Are you a Ferdinand or a Heather?

On our active trips – whether it be hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing or skating – we generally like to have one guide toward the front of the pack to help steer the group, and a “sweep” guide toward the back that makes sure nobody gets left behind.   This summer on our Beartooth Hiking Adventure in Continue Reading →

Top 5 Iconic Sights You’ll See In Banff

Banff, Canada’s oldest National Park, offers stunning beauty around every corner. Awe-inspiring mountain peaks, sweeping valleys, free-flowing rivers, and my personal favorite, jaw-dropping glacial lakes. Banff covers 2,564 square miles, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts over 1,000 miles of hiking trails, Canada’s longest cave system, Castleguard caves, and is home to Alberta’s Continue Reading →

Taking Travel to the Next Level: An Inspirational Adventure in Peru

This post is courtesy of Karen Preston, the Zephyr guide on our Peru Inspirational Adventure this coming September 29 – October 5. If you would like to join the tour, please register soon as Inca Trail passes sell out months in advance. Our adventure last October in Peru was the most inspirational journey I have Continue Reading →

How To Choose The Right Tour Operator for your Inca Trail Trek

There are many different levels of Inca Trail trips you can take and in general, “you get what you pay for.”  But what’s right for you? You can go from bare bones trips where corners can be cut (with substandard equipment, poor food, low wages for staff, no training, etc.) to luxury trips where many Continue Reading →

In The Words of Alumni: Portugal Hiking & Wine Adventure

This is the third post in a series we are calling “In The Words of Alumni” that shares feedback about a trip directly from the travelers who were just on it. Online ratings are becoming increasingly important for small businesses like ours (see our blog post on this topic).   We are happy to tell Continue Reading →

Active Yet Easy Vacations

We like to provide a range of activities on each of our tours, to accommodate all ability levels. We try to ensure that each hike or bike ride has several route options – easy, medium, and hard, when possible. But when you take a look at our itineraries overall, there are some that are more Continue Reading →

Experience the Real Montana: Red Lodge and the Beartooth Mountains

I moved to Red Lodge in October of 2000 after doing a thorough search for the best mountain town in the Rocky Mountains to move myself and my fledgling company, Zephyr Adventures. Red Lodge earned the distinction of becoming Zephyr’s “world headquarters” for many reasons: Its population of 2,300 is much more diverse and interesting than Continue Reading →

Exploring South Africa Two Ways

In 2019, we are excited to offer not one but two adventures to the fascinating country of South Africa. But how do you choose?  For Nature and Wine Lovers Are you a nature and wine lover that jumps at the chance to combine hiking and wine tasting – especially since most wine regions are set in Continue Reading →

Remarkable, Active Travel For Most Ability Levels

It’s no secret that we believe the best way to experience the world is by seeing it while hiking, biking, kayaking or skating. But just because our focus is on active travel, it doesn’t mean you have to have pro-level physical abilities to enjoy our vacations.  We pride ourselves on offering memorable trips to fascinating Continue Reading →

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