G Adventures has launched a new river cruise programme targeting younger travellers and those with a younger mindset, featuring active and cultural elements, and visits to support local communities.

The nine itineraries vary in length from eight to ten days and explore iconic waterways in Cambodia, France, India, Peru and Vietnam.

Jeff Russill, the company's vice president of innovation, says river cruising is one of the fastest-growing segments in travel, showing a very different side to some of the world’s greatest places. He said: “There’s no better way to experience some places than on a small vessel, in a small group. This is slow travel at its best and we’re doing it differently, breaking away from the all-inclusive model to get travellers off the boat and into local communities, and making a difference to local economies. We will also be carrying bikes on our Burgundy and Mekong trips so people can get off and explore on their own.

“As with our Local Living and Rail programmes, we have taken a disruptive, innovative approach to a traditional form of travel, broken it down and rebuilt it into something fresh and new that captures the essence of how we travel.”

Each riverboat is purpose-built to cruise a unique onboard environment that has decor local to the destination. Every cabin has windows and a private bath and there are plenty of open deck spaces for travellers to enjoy the vistas.

Departures begin in 2016 with the exception of the existing Amazon River Adventure, which is already running. As an example of prices, a ten-day Mekong River Cruise Adventure leads in at £1,299 per person and travels from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap.Highlights include visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels, discovering Phnom Penh, roaming the famous floating markets of Cai Bei and catching the sunrise at Angkor Wat.

For more information visit www.gadventures.co.uk

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