If you have never visited Western Australia you are in for a real treat as this 10 day tour packs in some fabulous highlights from Perth up the coast to Exmouth. There are plenty of authentic Aussie experiences, from spotting loads of native wildlife to taking canoe tours with Aboriginal guides and learning about their culture and legends. See the marine life at Shark Bay, check out the stromatolites, explore Cape Range National Park and more.
Expect comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport and light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Small group experience: Max 16, Avg 12.
Age requirement: 12+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Trip Code: OAPE

Highlights

  • See the marine life at Shark Bay
  • Check out the rare stromatolites
  • Explore Cape Range National Park
  • Take a canoe tour with Aboriginal guides and learn about their legends.

What’s Included

Pinnacles visit. Greenough Wildlife Park visit. Hutt River Province visit. Kalbarri National Park visit. Stromatolites visit. Shell Beach and Eagle Bluff visit. Shark Bay World Heritage Area visit. Aboriginal canoe tour. Dinner in Coral Bay. Cape Range National Park visit. Vlamingh Head lighthouse visit. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Please note:

On the March 7th, June 27th, and October 17th departures, we will be doing a 4WD tour of Francois Peron National Park (including cultural aboriginal experience) instead of the Aboriginal Canoeing tour in Monkey Mia.

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Day 1: Perth

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h/ 19:00
Arrive at anytime.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.

Accommodation: Good Earth Perth (or similar)Hotel

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Day 2: Perth/Horrocks

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day of highlights — visit the Pinnacles and sandboard in Lancelin and Greenough Wildlife Park and animal rescue facility. Continue to Horrocks Beach on the Batavia Coast for the night and overnight in a “true blue” Australian holiday destination

Private Vehicle Perth – Horrocks 6h30m

The Pinnacles Visit Nambung National Park 1h

The Pinnacles are formations jutting out of the sand in Nambung NP. Catch these stunning limestone formations in the right light and the unique landscape will stay in your memory for a long time.

Sandboarding Lancelin 15m-1h

Visit the small fishing village of Lancelin with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The massive dunes behind the beach are perfect for sandboarding. Get out there and try it.

Greenough Wildlife Park Visit Greenough 1h

For more than 30 years, the Greenough Wildlife & Bird Park has rescued, rehabilitated and released many of Australia’s most iconic creatures. Bring your camera on this visit to the park 20km (12 mi) south of Geraldton and learn more efforts to protect a menagerie of wildlife including emus, dingos, kangaroos, wallaroos, and crocodiles.

Accommodation: Horrocks Beachside Cottages (or similar)Hotel

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Day 3: Horrocks/Kalbarri

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner
Visit the Principality of Hutt River, the oldest ‘micronation’ in Australia. Hutt River seceded from Australia in 1970. This independent sovereign state consists of some 18,500 acres of rolling farmland and at last count, has a grand total population of 23 residents. Visit this quirky ‘micronation’, check out Mt Secession and Lake Serenity, have tea and check out the historical displays in the town of Nain.
See some coastal attractions before reaching Kalbarri. Opt to horseback ride, abseil, canoe or simply relax on the beach. Free Time Kalbarri Afternoon.
Private Vehicle Horrocks – Kalbarri 2h
Hutt River Province Visit 30m-1h

Accommodation: Kalbarri Big River Ranch (or similar)Hotel

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Day 4: Kalbarri

Meals included: Breakfast
Explore Kalbarri NP with a free afternoon in this Western Australian Adventure Capital. Travel 13km (8 mi) south of town to Kalbarri NP. Enjoy a morning hike along the path that hugs this stunning stretch of West Australian coast. Bring your camera and take great shots of cliffscapes, waves breaking, and if you’re really lucky, whales breaching off shore. It can get quite hot here, especially during the summer months, so don’t forget to bring lots of water!
Private Vehicle Kalbarri – Kalbarri National Park 1h30m
Kalbarri National Park Visit 3h /Morning
Free Time Kalbarri Afternoon – Optional Activities available check out the TAB.

Accommodation: Kalbarri Big River Ranch (or similar)Hotel

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Day 5: Kalbarri/Monkey Mia

Meals included: Breakfast
Continue up the coast to Monkey Mia and Shark Bay. Visit the historic Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station and the famous stromatolites. Stromatolites are ancient living fossils found in only three locations on earth. Here in Hamelin Pool, they create a dramatic landscape and provide a fascinating lesson in the geology and history of an area that is millions of years old.
Visit Shell Beach before making it to Monkey Mia for the night. Shell Beach in Shark Bay of Western Australia is made up entirely of billions of tiny cockle shells. Stroll along the 110km (68 mi) long beach, only one of two beaches like it in the world.
Private Vehicle Kalbarri – Monkey Mia 5h15m
Stromatolites Visit Shark Bay 45m-1h/ 1km
Shell Beach Visit Shell Beach 1h
Eagle Bluff Visit 30m
Visit Eagle Bluff and walk along the boardwalk. The area is named for the ospreys that nest on the rock island just offshore.
Optional Activities available check out the TAB.

