Adventure Associates Travel News | December 2007

December 2007
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Season's Greetings Sandy,

Adventure Associates' 20th Anniversary saw travel dreams come true at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro , on a ski safari in Yellowstone, kayaking with the Orca whales in the San Juan Islands , and visiting temples and Dzongs in Bhutan, among others.

The Botswana Safari was a new trip for us in 2007 - here's what the gals wrote from abroad: "We are having the time of our lives. Every day we say 'It can't possibly get any better than this,' and every day it does."
-C. Chudd

To read how it kept getting better check out the BLOG from the all-women Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa and Rwanda trip!

In Copper Canyon, Mexico this fall, Alice led a spirited exploration from the rim to the heart of the canyon. We boast over 18 years of traveling here, allowing us to fine-tune our itinerary with the highlights of this magnificent region. Here's what one participant said after her first trip with AA:
"A welcome combination of restful and energizing - filled with new sights and sounds...and time to be still, a gift I did not expect to receive when traveling." -R. Howe

Laos and Cambodia was also new in 2007, where Sandy's group stayed along a tributary of the Mekong River in their boatman's home. A truly unique journey, as the Namtha River will be dammed in 3-5 years, leaving this experience unavailable to travelers.

In 2008, we will bring back our Nepal and Turkey programs, a New Zealand adventure for women, and our newest to the table: an exciting cycling and cultural exploration of Vietnam! With this variety of popular and new trips in 2008, we urge you to book early - don't miss out on the travel experience of a lifetime!

Consider supporting green travel practices and sustainable living this holiday season by encouraging the Real Traveller in your life with the gift that begins an Adventure!

Contact us today for a Gift Certificate and check out our Adventure Bucks for holiday savings.

Wishing you a festive holiday season and wonderful adventures in the coming year,

Sandy Braun, Director
Alice Gifford, Adventure Team

Winter Escapes
Yellowstone: Ski Safari for Women
Yellowstone Skiing

This annual ski safari for women is so popular, we have added a second trip for 2008! Cross- country skiing in the wildlife paradise of Yellowstone Park at the heart of winter: Enjoy escorted skiing through this unique ecosystem of snowscapes, hot pools, steaming geysers, frozen waterfalls, wolves, moose, elk, bison, eagles! $1475
Feb 23 - March 1, 2008
Limited to 8 women!

Baja Mexico: Sea of Cortez Kayak Expedition
Baja Kayaking

A warm water paradise awaits you sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez: snorkeling in colorful tidal pools, viewing playful dolphins, relaxing under the desert sun in the shadow of giant cacti, and sharing a campfire with panga fishermen. Whale Watching available Jan-March! $1045 - $1195
Women's trip full
Coed Departures January - April

New Zealand: Active Adventure for Women
Abel Tasman NP

It's summer down under!
Experience the stunning North and/or South Islands: hiking dense rainforests and glaciated mountains, paddling crystal clear bays, walking sandy beaches and swimming in emerald oceans! Enjoy two days on Stewart Island, a birdwatcher's paradise - New Zealand is an active adventurer's playground!

South Island Adventure: March 12 - 30, 2008 $4755
North & South Islands Combo: March 8 - 20, 2008 $5650

Botswana: Okavango Wildlife & Cultural Safari
Okavango Safari

View stunning wildlife from 4x4 vehicles in the world's largest inland water system including Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta, staying in luxury tented camps. Then enjoy a sunset cruise below magnificent Victoria Falls. A safari traditionalist's dream! $4895
March 1 - 12, 2008

(Optional Extension to Cape Town)

Spring Voyages
Galapagos Islands Wildlife Cruise
Galapagos 20-person Yacht

Special Yacht Charters for Women and Year Round Coed Departures! Cruise aboard a Carbon Neutral 20-person yacht on an unforgettable wildlife expedition through one of the most diverse and stunningly beautiful marine environments in the world! Daily snorkeling, kayaking and shore excursions with expert naturalists - scuba diving also available!
Package includes: Weeklong cruise, two nights hotel (B&B style), in-country flight, airport transfers and Park Entrance fees.

2008 All Women Package Cruises:
Feb 2-11; April 12 - 21; Aug 23 - Sept 1;
Oct 4 - 13

Iguana Deck: $3455
Booby Deck: $3790
Dolphin Deck: $4055

Galapagos Photos...

Nepal: Khumbu Teahouse Trek
Nepal Monastery

Trekking in Nepal is a backpacker's paradise! This 16-day fully-supported trekking adventure meanders through the Everest (Khumbu) region to remote Sherpa villages, pristine glacial-fed lakes, sacred temples and high mountain splendor! Overnight in local traditional Teahouses each night! $2599
May 2 - 22, 2008

Peru: Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu
Llama at Machu Picchu

Andean peaks tower above the compelling remains of the Inca civilization. Spend eleven days exploring ruins in Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and hiking the Inca Trail to the famed citadel of Machu Picchu! Tier-priced: $2499 - $2799
May 16-26; July 17-27;
July 31 - Aug 10, 2008

Classic Adventures
Queen Charlottes: Sea Kayak Expedition for Women
Queen Charlottes Kayaking

A one-of-a-kind sea kayaking experience in Gwaii Haanas National Park, National Geographic's #1 National Park in North America! Visit with Haida "watchmen," beach comb among the rainbow of marine creatures at low tide, and cross your fingers for a rare Tufted Puffin sighting! $2399
Aug 15 - 24, 2008

Escape to Bhutan: The Dragon Kingdom
Bhutan Dancers

Journey to the "Dragon Kingdom," one of the extraordinary countries of the Himalayas. Learn Bhutan's customs and traditions by visiting traditional farmhouses adorned with prayer flags, attending celebration festivals, and hiking Bhutan through breathtaking bamboo and pine forests! $3775
Oct 3 - 21, 2008

New Trips
Vietnam: Cultural & Cycling Adventure for Women
Hmong Women in Vietnam

Overland and by sea, enjoy breathtaking scenery at a natural pace and participate in the traditional and modern lifestyles of the Vietnamese people. From Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City to the Mekong River, this is a cultural and historical cycling adventure not to be missed! $2699
Dec 5 - 21, 2008
Feb 20 - March 8, 2009

Galapagos Islands: Multi-Sport Island Hopping
Galapagos Multi-Sport Kayaking

Island-hop overland through the Galapagos Archipelago on a multi-sport adventure combining daily sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, snorkeling, and horseback riding in the rugged and unspoiled natural beauty of this marine paradise. $2400
7-day Year Round Departures available!
Contact Us for availability!

Turkey: A Mediterranean Coastal Odyssey
Istanbul Bazaar

Back by popular demand!
Known the world over as the "cradle of civilization," we explore the bazaars and famous ancient ruins of Istanbul and Ephesus, sail the Turquoise Coast in a traditional Turkish Gulet, and experience Cappadocia by hot air balloon. An active historical journey not to be missed! $3799
May 2 - 17, 2008
Sept 19 - Oct 4, 2008

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