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1. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Hey travellers

Anyone done a tour with intrepid? any feedback would be greatful

2. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

I can't comment on quality but from what I can gather they're pretty expensive.

Take the hill-tribe tour of northern Thailand - it's six days (two days in Bangkok meeting and leaving with no activities planned) so that leaves 4-5 days, two of which are on the sleeper trains from Bangkok to chiang mai. So that's pretty much three days trekking in the jungle for £260 pounds.

If you do the trip yourself (i.e. the train to chiang mai) you'll pay roughly £15 return. If you then arrange the tour with another company while in chiang mai you'll pay between £60-100 giving a maximum of £115 to their £260.

That's from a little bit of research on that single trip, to be fair some of the intrepid trips do seem like good value just not in this instance. So my bit of advice is look into how much it would cost to do yourself and compare the price, that'll give you a good indication of the value for money.

That said, intrepid are a worldwide company with years of experience so you might want to take that into consideration if you're going to a place you're not familiar with or would feel slightly scared travelling alone. Put it this way, if I was going to somewhere like Africa I'd be prepared to pay the extra money for the security they'd offer being a world wide company with a solid reputation.

Hope that helps

3. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Hi murphc

I was planning to do the india trip its 51days acc, food etc is around 2,500 which i think is quite reasonable.

4. Posted by Philymop (Full Member 110 posts) 7y

I did a 3 week tour of China with them and found it to be fab. But, that was my first experience of travelling so it was useful to have the comfort of knowing there was someone there to arrange tickets and accommodation etc. It was also good to have a group of 12 people I could hang out with without having to approach strangers in random places! I found the trip to have a good balance between looking after you and leaving you to explore yourself, for example sometimes we would arrive somewhere, check in and the guide would just tell when and where to meet for the next train a few days later, other times there would be organised trips that were optional.

Looking back it was quite expensive and I could have done it myself for a fraction of the cost. I wouldn't do it again for that reason and also because I have now travelled alot more on my own and feel comfortable and happy doing it. That said, I would definitely recommend them for anyone going on a first trip who is a bit unsure about going alone, or if you have a really sort time and want someone else to do all the hassley bits for you.

If you want anymore info let me know

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting Annie0

Hi murphc

I was planning to do the india trip its 51days acc, food etc is around 2,500 which i think is quite reasonable.

Wow you can live in India for about 2 years on that!

I ran into a Intrepid tour group when I was on the Annapurna trek in Nepal. They do seem to take care of everything in a professional way, but man they think they own the damn place. The main guide got really shitty with some of us that were staying in the same lodge over Christmas and told us we wernt allowed to sit near the fire, because they had laid out a table for their guests only near the fire! When they would talk about the next days hike, they did it all secretly as if they thought they were giving away secret information and they didnt want anyone that hadnt paid their exorbitant prices to hear. i can understand their clients have paid a huge rip off amount of money to them and they want the best for them, but they need to have a bit more respect for others on the trails.

6. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Quoting Dodger

Quoting Annie0

Hi murphc

I was planning to do the india trip its 51days acc, food etc is around 2,500 which i think is quite reasonable.

Wow you can live in India for about 2 years on that!

I ran into a Intrepid tour group when I was on the Annapurna trek in Nepal. They do seem to take care of everything in a professional way, but man they think they own the damn place. The main guide got really shitty with some of us that were staying in the same lodge over Christmas and told us we wernt allowed to sit near the fire, because they had laid out a table for their guests only near the fire! When they would talk about the next days hike, they did it all secretly as if they thought they were giving away secret information and they didnt want anyone that hadnt paid their exorbitant prices to hear. i can understand their clients have paid a huge rip off amount of money to them and they want the best for them, but they need to have a bit more respect for others on the trails.

Thanks for that info