Similar to the acquisition of Natural Habitat, Inc., Lindblad will leverage its experience and resources to accelerate the growth of these businesses and the growing demand for authentic and immersive adventure travel. These companies are also united by a focus on nature and sustainability, and will benefit from Lindblad’s and Natural Habitat’s resources, marketing experience and conservation leadership.
Ben Bressler, founder and president of Natural Habitat said in press materials, “DuVine offers invigorating experiences in nature for our more active guests, and Off the Beaten Path’s exceptional depth in creating custom U.S. national park adventures will appeal to Nat Hab travelers. These two companies provide Lindblad and Nat Hab guests a depth of choice for premium life-enhancing travel experiences within a family of complementary brands—all driven by protecting our planet and inspiring travelers.”
DuVine is an international luxury cycling and adventure company focused on providing immersive cultural experiences across the globe through itineraries led by expert local guides. DuVine’s trips include top-quality gear and support and are tailored to riders of all abilities with an emphasis on exceptional food and wine experiences, along with boutique accommodations. DuVine also currently runs a variety of extraordinary trips that combine sail and biking experiences, which will be further expanded as part of Lindblad. DuVine’s tour offerings include small group and private custom trips to destinations across Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
“Bringing DuVine and Off the Beaten Path into our portfolio of brands will allow us to better serve a broader based clientele that has a diverse set of travel interests,” said Sven Lindblad, president and CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, in a press statement. “The high level of quality and integrity of both these companies makes them perfect partners in our strategy of expanding our platform of experiential offerings. Our proven ability to leverage our platform and effectively cross market creates the opportunity to accelerate growth across our entire portfolio, and we will continue to look for additional opportunities to broaden and deepen our adventure travel offerings, both organically and through acquisitions, to aggregate larger audiences and generate greater lifetime value from our loyal guests.”
Andy Levine, DuVine’s founder and president, said in a press statement, “I have long admired Lindblad for their exceptional expeditions and commitment to responsible travel, a core value that has also guided DuVine’s philosophy. Our companies share not only a desire to sustain the world’s most compelling cultures and communities, but also the belief that authentic, deeply rooted experiences make travel more fulfilling. DuVine’s journeys offer a new perspective grounded in active travel, local flavor, and an appreciation of nature from the seat of a bicycle. I can’t wait to introduce the transformative power of bike travel to a greater audience of adventure seekers.”
Off the Beaten Path offers active small-group and private custom journeys around the world, with a long-standing focus on U.S. National Parks through localized, authentic experiences. Off the Beaten Path’s small group product offerings include expeditions throughout the U.S, as well as trips across Europe, Africa, Australia, Central and South America and the South Pacific.
“We couldn’t be more excited to join Lindblad Expeditions and Natural Habitat Adventures to further our mission to change peoples’ lives through exceptional travel experiences. With our unique style of travel, strong domestic presence, and small group and bespoke travel design offerings, we are well-positioned to have an immediate impact on the newly expanded family of companies,” said Cory Lawrence, Off the Beaten Path’s president, in a press statement. “Expanding awareness of Off the Beaten Path and its unique offerings by leveraging the reach and expertise of both Lindblad and Natural Habitat is a major opportunity for our company in its 35th year of operation. We are thrilled.”