download the PDF of our 2018 Adult and Family Adventure Catalog! Filled with active tours in breathtaking destinations around the world, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek into an Austin Adventure in action!
Have other questions not covered here? Swing by our FAQ Page to get answers to the most commonly asked questions.
- “We can’t wait to choose our next AA trip. You took us to places we wouldn’t have gone by ourselves and stretched us to do more than we ever thought possible.”~ The Brown Family, California – Banff & Lake Louise Family Adventure
- “One of my all-time favorite vacations! It was an active trip coupled with tons of cultural awareness and nature. This is my idea of a great vacation!”~ Gail DiLisio, New York – Costa Rica Volcanoes & Jungles
- “I get to do, see and learn a lot more by traveling with Austin Adventures than I would if I were on my own.”~ Peter Raskauskas, Massachusetts – Alaska Family Adventure