Accommodation: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (or similar)Hotel

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Day 6: Monkey Mia

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Get up close and personal with bottlenose dolphins at Shark Bay World Heritage Area. A major research site, these mammals come right up to the shore on a regular basis.
Later, enjoy an Aboriginal kayak tour.
Shark Bay World Heritage Area Visit, Shark Bay 8h
Aboriginal Kayak Tour Monkey Mia 7h
Explore the area by canoe with a local Aboriginal guide. Learn about the history of the indigenous people of the area and discover stories behind their culture and legends.

Accommodation: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (or similar)Hotel

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Day 7: Monkey Mia/Coral Bay

Meals included: Breakfast
Travel through Carnarvon on the way to Coral Bay, known for it’s tropical fruits and seafood, and home to One Mile Jetty, Carnarvon Tramway and the OTC dish. Travel on to Coral Bay for an evening barbecue. This is a great place to spot whale sharks when they’re in season.
Private Vehicle Monkey Mia – Coral Bay 7h45m

Accommodation: Ningaloo Reef Resort (or similar)Hotel

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Day 8: Coral Bay/Exmouth

Meals included: Breakfast
Enjoy a free day in Coral Bay. Opt to take a marine eco tour, go snorkelling, or take a glass bottom boat tour to check out the Ningaloo Reef. In the late afternoon, continue on to Exmouth. There are plenty of options here to enjoy the reef and surrounding area.
Spend the better part of the day exploring Coral Bay.
Private Vehicle Coral Bay – Exmouth 1h30m
Optional Activities available check out the TAB.

Accommodation: Potshot Resort Exmouth (or similar)Hotel

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Day 9: Exmouth

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Spend the day exploring Cape Range NP including Yardie Creek and Turquoise Bay. Opt to scuba dive in Navy Pier or snorkel the blue waters. Venture to the Vlamingh Head lighthouse. Soak in the views from the Vlamingh Head lookout. Built in 1912 this Lighthouse looks out over the bay and is one of the only points in Australia that has a view of the sunrise and sunset. Visitors are not allowed in the actual lighthouse but the view from the surrounding area is just as amazing.
Enjoy a final dinner in Exmouth together.
Private Vehicle Exmouth – Cape Range National Park 1h30m
Cape Range National Park Visit 6h-8h
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse Visit Exmouth 30m
Private Vehicle Cape Range National Park – Exmouth 1h30m
Optional Activities available check out the TAB.

Accommodation: Potshot Resort Exmouth (or similar)Hotel

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Day 10: Exmouth

Meals included: Breakfast
Depart at any time.
Ask us about the ‘Perth Express’. Add an extra two days to your trip as you travel back down the coast, spending the night sleeping in a swag under the stars in the Aussie bush.
Available on the Dec 14, Jan 11, Jan 25, and Mar 7 departures.
Looking to get back to Perth a little bit quicker? There are daily flights from Exmouth to Perth which we can book for you.

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Day 3: Horseback Riding Kalbarri 1h30m-2h 85AUD per person

Mount a horse to check out this region from a new perspective.

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Day 4: Paddle boarding Kalbarri 1h-4h 20AUD per person

Rent a board, grab a paddle and head out on the water. Stand up, get your balance and plunge into a great water adventure.

Scenic Flight Kalbarri 30m-1h30m 132-278AUD per person

Charge up your camera batteries, grab a window seat, and prepare to take flight over the gorgeous gorges of the Murchison River. See layer upon layer of ancient rock, formed over the past 400 million years. Take in stunning scenery you can’t see from the road.

Hiking Kalbarri National Park 2h-4h Free

Fill up your water bottle, slather on the sunscreen, and set off on a full day of hiking in Kalbarri NP. Follow the marked trails, stop to take postcard-perfect photos, and enjoy life in the Aussie bush.

Cruise Kalbarri National Park 46AUD per person

Opt to take a cruise along the Murchison River during your free time in Kalbarri NP. Look for birds and aquatic wildlife and admire the red and white stripes of ancient layered rock from the vantage point of the water.

Abseiling/Rappelling Kalbarri 4h-6h 30AUD per person

Harness up and abseil back in time down into gorges that are 460 million years old. Take in the sheer beauty of this adrenalin-filled adventure in colourful Kalbarri NP.

Canoeing Kalbarri 1h-3h 70AUD per person

Rent a canoe and explore more of the area at sea level.

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Day 5: Hamelin Pools Telegraph Station

Visit Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve 30m-1h

The Hamelin Pools Telegraph Station holds an important place in the history of telecommunication in the Shark Bay area. Visit the station and learn more about its significance.

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Day 8: Eco Tour

Coral Bay 175AUD per person

Visit the reef and learn more about the marine life that thrives in this diverse aquatic underworld. Depending on where the tour stops, there may be time to do some snorkelling.

Glass Bottom Boat Tour Coral Bay 39-95AUD per person

Check out all the fish and coral without getting wet. Too easy.

Swimming Coral Bay Free

Take a dip in the warm blue waters of Coral Bay. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and keep hydrated while out on the water.

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Day 9: Scuba Diving Exmouth

Hook up with an outfitter and head out to sea to experience more of the marine life in the area.

