Croatian Active Family Holiday Trip Notes

Croatian Active Family Holiday

Last Modified: 27 May 2016
Croatian Active Family Holiday
Trip code: ZEFC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Discover beautiful Croatia on a family adventure to remember. Hike through stunning mountain scenery, learn the difference between stalactites and stalagmites on a caving expedition, bike alongside meandering streams and cascading waterfalls and raft the gentle rapids along the Zrmania River. Feel like taking a break? There’s ample relaxation time too – swim and snorkel in the clear blue Adriatic sea, wander along the stunning waterfront paths with an ice cream, or simply relax in the sun by the hotel pool.
Table of Contents
StyleGroup sizeFinish point
ThemesYour fellow travellersEmergency contact
Is this trip right for you?AccommodationVisas
Why we love itAccommodation NotesWhat to take
MapMeals introductionHealth
ItineraryMealsTravel insurance
Itinerary disclaimerMoney mattersA couple of rules
Physical ratingGroup leaderResponsible Travel
Included activitiesSafetyThe Intrepid Foundation
Important notesJoining pointFeedback
Style
Original
Themes
Family
Is this trip right for you?
- This is an active trip packed with activities such as cycling, white-water rafting, and hiking. To fully enjoy it, you'll need to be in a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the water-based experiences, you'll need to be a confident swimmer.
- It can get very hot in the summer in Croatia (over 40°C), and although you’ll be staying near water for refreshing dips, hats, sunscreen and long sleeve tops are recommended.
- Make sure you pack some sturdy and comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking around cobblestone streets, up mountains and through gorges, and maybe in ancient and historical sights where you’ll need to watch you footing.
Why we love it
- Get into the heart of Paklenica National Park – hike where the mountains meet the sea, where stunning deep gorges, atmospheric caves, lush forests, and lost villages wait to be explored
- Drift along pure spring-fed rivers past sparkling waterfalls, and then battle with rushing rapids as you ride the Zrmanja River on a whitewater raft
- Calm things down and conquer the sea as you cruise between the unique islands of Kornati National Park for a spot of swimming and snorkelling
- Discover why Croatia is the place all the foodies want to be – drop by wild Pag island and get hands on with the tasty local cheese
- Mix activities with a dip into the country’s history – cycling though Krka National Park is like a ride through Croatia’s past
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Biograd
Your Croatian Adventure gets under way with your arrival in the seaside town of Biograd. Check-in to the hotel, which is located about 40 minutes drive from the city of Zadar. You can arrive at anytime before a welcome meeting at 6pm. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, maybe arrive a day early so you're able to attend. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. When you arrive, take some time to explore the marina or enjoy a walk along the beach. Time permitting, head to the nearby coastal town of Zadar – the musical steps on the waterfront express its important relationship with the sea. Trace marble streets through the Old Town and discover Roman ruins in amongst medieval churches. Croatia is fast becoming a hot destination on the radar of foodies, so get stuck into some local food tonight.
Accommodation
Hotel Crvena Luka (1 nt)
Meals
1 dinner
Day 2 Pag Island
After breakfast this morning, you’ll head up the little spits of land around here to visit the island of Pag (approximately 1.5 hours). There's a strong wind that blows here in the winter months, and over many long years it’s transformed the rocky surface into a bare and moon-like landscape. The island is mostly home to sheep and a determined group of hearty islanders who wring an existence from the barren country. There are aromatic herbs that grow among the stones and give a unique taste to the famous sheep cheese, which alongside lamb and seafood delicacies make up the gastronomic offerings of the island. You’ll explore the island and the formerly wealthy salt-mining town of Pag, before having lunch in a locally run restaurant and visiting a cheese factory. Here you’ll get to sample many delights, including the salty, sharp and tangy paški sir cheese. After saying cheese, you’ll transfer to Zadar (approximately 1 hour), the former capital of Dalmatia whose rich heritage is visible at every step – Roman ruins in among medieval churches. It’s also a great place to check out the country’s vibrant café culture. After a full day, return back to the hotel in the evening.
Included Activities
  • Zadar City Tour
  • Pag Island Visit
    Accommodation
    Hotel Crvena Luka (1 nt)
    Meals
    1 breakfast, 1 lunch
    Day 3 Krka National Park
    Saddle up! Today you’ll jump on two wheels to cycle through the impressive Krka National Park. This 30-year-old national parks cover around 111 square kilometres from the head of the Krka River in the Knin Valley, down to the bridge of Sibenik, where the river flows into the sea. On its 75 kilometre long journey the river creates many beautiful lakes, waterfalls and cataracts – the 44-metre high Skradinski Buk is one of the most wonderful cascades in Eastern Europe. The park has an exceptionally rich and diverse collection of animals and planets – there are 860 species and sub-species of plants recorded, and it is one of the most important places in Europe for birds. It’s not just natural beauty that the park offers – the Franciscan church and monastery on the island of Visovac is just a short boat ride across a beautiful lake. There is hardly a better way to get around the area of the National Park than on a bike. Today’s route will lead you through Croatian history, passing through a landscape of forests and hills, monuments and bird reserves – you’ll even have time for a refreshing dip!
