Compare G Adventures vs. Intrepid Travel

Thinking about booking a world-class tour but hitting a roadblock when choosing between operators who offer seemingly similar trips?
The good news is that both Intrepid and G Adventures have spectacular selections of tours to choose from. But how do you choose between them? 
 
 

Group size, age requirements and travel styles:

Both operators offer a variety of trips that adhere to different travel styles. 
 
G Adventures offers tours to independent travellers aged 18 and up. There are no upper age limits on most tours, but they do have YOLO tours that is restricted to 18 to 39 year olds based on the nature of activities appropriate for that demographic. Their Family Adventure travel style has tours available to families with children aged 5 to 17. All other trips (with the exception of YOLO) are open to kids aged 12 and older when accompanied by a parent. The average G Adventure tour has 10 people on a tour but allows a maximum of 15. G Adventures also has a partnership with National Geographic (called National Geographic Journeys) that offers trips that can be considered premium excursions. These trips offer more inclusions, interactions with local experts, comfortable accommodations and transportation options as well as smaller group sizes.
 
Essential India” with G Adventures 
Essential India by Intrepid
 
Intrepid also allows travellers under the age of 18 on their tours, so no worries about having to leave your 15 year old sister behind on your Euro-trip. Similar to G Adventures, Intrepid offers Family Adventure styles of travel that have a range of minimum ages depending on the destination and level of difficulty. While most trips are available to travellers 15 years old and up, all travellers under the age of 18 must have an adult accompany them. Intrepid does have a youth orientated travel brand called Geckos, which is similar to G Adventure’s YOLO tours in that the tours are available only to 18 to 35 year olds and are budget friendly. Other than the Gecko tours, there is no maximum age limit on most tours. The average Intrepid tour has 10 travellers but allows up to 16 on overland trips but most max out at 12 people. They have some trips that allow up to 24 travellers. Intrepid offers premium travel experience with their brand Peregrine, similar to G Adventure’s Nat Geo Journeys, for travellers who aren’t restricted by a budget.
 
Vietnam Family Holiday” with Intrepid 
Intrepid Vietnam Family Holiday
 
 

Physical Requirements:

Both operators offer tours that have stricter physical demands than a typical trip. 
 
G Adventures offers many tours under the umbrella of their Active travel style. These trips vary from trekking to the top of Kilimanjaro, rock-climbing, dog sledding, cycling through China’s countryside and more. You’ll absolutely need to be in good shape to have the best time possible on these types of tours. 
 
Intrepid has their Cycling and Walking & Trekking travel styles that offer tours that require you to be in good physical shape. You can expect to be working your muscles every day on one of these tours! While Intrepid’s Overland trips don’t focus as heavily on constant physical activity, they do recommend that you are reasonably fit in order to fully participate in this trip style. Some days you’ll be hiking and others you’ll need to be able to dig your truck out of the mud. 
 

Accommodation:

G Adventures rarely have a mandatory single supplement while Intrepid steers clear of them entirely. For solo travellers, both companies will typically match you with a traveller of the same gender to share your room with. 
 
The standard of accommodation will vary with both companies depending on the type of trip you decide to take. For example, nearly all tours will include air-conditioning and heating but if you’re travelling to a rural destination or a homestay you should adjust your expectations for the facilities.
 

Transportation: 

Both operators provide a variety of transportation options based on the trips. G Adventures and Intrepid use a combination of private buses and public transit to get you where you need to go. In most cases with G Adventures, you’ll be using public transit but both operators offer very similar transportation options. 
 
Most of Intrepid’s Overland trips have vehicles that come with their own power supply so that you able to recharge your devices on board. 
 
Cuba Libre” by G Adventures
Cuba Libre by G Adventures
 

Destinations:

G Adventures and Intrepid offer tours to the following locations: North America, Latin America, Polar Regions, Central America & the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand
 
Intrepid and G Adventures go to many of the same destinations but G Adventures does have a larger selection of available tours in South America while Intrepid has a wider range of South East Asia tours to choose from.
 

Cost:

G Adventures is slightly more affordable for budget travellers with their average price per day sitting at $208. They keep costs low with the use of exclusions. While their trips always include the highlights of a destination they also leave out some activities you’d considered “can’t miss.” You’ll pay for that separately in addition to the listed tour price. 
 
