For further tour information go to: www. trekamerica. com Being virtually self- sufficient while on the road means getting ' off the beaten path' is never a problem, and with our own private transportation you'll enjoy all the flexibility of independent travel. TrekAmerica provides a service far greater than basic transportation. We are experts in getting you off the busy tourist trail, exploring deep into the national, state and provincial parks, Native American Lands and wilderness areas that are at most times difficult, if not impossible to reach on your own. We not only offer a dependable and easy way to explore North America, but exceptional value for money as well. With travellers joining our groups from over 45 countries and a maximum group size of just 13 people, it's no wonder that we have the most diverse, interesting and undoubtedly fun groups in the business. Time isn't wasted waiting for a big group and each trip has a unique personality that is only possible when travelling in a small group of like minded individuals. size does matter. With interests and budgets as individual as our travellers, the choice is yours. Whether you're riding into the sunset during an overnight cowboy camp or canoeing in the Canadian wilderness, a Trek tour lets you see and do more than you could travelling independently, with many activities and attractions included in the price. We'll show you where it's at and what to do. the rest is up to you. See page 89 for a full listing of optional activities and approximate costs. It all begins with recruiting the right people and developing their natural talents, with specific attention paid to group dynamics and leadership; then plenty of instruction on first- aid, safe driving, vehicle maintenance, meal menus and emergency procedures. However, knowing the places we visit so well, from the best beaches in California to our favourite music haunts in New Orleans, is a huge reason behind our success. Our fun loving tour leaders will take care of all the planning and logistics, saving you time and money, putting you right in the heart of the action. And with North America being such a vast continent lets not forget who'll be doing all the driving, ensuring you arrive fresh and ready to make the most of each incredible destination. t rekamerica offers a unique travel experience, tempting travellers into the world of active and exciting ' off the beaten path' adventures. the mystery of the open road still beckons. and staying true to our mantra of " fun, freedom and flexibility" means you never know what you'll find around the corner. 7 Off the beaten path. Fun and adventure. Your american guide. no single supplements With most of our clients travelling independently, travellers on their own will be paired with another passenger of the same sex. At the time of booking you may request a single room at an additional fee. Food kitty Contribution When camping, our groups share in the purchase, preparation and cooking of meals. Food is purchased from a kitty to which each member of the group pays US$ 10 per day en- route. ( Camping meals are included in the price on our Grand American Adventure tours). local Payments Most en- route hotels will be paid locally. By paying for the hotels on arrival, we are able to keep the tour costs down and maintain a more flexible schedule and budget. ( All en- route hotels are included in the price on our Grand American Adventure and Budget Lodging Tours). travel insurance Ask about our comprehensive travel insurance that is specifically tailored to cover all of the adventurous activities we offer while on tour. essential details For more information and to answer all your questions on everything from accommodation to visas, please see pages 82- 83 or go to our website: www. trekamerica. com. important
Please log on to www. trekamerica. com/ RTP to learn more about our operational guidelines, download our trekkers' code of conduct, find out how you can off- set your flight emissions and view our innovative on- line brochure! 8For further tour information go to: www. trekamerica. com grand Canyon volunteering As part of our commitment to the environment, we have partnered with the US Parks Service to protect, preserve and maintain the national parks of the USA. In September 2009, we sponsored ten employee volunteers to assist Grand Canyon National Park rangers with clearing intrusive vegetation along the scenic roads to help improve the visitor experience and allow for better wildlife viewing opportunities. tourism Cares Tourism Cares is a non- profit organization dedicated to preserving the travel experience for future generations by awarding grants and organizing volunteer efforts to restore tourism- related sites worldwide. After Hurricane Katrina, TrekAmerica sponsored seven employees to clean up historic Louis Armstrong Park in New Orleans. And last year we sponsored five staff to help rejuvenate historic Gettysburg, the site of a Civil War battlefield and where President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address. american Hiking society TrekAmerica is also a proud supporter of the American Hiking Society. Established in 1976, the American Hiking Society is the only national voice for hikers - championing conservation issues in the United States and representing millions of hikers who are committed to preserving beautiful hiking trails and the surrounding ecosystems for future generations to enjoy. For additional information on the American Hiking Society or to make donations, please visit their website www. americanhiking. org. naturally Our goal is to operate tours that create a positive impact on the lands that we visit and a lasting impression on those who travel with us. responsible W e have always felt a strong sense of commitment to the natural surroundings in which we operate and the people we encounter along the way. By training both the tour leaders and travellers on the philosophy of ' leave no trace', constantly reviewing operational procedures and working with locals to give something back to the communities, we endeavour to protect and preserve the land we love. " "