Waking up to another great day on the Annapurna Sanctuary trek

Waking up to another great day on the Annapurna Sanctuary trek

It doesn’t get much better than this!

Photo by Brian McGilloway

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Awards

We are honored to be recognized as one of the top tour operators in the world!

Travel + Leisure
WT selected as one of the Top Five “World’s Best” Tour Operators for 2014

We’re very happy to announce Wilderness Travel has been voted as one of the World’s Best Tour Operators by the readers of Travel + Leisure —the 5th time in recent years we have received this recognition! This prestigious award is based on itineraries, destinations, guides, activities, accommodations, food, and value. Thank you to our wonderful clients for this exceptional honor, and please know we’ll do our best to continue offering the “World”s Best” trips!

Outside Magazine
WT Trip Selected for “50 Trips of a Lifetime”

Great news! Outside Magazine has honored Wilderness Travel in its 2014 Travel Awards, naming our Across the Grand St. Bernard Pass hike as Best Family Trip! The Outside Magazine Travel Awards celebrate the absolute best travel experiences in the world; we’re thrilled to be included. The hiking on our enchanting journey brings you through Switzerland’s sunny Valais and across the border into Italy’s spectacular Val d’Aosta­ and you’ll even get to hike with the famed mountain dogs atop St. Bernard Pass!

National Geographic Traveler Magazine
WT Trip Selected for “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in 2013

We’re thrilled that our In the Wake of the Bounty has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime”. Our fascinating expedition cruise traces a historical route from Easter Island to the Pitcairn Islands, where the mutinous crew of the Bounty settled, and the Marquesas, beloved home of the artist Paul Gauguin, with fantastic snorkeling all along the way, including at the exquisite Tuamotu Archipelago. We’re tremendously honored—our 8th year in a row to be chosen for this prestigious award!

National Geographic Traveler Magazine
WT Trip Selected for “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in 2012

Our spirited new Namibia Expedition has been chosen one of National Geographic Traveler’s “2012 Best Tours in Africa.” We’re delighted to be included in NGT’s annual compilation of the world’s best guided expeditions. Our adventure—with cheetah tracking, desert-adapted elephants, Himba tribes, sea kayaking, and sleeping under the starry desert sky—is a traveler’s dream!

Travel Weekly
Magellan Gold Medal Awards for Website and Catalog, 2011

Travel Weekly, the premier magazine for travel professionals, awarded Wilderness Travel two “2011 Magellan Gold Awards”: one for excellence in the Consumer Website category, and one for our catalog, “Journeys for the Year 2012,” in the Consumer Direct Mail category. These awards honor the best in travel and salute the outstanding travel professionals behind it all!

National Geographic Traveler Magazine
WT Trip Selected for “50 Tours of a Lifetime” in 2011

One of our new journeys has been chosen for National Geographic Traveler’s prestigious “2011 Tours of a Lifetime.” Great Hikes & Chefs of Northern Italy’s Gourmet Trail , with veteran Trip Leader Gianluca Canalicchio, is profiled in the May-June 2011 issue. This is NGT’s sixth annual compilation of 50 of the world’s best guided expeditions—we’re delighted to be included once again!

Travel+Leisure
World’s Best Safari & Tour Operators in 2010

We’re thrilled to announce that WT was ranked as one of the Top Five Tour Operators in the prestigious “World’s Best” Awards! Travel & Leisure’s readers voted in this annual poll, based on itineraries, destinations, guides, activities, accommodations, food, and value. Thank you to our wonderful clients for this exceptional honor, and please know that we’ll do our best to continue offering the “World’s Best” trips!

National Geographic Traveler Magazine
WT Trip Selected for “50 Tours of a Lifetime”

One of our WT Expeditions has been included in National Geographic Traveler’s prestigious “50 Tours of a Lifetime!” The Great Game: The Silk Road Through the Pamirs & Karakorum Mountains , with veteran Asia explorer and WT Trip Leader Roger Williams, is profiled in the May-June 2010 issue. This is NGT’s fifth annual compilation of 50 of the world’s best guided expeditions.

