Intrepid Travel vs Jacada Travel - 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 — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

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
L
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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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Conditions was absolutely amazing

5.0 April 2019
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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!
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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Our family trip to Australia was…

5.0 April 2019
NA
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our family trip to Australia was extremely well organized by Jacada.
The many activities we had scheduled in advance were of the highest quality. The guides that led us were all very knowledgable and helpful. The local representatives were very responsive in the few times we had to contact them. All in all we had a very memorable vacation and we thank Jacada for arranging it for us.
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Tour Jacada Travel Company Reviews

Very professional

5.0 April 2019
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was easy dealing with jacada. We were given one person to handle our account for this south America trip, making sure we were updated and reminded regularly. For every hotel we Checked into, they got messages and tour Reminders waiting for us either in our hotel room or via the hotel reception. Well done jacada. Thanks Jess and Berni!
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Tour Jacada Travel Company Reviews

South East Asia in 29 days

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
We had a fantastic holiday from start to finish, all thanks to Kate and Gloria at Jacada Travel. The organisation covering hotels, flights, the many tours and little added extras was excellent and we always felt well looked after by you and the local guides. Thank you for organising a great holiday for us! We will definitely be using Jacada again.
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Tour Jacada Travel Company Reviews

Tours 1,133 Trips 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 198 $ 827
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Custom/Private Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Luxury
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Luxury
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia London, United Kingdom
Year Established 1989 2007
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 Jacada Travel

Jacada Travel was created Alex Malcolm in 2008, in hopes of giving people the chance to travel more authentically. He came to this realization after living abroad in Brazil, and realized he was only able to experience the country from a local’s perspective because of his local friends. By traveling in a genuine yet upscale manner, the travel experience is elevated - making a trip go from memorable to unforgettable.

What Makes Jacada Travel Stand Out?

  • Your own concierge and travel designer
  • Build your own itinerary 

Jacada Travel puts you in touch with a concierge and a travel designer (aka tour guide) from the minute you book. They have local expertise in each destination and offices on four continents, meaning there will always be someone to pick up your call regardless of what time zone you are in.

Two ladies having a discussion infront of a laptop in a room

Their travel designers are highly personable, provide top notch quality service, and have lived in their area of specialty for years. Don’t be surprised if they seem to know everyone during your trip, or meet you in the middle of the night when your plane lands.

Build custom itineraries and tell the travel designers about your travel style, what peaks your interest, special requests, and they’ll create a trip that’s just right for you. So whether you want to try horse riding for the first time as a senior, or find something enjoyable for your toddler, they’ll make it happen!

You have the final say in the itineraries and every part of the process. You’re welcome to do as much or as little as you’d like every day.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Jacada Travel?

  • All ages
  • Luxury travelers willing to splurge
  • All interests
A man in a robe looking out the window from a bathroom

Jacada Travel is a luxury, high-end tour operator, offering you only the very best of every destination. These tours are made for those with a higher budget range and willing to splurge. You’ll love traveling with them if you’re the type who only wants to worry about two things: what to pack, and getting on your flight. 

These private tours are suitable for solo travelers and groups alike. Whether you’re a couple, a family traveling with grandparents or kids, or a small group, everyone is welcome with Jacada Travel.

They’re also LGBT friendly, and your travel designer keeps this in mind while creating your itinerary. All destinations are safe for LGBT people to travel to, although some countries are more relaxed than others.

A vineyard landscape photo at sunset

They cater to a range of interests such as nature, cultural immersion, adventure, culinary and wine, history, sightseeing and landmarks. You can also customize these trips to match how active you’d like to be - go heli skiing down untouched slopes in Iceland, or leisurely stroll through the vineyards of the beautiful countryside in South Africa. Pick and choose what interests you and skip what doesn’t, because your time is the most valuable.

Top Destinations

  • South America
  • Popular sites and off-the-beaten-path

While offering trips around the world in all 7 continents, they are heavily focused on South America. They’re typically focused on showing you the popular sites - but once again, you get the final say in what you’d prefer!

Macchu Picchu covered with clouds

Destinations vary widely from historic and popular cities, to countrysides, parks, coastlines, and mountains. Maybe one day you’d like to explore all the main attractions of Hanoi, and spend the next discovering hidden and unreachable caves of Ha Long Bay on a tour to Vietnam.

Jacada Travel Style

Jacada Travel is all about the most exclusive, luxurious, and high class travel experiences to top every vacation you’ve ever had. Accomodations lie in the 4 to 5 star range,are beautifully decorated, and the absolute best available.

You’ll get boutique hotels with library patios, antique furniture from local artisans, and award winning performances in cocktail lounges. No two itineraries are the same, although you can view some sample itineraries on their page.

A house beside a beach on a sunny day

Even your transportation from one place to the next will have you amazed - with top of the line, bucket list experiences. Expect helicopter rides, private chartered flights, high-end speedboats, and luxury trains.

Helicopter flying over the ocean at sunset

To book a trip with Jacada Travel, it’s important to do so far in advance. For starters, getting to know the traveler over email and/or phone is essential to matching them with the right accommodations, experiences, and guides. If it’s a busy destination, booking early gives them ample time to curate your dream trip.

Why Choose a Tour With Jacada Travel?

Jacada Travel is a good fit for you if you’re looking for unparalleled, refined, and unique experiences. Have all the minor travel kinks sorted out for you, and don’t worry about lifting a single finger throughout your entire journey. If you prefer to have a one-size-fits-all itinerary, then you should probably look elsewhere.

Traveling responsibly is also highly important to them. Know that your trips are carbon neutral by supporting local communities and conservation efforts, sustainable hotels and lodges, and maintaining green office operations.

Jacada Travel also donates to communities, and is partnered with local organizations that support under-funded education, animal welfare, and private heritage land ownership.


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