International and Domestic Fall Adventures

Yes, we love the fall! Families with kids are back home and if you have kids, they're back in school. The mosquitoes are gone, the air is crisp, the fall foliage is outstanding - what's not to like! Fall weather is ideal for hiking so we offer many hiking trips. And prices to many international destinations are lower in fall than summer. Horseback riding, backpacking, hiking, international travel- it's all good.
Cinque Terre and the Italian Riviera - FULL
October 7, 2017 – October 16, 2017

On this trip that combines hiking and culture, we visit the Cinque Terre, a collection of five colorful towns perched on steep cliffs overlooking the Ligurian Sea, and the longer strip of coast known as the Italian Riviera.  We'll hike timeless landscape along paths that wind through vineyards and ancient stone paths and stairways that climb up and down cliffs, sample local wines and other locally produced specialties, relax in romantic outdoor cafes, take a dip in the Ligurian sea, and explore the area surrounding the villages, known as the Italian Riviera. Our trip to Italy is truly a feast for all the senses. $3395 Rating: 1  2  [3] [4]  5

Backpacking The Grand Canyon
October 8, 2017 – October 15, 2017

The Grand Canyon is truly one of the wonders of the world, and its exploration is not to be taken lightly. Once away from the crowded rim, we travel primitive paths, gather water from springs, marvel at the power of the Colorado River, sleep under the stars, and experience the beauty of the Canyon and our own insignificance. Backpacking experience required. $1595 Rating: 1  2  3  4  [5]


Slackpacking Harpers Ferry - FULL
October 15, 2017 – October 21, 2017

Join us on our newest Slackpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail, this one through northern Virginia and West Virginia, from Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry. Like all slackpacking trips, you hike a new section of the Appalachian Trail every day and get picked up at the end for a hot meal, shower, and a comfortable bed.

Hiking and Highlights of Bhutan
October 15, 2017 – October 28, 2017

Ancient fortresses, diverse temples, and jagged snow capped peaks provide the backdrop for a visit to Bhutan, one of the most interesting countries in the world.  Its transition to democracy says much about broader changes in the country as it seeks to embrace the best of tourism and the modern world without losing what has made it special: a spiritual tradition based in Buddhism that permeates every dimension of the culture. Our 14 days here will introduce you to the countryside and culture of this special place. $4295  Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5

Appalachian Trail Section Backpack - FULL
October 15, 2017 – October 22, 2017

Our adventures on the Appalachian Trail continue this year as we return to complete more of the Virginia section. For those of you who have done previous sections in Virginia, we’ll be 'connecting some of the dots'. In this section the AT follows the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and offers us beautiful, 360 degree views, rocky and challenging trails. $1295   Rating: 1  2  3  [4]  5

Slackpacking Georgia - FULL
October 21, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Have you been dying to hike a section of the Appalachian Trail, but you just cannot see carrying a heavy pack and sleeping in shelters without a hot shower? We have the perfect solution- slackpacking! Hike a new section every day and get picked up at the end for a hot meal, shower, and a comfortable bed in a gorgeous hostel.  $1425  Rating: 1  2  3   [4, 5] 

Hiking Lodge to Lodge on the AT in Fall - FULL
October 22, 2017 – October 27, 2017

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip, however, we do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with climbs rarely exceeding 500 or 1,000 feet, so it is excellent for novice hikers and anyone who enjoys vistas and abundant wildlife. $1795  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5  


Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks - FULL
October 27, 2017 – October 31, 2017

Sometimes you just want to fit in as much hiking in a short period as you possibly can, and that is what we have planned for this four-day getaway. We spend three nights in Zion with a day trip over to Bryce for one of its premiere hikes. The cool weather and quiet of late fall are delightful for hiking.  $1425  1  2  3  4  5    

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Park - FULL
November 1, 2017 – November 5, 2017

Sometimes you just want to fit in as much hiking in a short period as you possibly can, and that is what we have planned for this four-day getaway. We spend three nights in Zion with a day trip over to Bryce for one of its premiere hikes. The cool weather and quiet of late fall are delightful for hiking.  $1425  1  2  3  4  5    

Exploring New Zealand - FULL
November 6, 2017 – November 17, 2017

Join us for as we explore New Zealand's South Island! We will hike in several National Parks, including a hut to hut hike on one of the locals' favorite tracks. We will kayak in the Milford Sound  and along the coast, visit the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area with its incredible fjords and lagoons, cycle on one of New Zealand's legendary bike trails, visit with fur seals, and taste the local wines that reflect its unique climate. $4895 Rating: 1  2  [3]; 4  5 

Parks and People of Cuba - FULL
November 12, 2017 – November 19, 2017

Cuba has long been a subject of fascination for Americans, barred from visiting for political reasons and hearing conflicting information from people who fled the Castro dictatorship. What is not in dispute is that Cuba's forests, mountains, and oceans are beautiful; Cuban culture is vibrant; and the Cuban people are warm and welcoming. On this trip we go beyond Havana into the countryside, where we combine visits to national parks and nature reserves, with visits with naturalist guides, farmers, historians, national park officials, artists, and small business entrepreneurs. $3495 Rating  [2]  3  4  5

Parks and People of Cuba - FULL
November 26, 2017 – December 3, 2017

Cuba has long been a subject of fascination for Americans, barred from visiting for political reasons and hearing conflicting information from people who fled the Castro dictatorship. What is not in dispute is that Cuba's forests, mountains, and oceans are beautiful; Cuban culture is vibrant; and the Cuban people are warm and welcoming. On this trip we go beyond Havana into the countryside, where we combine visits to national parks and nature reserves, with visits with naturalist guides, farmers, historians, national park officials, artists, and small business entrepreneurs. $3495 Rating  [2]  3  4  5