Intrepid vs Peregrine

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

The Low Down

 
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.
 
Part of Intrepid Group, Peregrine offer small group adventures, a range of independent tours & small ship cruises around the world. New to Global Journeys this season, Peregrine's inclusions, itineraries and accommodation are designed for those travellers looking for adventure, but also some creature comforts at the end of day. More expensive than say G Adventures or Intrepid you also get a more inclusive tour, with all sightseeing and entrance costs included, quality, hand-picked accommodation, gratuities, more meals and a highly experienced Peregrine tour guide.

Reviews

Reviews rated out of 5

 
4.5 out of 5
68 Reviews
Value For Money
4.4
Tour Guide
4.5
Accommodation
4
Tour Pace
4.3
Included Excursions
4.2
Optional Excursions
3.9
 
4.4 out of 5
23 Reviews
Value For Money
4.2
Tour Guide
4.5
Accommodation
4.1
Tour Pace
4.3
Included Excursions
4.3
Optional Excursions
2.9

Operator Details

 
No. of Trips
1,246
 
Departures
40,411
 
Avg. Length
13
 
Avg.
$326
 
706
This Month
Adventure Tours
Trip Type
Adventure Tours
Small Group Tours
Trip Type
Small Group Tours
Trip Budget
Budget
Affordable
Max. Group Size
Max. Group Size
16
 
No. of Trips
351
 
Departures
12,672
 
Avg. Length
13
 
Avg.
$681
 
190
This Month
Small Group Tours
Trip Type
Small Group Tours
Expedition Cruising
Trip Type
Expedition Cruising
Trip Budget
Budget
Premium
Accommodation
Accommodation
3.5 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
Max. Group Size
12

In Their Own Words

We asked the travel companies themselves why you should travel with them.

 

Brett Mitchell, Managing Director for Asia Pacific - 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.
 

Brett Mitchell, Managing Director for Asia Pacific - Peregrine

For 40 years, Peregrine has been leading small group tours, ideal for travellers aged 45 and over, with a focus on premium adventures that are completely immersive. This means hand-picked accommodation, intimate small groups, taking the route less taken, English-speaking local guides, added inclusions and a slower, more considered pace. These trips are premium, offering a focus on sustainable travel and providing exceptional experiences.

Recent Reviews

 
Esperance & Southwest Adventure
5 Star Review from Mattie.

Great tour with a great group of people! Sean was an amazing tour guide - very knowledgeable and friendly. We camped underneath the stars every night in comfortable swags. Would highly recommend this trip!
Esperance & Southwest Adventure
5 Star Review from Dinie.

With an enthusiastic tour leader (& excellent cook and driver) Sean, 19 people from different countries had a wonderful trip from Perth to Esperance and back. It was the first time I hiked in a ‘swag’, and I wish I had discovered this type of sleeping equipment (50 or so;)) years ago... I’ll be back!
Explore Egypt & Jordan
4 Star Review from Melita & Donald.

A great group of 12 travellers from Switzerland, Canada, USA, England and Australia varying in ages from late 20's to late 60's. We travelled in early March starting in Egypt for 11 days then Jordan and found the temperatures cool to moderate and weather fine except for a once in 100 year storm which passed through. Accommodation was high three star and in some places four star, always clean and comfortable with breakfasts included. The sights and history in Egypt were fantastic, the pyramids, Sphinx, Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and hot air balloon ride all lived up to expectations. The tombs and temples were awe inspiring. even if I couldn't remember all the dates and names of the Pharaohs. The desert scenery in Wadi Rum, Jordan was stark and had a special kind of beauty and the tent camp was comfortable with a great dinner and breakfast served by the local Bedouins. There were some tents with ensuite bathrooms but our tour had tents without and shared bathroom amenities which were clean and adequate (only problem was there were no towels provided). Our group never got to Petra or the Dead Sea as we got caught in the middle of the COVID19 outbreak and had to leave Jordan at short notice when they decided to close their borders. This happened on a Saturday morning and this is when we had problems as we needed to re-book flights and there was no emergency contact number for Global Journeys. We tried emails but as the office is not open on weekends we got no reply. We feel that unless an emergency contact is provided in future we would hesitate in booking through Global Journeys again. This is a shame as we have had wonderful service and the agent we have dealt with has been extremely helpful and prompt in communicating with us in relation to any queries we have had before the trip.
Morocco Uncovered
5 Star Review from Jacinta.

