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Adventures with a Softer Landing Expanded for 2014

G Adventures launches 21 new Comfort trips

An overnight houseboat in Botswana, a historic heritage home in India, design suites in Argentina and a jungle lodge in Borneo are four forms of unique, upgraded accommodation travelers will experience on G Adventures’ expanded range of more than 100 Comfort trips in 2014.

In response to increased demand 21 new Comfort trips have been added to the program, all featuring handpicked accommodation and extras such as airport transfers, private transport and more included meals.  The trips all maintain the traditional aspects of a G Adventures tour and provide a truly local, cultural vacation.

Comfort travelers will enjoy experiences such as a guided Chimpanzee walk in Rwanda, rickshaw tour of Yogakarta in Indonesia, a Tibetan cooking demonstration, a blessing by Buddhist monks in Bhutan and a shared meal with a local family in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Additionally five of the new trips feature visits to Planeterra projects, G Adventures’ non-profit organization, which develops tourism projects to help local people in the destinations travelers stay.  These include a vocational training restaurant in Varanasi, a Planterra-supported school in South Africa and a guided walk with former street kids in Delhi.

Lisa Warner, director of international marketing, G Adventures, says the trips appeal to adventure-seeking travelers who want an authentic experience with the social interaction that traveling in a small group provides, as well as plenty of life’s comforts.

“These trips really appeal to travelers who have the time and money to travel, yet want to combine destination highlights with interactions with the communities they visit, without sacrificing on comfort. We’ve seen demand grow in the 30-50 age group and with solo female professionals looking to enjoy the ease and security of small group travel while learning about people and cultures they may not be familiar with,” says Warner.

The new Comfort brochure is available now. Example itineraries include:

  • Botswana Safari – A 10-day trip enjoying the safari experience in open jeeps and boats searching out the Big Five, enjoying a sundowner at a homestay and cruising a secluded section of the Okavango Delta by houseboat is priced from $4299pp for departures from April to October 2014.
  • Wonders of Borneo – Meet the ‘old man of the forest’ at an Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, head into the rainforest in search of unique wildlife, explore the jungle by boat and on foot and sample local fare at the night market. A 12-day trip is priced from $3499pp for departures from May 2014.
  • Ecuador Amazon Hot Springs and Volcanoes – Traversing the Amazon jungle with a local naturalist guide, be surrounded by towering volcanoes, exploring an Andean community and have lunch with locals, and learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans. A nine-day trip is priced from $1999pp for departures from February 2014.
  • Wonders of Bhutan – Visit one of the most remote countries in the world. Take a moment to reflect at ancient Buddhist temples and shrines, Hike along peaceful nature trails andthrilling cliffs, Experience the pristine and peaceful nature of the ‘Dragon Kingdom’. A 10-day trip is priced from $3699pp for departures from February2014.

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