Adventure specialist G Adventures has added new Canary Islands and Maldives itineraries, capitalising on the destinations being added to the UK government’s quarantine-free travel corridor list.
Options include a Tenerife hiking tour and a Maldives dhoni boat adventure, as well as an adventurous new Costa Rica itinerary, an opportunity to climb Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, and a Tanzanian camping tour.
The new tours are covered by G’s travel with confidence policy, which guarantees increased hygiene and safety protocols designed to guard against the spread of coronavirus.
G Adventures managing director Brian Young said the new tours would allow travellers to balance activity and adventure with a bit of winter and spring sun after a disrupted summer holiday season.
"Over the past six months, we’ve seen demand for active breaks soar, with trips such as climbing Kilimanjaro being top of the search list," said Young.
"Having been unable to travel during the pandemic, many travellers are beginning to think about how their future travels can be more meaningful.
"These trips are a perfect example of how we can ’retravel’ better, changing the way we think about a destination and opting for lesser visited areas that support local communities.
"Our winter departures offer travellers a bit of everything; from physically demanding climbs, to end 2020 on a literal high, to action-packed adventures in Costa Rica, where travellers zipline and trek in the forest, before unwinding on some of Costa Rica’s best beaches."
Reflecting specifically on offering travel to the Canaries, Young said the trip was an opportunity to offer a difference perspective on a popular destination like Tenerife.
"The island has so much to offer beyond the big resorts, and we’re incredibly excited to share this beautiful destination with travellers in a G Adventures way."
G’s six-day Hiking the Canary Islands tour leads in from £799pp, and offers an experience suitable for all fitness levels exploring mountain forests and traditional colonial towns.
It includes jeep safaris in La Gomera and stargazing at the top of Mt Teide, while guests will also visit Las Canadas del Teide national park – notable for its volcanic craters and lava rivers.
The operator’s seven-day Maldives Dhoni Explorer itinerary, meanwhile, features a week’s cruising around the South Male and Felidhu atolls onboard a traditional dhoni boat.
The trip offers opportunities to meet with Maldivian locals, enjoy a traditional drumming performance and visit Modu Moro island.
Guests will also take part in plastic clean-ups on local beaches as part of the G-supported Maldives Plastic Program. Departures (20 December and 27 December) lead in from £1,269pp.