Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel

Headquarters in Melbourne, Australia
4.4/5 - Excellent
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  • Largest 'small group adventure' tour provider in the world
  • Over 1,000 itineraries in +100 countries
  • Our tour leaders are 100% local
  • Responsible business is ingrained in our culture

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  • MT
    Kenya Wildlife Safari
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 16, 2017
    It was well organized and our tour guide John was really knowledgeable about everything! Would do another trip with them again!
  • JC
    4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on August 16, 2017
    Great. Everything as expected and as explained in Tour Radar and Intrepid material. Katherine Gorge should be part of tour not an extra as th…
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  • DN
    Budapest & the Balkans
    1.5 - Rather poor
    Written on August 14, 2017
    Intrepid cancelled my holiday in late July 2017. I had previously paid for i…
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  • SC
    Jakarta to Ubud
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 11, 2017
    A fantastic tour of Indonesia with a good mix of volcanoes, temples, beach and sightseeing. Well organised, lots of inclusions and fits a lot into the 2 weeks. …
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  •  reviewer 5
    South India Revealed
    4.0 - Good
    Written on August 11, 2017
    I give the tour guide an excellent review but the tour itself was only okay. We spent two days in places where we should have spent one day. Madurai, Thekka…
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  • JS
    Vietnam Family Holiday
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 10, 2017
    Fantastic trip. Our guide, Jay, was great, nothing was too much trouble, his knowledge was perfect and he also made the trip so much fun. The whole family loved…
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  •  reviewer 7
    Canadian Rockies
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on August 10, 2017
    Great guide, literally awesome destinations. Good camp sites (though hot water and WiFi hard to come by) Only downside was that covering such huge distances…
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  • AM
    Okavango Experience
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 10, 2017
    The trip was pretty much what I expected. The close up encounters with wildlife was above my expectations. The transport was more comfortable than I expected. C…
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  •  reviewer 9
    North India Revealed
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on August 8, 2017
    I was in India for 3 months in total and the Intrepid tour was the perfect way to finish off my India journey! The tour i…
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  •  reviewer 10
    Vienna to Dubrovnik
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on August 7, 2017
    Our guide was amazing! Comfortable private transport and accomodations. Urban adventures was very informative and exciting!

About Intrepid Travel

Originally started by two bearded backpackers, Intrepid Travel has changed quite a bit since it first started in 1989. The company now leads 100,000 travellers each year all over the world. Intrepid Travel is known for their tours and providing responsible travel to travellers in small groups, showing them adventures around the world. Intrepid opens up a whole new sense of adventure by allowing travellers to get off the beaten track. Across all their tours, the average group size is 10 - this allows travellers flexibility as well as freedom to get off the tourist trails and explore the local culture and places. Their different travel styles include Basix range (aimed to break boundaries, not budgets), to their Comfort range which is a combination of some of the good things in life, with keeping your feet on the ground. With so many options; there's an Intrepid adventure to suit just about every budget and comfort level.

Intrepid Travel videos

  • Discover Vietnam
  • Discover USA
  • Discover Uganda
  • Discover Thailand
  • Discover Tanzania
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  • Discover Spain
  • Discover South Africa
  • Discover Peru
  • Discover Nepal
  • Discover Morocco
  • Discover Mongolia
  • Discover Kenya
  • Discover Italy
  • Discover India
  • Discover Egypt
  • Discover China
  • Discover Cambodia
  • Discover Botswana
  • Discover Borneo
  • Discover Australia
  • Discover Antarctica
  • Intrepid Family Adventures
  • A Taste of Vietnam
  • A Day in India
  • A Taste of China
  • From Japan with Love (and Dashi)
  • Local Vietnam Leaders
  • Q&A with Bruno Dawson
  • Angkor Trails
  • Intrepid's Adventure Collective - Guatemala
  • Iceland: The Ultimate Travel Guide
  • Taste of Tasmania
  • Kilimanjaro in the Darkness
  • Madagascar
  • Sunrise over the Great Wall of China
  • Tanzania Cycling Adventure
  • Discover Western Australia
  • China Food Adventure
  • Cuba
  • Sailing Burma
  • Australia - Red Centre
  • Sailing the Caribbean
  • Family Adventure - India
  • Europe
  • Japan: The Ultimate Travel Guide
  • Ultimate Travel Guide: Canada
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Why Intrepid

Travel is best Shared

The greatest part about travelling with others is the people; the people you meet in the places you go, and the people to travel with along the way. Understanding their perspective, their stories, and ultimately the friends you make from all over the world. These are the memories that make travel special, with others from all over the world.

