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A trip with Active Tours is a carefree, educational and fun-filled experience.  From years of experience we’ve found the best trails, finest restaurants and most charming inns in the areas in which we travel.  We take care of everything from planning each day’s activities and events to ensuring your utmost comfort and safety. Your job is to sit back, relax (well…we’ll probably exercise a bit, too) and thoroughly enjoy yourself.  This is your vacation and we want to make it the best you’ve ever had! Try us for Yosemite Photography Workshop, Hiking in Santa Monica, Alaska Sea Kayaking, santa monica pier bike rentals, yosemite camping tours, and more!

Pure, carefree fun!

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Foodie Santa Monica Beach Bike Tour

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3 hour Santa Monica/ Venice Foodie Bike Tour  – $79

Enjoy a day of biking in the sun with Active Tours.  We’ll meet in Santa Monica and take you on a relaxing bike tour around the varied beach communities of Los Angeles.  You’ll ride by the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Boardwalk, Venice Canals, Abbot Kinney, and Main St Santa Monica.  Along the way you’ll sample some of the great food that Los Angeles has to offer.  This mostly flat bike ride is a great way to slow down and see the landscape from another prospective.  If you’re looking for a healthy and green way to see Los Angeles this is the tour for you.

The tour includes:

  • 3-4 Food tastings
  • Guide
  • Hybrid Bike
  • Helmet
  • Basket

Please bring:

  • Closed toe shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • A reusable water bottle
  • A jacket (weather can change rapidly close to the ocean)

Things to know:

There will be several areas where we walk our bikes

You must be at least 5 ft tall to sit comfortably on our bikes

Ages 13 and up, 90-250 lbs

Guest under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

No pregnant guests due to fall risks.

Any damages to bike or property are the responsibility of the rider.

Guests must review and sign a liability waiver before riding.

Guide Tips (Tipping at the end of the trip is optional.  If you feel your guide(s) did an outstanding job and would like to reward them for their efforts)

We’ll meet at the Santa Monica Pier carousel at the bottom of the car ramp directly on the pier.  Please look for the Active Tours sign.

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Gift Certificates are available.

 

Photography

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Led by adventure photographer Joshua Huber or one of his fellow instructors.  Learn to capture beautiful images while hiking in one of Los Angeles beautiful parks.  Our photography/hiking classes are a great mix of exercise and hands on learning.

 

Basic Photography Hike (SLR) $150

 

This 3hr class is a great place to start exploring your SLR.  While on the trail in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, the world’s largest wild land within the boundaries of a major city, you’ll learn to take control of your camera and stop letting your camera make all the decisions. The class will start out at a very simple level and discuss different types of cameras, accessories, computer equipment and software necessary to further develop your photography skills.

We will then get into the specifics of what your camera is doing and how to control it to get better images. This will start to get a little more technical as we talk about the main subjects – Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure Compensation, ISO and White Balance. We will explain the fundamentals of how these things impact your images, along with how, when, and why you’d want to be able to control them so you’ll no longer need to leave your camera on automatic.

We keep group sizes small for an intimate learning experience while on the trail

Includes:

  • Photography Lesson
  • Hiking Tour
  • Snacks
  • Life long memories

Does not Include:

Transportation from your hometown to Topanga State Park.  Trippet Ranch, 20829 Entrada Rd, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290-3529

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Guide Tips (Tipping at the end of the trip is optional.  If you feel your guide(s) did an outstanding job and would like to reward them for their efforts)

 

Gift Certificates are available.

 

 

Macro Photography Walk (SLR) $175

Our 4 hr Macro Photography Walk is all about slowing down. Shooting something up close takes a lot of patience and determination.  We’ll refresh everyone’s knowledge about Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure Compensation, ISO and White Balance. The closer you are to your subject, the more critical these elements are.  We’ll discuss natural lighting, diffusing and flash photography.

Date and locations vary depending on which flowers are in bloom.  Email us to be put on a waiting list for the next class!

