Intrepid Travel vs ElderTreks - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.7
Lodging — 4.6
Transportation — 4.7
Meals — 4.6
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 4.8
Recent Reviews

Memorable experience

5.0 February 2019
CQ
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just finished a 10 days tour from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. This is my first ever Intrepid Tour and I have to say that I am very satisfied, especially with our guide Sonny. He is very knowledgeable about his country and kept the tour fun by including many jokes & sarcasm (now I can’t get it out of my head lol). Our group had a total of 16 people with a variety of ages from 16-72. I will definitely use Intrepid again for future travels. Thank you Sonny for making my Vietnam experience so memorable!!!
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Mohammed was one of the best travel…

5.0 February 2019
JRSC
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Mohammed was one of the best travel guides I had in my lifetime.
He was extraordinarily knowledgeable, kind, thoughtful & considerate. One of the Best Tours ever for me, I know it was truly because of Mohammed. I was on his Feb. 6 , 2019 Tour to Morocco.
If Mohammed did other tours around the world I would commit to all of his tours. He was Amazing!!!!!!
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Our South American Adventure

5.0 February 2019
cc
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We have just returned from 2 Intrepid tours, No.1 to Rio Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires. The tour leader Luciano was great, he looked after us all of very well, making sure that everyone was well aware of any pitfalls there may be. Both guides used on this tour Lola & Eduardo were fantastic, we all agreed that they were extremely knowledgeable.
No 2 tour. Lima Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Our Tour leader Desiree was fantastic and worked very hard to look after us all, nothing was too much trouble, she most definitely went the extra mile to make sure that we were all comfortable and happy. The tour was great and again much advice was given on any pitfalls etc. we may experience
The tours were well organised, information was given every day as to what we should expect the next. Our age group was in the 57 - 79 range, so the guides had to factor some mobility into their guidance. All entrance tickets were included, as were hotels and breakfast, and the odd evening dinner.
Out of the 4 hotels used, I would say only one of them was under par, the breakfast was poor, rooms noisy, and air conditioning not working well.
We would like to thank Intrepid for a lovely well organised holiday.
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Great trip to Cuba with ElderTreks!

5.0 October 2016
B
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
I had a great time in Cuba with ElderTreks. The food was a bit repetitive but understood because of the nature of the company. Make sure to set your expectations properly and you will have a great time.
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Great travel company and very professional

5.0 August 2015
M
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great travel company and very professional, simply they are providing the best experience and the highest value for a very unique holidays.

Tour ElderTreks Company Reviews

Great travel company

5.0 June 2016
MKH
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
ElderTreks is a great travel company and very professional, simply they are providing the best experience and the highest value for a very unique holidays.

Tour ElderTreks Company Reviews

Tours 1,134 Trips 10 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 199 $ 528
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
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
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
  • 50+
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Photography
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Year Established 1989 1987
Solo Friendly No single supplement N/A
Tour Languages English English
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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?

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?

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

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 ElderTreks

Don’t let the name “Elder” fool you -- elder in this case means travelers who have reached age 50 and above, and adventurous 50-and-overs at that.

Founded in 1987, Toronto-based ElderTreks was the world’s first adventure travel company that limits its guests to ages 50 and over (exceptions are made for younger companions over 18). ElderTreks trips span the globe across more than 100 countries on seven continents, and also include expedition-style sea journeys.

What Makes ElderTreks Stand Out

Specifically focused in the over 50 market, group and single travelers on an ElderTreks trip will find themselves among others of a similar age, providing an immediate connection. They offer a large array of trips, all with an effort to remain sustainable and responsible.

They are also known for having extremely knowledgeable tour guides, well versed in each destination and catering to the needs of the over 50 age group. Exotic, off-the-beaten-path destinations are a specialty for Eldertreks, and some trips allow for visits to local schools or orphanages; close contact with local residents is encouraged.

Who Travels With ElderTreks?

