G Adventures

G Adventures

4.8

Excellent 
100+reviews   99.8611%
preferred

# of trips

1290

Type

Global operator

Service level

standard

Travelers age

12 — 49

Trip prices

$0 — 11,999

Tour languages

Unknown

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G Adventures Reviews & Ratings

99.8611% Recommend
   
4.8  Excellent  
100+  Reviews
Excellent
32,323
Great
10,111
Average
7
Disappointing
3
Terrible
26

Value

4.8

Guide

4.8

Activities

4.8

Lodging

4.8

Transport

4.8

Meals

4.8
42470 reviews of G Adventures
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Matthew

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12/21/2016

Enjoyed the tour and it showed Costa Rica to us

Enjoyed the tour and it showed Costa Rica to us.

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Emily

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6/29/2020

Refund Request Dishonored - Avoid This Company

I requested a refund back in April of 2020 for a now cancelled trip that was scheduled for August 1s...

J

Jeffrey

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4/8/2020

refund status after more than 2 weeks

Was informed that refund would take 2 weeks. When questioned about refund status after more than 2 w...

J

John

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4/7/2020

Avoid

They should be offering to refund tours when they are cancelled for Corona19 As a 6 time customer, ...

B

Barry

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3/31/2020

promises that are not being kept

G Adventures made me and my fellow travelers in Ecuador promises that are not being kept and then ab...

Editoral Review of G Adventures

Specializing in small-group, multi-day adventure tours and expeditions, Toronto-based G Adventures has been a pioneer in the field since 1990.

Young traveler hiking in Iceland to Waterfall

Founded by entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip after a backpacking trip to Asia, the company fosters sustainable and environmentally sound tourism practices -- giving back to the communities they visit -- and considers its business “changing people’s lives,” not just offering a vacation.

It’s since grown to become the world’s largest independent adventure travel company, with more than 2,000+ employees, many of them professionally trained guides.

What Makes G Adventures Stand Out?

  • Small group size
  • Well-balanced, all encompassing, and adventurous trips
  • Strong engagement with local cultures
  • Emphasis on being a responsible traveler and giving back to the community
  • Trips that are made to be life-changing
 

G Adventures strives to create unique experiences for its travelers that start even before the trip itself. The company provides trip inspiration through their Looptail blog and you can connect with fellow travelers via the ‘Departure Lounge’, which is part of G’s ‘Watering Hole’ travel forum.

Iceland travel ice caves

Once on your trip, you will meet your ‘CEO’ or ‘Chief Experience Officer’ who is “responsible for enriching your journey, offering local insight, and pursuing great experiences as they happen.” Most groups average around 12 travelers, with a maximum of 16 on most trips.

G Adventures has made a concerted effort to expand their offering beyond youth focused adventures, though this remains a core theme. Your Europe River Cruise will be imbued with the same culturally immersive and adventurous touch as your trekking trip through the Himalayas.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With G Adventures?

  • Adventurous-minded and culturally curious people
  • Moderately active people
  • Ages 18-39 (but all ages are welcome)
  • Solo travelers (no single supplement charge!)
  • Those who favor authentic experiences over luxury  

4wd on the beach in Australia

If you are the kind of traveler who packs running shoes before dress shoes, hiking attire before dinner attire, and a sense of adventure before playing it safe, then G Adventures is the perfect fit for you. You love engaging with locals, meeting new people, and being spontaneous. 

Most G Adventures tours have an active focus - expect to be on the move, packing a lot in. That said they do allot generous free time to explore on your own. There’s a chance you may not see every major tourist attraction in the interest of a more “real” experience. But the nice thing is if a particular site is not on the itinerary, you can use your free time to visit.

If you are interested in a tour that plans every part of the itinerary down to the minute, G Adventures will probably not be the best fit for you. 

Groups are geographically diverse, with a higher proportion of North Americans than some other operators. 

String of camels in Morocco with local guide

Top Destinations

Thailand longboat G Adventures tour  

You can find G Adventures trips to most parts of the globe, including 32 countries in Europe, 25 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 21 countries in Asia, 10 countries in South America, 12 countries in Central America and the Caribbean, five countries in North Africa and the Mideast, plus the U.S., and Canada.

