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Explore the Canyon with Expert Guides on a Grand Canyon Adventure Tour.

The Grand Canyon and its liquid heartbeat, the Colorado River, have countless stories to tell. Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Austin Adventures' Grand Canyon Adventure Tours. Immerse yourself in the rich human and geological history of this iconic destination with our all-inclusive vacation packages. Spanning over 1,217,262 acres, the Grand Canyon is considered one of the Wonders of the World. Our Grand Canyon adventure tours provide the perfect opportunity to see a different side of the park, taking in the breathtaking views of the Colorado River Gorge and witnessing the park's diverse wildlife, including condors, pronghorns, bald eagles, and more. 

From rafting and biking to hiking and cruising along the Grand Canyon Railway by train, we offer a wide range of thrilling activities for you to choose from. Our tours also include visits to popular landmarks such as the Indian Watchtower, the Wupatki Ruins, and even a volcano!

Grand Canyon Adventure Tours & Vacation Packages

North America

Grand Canyon Adventure

4.90

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      Hikes on our Level 2 adventures are considered easy to moderate in difficulty.

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 ADULT ONLY

Experience the Grand Canyon from all angles as you explore hidden gems and take in famous views of this beloved landmark. Each day brings new awe-inspiring moments as you hike and raft among the incredible natural wonders.

Trip Start: Phoenix Trip End: Phoenix

North America

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

4.76

  • Duration 6 days
  • Activity Level Level 2 
    • Activity Level 2

      Hikes on our Level 2 adventures are considered easy to moderate in difficulty.

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 FAMILY VACATION

Introduce your family to the awe-inspiring vastness of the Grand Canyon. On this six-day trip, you’ll hike, kayak, and take a train ride through this incredible region to discover its dynamic history and geological wonders.

Trip Start: Phoenix Trip End: Phoenix

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4.85/5 Rating | 6,500+ Reviews

What Guests Say About their Grand Canyon Adventure

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Grand Canyon Adventure - June 2024

A Grand Vacation

"Traveling with Austin Adventures is a one-of-a-kind experience. We visited the Grand Canyon and loved it. They plan every detail, which allowed us to enjoy every day without stressing about any of the logistics. Austin Adventures also reserves great accommodations at the rim of the Canyon. We had a spectacular view from our room. Finally, our guides were fantastic. They were knowledgable, organized, and funny. We would happily take another tour with Nicole and Jonathan.

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"Traveling with Austin Adventures is a one-of-a-kind experience. We visited the Grand Canyon and… read more

"Traveling with Austin Adventures is a one-of-a-kind experience. We visited the Grand Canyon and loved it. They plan every detail, which allowed us to enjoy every day without stressing about any of the logistics. Austin Adventures also reserves great accommodations at the rim of the Canyon. We had a spectacular view from our room. Finally, our guides were fantastic. They were knowledgable, organized, and funny. We would happily take another tour with Nicole and Jonathan. read less

4 Stars (29 reviews)

C Craig | June 2024

Grand Canyon Adventure - June 2024

Epic Sights

"Having accommodations inside the Grand Canyon for two nights right along the rim was an awesome experience. The views along the South Kaibab trail were spectacular and it was nice having time to hike additional trails on our own. Our guides went out of their way to make the excursions fun and always had a positive attitude. The activities built around the Grand Canyon - kayaking the Salt River, hiking Watson Lake, and touring Sedona - made it a week not to forget!

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"Having accommodations inside the Grand Canyon for two nights right along the rim was an… read more

"Having accommodations inside the Grand Canyon for two nights right along the rim was an awesome experience. The views along the South Kaibab trail were spectacular and it was nice having time to hike additional trails on our own. Our guides went out of their way to make the excursions fun and always had a positive attitude. The activities built around the Grand Canyon - kayaking the Salt River, hiking Watson Lake, and touring Sedona - made it a week not to forget! read less

5 Stars (29 reviews)

D Derek | June 2024

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - July 2023

Hot Grand Canyon

"We knew it would be hot when we booked a year ago, but an unprecedented heat dome had settled over the southwest weeks prior to our arrival. Despite walking into the blast furnace (aka Phoenix), the remainder of the trip into northern Arizona was far more pleasant. And we were provided ample hydration drinks/water by our amazing guides (Megan and Joel)! It was truly an awesome trip and the best reward was witnessing my family's expressions as they viewed one of the worlds natural wonders for the first time. The accommodations, guides, and meals were all wonderful.

