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We are in the business of making memories and have been for 35+ years. But don’t take our word for it, hear what our guests have to say.

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North America Trips

Our experience was absolutely amazing! This was a bucket-list sort of adventure. What we didn’t expect and was the most amazing bonus was how informative our guides were – our whole family learned so much in addition to having a ton of fun. — Sara Angus, Yellowstone & Teton 2021

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It was just wonderful, amazing, exceptional, pure nature! And the guides were also wonderful and exceptional, pure humanism and professionalism, bravo! Highly recommended. — Anne Giordano, Yellowstone 2021

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This is our third Austin Adventures trip and I am still amazed by the experience that these guided trips provide. It was wonderful to be present and just enjoy all of the activities, collecting precious memories instead of worrying about all the logistics involved in creating this kind of experience. — Judith Quatrale, Montana/Yellowstone 2021

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We took our first trip with Austin Adventures this year as a last-minute trip after we had to cancel other travel plans due to covid. We had done group travel in the past, but this trip definitely exceeded our expectations. From the knowledge of the guides to the great food to amazing activities to the little special “extras” that occurred during our trip, it is one we will remember always! — Cara Mahoney, Alaska 2021

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I was really nervous going into this trip as I didn’t feel as physically prepared as I should be, but it ended up being (almost) no problem. The first day was REALLY hot, and we just happened to be on a hike with no shade (none of this was the fault of the guides, Austin Adventures, or anyone else, just timing and chance). The guides were very clear that they were interested in our safety first and demonstrated this many times throughout the trip. But they were also fun to interact with, offered great suggestions and recommendations, and also seemed to be enjoying themselves. The trip itself had a few bumps along the way, mostly due to weather so out of anyone’s control, but I had no complaints beyond that. I had a great time. — Samantha Colbert, Bryce & Zion 2021

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The trip was perfect. The guides were outstanding and took care of all our needs and then some. I had high expectations for the trip and it was better than I could have imagined. The hotels were great, the good that the guides provided was also more than expected. The most important thing was that I always felt safe and supported. Our guides were professional, friendly, and fun… can’t ask for more than that. — Karen Borbee, California Yosemite 2021

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Amazing trip and awesome guides. The views were spectacular and the bike ride up and over Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park was incredible! Not many people can say they rode a bike there and that is what sold me on this trip as opposed to a hike only. I am glad I chose this one because as someone who rides regularly that was by far the best ride I have ever done. This was my sixth trip with Austin Adventures and I just love traveling with them. I have never had a bad experience. — Diana Inverso, Montana Glacier 2021

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It was an absolutely perfect trip. Our guides, David, Maxie, and Brooke, literally took care of everything. They were so knowledgeable and made everything fun and exciting, while always being safe. We got to see the many amazing sights of Yellowstone but without fighting the crowds. And, the adventures were fantastic. Our kids, ages 9 and 10, loved it so much. They cried saying goodbye to our guides at the end of our week. That’s because Austin Adventures and our guides did a wonderful job learning our interests (from drinks/snacks to activities) and just made them all happen. We can’t wait to do another trip with Austin Adventures!!! Thank you for giving our family a trip to remember always. — Angela Whitefield, Wyoming Yellowstone 2021

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We have never taken a guided trip before and we are definitely considering more in the future. The experience blew our expectations out of the water. Gio, Liz, and Hodges are wonderful guides and people. We enjoyed getting to know them and Alaska. We enjoyed all the activities and appreciated the support that they provided on the long hikes and rides. The food (from the restaurants to those prepared by the guides) was wonderful. We have not eaten that well on vacation, ever. We really appreciated having everything planned so that we could enjoy Alaska and our time together as a family. — Neepa Choksi, Alaska Kenai Peninsula 2021

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Being a handicapped traveler, I found every aspect of this trip just perfect. Our guide and driver, Jon Maret, was wonderful. He provided me with a wheelchair, a truly comfortable vehicle and accommodations which were all handicapped accessible. — Lya Eisenberg, Wyoming/South Dakota 2021

