G Adventures has introduced four new itineraries to its Travel With Confidence Plus Collection, giving travellers more physical distancing while on tour.
The collection, which was launched in June, features smaller group sizes with a maximum of 12 pax, cheaper solo options, ensuite bathrooms, private transportation and increased sanitation and hygiene protocols.
The company has also its Book with Confidence policy, offering flexible rebooking on trips booked up to 31 December and added a Frequently Asked Questions section online for agents covering many aspects of safe travel.
“The Travel with Confidence Plus collection was created to offer reassurance and peace of mind to travellers, while still delivering all the great things we love about travel, from incredible destinations and hands-on experiences to delicious dishes and charming locally owned accommodation,” Adrian Piotto, managing director at G Adventures, said.
“The great response we have received following the launch of the collection, including many new bookings, is indicative of the desire for travellers to get back out and explore the world while feeling confident that their safety is well taken care of.”
Here’s a rundown of the new tours joining the program:
Australia & New Zealand Encompassed – Plus
This 34-day trip is perfect for those with more time on their hands, looking to visit the major cities and famous sites of Australia and New Zealand, while also venturing to some of the lesser-visited rural gems as well.
Highlights include walks through the rainforest in Great Otway National Park and taking an interpretive walk through the Daintree Rainforest, visiting the famous Sydney Opera House and a variety of activities in Rotorua, from white water rafting to geothermal spa visits.
Highlights of Madagascar – Plus
Endorsed by world-renowned ethologist Jane Goodall (who happens to be speaking at Travel DAZE 2020 alongside G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip), this two-week trip through Madagascar is perfect for wildlife lovers.
From visiting local communities in Fiadanana, where the group will listen to a ghost talker and enjoy dinner with a local family, to visiting Anja Community Reserve, famed for its groups of ring-tailed lemurs, this tour will show travellers some of the island’s best local gems.
Cuba Rhythms: Rum & Fun – Plus
Going beyond the beach resorts, this trip is designed to get travellers out and about to explore the real Cuba.
Mingling with locals at ‘casa particulars’, exploring Havana’s alleyways, sampling local rums and cigars and learning about the salsa culture on the dancefloor are just a few of the experiences to be expected on this eight-day tour.
Cuba Explorer – Plus
The perfect combination of vibrant culture, history and architecture, this nine-day adventure sees travellers staying in a traditional “casa particular” (Cuban for a bed and breakfast) in Havana, taking an automobile trip through the city, walking through the stunning countryside in Viñales and swimming in the beautiful clear waters near Cienfuegos.
In other news, G Adventures is hosting a series of live discussions to tackle all the pressing issues the industry faces.
The series, which is called Retravel Live, aims to shine a light on the traveller’s power to enact change.
The first Retravel Live event took place on 30 September 2020 at 12pm EDT, and covered the impact of the shift from ‘overtourism’ to ‘undertourism’, whether the new buzzword ‘regenerative travel’ will be more than just a fad, and how travellers can take actionable steps to ‘retravel’ better when they book their next holiday.
Guest panellists included Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked; Juliet Kinsman, sustainability editor at Conde Nast Traveller UK; and George Stone, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Traveler.
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