I had left the booking of my trip over the new year till quite late, however the communication from Global Journeys and Intrepid meant that it was all booked over the Christmas period and the trip took place. I had trouble choosing between 'Best of Morocco' and 'Morocco Uncovered' as they both offered an area that I wanted to go to. I went with 'Best of Morocco' and loved it. Many of the areas we went, we were the only tourists. We were fortunate to have not only a small group of people yet a great group that got along really well. Mustafa our driver and Khalid our tour guide could not be faulted, they really added to the enjoyment of our experience. Khalid's knowledge of such a vast array of areas was amazing, his passion for his job and his English, including his ability to have a bit of fun was fabulous. He made sure that we were his priority in all areas and his attention to detail was highlighted by all. He could not do enough for all of us. The food was great and all of the accommodation gave us something to talk about in a positive way. The guest house family were lovely and very accommodating and I loved the smaller towns we visited where we were the only tourists to be seen, playing with the children and walking through the farms. I had the most amazing time in Morocco and this being my first group tour was of concern to me. I honestly don't think it could have gone any better.
Explore Jordan, Israel & the Palestinian Territories
4 Star Review from Harrison.

The trip overall was fantastic, experiencing the middle eastern culture up close in Wadi Rum, to exploring the ruins of Petra, and finally experiencing the amazing city of Jerusalem, a city that offers history, culture and religion, as well as having a modern feel.
 
Highlights of Morocco
4 Star Review from Russel.

We booked with Global Journeys as they were offering a better price than Peregrine and Peregrine refused to price match. Service received from Tracey at Global Journeys was simply outstanding and I will definitely use her again for future trips. The trip highlight was definitely the desert experience... all aspects of it. The glamping, the food, the camel rides, the sunrise and sunset. Definitely would have liked an extra night there. Also enjoyed unwinding at the seaside town of Essaouira after a very hectic schedule the previous 13 days. Whilst the itinerary of this trip is good, the general level of the accommodation provided on the trip was disappointing considering Peregrine market themselves as the Intrepid premium brand. Poor internet access at some of the accommodations, no hot water for showers at one of the places (which is noted in the itinerary), dirty carpets at side of bed etc. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and overall did a good job but at times it felt like he was struggling to attend to all the needs of a group that varied in ages between 19 and 82. On that note it was frustrating having to slow down often to cater for participants who were not at the required level of fitness for the trip.
Mexico & Cuba Highlights
4 Star Review from Well Travelled Duo.

