The world’s largest adventure company has added over 100 new tours, bringing its total itineraries to over 1000 ways to explore the world in late 2020 through 2021.
From “dark tourism” to culturally-immersive festivals and Olympic-sized adventures, these new itineraries embrace the Intrepid way of traveling: using local guides, accommodations and businesses to provide real-life experiences in a responsible manner.
New destinations/ itineraries for this B-corp certified travel company feature:
Antarctica: a new program of 24 sustainable, small-group Antarctica expeditions begin departing in the late fall of 2020 on the newly refurbished Ocean Endeavor ship. The Ocean Endeavour is one of the few polar expedition ships in Antarctica with a focus on health and wellness, and it also has, on new itineraries starting in 2020, one crew member for every eight travelers. The adventure of a lifetime begins at the bottom of the world with Intrepid.
Departures December March 2020, 2021, 2022
Sudan: Among vast stretches of sand dunes, Sudan holds some of the world’s most incredible archaeological sites, ancient ruins and resilient cultures. Tucked under palm trees in oases, you can meet people who live in Nubian houses painted with colorful murals. On this truly Intrepid tour, you’ll discover the remnants of great empires, learn powerful recent history in museums and from the locals you travel with, explore ancient cities and necropolises, and encounter modern Sudan in souks, chai houses and nomadic settlements.
Departures in November, December 2020 and January, November and December of 2021.
Scotland: Praised for its natural landscapes and historic buildings, Scotland’s rolling hills, rocky cliffs and undulating valleys speckled in myriad colours, pristine lochs shimmering even on the coldest of days, and castles dotted throughout the countryside make you feel as if you’ve transported back in time. With a 10-day exploration of Scotland’s highlands, lochs and villages, you’ll experience the finest of nature with the warmest of hospitality. Discover the untouched Isle of Skye, the charming Pitlochry, and hit both Scottish hubs of Glasgow and Edinburgh on your way through this 10-day Intrepid adventure.
Departures May – September 2021
Other new itineraries include:
Greenland: Greenland had its moment in the spotlight when President Trump expressed interest in buying the country, where the tourism industry is just starting to bloom. As a result, Intrepid saw a huge spike in interest for its new Greenland Expedition, which explores the local Inuit culture, Nuuk - the country’s modern capitol, and the famed Ilulissat Ice fjord.
Ukraine & Chernobyl: Go beyond the HBO Chernobyl miniseries madness and explore Ukraine with Intrepid Travel’s new Highlights of Ukraine trip. Tapping into the dark tourism trend, this tour respectfully and safely visits the Chernobyl disaster site and travels through the beautiful scenery and charming towns of Ukraine from Kiev to Lviv. Additional new trips to Ukraine include an epic journey through all of Eastern Europe, and 20- and 13-day itineraries that cover Moldova, Ukraine and Romania.
Japan: With Japan hosting the postponed Summer Olympics, travelers who want to get active in the spirit of the athletes can take on a trekking trip along the ancient countryside trails of Koya-san and Kumano Kodo. Or, cold-weather lovers can experience a winter wonderland with a tour of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, that includes days of dog sledding, whiskey distilleries and ice bars.
Turkey: Turkey remains one of Intrepid Travel’s fastest growing destinations, with four new itineraries available to meet demand to explore where Europe and Asia meet. Travelers can island hop on a coastal cruise, dive into the country’s history on Turkey Uncovered, discover the hidden gems of Turkey’s backroads and double the adventure with the Turkey and Georgia tour.
Expanding beyond popular itineraries available in East and Southern Africa, Intrepid Travel is encouraging travelers to head to coastal West Africa, where they can discover the wildlife rich wetlands of Senegal and Gambia or dive deep into the often misunderstood Voodoo religion in Benin, Togo and Ghana.
Cultural Festival Trips:
Always looking for a reason to celebrate? Dive into cultural celebrations across the globe. Travelers can experience the Baining Firedance Festival with a local village in Papua New Guinea, Samba their way through Rio’s Carnival, see the colors of Holi in Rajasthan, and celebrate Mardis Gras as it should be – from the back of a float.
Unique Trekking Opportunities:
With trekking trips gaining popularity and well-loved trails experiencing overcrowding, Intrepid Travel has scoped out new, equally rugged and beautiful routes across the globe for those looking to hit the trails and take in views. These unique hikes and climbs include traversing the Transcaucasian Trail in Armenia, trekking from Portugal to Spain on the coastal Camino Trail and climbing the summits of Simien Mountain National Park in Ethiopia.
About Intrepid Travel
Intrepid Travel is a global adventure travel company that has been taking travelers off the beaten track to discover the world's most amazing places for 30 years. The company offers more than 1,000 trips in more than 120 countries and on every continent. Every trip is designed to truly experience local culture - to meet local people, try local food, take local transport and stay in local accommodation. Intrepid’s award-winning tour leaders, small group sizes and included activities mean they offer travelers great value for money.
Globally-renowned as a leader in responsible travel, Intrepid Travel is a certified B Corp and has been a carbon neutral business since 2010.