Work off those Easter eggs…

Ah, the traditional Easter chocolate binge. Quickly followed by the traditional Easter wallow of shame. But it’s all good, we have the perfect solution, an excuse to travel and work off those egg-based calories: Intrepid Active Trips. Hiking through the Borneo rainforest or kayaking off the coast of Croatia, whatever you choose we guarantee we’ll get your wanderlust and heart rate pumping. Check out some of our top Active Trips below...

Our favourite active trips

USD $3,165
CAD $3,853
AUD $4,067
EUR €2,642
GBP £2,081
NZD $4,370
ZAR R46,678
CHF FR2,919
Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater, is the drawcard of the remote Galapagos Islands. Tour the Galapagos'...
USD $880
CAD $1,065
AUD $1,125
EUR €730
GBP £575
NZD $1,195
ZAR R11,000
Walk, ride and raft in the outdoor paradise that is the Pyrenees. Visit Andorra, bike through the Iron Route,...
USD $1,755
CAD $2,130
AUD $2,250
EUR €1,460
GBP £1,150
NZD $2,420
ZAR R25,820
CHF FR1,615
This Sabah Adventure tour through the Borneo wilderness will truly capture your imagination. Climb Mt Kinabalu and...
USD $1,445
CAD $1,750
AUD $1,850
EUR €1,195
GBP £945
NZD $1,990
ZAR R21,230
CHF FR1,330
Jump aboard an active tour of Northern Thailand. Visit Bangkok, explore Chiang Mai, take a hilltribe trek and kayak...
USD $360
CAD $435
AUD $460
EUR €297
GBP £235
NZD $495
ZAR R5,277
Trekking in Chiang Mai, explore Thailand's lush jungle areas, go rafting on the Mae Taeng river - visit Thailand on...
USD $1,475
CAD $1,790
AUD $1,890
EUR €1,225
GBP £965
NZD $2,030
ZAR R21,690
CHF FR1,360
Pump up the octane on this active Croatia adventure. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking, trekking, whitewater rafting and...
USD $1,350
CAD $1,640
AUD $1,730
EUR €1,125
GBP £885
NZD $1,860
ZAR R19,850
CHF FR1,245
Based in Bled, hike Mt Vogel, bike through Triglav National Park and raft the rapids of the Sava Dolinka River. There...

Popular walks and treks

Each journey may begin with a single step, but some require a few more steps than others. Below are some of our most popular walking and trekking trips.

Top cycling holidays

Whether you're lycra clad and nose to the wind or simply a Sunday cyclist, we have a cycling trip for you.

USD $2,130
CAD $2,580
AUD $2,725
EUR €1,416
GBP £1,116
NZD $2,930
ZAR R25,016
CHF FR1,568
Jump in the saddle for a two-wheeled adventure tour of Vietnam. Take in cultural delights in Hanoi, white sand...
USD $2,045
CAD $2,480
AUD $2,620
EUR €1,356
GBP £1,072
NZD $2,815
ZAR R24,052
CHF FR1,508
Travel to India and cycle the romantic Rajasthan region. Tour from Delhi to Pushkar and travel to the Taj Mahal of...
USD $1,705
CAD $2,000
AUD $2,095
EUR €1,380
GBP £1,085
NZD $2,305
ZAR R19,715
CHF FR1,420
Explore laidback Cuba on a two-wheeled round-trip adventure from Havana. Cycle along rural roads, swim in the Rio San...
USD $2,495
CAD $2,630
AUD $2,780
EUR €1,436
GBP £1,312
NZD $2,990
ZAR R25,520
CHF FR1,596
See Southeast Asia from two wheels on this 13-day adventure from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok. Cruise along dusty lanes...
USD $4,300
CAD $5,210
AUD $5,310
EUR €2,860
GBP £2,252
NZD $5,920
ZAR R50,540
CHF FR3,164
Gear up for an energising and rewarding cycling tour that takes in the best of Southeast Asia. Bike your way around...
USD $4,825
CAD $5,655
AUD $5,935
EUR €3,104
GBP £2,464
NZD $6,505
ZAR R44,640
CHF FR3,436
Gear up for an energising and rewarding cycling tour that takes in the best of Southeast Asia. Bike your way around...

Other wanderlust packed and heart rate pumping adventures...