    Included Activities
    • Krka National Park Cycling
      Accommodation
      Hotel Crvena Luka (1 nt)
      Meals
      1 breakfast
      Day 4 Paklenica - Hiking
      From biking to hiking today. Lace up your boots for a hike through Paklenica National Park – a great way to get familiar with the area. The National Park is home to some of the Croatia’s finest mountain scenery and one of the most visited climbing sites in Europe, incredible rock formations and stunning natural terrain. Drive for an hour and then begin a 2-3 hour trek up gorgeous gorges, stopping to admire the impressive views and lush surroundings. This part of Croatia is characteristic by the rocky landscape, dominated by the view of the slopes of the serrated Velebit mountain peaks and beech and black pine forest. Appreciate the untouched nature and diverse wild surroundings, with thousands of different plant species (79 of which are native to the area). Continue up to Manita cave and explore the 175 metre long cavern, filled with fantastic rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites. It’s cool in the cave so packing a jumper is a good idea. After leaving the cave, ascend a little further to the Lugarnica mountain lodge, where you’ll take a well-earned rest and refreshment. Return down the mountain, and back down the coast to Biograd. Today you'll also enjoy lunch in a small tavern that offers only local food prepared in the traditional way.
      Included Activities
      • Paklenica National Park Hiking
      • Manita Cave Visit
        Accommodation
        Hotel Crvena Luka (1 nt)
        Meals
        1 breakfast, 1 lunch
        Day 5 Kornati National Park - Boat trip
        Swap the mountains for the water. After breakfast, head out to sea and the Kornati National Park for a day touring the rugged limestone coastline. Made up of more than 140 islands, islets and reefs, the national park is a wonderful place to spend the day. Cruise across the crystal clear blue waters between the islands that are uniquely free of permanent settlement, only a few simple houses in well-protected coves that are used by mainland landowners as temporary shelters. Stop to dive into the water for swimming or snorkelling, and soak up the sun on the boat or perhaps on a secluded stretch of rocky beach. Look out at the towering cliffs and across the barren moonscape islands (eaten clean by the sheep that used to graze here), then enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh fish. Don’t get too used to this lovely way of life at sea, because you’ll have to return to Biograd this evening! Don’t worry though – dinner at a local restaurant is waiting for you tonight.
        Included Activities
        • Kornati National Park Boat Trip
          Accommodation
          Hotel Crvena Luka (1 nt)
          Meals
          1 breakfast
          Day 6 Free day
          After the last few days of action, it’s time for a rest! Today has been left free to do as you choose. There is no shortage of options – a dip in the azure blue waters of the Adriatic Sea or the hotel pool, a doze and picnic on the sandy beach, or perhaps another exploration of Zadar. For those interested in history, you could visit the atmospheric 9th and 10th century buildings of St. Peter's Chapel in nearby Starigrad or St. George Chapel in Rovanjska. Alternatively, head to the village of Nadin for a traditional lunch and some wine tasting – this area is known for producing some of the finest organic wines in the country. If action is still the order of the day, there are many optional activities that can be undertaken in the nearby national park. Otherwise, maybe just wander the winding streets of Biograd in search of the local specialty of sour cherry strudel.
          Included Activities
          • Free day at hotel
            Accommodation
            Hotel Crvena Luka (1 nt)
            Meals
            1 breakfast
            Day 7 River Rafting
            The Zrmanja River travels 69 kilometres as it winds along its route from the southern part of Mount Pljesevica towards the Adriatic Sea. The river is amongst the most beautiful rivers in Europe with perfectly clear warm water, a magnificent waterfall, spectacular canyon sides, and lots of fish and birdlife. Today delivers all things wet and wild as you hit the water for an exciting white water rafting adventure, so make sure you pack your swimming gear, a towel and sunscreen. After a short one-hour drive you’ll reach the start point at Kaštel Žegarski. Have a briefing, then get a feel for your craft as you begin your journey down the river all the way to Muškovci. Work together as a team to paddle and battle some rapids easy enough for beginners, then – if time and weather permit – visit the beautiful Kupa waterfalls and swim under them. More waterfalls (some with white ice-like appearances) and rapids await as the gradient gradually increases to the finishing point. Drifting serenely and also getting the heart pumping makes this a memorable day of activity. Return to Biograd and maybe celebrate the end of this amazing active adventure with a final group meal.

