As tour operators, cruise lines, hotels, guides, restaurants, museums, travel advisors and all affected in my beloved industry continue to grapple with what 2020 has handed us, it's been remarkable to witness the resilience, togetherness and innovation that continues to emerge from the wreckage. This week I want to feature one of our favorite suppliers (again).
G Adventures are a wonderful "active lifestyle" tour company who run the whole gamut of options from 18 to 30 year-old hiking trips, to near luxury family experiences in partnership with National Geographic. I say "near luxury" as the lodging on these trips is usually 4 to 4 1/2 star quality, but what's really important is the 5-star+ rating of the on-tour experiences you will undertake, all the while giving back to the local communities whose lives you will touch and who will affect you in such a deep and meaningful way.
G Adventures tours usually average just 12 travelers with a maximum of 16, but today they are launching a new hybrid of these, enabling an extended family or family + friends to enjoy a private "Bubble" experience.
This Collection of 80 tours gives you and your hand-picked crew the freedom and safety found on all of their private tours, now with the added bonus of extra savings!
Previously underutilized, we now think such small group private travel is going to see very heavy demand in 2021 and 2022.
- Book Your Bubble of 8 and the eighth spot is 50% off — perfect for a Bubble of two families, a group of friends, or even four couples
- Book Your Bubble of 12 and the 12th spot is FREE — did someone say extended family vacation?
- Enjoy the added health and safety measures of their Travel with Confidence policy
- Choose a date that works for you
- Personalize your tour with optional activities from a list of great on tour experiences
- Let your experienced Chief Experience Officer (CEO) connect you to local experiences and cultures in a way only they can. They have also been trained in new health and safety measures.
So below is my Top 5 pick of the tours that can be "Bubbled", and I feature in each that special local experience that only comes with a G Adventures tour.
Give us a shout if you'd like to know about the other 75 options!
PS. I am now officially certified as a National Geographic Journeys Specialist! Contact us for more info about the cultural-immersion, comfortable accommodations, and unique highlights available on all National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures tours.
Top 5 - Book Your Bubble Trips
1. Egypt Upgraded
A 12-day private Egypt exploration featuring a guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza (above) and the Sphinx, a visit to the Library of Alexandria, catacombs, and Pompey’s Pillar, a guided visit of the Egyptian Museum, a tour of Abu Simbel, a 3-night Nile cruise, a tour of Kom Ombo Temple and a visit to the Colossi of Memnon (below).
Take a scenic felucca (boat) ride on the Nile to a Nubian village and enjoy a home cooked dinner with locals.
2. Hike Patagonia in Depth
A 14-day expedition beginning and ending in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Enjoy almost 2 full weeks of hiking through some very remote areas of Patagonia, an opportunity to roam wild and free. With snow-capped mountains and blue skies as your backdrop, you'll hike through otherworldly Torres del Paine National Park, staggering El Chaltén (below), sobering Glacier National Park, and the highly celebrated W Trek. Get ready for the walk of your life.
Perito Moreno Glacier Boat – Get a closer look at the sheer magnitude of the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier. Head out on the glacial lake for spectacular views of the south wall.
3. Sailing Greece, Santorini (above) to Athens
A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world's most beautiful islands: the Greek Islands. Sail for up to 15 days aboard a 52 ft yacht (below) with time for hiking, snorkelling, and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbors, dine on fresh seafood and don't forget to try the ouzo.
Naxos Island excursion - Take in the view of Mt Zeus at Zas Cave and enjoy a meal at a welcoming local tavern owned by the town butcher.
4. Peru Multisport
How do you improve on a trip that already includes the Sacred Valley (above), the Inca Trail, and Lake Titicaca?
Throw in some bikes, a few kayaks, and loads of high-energy thrills, perhaps.
Peru Multisport is a 15-day epic trip that connects immersive cultural interaction and classic Peruvian landmarks with challenging physical activities tailored specifically for adrenaline junkies and active families. Climb and bike your way from small villages to astounding monuments, then explore Lake Titicaca from a kayak; a perspective few visitors ever get the chance to see.
Enjoy a local homestay in small village in the surrounds of Lake Titicaca (below).
5. Maldives Dhoni Explorer
The extraordinary islands of the Maldives (above) are some of the world's most spectacular and a multi-day cruise on a dhoni boat (below) is one of the best ways to take it all in. This 7-day cruise takes you to turquoise lagoons, perfect beaches, and isolated sandbars that might have only existed in your dreams until now. Every day offers calming sea breezes and countless photo opportunities with time in between to relax on the sundeck or socialize with fellow travelers over a great seafood meal. This is a perfect combination with either a Sri Lankan safari or just a total chill on one of the numerous private island resorts.
Visit a G Adventures-supported community project and help with plastic clean up.
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