A number of destinations are well off the beaten track, from Sao Tome and Principe in West Africa to Borneo in east Asia to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean and both polar regions.

Senegal landmark

Itineraries often focus on more off the beaten path locations; small towns, remote and rural villages, less touristy districts and sites.

G Adventures Travel Style

Pricing is competitive (cheaper), largely by using “grassroots” approaches: local transport and a mix of privately-owned accommodations, perhaps including homestays and camping. Efforts are made to focus on authenticity with both culinary choices (locally-owned restaurants) as well as transportation methods.

G Adventures truly offers something for everyone. Trip styles include Classic, Active, Rail, YOLO (You Only Live Once - for 18-39’s), National Geographic Journeys, Marine, Family, Local Living, and Private Groups.

Local Living tour with G Adventures

Classic - Classic trips with G Adventures are designed for independent minded travelers who don’t want to miss anything. This is the perfect choice if you want a balanced mix of classic tourist sights and local cultural experiences.

Active - Throwing it back to one of the things G Adventures does best. Kayak, walk, hike, trek; experience your destination through the outdoors. These multi-sport trips are great if you hate standing still and enjoy being out in nature. G Adventures Active tours are ideal for those who are relatively physically fit and like a challenge.

Rail - A rail journey is a great way to dial it back. Take it slow and really savor the feeling of the journey. Take iconic routes and enjoy the ride.

YOLO - “You only live once” is the acronym, and while G Adventures provides adventurous experiences for all, these trips are specifically designed for 18-39 year olds. Get cheeky, get wild, experience life unfettered, as you explore the culture and the local nightlife. If you have the stamina, these trips are once in a lifetime. Kind of like the age range.

National Geographic Journeys - A more premium travel experience, these G Adventures trips, as part of a partnership with National Geographic Expeditions, involve the same culturally immersive approach and knowledgeable guides with an elevated level of accommodations and service.

Marine - Love to be out on the water? Let G Adventures cruises take you to the far reaches of the globe via river and ocean. Experience incredible sights above and below the surface. Unpack once and enjoy the escape of being a part of the crew and passengers.

Family - Adventure tours aren’t always especially friendly to younger travelers. G Adventures Family Friendly tours make adventure activities accessible for you and your youngsters! Trips often have an educational element, and are designed with multiple ages in mind.

Local Living - Get to the heart of it with a homestay. These tours are designed to make you really feel at home and appreciate the feel and rhythm of living like a local.

Private Groups - If you and your family, or a group of friends want the fun all to yourself, G Adventures can plan a private group trip just for you.

Note: part of the culturally immersive experience when traveling with G Adventures is the use of public transportation. This means carrying your own luggage on buses, trains, etc - sometimes during commute hours! So pack light for your own comfort and the comfort of those around you.

Why Choose a Tour With G Adventures?

Bungee Jumping bridge in New Zealand G Adventures tour

For those travelers seeking an exciting, professionally guided, and culturally immersive travel experience G Adventures is the perfect tour company to consider. Their trips are designed to be as authentic as possible - and they place much emphasis on responsible travel and giving back to local communities - so you’ll know your tourism dollars are going toward meaningful causes.

Trips with G Adventures are not luxury by any means. But if unique experiences and active days appeal to you over a fluffy pillow then you’re in the right place.

Departures are guaranteed once you’ve paid (barring significant weather or safety issues). And they don’t charge single supplements. In short, G Adventures wants you out there with them.

You can find something for everyone at G Adventures; whether that’s sailing down the Danube with a glass of wine in hand, or traipsing through the rainforests of Costa Rica.

Covid-19 Update and New Policies

In response to Covid-19, G Adventures has crafted a new style of trips called their "Travel With Confidence" collection, designed around social distancing protocols and other safety considerations. These trips utilize private transportation, allow for private accommodations, and the max group size has been reduced from 16 to 12.

They also have more flexible booking and cancellation policies in place to help travelers book with confidence in these uncertain times.

About the company

G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the planet's most awe-inspiring selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions. Our award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travellers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife.

Adventure travel is more than a vacation. It’s a chance to get to know your world better by putting yourself on a first-name basis with the people, places, and things that make it worth exploring. This is your planet. Come and get it.