Yosemite 3 Day – Photography Hike – May 17-19th and Nov 1st-3th $950

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”  Ansel Adams

Autumn colors come late to Yosemite National Park and the first of November is usually the peak.  Join adventure photographer Joshua Huber on a 3 day photography hiking tour of Yosemite.  Summer crowds have died down and we’re free to take our time on the trails.  It’s a bit cooler but Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are still open, so we have access to all areas of the park.  We’ll spend our days hiking and photographing the Valley from the floor as well as the Rim where some of the most exquisite photos are taken. Don’t worry about the pace! We’re all photographers and we’ll all lag behind together.  We’ll lay our heads at Curry Village under the shadow of Half Dome where luxury camping was invented. And don’t worry about the food; we’ll take care of that too.

 

This trip is great for photographers of all experience levels.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what all those fancy terms mean because you soon will.

You’ll experience some great remote hikes where we can get away from the crowds with like minded people.

Moderate all day hiking with an elevation gain and loss of 1,000 feet.

Our guides have extensive knowledge about Yosemite’s historic and geological history and would love to spot a few animals for you.

 

Includes:

  • Photography instruction by adventure photographer Joshua Huber
  • Two night Luxury Camping at Curry Village.  (Price based on double occupancy.  Need a roommate? Let us know!)
  • All meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last and snacks in between.  Special diet?  Food allergies?  Gluten-free?  Lactose intolerant?  Not a problem.  Just let us know at the time of booking.
  • Life long memories and the photos to go with them.

 

Does not Include:

Transportation from your hometown to Curry Village.

Alcoholic beverages.

Guide Tips (Tipping at the end of the trip is optional.  If you feel your guide(s) did an outstanding job and would like to reward them for their efforts.)

Gift Certificates are available.

Hiking in Santa Monica

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Santa Monica Mountains Day Hike – $49

Take a 3 hr hiking tour of the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains in Topanga State Park, the world’s largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city. Enjoy a relaxing stretching session, warm-up, and an exciting hike in the largest urban national park in the United States. The mediterranean climate and diverse topography of the Santa Monica Mountains support over 1,000 plant species and approximately 500 mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian species. Over the course of your hike, you will see spectacular views of Santa Monica, The Pacific Ocean, Century City, Pacific Palisades, and on a clear day even Downtown Los Angeles!  Join our knowledgeable tour guide on an unforgettable adventure, complete with fascinating facts and breathtaking views that are too amazing for words to describe!

 

Includes:

  • Hiking Tour
  • Snacks
  • Life long memories

Does not Include:

Transportation from your hometown to Topanga State Park.  Trippet Ranch, 20829 Entrada Rd, Topanga Canyon, CA 90290-3529

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Guide Tips (Tipping at the end of the trip is optional.  If you feel your guide(s) did an outstanding job and would like to reward them for their efforts)

 

Southern California Camping Concierge

ActiveToursConcierge1, Southern California Camping ConciergeUnknown to many, Southern California is home to hundreds of campgrounds from the deserts of Joshua Tree to the Mountains of Angeles National Forest to the Beaches of Malibu we’ll be sure to find your perfect getaway.  At Active Tours we provide you with a personalized experience that is sure to meet your needs.  We can arrange for some or all of the following to help make sure your getaway is as luxurious or rustic as you wish.

Personal Cook/Guide with gourmet meals (Special diet?  Food allergies?  Gluten-free?  Lactose intolerant?  Not a problem.  Just let us know.)

Grocery shopping

Equipment Rental with or without setup and tear down

Campsite reservation

Camp activities (surfing, ukulele lessons, grandma’s underpants, volleyball, smores)

Photography of your trip

Interested in backpacking?  We do that too.

 

Multi-Day Trips

Alaska Sea Kayaking

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Alaskan Multi Sport Adventure  7 Days 6 Nights – Kayaking/Hike/Zip Line – $2900 (Custom Dates Available)

Alaska’s the last American frontier with over 600,000 sq miles of wilderness.  Join us on an experience where you’re adventure taste buds are sure to be satisfied.  We’ll take a breathtaking overnight kayaking trip in the calm waters of Tracy Arm where we are sure to be all alone to explore both massive Sawyer Glaciers.  We’ll take our time to get an up close and personal look at the Mendenhall Glacier minus the crowds.  The sky is the limit on this once-in-a-lifetime Zipline Adventure, located in the beautiful Alaskan rainforest at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area.

