5 Top Adventure Outfitters Share Their Best Trips1
If you love travel and adventure, you’ll want to wade deep into the itineraries offered by these five time-tested adventure outfitters. Here, a handful of venerable travel professionals share three of their best adventures.
In a world of change and fads, count on ROW Adventures’ 33 years of experience and dozens of travel magazine accolades. Offering the best of authentic, sustainable travel, founder Peter Grubb is still at the helm leading a team of superbly talented, knowledgeable and happy guides eager to share the wonders of our amazing world with you.
Bicycling the Rail-Trails on the edge of the Rockies! Choose a fully guided or self-guided bike tour that starts and ends in Spokane, Washington and pedals along a beautiful system of rail-trails through eastern Washington, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and clear to the Montana border. The trails are mostly level, paved and well-separated from traffic. Add kayaking and rafting into the mix if desired on this five-day trip that is perfect for families or couples. Find out more: Guided : http://www.rowadventures.com/idaho-bike-tour.html Self-guided: www.silverbiketours.com/categories/Self-Guided-Bike-Tours.html ; 800-451-6034 ; David@rowadventures.com;
Epicurian Croatia by Yacht. Red-tile roofed villages, cobblestone streets and turquoise blue waters all beckon as you explore this dramatic country and learn of its rich history from our local guide. Cruising from Split to Dubrovnik, visit several islands, walk through vineyards and feast like royalty. We’ve offered this trip since 1988, operating in Croatia longer than any other American adventure company. Find out more: www.rowadventures.com/yacht-croatia-culinary-voyage.html ; Morag@rowadventures.com ; 800-451-6034.
Rogue River Lodge-based Wilderness Rafting: One of the most famous rivers in the American West, the Rogue flows through a large Wilderness area as it winds from Oregon’s Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. It’s the only wilderness rafting trip where you can raft by day and sleep in remote lodges at night! Fun, intermediate rapids, warm water and a green-forested canyon make the Rogue River the perfect natural playground. Combine the trip with a visit to Crater Lake National Park and/or the Oregon Shakespeare festival. Three- and four-day trips depart weekly May to September. Find out more: www.rowadventures.com/rogue-river-rafting-oregon.html ; Candy@rowadventures.com ; 800-451-6034.
Since 1988, Grant Thompson and Tofino Expeditions have operated inspired sea kayaking tours inthe world’s best places to paddle. We have guided thousands of paddlers on wilderness trips and are delighted that so many guests have become repeat clientele. Our trips are physically satisfying vacations that embody a spirit of adventure and are designed to be relaxing, safe, thought-provoking and fun.
Brazil: Sea Kayaking the Costa Verde
Discover some of the many wonders of Brazil on our newest trip. The Costa Verde, a verdant swath of Atlantic rainforest bordered by warm aquamarine water is very nearly perfect for sea kayaking. Steeped in history and rich with wildlife this area includes ecological reserves and a UNESCO world heritage site. With accommodations at comfortable eco-lodges and guesthouses, this boat supported trip blends comfort with a truly authentic sea kayak travel experience. Find out more: http://tofino.com/trips/brazil-sea-kayaking-adventure/
Canada: Kayaking Haida Gwaii
An archipelago of islands lying off Canada¹s northwest coast Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Islands, is referred to as “Canada’s Galapagos” because of its unique ecology. An iconic sea kayaking destination, the islands offer a unique blend of wilderness with the rich cultural heritage of the Haida. Our tours include the standing totem poles at the Skung Gwaii (Ninstints) UNESCO World Heritage Site , the richest inter-tidal life in the world at Burnaby Narrows and the natural hot pools of Hotspring Island. Experience the incomparable blend of landscape, cultural history and wildlife that make Haida Gwaii truly a place of wonder. Find out more: http://tofino.com/trips/haida-gwaii-kayaking-tours/
Patagonia Kayaking Wildlife Adventure
On Argentina’s Patagonian coast you’ll discover one of the world’s greatest wildlife kayaking experiences, Peninsula Valdés, the location of a spectacular congregation of animal species. Staying in a series of remote campsites we often observe whale mothers and calves only a few yards offshore. Other accommodations on this unique trip include Estancia Rincon Chico , rated by National Geographic Traveler as one of the best hotels in South America. Our Patagonia kayaking trips are timed for South American spring when wildlife viewing is at its peak. Find out more: http://tofino.com/trips/patagonia-kayaking-wildlife-adventure/
Far and Away Adventures
Far and Away Adventures creates highly private flights of fancy along two iconic Western waterways: in Idaho, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, and the Jarbidge/Bruneau Rivers. Wilderness lake kayaking, hiking, and blue-ribbon fly-fishing adventures are also featured in Yellowstone National Park. The signature American Safari Adventures offer a new level of wilderness travel organic food, fine wines and solar-generated hot water for showers are provided for your pleasure. Expect a “silver spoon” experience, complete with yoga, massage, and candlelight dining in riverside encampments reminiscent of a Hemingway story.
Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon
This is our premier wilderness luxury experience. Guests travel from around the world to experience the Middle Fork. Nearly 100 miles of adrenaline-pumping rapids, tranquil pools, and relaxing riffle. Enjoy the remote beauty and diversity in ecosystems from high alpine to desert canyon to blue-ribbon trout fishing and abundant wildlife. Six days and five night of getting away from it all – and getting re-centered in a way that’s nearly impossible in the modern world. Find out more: www.Far-Away.com
The Jarbidge/Bruneau River
A narrow crack opens itself in the southwestern Idaho desert and reveals a river canyon of extraordinary beauty and character. These smaller-volume rivers, typically floatable in late spring and early summer, feature spectacular whitewater and are high on the “must-do” lists of adventurers. This is one of the best kept secrets in river-running. Find out more: www.Far-Away.com
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone’s serene side is not too far off the beaten track. Far & Away Adventures offers a leisurely kayak adventure on deep blue water, where wildlife and elbow room are plentiful. This is a Yellowstone little changed from the time mountain man John Colter first explored more than 200 years ago. The adventure begins with a half-hour cabin cruiser ride across Yellowstone Lake (the nation’s largest lake at over 7,500 feet above sea level) to a secluded dock. From there, a short sea kayak or canoe paddle transports you to a private camp hidden among one of the one hundred and ten miles of pristine shorelines that comprise the massive lake. Perfect for the family who wants to truly “unplug” and enjoy Yellowstone (minus the masses), this trip offers plenty of relaxation and adventure. Find out more: www.Far-Away.com
CMH Summer Adventures
Offering professionally-guided adventures based from refined, remote mountain lodges in the Canadian Rockies, CMH delivers mountain vacations for families and individuals of all ages, abilities and interest that range from calmly serene retreats to wildly spirited adventures. Heli-Hiking, ziplines, mountaineering, walking holidays, photography workshops and more. Adventure experts for close to 50 years.
In the heart of the Canadian Rockies lie the luxurious Bobbie Burns and Bugaboos Lodges accessible only by helicopter. Using these lodges as your homebase, fly by helicopter with professional mountain guides to explore the surrounding mountains. Hidden alpine lakes, meadows ablaze with wildflowers, thrilling ziplines and via ferrate routes, and endless ridgelines await. With daily hikes, walks and adventures for travellers of all ages, this three-day jaunt will tempt your every sense: Fresh air, gourmet food, invigorating walks and hikes, dramatic mountain peaks and the calming silence of nature mixed with engaging conversation. Find out more: www.CMHSummer.com.
High Flying Adventures
Adventure to get your heart pumping! Climb North America’s most extensive via ferrate route on Mt. Nimbus, zipline high above a raging river, challenge yourself on a two-story ropes course deep in the forest and stretch your legs on a thrilling hike that incorporates a number of adventure elements such as rock climbing, ziplines and glacier crossings. Based from the Bobbie Burns Lodge, our High Flying Adventure promises thrilling adventure combined with luxury accommodations, unmatched hospitality and gourmet cuisine. Find out more: www.CMHSummer.com.
Looking for a family vacation with no compromises? Join CMH Summer Adventures for high alpine adventure amid the stunning peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Our Facilitators of Fun craft engaging games and activities (combined with hikes and ziplining fun) for the younger set while parents are free to join the kids, or stretch your legs on hikes, walks and adventures suited to your ability. Back at the lodge, our top-notch team ensures that all tastes are catered to with healthy-but-yummy meals for kids and five-star cuisine for parents. Find out more: www.CMHSummer.com
Rated by National Geographic Adventure as the “#1 Best ‘Do-it-all’” Outfitter on Earth, Wildland Adventures has guided small groups of adventure travelers through fragile natural and cultural environments for 25 years. During the trips, the company focuses on creating innovative ways to support local people and help protect their culture, environment and communities. Offering more than 130 itineraries in 28 countries, on a Wildland adventure vacation there are remarkably few barriers between visitors and local cultures, creating an authenticity in the way people travel and the places they encounter.
Serengeti Family Safari
Experience the magnificent wildlife in Tanzania’s richest game parks and interact with tribal cultures on this African safari designed for families. Discover the incredible wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Tarangire National Parks, and the poignant way of life practiced by hunter-gatherer tribes and the pastoral Maasai. A stalking lion, lumbering herds of elephants, masses of precisely marked zebras, a stealthy leopard lying in a tree, vast vistas, a caldera overflowing with wildlife, bow and arrow hunting with nomadic Bushmen, walking with Maasai warriors, and beading with Maasai women await you. Engaging, enriching, and awe inspiring, this family safari will touch parents and teens alike. Find out more: www.wildland.com/trips/africa/tanzania/Serengeti_Family_Safari/overview.aspx
Travel to Costa Rica with your family on one of our most in-depth, easy and exciting tropical adventures perfect for the kids! Designed for families with children of all ages, we watch wildlife from hanging bridges and fly on a zip-line through the forest canopy, explore nocturnal wildlife on jungle night walks, swim under waterfalls and soak in hot springs. On this Costa Rica family tour, hike on easy trails on the lower slopes of Arenal Volcano, explore the mystical Los Angeles Cloud Forest, and then enjoy relaxing beach time and easy sea kayaking among the rainforests, wildlife, and white-sand beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. Our expert naturalist guides will be with your family each step of the way. We meet and enjoy meals with several local Costa Rican families who take great pride in sharing typical Costa Rican life with us! Find out more: www.wildland.com/trips/central-america/costa-rica/Costa_Rica_Family_Vacation/overview.aspx
This active, family-friendly Belize adventure tour is an in-depth and hands-on exploration of the rich natural history of Belize and Guatemala and includes exposure to Mayan ruins, contemporary cultures, rainforest wildlife and underwater coral reefs. With charming rainforest lodges and breezy beachfront cabanas, each day you head out with our naturalist guide for a new adventure: canoe through a crystal studded limestone caves, zip line through lush rainforest, climb temple steps of remote Maya sites to watch the sunset over the jungle canopy, or a visit to the verdant forests of Tikal National Park to spot hundreds of wildlife species, including toucans, monkeys and ocelots. This itinerary offers you plenty of time for solo-explorations, too: visit the nearby villages and soak in the Creole, Maya and Garifuna cultures, kick off your shoes and enjoy a swim in the warm Caribbean ocean or grab a snorkel and dive with whale sharks (April-May). Find out more: www.wildland.com/trips/central-america/belize/Belize_Tikal_Adventure/overview.aspx
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