Awards & Accolades

T+L 2018 World's Best Tour Operator

Travel + Leisure July, 2018

On July 10th, 2018 Travel + Leisure announced their 2018 list of the World's Best Tour Operators. Adventure Unbound, the international arm of ROW Adventures, was selected as #4 with a total score of 96.11 out of 100.

"Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated tour operators on their staff and guides, itineraries and destinations, activities, accommodations, food, and overall value. The tour operators on our list offer experiences and itineraries of every type imaginable, but one increasingly popular category is active and adventure travel." - Travel + Leisure

Best Tour Guide: Sunset Travel Awards 2017

Sunset Magazine July, 2017

Idaho has more miles of whitewater rivers than any other state in the country. And the person you want guiding you down them is Peter Grubb of Coeur d’Alene–based ROW Adventures.

Best Guided Tour for Millennials

Stride Standout Awards December, 2016

Millennials value local experiences and authenticity when they travel. Many have less time to travel as well, so are eager to pack in as much as possible. With this, ROW Adventures' Mighty Lochsa Whitewater Rafting Trip was selected as one of Stride's "Best Guided Tours for Millennials!"

ROW Adventures Awarded Stride's Premier Status

Stride Travel December, 2016

Stride's Premier status is the highest recognition Stride provides to the top tour operators around the globe. ROW stands out with fair transparent pricing, high safety standards, creative and helpful itinerary design. ROW trips visit places of unique or local significance and address responsible travel practices.

Best of the Northwest: Best Outdoor Rec Service Guide

The Inlander February, 2016

"Thirty years ago, Peter Grubb took people on rafting trips down local whitewater. Now he takes people hiking on the Galapagos Islands and yachting across the Adriatic to visit small Croatian fishing villages. So, yeah, he knows about adventure."

National Geographic Traveler's "50 Tours of a Lifetime"

National Geographic Traveler April, 2015

Our new "Corsica Unbound" trip was selected as a National Geographic Traveler’s “2015 Tours of a Lifetime!” Now in it's 10th year, the 2015 list features 50 of the world's best guided trips chosen by the editors of National Geographic Traveler. Norie Quintos, acting editor in chief of National Geographic Travel magazine said that "the 50 best guided tours selected this year offer authentic travel experiences that are sure to leave participants engaged and ensconced in culture," and that "the types of immersive and experiential trips... are going farther and deeper than ever before."

Corsica Unbound

National Geographic Traveler’s "50 Tours of a Lifetime"

National Geographic April, 2013

ROW Adventures' brand new "Peaks of the Balkans" trip has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” The selection process was competitive, with the National Geographic editorial team working long and hard to find 2013’s most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours. “This year marks the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society. The tours we selected capture that spirit of exploration,” says executive editor Norie Quintos. “They push the boundaries of mainstream tourism, whether taking travelers to the far corners of the globe, or helping them dive deep into the culture of familiar destinations.”

Peaks of the Balkans Hike

2013 Outside Travel Awards

2013 Outside Travel Awards March, 2013

Outside Magazine has selected ROW Adventures for not one, but TWO awards in the 2013 Outside Travel Awards. ROW's Bruneau River Trip was honored as one of the "Best River Trips" and the latest Albania trips were honored with the "New Frontiers" award.

World's Best Tour Operator - Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure July, 2012

On July 6, 2011, Travel + Leisure announced that ROW Adventures separated itself from the world’s most renowned tour operators, standing alone as #1 on the list of Top Tour Operations with an overall score of 97.97 out of a possible 100...

2012 Tour of a Lifetime

National Geographic Tours May, 2012

National Geographic Tours of a Lifetime are culled from thousands of tours worldwide, these are an antidote to the average—all offered by outfitters with solid reputations in the industry. They offer a short but deep dive into far-flung cultures and transformative experiences. We looked for tours (including volunteer, adventure, family, and small-ship trips) designed for experience, immersion, sustainability, and cultural connection. The winner: Middle Fork of the Salmon Rafting