Compare G Adventures vs. Geckos Adventures

Both G Adventures and Geckos are among the industry leaders of group tours worldwide.  While G Adventures focus’ on all ages (including specific family tours), Geckos is the youth-oriented brand catering to “18 to 30 something” travellers. The Yolo tours which G Adventures offers would be the closest direct comparison between the two brands.
 

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

G Adventures has divided their trips into different travel styles; Classic Tours, National Geographic (for more hands on experiences), Active tours, Yolo (specifically for 18 to 19 year old), Family (specifically for families travelling with kids), Rail (primary transport by train), Marine (primary transport by boat) and Local Living (local cultural focus). G Adventures has small group tours, so you can expect a maximum group size of 15, but often the average is just 10. While they accommodate specifically for adventure travellers with their Yolo tours, and children with their Family tours, there is no upper age limit, although travellers with pre-existing medical conditions are required to complete a medical questionnaire.  
 
Geckos also only offer small group tours, with their group size being capped at 16 people, and averaging 9. Geckos offer tours to travellers aged “18 to 30 something”, so you always be travelling with similar aged, like minded travellers. Because of these smaller groups, they often stay in smaller accommodations, and try to offer “local” experiences with a focus being on local guides, central accommodations, public transport and building strong friendships among the small group.  
 
Overall, both Intrepid and Geckos are targeted at people wanting to take part in adventure travel - experiencing the world with other adventurers in a small group, and while G Adventures offers tours targeted at the younger demographic, Geckos only offer this. 
 

Physical Requirements

With both G Adventures and Geckos, generally there is no strenuous activities that must be completed, although some optional excursions, if you decide to do them, may involve swimming, bike riding or hikes. This should be checked on a per itinerary basis, as there may be times throughout specialty tours (hiking for example) where a certain level of fitness will be required. This will be outlined in the itinerary of each tour.
 
As both operators are targeted at adventure travellers, you will be required to carry your own luggage to and from accommodation, sometimes up stairs etc. Often with both Geckos and G Adventures the transport will include (or be primarily) public transport, so it is important to remember that the luggage you take with you will need to be carried to and from public transport terminals etc. You should be in good health and fit enough to carry your own luggage walking to and from transport, accommodation etc.
 

Accommodation

With the small group size of Geckos, they try to use small, local accommodations close to the city centre. This can include guest houses, hotels, hostels, overnight trains, or even a treehouse. As accommodation can vary greatly depending on the region and destinations visited, it is best to check out the accommodation section of the full itinerary to see where you will be staying.
 
G Adventures also will not charge a mandatory single supplement for any of their tours. The standard and style of accommodation varies depending on the tour. G Adventures often uses local hotels, hostels, campsites or somewhere else entirely. G Adventures try to use local, authentic accommodation where possible, and try to keep the use of large chains or commercial accommodations to a minimum.
 
Accommodation for both G Adventures and Geckos is based on twin-shared accommodations where a single supplement is not mandatory but can be requested. 
 

Transportation

G Adventures tours will in most cases use public transportation, and use local guides. This is done so that travellers can experience the local transportation system and cultures, and public transportation allows face-to-face interaction with local people. Some G Adventures tours, including “Superior”, "Comfort Class" and most adventures in Africa, will use private transportation. It is best to check the details of the tour to see which transportation style will be used, as it can vary from tour to tour, and different destinations. The guides used are usually locals from the area or region that you are travelling.
 
With the intimate group sizes of a Geckos tour, it doesn’t make sense for them to have large coaches, and so local public transport is used. This can be anything from a train across Europe, to boats around South East Asia or a camel in Northern Africa. Each Geckos tour has a detailed itinerary outlining what the accommodation and transport will be for each day of tour. 
 

Destinations

 

Cost and Pricing

G Adventures and Geckos offer a similar pricing structure and have similar prices per day, although if you are looking at a particular tour it is best to compare the individual tours. In general, Contiki has a higher price per day over all, with Geckos offering a lower price per day - although in some regions this may vary, so it is best to compare the specific tours you are interested in.
 
G Adventures starting from €63 per day
Geckos starting from €68 per day
 
G Adventures starting from €52 per day
Geckos starting from €44 per day
 
G Adventures starting from €80 per day
Geckos does not operate tours in this region
 
G Adventures starting from €61 per day
Geckos starting from €63 per day
 
G Adventures  starting from €102 per day
Geckos does not operate tours in this region
 
G Adventures starting from €55 per day
Geckos starting from €70 per day
 
 
Disclaimer: We here at TourRadar have taken a look the tours offered by both operators to find the benefits of each operator’s product selection. The above are generalizations and interested travellers should compare the operator’s individual trips as costs may vary per region and style. 
 
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Reviews

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Most popular reviews

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19 hours ago
The trip was fantastic. It was the perfect balance of history, culture, relaxation an...Read more
1 day ago
I had the best time of my life it was Brilliant made Freinds for life and memories. M...Read more
2 days ago
This was honestly one of the best trips I've ever taken in my life. Abdul,our guide, ...Read more
27th November 2016
Had a great time! Our guide was very helpful and fun to be around. If this is the qua...Read more
26th November 2016
Amazing! Lots of eating out xxxRead more
13th November 2016
Lots of travel hours but I expected this. Awesome daily activities. Great guide wit...Read more
7th October 2016
Had a fantastic tour of Thailand with some great people. The tour guide was exception...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

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David Jalea(1 review)
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LUKE KAZIBWE(1 review)

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About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 108 different countries
through 54 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Marine
Independent
Festival & Events
Activities
Cultural
Nature & Adventure

Average rating

Average rating

4.0/5 from 566 reviews
4.0/5 from 103 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

 age group
18-65
 age group
18-29

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

7,826
travellers met through G Adventures tours
939
travellers met through Geckos Adventures tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

 average tour length
$159
 average tour length
$88

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

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Average tour length

Average tour length

 average tour length
13
days
 average tour length
18
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
Instantly

Videos

Tours

Most popular tours

Most popular tours

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Destinations

Europe

Europe

Asia

Australia/Oceania

Australia/Oceania

Africa

Africa

North America

North America

Latin America

Latin America

Most visited destinations

Most visited destinations

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Independent

Independent

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Policies

Average Group Age

Average Group Age

The average age for G Adventures tours is between 18 and 65. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.
The average age for Geckos Adventures tours is between 18 and 29. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.

Hold my seat

Hold my seat

TourRadar can request G Adventures to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.
TourRadar can request Geckos Adventures to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.

Deposit

Deposit

TourRadar only requires a deposit of $250 to confirm a G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 11 February 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $100 to confirm a Geckos Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 6 February 2017 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable.As an added benefit though, you can use the deposit for future bookings with G Adventures.
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $100 is non-refundable.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for G Adventures:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for Geckos Adventures:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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