Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014
Real Food Adventure - Italy
Trip code: ZMZB
Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
Italian’s are the masters of creating simple dishes that sing with flavour. Regional, seasonal and as fresh as possible, Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and made with heart. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find throughout Italy.
****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’
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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.
Days 1-2 Rome
Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy.
Home to artistic treasures, renowned sights, celebrated fashion and some of the tastiest food on the planet, Italy will surely impress. From Rome's ancient streets to the romantic canals of Venice, be seduced by a slice of La Dolce Vita.
There are so many things to do in Rome, we recommend you arrive a few days early to see the all sights, such as the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, the Forum (centre of ancient Rome), the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, Via Condotti and Piazza Venezia.
No visit would be complete without a trip to Vatican City and St Peter's Basilica. Entry to the Basilica is free, and there's a small charge to climb the dome for the ultimate breathtaking panorama over bella Roma.
Also make the time to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museum is closed on some days, including most Sundays. On the last Sunday of the month, it's open and free (but expect large crowds). Check the Vatican website for these dates: www.vatican.va
Tickets for the Vatican Museum can be booked online at http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do Alternatively, the Galleria Borghese can be booked online at http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/einfo.htm
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.
Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). 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.
Rome is the gastronomic gateway to Italian cuisine, one of the world's most celebrated food cultures and – with a multitude of restaurants and trattorias catering to all tastes and budgets – it's the ultimate introduction to this Real Food Adventure.
Local specialities tend to be hearty and full-flavoured, using seasonal produce sourced from the surrounding Roman countryside. Vegetables such as artichokes, peas and fava beans feature frequently, alongside one of the giants of Italian cuisine – pasta. Signature dishes include pastas carbonara (egg, cheese and bacon) and amatriciana (tomato, bacon and chilli). Antipasto dishes are also very popular in Rome.
Tickle your tastebuds with a welcome dinner in a local Roman trattoria. Here you will also have the chance to sample some Italian wines - trebbiano, frascati and malvasia are just some of the local tipples on offer. House wines are usually very good and affordable.
After dinner, a grappa, amaretto or sambucca is a great digestif.
Get your bearings and whet your appetite on a culinary orientation walk of the city. Start with a coffee – the most important drink in Rome. You may just pick up a tip or two from the coffee roaster himself! Then set off to visit local markets and discover some of the key ingredients of the cucina romana. Chat to local stall holders and sample seasonal produce, then grab lunch at one of the surrounding bars. You may also wish to stock up on cold meats, cheese and bread for the train trip to Assisi the following day.
The rest of the day is free for your own exploration. Check out some of the city's cultural icons and world class museums, or simply pull up a chair at a cafe and watch the world go by.
- Rome Food Walk and City Tour
- Castel Sant'Angelo - EUR8
- Christian catacombs - EUR8
- Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - EUR16
- Imperial Fora - EUR9
- Keats-Shelley Memorial House - EUR4
- Galleria Borghese - EUR11
- Vatican museums - EUR29
- Pantheon - Free
- St Peter's dome climb - EUR6
- St Peter's dome elevator - EUR7
- Venezia Palace - EUR4
Days 3-4 Assisi/Spello
Travel by train to Assisi (approx 4 hrs).
Assisi was the home of one of the world's most famous saints and founder of the Franciscan order - St Francis. Whatever your feelings about religion, it's a place which inspires reverence.
Umbrian cuisine, often referred to as 'cucina povera' or peasant food, is characterised by the use of simple cooking techniques and ingredients - grains, vegetables, fresh herbs - to create traditional rustic dishes, the recipes for which have often been passed down through many generations.
The region is also celebrated for its local, seasonal produce, including wild asparagus and mushrooms - not to mention its highly prized white and black truffles - as well as for its wine and olive oil production.
Take the train to charming Spello (approx 20 mins).
One of the prettiest medieval towns in Italy, Spello is home to many ancient Roman monuments and charming enotecas serving local wine and regional food specialties.
Enjoy your first taste of cucina povera over lunch at a local enoteca, accompanied by some of the region's signature wines. Return to Assisi in the late afternoon.
Our accommodation for the next two nights is in a farmhouse located within an olive grove. Learn more about local olive oil production, tour the local wineries or simply relax and soak in the charms of the Italian campagne.
