Walk the Jurassic Coast
from $1420
Duration: 5 Days
No, this is not the setting of Jurassic Park, but it may well could’ve been. With striking cliff faces, renowned rock formations, sweeping stretches of Atlantic coastline and pockets of history at every turn, the Jurassic Coast is begging to be explored. Spend five days walking a section of southern UK’s coastline, from Weymouth to Swanage and all the natural peculiarities in between. Admire St Catherine’s Chapel poised from above, take in the stunning Lulworth Cove, Isle of Portland and Durdle Door, and stop by quaint British towns for a pint at the pub. With a knowledgeable leader each step of the way taking you on the most scenic trails and recommending favourite local haunts, your walking adventure along the Jurassic Coast is sure to be a ‘best-of’ the region.
  • Walk along undulating cliff faces to some of the Jurassic Coast’s finest vantage points. Stroll past the stunning Lulworth Cove and see the famous Durdle Door rock formation in all its eroded glory.
  • Explore the Isle of Portland – an eerie stretch of land with many secrets to share. Take note of the stone that frames its shores, as this is the same as what parts of the city of London is paved in!
  • Cover the best trails that the Jurassic Coast has to offer, with an enthusiastic leader providing a history lesson en route. Dinosaur prints, medieval mysteries, local lore – this region has it all!
  • Spend a day exploring the quaint town of Corfe, visiting its renowned castle perched high above, with thousands of years of medieval history, and a village full of traditional British shops and eateries.
  • What’s a trip in the UK without a pint at the pub? Have a number of opportunities to cosy up at a local watering hole with your fellow adventurers, enjoying local brews in places like Worth Matravers.
  • Abbotsbury Coast guided walk
  • Isle of Portland circular walk
  • White Stones Art Cafe visit
  • Osmington Mills to Lulworth walk
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door visit
  • Weymouth to Swanage luggage transfer (1 piece per person)
  • Worth Matravers village walk
  • Swanage to Corfe village walk
  • Day 1 Location: Weymouth
    Welcome to Weymouth – a central hub along the UK’s Jurassic Coast. Note that your adventure starts this morning, so you may like to stay an extra night here to ensure you join your group at the right time. If so, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). At around 10 am, meet your walking group and after a Welcome Meeting, transfer to the nearby town of Abbotsbury. There may be time for a snack or light lunch, before you hit the trails. Begin your walk as you check out the sweeping shores of the Chesil Banks alongside the rolling green Dorset countryside. Keep an eye out for the lonely St Catherine’s Chapel sitting high above the water, with incredible views down to Portland and Chesil Beach. Back in Weymouth you will have the rest of the evening at leisure. Perhaps consider a stroll along the beach, or else cosy up at one of the town’s pubs with a few of your fellow travellers.
    Day 2 Location: Isle of Portland
    This morning, take public transport to the Isle of Portland. Here, you’ll embark on a looped walk, exploring the best of the area. It’s an eerie and strange part of the coastline – a rocky outcrop considered the most southerly tip of the Jurassic Coast, connected by a thin stretch of land. You may think that no one lives here, however, there are seven settlements and even a prison! Portland is a superb year-round walking destination, as well as a hotspot for rock climbing and kayaking. Take in some of the best views of the island, stopping by the local White Stones Art Café for a cuppa.
    Day 3 Location: Osmington Mills – Lulworth – Swanage
    Today, transfer to Osmington Mills for a scenic walk to Lulworth. This stretch of the Jurassic Coast is quite challenging but arguably the most jaw-dropping – the undulating hills giving way to panoramas of light limestone cliffs, rock formations and picturesque beaches dotting the horizon. Take your time walking as you hug the coastline, stopping to admire the cliffs and coves, perhaps with a few photos. During the day, you’ll stop by Lulworth Cove – one of the region’s most stunning and secluded stretches of sand – as well as the renowned Durdle Door. You’ve likely already seen this feat of nature in any number of movies, photos or ads, but seeing a rock formation like this in the flesh is that much more special. After an incredible day of landscapes, transfer to the nearby town of Swanage for tonight.
    Day 4 Location: Swanage
    Today is free for you to explore as you please in Swanage. If you’d like, your local leader has an optional walk planned, so you could join them. You’ll head through the countryside to Worth Matravers, with a couple of stops on the way and options to go on further hikes. After a while, regroup with your travel pals and do what is quintessentially British – celebrate with a pint at the pub in town (at your own expense). If you’re after something a bit more challenging today, be sure to ask your leader, as there are longer hiking options available, plus others where you can view more of this unusual yet wonderful coastline.
    Day 5 Location: Corfe – Swanage
    With your group, begin the day with a walk to the grand ruins of Corfe Castle. The dramatic landscapes on your way are as worthy of a pitstop and exploration – with dinosaur prints, medieval field systems and other evidence of habitation found all over this region. On arrival in Corfe village, you’ll have some free time to check out the town or book yourself in for a castle visit (which is highly recommended). Dominating the skyline of the town, thousands of years of history lay within the castle walls, from its creation, to resilience during the British Civil War, and partial demolition in the 17th century. Afterwards, you might want to check out one of the eateries in town – there are plenty of authentic British food options available. Depending on the group’s ability, return via a looped walk or on public transport and arrive in Swanage in the late afternoon or early evening. After this, there are no activities planned, so you are free to leave the group and continue your own adventure. Better yet, consider an extra night in Swanage after your tour finishes, to sing one last hurrah to the Dorset countryside.
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    15SEP2021
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    13OCT2021
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    Last modified (date)