An overnight kayaking adventure in the glaciated waters of Tracy Arm.

Hike to the Mendenhall Glacier the way the locals do.

The sky is the limit on this once-in-a-lifetime Zipline Adventure!

Includes:

  • 5 nights lodging in downtown Juneua and one night camping.  Price based on double occupancy.  (Need a roommate let us know!)
  • Sea Kayaking Gear.
  • Scenic Glacier boat trip.
  • Zip Line Adventure
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Hiking
  • All meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last and snacks in between.  Special diet?  Food allergies?  Gluten-free?  Lactose intolerant?  Not a problem.  Just let us know at the time of booking.
  • Park entry fees
  • Life long memories

Add On:

  • Dog Sledding
  • Float Plane Sight Seeing
  • Fly Fishing or Halibut Fishing
  • Ice Climbing

Does not Include:

Transportation from your hometown to Juneau Alaska.

Alcoholic beverages

Guide Tips (Tipping at the end of the trip is optional.  If you feel your guide(s) did an outstanding job and would like to reward them for their efforts)

Call us to book your trip!

 

Santa Barbara Bike Tour

ActiveToursSantaBarbara1Why Solvang? Why Santa Barbara County?

Why pick the sleepy Central California town of Solvang in Santa Barbara County for a bike trip? Simply, because it’s a a great place to cycle. Nestled in the peaceful Santa Ynez Valley, an abundant variety of quiet country roads make possible all different sorts of enjoyable biking rides. Long stretches of asphalt extend through coastal farming valleys. Winding back roads roll past the Santa Ynez Valley wineries. Rolling black ribbons ramble through cattle grazing land to the rugged Pacific Coast. Twisted roads climb steeply into the nearby mountains to challenge even the strongest professional rider. Solvang cycling is as diverse as the bicycling population.

This trip is great for couples, families or solo bikers.

Solvang is often where the Tour of California’s time trial takes place, making it one of the best cycling in all of Central California

Great guides and a support vehicle in case you get hungry or tired.  Want to ride longer? Want to kick back under a tree?  Sounds good to us!

Includes:

  • Three nights Luxury Accommodation  Price based on double occupancy.  (Need a roommate? Let us know!)
  • Gourmet meals.  3 dinners, 3 Lunches, and 3 breakfasts.  Special diet?  Food allergies?  Gluten-free?  Lactose intolerant?  Not a problem!  Just let us know at the time of booking.
  • Bike Rental. (Want to bring your own? No Problem)
  • Wine Tour.
  • Life long memories.

Does not Include:

Transportation from your hometown to Solvang.

Guide Tips (Tipping at the end of the trip is optional.  If you feel your guide(s) did an outstanding job and would like to reward them for their efforts)

Call us to book your trip!

Gift Certificates are available.

Yosemite Multi-Sport

Yosemite 3 Day – Rock Climbing and Hiking Adventure –  Oct 25th-27th $950

Best known for its towering waterfalls (YosActiveToursYosemiteMulti3emite Falls is 2,425 ft and one of the highest in North America) and soaring granite cliffs, Yosemite National Park is the outdoor enthusiasts nirvana. The best way to explore the beauty of Yosemite is to book one of our Yosemite Multi-Sport tours.  You are sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Our guided hikes in Yosemite will have you exploring the glacier carved meadows in Yosemite Valley from the floor and the rim.  You’ll see two of the most famous rock faces in the world (El Capitan and Half Dome) and  walk in the mist of thundering waterfalls.

The Active Tours Yosemite Multi Sport Adventure is for nearly everybody, whether you have been hiking and climbing your entire life or you’re just a beginner. Either way, a Yosemite trip is the experience of a lifetime!

This trip is great for people who have never rock climbed before, but is also perfect for anyone looking to improve upon the skills they already have on the rocks!  The rock climbing instruction is provided by the premier rock climbing school in Yosemite and all instructors are AMGA certified rock climbing guides who have dedicated their lives to teaching people how to climb.

Hiking in Yosemite is one of the best ways to escape crowds, slow down and watch the forest come alive.  Our guides will point out plants and animals on the trail.

Learn map and compass skills.

