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G-Adventures and National Geographic team up

June 15, 2016

Last September G-Adventures and National Geographic teamed up to launch a new travel partnership.   It combines National Geographic’s more than 125 years of global exploration, science and storytelling with the authentic experiences for which G Adventures is well-known.

 

Much of what has been said about the partnership applies to other tour operators: small groups, expert tour leaders, meeting local people.  Yet even seasoned travellers like myself find much to love in this line-up of trips.  Here are but some of the reasons these trips stand out from others:

 

- interactions with local experts like historians, marine biologists, photographers, Buddhist monks, chefs, and others

- comfortable and unique accommodation, e.g. staying in a monastery in Nepal or a house boat in Botswana

- more meals are included, like dining in some excellent restaurants, hearty sit-downs with local families, and culinary adventures of all sorts.

- help fund community development initiatives worldwide

- support the National Geographic Society’s non-profit work in conservation, exploration, research, and education.

 

The initial collection has 60+ trips - here are some of the best of the G-Adventures / National Geographic trips. 

 

 

AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST

 

Iconic Southern Africa
Fall for Cape Town’s remarkable beauty, feel the power of Victoria Falls reverberate in your core, and keep your eyes out for the Big Five, alongside a researcher from a National Geographic-supported conservation program.
Eye-catching experience: over a traditional Zimbabwean dinner hear what daily life is like
Expert interaction: researcher joins on a game drive to explain behaviour of cheetahs
Unique accommodation: Okavango Delta Houseboat

 

Safari in Kenya & Tanzania
This two-week trip through the grasslands of Kenya and Tanzania will see you riding between incredible national parks and beautifully outfitted safari lodges and camps, while giving you the chance to get out and really experience the East African savannah with all five senses.
Eye-catching experience: safari with 6 guests, extended village visits
Expert interaction: Conservation Talk, Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre Lecture
Unique accommodation: safari camps and lodges

 

Explore Israel & Jordan
Discover life in Jerusalem, explore some of the best Roman ruins outside of Italy, ride through the desert on a 4x4, and venture into the awe-inspiring ancient city of Petra.
Eye-catching experience: dual-narrative walking tours of Bethlehem and Jerusalem with two guides, one Israeli and one Palestinian
Expert interaction: Discuss present-day Israel with a rabbi specializing in conflict resolution.
Unique accommodation: Kibbutz, Beduin Camp


Morocco: Sahara & Beyond
Explore the souks and streets of Marrakech and Fes; spend a night in a tented camp; enjoy dinner with a traditional Berber family; and unwind in the coastal beauty of Essaouira.
Eye-catching experience: Islamic Calligraphy Class
Expert interaction: hands-on cooking class led by a renowned Moroccan chef
Unique accommodation: Desert Camp, Riads


ASIA


The Heart of Myanmar (Burma)
Cruise the Irrawaddy River to the ancient city of Bagan, home to over 2200 beautiful temples and pagodas. Explore the floating villages on Inle Lake. Visit a monastery to meet Buddhist monks and climb Mandalay Hill to reflect on serene views of the surrounding countryside.
Eye-catching experience: Burmese Political Satire Performance
Expert interaction: discuss Buddhism and daily life with a monks at a monastery
Unique accommodation: upgraded accommodation throughout

Discover India
Enjoy a guided tour of the Taj Mahal. Visit the birthplace of Buddhism and Hinduism, spend a night in a traditional village, witness holy rituals on a sunrise Ganges cruise, and discover the hidden side of Delhi. Don’t just see India; get inside its soul.
Eye-catching experience: Explore the Delhi with an tour guide from the Streetkids Project.
Expert interaction: on the ghats in Varanasi, discuss the spiritual and social role the Ganges plays in daily life with a scholar
Unique accommodation: historic heritage hotel in a small village

Explore China & Tibet
Explore the unforgettable city of Beijing and meet pandas at a breeding centre in Sichuan. Discover daily life in Tibet and cruise the incredible Yangtze River on a riverboat. Cycle atop the city walls of Xi’an, and face its standing army of terracotta warriors.
Eye-catching experience: Dumpling-Making Lesson, village visit & lunch, Tangka Painting demonstration
Expert interaction: Behind-the-Scenes with the Shanghai Acrobats & Performance
Unique accommodation: Yangtze river cruise boat

Nepal: Himalaya Highlights
Keep your eyes open for rhinos, leopards, wild elephants, and Bengal tigers, meander through the fascinating streetscapes of Kathmandu, spend the night at a monastery guesthouse, and gaze out over astounding views of the Himalayas.
Eye-catching experience: Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery, enjoy chanting rituals with the monks
Expert interaction: Learn about an NG grantee working to preserve ancient weaving traditions
Unique accommodation: Overnight at a Buddhist Monastery


AUSTRALASIA


Explore Australia
From its world-class cities and sacred red centre, to the Great Barrier Reef and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this itinerary leaves no stone unturned.
Eye-catching experience: Janbanbarra Jirrbal Rainforest Cultural Experience, Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
Expert interaction: behind-the-scenes tour of a research aquarium
Unique accommodation: upgraded accommodation throughout

New Zealand Journey
Connect with locals in artsy beach towns, roam through an ancient rainforest, learn about local legend and cuisine from the Maori, and breathe in all the clean air you possibly can. Come to New Zealand a stranger. Return home an honorary Kiwi.
Eye-catching experience: private welcome and talk from a Maori elder at Tamaki Village.  
Expert interaction: with a local guide visit an authentic Maori Geothermal Village.
Unique accommodation: Rainforest Retreat, Doubtful Sound Cruise


