Lindblad Expeditions takes majority stake in Classic Journeys

Luxury walking tour operator joins adventure company's expanding stable

Lindblad Expeditions has acquired an 80% stake in Classic Journeys, a luxury cultural walking tour company with itineraries around the globe. The acquisition further broadens and deepens Lindblad’s platform of high-quality experiential product offerings in adventure travel sectors, including the cultural walking tour market.

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Similar to the acquisitions of Natural Habitat, Off the Beaten Path and DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co., Lindblad will leverage its experience and resources to accelerate the growth of Classic Journeys and capitalise on the growing demand for authentic and immersive adventure travel and wellness around the world.

Classic Journeys offers luxury walking tours focused on engaging experiences that immerse guests into the history and culture of the places they are exploring and the people who live there. Tours are highlighted by expert and well-connected local guides who live in the regions being explored, luxury boutique accommodations and handcrafted itineraries curated through years of local connections and experience.

Trips are offered in all pockets of the world, from India & Asia, to Latin America and polar regions.

Classic Journeys delivers unique cultural experience where guests can take their time on foot and blend in with the world around them. Launched in 1995, the company has twice been awarded the “World’s Best Tour Operator” by Travel + Leisure magazine in its annual readers’ survey.

Dolf Berle, Chief Executive Officer of Lindblad Expeditions, said: “Adding Classic Journeys’ expertise in curating immersive cultural walking tours will allow us to better serve a broader-based clientele that has a diverse set of travel interests. As we further leverage our platform to cross-market across our brands and accelerate growth across our entire expanded portfolio, we will continue to look for additional opportunities to broaden and deepen our adventure travel offerings and provide more value to our guests.”

Image credit: Classic Journeys

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