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New North America active adventures announced

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Two tour operators that offer active options for groups are venturing into North America for their next adventures. G Adventures and BikeToursDirect have recently introduced new itineraries in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

G Adventures, a Canadian tour operator formerly known as Gap Adventures, has released 55 new tours in the United States and Canada. This is new territory for the 20-year-old company that has never before sent groups to North America.

Starting in 2012, groups can choose from differently styled North American tours, such as active trips, outdoor trips, camping trips and classic tours. The tours include the five-night Canyonlands Active Escape, a 15-night New Orleans to San Francisco Road Trip and a 44-night Best of the USA tour.

G Adventures is offering a 15 percent discount on all 2012 North America tours booked by Dec. 31, except for Discovery Adventures and Air Canada Vacations tours.

BikeToursDirect is also expanding its reach, by adding Mexico as its first North American destination. Based in Chattanooga, Tenn., the tour operator specializes in bike trips through Europe and represents more than 50 tour companies worldwide.

With the company’s new partnership with EcoColors Tours, a Cancun-based tour operator, BikeToursDirect has released four new tours in Mexico to highlight the archeological history, biodiversity and natural wonders of Mexico. The Riviera Maya Bike Adventure, Yucatan Bike Adventure, Oaxaca Bike Adventure and Chiapas Bike Adventure will include one week of lodging, dinners, guides, transfers and sightseeing tours.

“I’m very impressed with EcoColors’ professionalism and commitment to the environment and local communities,” said Jim Johnson, president of BikeToursDirect. “Their focus is as much on ecosystems, history and culture as it is on recreation, and their guides are also biologists or naturalists.

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