Places We’ve Been

Here's a collection of some of the past trips Adventures For Singles has operated.

“AFS Amazing Race African Safari” - South Africa

Safari, Train, Cape Town

Sept 12 - 21, 2016

I believe this is our coolest vacation creation ever by planes, trains and safari jeeps to get your adventure on! Ever wanted to be a contestant on The Amazing Race? Now you can with AFS with challenges and checkpoints in South Africa. South Africa is a world in one country with more diversity than a photographer can shake a lens at. Africa’s wilderness, under pure blue skies, beats the rhythm of life, which is hidden deep within all of us. Vast and noble, genetic memory calls us to reconnect our souls with nature. Pure and silent with animals that have always been here, it’s as much a spiritual experience as a vacation.

We’ve sent dozens of groups here.  Whether you’re a seasoned AFS “Afriholic” or newbie, this country always thrills.  The savviest travelers return over and over because the dollar goes so far for affordable thrills and the friendly Afrikaans are so welcoming.  

This special journey includes things people only dream about.  Sip world-class wines in the Winelands.  Enjoy a bush BBQ, photograph penguins at Boulders Beach and  baboons at Cape Point, soar up Table Mountain or dive with the Great Whites!

There’s nothing like game drives at night with lions roaring.  We begin in fabulous Mabula Private Game Reserve to get up close and personal with wildlife including the BIG FIVE.  And you’ll be instructing your game ranger on the sighting tasks necessary to compete.

Then board the Premier Classe Train overnight to Cape Town.  What a great way to see the luscious landscapes of SA and with fun mysteries to solve enroute.

Spend 5 glorious days in glistening Cape Town, a must see for all bucket lists.  This Mother City oozes with magnificent sites and adventures.  Golden beaches, bountiful vineyards, year round sunshine, everyone loves CPT.  You may have been there, but not like this.  We add the thrill of the race.  Begin each day with a sense of excitement in your quest to find hidden clues to follow.  A magical theme of fun threads its way through the iconic sites and the beauty of the Western Cape.  Just read our daily itinerary below.

You’ll be pampered with fine accommodations and September is the perfect time to visit.  Join us for some animal encounters that you’ll never forget.  Bond with new friends.  With AFS, you’ll never be Lost in the Bush.  Winner or not, you’ll be a Survivor on our Amazing Race in Africa!

Your itinerary will include visits to:

We weave the Amazing Race theme into each of the excursions.  On arrival at a venue, your team is given a race passport, unfolding the clues to lead you to the checkpoints, and the tasks to be tackled before moving on to the next.  Maps and hints are provided in your race kit, along with any equipment required en route to complete your task.   Mingle with the friendly locals when you require some assistance, adding to the fun of your quest.

“Bush & Beach in Tanz & Zanz” - Tanzania

Tanzania, Serengeti, Zanzibar

Oct 30 - Nov 9, 2016

Join us for a 10 day Nat Geo experience on our best classic safari with authentic cultural immersion you’ll never forget! It’s stunning landscapes crowned by Mt Kilimanjaro, golden beaches and a staggering number of animals in one trip. Our last group loved it so much, we present it again with new things to see.

Imagine witnessing the Great Migration in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti when a million hooves thunder across plains. Or descending into Ngorongoro crater for thrilling game drives and seeing red cloaked Maasai warriors in the Great Rift Valley. Photograph the BIG 5. The highlight is visiting two authentic hunter-gatherer tribes, the disappearing Datoga and Hadzabe people!  

Then imagine flying to the tropical island jewel of Zanzibar on the warm Indian Ocean with salty breezes and white sand beaches. You’ll feel transported back into a history of slave traders, sultans, pirates and princesses. Dhow boats sail sparkling blue waters, village women farm seaweed in coral sands. You’ll fall in love with exotic Stone Stone and our plantation Spice Tour and snorkeling or diving from our 5 star resort and spa.

Under pure blue skies beats the rhythms of life. Africa’s Wilderness is hidden deep within all of us. Vast and noble, genetic memory calls us to reconnect our souls with nature and the animals that have always been there. It’s as much a spiritual experience as an amazing vacation.

This dual-destination journey has it all. Whether you’re a seasoned AFS “Afriholic” or newbie to the continent, you’ll feel spoiled by all you experience. Perfect accommodations and perfect time to visit. And we were able to value price this at last year’s rates.

