What meals are included?
We include all meals from time of pick-up to time of drop-off, except for one dinner during a night on your own (international trips may offer several lunches or dinners on your own depending on destination). Most breakfasts and dinners will be eaten at your hotel or a local restaurant. Most lunches are prepared freshly and expertly by your guides (who also just happen to be amazing chefs!) Picnic themes range from “Taco Tuesday” to “Deli Day” and a little bit of everything in between. We don’t have a set menu on our trips and our guides love having the flexibility to create unique and delicious picnic lunches. Each guide team puts their own creative twist on lunch time and we promise you won’t walk away hungry!
Can you cater to dietary restrictions?
In short, yes! We do need a heads up on your dietary restrictions before your arrival, so be sure to note “vegetarian”, “gluten free”, “vegan” or whatever your dietary restriction on your green guest information questionnaire. We also accommodate dietary restrictions due to allergies. Please give our team as much information on your allergy as possible and be sure to list if you carry an EpiPen. If you have a picky eater in your family, it can also be helpful to give us a list of items your picky eater will eat. Give us a heads up on your dietary restrictions in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!
Where do the trips start?
Our trips begin in what we call a host city. For example, the host city of our Yellowstone trip is Bozeman, Montana whereas our Holland trip begins with pick-up in Amsterdam. We choose our host cities for several reasons including location, ease of access, and abundance of things to do.
Why do I have to arrive a day before the trip begins?
We recommend arriving at least one day prior to your trip start date since your guides will pick you up early (usually between 6:00 and 8:00 AM) on Day 1 of your trip in the lobby of our recommended pre-trip hotel(s). Most guests enjoy having an extra day or two before their trip to explore the host city, relax and try out the local fare.
What sort of “shape” do I have to be in to enjoy my adventure?
With our small group size and 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, we can cater to all fitness levels. Our adventure vacations are as active as you want them them to be and flexibility is the name of the game. This being said, we do believe that engaging in a regular exercise routine at least 2-3 times per week for at least 30 minutes per session will allow you to more fully enjoy your trip.
Are the guides your employees?
Yes! The guides of Austin Adventures are carefully selected for their infectious enthusiasm, sense of humor, and encyclopedic knowledge of the local wildlife, geography, history, and culture. Our guides are the lifeblood of this company and we consider them the world’s best travel companions.
What is the group size?
On most adventures, you’ll find a maximum group limit of 18 guests and 3 guides. Our family trips tend to max out at 18 guests while our adult trips tend to max out at 12 guests.
What if I am traveling alone?
We think booking a group tour is the best way to meet other active travelers with similar interests if you’re traveling solo! We offer a wide variety of adult trips on which you’ll meet other couples, singles, and families with older children.
Do I need to bring my own bike?
No, you do not need to bring your own bike. Austin Adventures has a fleet of hybrid bicycles that will be fitted to your size in accordance with your height. Our American fleet of bicycles feature the Trek Verve 3. Our European fleet of bicycles feature the Cannondale Adventure 800 Rigid. We also offer a wide range of children’s bikes in a mountain bike style and can provide tagalong bikes for our not-as-confident child riders. All bicycles are well-maintained and offer a smooth ride on dirt or pavement.
How do we get around on the trip?
When you’re not biking, hiking, rafting or horseback riding from point A to point B, you’ll be riding in a clean and comfortable 15-passenger van. On trips with over 13 guests, we will add a second 15-passenger van to the mix. One van will tow a cargo trailer which holds not just your luggage but all of the gear, food and magic your guides need to pull off a memorable trip of a lifetime.
What are the accommodations like?
We offer a wide variety of accommodations on our trips ranging from locally run inns, B&B’s and ecolodges to resorts, haciendas and historic national park cabins. Accommodations are selected for their location, unique charm and history, and offer a true feel for the region.
How safe is it to travel on a group tour?
When you travel with a tour operator, the safety of you and your fellow travelers is our number one priority. While there is and always will be inherent risk on an adventure vacation, we take as many preventative steps as possible to minimize risk on your trip to keep your family active and comfortable throughout the course of your vacation. All of our guides are certified in CPR and First Aid. Each activity you embark on whether you’re heading out for a hike in the woods or rafting down a class III river will involve a short safety briefing. Every move we make on one of our tours from riding in the van to going on a bike ride is planned and carried out with your safety in mind.
What is your return guest rate?
50% of our guests return to travel with us annually! This is huge in the tourism industry and speaks volumes of what our alumni think about our trips!
How long and/or active will each day be?
All tours are different but a typical day starts with breakfast at your lodge or a nearby restaurant. Your guides will pick you up between 8 and 9:00 am (the meeting time will be given the night before). You’ll head out on either an all-day activity with a packed lunch you carry in your backpack. Or you’ll complete two to three activities over the course of the day, usually driving between destinations, with a relaxed guide-prepared picnic lunch around noon. We pack a lot into a day but we try to get you back to your hotel an hour or two before dinner. Dinner is usually eaten with the group, sometimes at one large table and other times split up into smaller tables for faster service. Get lots of sleep – we repeat the same thing tomorrow!
What if I don’t want to participate in a specific activity?
If you don’t want to go on a bike ride or head out on a hike one day, that’s okay! Your guides will let you know your back-up option(s) which can include heading back to the hotel early, exploring on your own, arranging an alternate activity or hanging out with a good book in the shade (depending on location and timing of the day). This is your vacation and we want to help you have a great time, even if you don’t feel like participating in every activity.
Do you have electric bikes?
We offer the option of upgrading to an electric bike for an extra cost on our European vacations. We can not offer electric bikes on most US trips due to permit regulations in the national parks.
What does multisport mean?
Multisport adventures feature different activities done over the course of a week such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking and/or zip lining. Our multisport itineraries tend to be our most popular trips, especially for families, since there truly is something for everyone over the course of the trip!
Is alcohol included?
On most trips, alcohol is not included in the trip price. Some international trips and cruises do include beer and wine. See your itinerary or talk to your Adventure Consultant for details.
Can you accommodate travelers with disabilities?
Yes! We have accommodated many guests with disabilities over the years. We realize that there are many different disabilities and each person’s needs are very distinct. Call and speak to an Adventure Consultant, giving as many details as possible about what you can and can’t do, and we can look into making arrangements to accommodate you as well as we can.