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.
Hiking Scotland's Highlands and Islands - FULL
August 27, 2017 – September 4, 2017

Hiking in spectacular mountains, surrounded by wild sea, white beaches, and green islands, this women's hiking trip is for those who want to get off the beaten path and explore Scotland's Highlands and Islands. Kintail and Plockton offer classic west Highland scenery and diverse hiking possibilities. The Isle of Skye is known for its fjord-like inlets and stunning coastal areas. Our trip will give you a taste of the exquisite beauty and diversity of Scotland, as well as a taste of its culture and cuisine. $2795 Rating: 1  2  [3];4  5

On the Camino de Santiago - FULL
August 31, 2017 – September 9, 2017

We will be hiking the last 103 kms (62 miles) from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, the last section of the traditional pilgrimage route known as El Camino de Santiago. Not a typical hiking trip, we are following an historic pilgrimage route and will be observing some of the pilgrimage traditions that have grown up along the road over the years. $2895 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5

Living the Cowgirl Life - FULL
September 2, 2017 – September 9, 2017

Join us for a week of fun at an historic dude ranch near Wyoming's Snowy Mountains. A place of peace and quiet, our ranch combines time in the outdoors with comfortable lodging and hearty meals at night, away from cell phones and the internet. Combine riding well-trained horses, fly fishing in the local pond or river, and hiking through beautiful landscape with soaking in a hot tub, sitting on the porch while you read a book, and enjoying delicious meals - this week can be as relaxing or as active as you choose. Everyone has her own room on this trip. $2675  Rating: 1  2  3  4  5


Hiking Italy's Northern Alps - FULL
September 2, 2017 – September 9, 2017

Italy's northern Alps, also known as the Dolomites, are known for its many sheer rock walls, fantastic spires, and rugged massifs; it's also known for its varied culture and cuisine, reflecting its Italian and Austrian roots. On this hiking trip we will hike from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Alta Badia with day hikes in both areas.  $2895  Rating: 1  2  3  [4]  5

Hiking Wales
September 10, 2017 – September 20, 2017

Wales is a small country with fascinating history, varied and stunning topography, and a warm and welcoming tradition of hospitality. Our hiking trip to Wales is a perfect mixture of hiking in stunning landscapes, interwoven with cultural encounters and experiences. We'll visit all three of Wales' National Parks: the wild windswept escarpments of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the coast of Pembrokeshire which is known as the spiritual heartland of Wales, and the rugged mountains of Snowdonia, a stronghold of Welsh culture. $3295 Rating: 1 2 [3] 4 5

Adventures in the Adirondacks
September 10, 2017 – September 17, 2017

The Adirondack State Park in northern New York is the largest publicly protected area in the lower 48 states, larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier and the Grand Canyon combined. Join us for a week of hiking and kayaking through the park, exploring some of the 2000 miles of trails for hiking and 3000 lakes for kayaking. The trees will change color before our eyes. $2250 Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5 

Autumn on Cape Cod
September 16, 2017 – September 24, 2017

Autumn on Cape Cod is spectacular! The whales and birds are migrating, the air is crisp and clear, and the hordes of summer tourists have left. Join us for a week of hiking, kayaking, biking, and exploring the natural history of this remarkable area. $2795 Rating  [2]  3  4  5

Pearls of the Croatian Coast - FULL
September 17, 2017 – September 24, 2017

Drawn by beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine, and a culture that reflects both its Italian and Balkan roots, Croatia has become increasingly popular over the past few years. On this trip, while we visit some of Croatia's iconic sites, we also go off the beaten path to experience its nature, culture, and cuisine. While not primarily a hiking trip, lots of activity will make sure we enjoy the culinary aspect of our adventure. $2995 Rating:[2]  3  4  5 

Slackpacking Virginia - FULL
September 17, 2017 – September 23, 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. We've been doing the first and last sections of the Appalachian Trail this way for years; our Virginia section covers the AT from Dicky Gap to Damascus. $1425 Rating: 1  2  3  [4] 5

Exploring Utah's National Parks in Fall - FULL
September 24, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Southern Utah is home to some of the most well known national parks and monuments, and each has its own special magic and unique attractions: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Capitol Reef National Parks and Goblin Valley State Park. Day hikes are a great way to explore this magical area and on our "tour du parks" you will gain a new appreciation of the diversity and beauty of southern Utah's geology. On this trip we extend a special invitation to women over 50 and to anyone who prefers an option for leisurely shorter hikes. $2350  Rating:2  3 4  5  


Lodge to Lodge On the Superior Hiking Trail - FULL
September 24, 2017 – September 28, 2017

On this hiking trip at the height of fall colors, we sample different accommodations as we explore various sections of the trail. With the option of two hikes of different lengths each day, this is a perfect getaway vacation for women who enjoy fall hiking and hospitable lodging. $1595  Rating: 1  2  3  4  5

Appalachian Autumn Adventures - FULL
September 28, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Northern Georgia, the jumping off point for the Appalachian Trail, offers an astounding array of activities for those who like to get out and play in the crisp, invigorating air of fall. So on this four day getaway, we will sample as much as we can: horseback riding, hiking, and whitewater rafting, intermingled with great food and some optional yoga.  $895 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Champs Appalachian Trail Lodge to Lodge Custom Trip
September 29, 2017 – October 6, 2017

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip,  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 plenty of challenge as well as opportunities to enjoy both the views and the hiking.   $1800  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5  


Blue Ridge Rambling - FULL
October 1, 2017 – October 6, 2017

The Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina are rich with scenic beauty, opportunities for outdoor adventure, and deep cultural traditions. During our six days we'll combine moderate hiking and whitewater rafting with visiting some of the area's iconic destinations, including the Biltmore Estate, Black Mountain, and Folk Art Center.  $1695 Rating  [2]  3  4  5

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 - FULL
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
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