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Intrepid Travel
Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel

4.6/5 - Excellent
Headquarters in Melbourne, Australia
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TOURS
1145
AGE RANGE
18-99
RESPONSE RATE
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RESPONSE TIME
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  • Over 1,000 itineraries in +100 countries
  • Our tour leaders are 100% local
  • Certified B Corp
  • Authentic, sustainable small-group tours
  • Responsible business is ingrained in our culture
  • Largest 'small group adventure' tour provider in the world

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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7,749 Intrepid Travel Reviews

Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Average
3%
Rather Poor
1%
Bad
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Accommodation
4 / 5
Transportation
4.5 / 5
Meals
4 / 5
Value for money
4.5 / 5
Guide
4.5 / 5
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  • MK
    Melbourne to Alice Springs Overland (10 Days)
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on June 19, 2020
    Amazing tour. The programme was varied and super interesting and the guides were excellent. Great ways to learn about the nature and culture of Australia. The h…
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    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Thank you so much Marta! `
  •  reviewer 2
    Sri Lanka Family Holiday
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on May 25, 2020
    Amazing trip! We travelled to Sri Lanka in August/September 2019 and had a great experience with Step Lanka and our driver and guide Tharaka. We visited some am…
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    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Thank you so much Alex & Gemma! We can't wait for the day you can travel again with us :)
  •  reviewer 3
    Africa Encompassed Southbound
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on May 8, 2020
    Our trip was broken into two different tour leaders (Lelei and Nash), drivers (Sam and Strong Patrick) and cooks (Nicholas and Simon) all of which were phenomen…
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    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Thank you so much Parker! We're so glad you enjoyed your trip and can't wait to see where your next adventures takes you :)
  •  reviewer 4
    Explore Egypt & Jordan
    1.0 - Bad
    Written on April 16, 2020
    Appalling customer service, this company has stolen my money and refused to return it even though the T&C's said I would get a full refund if they cancelled the…
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    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Sharon, we're sorry for the delay in our response but are glad you have now been refunded. We're sorry your trip was unable to go ahead due to COVID-19 but hopefully you (and the rest of the world) will be back out on adventures in the not to distant future. Thanks for your patience as we worked through the process.
  • MC
    River Kwai & Ancient Thai Kingdoms
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on April 4, 2020
    River Kwai & Ancient Thai Kingdoms Tour This was a fabulous three day tour covering a variety of scenic, cultural, religious and historical sites which we fou…
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    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Thank you so much Marion! We're so glad you enjoyed your trip - Nai and Mr. Bob will appreciate your kind words.
  • DA
    Morocco Encompassed
    1.0 - Bad
    Written on April 3, 2020
    Although Tour Radar once again was a pleasure to pre-book my tour with, Intrepid Tours was a nightmare once they determined that, only 4 short days into an 18 d…
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    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Donna, We’re sorry your tour had to end early due to the coronavirus pandemic. We want to assure you that all our guides, including Mustapha, were supported by our local and global teams to assist making arrangements to get all our travellers home safely. Due to the unpresented amount of enquires, we acknowledge that there were extended wait times to contact our customer service team and are sincerely sorry if you were unable to contact us. We’re so glad Mustapha made such a wonderful impression on you as our local guides are what makes Intrepid what it is. We hope you’re able to travel with us again and experience how much we truly value our travellers and all they do for local communities around the world.
  •  reviewer 7
    China Experience
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on April 1, 2020
    Loved it Jerry the main dude was great
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Thanks so much Taylor!
  • SF
    Sydney to Cairns Northbound
    4.0 - Good
    Written on April 1, 2020
    Was a great tour the second week is definitely the better week though as you are round the coast, Fraser Island and the Whit Sundays are just beautiful. My gro…
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    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Thank you so much Sue - we look forward to the day Andrew is back doing what he loves.
  • RP
    Essential Japan
    5.0 - Excellent
    Written on April 1, 2020
    Everything was very well organized and informative
    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Thank you Ryan!
  • CH
    Best of Myanmar
    4.0 - Good
    Written on March 31, 2020
    The Intrepid trip was well organised with a very good tour guide and good accommodation and meals. The places taken to were interesting and enjoyable particular…
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    Intrepid Travel commented on this review
    Hi Christopher, our apologies for the delay in responding. We received an unprecedented amount of emails but you will be hearing from us shortly. We're so glad you enjoyed your trip.

