Calling all history buffs and art lovers: National Geographic Expeditions and global travel group TUI will begin offering National Geographic Day Tours in 2023 focused on subjects like history, culture and conservation.
“We believe that when we educate our travelers about a destination, that’s really critical, because when people really understand the place and its people and its history, they’re going to be inspired to protect it,” Nancy Schumacher, senior vice president and general manager at National Geographic Expeditions, told USA TODAY.
The 48-day-long and half-day itineraries, which follow Global Sustainable Tourism Council criteria, will take place in seven countries, according to a news release. The tours will initially be available to cruise passengers through their cruise lines, with later plans for booking through hotels, airlines, and more.
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The tours will launch in the summer of 2023 in Mediterranean destinations, followed later by a rollout in other parts of the world.
What can travelers expect?
Travelers can visit a necropolis in Tarquinia, Italy, and Vulci Archaeological Naturalistic Park on a tour centered around the Etruscan civilization. The tour is based on research by National Geographic Explorers, according to the release.
Other options include a Dubrovnik, Croatia, tour where travelers can learn about the regenerative benefits of oyster farming and hear from shellfish and oyster farmers, complete with a tasting portion, and a private tour of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya’s restoration rooms, led by a restorer at the Barcelona museum, along with a visit to its Romanesque collection.
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Schumacher said the latter tour will “really help art lovers understand what it takes to preserve the culture and preserve these great works of art.”
Travelers will be able to book directly through their cruise lines, she said, though Schumacher did not currently have information to share about which lines would be offering the tours.
Schumacher did not yet have specific pricing information, but said it will vary by the tour, destination and the activities included. Accessibility for travelers with disabilities will also vary depending on the same factors, she said.