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Geluxe launches: Premium active travel with community at its core

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The Geluxe Collection incorporates 28 trips spanning 16 countries.

Community tourism pioneer, G Adventures, has launched its newest style of travel – The Geluxe Collection. Available to book now, with departures from May 2024, the newest ensemble of upgraded experiences features 28 trips that focus on being physically active, with one-of-a-kind accommodation, elevated dining, and a heavy focus on community and culture, unlike any other programme of trips currently on the market.

Proving that community and adventure do not have to be sacrificed for comfort, The Geluxe Collection has been expertly handcrafted by G Adventures to provide the ultimate experience for travellers, and to also ensure that as much money as possible stays in the hands of local people, every step of the way.

Yves Marceau, VP of product for G Adventures, says the new Geluxe Collection from G Adventures epitomizes adventure at its finest, and fills a gap in the market for people looking for a premium active experience, done the G Adventures way.

“We’re rolling out the purple carpet with our new line of premium active trips; The Geluxe Collection. These trips have been carefully curated for people who enjoy adventure with a softer landing, yet still appreciate meaningful interactions with local people as part of their travel experience.

“Each day has been meticulously crafted to get travellers deeper into the destination, while still being physically active throughout their trip. Every meal tells the story of the people and place it came from. Accommodation is unique to the location, and all trips have community tourism at their core, so travellers form a richer connection with local people and their culture, while also giving back as they travel,” says Marceau.

Highlights include at least one “Your OMG Stay” and one “Your OMG Day” on every trip.

“Your OMG Stay” is a stand-out style of accommodation selected for its impressive history, design, or surrounding experiences. These include the Cardamom Tented Camp in the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia, Refugio Amazonas ecolodge in the Peruvian Amazon, glamping at Changa Safari Camp in Zimbabwe, and Mr and Mrs White Tinos, a stunning boutique hotel in the Greek Islands.

The “Your OMG Day” gives travellers the opportunity to personalize one of their days by picking between two different travel experiences on each trip. Examples include a food walking tour in Tokyo, Japan, a Cape Malay cooking class in South Africa, a row boat ride and yoga session in Nepal with the Himalayas as a backdrop, and a Jeep safari focused on the cultural heritage of the Sahara that meets with nomads and villagers in southern Morocco.

The 16 countries featured at launch are Botswana, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The maximum group size is 16, with an average of 10-12 people per departure.

Example trips in The Geluxe Collection that are available to book now include:

  • Japan: Kyoto, Tokyo & the Michinoku Coastal Trail – Japan is a country made for adventure seekers, while  bridging modern and ancient traditions. From discovering the villages outside Kyoto on foot and kayaking Japan’s deepest lake, to walking the breathtaking Michinoku Coastal Trail, this adventure dives deep into Japan’s past and present, while using each day to explore outdoors.
  • Cambodia & Thailand: Angkor Wat, Koh Chang & Cardamom Mountain Adventure – Exploring Southeast Asia goes from iconic to unexpected on this incredible nine-day adventure. The magnificent Angkor Wat in Cambodia sets the stage with its stunning sunrise, providing a glimpse of the adventures ahead. Next, you’ll be whisked away on motorbikes by local women to partake in the creation of a delectable meal in a Cambodian village. You’ll then explore the Cardamom Mountains on foot and by kayak, with your experience actively contributing to the preservation of this protected area. And as the grand finale, soak up the tranquillity of a Thai island, featuring more kayaking, beach barbecues, and epic sunsets.
  • Southern Morocco: Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains & the Sahara – Southern Morocco exudes natural beauty and sparks the spirit of adventure at every single turn. An evening visit to the medina in Marrakech allows us to experience local music and dance. Set off on a hike in the incredible scenery of the Dades Gorge and take a camel ride at sunset to a desert camp to sleep in the Sahara under the array of stars. Walk amongst olive and juniper trees through the villages of Ouirgane and immerse yourself into daily life with a Berber family. If you’re looking for the heart and soul of Morocco, this is it.
  • Zimbabwe & Botswana: Chobe, Hwange & Lake Kariba – Big news: safariing in Africa is no longer a sedentary affair with this 12-day adventure that takes you truly off the beaten path. Explore Lake Kariba by boat and discover Matusadona National Park — one of Zimbabwe’s hidden gems — on your own two feet. Glamp in Chobe National park and cross through Hwange National Park on an open-air train car, staying on the lookout for elephants the entire time. If you’ve come looking for the adventure of a lifetime, this is it.
  • Central Mexico: Oaxaca to Mexico City – Discover Central Mexico’s depth on this immersion into the country’s history, traditions and incredible food. Pedal through agave fields to a petrified waterfall and tour ancient pyramids, while taking in the heavenly aromas of tacos and mole while strolling the streets. The perfect balance of history, movement and flavours, this adventure will leave you hungry for more of everything Mexico has to offer.
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