Includes:

  • Two night Luxury Camping at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley.  Price based on double occupancy.  (Need a roommate? Let us know!)
  • Climbing and Hiking Tours.
  • All meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last and snacks in between.  Special diet?  Food allergies?  Gluten-free?  Lactose intolerant?  Not a problem!  Just let us know at the time of booking.
  • Life long memories.

Does not Include:

Transportation from your hometown to Curry Village, Yosemite Valley.  Closest airport is Fresno/Yosemite International.

Alcoholic beverages.

Guide Tips (Tipping at the end of the trip is optional.  If you feel your guide(s) did an outstanding job and would like to reward them for their efforts)

Gift Certificates are available.

 

Yosemite Photography Workshop

ActiveToursPhotography2, Yosemite Photography WorkshopYosemite 3 Day – Autumn Photography Workshop – Nov 1st- 3rd, 2013 $950

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”  Ansel Adams

Autumn colors come late to Yosemite National Park and the first of November is usually the peak.  Join adventure photographer Joshua Huber on a 3 day photography hiking tour of Yosemite.  Summer crowds have died down and we’re free to take our time on the trails.  It’s a bit cooler but Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are still open, so we have access to all areas of the park.  We’ll spend our days hiking and photographing the Valley from the floor as well as the Rim where some of the most exquisite photos are taken. Don’t worry about the pace. We’re all photographers; we’ll all lag behind together.  We’ll lay our heads at Curry Village under the shadow of Half Dome where luxury camping was invented. And don’t worry about the food; we’ll take care of that too.

Yosemite 3 Day – Spring Photography Workshop – May 16-18, 2014 $950

In the Spring is when Yosemite National Park comes alive with waterfalls and wildlife.  Join adventure photographer Joshua Huber on a 3 day photography hiking tour of Yosemite.  The winter snows have started melting and some of the lower trails to Vernal Fall and Columbia Point to explore.  We’ll spend our day’s hiking and photographing the valley from the floor hoping for some great cloud formations. Don’t worry about the pace we’re all photographers and will lag behind together.  We’ll lay our heads at Curry Village under the shadow of Half Dome where luxury camping was invented and don’t worry about the food we’ll take care of that too.

This trip is great for photographers of all experience levels.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what all those fancy terms mean because you soon will.

You’ll experience some great remote hikes where we can get away from the crowds with like minded people.

Moderate all day hiking with about a 1,000 feet in elevation gain and loss.

Our guides have extensive knowledge about Yosemite’s historic and geological history and would love to spot a few animals for you.

 

Includes:

  • Photography instruction by adventure photographer Joshua Huber
  • Two night Luxury Camping at Curry Village.  Price based on double occupancy.  (Need a roommate? Let us know!)
  • All meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last and snacks in between.  Special diet?  Food allergies?  Gluten-free?  Lactose intolerant?  Not a problem.  Just let us know at the time of booking.
  • Life long memories and the photos to go with them.

 

Does not Include:

Transportation from your hometown to Curry Village.  Closest airport is Fresno/Yosemite International.

Alcoholic beverages.

Guide Tips (Tipping at the end of the trip is optional.  If you feel your guide(s) did an outstanding job and would like to reward them for their efforts.)

A camera. Rentals are available for an additional fee.

Joshua Tree Photography Workshop

 

Joshua Tree 3 Day – Photography Workshop – March 29-31st 2013 SOLD OUT: $950 (Custom Dates Available)ActiveToursJoshuaPhoto1

Join us on an adventure you won’t soon forget.  Joshua Tree National Park encompasses some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts.  Exposed granite monoliths and rugged mountains of twisted rock testify to the power of the earth forces that shaped this land.  With our all inclusive three day photography excursion we’ll spend the days exploring and sleep easy at your own cabin just outside the park at night.

This trip is great for photographers of all experience levels.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what all those fancy terms mean because you soon will.

You’ll experience some great remote hikes where we can get away from the crowds with like minded people.

Moderate all day hiking with an elevation gain and loss of 1,000 feet.

Hiking in Joshua Tree is one of the best ways to slow down and watch the seemingly quiet desert floor come alive.  Our guides will explain the adaptations of plants and animals for survival in a dry climate and a fascinating look at the destructive forces of the San Andreas Fault.

