Austin-Lehman Adventures, the small group adventure travel company setting active vacation standards worldwide, has expanded its award-winning offerings to six continents (number seven coming in 2014) and recommends six trips on six continents with six good reasons to travel. Aside from more predictable and moderate weather worldwide in the fall, travelers will benefit from fewer crowds, an adult travel atmosphere with kids back in school, spring flowers in some destinations, fall colors and autumn harvests in others, and fewer pesky insects.
“It’s simply my favorite time of the year to travel,” states Dan Austin, founder and director of Austin-Lehman Adventures. “I’ve been to popular places in the fall where our small group seemed to be the only ones there, aside from the locals and increasingly active wildlife.”
Austin says there are multiple reasons his company offers a strong and diverse line-up of trips and destinations in the fall. Some of his favorite multi-sport holidays in Africa, Antarctica,Australia, Europe, North America and South America include:
Africa: Kenya Safari - Meru to Masai Mara. Private 9 day/8 night safari offered year-round from $6,698 per person. On the Bisinandi Reserve and in Meru National Park guests enjoy jeep safaris, fishing, horseback riding and visits with Masai herdsmen.”Witness the magic of the Masai; an abundance of wildlife beyond your wildest dreams; sleeping under the stars and the friendliest people on earth,” says Austin. NOTE: 67° F is the average September-November temperature in the gateway city of Nairobi.
Antarctica: Expedition Cruise Aboard the M/V Plancius. November marks the beginning of the Antarctic cruise season. This cruise on a 114-passenger expedition ship includes many optional activities (on-shore camping, hiking, sea kayaking, and more) at no extra cost. The per person double occupancy rate for 12 days/11 nights is from $8,790. Guests depart Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, for the ethereal dream world of 3,000-foot ice walls, flying penguins and slumbering seals explored by small ship, zodiac, kayak and on foot. NOTE: the average high temperature November to December hovers around 34° F.
Australia: Kimberly Small Ship Cruise Aboard the True North. This 8 day/7 night cruise and others to similar scenic coastlines of Australia are offered year round. Exploring the Kimberley coastline, one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, on a 36-passenger ship comes with mud crabbing, shore hiking and helicopter rides. NOTE: the average fall high temperature in the gateway city of Broome, Australia is of 88° F.
Europe:France – Cycling Burgundy. This 6 day/5 night cycle tour departs Sept. 1 and Sept. 29 at $3,198 per person double. Guests pedal ancient roads through picturesque farms and world-renowned wine villages (sampling vintages along the way). NOTE: Average high temperature in September is 71° F in the gateway city of Dijon, France.
North America: Utah - Bryce/Zion Multisport. This is a 6 day/5 night, multisport hiking and biking trip with departures Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from St. George, UT. The per person double occupancy rate is $1,998 for guided exploration of nature’s red rock playground of hoodoos, canyons and sand castles in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. NOTE: The average daytime temperature is 73° F.
South America: Peru – Glamping on the Inca Trail. For 10 days/9 nights ALA’s Latin America Director Troy Glennon, will host a glamorous camping excursion on the trail to Machu Picchu. The per person double occupancy rate is $3,898. Colonial history, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, and the Inca mythology come to life on this bucket-list trek. NOTE: The average September high temperature in Cusco is 67° F.