Austin Adventures Launches Six New Eastern U.S. Tours
BILLINGS, Montana, Oct. 14, 2021 – During a surprisingly successful 2021 season, an enthusiastic and ever-expanding client base helped fuel one of the best seasons for domestic travel in Austin Adventures’ history. This has inspired the company to look beyond its hugely popular National Park itineraries in the West. The result? Six new East Coast departures for the 2022 calendar.
The new offerings provide Americans and many of Austin Adventures’ alumni guests who live in the eastern region with more opportunities to explore in their own backyard as pent-up travel demand is released on domestic destinations.
“While it has taken us some 20 years to return to offering trips in the eastern part of our country, we are no strangers to the region. Many of our top guides are from the area and have played an integral role in the development of these adventures, filled with the cultural, historical and natural highlights and “wow” moments our travelers have come to expect,” explained Dan Austin, Founder of Austin Adventures.
The new programs with options for both family and adult-only participation include:
Maine | Acadia National Park | Adult Only Tour or Family Vacation — Experience the best of Maine’s Atlantic coast by bike, foot, kayak and sailboat near Acadia National Park, Penobscot Bay and more. Lobster rolls are included.
Adult-only departures for ages 16+ are Aug. 28-Sept. 2 and Sept. 4-Sept. 9, 2022. Rates are from $3,998 (single supplement $680). See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/maine-acadia-national-park-adult-only/
Family departures are June 12-June 17, June 19-June 24 and Aug. 21-26, 2022. Rates are from $3,998 adult, $3,608 children ages 7-12 sharing room with 2 adults (single supplement $680). See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/maine-acadia-national-park-family-vacation/
Vermont | Green Mountains | Adult Only Tour — Get inspired by Vermont’s picturesque countryside and quintessential farmlands in the Green Mountains. Guests discover Robert Frost’s farm, waterfalls, how cheese is made and the secrets of maple syrup. Adult-only departures for ages 16+ are Sept. 18-Sept. 23 and Sept. 25-Sept. 30, 2022. Rates are from $3,198 (single supplement $680). See: https://www.austinadventures.com/packages/vermont-green-mountains-adult/
North Carolina | Blue Ridge Mountains | Adult or Family Vacation – Guests are ensconced in the Appalachian range of mountains that defines the East Coast from Georgia all the way up into Canada. Paddling on mountain lakes, walking across the Mile High Swinging Bridge over an 80-foot chasm and enjoying the history of the grand Biltmore Estate are a few of many thrills in store.
Adult-only departures for ages 16+ are Oct. 2-Oct. 7, Oct. 9-Oct. 14 and Oct. 16-Oct. 21. Rates are from $3,898 (single supplement $880). See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/north-carolina-blue-ridge-mountains-asheville-adult/
Family departures are July 31-Aug.5 and Aug. 7-12, 2022. Rates are from $3,898 adults (single supplement $880) and $3,508 children ages 7-12. See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/north-carolina-blue-ridge-mountains-asheville-family/
Georgia & South Carolina | Savannah & Charleston | Family Vacation– Kayak with dolphins around Hilton Head, meet Charleston’s ghosts, lounge on the beach and hike through salt marshes and forests covered with Spanish moss. Departures are July 3-July 8 and July 10-15, 2022. Rates are from $3,898 adults (single supplement $780) and $3,508 children ages 7-12. See: www.austinadventures.com/packages/georgia-south-carolina-savannah-charleston-family-vacation/
Along with these new tours, the company has also been retrospective regarding the nature of small group travel in the future.
“The pandemic has been rough on all of us. But it has also provided our company with a steep but positive learning curve,” said Austin. “Small group travel is in our DNA and has always been our focus. While more and more travelers and tour operators are now looking to tours with a smaller number of participants, we have operated this way since our inception in the 1980s. With the attraction and value of nature-based small group travel and social distancing clearly emphasized during the pandemic, we will continue our style of travel on this new line-up of East Coast trips with an emphasis on what many now call “Bubble Tours” with groups limited to just 12 participants and two guides.”
Austin Adventures prides itself on the inherent perks of small group travel, according to Austin:
- A 6-to-1 guest to guide ratio allows a deeper connection and personalized service.
- Avoidance of over-tourism with a smaller foot print (on and off the trails).
- Privileged behind the scenes access due to local guides and connections.
- Smaller more nimble vehicles as larger busses are limited to where they can and can’t go.
- Memorable dining options from guide-curated picnics on-trail and outdoor BBQ’s to boutique Bistros with personalized menus.
- A real opportunity to get to know your fellow travelers on a more intimate level.
In August 2021 Austin Adventures merged with New Zealand-based Active Adventures. Together these companies have covered all the bases of active vacation planning and execution for adventurers across the globe. In the last year, their time-tested expertise has proved priceless as more and more travelers turn to professionals for travel planning advice and assistance.
About Active Adventures & Austin Adventures
With over 60 years of combined experience, Active Adventures and Austin Adventures set the standard for inspiring, all-inclusive, small-group adventures in the most breath-taking regions of the world. Their 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 their 100+ trips are 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. For more information, please visit activeadventures.com and austinadventures.com
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