- Enoteca lunch & wine tasting
- Basilica of St Clare - Free
- Ermeo delle Carceri and Mount Subasia - Free
- Museo e Foro Romano - EUR2
- Museum of San Rufino Cathedral - EUR3
- Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli - Assisi - Free
Farmstay (2 nts)
Days 5-6 Bologna
Travel to Bologna by train (approx. 3.5hrs).
Bologna's culinary claim to fame is far from limited to the 'ragu alla bolognese'. Home of tagliatelle, mortadella and a range or other cured meats and salamis, Bologna, along with the surrounding Emilia Romagna region, is a bonafide food mecca.
Discover the 'real food' of Bologna in a hands on cooking class in the heart of a regional food market.
Travel to Parma (approx. 1 hour). Here we will sample the world-famous Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and prosciutto di Parma.
Travel to the nearby town of Modena (approx. 1 hour).
Stroll the streets of this charming and delightfully untouristy town and admire the Palazzo Ducale.
Possibly the best thing about Modena is the rich selection of cuisine on offer. In addition to balsamic vinegar, specialities of Modena include prosciutto, tortellini and, for the adventurous, zampone (stuffed pig's trotter). Wash down these gourmet selections with Lambrusco, the famed Italian sparkling red wine.
Check out the bustling and friendly local markets with their selection of mouth-watering fresh produce, such as meats, cheese and balsamic vinegar (real and fake!) and fresh flowers. It also has an excellent local speciality panini shop in the market, which is great for lunch.
Visit an acetaia, a house where the family produce fine aged Modena balsamic vinegar in the attic. Owing to the time it takes to produce, and the fact that it needs the extremes of temperatures best found under the eaves of a domestic house, 'real' balsamic vinegar has never been produced in factories or commercial units. It's a traditional art practised by a few Modenese families in their own homes and the quality control laws imposed on the producers are extremely strict. The vinegar is aged in barrels made from different woods, and is never less than 12 years old and often well over 25. The end product bears no relation to the mass-produced balsamic vinegar most people are familiar with. Once you have tasted it, you will understand why top chefs rave about it!
Return to Bologna in the evening.
- Bologna market cooking class
- Cheese & Ham making Demonstration
- Visit to acetaia
Hotel (2 nts)
Day 7 Venice
Take the train up to Venice (approx 1hr 30mins).
A grand city of canals, Venice is built over a hundred small islands connected by 400 bridges. Still rich with artistic masterpieces, modern Venice combines history with contemporary life through food, performance, art and architecture.
There are only two ways to explore Venice - by boat or on foot. Some of the more popular sights include the Grand Canal, the shops of the Rialto Bridge, the Palace of the Doge (ruler of Venice), the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco and the Bridge of Sighs. Take the time to wander the narrow, cobblestone streets and spacious piazzas and cross the hundreds of tiny bridges, where shops, markets, galleries, churches and stunning buildings lie around every corner.
Discover the Venetian answer to tapas on a 'cicchetti' crawl through the city's fabulous Bacari, or wine bars. Snacking is an important pastime in Venice, with many people stopping past Bacari for a wine and a chicchetti (small bite) both before and after meals. Don't forget to try a 'spritz'. This mix of white wine, Campari and soda water is a popular accompaniment to wash down the delicious chichetti.
- Venice orientation walking tour
- Cicchetti tour
- Ca' Rezzonico Museum of Eighteenth Century Art - EUR8
- Doge's Palace and Bridge of Sighs - EUR16
- Glass Museum Murano - EUR8
- Guggenheim Museum - EUR12
- Museum of St Mark's Basilica - EUR2
- St Mark's Campanile - EUR8
- St Mark's Basilica Treasury - EUR3
- Accademia Gallery - EUR11
- Venezia Ca' d'Oro - EUR8
- Concerto - EUR30
- San Giorgio Bell Tower - EUR6
- Gondola ride - EUR80
- Traghetto across the Grand Canal - EUR2
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 8 Marca Trevigiana/Venice
Take the train 30km north of Venice to the quaint town of Treviso, reputedly the birthplace of the much-loved dessert, tiramisu.
