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National Geographic, G Adventures Teaming Up To Offer New Tours

Tour Operator | G Adventures | Greg Shillinglaw | September 30, 2015

National Geographic, G Adventures Teaming Up To Offer New Tours

PHOTO: Bruce Poon Tip (left), founder of G Adventures, and Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, announcing their companies will offer a new line of travel experiences. (Photo by Greg Shillinglaw)

National Geographic and the Canadian tour operator G Adventures are joining forces to launch a line of trips to destinations around the globe, with departures set to begin early next year.

The travel partnership, National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures, was announced Tuesday night in Toronto as G Adventures celebrated its 25th anniversary. The trips combine National Geographic’s more than 125 years of global exploration, science and storytelling with G Adventures’ small-group tours that have earned the company international recognition.  

"Our partnership with G Adventures adds an exciting and accessible range of travel opportunities to our portfolio of extraordinary ways to explore the planet.  We're excited to invite travelers around the world to experience the destinations they've dreamed about, get to know people in other cultures and make a positive impact while doing it," Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, said in a statement.

The initial 70 tours include elements from G Adventures’ existing line of Comfort trips, and will be shaped with help from National Geographic.  The trips will be designed for clients who, according to a news release, “appreciate the freedom to roam, but seek the structure and security that comes with traveling in a group.” Each tour will be led by a knowledgeable local guide, and will generally be limited to 16 guests.

Costs for the tours vary, but a 14-day trip to Costa Rica, for example, is priced from $2,099. The tours are offered at a lower price point compared to some existing National Geographic products, with the idea of making trips more accessible to younger travelers.

Some of the new tours include experiences like practicing a centuries-old tradition of throwing pots in Belize and joining a researcher on safari in South Africa to learn about a National Geographic-sponsored program to protect cheetahs and other big cats.

Travelers will also have the opportunity to spend time in a family home in Jaipur, India; share a meal with a local author and her storytelling troupe in Botswana; meet a traditional weaver in Ecuador; and sip homemade limoncello with a farmer at his lemon orchard in Italy.

“We are thrilled to be working with National Geographic—an organization that shares our values and a similar approach to travel—to offer our guests unique experiences that will forever change their expectations of travel,” Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, said.  

Next year’s lineup of National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures will be posted on Dec. 15, 2015, with departures set to start on Jan. 5, 2016.

The new line of trips joins National Geographic’s existing travel programs, including National Geographic Expeditions, National Geographic Adventures, National Geographic Student Expeditions, and National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

As for other news from G Adventures:

• The tour operator is getting into the river cruise business starting next year with trips for smaller groups on four rivers across the globe.

• G Adventures is rolling out a new line of trucks in Africa in 2016 intended to make the touring experience there more enjoyable. The new overland adventure vehicles will be equipped with Wi-Fi, charging stations in every seat, and photography windows.

•G Adventures has also unveiled a five-year plan to integrate 50 new social enterprise projects into its trips by 2020, with the goal of impacting the lives of local people in communities in over 35 countries by providing them with access to the economic benefits of tourism.

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