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"We knew it would be hot when we booked a year ago, but an unprecedented… read more

"We knew it would be hot when we booked a year ago, but an unprecedented heat dome had settled over the southwest weeks prior to our arrival. Despite walking into the blast furnace (aka Phoenix), the remainder of the trip into northern Arizona was far more pleasant. And we were provided ample hydration drinks/water by our amazing guides (Megan and Joel)! It was truly an awesome trip and the best reward was witnessing my family's expressions as they viewed one of the worlds natural wonders for the first time. The accommodations, guides, and meals were all wonderful. read less

5 Stars (45 reviews)

L Luke | July 2023

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - July 2023

Grand times in the Grand Canyon

"Honestly, we were not sure what to expect: as time drew closer, we were starting to get concerned about our plan of going to the desert in the middle of the summer. There were heat warnings and advisories and even news of a lady that died of heat in the Grand Canyon! We had never done a guided trip before with the kids and there was going to be plenty of hiking in 100+ heat.

Our trip started off with a long day in Scottsdale after our airline moved us to a very early morning. It was a scorching day in Scottsdale waiting for our tour to start. The next morning, our guides, Joel and Bob, showed up promptly and ready to go. They greeted us and the kids and we set out. We got used to seeing the Austin Adventures van and trailer for the next week!

On day 1, we headed down to the Salt River and got ready to kayak. Joel joined us on our adventure while Bob drove the van to the pick up spot. We had an REI guide with us who…

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"Honestly, we were not sure what to expect: as time drew closer, we were… read more

"Honestly, we were not sure what to expect: as time drew closer, we were starting to get concerned about our plan of going to the desert in the middle of the summer. There were heat warnings and advisories and even news of a lady that died of heat in the Grand Canyon! We had never done a guided trip before with the kids and there was going to be plenty of hiking in 100+ heat.

Our trip started off with a long day in Scottsdale after our airline moved us to a very early morning. It was a scorching day in Scottsdale waiting for our tour to start. The next morning, our guides, Joel and Bob, showed up promptly and ready to go. They greeted us and the kids and we set out. We got used to seeing the Austin Adventures van and trailer for the next week!

On day 1, we headed down to the Salt River and got ready to kayak. Joel joined us on our adventure while Bob drove the van to the pick up spot. We had an REI guide with us who lead the group, but having our AA guide with us was great too. They were all very diligent in our need of water, sunblock, and snacks all week. The kayak trip was very nice. The weather was very hot, but the water was cold. We got to paddle and even take turns jumping off of a rock into the channel. It was a very fun way to get things rolling, esp. for the kids. Bob had lunch waitin for us and it was great. All of the guide lunches we had were very good and plentiful. After the kayaking, we headed to Prescott.

Day 2- we started off with a fantastic breakfast at the Hassayampa Inn. The pancakes were huge! My daughter loved her parfait and rest of the crew had tasty omelets. I loved getting Joel's advice on what was good on the menu at each place. After a big breakfast, we headed to Watson Lake outside Prescott. What a beautiful place! Yes, it was hot... But, Joel and Bob always had plenty of water and lots of info about local plants, wildlife, and geological formations. . After the hike, we headed to "Bear"-izona. That's the most bears I've ever seen. We got to feed the grizzlies which was cool. Then we headed to Williams. We would be on our own for the afternoon. Joel gave us several recommendations for what to try for supper.

Day 3-after breakfast the next morning in Williams, we watched a wild west show at the train depot. It was pretty "meh", but we didn't have anything else to do while waiting for the train. The train ride was fun. I enjoyed looking for wildlife as we rode along. After we got to the Grand Canyon, they picked us up and took us to another tasty lunch, except this time it was on the rim and our first glimpse of the GC. We hiked along the rim back to our hotel. What a magnificent sight! It's such a beautiful place. That rim hike was a good warm-up to our canyon hike the next day. We rested up, did a little souvenir shopping, then had a great supper at the El Tovar.