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A fabulous trip with knowledgeable guides, a fascinating area, and fun activities. An overall wonderful experience for my granddaughter and myself. The guides were especially helpful and professional in all ways. Kathy Katie and Steve worked together to create an unforgettable Yellowstone holiday for everyone, young and old. They were especially solicitous of an 85-year-old. Though this was a second trip to Yellowstone with your organization, it felt like the first! An eye-opening WOW experience. Thank you. — Carol Wood, Wyoming Yellowstone 2021

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There was never a moment when we wished we were doing something else. Best Family Vacation Ever! — David, Arizona Grand Canyon

Latin America Trips

Our trip to Peru was more than we could have expected. The people and culture were beyond any expectation I could have had. I do wish we had had a little more downtime, which is the only reason I didn’t rate it at a 10. I felt like Austin really thought of everything. We really didn’t have to think of anything since it was all done for us. The people, the places, the transport, lodging everything was top-notch! — Wesleigh Wethington, Peru 2021

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All of our transfers were seamless, our drivers were spectacular, and we hit all of the highlights that we could have ever wanted. We had the right balance of structured activities and time at leisure. Our accommodations were the best that each city had to offer and we enjoyed the fact that every company was run by locals! — Lydia Thomas, Costa Rica 2021

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Wow!!! What an incredible time we all had in Costa Rica! Our experience was so rich in every way. Costa Rica is a breathtaking country, full of color, texture and beauty wherever you look. From hiking in the jungle, to walking along the sandy beaches, to cruising down the river to see wildlife; every view was spectacular. The monkeys, sloths, and birds did not disappoint! What a treasure to see them in their natural habitat! The food we experienced was definitely some of the best we’ve ever eaten! Fresh sea bass, and red snapper to organic farm to table meals. I think we all put on a few pounds!! I’d be remiss not to mention the coffee! Delicious! However, one thing stands out among the food and amazing sights- our guide Marco and driver Jose. With an age range of 76 to 3, Marco and Jose went far above and far beyond to ensure all of us we’re having a good time. They readily adjusted our schedule when the teens wanted more time to explore the resort, Marco playing in soccer games on the beach, made special accommodations for our 3-year-old’s eating preferences, and provided a wealth of information and learning for the adults on the trip. Then two of them made our trip a success. They are both incredible guides, and even better people. We are so thankful for them both. We were sad to leave such a beautiful country, but even more sad to have to leave new friends. We are hoping to travel with Austin Adventures again in the near future!  — Kelly Nunn, Costa Rica 2021

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For having some of the best things in the country picked out and planned for a family of five in a country where we were not fluent with the language made the entire experience amazing. I know having a guide as knowledgeable and passionate as Marco will leave a lasting impression. We learned a lot and saw a lot and know we would not have gotten as much out of it or the real authentic Costa Rican experience without him. The people we met at the resorts and on the excursions were warm and wonderful. The food was amazing. The experiences were so much fun. — Kate Isler, Costa Rica 2021

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AMAZING. Couldn’t ask for a thing to change. Everything was seamless and we absolutely loved Tex, our guide. He became part of the family and we all teared up when we had to leave him. — Niranjalie Romeo, Costa Rica 2021

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WOW! What an amazing trip! My family loved everything about our Peruvian adventure! It was a lovely mix of outdoor activities and history / cultural experiences. The highlight of our trip was meeting all of our guides along the way who wanted nothing more than to provide an amazing experience for us. Jesus, our main guide, was absolutely wonderful. From adding in trips through local farmers markets, taking us to the best ceramics and alpaca shopping experiences, providing us with an excellent tour of Machu Pichu, and always making sure we were happy, fed, and had all our questions answered – he is a true gem! — Jennifer Tobin, Peru 2021

