The cruise line will launch 48 educational tours in seven countries in 2023
Intercruises Shoreside & Port Services is collaborating with National Geographic Expeditions to launch National Geographic Day Tours, a collection of one-day and half-day cruise shore excursions inspired by National Geographic’s spirit of exploration.
The National Geographic Day Tours will launch in summer 2023, initially in Mediterranean destinations, with an expanded global rollout to follow.
The excursions are designed to deliver a greater understanding of the world. All tours will focus on specific topics, such as conservation, culture and history, and follow the criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
Speaking about the partnership, National Geographic Expeditions senior vice president Nancy Schumacher said: “Inspiring new experiences await our travellers, thanks to this exciting collaboration with Intercruises.
"National Geographic Day Tours is just one more way we are expanding our National Geographic storytelling and travel opportunities around the globe, and we look forward to the new tours that our travellers will experience soon.”
Intercruises Business Development director Virginia Quintairos added: “We are proud to collaborate with National Geographic Expeditions. The trend is clear: cruise guests are looking for authentic experiences with a strong and educational story, and these National Geographic Day Tours deliver and surpass those expectations.”
The lineup of 48 National Geographic Day Tours will be available in the following destinations: Marseille, Rome, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Funchal, Tenerife, Arrecife, Dubrovnik, Naples, Corfu, Kusadasi, Athens, Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini.
Tarquinia and Vulci, Italy: The Heritage of the Etruscans
The brochure says: With a focus on knowledge and history, this tour offers an in-depth exploration into the Etruscan civilization with a visit to the Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Archeological Park of Vulci. Travellers learn about the important research and new data brought to life by National Geographic Explorers who have studied these famed archeological sites, and they also discuss the Etruscan influence on modern Italian society.
Barcelona, Spain: The Secrets of Restoration
The brochure says: This tour highlights the importance of art conservation, as travellers meet an expert restorer at the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC) who will lead them on a private tour of the restoration rooms of the museum, an experience exclusive to National Geographic. This is followed by a visit to the Romanesque collection, the biggest and oldest collection in Europe.
Dubrovnik, Croatia: The Benefits and Flavours of Oyster Farming
The brochure says: The theme of this tour is sustainability, as travellers discover the benefits of oyster farming and learn how it helps regenerate the marine ecosystem. During this experience, travellers will get a hands-on experience roaming the waters of the bay while listening to the stories of local oyster and shellfish farmers. They will also get a taste of farm-fresh cuisine as they sample oysters straight from the sea.
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