Day 4-This was the big day--into the Grand Canyon! We had a good breakfast at El Tovar. Joel had recommended the avocado toast. I'd never had it before and it was very good. After that we headed to the South Kaibab trail head. We were going to head some miles into the canyon and then back out. Like the guides said, "into the canyon, optional. Out of the canyon, mandatory!" We loaded up lunch and plenty of water. We went all the way down to Cedar Point. The trip out was tough, but not as bad as we thought. We rested a bit then headed to supper outside the park.

Day 5-We headed out of the park to the watch tower and lunch in Flagstaff. The pizza there was great! After that, a beautiful drive to Sedona. It was hot again, but another great place. We got to spend some time in the pool watching the bats fly around.

Day 6-The last day. The Pink Jeep tour was a fantastic way to see the Sedona area. We had a good time doing that. We saw Montezuma's Castle which was a very interesting look at some American history. Then back to the airport and home! It was a great trip! read less

5 Stars (45 reviews)

A Amy | July 2023

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - June 2023

Grand Canyon

"This was our family's 3rd Austin Adventures National Park trip. I can't say enough good things about our amazing guides: Megan, Joel and Ryan. The other family's were great travel companions as well. This trip struck a great balance of activity, relaxation and incredible scenery. I knew the Jeep off roading excursion and Grand Canyon Railway would be highlights for my son, but there were also some nice surprises like Bearizona and visiting The Watchtower that will be great memories. Our hotel room in GC had beautiful canyon views out large window. The best nights sleep was in Sedona at The Best Western that included plush bed, private balcony with gorgeous views and a fun hotel pool/activity center.

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"This was our family's 3rd Austin Adventures National Park trip. I can't say enough… read more

"This was our family's 3rd Austin Adventures National Park trip. I can't say enough good things about our amazing guides: Megan, Joel and Ryan. The other family's were great travel companions as well. This trip struck a great balance of activity, relaxation and incredible scenery. I knew the Jeep off roading excursion and Grand Canyon Railway would be highlights for my son, but there were also some nice surprises like Bearizona and visiting The Watchtower that will be great memories. Our hotel room in GC had beautiful canyon views out large window. The best nights sleep was in Sedona at The Best Western that included plush bed, private balcony with gorgeous views and a fun hotel pool/activity center. read less

5 Stars (45 reviews)

E Emily | June 2023

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - June 2023

Great Family Trip

"The views were breathtaking, the variety of travel and experiences were interesting, and the guides friendly and knowledgeable.

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"The views were breathtaking, the variety of travel and experiences were interesting, and the guides… read more

"The views were breathtaking, the variety of travel and experiences were interesting, and the guides friendly and knowledgeable. read less

5 Stars (45 reviews)

L Lori | June 2023

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - June 2023

Great Family Vacation

"We took our two grandchildren on the Grand Canyon family trip and it was a wonderful way for us to bond with the kids and enjoy the company of the other families. The guides were great with kids and very knowledgeable about the geology, plants, and animals in the desert areas that we visited.

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"We took our two grandchildren on the Grand Canyon family trip and it was a… read more

"We took our two grandchildren on the Grand Canyon family trip and it was a wonderful way for us to bond with the kids and enjoy the company of the other families. The guides were great with kids and very knowledgeable about the geology, plants, and animals in the desert areas that we visited. read less

4 Stars (45 reviews)

H Harriet | June 2023

Grand Canyon Adventure - September 2022

Grand Canyon Adventure

"EVERYTHING WAS FANTASTIC!!!! We had a great trip! All the activities were super and it was a great variety of things to do. We loved it. Austin Adventures goes above and beyond what we even could imagine!!

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"EVERYTHING WAS FANTASTIC!!!! We had a great trip! All the activities were super… read more

"EVERYTHING WAS FANTASTIC!!!! We had a great trip! All the activities were super and it was a great variety of things to do. We loved it. Austin Adventures goes above and beyond what we even could imagine!! read less

5 Stars (29 reviews)

L Lynn | September 2022

Grand Canyon Adventure - September 2022

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5 Stars (29 reviews)

K Kent | September 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - July 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

"Great experience. Everything taken care of, wonderful.

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"Great experience. Everything taken care of, wonderful. read more

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5 Stars (45 reviews)

M Michele | July 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - July 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

"It was a fun trip. The grand canyon is beautiful, and we had wonderful guides

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"It was a fun trip. The grand canyon is beautiful, and we had wonderful… read more

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4 Stars (45 reviews)

E Emily | July 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - July 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

"For my first Austin Adventures trip, it was beyond my expectations. The guides were amazing and I genuinely already miss everyone. It was the little things the guides did for us that made it so special, like a cold glass of pickle pear juice after hiking in the Grand Canyon and setting up lunch to eat around the rim. I cannot wait to go on my next adventure!