National Geographic Adventure Magazine
25 Best New Trips for 2010

National Geographic Adventure magazine named Wilderness Travel’s snorkeling and sea kayaking trip in Tonga: Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling in Ha’Apai as one of the “25 best new trips in 2010” in their November 2009 issue. Joining the list was WT Expedition The Philippines: From Banaue to Cabilau.

Outside Magazine
Trips of the Year Award for 2009

Outside Magazine featured our Larapinta Trek, a unique journey across central Australia with native Aussie James Fuss, as one of its “Best Trips” in the magazine’s annual Travel Awards. This is one of our WT Expeditions—the dream journeys we create each year with our long-time Trip Leaders.

National Geographic Adventure Magazine
Wilderness Travel named National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Outfitters on Earth!”

Wilderness Travel has been selected by National Geographic Adventure Magazine as one of the top 5 “Best Outfitters on Earth” among those that “Do It All”! Over 250 travel companies were judged by a panel of experts in the field, and in addition to making the highest level of the list, Wilderness Travel was ranked the absolute best for quality of service.

Travel+Leisure
World’s Best Safari & Tour Operators in 2009

In 2009, we were very pleased that the readers of Travel+Leisure listed Wilderness Travel among the “Top 20 Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters” in the World’s Best Awards! Travel+Leisure’s readers vote each year based on itineraries, destinations, guides, activities, accommodations, food, and value. Thanks to our wonderful clients for this honor!

National Geographic Adventure Magazine
Best Adventure Travel Company on Earth and 25 Best New Trips for 2008

National Geographic Adventure magazine named Wilderness Travel one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” in their November 2007 Adventure Travel issue. A panel of editors, travel writers, and experts judged more than 150 travel companies and WT was ranked number two in the world among outfitters who ‘Do-It-All’! In addition, our Shikoku Island Expedition in Japan, won the honor of being one of the 25 Best New Trips for 2008!

Outside Magazine
Trips of the Year Award for 2008!

Outside Magazine picked our Armenia & Karabagh adventure as one of its “Top Ten Trips of 2008!” in the annual Travel Issue (April, 2008)! The trip explores the mountains and monasteries of a ancient and fascinating land where Christianity arrived in the 3rd century. We’re honored to once again be on this prestigious list. Last year, Outside’s editors named our Tibet: Trek to the Source of the Tsangpo as the Trip of the Year.

Travel+Leisure
World’s Best Safari & Tour Operators in 2007

Wilderness Travel was recognized as one of the World’s Best Safari & Tour Operators in the highly prestigious Travel+Leisure Awards. Travel+Leisure’s readers vote based on itineraries, destinations, guides, activities, accommodations, food, and value. Wilderness Travel advanced from our Number 6 ranking last year to Number 2 in the world, and the continued top ranking for adventure travel companies.

Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean: A Guide to Fifty Extraordinary Adventures for the Seasoned Traveler
Written by Don Mankin and Shannon Stowell

We’re very happy to have two of our unique African safaris featured in this book, which details 50 of the world’s best adventures as selected by the Adventure Trade Travel Association. Authors Mankin and Stowell included our Zambia Walking Safari as well as our Mountain Gorilla Safari in Uganda’s subtropical forests.

National Geographic Traveler
50 Tours of a Lifetime 2008

Our Mauritania: Sahara Desert Expedition: Journey into the Land of the Moors expedition with Trip Leader Annie Hawkins was recognized as one of 50 “Tours of a Lifetime” in National Geographic Traveler Magazine! The magazine selected trips that offered “the most transformative, sustainable, and authentic experiences” for this article.

Islands Magazine
The Blue List: 100 Ways to Go Authentic

Wilderness Travel’s hiking journey on the Mediterranean isles of Corsica & Sardinia made the “100 of the Best of the Best” list in the December 2007 issue of Islands Magazine.

Additional Awards

National Geographic Adventure (April 2007)
Ultimate Escapes: 20 Adventures of Your Life

The magazine’s “Ultimate Escapes: 20 Adventures of Your Life” (April 2007) featured Palau Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling, our popular Pacific journey with marine biologist Ron Leidich.