Hakuna Matata, “No worries here.” Come get your wild life on. I believe this is our Ultimate Safari Experience. Join AFS for nature’s most incredible drama. It’s the best wildlife show on earth!

 

“Elephants, Tigers & Monks~Oh, My!" - Thailand

Thailand Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai to Krabi

Nov 8 - 19, 2016

Join is for an Asian affair into the royal kingdom of Thailand. We’ve sent a dozen past groups here to various regions. This journey is extraordinarily unique. One highlight is the Loi Krathong Lantern Festival as featured in NatGeo and Lonely Planet. Celebrated for centuries, thousands of paper lanterns are released into the evening sky as a Buddhist representation of the releasing of sins. Rivers are covered by floating flower lanterns adorned with candles. The mass coordinated release creates an outstanding visual treat you will never forget.

Chiang Mai, nestled in forested hills and rice paddies, is a land apart from with breathtaking beauty. It’s referred to as ‘The Real Thailand’ where traditional culture is celebrated at sacred sites. It oozes history and we packed our visit with a ton of fun with our tiger and elephant immersions at 2 renowned wildlife sanctuaries. You’ll have the chance to bathe an elephant and bottle feed tiger cubs. We also visit the hill tribe villages including the long neck Karen people. You’ll even have a chance to ride a hot air balloon.

In uber-cool Bangkok, enjoy a day of the famous temple tours followed by a Thai massage at Wat Pho temple. Visit the fabulous new Asiatique night bazaar with endless shopping and Thai dining stalls.

The best is saved for last in spectacular Krabi with Thailand’s most striking scenery. Majestic limestone peaks spike up from the warm turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. Our deluxe resort nestled on a white sand beach, can only be reached by rafts. Nature trails and countless natural wonders abound. So do activities. Enjoy island hopping by speed boats, snorkel coral reefs and sea kayak into caves. You won’t want to leave Krabi.

You’ll be pampered throughout in our stunning properties! November is the perfect time to visit when the rains end. Experience the graciousness of the Thai’s and revel in the nightlife. This trip is both educational and exciting.

Trip Advisor says “Thailand is the country with the most bang for your buck”. We’ve made this so affordable for you. Come escape with AFS to a tropical paradise that will fill your imagination with wonders!

“Holy Hump Day in Rajasthan!” - India

Pushkar, Jaipur, Taj - Incredible India - Sold Out

Nov 6 - 14, 2016 Sold Out

 Namaste! Looking for an exotic yet affordable vacation experience like no other? Mystics, Camels & Taj, Oh My! Here’s a thrilling journey packed with fun for you.Not just a journey, India is an experience for your 5 senses as if being transported to another planet. “A must for all bucket lists”, says Lonely Planet. The country is so vast with different personalities, it would take a lifetime to explore it all.

You may have been here but not to the tranquil desert kingdom of Rajasthan. Our highlight is the annual and ancient Pushkar Camel Festival with its epic spectacle of 40,000 camels, cattle and horses.  Nomadic tribes arrive over sand dunes from all directions on foot, horses, tractors or camel carts. Tourists from all corners of the earth come to witness the magic in such a joyful and vibrant atmosphere. 

Camels are decked out in tassels. Children fill the circus grounds.  Bazaars sell unique handicrafts.  Sweets like banana pancakes to herbal smoothies are sold.  Get inked with a henna tattoo or join in the races.  (One of our past groups won the Water Pot Race.)  Photograph the snake charmers and locals in their best attire.  Demure women become exuberant in their neon saris and dazzling jewelry with tinkling ankle bracelets.  Men prize their turbans as much as their waxed mustaches. Half naked mystics will bless you for a rupee.

You’ll love glamping” in our new tented camp and our AFS camel caravan rides. Tour the sacred town of Pushkar on a blue lake with 52 ghats.  Watch the pilgrims take holy dips.  (Even monkeys join in.)  It’s the home of Ayurveda try some special treatments. With 400 temples, authentically mystical!

We begin with iconic tours in intoxicating Delhi where history and culture abounds. Enjoy a train ride to Ajmer and the Pink City of Jaipur for World Heritage palaces, Mother Theresa’s Orphanage and elephant rides. 

