Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. today announced that it has acquired an 80 percent stake in Classic Journeys, LLC, a leading luxury cultural walking tour company. This acquisition further broadens and deepens Lindblad’s platform of high-quality experiential product offerings in adventure travel sectors, including the cultural walking tour market. Similar to the acquisitions of Natural Habitat, Inc., Off the Beaten Path LLC and DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co., Lindblad will leverage its experience and resources to accelerate the growth of Classic Journeys and capitalize on the growing demand for authentic and immersive adventure travel and wellness around the world.
Since 1995, Classic Journeys has been providing luxury walking tours focusing on engaging experiences that immerse guests into the history and culture of the places they are exploring and the people who live there. Classic Journeys’ 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. Whether it is joining a count and countess to walk through vineyards to their villa in Tuscany, pausing an oasis walk to accept an invitation to share mint tea with a Berber tribesman in Morocco, or walking on the tongue of a glacier to a gourmet picnic with Viking-descendant guides in Iceland, Classic Journeys delivers cultural experiences where guests can take their time on foot and blend in with the world around them.
Dolf Berle, chief executive officer, said in a press statement, “We are excited to welcome Classic Journeys and their founders Edward and Susie Piegza to the Lindblad family. Their commitment towards providing authentic and high-quality cultural experiences is perfectly in line with Lindblad and our family of the world’s leading experiential travel brands. 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.”
Edward and Susie Piegza, of Classic Journeys, said of the acquisition, “Lindblad is all about exploration as a means to elevate the soul to care about the planet and its people. It is known for pioneering exploration across the globe whether it be on small ships, on foot, or on bicycles, and their renowned teams of expert naturalists and guides. Equally, Classic Journeys is all about immersing our guests into the history and culture of the people and places we are exploring, in small groups led by our expert local guides. We believe in building cross-cultural connections, on foot and at eye level, one step and one person at a time. The first time we met Sven Lindblad he shared with us that everything they do needs to add value to the guest experience. That really resonated with us because our goal is to handcraft a trip of a lifetime, for every guest, on every tour. So, we knew our companies had shared values.”
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