Thursday, 22 March 2012

G Adventures Announces New West Africa Sailings

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New cruise destinations enabling travellers access to underexplored locations


G Adventures is proud to announce its first ever sailing program in West Africa aboard the M/S Expedition. The cruise will enable travellers to discover this largely underexplored area of the continent with ease, while uncovering West Africa's unique historical, cultural and natural landscapes in comfort and style.

There are three adventures passengers can choose from which will encompass more than 10 African nations in April 2013. All itineraries are now on sale and priced from AUD $5450:

The tour operator is recognized for trailblazing up-and-coming destinations and the new expeditions are among the first of their kind in the region, with ports of call including Ghana, Senegal, Benin, Cameroon and Togo.

"The program is ideal for expedition cruise enthusiasts seeking fresh experiences," says Jeff Russill, G Adventures' VP of Innovation. "It will also appeal to those who have not sailed before and want the convenience of experiencing West Africa by sea instead of land."

"This is a really exciting step for us. These countries are emerging destinations, little known and rarely explored by travellers.  Expedition-style cruising is perfect for this region as it means our guests are safe and comfortable onboard, and local communities will benefit from the ports of call," adds Russill. "Plus, travellers can forget the hassle of unpacking and packing, and discover the very best of coastal West Africa at ease."

The itineraries are designed to offer travellers a balanced combination of activity and leisure. Passengers have ample time to spot rare birds and wildlife with skilled naturalists, mingle in local markets, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit the birthplace of voodoo, trace the roots of slavery, and learn about the region from the experienced expedition staff.

Passengers also explore unreachable coastlines and visit uninhabited islands and traditional villages via a fleet of zodiacs. A notable highlight is the opportunity to discover the Bijagos Archipelego off the coast of Guinea-Bissau – a rare experience offered by very few operators. The island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, one of the most unexplored places on Earth, and its inhabitants are descendants of an ancient culture that practices an animist religion.

While at sea, travellers can enjoy a variety of unique activities that complete the onboard education program including sommelier-led wine tastings, lectures from a panel of experts, an African film festival, and photography, plein air painting, art and music workshops.

"The world is your classroom and the most unforgettable travel moments are a result of engaging all your senses – not just by seeing," says Russill. "The itineraries provide the perfect balance between at sea days and shore excursions, and a range of activities to suit all interests."

The 140-passenger M/S Expedition features large cabins equipped with en-suite bathrooms and windows, providing an exceptionally spacious and comfortable experience for all guests.

Demonstrating innovative travel in West Africa, G Adventures' land-based Voodoo Trail trip was selected as one of National Geographic Traveler Magazine's Top Tours of a Lifetime for 2009.

For more information please visit www.gadventures.com.