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"For my first Austin Adventures trip, it was beyond my expectations. The guides were amazing… read more

"For my first Austin Adventures trip, it was beyond my expectations. The guides were amazing and I genuinely already miss everyone. It was the little things the guides did for us that made it so special, like a cold glass of pickle pear juice after hiking in the Grand Canyon and setting up lunch to eat around the rim. I cannot wait to go on my next adventure! read less

5 Stars (45 reviews)

M McKenna | July 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - July 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

"Outstanding. Itinerary was great and the guides were even better.

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"Outstanding. Itinerary was great and the guides were even better. read more

"Outstanding. Itinerary was great and the guides were even better. read less

5 Stars (45 reviews)

T Tad | July 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - June 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

"overall a great trip! wonderful service, pretty good accomodations

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"overall a great trip! wonderful service, pretty good accomodations read more

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5 Stars (45 reviews)

J Jennifer | June 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - June 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

"This was a very well executed family oriented active vacation. While I chose not to participate in one of the biking and hiking events, other family members said they were fun and worth the time. I thought the food was excellent but felt there was way too much time spent at the dinners and the first breakfast. Buffet breakfast better. While the weather was bad and made watching the sunset at the Grand Canyon impossible, it was never contemplated in the schedule either evening. I

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"This was a very well executed family oriented active vacation. While I chose not… read more

"This was a very well executed family oriented active vacation. While I chose not to participate in one of the biking and hiking events, other family members said they were fun and worth the time. I thought the food was excellent but felt there was way too much time spent at the dinners and the first breakfast. Buffet breakfast better. While the weather was bad and made watching the sunset at the Grand Canyon impossible, it was never contemplated in the schedule either evening. I read less

4 Stars (45 reviews)

E Ellen | June 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - June 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

"Loved the guides and how they kept everything organized and made things easy for us.
I did not care for the Prescott hotel. It wasn

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"Loved the guides and how they kept everything organized and made things easy for us.
I… read more

"Loved the guides and how they kept everything organized and made things easy for us.
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5 Stars (45 reviews)

M Mary | June 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation - June 2022

Grand Canyon Family Vacation

"Great trip! Guides were amazing and knowledgeable. The family had an awesome time.

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"Great trip! Guides were amazing and knowledgeable. The family had an awesome time. read more

"Great trip! Guides were amazing and knowledgeable. The family had an awesome time. read less

4 Stars (45 reviews)

J Jennifer | June 2022

Grand Canyon Adventure - September 2021

Grand Canyon Adventure

"Trip was outstanding. Both tour guys were great. I wish some of edge activities were a little longer, I think 7 mile bike ride for an adventure tour is too short but overall a GREAT trip and a great experience

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"Trip was outstanding. Both tour guys were great. I wish some of edge activities were… read more

"Trip was outstanding. Both tour guys were great. I wish some of edge activities were a little longer, I think 7 mile bike ride for an adventure tour is too short but overall a GREAT trip and a great experience read less

5 Stars (29 reviews)

J James | September 2021

Grand Canyon Adventure - September 2021

Grand Canyon Adventure

"The trip was great, the other guest and the size of the group was wonderful!

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"The trip was great, the other guest and the size of the group was wonderful! read more

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5 Stars (29 reviews)

C Cindy | September 2021

Grand Canyon Adventure - September 2021

Grand Canyon Adventure

"It was awesome. I enjoyed all of it.

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5 Stars (29 reviews)

M Mike | September 2021

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Grand Canyon Adventure Tours: Exploring the Wonders of the Southwest

Our Grand Canyon Adventure Tours offer an array of exciting ways to explore this natural wonder; from hiking and biking to rafting and camping. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Grand Canyon on a guided hiking tour, where you can trek through the rugged terrain while learning about the area's geology and ecology. Or, for a more adrenaline-fueled adventure, opt for a white-water rafting trip down the Colorado River, where you'll navigate thrilling rapids and soak in breathtaking views. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned explorer, our Grand Canyon Adventure Tours offer an unforgettable way to experience one of the world's most iconic destinations.

