Walk the Cape to Cape Track
from $2520
Duration: 8 Days
Lace up your boots and hit the Cape to Cape Track, one of the great walks of Australia. A paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike, this 8-day journey along the Margaret River coastline will reveal some of Western Australia’s best sights, from clifftops alive with wildflowers to dolphins leaping from the Indian Ocean. With an expert local guide by your side, you can forget about the details and focus on the track ahead of you and the scenery around you, while learning about the rich history and biodiversity of the region. From soaring karri forests to pristine stretches of beach, the beauty of this corner of the country really comes to life on foot.
  • Traverse the track with an expert local guide who will provide information on the history and diversity of the region while taking care of the details along the way.
  • Enjoy epic views of the Margaret River coastline on a series of clifftop walks – it’s not uncommon to see dolphins or even whales in the Indian Ocean.
  • With all meals included (excluding lunch on the final day) you’ll enjoy wonderful fresh picnics in incredible locations, from lighthouse lookout points to peaceful brooks.
  • Explore diverse and beautiful landscapes by foot – from pristine white sand beaches and rugged cliffs to soaring karri forests, there’s always something amazing to look at.
  • Margaret River - Group Dinner
  • Cape to Cape - Trekking Lunch
  • Cape to Cape - Morning Tea
  • Cape to Cape - Morning Tea
  • Cape to Cape - Trekking Lunch
  • Margaret River - Group Dinner
  • Cape to Cape - Morning Tea
  • Cape to Cape - Trekking Lunch
  • Margaret River - Group Dinner
  • Cape to Cape - Morning Tea
  • Cape to Cape - Trekking Lunch
  • Margaret River - Group Dinner
  • Cape to Cape - Morning Tea
  • Cape to Cape - Trekking Lunch
  • Margaret River - Group Dinner
  • Cape to Cape - Morning Tea
  • Cape to Cape - Trekking Lunch
  • Margaret River - Group Dinner
  • Cape to Cape - Morning Tea
  • Cape to Cape - Trekking Lunch
  • Day 1 Location: Cape Naturaliste to Yallingup
    Get ready to put your best food forward – one of Australia’s most magnificent walks awaits! Meet your guide and the other members of your group in Perth at 8am this morning, then make the drive to the headland of Cape Naturaliste. Stop off for a fresh picnic lunch at the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and take some time to get to know your new trekking buddies. Then it’s time to lace up your boots and hit the trail for the first leg of the Cape to Cape Track. Today’s walk will be pretty easy going, giving you a chance to find your feet as you walk over clifftops and across beaches, watching out for dolphins off the coast. The energy of the waves crashing on the shore is contagious and provides an exhilarating soundtrack to your walk. Finish up your day of walking in Yallingup. At the end of each day, you will drive to Margaret River, where you will spend the evening, then return to where you left off to continue your walk each morning.
    Day 2 Location: Yallingup to Moses Rock
    Today will be all about soaking up spectacular coastal views, so make sure your camera is charged up and ready to go! Begin your walk in Yallingup, passing by giant red granite boulders, pristine white sand beaches and a colourful collection of wildflowers along the way. Stop off at Injidup for lunch, a spot known for amazing surf and a natural spa. After lunch, pay a visit to the beautiful Quinninup Falls, then continue to Moses Rock where today’s walk will come to an end.
    Day 3 Location: Moses Rock to Gracetown
    Step out from Moses Rock this morning for another day of incredible clifftop coastal walking. The terrain will be fairly gentle today, with just a few hills and some sandy spots. You’ll enjoy more unforgettable views of the ever-changing coastal landscape, and the sight of the rugged red Wilyabrup Cliffs against a glittering backdrop of turquoise waters is certainly one to remember. If the weather calls for it, you may like to cool off with a dip in the sea at Gracetown’s sheltered bay, or perhaps just sit back and soak in the peaceful surroundings, ready for another exciting day of walking tomorrow.
    Day 4 Location: Gracetown to Margaret River Mouth
    Set off from Gracetown today, walking through vibrant coastal heath and arriving at the Ellensbrook historic homestead. Here you’ll take a step back in time and learn the interesting story of the homestead, enjoy some morning tea, and take some time to explore the delightful grounds. Return to the track and venture inland for a different taste of the area’s diverse landscape. Stop off for lunch then head back to the coast and walk across a stretch of beach which will lead you to Cape Mentelle. Today’s journey ends at the mouth of the Margaret River, where you may like to take a refreshing swim to round off the day.
    Day 5 Location: Margaret River Mouth to Boranup Forest
    Today will be your longest day of walking, however the gentle terrain and varied views make it incredibly enjoyable. First, head inland and stop by the Boodjidup Brook for a scenic morning tea. Veer back to the coast and walk across the beach, and once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a spot of lunch in Redgate. Carry on across the stunning clifftops to Contos Campground where you’ll have some afternoon tea, then hit the trail once again for the final leg of the day, through the beautiful and shady Boranup Karri Forest.
    Day 6 Location: Boranup Forest to Cosy Corner
    Enjoy a peaceful morning walk through the karri forest, marvelling at soaring eucalyptus trees as far as the eye can see. Your walk will lead you to Hamelin Bay – this is as close to paradise as it gets. The sand is perfectly white, and the water is an unbelievably bright shade of blue, making for a wonderful spot to enjoy a picnic lunch and take it all in. After lunch, you’ll set off towards the Foul Bay Lighthouse. This hike is short yet challenging, but it’ll all be worth it once you see the fantastic views back along the coast! Today’s walk will draw to a close in Cosy Corner.
    Day 7 Location: Cosy Corner to Cape Leeuwin
    This morning’s walk will be along a limestone edge by the sea, and if the wind hits right, the blowholes along the coast will put on an amazing show for you. Cross a long stretch of beach, venture inland, then return to the coast at the historic Cape Leeuwin Water Wheel, the finishing point of Cape to Cape Track – you’ve now completed one of Australia’s great walks! If time permits, you will walk up to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, a wonderful spot to take a moment and reflect on all you’ve accomplished in the past week. Tonight will be all about celebrating your massive achievement!
    Day 8 Location: Perth
    Enjoy a well-deserved lie in and a leisurely breakfast this morning, then walk into Margaret River to pick up some lunch or souvenirs to remember your adventure. Then it’s time to head back to where it all started and make the drive to Perth. You can expect to arrive at around 3pm, at which point your trip will come to an end.
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    Trip title

