December 2008
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Season's Greetings Real Traveller,

A woman shared a story with us about her recent trip to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. On the shuttle from Tel Aviv, her seatmate asked, "Are you here as a tourist or a pilgrim?" This question gives us pause and inspiration. In prepping for our 2009 programs, we wish to bring to the forefront why Adventure Associates exists - how and why we travel - and to further define The Real Traveller...READ ON

AA Staff - Year in Review! In April, Alice sailed on our Galapagos Wildlife Cruise for Women. This fall, Sandy led a custom women's group into the remote villages of Copper Canyon, Mexico. In between, we enjoyed our 19th summer hiking, biking and kayaking the San Juan Islands, our jewels of the Pacific Northwest! Check out what your fellow Real Travellers are saying about their tours with us this year on our Testimonials page - or better yet, don't be surprised if you spot yourself among our cheerful Real Travellers in our favorite 2008 Trip Photos!.

As we begin a new year of adventuring and Giving Back, we hope you will consider supporting green travel practices and sustainable living by encouraging the Real Traveller in your life with the gift that begins an adventure! Call today for a Gift Certificate and check out the Giving Back page for unique gift ideas.

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

Sandy & Alice

Winter Escapes
Yellowstone: Ski Safari for Women
Yellowstone Skiing

Limited to 8 women only!
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! $1599
Jan 31 - Feb 8, 2009 Trip Details...

Vietnam: Cultural & Cycling Journey for Women
Hmong Girl

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! $3099
Feb 20 - March 8, 2009 Trip Details...

Baja, Mexico: Sea Kayak Expedition for Women
Sea of Cortez vista

Limited to 10 women!
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. $1045 - $1195
All Women Trip Details
March 1 - 8, 2009
April 19 - 26, 2009 (Earth Week!)
Coed Departures January - April

Spring Journeys
Escape to Bhutan: The Dragon Kingdom
Tiger's Nest

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!
$3945 March 4 - 21, 2009
$4295 Oct 31 - Nov 17, 2009 Trip Details...

Copper Canyon, Mexico Explorations
Copper Canyon Vistas

Ride the world-famous Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway, enjoy nature walks along the canyon floor, explore charming and remote indigenous settlements, and discover the "Lost Cathedral" of Satevo. Overnight camping trek and lodges in historic Mexican villas! Coed and All Women tour departures.
$1475 March 13 - 23; Oct 23 - Nov 2, 2009
Rail & Trek Details...
$1925 March 20-29; Oct 23 - Nov 1, 2009
Rail & Lodge Details...

Nepal: Khumbu Teahouse Trek
Trekking Nepal

Trekking in Nepal is a backpacker's paradise! Our 17-day fully-supported trekking adventure meanders through the Everest (Khumbu) region to remote villages, pristine glacial-fed lakes, sacred temples and high mountain splendor! Overnight in local traditional Teahouses each night! $2699
April 14 - May 5; Nov 5 - 26, 2009
Trip Details...

Galapagos Wildlife Cruise for Women
Galapagos Women

Sail aboard a 20-person Hybrid or Carbon Neutral yacht for an unforgettable wildlife expedition through one of the most diverse and stunningly beautiful marine environments in the world! Daily snorkeling, hiking, kayaking and shore excursions with expert naturalists. Starts at $3845
May 23 - June 1, 2009 Women Cruise Details...
Year Round Coed Cruise Details...

Package includes: 8-Day cruise, 2 nights hotel (B&B), in-country flight, airport transfers and Park entrance fees.

Optional extensions: Amazon Jungle Lodge or a spectacular Rainforest River Cruise!

Summer Classics
Turkey: A Mediterranean Odyssey for Women
Turkey Markets

Known the world over as the "cradle of civilization," we sail the Turquoise Coast in a traditional Turkish Gulet, explore the bazaars and famous ancient ruins of Istanbul and Ephesus and discover the roots of Western women's history. An active historical journey not to be missed! $3599 May 11 -24, 2009
Aug 31 - Sept 13, 2009 Trip details...

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

Book by February to get limited summer trek permits! 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! $2695 - $3079
May 16 - 26; July 18 - 28; July 25 - Aug 4, 2009
Trip Details...

Tambopata Rainforest Extension Details...

Tanzania, East Africa: Cultural & Wildlife Safari
Tatog Man

Recognized by National Geographic Adventure Magazine! With 21 years of traveling to East Africa, we know how to do it! 10 unbeatable days spent in Africa's premiere game parks - viewing "the top 5" in wildlife and engaging in traditional African tribal cultures: the Maasai, the nomadic Hadzabe and the Tatog. Genuine interactions with our Tanzanian friends, and the best wildlife on the planet! $4199
July 2-12; July 16-26; July 30 - Aug 9; Aug 27 - Sept 6, 2009
Safari details...

Optional Extensions include:
Rwanda Gorilla Trek
Tropical Zanzibar

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

Island-hop through the Galapagos Archipelago on a lodge-based active tour combining daily sea kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and snorkeling in the rugged and unspoiled natural beauty of this marine paradise. $2185
7-day Year Round Departures available! Trip Details...

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