Intrepid can be considered slightly more expensive as their average price per day costs $242. Why the slight spike in pricing you ask? Intrepid’s accommodations tend to be on the more extravagant side (think hotel over hostel) which can easily increase overall trip prices.
 
There are many factors that affect the price of accommodations, which either increase or decrease the price of the overall trip. With G Adventures you’ll likely find cheaper rates in their South America destinations and with Intrepid, the same can be said for their South East Asia trips. Travellers should compare individual trips to ensure the best price.
 

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Exploring Machu Picchu on Intrepid’s “Peru Encompassed” 
Peru Encompassed by Intrepid
 
Everest Base Camp” with Intrepid 
Everest Base Camp with Intrepid
 
Costa Rica Quest” with G Adventures 
Costa Rica Quest with G Adventures
 
Delhi To Kathmandu Adventure” by G Adventures 
Delhi to Kathmandu by G Adventures
 
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. 
 
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Reviews

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Most popular reviews

Most popular reviews

20 hours ago
Itinerary was changed at the whim of guide Guiseppe. No walking tour in Naples. He ...Read more
1 day ago
Fantastic tour! Perfect mix of activities and down time. All must do’s included with ...Read more
1 day ago
Wonderful tour guide Jumunji who looked after us brilliantly and shared the language...Read more
1 day ago
I had so much fun on this tour!! 14 is a good size for this kind of trip. We hit a lo...Read more
10 hours ago
Brilliant mind opening tour which will forever leave me with fond memories. As a solo...Read more
14 hours ago
This is a rather basic tour Very long days travelling some rather poor accommodatio...Read more
1 day ago
This was our first ever guided tour so we did not know what to expect. This is not a ...Read more
2 days ago
Animals in galapagos. Islands and beachesRead more

Guide average rating

Guide average rating

4.5 out of 5 stars
Neil Rabjohn(4 reviews)
Les Liddell(3 reviews)
David Jalea(3 reviews)
4.5 out of 5 stars
Ivan Švacov(58 reviews)
Anna Teneggi(28 reviews)
nic(2 reviews)
nic2(2 reviews)
Ranto Victoire(1 review)

Transportation average rating

Transportation average rating

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Accommodation average rating

Accommodation average rating

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Meals average rating

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Value for money average rating

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About the operator

Number of Tours

Number of Tours

through 109 different countries
through 136 different countries

Travel Styles

Travel Styles

Cultural
Festival & Events
Nature & Adventure
Marine
Independent
Activities
Cultural
Festival & Events
Nature & Adventure
Marine
Activities

Average rating

Average rating

4.0/5 from 1184 reviews
4.5/5 from 6459 reviews

Ideal Age Group

Ideal Age Group

12-70
15-70

Travellers met via TourRadar App

Travellers met via TourRadar App

11,898
travellers met through G Adventures tours
17,411
travellers met through Intrepid Travel tours

Average Price per day

Average Price per day

$158
$191

Average Food Fund

Average Food Fund

n/a
n/a

Average tour length

Average tour length

13
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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8 days from $863
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9 days from $959
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32 days from $2783
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15 days from $1343
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20 days from $1343
26 reviews
30 days from $2399
30 reviews
15 days from $1070
28 reviews
10 days from $1142
36 reviews
7 days from $1166
33 reviews
9 days from $782
61 reviews
15 days from $1171
12 reviews
11 days from $667

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

Independent

Independent

Activities

Activities

Most Common Types

Most Common Types

Policies

Average Group Age

Average Group Age

The average age for G Adventures tours is between 12 and 70. 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 G 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 $250 to confirm a G Adventures booking. The remaining balance is then payable 65 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 25 July 2018 the full payment is necessary.
TourRadar only requires a deposit of $400 to confirm a Intrepid Travel booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 20 July 2018 the full payment is necessary.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 65 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of the tour, but the deposit of $250 is non-refundable.As an added benefit though, you can use the deposit for future bookings with G Adventures.
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 $400 is non-refundable.

Credit Cards

Credit Cards

The following cards are accepted for G Adventures:Visa- Master Card- American Express
The following cards are accepted for Intrepid Travel:Visa- Master Card- American Express
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  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • N. America
  • L. America