Small-group specialist recreates tour experience digitally.
G Adventures is introducing new Virtual Travel Experiences, including the operator’s first live virtual small group tour – to Italy – departing today at 17.00pm BST.
Other Virtual Travel Experiences designed to keep travellers engaged include virtual walking tours and virtual backdrops for Zoom.
G Adventure provided the following information:
- Virtual small group tours launch on April 21, 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 in 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 in Italy is hosted by local CEO Stefano Paris and includes visits to Venice, Tuscany and even features a football match. Observers will 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 launched with a virtual walking tour of Florence. This weekly series will feature cities including Buenos Aires, Antigua in Guatemala, Cape Town and Hanoi. Led by local CEOs and utilising Google Maps and photos, CEOs will “walk” viewers around their city, while sharing insider secrets, history and tips.
- Virtual backgrounds are designed to liven up Zoom video conference calls or hang out. Our first collection features each of the seven continents, so even if you’ve never been to Antarctica you can convince your friends and coworkers that’s where you’re hunkering down.
“Wanderlust, curiosity and connection are in our DNA here at G Adventures,” says 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.”
Virtual travellers can sign up here.