Walk the Mornington Peninsula
from $2195
Duration: 5 Days
Experience the beauty of the Mornington Peninsula on a 5-day guided walking trip. Explore just a few of the hundreds of walking trails and hiking tracks that offer the best of both coastal and bush landscapes. You’ll also have the chance to indulge in some of the area’s famous local produce and wine, surrounded by native Australian flora and fauna. With insider recommendations from your local leader, you’ll see the highlights plus some hidden gems of the region, on your own two feet.
  • Enjoy incredible views of Bushranger’s Bay and Cape Schanck as you complete part of the iconic Two Bay’s Walk.
  • Explore Point Nepean National Park, the traditional Country of the Bunurong People, who have lived on and around this important cultural place for over 35,000 years.
  • Keep an eye out for dolphins as you walk along some of the Peninsula’s most famous back beaches, including Sorrento and the lesser-known Spray Point.
  • Eat lunch at Merricks General Store, a Mornington Peninsula icon, where you’ll enjoy a country-style meal with optional wine tasting from local vineyards.
  • Walk along Millionaires Walk, through the backyards of some of the most prime real estate on the Peninsula, for views of beautiful homes and private jetties.
Day 1 Location: Frankston - Red Hill - Flinders
Make your own way to Frankston train station by 9.30 am, where you will meet your fellow travellers and local leader. From here you’ll board your private bus and make the approximately half-hour journey to Red Hill, where you’ll begin your first walk. The trail from Red Hill to Merricks is a leisurely six kilometre downhill walk past vineyards with beautiful views of the bay, across to Phillip Island. You’ll stop for lunch at Merricks General Store, a Mornington Peninsula icon, where you’ll enjoy a country style meal with optional wine tasting from local vineyards. In the afternoon it’s an easy five and a half kilometre walk along the back beaches, where you might even see dolphins! After your afternoon walk, we’ll drive to Flinders, where your accommodation is located. Flinders is a charming village that is home to art galleries, shops, cafes, a great pub and the Mornington Peninsula chocolaterie. Spend the night at your leisure, maybe getting to know your fellow travellers better over a pub meal.
Day 2 Location: Stockyard Creek - Flinders
After breakfast you’ll leave your accommodation on foot. Follow the coastline along the Flinders ocean beach, a favourite with local surfers when the swell is running. Today’s 10 kilometre walk is more strenuous, with a few more hills and some longer grass and mud to negotiate at times, so make sure to wear your hiking boots and long pants. You’ll walk until you reach the Blowhole, which provides stunning views of the Bass Strait coastline. Here you’ll find a well-formed track and boardwalk and you’ll take some time to explore the rock pools and hopefully catch sight of some elegant sea as you enjoy a picnic lunch. Whales can even be spotted here in the winter months! After lunch you’ll head back to the walking track, for an easier afternoon stint of walking, with plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the coastal views, finally arriving at Stockyard Creek, an isolated bay little known to anyone but the local cows. From here, you’ll head back to the bus, which will return you to your accommodation for a free night.
Day 3 Location: Green's Bush - Bushranger’s Bay - Cape Schanck - Flinders
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Green’s Bush where you’ll set out to complete part of the iconic Two Bay’s Walk. From thick forest and bushland to spectacular coastal trails, coupled with diverse and abundant wildlife, this variety of habitats is a real highlight of the Mornington Peninsula. Today’s walk is 15 kilometres in total, with a mixture of bush and clifftop terrain in the morning section. At lunchtime, you’ll reach Bushranger’s Bay where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach, with free time to explore the rock pools and relax on the golden sands. After lunch you’ll continue on the walking track to Cape Schanck. Take your time to explore the lighthouse, former keeper’s house and museum, and descend on the long boardwalk to the coast, which has fantastic rock formations and views of the lighthouse on its headland, before meeting your vehicle and driving back to the accommodation in Flinders for a free night.
Day 4 Location: Bridgewater Bay - Point Nepean - Sorrento
Today, after breakfast, you’ll drive to Bridgewater Bay and head towards Sorrento for the chance to learn about the important role the Peninsula played in Australia’s settlement. This morning’s walk is eight kilometres long and covers some of the Peninsula’s famous ‘back beaches’. The clifftop track provides spectacular views of Bass Straight and surrounds, as well as historic markers that explain the area’s history. You’ll then return to Sorrento for lunch. After lunch, you’ll drive to the historic Point Nepean National Park, the traditional Country of the Bunurong People who have lived on and around this important cultural place for over 35,000 years. Point Nepean and Sorrento were home to the earliest European settlement in Victoria, and you’ll walk for six kilometres and see highlights such as the old Quarantine Station, Observatory Point Cemetery, and Cheviot Hill (where former Prime Minister Harold Holt allegedly went missing). After exploring the park you’ll drive to your accommodation for the night, the iconic Sorrento Hotel. Tonight, you can choose to visit the award-winning Peninsula Hot Springs. The 37 steaming pools have different themes and locations, from hammam rooms, saunas, ice caves and hilltop experiences to massaging jet pools.
Day 5 Location: Portsea - Sorrento - Frankston
After breakfast with a view, you’ll drive to the start of the Artists Trail from Portsea to Sorrento for your final six kilometre walk of the trip. Established in celebration of those artists who have made the spectacular Peninsula scenery subjects of some of their major works, this walk stops at those positions along the way where the artists have sat to paint their works. Along the way you’ll also cross the Millionaires Walk. This short walk will have you feeling like a trespasser as you literally walk through the backyards of some of the most prime real estate on the Peninsula, getting views of beautiful homes and private jetties. At Sorrento Beach you’ll continue to Collin’s Settlement – the site of Victoria’s first ill-fated attempt at European settlement in 1803 – and hear about the remarkable story of escaped convict William Buckley. From here you’ll drive back to Sorrento for your final lunch together before being transferred back to Frankston train station in the early afternoon where the trip will come to an end.
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Trip title

