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Austin Adventures

4.8 | Excellent
  • 96% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1974
Headquarters
  • Billings, Montana, United States
Trips
  • 7

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Austin Adventures Reviews & Ratings 96% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 77 Great 3 Average 1 Disappointing 3 Terrible 0
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Tour Reviews

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Recommends

Fabulous adventure with so many wonderful June 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fabulous adventure with so many wonderful surprises. Our guides, Katie and Emily, were very knowledgeable about the areas we visited, and really made the trip special

G

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I loved the trip so much! June 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I loved the trip so much! There is such a rich history in Belize that we couldn't have found on our own. Thanks to the guides for showing us this beautiful country.

C

Recommends

Executed this trip June 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Austin Adventures planned everything to a "T". I could NEVER have planned and executed this trip on my own. There were so many extra touches.

X

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Honest review April 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Honest review - Austin Adventures is awesome. To be honest i read some of the negative reviews and it use to be years ago that if someone was upset they would talk to the owner and the owner stood by "the customer is always right."

Leads me to believe that all these negative reviews on ANY business is more than likely a competitor!

So I say that anyone writing negatives is not a real customer or maybe they are a snowflake that doesn't have enough testosterone to confront the owner.
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L

Recommends

Amazing adventure to Costa Rica January 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from an amazing adventure to Costa Rica with these guys. From my first call through entire process and trip, they made me feel like I really was important, not just a number. Dan and his entire team were approachable and helpful (as this was my first adventure trip, I had a lot of questions) Looking at what is next.....
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J

Recommends

great fun! December 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
great fun! Well organized and great service!

Stride Review

Founded in 1974, Austin Adventures specializes in unique cultural and adventurous travel around the world. The company is now under the umbrella of the Xanterra Parks and Resorts Corporation, which runs lodges in numerous U.S. national parks.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

They are a classic example of the word “adventure” not meaning intense high adventure like bungee jumping, but more like the adventure a safari would be, or glamping along the Inca Trail. They have a mantra of “spend less, travel more,” and offer many different ways you can find discounted trips. Their maximum group size is 12 people, and they split their itineraries into “Adult Adventures”, “Family Adventures”, and “Custom Trips”.

Who Travels With Them?

Families, couples, small groups of friends, and solo travelers will find something to enjoy in browsing their itineraries. Older travelers especially may enjoy the balance of luxury and outdoor activity.

Where Do They Operate?

Austin Adventures has a large offering of trips in North America  as well as itineraries in Europe, Central & South America, Africa, and Asia. You'll still find plenty of offerings in the U.S. West -- from Yellowstone National Park to the Black Hills of South Dakota -- but now you can also go hiking in Patagonia or join a desert safari in Namibia.

How Does It Work?

Austin Adventures limits their tour groups to 12 on Adult Adventures and 18 on Family Adventures. Accommodations are authentic and provide a real sense of the destination you’re traveling to, such as national park lodges. Most meals are included in the price of the trip apart from one, which adds a bit of flexibility. All of Austin’s guides are first aid certified and experts in their given region.

Why Travel With Them?

If you’re looking for an active or multisport trip but don’t want to ‘rough it’ too much, then Austin Adventures might be a good fit for you. Although you travel with a small group, they focus on making sure the pace of the tour allows for you to experience what you’re interested in. And if you’d rather not travel in a group, they can also help you design a custom private itinerary for you and friends.

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From Austin Adventures

We’ve been sharing our love of adventure with our guests since 1974. Our insider’s knowledge and key contacts in each destination allow us to offer unique experiences and encounters that give our guests an in-depth feel for the local people and their way of life. After being acquired in 2013, we can now combine our 40+ years of experience satisfying guests with Xanterra Parks & Resorts’ 100+ years of award-winning excellence in the travel and hospitality industries. In addition to Austin Adventures, the Xanterra portfolio includes dozens of operations in many of the country’s most popular national parks as well as other travel and tour providers including Windstar Cruises and VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.

As the United States’ largest operator of park-based hotels, restaurants and stores, Xanterra could not be a more advantageous parent company for Austin Adventures. Need a room in Yellowstone at the last minute or a behind-the-scenes look at life in Crater Lake? It helps if you have the park’s concessionaire on your side!

For Adventure Travel - Smaller Works Best

Dan Austin, founder and president, is very involved with day-to-day operations and is always available for questions and comments.  We’ve learned from experience that keeping things small is important, so we never have more than 12 guests on our adult trips and 18 on our family adventures. Our 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio is one of the lowest in the industry and affords each traveler a much more intimate and authentic experience.  Of course, we also offer custom trips designed for solo travelers, couples and families.

