Intrepid Travel vs Haggis Adventure - Tour Companies Compared
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Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.7
Lodging — 4.7
Transportation — 4.7
Meals — 4.7
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Perfect Itinerary, Guide spoiled a lot of the trip4.0 July 2019
The perfect itinerary allowed us to efficiently visited all the top sites with great lodgings. Unfortunately, the guide cut short stops at the Bahai Gardens, Acco, Tel Aviv, and Jerrico on days when we got to our hotel room in the early afternoon--all group members were upset by this. This Palestinian Christian guide emphasized unimpressive churches and minimized all sights that were secular, Muslim, Jewish, ancient, or other faiths. He made bizarre strident political comments about how great Mao Zedong was, praised Putin, said Palestinian people "had never done anything wrong in their history," talked about the Jews killing Jesus--all with a lot of anger. He knew a lot of about Christinaity, not much about anything else. He did a lot to make what could have been the perfect trip, mediocre.Read more
(I would recommend the trip, but only if I knew it was a different guide.)
Good experience - highly overpriced.4.0 April 2019
I just came back from a 12 day tour toRead more
1) extremly very well organized
2) excellent customer service
3) lots of information on the site
4) very knowledgable and personable guide with excellent English
5) people on the trip were great
1) HIGHLY OVERPRICED - one accomodation was ok, the other ones were very cheap, shabby ans dirty.
2) Our guide was no different to guides in less reputable companies. Before I travel, I asked and was told by Intrepid this trip had no "kitty". However, the guide asked on day one for it (a total of $576.09 USD which is a fortune in Egypt), took the group to "Intrepid pre-approved venders", etc.
3) Options of things to do outside the itinerary could have been better explained.
The trip is a good choice if you like to take it easy during your vacation: visit the main sites but also have time at the pool, have drinks with friends and have lots of free time to chill out. And very important: you must like to shop. Keep in mind in Alexandria you spend 3 hours at the shopping mall instead of visiting a Museum, the only activity on day 11 was a visit to the Bazaar and, as I said, you will stop at shops endorsed by Intrepid (according to the guide).
If you, like me, prefer to be on the go when you are on a trip so far from home, this might not be the trip for you. Unless, like I did, you are comfortable with doing your own thing and leaving the group to explore on your own since you will have plenty of time to do so.
Personally, I won't travel with them again. The bad points override the good ones. But again, depends on what you are looking for... and how much you are willing to pay for it.
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It was so much fun!5.0 April 2019
I have just finished The Real Cambodia tour, the 18-29 youth tour. It was so much fun! Our guide Channy was fantastic - he always had good places to take us, advice on everything, lots of local knowledge. The accommodation was generally good, the travel was good, and we did a lot of fun activities. This is my first time travelling with intrepid and I definitely recommend it. I’m already thinking of where I’d like to travel with them again!Read more
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Good range of tours5.0 July 2019
Good range of tours, with very knowledgeable guides that will bring you closer to Scotland and its rich history. Our guide Scot was amazing, and he got a really good singing voice as well. I will now remember forever "Will ye go lassie go?"Read more
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Lovely experience5.0 June 2019
Went on a 3 day Skye High tour with our guide/driver/Lord of Banterbury, Charlie. Lovely experience from the perspective of an actual highlander.
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It was such an amazing time!5.0 June 2019
I did the 5 day Highland Fling with Calum and Ross. It was such an amazing time! Time spent on and off the bus is well balanced and it felt like every day was steeped in Scottish highlander culture. Calum and Ross both talked about their clan ancestry, which really helped me to connect with what I was seeing. I did everything there was to do (even if I initially didn't want to) and I have no regrets. Haggis planned an amazing 5 days and Calum and Ross made it even better.Read more
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|Tours||1,185 Trips||4 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 193||$ 75|
|Operator Type||Mixed Land & Cruise||Custom/Private Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Melbourne, Australia||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Solo Friendly||No single supplement||N/A|
Intrepid Travel is all about ‘real life experiences.’ Founded back in 1989 following an “intrepid” African adventure trip, Intrepid lives up to its name by offering up some pretty big adventures -- such as an 11-day hike through Papua New Guinea -- but is broad-based enough to also lead group trips to Hawaii, complete with sipping sunset Mai Tais on Waikiki Beach.