Europe Trips

We had absolutely NO idea what to expect since our family has never done this type of ‘touring’ before. My overall impression: If the goal of your adventures is 1) to have fun 2) get exercise with spectacular scenery 3) have someone else be in charge of the arrangements 4) learn so much about the life of your host country 5) have small businesses ( mostly family operated ) prosper from our money vs large restaurants etc AND 6) have the most patient and best-tempered guides to deal with a large variety of personalities with a CAN DO attitude was SO WONDERFUL !!!!!! — Marie Stinger, Croatia Dalmation Coast 2021

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We were thrilled to be on the road again in Europe! After a few Covid challenges along the way in planning, travel expert Curtis and our wonderful guide, Ron, came up with our biking/hiking trip to Bavaria and Austria. Although we are experienced travelers, our itinerary took us to biking and hiking destinations we would never have explored on our own. We want to thank everyone involved for making this one of my best birthdays ever! The inconvenience of a few Covid restrictions were well worth it to be traveling again.  — Vittoria Zack, Germany/Austria 2021

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It was the trip I’d dreamed it would be. Every detail was carefully planned and carried out perfectly. The guides could not have more helpful, informative, or compassionate! We will definitely use Austin Adventures again. — William Bubenick, Austria 2021

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I had never been on an “adventure” trip like this, so wasn’t sure what to expect. I am not an experienced bike rider and opted for the motorized bike. So glad I did. I could not have done it without that benefit. Our guides, Axel and Veronique were so encouraging and never judgmental. Always helpful and friendly. I learned so much from both of them. The food, accommodations, tours everything was a dream come true! It has ruined me for any other trip I will ever take. First class all the way! — Vicki, France Burgundy

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Beautifully and thoughtfully planned out the trip with all details considered. Wonderful trip guides. We could not have been more delighted. — Marianne, Danish Isles

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I really really liked it and I loved seeing a part of the world that I have never been to before. With Austin Adventures, it’s never just seeing a cool place; it’s truly experiencing it and I think that is the best part. — Marion, France Normandy

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I was surprised and impressed by the quality of this tour. This was my first Austin adventure and I am certainly recommending it to everyone I know… Our guide Marko was well prepared and very professional, he loves his country and showed us much more than its incredible beautiful places. — Marcela, Croatia Dalmatian Coast

Africa Trips

This was a spectacular experience! From planning to arrival to departure, Austin Adventures and Twiga Tours really went above and beyond to ensure our safari was perfect. The staff was knowledgeable and polite, punctual and the tour and itinerary that was custom designed for us was amazing. What stood out the most was the personal touch of the owners of these two companies. It is obvious that they care about the clients and ensuring satisfaction. The accommodations were first class, the food was magnificent and the comfort in the vehicles was first rate. I could not have wished for more, always understanding our needs and making sure that we saw all the animals of Kenya and Tanzania. — Janice Ehlers, Kenya/Tanzania, Great Migration 2021

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I had a wonderful time. My blood pressure has gone down significantly since before the trip. I liked all the people in the group we were with. I felt welcomed and supported by the Austins and by Twiga. We had great vehicles and beautiful lodging and food. This was a great way to see Africa especially during a pandemic. All our covid tests were facilitated by the Austins. I was picked up at the airport and taken back to the airport at the end of the adventure. I had a very happy and successful trip and a great life experience. — Robin Miller, Kenya/Tanzania, Great Migration 2021

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Wow! Just wow! The animals! The wonderful co-travelers! The People! The Food! The Guides! Everything was amazing! This was my first trip with Austin Adventures and it definitely won’t be the last. I’m not sure how you did it, the organization of it all (especially the COVID testing), the attention to details like the sundowners out on the plains, on the deck, on the porch, such a great time. It was great having Carol and Dan on the trip, they made it even more special, so very welcoming, like being with family. — Ms. Kyle Roche, Kenya/Tanzania, Great Migration 2021

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