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    Trip title

    Walk the Jurassic Coast

    Trip code

    BMXJ

    Validity

    Validity: 01 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2021

    Introduction

    No, this is not the setting of Jurassic Park, but it may well could’ve been. With striking cliff faces, renowned rock formations, sweeping stretches of Atlantic coastline and pockets of history at every turn, the Jurassic Coast is begging to be explored. Spend five days walking a section of southern UK’s coastline, from Weymouth to Swanage and all the natural peculiarities in between. Admire St Catherine’s Chapel poised from above, take in the stunning Lulworth Cove, Isle of Portland and Durdle Door, and stop by quaint British towns for a pint at the pub. With a knowledgeable leader each step of the way taking you on the most scenic trails and recommending favourite local haunts, your walking adventure along the Jurassic Coast is sure to be a ‘best-of’ the region.

    Style

    Original

    Themes

    Intrepid Retreats,Walking & Trekking

    Transport

    Walking,Public bus,Private transport

    Physical Rating

    3

    Physical preparation

    The walking on this trip is over easy to moderate terrain, covering a distance of 6-12 km (4-7 miles) per day. There are daily ascents and descents. The hills are short, usually a 30-minute gradual ascent, unless noted otherwise on the itinerary. The steeper, more vigorous walks are those that are the more challenging, and therefore are optional. The terrain can be rocky, sometimes with loose gravel, or with roots, which may become slippery when wet. This tour is ideal for nature lovers, and the guides set an even pace, providing time to take photos and to appreciate the beautiful countryside. There are some cultural visits included in the itinerary, especially for those interested in literature or poetry.

    Joining point

    The Crown Hotel Weymouth

    51/53 St Thomas Street

    Dorset

    Weymouth

    DT4 8EQ

    UNITED KINGDOM

    Joining point description

    The hotel is located in an extremely favourable position at the top of Weymouth’s town centre, next to the Town Bridge overlooking the historic fishing harbour, and just a few minutes' walk from the picturesque Brewer’s Quay. Weymouth’s beautiful sandy beach and the ferry service to the Channel Islands are less than 5 minutes' walk from the hotel. Hotel facilities include a first floor residents’ lounge, The Vaults Bar and Restaurant and a residents' bar. There is also a passenger lift which serves all floors.

    Alternate Joining point

    For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point.

    15 Sep 2021 (BMXJ210915)

    Alexandra Hotel

    27-28 The Esplanade

    Weymouth

    DT4 8DN

    UNITED KINGDOM

    Phone: +44 01305785767

    Finish point

    Millbrook Bed & Breakfast

    56 Kings Road

    Dorset

    Swanage

    BH19 1HR

    UNITED KINGDOM

    Finish point description

    Millbrook is a family run B&B that has been providing accommodation to holiday makers and visitors to the area for over one hundred years, offering modern rooms with free wi-fi and own off-road parking, in fact everything you require for a great stay on this part of the beautiful Dorset and Jurassic Coast.

    Important information

    1. This trip starts with a group meeting at 10 am on day 1 in your joining point hotel in Weymouth and ends after walks on the final day, around 4-5pm. Please plan your arrival and departure accordingly. We are happy to book additional accommodation before or after the trip for you, subject to availability. 2. If you plan to arrive by car, please search for relevant car park options in Weymouth. Private and public transport from the end of the trip back to Weymouth are available. 3. A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability, please speak to your booking agent.

    Group leader

    All Intrepid group trips in Europe are accompanied by one of our local European group leaders. ’Local’ in this context means a leader who is European or lives in Europe. 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 takes care of logistics, 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 also aim to support local guides in the individual cities or locations we travel to. If you are interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend an optional 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

    FIRE PRECAUTIONS: Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.

    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.

    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 Entry and Exit 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.You may also refer to our travel alert page for more info https://www.intrepidtravel.com/en/travel-alerts Make sure you are familiar with the current border measures and entry requirements as these are quite complex and changing frequently without notice. Please also ensure you have a travel insurance policy that covers your travels as well as medical or COVID-19 related expenses within the country. 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. We are able to help facilitate taking a COVID-19 test while on trip. Please ensure you have funds available to cover the cost of this test which will be payable directly to the testing site. Your Intrepid Tour Leader will provide more details at the group meeting as well as assist with booking appointments for all travellers who need to be tested. Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, and US citizens currently do not require a visa to enter UK. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassy or consulate in their home country for up to date visa information.

    Why we love it

    Walk along undulating cliff faces to some of the Jurassic Coast’s finest vantage points. Stroll past the stunning Lulworth Cove and see the famous Durdle Door rock formation in all its eroded glory.