    Walk the Cape to Cape Track

    Trip code

    PIXC

    Validity

    Validity: 01 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2022

    Introduction

    Lace up your boots and hit the Cape to Cape Track, one of the great walks of Australia. A paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike, this 8-day journey along the Margaret River coastline will reveal some of Western Australia’s best sights, from clifftops alive with wildflowers to dolphins leaping from the Indian Ocean. With an expert local guide by your side, you can forget about the details and focus on the track ahead of you and the scenery around you, while learning about the rich history and biodiversity of the region. From soaring karri forests to pristine stretches of beach, the beauty of this corner of the country really comes to life on foot.

    Style

    Original

    Themes

    Active Adventures,Walking & Trekking

    Transport

    Private Vehicle,Walking

    Physical Rating

    3

    Joining point

    Perth Tourist Coach Stand

    490 Wellington Street

    Perth

    Perth

    AUSTRALIA

    Finish point

    Perth

    Perth

    AUSTRALIA

    Important information

    1. Trip Pickup will be at 8am from the Perth Tourist Coach Stand at 490 Wellington Street, near the corner of William Street. Your Trip Leader will be wearing Inspiration Outdoors branded clothing. 2. This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, Inspiration Outdoors. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid has worked very closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers will enjoy their time away, and experience all that the region has to offer.

    Group leader

    All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

    Safety

    Most national governments provide regularly updated foreign travel advice on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all destinations and activities on your trip. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trips here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/travel-alerts We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Intrepid's operational safety policies can be viewed on our website at the link below. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how safety is being managed on our trips.

    https://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety-guidelines

    Visas

    PASSPORT You will need a valid passport to travel internationally. As a general rule, most countries require that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets exactly and contact us immediately if there are any errors. We recommend taking copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well as leave copies at home with family or friends. VISAS Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time. It is important that you check your government's foreign travel advisories along with the consular website of the country or countries you are travelling to for the most up to date information specific to your nationality and circumstances. Please be aware that not all visa information found online from other sources may be valid while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Visas can take several weeks to process, so make sure you research the requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for obtaining any necessary documents as well as the application and processing time. Your booking consultant can advise on a visa processing service or you can apply yourself directly through a consulate. COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS Below you will find general visa advice about the destinations on your trip. Due to constantly evolving COVID-19 requirements and restrictions, please refer to your government's foreign travel advice for the most up to date information. RETURN TRAVEL Please ensure you stay up to date with any current testing or quarantine requirements for returning to your home country or transiting through other destinations after the completion of your tour. All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements. http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ Please see here for the most up to date COVID-19 information about travelling to and within Tasmania, including any current border restrictions: https://coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania/travel-alert

    Why we love it

    Traverse the track with an expert local guide who will provide information on the history and diversity of the region while taking care of the details along the way.

