Compare Geckos Adventures vs. Intrepid Travel

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Both Intrepid and Geckos are among the industry leaders of group tours worldwide. These two tour operators are sister companies and offer a similar travel style, falling under the Intrepid brand, with the primary difference being the travellers that they cater to. While Intrepid focus’ on all ages (including specific family tours), Geckos is the youth-oriented brand catering to “18 to 30 something” travellers.
 

Group size, age requirements and travel styles

Intrepid offers three main styles of trips; Basix, Original & Comfort, depending on the preference of the traveller. Intrepid has a group size averaging from 10-12 people in most destinations, and the ages range from 18-65. They also have specific family tours, tailored specifically for families, which are available to families and parents with children. The lower age limits for these tours depends on the destination, so it is best to check the tour itinerary of the tour you are interested in. They also offer a range of travel styles, from more basic accommodations and travel style, through to a more luxurious and special experiences. 
 
Geckos only offer small group tours, with their group size being capped at 16 people, and averaging 9. Geckos offer tours to travellers aged “18 to 30 something”, so you always be travelling with similar aged, like minded travellers. Because of these smaller groups, they often stay in smaller accommodations, and try to offer “local” experiences with a focus being on local guides, central accommodations, public transport and building strong friendships among the small group.  
 
Overall, both Intrepid and Geckos are targeted at people wanting to take part in adventure travel - experiencing the world with other adventurers in a small group. 
 

Physical Requirements

With both Intrepid and Geckos, generally there is no strenuous activities that must be completed, although some optional excursions, if you decide to do them, may involve swimming, bike riding or hikes. This should be checked on a per itinerary basis, as there may be times throughout specialty tours (hiking for example) where a certain level of fitness will be required. This will be outlined in the itinerary of each tour.
 
As both operators are targeted at adventure travellers, you will be required to carry your own luggage to and from accommodation, sometimes up stairs etc. Often with both Geckos and Intrepid the transport will include (or be primarily) public transport, so it is important to remember that the luggage you take with you will need to be carried to and from public transport terminals etc. You should be in good health and fit enough to carry your own luggage walking to and from transport, accommodation etc.
 

Accommodation

With the small group size of Geckos, they try to use small, local accommodations close to the city centre. This can include guest houses, hotels, hostels, overnight trains, or even a treehouse. As accommodation can vary greatly depending on the region and destinations visited, it is best to check out the accommodation section of the full itinerary to see where you will be staying.
 
Intrepid offers a variety of accommodation, with a focus on the facilities and character, as much as convenience. Sometimes in smaller destinations they alternate tours to stay between a number of different homestays or hotels to ensure that they support more than one local partner. They offer some authentic local accommodations, such as a family-run hotel, a hilltop monastery or a Bedouin camp.
 
Accommodation for both Intrepid and Geckos is based on twin-shared accommodations where a single supplement is not mandatory but can be requested. 
 

Transportation 

Intrepid will use a variety of modes of transportation including local transport ( ranging from local buses and ferries, to camels, tuk tuks etc) & private vehicles. Intrepid Travel takes pride in using professional local travel experts to guide their tours. 
 
With the intimate group sizes of a Geckos tour, it doesn’t make sense for them to have large coaches, and so local public transport is used. This can be anything from a train across Europe, to boats around South East Asia or a camel in Northern Africa. Each Geckos tour has a detailed itinerary outlining what the accommodation and transport will be for each day of tour. 
 

Destinations

 

Cost

Intrepid and Geckos offer a similar pricing structure and have similar prices per day, although if you are looking at a particular tour it is best to compare the individual tours. In general, Contiki has a higher price per day over all, with Geckos offering a lower price per day - although in some regions this may vary, so it is best to compare the specific tours you are interested in.
 
Intrepid starting from €78 per day
Geckos starting from €68 per day
 
Intrepid starting from €45 per day
Geckos starting from €44 per day
 
Intrepid starting from €95 per day
Geckos does not operate tours in this region
 
Intrepid starting from €58 per day
Geckos starting from €63 per day
 
Intrepid  starting from €80 per day
Geckos does not operate tours in this region
 
Intrepid starting from €33 per day
Geckos starting from €70 per day
 
 
Disclaimer: We here at TourRadar have taken a look the tours offered by both operators to find the benefits of each operator’s product selection. The above are generalizations and interested travellers should compare the operator’s individual trips as costs may vary per region and style. 
 

Reviews

Overall average rating

Overall average rating

4.0 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Most popular reviews

Most popular reviews

28th April 2017
This trip was incredible. First of all...Katie is the best tour guide ever and the mo...Read more
27th April 2017
So awesome! Casablanca was not that great but all the rest was really cool. The highl...Read more
20th April 2017
First the good things: Galapagos is an amazing! Everyone should visit to see what m...Read more
19th April 2017
I had an amazing experience with Geckos Adventures in Sri Lanka. Awesome Country that...Read more
10 hours ago
It's a rather rushed experience, although our tour leader Hamid was terrific. Read more
13 hours ago
I really had the best time on my trip Perth to Broom :). Anna has been amazing! She's...Read more
1 day ago
Great wat to experience a lot.... they should make Moholoholo animal reserve an optio...Read more
1 day ago
We had a fantastic time on our Secrets of Esperence tour! The bus journeys were long ...Read more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
LUKE KAZIBWE(1 review)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Anna Teneggi(6 reviews)
nic(2 reviews)
nic2(2 reviews)
Ranto Victoire(1 review)

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

4.0 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Accommodation average rating

Accommodation average rating

4.0 out of 5 stars
4.0 out of 5 stars

Meals average rating

Meals average rating

4.0 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

Value for money average rating

Value for money average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 55 different countries
through 130 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Festival & Events
Marine
Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Marine
Activities
Festival & Events
Special Interest

Average rating

Average rating

4.0/5 from 125 reviews
4.5/5 from 6035 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

18-29
15-70

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

740
travellers met through Geckos Adventures tours
17,290
travellers met through Intrepid Travel tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$115
$174

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

15
days
14
days

Average Response Rate

Average Response Rate

100%
100%

Average Response Time

Average Response Time

Instantly
Instantly

Videos

Tours

Most popular tours

Most popular tours

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Destinations

Europe

Europe

Asia

Australia/Oceania

Australia/Oceania

Africa

Africa

North America

North America

Latin America

Latin America

Most visited destinations

Most visited destinations

Travel styles

Nature & Adventure

Nature & Adventure

Cultural

Cultural

Marine

Marine

Festival & Events

Festival & Events

Special Interest

Special Interest

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Policies

Average Group Age

Average Group Age

The average age for Geckos Adventures tours is between 18 and 29. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.
The average age for Intrepid Travel tours is between 15 and 70. The age might vary for specific tours, so please check individual tours for details.

Hold my seat

Hold my seat

TourRadar can request Geckos Adventures to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.
TourRadar can request Intrepid Travel to hold seats for you for up to hours without any credit card details.

Deposit

Deposit

TourRadar only requires a deposit of $100 to confirm a Geckos Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 22 July 2017 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm a Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 56 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 18 July 2017 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $100 is non-refundable.
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $400 is non-refundable.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for Geckos Adventures:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for Intrepid Travel:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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