All G Adventures tours share a common love of adventure, but life-altering experiences come in a variety of flavors. Here are some of the Travel Styles we offer:

"Comfort": “Adventure travel” doesn’t have to mean “roughing it.” Comfort tours offer the genuine experiences you want with more extras, frills, and upgrades.

"Classic": An unbeatable mix of uncommon experiences, insider access, cultural contact, and all the must-sees and -dos, Classic is adventure perfected.

"Active": Why just see the world when you could bike, hike, kayak, and multi-sport it? Why, indeed. Active tours keep travellers who like to move on the move.

"Yolo": You’re only young once. Make the most of it with Yolo tours, fun-filled and fast-moving adventures designed just for travellers aged 18 to 39.

"Family": Just because you settled down and had kids doesn’t mean your adventuring days are through. Family makes our big planet small enough for all.

"Local Living": Want to get under the skin of some of the most gorgeous and out-there places? Local Living tours grant access that even locals don't have.

"Private Groups": Got a group of eight or more and want to keep the fun to yourselves? Try a Private Group tour. You pick the who and where, we’ll handle the what.

No matter what kind of traveller you are, we’ve got a tour (or a dozen) that’ll fit you just right.

  • 100% Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • 24/7 Service
  • Awards include one of National Geographic Traveler's Tours of a Lifetime and one of National Geographic Adventure's "Best Adventure Tour Outfitters." Several times named Canada's Favorite Adventure Tour Operator.

To speak with G Adventure Travel Specialist call 1-855-667-9514 

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FAQ

Are flights included?

No, international airfare is not included in the price on G Adventures tours.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Yes! Travel insurance is required for all travelers on G Adventures trips. If you don’t have your own insurance already, you can purchase a plan for the time you’ll be traveling when you book your G Adventures tour. This is an easy and budget friendly option. If you’re interested in browsing more plans, check out the top travel insurance options »

What is the Average Group Size?

Group sizes are kept small with G Adventures - average of 10 people with a max of 15.

Pre or post trip accommodation available?

In most cases, G Adventures will be able to help arrange pre or post accommodation for you.

What is the age range?

G Adventures is open to all ages, with some tours designed specifically for families, some for strictly 18-39 year olds.

Is there a Single Supplement for Solo Travelers?

There is no single supplement for solo travelers on G Adventures tours (rare exceptions). You will have a roommate throughout the trip. On some tours, single travelers can request a room to themselves for a fee.

Are kids welcome?

G Adventures offers a selection of Family Adventures intended for families with kids ages 6-17. Children 12 and up are welcome on other non family-centric G Adventures tours and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What kind of luggage should I bring?

Backpacks or duffle-bags are highly recommended. On many G Adventures trips it’s important to keep in mind that local public transportation is used frequently. Sometimes during commute hours! For your comfort and the comfort of those around you, it’s a good idea to pack light. Some areas will be very crowded, so take pickpocket precautions.

Are flights included?

No, international airfare is not included in the price on G Adventures tours.

Do I need Travel Insurance?

Yes! Travel insurance is required for all travelers on G Adventures trips. If you don’t have your own insurance already, you can purchase a plan for the time you’ll be traveling when you book your G Adventures tour. This is an easy and budget friendly option. If you’re interested in browsing more plans, check out the top travel insurance options »

What is the Average Group Size?

Group sizes are kept small with G Adventures - average of 10 people with a max of 15.

Pre or post trip accommodation available?

In most cases, G Adventures will be able to help arrange pre or post accommodation for you.

What is the age range?

G Adventures is open to all ages, with some tours designed specifically for families, some for strictly 18-39 year olds.

Is there a Single Supplement for Solo Travelers?

There is no single supplement for solo travelers on G Adventures tours (rare exceptions). You will have a roommate throughout the trip. On some tours, single travelers can request a room to themselves for a fee.

Are kids welcome?

G Adventures offers a selection of Family Adventures intended for families with kids ages 6-17. Children 12 and up are welcome on other non family-centric G Adventures tours and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What kind of luggage should I bring?

Backpacks or duffle-bags are highly recommended. On many G Adventures trips it’s important to keep in mind that local public transportation is used frequently. Sometimes during commute hours! For your comfort and the comfort of those around you, it’s a good idea to pack light. Some areas will be very crowded, so take pickpocket precautions.