 

Every visit to India must include a visit to the ethereal Taj Mahal in Agra.  We’ll tour it at sunrise when the Taj is illuminated in brilliant hues and then tour the UNESCO sand city of Fatehpur Sikri. Another highlight is visiting the animals at the amazing Wildlife SOS Sanctuary!

Stretch your horizon to land a steeped in spiritual traditions and find what you seek. Join us for cultural immersion as we journey through a kaleidoscope of colors, sights and sounds you’ll never forget!

 

"AFS Aquaholic Tall Ship Sailing" - St. Maarten to Barbados

8 Glorious Islands

Nov 26 - Dec 3, 2016

Here’s a perfect Thanksgiving get-a-way with Splish-Splash River Tubing and AFS parties on a cruise adventure you’ll never forget. A warm breeze moves through the air, encouraging the palms to sway to the rhythm of the islands. In the Caribbean, time moves at a slower pace. Put away the cell phones and lose yourself in the aqua waters and marvel at the exotic islands offerings. We love Star Clippers and present our fifth group sailing into the warm tropical waters for the best Caribbean escape. Imagine 8 fabulous islands to explore in the Leeward and Windward chain: Chic St. Barts, the lush rainforests of Dominica, exotic Guadalope, upscale Antigua, Dutch St. Maarten, French Martinique and British Barbados.

It doesn’t take much imagination to feel like a pirate on this authentic sailing adventure. Help the crew hoist the sails. The Royal Clipper, largest of the fleet, carries just 227 guests in luxurious style offering the ultimate sea-going experience by balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. With breathtaking backdrops, tropical climate and an amazing ship this adventure is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. 

Afraid you’ll get bored? This is the total R&R with fun thrown in. There are options for a snorkeling safari, swimming with stingrays, zip-lines, rainforest hikes, catamaran sailing, horse rides on the beach and more. We’ve even included a special AFS Splish-Splash Tubing adventure for you! 

Only 20 berths reserved, so don’t wait. Even if you’ve cruised here before, join AFS for a visit back on an intimate sailing you’ll treasure forever.

Bon Voyage!

 

“Call of the Kalahari” - Botswana

...and a great time was had by all!

May 2 - 12, 2016

You may be an “AFS Afriholic” yet have never visited Botswana. Wild, uncrowded, unspoiled – it’s my favorite safari destination of all and I’ll be leading the first group. It’s blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth and holds the world’s greatest population of 200,000 elephants. On our ultimate bush immersion, you’ll witness the interplay between predator and prey, a true Nat Geo experience! 

Just imagine...an early morning Meerkat Safari, elephant herds 50 strong, a Baobab Bush Walk, Game Drives in Moreni, visiting a cattle post, school and tribal village, Dune Bashing by Quad Bikes, Mokoro canoe safari among hippos, seeing the world’s largest salt pans and more. Far from the tourist crush, it’s a dramatic safari experience evocative of an earlier era.

Our past groups loved this unique adventure.  This one is different.  You’ll love the superb lodges that pamper you for a fun “glamping” experience; delicious meals and staff that make you feel like family.  Botswana is difficult to do on your own.  We make it seamlessly accessible.  It’s low tourist volume here so we do two small groups, back to back.  May is the perfect time to go when the bush comes alive!  Animals cluster to the watering holes as magnificent birds flock to delta channels.  

Two diverse ecosystems stretch from the delta to desert.

Water World – Okavanga Delta is the worlds largest inland delta with vast waterways in ever changing channels.  See the influx of migrating wildlife like hippos, zebra, giraffe and elephants as we explore in dug out canoes.

Dry World – No words can capture the beauty of the Kalahari.  This is Big Cat territory where the cheetahs, leopards and lions run free.  It’s also home to amazing packs of rare and disappearing wild dogs.  

Don’t miss this journey of scenic beauty and incredible game viewing.  Botswana is expensive due to set tourist limits, but we made it so affordable.  To get inspired, read, “Cry of the Kalahari” and watch, “The Last Lion.”  So remote, so wild, I believe it will be your best footsteps in Africa!

 

“Call of the Kalahari” II - Botswana

...a trip of a lifetime in the memory books!

May 16 - 27, 2016

You may be an “AFS Afriholic” yet have never visited Botswana. Wild, uncrowded, unspoiled – it’s my favorite safari destination of all and I’ll be leading the first group. It’s blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth and holds the world’s greatest population of 200,000 elephants. On our ultimate bush immersion, you’ll witness the interplay between predator and prey, a true Nat Geo experience!