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
  • TourRadar presents Alberta in Summer
  • TourRadar presents Alberta in Winter
  • TourRadar presents Bali's Beaches & Islands
  • TourRadar presents Tegallalang Rice Terrace
  • TourRadar presents Ganga Aarti at Varanasi
  • TourRadar presents The Sorrento Peninsula
  • TourRadar presents Aït Benhaddou
  • TourRadar presents The Imperial Cities
  • TourRadar presents Cycling Through Hoi An
  • TourRadar presents The Dambulla Cave Temple
  • TourRadar presents Ella to Kandy by Train
  • TourRadar presents Sigiriya Rock
  • TourRadar presents Chiang Mai
  • TourRadar presents Island Hopping in Thailand
  • TourRadar presents Morocco with Intrepid Travel
  • TourRadar presents Thailand with Intrepid Travel
  • TourRadar presents Morocco with John
  • TourRadar presents Thailand with Sam & Laura
  • TourRadar presents Intrepid Travel
  • TourRadar presents Intrepid Travel
  • Top 10 Philippines: On Tour with Flying The Nest
  • Tour the Philippines: Best of with Flying the Nest
  • Inca Trail & Amazon
  • Tour the World - Ep 1: Inca Trail & Amazon
  • Tour the World - Ep 2: Inca Trail & Amazon
  • Tour the World - Ep 3: New York to Miami
  • New York to New Orleans
  • Tour the World - Ep 4: New York to Miami
  • Tour the World - Ep 5: Rome to Amalfi
  • Tour the World - Ep 6: A Million Dollar View
  • Tour the World - Ep 7: Okavango Experience
  • Tour the World - Ep 8: Thailand Real Food Adventure
  • Jumping into Antarctic Waters
  • Discover Antarctica
Discover Vietnam

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.

Safe Travels

A safe and responsible return to travel

As we start planning our return to running trips, the safety and wellbeing of our travellers, leaders, crew, staff and suppliers will remain our priority and our return to operations will be done in a safe and responsible way.  


We have reviewed all our health and safety policies and are implementing new minimum standards that emphasize increased hygiene and sanitation. These are in line with recommendations from the World Health Organization and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators. Before we resume trips in any destination, our itineraries will undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and audit, while leaders and suppliers will complete COVID-19 health and safety training.


Before travelling, we recommend you check your government’s travel advisory and the World Health Organization website for the most up to date information about destinations and permitted travel from each country. 

Your safety remains our priority

  • Extensive COVID-19 Health & Safety guidelines
  • Local leaders
  • On ground experts
  • Smaller groups (average 10)
  • Single supplements, if you'd rather have your own room (subject to availability)
  • Leaders in ethical travel since 1989

Safe Travels

Intrepid Travel has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that we have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols – so you can experience ‘Safe Travels’. 

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… Read more
    Built
    1982 (Refurbished: 2018 )
    Guests
    198
    Crew
    124
    Length
    137m
    Width
    21 m
    Registry
    Bahamas
    Electricity
    220v
    Cruising Speed
    15n
    Engines
    4 x Skoda Sulzer 6ZL40/48
    Draft
    5.8 m
  • 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
    198
    Crew
    160
    Length
    140m
    Electricity
    220v
    Beam
    69ft
    Cruising Speed
    12 knots
    Draft
    5.8m
    Capacity
    Width
    Suites
    Staterooms
    Registry
    Gross Tonnage
    Generators
    Engines
  • 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
  • Grand Queen Beatriz
    Grand Queen Beatriz
    Experience the ‘Enchanted Islands’ in our new custom-built yacht, the Grand Queen Beatriz. Custom built, with a stylish moder… Read more
    Built
    2018
    Guests
    16
    Crew
    8
    Length
    41m
    Gross Tonnage
    317
    Electricity
    110V
    Beam
    9m
    Cruising Speed
    10 knots
  • Daphne
    Daphne
    Catering to a variety of travel styles and budgets, Daphne has cabin options to suit every traveller. Relax on Daphne's spacious sundeck or… Read more
    Capacity
    Built
    Guests
    16
    Crew
    Length
    Width
    Suites
    Staterooms
    Registry
    Gross Tonnage
    Electricity
    Beam
    Cruising Speed
    Generators
    Engines
    Draft

Intrepid Travel Guides

  • Guide Anna Teneggi
    "Im an energetic person who never stops, I am excited about our great nature and animals which we can…"
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What makes us unique

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 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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