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Geckos Adventures

4.7 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Budget
Type
  • Global Operator
Headquarters
  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Trips
  • 100

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Geckos Adventures Reviews & Ratings 100% Recommend

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Amazing and insightful tour! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just completed the Nile Highlights tour in Egypt with tour director Ahmed Helmy. This was the most amazing, insightful tour I have ever been on. The knowledge that the guide had was outstanding and made it all the better. Can't believe how amazing Egypt is and the history...wow!!
Would definitely recommend this tour to everyone as one of the best experiences. Reasonably priced, fantastic accommodation and attention to detail.
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Entertaining and informative trip! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from the 17 day Billion Shades of Sand (Egypt and Jordan), and was lucky in that I got a brilliant group of people and a brilliant guide in Mohamed, which just made everything in the trip that much better - he was everything you could ask for in a tour leader and more. Plus as an added bonus, he's Australian-proof! Despite our best efforts to get him to crack with stories, jokes and ribbing he just kept one-upping us in return and had us nodding in admiration!! Both a very entertaining and informative trip! Pictures just don't do justice to the actual experience of walking through history older than you can comprehend.
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Was absolutely amazing! August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Went on a tour called "The road to Delhi"... Weaved through Nepal and northern India. Was absolutely amazing! My guide Vivek was excellent, very good English and a joker. Always making the adventures fun! Can't wait to go on another geckos adventure!
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Massive Thank You August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Tracey Ellis from Geckos in nothing short of AMAZING!! I was meant to fly to India today and unfortunately there was some confusion with my visa & I was unable to board the plane. I called Tracey at 9am and she has been working tireless all day to have this sorted. Tracey kept in contact with me at regular intervals to give me status updates and options. She was so lovely & really went above & beyond to get my travel plans back on track. Massive THANK YOU to Tracey & the Geckos Team!!! You are a star Ps. I will definitely send you an email & photos of my trip :)
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abosolutely recommend August 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I just completed the Indochina All Stars Tour, amazing! The tour leaders are awesome and the whole concept of the Geckos Adventure travel is excellent. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone.
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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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At Geckos we’ve taken the dorkiness out of group travel. You’ll snack on the tastiest grub, hang out with people your own age (18-29) and clamber aboard public transport, sleep in family run places, see stuff other tourists never knew existed and have plenty of free time along the way.

We tread lightly, think local and make sure our trips are helping not hindering the places we visit. Plus, our local leaders are rad humans.

If you’ve got an open mind, a sense of adventure and are willing to step outside your comfort zone then you’ll fit right in. We’re for travellers who aren’t afraid to order off the local menu, jump in a tuk-tuk or take a punt on a new friend.

We reckon everyone should be able to see this great world, so we make sure our trips don’t cost the earth (literally and metaphorically). We make sure you see more awesome stuff, stay in more awesome places and eat more awesome things for your hard earned dollar.

We’ve done all the hard haggling for you, and because you’re travelling with a gang of friends, the cost is shared. We love you and we want to take you on the trip of a lifetime, whatever your budget.

When you’re travelling with a small group, you’ll get to know your gang of fellow travellers pretty well. Which means you’ll head home with a whole lot of new BFFs, rather than a hundred strange Facebook friend requests.

That’s why we based our Geckos symbol on the Native American crossed arrows. It means friendship. And we are totally down for making new friends.

Our guides are locals and our lodgings are locally owned, keeping profits and skills in the communities. We offset our carbon emissions; we don’t shirk the responsibility by passing the buck to our travellers. And we’ve set up a bunch of community and climate projects, which anyone can get involved in.

Geckos Adventures is committed to investing in the local communities we visit. To ensure we are offering adequate support to a variety of projects, Geckos has partnered with The Intrepid Foundation. Through this partnership, we can offer our travellers a more substantial base for donation and a greater selection of projects to support.