Just imagine...an early morning Meerkat Safari, elephant herds 50 strong, a Baobab Bush Walk, Game Drives in Moreni, visiting a cattle post, school and tribal village, Dune Bashing by Quad Bikes, Mokoro canoe safari among hippos, seeing the world’s largest salt pans and more. Far from the tourist crush, it’s a dramatic safari experience evocative of an earlier era.

Our past groups loved this unique adventure.  This one is different.  You’ll love the superb lodges that pamper you for a fun “glamping” experience; delicious meals and staff that make you feel like family.  Botswana is difficult to do on your own.  We make it seamlessly accessible.  It’s low tourist volume here so we do two small groups, back to back.  May is the perfect time to go when the bush comes alive!  Animals cluster to the watering holes as magnificent birds flock to delta channels.  

Two diverse ecosystems stretch from the delta to desert.

Water World – Okavanga Delta is the worlds largest inland delta with vast waterways in ever changing channels.  See the influx of migrating wildlife like hippos, zebra, giraffe and elephants as we explore in dug out canoes.

Dry World – No words can capture the beauty of the Kalahari.  This is Big Cat territory where the cheetahs, leopards and lions run free.  It’s also home to amazing packs of rare and disappearing wild dogs.  

Don’t miss this journey of scenic beauty and incredible game viewing.  Botswana is expensive due to set tourist limits, but we made it so affordable.  To get inspired, read, “Cry of the Kalahari” and watch, “The Last Lion.”  So remote, so wild, I believe it will be your best footsteps in Africa!

  

"The Last Frontier" - Alaska

Sorry Sold Out - Denali, Glaciers, Huskies & Whales

June 5 - 11, 2016

This is a call of the wild for AFS explorers! Pure pristine, untamed – you’ll love our land and water adventure that takes you intimately close to areas the big ships can’t reach. It’s our second trip to visit the wonders of our backyard. Alaska is huge with so many breathtaking natural wonders and extraordinary wildlife, the word “epic”, doesn’t do it justice. We designed this with the best adventure areas and take you deep into the bush where no Starbucks exist. Follow us from Anchorage to Seward, Kenai Fjords, Denali and Talkeetna.

Imagine watching for wildlife as a grizzly snags a salmon and a bald eagle soars overhead or listening to icebergs calving. In summer, everyone plays outdoors in this stunning playground.

Want fun?
Experience the wonders of Denali National Park with 2 nights in the park to explore the area.

Enjoy summer dog sledding and visit puppies in Iditarod kennels.
Cruise among glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park.
Ride luxury domed railcars on the Alaska Railroad to give you grand views of Mt. McKinley.
Visit a wildlife center for orphaned wolves, moose, bison, eagles and more.
Do a Tundra Wilderness Tour 60 miles deep into the Alaska range.
Take a thrilling Jetboat Safari over wildness waters.
Take wildlife photos of caribou and bears. Go whale watching for Humpbacks. Taste grilled salmon at a great dinner show. There’s also time for Ziplining, rafting, hiking trails, kayaking and more. You’ll love our great lodges and June is the BEST time to go when the wildflowers are in bloom.

Alaska is an expensive destination, but we negotiated a great price for a guided and seamless tour that you’d never be able to do on your own for all this action included. Join us into the True Alaska with raw nature beyond your imagination. The adventure never stops and this entire AFS trip is a Kodak moment!

“Fjord Safari Under the Midnight Sun” - Norway

Cruise to Norway, Denmark, Germany

July 29 - Aug 7, 2016

Ready to breathe the purest air on earth? Join us to the land of the Vikings on an enchanting Cruise Adventure of a lifetime. The drama of scenic beauty in the glorious fjords is so remarkable, you’ll think it’s an apparition rising deep from the emerald waters. Norway doesn’t do nature on a small scale. It presents epic proportions of stunning glaciers, crystal blue peninsulas, snow-capped mountains laced with thundering waterfalls and coastal islands scarcely touched by civilization. Nature Lovers - we’ll get right up to the jaw-dropping sights for the best photos of your life. July is the best month to visit. Experience the natural phenomena of constant daylight in the Midnight Sun!

