World Expeditions launches new Middle East, Central Asia and India program – and first ever brochure dedicated to the region
World Expeditions’ has expanded its range of overland and active adventure travel experiences in Central Asia, the Middle East & India, launching more than 20 new itineraries including never before offered trips, such as a Ladakh Cycling Epic with Kate Leeming, Karakoram Exploratory with Tim Macartney-Snape and Trans Caucasian treks in Georgia and Armenia.
The new adventures are part of the Middle East, India and Central Asia brochure, which is a brand new addition to the company’s suite of brochures and demonstrates the growing demand for unique adventures to more remote destinations.
The new brochure is packed with 76 adventures ranging from guided touring itineraries, such as the fascinating Ancient Silk Road Cities – the Five Stans journey to explore the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia, dozens of new active itineraries, featuring various combinations of cycling and trekking, right up to an advanced mountaineering expedition to summit two 7000m peaks, hosted by Soren Kruse-Ledet.
There’s a new range of cycling adventures includes a 14 day Armenia to Georgia by Bike, a 13 dayKazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan by Bike, an 8 day Jordan by Bike, 13 day Goa to Kerala Cycle and a 20 day Ladakh Cycling Epic with Kate Leeming, on which participants cycle on a new route on some of the highest roads in the remote Indian Himalaya over 3 passes of more than 5000m.
Expert escorted trips also feature in the new range with author, chef and TV personality, Peter Kuruvita, escorting a 16 day food safari in Sri Lanka’s rarely visited north-east and long-time investigative journalist, George Negus, hosting a 14 day Travel for the Mind – Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Territories with George Negus.
There are mountaineering expeditions, including exploratory treks in the company of Tim Macartney-Snape, which take routes never before trekked commercially.
World Expeditions is well known for pioneering new adventure travel experiences for discerning and active travellers and the new range in these relatively less travelled parts of the world is a classic example of the company’s commitment to creating experiences for travellers that stimulate intellectual, physical and emotional growth and discovery.
According to World Expeditions CEO, the new brochure grew out of the company’s realization that concerns about over tourism would lead to increased interest in this little visited but breathtaking region.
“We have recognised an increased interest in Central Asia and the Middle East due in part to the region’s fascinating history, geopolitical landscape and in part to travellers’ desire for more authentic experiences in more remote destinations in this era of overtourism,” Ms Badyari said.
“This new program offers superb opportunities for immersion in the natural environment through small group journeys, trekking, cycling and climbing, which our travellers recognize as one of the best ways of experiencing a destination on deeper level” she said.
“We’ve identified the need for journeys that go beyond the norm in India and we’ve responded by forging new routes into relatively undiscovered areas like Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Punjab as well as a revamped focus on the must see places such as Rajasthan,” she said. “We’re excited to be shining a light on the emerging states of India, which offer so much such as the fantastic and isolated ruins and temples at Hampi set amid a surreal rock strewn landscape”
“Sustainability sits at the core of World Expeditions’ operations and the new range is underpinned by this focus,” Ms Badyari said.
“We minimise our impact on the natural environment by practicing the ‘7 Principles of Leave No Trace'; our adventures support local economies by employing guides and staff from local communities; and our Animal Welfare Code of Conduct, Child Welfare Code of Conduct and Porter Welfare Policy ensure the well-being of animals and children we encounter, as well as the locals we employ,” she said.
The new Middle East, Central Asia and India brochure is the seventh in the World Expeditions range, which includes brochures covering Polar, Australian and New Zealand, Asia, the Himalaya, the Americas and Africa.
More information at www.worldexpeditions.com or phone 1300 720 000.