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History and Geography of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is not only one of the most visually stunning natural wonders in the world, but it also has a rich history and geological significance. The Canyon was formed over millions of years through the powerful forces of erosion and the flow of the Colorado River. It is believed that the area was first inhabited by Native American tribes who have lived in and around the Grand Canyon for thousands of years. The first Europeans to visit the Grand Canyon were Spanish explorers in the 1500s, and it was later explored by American explorers in the 1800s. Today, the Grand Canyon National Park is not only a popular destination for adventure-seekers but also a place of spiritual and cultural significance for many Native American tribes. Its unique geology and diverse ecosystem have made it a valuable location for scientific research and conservation efforts. A multi-day Grand Canyon adventure tour offers the opportunity to learn about this fascinating history and geography firsthand while exploring the stunning natural landscapes and experiencing thrilling outdoor activities.

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What to Expect on a Grand Canyon Adventure Tour

Embarking on a Grand Canyon adventure tour promises to be an experience of a lifetime. There are a variety of tour options to choose from with Grand Canyon family tours and action-packed itineraries filled with thrilling outdoor activities like exploring the many Grand Canyon hiking trails, biking, rafting and even Grand Canyon mule rides. From the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the canyon to the unique geological formations, you will encounter an incredible diversity of landscapes and wildlife that will leave you in awe. Professional guides will accompany you throughout the trip, sharing their knowledge and expertise about the area's history, culture, environment and the unique Grand Canyon geology. With Austin Adventures, you can rest assured that every detail will be taken care of, from comfortable accommodations to delicious meals. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure that will create memories to last a lifetime.

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Planning a Grand Canyon Adventure Tour

When planning a Grand Canyon adventure tour, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you have the best experience possible. First, decide which of the Grand Canyon tours is right for you, whether it's a hiking trip, Grand Canyon rafting excursion, or a combination of activities. Consider your fitness level and comfort with the outdoors when selecting a tour. Next, choose the best time of year to visit, taking into account weather conditions, crowds, and seasonal activities. Be sure to pack appropriately, including comfortable, sturdy shoes, layers, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Finally, research and book your tour in advance to ensure availability. By following these tips, you can enjoy a memorable and fulfilling adventure tour of the Grand Canyon.

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When is the Best Time to Visit the Grand Canyon?

The best time to visit the Grand Canyon depends on what activities you plan to do and your personal preferences. Generally, the most popular times to visit are in the summer months (June-August) when the weather is warm and sunny. However, this is also the busiest time and accommodations and activities can book up quickly. Spring (March-May) and fall (September-November) can be great times to visit as the weather is milder and there are fewer crowds. Winter (December-February) can be a quieter time to visit and a surreal experience in the snow, but some areas of the park may be inaccessible if there are treacherous conditions. It's important to check weather and road conditions before planning your trip and to be prepared for changing conditions while in the park.

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By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. This offer is only valid for reservations where the trip is no sooner than 180 days from the departure date at time of booking.

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here.

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Active Assurance can be purchased at the time of booking, enabling you to receive a full refund up to 61 days out from your trip departure date. For more details, view here.”

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FAQs About Visiting Grand Canyon

Do you recommend buying travel insurance?

As an Austin Adventures traveler, it’s highly recommended you take out travel insurance to cover the likes of travel delays, missed connections, medical expenses or injury, or lost baggage for your travel with us. Please head to our Travel Protection page for more in-depth information and our recommended insurance provider.

What's included on your North America trips?

Accommodation

We've spent years finding places to stay that are quaint, perfectly-located, and comfortable when we take you to the most amazing parts of North America. We offer a wide variety of accommodations on our trips ranging from locally run inns and first-class hotels to resorts, dude ranches and historic national park cabins. Accommodations are selected for their location, unique charm and history, and offer a true feel for the region. We strongly believe in the value of a good night's sleep and our accommodation reflects this. We also like to have somewhere comfortable to relax after the day's activities.

Transport

We're really focused on ensuring that we spend as little time as possible sitting in vehicles, and that we optimise your vacation for adventuring in the great outdoors. Our average driving time is just over two hours a day, and we make plenty of stops for bathroom breaks and sightseeing along the way. We use modern, comfortable 15-passenger vans for all of our transfers and a second van is added to most departures to provide more flexibility and more room to spread out while seeing the sights! Make no mistake - our trips are not typical bus tour vacation packages! Picture more of a road trip with family complete with good music, tasty snacks, and plenty of guide-supplied fun facts along the way to keep you entertained!

