(45 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Steve Lord

Lakewood, CO

Active and Adventure Escorted Touring

With my 20 years of experience and industry connections, you'll receive privileged access to active and adventure vacations.

I've toured 32 countries on five continents and have taken more than 20 cruises... all with one goal in mind: to help you experience your "one-of-a-kind" Bucket-List adventures.

Many travelers come to me feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information they've seen or heard... and the amount of time it takes to research travel online.

With my background and deep travel industry connections, I'll provide you with honest feedback and help you separate the hype from reality.

  • Your initial vacation exploration session is complimentary - I'll ask detailed questions about what you do want and what you don't want on your vacation.
  • I'll listen carefully to your answers so I can focus on the best-fit vacation for you and your tribe.
  • I'll move quickly to provide you with a unique "first-look" itinerary.
  • After you receive your initial "first-look" itinerary, you'll provide me with feedback... what you like, what you'd like to change, and any questions you'd like answered. 
  • After you've decided on the perfect active and adventure vacation experience, I'll get it booked and will pay attention to all the many details on your behalf.

Why Active and Adventure Escorted Touring?

  • Experience a variety of physical challenges (within your comfort level)
  • Meet the locals
  • Genuine cultural immersion
  • Travel in small groups
  • "Exotic" destinations are made more easily accessible

I enjoy guided active and adventure touring when I meet the locals and am humbled each time I learn that so many of us around the world want the same things out of life. I want to bring these same rewarding experiences to my clients.

Some examples of my favorite active and adventure vacations include a Kenyan Safari to the Masai Mara with National Geographic Journeys; my four-day hike in the Andes Mountains to reach Machu Picchu, Peru; and riding on the Northern Explorer train through the heart of New Zealand's North Island.

I look forward to providing you with unique, life-changing moments that will be a hallmark of your traveling career. 

What do my clients say?

Waterfall Climbing in Costa Rica
Waterfall Climbing in Costa Rica

"Best trip I've ever taken. Every step of the way had been planned in advance. I never once had to think 'Uh-oh. Now what?' All the thorny details... like who would pick us up at the airport, how would we get from Point A to Point B, will our hotels be where we want to be... had been worked out in advance. It was nearly effortless on my part! All I had to do was relax & enjoy. I'm very grateful to Steve for handling everything so professionally, for listening thoughtfully while we described the perfect trip, then steering us in all the right directions."   

Rebecca J. from Denver CO - Vacationed in Australia and New Zealand

My Reviews

11 of 14 people found this review helpful
Awesome Vacation
We had a wonderful time on our vacation. It was beautiful there and we did many fun activities. We appreciate your help. Everything went very smooth. We will give your name and contact info to others looking for a wonderful trip, if that is okay with you. :)
By  Amy B  from  Fort Collins, CO
Traveled to  Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Steve Lord responded:
Hi Amy, I enjoyed working with you. Thank you for making the process fun. Please come back. And thank you for referring me to your friends and family. I would be honored to help them, when and where I can. Best Regards, Steve.

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28 of 48 people found this review helpful
So helpful!
Steve was fantastic to work with - knowledgeable, informative, thorough and always kept our best interest in mind. I look forward to working with him on our future travel endeavors!
By  positivepolly  from  Iowa
Traveled to  Jamaica ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Our fantastic honeymoon!
Steve did an amazing job planning our honeymoon during the time of COVID - and even helped us out with some unforeseen circumstances without a hiccup. He made everything easy and affordable for us and we will definitely have him help us with future trips!
By  Trista & Shane  from  Rapid City, SD
Traveled to  Cozumel ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Steve Lord responded:
Thank you Trista and Shane, We never want our clients to be surprised (unless it's in a good way) but when an airline makes a last-minute schedule change, we know how to react swiftly and i am thrilled you loved the alternative destination of Cozumel. Than you for your business and I hope you two have a safe and happy 2021!

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5 of 7 people found this review helpful
Steve is the Best Agent
I found Steve's information on the Apple Vacations website. He responded immediately and was so helpful. He knew exactly how to help me quickly. I am very impressed with his knowledge, customer service and responsiveness. My original trip was canceled due to the pandemic. I booked online like a dummy. Steve was able to work with Apple and get a new trip, funds transferred and confirmed within a week! He has a client for life.
By  Melinda  from  Arvada
Traveled to  Bahamas ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Steve Lord responded:
Dear Melinda, Sometimes its not WHAT you know...but WHO you know (to call that is) when a client is in a "jam". COVID-19 has brought so much pain to so many people on so many levels. Apple Leisure Group is a Consumer-Friendly and Travel Agent-Friendly vacation provider...with whom I have 21 years of experience. I know people are tempted to book their vacations DIY. Fortunately, Apple allowed me to step-in on your Direct booking and fix it so you did not lose any money. Please come back!

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17 of 31 people found this review helpful
Best Cruise Ever
Steve is very knowledgeable and all of the arrangements for the cruise went very smoothly. I would definitely recommend him and use him in the future
By  Herb  from  Dallas, Pennsylvania
Traveled to  Mediterranean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Egypt
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador

Travel Specialist:

  • Adventure
  • Hiking & Backpacking
  • Safari
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Groups

Top Travel Partners:

  • G Adventures
  • African Travel Inc.
  • Intrepid Travel
  • SITA World Tours
  • UnCruise Adventures


  • Certified Adventure Travel Specialist
  • Denver Better Business Bureau A+ Rating

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