01. Hola Cuba
Cuba is still illegal for Americans to travel to, unless you are traveling on a legal people-to-people certified trip. That's where our 10-day Hola Cuba tour comes in. Be one of the first to experience this faded Caribbean gem – a cobblestoned communist isle where the rum is plentiful, the smiles infectious and the dancing encouraged.
Hola Cuba - People to People for US citizens, February 2017
What a wonderful we had with our guide Antonio. This trip is a great & easy way to explore Cuba's highlights in a legal & well organized way. I feel like I saw and did a lot in the course of only 9 days, and I have a much deeper and more nuanced understanding of Cuban life & culture.
Review submitted 24 Mar 2017
02. Best of Morocco
Travel from the snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the endless sands of the Sahara, and from the medieval old town of Fes to the vibrant spice markets of Marrakech. On this 15-day adventure, you'll have the unique opportunity spend a night in a traditional Berber homestay to better understand the culture and tradition of an indigenous population who have stood the test of time.
'When I get to lead this tour I like to organize two special meals. One barbeque in the Atlas Mountains with lamb chops and meatballs and another with fresh fish from a local market. Customers really love those meals and it helps the group get in touch with the real Morocco.' - Abderrahim Oukioud, Local Leader
03. Vietnam Express Southbound
Sip coffee with locals in Hanoi and shop up a storm in the Old Quarter, cruise along emerald waters on a Halong Bay boat trip, travel through old-world Hue and Hoi An, and get lost in the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City. This 10-day tour will introduce you to the real Vietnam - a country of incredible food, lively locals, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities.
'In the Mekong delta, after tasting the freshly made coconut candy produced locally, we all take tuk tuks to explore a small island. We go through fruit gardens, paddy fields and remote villages. It is such a great experience that other tourists miss in Mekong delta.' - Vinh Bui, Local Leader
04. Inca Trail Express
Spend 7 days retracing the steps of the Inca. Follow the Inca from Cuzco, through the fertile heartland of the Sacred Valley and to the magnificent Ollantaytambo ruins before the ultimate adventure – trekking to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail or Quarry Trek.
Inca Trail Express, March 2017
An excellent trip! Great guides and you'll be well looked after. You'll see beautiful, breathtaking sights, but don't be under any illusions. The Inca Trail is hard. You're hiking through the Andes. But the sore legs and tired muscles are worth it for the memories you'll make.
Review submitted 23 Mar 2017
05. Cambodian Traveler
This 9-day tour starts in Vietnam amid the chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City before your travel through Cambodia begins. Enjoy the guidance of a local expert as you temple-hop at the dazzling Angkor complex and learn about the sobering but important Khmer history in Phnom Penh, with included visits to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek Memorial.
06. Everest Base Camp
First conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, Everest has traditionally been the ultimate goal for mountaineers. Flying in to Lukla, explore the mountains and valleys around the towering peak, rest in Nepalese teahouses, learn about the traditions and cultures of the famous Sherpa and spend time in exotic Kathmandu.
'The one item people always forget to pack when joining a trek to Base Camp is extra underwear. We don't have washing machines along the trek and sometimes the water is frozen so you can't do your laundry along the way.' - Dinesh K.C, Local Leader
Everest Base Camp, February 2017
Baby wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitiser, and Snickers bars are the absolutely essential items! The EBC trek is definitely about the journey. Breathtaking views the whole way and if you make it to Base Camp then that's a plus!
Review submitted 24 Mar 2017
07. Golden Triangle
Experience the history of massive forts, the opulence and splendor of Rajasthan's palaces, the bustle and buzz of markets and bazaars, and the traditions of a heritage homestay. Enjoy the perfect introduction to India's three most popular destinations - Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - on this 8-day adventure.
Golden Triangle, February 2017
Delhi to Kathmandu including the Golden Triangle has been my best trip so far. Go with an open mind and you will be rewarded with a feast for all your senses
Review submitted 23 Mar 2017
08. Beautiful Bali
Conquer the slopes of simmering Mt Batur, explore an underwater world in Bali Barat National Park, feast on delicious Balinese cuisine and enjoy moments of absolute peace in Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu-Buddhist lake temple dedicated to the goddess of the waters. This 9-day tour offers the perfect Indonesian island escape.
'My favorite part of leading this tour is when there are opportunities to get involved with a local ceremony or tradition. It quickly becomes the highlight of the trip because most the time there are no other tourists around but us. Locals are always very friendly and welcoming.' - Maman Suryaman, Local Leader
09. Iceland Discovery
This 10-day adventure will let you delve into the ancient land of Vikings and volcanoes. Marvel at geothermal hot springs, witness the steamy eruptions of a giant geyser, touch the tongue of Europe's biggest glacier, see lava that's still warm after 20 years and scale giant waterfalls.
10. Land of Belize
This laidback paradise offers more than just white sand beaches, its full of lush jungles for the adventure-seekers, stunning reefs for divers, colourful wildlife for bird watchers, rare archaeological finds for history buffs and vibrant markets for culture vultures. This 8-day adventure through Belize will capture your imagination, and steal your heart.
Land of Belize, February 2017
Land of Belize is a wonderfully varied travel experience which has inspired me to travel further and with greater frequency. I have come to trust Intrepid as my 'go-to' travel company (Suggestion as a new Intrepid destination: Polar Bear experience in Churchill, Manitoba as part of a Northern Canada package)
Review submitted 09 Mar 2017
11. Athens to Santorini
Uncover thousands of years of civilization in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Acropolis and the ancient Agora on this 8-day adventure through Greece. When night falls, indulge in delicious seafood dinners in traditional tavernas as Rembetika music floats around you.
