It’s no wonder sailing, cycling and walking tours are skyrocketing in popularity. These small group adventures allow travellers to see the world in a way that builds human connections and supports local communities while leaving a positive impact on the environment.
Sailing holidays don’t have to be an intimidating tangle of ropes, nautical jargon and sea monsters. Whether you’re a fresh-faced novice or an old salt with callouses on both hands, we’ve got a sailing trip to suit you. Be as involved as you like. Help navigate, tack and steer; or kick back on deck with a copy of Moby Dick and let the world float by. These are small groups on small boats, but with big adventures.
Sailing in Europe
In Europe, Intrpid likes to go classic. A single-hulled, 50-foot yacht gives you a taste of traditional Mediterranean sailing, not to mention it looks pretty spiffy in pictures too. A typical Intrepid vessel may come with three twin/double cabins, as well as a couple of single berths. You’ll have a recreation lounge, kitchen, three shared bathrooms and plenty of deck space for lazing around and looking fabulous.
Sailing in Asia & the Caribbean
When it comes to sailing in Asia and Caribbean, catamarans are the way to go. They’re smooth, comfortable, and nimble enough to reach those out-of-the-way cays and little island inlets. The twin hull means there’s plenty of space to stretch out –perfect for those balmy evenings and lazy afternoons. Most of the catamarans in our fleet have four twin/double cabins, three shared bathrooms, a galley (that’s nautical talk for kitchen) and a small living area. In Asia, there’s even kayaks and paddleboards for those that want to get a little active (and bean bags on deck for those that don’t!)
Cycling tours span the gamut of two-wheeled challenges: from a leisurely ride through Vietnam to cycling across landscapes of Cuba. Some of these trips include cycling as just one of several active adventures, others are more cycling focussed (ie. You’ll be riding almost every day). Best of all they offer trips through Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. No matter where you want to explore, Intrepid can take there on two wheels.
Besides being a great way to see the world, cycling tours are great for the environment and are 100% carbon offset.
Favourite cycling destinations
The Croatian islands were built for cycling trips. Little olive groves and hilltop villages on Brac, Korcula’s cliff top switchbacks and charming local vineyards, nights spent recuperating with fresh seafood plucked straight from the Adriatic. Get ready for a blur of orange orchards, white pebble beaches and buckets of tangy gelato, Dalmatian-style.
Don’t worry, we won’t be leading you on any mountain climbs up to the Alpe d’Huez. French cycling fors is more about slipping into the rhythms of local Provencal life. Stopping for a picnic with the group by the Gardon River, browsing for antiques in Uzes or Tarascon, riding quiet country lanes outside Caderousse. It’s tough work, but someone’s gotta do it.
More than 30 million Vietnamese can’t be wrong – this country looks better from handlebar height. Set off from Hanoi, riding along cliff top passes and down quiet rice paddy roads. And after a long day in the saddle? Piping hot pho cut with lemon and chilli, and crusty banh mi all round.
Each journey may begin with a single step, but some require a few more steps than others. These are Intprid’s walking and trekking trips. Here’s the idea: they provide you with expert trail guides, accommodation and porters (where necessary); you bring your legs and a sense of adventure. From the frosted peak of Kilimanjaro and Patagonia’s windswept trails to a more sedate stroll through the rice fields of Vietnam, there’s a calf-stretching trip to suit every level of fitness and expertise. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other.
Walking vs trekking
If conquering mountain peaks and fighting the elements sounds a tad extreme for what is, essentially, a holiday – never fear. We’ve got a range of walking trips designed to stretch the legs without making them feel like they’re about to fall off. Hike the grasslands of northern Thailand, wander through rice paddies in Mai Chau or amble along Turkey’s famous Lycian Way. It’s a simple recipe: fresh air, the wild outdoors and not a basecamp in sight.
When does a walk become a trek? Probably somewhere between your first yak sighting and that moment when you realise all this mist is made of clouds. Our trekking trips cover some of the most famous routes on the planet – Kilimanjaro, Annapurna, Basecamp, the Inca Trail – but that doesn’t put them out of reach for the eager novice. All you need is a sturdy pair of boots, a bit of pre-trip training and the best guides in the business.
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