• 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.

  • 2001

    Paul Lehman and Dan Austin join forces to form Austin-Lehman Adventures. Merged 2 companies Back country Bicycle Tours and Adventures Plus together at this time.

  • 2003

    We added our first international trip to our portfolio in Costa Rica.

  • 2005

    We opened up South America by adding Peru & Galapagos Islands.

  • 2008

    We added Africa to our trip list.

  • 2008

    Acquired Eurobike tours.

  • 2009

    We added Europe to our portfolio.

  • 2010

    Dan started up Wheels of Change (then it was called Bicycles for Humanity) and donated our mountain bike fleet to the cause.

  • 2010

    Dan & Carol Austin become sole owners of Austin-Lehman Adventures.

  • 2011

    Austin-Lehman Adventures moved out to the country to “the farm”.

  • 2013

    Xanterra acquires Austin-Lehman Adventures. We change our name from ALA to Austin Adventures.

  • 2013

    Opened Australia adventure portfolio & launched line of small cruise ship adventures.

  • 2016

    Introduced SE Asia. Austin now offers adventures on all 7 continents.

  • 2017

    Austin Adventures buys company back from Xanterra. Family owned and operated once again!

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