Family Sailing Italy - Amalfi Coast Trip Notes

Take your family sailing along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, exploring the Bay of Naples, Capri, Amalfi and Procida Island - pretty much all the places that makes sailing in Italy so amazing.

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      USD $1,845
      CAD $1,870
      AUD $1,940
      EUR €1,350
      GBP £1,160
      NZD $2,295
      ZAR R17,660
      CHF FR1,665
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      CAD $1,939*
      AUD $1,974*
      EUR €1,400*
      GBP £1,203*
      NZD $2,381*
      ZAR R18,158*
      CHF FR1,721*
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Last Modified: 17 Oct 2014
Family Sailing Italy - Amalfi Coast
Trip code: ZSFSC
Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
Imagine spending carefree days sailing with the family from one stunning island to the next through the glistening Mediterranean. This voyage along the spectacular Amalfi coast gives you the lot - gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, beautiful landscapes, picturesque villages, fresh seafood and chilled out waterfronts. This is the perfect family escape when relaxation, good food, swimming and fun is required.
****A tip before booking****
Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
Our Intrepid Family Adventures are designed specifically for the spirited family. We understand that travelling with kids sometimes requires a slightly different perspective. Keeping this in mind, we travel at a slower speed - recognising that showing your family around our exotic destinations can take time. By travelling at a relaxed pace, while still offering plenty of optional activities along the way, we're providing your family with the ultimate travel experience together.
Accommodation is chosen carefully to ensure your family gets the best of both worlds, with some of the creature comforts of home as well as experiencing accommodation unique to the region you are travelling through. Wherever possible you will stay in hotels with small comforts to make your stay more enjoyable - such as restaurants nearby, or accommodation with a pool. On some trips you may even find your family being rocked to sleep on an overnight sleeper train or drifting off while camped out under a canopy of stars - and we reckon it'll be these experiences the kids will love and remember the most.
Best of all, we find trips with children are so successful because kids have such a special ability to break down barriers with their natural curiosity, and because delighted locals always greet them with much affection. For all these reasons and more, you'll discover that Intrepid Family Adventures are an amazing experience for all.
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StyleTippingEmergency contact
ThemesDeparture taxEmergency funds
MapGroup sizeVisas
ItineraryYour fellow travellersIssues on your trip
We also recommendAccommodationWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerMeals introductionHealth
Culture shock rating MealsSafety
Physical ratingTransportTravel insurance
Included activitiesGroup leaderResponsible Travel
KittyJoining point descriptionA couple of rules
Optional activitiesJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsCarbon offset
Spending moneyFinish point instructionsFeedback
To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
Style
Original
  • 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.
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Family Sailing Italy - Amalfi Coast
Itinerary
Day 1 Procida/Ischia
Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy.
Your adventure begins on with a group meeting at 4pm on Day 1.
Procida is the oldest and smallest island in the bay of Naples. Dozens of typically Mediterranean pastel-coloured buildings are sandwiched into less than 4.1 square kilometres. Wander the narrow streets and alleys and you may find yourself thinking the streets appear oddly familiar. This may be because this quaint island has featured in a number of films, such as “Il Postino” and “The Talented Mr Ripley”. Look out for local delicious cuisine, such as Coniglio alla procidana (Procida-style rabbit stew) or spaghetti al riccio di mare (spaghetti with sea urchin), both popular favourites.
After your welcome meeting, you can expect a gentle introduction to life onboard as we head a short distance west to the largest of the Phlegrean islands, Ischia. In contrast to Procida, it’s the largest island in the Bay of Naples.
Check out Castello Aragonese, a hugely impressive monument with a dark history located on a small island near Ischia Ponte. The castle was built in 1441 and was later used to protect the island from pirates. One of the more grizzly exhibits displays some of the methods of medieval torture previously used at the castle.
There are a whole host of beautiful beaches on the island. Fumarole beach is said to be one of the finest. There are some fumeroles here, so if you head down towards the evening, you might see locals cooking their dinner in the sand. In the bay of Saint Montano lies an unusual phenomenon. The clear sea water is hot and the sea is shallow due to the Island’s natural volcanic activity. It’s also home to Negombo thermal park, where you can relax, unwind and enjoy the therapeutic properties of its hot springs.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 2 Sorrento/Pompeii
Today we’ll sail over to Sorrento.
