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Who We Are

In pursuit of a dream:

building a world-class

adventure travel company

 

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Newly-merged brands Austin Adventures and Active Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive small group adventures in the most breathtaking regions of the world.

With over 60 years of combined experience, the two brands have teams across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal, and the Netherlands ensure every detail is looked after. Hand-picked guides with a wealth of experience and local knowledge lead the way as guests enjoy exclusive accommodations, top-notch dining, and unique activities showcasing the best of each region. Each of our 100+ trips is crafted to perfection, encouraging guests to not only challenge themselves physically but also to take a deep dive in the local way of life in every destination.

This hallmark of being completely family-owned and operated continues to drive the ethos of Austin Adventures as it has for over 35 years.

Staff, guides, and guests thrive in a culture that values empathy, attention to detail, expedient and thoughtful customer service, and an all-around sense of western hospitality and friendliness. Guests have direct access to Dan, Carol, and Kasey Austin, and it doesn’t take long before Austin Adventures guests become Austin Adventures family.

Our History

 

2021

Similar in philosophy, vision, and missions, New Zealand-based tour operator Active Adventures and Austin Adventures merge as a unified company with two brands. Travel expert teams now span across New Zealand, North America, Peru, Nepal, and the Netherlands to ensure every detail is looked after. Over 100+ tours are offered and destinations new to Austin Adventures guests, like the Himalayas, are made available across the two brands.

2020

Austin Adventures acquires Wildland Adventures, a time-tested international adventure travel icon headquartered in Seattle, Washington, expanding destinations and offerings by 35 percent. Clients now have the opportunity to travel on an additional 40 vetted Wildland itineraries in exciting destinations.

Austin Adventures introduces virtual tours around the globe for kids hosted on YouTube during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019

Always seeking to enable guests to connect with nature, friends, family, and local culture in a real and meaningful way, Austin Adventures launches its Digital Detox tours in which guests pledge to refrain from using digital devices or talking about controversial subjects for the entire trip.

2018

Austin Adventures partners with positive lifestyle brand Life is Good to offer Life is Good Adventures. These tours include guides trained as Life is Good Playmakers and a variety of unique activities that emphasize the power of positivity.

2017

Austin Adventures buys Xanterra’s shares of the company, making it family-owned and operated once again.

2016

With its foray into Southeast Asia, Austin Adventures now offers tours on all 7 continents.

2013

Continually focused on offering travelers not only more options, but the best options, Austin Adventures opens its Australia adventure portfolio and launches a line of small ship adventures.

Xanterra acquires Austin-Lehman Adventures and the company’s name is changed to Austin Adventures. 

2011

Austin-Lehman Adventures moves out to the countryside in Billings, Montana to a location lovingly called “the farm,” where it remains today.

2010

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

Dan starts Wheels of Change (called Bicycles for Humanity at the time) and donates most of his mountain bike fleet from Austin-Lehman Adventures to the cause.

2009

Europe joins the Austin-Lehman Adventures portfolio.

2008

Rooted in a love of biking, Austin-Lehman Adventures acquires Eurobike tours. Euro-Bike & Walking Tours was founded by Dr. Hendrik & Ellen Hoeve and Wim van Dijk in 1974, becoming the first U.S.-based bike tour company to establish operations in Europe.

As interest grows, Austin-Lehman Adventures adds Africa to its trip list.

2005

Austin-Lehman Adventures dives further into South America by adding Peru and the Galapagos Islands.

2003

Austin-Lehman Adventures adds its first international trip to its portfolio: Costa Rica.

2001

Paul Lehman and Dan Austin join forces to form Austin-Lehman Adventures, a merger of Backcountry Bicycle Tours and Adventures Plus.

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 formed. ALA acquires Backcountry Tours.

1997

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

1994

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

1985

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

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