Want fun? This cruise isn’t just for old folks strolling city centers. Shore tours offer activities that will have you bragging to your friends. There are Glacier Hikes, Fjord Paddling, RIB Jet Boats, Helicopter Rides, Cable cars up mountains you can bike down, trains, tractors to farms, trekking caves along underwater pools and more. See VisitNorway.com for thrilling possibilities.    

Begin in bustling Berlin on our tour of Checkpoint Charlie and all iconic site. Set cruise from the German seaside resort of Warnemunde on the Baltic Sea. Visit uber-cool Bergen with its colorful buildings from year 1070. Discover the fairytale capital Copenhagen with its Little Mermaid and incredible castles. In fabulous Flam, hop on the worlds most scenic rail journey or join our AFS Fjord Safari by speed boats to Sognefjord! The highlight is Hellesylt and Greiranger - a 17 mile World Heritage Site that harbors the most beautiful fjord of all.    

Yes, Norway’s crazy expensive and it would cost you a fortune to visit these 3 countries on your own. We designed this to be affordable and you only need to unpack twice on our land and sea vacation.

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords has doubled its visitors in the past two years because it’s so inviting and safe. And because it’s filled with historical places, Scandinavian designs, UNESCO sites and cultural wonders.

Come learn the Viking legends as we search for Trolls. This Arctic dreams voyage of discovery is a major bucket list contender that will melt your heart. Be prepared to be awed - nature can’t get more dramatic than this!

Since our AFS Moody Blues Cruise, we love the laid back style of MSC cruises. And you’ll love the grand MSC Opera cruise ship with new facilities and all amenities.

 

“Brazil Nuts!” - Brazil

Pink Dolphins, Iguazu Falls, Rio, Amazon

July 10 - 19, 2016

This new AFS adventure has it all with tropical rainforests, urban cool fun, beautiful beaches and amazing wildlife. Our past groups loved the biodiversity of Brazil and this time we add a swim with the rare pink dolphins in the Amazon and so much more! With the Summer Olympics 2016 here, Brazil is now hot on travelers bucket lists and we made it ridiculously affordable for high season. July provides the best 70 degree weather and you’ll love our first class properties throughout.

We begin in exciting Rio De Janiero dramatically set between mountains and sea. From Copacabana to Ipanema beaches, it’s a riot or colorful culture. Enjoy the glass cable cars up to SugarLoaf and a tram up Corcovado with its iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. The nights come alive with Samba music and the famous steak houses.

Next we fly north to visit the jaw dropping Iguazu Falls. This World Heritage Site of 275 waterfalls is a must for any traveler! Enjoy our falls walking tour and the incredible Macuco Safari boat tour right through the falls. It’s a visceral experience of scenic beauty where each turn is a Kodak moment. We continue with a flight to Manaus for an overnight at the Tropical Hotel, gateway to the Amazonas. Now is the time to visit with deforestation spurring a global threat. It is come to more plant and animal species than any place on earth. Check-in to our floating jungle lodge on the south bank of the Amazon River set in an unspoiled rainforest. Here we ply the canals by canoe both day and night. Visit the Yagua Indians, fish for piranha and scan the canopy for toucans, sloths and macaws.

We boat to the monkey forest, a primate sanctuary island that is so much fun. Then we witness a miracle of nature on our ‘Meeting of the Water’ tour. The highlight is a swim with the wild pink dolphins found in the dark waters of Rio Negro. You’ll never forget this fascinating interaction!

Come discover Latin America’s largest country with AFS. Whether you are a history or science buff, a nature enthusiast, beach bum, party animal or amateur photographer Brazil is for you! It’s a dream vacation that will provide memories of a life time.

 

“Game of Thrones & Northern Lights” - Iceland

...Snow, Spas & Northern Lights

Feb 4-13, 2016

Suddenly it seems everyone is talking about Iceland. Join us on our 5th arctic safari to the top of the world. This land of Fire & Ice will melt your heart! Pure, natural and unspoiled, it’s a land for our nature lovers. The geothermal scenery looks like a sci-fi movie set where cracks in the earth belch steam and boiling waters burst from geysers.  

This is a totally unique AFS adventure, particular for fans of the hot show “Game of Thrones”. Journey through the Seven Kingdoms from King’s Landing to Beyond the Wall. See other magical places where the latest TV series were filmed.

