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Spring Treks from Treasure Diving to Everest

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. ( MainStreet) -- There are some people that look to spring for its hedonistic spa getaways or early beach vacations. Then there are the thrill seekers who take advantage of better weather by diving to the depths of the ocean in search of treasure, climbing the highest mountain they can find or satiating their mind and body with an archeological journey that goes above and beyond the norm or the usual spring getaway.

Those looking for the most unique adventures without having to do all the legwork will most likely want to use an adventure travel specialist such as U.K.-based Wild Frontiers. The company promises "to help adventurous souls get to incredible places that would otherwise remain inaccessible," and a well curated website by company founder Jonny Bealby includes a wide array of fully tailored experiences to the far reaches of the globe that vary by the degree of wildness, preferred region and whether the idea is group travel or a private event.

The Archeological Institute of America offers an 11-day cruise called "Cultures and Archaeology of the Adriatic Sea" that has the usual Venice-Piran-Dubrovnik itinerary as well as journeys to places such as ancient Tunisian sites, the Roman city of Aquileia or the town of Egnathia, where adventurers explore ruins dating back to 4 B.C.

More adventurous travelers can partake in a 30-day Wakhan Corridor Trek through Afghanistan and Tajikistan. A bit shorter is the nine-day Wild Walk in the Caucasus, which traverses the great Georgian mountain range in a group hike that includes crossing the Abodelauri Pass and camping in pastures along the Russian border.

For those looking to embrace their inner Jonny Quest, there's the Archeological Institute of America, chartered by the U.S. Congress -- the largest organization in North American devoted exclusively to archaeology. Its AIA Tour Programs aim to bring a better understanding of archeology to the broader public and offers a diverse series of organized tours around the world led by AIA lecturers for groups never larger than 25.

Standout AIA adventures this year include an 11-day luxury cruise on the Corinthian II. "Cultures and Archaeology of the Adriatic Sea" has the usual Venice-Piran-Dubrovnik itinerary but supplements it with more in-depth journeys to places such as the Roman city of Aquileia or the town of Egnathia, where adventurers explore ruins dating back to 4 B.C. True swashbucklers can opt for an 11-day trek into Tunisia's most famous archeological sites and ancient holy cities, including the amphitheater at El Jem and ruins still being excavated.

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