Explorer trips are the heart and soul of Intrepid

Our Explorer itineraries are true classics, inspired by a sense of adventure and that irresistible urge to see the world that all Intrepid travellers share. These trips are built for travellers who like to sample a bit of everything off the travel menu. They include a mix of cultural activities and experiences so you can get a feel for the place through culture, history, adventure and good food all rolled up into one easy package.

Explorer trips come in a range of styles – from Basix to Premium – so you can choose the right level of service and inclusions to accompany you on your journey. 

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Explorer trip highlights

Group overlooking Machu Picchu, Peru

Choose your route to Machu Picchu, Peru

Choose you own adventure on your way to the mother of all Inca cities – magical Machu Picchu. Test yourself on the challenging Classic Inca Trail or the Quarry Trail, or take the train for a more leisurely experience.

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Walk into history in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Head to the famous Stari Most Bridge, built by the Ottomans in 1565. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the famous bridge divers hurl themselves into the icy waters below. On your return to Sarajevo stop at Konjic where you’ll explore Josep Tito's nuclear bunker on a guided tour.

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Farmers collecting produce in Japan

Homestay in Japan

Take part in a homestay and grab the opportunity to get your hands dirty and help out with some farm work. Dinner will be a home-cooked farm-to-table feast and your host will be able to teach you a trick or two about Japanese home cooking.

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Join a henna ceremony in Morocco

Join a local naquasha – a henna artist – in Morocco's M'goun Valley as she explains the origins of these temporary tattoos. Get your own design if you'd like, traditionally placed on the backs of women's hands or on men's palms.

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How to choose the right Explorer trip for you

Consider your preferred travel style

You’ll find Explorer trips across all of our travel styles – from Basix to Premium. Learn more about our travel styles to decide which feels like the best fit for you, and then use the search filters to fine-tune your search.

Narrow down your destination wishlist

There’s a whole big world out there to explore, and hundreds of trips that’ll get you there. So if you have some countries higher on your list than others, start there by typing the country or region name into the search bar up top.

Narrow your dates or duration

If you’ve only got a week to spare or you know you need to squeeze a trip in between two dates, use the duration and dates filters to limit your results to trips that fit your schedule.

Use the wishlist tool

You’ll surely spot a few contenders for your bucket list as you browse Explorer trips, so make use of our wishlist tool to bookmark your favs. Click ‘Add to my wishlist’ in the search results or on each trip page, and be sure to create an account to save them for later.

Let us help you

We know our trips inside and out, and our adventure consultants are here to help so hop on live chat or give us a call if you have any questions. If it’s inspiration you need, head over to The Good Times for travel stories and tips.



Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy

Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid customer, unless the minimum group size listed in the Essential Trip Information and/or Special Conditions state otherwise.

We’ll try our very hardest to accommodate all dietary requirements, but it can be difficult to guarantee in some out-of-the-way places. We'll let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case. Please let us know your dietary requirements at the time of booking and we’ll pass the information on to your leader.

You sure do. Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips if you’re travelling internationally. Your leader will take down your insurance details on the first day in case they are needed during the trip, so make sure to bring your policy documents.

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Good things come in small packages, which is why we keep our group sizes down. On most of our trips you’ll be part of an intimate group of 12-16 people, though the average size is 10 people. Our Overland trips are in purpose-built vehicles that can carry up to 24 travellers.

Group sizes are displayed on each trip page.

Explorer trips come in a range of styles – from Basix to Premium – so the establishments range from 2 to 2.5 stars to 4-star level. We choose to stay at small, locally-owned accommodation wherever possible.

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It's your call. Rooming is organised on a twin-share basis, but most of our trips also have the option to pay an extra fee for your own room. Just let us know at the time of booking and we'll arrange it for you. 

For twin-share rooms, we pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports. As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what's indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you. 

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open-gender, multi-share basis. In those instances it will clearly be stated in your Essential Trip Information. 

All Explorer trips include accommodation, on-trip transport and an expert local leader.

When it comes to meals and included activities, it depends on the trip style you've chosen. Basix and Original trips have a mix of included activities, optional activities and free time so you can choose how to spend your time and money, whereas Comfort and Premium have more inclusions and unique experiences.

Learn more about inclusions on our trip styles page

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