            Notes: No previous rafting experience is needed and the minimum age is 6 years old. We use professional SOTAR rafts for 6-8 persons, reliable and stable, easy to manoeuvre on white water. You will be kitted out with a life jacket, a paddle and a helmet, plus long neoprene suits and rain jackets in case of cold weather. Waterproof containers are available for personal items (camera, drinks, etc.). Don’t forget to bring shorts or a bathing suit, T-shirt, spare clothes, a towel, sun cream and a bottle of water. In case of colder weather, please take a long-sleeved shirt.
            Included Activities
            • Zrmanja River Rafting
              Accommodation
              Hotel Crvena Luka (1 nt)
              Meals
              1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
              Day 8 Return home
              Today your Croatian adventure comes to an end (unless you want to stay on and explore a little longer – speak to your booking agent when booking). Take breakfast with the group this morning before saying your goodbyes to your newly-found friends and thinking about where to head to next.
              Meals
              1 breakfast
              Itinerary disclaimer
              ITINERARY CHANGES 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. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! 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. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

              OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: 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 approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
              Physical rating

              These trips are setup to involve and include all the family so no real physical preparation is necessary. The trips all have some degree of physical activity but nothing that is too strenuous. Please check the physical rating on the trip notes and if you need further explanation please contact one of our sales consultants who will provide you with more detailed information.
              Included activities
              Zadar City Tour
              Pag Island Visit
              Krka National Park Cycling
              Paklenica National Park Hiking
              Manita Cave Visit
              Kornati National Park Boat Trip
              Free day at hotel
              Zrmanja River Rafting
              Important notes
              A DISCOUNT OF 10% APPLIES ON THIS TRIP TO CHILDREN UNDER 15 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF TRAVEL.

              Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.

              Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

              Group size
              Maximum of 16 travellers per group.
              Your fellow travellers
              You will travel in a group with other like-minded families who may have come from all over the world. We find that the kids of all ages usually bond really well and act as a catalyst for the rest of the group. If you are keen to know the ages of other children on the trip then please ask. 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.

              Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. On our Family Adventures, single relatives or friends are welcome to travel along with a family. These single travellers share with people of the same gender for the duration of the trip and in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Please note that some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our Comfort and Original style trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own room (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

              A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.
              Accommodation
              Hotel (7nt)
              GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
              Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.

              Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.

              Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

              Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.

              OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
              The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

              TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
              Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.

              CHECK-IN TIME
              Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

              PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
              If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
              Meals introduction
              While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
              Meals
              7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
              Money matters
              The receipt of commissions or kickbacks in exchange for recommending particular shops or services is ingrained in the culture of the tourism industry. Rather than turning a blind eye to this unavoidable issue in some areas, Intrepid has established a centralised fund whereby contributions from recommended suppliers are collected and distributed back into the business. Intrepid aim to provide the best value trips in the market, and this fund assists in keeping operating costs and trip prices low to you.

              A priority in establishing this fund is that the experience of our traveller - you - is not compromised in any way. Please let us know via the feedback form completed after your trip if we are successfully meeting this objective.

              Currency exchange rates often fluctuate. For the most up to date rates please refer to the following website: www.oanda.com.

              The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which are plentiful throughout all the main cities. Check with your bank for information on ATM international fees.

              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. When using your debit card, check your receipts and keep them to compare against your statement when you get home.

              We recommend that you carry some foreign currency cash for when ATMs can not be accessed, have broken down or run out of cash. There are few problems changing money as there are many banks and currency exchange facilities. Cash in EUR, GBP and USD dollars are favoured for exchange.

              Occasionally banks will also allow cash advances on your credit card, but it is not recommended to rely on this.

              While some banks and 5 star hotels will change Travellers' Cheques the process is time consuming and commissions can be high (up to 10%) and it can be difficult to change on weekends and public holidays. The easiest cheques to change are Thomas Cook or American Express in USD, EUR or GBP.

              SPENDING MONEY
              When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

              TIPPING
              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 per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: In local markets and basic restaurants and cafes - round your bill up to the nearest €1. In more up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill. Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides. You may also have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers. You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €2-€4 per person, per day can be used. 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. In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

              All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

              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. This amount is suggested per person.

              EMERGENCY FUNDS
              Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
              Group leader
              All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that will even get the kids trying new things, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

              Our leaders are not babysitters on this trip - we leave that to you (the experts), but they will make sure that group members of all ages are able to explore their destination safely and with as much fun as possible. Our group leaders are not responsible for looking after children at any time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times throughout this itinerary.
              Safety
              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 and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. 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 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 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:
              Joining point
              Hotel Crvena Luka
              Crvena Luka, Biograd na Moru, Croatia
              Zadar
              CROATIA
              Finish point
              Hotel Crvena Luka
              Crvena Luka, Biograd na Moru, Croatia
              Zadar
              CROATIA
              Emergency contact
              In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Office can be reached on the number listed below:

              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.

              Fortuna Travel - Dinka Torjanac: 0038598275923
              Visas
              Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.
              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, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes).

              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.

              Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:

              WATER BOTTLE:
              Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. 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.

              http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf
              Health
              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.
              Travel insurance
              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 group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

              If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
              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 group leader or local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
              Responsible Travel
              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.

              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$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:

              http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

              Feedback
              After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.