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G Adventures Review
Are you considering a tour with G Adventures? Here’s my honest G Adventures review!
G Adventures is a group tour company that describes themselves as having a focus on “small group, sustainable, adventure travel.” They have been running tours for more than 30 years and currently offer tours on all seven continent. I’m going to talk about my personal experience with G Adventures this year, as well as whether I recommend them for other travelers.
I did a 16-day Costa Rica Adventure tour with G Adventures in February 2021.
This was the first time I had ever done a group tour, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Here’s my honest review of my experience with G Adventures, and whether I recommend them!
Who Are G Adventure Tours For?
First of all, let’s talk about the target audience for G Adventures.
G Adventures tours are a good option for a variety of travelers. As a whole, I would say they are more focused on adventure travel and more standard accommodations (not super budget or super luxury.)
However, they do offer different categories of tours, with some of them being tailored towards specific age groups, interests, or travel styles. The categories for tours are:
- Classic Tours
- National Geographic Journeys
- 18-to-Thirtysomethings Tours
- Wellness Tours
- Active Tours
- Marine Tours
And a few more! You can see all their categories here on their website.
The Classic Tours are a great option for anyone. From what I gather, the National Geographic Journeys typically attract older travelers or families and are more luxury, while the 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours are obviously for a younger crowd and more basic.
If you have a specific interest like wellness or outdoor activities, you can choose a tour that is more heavily focused on those aspects and incorporates them into the itinerary.
My Tour Experience
I did the G Adventures 16-day Costa Rica Adventure tour in February 2021.
This was obviously an interesting time to be traveling because of the pandemic, and so there ended up only being me and one other girl on their tour (along with our guide!)
More on their COVID policies and cancellation policies further down!
I really enjoyed this experience because we basically had a private tour. Obviously, this isn’t the norm and on a typical tour you can expect to have 10-15 other travelers.
However, you can also book a private group tour with G Adventures (for example, if you just want it to be you and your family or group of friends and no strangers.)
On this tour, we visited the following destinations:
- San Jose, Costa Rica (1 day)
- Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica (2 days)
- Tortuguero, Costa Rica (2 days)
- Sarapiqui, Costa Rica (2 days)
- La Fortuna, Costa Rica (3 days)
- Monteverde, Costa Rica (2 days)
- Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (2 days)
- San Jose, Costa Rica (1 day)
We enjoyed adventurous activities like waterfall rappelling, ziplining, surf lessons, a catamaran cruise, nature walks, hiking to a waterfall, a jungle boat safari, and so much more.
Costa Rica is famous for its biodiversity, and we saw plenty of animals like monkeys, sloths, toucans, caimans, crocodiles, frogs, and more in the wild!
The Costa Rica Adventure tour is one of their Classic Tours.
Highlights of My Tour
Honestly, I enjoyed almost everything about my tour with G Adventures. The whole time I was on my tour I was thinking of how glad I was that I did it!
Some of the main highlights for me were…
I thought the price for this tour ($1,600 when I went) was fair and worked out to about $100 per day. This included hotels, transportation, some activities, and some meals.
I did spend an extra $750 on food and activities that weren’t included in the tour.
Overall, I felt like this is the amount I would have spent even if I had traveled independently, since Costa Rica is the most expensive country in Central America. It was well worth it to not have to worry about planning the logistics myself, which I normally have to do as a solo traveler.
Our guide (or CEO as G Adventures calls them) was great!
Having a local Costa Rican guide was really nice and helpful, and I felt like I experienced more of the country than I would have on my own. Our guide was also super fun and friendly and since we had such a small group it just felt like traveling with another friend!
Again, it was also nice to have someone who dealt with all the logistics and organization, meaning I didn’t have to worry about anything for the entire two weeks of the tour
The ease of the tour
Going off of what I said above, it was nice to be on a tour where I didn’t have to worry about planning or arranging anything myself. I had never done an organized tour like this before, but I would definitely do it again because it was such a fun, seamless experience.
If you don’t enjoy planning trips, but want a vacation that’s more active and adventurous than just sitting in an all-inclusive resort somewhere, G Adventures tours are a great option.
For me, as a solo traveler, I normally do ALL the planning for trips myself, and it can get exhausting. So one of the best parts of this tour was not having to worry about any of that.
I felt like I really got to see the highlights of Costa Rica on this itinerary!
It was a mix of beaches, jungle, and mountains. We saw so much wildlife and got to do so many cool activities. Although we only spent 2-3 days in each place, it felt like enough time and never felt rushed. I definitely would not change anything about the itinerary for this trip.
Lowlights of My Tour
Honestly, I only had one disappointment on my tour and that was the accommodations.
When I booked my tour, I hadn’t done much research into the accommodations, but I knew I was booking the “Standard” service level (out of Basic, Standard, and Upgraded) and we would be staying in 3 star hotels described as “comfortable tourist-class accommodations” on this tour.
I’ve stayed at plenty of great 3 star hotels (and even 2 star hotels) around the world, but the quality of accommodation on my Costa Rica tour left me pretty disappointed.
Out of all seven places we stayed on this tour, I would not recommend a single one.
Some of the issues at our hotels included…
- Lack of amenities (no hand towels, washcloths, shampoo, or even soap…)
- No air conditioning in several places
- WiFi that barely worked or didn’t work at all
- Non-working appliances (lamps, etc.)
- Lizards, spiders, ant infestations, and other bugs…
I was just really unimpressed with the accommodations on this tour, and it would definitely make me hesitate to book a Standard service level tour with G Adventures again.
I would probably book an Upgraded service level tour instead, or do extensive research on all of the accommodations first if I was going to do Standard.
Overall, while this was definitely the biggest drawback, I still highly enjoyed my tour. The accommodations on this particular tour might not even bother you, depending on how picky you are when it comes to where you stay. (I’m definitely on the more picky side!)
I also can’t speak for the hotels on any other G Adventures tour, since this is the only one I’ve done.
G Adventures Cancellation Policy
Since travel plans and restrictions are constantly changing due to the pandemic, G Adventures has introduced a flexible cancellation policy that allows you to cancel and rebook your tour up to 14 days prior to departure. This gives you maximum flexibility when booking a tour.
They also have introduced a “Travel with Confidence” line of tours with enhanced health and safety protocols if you are particularly concerned about traveling at this time.
You can read more about these policies here on their website.
Would I Recommend G Adventures?
Yes, I would definitely recommend G Adventures.
Even though I was pretty disappointed with the accommodations on my tour, I overall still REALLY enjoyed the experience and I’ll be reminiscing on this trip for a long time to come!
This trip was a major highlight of my months in Central America.
If you’re looking for a group tour option that’s not too expensive and is guaranteed to be an adventure, G Adventures is the perfect choice for you.
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I hope you found this G Adventures review helpful!
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