Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013
Cycling The Danube Vienna to Budapest
Trip code: AZXD
Validity: 01 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2013
This is a classic one-week ride through the beautiful peaceful scenery that links these two historic cities. Vienna requires little introduction, with a wealth of history, famous sites, entertainment and culture. The route passes numerous rural villages and takes in the famous 'Danube Bend', one of the most picturesque sections of this famous river. Finish the trip in the beautiful city of Budapest with time to soak up the wonderful atmosphere, enjoy the stunning architecture and visit Buda Castle and the Royal Palace.
The operator for this trip is our experienced sister company Exodus. Your group will therefore be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers.
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- Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Day 1 Vienna
Gruss Gott! Welcome to Austria.
After making your own way to the hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore Vienna at your leisure.
Once the centre of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna is today a cosmopolitan city with music in the air and the grandeur of a golden past.
Climb the 343 steps to the top of the tower of St Stephen's Cathedral.
Take a spin on the famous Prater Ferris Wheel.
You might like to head out to Schoenbrunn for a guided audio tour of the summer palace designed by Empress Maria Theresa herself. The Gloriette Monument has incredible views of Vienna. The palace gardens are free to all visitors but there is a charge for entrance and tours of the palace. Avoid long queues for this by pre-booking your tickets at www.schoenbrunn.at.
- Sigmund Freud Museum - EUR7
- Schoenbrunn Palace - EUR14
- Vienna State Opera House tour - EUR6
- Prater Ferris Wheel - EUR9
- St Stephen's Tower - EUR4
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 2 Bad-Deutsch Altenburg
This morning there will be a meeting at 8:30 where you collect your bike before setting off on your first day of riding.
As you leave Vienna the route takes you through extensive flood plains, which have turned into small ponds offering a rich habitat to countless species of birds, animals and insects. You'll follow the Donauinsel, a long, thin island, and continue to one of Austria's most important archaeological sites, the Roman remains at Petronell-Carnuntum. We spend the night in the small town of Bad-Deutsch Altenburg.
Much of the track is gravel/grit but it is comfortable to ride on.
Cycling distance: approx 45 km.
- Open Air Museum Petronell - EUR9
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 3 Halaszi
Three countries - Austria, Slovakia and Hungary - in one day today! On your way into Hungary it is worth making a short detour into the old city of Bratislava. Europe's youngest capital city, Bratislava has a quaint old city centre with numerous sites, lovely pedestrian zones, and countless restaurants and cafes which will tempt you to explore.
Our cycle route then begins to move away from the water to follow roads through villages and woods on the way to Halaszi.
Lying quietly on the banks of the Danube River, the small Hungarian village of Halaszi features a beautiful Baroque church and is a good spot for fishing.
Cycling distance: approx 60 km
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 4 Gyor
The beginning of today's ride will continue through the area known as 'Little Alfold', a plain of around 8000 square kilometres which covers the area where the borders of Austria, Hungary and Slovakia come together. The Danube and its tributaries divide up the land as do the rural communities which dot the landscape, making it an enchanting area to cycle. From Dunaszeg, a riverside gravel track leads to the historic city of Gyor.
Located on the junction of three rivers, the beguiling town of Gyor is famed for its impressive Old Town which is full of Renaissance and Baroque buildings.
Perhaps spend the evening walking along the narrow lanes and past the cathedrals and palaces of this beautiful city centre.
Cycling distance: approx 45 km.
There is also a longer route available today, which will be detailed in the route notes you will receive on arrival.
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 5 Tata/Komarom
You'll depart from the Danube for the day and ride through the undulating countryside to Tata, located at the foothills of the Gerecse Mountain range. Along the way you'll pass through many pretty villages, including Babolna, famous for its Arabian horse breeding studs. Here you can visit the studs and the Stud Museum and get an insight into the secrets of Hungarian horse breeding.
It is possible to extend your ride today to visit the Basilica of Pannonhalma - a masterpiece of Hungarian architecture.
You'll spend tonight in either Tata or Komarom depending on the availability of accommodation.
Cycling distance: approx 60 km
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 6 Esztergom
If you spent the previous night in Tata, you might like to consider taking the train to Komarom this morning as the road can get very busy. From Komarom you will begin your cycle along the Slovakian side of the river bank through quaint villages and past the archaeological site of Kelemantia, the remains of a Roman fort. Your destination is Esztergom.