Perched on a cliff, Sorrento is a busy town, full of beautiful views over the Bay of Naples. It was here according to Greek legend that the mythical sirens once lived and preyed upon the sailors of antiquity with the allure of their beautiful song.
Upon arrival at Sorrento we take a trip to the abandoned city of Pompeii, a Roman settlement that was buried in up to 6 meters of ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The residents quite literally got up and ran away, leaving behind one of the world’s greatest depictions of life in the past. Today this world heritage site is one of the most popular attractions in all of Italy and could easily be explored over an entire day due to sheer size and content. There are many brilliantly preserved temples to the ancient gods here, frescos, roman bathes, villas and an impressive Amphitheater.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 3 Naples
After a taste of island and small town life, it's time for a huge contrast during our day trip to the busy and diverse Naples, the 4th largest city in Italy that has given the world much in the way of cultural and historical significance and importantly, it gave us pizza!
We take the train from Sorrento to Naples. From the central station it is a tough choice of which way to go and what you wish to explore first, be it the centro storico (historical centre) which is listed as a world heritage site and features Ancient Greek streets, hidden shrines and many other historical riches, the shopperhollics paradise that is Via Toledo, the great Piazza del Plebiscito, Palazzo Reale and world opera Teatro San Carlo at Santa Lucia, the trendy shops and bars of Chiaia, the dominating medieval fortress Castel Sant'Elmo. The list goes on and on! Your skipper can assist you in making a great choice though. Or perhaps pursue an entirely different historical journey and go to what is probably the oldest pizzeria in the world.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 4 Amalfi
The Amalfi peninsula is a land of rocky coasts, cliff-top vistas, azure seas and bright blue skies.
Why not take a half-day walk along the narrow trails, which, until quite recently, were followed by mules and donkeys as they traversed the dramatic landscape. The trails are steep and have many stairs, but the views are breathtaking and amply repay you for the effort! Stroll by ancient buildings, olive groves, vineyards and villages. Alternatively, enjoy the medieval architecture of the cathedral of Sant'Andrea and convent of the Cappuccini amongst many other notable sites.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 5 Capri
Sail to the Isle of Capri, home to the mythical Sirens and magnificent holiday palaces of the ancient Roman Emperors. We explore the island including the Blue Grotto. The natural light from below the waterline creates a stunning colour which illuminates the cave. We’ll find some great places for taking a dip in the water for a bit of swimming and snorkelling. We dock in the marina tonight so there is also time to explore the old town.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 6 Procida
Look forward to a morning of relaxing in the sun, taking in the beauty of the area and swimming from the yacht as you make the journey to the island of Procida. Reknown for it's classical Mediterranean architecture and regarded as being the quietest and most authentic of the three islands on your trip, Procida was used during the fiming of Il Postino - The Postman and The Talented Mr Ripley.
Take a walk and look down upon the magnificent view and colorful Marina Corricella from the 16th century Castello d'Avalos and visit the Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo, a Benedictine Abbey and museum featuring a maze of catacombs. Or maybe head directly to the unpretentious Marina Corricella itself and enjoy the wealth of local seafood from one of the many restaurants of this classic seaside town.
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 7 Procida
Our sailing adventure ends in Procida around 10am.
Procida is the oldest and smallest island in the bay of Naples. Dozens of typically Mediterranean pastel-coloured buildings are sandwiched into less than 4.1 square kilometres. Wander the narrow streets and alleys and you may find yourself thinking the streets appear oddly familiar. This may be because this quaint island has featured in a number of films, such as “Il Postino” and “The Talented Mr Ripley”. Look out for local delicious cuisine, such as Coniglio alla procidana (Procida-style rabbit stew) or spaghetti al riccio di mare (spaghetti with sea urchin), both popular favourites.
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    Itinerary disclaimer
    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.
    Culture shock rating

    This is the least confronting of Intrepid's product range. English is the native language and the food, customs and access to services will be similar to home.
    Physical rating

    These trips are a relaxing break. You don't have to worry about doing anything physically demanding unless you want to.
    Included activities
    There are no activities included in this itinerary. For a list of optional activities available, please refer to the day-to-day itinerary.