Meals

Just about all your meals are included when you travel with Austin Adventures in North America. We provide a wide variety of cuisine - breakfasts are typically eaten at your hotel on your own time in the morning before meeting up with the group. Lunches feature everything from elaborate picnics to roadside cafes to sandwiches trailside. Dinners are usually eaten at our hotel's dining room or a local restaurant with plenty of options to choose from. We easily cater to vegetarians, picky kids, and people with particular dietary needs. All our guides have food safety certificates and are well-practiced in the art of food prep and serving while on-the-move. You'll find the meals are a real highlight of your trip!

All Guiding Services

Each trip features two or three incredible guides and our average guest to guide ratio is 6:1. Our guests are often drawn to North America by the beautiful scenic landscapes, promise of wilderness and clean air - and there's no doubt you'll find all that, though what you may not be expecting is to forge real, genuine friendships with your fellow tripmates, including our wonderful guides. They're hands-down the BEST guides you'll ever come across.

Activities

Any activity described in our itinerary, such as hiking, rafting, horseback riding, kayaking and biking, are included in your trip cost. Our itineraries are pretty jam-packed to maximize our time spent exploring in these amazing places, and your guides will make it clear if there are additional activities available (at your expense).

How many people are there on each of our North America trips?

We generally take up to 18 people per trip, although this can vary, and all our trips have at least two of our guides to look after you (apart from the occasions we have a small group). We have found that our trips tend to attract a particular kind of person and many people have commented that the social scene was one of the highlights of their trip!

Our adult-only departures require a minimum age of 16 years and our family departures require a minimum age of 6 years to join (7 years on our Alaska Family Adventure) and are a great way to meet other like-minded families who like to get outside.
Please note child rates apply to children 12 years and under.

Do you charge a forced single supplement if I'm a solo traveller?

We welcome many solo travelers on our trips – in fact, we get so many solo travelers and they always say it’s a great way to travel alone, but not actually by themselves. You’ll have an incredible adventure sharing your experiences with other like-minded travelers, and the best part is we don't charge extra for solo travelers, providing you don’t mind sharing a room. However, for bookings within 90 days of your chosen departure, a forced single supplement will apply if there is no other guest of the same gender already booked to share with.

If you prefer not to share a room at all, you can upgrade to a single room, if one is available. 

If I book a trip with my children, will I be sharing a room with them?

Active Adventures & Austin Adventures family vacations are naturally about spending time with family and as such, most families opt to share rooms on our trips. At time of booking, families consisting of four guests with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at the guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

What if I need a special diet?

We’re accustomed to catering to the following special diets:

  • vegan (no meat or animal products)
  • vegetarian (no meat products)
  • pescatarian (vegetarian, and eat fish)
  • no red meat (eat chicken & fish)
  • no pork (eat chicken & fish)
  • gluten intolerant (no wheat, rye, barley or oats)
  • lactose intolerant (no dairy products)
  • picky kids (send us a list of what your child will eat and we'll make sure to have it!)
You will get the opportunity to specify your particular requirements when you fill in your travel wallet. If you have any other dietary requirements please let us know well in advance, via email or the online travel wallet.

 

How much luggage can I bring on the North America trips?

You are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality backpack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days.

How much spending money should I bring and where do I get cash?

You'll be able to find a reliable ATM once you arrive to start your trip, within the township or at the airport you land in, as national park ATM locations are sparse at best. Aside from tips for your guides, you could bring $200 and go home with change though some people like to bring some cash to cover a round of drinks, a few souvenirs, and dinner on "night on your own", although you could just as easily use a credit card for these purchases too.

What are your recommended guide gratuity guidelines?

You will have 2-3 guides on your Austin Adventure (depending on group size) and we recommend $15-25 per day, per guest, per guide. Typically, gratuities are offered by check or cash in local currency on the final morning of the trip and can either be given to each guide individually or to one guide to be equally distributed. Most of our guides these days also accept gratuities via Venmo (please note this app does not work in Canada). All dining, housekeeping and activity tips are included in your trip price.

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Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading average 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

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You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. All you need to do is show up!

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Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted partners and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience.