Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel
4.4 out of 5
50 Reviews

Choose from 972 Intrepid small group tours, independent adventures & expeditions. When you book your Intrepid tour with us you'll receive exclusive online savings, a dedicated travel consultant to look after your booking and the best price guaranteed!

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Intrepid Travel Reviews (50)

50 Intrepid Travel reviews from past clients of Global Journeys.

“Great tour of Mongolia”
- QLD, Australia May 2019 View Photo

This was a fantastic tour. We were able to see various aspects of Mongolian culture and lifestyles and experience life with nomadic Mongolians. Our tour guide was knowledeable, energetic and helpful. A really enjoyable experience which will provide lasting memories.

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“Not as good as we expected compared with other Safari tours”
- QLD, Australia May 2019

The accommodation listed in the tour was below the expectations and the lodge in Nata that was confirmed one week before the date was changed to a worse lodge (Getwa). We did the same kind of safari tour in Namibia and all listed accommodations with Chameleon tour were between 2.5 to 3.5 stars, they were much superior and newer than Intrepid Adventure Botswana.

It cannot be rated as a kind of comfortable tour: the houseboat room was tiny and very hot inside without any ventilation, full of insects and the share bathroom was not practical. The neighbours had to remember to unlock the bathroom door after they finished using the bathroom, if they forgot (that happened with one of the tour guests), you had to go outside upstairs in the middle of night with all the mosquitoes to go to the public toilet. It is not fun, it is dangerous, dark and uncomfortable.

We were not met on time at the airport and had to call the hotel to confirm our pick up. The first hotel was Roof of Africa in Windhoek, it was 3 stars: the air con, hair dryer and fridge were not working. We think that was the first warning about the tour accommodations. It looked like a reasonable cheap tour, but Chameleon tour in Namibia was cheaper if you compare the food, accommodation and all included extras.

Reply from Intrepid:
We would like to thank you for sharing your experience with us. Information such as yours is valuable to us as it assists in identifying areas which may require improvement whilst also serving to highlight areas where we are meeting if not exceeding your expectations. It is therefore disappointing to learn that there were certain aspects of your experience that did not meet your expectations.

Botswana is becoming increasingly popular tourist destinations. Despite the influx of travellers, bed numbers are not being increased to match the demand. This intentional move is aimed at minimizing the environmental impact of tourism and keeping the destinations exclusive. It is therefore becoming more and more difficult for us to confirm our allocation with our usual suppliers, particularly in peak season. We may use alternative accommodation which could affect driving times and distances listed in the Essential Trip Information. However, we will always use properties of the same standard and ensure that no included activities will be affected, therefore, it is disappointing to learn that this accommodation did not meet your expectations. We would like to reassure you that everyone from our head office team, to our local operator, our local leaders and suppliers endeavour to provide a trip which not only lets you see a wonderful country but experience it enjoyably and comfortably.
We have passed your feedback on to the appropriate team who will reassess the accommodation used and discuss these complaints with the hotel managers directly.

Despite this issue, we hope you have some wonderful memories from your time in this very special part of the world.

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“Fabulous trip to Turkey”
- QLD, Australia Apr 2019

What a fabulous trip to Turkey with Intrepid. Our guide, Ozan, was amazing and so knowledgable about the history of Turkey. The hotels were all fantastic and we travelled with a great group of people.

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“Best Tour of Mexico Heartlands”
- NSW, Australia Apr 2019

We have previously travelled with Intrepid and they do not disappoint! They are always professional and really do have the best guides. Everything was as explained in their trip notes although the physical rating should be increased.

This tour is quite physically demanding as we were always on the go and on our feet most of the day (so much to see and do!). Plenty of spare time if you do choose. Mexico is such a great destination with so much to offer. I would highly recommend this tour!

Booking through Global Journeys was easy and communication excellent.

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“Our first tour with a small group and first visit to Turkey”
- Australia Apr 2019

Highlights included: swimming above Roman artefacts in warm waters at Heliopolis; swimming in the chilly Aegean Sea near Gaz; several of the country excursions; and seeing the two main mosques and walking through the Topkapi Gardens in Istanbul.

The 12 participants interacted well, across a wide spread of ages. Tour leader Ali Kartal, a Turk, was the main reason that the tour was a great success and most enjoyable. Intrepid Travel are to be congratulated for having provided the tour.