Includes:

  • Two Nights stay at Roughley Manor.  Price based on double occupancy.  (Need a roommate let us know!)
  • Photography and Hiking Tours and all necessary gear.
  • All gourmet meals from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last and snacks in between.  Special diet?  Food allergies?  Gluten-free?  Lactose intolerant?  Not a problem.  Just let us know at the time of booking.
  • Park entry fees
  • Life long memories

Does not Include:

Transportation from your hometown to Roughley Manor.  Closest airport is Palms Springs International, 2hr east of Los Angeles.

Alcoholic beverages

Guide Tips (Tipping at the end of the trip is optional.  If you feel your guide(s) did an outstanding job and would like to reward them for their efforts)

Gift Certificates are available.

Why Travel With Us

ActiveToursJoshuaPhoto2Pure, Carefree Fun

A trip with Active Tours is a carefree, educational and fun-filled experience.  From years of experience we’ve found the best trails, finest restaurants and most charming inns in the areas in which we travel.  We take care of everything from planning each day’s activities and events to ensuring your utmost comfort and safety. Your job is to sit back, relax (well…we’ll probably exercise a bit, too) and thoroughly enjoy yourself.  This is your vacation and we want to make it the best you’ve ever had!

Small Groups

We believe that your vacation should be a personal affair–a chance for you to thoroughly enjoy yourself while getting to know a group of like-minded travelers.  That’s why most of our trips are limited to no more than 10 guests, giving Active Tours one of the lowest guide-to-guest ratios in the industry (an average of 1 to 6). With small groups we’re better able to focus on the desires of each of our guests and to access the special places and properties that the mass tour groups cannot.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Itineraries

We pride ourselves on introducing our guests to places we’ve discovered only after years of guiding places most tourists don’t go, like Joshua Tree CA a rock climbing mecca.  Even in the more popular areas like Yosemite we manage to avoid the crowds and lead you to the hidden gems.

Extraordinary Guides

Our guides are many things–athlete, naturalist, historian, medic, mechanic and chef–but, above all, they’re “people” people.  They have a unique ability to inspire confidence, create camaraderie and deliver a fun-filled vacation for you.

Accommodating Your Needs

Looking to extend your afternoon bike ride or hike?  Feel like putting your feet up instead of putting your boots on?  This is yourActiveToursAlaska3 vacation and we want you to feel free to do what you want! Our trips often offer varying route lengths and degrees of challenge.  You can engage in as much or as little activity as you’d like.  You’re free to go at your own pace…with plenty of time to stop and smell the wildflowers!

Environmental Commitment

Since Active Tours was founded, we have worked to support environmental causes close to both our homes and our hearts.  Our consistent focus is to lessen our impact and reduce, reuse, and recycle–to leave the areas we visit in better condition than when we found them.  We know that our adventures will only be possible if we preserve the places we love.

Why Active Travel?

Active travel is best defined as traveling under your own power and at your own pace.  You’ll be re-invigorated by challenging your physical abilities and stimulating your senses. We believe you’ll return home from one of our active adventures refreshed, renewed and revitalized.

The Best Value in Active Travel

We commit to providing you with trips that represent both high quality and excellent value for your money. Without cutting corners we consistently offer prices that are at or below those of our major competitors while providing comparable amenities and more activities for our guests.  If you find a trip of equal quality that matches our itinerary and inclusions at a lower fare within 30 days of your initial booking, we’ll gladly refund the difference. A simple guarantee that assures you of the best trip at the best fare!

Our Guests Keep Coming Back!

Each year half of our guests are repeat customers or were referred by a previous guest, a fact that is the single best testimony to the quality, value, and personal attention that we provide to our guests. If you haven’t taken a trip with Active Tours, we have hundreds of past customers who would love to tell you about their experiences.  Call about any of our trips and we’ll be happy to refer you to a guest who’s been there with us.

 

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Active Tours offers a 10% discount.  Try us for Yosemite Photography Workshop, Hiking in Santa Monica, Alaska Sea Kayaking, Yosemite Camping Tours, Santa Monica Pier Bike Rentals, and more!

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  • Contact 310-909-8867

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