Billings, MT, Jan. 13, 2011 – Following your bliss just became simple thanks to an award-winning adventure tour company’s GPS targeting where in the world to stop and smell the flowers this spring.
From bike tours in Holland to hiking in Havasupai (Grand Canyon), multiple opportunities for active pleasures abound as surely as the blossoms, says Dan Austin, owner of Austin-Lehman Adventures http://www.austinlehman.com/, the active travel company setting adventure tour standards in the Americas, Europe, Africa and beyond.
Says Austin-Lehman cycling guide, Sajid Litjens, “The best trips for spring flowers in all of Europe are our cycle tours in Holland. Everywhere are the most amazing colors. You have to visit ‘de Keukenhof’ http://www.keukenhof.nl/, a tulip fair with all kinds of bulb flowers, but the ultimate highlight is just cycling through the tulip fields. The landscape almost looks like an abstract painting.”
Carol Austin of the Austin-Lehman family notes that “Havasupai in the Grand Canyon is a must for spring flower seekers. From late March to early May all of the desert flowers are in bloom, and up against the backdrop of red rocks and blue skies the colors are amazing!”
Guide Doreen Rae loves “going up to the Skagit Valley (Washington) in April and wandering their fields of tulips. I then hop on the ferry to the San Juan Islands to enjoy some hiking and mountain biking, the lavender fields and wineries.”
Following are additional details on viewing tulips in Holland. Spring displays will be at their prime on these biking departures:
Holland – Haarlem to Odoorn
http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/haarlem-to-odoorn-holland-tour-trips-71.php. Eight day/seven night departures are $2,998 per person double.
Holland – Netherlands Highlights
http://www.austinlehman.com/trips/holland___netherlands_highlights/72.php. Five day/four night departures are$1,998 per person double.
The lavender fields of Provence France are legendary. In May and June these blossoms as well as hyacinths abound. Seven day/six night biking departures spiced with cuisine and culture begin mid April and continue through early autumn. See: http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/provence-france-tour-trips-59.php. The per person double rate is $3,598 (single supplement is $680).
Can’t get to Europe? How about the Pacific Northwest’s Skagit Valley and San Juan Islands for a six day/five night tour with biking, hiking, paddling and horseback riding beginning June 12 and continuing through September; $2,798 per person double.
A five day/four night hiking trip to Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon offers iconic waterfalls and Native American culture tossed with patches of lupine, serviceberry, butterweed, morning glory and blooming cacti for an explosion of color in May and June. Departures begin March 20 and continue through the summer and early fall – $1,698. http://www.austinlehman.com/tours/havasupai-arizona-tour-trips-53.php
In Yellowstone National Park the display of alpine wildflowers comes a little later, in June and July. Flowers that gardeners covet such as blue penstemon, glacier lilies and violets abound as does the Wyoming state flower, Indian paintbrush. This region is particularly popular with ALA families. A six day/five night trip includes hiking, paddling and horseback riding. The per person double rate is $1,998. Children’s rates are from $1,598.
About Austin-Lehman Adventures
Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 37-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on five continents, has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms. Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning. ALA offers each traveler a money-back satisfaction guarantee.
For free 2011 catalog call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto: http://www.austinlehman.com/.