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“Turkey Explored ”
- SA, Australia Mar 2019

This was my very first Intrepid tour therefore I did not know what to expect. Also, as this is a "Basix" style, I did not expect too much but our tour leader's (Fatih Develi) enthusiasm and knowledge made things possible. I enjoyed this tour thoroughly as we had a very good mix of fellow travellers and got on very well. At the end of the trip, we even set up a WhatsApp group to share photos! I would definitely go with Intrepid again and book through Jemma as she is professional!

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“Central Australia by 4WD and Under 1 Million Stars”
- QLD, Australia Mar 2019 1 Helpful Vote View Photo

What can I say, first of all Global Journeys makes this process really easy. Second of all this trip was amazing. I saw everything I wanted to see, was fed every day, had a place to sleep and have so many photos to remind me of my adventure. If you don't mind roughing it a little, this is the perfect tour for you.

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“Enjoyable tour with an excellent guide”
- WA, Australia Mar 2019

Enjoyed every day of the tour. Sam C. is an excellent guide - a young keen snowshoe hiker - he trained up our whole group of newbies and looked after everyone including the older slower one (i.e. me). We saw the Northern Lights on our second night out at Peace River. Both nights were clear and really cold but a big camp fire, hot drinks, marshmallows (and a couple of snifters) added to the fun.

I found a few old muscles I'd forgotten about on the first snowshoe outing but it was all easy going, with Sam monitoring everyone. He also produced the "Krazee Karpets" for some snow sliding on the kiddies slopes with laughs all round. The dog sledding was great fun but all too short - could easily gone around again - the dogs were real keen.

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Intrepid Travel Brochures

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Travel Styles

Intrepid travel styles

  • Basix trips keep things simple to give you amazing experiences at a great price
  • Simple, clean and centrally located accommodation
  • Plenty of free time, keeping many of the activities optional
  • Meals are generally not included, which means you can eat what and where you want
  • Experienced leader, local to the region
  • Max Group Size: 16. Typical Age Range: 18-55+
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  • Classic small group adventures and the foundation for the whole Intrepid range
  • Mostly standard tourist-class hotels. Some trips include a bit of camping
  • Balance between free time to explore at your own pace and included activities
  • Some meals are included along the way
  • Experienced leader, local to the region
  • Max Group Size: 16. Age Range: 18-55+
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  • Style of travel that minimises the occasional discomforts without sacrificing any of the thrills
  • Generally smaller local hotels that reflect the environment of the region with private amenities
  • Some free time for you to explore at your own pace, includes many of the activities
  • More meals included
  • Experienced leader, local to the region
  • Max Group Size: 16. Typical Age Range: 18-55+
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  • A new range of trips exclusively for the socially-conscious explorer
  • Adventures for travellers aged 18 to 29 who want to discover new places and cultures, make a difference in the world, and connect with their own small crew along the way
  • Small group sizes and locally-focused travel means that our tours help support the local economy
  • Max Group Size: 16. Age Range: 18-29 Only
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  • These trips are for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins)
  • As long as you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes
  • Travel with other families: Tours are made up of 2-3 like-minded families
  • Kids tend to hit it off on these trips straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well earned R&R
  • Family Adventure leaders are all experienced in working with children
  • Max Group Size: 16.
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  • Most cycling days are between 30-60kms, done at a leisurely pace.
  • Optional extra riding routes in each of the destinations for the adventurous.
  • Your luggage is transferred between your accommodation every day.
  • Bike hire included (Mountain bike with front suspension), or BYO bike.
  • Experienced local, cycling-junky, group leader.
  • Leader is trained in local road rules, cycle repair and emergency first aid
  • Max Group Size: 16. Typical Age Range: 18-55+
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  • Adventure cruises, sailing trips and Polar expeditions.
  • Ditch the traditional big ship cruises for a more immersive cruising experiences.
  • With a range of sailing trips in Thailand, Burma, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Galapagos islands as well as Polar cruises, there's bound to be a cruise adventure that suits you.
  • Max Group Size: Dependent on Vessel. Typical Age Range: 30-65+
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  • Trekks and walking tours designed for all abilities.
  • Expert trail guides, accommodation and sometimes even porters are all included - all you have to do is bring your legs and a sense of adventure.
  • Trekking tours covering some of the most famous routes on the planet including – Machu Picchu, Kilimanjaro, Annapurna, Basecamp and the Inca Trail.
  • Max Group Size: 16. Typical Age Range: 18-55+
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Tell me about Intrepid Travels

Why you should choose to travel with Intrepid on your next adventure

Why travel with Intrepid?