Snorkelling Exmouth 2h-4h 15-110AUD per person

Grab a mask and snorkel and discover the coral gardens off the coast. Be aware of the strong currents; this area is enjoyed most by strong swimmers.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

1) Please be aware that wifi and internet access is not as readily available in Australia as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.

Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, otherwise known as a Chief Experience Officer (CEO). The CEO will be the group manager, leader and driver – this person is experienced in the routes travelled and will organize and lead the meal preparations and has experience in cooking a variety of local and international dishes for large groups.

As the group coordinator and manager, the aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. They will also offer suggestions for things to do and to see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 16, Avg 12.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. Our groups tend to eat together for most meals but there is no obligation to so. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

Transport

Private van, walking.

About our Transportation

We use a private van for the duration of this tour.

Solo Travellers

We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Standard motels (6 nts), basic motel (1 nt), camping (2 nts).

My Own Room Exceptions

Night 2: Cabin/cottage
Nights 3-4: Camping/swag
Nights 5-6: Private room with shared facilities

About Accommodation

There are a variety of accommodation on this trip to bring out the unique character of the region you’re travelling through. We use 2-3 star hotels, simple hotels and swags (Australian outback sleeping bags for sleeping under the stars). Some nights will be multi-share and/or use shared facilities.

Joining Hotel

Good Earth Perth
195 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6004
Phone: +61 (08) 9492 7777

Joining Instructions

Perth has two separate terminals for Domestic and International flights. Perth Centre is approx 11kms from the Domestic Airport and 18km from the International Airport.

Located just 11km from the Domestic Airport (15 minute’s drive) and 18km from the International Airport (22 minute’s drive).

By Taxi: $30-$40, depending on which terminal you arrive into.

By Shuttle Bus: $15 per person, for the CONNECT shuttle. The shuttle operates from Domestic Terminal 3 (T3) only. Please take the free terminal transfer bus which operates seven days a week to T3 if you arrive into either the International (T1) or Domestic(T2). This journey takes approximately 15 minutes and drops off at the Ambassador Hotel, across the street from Good Earth Perth.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our local office in Melbourne. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so we may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS

G Adventures Local Office (Melbourne)
During office hours, 9am-5pm Local Time
From outside Australia: +61 3 9413 5820
From within Australia: 03 9413 5820

After office hours emergency number
From outside Australia: +61 432 705 621
From within Australia: 0432 705 621

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local operations manager, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We recommend the use of a well-labeled duffel bag, soft bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry). Suitcases or heavy luggage are not recommended for the health of the CEO! A good size day-pack (20-35L) is also essential as you will have the chance to walk and hike in different national parks during these trips. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle.

For days in the outdoors, we recommend the use of lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics made of wool or synthetic fibers. Cotton is not recommended for days spent hiking as it does not allow for heat or moisture to enter or escape, and it will not dry easily once wet.

Checklist

Documents

  • Passport (with photocopies)
  • Travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (with photocopies)
  • AUD cash
  • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
  • G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
  • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Weather-appropriate clothing

  • Light fleece top
  • Light windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Sun hat
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (biodegradable)
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Water bottle
  • Money belt
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Camera, memory card(s) and charger
  • Electricity plug adapter
  • First-aid kit
  • Insect Repellent

Day pack

  • Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
  • Personal Entertainment
  • Binoculars
  • Waterproof backpack cover

Laundry

Your CEO will advise you along the trip where you will be able to do your laundry.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check the information yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.

A valid passport and visa is required. For some nationalities, the visa can be issued by your Travel Agency or the Australian Embassy via Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

To apply for an ETA online, travellers must hold a passport from one of the following countries:

  • Brunei – Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United States

More information about the ETA and how to apply can be found here:
https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp

If you do not hold a passport from any of the above countries, you cannot apply for an ETA online. You may be eligible to apply for an ETA through a travel agent, airline or an Australian visa office. Alternatively, you may be eligible to apply for other types of electronic visitor visas. See: www.immi.gov.au

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

The Australian currency is the Australian Dollar (AUD).

Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Australia and can be used to purchase small and large items. When purchasing products or services with a foreign credit card you may be charged additional fees by your credit card company for foreign purchases.

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances but you must remember to bring your PIN number (be aware that many ATM machines only accept 4-digit PINs). Both Cirrus and Plus system cards are the most widely accepted debit cards. Both Visa and Master Cards are the most widely accepted credit cards. While ATMs are commonly available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work check with your bank before you travel. A visit to an ATM can be arranged on Day 1 and other days of the trip.

Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of local currency (preferably smaller bills, 5’s, 10’s and 20’s), traveller’s cheques and credit cards is best. Currency exchange is best obtained prior to travel or at the airport, currency exchange is easy to find in Australia in the gateway cities and most banks do accommodate.

Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Tipping

It is not customary in Australia to tip service providers, but if you do experience outstanding service it is good to do so. Such service would only usually be in places like quality restaurants and it would be very rare that you would tip more than 10%. Unless specifically asked to do so at the time (by your CEO) – do not tip your local guides. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures Chief Experience Officer did an outstanding job, you may consider a small tip – but it certainly isn’t expected.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns.

Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

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