Intrepid Travel - Quick Facts
Founded in 1989
No Single Supplement (rare exceptions)
Small Groups - max 16 on most trips
Typical Age Range - 18 - 45
Travel Style - Cultural immersion, adventure, overland
Accommodation Style - Camping, Hostels, 3 /4 star hotels
Average Tour Price - $2,377
Top Regions - Asia, Africa, Europe, South America
Other Brands: Peregrine, Geckos
What Makes Intrepid Travel Stand Out?
- Small group sizes
- Travelers from all walks of life
- Well-balanced itineraries (group and free time allotted)
- Guides are travel experts or friendly locals
Above all else, Intrepid strives to get its travelers off the beaten path and under the surface of the local culture. To accomplish this, group sizes average just 10 travelers each, with a maximum of 16 on most trips. This allows for more use of local transportation and lodging, along with fostering cultural immersion.
Intrepid also employs local English-speaking leaders who act more as a resource for local exploration than do typical ‘guides,’ shepherding groups from one place to another.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Intrepid Travel?
- All ages (seniors included)
- Adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts
Intrepid is one of the early pioneers of the “adventure”-style guided trip. Despite its informal beginnings and emphasis on younger, highly adventurous travelers, Intrepid has expanded to a global company with a broad range of trips to fit all ages.
Intrepid divides its small-group trips into three separate styles of travel, all priced accordingly. “Basix,” for budget travelers, keep inclusions to a minimum and offer plenty of free time, “Original” journeys which offer more included activities and more hotels, while “Comfort” trips offer the highest level of included activities and standards of accommodation, as well as roomier vehicles.
The kind of traveler who gravitates to Intrepid Travel is one who has a real sense of adventure - whether this means hard adventure, or simply going deeper off the beaten path. Interacting with locals is an important factor when you travel, as is gaining a unique cultural perspective. A sense of fun is also essential, whether it means going out at night with your tour mates or daring, ahem, encouraging each other to try strange new foods.
- South America
Originally focused on small group adventure tours to Asia, Intrepid has expanded rapidly over the years, while maintaining its classic, adventurous, and immersive style. Today Intrepid Travel offers more than 1,000 different experiences in over 100 countries, on all seven continents. Regions with the most trips include Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe.
Intrepid Travel Style
Intrepid enjoys using local, unique forms of transportation. You might find yourself traveling by felucca in Egypt, on a camel in Morocco, or in a tuk-tuk on the best Thailand tour of your life. Accommodations, which could range from guesthouses to home stays, are also locally owned, allowing a more authentic taste of the region while contributing to the local economy.
There are a few broad travel styles to choose from when deciding on an Intrepid tour:
1. Basix - Budget travelers who don’t mind, and in fact prefer, simple accommodations - camping and homestays with basic amenities, and crave a lot of free time for exploring independently will love these tours. Public transportation is used exclusively so pack light! These trips often attract a younger crowd who love the idea of throwing a backpack on, keep plenty of room for the unexpected in their schedule, and allocate their travel funds towards spontaneous bus tickets and street food instead of museum tours and 5 star restaurants.
2. Original - These trips take the backpacker spirit of local immersion, incorporating all the benefits that come with going with a planned itinerary. This style is called “Original” because it’s the type of travel that put Intrepid on the map...pun intended. Accommodations are still simple and budget minded - often homestays are used to give you a true sense of place, personality, and culture. Mostly public transportation is used.
3. Comfort - Intrepid is known for the active adventure style of travel and these trips keep that mentality, with a few more creature comforts thrown into the mix. You can expect higher end, more discerning, accommodations that include a wider variety of included amenities, transportation is mostly private, though you can still expect to use some public transport, as is the Intrepid way. More meals are included in the trip price, and more group activities - which means a bit less free time to explore on your own.
