What to expect on an Intrepid Premium Trip

Well, we can’t tell you exactly what to expect, as each adventure is filled with surprising moments, spontaneous discoveries and new connections.

But some things will remain the same – you can always count on exclusive unique experiences, incredibly handpicked accommodation, our most experienced local managers and expert knowledge every step of the way.

Intrepid’s new range of Premium tours are designed by locals with comfort in mind. Gone are the days of tossing between an authentic adventure and a smooth journey. Drive off the beaten track and into the homes of local families, hidden restaurants and historic hotels.

Whether you’re sipping drinks on the roof of a royal haveli India or to take part in a cooking course in the rainforest Borneo, Premium adventures offer moments to surprise and delight even the most experienced travelers. So let’s get into it – read on to find out what to expect on an Intrepid Premium adventure.

1. You will enjoy an unforgettable and unique accommodation

camels walking in the sahara desert
Picture of Annapurna Mellor

Our local experts have selected special, unusual and immersive accommodations that will give you a taste of each country’s culture before you’ve even rolled out of bed. From historic hotels where the walls tell a story, to safari lodges where curious animals stop at your doorstep, you’ll quickly discover that Premium accommodation is so much more than just a roof over your head. On every Intrepid Premium adventure, you’ll experience a feature stay – accommodation chosen for its historical or architectural significance, or to provide a unique local experience. You may find yourself falling asleep under a canopy of stars in a fabulous camp in the city Sahara desert, wake up to the sound of birds at your native-owned jungle lodge in Peruvian Amazon or explore the ancient grounds of your medressa-turned-hotel Uzbekistan. Throw in modern conveniences, top-notch service and prime locations, and you’re in for a real treat.

2. You will be guided by our most passionate and experienced local managers

India's food market
Photo by Ben McNamara

Traveling on an Intrepid Premium journey with our most experienced local leaders is like having a friend on the ground, eager to show you the very best parts of their country. You can forget about following a raised umbrella with a shuffling convoy of world-weary tourists – with an average of 10 travelers per person. group, your manager will be able to take a personal approach and highlight information of interest to you, while tailoring suggestions on how to make the most of your downtime. They know each destination inside and out, so you don’t have to pull out a guidebook to find out the history of the building, what kind of bird it is, or where you’re going for dinner tonight. Whether it’s digging a hole in the wall or introducing you to the locals at the market, your manager is ready to turn language barriers into bridges, facilitate genuine connections and reveal a deeper layer of each destination.

3. You will support the local communities and environments you visit

At Intrepid, we want to travel in a way that is better for the planet, the communities we visit and the people we meet. This focus is woven into every aspect of a Premium adventure, from as small as picking up lunch at the local market to as large as carbon offsets for all trips. Accommodation is selected for maximum comfort and minimal impact on the environment, often with renewable energy sources, local building materials and other green credentials. Intrepid Premium experiences are designed to support the economy and infrastructure of local communities. Whether you stop for lunch at a tea house run by the local community Morocco that provides income to local women or spends a day at sea with a subsistence fisherman off the coast of a remote island in Croatiarest assured that you can enjoy an adventure that is both conscious and enjoyable.

4. You will see the highlights and lesser known treasures

Peru Sacred Valley lunch
Lunch in the Sacred Valley. Picture of Liam Neal

From life-affirming encounters with the world’s most famous wonders to the quiet beauty found in the everyday moments of local life, Intrepid Premium travel offers more included activities than any other style of travel, and each experience is designed by locals to connect you with destination . Highlights activities are intertwined with authentic local experiences you won’t find on any other Intrepid itinerary. So you will still see The Taj Mahal in all its glory, but you’ll also hit the backstreets for a hyperlocal street food tour to discover a side of the city most visitors never see. We would never take away magnificent game drives through Maasai Marabut we will add an immersive visit with a local Masai village and you don’t have to deal with the pyramids in Giza for a real-life experience – spend a day exploring the site and drop into a local family’s home in Cairo for dinner. Come with an open mind and leave with memories that will last a lifetime.

5. You will receive Premium service every time

Tour group in Mexico talking over a beer
Photo by Ben McNamara

From your first step out of the airport to every stage of your journey, our team on the ground is on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly, so the little details don’t get in the way of big adventures. Airport transfers are included on every tour and our team will give you a call once you’ve settled into your first hotel just to check in and see if there’s anything you need before your adventure begins . And you don’t have to worry about lugging your suitcase from place to place, as luggage porting is also included on every Premium trip. All incidental tips (except manager tips) are also part of the deal. The result? Less stress and hassle, more time to watch sunsets, swap stories and sip cocktails on rooftops.

Want to know more about Intrepid Premium travel? Explore the full range now.

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