Small groups, big adventures and responsible travel – that's Intrepid's thing. With over 1,000 trips in a variety of styles across 100 countries, you're sure you'll find something you like. Age, pillow preference, budget, relationship status - it doesn't matter where you're from, what matters is where you'd like to go.

The beauty of small group travel isn't just new places, it's new perspectives. It's the stories you hear and the friendships you forge, the ones that stick around long after the tan has faded. Our travellers come from all walks of life; what unites them is where they're going. Every Intrepid small group adventure has been carefully designed to make sure you have an unforgettable grassroots travel experience.

Intrepid's Local Guides

Intrepid realised early on that the best folks to show you the heart of a destination are, funnily enough, the ones that live there. These are Intrepid's leaders: travel experts and friendly locals who know their countries back to front, from every backstreet bar to every hidden gallery. They're the big, smiling face of Intrepid.

The real magic on tour happens well away from a beaten path. It's the little noodle bars, hidden galleries and backstreet bodegas you won't find in a search engine. Whether you're chasing a global gastronomic dream or wanting to ride your bike to Basecamp, Intrepid has a themed adventure that's perfect for you.

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Your guide to travelling with Intrepid Travels

15 November, 2018
Inca Trail vs Quarry Trail

Whether you’re a history buff, keen trekker or just a traveller up for a challenge and some epic scenery, the dream of hiking to Machu Picchu is a commonly held one. As recently as 2007, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site gained status as one of seven New Wonders of the World and won..

23 October, 2018
Worldwide Cycling Holidays with Intrepid

Intrepid has a collection of cycling holidays to showcase the best trails and destinations accessible by bike. From the rice paddies of Asia to the sands of the Sahara, these cycling tours can take you there. Cycling Asia When travelling, one of the best ways to get the most out of your..

24 September, 2018
Vietnam's Hidden Gems with Intrepid Travel

When visiting popular tourist destinations like Vietnam, it’s always fun to get off-the-beaten-track and discover hidden gems, in addition to the highlights. Here are Intrepid Travel’s top five suggestions for ways to avoid the hordes of tourists and find a little slice-of-paradise for..

Intrepid Travel FAQ's

Frequently asked questions for clients considering travelling with Intrepid

Choosing a trip
Which style of trip is right for me?

Intrepid's three styles of travel - Basix, Original and Comfort - cover the whole gamut of travel experiences. To find out which one has 'You' written all over it, view our trip styles guide above.

Are Intrepid's tours physically demanding?

Want to lie in a hammock and not move until cocktail hour? Intrepid have got a trip for that. Want to power up the side of mountain at high altitude? They have also got a trip for that. To determine what type of trip suits you best, each trips comes with a Physical Rating to let you know how physically demanding it is… or isn't.

Does Intrepid have trips designed for families?

Intrepid offers a wide range of Family Adventures around the globe. The minimum age (for Family trips) varies depending on destination, and Intrepid has set minimum ages to ensure that the included activities suit each age range. Additionally, you'll notice that some of the more adventurous destinations have a higher minimum age. Please click here full details and FAQs associated with our Family Adventures.

Who will be joining me on my trip with Intrepid?

Intrepid adventures are for travellers with a yearning to get off the beaten track. Whether you're travelling solo, with a group of friends, or are aged 18 or 70, there is an Intrepid adventure to suit your interests and comfort level. Each Intrepid adventure has a physical and cultural grading to help you decide if the trip is right for you. No special skills are required for most adventures, just a sense of adventure and a curiosity about the world. Even on our camping adventures no previous experience is required; our tents are easy to set up, even for first-time campers.

How many people will be on my trip?

Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. This means we're small enough to remain flexible as we thread our way through communities without intimidating the locals. On most of our trips you'll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though our group sizes are on average 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travellers. Group sizes are displayed on each trip's overview page on our website.

Are there any age restrictions on your trips?

For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15. An adult must accompany all children under the age of 18. Our Overland Adventures have a minimum age of 18. Younger children can join us on our Family trips and Short Break Adventures, but check each trip for its minimum age, which is located on the trip's overview page on the website. Most of our trips don't have a maximum age limit, but a Self-Assessment Form is required for all passengers 70 years and over.

