North America is a widely diverse, interesting, wild and beautiful continent. With everything from stunning mountain ranges to lush valleys and heavily forested hills to great beaches, deep canyons, deserts and rolling fertile plains, there is just about every type of landscape you could imagine all contained within one continent. From the tops of the Rocky Mountains to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, with the forests and sea cliffs of the Pacific Northwest, the Mighty Mississippi, the fall foliage and maple syrup of Vermont, and the palms of the Florida keys, there is something for just about everyone looking to do some traveling in this vast and varied continent. Spanning 2,500 miles from New York to Los Angeles alone and heading as far north as the artic and as far south as the tropical regions of Mexico, this continent is also huge, making exploring it a challenge. You could spend a lifetime traveling through North America and still not see it all. That’s why signing up for a small group adventure tour could be the perfect way to explore an area of this stunning continent many of us like to call home. Whether you are from the U.S. or Canada, or are coming from afar, these North American adventure tours are sure to have you exploring the beauty of North America.
So, ok, I know what you are thinking. “A travel tour? Isn’t that what old people do?” The answer is no. The truth is travel tours have come a long way since the days of giant air-conditioned buses and old ladies. So, instead of touring the great west of the United States while sitting next to blue-haired Edna and her husband Bob, you’ll be trekking through Zion National Park, crusing past floating glaciers in Alaska or exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico. Today there are tours designed specifically for the independent, adventure traveler. That’s right—active, interesting and adventurous tours that allow travelers to explore and experience a foreign place. First off, they keep the groups small, usually capping out at 16 people, so you won’t be traveling around with some awkwardly huge group of gawking tourists. Second, these tours don’t just scratch the surface of the places you visit. In fact, by using a combination of local and experienced guides, you’ll often see and experience MORE than you would on your own. Also, because these tours have already been developed to showcase the best of the best, you’ll save yourself from countless hours of potentially pointless research trying to find out where to go and what to eat. Oh, and don’t worry, you definitely won’t be experiencing any part of North America from the window of some bus the entire time. Even the shorter adventure tours have travelers trekking, exploring, adventuring and discovering amazing areas of this huge continent.
The Mayan world straddles several modern-day countries, but a shared culture and history give modern Maya an identity beyond borders. From ancient ruins in the Yucatán to colonial Chiapas and colourful, traditional Guatemalan markets, immerse yourself in the ancient and the thriving on this journey through the land of the Maya.
Explore Alaska’s spectacular fjords and glaciers aboard the elegant and intimate Safari Explorer, designed and crafted for the relaxation and enjoyment of 36 discerning guests. Throughout your voyage enjoy quiet nights at anchor in remote coves, unhurried time for whale watching and wildlife viewing, kayaking in secluded bays, guided hikes and a visit to Petersburg. Your ship provides first-class comfort and attention to detail, including a wine library, spa, top-deck hot tub and and superb meals. The following departure dates include a second day exploring Glacier Bay National Park.
Escape to a world teeming with wildlife; where the cactuses are the tallest on earth, the island beaches show no footprints except your own, and the setting sun seems to glow orange for hours. Led by an Expedition Team including Naturalists and an Undersea Specialist, this 4-night voyage in the Sea of Cortez offers opportunities for kayaking, searching for whales and dolphins, hiking, Zodiac cruises, snorkeling with reef fish and sea lions and a special beach barbecue under the desert sky.
Follow the trade routes of the Native Americans and early settlers of the New World through Eastern Canada and New England. A leisurely tour visiting traditional fishing villages, back-woods towns and thriving cities, all rich in colonial history – relive the spirit of the pioneering past in a memorable two-week trek.
ONE OF OUR MOST ADVENTUROUS TREKS. It offers a wide range of outdoor activities in some of the most spectacular settings in the Southwest. Explore, experience and discover the Real America in the incomparable canyonlands of Arizona and Utah.