G Adventures Kicks Active Travel into High Gear
WHY IT RATES: G Adventures recently added nine new active adventures for this year in addition to agent incentives.—Codie Liermann, Associate Editor
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The month of March storms in like a lion for G Adventures’ ‘G-Normous’ promotion, which is poised for a record-breaking year of sales across North America. The sixth-annual agent incentive, which launched in January and runs through April, offers special savings for agents to share with clients on select Active adventures all month long.
The small-group tour operator’s Active trips offer a physically-diverse range of hiking, trekking, cycling and multisport activities around the world. The focus on them this month is designed to help agents boost sales while getting the word out about its nine newest active adventures for 2019.
New offerings include multisport activities in Colombia, as well as trekking challenges and combination tours in South Africa, Tanzania and Nepal, bringing the total number of Active options for adrenaline-seeking travelers up to 70 across 26 countries.
“Active adventure offers the chance to both push yourself and reward yourself while feeling a true sense of accomplishment,” said G Adventures brand manager Simon Ma.
“We provide the equipment, the experts and the local expertise to get you closer to a destination; you provide the motivation. These new Active tours are among our most exciting, and we can’t wait to start sharing them with travelers who are looking for a good workout with a dose of wonder.”
During the month of March, travel agents will be able to pass along a 15 percent discount on select Active style tours with promo code 19GA015ACT03. They can also earn extra cash and prizes for bookings when registered with the G-Normous incentive in Sherpa.
The North American agent incentive program offers more than $100,000 in prizes and runs from January through April. For more information, agents are encouraged to reach out to their local G Adventures sales partner and tune into the G-Normous Active Webinar on March 5, at 2 p.m. ET.
The newest Active adventures in G Adventures’ 2019 lineup include the following:
—11-day Colombia Multisport Tour: Bogota to Medellin, from $1,954 per person, air separate. Physical rating: 3 (average), out of a possible 5.
This new adventure will get your blood pumping in one of South America’s most vibrant and trending countries for tourism. Hike among palm trees and succulents through Chingaza National Park to a crystal clear lagoon, embark on a 9km (5.6 mi) walk along cobblestone pathways to a colonial town, and go whitewater rafting in Suarez Canyon.
Then trek to a waterfall in Barichara, explore the vibrant city of Medellín, and visit the old walled city of Cartagena. This well-rounded tour will show you multiple sides of this beautiful and provocative country. First departure is May 23, 2019.
—17-day Colombia Multisport and Lost City Trek: Bogota to Santa Maria, from $2,660 per person, air separate. Physical rating: 5 (challenging) out of a possible 5.
This thrilling and challenging adventure takes you across the rough terrain, remote villages, and natural landscapes of the shorter Colombia Multisport tour. Then, it continues up to the ancient, holy “Lost City” (Ciudad Perdida) of Teyuna, passing through farmlands, deep jungle and small Kogi communities.
Share a special, private lunch with members of the indigenous Wiwa Community in their mountainside Gotsezhi Village to support economic development. Internal flights and all transport between destinations to/from tour activities are included. First departure is May 23, 2019.
—8-day Tanzania Active Safari: round trip from Arusha, from $2,499 per person, air separate. Also available in a 13-day combination tour with Zanzibar from $3,199pp.
On foot, bike, canoe and hot air balloon, this new tour takes travelers beyond the traditional four wheels of a Tanzania Safari on a new kind of safari. From cycling through Lake Manyara National Park, home to the famous tree climbing lions, to hiking up the extinct Empakaai Crater, this trip includes visits to Arusha, Mto wa Mbu, the Empakaai Crater, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park.
Canoe-safari through Momella Lake to spot hippos, giraffes and water birds in their natural habitats. A tour of the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove Project and the Mto wa Mbu Village offer insights into social enterprises that are changing the lives of local people. First departure is June 21, 2019.
—17-day Hiking South Africa Tour: Cape Town to Johannesburg, from $2,324 per person, air separate. Physical rating of 3 (average) out of a possible 5.
This is a lively tour through South Africa, which explores three countries in just over two weeks.
Hike up Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain; head out on foot to search for some of the species that call Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary home during a guided walk in Swaziland; opt to go horseback riding or mountain biking in Lesotho; set off on a 23km (14.3 mi) hike along Tugela Gorge in Lesotho’s Royal Natal National Park; camp among Southern Africa’s dramatic scenery.
You’ll discover the true meaning of “Ubuntu” as you dance and laugh with the locals over a traditional meal in the Kruger area. First departure is March 24, 2019.
—15-day Trekking Langtang tour: round trip from Kathmandu, from $1299. per person, air separate. Physical grading of 4 (demanding) out of a possible 5.
For adventurous travelers looking for a special workout off the beaten path, there are few destinations that offer more than the Himalayas. This trek in the Kathmandu Valley is one that gives people a different perspective on the valleys and peaks of Nepal, beyond Everest Base Camp.
Hike up through an ever-changing landscape of flower-filled fields and lush green forests before emerging among monasteries and villages. Then take in the impressive sight of the Langtang Glacier and stay in rustic villages and monasteries. First departure is July 13, 2019.
—12-day Kilimanjaro trek: Machame Route & Zanzibar Adventure: Moshi to Stone Town, from $3,549 per person, air separate. Rated 5, or challenging, on a scale from one to five.
This is one of three new tours for 2019, including the Marangu and Lemosho routes, that combine the iconic Kilimanjaro trek with beach time in Zanzibar.
Take on Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest point, followed by the chance to unwind—island style. Departing from Moshi, traverse one of the seven peaks via the Machame Route, offering incredible views and vistas along the way. Take five days to summit before enjoying a well-deserved massage and climbing ceremony at the G Adventures supported Moshi Women’s Cooperative.
Head to Stone Town to explore the history and culture in the winding cobbled streets before visiting a local spice plantation. End the trip by kicking back and enjoying the turquoise waters of Zanzibar’s coast. First departure is July 6, 2019.