Trip name Days Total
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Inca Trail & Amazon 12
USD $2,595
CAD $3,235
AUD $3,415
EUR €2,220
GBP £1,740
NZD $3,670
ZAR R39,190
CHF FR2,455
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The Kokoda Track 11
USD $3,820
CAD $4,470
AUD $4,695
EUR €3,315
GBP £2,435
NZD $5,150
ZAR R44,145
CHF FR3,395
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Cambodia - Hike, Bike & Kayak 9
USD $1,280
CAD $1,550
AUD $1,640
EUR €1,065
GBP £840
NZD $1,765
ZAR R18,820
CHF FR1,180
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Burma (Myanmar) Sailing Adventure ex Phuket 9
USD $2,165
CAD $2,535
AUD $2,660
EUR €1,880
GBP £1,380
NZD $2,915
ZAR R25,010
CHF FR1,925
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Patagonia Wilderness 15
USD $4,745
CAD $5,350
AUD $5,560
EUR €3,850
GBP £2,855
NZD $5,980
ZAR R51,240
CHF FR3,940
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Explore the Camino Way 10 Book trip
Explore the Camino Way 10
USD $2,640
CAD $3,195
AUD $3,380
EUR €2,195
GBP £1,730
NZD $3,635
ZAR R38,790
CHF FR2,430
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Kilimanjaro - Marangu Route 7
USD $2,570
CAD $3,115
AUD $3,290
EUR €2,325
GBP £1,685
NZD $3,535
ZAR R37,755
CHF FR2,365
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Hike & Kayak Yellowstone 7 Book trip
Hilltribe Experience 5
USD $377
CAD $460
AUD $485
EUR €315
GBP £247
NZD $520
ZAR R5,565
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Walking Annapurna 5
USD $387
CAD $467
AUD $495
EUR €322
GBP £252
NZD $532
ZAR R5,680
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Essential walking & trekking info

On all of our hikes, your accommodation is pre-booked and your luggage is transferred from one point to the next. All you have to carry is a daypack that contains water, any snacks or gadgets you may want and a few layers to keep you dry and warm. This means you get to enjoy the best of hiking without any of the hassles.

We offer an extensive range of both small group and self-guided walking itineraries all over the world that cover everything from one-day hikes through to itineraries spanning 37 days. Armed with route notes and maps, self-guided walks allow you to explore at your own pace and are perfect for those wanting more independence. Or, if you want to concentrate more on the scenery, join a small group and explore with new friends. All your accommodation will be pre-booked, and your main luggage will be transferred between properties – so all you have to do is strap on your daypack and enjoy the walk!

We have walks ranging from relatively easy to rather challenging. But no matter what degree of difficulty or distance you choose to walk, we recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness to ensure that you get the most out of your walk or hike. Try to commit to some type of physical training program around six weeks before you depart. Here are some suggestions: Long walks: go on some long walks of 3-6 hours duration before you leave, wearing the boots you’re taking and carrying a small backpack to get comfortable with carrying your gear for long stretches. Aerobic exercise: running, distance cycling and the various aerobic classes offered at gyms (like pump, spin, zumba and circuit classes) all help to give you fitness and stamina. Strength training: doing body weight training like pushups, squats, dips, lunges, etc. helps to build up your muscle strength, which is needed for the steady climb up a mountain if you’re embarking on this type of hike (bootcamp sessions are perfect for this type of training).

You’ll need a comfortable daypack to walk with during the day and another piece of luggage (preferably not too large) for the rest of your gear to be transported or carried by porters or Sherpa (this depends on the walking trip you choose). Sturdy, good quality and well-fitted hiking shoes will make the difference between a great trip and terrible time – make sure you break them in before you go to minimise blisters. For some tips and ideas about what to take, check out Intrepid’s Ultimate Packing List – you won’t need half of what’s mentioned but things like wet-weather gear, a hat, layers of clothing, head torch, bandaids for blisters, water bottle and sunscreen are essential.

On some of our hikes you will encounter high altitudes. When climbing above 2,800 metres (9,200 feet), it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude, regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary! There’s no real way to tell how your body will react to the rigours of altitude trekking, so it is important that you monitor your condition and discuss any prevailing symptoms with your guide. If you have any pre-existing conditions that could be exacerbated by high altitudes, be sure to get them checked out by a doctor before you leave. But above all, try not to worry, most of our travellers shake off the effects of altitude pretty quickly and enjoy a safe and rewarding trek.