As the seat of the Hungarian kingdom for hundreds of years, Esztergom is known as the 'town of the Bishops and Kings' or the 'Rome of Hungary'. The city has a beautiful old centre and its domed Basilica is the largest Catholic cathedral in Hungary.
- Esztergom Basilica - Free
Days 7-8 Budapest
Ride around the Danube bend past Visegrad, once the corner of the Roman empire. Its impressive royal palace dominates the scene over the river, known as the 'knee' of the Danube. Then it is on to another cultural highlight as you quickly approach the artists' town of Szentendre. Considered an open-air museum, it is the perfect place to stop, have a drink and a bit of relaxation before making the final push on to Budapest. The route crosses the river by ferry at Vac, and includes a short section on an island in the middle of the Danube. As you arrive in Budapest you are greeted by the impressive parliament building. Try to arrive in time to return your bike and have a few hours to explore the city.
Known as 'The Pearl of the Danube', Budapest is the perfect city to enjoy from the water. From here you'll see the magnificent buildings that line the banks of the Danube River and the bridges linking Buda to Pest. Take one of the tourist boat trips to see the sights, walk across the magnificent Chain Bridge or catch a funicular to the castle for a spectacular view of the Parliament Building.
For art or history buffs, Budapest has many museums to occupy you for at least a few days. If you have extra time, head out to Statue Park to see the communist monuments that were removed from the city streets after the fall of the Iron Curtain. We definitely recommend staying a few more days to make the most of all there is to see and do here.
One unmissable activity is a soak in the hot thermal baths. There are several around the city centre ranging from the sumptuous and elegant to simple outdoor types. There are pools of varying degrees - some with whirlpools, chess boards and seats where you can enjoy it all while recuperating in the therapeutic waters.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
- Hungarian State Opera House Tour - HUF2900
- Hammer & Sickle Tour - HUF7000
- House of Terror - HUF2000
- Thermal bath - HUF2500
Hotel (1 nt)
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
- Cycling The Danube Vienna to Budapest Single Supplement (AZXD)
- Electric Bike Hire - AZXD Trips only - Exodus (AZXD)
- Local Bike Hire - Cycling the Danube: Vienna to Budapest (AZXD) - Exodus (AZXD)
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
This trip will raise your heartbeat. Moderate physical activities are included and a good level of fitness is required.
This is a leisurely cycling trip with an average daily ride of about 55 km (34 miles). We mostly use cycle paths and there is some road riding in Hungary. Hills are rare except for one day.
Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Intrepid nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Intrepid. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European countries still have their own national currencies.
The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.
You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.
When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place.
Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. While travelling we recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. Change can be difficult to obtain so throughout the day, try to gain as many small denominations as you can.
You might be advised to take some of your money as travellers' cheques from a major financial institute. Travellers' cheques have security advantages, however please be aware that the exchange rates may not be favourable and that it is difficult to change Travellers' cheques in most countries. Be particularly aware that after hours money exchanges and hotel receptions carry high commissions- sometimes up to 20%.
For money safety we recommend that you carry your cash and credit cards in a secure money belt or pouch concealed under your clothes.
The local currency in Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). ATMs are readily available, credit cards are widely accepted and traveller's cheques in major brands can be exchanged.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
If you're happy with the services provided, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.
Local guides: We suggest EUR1-2 per person per day for local guides.
Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
This trip is operated by our trusted local partners, Exodus.
Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 12. Anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or guardian.
Bike hire is not included in the cost of the tour. Bikes can be hired in advance, for more information please speak to our sale team. You can also take your own bike. Please check with your airline on any restrictions.
Helmets are provided free of charge on this trip but you may want to take your own as a personal preference.
As this tour is unaccompanied, it is wise to know how to repair or change an inner tube before setting off on your bike. If you have hired a bike, all bikes are serviced before rental and emergency numbers are provided on arrival should there be more complex problems.
Luggage is transferred by a local taxi company, please leave your luggage at the hotel reception on the day of hotel change. Your instructions and routing will confirm timings.
Bikes will need to be left in the hotel car park or in a secure parking facility. Locks are provided as part of the bike hire. If you are travelling with your own bike, remember to pack a secure lock.
