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Expedition trips: A new kind of adventure

The way we see it, there are adventures, and then there are adventures. The kind where you trek through Kruger National Park – on foot – in search of lions, cheetahs and elephants, soak up the pristine beauty of Newfoundland, or walk alongside Berber nomads through Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Stuff you don’t find in your typical travel brochure. For us, adventures like this are at the heart of what it means to be Intrepid: something original, unexpected, and as far from ‘the usual’ as you’re going to get.

Intrepid Travel have turned the world upside down and shaken it until the cool stuff falls out: like hiking Aconcagua, the Southern Hemisphere’s highest peak, camping with indigenous reindeer herders in the Siberian Arctic, and sailing through Indonesia’s unique Raja Ampat archipelago.

Wave goodbye to that beaten path. Say hello to Intrepid Expedition trips!

Choose from 6 departures from Dec 2019 – Feb 2020 or Dec 2020.

15 days from $3,365 pp

Embrace the Russian winter on this special Trans-Siberian adventure from Moscow to Vladivostok. Tibet may have the highest, and Australia and Switzerland the steepest, but Russia most certainly takes the prize when it comes to sheer depth of history and legend in a train trip. Embark on a beautiful winter adventure on the great Trans-Siberian Railway, one of the great journeys of modern times. Travelling in winter adds a dramatic dimension to Russia’s vast landscapes, as Lake Baikal shimmers with a deep speckled blue, the wooden Romanov monasteries outside Yekaterinburg take on a sombre, snowy profile, and the time-capsule scenes of the Old Believers village near Ulan Ude are given a fairy-tale dusting. With the must-see historical sites of Moscow revealed before you set off, and the spirit of the new year alive throughout, this Tran-Siberian itinerary pulls out all the stops for an unforgettable expedition.

Choose from 6 departures from Sep 2019 to Oct 2020.

8 days from $1,395 pp

Join a local Berber family on a nomadic expedition through Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Each year, thousands of people migrate into the High Atlas Mountains to escape the heat of the lower valleys. Following 4,000-year-old routes and guided by the seasons, these families are part of the nomadic Ait Atta tribes of southeast Morocco. In 2018, we’ll be joining such families on a special walking expedition through the mountains. Sleeping in moving campsites and partaking in daily chores – like animal herding and traditional bread making – you’ll meet locals in tiny Berber villages and breathe enough fresh air to last you a lifetime. This is a rare opportunity to form real connections with people from another part of the world, and experience an authentic, ancient and well-preserved way of life likely very different to your own.

Iran: Women’s expedition

Choose from 18 departures from Sep 2019 to May 2020.

12 days from $3,469 pp

Discover the beauty of Iran and experience its culture from the female perspective. Designed to allow travellers a unique opportunity to discover the customs, food, challenges and lives of local women of Iran through a range of experiences otherwise off limits to our normal mixed gender groups. Although gender segregation is not typically Iranian, strict dress codes imposed by Islamic Law have meant many places & ways of life have become segregated by default. Step inside the hidden world of an Iranian beauty salon, wander through a female only park, and travel by public transport in the female-only carriage of the metro, local buses and an overnight train. Experience rural nomadic life with Qashqai people, meet young female entrepreneurs, and learn secret recipes from those in the know. This trip will expose you to a range of fascinating local women; young, old, religious, conservative, rural, modern and liberal. We would love to open up these real life experiences to all our travellers; however, in order to operate in a socially responsible and culturally sensitive manner this is simply not possible. At least not yet! If you’re interested in travelling to Iran on a similar itinerary, check out some of other group departures or speak to your booking agent about a tailor-made itinerary.

Choose from 8 departures from Oct 2019 to Nov 2020.

16 days from $3,409 pp

Experience the joys of India’s most remote corners – Sikkim, Assam and Nagaland. The northeastern states of India may well be the most beautiful in the entire country. Explore Kolkata, India’s cultural heartland, then set off on an adventure to the unspoiled wildlife reserves, spectacular wetlands and rambling mountain villages that make this far-flung part of the subcontinent such a special one. Check out the eclectic cultures of Sikkim, Assam and Nagaland, search for the iconic one-horned rhinoceros in Kaziranga National Park and take a train trip like no other on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. This is a relatively unexplored part of the country, perfect for an expedition. Be prepared to be wowed.

Choose from 18 departures from Sep 2019 to Nov 2020.

8 days from $1,255 pp

Stray from the beaten path in Morocco on a new and unforgettable all-female expedition. Join an unforgettable expedition to the remote and less-travelled reaches of Morocco. Begin in Marrakech, where the wow-factor of the Maghreb comes in many forms, notably the spectacular Djemaa el-Fna town square. Then it’s off to the other Morocco, the one they don’t tell you about in the guidebooks. Break bread with Berber families in private homes in remote areas, see how an artist co-op is empowering female rug-weavers in small villages, take in the verdant beauty of the far-flung M’goun Valley, and enjoy the singing and dancing of Moroccan women in cultural ceremonies in small villages – far away from the bustle of the big towns. With all the hallmarks of a classic Intrepid adventure – local leadership, private transport, real life experiences – and an added focus on female travel and female empowerment, this is a unique opportunity for women to blaze the trail in an incredible but often conservative country – without compromising on safety.

Departs 16 Nov 2019

6 days from $2,159 pp

Experience the many thrills of the UAE on this brand new expedition trip. Discover one of the most underrated and incredible destinations of the world on this unique expedition trip to the UAE. While for most travellers this destination is nothing more than a stopover, there’s much to discover beyond its ultra-modern and opulent reputation – or is that half the fun? Delve into Old Dubai with the locals, experience heart-warming Bedouin hospitality, camp under the stars on the edge of the desert, visit ancient oases and get a glimpse from the dizzying peaks in both the city and the mountains. This small group tour of the UAE will make you wish you’d discovered this desert gem sooner.

Choose from 3 departures in  Aug 2019 or  Jul/Aug 2020.

8 days from $5,039 pp

Take in extraordinary Maritime landscapes and charming seaside towns exploring Canada’s beautiful east coast. The fresh ocean mist that permeates the air of quaint towns lined with colourful British colonial architecture; the smell of freshly caught seafood as you stroll scenic boardwalks in Halifax or Charlottetown; hundreds of picture-perfect lighthouses perched on rocky outposts – Eastern Canada is like nowhere else in the world. This trip takes you to some of the east coast’s prettiest towns, best attractions and incredible national and provincial parks. See the phenomenal Bay of Fundy in action; spend time exploring pristine landscapes at a number of national and provincial parks, including Gros Morne and Cape Breton Highlands National Parks; and visit some of the oldest towns in North America. Add a hearty dose of quaint Atlantic charm for a trip that will stay with you long after you’ve left Canada’s beautiful Atlantic provinces.

Depart 28 Sep 2019

11 days from $4,029 pp

Move beyond the resorts and take an adventure into the heart of Fiji. Venture to parts of Fiji’s highlands that many visitors never get to see. Beginning and ending in Nadi, traverse through jungle-clad terrain by 4WD travelling to Fiji’s most pristine waterfalls and remote villages to discover the Fijian way of living off the land. Hike over lush grasslands into a village; raft through Fiji’s volcanic rock interior; snorkel off remote beaches and wander through national parks brimming with birdlife. This 11-day expedition takes you into the provinces where you’ll stay at an eco-retreat and experience Fijian hospitality, trekking inland and breaking up the journey by hopping over to a smaller island for downtime at a beachside bungalow.

 

There are many more expeditions for sale, contact us for more information on 0800 69 88 77 or travel@travelcom.co.nz

 

REF: IntrepidTravel08JUL19