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Southern Italy Family Discovery
Trip code: ZFFI
Validity: 01 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2012
The broad appeal of southern Italy is captured in this active trip which explores the stunning and diverse region of Campania. Naples is a typically Italian city – stylish and full of charisma – yet with its own highly distinctive culture. At the ancient cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii you’ll feel like a time traveller as you witness everyday life in Roman times. The backdrop to the entire area is the looming giant of Vesuvius; you’ll climb to the summit to peer into the volcanic crater! Next you’ll join the jet set on exclusive Capri to discover its delightful Mediterranean landscape, before returning to the mainland to the vineyards, lemon groves and meandering trails of the Sorrento Peninsula. Here you’ll be able to appreciate the dramatic scenery of the peninsula and perhaps learn about typical local produce and the delicious secrets of the pizza with a cooking lesson!
This trip is operated by our trusted local partners, The Adventure Company.
Table of Contents
StyleImportant notesEmergency funds
ThemesGroup sizeVisas
MapYour fellow travellersIssues on your trip
ItinerarySingle travellersWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerAccommodationHealth
Culture shock rating Meals introductionSafety
Physical ratingMealsTravel insurance
Included activitiesTransportResponsible Travel
Optional activitiesGroup leaderA couple of rules
Money ExchangeJoining point The Intrepid Foundation
Spending moneyArrival complicationsFeedback
TippingFinish point
Departure taxEmergency contact
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.
Themes
Family, Explorer
Map
Southern Italy Family Discovery
Itinerary
Days 1-2 Naples
Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy.
You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until a group meeting this evening.
You will be sent joining instructions approximately 2-3 weeks before your trip starts, which will contain full details of exactly where to meet your group leader.
Naples was carved out by many empires of the past and by merchants and pirates from across the world: Romans, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Venetians, Spaniards, Normans and Africans. Its historical old centre is a World Heritage-listed area and the famous Spanish Quarter is still one of the most densely populated residential areas in Europe.
On arrival there should be time to get into the swing of Italian life, and sample the excellent Neapolitan cuisine.
The following morning we take a short train ride to Ercolano, and set off to climb Vesuvius (1277 m).
Probably the world's most famous volcano, Vesuvius earns its reputation from a series of deadly eruptions that culminated in the devastation wrought by the events of 79AD. The volcano is now dormant and is surrounded by an area of dense population. It is thought that the last, relatively modest, eruption of 1944 ended a cycle that started in 1631. In 1991 a national park was created to protect the area, incorporating the spectacular Valley of the Giant between Vesuvius and the adjacent Mount Somma. We climb to the summit on a trail across the cinders, with a local guide or group leader for views down into the crater.
Often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbour, Pompeii, Herculaneum was also destroyed in a river of mud from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavations first started in the 18th century, and subsequently uncovered bronze and silver artefacts, marble statues, and many mosaics, as well as a superbly preserved network of streets and houses. A guided tour will bring the site to life, revealing everyday life as it was almost 2000 years ago.
Included Activities
  • Vesuvius climb TRIP NOTES
  • Excursion to Herculaneum
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 3-4 Capri
This morning there is free to explore the various artistic influences of Naples with its fascinating museums, galleries, palazzi, ancient sites and churches. Make sure you also take time out to just sit and watch life go by - a popular Neapolitan activity.
This afternoon we head across the Bay of Naples by hydrofoil or jet boat to the exclusive island of Capri, visible on the horizon. On arrival at the port of Marina Grande we take a bus to our accommodation outside Anacapri.
Part of Capri's allure is founded on contrasts: from the bustling port of Marina Grande to the breezy summit of Monte Solaro. The dramatic rocky coastline is pierced by natural grottoes, while in the interior narrow roads wind through fragrant citrus groves, past villages of flat-roofed white cubist-looking houses with flower-filled gardens, and manicured towns which offer swanky hotels and chic cafes. Famed for its unparalleled setting and natural beauty, the island is justifiably popular with visitors, but there are still many hidden corners and treasures to explore.
Our discovery of Capri starts the next morning with a visit to the Blue Grotto.
Entering the grotto in a small boat rowed by a boatman (you almost have to lie down to avoid hitting your head as you go in!), the water shines with an extraordinary blue translucence, a result of refraction of the sunlight outside. Known as far back as Roman times (there are statues of pagan gods inside), the grotto was abandoned as the locals felt it was a place of evil spirits. It was then rediscovered some time ago, leaving those who enter now to marvel at its beauty.
This afternoon we catch the bus to Anacapri and have time to explore. There are many enjoyable things to do during your time on Capri, and your leader will be on hand to advise.
You could continue to sophisticated Capri where you can visit the stylish Piazzetta - the hub of the town - maybe stopping for a drink at one of the bars, or taking a stroll down Via Vittoria Emanuele III, lined with elegant (and expensive!) boutiques. The little town is also home to an eclectic collection of delightful old buildings, churches and monasteries - not least the Villa Jovis which is a pleasant walk from the centre of town.
Another option is to do the classic hour-long walk to the viewpoint over the dramatic rock stacks of Faraglioni. The route takes you round Mount Tuoro to the Grotta Matromania, and last but not least, the romantic belvedere over the Arco Naturale, a limestone arch.
If you are staying in Anacapri, perhaps visit the Villa San Michele.
The villa's dramatic setting, on the edge of Anacapri's cliffs, ensures a serene view of the Bay of Naples. Built by a Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe, on the site of an ancient Roman villa, the elegant building was lovingly cared for during his tenancy from 1896 to 1910 and houses an interesting collection of Roman and Egyptian curiosities plus many more artefacts.
