Smart Deals: The State of Adventure Travel
What is the state of adventure travel in 2009? It’s tempting to simply answer, “It’s all on sale.”
Well, sure, as in every other area of the travel industry, there are discounts galore, and you can see them below. They come from Myths & Mountains (above), named one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure for 2009, to regional companies like Canyon Travel in Mexico.
But the avalanche of deals might lead you to miss the point. If a lower trip price enables you to finally take the Himalayan trek, the Spanish bike trip or the Idaho rafting trip that you’ve always wanted to do, that’s great. But a great adventure travel trip — and that’s what all of these companies are noted for — can take you out of yourself, transform you, and return you to your everyday world energized and rejuvenated. We all need that, especially now. And that’s something that you can’t put a price on.
Here are 30 companies worth checking out.
THE COMPANY: Myths and Mountains
THE DEAL: Named one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure for 2009. They will comp either the first or last night's stay at a hotel on “The Healing Powers of Machu Picchu." The trip leader is Ben Bingham, great grandson of Machu Picchu (above) discoverer Hiram Bingham. He will retrace his great grandfatheŕs footsteps, on a spiritual journey from the Sacred Valleýs high energy points to the ruins of Machu Picchu, then up Perús northern coast to the archaeological jewels known as the Holy Pyramids. The trip runs August 7 to 21, 2009.
THE COMPANY: Classic Journey
THE DEAL: First-time guests save $500/couple ($250 per person) on any 2009 Classic Journey departing before August 31, 2009. This special offer applies to cultural walking adventures, culinary tours and family journeys in more than 60 regions worldwide. The booking deadline for this offer is April 30th.
THE COMPANY: Creative Catalonia
THE DEAL: A 10% discount on groups of 5 or more people who book a cycling or walking holiday in Catalonia, Spain.
THE COMPANY: Canyon Travel
THE DEAL: Specializes in Mexico’s Copper Canyon. They’re offering discounts on many departures from May 1 to September 19, 2009, ranging from $100 to $400
THE COMPANY: Nomadic Expeditions
THE DEAL: As an exclusive offer for readers of Everett Potter’s Travel Report, Nomadic Expeditions will offer 10% off the land price of the June 4, 2009 departure of their Mongolian Vistas journey for guests who mention the website.
THE COMPANY: Butterfield & Robinson
THE DEAL: Friend Referral Reward. When you invite friends to join you on a B&R trip departing prior to November 30, 2009 you will each receive $250 in savings.
THE COMPANY: Intrepid Travel
THE DEAL: For their 20th Anniversary promotion, Intrepid is offering a 20% discount on 20 of their most popular trips for the entire month of April. And in May, they are running a family offer – for every adult booking, you get 25% off a child booking. Subject to restrictions. The trips include “Kilimanjaro Marangu Route” and “The Road to Budapest.”
THE COMPANY: REI Adventures
THE DEAL: Named one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure for 2009, REI Adventures is discounting European vacations up to 13%, for tours, cycling, and hiking excursions from the U.S to France, Italy, Croatia, Ireland, Greece and other European destinations
THE COMPANY: Summer Feet Cycling
THE DEAL:$250 per person off guided week-long tours in Maine and Canada when booked before April 30,2009. This includes any of the 6 and 7 days trips that run between mid June and Mid October.
THE COMPANY: DuVine Adventures
THE DEAL: Named one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure for 2009. Their "Czech Republic and Austria Cycling Adventure" (above) is offered at $700 off per person; a savings of $1,400 per couple. The price is $3,195 US per person and includes all deluxe accommodations, two guides and support vehicle, 11 meals with wine, admissions, wine tastings and more.
THE COMPANY: ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours
THE DEAL: Book a tour in April, May or June and receive a free hotel stay (one night) before or after the booked tour, available in a variety of locations, including: Florence, Istanbul, Paris and Venice.
THE COMPANY: Quark Expeditions
THE DEAL: Readers of Everett Potter’s Travel Report are entitled to an exclusive offer of 25% off one of their Arctic expeditions, the Svalbard Cruise, July 5-15, 2009 (above). This 11-day expedition voyage departs July 5th from Longyearben, Norway, and offers great wildlife viewing, optional kayaking and hiking, and amazing photographic opportunities in the 24 hour daylight of the Arctic summer. Note that this offer is good through May 31, 2009.
THE COMPANY: ROAM
THE DEAL: ROAM has reduced its Galapagos Multisport trip to $3,995 (from Quito) and only requires a minimum of 2 participants in order to operate their catamaran.
THE COMPANY: Classic Escapes
THE DEAL: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with the National Aquarium in Washington D.C. June 1-11, 2009. Travel with their Director of Education, Bill Simpkins, as he shares his expert knowledge of Ecuador's colorful culture and experience close encounters with species found no where else on earth. Travel on 16-passenger luxury motor yacht. Originally priced at $5,295 per person (land and cruise, double occupancy), the price is now $4,295 per person.
