Geckos Adventures vs TruTravels - Tour Companies Compared

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

absolutely loved it

5.0 February 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished the Cycle Vietnam tour with Tung and absolutely loved it. All the team were very helpful and professional, the cycling took you off the beaten track to some stunning parts of the countryside, the group was great and the weather perfect! Couldn’t have asked for more!
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Tour Geckos Adventures Company Reviews

Fantastic!

5.0 November 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from Phuket where we had the best time with friends. Stayed at the Centara Karon Resort -Phuket -which was fantastic! Close to markets, shops and great restaurants. Raij was the best at Mala Collections, not far from Karon Beach where I had a jacket and some work pants made, super fit and very stylish!
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Tour Geckos Adventures Company Reviews

amazing local knowledge!!

5.0 October 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
At the airport in Chang Mai at the end of my tour with the amazing Gung. I can’t wait to travel Intrepid again! I was able to still be independent with just the addition of amazing local knowledge!! Gung you are family now xo I also made new friends that I think I will visit over the next couple of years �� Thinking Africa on some back to back tours in a couple of years ��
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Tour Geckos Adventures Company Reviews

Had the best experience

5.0 June 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Had the best experience on the 10 day Bali tour. Lish was the best guide we could ask for and always made sure everything was okay! From planning everything for us in the evening and always giving recommendations on what else we could do! Loved all the activities, especially the Gili Islands and wish we could have stayed together longer. Thanks Lish for taking us on a 3 night bender to Jiggy’s and introducing us to joss shots, will never forget those memories!�Also loved chilling watching the sunsets on the beach drinking cocktails most nights! Lish would always get everyone involved and nothing was ever a challenge, even after a few too many drinks � All the guides you meet along the way are also really good and happy to help with anything, whilst also learning so much about their culture. Met the best group of girls and wish we could do it all over again! Thankyou so much tru and especially to Lish for the best experience travelling Bali! Already planing my next tru tour
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Tour TruTravels Company Reviews

The most amazing experience

5.0 October 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Recently finished our 18 day island hopping tour in Thailand. It was incredible, big thank you to max our tour guide. He was brilliant.The most amazing experience. Will be booking with tru travels again! Highly recommend!
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Tour TruTravels Company Reviews

it was incredible

5.0 October 2018
K
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just finished the 9 day Komodo island hopper tour and it was incredible. I've always wanted to travel to this part of Indonesia and am so glad I chose this way of doing it.

Our group leader Itchy was great, always getting everyone involved from activities during the day to having a few drinks at the end. I've particularly loved being able to see areas which I would have otherwise known nothing about and visiting waterfalls, beaches and snorkelling spots which weren't full of other tourists.

Thanks so much to Itchy and the rest of the team, I couldn't recommend these guys enough.
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Tour TruTravels Company Reviews

Tours 70 Trips 3 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 124 $ 74
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
Service Level Budget Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Asia
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Eco Travel
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
Headquarters Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Lewes East Sussex, United Kingdom; Koh Phangan, Suratthan, Thailand
Year Established N/A 2012
Solo Friendly Good for singles N/A
Tour Languages English N/A
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About Geckos Adventures

Geckos, a sister company of Intrepid Travel, focuses on the “young, adventurous, and penniless.” They say they do the “hard haggling” for you so you can save money and enjoy yourself more on your trip.

What Makes Them Stand Out? 

Geckos is adventure travel for the young, budget-minded traveler, with an eye toward responsible travel. This means traveling in small groups, mostly averaging 9 passengers, and never over 15. With Geckos Adventures, you can really ‘run wild’ as you explore a destination in a small group environment.

Who Travels With Them?

Most of Geckos’ small-group trips are now strictly for 18-29 year olds who are willing to step outside their comfort zones. Namely, they’re happy to ride public transport, bed down in family-run places, and want plenty of free time. Geckos stresses that their trips are for “travelers, not tourists.” Some “All Age” trips are offered for those who are “young at heart” but over 40. Groups are somewhat geographically diverse, but the majority of travelers hail from Australia and New Zealand.

Where Do They Operate? 

Geckos offers a huge variety of exciting global destinations, with 200+ trips across all seven continents. The company is perhaps best known for its South-east Asia trips to places like Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.

How Does it Work?

Geckos aims to keep its prices on the lower side, but this doesn’t mean skimping on experience. Accommodations are all locally owned and can range from shared guesthouses, to homestays, to an overnight train. As Geckos says, its hotels are always “cheap and cheerful” and “clean, comfortable, and centrally located.” Prices include some meals and some activities, a knowledgeable local guide, and all forms of transport (usually local, and anything from buses to bikes, trains to ferries, cable cars to camels).

Why Travel With Them?

Geckos is a good choice if you’re between the ages of 18-39 and looking for a fun, cheap, no-frills, and authentic adventure. Geckos itineraries provide plenty of free time and flexibility, plus the ability to budget more on the ground instead of paying for activities ahead of time. Additionally, Geckos will arrange a private tour geared to your own interests. Repeat customers get discounts on subsequent trips – and if you turn 40 in the meantime, and are no longer eligible for Geckos, you can apply the discount to an Intrepid trip.

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