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Basix 

Freedom and affordability.

Our Basix style trips are designed for travellers who prioritise freedom and affordability over frills and inclusions. By working plenty of free time into the itineraries and keeping many of the activities optional, we aim to make travel possible for those on even the most slender of budgets. 

What is 'Basix' style travel?

 
For us, Basix style travel means exceptional value, plenty of free time and having the flexibility to choose where and how your time and money is spent. After all, why pay for an excursion you wouldn’t otherwise be interested in. Or a level of comfort you don’t require.
 
What does this equate to on the ground? On occasion, it could mean pitching a tent, using public transport or experiencing long travel days. Or it may just mean paying for the daily activities that you choose to do. It’ll never mean compromising on safety or professionalism – but by forsaking the occasional creature comforts, you’ll stand to benefit from the best grassroots experiences that travel has to offer. And for many, a little bit of roughing it is all part of the adventure!
 

Your leader

 
As with any Intrepid trip, all of our Basix-style adventures are led by a local leader whose specialty is getting you from A to B, showing you the sights and letting you in on the secrets that make theircountry tick. Independent exploration tends to be valued by Basix-style travellers, so there’ll be plenty of free-time each day and your leader certainly won’t be holding your hand or calling for lights-out. But when it comes to recommendations for dinner, attractions worth a visit or local language tips, there is no one better to turn to.
 

Accommodation

 

Here are some examples of accommodation you can expect:

  • Toulou villages, China - It’s not every night you get to slumber in a UNESCO World Heritage site, but that’s what happens on our village stay with the ethnic Hakka people.
  • Pousada, Brazil - Swing the day away in a hammock or potter about the tropical backyard of a homely guesthouse in Ilha Grande.
  • Yacht, Italy - Take in the dazzling coastline of Italy’s Amalfi Coast the best way how – by boat. Head ashore at points of interest, then drift off to sleep to the ocean’s ebb and flow.

Transport

 
  • Hard-sleeper trains, India - Make the most of your daylight hours by travelling long distances while asleep. Cosy but clean, India’s hard-sleeper trains are a pleasant surprise.
  • Ferry, Jordan - Hop aboard a ferry and keep company with locals on a journey across the Gulf of Aqaba to the Sinai.
  • Overland vehicle, Africa - Africa’s famous dirt roads, epic potholes and river-crossings? Not a problem with a fleet of vehicles custom-built for the task.

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Original

The classic real-life adventure.

Featuring a mix of free time and added inclusions, Original-style trips offer a balance of both independent exploration and included excursions designed to really get you under the skin of a destination. 

What is 'Original' style travel?

 
Our Original trips are the classic real life adventures upon which Intrepid’s small group adventures were founded. While accommodation is primarily hotel based, you could still find yourself camping or the privileged guest of a local family.
 
Depending on the destination and itinerary, you’ll likely be travelling in a combination of public and private transport. And while there is a range of activities included, optional ones will cost extra. From time to time the meals will be on us.
 

Your leader

 
The passion of our local leaders for showing you their home country is what makes Intrepid’s trips so special. No matter the trip you’re on, you’ll have a leader who’s well versed in all things local and who’ll be there for your every step of the way, sharing their tips and secret haunts that only locals know about. 
 

Accommodation

 
  • Yurts, Kyrgyzstan - Snuggle in for a snooze with a difference during a yurt stay in the Kyrgyzstani countryside. Breakfast provided, blankets supplied, amenities… outside.
  • Permanent tents, Australia - Enjoy nights under canvas in the Aussie Outback – minus the hassles of battling tent poles and hammering in pegs – in our permanently sited, hard-floor campsites.
  • Boutique hotel, Peru - Prepare for an excursion into the Sacred Valley at Hotel Warari: a full-service lodging situated in Cuzco’s historic centre.
 