    Kitty
    On this trip it's compulsory to contribute to a kitty. The kitty is an on-ground payment put into a central fund managed by travellers. It helps fund for breakfast and lunch on the boat and other small items such as ice, water, snacks and drinks. Travellers are responsible for the preparation of these meals onboard and to shop at port where supermarkets are often very close to the mooring. Kitty amounts are subject to change to reflect local price increases. On day 1, the skipper will talk through the kitty and how it will be managed (by yourself or fellow travellers) The kitty will be collected when you arrive at the welcome meeting or in stages throughout your trip.
    A trip kitty of EUR50.00 CASH will be required.
    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.
    Money Exchange
    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.
    Spending money
    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.
    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 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.
    Departure tax
    All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
    Group size
    Maximum of 8 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: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup
    Accommodation
    Overnight boat (6 nts)
    This trip is accommodated entirely on board a yacht of between 48ft to 52ft. A typical yacht for 8 travellers is equipped with 4 twin/double share cabins, 2/3 shared bathrooms and 2 showers. Our boats are real yachts and this is a real sailing trip. Yachts are designed to keep sleeping areas to the absolute minimum of space, while maximising common areas as much as possible. Smaller yachts will be used for smaller groups sizes.
    Rooms are allocated on arrival by our skipper according to group composition, which means it is not possible to reserve or guarantee any specific berth or cabin. Single passengers will be paired up with another passenger of the same gender, this may mean sharing a double cabin with a double mattress. Everyone including the skipper shares the bathrooms on board.
    While not everyone may feel entirely comfortable living in such close quarters, those who are looking to revel in the adventure and exhilaration of an authentic sailing trip usually find any discomfort from cramped living conditions is more than made up for by the whole experience.
    Check out the typical yacht floor plan below:

    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. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. 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
    6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches
    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.
    EUR 180.00
    On most days, breakfast and lunch will be taken aboard the vessel and ingredients are purchased as part of your kitty payment. Travellers will shop at ports for these items. This trip is also participation based. This means that during your travels you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as sailing, and will be responsible for preparing meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to the skipper is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer. If you have any dietary requirements please tell us at the time of booking and also remind your skipper at the welcome meeting. At some of the smaller ports the choice of provisions may be limited or very simple. Vegetarians or those with specific meal requirements might choose to supplement meals with supplies bought from home, e.g. protein bars, dried fruits and so on.
    Transport
    Boat
    Generally we use up to 44ft monohull yachts, mostly between 0 and 5 years old. Smaller yachts will be used for smaller group sizes, As this is a real sailing adventure you may be asked to assist on-deck, particularly when coming into or leaving port. No experience is necessary, but getting to know some 'sailing language' might help to get you into the spirit of the adventure.
    Port - left
    Starboard - right
    Bow - front of the boat
    Stern - rear of the boat
    Deck - outside, upper area of the boat
    Hull - the main part or body of the boat
    Keel - part of the boat under water that keeps the boat stable and stops it capsizing
    Mainsail - the large sail attached to the mast and boom
    Mast - the big vertical pole that supports the mainsail
    Boom - the big horizontal pole attached to the mainsail, coming off the rear of the mast (swing from side to side)
    Jib, headsail, genoa, foresail - smaller sail near the front of the boat
    Sheet - ropes used to control the sails
    Lines - other ropes on the boat (ropes are never called ropes on yachts)
    Spinnaker - large extra sail
    Trim the sails - adjust the position of the sails when the wind changes strength or direction
    Tiller or wheel or helm - used to steer the boat
    Helmsman - person steering the boat
    Running - sailing with the wind
    Tack - turning the bow of the boat when sailing through the wind
    Jibe - turning the stern of the boat when sailing through the wind
    Figure-eight knot - the stopper: often used at the end of lines to stop them getting away.
    Bowline (knot) - strong and dependable knot that is commonly used
    Clove Hitch (knot) - not as secure it is often used to attach an object to a line
    Group leader
    On this trip you will be accompanied by one of our skippers. Your skipper's role involves taking charge of the sailing, the safety of the vessel and safety for all passengers on board. Skippers all hold a Yacht Master Offshore license or higher and have completed an intense training and review process before sailing with us. The aim of the skipper is also to take the hassle out of your travels by organizing the overall operation and smooth-running of the trip, managing trip logistics and coordinating the kitty (where applicable). Your skipper will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect skippers to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
    Joining point description
    We meet at Bar Dal Cavaliere for our welcome meeting with the skipper before heading off together to hop aboard our floating home.
    As space is limited on the boat, any excess luggage you may have can be left at Bar Dal Cavaliere whilst you are sailing and you can collect it on your return. This is only an option if you are returning to Procida after your trip.
