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G Adventures introduces five new community tourism trips

G Adventures introduces five new community tourism trips

Five new Local Living trips have been introduced by G Adventures, providing travellers with more culture-rich community tourism options, including staying with the Masai people in Kenya, a hill tribe in northern Thailand, and locals in the Icelandic countryside

There are also two new trips in Italy, which has proven hugely popular with travellers looking to experience grassroots culture. These are Local Living Sorrento, where travellers stay in an agriturismo on a lemon farm, and Amalfi Coast Winter.

G Adventures’ programme of Local Living trips enables travellers to explore a region in greater depth, remaining in one location and really getting to know a place while staying in accommodation characteristic of the destination.

Thailand Hiiltribe Feast Local Living-Leah Griffin 2008-IMG1301 Md RGBAccording to Lisa Warner, director of international marketing, G Adventures, the trips combine the benefits of holiday home rental with those of a small group adventures trip, such as group camaraderie and the inside knowledge of a local CEO (chief experience officer). “Our Local Living programme gives people access to places and experiences previously unattainable through independent travel, bringing people together with like-minded travellers to share the cost and experience. These trips epitomise community tourism and are as immersive as it gets, so travellers can dig deep below the surface of a specific region and learn all there is to know, while keeping tourism dollars in the local community.”

The five new trips join top seller Local Living Ecuador, where travellers stay with village elder Delfin Pauchi, the first person G Adventures ran trips with in 1991. Local Living Mongolia has also proven a hit, with travellers staying with different nomadic families during their trip.

The new Local Living 2014 brochure is available now, and includes the following new trips:

Local Living Kenya – Learn about jewellery beading from the local women, spend the night in tents in a bush camp, and undergo Masai Warrior training. Priced from £399pp for a five-day trip from Nairobi return.

Iceland Northern Lights Landscape Local Living-Operator Supplied 2013-IMG4896 Md RGBLocal Living Iceland: Northern Lights – Take time to go in search of the lights, visit flea markets and buy fish for a cooking class. The CEO is a native Icelander and will be able to impart knowledge about customs and daily life. Priced from £699pp for a five-day trip from Reykjavik return.

Local Living Sorrento – Call an Italian agriturismo on a lemon farm outside Sorrento home for the week, hike the famous ‘Walk of the Gods’, explore chic resort towns and historic villages, and savour delicious home-cooked Italian food made from local ingredients. Priced from £899pp for a seven-day trip from Naples return. (Above prices do not include flights.

For more information or to book, call 0844 272 2040 or visit www.gadventures.co.uk

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Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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