Transport

 
We use a range of transport options on our Original-style trips: private, local, water-based, road-bound and air-borne. Here’s a few of the more interesting modes you may find yourself travelling on:
 
  • Bus, USA - Plug in the earphones, push back the seat and watch Canada’s glorious wilderness roll past from the vantage point of a bus’s big window.
  • Wheels, Thailand - From tuk-tuks to songthaews to sammlaws, it’s anything goes in Thailand. If it beeps, bleeps and blares, it’s all part of the fun.
  • Feet, France - Some boots are made for walking – and some regions are too. When it comes to the French and Swiss Alps, the original mode of movement is still the best.

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Comfort

Discover travel's softer side.

While some travellers get a real kick out of using local transport and forsaking a few home luxuries while on the road, others prefer their journey with some added inclusions and creature comforts. And that’s why we created our Comfort trips.

What is 'comfort' style travel?

 
'Comfort travel’ means encountering all that the real world has to offer, but with an added degree of, well… comfort. The transport we use is more spacious, the travel pace more relaxed, the accommodation a touch classier. And by paying more up front, you’ll be treated to more included meals, more leader-led activities and get a greater immersion in all things local. 
 
By smoothing away some of adventure travel’s rougher edges, we’ve managed to craft a style of travel that minimises the occasional discomforts without sacrificing any of the thrills. We like to think of our comfort range as offering the same real life experiences that our whole ethos is founded upon – just with a softer landing.
 
Intrepid Comfort trips are operated in conjunction with our sister company – Peregrine Adventures. With over 36 years experience in the adventure travel industry, Peregrine shares our philosophy of small group, responsible travel that benefits local communities and provides a more immersive experience for you. 
 

Your leader 

Where our Basix and Original-style trips feature loads of free time and optional activities, our Comfort-style trips follow a more structured itinerary and feature more included activities. This leaves you to reap the benefits of more time in the company of a local leader – and their local knowledge. 
 

Accommodation

Some examples of Comfort accommodation you can expect:
 
  • Africa: Safari Lodge in Tarangire National Park – Whoever said you have to rough it in the wilds? Wine, dine and recline in style, right in the centre of one of Tanzania’s most prized national parks.
  • Asia: Indian Heritage Property – Become acquainted with the India of old on overnight stays in quaint and charming heritage properties; a welcome refuge in a country renowned for its intensity. 
  • Europe: French Chateau – Take in enchanting views across the Burgundy countryside from the comfort of an elegant 17th-century chateau, complete with eight hectares of preserved parklands. View all Comfort trips to Europe
  • North America: Alaskan Lodge - Cosy down in rustic seclusion amid roasting log fires, warm woolen blankets and hearty meals in the natural beauty of the haunting Alaskan woodlands.
  • Latin America: Costa Rican Jungle Lodge – Get back to nature in style at a jungle escape that will see you bedding down in a palm-thatched bungalow offering 360-degree views of the surrounding rainforest. View all Comfort trips to Latin America
  • Middle East: Jordan Desert Camp - Be treated to a night of traditional Bedouin hospitality and unrivalled stargazing on an overnight stay in the immense desert landscape of Wadi Rum.
 

Transport

While we usually use spacious private vehicles on our Comfort trips, we do seek out unique modes of transport where available. So here are a few of the more interesting modes you may find yourself travelling on:
 
  • Traghetto in Italy – Experience Venice’s atmospheric canals and landmark architecture the best way how – from the backseat of a traghetto.
  • Houseboat in the Okavango Delta – Hop aboard a houseboat for two days of winding, and unwinding, through Botswana’s wildlife-rich waterways.
  • Ferry in the USA – See the breathtaking scenery of Alaska and Canada's Maritimes from the water.
  • Shinkansen in Japan – Speed through Japan’s serene landscapes and mega metropolises by bullet train – high-velocity travel has rarely been so classy.
  • Flights in Argentina – Trade the bitumen for the tarmac and make the most of your time in Argentina by taking to the air for longer distance travel.
  • Nile Felucca Cruise – Watch local life unfold on the banks of the world’s most famous river – all from the comfort of your own private felucca.

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