Walk the Mornington Peninsula

Trip code

PRXM

Validity

Validity: 01 Oct 2020 to 31 Dec 2021

Introduction

Experience the beauty of the Mornington Peninsula on a 5-day guided walking trip. Explore just a few of the hundreds of walking trails and hiking tracks that offer the best of both coastal and bush landscapes. You’ll also have the chance to indulge in some of the area’s famous local produce and wine, surrounded by native Australian flora and fauna. With insider recommendations from your local leader, you’ll see the highlights plus some hidden gems of the region, on your own two feet.

Style

Original

Themes

Walking & Trekking

Transport

Private Vehicle,Walking

Physical Rating

3

Joining point

Frankston Train Station

Beach St & Fletcher Rd, Frankston VIC 3199

Melbourne

AUSTRALIA

Joining point instructions

The meeting spot on Day 1 is at the Frankston Train station in the seated indoor (glass-box-style) waiting area between both platforms. The Driver and/or Guide will meet the group members there and take them to the vehicle which will be parked in the station car park.

Finish point

Frankston Train Station

Beach St & Fletcher Rd, Frankston VIC 3199

Melbourne

AUSTRALIA

Important information

1. This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, RAW Travel. You will be travelling with a mixture of both RAW customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid has worked very closesly with RAW to ensure that all of our customers will enjoy their time away, and experience all that the region has to offer. 2. Trip will begin at 9.30 am at Frankston Train Station, Beach St & Fletcher Rd, Frankston VI. The Driver/Guide will have on a RAW shirt, and the bus will show RAW branding.

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 are 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 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. 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/

Why we love it

Enjoy incredible views of Bushranger’s Bay and Cape Schanck as you complete part of the iconic Two Bay’s Walk.

Explore Point Nepean National Park, the traditional Country of the Bunurong People, who have lived on and around this important cultural place for over 35,000 years.

Keep an eye out for dolphins as you walk along some of the Peninsula’s most famous back beaches, including Sorrento and the lesser-known Spray Point.

Eat lunch at Merricks General Store, a Mornington Peninsula icon, where you’ll enjoy a country-style meal with optional wine tasting from local vineyards.

Walk along Millionaires Walk, through the backyards of some of the most prime real estate on the Peninsula, for views of beautiful homes and private jetties.

