Your sense of adventure doesn’t disappear just because you have kids,so why should your family holidays be limited to the usual suspects?
We’ve developed a better style of family travel, one that favours real life experiences over the virtual ones. Start with kid-friendly hotels (swimming pool included), and then sprinkle in a tuk-tuk ride through the streets of Bangkok, a football match with Maasai tribesmen or sailing down the Nile in an Egyptian felucca. Who needs a ball pit and a buffet when you’ve got the whole world to play in?
The clue’s in the title. These trips are for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re travelling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip.
Travel with other families
Travelling the Intrepid way is a bit like travelling with a group of friends. Made up of 3-5 like-minded families, the kids tend to hit it off on these trips straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.
Small group sizes
Intrepid’s family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and home stays.
We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.
Our leaders are specially trained to run family adventures, so you’re well taken care of. You can also rest easy knowing we conduct safety assessments on all our activities to meet local standards as well as our own comprehensive safety policy.
The world’s an amazing place and we want to do our bit to keep it that way. That’s why we choose to travel responsibly, giving back to the communities we visit and helping to create a sustainable world for our children. For us, it’s also about educating the next generation of responsible travellers.
Sacred Valley, Peru
Along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley formed the heart of the great Inca Empire. Come for the beautiful landscapes and chatter with local farmers; stay for the cute wildlife, such as alpacas, vicunas and llamas.
With palaces, forts, festivals and wildlife encounters to take the breath away, Rajasthan is a must-see for all families. We stay in century-old heritage accommodation, living the life like a Maharaja and Maharani. Trace the tracks of Bengal tigers in the jungle, wander through lush palace gardens, clock the famous Taj Mahal and ride the rails through the sun-kissed countryside.
An artists’ town through and through, Essaouira is full of surprises. First there’s the beautiful blue-specked townscape, with its whitewashed seaside houses you could stare at for an age. Dig a little deeper and find galleries, boutiques, wood workshops and a colourful heritage of Portuguese, British, French and Jewish influences.
Loita Hills, Kenya
Nestled in the Great Rift Valley, Loita Hills is a special place. It’s the town the Maasai call home, and it’s a privilege to spend time with such a proud, joyous (and snappily dressed) East African people. Remember to get one of your own tribe to snap a photo of you jumping for joy with them.
Where we stay
We take a lot of care choosing your accommodation and try to avoid the big chain hotels. Your accommodation could be a locally run hotel in Europe, a jungle lodge in Latin America, or a small, family friendly hotel. No matter where you stay, it will be of good quality and most rooms will feature ensuites and air conditioning as standard. Plus we try to pick hotels that provide triple or quad rooms and always try and offer conjoining rooms when they are available.
Travelling with teenagers
Our teenage trips have been specially designed for children aged 10-17. Whether it be hiking the Inca trail, bicycling in Northern Vietnam or kayaking off the coast of Croatia, these trips include an element of physical activity and offer more active and challenging itineraries for older children.
If you like the sound of our style of travel but would rather holiday with just your family and friends, we can help. Most of our trips are also available as private departures and come with all the excitement and inclusions of a regular departure, but we can tweak and adjust the details until they fit just right.
Experience China is as fast paced as China’s development over the last 20 years.
Personal favourites were Chengdu and Yangshuo - however I’d love to go back to everywhere we visited and explore further.
Our leader William was bloody brilliant!
Intrepid takes the hassle out of planning a trip on your own to the Balkans, where transportation and concerns present difficulties. They created a balanced itinerary of exercising ventures interspersed with idyllic, relaxing locations. They limit the group size and do not pressure with required commercial site visits that other companies force on you.