Can I just do part of the trip?

Although you won't be reimbursed for any portion of the trip unused, you can opt to sign off the trip if you need to leave a day or so earlier. If you let us know before travel that you'll be arriving late or need to leave before the trips ends, we will notify our team on the ground to best accommodate your requirements.

Can I add an extra night on the beginning or end of my group trip, either before or during the trip?

You sure can. Just ask your Travel Advisor at the time of booking.

I'm travelling alone - is that OK?

This is the beauty of the Intrepid style of travel: many of our travellers join because they are travelling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people. As a solo traveller, you will usually have the choice of either paying a single supplement (available on the majority of trips) to secure your own room, or sharing with someone of the same gender.

I have special dietary requirements - will they be catered for?

We will try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case. Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we'll pass the information onto your leader. It is also a great idea to bring a card with your dietary requirements written in the local language for those times you are eating away from the group.

What will the food be like on my trip?

Food is one of the most exciting parts of travel. There may be some familiar fare but often you'll be confronted with the new, interesting and downright weird of the culinary world but we like to think of it as an adventure for all the senses. In addition to this, our flexible itineraries often allow you to eat with the group or branch out on your own - this means you can eat to suit any budget or desire.

Before you depart
How do I obtain Trip Notes/itinerary for full details of my trip?

Make sure you bring these with you, your Travel Advisor will ensure you have the latest copy before you depart, however every trip on our website has a set of trip notes, accessible on each itinerary page, that gives you in-depth information about all aspects of your trip.

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Intrepid travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it.

What does my travel insurance policy need to cover?

At a minimum, your travel insurance should be 'comprehensive', providing cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of US$200,000. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. As an agent for Suresave, Global Journeys are able to offer a 20% premium discount for all policies booked online!

How do I find out about the visa requirements for the trip I am interested in?

While Intrepid do include information in their Trip Notes about visa requirements, we always recommend that passengers check with their local embassy as visa rules can change without warning. Embassy websites in your home country will always have information about requirements, visa costs and will provide the required forms. Have a look at our Passports & Visas section.

What type of luggage do you recommend I take?

On most Intrepid trips you will be required to carry your own luggage, sometimes up stairs and on and off transport. We therefore recommend you travel with a backpack. We only have a handful of itineraries where sleeping bags are required and these are generally trips that involve camping. When we use homestays, blankets are provided but some travellers feel more comfortable with their own sleeping bag or sleep sheet. This decision is a personal preference. Refer to your Trip Notes if you are unsure whether a sleeping bag is required.

What clothes and footwear should I take on treks?

On a more physical trip, hiking boots are definitely recommended. If the physical rating is under 3, hiking boots or sneakers/runners will be adequate. Many Intrepid treks will be hiking in near freezing environments so please be sure to research the climate and weather conditions at the time of year you will be trekking and pack accordingly. There is also a packing 'checklist' in your Trip Notes.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

Intrepid only have a handful of itineraries where sleeping bags are required and these are generally trips that involve camping. When Intrepid use homestays, blankets are provided but some travellers feel more comfortable with their own sleeping bag or sleep sheet. This decision is a personal preference. Refer to your Trip Notes if you are unsure whether a sleeping bag is required.

Can I store excess luggage at the starting point hotel?

Most starting point hotels can store your excess luggage for you; however, this is at your own risk. Often a nominal fee is charged for this service. Of course, this is only an advantage if your trip is circular (i.e. returning to the same starting point).

How much should I take in credit cards/cash? Can I use my credit card during my trip?

The Trip Notes include a section on 'Spending money'. Please refer to this for an idea on budgets. It is a good idea to travel with a credit card and ATM card, or a bank issued 'cash card' specifically for travel. Having a couple of options will assure that you are covered if one doesn't work. In certain countries it comes down to potluck if you can withdraw money. One day it'll work, the next it won't, but it will work for your friend. Go figure! Visa cards are more widely accepted than Mastercard, particularly in Cuba where only Visa cards are accepted.

Safety and medical information
I'm concerned about the political stability of the country through which my trip will travel.

The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority for Intrepid. With this in mind, we monitor world events very closely and Intrepid makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources, in particular the level of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory. If this advisory is at Level 4 'Do Not Travel' then Intrepid will either cancel the Intrepid operated trip or reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned.

