Introducing: National Geographic Family Journeys with G Adventures, 12 New Trips to Experience the World Together

National Geographic and G Adventures expand partnership, offering new
family trips for 2020 which are on sale now

WASHINGTON & TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, 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 globally and feature unique National
Geographic-inspired experiences for children and adults to connect as a
family when they travel together on departures starting in March 2020.

The trips, which are priced from *$1,999 per person, 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 specially-trained Chief Experience
Officers, who will deliver one-of-a-kind itineraries and activities to
best meet children’s and adults’ interests.

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, where children can earn a junior ranger
badge; pasta making and gladiator school in Italy; sumo wrestling
lessons and samurai swordplay in Japan; acrobatics demonstrations with
circus performers in Cambodia; and zip-lining through the lush Costa
Rican rainforest canopy.

The expanded partnership between G Adventures and National Geographic
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
their partnership into the ever-growing family travel market.

“National Geographic Expeditions is thrilled to share the itineraries
for the launch of this new line of family trips,” said Heather
Heverling, National Geographic Senior Vice President of Product
Management. “These trips reflect National Geographic’s mission to ignite
the explorer in all of us and provide unique travel experiences that
help us feel more connected to the natural world and the many differing
cultures in it. This expanded partnership with G Adventures has given us
a new opportunity to provide one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences to
travelers who want to make meaningful, lifelong memories with members of
their family.”

Before developing the new program, National Geographic and G Adventures
**surveyed family travelers around the world to gain insights into what
they most want in a family trip. A vast majority (85 percent) of
travelers surveyed said they would prefer activities the whole family
can enjoy together vs. those that allow for separate adult relaxation
time. Guided by this new research, National Geographic Family
Journeys with G Adventures
was built as a collection of new
itineraries in exciting destinations that allow families to focus on
what’s really important—having fun, connecting, learning, and creating
lasting memories together.

“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 Managing
Director for the U.S. and Latin America, and father of three himself,
Ben Perlo.

“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 travelers,”
added Perlo.

Overwhelmingly (81 percent), family travelers who were surveyed said
they ‘love to learn’ while traveling; another 73 percent said they
especially love the outdoors. Even more significant, was how people
identified family—not just the nuclear family, but
multigenerational—including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. For
more than 90 percent of these multigenerational travelers, ‘creating
long-lasting memories’ and ‘bonding with each other’ are the most
important outcomes of a family holiday, along with ‘having fun’.

All 12 trips in the National Geographic Family Journeys collection are
now bookable online at National
Geographic Expeditions
or G
Adventures
as well as through travel agents. Sample trips offered
include:

  • Alaska Family Journey: Wilderness Explorer – 9 Days, From $4,199

Epic wildlife, soaring summits, and tundra stretching as far as the eye
can see: everything is bigger in Alaska. Journey to the far north—where
the sun never quite sets in the summer—and make the most of long days on
hiking and wildlife-viewing excursions in the Alaskan wilderness.
Explore Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks, where kids will set out
on educational adventures to claim their junior ranger badges.

  • Costa Rica Family Journey: From Rainforest to Coast – 9 Days, From
    $1,999

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 misty
trails. Then head for the Gold Coast on the Pacific Ocean for some sun,
surf, and adventures out at sea.

  • Iceland Family Journey: Geysers, Glaciers, and Fjords – 8 Days,
    From $3,999

From glittering glaciers to black-sand beaches, Iceland’s wild
landscapes will surprise and inspire travelers 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.

  • Italy Family Journey: Venice to Rome – 8 Days, From $2,899

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.

  • Southern Africa Family Journey: In Search of the Big Five – 11
    Days, From $4,299

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.

EDITOR’S NOTES:

*Arrival/departure airfare not included
**569 family travelers
across 18 countries were surveyed by G Adventures and National
Geographic between October 19 – November 14, 2018

Photos for editorial use with credit to © G Adventures, Inc. https://gadvnt.rs/family-journeys-photos

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About G Adventures: Founded in 1990 by social entrepreneur Bruce
Poon Tip, G Adventures is a small group adventure travel operator
offering more than 700 tours in 100 countries, on all seven continents.
G Adventures’ award-winning trips support local communities, giving
travelers meaningful experiences with people, cultures, landscapes and
wildlife, while offering them the freedom and flexibility to explore on
their own. G Adventures’ responsible approach to travel is demonstrated
through its ‘G for Good’ social impact initiatives, which include travel
guidelines for children, wildlife and Indigenous people, community-based
social enterprise projects travelers can experience on trip, and its
industry-leading ‘Ripple Score’ assessment which measures how many
traveler dollars stay in the local economy. G Adventures offers
life-changing tours for individuals of all ages, interests and budgets.
Because our world deserves more you. For more information, visit: www.gadventures.com.

Contacts

Kim McCabe, G Adventures, 917-456-6860: kmccabe@gadventures.com

Heather Wyatt, National Geographic: heather.wyatt@natgeo.com

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