THE COMPANY: Journeys
THE DEAL: Book a 2009 departure of Journeys “Heart of Amazonia”Amazon cruise by May 30, 2009 and receive $500 off.*Not valid in combination with other discount offers
HIKING & WALKING
THE COMPANY: Bredeson Outdoor Adventures
THE DEAL: “Hiking Austria and Bavaria: From Tyrolean Mountain Huts to a King's Fairy Tale Castles” runs from June 28 to July 5, 2009. A $200 discount per person is offered.
THE COMPANY: Scott Walking
THE DEAL: Book an “East Coast Newfoundland Adventure” between April 1-15, 2009 and save $500. Departure dates are July 12-17 and August 9-14, 2009. Use Promotional Code ECA.
THE COMPANY: The Wayfarers
THE DEAL: Named one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure for 2009. For six days in June, July or September, The Wayfarers walkers can enjoy a culturally enriching sojourn along The Bronte Trail (above), an area eloquently described by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte more than a century ago, The Walk is priced at $3,695 per person (before discount), based on double occupancy. Book by April 30 to receive a discount of $800 per couple, or $400 per person.
COMPANY: Wilderness Travel
THE DEAL: Discount of $950 per person off “England Coast to Coast” trip.
THE COMPANY: Yacuamu
THE DEAL: Receive a 15% discount on all bookings purchased by April 30 on the June 20, July 4, July 18 and August 1 departures of their multi-activity Equator Route trip. The Equator Route is a 16,700ft bike, hike and raft descent along the Equator. Regular price is $1,690 per person including professional English-speaking guides, all transport from airport pick-up to airport drop-off, twin share accommodation, meals as indicated, excursions, entry fees. Not included: tips, travel insurance, incidental expenses.
THE COMPANY: Adventure Center
THE DEAL: The Road to Beijing, a 22 day trip, is now $1,376, reduced from $1,720, land only. Plus flights and local payment. Departure on May 24, 2009. This tour includes a walk on the Great Wall, bicycling through the countryside around Yangshuo and a hike in Tiger Leaping Gorge.It also includes a riverboat trip on the Yangtze River and a short cruise on the Li River.
THE COMPANY: ROW
THE DEAL: Named one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure for 2009. Get $250 off select dates on the wilderness river trips (above).
THE COMPANY: &Beyond
THE DEAL: "Fly me to the Mara" safari explores the wildlife-rich Masai Mara Game Reserve. Choose to stay for 4 nights at &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp or for 3 nights at the luxurious &Beyond Bateleur Camp and &Beyond will pick up the cost of your flights between Wilson Airport in Nairobi and the Masai Mara. This is a savings of approximately $300 per person, and is valid until 15 December 2009.
THE COMPANY: Rothschild Safaris
THE DEAL: Specializing in custom trips to Africa, Rothschild offers pay for eight night, stay for 10 nights This is a savings of $1,899. The offer is good through December 15th, 2009.
THE COMPANY: Thomson Safaris
THE DEAL: Named one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure for 2009. Their new 7-Day Safari Getaway allows travelers to still experience such destinations as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and other premiere national parks in Tanzania. But it comes with a smaller price tag and maximizes weekends, so travelers only need to take a one-week vacation. Priced at $4,490, land-only.
THE COMPANY: PowderQuest Tours
THE DEAL:PowderQuest Tours runs guided ski and snowboard adventures in Patagonia of Chile and Argentina. The season runs June to October. We are currently offering $300 off to new customers and 15% off to returning alumni guests
THE COMPANY: KE Adventure Travel
THE DEAL:. Named one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure for 2009. Their Nepal departure, Ramdung and Parchemo, is offered as a new, shorter 24-day itinerary and the price has dropped $395 to $3,145, land only.
THE COMPANY: Boundless Journeys
THE DEAL: Named one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth by National Geographic Adventure for 2009. A discount on their departure, “Bhutan: The Chomolhari Trek,” a cultural tour through Bhutan is highlighted by two days at a colorful festival in this Himalayan Kingdom. Trip date May 18 to 30, 2009. Regularly $4395 per person; now Save $450. Good for new reservations only, must be booked directly with Boundless Journeys, and are not combinable with any other offers or promotions.
THE COMPANY: Tusker Trail
THE DEAL: They specialize in climbs up Mt. Kilimanjaro and treks in Western Mongolia.
Readers of Everett Potter’s Travel report can save $200 on a Mt. Kilimanjaro climb with Tusker Trail. With over 32 years of Kilimanjaro climbing experience, Tusker Trail climbs the least traveled routes up Kilimanjaro with professional medically trained guides and the finest gear. The $200 per person discount is available to any two climbers booking together on our scheduled departures prior to December 31st, 2009. Two bookings must be received at the same time for the same climbing date. Deposits and applications must be received before April 15th. Please refer to "Everett Potter" on your trip application form. Not valid with any other offers.
THE COMPANY: Buffalo Tours
THE DEAL: Receive 10% off their small group 'volunteer adventure' holidays in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. These range from 15 to 42 day journeys and incorporate volunteer projects, from teaching English to ethnic minority children in a remote Northern Vietnamese village or participating in farming, cooking & basket weaving. Valid till December 31, 2009.