About our cycling trips

Our cycling tours span the gamut of two-wheeled challenges: from a leisurely ride through Vietnam to cycling across landscapes of Cuba. Some of these trips include cycling as just one of a number of active adventures, others are more cycling focussed (ie. You’ll be riding almost every day).

To take the hassle out of preparing for your trip, we've included bike hire on all our dedicated cycling tours. Alternatively, you can bring your trusty bike from home. If you're bringing your own bike, make sure you let us know when booking so we can make sure your bike is appropruate for that particular tour. As always, check your Trip Notes for more information. 
Bringing your own bike – If you are a dedicated cyclist or just want to take your bike on a holiday, you can usually bring it along for the ride. You’ll need to box it up for transport on the plane: the easiest way to do this is to go to your local bike shop and ask if they will do it for you (a fee may apply). They often have boxes on hand from old stock and have the tools to remove the pedals and secure your handlebars. Airline fees will also apply, so check with your airline about costs. It's worth remembering not all trips will be able to accommodate your own bike, so let us know what you're planning at the time of booking.
Hiring a bike – The bikes we use are from proven brands, very well maintained, typically less than 3 years old (most are newer) and specifically chosen to suit the terrain you'll be cycling on the trip. They come in the full range of sizes from extra small to extra large and usually have front suspension, flat bars, and 27 gears. The only thing you need to do is advise us of your height at the time of booking. We’ll handle the rest. If you'd like, you can always take your own saddle (seat) or gel over-cover for comfort sake, and if you want to use cleats, bring your pedals and shoes too. 

All airlines will have their own rules and fees when transporting bikes. Make sure you contact the airline (preferably) before you pay for your flights to see what charges and requirements they have.

Before you go, you must box your bike for transport. See our section ‘taking your own bike vs. hiring one’ for more information.

On all of our cycling tours your accommodation is pre-booked and your luggage is transferred from one point to the next. All you have to carry is water, and any snacks or gadgets you may want and a few layers to keep you dry and warm. A small, lightweight backpack may come in handy.

Helmets are compulsory on our cycling tours, so you can either bring your own or (to save on luggage space) buy one at a local bike shop once you arrive in-country. We also recommend you bring your own water bottle/hydration pack, and closed shoes. You may also wish to bring Cycling shorts, and (if you ride regularly at home) your own saddle and pedals. Many of our clients who do not ride regularly find a gel seat cover helpful in making the ride more comfortable. For more info on packing, check out the What to Pack section of your Trip Notes.

All you need to enjoy our cycling trips is the ability to ride a bicycle and a passion for seeing a destination on two wheels. That’s about it.

While there are occasionally longer days on some itineraries, the vast majority of our cycling days are between 30-60kms and are done at a leisurely pace with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery/just take a break. Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will get by with no troubles.

Our cycling trips are done predominantly on sealed roads (with the odd unsealed section), but none of the trips require any specialist cycling skills. We’ve also researched extra riding routes in each of the destinations we visit, so if you want to stretch your legs a bit more, you can.

We run risk assessments on each and everyone of our cycling trips to make sure they’re up to scratch, and your cycling leaders have personally ridden every inch of the itinerary in advance. We’ve assessed the road conditions, the level of traffic and any potential blackspots. Our leaders are trained in cycling health and safety, as well as basic first aid, and we usually have a vehicle following us if an evacuation ever becomes necessary. We’ve also made sure our cycling tours depart during the milder months, when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, so the ride should be as pleasant (and safe) as possible. 

Not as a rule. Any injuries you might suffer while riding should be covered by the more reputable comprehensive policies (we can recommend some good brands if you’re unsure of what to get). It’s always important to double check the fine print before departing on your trip, and be aware that (like all Intrepid trips) travel insurance is compulsory on our cycling itineraries.

Traveller reviews

Our Walking trips score an average of 4.82 out of 5 based on 813 reviews in the last year.

Everest Base Camp , September 2016

Debra Clark

Active Galapagos , September 2016

Tanya Lancaster

Everest Base Camp , October 2016

Beth Anton

Inca Trail Express , October 2016

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