Intrepid Travel vs Homeric Tours - 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 — 4.8
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
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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Conditions was absolutely amazing5.0 April 2019
During our Kruger National Park experience with Intrepid we had a guide called Ann. We were lucky enough to have her as our guide for 3 trips during our stay!Read more
She’s a fantastic guide. Ann knows the animals behaviour very well and she quick to act on different potential sightings. We were on our way back to the lodge when a storm was approaching us. Ann was very calm, made sure the vehicle was safe and provided us with rain jackets! The storm was intense (thundering, lighting and hale stone) Ann made us feel very safe and secure, she warned us what to do if the storm got worse. How she managed to get us out of the storm and drive in such bad conditions was absolutely amazing and can’t thank her enough for getting us back safety! After a such a journey back I gave Ann a massive hug to say thank you but I feel that wasn’t enough, so I wanted to let Intrepid know how wonderful your lovely staff member Ann is! So Thank you, Abbey
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Unforgettable trip!5.0 January 2017
We wanted to share some of our memories from our trip 9/22/15 to 10/3/15 visiting Greece and Turkey. We started in Athens where we met Kostas Kotsanas. He greeted us and went over our itinerary with us. He helped us find the perfect things to do and eat. He made sure we know where our transfers and tours were and we never had to give anything a second thought because he was always taking great care of our group. He gave us his phone number and we felt like we can call him anytime during our trip for anything. He became more then our tour guide but a friend. Homeric was amazingly represented by Kostas!Read more
Our hotels, The Athenian Callirhoe in Athens, San Marco Hotel in Mykonos and Xenones Filtera was just beautiful, more then we can hope for, outstanding. We left for our plane back 7:20 am and Xenones Filtera had a breakfast to go for us, just wonderful!
Thank you Homeric, we will recommend you to all my friends. It's definitely a trip we will never forget!
From your Chicago Group!
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I am providing herein a summary of both the good and the bad4.0 January 2017
Our trip to Greece was in September 2016. I am providing herein a summary of both the good and the bad. Homeric is basically a facilitator which combines tours, cruises, and flights to meet your needs. This is a good way to arrange a trip if you can’t find a prearranged trip to suit your desires. In general, they did a good job of creating the tour we wanted. And thankfully, all of our scheduled transportation to-and-from the airports and transportation for excursions showed up as planned. My biggest fear had been that they would not show up at all. Our tour consisted of the Three Day Classical Tour of Greece, the Celestyal Cruise 8-Day/7-Night cruise, the Israel extension (a few days in Jerusalem with excursions), and the Egypt extension (a few days in Cairo with excursions). We took both the extensions before the Classical Tour and cruise instead of afterwards, which I assume is more common. Jerusalem was interesting and we felt very safe walking around. We took the light-rail to the Holocaust Museum on our free day, which was pretty easy to figure out. The Wailing Wall, Old City, Bethlehem and West Bank were also interesting. Israel was OK, but not our favorite. The best part of the trip was Egypt, because it was the most different from places we have traveled before, and we have done lots of traveling. A highlight was having our photos taken on camels with the Pyramids in the background, for $5 per person negotiated in advance. (Lean back in the saddle when the camel drops to its knees). We were extremely well taken care of in Egypt, from the time we landed to the time we departed. Our local contact person and local guide were great. But you do need to book an excursion for your free day, either in advance on-line with a tour company, or contact the hotel concierge in advance who can probably help you book something, or possibly book through Homeric. Don't think you are just going to walk around in Cairo and explore on your own, you will not feel comfortable and you'll take your life in your hands just trying to cross the street due to the lack of WALK lights. Cairo is chaotic but interesting! Regarding the 3 day Classical Tour, it could have been booked as a 3 or 4 day trip. On the third day, the people who had booked the 4 day trip went merrily on their way, while those of us who took the 3 day trip were left sitting in a hotel lobby for 1/2 a day waiting for our ride to show up to take us back to Athens. And our luggage was left sitting out in the lobby unprotected while we waited. The bus trip took about 4 hours to return to Athens with no bathroom stops. By the time we arrived back in Athens it was dark outside and the day was wasted. If I had known that the return trip would be so poorly coordinated, I would have booked the 4 day trip instead, at least we would have seen something new that day. My traveling companion said that he would have just skipped doing the Classical Tour altogether because we had seen plenty of historic sites and ruins on previous travels. Regarding the cruise, everything was adequate considering the cruise is a lower cost operation. However, one piece of checked luggage (not carry-on luggage) didn’t show up at the cabin door because it contained scissors. Ship security did not notify us that they had our luggage, causing hours of concern and questions. The best food I found was from the custom omelet station located near the pool (daily), and the pasta station near the pool (the pasta station only happened one day). I will say that the Captain's Formal Dinner was just a photo-op and nothing special, and can easily be skipped. We purchased some ship excursions in advance through Homeric, some from the local Homeric rep in Athens, and some on the ship. Nobody bothered to tell us that if we had waited to buy all of the excursions on the ship we could have saved lots of money because they sell package deals on the ship. One of the excursions, “A DELECTABLE DAY IN CRETE”, which we had pre-purchased through Homeric, was cancelled due to lack of participation. Apparently, this happened because a different Crete excursion was included in the package deal which saved money, so everyone signed up for that. The available excursions from the ship could have been explained and coordinated much better by Homeric. As mentioned, the local Homeric rep in Athens, Costas Kotsanas, sold us a few excursions. He sold us the Ancient Ephesus through the Ages excursion. I specifically asked Costas if we would have time afterward to walk around the town of Kusadasi and see the local market, and he assured me that we would have plenty of time - this was completely false. The excursion wasted so much of our time visiting a carpet factory, we got back to the port after dark and too late to walk around. By the time the bus got back, the shops were void of any other tourists or local shoppers - the place was a ghost town. If you like excavated ruins, then Ephesus might be a good location to see, but only if you are willing to be screwed out of seeing anything else. Otherwise, the cruise itinerary included a lot of different ports which were enjoyable to visit. Santorini and Crete were interesting and scenic, and we were very happy for the opportunity to visit Istanbul, where we took a full day excursion. Overall, Homeric did a good job and I would be willing to use them again. However, as with everything, some things could have been done better. Keep in mind that what you consider to be interesting is partially a function of what you have seen before. For example, other travelers on our trip found excavated ruins very interesting, while we were not as impressed as we had seen similar ruins before.Read more
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Simply Best!5.0 August 2015
Kostas is by far the most knowledgable and qualified person to tour Greece. ( and friendly too) We were with a different tour group, and soon realized HE was SIMPLY THE BEST!!!! When I return I will only join his tours, with HOMERIC.Read more
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|Tours||1,135 Trips||5 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 192||$ 165|
|Operator Type||Mixed Land & Cruise||Mixed Land & Cruise|
|Size||Global Operator||Regional Expert|
|Headquarters||Melbourne, Australia||New York, NY, United States|
|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.