Get ready to experience the United Kingdom, Intrepid style.

Four unique countries, four bewitching cultures with tens of thousands of years of history between them, the United Kingdom is diverse and packed with adventures. From the sandy beaches in Cornwall to the enchanting landscapes in the Scottish Highlands to the rugged mountains in Snowdonia National Park, there is really something for everyone. Walk beautiful lochs in the Cairngorms, cycle through the charming villages in the Lake District or explore the enchanting Giant's Causeway. Experience the best the UK has to offer with our UK tours and holidays.

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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

Australia: No - Not required
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: No - Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: No - Not required
UK: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required

Tipping isn’t expected but a tip for good service is always appreciated. Rounding up a taxi fare is commonplace.

Internet access is good in the UK, with internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots easily found in most cities and major towns.

Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in most parts of the UK, except perhaps in remote areas. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.

Modern, flushable toilets are the standard in the UK.

Pint of beer = £4
Simple cafe lunch = £10 
Nice meal in a restaurant = £30

Tap water is considered safe to drink unless otherwise marked.

Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores and hotels in the UK. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

ATMs are very common in the UK, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan - New Year's Day
  • 17 Mar - St Patrick's Day (Northern Ireland only)
  • Good Friday 
  • Easter Monday (except Scotland)
  • Early May Bank Holiday 
  • Spring Bank Holiday 
  • 12 Jul - Battle of the Boyne (Scotland only)
  • Summer Bank Holiday (except Scotland)
  • 30 Nov - St. Andrew's Day (Scotland only)
  • 25 Dec - Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec - Boxing Day

Please note some of the above public holidays don’t have dates as they change every year. For a current list of public holidays in the United Kingdom go to World Travel Guides

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Travellers wander the streets of Edinburgh royal mile

How we're giving back

In United Kingdom, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.