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Explore vs Intrepid

Compare the travel styles, pricing, destinations and popularity of Explore and Intrepid.

The Low Down

Explore Explore Worldwide is a UK adventure travel company that has been around since 1981. They run over 500 small group tours in more than 100 countries around the world with an average of 12 guests. Accommodation is often family run lodgings and guides are passionate locals. Itineraries are a mix of must-sees and who-knews, and guests can choose from different trip styles to suit their interests.

Explore recognises that adventure is different for everyone, and their trips range from classic discovery group tours to active adventures such as hiking and cycling. They also have dedicated family trips, themed journeys such as those that focus on wildlife or their limited edition Explore Beyond collection which showcases rare one-off events. Explore have an impressive track record with 96% of past travellers saying they would travel with them again.
Intrepid Intrepid specialise in small group adventure tours, and feature trips around the globe. With over 700 tours and 50,000 departures, Intrepid's itineraries are designed for the budget conscious adventurer, families and even adventures for those that prefer a bit of comfort at the end of each day. Like G Adventures, Intrepid also have a myriad of trips through South and Central America & Asia and operate dynamic pricing so prices can change daily - upwards if the trip is filling up, and down if they need to fill some spaces.

Recommending the best Operator for small group adventures is a tough one. It's very subjective and we think a lot depends on the region, the itinerary and the trip leader you get. This will have a huge sway on whether your trip is good, great or average. Our advice is to choose the Operator which has the itinerary and departures dates that suit you best. Look at things like inclusions, group size and other details to help make your decision.

Stats

No. of Trips
537
No. of Departures
2,877
Avg. Trip Length
12 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$352
Accommodation
Mixed
Budget
Affordable & Premium
No. of Trips
961
No. of Departures
40,299
Avg. Trip Length
12 Days
Avg. Price Per Day
$356
Accommodation
Mixed
Budget
Affordable & Premium

In Their Own Words We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them

Explore
Explore has been taking small groups on adventure holidays all over the world for almost 40 years. The expert team, at home and overseas, works together to create itineraries that leave you feeling that you’ve really explored a destination rather than just visited. You’ll see the highlights, the must-sees, of course. But you’ll also get away from the beaten track, and get a different perspective on your destination. You’ll get closer to a place, its people and cultures.

Our small groups are typically 12 people – small enough to get right into the heart of your destination, but big enough to find like-minded people to share your experiences with. And the glue that holds these groups together is our local tour leaders, who are uniquely placed to add individual and spontaneous moments to each trips – moments that stay with you long after you return home. All sorts of people travel with Explore – our groups are usually a mix of solos, couples and friends. What unites them is their adventurous spirit and thirst for real travel experiences.

We provide authentic small-group travel, designed by experts and led by experts, with sustainability at its heart and a common desire for unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re on a cultural tour of Lebanon, cycling in Vietnam, walking in Italy or exploring Costa Rica with your family, when you’re travelling with Explore you know that you’re in good hands.
Intrepid
Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers off the beaten track to discover the world's most amazing places for 30 years. Every trip is designed to truly experience local culture - to meet local people, try local food, take local transport and stay in local accommodation. Led by a local leader, our small group tours offer a sustainable way to travel off the beaten track, while giving back to the places and people that travellers visit.

