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Highlights of Tokyo
Trip code: CJAT-O
Validity: 01 Jan 2011 to 31 Dec 2012
Tokyo is full of fascinating contradictions, and a private guided tour is a great way to encounter the many characters of the city. Try delicate Japanese cuisine, boat the Sumida River and enjoy the hospitality of a ryokan (traditional inn). Visit a sumo stable, explore ornate gardens and be sure to sample some sashimi at the Tsukiji fish market.
Table of Contents
StyleImportant notesEmergency contact
ThemesYour fellow travellersEmergency funds
MapSingle travellersVisas
ItineraryAccommodationIssues on your trip
We also recommendMeals introductionWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerMealsHealth
Culture shock rating TransportSafety
Physical ratingGroup leaderTravel insurance
Physical preparationJoining point Responsible Travel
Included activitiesJoining point descriptionA couple of rules
Optional activitiesJoining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsCarbon offset
Spending moneyFinish point Feedback
TippingFinish point description
Departure taxFinish point instructions
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
Short Breaks - Independent Adventures
Map
Highlights of Tokyo
Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Tokyo
Konnichiwa! Welcome to Japan.
Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, please follow the instructions listed to get to Tokyo's old downtown area (Intrepid Travel does not arrange transfers in Tokyo so please make your own way to the Joining Point hotel). Our accommodation, a comfortable traditional Japanese inn (ryokan), is located in this area and you'll be pleased to know that you are only a few minutes walk from the scenic Sumida River and busy Asakusa, with its famous Senso Temple, shops, bars, amusement arcades and restaurants.
To stay in a ryokan is a traditional Japanese experience, as this is how a typical family lives. Rooms have a tatami (straw) mat floor and are sparsely furnished, often with just a low table. You will sleep in the traditional style, using a futon, which is spread out on the tatami mat. During the day the futon is kept in the closet, then in the evening the ryokan staff will prepare your bed for you. Shoes are removed at the main entrance to the ryokan, where you put on the slippers provided. Slippers are used for walking around but should be removed before stepping onto the tatami mat. A yukata (Japanese bathrobe) is also provided, to be worn during your stay. The yukata can be used for both walking around the ryokan and as pyjamas. All these customs may take a bit of getting used to, but travellers find staying in ryokans a trip highlight, and don't worry, every room is equipped with modern conveniences, including air-conditioning, private bathroom facilities, minibar, TV and IDD telephone. There's also complimentary Japanese tea for your comfort.
The Shigetsu Ryokan also has a wonderful cypress-decorated Japanese-style bath. Located on the top floor, you have great views of nearby temples and pagodas as you soak your worries away. Please note that the bath is gender segregated and the ryokan will give you further instructions regarding the experience.
The remainder of Day 1 is at leisure to discover a little of Tokyo. Information will be left at the ryokan for those who arrive early to do some sightseeing.
Accommodation
Ryokan (1 nt)
Days 2-3 Tokyo
On Days 2 and 3 we begin our explorations of Tokyo - Asakusa is a great place to start, for here the city's contrasts of old and new are most visible. We mix the new - Akihabara electronics town, Sony Building, Ginza shopping area and Harajuku youth culture hub - with the old - a sumo stable visit, traditional Japanese gardens, Sumida river cruise, the world's largest fish market (Tsukiji) and Meiji Shrine. To get around we rely on Tokyo's world-class public transport system - quick, spotless and reliable.
There's also plenty of free time while in Tokyo to do some of your own personal sightseeing. Come prepared for flexibility, because with so many sights, seasonal differences and special festivals, we really don't want to peg you down to a rigid tour. There are a couple of things not to be missed if you're here at certain times of the year including cherry blossom viewing (hanami) at Ueno Park in spring, fireworks over the bay in summer and Japanese New Year, which also falls on 1 January, where homes are festively decorated and crowds flock to Buddhist and Shinto shrines to pray for a good year ahead.
You'll also be able to try delicious and authentic Japanese cuisine - sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market at 6:00 am simply can't be beaten for freshness! There's also ramen (wheat noodles), which you can sample at tiny stalls just big enough to stand up in, and delicious tonkatsu (deep-fried, breaded pork), served with a thick, dark sauce. The opportunities are endless!