Personalized Just For You

Our extraordinary guides will take the time to learn about each traveler in their group, finding unexpected and memorable ways to make your vacation extra special. On an Austin Adventures trip, you can choose your speed. Go for intense activity, kick-backed relaxation, or something in between. Most importantly, we know we still have things to learn.  We listen and use our guest feedback every day to ensure we are meeting their expectations for an unforgettable adventure vacation.

Authentic and Distinctive Lodging and Cuisine

Our trips are designed to deliver surprising luxury with an absence of pretension. We’ve done our research and know the best accommodations in each region. Whether you dine in a five-star restaurant or are served by the campfire, you will enjoy the finest local cuisine and libations—skillfully-prepared and tastefully-presented. Austin Adventures considers every guest to be a VIP and regardless of destination, always aims to deliver on your high standards for luxury, quality and comfort.

Travel Safe and Assured

Our experienced guides are the cream of the crop. They are all first-aid certified and are passionate about the regions, trails and activities that make up an AA vacation. Our operational logistics and contingency planning ensures you are well taken care of regardless of the circumstances. To back up our strong commitment to the highest levels of guest service, we offer all of our travelers up to a full money back guarantee, a rarity among luxury adventure travel companies. If we did everything possible, but somehow we missed the mark and you’re not satisfied with your Austin Adventure experience, call one of our travel experts and we’ll make sure to right the wrong.

Tour Types:

Adult Adventure Vacations:

Whether you want to go solo, as a couple or as a small group of friends, Austin Adventures offers worthwhile, and relaxing, multisport vacations to some of the world’s most beautiful places. Each activity can be tailored to align with your interest and ability level. Each day begins and ends with the best in distinctive food and accommodations.

Family Adventure Vacations:

We wrote the formula for family adventure vacations. Our one-of-a-kind kid-friendly activities and adventures in popular destinations around the world make for memorable family vacations that you’ll never forget. Trust our expert guides, and see for yourself how rewarding and fun family travel can be when it’s done right!

Custom Vacation Packages:

Looking for an exclusive and adventure-filled escape that is all about you? Austin Adventures has skilled specialists who can help turn your dream vacation into a reality. Even Dan Austin, Founder and President of Austin Adventures, loves the challenge of designing a custom luxury vacation package.

Associations:

Adventure Travel Trade Association, United States Tour Operators Association

Trips & Specials

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Highlights

  • Say hello to the family of hippos who have declared the ancient riverine forests surrounding Seba Camp their home
  • Search for leopards, lions, giraffes, and cheetah along the Savuti Channel, whose waters (once dry) returned in 2008, bringing with them an abundance of wildlife
  • Spy on elephants, hippos and sunbathing crocodiles from the safety of a wooden walkway snaking through your camp in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
  • Learn to decipher the difference between warthog, wildebeest, and wild dog footprints and scat on a guided walk through the bush
  • Take in the misty majesty of the mighty Victoria Falls, towering 350-feet tall and 5,600-feet wide
  • Wrap up your day in the comfort of your luxurious, family-friendly camp with a swim in a refreshing plunge pool, a visit to the tree-house, and dinner under the stars in a traditional African boma
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5 days
River Cruise
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,460

Highlights

  • Take in a chorus of exotic birdsong and monkey calls from the observation deck of the M/V Aqua, your home for your five-day Amazon adventure
  • Float the Ucayali River on the lookout for three-toed sloths, orioles, iguanas and horned screamers
  • Befriend the children in the 10-family village of Magdalena and get to know native balseros as they fish for “armored” catfish
  • Explore the Pacaya River by skiff, watching and listening for capuchin, saki and howler monkeys leaping between the trees
  • Fish for black, white and red bellied piranha, considered a good food source by the locals
  • Savor a five-star Peruvian dinner and soak up the star-studded beauty of an Amazonian night before retiring to the comfort of your oversized suite
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6 days
Vacation / Holiday Package
Basic - 2 star
Physical :
From: $ 1,998

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield, a memorial to the Sioux and Cheyenne, and to the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry
  • Get up-close-and-personal with a giant grizzly, a friendly lynx and a great horned owl on a private tour of Billings' ZooMontana
  • Hike into Montana's beautiful backcountry working up an appetite for a bison burger at the famous Grizzly Bar in Roscoe
  • Journey to the “Top of the World” on the Beartooth Highway for spectacular 360-degree views and the chance to play in the snow in the middle of summer!
  • Channel your inner cowboy as you ride horseback through Montana’s prairieland
  • Soak up the sunrise over Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley in search of wolves, bears, bison, elk and antelope
  • Hoot and holler at the Cody Stampede Rodeo
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