Time Balanced for You

Intrepid trips are designed to be balanced with both time doing group activities, as well as time for you to just soak up what is happening around you. Intrepid make sure the time you spend travelling with them is a good mix of time with your small group, and seeing and experiencing the the places you travel to.

Places Off the Beaten Track

As well as seeing the major sites, there is always an opportunity with Intrepid to see the other things; the smaller things. It is often these small experiences, whether it is the local markets, an out of the way restaurant, or hidden galleries, that really make your travels special.

Responsible Travel

Intrepid understands that in order for destinations to keep being beautiful, they need to remain in tact - and all it takes is a little bit of self-awareness and care. Intrepid knows how to have fun still, while being respectful and allowing others the opportunity to see it as it always was.

All Travelers Welcome

Whether you’re travelling alone, with a partner, on a budget, prefer one or two pillows - it doesn’t matter, because Intrepid can help you get where you want to go. Their mission is to deliver the best travel experiences to anyone who’s up for them.

Tours run by the Pro’s

Intrepid understands that to truly understand the place you are visiting, you want to be shown around by people that live there. All their leaders are travel experts and friendly locals, knowing the destinations inside and out. Intrepid are extremely proud of their leaders; the happy personalities, that are the face of Intrepid.

Intrepid Benefits

Small Group Travel

The classic style, the small group. The company started with these tours back in the 80s with a small group, one of the local guides, a group of excited travellers, and a whole adventure ahead of them. Not much has changed, except now organising logistics is a bit easier, and travelling with a group is generally a bit more affordable.

Solo Travellers

Travelers who are traveling solo are more than welcome - what better way to see and experience the world than going off on an adventure with some other like minded travellers. Joining a group as a solo traveler can be a great way to make new friends, as well never finding yourself with no one to talk to. Best of all, it can even save you some money as you can be matched up with someone to bunk with of the same sex. And if you’d prefer your own room, there is a single supplement available on most trips.

Intrepid Travel Guides

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Intrepid Story & History

Back in 1988, two guys from Melbourne, Australia by the names of Darrell and Manch , set off on an adventure to the other side of the world. They traveled to Africa, and without air conditioning on their modified truck, they filled it with supplies, some beer, a bunch of aviator sunglasses, and some friends.

On the trip, they came up with the idea that perhaps others may be interested in this style of travel too. Just like that, not long after this moment, Intrepid was born.

These days Intrepid has grown considerably, now giving over 100,000 travelers a year the opportunity to experience adventure all across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australasia. and Antarctica.

Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • 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, you may also choose to tip your Intrepid leader.

  • What trips include a kitty and what is it?

    The Kitty system is operated on some trips like the Overland and Basix. The kitty is a cash contribution to a central fund and overseen by the travellers and crew. It helps fund accommodation, camp meals or activities for the entire group. Contribution to the kitty is compulsory on some trips while voluntary on others. Please check for the up-to-date amount 48 hours prior to your trip commencement.

  • Will the coach be modern and comfortable?

    It depends on where you are travelling and on what style of trip. On a Basix trip in Asia, expect a local bus with no air-conditioning. On a Comfort or Original trip in South America, there will be reclining seats and sometimes even refreshments offered.

  • What type of ground transportation is used?

    Intrepid uses as much local transport as possible, which means travelling on everything from a camel to a train, minivan or bus.

  • Will I be able to charge my electrical appliances?

    In most places you’ll be able to recharge your appliances at the hotel. On their Overland trips, most of the vehicles we use come with their own power supply and you should be able to recharge onboard.

  • Will I get internet coverage?

    It depends on the destination. Some places have Wi-Fi hot spots everywhere and other places will have limited or no coverage at all.

  • Will my mobile work?

    Many of the destinations are out of the way and there maybe limited coverage so Intrepid cannot guarantee your phone will work as desired. Contact your phone provider before you leave about global roaming and the costs involved, and get their advice on the coverage you’ll receive in the places you’re travelling in.

  • How can friends and family get in contact while on tour?

    Family and friends can contact Intrepid directly if they are unable to contact you in an emergency through email or phone. There is also a list of emergency contact details in the Trip Notes (for your destination).

  • What are the available communication facilities?

    Many hotels and public places have Wi-Fi so it’s usually possible to keep in touch with home every couple of days. In remote places (think Mali, Serengeti or the Sahara) or on treks or homestays, you will not be able to communicate as readily.

  • What standards of hotels should I expect?

    The hotel standards depends on the Trip Style you have chosen. Basic accommodation is generally budget (1-2 star), while Original is budget or tourist class (2-3 star). On a Comfort trip you can expect tourist class (3-4 star).