Launches Over 100 New Tours for 2020
The world’s largest adventure company, Intrepid Travel, has unveiled over 100 new tours for 2020, meaning the tour operator will boast more than 1,000 itineraries with over 13,000 departures in the coming year – up 11% from 2019.
From “dark tourism” to culturally-immersive festivals and Olympic-sized adventures, these new itineraries embrace the Intrepid way of traveling: utilizing local guides, accommodations and businesses to provide real-life experiences in a responsible manner.
The B-Corp certified travel company will also be introducing a number of new destinations to its roster, including Sudan and Scotland, and will officially become a seven-continent operator with the launch of a new program of sustainable small-group Antarctica expeditions on the newly refurbished Ocean Endeavour ship, which will begin departing in October.
Some exciting new offerings for 2020 include:
Destinations Beyond the Headlines:
Greenland: Greenland had its moment in the spotlight when President Trump expressed interest in buying the country, where the tourism industry is just starting to bloom. As a result, Intrepid saw a huge spike in interest for its new 2020 Greenland Expedition, which explores the local Inuit culture, Nuuk – the country’s modern capitol, and the famed Ilulissat Ice fjord.
Ukraine & Chernobyl: Go beyond the HBO miniseries madness and explore Ukraine with Intrepid Travel’s new Highlights of Ukraine trip. Tapping into the dark tourism trend, this tour respectfully and safely visits the Chernobyl disaster site and travels through the beautiful scenery and charming towns of Ukraine from Kiev to Lviv. Additional new trips to Ukraine include an epic journey through all of Eastern Europe, and 20- and 13-day itineraries that cover Moldova, Ukraine and Romania.
Japan: With Japan hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics, travelers who want to get active in the spirit of the athletes can take on a trekking trip along the ancient countryside trails of Koya-san and Kumano Kodo. Or, cold-weather lovers can experience a winter wonderland with a tour of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, that includes days of dog sledding, whiskey distilleries and ice bars.
Turkey: Despite political concerns, Turkey remains one of Intrepid Travel’s fastest growing destinations, with four new itineraries available in 2020 to meet demand. Travelers can island hop on a coastal cruise, dive into the country’s history on Turkey Uncovered, discover the hidden gems of Turkey’s backroads and double the adventure with the Turkey and Georgia tour.
Expanding beyond popular itineraries available in East and Southern Africa, Intrepid Travel is encouraging travelers to head to coastal West Africa, where they can discover the wildlife rich wetlands of Senegal and Gambia or dive deep into the often misunderstood Voodoo religion in Benin, Togo and Ghana.
Cultural Festival Trips
Always looking for a reason to celebrate? Dive into cultural celebrations across the globe. Travelers can experience the Baining Firedance Festival with a local village in Papua New Guinea, Samba their way through Rio’s Carnival, see the colors of Holi in Rajasthan, and celebrate Mardis Gras as it should be – from the back of a float.
Unique Trekking Opportunities
With trekking trips gaining popularity and well-loved trails experiencing overcrowding, Intrepid Travel has scoped out new, equally rugged and beautiful routes across the globe for those looking to hit the trails and take in views. These unique hikes and climbs include traversing the Transcaucasian Trail in Armenia, trekking from Portugal to Spain on the coastal Camino Trail and climbing the summits of Simien Mountain National Park in Ethiopia.
About Intrepid Travel
Intrepid Travel is a global adventure travel company that has been taking travellers off the beaten track to discover the world’s most amazing places for 30 years. The company offers more than 1,000 trips in more than 120 countries and on every continent. Every trip is designed to truly experience local culture – to meet local people, try local food, take local transport and stay in local accommodation. A world leader in responsible travel, Intrepid’s award-winning tour leaders, small group sizes and included activities mean they offer travellers great value for money.