Intrepid Travel vs G Adventures

By Samantha Scott
April 18, 2016

Trying to decide between Intrepid Travel and G Adventures? These travel companies are often compared - sharing similar values and travel styles. To help you determine which one is best for you, our ultimate guide is here to help! 

 


In a hurry?

See Intrepid Travel vs G Adventures at a glance »

Or search and compare all Intrepid and G Adventures Trips »  


 

Read on for our Ultimate Guide comparing Intrepid Travel & G Adventures! 

Intrepid Travel vs G Adventures - Ultimate Guide

Group of young travelers on guided trip

Travel Styles, Tour Types, and Brands - G Adventures vs Intrepid Travel

Both G Adventures and Intrepid Travel specialize in adventure travel that doesn’t break the bank. They are top companies to consider if you enjoy a local and off-the-beaten-path feel with all the comfort of having logistics taken care of - and a good balance of free time.

Each highly values responsible travel, conservation, and sustainability - though this is not usually the core driving force behind most itineraries and activities during your tour.

When they first began operating tours, some 30 odd years ago, both G Adventures and Intrepid Travel had a more central focus on budget adventure for the 18-39 year old age group. Today however, they have both expanded beyond this, offering a larger variety of budget ranges and activity levels.

G Adventures has a partnership with National Geographic, through which they provide tours with a higher comfort level and more premium accommodations. These tours, called “National Geographic Journeys” are a great choice for older adventurous travelers or families. 

Similarly Intrepid has two other brands geared toward more specific age groups. Their brand Peregrine, specializes in more premium tours and cruises. They are perfect for multi-generational travel or older couples and groups of friends. Intrepid also has a youth brand, Geckos, with adventure trips specifically designed for 18-29 years olds.

Note: Geckos is no longer a separate brand. Intrepid has introduced a new theme of 18-29 trips available through the Intrepid Travel site.

Accommodations

Basic accommodation in the camping, 2 star, 3 star range is what you can expect on many trips. This can involve anything from a multi-bed hostels to camping, a comfortable yet no-frills hotel, or a homestay with a local family - a popular options offered by G Adventure for their “Local Living” trips.

Intrepid offers several “Overland” trips, where there is a community aspect and expectation of travelers to get involved with setting up and breaking down camps and assisting with meals and cleanup.

Group Size

Intrepid and G Adventures are classified as “small group tours” which typically means a max of 20 travelers, and usually less. A small group tour allows travelers to have a more authentic and local experience. On average, Intrepid trips are have a smaller group size than G Adventures, averaging around 10 travelers, whereas G Adventures averages around 15.

Nature hiking tour Costa Rica Intrepid Travel vs G Adventures

Physical Level

Because a majority of G Adventures and Intrepid Travel trips are still geared toward a young adult audience, there is an expectation of basic physical fitness on most of their trips. That said, both companies have made a conscious effort to include more trips types along a wider range, expanding beyond the “hard adventure” core.

G Adventures classifies their trips by Travel Style, while Intrepid breaks it out into Themes. Each have helpful ways of identifying who the tour would be best suited for based on easily decipherable physical level ratings, and how much “culture shock” you can expect.

Cost

Of the two, Intrepid Travel has a slight edge when it comes to lower costs - but really both are neck and neck. And both offer extremely budget options (where you’ll stay in multi-bed rooms in a hostel or camp) all the way to premium hotels.

The average price per day on G Adventures tours is $213, and they are one to look carefully at when it comes to inclusions. This price may not include some meals and add-ons like excursions or day tours.

The average price per day for Intrepid Travel is $190, and their price is somewhat more inclusive than G Adventures, meaning you won’t have to pay too much extra for activities during the tour.

Solo female traveler on Europe tour Intrepid vs G Adventures

Important note: Both G Adventures and Intrepid Travel are known for providing generous free time during the tour. It’s for this reason they are especially popular among young adventurous travelers, and a good choice for those unsure about guided travel. However this does mean you will need to plan finances accordingly - you’ll be responsible for some of your own meals, and if there is an activity not included on the itinerary that fits into your free day, it’s on your own dime.

Which is the best for Single and Solo travelers?

Single travelers are welcome on both G Adventures and Intrepid Travel tours. You’ll probably find the most romantic singles on a G Adventures 18-39 tour or traveling with Intrepids youth adventure brand Geckos, which has an age max of 29.

Solo travelers will appreciate that G Adventures has no single supplement - a fact that propels them ahead of Intrepid for this category. Intrepid has a mostly no-single-supplement policy, though some of their trips do require it.



TL;DR 

Intrepid Travel vs G Adventures at a glance 

 

Intrepid Travel  

G Adventures 

 

               Overall Average Rating  


4.8/5 


4.8/5

 

               Number of Reviews


2,179


43,081

 

              Number of Tours


959


992

 

              Travel Styles

 

Value, Basic

 

Value, Comfort

 

               Average Tour Price

 

$2,377

 

$2,419

 

              Average Tour Length

 

        14.5 Days

 

13.25 Days

 

             Average Group Size

 

Max 16


Max 16

 

             Years in Business

 

29 

 

28 

 


 

Save up to $500 on Intrepid Travel and G Adventures when you become a Stride Member. It's free!

 


 

 

grand canyon

 

Destinations

Intrepid Travel 

G Adventures 

 

              Europe Tours


140

 

149

 

             South America Tours

 

130

 

221 

 

             Africa Tours

 

151 

 

148 

 

             Asia Tours

 

267

 

276 

 

            Antarctica Tours

 

0

 

9 

 

            Australia & Pacific Tours      

 

106 

 

46 

 

            Central America Tours

 

57

 

80


            North America Tours


99


57


            Middle East Tours

 

48

 

0 

 

Both Intrepid Travel and G Adventures Offer:

-   Ample free time during the tour

-   Cultural immersion and local guides

-   Small groups

-   Family friendly tours

-   Regular sales and last minute deals

-   A premium brand with slower paced tours and more comfortable accommodations

-   Responsible tourism and contribute to conservation efforts around the world

 


See all Intrepid Travel and G Adventures tours to find your perfect trip » 

Read reviews for these and other top tour operators »

Share and Enjoy
       
8486 Views    No comments
Comments

Write New Comment

Tours & Operators on Stride Awarded and Featured by:

  • National Geographic, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure
  • Outside, The New York Times
×
×
Sign in to Save Trips
Welcome back! We're so happy to see you. ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
  • Bookmark trips you like
  • Share with your travel companions
  • Track price changes
  • Access private discounts on trips you save
×
Sign in to see your results

TripFinder is a member-only feature. Don’t worry, it’s free!

With a membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
Activate your free Stride membership

Just use the email address and password provided in the email we sent.

? Forgot Password?

With your free membership you:

  • Save up to $700 per person!*
  • Access private deals and offers
  • See personalized trip recommendations
  • Save favorite trips
*See Member Savings Program details
×
To Follow, sign in or sign up (it's free) ? Forgot Password?
Don't have an account? Join
member benefits
First name is required!
Last name is required!
First name is not valid!
Last name is not valid!
This is not an email address!
Email address is required!
This email is already registered!
Please enter valid email address
Password is required!
Enter a valid password!
Please enter 6 or more characters!
Please enter 16 or less characters!
Passwords are not the same!
Terms and Conditions are required!
Email or Password is wrong!
Please select the captcha checkbox!
Please select the valid captcha!
Something went wrong! Try again later!
Find the 3 best trips for you.
Take a short quiz to recieve your top matches.