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Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel

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Headquarters in Melbourne, Australia
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1088
AGE RANGE
18-99
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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

Back in 1989, 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 o...

Back in 1989, 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 that trip, they came up with the idea that perhaps others may be interested in this style of travel too. Just like that, Intrepid was born. Intrepid has come a long way since then, now giving over 100,000 travelers a year the opportunity to experience small group travel across all 7 continents. They use local transport, sleep in local accommodation from Cambodian stilt houses to Moroccan riads, and employ 100% local leaders. With three different travel styles from basix to comfort, themes ranging from cycling trips to family holidays, and itineraries crafted with the perfect balance of must-see sights and free time, Intrepid caters to every type of traveler no matter their age, budget or travel style. The company has grown and their mode of transport has evolved, but their mission remains the same: responsible travel, small groups, and big adventures.

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1,898 Intrepid Travel Reviews

Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Average
6%
Rather Poor
3%
Bad
1%
Accommodation
4 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4 / 5
Value for money
4.5 / 5
Guide
4.5 / 5
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  •  reviewer 1
    Mergui Archipelago Sailing Experience departing from Khao Lak
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on January 22, 2019
    My time on the boat was amazing. The staff was great and knowledgeable about sailing and the islands/people/sea life we encountered. And it was a nice getaway f…
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  • LJ
    Patagonia Wilderness
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on January 21, 2019
    It was amazing, group was great, and saw beautiful places
  • BL
    Circle Sri Lanka
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on January 21, 2019
    I liked the guide, the itinerary and the people in the group. Also the driver was very good.
  •  reviewer 4
    Explore Vietnam
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on January 20, 2019
    Excellent tour learnt so much history thanks to our great tour guide he was so helpful and would go above and beyond to make your trip memorable the accommodati…
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  •  reviewer 5
    China Highlights
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on January 19, 2019
    Jerry was a great guide, very personable, clearly loves his country and showing off it's fantastic history. I, personally, could have used a bit more fun in th…
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  •  reviewer 6
    Cambodia's Secrets of Angkor (Original)
    4.5 - Excellent
    Written on January 19, 2019
    Mr. Thou was my tour guide in Cambodia and he was excellent. He took care of me very well and I wouldn't have made it up and down a mountain without his help. …
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  • RA
    Cambodia Adventure
    3.5 - Good
    Written on January 19, 2019
    The tour was somewhat different more than expected in many respects. On the good side Angkor Wat was spectacular and the down side too much overland travel in s…
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  • SL
    Vietnam Express Southbound
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on January 19, 2019
    What a fabulous trip! Our tour leader Thao was amazing; he was very accommodating and thoughtful and kind all rolled into one! The itinerary included just the r…
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  •  reviewer 9
    Explore Jordan - Christmas & NYE
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on January 18, 2019
    Everything was perfect: the chosen itinerary, the diversity within the group and the guide was very knowledgeable. I just loved everything about how the trip wa…
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  • NF
    Sri Lanka Explorer
    4.0 - Good
    Written on January 18, 2019
    I felt this was more an explore or exodus trip not intrepid!!!! If you don’t nit include meals we should have be able to choose where to eat instead of being fo…
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About Intrepid Travel

Back in 1989, 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 that trip, they came up with the idea that perhaps others may be interested in this style of travel too. Just like that, Intrepid was born. Intrepid has come a long way since then, now giving over 100,000 travelers a year the opportunity to experience small group travel across all 7 continents. They use local transport, sleep in local accommodation from Cambodian stilt houses to Moroccan riads, and employ 100% local leaders. With three different travel styles from basix to comfort, themes ranging from cycling trips to family holidays, and itineraries crafted with the perfect balance of must-see sights and free time, Intrepid caters to every type of traveler no matter their age, budget or travel style. The company has grown and their mode of transport has evolved, but their mission remains the same: responsible travel, small groups, and big adventures.

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
  • Main Page Video
  • Discover the Hidden Gems of Lisbon with Intrepid Travel
  • Be Intrepid
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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 ones you travel with along the way. Understanding their perspective, their stories, and sharing your own; these are the memories that make travel special.

Well Balanced Itineraries

Intrepid trips have a nice balance between group activities, and time to just soak up what is happening around you. There’s a good mix of time spent with your small group, as well as seeing and experiencing the places you travel to.

Getting Off the Beaten Track

Intrepid will show you the major sites in a destination, but it’s often the smaller things - the local markets, an out of the way restaurant, or hidden galleries - that really make your trip special.

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel is at the core of what Intrepid does. By employing local leaders, staying in local accommodation and eating at local establishments, they make sure to support the communities they visit. Intrepid understands that in order for destinations to keep being beautiful, they need to remain intact - all it takes is a little bit of self-awareness and care.

All Travelers Welcome

Whether you’re travelling alone, with a partner or your kids, on a budget, prefer one or two pillows - 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 Locals

Intrepid understands that to truly understand the place you are visiting, you need to be shown around by the people who live there. 100% of their leaders are locals and travel experts who know the destination inside and out.

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

Solo travellers make up more than 50% of Intrepid’s passengers - what better way to see the world and make new friends than going off on an adventure with other like-minded travellers. Joining a group as a solo traveler can also be a great way to save money as you will be matched up with someone of the same sex to share a room with. And if you’d prefer your own room, there is an optional single supplement available on most trips.

Intrepid Travel Ships

  • Ocean Diamond
    Ocean Diamond
    The Ocean Diamond is a modern, stable super-yacht with spacious cabins, all with private bathroom facilities and exterior views. This outs… Read more
    Built
    1974 (renovation in 1986, 2012)
    Guests
    189
    Crew
    144
    Length
    124m
    Width
    16m
    Electricity
    220v
    Cruising Speed
    15.5 knots
    Draft
    4.9m
  • Ocean Nova
    Ocean Nova
    Designed to carry passengers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, the Ocean Nova was built in Denmark. This ship delivers c… Read more
    Built
    1992
    Guests
    78
    Crew
    38
    Length
    73m
    Width
    11m
    Suites
    38
    Electricity
    220v
    Cruising Speed
    12 knots
    Draft
    3.7m
  • Ocean Endeavour
    Ocean Endeavour
    Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an i… Read more
    Guests
    199
    Crew
    124
    Length
    137m
    Width
    16m
    Electricity
    220v
    Cruising Speed
    15n
    Draft
    5.6m
  • Ocean Adventurer
    Ocean Adventurer
    As of June 2017, Quark Expeditions’ much beloved polar expedition ship the “Sea Adventurer” will be undergoing a multi-… Read more
    Built
    1976 (refurbished in 1999 and 2002)
    Guests
    132
    Crew
    84
    Length
    101.1m
    Width
    16.2m
    Suites
    57
    Cruising Speed
    12 knots
    Draft
    4.5m
  • Ocean Atlantic
    Ocean Atlantic
    With an ice-strengthened hull, the newly renovated Ocean Atlantic is a strong and comfortable vessel operating in the polar regions. Carr… Read more
    Built
    Renovated in 2017
    Guests
    132
    Crew
    160
    Length
    140m
    Electricity
    220v
    Beam
    69ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 knots
    Draft
    5.8m
  • MV Hondius
    MV Hondius
    When it comes to Polar exploration, it doesn’t get much better than this. The brand-new M/V Hondius, debuting in 2019, is one of th… Read more
    Built
    2019
    Guests
    176
    Crew
    72
    Length
    107m
    Width
    17.6m
    Staterooms
    84
    Gross Tonnage
    6300 gt
    Cruising Speed
    15 knots
    Draft
    5.30m

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).

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