National Geographic Adventure (November 2006)
The World’s 25 Best New Trips

Our Bhutan: The Merak & Sakten Expedition was featured among “The World”s 25 Best New Trips” in the November 2006 issue, and we continue to offer it every few years or so.

National Geographic Adventure (November 2005)
The 25 Best New Adventure Trips

Our unique Whale Sharks of Ningaloo journey with marine biologist Ron Leidich was featured as one of the “25 Best New Adventure Trips” (November 2005).

National Geographic Adventure (February 2003)
Wild Horizons: The 25 Greatest Trips

In National Geographic’s February 2003 issue, our Morocco: The High Atlas Trek was included among the “25 Greatest Trips.”

Travel+Leisure
The World’s Best Awards 2006

Wilderness Travel was ranked among the world’s “Top 15 Tour Operators & Safari Outfitters” in Travel+Leisure’s annual reader survey in 2006. Thank you, Travel+Leisure readers! Wilderness Travel was #6 for Top 15 Tour Operators & Safari Outfitters

Multi Channel Merchant Awards
2008 MCM Awards finalists

Our 2008 catalog was a top finalist in the 2008 Multi Channel Merchant Awards judged by a panel of industry experts. We hit the mark in the Consumer Specialty category.

Concierge.com
Best Adventure Trips 2008

Two Wilderness Travel trips earned a spot in Concierge’s “Best Adventure Trips” in 2008: Tibet: The World’s Highest Trek, our energetic journey to 21,000 feet on Mount Everest, and Snorkeling & Kayaking the Isles of Palawan, a tropical adventure with marine biologist Lee Goldman.

The International Davey Award
Awards for Creative Excellence 2007

The International Academy of the Visual Arts awards the “Davey” for creative excellence. Our 2007 catalog earned a Gold Award and our Private Journeys catalog won a Silver Award.

Catalog Age Awards (September 2004)
Gold & Silver Award Winner

The Wilderness Travel 2004 catalog won the Gold Award in three Categories: Consumer Specialty, Travel, and Wholesale/Dealer, while our website won a silver.

Outside Magazine (March 2007)
2007 Trip of the Year: Trek to the Source of the Tsangpo

We were very excited that Outside’s March 2007 issue named our epic Tibet: Trek to the Source of the Tsangpo as “2007 Trip of the Year!” This is the second time one of our journeys has been named Trip of the Year. Our Annapurna Circuit also won mention as one of “The World’s 30 Greatest Trips.”

Outside Magazine (March 2006)
The New Trips of a Lifetime: Best 40 Trips of 2006

In Outside’s “Best 40 Trips of 2006” issue (March 2006), both our Exploring the Mergui Archipelago and Arctic Odyssey expedition cruise were included.

Outside Magazine (February 2005)
Best Trips of 2005

Among the “Best Trips of 2005” in Outside’s February 2005 issue was our expedition cruise to Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands as well as Hiking Hadrian’s Wall in England.

Outside Magazine (March 2004)
2004 Trip of the Year

We were very pleased to win Outside’s “Trip of the Year” with our adventurous Three Ranges of Peru trek.

Outside Magazine (November 2003)
25 Best Trips of 2004

Featured as one of the “Best Trips of 2004” in the March issue of Outside was our Bhutan: the Haa Valley Trek.

Outside Magazine (January 2001)
The 50 Most Amazing Trips in the World

Our East of Bali sailing adventure in Indonesia was included in the “50 Most Amazing Trips in the World” article in the January 2001 issue.

The Communicator Awards
2008 Print Media Awards

The Award of Excellence in the 14th annual Communicator Awards was given to the 2008 Wilderness Travel catalog in a competition judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. Our 2008 Private Journeys catalog won an Award of Distinction.

The Communicator Awards
2007 Award of Disctinction

The 2007 Wilderness Travel catalog won the Award of Distinction in the print media category of the 13th Annual Communicator Awards.

The Communicator Print Media Award
2006 Award of Excellence

Our 2006 Private Journeys catalog received the Award of Excellence in the print media category of the 12th Annual Communicator Awards.

Forbes Directory
Best of the Web

Our website won in the Nature Tours category.