'I can't give away my favorite restaurant! It’s in a magical spot, in Little Venice, Mykonos. It’s the ‘fancy’ dining experience of the trip with stunning sea views and delicious Greek fusion food. It’s brilliantly run by a local family who are always eager to join my groups for a round of Ouzo.' - Sarah Bruford, Local Leader
12. Costa Rica & Panama Discovery
First travel to Costa Rica to uncover cultural gems in San Jose and Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, then journey on to Panama for an intoxicating mixture of relaxation and adventure. Costa Rica and Panama are the very essence of Central American coastal beauty and this 13-day tour certainly catches them at their best.
Costa Rica & Panama Discovery, February 2017
The tour was really good as you visited lots of different places. The optional trips were fab especially the boat trip in Bocas del Toro which was excellent value for money. Lots of variety and you do as much or as little as you want
Review submitted 26 Feb 2017
13. Real Food Adventure India
Spend two fabulous weeks discovering the sights, sounds and flavours of India on this Real Food Adventure. From Delhi to Goa, you'll experience the best street food in Delhi, see the beautiful sights of the Taj Mahal in Agra and indulge in traditional cuisine in Jaipur and Udaipur. You'll also learn how to cook up delicious regional Indian dishes during a few hands-on cooking classes.
'On one of my tours, my mom invited my entire group for dinner, she made lovely food for everyone. It was a great opportunity for the group to meet a local family. My sister also surprised them with Henna painting. Some people got emotional and were in tears because they had never had that kind of family experience on their tours.' - Sana Jinah, Local Leader
14. Active Galapagos
Explore the islands on this in-depth adventure, coming face-to-face with some of the most extraordinary wildlife on earth. This 10-day adventure lets you explore these islands by foot, boat and bike on this active adventure.
Active Galapagos, February 2017
Trip of a lifetime. The land based trip was right for me. Pretty active and got to see a lot. Rooms are not luxurious but didn't expect them to be. Islands are amazing. Kicker rock was the best part (although if your group is 12 or more people you won't get to go - be aware).
Review submitted 08 Mar 2017
15. Serengeti Trail
You'll spend 8 days roaming the famous Serengeti National Park - nearly 15,000 sq km of rolling savanna that shelters an astounding array of animals from miniature dik-dik antelopes to lions and the noble African elephant. Accompanied by a local crew — a leader, driver and cook – you'll be in excellent hands for the duration of your adventure.
Serengeti Trail, February 2017
My wife and I couldn't be happier with the value we received from this trip. Julius (guide), Esther (cook), and David (driver) guided us safely and efficiently through a trip that was everything we wanted it to be and more. If it's luxury you're looking for, look elsewhere. If this is the option you choose, leave plenty of room in your heart for everything this experience offers.
Review submitted 20 Mar 2017
16. Land of the Rising Sun
Japan is a land of ancient cultures, austere traditions and groundbreaking technology. Feast on local delights at a Takayama market, make a sobering visit to the Hiroshima Peace Park and explore magnificent Kyoto temples on this 14-day adventure.
'Origami lessons are one of my favorite parts of leading this tour. I'll usually teach everyone how to make the crane and ninja star. The lessons are alwasy fun and full of laughter!' - Akemi Nozawa, Local Leader
17. Russia Highlights
Experience the grandeur of Moscow, the beauty of Russia's ancient capitals Suzdal and Novgorod, and the grace of St Petersburg. On this 8-day adventure you'll discover the secrets of Russia’s oldest kremlin in Novgorod and see the Millennium Monument, which tells the story of 1,000 years of Russian history
'On one tour we had a great competition in acrobatics at Suzdal house. Half of the group competed and the other half (including me) watched. It was great fun!' - Anton Bruskov, Local Leader
18. Balkan Adventure
This enchanting land, which has remained virtually untouched by tourism, boasts rich tradition, vibrant culture and mouth-watering cuisine. With historical attractions in Budapest, nightlife in Belgrade, Montenegro's Durmitor National Park and lively Dubrovnik city, this 15-day adventure tour is delightfully different.
'I was born and raised in Osijek, Croatia. I’m proud to be leading in my own country – and showing Croatian tradition and customs. It is also nice to show people how all nations living in this area are connected – their cuisine, music, folklore have many things in common.' - Dinko Pervan, Local Leader
19. Myanmar Experience
Beginning and ending in Yangon, on this 13-day tour you'll discover the spiritual heavyweight of Shwedagon Pagoda, journey through Bagan and its thousands of pagodas, cross the longest teak bridge in the world near Mandalay and enjoy life lakeside at Inle Lake, where floating markets, leg-rowing fishermen and ethnic minorities make for a unique destination.
'My best memory leading this tour was when our group stopped in a small village where we were the only tourists. A local couple was getting married and invited us to join them. We weren't dressed up at all because it was unplanned. Just before the ceremony came to an end there was a DJ and all of us and the locals danced. It was a rare opportunity that we will all remember forever!' - Lin Oo Htet, Local Leader
20. Iran Adventure
Explore the rich history told in the ancient ruins that lie across the country on this 13-day adventure. Modern Iran is a great fusion of civilizations – the Archaemedians, Alexander the Great, the Parthanians, Sassanians, Arabs, Seljuks, Mongols, and Safavids – who all left their mark in innumerable ways.
'One of the happiest stories from my tours was when we were on the road and suddenly there was a Nomadic wedding in front of us. They accepted us into the ceremony as if we were part of their family. We learned the traditional dance and joined in on the party. The smiles on everybody's faces were unforgettable.' - Nadia Badiee, Local Leader