Is this trip right for you

Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip. There are several walks planned on this trip. Fair level of fitness and appropriate footwear and clothing will allow you to fully enjoy this adventure. This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners 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’.

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

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

The Australian Dollar (A$ or AUD) is the currency of Australia. Credit and debit cards can be used for purchases in shops and restaurants. ATMs are common across Australia but may be limited in remote areas. Your leader will advise when this may occur so you can withdraw enough cash in advance. Credit cards in Australia require a PIN rather than a signature and may have a small surcharge for purchases. TIPPING 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

Victorian weather is notoriously changeable. Be prepared for a variety of weather, with the possibility of cold, windy and wet conditions and in the warmer months hot days as well . It is not necessary to ‘dress’ for evening meals; casual, comfortable clothing is sufficient. Essential items ● Personal identification ● Copy of your travel insurance policy and 24-hour contact number ● Credit card and spending money ● Comfortable daypack (25–35 litres) with rain cover ● Water bottle(s) or hydration bladder (2+ litres recommended) ● Comfortable and well worn in hiking shoes or boots ● Camera and mobile phone Personal items ● Blister kit, rehydration salts, mosquito repellent, sunscreen and first-aid kit including any personal medication ● Toiletries ● High-factor sunscreen and high UV sunglasses ● Hand sanitiser ● Toilet paper and small ziplock bags for rubbish ● Blister pads and/or tape for hotspots or blisters on your feet ● Lightweight quick drying towel and swimwear (summer months) Clothing ● Several pairs of walking socks ● T-shirts (lightweight, quick-drying fabric) ● Long-sleeved trekking shirts ● Shorts ● Rain jacket ● Long-sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection) ● Long-legged pants (or shorts with long gaiters) ● Warm jacket and hat ● Warm fleece/gloves/beanie in winter Optional items ● Waterproof cover for day pack ● Long gaiters ● Walking poles ● Flip flops/comfortable ‘evening’ shoes ● Small binoculars Miscellaneous ● Alarm clock (or use your phone) ● LED head torch with spare batteries ● Mobile phone charger ● Camera and spare batteries for camera ● Reading and writing material ● Padlock for bag ● Waterproof bags for rain protection while walking SPECIALIST GEAR FOR THIS WALK Walking shoes/boots Waterproof walking boots with full ankle support are recommended for walking on the Mornington Peninsula. Make sure your footwear is well worn in and comfortable. We also recommend hiking socks with at least one spare pair, as you will find these minimise the chance of getting blisters. The key to preventing blisters and avoiding unnecessary pain is to eliminate friction.

Climate and seasonal

The Mornington Peninsula can be enjoyed year round! The most popular seasons are springtime from September to November, and Autumn from early February to May. But winter can be enjoyed, as the region has mild winds and is the perfect time for wining dining by a fire. Spring September to November give walkers mild temperatures and the ability to view beautiful wildflowers. October and November are genrall the busiers months, however you will still have sections of the track to yourself. Weather can range from sunshine to wind and rain, so be prepared for a variety. Berry season begins in spring, and markets will be bustling wth fresh fruits. The greenery is lush ad it is a lovely time to explore. Summer Summer walking can be enjoyed with swims in the beautiful Bay Trail, the shade of the woodlands, and enjoying the local craft beer and wine. Walking during these months are best enjoyed in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat. Early December is typically very quiet along the track and a great time to visit, before the business of the Christmas period.  Note: During school holidays there is higher traffic and many of the beach villages can be jammed with tourists, making accommodation difficult to secure and longer wait times at local restaurants and cafes. Autumn Autumn is a lovely month for walking, when temperatures cool down and become more comfortable. March to May is the best time to walk because of the clearer sunny days (18-22 degrees), though of course this can vary! Winter Walking in winter (June to August) can be dramatic, but is a great time to walk. With the right gear it can be a great adventure. 

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

Feedback

Can’t stop thinking about your adventure? Tell us all about it! We read each piece of feedback carefully and use it to make improvements for travellers like you. Share your experience with us at: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/

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. In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below: For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/ RAW Travel: 0413 703 632

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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