    Enjoy epic views of the Margaret River coastline on a series of clifftop walks – it’s not uncommon to see dolphins or even whales in the Indian Ocean.

    With all meals included (excluding lunch on the final day) you’ll enjoy wonderful fresh picnics in incredible locations, from lighthouse lookout points to peaceful brooks.

    Explore diverse and beautiful landscapes by foot – from pristine white sand beaches and rugged cliffs to soaring karri forests, there’s always something amazing to look at.

    Is this trip right for you

    Some days on the track can be challenging, including steep sections and beach walking, so a moderate level of fitness is required, and training is recommended. On some days there will be the option to walk a half day, and you will always have the option to sit out on walking for the day. Your guide will attempt to find alternative activities where possible. The itinerary may change depending on local conditions and weather. This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, Inspiration Outdoors. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid has worked very closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers will enjoy their time away, and experience all that the region has to offer.

    Health

    GENERAL HEALTH All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained while travelling. Below you can find some further information about health issues relevant to the destinations visited on this trip. COVID-19 The safety and wellbeing of our travellers, leaders, crew, staff, and suppliers continues to remain our highest priority as we travel. You can read more about how we will keep you safe on our trips, including our COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/safe-travels Please check entry requirements for the destinations you are travelling to carefully to know whether you require a negative COVID-19 test before travelling. If you are unwell prior to travelling, please stay at home and contact us to make alternative arrangements. At the group meeting, you will be asked to complete a self-screening health form and report any COVID-19 symptoms as well as any close contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID-19. If you are displaying any symptoms or have any health concerns at this time, we will follow the advice of local health authorities to determine whether medical assistance, isolation or further action is required. We ask all travellers to continue to monitor their health throughout their travels and report any relevant symptoms to their tour leader.

    Food and dietary requirements

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour. Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer. All food for this trip is purchased and packed prior to your group leaving on day one. After we’ve left town it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests. Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking. You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious. We can provide easily available substitutes, please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the following. Vegetarian Gluten Free Dairy Free (soy available ) Pork Free Please don’t hesitate to contact u if you have any specific dietary concerns. * Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.

    Money matters

    SPENDING MONEY When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget an appropriate amount for things like optional meals, drinks, shopping, optional activities, and laundry. Make sure you have read the itinerary and inclusions thoroughly so you know what is included in the trip price and what you may need to pay for while travelling. The Australian Dollar (A$) is the currency of Australia.  Credit and debit cards are readily accepted just about everywhere in Australia. Occasionally there may be a minimum spend for both in smaller shops. You can usually withdraw money from shops where EFTPOS is available. Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are common across Australia. ATM's may be limited in remote areas and your leader will advise you when to withdraw extra cash.  Credit cards in Australia require a pin number rather than a signature and may have a small surcharge for purchases. Tipping is not expected but appreciated.  In Australia, tipping, while appreciated can be the exception rather than the norm. As a guide, tipping is appropriate in a restaurant for a meal (10-15% as a general rule). In a taxi, a cafe or bar, rounding up is acceptable. You can consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline AU$2-5 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. CONTINGENCY FUNDS We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or a Force Majeure Event. In such emergency circumstances, the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itineraries including but not limited to visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights. Make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved. The recommended amount is listed in USD for the relatability of universal travellers, however, local currency may be needed once in the country to cover these costs.

    What to take

    Packing List • Day-pack – with a thick waist strap to help take some weight off your shoulders. In wet weather, a waterproof cover or a bin bag to wrap your belongings in can be handy • Shorts/long pants and shirts for walking – as many sets as you wish! Quick-dry material is best, especially for trousers. Don’t wear jeans walking. • Socks – whichever thickness you’re comfortable walking in and as many pairs as you like • Boots/shoes for walking (make sure you wear them in well – see note on footwear below) • Windcheater or lightweight jumper for walking • Waterproof jacket* • Sun protection – hat (secure fitting and/or with chin strap), sun cream, sun glasses • Casual clothes for evenings • Torch/headlamp (can be handy when twin sharing for getting up at night) • Any preferred first aid supplies – such as your favourite blister treatment! (Your guide will carry a full first-aid kit) • Water bottle/s or camelback – 2 to 3 litre capacity • A lunch container (with freezer brick if desired) *You have to expect some bad weather at any time of the year down here so bring wet weather gear even if the forecast is fine. Optional Items • Waterproof pants. Some people love them and some hate them – personally, we don’t wear them but there have been times when we have wished for a pair! • Fly net (especially for walks in warmer weather) • Camera and charger/batteries • Gaiters for snake bite protection are recommended unless you are wearing long pants and long socks. They’re also good for keeping sand out of your shoes. • Sock protectors (to keep sand out of your boots) • Robust sandals for wading/beach sections • Bathers and towel • Small towel to carry during the day • Snacks and alcohol – there will be time to purchase more during the week if you need to. Some people like to have some muesli bars, nuts, lollies etc • Walking poles