Included Activities
  • Blue Grotto
Optional Activities
  • Villa San Michele - EUR6
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Days 5-7 Massa Lubrense/Sorrento/Pompeii
After a free morning in Capri, this afternoon we take the hydrofoil or jet boat across to Sorrento. On arrival there is a short transfer from the port to our accommodation just outside of Massa Lubrense and overlooking the Gulf of Naples.
Situated high up on the Sorrento Peninsula, Massa Lubrense lies between the Bay of Naples on one side and the Gulf of Salerno on the other. The town takes its name from the Lombard word, mansa, which means settlement, and the Latin word for temple, delubrem.
The following morning is free so you can explore the local area or relax. In the afternoon we head down to Sorrento and catch a local train around the bay to Pompeii.
Until 26 August, 79 AD, Pompeii was a thriving Roman trading centre, where ordinary people went about their everyday business. Then, disaster struck, and Vesuvius, which had for so long loomed peacefully over the city, erupted without warning, engulfing the citizens, and their houses, temples and treasures in lava and ashes. Unbelievably it seems that only around 2000 or the 20,000 inhabitants were killed. Nevertheless, despite brief consideration by the city elders, Pompeii was never rebuilt with any real enthusiasm and largely disappeared from people's minds until the 16th century, when the ruins were rediscovered. Most of the major excavations were conducted from the late 18th century onwards.
We take a tour of the site with a local guide.
Back in Massa Lubrense it is time to learn the art of pizza-making - great fun whatever your age!
Pizza was invented in Naples, and alongside an experienced pizza chef you will learn the tricks and trade secrets of making a successful pizza. Mozzarella was first introduced into Italy in the 18th century and the world's first pizzeria said to have opened in Naples in 1830. After that time, a type of pizza was eaten for years by Italian and Greek peasants before it was prepared for King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, who evidently loved it. Since then the pizza has deservedly gained worldwide popularity. Given that the Sorrento area is well known for its cuisine - we think there is no better place to learn!
The following day is free for you to decide what to do. Explore the area further, or if you don't want to stray too far afield, soak up the atmosphere of your surroundings. Massa Lubrense town is home to the crumbling cathedral of Santa Maria delle Grazie, dating from the early 16th century, which is well worth a visit.
If you are feeling active, an intricate web of trails links the 17 villages and ancient hamlets that are spread amidst the hills and valleys of this beautiful countryside. The many different routes are nearly all clearly marked way-marked. You can choose to wander through lemon and olive groves, walk along cliff-side precipices and discover all sorts of flora and fauna en route to the villages. One trail, heading north-west from the main square of Massa Lubrense, goes to the small and pretty villages of Santa Maria and Annunziata. Worth seeing along the way is Villa Rossi, where King Joaquin started the end to French rule in Naples.
The town of Sorrento is just over half an hour away by public bus and - despite its popularity as a resort - remains for the most part an interesting and relatively peaceful place to look around. Although the Roman architecture was destroyed by the Normans, you can still see the 15th century walls around the Via degli Aranci, and what remains of its more recent history can be found at the Museo Correale di Terranova. Other sights you may want to explore are the duomo (cathedral), the port area of Marina Grande, or the winding, spaghetti-like streets around Via San Cesareo - great for souvenir shopping.
Yet another possibility is to take an excursion along the scenic Amalfi coastline, famed for the villages that cling to the sheer limestone cliffs which fall into the Mediterranean below. Your leader will be on hand to help you plan your options, and can advise or assist with all kinds of ideas and practical suggestions to make this final day memorable.
Included Activities
  • Pizza-making class
  • Old Pompeii entrance
Accommodation
Hotel (3 nts)
Day 8 Sorrento
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
      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

      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.
      Physical rating

      Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
      Included activities
      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.
      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 for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Intrepid nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Intrepid. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.
      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. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
      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: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest EUR1-2 per person per day for local guides.
      Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline EUR3 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.
      Departure tax
      All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
      Important notes
      LOCAL PARTNER:
      This trip is operated by our experienced local partner, The Adventure Company.
      AGE RESTRICTIONS:
      Age restrictions apply to this trip - minimum age 5.
      Group size
      Maximum of 16 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
      Single travellers
      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 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.
      Accommodation
      Hotel (7 nts)
      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.
      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.
      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
      7 Breakfasts, 3 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.
      USD 250.00
      Transport
      Train, Bus, Boat
      Group leader
      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. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
      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.
      Joining point
      Renaissance Hotel Mediterraneo
      Via Nuovo Ponte di Tappia 25
      Naples
      ITALY
      Arrival complications
      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) 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, 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
      Villa Giovanna
      Via Nastro Verde, 25
      Sorrento
      ITALY
      Emergency contact
      In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, The Adventure Company can be reached on Tel: +44 1420 593000. 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.
      EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON THIS TRIP (EXCLUDING RUSSIA, UKRAINE, TURKEY):
      Australia: No - Not required
      Belgium: No - Not required
      Canada: No - Not required
      Germany: No - Not required
      Ireland: No - Not required
      Netherlands: No - Not required
      New Zealand: No - Not required
      South Africa: Yes - in advance
      Switzerland: No - Not required
      UK: No - Not required
      USA: No - Not required
      Issues on your trip
      While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
      We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
      You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
      What to take
      What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
      Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
      You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
      WATER BOTTLE:
      Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day
      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.
      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:
      FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
      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
      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:
      Feedback
      After your travels, we want to hear from you! This is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next trip if your feedback is completed online within 4 weeks of finishing your trip.