Life-Changing Adventures for Active Travelers 

You design the trip.

You pick the travelers.

You choose the activities.



We make your private adventure happen!

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Customized Trips Mapped Out by Your Values

australia_2Memorable trips fire up your spirit.

They take you on a journey you never want to end.

Unforgettable travels like these, aren’t found in packaged tours.

They come from the values that define your life and your purpose.

We’ll help you discover these values and use them to create a trip you’ll enjoy.

And never forget.


Alaskan trip

Dean created a three week Alaskan tour for my two sons and me. For all the trips I’ve ever taken in my life, and I’ve traveled quite a bit, this was by far the most customized trip I’ve ever taken. He did a great job of challenging us and catering it to our desires. The whole thing was exquisitely coordinated.

David Kornreich, New York, NY




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A Trip Can Transform Your Life

An activity which safely pushes yVia ferrata hiking in Dolomitesour physical limits is the perfect way to gain confidence and self-assurance.

Combine these types of adventures with insight from new cultures, and you have a powerful recipe for personal growth.

Looking for something more relaxing? How about a low-key trek through ancient ruins to broaden your perspective?

No matter what suits your taste, we’ll give you experiences and support that will turn your travels into life-changing events.









The thing about traveling with Dean is the fact that he is not your guide — well he is…but what he really is or will be is an individual who truly takes interest in who you are, doesn’t judge you for what you can or cannot do but cheers you on and helps you overcome the barriers that standbetween you and your potential. He is your biggest cheerleader. And well…on some of these adventures we may dream up for ourselves, we can always use a good cheerleader, eh? So while you may remember a vacation with Dean as one of your most memorable experiences. You may also walk away from your trip with a friend for life — as I have.

Sue Wong, New York, NY



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Unforgettable Journeys with Family and Friends

Nothing Unforgettable Journeys with Family and Friendsbeats a fun, worry-free adventure more than sharing that journey with folks you care about.

Relationships get deeper.

Memories get richer.

You pick the group you want to travel with and we’ll create a trip that will suit everyone’s skills and needs.

We’ll take care of every detail so you have more time with your companions.

And less stress.


Glacier National Park

In 2004, Dean led our hiking group of four through Glacier National Park. We enjoyed it so much, we arranged a second Glacier trip in 2006 with our four adult kids making our group a hardy eight travelers. This time we wanted Dean to “show us the Glacier we haven’t seen”. Our second experience topped the first! Not only were the lodging, culinary experiences and travel arrangements flawless, but we got to experience hiking the high ridges and valleys of Glacier with our kids. An unforgettable adventure!

Mark Parrott, Lexington, KY


Adventure with FriendsTrusted Expertise and Guides

We utilize our 30+ years of expertise and deep relationships with professional guides,

in over 35 countries and the United States,

to make your private tour a trip of a lifetime – one in which you will be telling adventure stories about for years to come! 

In Adventurous Spirit,

Dean F. Barta
Founder & President



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Just because you’ve settled down and had kids doesn’t mean your adventuring days are through. Family trips open up the world of adventure travel to kids age four and up by letting them experience their planet on their own terms. Everything is new and exciting when you’re a kid. Travel with yours and discover your world for the first time all over again.

Travelling is the perfect way to open up a child’s world to possibility and wonder. Powerful experiences lead to new interests, and exposure to different cultures, languages, and environments helps the kids of today become the responsible, well-rounded adults of tomorrow.

Our Family adventure trips deliver a seamless mix of adventure and education that’s so much fun they won’t even realize they’re learning something the whole time.

Family trips are a great way for childto meet and interact with other kids from around the world who are close to their own age and share common interests. It’s not uncommon for families who meet on our trips to stay close after the trip ends; some even make the experience an annual tradition.

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Our Happy Adventurers

Your next trip needs to be this one! The highest place in Africa is absolutely spectacular!! Excellent service and attention to detail. Incredible guide and support. Great food. Quality gear. I would highly recommend Return On Adventure. There was excellent service and attention to detail throughout. — Andrea D. San Francisco, CA

In 2010, Dean created a three week Alaskan tour for my two sons and me. For all the trips I`ve ever taken in my life, and I`ve traveled quite a bit, this was by far the most customized trip I`ve ever taken. He did a great job of challenging us and catering it to our desires. The whole thing was exquisitely coordinated. — David K. New York, NY

I have traveled with Dean on more than one occasion and I cannot speak highly enough about his professionalism, friendliness and dedication to his guests. Dean is an excellent guide and he makes every trip an adventure. His excellent attitude ensures that every guest will have a great time. I am looking forward to traveling with Return On Adventure because I know any trip that Dean facilitates will exceed my expectations. — Janet H., San Diego, CA

I would like to express appreciation to Return On Adventure for an absolutely perfect ten-day trip to Guatemala a couple of years ago. The hotels, were very nice and the guides were always on time, provided excellent information, answered questions, and escorted me to wonderful sites in the country. I highly recommend this company, as my experience was wonderful! — Lee W. Fort Collins, CO

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