French Wines, Apollo’s Temple, UNESCO Heritage Sites Attract Fall Travelers to Austin-Lehman’s Cult

From: Austin-Lehman Adventures
Published: Fri Aug 20 2010

It has been a banner year to date for Travel + Leisure’s top rated tour operator Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA) ( and the Fall is shaping up to be a record-breaking season.

“People are traveling with renewed gusto again,” reports co-founder and operating director Dan Austin. “Coming off a very strong summer season we are heading into what might be our best Fall ever.”

Austin suggests proper brand and price positioning of ALA’s biking vacations have made all the difference. “While competitors were raising rates and looking where to save a dime we were looking how we could add more depth and value to our Europe bike tours.”

As an example Austin points out their Tuscany: The Heartland Tour which actually came down $300 in price in 2010 from the previous year’s luxury rate. Highlights include Florence and its cobblestone streets and museums, Siena and its marbled Duomo, and San Gimignano surrounded by 14 medieval towers. 2010 Fall tours priced at $3,398 are set for Sep 18-24 and Oct 2-8.

Another one of ALA’s most popular Italy cycling tours is the Veneto's Prosecco, Prawns, Villas & Vistas biking vacation which journeys from the canals of Venice to the foothills of the Dolomites exploring splendid villas and sampling award-winning cuisine along the way. The Sep 25-Oct 2 trip is priced at $3,898 per person (land), all inclusive.

“The beer tastes better in the Czech Republic,” touts the 2010 ALA catalog. On the Vienna to Prague Adventure cyclists can drink in the local color and famous libations while biking along the Danube enroute to Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tour is schedule for Sep 4-12 and priced at $3,798 per person.

For wine lovers, France is the destination of choice and ALA’s La Loire: Castles to Coteaux Biking Vacation takes riders from Chateau de Chambord to wine sipping at the world-famous vineyards of Chinon and Cravant. There are still openings on the Sep 18-25 tour priced at $3,698 per person.

New for 2010, a multisport bike, hike and paddle adventure entitled Greek Isles - Sun-Drenched Cyclades is quickly becoming one of the company’s most popular offerings. From the Acropolis of Athens to Santorini, then onto the archeological wonders of the island of Delos, this 10-day tour covers five of Greece's most fabled Cycladic Islands. Space is still available on the Oct 9-18 trip, priced at $4,998 per person.

About Austin-Lehman Adventures
Austin-Lehman Adventures, with a 35-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on four continents. ALA has built an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in North, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, biking vacations that emphasize history, culture, and geography’s natural beauty. Trips are limited to 12 guests (18 on family departures) and feature excellent regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning. ALA offers each traveler a money back satisfaction guarantee.

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