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How great are these wellness tours by G-Adventures really?


G-Adventures has launched a new series of tours "to introduce your inner traveller to your inner self." The tours are advertised as a way to "discover awe-inspiring destinations combined with rejuvenating activities like yoga and meditation, and healthy food experiences to recharge the body and nourish the mind."

We analyzed G-Adventures new wellness tours to see if they stand up to rigorous reviews by experienced travellers like us.

Wellness Bali

9 days from CA$1949

Rated average, 3 out of 5

Enter the tropical wonderland of Bali, long a beacon to travellers in search of uncovering their spiritual side. Start your journey inward with Canang in Ubud, a traditional offering given at Hindu temples, before immersing yourself in nine days of rejuvenating activities, healthy food, and captivating sights. From daily yoga practices to traditional Balinese healing ceremonies to stops at serene beaches (Pemuteran, Sanur), you will be entranced by Bali’s natural calming spirit that continues to lure people from all over the world seeking a deeper connection.

Adventure Coordinators verdict: There is no doubt Wellness Bali ticks all the boxes. The trip has a wonderful line-up of yoga classes, healthy food, meditation and cultural immersion. Yet the trip has plenty of relaxation time built in as well - think snorkelling in the warm waters or just reading a book. Take me on a Wellness trip to Bali.

Wellness Thailand

9 days from CA$2299

Rated average, 3 out of 5

From the moment you first feel the warmth of Thailand’s golden sun, you can’t help but take in the positive vibes. This nine-day tour immerses you in ancient restorative practices, yoga sessions, and healthy food that will leave your smile beaming and your soul stirring. Soak in the country’s culture of kindness with a dip in Pai’s hot springs and a visit to the birthplace of traditional Thai massage at the Wat Po Buddhist temple. Then you can kick the energy up a notch with an optional round of Muay Thai. Your journey ends in Koh Samui, where you’ll reflect inward while nestling your toes in the sand as the sun sets over the glittering ocean.

Adventure Coordinators verdict: we didn't think it would be much of an issue putting together a good wellness trip in Thailand. Yet it seems G-Adventures did have trouble. For starters, the pace leaves us breathless - you change hotel 4 times in 8 nights. The content is mostly yoga, eating and wandering around on your own. Disappointing but if you want to go, find Wellness Thailand here.

Wellness Italy - Rome & Tuscany

7 days from CA$2519

Rated average, 3 out of 5

If serenity has a palpable form, surely it can be found under the Tuscan sun. This seven-day tour of Italy will have you second-guessing your departure date from the moment you land in Rome. After a morning yoga session and a leisurely day on the grounds of Palatine Hill and the Colosseum, your path will take you to lush landscapes of Tuscany. There, you’ll have ample time to saunter through welcoming villages, taste exceptional local food and wine, and cycle your way through the Tuscan hills. A dip in healing thermal waters will leave a rejuvenating warmth radiating through both body and mind long past your final stop in Florence.

Adventure Coordinators verdict: This trip is a wonderful mix of seeing Italy's top sites, along with some great mindful activities. A welcome drink on a rooftop terrace in Rome? A yoga session on the grounds of Villa Borghese? A traditional Tuscan farm to table cooking class? A soak in thermal pools? Sign me up for Wellness Italy - Rome and Tuscany.

Wellness Colombia

8 days from CA$2349

Rated average, 3 out of 5

Discover the perfect balance of beautiful scenery and quiet contemplation over the course of a revelatory eight days in Colombia. Let your body flow in Cartagena with a yoga session and your mouth water on an included street food tour. Spend a day by the crystal clear waters on the Rosario Islands and then journey to your property outside of Tayrona National Park. There you’ll treat both body and mind to a hike and a healing visit to a sacred pools of Aluna Springs. Add in the option of daily yoga practices and you’ll soon find yourself reflecting on your Colombian adventure with complete clarity.

Adventure Coordinators verdict: we were curious where G-Adventures would take us on Wellness Colombia and this tour does not disappoint. While we are not sure about the hotel in Cartagena, the hotel in Koralia is one you'll want to stay at. If you are looking for a nice balance between cultural immersion and nature discovery, along with yoga classes in unique settings, Wellness Colombia is the trip for you.

Wellness Peru - Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley 7 days from CA$1799 Rated average, 3 out of 5 Feel energy flow through your body with every step taken over the hallowed grounds of Peru. Your seven-day journey begins in the aptly named Sacred Valley with a taste of