It’s packed with fun filled activities as we journey to the Center of the Earth. See the majestic mountains at South Shore with rows of glaciers.  Dip in steaming hot springs at Nature Bath and the iconic aqua marvel, The Blue Lagoon.  Delve into Icelandic cuisine. Tour sexy Reykjavik, famous for its nightlife. Visit the town of Geysir, Gulfoss and other UNESCO Wonders. One of the highlights is the annual WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL celebrating the aurora borealis!  Festivities and “light art” will fill the city.

Yes, you can do a cheap trip here in winter, but it won’t cover the exciting tours on our amazing itinerary! We fly north to Akureyi, just 40 miles from the Arctic Circle. Here we enter Free Folk Territory and explore north of “The Wall” featured in season 4 series. (Few tourists get here, but you may see some Hidden People.) The Waterfall of the Gods, volcanoes and mystical landscapes will fill you with wonder.

Iceland is the “best in snow” and never out of season. We only visit in winter because it’s half the cost of summer and this season reveals the best organic visual experience of an otherworldly landscape. It’s surreal photography.

Cold is the new hot. No country knows how to do winter better and some parts are warmer than New Jersey in February. Time magazine calls it the “world’s hottest winter vacation spot where one plans to return before they even depart.”

So near (5 hours flight), so exotic and guaranteed to ignite your imagination. Iceland is Europe’s best-kept secret and we provide a nice price for ice. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime trip like no other. You’ll never forget your Polar Dreams of Iceland!

 

"Chocolate Hills & Sun Kissed Beaches" - Philippines & Hong Kong

Sorry Sold Out

Feb 17 - 26, 2016

A Suzy’s Signature trip with Hong Kong Join us on a traveler’s dream tropical vacation like no other. This slice of heaven oozes colorful culture, history, stunning landscapes and emerald islands. The Philippines has 7,107 islands with a different one for every taste. It’s a beach bums delight, but our AFS trip is all about adventure! Long overlooked, this country is now hot on the tourist trail. Tourists go mad shopping for bargains. They flock here for world-class diving, great cuisines, UNESCO sites and natural wonders like volcanoes in lakes, towering mountains, rainforests, under river caves and white sand beaches.

 

It all begins with our Thrill-a-Manila crazy Jeepney Tour.  Imagine the joy to follow…

The Philippines is a land apart from Asia with cultural and spiritual quirks.  A Catholic country with Portuguese architecture and friendly laid back Filipinos who love to celebrate life and so much fun, visitors always return.

This trip is so packed with fun; it’s impossible to get bored.  We even provide a day to discover Hong Kong! 

February is the best time to visit when it’s dry with average temps of 86˚.  It’s an easy place to visit; no visa or shots and you’ll love our 5-Star hotels and resorts.  The slogan is, “It’s more fun in the Philippines.”  Some say it’s too perfect to be real. 

"Sun Drenched Mauritius & Kruger Bush Safari" - So Africa/Mauritius

Mauritius & Kruger South Africa

Dec 4 - 14, 2016 Sold Out

Imagine a contrasting dual destination vacation creation of wet and dry - sapphire waters fringed in white sand beaches and Africa’s pristine savannah teeming with wildlife. We present the unimaginable journey of a lifetime in combining Mauritius with South Africa. Of the worlds most breathtaking islands, we’ve sent groups to the Seychelles and Maldives. Time to add Mauritius. The very name conjures up images of romantic extravagance in tropical luxury. “The world in one slice of paradise’, says Lonely Planet.

It begins with 6 glorious days in Mauritius where the contrasts of culture, colors and tastes provide unforgettable experiences.  With golden sunsets, translucent blue lagoons and verdant mountains, one can find the true meaning of “scenic beauty.”  Never heard of the Mascarene Islands in the warm Indian Ocean?  Mauritius in the largest.  Who knew it was home to 70 ton Sperm whales and also home of the extinct Dodo bird!  So exotic and so much fun!

Don’t think this AFS trip is just for beach bums.  We’ve loaded it with activities,  Enjoy world class watersports from our all inclusive resort.  We add Zip-lining, Big Cat Interaction and island hopping.  Explore historic sites in colonial Port Louis.  There’s catamarans, sub scooters, undersea walks and swim with dolphins.  Not to mention the spas and the beat of sega music at night. 