How safe are my belongings whilst on the trip?

While we take all the precautions we can to make sure your belongings are safe, we are travelling to some exciting destinations that are sometimes home to some pretty skilled thieves. Travel insurance is a must and a lockable bag or money belt will always help too.

Will refrigeration be available for medicines? eg. Insulin

Availability of refrigeration cannot be guaranteed. As a general rule, many of our city hotels provide access to small fridges; however, outside of this, especially when trekking or in homestay environments, you cannot rely on access to refrigeration. Please be sure to advise your Global Journeys consultant if you are travelling with medication that requires refrigeration.

What if I get ill or injured on the trip and unable to continue?

Intrepid's leaders are trained to deal with these situations and we will endeavour to get you help as quickly as possible. If you must leave the trip early due to illness, our local offices will help you find appropriate medical care and ensure someone at home is aware of the situation. We will do whatever we can to get you home or on your onward journey. Your travel insurance, which is compulsory on all our trips, should cover any costs incurred if illness occurs.

On your trip
What time can I check in at my arrival hotel?

Check-in times can vary from hotel to hotel and region to region. Generally, they are between midday and 2pm. If you do arrive earlier, you'll be able to store your luggage with the hotel and head out to explore for a couple of hours.

Can I opt out of certain activities if I want to?

Absolutely. If there are included or optional activities that you don't wish to participate in, you can do your own thing instead. The exception to this is when we are trekking or travelling from one destination to the next. Please note that if you choose to opt out of an included activity, no reimbursement can be made by Intrepid.

Do I get any free time?

The beauty of travelling with Intrepid is that we encourage travellers to explore at their own pace. When you get to a destination, your leader will offer options on what you can do. Some of the group will do one activity, others will opt for something completely different while others may just choose to lie in a hammock and read a book. Your Trip Notes have more details on what your trip's itinerary and timeframes permit.

What if I arrive late and miss part of the trip?

If you know in advance that you will be arriving late, please let your Travel Advisor know. We will notify your leader, who will leave instructions with the hotel reception as to where to meet your group that night or the following morning. If you are late due to unforseen circumstances or flight delays, please call the emergency contact number located in the Trip Notes. Intrepid cannot reimburse you for any portion of the trip unused, but this can often be claimed on your travel insurance.

Will I be able to do any laundry?

Along the way there are usually chances to do laundry, either through your hotel or using local services. Your leader will be able to let you know once you are on the trip.

On Intrepid's camping tours, what facilities are at the campsites?

We have a wide range of camping sites around the globe. They range from having all the creature comforts to bush camping on the plains of the Serengeti with limited facilities (though their amazing vistas make up for this). Most camps will have basic facilities at a minimum. Your Trip Notes will give you a clear indication of what to expect on your decided trip.

Can you provide me a list of places we are staying at?

We are only able to provide information on your joining and finish point accommodation, the details of which are listed in your Trip Notes. As Intrepid likes to support numerous local businesses, we often have a few places in each city that we can alternate our groups between. For this reason, we can't give you a full list before you travel. At the welcome meeting on Day 1, your leader may be able to provide you with this so you can email friends and family back home with the details.

Is accommodation air-conditioned/ heated?

We want our passengers to be as comfortable as possible so when you are headed to a hot climate, it is likely that you will either have a fan or air-con. Of course, if you are staying in remote areas or at homestays, you will need to expect the facilities to be a little more basic.

What type of ground transportation is used?

If it moves there's a good chance you'll be riding on it. The type of transport used depends on your trip style. Find out more or see your Trip Notes for the specific type of transportation used on your journey.

Is tipping commonplace in other parts of the world?

Yes, in most places tipping is expected. At your welcome meeting, ask your leader about the local custom and advice on how much is recommended at restaurants or with local guides.

At the end of your trip, if you're happy with the service you received, providing a tip for the leader - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

Arrival & departure details

Generally airport transfers are not included in your trip price unless you're travelling on a Comfort or Independent Journey style trip where an arrival transfer is included. we recommend you arrange a taxi on arrival (this is the most economical and efficient way of getting you to your hotel). For more information on your arrival, refer to the 'Joining Point instructions' in your Trip Notes. Here, Intrepid often indicate the price you can expect to pay for a taxi from the airport to the hotel.

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