G Adventures had found a way for travellers to connect, despite being stuck at home, by launching a series of new Virtual Travel Experiences.
The new collection includes the operator’s first live virtual small group tour - to Italy - departing tomorrow, April 21st, 2020 at 12.00pm EST. Virtual travellers can sign up here.
Other Virtual Travel Experiences designed to keep travellers engaged include virtual walking tours and virtual backdrops for Zoom.
More information on each Virtual Travel Experience is as follows:
- Virtual small group tours launch on Apr. 21st, 2020 and are the first of their kind. This is as close as people can get to an actual G Adventures trip without opening their passports. G Adventures’ chief experience officers (CEOs) will take 16 ‘travellers’ on a cross-country experience through Italy, introducing them to five different locations in just under an hour. The travellers receive food/drink pairing recommendations in advance, “meet” the other participants in a live Zoom room, and can interact with their CEO in real time. The first tour of Italy will be hosted by local CEO Stefano Paris and includes visits to Venice, Tuscany and even features a football match. Observers also have the opportunity to follow along on the tour without joining the group. Future live virtual small group tours include Guatemala, Argentina and Vietnam.
- Virtual walking tours have launched with a virtual walking tour of Florence. This weekly series features cities including Buenos Aires, Antigua in Guatemala, Cape Town and Hanoi. Led by local CEOs and utilizing Google Maps and photos, CEOs will “walk” viewers around their city while sharing insider secrets, history and travel tips.
- Virtual backgrounds are designed to liven up Zoom video conference calls or hang outs. The first collection features each of the seven continents, so even if travellers have never been to Antarctica, they can convince their friends and coworkers that’s where they’re hunkering down.
Just like on regular G Adventures trips, virtual tour-goers will have the opportunity to tip their guides if they so choose, via the guide’s paypal or venmo account.
"Wanderlust, curiosity and connection are in our DNA here at G Adventures,” said Lauren Michell, VP marketing and customer experience."We hope that our new Virtual Travel Experiences will continue to fuel travellers’ curiosity and desire to see the world, when the time is right.”
With input from travellers, G Adventures will continue to add elements and destinations to the new Virtual Travel Experiences.
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