Included Activities
  • Sumida river cruise
  • Sumo stables (if accessible)
  • Tokyo - Tsukiji Fish Market
  • Meiji Shrine
  • Hamarikyu Garden
Optional Activities
  • Bike hire (per day) - JPY1200
  • Tokyo Edo Museum - JPY300
  • Shinjuku Garden - JPY200
  • Ueno Park Cherry blossoms (seasonal) - Free
Accommodation
Ryokan (2 nts)
Day 4 Depart Tokyo
Day 4 is at your leisure in Tokyo - a chance to buy some special souvenirs perhaps, or to do some final sightseeing. Your guide can offer advice on how to make the most of your time before your departure. Please note that hotel check-out time is 10:00 am unless you negotiate late check-out directly with the hotel.
    We also recommend
    If this trip is not quite right for you, cast your eye over these alternatives:
    • Highlights of Tokyo & Kyoto (CJAZC-O)
    • Highlights of Tokyo & Kyoto (CJAZC-O)
    • Japan Express (CJRB)
    • Taste of Japan (CJKT)
    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

    Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
    Physical preparation
    In Japan many of our travel connections are made at fast pace and require you to walk up and down stairs at fast walking pace. Please make sure you have an adequate level of fitness.
    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.
    Please note that during sumo tournaments the stables are not accessible to the public. Another activity will be substituted in its place.
    The Tsukiji Fish Markets are closed every national holiday and every Sunday, and the tuna auctions may be closed to visitors during busy times.
    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.
    Many sights and attractions are closed on Mondays.
    Money Exchange
    The official currency of Japan is Yen (JPY).
    Japan is predominantly a cash society and locals carry large amounts of cash for daily business.
    Changing cash and travellers' cheques is possible in major cities although the use of travellers' cheques is quite limited and exchanging can be very time consuming. International credit cards can usually only be used at major department stores or large restaurants but cash from non-Japanese bank accounts can be withdrawn via the Cirrus and Maestro systems by direct debiting (as well as Mastercard and Visa cash advance). This is now available at all post office ATMs around the country, as well as 7 Eleven convenience store ATMs, making it very easy to get access to cash throughout the trip at each location 24 hours a day.
    We recommend you arrive in Japan with as much Yen as you feel comfortable carrying. If your arrival day is on a weekend please ensure you have enough money for the first few days, either by bringing it with you, or changing it at the airport. Although most locations will have access to a 7 Eleven store with an ATM, be prepared that ATMs may not be available at all times of the day in the immediate area.
    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
    Tipping in Japan is not generally viewed as part of the culture, and as such is not expected. If you have a local guide during the trip you might consider tipping them for outstanding service. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline US$1-2 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit. 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
    The kabuki theatre in Tokyo is now closed and so can no longer be offered as an activity.
    AGE RESTRICTIONS:
    Age restrictions apply to this trip - minimum age 5.
    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
    On some trips accommodation is available only on a shared basis with other travellers, who might not necessarily be Intrepid travellers. Arrangements vary depending on the trip from twin to multishare, so refer to the daily itinerary for more details on your accommodation. In some situations you may have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure you have your own room.
    Accommodation
    Ryokan (3 nts)
    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 your selected accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
    Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for your arrival, especially if you're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible, which means you won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, you can store your luggage and explore the new destination.
    If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
    Meals introduction
    While travelling with us you'll have the opportunity to experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. 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.
    Meals
    3 Breakfasts
    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 200.00
    Transport
    Bus, Ferry, Metro
    Group leader
    Independent Intrepid Short Break Adventures are not accompanied by an Intrepid Group Leader. Local guides may be used on some itineraries.
    Joining point
    Shigetsu Ryokan
    1-31-11 Asakusa, Taito-ku
    Tokyo
    JAPAN
    Joining point description
    Ryokan Shigetsu is centrally located near Nakamise-dori, which is the main street in Asakusa. On the 6th floor there are shared Japanese "hinoki" (cypress) baths for both women and men (same gender only) with views of the Asakusa district. On the 1st floor of the hotel there is a restaurant called Hozuki which serves traditional Japanese cuisine. Guests can connect to the Internet in the hotel lobby, and there is also Internet connectivity in the guest rooms.
    Joining point instructions
    Narita airport is approximately 60 km from Tokyo and a taxi would cost you about US$250. Therefore, we recommend you take the train. It's not complicated and there are plenty of people around to help you if you need to ask for directions. The train station is located under the airport, very close to the exit from immigration.
