Adventure Tags: alternative tourism
Inside Maui’s 120-mile coastline lay a surprising range of microclimates. From exotic gardens to rain shadow dry lands, sandy lagoons and snowy peaks, the tropical island is an adventurer’s paradise. In this six-day multi-sport adventure, we pack the best Maui has to offer on both land and sea. Experience the challenging climbs and exhilarating descents of Maui’s mountainous back roads by bike and later by foot for a closer look at its lush landscape. Ocean-top activities of surfing and sea kayaking round out the full island experience.
From Sedona to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, Arizona’s scenery is nothing short of spectacular. Trek deep into the Grand Canyon to an overlook at Ooh Aah Point before descending 1,200 feet through 40 million years of geological history to Cedar Ridge. Climb Red Butte for 360-degree views of Grand Canyon National Park. Hike Bright Angel Trail along shady creek beds, keeping an eye out for big horn sheep. Explore the pueblos, field houses, rock art and pottery of the Wupatki ruins, once home to prehistoric Anasazi and Sinagua farmers and traders. By night, savor a festive dinner at a local hot spot or a home cooked meal and toasted s’mores around the fire before calling it a night in the comfort of your lodge or luxury campsite.
Utah’s White Rim Trail is a favorite pilgrimage for mountain bike enthusiasts across the world. The trail follows closely along the edge of breath-taking canyons carved by the Green and Colorado Rivers in Canyonlands National Park. A multi-colored array of spires, arches, buttes, and mesas characterize this area of the park’s classic high desert scenery. The White Rim’s wide jeep trail terrain, along with the availability of the support vehicle throughout the tour, makes this a great experience for riders of all levels.
With 1,600 miles of streams, countless lakes and over 800 miles of hiking trails, Yosemite National Park is the ultimate family escape. Stand at the foot of the “Grizzly Giant,” a 2,000- year-old, 90-foot wide and 200-foot tall Sequoia tree. Hike forest trails, climb granite domes and feel the mist of thundering waterfalls against your cheeks. Learn the basics of rock climbing with the help of our professional instructors. Top off your day in the tranquility of the Mariposa Sequoia Groves on Mawona Point with a slice homemade chocolate cake and a dollop of sugary-sweet whipped cream before returning to the comforts of the Tenaya Lodge.
Cruise with local Alaskans on a lovingly restored 12 passenger research yacht. Explore rugged coastal wilderness of Alaska’s Inside Passage from the gold rush capitol Juneau to the Scandinavian fishing village of Petersburg. Cruise among an island studded marine wilderness managed by the Tongass National Forest. Visit Frederick Sound,Baranof Wilderness, Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness, including Endicott Arm. Spring cruises in May also include several days of up close exploration inside Glacier Bay National Park. Days are spent kayaking, exploring ashore, and looking for wildlife, while evenings offer quiet solitude in secluded anchorages, a hot shower and warm bed. An Alaska cruise aboard the Catalyst is like having your own floating wilderness lodge, run by local Alaskans.
Experience the very best of Alaska in just over a week: the stunning seacoast teeming with marine wildlife, a cozy ecolodge nestled in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, our exclusive seacoast lodge situated within Kenai Fjords National Park, and time to explore the splendors of Denali.
This trip is an in-depth exploration of the magical world of two national parks: Kenai Fjords and Denali. This hassle-free Monday through Sunday itinerary is ideal for those who wish to experience two of Alaska’s most stunning national parks with an engaged, participatory style of travel. Begin by exploring the spectacular seacoast, seeking out massive glaciers and abundant marine wildlife; then, travel north, and venture deep within the Kantishna region of the famed Denali National Park. Complemented by cozy lodging and stays in the charming towns of Seward and Talkeetna, the Alaska Coast to Denali Journey is a comprehensive Alaska adventure.
Such rich literary landscape can be enjoyed across the United Kingdom! There is a seemingly endless list of literature greats…Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Dickens, Dylan Thomas, Virginia Woolf, Wordsworth, the Brontes Thomas Hardy, Samuel Coleridge…and many more. Here’s the plot: our knowledgeable and entertaining guide takes you through some of the UK’s prettiest landscapes, visiting author’s homes, literary museums, towns and villages where stories are set, and places that obviously inspired the artist’s muse. Along the way we will see some tourist icons (far from the maddening crowds) and meet the locals, off the beaten track. Explore the classics of literature, learn in specialty educational workshops, perhaps add a dash of Harry Potter. The choice is yours. All itineraries are customized to suit the age of the group, course of study, and your available time frame.
See the best of London and its surrounding countryside with a more personal experience. Traveling in a small group, you will meet the locals and see famous sites after the crowds have left as well as hidden gems that many miss. Live the history of the areas you visit, sample life in small villages, and have experiences not open to larger groups in the company of your multi-talented driver/guide.
It is only by sailing the idyllic coasts of the Greek and Turkish Dodecanese that the startling cultural and natural beauty of the region can truly be appreciated. We visit Istanbul and Ephesus, walk into a volcano, snorkel and hike along stunning coastlines, and meander amidst the orchids of Tilos. As we discover this region, we find ourselves surrounded by the relics of a history that produced the tragedies, triumphs, comedies and disasters on which the foundation of classical Western culture was built. We travel along the route where Herodotus pondered his histories, where Brutus met with his conspirators to concoct his Shakespearian betrayal of Julius Caesar, and where Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra paused on their fateful and final visit to Rome.