    Joining point instructions
    Please make your way to the port by 4pm on day 1 of the trip.
    You will depart from Procida immediately after a short group meeting, if you are late or delayed you will need to catch up with the group in the following destination at your own expense.
    If you have any difficulties please contact please contact our local Italian skipper, Nico, on: +3406448693
    It is worth booking an extra nights' accommodation before this trip if you wish to experience more of Procida.
    Arriving in Procida:
    Naples Capodichino airport is located 7km from Naples city centre.
    Taxis will cost around EUR15 to transfer to the Naples ferry terminal.
    Another option is to travel by train from Rome Termini station to Naples (journey time approx 1-2 hours and fares between EUR20-50)
    Ferries/hydrofoils between Naples and Procida run a number of times a day, the journey taking approx 1 hour. Tickets start at EUR16 one way.
    Booking in advance is recommended if travelling during July & August, as well as public holidays.
    http://www.snav.it/en/destinations/procida.html
    From the ferry dock, just head along the waterfront towards the yacht marina and Bar Dal Cavaliere is on the right.
    Arrival complications
    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 Joining Instructions section above for who to contact.
    If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, again following the Joining Instructions in these trip notes. Should this occur, please apply to your travel agent for a refund of the transfer cost on your return.
    No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
    Finish point instructions
    It is worth booking an extra nights' accommodation after this trip if you wish to experience more of Procida.
    If you are planning to depart on the final day of the trip from Naples, please do not book a flight earlier than 8pm in case our arrival is delayed due to weather conditions.
    Ferries/hydrofoils between Procida and Naples run a number of times a day, the journey taking approx 1 hour. Tickets start at EUR16 one way.
    Booking in advance is recommended if travelling during July & August, as well as public holidays.
    http://www.snav.it/en/destinations/procida.html
    Taxis will cost around EUR15 to transfer to from Naples ferry terminal to Naples Capodichino airport, which is 7km from Naples city centre.
    Another option is to travel by train from Naples to Rome Termini station (journey time approx 1-2 hours and fares between EUR20-50)
    Emergency contact
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our sailing representative can be reached on Tel: +66 811 424210. For further contact details please use the following page:
    Emergency funds
    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
    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.
    GREECE:
    Australia: Not required
    Belgium: Not required
    Canada: Not required
    Germany: Not required
    Ireland: Not required
    Netherlands: Not required
    New Zealand: Not required
    South Africa: Yes - in advance
    Switzerland: Not required
    UK: Not required
    USA: 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).
    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.
    Space on board the vessel is very limited - for your own comfort and safety, luggage should be kept to an absolute minimum. The use of a backpack, soft sports bag or duffel bag is recommended - we highly recommend you do not travel with a hard suitcase.
    Bring along a good-sized daypack as well as a light fleece and/or light windproof jacket. One towel is provided however you might like to consider bringing along an extra for swimming and outdoor use as towels are not changed during the trip. Sports shoes with light coloured soles or sports sandals are recommended while on board, while a pair of cycling gloves can be useful if you wish to participate in sailing. Snorkelling equipment is provided on board.
    If your trip includes hiking or trekking, please ensure you pack comfortable shoes (preferably not brand new, as this can lead to blisters) that are fully enclosed and are comfortable for you to walk in for an entire day. Sneakers or runners should be fine, as long as they are comfortable.
    While there should be electricity on board throughout your trip the voltage is likely to vary widely, from 12V to 220V, and when in port or moored we are dependent on the supply available. Please be aware that the supply may not be sufficient to power some electronic devices all the time and that you may need a voltage adapter or similar (such as portable inverter used in cars). On some trips it may be possible to charge devices ashore at restaurants or resorts, however this is not guaranteed.
    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.
    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. 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.
    In addition to any included activities on your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Our local representative may be able to assist you with 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 our local representative 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.
    WATER SAFETY AT SEA:
    Travellers that are able and confident swimmers will be able to enjoy swimming & snorkelling off the boat, but please always note the skipper's advise and instructions on when and where to swim and what precautions to consider. Travellers that are not able to swim are certainly welcome on this trip, but you will be required to wear a life jacket when we are sailing.
    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 group 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.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    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:
    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 group leader 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:
    Carbon offset
    Carbon Offset C02-e 44.00 kgs per pax.
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