Intrepid Travel vs Insight Asia Travel - 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
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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Thanks for your great assistance.5.0 April 2018
We safely returned to Luxembourg.Read more
Weather is much colder here, had even snow on Monday, the day we landed in Luxembourg.
I would like to thank you again for all the arrangements you made for us. The trip went quite well without any major troubles.We enjoyed the trip through Vietnam, experienced many unforgettable memories.
The itinerary was very good, accommodations were good, except for one night at the Hotel Serenade (We appreciate very much your extremely prompt action).Location of hotels was very convenient.
We were satisfied with the guides and the drivers. Guides were friendly, helpful and had a good knowledge of Vietnam history, culture, ….
Drivers gave us a very safe drive through your country with busy traffic.
We enjoyed the cruise in Halong Bay.
We love Vietnamese food, even at breakfast.
Thanks for your great assistance.
If we have friends who wish to visit Vietnam, we’ll give them your details.
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We brought many good memories from Myanmar5.0 February 2018
Dear Trinh,Read more
We returned safely to Luxembourg.
Thank you very much for your good arrangements in Myanmar, very interesting country to discover. We had a quite busy itinerary, but we visited so many interesting places; it was worth to get up early in the morning. They gave us an efficient service; our guides were all very pleasant persons, with a lot of knowlegde; All the drivers gave us a very safe drive.
Hotel in Yangon was very good as well in Mandalay (despite this hotel was located out of the city center) Hotel in Bagan was also nice. Hotel in Pindaya and on Inle Lake were less comfortable, but still it was a very interesting experience. Hot air balloon is a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend the new Golden Eagle company for their great service.
Our pilot was from Zurich and he shared with us his real passion for flying through the air with an hot air balloon. We were only 5 passengers on board. It was just great. The 2 other balloon companies have many more balloons in the air and the capacity of each balloon is much bigger (to 20 passengers / balloon). All local flights were on time, luggages were never lost, despite they were handled manually by airport employees (quite impressive to see in which conditions those employees are working).
We brought many good memories from Myanmar.
Again, many thanks for everything.
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Again thank you very much for a wonderful trip5.0 February 2018
hank you and your team for organising a wonderful 4 week trip for us. Our trip was characterised by excellent organisation, flexibility and wonderful guides and drivers and of course a wonderful country with lovely people.Read more
We didn’t have much thinking to do as all was done for us in a very easy and “no worries” way. When we had to change our arrangements once this was handled with much professionalism and ease turning a potential issue in a demonstration of excellence. In this regard our Hanoi (and surroundings) guide Long was quite impressive. Not only did he demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and organisational skills he was just very much on the ball. In addition to providing details about the past he was able to paint a picture of today and the future of Vietnam which made us sit back and take it all in and say “yes that makes sense”. He is definitely an asset for your company and for Vietnam!
There is one item I would like you to improve and that is the security of payment and delivery of the goods or guarantee of your performance. Of course all went well for us but I suggest you make it more clear to potential customers that their payment for a trip is secure. There was not much which gave me a warm feeling in this regard when I booked. If under Vietnamese law there are some guarantees that should be mentioned. Also if your company has some guarantees that payment will result in implementation of the trip this should also be mentioned under something like “payment security” or “no risk with your payment”.
Now with more and more people booking on line their main concern is that the party on the other side will perform and that their money doesn’t end up in a black hole.
Again thank you very much for a wonderful trip and we will certainly use you in the future and recommend you to others.
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|Tours||1,135 Trips||20 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 192||$ 191|
|Operator Type||Mixed Land & Cruise||Custom/Private Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Local Specialist|
|Headquarters||Melbourne, Australia||Hanoi, Vietnam|
|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.
Headquartered in Vietnam, Insight Asia Travel is a premier luxury tour operator, offering trips through Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
They operate personalized luxury tours that explore the culture and history of a specific part of southeast Asia. Group sizes are small (10 max) or private groups, and you have a lot of free time. Having such a strong regional focus means that their travel experts know the countries inside and out and each itinerary they offer is carefully planned out.
Who Travels With Them?
Their tours are best suited to families, multi gen groups, and older travelers looking for an easy paced trip and authentic cultural experiences. Trips tend to be in luxury range. They also allow for a good balance of free time for their clients, so if you’re interested in having time to explore on your own this is built into their culture as a company.
Where Do The Operate?
Their tours go to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, or a combination if you’re traveling multi-country.
Why Travel With Them?
For a slow paced, luxury small group tour experience. This is a great way to see Southeast Asia with knowledgeable local guides in a comfortable and relaxed way. Their tours focus on special interest, culture,history, and authentic travel. You will find less focus on active adventure activities, but some of their tours do offer more of an outdoors focus, which is great for families.