Intrepid Travel vs Metropolitan Touring - 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 — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Loved camping with Intrepid

5.0 June 2018
LR
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved this trip. Camping in very nice places - usually had hot water and nice showers. Great itinerary - LOVED Namibia and the variety of the tour from the desert to the delta to the parks.

Intrepid did an incredible job

5.0 December 2017
ATFT
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thailand Cambodia Trip. Nov 2017. For my 60th birthday I decided I wanted to take my family of 6 to Thailand and Cambodia. After my initial conversation with the Intrepid office, they pulled together a perfect 24 day custom itinerary for us. My Intrepid coordinator really listened. We set up a incredibly diverse trip, ranging from ocean front resorts to a primitive hillside village trek. From the minute we landed in Bangkok, to the day we flew home, all transfers went off with out a hitch. What really made our trip memorable was our local guides. Every single one of them were warm, professional, humorous but most importantly, had a deep knowledge of the geography, the plant life, dining, the history and government. We felt by the end of the trip, these guides had become a part of our family. The entire trip was amazing and we will definitely use Intrepid for our next adventure travel. Thanks so much.
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great tour

5.0 October 2017
k
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 3.0
the guide was very knowledgeable - friendly - great sense of humour - looking out for the safety of the tour members - organised - thoroughly nice guy

Everything was perfect on the Santa Cruz II

5.0 January 2017
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Everything was perfect on the Santa Cruz II. They welcomed us at the airport in Guayaquil, welcomed us again in Baltra, helped us to the pangas (boats) which took us to the ship, and everything proceeded point perfectly from then on. Our cabin was spacious and comfortable, always clean (crew comes in three times a day!). The food was excellent with tremendous choice, including juice and a snack when we returned from a trip off the boat. We had many activities from hikes to snorkelling, kayaking, glass bottom boats, and more. The explanations were perfect, briefing us on the day's events ahead of time, and all of the options open to us. The guides were all well-informed and spoke in many languages to accommodate the diverse group. We also loved meeting all the other guests who were from around the world. I can't think of a thing that didn't go well. Everyone was friendly and helpful from beginning to end. I HIGHLY recommend this company.
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Visiting the Galapagos on the Santa Cruz 2

5.0 January 2017
L
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We enjoyed a 5 night cruise on the Santa Cruz 2, and it surpassed our expectations. The crew was extremely friendly, our naturalist guide was highly knowledgeable and interesting, the food was delicious and our cabin was very comfortable. I enjoyed the sun deck as well as the gym on board. We had a variety of outdoor options- snorkelling kayaking, nature walks, biking, swimming, and glass bottom boat. I found the itinerary to be fun and varied. I would highly recommend this company, especially this ship, to others.
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Wonderful trip to Galapagos

5.0 January 2017
B
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Metropolitan Touring was exceptional on our recent trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. The trip started in Quito where we had a wonderful guide for an all day tour that kept all seven of us interested all day. We visited several areas including two of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen.
We then flew to the Galapagos to board La Pinta and had a remarkable 7 day cruise. The ship was exceptionally comfortable and the rooms, by cruising standards, were very spacious. The food was outstanding and the sights and activities were just perfect. Probably most importantly, the staff was remarkable. The naturalists (all but especially Carlos) were terrific and the wait staff was truly amazing. Luis helped our family navigate several allergies and genuinely cared that we had a great experience.
Everything about Metropolitan was professional, well organized and first rate. We wouldn't hesitate to travel with them again in the future!
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Tours 1,083 Trips 5 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 196 $ 632
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
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
Known For
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
    Headquarters Melbourne, Australia Quito, Ecuador, South America
    Year Established 1989 1953
    Solo Friendly No single supplement N/A
    Tour Languages 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.

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      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.

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