Recent Reviews

Great trip through the Baltics   0 , VIC, Australia, Oct 2022
Travelling through the Baltic countries was a great experience. The countries are rich in history and the cities of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius are beautiful. The trip is well planned by Explore, but I would make the Curonian Spit excursion half day instead of a full day. The accommodation was on the whole good but in a few occasions the shared rooms ...read more were a bit small if you have to share with somebody you don't really know. Also being with a good group of people was fun. I booked the trip online with Global Journeys, as I have done a few times before, and it was easy as usual.
Walking in the Canaries   1 , United Kingdom, Jan 2022
I really enjoyed the trip , the walking, winter sun (interrupted by a couple of rainy days!), and a good group and tour leader - more than anything though, it was great just to travel abroad again after a gap of more than 2 years.
Truly stunning hiking   0 , United Kingdom, Jan 2022
The scenery inland is quite outstanding with dozens of deep, chiseled valleys and gorges of extreme, austere beauty. If we had just 1 gorge of that quality anywhere in the UK, we'd have declared it a National Monument. No need to go further afield for some truly stunning hiking, with a nice dose of local culture and warming, winter sun as an added ...read morebonus!
Walking in Northern Cyprus   0 , United Kingdom, Dec 2021
It was our first foreign trip for two years, and we enjoyed it overall. The Covid safety measures were affective, and we appreciated Cema arranging for tests at our hotel the day before departure. I would add that the New Year's Eve celebrations surpassed expectations - the food and the entertainment were excellent.
Walking Turkey's Turquoise Coast   0 , United Kingdom, Dec 2021
We booked a walking holiday that was rated easy. The walks were really interesting and the distances were not too long. The underfoot terrain was very rough and made for hard going. When we walked the aqueduct, there were very severe drops to one side. With uneven tracks, the potential for a catastrophic fall was evident. I felt uncomfortable on ...read more more than one occasion, even though it was a walk I wanted to do. P.S. The meal at the village was excellent
Sri Lanka in Depth   0 , United Kingdom, Dec 2021
COVID precautions were taken very seriously in Sri Lanka . The hotels took our temperature and provided hand cleaning regularly. The guide organised our return Covid tests at the penultimate hotel, which was very helpful. I felt very safe travelling during COVID times. The boat company for the whale watching handed out sea sickness tablets. They were ...read more ridiculously strong and I could hardly stay awake! Perhaps I was foolish in accepting them but I think they should come with a warning!
Excellent   0 , Spain, Jan 2023
Nice trip with a very professional guide. Erawan falls is a beautiful 7 level waterfall, the most beautiful being the therd. The River Kwai Resort and Spa is really comfortable, with very good breakfast.
Amazing Egypt Experience   0 , QLD, Australia, Dec 2022
This was an amazing experience. Loved Egypt. Loved Intrepid. Tour Guide Mohammed treated us as all belonging to a family, this made a difference from other less impressive tours guides I have encountered on various groups.
Maria Island Walk     0 , VIC, Australia, Dec 2022
Wanting to go on a walking adventure in between Christmas and New Year, I found an Intrepid/Global Journeys four day walk on Maria Island off the East Coast of Tasmania. What a beautiful part of the world. We were very well looked after with good meals and camping accommodation. The mix of 8 guests was great with everyone chatting as we walked along ...read more the tracks and beaches to reach camp. Nothing was too much trouble for the guides who told interesting stories of the history of the Island and points of interest each day. I loved it all.
Small Group tour covering Jordan/Egypt Highlights     0 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
So for a relatively compact tour operated by Intrepid we covered a good deal of distance (more on that in a bit) in this 3 week package (2 combined tours), I'm pleased to say that on the Egyptian leg we managed to fit in all of the (absolutely awesome) anticipated highlights including; The Pyramids, and Sphinxes, of Giza; The Temple of Isis; The River ...read more Nile; Abu Simbel; Karnuk Temple and the Valley of the Kings and a couple of extras sites (El Alamein Commonwealth Grave site/museum & the new Alexandria Library). These last couple of sites, although magnificent in there own right, did leave, in my opinion, us short on time in Cairo making trips to the (world famous) khan al Khali bazaar; the Egyptian Museum and the national Museum of Civilization truncated or missed all together. So to improve I would either cull the Alexandria leg or extend the stay in Cairo by a couple of days.

The most impressive leg of this tour, in my mind, was the 5 days we spent in Jordan. maybe because I had next to zero expectations of this country but it managed to delight with Amman, Wadi Rum and the absolute highlight of the tour (Petra). A stunning location deserving of its place in the "new" seven wonders of the world and far more than the "Treasury Building" which adorns most travel agents walls!

So apart from the slight issue with the time available in Cairo - The itinerary did make it look like there was lots of free-time - Intrepid did deliver. The arranged accommodation was a variety of styles with hotels, tents, a night on a felucca, a homestay, and a desert tent all of which met or bettered expectations (although one of the hotels in Jordan needs some TLC). intrepid's Tour Leaders (one in each country) were locals and extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their respective countries and went out of their way to try to satisfy the groups needs.

Global journey's Rachael McSorley was exemplary. Friendly, helpful and efficient is just what you need to get the trip started on the right foot and Rachael delivered in spades!
Laid back, less hustle and bustle   0 , NSW, Australia, Nov 2022
Even though the places listed on the itinerary were many, this actual tour had way to much free time, causing yourself to indirectly making your own plans quiet often. This was disappointing as we had no knowledge of the areas. Also some hotels were way below standard.
What an experience!   0 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2022
Awesome tour guide, went above & beyond, great personality! The trip was well organised but some of the appointed hotels were ok at best. The itinerary was awesome, educational & sometimes surprising. Overall would recommend.

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