SELF GUIDED CYCLING TOURS:
The self-guided cycling trips are for those who like to cycle independently, but without the hard work of planning the trip. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. The route notes that are provided before your departure are detailed with up-to-date directions to aid you when getting from A to B. Please note that some of these directions are subject to last minute changes as unforseen circumstances can alter the routes slightly.
Maximum of 6 travellers per group.
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit:
The price is based on 2 persons sharing, therefore if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party, one person will need to take a single room, and pay a single supplement. Similarly, for clients travelling alone, there is a compulsory single room supplement. As this is a self-guided trip we are unable to match single travellers in a room with another single traveller.
Hotel (6 nts)
Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in simple inns and 3 and 4 star hotels along the route. In the larger towns such as Vienna and Budapest, the hotels are standard city tourist-class hotels. All rooms are en-suite.
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
Breakfast: Continental style buffet breakfast.
Lunch and Dinner (not included): there are numerous restaurants along the route with a selection of menus of two or more courses and the route notes will provide more details to help you decide.
Bicycle, Support vehicle
Luggage is transported between hotels by taxi service or minibus. The hotels are often able to dispatch a taxi should you need it, but may wish to charge you for this service. You will be pedalling under your own steam but the emergency number for our local operator is in the trip notes if you need assistance.
SELF-GUIDED HIRE BIKES:
If you are choosing to hire your bike, it will come supplied with:
- 1 front bar bag with a plastic folder for your route notes and maps (1 per 2 people if travelling together)
- 1 rear pannier
- 1 bike lock
- 1 repair kit which includes 1 spare inner tube and a pump (1 per 2 people if travelling together)
- Front and rear lights
Seat and handlebar heights will have been set up in advance from the height you gave us at time of booking. However when you receive your bike there will be the opportunity to test and adjust it.
As you are riding unaccompanied it is wise to know at least how to repair or change an inner tube before setting off. The bikes are serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems but there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.
As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.
It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.
Unspecified Vienna Hotel
We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact section below for who to contact depending upon your starting location.
Unspecified Budapest Hotel
Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON THIS TRIP (EXCLUDING RUSSIA, UKRAINE, TURKEY):
Australia: No - Not required
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: No - Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: No - Not required
UK: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required
Issues on your trip
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
What to take
What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
BRINGING YOUR OWN BIKE:
Plenty of people choose to bring their own bikes on our cycle trips. If you wish to bring your own bike, please note that we cannot guarantee against small scratches and paintwork damage involved in the loading and unloading from support vehicles.
Please note that helmets must be worn when riding on all our Cycling holidays. You must bring your own helmet with you for this trip, as they are not available for hire.
EXTRA BIKE BITS:
You may like to bring your own saddle (excluding the seat post), or over gel cover to fit to the hire bikes. We encourage this, if it's your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle at the end of the trip. We can't guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.
A helmet, eye-protection (sunglasses), cycling gloves and water bottles or hydration system (e.g. camelbak). Please note that helmets must be worn when riding off-road on all our Cycling holidays. You must bring your own helmet with you for this trip, as they are not available for hire.
RECOMMENDED CYCLING CLOTHING::
Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof / windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting day pack.
FIRST AID KIT:
You should bring a small, personal first aid kit with you including items such as high factor sunscreen, lip balm and chamois cream if required.
Please note that helmets are obligatory for adults cycling outside cities in Slovakia, and at night or if there is bad visibility you are required to have either reflectors or a safety vest.
You will also need to bring the following equipment with you:
- Hand pump
- Spare tubes, patches and glue
- Tyre levers
- Multi tool
- Spare set of brake pads.
The support van carries a range of tools and 2 track pumps that you are free to use to assemble your bike, and make any adjustments during the trip. Basic spares are also carried but we are never too far from a bike shop in case you need a specialist part. Every night the bikes will be put in a garage/shed but it is best to bring a lock, just to ensure yours is safe.
All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative.
If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
In general, there are few dress restrictions in Europe. Note when visiting churches that modest dress is required - shorts or skimpy tops may not be permitted.
A couple of rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
The Intrepid Foundation
Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
After your travels, we want to hear from you! We realise that our partner company may ask you to complete paper or online feedback following your trip, however we would also like to know what you thought and encourage you to submit your feedback to us too. This is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next trip if your feedback is completed online within 4 weeks of finishing your trip.