    Explore the Isle of Portland – an eerie stretch of land with many secrets to share. Take note of the stone that frames its shores, as this is the same as what parts of the city of London is paved in!

    Cover the best trails that the Jurassic Coast has to offer, with an enthusiastic leader providing a history lesson en route. Dinosaur prints, medieval mysteries, local lore – this region has it all!

    Spend a day exploring the quaint town of Corfe, visiting its renowned castle perched high above, with thousands of years of medieval history, and a village full of traditional British shops and eateries.

    What’s a trip in the UK without a pint at the pub? Have a number of opportunities to cosy up at a local watering hole with your fellow adventurers, enjoying local brews in places like Worth Matravers.

    Is this trip right for you

    Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip. Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’. This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of British weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

    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. 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 HEALTH SCREENING 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. TESTING & VACCINATION POLICY From 1st May 2021 we introduced new safety measures that apply on all of our trips, except for tours in Australia and New Zealand. On trips departing before 1st September 2021, you will need to show one of the below to your leader at the Group Meeting on Day 1 of your trip: - Proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or - Proof of negative COVID-19 test conducted no more than 72 hours before day 1 of your trip, or - Proof of recovery documentation In addition, if you’re aged 70+ or have an existing health condition that puts you at a higher risk of serious COVID-19 disease, you are also required to provide proof of vaccination before you can join a trip. MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY From 1st of September 2021 we have introduced enhanced safety measures that apply on all of our trips, except for tours in Australia, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands. You will need to show your leader at the Group Meeting on Day 1 of your trip: - Proof of COVID-19 vaccination This policy is in addition to any specific testing or vaccination requirements for entry or exit to a destination or required by your airline. For more information, including a detailed FAQ about this policy, please visit https://www.intrepidtravel.com/covid19

    Food and dietary requirements

    While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though. VEGETARIANS Vegetarians might find the menu selection in Europe less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own. BREAKFASTS There are some continental breakfasts included on this trip which may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar).

    Money matters

    CASH The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can withdraw local currencies easily at airports, major train stations and most city centres, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning. When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place. Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. We recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. 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. TIPPING If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: In local markets and basic restaurants and cafes - round your bill up to the nearest €1. In more up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill. Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides. You may also have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers. You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €4-€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. In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping. 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

    What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, you should pack as lightly as possible. Many travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. As on this trip your main luggage will be transferred from one overnight place to the other, you will only be required to carry it from hotel reception to your room. In such case, a suitcase is also fine. Below we have listed the essentials for this trip: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list MAIN LUGGAGE What you need to bring will vary according to when you are travelling. Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances. As well as your underwear, toothbrush and other items you always need to pack for travel, below are some items that you specifically need for this trip. You need to bring your main piece of luggage as well as a small to medium backpack for day walking (20-25 litres). One with waist strap would be most comfortable for all included walks ESSENTIALS - Day pack: for carrying essentials during activities - Appropriate walking clothing: A mixture covering lightweight clothing and some warm layers is recommended. Your activities will take place in the hills and mountains where weather may change quickly. Lightweight, comfortable and quick drying clothes for the activities are best. Laundry facilities may not be available on every day basis, so make sure you have a few cycles of clothes. - Warm jacket, fleece and good base layers - Wind and waterproof jacket - Hat and gloves if traveling in shoulder season - Hiking boots with a good grip, ankle support and waterproof membrane that are comfortable to walk for an entire day - Water bottle: you will need water during activities and it’s best to avoid buying unnecessary plastic. - Sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat - Toiletries RECOMMENDED - Personal medical kit. A larger kit will be on hand with your leader, but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, antihistamine tablets and any personal medication you may need - Walking poles - Camera with spare batteries/power bank: You will have access to power to recharge your electrical items daily - Travel wipes/hand sanitizer OPTIONAL - Torch/flashlight/headtorch - Ear plugs & eye mask - A good book, a journal and music player VALUABLES Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables. It’s also recommended to bring a copy of all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary. If you need some further tips for packing, you can always check out our ultimate packing list. WATER BOTTLE Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.

    Climate and seasonal

    The areas visited on this trip can be cold throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season, and at night. Rain is possible at any time of year. Winter temperatures frequently drop below freezing, and snow fall is common. Summers on the other hand can be quite hot, and temperatures can reach up to 30 C. Please familiarize yourself with what climate to expect and bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, rain coat and anything else that you think may be applicable.

    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 the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Operations Team can be reached on the number listed below: Intrepid's Local Operator: +49 8677 9186 657

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    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/

    Accommodation notes

    OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances. TWIN SHARE BASIS Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis (unless noted otherwise in the day-to-day itinerary). Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite. CHECK-IN TIME Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination. PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights. FACILITIES Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.

    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. MUSEUM VISITS & OPENING TIMES Please note that many sights, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays (and sometimes even Tuesdays). We recommend you carefully consider which sites and museums you are going to want to visit and that you do some research and make your reservations in advance where required/possible.

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