Why Choose a Tour With Intrepid Travel?
Intrepid is a good choice if you don’t mind foregoing some creature comforts for a truly authentic, local experience. If you enjoy meeting locals when traveling, sampling new and exciting foods, and traveling in mixed-aged groups of 10-16 people, Intrepid could be a good fit for you.
It’s important to note, sometimes “ample free time” can be a blessing and a curse. It sounds great on paper, but if you’re looking to maximize your dollar and your vacation time, be sure you understand the implications of having a lot of free time during your itinerary.
For some travelers this is an absolute requirement, but for others it can be tough to branch off and explore independently - you also need to make sure you allocate enough travel money for independent meals. The tour leaders are great resources of information for how to spend your free time, but if you like having a full day scheduled from breakfast to dinner, Intrepid may not be the best company for you.
Lastly, if sustainable and responsible travel is important to you, Intrepid has poured millions of dollars into local economies, and has a very strong emphasis on responsible travel. So you can feel good knowing that your money helps support some of the innkeepers, vendors, and communities that you’ll meet along the way.
Founded in 1993, Haggis Adventures provides affordable day and multi day trips in Scotland for young travelers.
What Makes Haggis Adventures Stand Out?
For young budget travelers, this a great Scotland tour company to consider. They have regular departures and really cater to people trying to travel as budget conscious as possible. Haggis Adventures offers multiple payment structures, including a “pay as you go” option.
Their trips are designed to be fun, entertaining, and open to spontaneity - with a nice balance of cultural and historical notes. Guides are locals, excited to introduce their fascinating country to you. As such classic sites are usually included, as well as unique local gems, whiskey tastings, and other areas of interest that might not be in the guidebook.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Haggis Adventures?
Independant, young budget travelers seeking an entertaining and fun trip through Scotland. Their groups tend to be in the 18-30 age range, and group size varies but typically hovers around 20 people. Unlike some other 18-30 tour companies, there is no age maximum on Haggis Adventures tours, however their travel style is active and youthful.
This kind of travel is often most enjoyed by energetic, outgoing travelers, who are always up for a good time and open to meeting a lot of new people. If you are on the shyer side, consider that Haggis Adventures trips, while fun, are not terribly long. So if it takes you a long time to warm up to new people, this may not be the kind of tour you’re looking for. That said, Haggis does offer a lot of time to explore on your own which can create the perfect balance for the more introverted traveler.
They appreciate the backpacking spirit and their tours definitely attract travelers who have the mentality of adventurous independence. The tour aspect is there to help with socializing, a bit of cultural background, transportation, and accommodation - which is hostel based with few frills but comfortable. Many aspects of your days, including all meals, are entirely up to you - so a willingness to frequently explore on your own is key.
They offer day trips, and multi day trips between 2-10 days throughout Scotland. Trips are geared toward international travelers, so top sites such as Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye are usually included (depending on the tour length).
Haggis Adventures Travel Style
The Haggis Adventures travel style is all about traveling on a budget - their aim is to make it as easy, affordable, and fun to see Scotland with local guides. This does mean that accommodations are in basic, multi-bed rooms at hostels, and all meals are on your own (to allow for you to have full control over your spending).
Although they cater to a younger crowd, many of whom may sign up for the whiskey tasting more than the castle tour, lip service is paid to key cultural and historical facts. Most time though is spend either on the bus or outdoors among the Scottish elements (it will be chilly!).
Transportation is in their “famous yellow Mercedes Benz coaches”. Vehicles are comfortable, and designed to be eco-friendly. Expect some off-roading!
Why Choose a Tour with Haggis Adventures?
If you are a young traveler seeking a fun group to travel through Scotland with, this is the perfect tour company for you. They definitely cater to those who like to be around a group and have a independent spirit - often their tours are attended by backpacking travelers as a part of a larger trip through the UK.
Their tours run regularly, so it’s easy to book Haggis Adventures tours on short notice - they also provide a few different payment options, including a “pay as you go” option.