From here we will take our own private bus and visit some of the region's best local producers. Start at an agriturismo on the slopes of Monte Cesen, where they make famous mountain cheese. See a demonstration from the cheese maker and enjoy a cheese tasting as a late breakfast. Note: this activity is seasonal and will take place between May and September, weather permitting.
Next, discover the secret to creating the perfect salami from a local expert, followed by a prosecco tasting - the local sparkling wine which is gaining popularity the world over.
Time permitting, we finish our tour in Treviso, the charming pearl of “La Marca”. Treviso is home to a dual champion Italian gelato-maker. Learn the art to churning the best gelato, followed by an irresistable taste test.
If you’re still hungry, grab dinner at one of Treviso’s charming local haunts, before catching the train back to Venice.
- Cheese making demonstration and tasting
- Salumeria tour and tasting
- Gelato making & tasting
- Prosecco tasting
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 9 Venice
It's an early start on your final morning as we head out to the farmers market. You have the chance to chat to local producers and also pay a visit to the fish market, all before breakfast begins. Your Real Food Adventure Italy concludes around midday.
- Private Venetian cooking class (price based on 2 people) - EUR135
- Wine tasting - EUR25
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.
- ZMZB Single Supplement (ZMZB)
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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.
Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
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 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.
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.
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 per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest €1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
Local guides: 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.
Drivers: You may 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.
Your Tour Leader: 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.
Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.
All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
Maximum of 12 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
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. 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 trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (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 ask your booking agent for more information.
The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
Days 7-8: Venice
Hotel (4 nts), Farmstay (2 nts)
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.
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.
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.
7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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.
Metro, Private vehicle, Train, Private minibus, Bus, Ferry
TRANSPORT IN EUROPE:
Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, that's why we like to travel the local way – whether that means mingling with commuters on a train in Spain, cycling past a historic chateau in France, or encountering the world's most extravagant public transport system on the Moscow Metro. In Europe, you are guaranteed to travel by genuine local public transport wherever possible, which puts you right in the centre of the action.
All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. You can expect your Intrepid Food Adventures group leader to be passionate about the local food scene and keen to share their insider knowledge on the best authentic local food and drink experiences throughout your trip.
Your leader 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 them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Via Magenta 34
Joining point description
Hotel Luce is situated in a good location close to Roma Termini Station, near Piazza della Repubblica and Via Nazionale. The hotel offers a 24-hour reception, and all rooms come with an en suite bathroom with a shower and hairdryer, telephone, TV, safe, minibar and air conditioning.
We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.
If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) please follow the instructions under the "Joining point instructions" in order to find our driver. Should you have any problems locating your driver, please call the number for our transfer company which can be found below. Should you continue to experience any difficulties, please call the emergency number for our local operations team which is available on the 'Emergency Contact' section of these trip notes.
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.
Rome - Fiumicino Airport and Ciampino Airport
If you have any issues locating your driver please contact +39 3485 163 165 or Hotelbeds on +34 660409789.
Hotel Villa Rosa
Lista Di Spagna, Calle Misericordia 389
Finish point description
Hotel Villa Rosa is an old but refurbished 3 storey villa, located in the quiet area of Cannaregio, Venice. The property is just a 5 minute walk from the Santa Lucia Railway Station, and 20 minutes by vaporetto from Piazza San Marco. All rooms include air conditioning, private bathroom with hairdryer, telephone and tv.
Finish point instructions
For departure by train :
Hotel Villa Rosa is within 7 minutes walk of Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station (off Piazzale Roma), your group leader will offer directions.
For departure by air:
The best way to get to Venice Marco Polo Airport is the ATVO (blue) bus which costs around EUR4 and takes 20 minutes from Piazzale Roma (7 minutes walk from Hotel Villa Rosa). To get to Treviso Airport you can also catch an ATVO (blue) bus. Cost is around EUR5 and it takes approximately 75 minutes from Piazzale Roma.
Pre booked transfer to the airport:
If you have pre booked a departure transfer, you will be collected from your hotel 3 hours prior to your flight.
Please reconfirm your departure transfers with your tour leader.
In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you not find the driver please contact to the emergency phone numbers: +39 3351 276 824, +39 3489 501 053 or Hotelbeds on +34 660 409 789
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
On this trip, you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly 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 to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. 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.
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:
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
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 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:
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 C02-e 123.00 kgs per pax.
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