G Adventures & NatGeo Announce 12 Family Trips For 2020
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
National Geographic and G Adventures have officially launched their expanded partnership, National Geographic Family Journeys with G Adventures. The new program of 12 trips is now on sale and feature National Geographic-inspired experiences for children and adults with departures starting in March 2020.
The trips, which are priced from $2,449 per person land-only, visit 12 countries on five continents and range from eight to 13 days in length, with reduced pricing available to children ages 12 and under. Each small-group tour will be led by two trained Chief Experience Officers, who will deliver itineraries and activities designed to best meet children’s and adults’ interests.
Before developing the new program, the two partners surveyed family travellers to gain insights into what they most want in a family trip. A vast majority (85%) said they would prefer activities the whole family can enjoy together vs. those that allow for separate adult relaxation time.
Guided by the research, National Geographic Family Journeys with G Adventures was built as a collection of new itineraries that allow families to focus on what’s really important -- having fun, connecting, learning, and creating lasting memories together.
Each activity was designed around four guiding National Geographic themes: photography and storytelling, history and culture, wildlife and conservation, and exploration.
Among the destination and activity highlights that families can experience together are: wildlife spotting in Alaska’s national parks; pasta making and gladiator school in Italy; sumo wrestling lessons and samurai swordplay in Japan; acrobatics demonstrations with circus performers in Cambodia; and ziplining through the lush Costa Rican rainforest canopy.
The expanded partnership follows the success of National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures, launched in 2015. With the growing popularity of these itineraries, G Adventures and National Geographic identified an opportunity to expand the partnership into the family travel market.
“What really excites me about this new family travel style is how much learning, bonding, adventure and enjoyment is included, for every member of the family, at such an accessible price,” said G Adventures’ Canadian Marketing Director, Aizaz Sheikh.
“Between National Geographic’s rich storytelling and G Adventures’ local expertise, families will discover that there is no need for compromise. Parents and children will each find something to look forward to -- starting from pre-trip materials like family field guides and photography tips to spark a child’s imagination, to unique destination experiences that will impress even the most seasoned adult travellers,” added Sheikh.
All 12 trips in the National Geographic Family Journeys collection are now open for booking.
Discover the magic of Morocco on a journey that takes you from bustling markets to soaring desert dunes. Meet enchanting musicians and storytellers steeped in Berber heritage, and try your hand at cooking up colorful local dishes. Hike past stunning rock formations, climb windswept sands, and uncover ancient secrets in green oases and grand palaces.
Blanketed in pristine rainforest, lined by golden sands, and brimming with curious-looking creatures, Costa Rica is the ultimate family playground. Explore inland jungles and volcanic wonders in every way possible: soaring on a zip line, riding on horseback, and hiking on trails. Then head for the Gold Coast on the Pacific Ocean for some sun, surf, and adventures at sea.
From glittering glaciers to black-sand beaches, Iceland’s wild landscapes will surprise and inspire travellers of all ages. Explore this subarctic isle’s natural and cultural treasures alongside our dynamic guides as you step behind the curtain of a spectacular waterfall or hike to the edge of a volcanic crater. Descend inside a lava tunnel, delve into Viking history, or opt to try your hand at riding hardy Icelandic horses.
Home to ancient ruins, artistic masterpieces, gelato, and pizza, Italy is an enchanting destination for all ages. Discover the country’s top highlights on a journey from Venice through the heart of Tuscany to Rome. Explore fresco-adorned churches and Renaissance palaces, climb medieval towers, and get immersed in Italian culture with art classes and cooking lessons.
Boasting jaw-dropping scenery and some of the planet’s most iconic wildlife, southern Africa makes for an unforgettable family adventure. On this action-packed journey, venture to South Africa to seek out the legendary “big five” on safari, soak up the charms of cosmopolitan Cape Town, and see the penguins march along Boulders Beach. Then top off your journey in Zimbabwe with a tour of thundering Victoria Falls.
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.