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Associations:

The International Ecotourism Society, International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, Endangered Wildlife Trust, East African Wildlife Society, Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

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11 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 718

Highlights

  • Travel the length of vietnam with a small group of like minded travellers your own age and an expert leader to make sure you get the best out of your time in each destination.
  • Limestone karsts and mysterious caves - halong bay feels a world away from the world we live in. many other tour groups just visit for the day - we stay overnight on the boat.
  • It's not just boring hotels on this trip where you could be anywhere in the world. we mix it up with overnight trains and of course our night on board in halong bay.
  • Where better to enjoy loads of free time than in the coastal city of nha trang, which features irresistable beaches, crazy-good snorkelling and even mud baths! here's what you have in store for you: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/nha-trang-vietnam/
  • There's great food wherever you go in vietnam, but combine sumptuous snacks with cycling in the surrounding countryside and you will see why we love hoi an. check it out: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/5-awesome-things-hoi-vietnam/
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12 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 816

Highlights

  • Your trip starts in action-packed ho chi minh city, the perfect place for a glimpse of vietnam.
  • Is angkor the most incredible thing in southeast asia? decide for yourself as you temple-hop with an expert local guide. here's how to escape the crowds: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/escape-the-crowds-at-angkor-wat/
  • A homestay in chambok puts you right in the heart of everyday village life in cambodia.
  • Enjoy a meal at the excellent friends international restaurant dedicated to training vulnerable young people in hospitality. here's more about them: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/friends-international-travel-for-good/
  • Learn more about cambodia's confronting but important history, with optional visits to the tuol sleng genocide museum and choeung ek memorial.
  • There's loads of free time to make your own fun (flight of the gibbon zip-line anyone?) and have your own experiences.
  • Need some time to chill? this trip has got you covered, with two days in sihanoukville, your launching pad to secluded island beaches and mangrove forests
  • End your trip in bangkok, a frenetic wonderland of delicious street food and tuk tuks, and the ideal launching pad for further travel.
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26 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 1,995

Highlights

  • This is a combination of two of our most popular geckos trips in the entire range.
  • Travel south east asia with a small group of like minded travellers your own age and an expert leader to make sure you get the best out of your time in each destination.
  • Is angkor the most incredible thing in southeast asia? decide for yourself as you temple-hop with an expert local guide. here's how to escape the crowds: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/escape-the-crowds-at-angkor-wat/
  • Enjoy a meal at the excellent friends international restaurant dedicated to training vulnerable young people in hospitality. here's more about them: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/friends-international-travel-for-good/
  • Learn more about cambodia's confronting but important history, with optional visits to the tuol sleng genocide museum and choeung ek memorial.
  • It's not just boring hotels on this trip where you could be anywhere in the world. we mix it up with a guesthouse in the mekong delta, a homestay in rural cambodia, overnight trains and of course our night on board in halong bay.
  • Where better to enjoy loads of free time than in the coastal cities of sihanoukville and nha trang, which feature irresistable beaches, crazy-good snorkelling and even mud baths! here's what you have in store for you: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/nha-trang-vietnam/limestone karsts and mysterious caves - halong bay feels a world away from the world we live in. many other tour groups just visit for the day - we stay overnight on the boat.
  • There's great food wherever you go in vietnam, but combine sumptuous snacks with cycling in the surrounding countryside and you will see why we love hoi an. check it out: https://www.geckosadventures.com/tales/5-awesome-things-hoi-vietnam/
  • It's taken 400 million years for the phong nha caves to look this good! explore the spectacular scenery of  underground rivers and caverns that form some of the world's largest caves.
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13 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 1,036

Highlights

  • Laos means laaaid-back. this is one of the most chilled-out countries going around
  • Two days of cruising down the mekong river in a traditional-style boat is one southeast asia's classic trips, with more photo-ops than you can shake a bamboo cane at
  • Travel just like a local on an overnight train in thailand. when in rome...
  • The unesco-listed city of luang prabang is a serious slice of exotica. between the french villas and the blazing sunsets over the mekong, you won't know which way to look
  • You know those pictures of laos you always see on the internet, the ones of cascading turquoise pools drenched in gorgeous rays of sun? that's kuang si waterfalls and you get to swim there if you choose
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