Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

10 Fresh Twists on Adventure Classics

May 10, 2019 by Heather Howard

We’ve been pioneering classic adventures for 50 years and are always on the lookout for fresh takes on popular adventure travel experiences. Not only does this help open up new regions to travel but it gives our intrepid travelers, especially those who’ve done it all, something new to sink their teeth into! Check out these 10 modern alternatives to some of our best classic trips.

Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River > Cataract Canyon 7-Day Rafting Adventure

Looking for a summer rafting adventure beyond Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River? Then why not head to Utah for a thrilling Cataract Canyon rafting journey through the red-rock landscape of Canyonlands National Park.

Hiker’s Patagonia > On the Smuggler’s Trail in Patagonia

Tried-and-tested Hiker’s Patagonia is the perfect way to explore the glacial wonderland of  Chile’s Torres del Paine NP and Argentina’s Los Glaciares NP. Done that? Then go deeper into Chile on our epic adventure in Jeinimeni National Reserve and Parque Patagonia.

Treasures of Iran > Iraqi Kurdistan Adventure

Our classic 15-day adventure in Iran showcases the country’s rich textured past and explores the fascinating cities of Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan—and beyond! In 2019, we’re heading to Iraqi Kurdistan for a unique new cultural adventure from Erbil to the holy village of Lalish.

Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca > Trekking in the Cordillera Real

Experience the extraordinary beauty of Peru’s Cordillera Blanca on our high-altitude trek for experienced hikers—first scouted by MT Sobek in 1988. For a new ultimate challenge head to Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, one of the most isolated, unpopulated mountain ranges in the world!

Istria to Veneto: A Culinary Route > Tastes of Provence

Blend gastronomic delights with hearty hikes on two Mediterranean adventures. Our classic Istria to Veneto route traces Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, Slovenia’s Julian Alps, and Italy’s Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region, while our new trip takes your tastebuds to new levels in France.

The Chomolhari Trek in Bhutan > The Bumthang Owl Trek

Many travelers return from Bhutan looking for the chance to go back. Those who’ve done the ultimate challenge Chomolhari Trek can dial down the activity level with a fantastic new adventure in Bhutan that combines cultural immersion with a 3-day trek on the Bumthang Owl Trail.

Galapagos Wildlife Adventure Cruise > Galapagos & Amazon Epic Family Adventure

As our most popular adventure of all time, we know that the Galapagos is a much-loved staple of our adventure travel community. Time to take the kids? Our new Galapagos & Amazon family journey joins two wildlife wonders into one incredible itinerary, great for ages 6 to 96!

National Parks of the Southwest > Sonoran Desert Meditation & Yoga Retreat

Maximize your time with our ultimate Southwest adventure, which journeys through three treasured national parks—Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion—in just one week. Or, you can slow the pace down with a new Sonoran Desert retreat in the heart of Arizona.

Tour du Mont Blanc > Dolomites Hut-to-Hut Trek

The classic 10-day circuit of the Mont Blanc massif is a must for every serious hiker and an adventure favorite every year. Try something new by heading east to Italy’s Dolomites and taking a magical hut-to-hut trek, including the stunning Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop.

England Coast to Coast > A Walk in the Cotswolds

Go back in time as you hike England’s classic coast-to-coast trail, following all 192 miles of the original “West-to-East” route through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, and North Yorkshire Moors National Parks. Our newer Walk in the Cotswolds offers the same quintessential English charm at a more relaxed pace.

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About the Author Heather Howard

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