Special Interest Trips

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Special Interest Adventure Travel Trips

In addition to offering more than 75 unique adventure travel itineraries worldwide, at O.A.R.S. we strive to offer new and interesting specialty interest adventure trips tailored to the specific interests of our guests. What's your passion?

Archaeology/Geology Vacations
You won’t have to dig deep to enjoy our archaeology/geology trips: our expert guides will help interpret geological stories as they unfold. Our intimate groups encourage questions, discussions and a thorough exploration of ancient wonderlands. The choices are yours: visit Ancestral Puebloan sites in the Desert Southwest; hike to the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu or raft through Dinosaur National Monument.

Craft Beer Tasting Trips
Imagine enjoying a hand-selected assortment of craft-brewed lagers and ales, paired with an assortment of artisan cheeses and appetizers; while sitting around a campfire with new friends. As the evening shadows lengthen and the sun slowly settles behind the river canyon, a brewer’s feast is prepared by an executive chef. What could be more rewarding after an exciting day of sunshine and lively paddling on the river? Cheers!

Culinary Adventures
If the idea of learning how to prepare gourmet cuisine while pairing it perfectly with a glass of superb wine sounds intriguing, imagine doing it along the banks of a world-class river, in a renowned wilderness area, topped off with instruction from a celebrated gourmet chef. O.A.R.S. Wilderness Gourmet trips bring a traditional culinary classroom setting to the river.

O.A.R.S. Fishing Trips
There is so much more to a river trip than scenery, whitewater, great food and good company. For some, it's all about the fish. O.A.R.S. fishing trips take you to the heart of Blue Ribbon trout fishing and, from the stable platform of our rafts and fishing rigs, introduce you to some of the finest fishing in Western North America.

Instructional Paddling & Whitewater Kayaking
Take advantage of 40+ years of experience on one of our instructional paddling programs. Learn fundamental whitewater skills in our rafting guide instructional program, learn about reading water, navigation and control, group dynamics, leadership tools and beyond-the-basics culinary skills in the great outdoors. Or improve your paddling skills on one of our Whitewater Kayaking Schools.

Outdoor Photography Adventures
Our photography trips were developed to practice and improve your photography skills. Each trip, whether on the Colorado River in Cataract Canyon, the Main Salmon River or in Yellowstone and Grand Teton or Yosemite National Park, is appropriate for beginners, budding amateurs and professionals. You bring the camera, and we’ll put you in an ideal environment with access to some of the country’s most successful and creative photographers.

Wildlife Viewing Adventure Vacations
O.A.R.S. offers wildlife viewing trips from the equator to the Arctic. Discover the abundant and bizarre wildlife of the Galapagos or sea kayak and whale watch off the coast of Baja, Mexico.

Wine Tasting on the River
Catered camping, mind-blowing destinations, unreal adventure…and fine wine. The O.A.R.S. Wine on the River series melds river running with gourmet meals and premium wines from some of the West’s finest vintners, introduced by regional experts. The series winds through some of the continent’s most idyllic locales, starting in California, then winding up through Idaho, British Columbia and Oregon.

Beyond the trips listed on this page, we can create a custom adventure for your special interest group. See our Private and Charter Trips page for more information. Or if you think we're missing the boat on a themed adventure, let us know!



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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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