EUROPE


Burgundy by River Barge
Drift from one stunning landscape to another, stopping to roam the region’s famous vineyards, ride bikes through its vast forests, and indulge in its unforgettable flavours. Then head to Paris for two nights of exploration for all of your senses.
Eye-catching experience: Paris Local Market Visit with a Chef
Expert interaction: Burgundy Wine Talk and Horizontal Tasting
Unique accommodation: Daniele Riverboat

Discover the Balkans
the ideal introduction to the stunning Dalmatian coast of Croatia, the eastern delicacies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the lush waterways of Montenegro. History, nature, culture, food, and people. This one’s got it all.
Eye-catching experience: visit a local villa surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and sweeping views of the Adriatic
Expert interaction: guided walk of Diocletian's Palace, Siege of Sarajevo Tour
Unique accommodation: hotel in the Old Town of Kotor, upscale accommodation throughout

Explore Central Europe
This nine-day adventure crosses four countries and makes stops in four of Europe's most fascinating cities – Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest.
Eye-catching experience: Walk through Vienna’s 16th century Naschmarkt alongside a local chef.
Expert interaction: Walk the Berlin Wall with a Historian
Unique accommodation: 14th century romantic hotel in Prague

Iconic Italy
Get in touch with the ancient past alongside an archaeologist among the ash-preserved ruins of Pompeii, marvel at Renaissance treasures in iconic Venice and enchanting Florence, stop and smell the lemons in the quaint cliff-side villages of the Amalfi Coast, discover Rome.
Eye-catching experience: cook up (and eat) a classic Italian feast at a converted 17th-century monastery
Expert interaction: Pompeii with an Archaeologist
Unique accommodation: hotel on Grand Canal in Venice, historical residence Florence, harbourfront hotel Amalfi

Discover Moorish Spain
Explore Madrid’s famous museums, walk the cobblestoned streets of El Greco’s Toledo with a local historian, take in a flamenco lesson, and embrace the region’s Moorish spirit. From the taste of new flavours, to the sound of music you’ve never heard, wrap yourself in a culture 1300 years in the making.
Eye-catching experience: private Flamenco lesson
Expert interaction: Toledo walk with local historian
Unique accommodation: Moorish hotel Córdoba, minimalist urban hotel Granada, boutique hotel Seville

Explore Turkey
Spend 15 days discovering its highlights as well as some out-of-the-way secrets not all travellers get to see. Marvel at painted churches carved out of rock, cruise up the cinematic Dalyan River, meander through ancient towns, and realize, on the incredibly blue coast, just where the colour turquoise got its name.
Eye-catching experience: Dinner with Local Family, Village Home Cooking Class
Expert interaction: Lecture on the History of Anatolia
Unique accommodation: historic boutique hotel in Selçuk


LATIN AMERICA


Explore Costa Rica
This two-week itinerary is ideal for anyone looking to get off the beaten path and discover a different kind of travel experience. Drop by a National Geographic-supported reforestation project, visit a sea turtle conservancy program, opt to zipline above the lush canopy, and soak in volcanic hot springs.
Eye-catching experience: Tortilla Making and Home Dinner
Expert interaction: Monteverde Lecture & Reforestation Project, Visit Sea Turtle Conservancy
Unique accommodation: jungle lodges

Colombia Journey

Spend two nights at a traditional hacienda on a working coffee farm, ride the famous hillside escalators of Medellín, indulge in the Caribbean beauty of Tayrona’s lush jungle and perfectly pristine beaches, and wander the cobblestoned streets of historical Cartagena.
Eye-catching experience: private lesson from professional salsa dancers
Expert interaction: coffee farm tour, Medellin Community Walk
Unique accommodation: hacienda, beach-side cabanas, historic hotel Cartagena

Inca Explorer
Watch for wildlife, explore Incan culture, and marvel at the strange, mysterious beauty of the Nazca Lines – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Meet the vibrant local people of Lake Titicaca, walk the halls of a historical convent in colonial Arequipa, and delight in views of the Sacred Valley from the comfort of the train to Machu Picchu.
Eye-catching experience: peek through a telescope, Lake Titicaca Community Lunch, Pisco winery visit and tasting
Expert interaction: cooking class with an award-winning local chef
Unique accommodation: upgraded accommodation throughout

Explore Guatemala & Belize
Roam among the Mayan ruins at Tikal and swim off Belize’s islands and atolls. Hike across the foot of a volcano outside Antigua and sail between remote lakeside communities on Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán.
Eye-catching experience: Garifuna Drumming Lesson, Lakeside Cooking Class
Expert interaction: learn to make tortillas in a local village
Unique accommodation: colonial-style hotel in Antigua

Discover Patagonia
Take in the colours of Buenos Aires with a local tango lesson before heading into nature to explore Torres del Paine National Park and the humbling Perito Moreno Glacier. Standing at the end of the Earth is an experience the adventurous side of you will never forget.
Eye-catching experience: Local Tango Lesson, Cruce de los Lagos Cruise, penguin rookery
Expert interaction: lecture by a local glacier expert
Unique accommodation: upgraded accommodation throughout

Discover Brazil, Argentina & Chile
This perfect combination of guided excursions and free time will have you sipping wine in Santiago, dancing the tango in Buenos Aires, and falling for the famous beach in iconic Rio.
Eye-catching experience: Afro-Brazilian Community Visit, Local Tango Lesson
Expert interaction: Chilean Wine Experience
Unique accommodation: Ultra-modern Design Suites


 

 

 

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