ElderTreks limits its guests to ages 50 and over (exceptions are made for younger companions over 18). The largest number of participants in an ElderTreks land-based group is 16, allowing for plenty of personal attention from your tour guide. Their tours are especially welcoming to single travelers over 50 as well - no single supplements or penalties here (other than sharing a room).

senior couple holding hands walking on the street

Eldertreks tours are also designed for seniors of all levels of physical capabilities. The activity levels of each tour range from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). The prices come across as higher than most other tours, but keep in mind that it’s because they are all-inclusive.

Top Destinations

Trips are offered all over the world in a wide variety of locations, including the polar regions. ElderTreks trip options also include expedition-style sea journeys and active hiking trips to places like Europe, Africa, and the Galapagos Islands. They also offer tours to Cuba, and have been for over 20 years - if you're older and wanting to visit Cuba, consider Eldertreks for the vast experience they have running people-to-people tours in Cuba.

Eldertreks Travel Style

They aren’t your average adventure nor senior travel company. They take you to places off the beaten path that are diverse and exotic. Travel to Uganda and spend time with the rare mountain gorillas. Or visit Rwanda, home of the golden monkeys and Volcanoes National Park. Eldertreks goal is to help older travelers get outdoors to experience the wildlife, new environments, and explore new cultures.

a lion cub sitting on a tree branch

Hotels are chosen for comfort and location and most come with private washrooms. They try to use accommodations which reflect the local culture rather than big hotels. The goal is to aim for a “5 star” experience, not necessarily “5 star” accommodation. Note that this means you will often be dealing with narrow staircases, no elevator, and very basic amenities.

Transportation on all land itineraries are described as “private, comfortable, and a little wild”. While you’ll be using a minivan or bus most of the time, you might also find yourself riding elephants, camels, on a riverboat safari, sailboat, or even a helicopter. And just about everything except international airfare is included in the rates, which -- while not the least expensive tours out there -- offer good value for the money.

Eldertreks Physical Level

Eldertreks tours are rated on an activity level from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). It’s best to choose an activity level suited to your tastes for any given trip. It’s a simple guideline of what physical condition you should be in to enjoy your adventure.

group of seniors hiking in a park with backpacks

At the minimum, be prepared to walk through varying levels of rugged terrain and various slope grades - be prepared for weather conditions that may make the surfaces slippery or muddy. You’ll be going through archeological sites, towns/cities and/or rainforest that call for 1 to 5+ hours of walking, depending on the activity level of the trip.

Trips with Eldertreks are categorized into 5 different activity levels:

  1. Easy: Walk up to 1 to 2 hours; at least 1 mile (1.6 km) per day.

  2. Moderately Easy: Walk/hike up to 3 hours; at least 2 miles (3 km) per day.

  3. Moderate: Walk/hike up to 4 hours; at least 3 miles (5 km) per day.

  4. Moderately Challenging: Walk/hike up to 5 hours; at least 4 miles (6 km) per day. Recommended for those looking for a trek.

  5. Challenging: Walk/hike 5 OR MORE hours; at least 5 miles (8 km) per day. Recommended for those looking for a trek.

The majority of their tours are at an activity level of 2 or 3. If you prefer a trip at an activity level 1, then Polar tours and Sea Journey Tours would be right for you.

On the other hand, if you want something even more adventurous than the regular trips, look for trips labelled “Exploratory Trips”. These are designed with active travelers in mind who enjoy exploration and less itinerary structure.

Why Choose a Tour With Eldertreks?

For older travelers seeking a fun group of adventurous like-minded peers, a trip with ElderTreks is ideal. They focus on small group sizes and have a variety of trip types to choose, from easy to challenging. ElderTreks prides itself on offering high caliber journeys at affordable prices.

Eldertreks tours are mostly meant for seniors that are physically active and relatively fit. It should be noted that if participants can’t complete the trip on their own without assistance, the tour leader has the sole right to dismiss you from the trip - to avoid compromising the safety and enjoyment of others in the group.

Also, ElderTreks trips might not be suitable for those who prefer to have ample free time during the tour, -choosing their own meals or accommodations. Since everything is included in the tour price, there isn’t much room for the itinerary to be modified.

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