GEOPARKs

There are two different types of Geoparks:

  1. UNESCO Global Geoparks, that have been designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) - there are currently 147 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 41 countries
  2. National Geoparks that do not have UNESCO status

GeoWorld Travel  wholeheartedly supports the objectives of geoparks, particularly as the company is based within one, the Fforest Fawr Geopark in Wales. James is an accredited Geopark ambassador and we also offer guided day tours within the Geopark. However, geoparks are not only about geology. While a UNESCO Global Geopark must demonstrate geological heritage of international significance, the purpose of a UNESCO Global Geopark is to explore, develop and celebrate the links between that geological heritage and all other aspects of the area's natural, cultural and intangible heritages. The purpose of GeoWorld Travel is to run trips which visit the very best geology sites, rather than to visit as many geoparks as possible, therefore, we visit top quality geosites both within and outside geoparks.

The following trips feature Geoparks:

Azores

(Future tour still under development) Inside and under the Volcanoes - We spent the entire trip inside the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark

England & Wales

Jurassic Coast & the Complete Geological Timescale - We visit the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark in England, and Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark and the GeoMôn UNESCO Global Geopark in Wales

Germany

Volcanoes & Famous Fossil Sites - We visit the Vulkaneifal UNESCO Global Geopark, the Bergstrasse-Odenwald UNESCO Global Geoparkthe Swabian Alb UNESCO Global Geopark, the Reis National Geopark, and the Laacher See National Geopark

Iceland

The Vulcanologist's Dream - We visit the Rekjanes UNESCO Global Geopark and the Katla UNESCO Global Geopark

Scotland

The Birth of Geology - We visit the North West Highlands UNESCO Global Geopark and the Lochaber National Geopark

South Africa

(Future tour still under development) Gold, Diamonds and Mammal-like Reptiles - We visit the Tswaing Meteorite Crater National Geopark

Wales

Day Trips - GeoWorld Travel is based within the Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark  and we offer a geology day tour of the Geopark, additionally we offer eight different general interest walking tours in the Geopark and two general interest sightseeing tours within the Geopark. The general interest tours are listed on our Brecon Beacons Tours website.

The European Network of Geoparks
An image containing a map showing the location of GeoWorld Travel within the Fforest Fawr Geopark
GeoWorld Travel is located within the Fforest Fawr UNESCO Global Geopark and Brecon Beacons National Park, where we also run day trips
An image containing the Brecon Beacons National Park Ambassador logo
 GeoWorld Travel's Director, James Cresswell is an accredited ambassador to the Fforest Fawr Geopark, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Brecon Beacons Dark Skies Reserve.