    If you have a Japan Rail Pass and want to validate it you can do this before you get on the train. Then take the JR train to Tokyo station and from there change on to the Yamanote loop line (green) going toward Ueno. This is also a JR line so you can use your JR Pass. From Tokyo station Ueno is the 4th stop and should take about 8 minutes. On arrival at Ueno follow the signs to the Metro/subway Ginza line (marked with orange circles). You will need to buy a ticket for this as it is not covered on your JR Pass. Buy a 160 yen ticket and get on a train going toward Asakusa. Get off at the 3rd and final stop, Asakusa and take exit 1 or 3 (exit 1 has an elevator). Follow the directions to the hotel in the fourth paragraph.
    If you do not have a Japan Rail pass or don’t want it validated yet we suggest you take the Keisei line train and get off at the final stop, Ueno. The fare is 1,920 yen for the express skyliner (about 1 hour) or 1,000 yen for the normal train (about 1.5 hours). When you get off at Ueno follow the signs to the Ginza metro line, marked with orange circles. Travel in the direction of Asakusa and get off at the 3rd and final stop, Asakusa (the fare is 160 yen). Take exit 1 or 3 (exit 1 has an elevator).
    From Asakusa station walk west along Kaminarimon Dori until you reach the big red gate on your right (if you hit a big intersection and can see the river you’ve gone the wrong way). Turn right, walk under the lantern and along the shopping street (or along the less crowded alley parallel to it). The Shigetsu is on the 5th alleyway to the left of the main shopping street on the left hand side. Check-in is from 3pm but you can leave your luggage at reception if you arrive before then. If you are arriving late in the evening please let our sales team know at time of booking so that we can advise the hotel.
    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
    Shigetsu Ryokan
    1-31-11 Asakusa, Taito-ku
    Tokyo
    JAPAN
    Finish point description
    Ryokan Shigetsu is centrally located near Nakamise-dori, which is the main street in Asakusa. On the 6th floor there are shared Japanese "hinoki" (cypress) baths for both women and men (same gender only) with views of the Asakusa district. On the 1st floor of the hotel there is a restaurant called Hozuki which serves traditional Japanese cuisine. Guests can connect to the Internet in the hotel lobby, and there is also Internet connectivity in the guest rooms.
    Finish point instructions
    To get to Narita Airport from the Shigetsu Ryokan walk to Asakusa station and take the Ginza line toward Shibuya. The ticket costs 160 yen and you need to get off at the 3rd stop, Ueno. From there follow the signs to the Keisei line and get on a train bound for Narita Airport. The fare is 1,920 yen for the express skyliner (about 1 hour) or 1,000 yen for the normal train (about 1.5 hours). Find out before you board which terminal you need to go to (Terminal 1 or 2) by looking at your ticket or checking details on www.narita-airport.jp. If you need to go to Terminal 1 this is the final stop of the train and the station name is 'Narita Airport'. The station name for Terminal 2 is 'Narita Airport Terminal 2'. Please do NOT get off at 'Narita' station; this is the city, not the airport.
    Emergency contact
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Melbourne Office can be reached on Tel: +61 3 9473 2650. For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. 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.
    JAPAN:
    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 - required in advance
    Switzerland: No - not required
    United Kingdom: 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.
    Many inns do not allow suitcases with wheels to be wheeled across rooms with tatami mat floors. If you do bring luggage with wheels, be prepared to carry your luggage in traditional inns.
    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
    Cold tap water in Japan is generally safe and good to drink so you can avoid the purchase of bottled water by refilling from the tap or public water fountains.
    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:
    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.
    BALCONIES:
    Some hotel balconies don't meet UK standards in terms of the width of the balcony fence being narrower than 10cm.
    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!
    SEAT BELTS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing transportation safety may differ from those in the western world or from your home country and not all the transport which we use provides seat belts.
    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.
    LIFE JACKETS:
    While life jackets are generally available on water craft, there may be occasions where they are not provided and child size life jackets are not always readily available. If travelling with children and this safety issue concerns you we will be able to advise alternative methods of transport (where available) for you to travel to the next destination. You can choose to travel independently for this leg of the journey. This would be at your own expense.
    Travel insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative.
    If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    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:
    While Japan is known for its 'out there' fashions overall it is quite a conservative country. Please remember that we spend time at temples, working monasteries, holy shrines, recreated villages and castles, cooking schools and ancient gardens. At these places it is important to be respectful to the staff and other visitors by wearing clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
    A couple of rules
    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
    The Intrepid Foundation
    Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
    The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
    Carbon offset
    Carbon Offset C02-e 200.00 kgs per pax.
    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.