Last week, our 2018 catalog shipped. Within those glossy pages, among all of our classic vacations, are eleven brand-new adventures.
These new trips are the culmination of countless hours pouring over maps, researching destinations, and calling our contacts based around the world. When we build trips, we constantly find ourselves asking, “What is the most amazing thing here? Are my kids going to want to do this? How about my grandparents?” For us, creating life-changing vacations is a labor of love. We want you to feel wonder when you swim with Giant Oceanic Manta Rays in Hawaii or watch the last rays of sunlight disappear behind the ancient temples of Angkor Wat at the end of a perfect day.
If you haven’t gotten your copy of our 2018 catalog, we’ll send it to you free. Read on for some highlights from our newest active travel vacations.
From Montana’s highest mountain range, to North America’s largest high alpine lake, to the world’s first national park, Austin’s Western Adventure is all about the biggest and best. Our in-depth knowledge of the landscape and culture mean that we add a personal touch on this six-day family vacation that no one else can match.
The arid landscapes of Utah are world-renowned for their stunning beauty. The Mighty Five National Parks Tour weaves its way through five of the most striking national parks in the world. Whether you’re looking up from the bottom of a slot-canyon or down from a lofty desert overlook, you will experience places that will engage all of your senses. While the dry landscape may be harsh, the accommodations are far from. Evenings will be marked with rustic elegance punctuated by great local cuisine.
Towering granite spires are your first sight on this tour, but the scenery doesn’t go downhill from there. This meticulously-planned adventure will whisk you through so many stunning landscapes you may have trouble keeping them all straight. Discover why the Rocky Mountains are considered the jewel in America’s crown, while at the same time enjoying the authentic hospitality of the locals who call this majestic range home.
Snow-crested peaks, tranquil valleys, and ice-covered lakes set the stage for your six-day Banff Winter Vacation. This all-inclusive, meticulously-planned adventure with have you embracing the Canadian Rockies during the most exquisite time of year. Come discover for yourself this wonderful winter paradise.
Enjoy the oddly acclaimed tallest palm trees in the world, embrace landscapes of epic proportions, and discover Colombia’s colonial charm on this all-inclusive nine-day excursion. You will not simply be savoring a cup of coffee here, but you will actually be learning and participating in the creation of some of the best coffee around. Let Colombia’s art, culture, music, and festivals wash over you and awaken your senses.
The Hawaiian Islands have one of the most diverse land and seascapes in the world. It’s the kind of place where you can find yourself snorkeling with sea turtles in the morning, and then gazing out over the clouds from the summit of a 13,000-foot volcano in the afternoon. Natural features like lava tubes or sea stacks always seem to be just a short walk down the trail. Hawaii is also all about the unique local culture and “aloha” spirit. You’ll have the opportunity to “Talk story” with the local Hawaiians, and maybe take in a jam session with local musicians. Learn Hawaiian history while touring Halawa’s Cathedral Valley and make traditional Hawaiian poi. Watch the spectacular island landscapes drift by as you relax aboard the ship and sail to your next adventure. This carefully-planned cruise offers one of the best ways to get the most out of the islands, and enjoy the ride along the way.
India seems to have everything from incredible culture to impressive monuments (Taj Mahal, anyone?), from tantalizing cuisine, to majestic wildlife. The India Adventure Vacation Package features all of it. Take in the vibrant culture while wandering Old Delhi’s markets or witness tigers moving silently through the jungle. Ride in rickshaws surrounded by locals going about their lives or bask in the sun on a lazy river surrounded by grazing wildlife. It may be cliché, but India truly is a land of contrasts. This is your chance to soak up every last drop.
As Southeast Asia boomed, many of the region’s countries focused solely on development. Laos and Cambodia, however, have clung to their traditional past, creating a rich blend of new and old. Nowhere is this blend more visible than Luang Prabang where you can climb 328 stairs up Phousi Mountain to view a city where gold-topped temples mingle with modern houses and storefronts. The past and present also collide under the modern dome of Phnom Penh’s oldest market where the scents of lemongrass and ginger enthrall the senses. Take in the culture with your expert guides as you explore rural villages where life remains the same as it has for generations. Roam the cities that have become the epicenters of foodie culture world-wide. Enjoy the many opportunities to relax, whether it’s on a private beach or swimming under a stunning water fall in the lush countryside. The Luang Prabang to Angkor Wat tour lets you take in Southeast Asia at its finest. This trip, like the countries that it explores, is a perfect blend that you’ll never want to change.
With over 19,000 miles of bike paths, why not see the country like the locals do: by bike? This multisport adventure puts you behind the handlebars for a ground-level look at Holland, eastern Belgium, and western Germany. Along with cycling through rolling hills of sun-splashed vineyards, vibrant green pastures, and juniper-scented heaths, this tour takes you deep into the history of the region. Visit the stunning Aachen Cathedral built by Charlemagne in 805, the oldest cathedral in northern Europe or take in the art of the masters at the Arnhem Open Air Museum. At the end of the day, relax in luxurious accommodations complete with pools, sauna, and world-class restaurants.
More than almost any other destination, Tanzania is the land of safaris. Wildebeest graze across the grasslands. Hippos jostle for space in muddy waterways. Elephants mosey along seasonal migration routes and chimpanzees swing through the treetops. When this dazzling array of wildlife isn’t enough, it’s possible to make a safari of a lifetime all the more memorable and unique in a Bush Rover Suite, a full working Land Rover that converts into a mobile hotel suite, complete with a balcony. Your Bush Rover allows you to move to the right places for wildlife viewing, no matter the time of year, an unique opportunity to experience this beautiful solitude in total comfort. What more could you want in a safari?
Africa is considered the last great wilderness, and much of that hinges on Kenya’s incredible protection programs that have helped elephants, rhinos, and other species rebound from being hunted to near extinction. Because of those efforts, some parts of the Serengeti have the same wildlife density as they did a century ago. If you’ve ever yearned to feel the hoof-beats of a million migrating wildebeest, Kenya is the place to go. Kenya’s landscape is made up of more than just wildlife, however. The Masai, Samburu, and other peoples call this harsh landscape home as well, and they are happy to sit down and share their stories and traditions with you. After a long day exploring the Kenyan bush, get a good night’s sleep in one of the luxurious game camps. These camps offer five-star amenities, but don’t be surprised if you see hippos grazing the lawn or zebras kneeling down for a drink at the nearby river. In fact, if there’s one thing that this highlight-packed tour promises, it’s that you will be immersed in quintessential Africa from the second you see your first sunrise over the savannah to the moment your plane lifts off the runway to go home.