United States

The United States is a destination that needs no introduction - its breathtaking landscapes, dynamic cities, iconic landmarks and rich culture have cemented it as a rite of passage for roadtrippers, adventurers and luxury travellers alike. With such a staggering breadth of different environments and experiences on offer across the 50 states, the hardest part of your trip will be deciding on an itinerary!

Get off the tourist trails and explore the hidden treasures of Hawaii- postcard-perfect beaches, majestic waterfalls, giant craters and lava-spewing volcanoes; or venture north to the unspoiled, uncrowded wilderness of Alaska to hike, raft and kayak through pristine landscapes of overwhelming beauty and grandeur.

Challenge yourself to a backpacking adventure along sections of the iconic Pacific Crest Trail, traversing the valleys, rivers and peaks of one of the world's most incredible long-distance hiking trails; or explore the dramatic cliff-faces and striking rocky landscapes of the national parks of the West - Yosemite, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Death Valley.

Or immerse yourself in the raw and rugged beauty of Arizona with a multi-day adventure out into the Grand Canyon, hiking remote trails and camping among the life changing landscapes of one of Earth's most spectacular landforms.

Whichever itinerary you choose, you won't regret an active adventure into the epic wilderness of the US!


 

Our all inclusive approach

Quality services with many inclusions make our adventures great value for money. Having essential items like internal transfers, experienced guides, national park fees, most meals, sightseeing and entry fees included in the trip cost allows you to better budget for your big adventure.

Self guided options

Each self guided itinerary has been tried and tested with every detail accounted for, enabling you to explore independently. We'll provide bicycles, accommodation, luggage transfers, route notes, maps and emergency assistance so that all you need to do is spend the day travelling at your own pace.

Innovative itineraries

Explore high altitude, remote locations and long distance trails with the guidance and knowledge of a wilderness expert for an experience like no other.

Leaders in responsible travel

Responsible travel and Leave No Trace practices are at the heart of every program that we offer in the USA. When you book one of our adventures you're supporting true sustainability in the protection of natural environments and wildlife.


 

Minimal environmental impact

To help keep America's National Parks beautiful, our local guides are trained in minimal impact principles and provide a responsible travel code of conduct to all travellers.

Environmental conservation

We strongly support environmental groups through membership and donations, such as the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Greenpeace and Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

Animal welfare focus

Our comprehensive Animal Welfare Code of Conduct seeks to protect vulnerable animals and educate travellers on the issues surrounding animal welfare.


Hotels and lodges

We use well-appointed, clean and comfortable hotels and lodges chosen for their proximity to local parks and attactions. Rooms are based on double occupancy and may include en suite facilities.

Camping

Campsites are chosen for their spectacular locations. All group camping equipment including two person tents, stoves and fuel are provided and all meals are prepared by our crew.

Bed & breakfasts

Selected for their desirable locations and local charm, B&Bs and guesthouses offer tasty meals, comfortable rooms, and warm, friendly welcomes at the end of each day.

Condos

In certain locations such as Maui, a condo offers a convenient base as well as a quiet and cozy respite.



A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



Currency

US Dollar

ATM's and credit cards are widely available/accepted.

International Dialing Code

+1

Electricity
Type A plug

Electricity in The United States is 120 Volts, at 60 hertz. The most common pin type is A. (2 flat prong).

Visas

All travellers will require a valid passport to enter the United States and your passport should still be valid for 6 months after you return from your trip. If you are travelling on more than one passport, please use the same passport for the entire trip. The following information also applies to visitors entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (including Australians, New Zealanders, and British):

From 1 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with the following criteria:

If your passport was issued before October 26, 2005, it must be ‘machine readable’ (with 2 lines of letters, numbers and <<< at the bottom)

If your passport was issued between October 26, 2005 and October 25, 2006, it must be machine readable and include a digital photo

If your passport was issued on or after October 26, 2006, it must be an e-passport with a digital photo and an integrated chip (with this internationally recognised symbol <http://www.dhs.gov/e-passports> on the front cover).

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct passport and that there are sufficient blank pages for any visas required and for entry/departure stamps.

Many travellers to the United States (including Australians, New Zealanders and British) entering the country require a prearranged, approved Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). This is obtained electronically for passport holders from countries eligible for the Visa Waiver Program. The authorization must be in hand upon entry to the USA and can be obtained at the following official website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov for a fee of US$14, payable by credit or debit card. It is very important to make payments through the official website. Visa Waiver travellers who have not obtained approval through ESTA should expect to be denied boarding on any air carrier bound for the United States.

From 21 January 2016 most people who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or are dual nationals of these countries, will no longer qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program and existing ESTAs could be revoked. You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis. Bottom line: If in doubt, please contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

Please consult your reservation consultant/travel agent if you have any questions regarding your eligibility for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) or the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

All other passport holders should check with the relevant consul.

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.

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