    Climate and seasonal

    There are two distinct seasons for walking the Cape to Cape. The Autumn walking season runs from March to May and is a wonderful time to complete this walk. March and early April tend to have hotter days, and suit those who love a swim, and are not concerned by a bit of heat. As April turns to May the nights get colder and the days cool down into the low 20's or below, with the chance of a shower and the odd hot day. Weather wise, May is perhaps the best month to be out on the track. July to August are cold and wet, and best avoided. The Spring season starts at the beginning of September and runs through till the end of November. Whilst the weather is not as settled as autumn, this is a popular time to walk the Cape to Cape due to the abundance of wildflowers. Early September is still likely to be a bit wet and wooly, but has the bonus of having both winter and spring wildflowers. Towards the end of September, the weather starts to become a bit more stable, and by mid October, we would expect to have the odd hotter day (mid to high 20's). Spring is still turbulant in October and it is not unusual to have a day pushing 30 and the next day raining and cold (that's why the wildflowers love it). The last week of September and first week of October tend to be the peak of the wildflowers, though this peak has bounced around a bit in recent years. November is similar to March, with hotter weather and the chance for post walk swims and is the peak of the humpback whale migration.

    A couple of rules

    Everyone has the right to feel safe when they travel. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment, either between customers or involving our leaders, partners or local people. Sexual relationships between a tour leader and a customer are strictly forbidden. Use or possession of illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. If you choose to consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking and expect that you’ll abide by the local laws regarding alcohol consumption. The sex tourism industry is known to exploit vulnerable people and have negative consequences on communities, including undermining the development of sustainable tourism. For this reason, patronising sex workers will not be tolerated on our trips. By travelling with us you are agreeing to adhere to these rules. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our Responsible Travel Guidelines. The decision of the group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being or mobility of the group, the group leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked. If you feel that someone is behaving inappropriately while travelling with us, please inform your tour leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact section of this Essential Trip Information. For additional Conditions of Carriage regarding COVID-19, see here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/conditions-carriage

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    Emergency contact

    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager. You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time. For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/ In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below: Inspiration Outdoors: +08 6219 5164

    Responsible travel

    Our Responsible Travel Policy outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable, and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers, and staff are trained on these principles and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel. Explore the different parts of our Responsible Travel Policy by visiting: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/responsible-travel

    The Intrepid Foundation

    Help us change thousands of lives by creating meaningful work and supporting skills training in communities around the world. The Intrepid Foundation is the not-for-profit for Intrepid Group. We work with local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. With our travellers’ help, we’ve contributed more than AU $6 million to over 100 community organisations since 2002. Did you know that tourism is one of the biggest contributors to the global economy, making up 1 out of every 10 jobs? That’s why we support local projects that create meaningful jobs and give people the skills they need to work in the destinations we take you to. And it’s why we exist – to make it easy for travellers to give back to the communities and places they’ve been in an effective and meaningful way. Intrepid Group covers all administration costs, every cent goes directly to the projects. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information about the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or visit our website: http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/

    Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your leader. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number, and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. Travellers who reside within the European Union or Switzerland receive basic international health insurance, so travel insurance is not mandatory under European Union Law. However, as this does not cover situations such as emergency rescues, private health care, or repatriation to their home country, comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. European Union or Swiss travellers who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting. For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-resources/our-services

    Your fellow travellers

    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. SOLO TRAVELLERS This is the beauty of our style of travel: many of our travellers join because they are travelling solo and want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people. We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per your passport or the information we have in our booking system, so if you identify differently from the gender marker on your passport, please let us know in advance. We also have a Single Supplement available on most trips for travellers who prefer to have their own room. Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodation booked through us will on a single room basis. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on an open gender, multi-share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Essential Trip Information.

    Itinerary disclaimer

    ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

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