Intrepid Travel vs Rabbies - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.7
Lodging — 4.7
Transportation — 4.7
Meals — 4.7
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.8
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.8
Recent Reviews

Perfect Itinerary, Guide spoiled a lot of the trip

4.0 July 2019
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
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.

(I would recommend the trip, but only if I knew it was a different guide.)
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Good experience - highly overpriced.

4.0 April 2019
MB
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I just came back from a 12 day tour to
Egypt.

Pros:
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

Cons:
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
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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!
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Had wonderful tour with Rabies

5.0 January 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just had another wonderful tour with Rabies exploring the amazing Cotswolds. Small group, great guide full of stories, and knowledge, fantastic B & B and beautiful scenery. Everything you need for a short break.
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Best tour I’ve been on to date!

5.0 January 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I did a day trip to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond from Edinburgh with Rabbie’s yesterday. The stops we made were stunning, but the best part of the trip was our driver, Jude. She was very knowledgeable and gave us a ton of information about the sites, Scotland and it’s history. And more importantly she made it fun and different with stories and sound effects and witty jokes. Best tour I’ve been on to date!
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Had a fantastic day

5.0 December 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My wife and I had a fantastic day on a trip up to the highlands through Glencoe and then up to Loch Ness.

We also had and amazing driver Doug McQueen. He was very informative with so much interestin information.
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Tour Rabbies Company Reviews

Tours 1,185 Trips 3 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 193 $ 57
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Regional Expert
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Europe
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Cycling
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia Edinburgh, Scotland.
Year Established 1989 1993
Solo Friendly No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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    About Intrepid Travel

    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

    Commonly compared with G Adventures »

    Morocco homestay with Intrepid Travel

    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.

    Top Destinations

    • Asia
    • South America
    • Africa
    • Europe

    Monk mediating in Myanmar on tour with Intrepid Travel

    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?

    Sample of many spices in Middle Eastern market

    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.

    About Rabbies

    Rabbies Tours - also sometimes called Rabbies Trail Burners, was founded in 1993, by Robin Worsnap.

    What Makes Rabbies Stand Out?

    When you travel on a Rabbies tour, you are whisked away in a comfortable 16-seater van, and immediately greeted with a friendly, local, and knowledgeable guide. Whether you are attending one of their day tours, or multi-day tours, you will come away with a rich and entertaining travel experience - and probably a few new friends!

    Coo on Scotland Rabbies Tour

    Groups are kept small - 16 max - and the focus is on ensuring you get to jump off the bus as often as possible for photo stops and occasionally longer stops for shopping, sightseeing, or hiking - all optional.

    Rabbies have carved out a unique niche for exploring the many sites in Britain with a sense of humor and extremely knowledgeable guides.  

    Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Rabbies?

    English landscape Rabbies Tours

    One of the most unique facets of Rabbies is their ability to appeal to a wide range of travelers - both in terms of budget and age range. Because of this, it is important to keep in mind that meals, excursions, and accommodations are not included in the tour price.

    While the guides are more than happy to provide suggestions for where to eat, and can help arrange reservations, you will be on your own as no meals are included in the itinerary. However the sense of immediate camaraderie created with your tour mates when you first strike out means you will rarely eat alone (unless you so wish).

    Stone wall in English Countryside

    Groups are international, and you’ll usually meet a smattering of single travelers, students, couples, and small family groups.

    With regards to accommodations, Rabbies provides several choices, from 5 star hotels to mutli-bed hostel rooms. Each is comfortable, but keep your expectations realistic.

    Because of the way Rabbie’s structures their accommodation booking, they need to satisfy several travelers in relatively small towns and villages, all who may have different ideas of what a Bed and Breakfast or Guest House is.

    On top of that, accommodation style in Britain does tend to be a bit quirky, especially for American travelers.

    So those travelers for whom a comfortable bed and some coffee in the morning are essentials - but can deal with odd showers and no elevator - are ideally suited to the Rabbies travel style.

    Country road in England

    A focus for Rabbies tours is on describing the culture and history of wherever you happen to be visiting. For younger travelers seeking a rolliking tour that involves a lot of pub stops, drinking, or partying, Rabbies might not be for you.

    But if you enjoy meeting fellow travelers of all different ages, and learning a lot about Britain’s sprawling history than Rabbies is the perfect fit.

    Top Destinations

    Rabbies are exclusively focused on tours around the UK. They feature everything from day tours, to a few longer two week offerings. Their sweet spot is with tours between 2-7 days.

    This means your tour can consist of everything from a few major sites in a concentrated area (such as the Cotswolds) to a more leisurely view including some off the beaten path experiences.

    English coastline

    Their multiple durations help travelers find the perfect way to check off their UK bucket list. It’s also not uncommon to meet tour goers who have been on multiple Rabbies tours in the same trip!

    Rabbies continues to add departures of various durations throughout the UK and Ireland.

    Rabbies Travel Style

    The Rabbies travel style is deceptively laid back. Each tour with them will be a little different depending on your guide. Guides are all locals to the UK, though they may not be specifically from the country or region of your tour.

    Rabbies tour bus in Scotland

    There is some potential for a tour with Rabbie’s to feel rushed - the guides are fairly structured about the amount of time spent in each destination, as they try to make sure you get to your accommodations at a decent time in the evening.

    Depending on your driver guides style, as well as the nature of the attractions on your itinerary and their distance from each other, the amount of time you spend in the van will vary widely.

    Castle in Wales

    While on the van, guides will commonly have a soundtrack prepared - playing music directly related to the tour. Such as local musicians from the Isle of Skye or a Shirley Bassey tune or two as you drive through Wales (known for excellent singers!). Do take note: there is no WiFi on Rabbies vans.

    As mentioned above, Rabbies provides several accommodation styles. During the booking process, you select which one you’d prefer (offering a first choice and a second choice) and Rabbies will make the booking for you.

    You will pay the hotel / hostel / or guest house directly upon your arrival. Note: if you book through a travel agent, this process may have already been taken care of.

    Ireland red phone box

    At the end of the day, your driver will drop everyone off at their accommodations, pointing out potential eating venues or nearby places of cultural interest for you to explore on your own.

    The following morning, your driver guide will pick you up and you’re off to explore the area for another full day!

    Most Rabbies tours don’t involve any strenuous outdoors activities - so you don’t need to go prepared for hiking or cycling. Do be prepared for the weather however. Especially for traveling in Scotland, the weather is extremely unpredictable - have a solid rain jacket and / or windbreaker and be ready to deal with the rain at some point or another.

    Why Choose a Tour With Rabbies?

    Fairy Glen Scotland Isle of Skye

    If you want to see the UK from a local point of view, learn in depth about the culture and history that has shaped Britain, then Rabbies is the perfect choice. They are accessible to a wide range of budgets and ages, so if you are after a tour specifically designed for your age group, Rabbies probably isn’t for you.

    Tours with Rabbies are great for exploring the UK, both for new visitors as well as repeat travelers. You’ll visit classic sites, as well as hidden spots, completely inaccessible to large tour groups.

    Most stops are kept short (anywhere from a 10 minute photo stop to a 2 hour lunch stop), ensuring that you cover a lot of ground, while also having ample time off the bus, if just to stretch your legs.

    Rabbies tours are small - 16 people max, which is great if you are less interested in a large group which has the potential to feel impersonal. In large part due to their spectacular guides - it’s practically impossible to leave a Rabbie’s tour without a few new friends.

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