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3 Adventure Travel Companies that’ll knock your socks off

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Adventure Travel seems to be the big keyword this year, and we couldn’t be happier. Willamette Intl Travel works with some amazing and reputable adventure travel companies, designed to keep your curiosity alive!

Origins Safaris

Nothing says “adventure” quite like Africa, home of uncharted plains and diverse wildlife. We’ve praised Origins Safaris on our blog before, and with good reason. OS offers incredible safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Chad, and more. They pair guests up with certified guides and drivers, who have grown up in the region, and take you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to come face to face with gorillas, migration herds, and local tribes.  Many of the trips that WIT Founders Christina and John escort on their annual African trip are courtesy of Origins. You can always count on a life-changing trip with Origins.

Read more on our previous post in our “Conscientious Traveler” series

Origins Safaris films “Monkeys with Altitude”!

Macs Adventure

Looking to be the leader or your own expedition? Macs Adventure curates self-guided walking and cycling holidays in Europe and Asia. We’ve used these folks in Portugal and Ireland—and recently they’ve released a few new incredible destinations like Shikoku, southwest Madeira, the Loire Valley, Meteora and the Pindos, and Swiss alpine valleys. The collection of their latest includes a spiritual journey on foot, luxury cycling and more. If that can’t get your wanderlust going, we don’t know what can!

Join cycling tour development specialist Jo Payne on her research trip for cycling in Provence: 

Mountain Hiking Holidays

Our good friends at Mountain Hiking Holidays always has some interesting itinerary to share with you—whether it’s hiking the Dolomites, obscure mountains of Bulgaria, trekking through the temple route on Shikoku, or conquering Patagonia. MHH specializes in guided, small-group hiking trips amid mountain ridges, where you can breathe fresh alpine air and fall under the spell of magical mountains. Enjoy comfortable stays in hotels and inns, excellent gourmet meals, and hiking options that range from moderate to challenging.

Their international team of certified guides and licensed mountaineers have taken rigorous training in order to cultivate the perfect mountain holiday for you!

Read more about Mountain Hiking Holidays on our previous post here

Check out MHH in the Azores:

Have your curiosity piqued? Call Willamette Intl Travel to talk more about these incredible adventure opportunities. Unleash your inner explorer out into the world!

Call us at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com.

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Walking Softly Adventures and Mountain Hiking Holidays

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As a tie-in with last week’s post on excursions abroad, let us introduce one of our fantastic vendors for walking and hiking journeys, Walking Softly Adventures and Mountain Hiking Holidays. These two companies are run by some great friends of ours, John and Amy Osaki, and over the last 16 years, many clients and even some relatives of ours have thoroughly enjoyed the trips!

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If a cultural walking tour is more your thing, take a look at Walking Softly. They offer occasional tours that immerse you in local history, art and architecture. As an art historian and former museum professional, Amy leads the Art Tours through a variety of culturally rich destinations, including Boston, Paris, Japan, Russia, and most recently in April, Italy. Her tours encourage you to explore art “in situ” for a deeper understanding of the local history. There are only two or three Walking Softly trips offered each year, and these trips sell out quickly, so be sure to let WIT know if you are interested in information about the next Art Tour by Amy. Upcoming destinations include New York, Japan with cherry blossoms, the Silk Road in China, Moscow and St Petersburg, and the museums of Spain!

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If hiking a mountain trail is more your pace, check out Mountain Hiking Holidays—which runs frequent trips to the mountains of Patagonia, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees, the Julian Alps, the volcanoes of Japan’s Hokkaido island—and many more. Three meals daily are often included in these treks, over peaks, through monasteries and temples, and around lakes. Sleep comfortably in your private room with private bath, and carry only a day pack with your water and jacket on the trail. Past park rangers and current mountaineers, John and Amy have hiked and climbed mountains on four continents. Their skilled international team holds certificates and licenses in mountain guiding, have received rigorous training, and take great pleasure in leading you on the trail. Consider a mountain hiking trip in South America, Europe, Asia, or North America. Ask WIT to keep you posted about Mountain Hiking Holidays’ a new 5-day spring hiking escape to the spectacular red rock country of Utah in April 2013, and the new winter hiking trip for the mountains of the Galapagos islands of Ecuador early in 2014!

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Groups are typically small and intimate, or can be customized to accommodate private departures. Running less than 20 trips a year allows John and Amy to really put care and love into each and every one of their adventures!

All photos are courtesy of Mountain Hiking Holidays. 

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