G Adventures Launches Family Encounters Designed to Educate & Entertain

14 Feb 2013

G Adventures has launched a program of more than 30 family holidays on five continents, designed for families to spend quality time together and learn more about the world while travelling in a fun way.

Broomstick riding in the UK, a visit to a ninja museum in Japan, surf lessons in Costa Rica, horseback riding with paniolo cowboys in Hawaii and musical instrument making in Cuba are just a few of the experiences families will be able to share.

Alistair Butchers, Innovation Manager, G Adventures, says the small group adventure specialist has branched out in to the family market after noticing its loyal travellers are starting their own families and looking to raise their children as ‘travellers’ too.

“Our trips are designed for parents who want to share experiences with their children and get away from the typical ‘bucket and spade’ type holiday. These parents are adventurous and want to pass that down to their kids, seeing new places and meeting new people from around the world. We’ve empowered our CEOs to be spontaneous, so if there is a group of kids playing cricket in a village in India, travellers will be encouraged to join in.”

“All our trips are 100% guaranteed which means parents can book knowing the trip will depart, and can arrange flights at the same time, which is important given our departures are set around school holidays,” says Butchers.

The trips have varying minimum ages from two to 12 years with activities matched to the appropriate age group. Many trips are G Adventures ‘comfort level’ meaning accommodation is family-friendly with swimming pools and adjoining rooms available in most locations.

In addition, some trips have an additional CEO (chief experience officer) on hand so the groups can divide and parents can take a break. These CEOs are all trained in travelling with children, and families can rest easy knowing their guides have the local knowledge to make their trip as safe and enjoyable as possible.

The countries G Adventures’ family program visits are: Argentina, Belgium, Borneo, Brazil, Canada, China, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam.

Example itineraries include:
Thailand Family Adventure - Our family adventure mixes everything from a longboat tour of Bangkok, a meeting with a hill tribe community, a cooking class in Chiang Mai and a sombre visit to the infamous bridge over the River Kwai—with a little bit of sand and surf, too. A 12-day trip is priced from $939 per adult and $839 per child for departures in July, August September and December 2013. Suitable for ages 5 and above.

Jordan Family Adventure - Grab the kids and gape at the ancient rock-cut city of Petra one day, camp under the stars at Wadi Rum the next, then snorkel the coral reefs of Aqaba and float in the Dead Sea a few days later. An eight-day trip is priced from $1,249 per adult and $1,149 per child for departures in August, October and December 2013. Suitable for ages 5 and above.

Costa Rica Family Experience - This week-long trip’s engaging lesson plan gives your kids an education in biology and ecology they’ll never get in a textbook. Spend five life-changing days studying the flora and fauna that inhabit the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and Manuel Antonio National Park. Priced from $939 per adult and $839 per child for departures in July, August and December. Suitable for ages 5 and above.

For more information please visit www.gadventures.com.

About G Adventures
G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the widest selection of affordable small group tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries on all continents. It was the first adventure travel company to offer 100% guaranteed departures in 2013. Powered by an international team of passionate travellers, the award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travellers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife. The intimate, authentic and sustainable approach to small-group travel introduces travellers to the highlights of a destination while offering the freedom to explore it on their own. Whatever age, interest, ability or budget, G Adventures has a genuine life-changing experience. For more information please visit www.gadventures.com.