The Afar Guide to
Luxury Adventure

Adventure travel pushes us out of our comfort zone. Whether you’re hiking the summit of Everest or mountain biking single-track trails in Utah, there’s the unique thrill of stretching your limits in the middle of nature. The term adventure isn’t just for the extreme. Today, the best adventures are done with expert outfitters and well-educated guides. Learning new skills or taking existing skills to the next level has become one of the best reasons to take a trip. Learn to ride a wave in Costa Rica or cycle with former pros in the hills of South Carolina. Many tours weave in cultural experiences so you can connect with locals and get beneath the surface of a place. After a long day playing outdoors, you’ve certainly earned your dinner. Even if you’re dining around a campfire, the best lodges and operators have stepped up their culinary game to deliver luxurious meals and fine wines. Massage therapists and extraordinary accommodations—from glamping tents to five-star lodges—assure you’ll be fully recovered for your next day of adventure.

Where to Indulge Your Obsessions
Have you ever dreamed of skiing like Bode Miller or spending a week doing nothing but fishing for salmon in Alaska? Plan a trip around your passion and take your skills to the next level in beautiful places around the world.
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Adventure Bases Where You’ll Never Rough It
Get after it in the wilderness biking, hiking, rafting, and fishing. The harder you play, the more you’ll appreciate the hot tub, gourmet cooking, and other comforts that await back at your hotel.
The Best Adventure Destinations (Done in Style)
Channel your inner explorer around the world from the mountains tops of the Alps to the surf breaks of Indonesia. These outfitters and hotels will provide the access and insider intel to experience these places like a pro.
10 Outfitters for Epic Adventures
Let the pros take you to your edge in off-the-grid reaches of the planet. From SUPing the Okavango Delta to being the first to trek a stretch of Nepal, these outfitters guarantee once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
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Epic Tomato is the expedition-led adventure branch of the respected U.K.-based bespoke luxury travel company, Black Tomato. All of their trips have been created from scratch and take guests to geographically extreme locations such as Namibia’s highest mountain and the western province of Papua New Guinea. Guests feel like real explorers when they travel with Black Tomato. Lodging is always the best of the best and for those short on time, the company offers Epic Weekend itineraries.
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Acclaimed travel writer Jonny Bealby founded Wild Frontiers with the mission of taking guests to exotic lands such as Burma, Ethiopia, and the mountains of the Hindu Kush. All trips are limited to 12 people or less and put an emphasis on cultural immersion and getting off the beaten path. The Wild Frontiers Foundation helps support and develop communities in destinations the outfitter visits.
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The Cape Town-based outfitter Escape and Explore Africa offers single-day urban adventures such as trail running up Table Mountain and pioneering trips including SUPing through the Okavango Delta. Expert guides have resumes that include the female surf champion of South Africa and the first barefoot summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Tropicsurf pioneered the concept of luxury surf trips. Trips are tailored to your ability and accommodations range from the Four Seasons Maldives to a private yacht that will island hop around Indonesia. The guides are some of the most highly regarded surfers in the industry and they guarantee you’ll score waves of a lifetime on every trip.
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DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. leads cycling trips around the world tailored to everyone from the occasional to the competitive rider looking to log 50+miles a day. Culinary experiences include Michelin-starred restaurants and dining in the home of a winemaker and nights are spent in luxe digs ranging from Relais & Chateaux resorts to family-owned boutique hotels.
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Cox & Kings is one of the leaders in the luxury travel and offers an array of trips including food-focused tours of Jordan and nature-oriented itinerary in Madagascar. Guests have the option to completely customize an experience or travel in an intimate group. Unique accommodations set Cox & Kings apart. The company offers a nomadic camping experience in Botswana and the opportunity to sleep in a tricked out Airstream amidst the salt flats of Bolivia.
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Known as one of the leading African safari operators, andBeyond is a pioneer in sustainable luxury travel and a leader in conservation. The company offers personalized high-end safaris in 15 African countries. &Beyond’s lodges and camps are the stuff of dreams and the expertise of &Beyond’s guides, trackers, and naturalists set the company apart. &Beyond also offers tours in South Asia and South America.
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Eleven Experience is a collection of uber-luxe lodges in destinations including the French Alps, the Colorado Rockies and Iceland. At each destination a team of professional guides tailor-make adventures that range from heli-skiing to fly-fishing. Lodges are outfitted with the latest technology and stocked with anything you can dream of, from vintage French wines to oxygen inhalers that help acclimate to altitude.
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Discerning active travelers looking for a stylish mountain getaway will love the itineraries offered by Dolomite Mountains. Choose your activity—hike, bike, trek, climb or ski—and ability level and expert guides will customize the perfect trip. Accommodations are hand-selected to best reflect the style of the region and the unique cultures found in each mountain village.
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A super-plugged in trip planning company, Trufflepig connects its clients with on-the-ground insiders and the most experienced guides. Popular destinations include Guatemala, Australia, Myanmar, New Zealand, and Tanzania. The company prides itself on being connected to the best hotels and restaurants in every region it creates trips.