Next we fly to South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park.  Here 95,712 sq.km is home to 147 mammal species including 10,000 elephants and other Big Five as well as 500 types of birds.  Lions, giraffe, zebras, cheetahs and thousands of other game live out their dramatic lives here.  The encounter with them is an emotional experience of sensory overload. 

We take the scenic route over the Drakensberg mountains for incredible photos.  Enjoy thrilling Game Drives and option of river rafting.  You’ll love our country estate called Hippo Hollow on the Sabie River. Nothing beats a cocktail on the open bar watching the hippos, crocs and ellies around the water under the stars. 

 

No visa, no shots needed.  Mauritius is a high end destination, but we worked a year to make it affordable for you.  If you love the outdoors with glorious landscapes, animals and blissful beaches, this is our ultimate “bush and beach” trip.  Carpe Vacay, come seize the adventure!

"Adventure Trekking Patagonia" - Chile

Dec 1 - 8, 2016 Sold Out

Boy, do we put the Dude in Dude Ranch! Bask in the beauty and authentic gaucho traditions in Chile’s breathtaking Patagonia region.  This is the most impressive area of Latin America with countless natural wonders in flora and fauna.  Torres Del Paine is the star attraction with it’s granite pillars spiking high above the Patagonian steppe.  But the entire region features majestic landscapes of ragged mountains, blue glaciers and crystal lakes.  Each day is a Kodak moment here.

Boy, do we put the Dude in Dude Ranch!  Bask in the beauty and authentic gaucho traditions in Chile’s breathtaking Patagonia region.  This is the most impressive area of Latin America with countless natural wonders in flora and fauna.  Torres Del Paine is the star attraction with it’s granite pillars spiking high above the Patagonian steppe.  But the entire region features majestic landscapes of ragged mountains, blue glaciers and crystal lakes.  Each day is a Kodak moment here.

 

This is a once in a lifetime vacation for our active AFSers who seek challenges with large fun along the way.  We make it so easy and comfortable with all amenties you could dream up.  You only unpack once at fabulous Las Torres hotel in the Cerro Negro Ranch.  And it’s All Inclusive with meals, open bar, national park entrance fees, all tours and activities!  Each day you just follow your passionate local guides  for some of the world’s best day hikes.  

 

Not only will you learn about the history of explorers here, but also see some unique wildlife like pumas, huge condors, flamingos and more.  Experience ranch life first hand as you help sheer sheep and gallop on horses with the gauchos.  

 

Our past group loved this place and December is the perfect time to go.  We even have a special 2015 rate for AFSers at this ultimate Dude Ranch like no other on earth.  

 

Come get your adventure on as you discover the real Patagonia.  The adrenaline if free!  Come join us for an unforgettable journey into the Last Frontier.  This is nature in her her purest form.

The day by itinerary is being fine tuned.  Land Price is $2998.

“DaVinci’s Dream” - Italy

A great time was had by ALL!

Aug 29 - Sept 7, 2016

There’s no better vacation experience than glorious Italy for it’s art treasures, historic sights and luscious landscapes.  That’s why this timeless country continues to rank itself as the world’s #1 tourist destination.  We’ve sent dozen’s of groups here over three decades.  This time we present some different thrilling places into the soul of Italy’s charm.

Immerse yourself in the lively rhythms of life along the Italian Riveria.  Delve into the culture to experience the art of pleasure.  See how Italians passionately embrace the finer things in life;  family, faith, food and wine.  Every visitor falls under Italy’s enchanting spell.

By planes, trains, boats and coach, we’ll see an eyeful of postcard-like scenery.  It begins in the Lombard Lake region.  If Lake Como’s good enough for George Clooney, it’s good enough for AFS.  Como is the most dazzling of all lakes

Stroll cobbled streets, gaze at cathedrals, taste the seafood, sip the wines and feel the art of hospitality along the way.  You’ll love our fine hotels and September is the perfect time to visit without the hoards of tourists.

Come with AFS to the heartland of Italy, where the pace of life slows down enough for you to enjoy it.  Come live La Dolce Vita!

"Heavenly Himalaya Hike" - Nepal

...and pure heaven it was!

