After more than two decades in business, Gap Adventures, a Canadian-based small group tour operator, has unveiled a brand-new name—G Adventures. And according to Bruce Poon Tip, the company’s founder, travelers can expect more than just a new name in 2012 as a whole new roster of itineraries is being introduced, as well.
For the first time, G Adventures—whose name change came after a copyright infringement with the GAP clothing line—is offering a comprehensive collection of North American tours which, as Poon Tip explains, will vary in lengths, styles and service levels. These trips explore the continent’s natural wonders and famed national parks like the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite and the Canadian Rockies, as well as captivating cities like Las Vegas, New York, Toronto and San Francisco.
“There’s definitely a strong appetite for North America,” says Poon Tip. “In addition to lower airfare costs, North America offers tons of amazing experiences and natural wonders, from the Canadian Rockies to the Grand Canyon. There is so much to discover and experience here in our own backyard.”
The company will also be introducing a new program called Local Living, designed to bring travelers close to the land and its people by embedding them in the local life. “Travelers on these trips stay in one place and truly live like the locals,” explains Poon Tip. “For example, on our Northern Tuscany Local Living trip, travelers stay in an authentic agriturismo [farmhouse] and journey each day into the Garfagnana region. Depending on the season, activities include collecting porcini mushrooms, harvesting grapes and faro, and making percorino cheese or wild boar sausage.”
Rates for the Northern Tuscany Local Living itinerary, which also includes activities such as a full-day hike to the Apennine Mountains and a cooking lesson of rustic fare, start at $1,299 pp. A number of departure dates are already available for April 2012 through June 2013.
Other new and unique offerings will be several experiences in Latin America such as kayaking in Lake Titicaca and a homestay in Guatemala where travelers experience the region’s unique culture. “We’re also introducing tours in the Philippines and Israel,” adds Poon Tip.
On the 8-day Highlights of Israel, for instance, participants will have the opportunity to have lunch with a Druze family, enjoy a boat ride on the Lake of Galilee, take a walking tour of Old Jerusalem and visit a Palestinian refugee camp. Rates for this itinerary start at $2,199 pp dbl and departure dates are already available from April 2012 through May 2013.
“In every way that matters, we’re the same company today that we were yesterday,” Poon Tip stresses. “Our name may have changed, but our principles have not. We’re still available 24/7 to answer questions. We still offer our innovative lifetime deposit (where a client’s initial deposit remains on file for life should they ever need to cancel a trip for any reason). Our roster of unique trips is still incredible and wide-ranging. We still spend every minute of our waking hours dreaming up new, responsible and sustainable ways to show travelers the world as it was meant to be seen.”
For more information, including a full list of G Adventures’ itineraries, call (888) 800-4100 or visit gadventures.com.