With travel in the doldrums for so long, many travellers are reaching out to find a holiday which gives them something more: adventure and deep cultural immersion by day and comfort at night. Exceptional experiences and personal enrichment is what travellers crave. Imagine visiting a market in Morocco, having lunch with a local family, then staying in a lovely traditional riad, a classic mansion converted to a luxury hotel centred around a flower-and-fountain-filled courtyard.
Enter Intrepid Travel's latest line-up of tours, Premium Adventures, an enhancement to their former Peregrine brand which was phased out this month. These Premium tours are all about exceptional experiences, a higher service level while also offering great value. You will travel on private or first-class local transport, have perfectly paced itineraries and stay in handpicked accommodation. And while you’ll pay more, you’ll be treated to more meals, the best local leaders and have more immersive activities included in your Adventure holiday.
Premium tours feature accommodation hand-picked for their quality, location and friendly personalised service. Some of the included overnights are so-called feature stays chosen for their historical significance or to give you an unusual and exceptional local experience. Think a cave hotel in Turkey, a sustainable jungle lodge in Peru or a converted Madrasah in Uzbekistan. And to add to their already environmentally conscious holidays Intrepid chooses to stay at accommodations that use renewable energy sources or contribute back to the local community.
Deep cultural immersion
Intrepid has always used their local contacts to offer tours with deep cultural immersion. With their Premium Tours they have taken it up a notch - it is all about exceptional experiences. Catch your lunch with a fisherman in Croatia, have dinner with a parkranger in Uganda or visit Rome's Colloseum by night.
Passionate, knowledgeable tour leaders
Intrepid's tour leaders are some of the best in the industry - they are known for their passion and their local knowledge. In Premium holidays you will get the best of the best and they will make sure your trip will be a memorable one. And with small groups of on average 10 travellers, you will have easy access to your tour leader.
Premium trips include more than other styles: more activities and more local guides and experts as well as incidental tipping. Those activities may include cultural and colunary experiences, a wellness treat or a wildlife encounter. Intrepid also includes more meals, from your daily breakfast to many lunches and dinners at favourite local restaurants where you can taste the specialties of your destination. And to make your arrival in-country easy after a long flight, Intrepid will meet you at the airport and take you to your first night's accommodation.
On Premium trips you will mostly travel in private vehicles, but to stick to the spirit of adventure, you may find yourself travelling in a unique mode of transport for speed and convenience. As such you may travel on a domestic flight in Peru, a first-class train in Asia or by 4x4 vehicle while on an African safari.
93 Tours in 52 countries
At the moment, Intrepid offers 93 premium trips in the following countries:
ASIA: Armenia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia (Borneo) Nepal, Sr