G Adventures Splashes into River Cruising
PHOTO: Toum Tiou riverboat, G Adventures' small group river boat for tours along the Mekong River. (Photo courtesy G Adventures)
Toronto-based G Adventures leaped into the booming river cruise segment with a new series of programs the company says “reimagines” the experience of river cruising.
G Adventures says its river cruise programs “localize” and “energize” the river cruise experience.
The operator enters the market with nine river cruise programs in Cambodia, Vietnam, India, France and Peru. The trips range from eight to 15 days in duration.
G Adventures targets a younger demographic than most of the programs on the market with an emphasis on active and cultural components and opportunities to support local communities. On some of the trips, the boats carry bicycles for excursions at stops along the way.
Jeff Russill, G Adventures’ vice president of innovation, said, “We took a disruptive, innovative approach to a traditional form of travel, broke it down and rebuilt it into something fresh and new that really captures the essence of how we travel.”
Group sizes range from 22-30 passengers per departure. Each trip is led by a G Adventures Chief Experience Officer, G’s version of a guide, trained to be able to pass on a firm understanding of local wildlife, cultures and ecosystems.
The river cruise departures will begin in 2016.
The offerings include three trips on the Ganges river in India, two on the Amazon River in Peru, one on the Burgundy River in France and three choices on the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam.
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