Which Intrepid tour is the most popular? With hundreds of incredible adventures to choose from around the world, our travellers have declared the following their ultimate Top 10. From sailing around Halong Bay on an overnight cruise to gliding down the Nile on a traditional felucca, riding a camel across the Sahara Desert in Morocco, or relaxing at a traditional Japanese onsen, our most-booked trips offer an irresistible mix of inclusions and free time, classic highlights and local secrets, and the opportunity to experience a country with like-minded travellers and local leaders who know it well.
On our most popular tour, you’ll discover there’s more to Morocco than souks and the Sahara (although you should definitely see these too). It’s impossible to forget Humphrey Bogart’s famous line – “Here’s looking at you, kid” – from ‘Casablanca’ once you’ve visited the city with the same name as the movie. Casablanca is also home to the grand Mosque of Hassan II, one of the most impressive temples in the entire country. If you’re more into movies like 'Gladiator' or the series 'Game of Thrones', you’ll enjoy going behind the scenes in Ait Benhaddou to see where these famous productions and many others were filmed. In the ancient alleyways of Fes, your guide will make it feel like you’ve travelling back to the Middle Ages. If you want to know your future, ask one of the many fortune-tellers to reveal what lies ahead during a tour Marrakech's lively medina. And don’t get us started on the amazing food!
Can’t decide whether to visit Vietnam or Cambodia? This activity packed 18-day trip ensures you don’t have to pick your favourite and can explore them both. At Angkor Wat, you’ll get to join a guided tour but will also have time to explore this famous temple on your own. Because sometimes the most wonderful travel memories come about because you take time to let things ‘just happen’. One night, you’ll have the chance to see Vietnam’s famous limestone karsts silhouetted in the moonlight as you gaze up at the stars on an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. When you get to Hue, you’ll jump on the back of a motorbike with an experienced rider and take a pillion tour past historical pagodas and bridges and some of the local villages. This comprehensive tour also includes a visit to a floating village, a bike ride around rural farms to meet with local producers, an overnight train adventure and more.
Like a perfectly made bowl of pho that you just can’t get enough of, this 10-day tour brings together all the ingredients for an amazing Vietnam adventure. Take it slow during a private boat tour of the Mekong Delta where you’ll have time to meet local craftspeople and learn more about their traditional arts. In Hanoi, you can enjoy the locals’ lively banter on a busy street corner as you take a seat on a plastic milk crate, quench your thirst with a frosty glass of bia hoi, and slurp a bowl of pho (we couldn’t let you leave Vietnam without trying this famous dish). Along with sailing through Halong Bay on an overnight cruise and travelling like a local on a motorbike tour, you’ll also wander past the elegant wooden buildings which line the canals in Hoi An’s Old Town on a guided tour.
Peru is best known for the ruins of Machu Picchu but you don’t need to be super fit to enjoy it on this comprehensive 15-day trip. You’ll have a choice of three different ways to experience the magnificence of Machu Picchu: there’s a choice of two treks plus an easy option with time to visit the area’s other towns plus a train trip to Aguas Calientes and a stroll around the site. Take a guided stroll past Inca temples and Spanish cathedrals in Cusco with your leader, hang out with a traditional Andean community in a mud-brick hut on the shore of Lake Titicaca during a homestay, and live your own Indiana Jones adventure in the Amazon. With an expert guide to help you spot the destination’s wildlife, this jungle lodge experience will help make this a trip to remember.
If you want more Morocco for your money, this 15-day tour is an affordable way to see the country’s best spots with an expert local leader to guide your way. Stroll past Casablanca’s beautiful Art Deco buildings and lose yourself in the old medina and city walls. Will you be able to find your way through the notoriously labyrinthine medina of Fes? Probably not, but getting lost here is part of the fun. You’ll stay with a traditional Berber community high in the Atlas Mountains and learn about the cultures and traditions of Morocco’s Indigenous people. Taking in the sunset from the back of a camel as you trek through the Sahara, exploring Marrakech’s Djemaa el-Fna, and enjoying a seafood barbeque in the coastal town of Essaouira add yet more reasons to book this Top 5 trip.
Japan serves up an irresistible combination of historical riches, culinary adventures, cutting-edge technology and natural beauty on this 13-day tour. While it’s impossible to resist exciting Tokyo, immersing yourself in Japan’s cultural pursuits also shouldn’t be missed. Leave your clothes - and your inhibitions – at the door and join the locals at an onsen, experience the spirituality of Japan’s temples, zip through the countryside on Japan’s bullet trains, visit a folk village, and sleep at a ‘ryokan’, a traditional Japanese inn, where the hospitality is as warm as your comfy futon bed. You’ll also get to see Mt Fuji during a ride on the Hakone ropeway, visit Miyajima Island where wild deer roam the streets, and explore traditional Japanese culture in the town of Takayama.
Surround yourself with pyramids, bazaars, mummies, catacombs, pharaohs, and feluccas on this 12-day tour which takes in the best of Egypt and provides a connection with the people who live here. Learn about ancient Nubian culture in a small village as you share a dinner with your hosts. You’ll also sail down the Nile for three nights, visit the new Egyptian Museum and explore the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar in Cairo. The vibrant city of Alexandria, which was founded in 331 BC, is the perfect spot for discovering Egypt’s cultural and intellectual pursuits. And, of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the wonders of Ancient Egypt along the way, with help from our expert local guides.
With almost three weeks to explore Egypt and Jordan on this tour, you’ll get to pretty much all of the top sites rather than just a few. Relax in comfort on a cruise down the Nile River, lose yourself in the colours and aromas of the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar in Cairo, and see the Pyramids at Giza, the Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel, and the labyrinthian catacombs in Alexandria. Adding Jordan to your Egypt itinerary also means you’ll get to see the pink-hued beauty of Petra which was carved into a cliff more than 2,000 years ago. Add a night spent at a Bedouin desert camp, a refreshing dip in the Red Sea, a 4WD tour at Wadi Rum and incredible Byzantine mosaics, and you’ve got a Northern Africa adventure that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
If you want to visit Cuba for a good time, not a long time, this eight-day tour will get you around the country much faster than one of Havana’s historic cars. Shake it like you mean it during an informal salsa lesson, discover the valley known as the ‘rainbow of Cuba’, see the incredible architecture of Palacio del Valle in Cienfuegos, and admire vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages. Trinidad offers a step back in time and some of the best beaches in the country. You’ll also discover there’s more to Havana than its famous cigars on a guided walking tour of Old Havana which examines the contrasts between city and rural life. A visit to the Che Guevara mausoleum and museum provides a deeper understanding of what inspired Cuba’s most famous revolutionary leader.
This 15-day tour promises the Best of Sri Lanka and well and truly delivers. Along with falling in love with the flavour explosion which is Sri Lankan food, you’ll get to share it with the locals during immersive experiences such as lunch with a Tamil tea worker and a home cooking demonstration. Along with exploring the city of Kandy, mingling with pilgrims at the Temple of the Tooth, touring a tea factory and taking in the views of this lush lakefront town, you’ll also ride around ancient ruins on a bike tour for a unique look at of Anuradhapura’s dagobas, palaces and pools. While you’ll almost certainly work up a sweat on the 200-metre walk to the rock fortress of Sigiriya and its ancient ruins, you’ll agree it was worth it when you take in the views over the wilderness.