April 5 - 15, 2016

Namaste! Join us to the “Roof of the World” for stunning scenery in the Kathmandu Valley. The exhilaration of our Cultural Trek around the Annapurna Massif will leave you spellbound with panoramic views. This is for our AFS thrill seeking adrenaline junkies and it’s stuffed with fun. Imagine white water rafting, an Elephant Safari, a flight over Everest and more! Last year we sent a Survey Monkey to 300+ active AFSers to vote on 7 of the worlds best hikes. The famous Annapurna Range came in second by a hair, after base camp Everest, which we’ll do later. Research reveals it’s the best trek on earth filled with natural wonders in remote regions. It holds the “world’s best sheer mountain diversity” with glacial rivers, lush forests and fields of wildflowers under the shadow of snowy peaks.

After touring Katmandu, we fly to Pokhara to begin a 4 day trek stopping at friendly villages along the way. Cross suspension bridges, swim hot springs and there is no altitude issues in these ‘Middle Hills’, however expect long 5 to 6 hour hikes daily.  (For active, FIT AFSers only.)   It’s a safe and environment-conscious trek with licensed guides and 12 sherpas. Since the 2015 earthquake, all areas we visit are operational and back to normal! 

Nepal is one of the world’s most fascinating countries with the highest mountains, deepest valleys and fabulous tropical nature reserves. Besides getting phenominal scenic photos, you’ll immerse yourself in the colorful tapestry of tribal communities. This is the REAL NEPAL. Discover ancient Buddhist monasteries, golden temples, UNESCO sites, an orphanage and more. 

Glorious Chitwan National Park awaits you for a thrilling jungle safari.  This World Heritage Site holds rhinos, sloth, bears, huge crocs, monkeys, cobras and Bengal tigers.  Enjoy canoe and jeep rides, birding, dancing with the Tharu people, elephant bathing and riding! 

Our past groups loved Nepal and April is the best time to visit. It’s a SMALL GROUP.  Don’t miss this spiritual journey of yaks and yetis. After you’ve earned your badge of perseverance, your bragging rights begin – you’ve trekked Annapurna! And you’ll be rewarded with lifelong memories of remarkable Nepal.

Note: Since the 2015 quake, the world has rallied together to support this tiny country.  How can YOU help?  Join the trip!  Here’s an email from a trekking guide.  “Suzy, our livelihoods depend on tourism.  Your AFS visit helps the Nepalese rebuild their lives.  Visitors are vital to rebuild the villages.  The Annapurna Circuit Trails are back to normal and we are fully open for business!”

 

“Skywalking, Jungles & Beaches” - Costa Rica

...Pura Vida!

April 30 - May 6, 2016

Come celebrate “natures best museum” in a thrill seekers tropical paradise. Tiny Costa Rica provides some of the richest biodiversity on earth with lush rainforests, misty cloud forests, spewing volcanoes, crystal waterfalls, deserted beaches and golden sunsets. It’s totally green. This is our 10th trip here and there’s always something new to explore. I met with the CR Tourism Board with maps spread over tables. Together we designed the best classic itinerary in the best areas at the best value! You’ll love our hotels and May is a perfect month to visit. It’s hot on the tourist trail with a historic record 2.3 million visitors last year because it provides more vacay for less $.

 Got fun?  After an overnight at a 5-star San Jose hotel, the adventure begins!

• Enjoy a boating safari through the canals of Tortuguero National Park and canoeing the jungle backwaters.
• Educate yourself at the new Arenal Natura Park filled with flora and fauna.
• Board a catamaran to pristine Tortuga Island, relax and dine on a white sand beach.
• Visit a wildlife sanctuary for toucans and sloths. 
• Skywalk the Hanging Bridges with a volcano as a backdrop.
• Zipline over the canopy of a rainforest at SkyTrek.
• In the jungle, do birding, kayaking, night hikes and photograph animals like playful monkeys, tapirs, caimans and a mind blowing array of exotic birds (not to mention dolphin, rays & sea turtles.)

Local “Ticos” are so proud of their little slice of heaven.  They live Pura Vida, the pure life.  Costa Rica is the adventure capital of Central America.  So stimulating, so relaxing.  So near, so exotic.  Come experience PURA VIDA with AFS in a country with no artificial ingredients! 

 

 

Test

2018

Test Trip

Testing 1-2-3

2017 Trips

Blank Trip

Testing 1-2-3

today - tomorrow

2016 Trips Below

Adventure Trip

Testing - Do not choose