Overall this was a comprehensive, well paced, cultural and scenic tour with a wide variety of experiences especially as Mexico and Cuba are both rich in both geography and history. Tour highlights included Oaxaca, Mexico (indigenous prominent region) and Vinales, Cuba (tobacco region). Mexico: Tour group size: Five (over Xmas/ New year period). Accommodation and services: Generally pretty good however the Merida accommodation was a bit depressing (drab rooms, smelly, sweaty pillows). Hotel Geneva was centrally located in Mexico City, close to everything. Internet was generally widely available in hotels. Plenty of laundry opportunities (e.g. nearby laundromats) or hotel service along the way. Inclusions: Excellent local guides - very professional and knowledgeable, included breakfasts were plentiful. So much history was generously shared during each tour. Sumidero Canyon boat trip kind of felt like participating in an organised cartel (e.g. boat captain stopped the boat in the middle of river to ‘ask’ for tips from every person on board before taking boat back to home base). Tour bus driver (Carlos) was exceptional. Tour guide: In comparison to other similar tours (costings, time frames, itinerary), the tour guide did not meet expectations. Examples include: no Peregrine attire worn during entire trip (e.g. promoted other economical tour company, in attire), limited proactive, practical, logistical information shared during trip which would have significantly enhanced the experience (e.g. key info before arriving at each destination, advanced knowledge of time until next toilet stops on long journey, that bus facilities included onboard charging stations for electronic devices, why tour coach was being stopped by officials or specific Indigenous communities en route to destinations). In addition, the tour guide was unable to target communication to small group of experienced, seasoned travellers (e.g. repeatedly referred to bathrooms as place to go ‘pee pee’), allowed a single traveller to dominate tour leader’s time to detriment of others on tour, unreceptive to receiving constructive feedback (e.g. became emotional when presented with suggestions for improved service), was unfamiliar with layout of airport in Mexico City especially when navigating internal flights changes, overly reliant on an English-Spanish speaking member of travel group to assist with translation, particularly when tour logistics went ‘pear-shaped’. The trip would also have been enhanced if the tour guide used the bus microphone, as per the bus drivers suggestion, despite the small group. This would have allowed travellers at the back of the bus to listen attentively to limited logistical information shared. It is recommended that Peregrine invest in additional retraining for the tour guide. Top tip: Keep plenty of small change for tipping and using public bathrooms (five or ‘cinco’ pesos is norm in Mexico per bathroom stop). Cuba: Tour group size: Eleven. Accommodation and services: Pretty good. Hotel Nacional in Havana was excellent as was hotel in Cienfuegos. Lovely to stay at ‘homestay’ experience in Vinales and Trinadad. Good service at homestay ‘casa’ accommodation including in-house laundry services. Internet was available at Hotel Nacional (free) and/or available at ‘free wifi restaurants’ in Vinales. Internet access in Trinadad required purchasing an internet card and go to designated tourist area in township square to access internet signal. Inclusions: Plentiful food especially at home stays, Vinales tobacco farm tour was brilliant, salsa lessons in Vinales were a blast. Bus driver (Lazaro - who also happens to be a mechanic) was amazing - especially when our bus unexpectedly broke down en route. Tour guide: Superb, super professional, well organised, insightful and sincere. Olexis (tour guide) was kind, thoughtful, full of (relevant) information and went out of his way to ensure everyone's needs were met. He left a lasting, positive impression on the whole tour group. Top bloke. Peregrine: You are extremely lucky to have Olexis guiding your Cuba tour. This guy single handily saved the ‘Peregrine experience’ for travellers that participated in the earlier Mexico tour. He deserves a trip to Aussie and NZ for his efforts. Dude was EXCEPTIONAL. Top tip: Keep an open mind (and be patient) when travelling in Cuba. Also for Aussie and Kiwi travellers, if entering Cuba from Cancun you can purchase a Cuban Visa at the Cancun airport on the day of your departure to Cuba (yes, you read that correctly). Drinks outside of Havana are cheap (e.g. 1CUC per beer, Pina Colada, Cuba Libre etc) although CUC’s will be obsolete soon (recent government change).
Pyramids, Mummies & Pharaohs
5 Star Review from Vivienne.

I found the trip to be terrific. I was very happy with all the accommodation and arrangements. Everything pretty much ran to the schedule and I was so happy to be able to go to Abydos with this tour as a lot of tours do not go there. Obviously it was still very hot in Egypt when I was over there and there were a few occasions where I did not participate in climbing down some tombs or entering the Pyramids. My non participation on these few occasions was not an issue or frowned upon. Our group consisted of 7 people and we all got on wonderfully. The guide was superb, extremely approachable and knowledgeable. As far as booking with Global Journeys and Jemma, it was very easy, straightforward and any queries were answered straight away. I think it is unlikely that I will be travelling anytime soon however I must say that I would not hesitate to recommend your services and also that of Peregrine. P.S. I would have used that Peregrine shopping bag you posted to me every day... It was great!!
Northern Thailand Adventure
5 Star Review from Alice & Philip.

This small group tour, led by a delightful, kind local woman, was well paced with plenty of varied activities. The war museums and memorials at Kanchanaburi and Hellfire Pass were thoughtfully presented and very worthwhile experiences. The cycling tour around the historic UNESCO park in Sukhothai was fun, but tuk tuks provided another option for those who preferred to be driven. The Elephant Nature Park was impressive, as was the cultural evening at the Hmong Lodge. Delicious home cooked meals provided insights into regional cuisine. Hotels were mostly of a high standard and we felt comfortable and safe during the entire trip.
Nile Valley Highlights
4 Star Review from Tony & Lorraine.

We did the 9 day Nile Valley Highlights small group tour with Peregrine. Overall the tour was great. Our guide, Hoda, was absolutely brilliant. Everything was organised perfectly and Hoda was extremely efficient and planned everything to a tee. We also had a very good group of people that we travelled with. Seeing the ancient sights of Egypt was amazing. It certainly isn't a "luxury" tour (I don't really think Egypt does luxury very well) but had some unique experiences (especially the overnight train ride to Luxor!!). For the price the overall experience was amazing and would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see the main sights of Egypt.

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