April 19, 2012 05:47 ET

G Adventures Announces New West Africa Sailing Holidays

Focus on educational onboard programme

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 19, 2012) - Exploring multiple countries in West Africa has become easier as G Adventures announces its first sailing holidays in the region aboard the M/S Expedition.

The cruises enable travellers to discover this underexplored area of the continent with ease, while uncovering West Africa's unique and varied historical, cultural and natural landscapes in comfort and style.

Passengers can choose from three itineraries that visit more than 10 African nations in April 2013. All itineraries are now on sale:

1) Accra to Dakar - 12-day
2) Cape Town to Accra - 18-day
3) Cape Town to Dakar - 27-day

G Adventures is recognised for trailblazing up-and-coming destinations and the new Africa tours are among the first of their kind in the region, with ports of call including Ghana, Senegal, Benin, Cameroon and Togo.

"The programme is ideal for expedition cruise enthusiasts seeking fresh experiences," says Jeff Russill, G Adventures' VP of Innovation. "It will also appeal to those who have not sailed before and want the convenience of experiencing West Africa by sea instead of land."

All itineraries boast a solid combination of activity and leisure. Passengers have time to spot rare birds and wildlife with skilled naturalists, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the birthplace of voodoo, trace the roots of slavery, and learn about the region from the experienced expedition staff, including historians, anthropologists and ornithologists.

Passengers will also explore unreachable coastlines, and visit uninhabited islands and traditional villages. A notable highlight is the opportunity to discover the Bijagos Archipelego off the coast of Guinea-Bissau. The island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and is one of the most unexplored places on earth.

"The world is your classroom and the most unforgettable travel moments are a result of engaging all your senses - not just by seeing," says Russill. "The itineraries provide the perfect balance between at sea days and shore excursions, and a range of activities to suit all interests."

The 140-passenger M/S Expedition features large cabins equipped with en-suite bathrooms and windows, providing an exceptionally spacious and comfortable experience for all guests.

For more information please visit www.gadventures.com

About G Adventures

G Adventures is an adventure-travel pioneer offering the widest selection of affordable small-group tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries.

Powered by an international team of passionate travellers, the award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to engage travelers with the planet's people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife.

The intimate, authentic and sustainable approach to small-group travel introduces travellers to the highlights of a destination while offering the freedom to explore it on their own. Whatever age, interest, ability or budget, G Adventures has a genuine life-changing experience.

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