Adventure. It's in our DNA. We introduced adventure travel to North America in 1972 and never looked back. Now you can choose from over 4,000 small group trips, or have one of our experienced adventure travel specialists build one just for you. No one has the experience, depth of knowledge and range of itineraries of Adventure Center!
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What our travelers have to say
What we hear most about our style of travel is "Why haven't I done this before?"
Responsible travel is rooted in respect, socially & ecologically . Since 1972 we've helped shape the meaning of traveling responsibly by introducing small groups of travellers to local people, wildlife and culture while sustaining the delicate balance that enables these communities and ecosystems to thrive.
People who makeit happen!
Guess what we do on vacation? That's right, we get out and travel. We're all passionate about new destinations and new experiences. We know adventure because we live it, and that helps us to better prepare you for yours. Let us know how we can put our knowledge and our experience to use for you.
Are you an adventurer, an explorer, or just plain curious? Do you love discovering new cultures and places? If so, we should talk. We're always looking for people who are committed to making adventure come alive for others.
Think ‘luxury’ and ‘adventure travel’ are oxymorons? Hardly. Small group trips can be fascinating, exploratory yet quite comfortable at the same time. On even our most luxurious tours you won’t be resting at the Ritz or sunbathing on the Royal Caribbean, but you will enjoy a higher standard of locally owned accommodation—like a refurbished 19th Century riad in Morocco. The key to our kind of travel is moving in small groups, and doing our best to eat, drink and enjoy like locals.
Many of our itineraries follow the same trajectories. What separates Royal Rajasthan from Home of the Kings, for example, is the standard of accommodation, and the included activities. Both trips are 12 days long. Both visit the Taj Mahal, take in vibrant Jaipur and visit rural and romantic Udaipur. On Royal Rajasthan, however, you’ll stay in a hotel that was once the Royal House of Marwar and boasts a fine restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
Accommodation Our Walking in the French and Swiss Alps tour is a good example of a higher standard of accommodation. In Chamonix, France you can enjoy a view of Mont Blanc from your hotel and relax by the fire. Later on, in Zermatt, Switzerland, you’ll spend three nights in rustic splendor with the Matterhorn’s jagged peak in full view.
Transport Traveling with the locals is part of the fun: you see what they see, share some stories and laughs, experience the same jolts, bumps and grinding of gears, buy treats that hawkers sell through the windows, pee behind the bus in the middle of nowhere and other great fun. But if sitting elbow-to-chicken sticks in your craw, we offer tours that opt for the private van over the chicken bus, and the short flight over the nightlong train (although sleeper trains can be pretty cool, too).
Premier Vietnam includes a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang, whereas Adventurous Angkor involves an overnight bus. It’s probably a better bus than the one I took from Copacabana to Uyuni in the dead of winter, but still…less time on trains and buses and more time getting to know a country’s culture, hot spots and landscapes is not a bad thing at all.
Local expertise A third benefit to more luxurious small group tours is expertise. Instead of a local Costa Rican with a lot of charm and a smidge of knowledge serving as your guide in the Cloud Forest, we arrange for a qualified naturalist to accompany you, ensuring that flora and fauna truly come alive.
Unique, carefully chosen accommodation, comfortable transportation and knowledgeable guides. These things put a new twist on luxury. It’s not pampering and it doesn’t remove you from the local people and the culture—the very reasons you travel in the first place! In fact you would be hard pressed to find a reason not to try luxury adventure travel.
If you’re tempted, please give us a call. You can’t beat the encyclopedic knowledge of our Adventure Specialists, who always somehow manage to match travelers and tour styles perfectly.