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O.A.R.S., Worldwide Leader in Whitewater Rafting, Launches World Rivers Series of New Trips Marrying Iconic Rivers with Cultural Destinations

Roll-out Includes Legendary Rivers in Peru, South Africa, Guatemala and Southeast Asia


ANGELS CAMP, CA, Nov. 19, 2013
– The worldwide leader in whitewater rafting and nature-based adventure travel, O.A.R.S., is combining rafting on some of the world’s most iconic rivers with cultural explorations and lodge-based accommodations in its World Rivers series of new trips for 2014.

The new World Rivers series is a collaborative effort between O.A.R.S. and renowned international river guide John Yost—co-founder of Sobek Expeditions and a longtime partner of the O.A.R.S. family. Yost has used his vast knowledge of international travel destinations to create four diverse itineraries in Peru, Southeast Asia, South Africa and Guatemala. Each trip combines sightseeing at renowned tourist sites and cultural immersion with the opportunity to experience some of the best whitewater on the planet. Guests are accommodated in small lodges expressive of the region with an occasional homestay or a night of catered camping. The adventures include, among others, city tours, visits to historic sites, ruins and monuments, and of course, pristine wilderness and whitewater.

For example, in Peru, paddlers explore the coast, ancient Incan ruins and raft the Class IV whitewater of the Chili River and the Black Canyon of the Apurimac. A trip to Thailand & Laos in Southeast Asia features Buddhist temples and monasteries, dense jungles and the Class IV whitewater of the Nam Wa. The World Rivers South Africa itinerary explores the expansive deserts of the Cape, watching for big game while paddling the moderate Class II-III whitewater of the Orange River Canyon and Breede River. In Guatemala, Mayan temples mingle with the adventurous rivers of the Nahualate and Coyolate where travelers have a unique underground rafting experience.

“Each trip seeks to provide an intimate, enriching and hassle-free international travel experience,” explains Steve Markle, O.A.R.S. spokesperson. “We’ve chosen picturesque boutique and family-run accommodations rather than bland, international hotel chains. Two trips also offer optional extensions to further explore the region; Angor Wat in Southeast Asia and Machu Picchu in Peru.”

Markle also points out that these trips are scheduled throughout the year to take advantage of the best possible conditions in each country. The World Rivers series is expected to grow to one international destination every month.

For more information, availability, reservations and a copy of the 2014 O.A.R.S. Adventures catalog call 209-736-4677 or 800-346-6277, email info@oars.com, or visit: http://www.oars.com/. The 2013 edition of the O.A.R.S. catalog recently received the Gold Medal in the 9th Annual Davey Awards for overall design presented by The International Academy of Visual Arts.

About O.A.R.S.
Some 500,000 guests later, O.A.R.S. has been providing whitewater rafting vacations since 1969. Over the decades the company has set the standard in first-class rafting, sea kayaking and multi-sport adventure, with destinations and unparalleled experiences on over 35 rivers and coastlines around the world. O.A.R.S. caters to active travelers of all ages and abilities with more than 75 unique itineraries, including one-day and weekend escapes. In 2013, for the seventh consecutive year, Condé Nast Traveler recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler’s standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category. In 2013 Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, named O.A.R.S. one of the top two outfitters in the world in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program.

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Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact info@oars.com or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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