The Intrepid way of travel…what IS that? The Intrepid brand not only describes it well; they live it well!
In the Intrepid Worldwide Adventures brochure, CEO James Thornton explains “I believe we have a responsibility as one of the world’s largest providers of adventure travel experiences to help conserve our environment for future generations….we’re always looking for ways to improve, from carbon offsetting our trips and putting a stop to elephant rides to simply recycling around the office.”
“While traveling the world, it becomes a transformative experience.” We learn, we share, and we connect with locals. Intrepid uses local tour leaders, and they offer trip styles for everyone.
Basix is for those on a budget. While still enjoying a small group experience, your lodging will be basic and there may be fewer inclusions, but you may tailor with additional activities. Primarily local transport is provided in these trips.
Original offers a balance of free time and added inclusions, plus a few meals along the way. You will find centrally located hotels. Sometimes a homestay or a unique amazon jungle lodge. This style offers a mix of local and private transport.
Comfort “smooths away adventure travel’s rougher edges” that has an extra degree of comfort. A more relaxed pace and comfortable accommodations with lots of included activities.
Where do they go? Worldwide! My Turkey adventure last year was provided by their lux division, Peregrine Adventures. Both companies have amazing itineraries with all different price points. Pick a part of the world you wish to explore! Below I want to highlight for you a really great active itinerary in beautiful Andorra, bordering Northern Spain and France. I would absolutely LOVE to create a private group for this one. Please reach out if it speaks to you, and we will create it!
(photos courtesy of Intrepid Worldwide Adventures)
ANDORRA: HIKE BIKE AND RAFT Starting at just $985 USD per person
Directly from their brochure:
Why you’ll love this trip
- Enjoy a thrilling bike ride down some of the best mountains trails in Andorra, including the historic Iron Route. Wild evergreen slopes and white peaks offer a spectacular backdrop
- Hold on tight for some exhilarating white-water rafting through the Pyrenees, under the supervision of highly experienced guides
- Explore the quaint town of Soldeu, based at an impressive elevation of 1,710 metres above sea level
- Cycle along the scenic trails of Port de Cabus, the mountain pass on the Pyrenees Andorran-Spanish border
- Get the blood pumping, as you zip-line between the trees and over some rope obstacles in the beautiful set up of Cortals Valley.
- Trek through the stunning Siscaro reserve, keeping an eye out for native flora and fauna along the way
- Practice your language skills. Most people in Andorra speak Catalan, Spanish and French, but if you can’t remember your fromage from your queso or your chapeaux from your sombreros, don’t worry, English is widely spoken om Andorra
Is this trip right for you?
- This is an active trip packed with activities such as cycling, white-water rafting, zip-lining and trekking. To fully enjoy it, you’ll need a good state of health and fitness. To participate in the rafting experience, you’ll need to be a confident swimmer.
- The trip involves some early starts and long days, because the itinerary is packed with lots of exciting activities.
- Soldeu, our base for this trip, is located in a rural area in Andorra’s high mountains. Transferring to Soldeu from the closest international airports can take up to five hours, but the stunning scenery will help pass the time.
For this one, if you are not in the habit of working out three times a week or so, you will likely want to train. The physical rating is four out of five. It’s not for the princess in you, but you can do it! Check out the website if you would prefer to do solo, and the single supplement with Intrepid is not high. On the flip side, gather your own peeps and reach out to me to create your own private group. Typically this only takes 8 fun-loving people. Heck, we all know at least 8 of them!
- Pessons Lakes Walk
- Zip wiring
- White water rafting
- Introduction to Mountain Biking Day Trip
- Incles Valley Walk