Best Adventure Travel Company (2019)


Adventure travel has exploded in popularity in recent years, and today it’s easier than ever to explore the highest peaks and most remote corners of the globe. Whether you’re looking for an individualized journey, eco-friendly group tour or multi-generational trip, these 10 travel companies can help.

  • G Adventures

    G Adventures

    G Adventures specializes in small group adventure travel, with itineraries designed for active travelers, wellness tourists, families and the 18-to-thirtysomething crowd. Trips take travelers to destinations throughout the world, including the polar regions.
    Photo courtesy of G Adventures

  • Intrepid Travel

    Intrepid Travel

    Intrepid offers more than 1,000 trips in 100 countries around the world each year, each designed with “small groups, big adventures and responsible travel” in mind. Trip leaders are born and raised in-country, ensuring they know the destination better than anyone else.
    Photo courtesy of Intrepid Travel

  • Austin Adventures

    Austin Adventures

    Austin Adventures seeks to bring its “WOW Factor” to every trip, whether through spectacular scenery and well-planned itineraries or thoughtful touches, like freshly prepared trailside treats at the end of a hike. Austin Adventures leads multi-sport and active trips to more than 30 countries on all seven continents.
    Photo courtesy of Austin Adventures

  • Geographic Expeditions

    Geographic Expeditions

    GeoEx takes travelers “to the ends of the Earth” on luxury small group tours and custom journeys. Itineraries are grouped by interest, from family, solo travel and special occasions to philanthropy, active or trailblazing.
    Photo courtesy of E+ / Andrey Danilovich

  • Natural Habitat Adventures

    Natural Habitat Adventures

    In partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, Natural Habitat Adventures is a leader in responsible adventure travel and ecotourism. Travelers can spot polar bears in the Canadian tundra, sail the Galapagos or head out on safari, all with an eye toward sustainability.
    Photo courtesy of Natural Habitat Adventures

  • MT Sobek

    MT Sobek

    MT Sobek have been leaders in the adventure travel industry for more than half a century. Today, travelers can choose from some 200 journeys designed to inspire and exhilarate, with interest categories like Family Adventure, Women’s Adventure, Cruising, Wellness, Hiking & Trekking or Rafting & Kayaking.
    Photo courtesy of MT Sobek

  • BikeHike Adventures

    BikeHike Adventures

    BikeHike Adventures was founded in 1994 based on a love for cultural exploration and active travel. Today, the company specializes in small group multi-active itineraries in South and Central America, Oceania, Asia, Africa and Europe, with a range of activities on the menu.
    Photo courtesy of BikeHike Adventures

  • Lindblad Expeditions

    Lindblad Expeditions

    Lindblad Expeditions partners with National Geographic to inspire a spirit of exploration and a sense of environmental stewardship in its passengers. With a focus on sustainable tourism and conservation, these educational voyages put guests in contact with naturalists, scientists and researchers working in spectacular natural environments.
    Photo courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions

  • REI Adventures

    REI Adventures

    Adventure travelers have long turned to REI to outfit their travels; with REI Adventures, they’ll also find fully curated experiences on every continent. These active travel itineraries might involve cycling the paths of Zion National Park, trekking through the snowy Himalayas, spotting wildlife in the Galapagos or enjoying a weekend of backpacking close to home.
    Photo courtesy of REI Adventures

  • Wild Frontiers Travel

    Wild Frontiers Travel

    Wild Frontiers Travel specializes in small group tours and tailored trips around the globe. Travelers can choose from family adventures, walking holidays, wildlife tours or signature trips to far flung destinations like Georgia, Azerbaijan, India and Ethiopia.
    Photo courtesy of Wild Frontiers Travel


The top 10 winners in the category Best Adventure Travel Company are as follows:

  1. G Adventures
  2. Intrepid Travel
  3. Austin Adventures
  4. Geographic Expeditions
  5. Natural Habitat Adventures
  6. MT Sobek
  7. BikeHike Adventures
  8. Lindblad Expeditions
  9. REI Adventures
  10. Wild Frontiers Travel

A panel of experts (listed below) partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning adventure travel companies!

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