Locally made Urban Adventures from the team at Around Portland Tours!
When we met one of the destination managers for Intrepid Group, an Australian company, on a Columbia Gorge half-day hiking tour, we were immediately impressed both with her company and how well our goals aligned with hers. As always, we brought along some of the amazing trail mix from Aiyesha at Nomad Mix. Locally-made products whose revenue go entirely to support the makers and the community = our favorite things.
“You would be a great fit for Urban Adventures!” she said. Urban Adventures Limited, a division of Intrepid Group, was launched in 2009 with the intention of creating a new, innovative style of single-day travel experiences in which travelers connected deeply with locals, in a way that is sustainable for the communities in which the travel occurs, the environment around it, and the guide as well. The UAL philosophy couldn’t be any more convergent with ours.
Portland, Oregon is on “the list” — both as a most-wanted destination for an Urban Adventures partnership, and as a fast-growing market travelers all over the globe are seeking out. We first came into the travel industry in 2014, carrying the intention of telling the story of our city with all the passion, love and complexity we have for the city. Our focus on engaged, tactile, active experiences that tell the stories beyond the top 10 lists fits beautifully with Urban Adventures’ “PERFKT” value system: Passion, Enthusiasm, Responsibility, Fun, Knowledge, and Togetherness.
In October 2019, offerings from the Around Portland Tours team began launching under the Urban Adventures Portland brand. Over the next months, we have plans to launch a half-dozen biking, walking and hiking tours under the Urban Adventures umbrella. We’re so excited to engage with partnerships the UAL team already has in place — like the one with New York Times for “24 hours” in selected locations — and future partnerships we can’t wait to tell you about!