G Adventures expands river cruise options

G Adventures charters the Amatista for Peruvian Amazon sailings.
G Adventures charters the Amatista for Peruvian Amazon sailings.

For 2016, G Adventures will offer cruises on the Mekong, Ganges and Amazon rivers plus the inland waterways of France’s Burgundy region.

G Adventures had already been offering Peruvian Amazon sailings on the 30-passenger Amatista that the company includes on two Peru itineraries. But the Mekong, Ganges and Burgundy cruises will be new for 2016. 

“The riverboat industry without a doubt is the fastest-growing industry within the travel industry right now. Riverboat cruising is off the charts,” said Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures.

In Burgundy, G Adventures will offer an eight-day itinerary that begins with one pre-cruise night in Lyon, France, on the 24-passenger Danielle, a canal barge that is being launched by French river cruise line CroisiEurope in 2016.

The Danielle will sail along the Briare Canal between Burgundy and the Loire Valley. G Adventures will have its own guides and excursions during the sailing, which will include activities such as biking, hiking and active walks along the way. The Burgundy cruises start at $1,999 per person.

On the Mekong, G Adventures will charter the 28-passenger Toum Tiu II, a vessel owned by CFM River Cruises. G Adventures will offer eight-day cruises from Siem Reap, Cambodia, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with cruise prices starting at $1,799 per person. A similar 10-day itinerary includes an overnight stay in Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City.

On India’s Ganges River, the 24-passenger Varuna will sail eight-day cruises between Patna and Farakka or nine-day sailings between Farakka and Kolkata. Ganges cruises start at $1,999 per person.

Poon Tip emphasized that the G Adventures' river cruising is focused on smaller vessels and that there will be ample opportunities for passengers to get off the ship and explore in small groups led by G Adventures guides.

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