//Intrepid expands UK & Ireland tours

Intrepid expands UK & Ireland tours

Trips support company’s wider mission of reducing global emissions

Intrepid Travel has expanded its range of trips in the UK and Ireland, which it says are designed to support local communities and uncover the hidden spots away from the usual tourist trail.

Walking and hiking form a key part of the trips after Intrepid saw an increase in appetite for active holidays over recent months. New experiences include trekking through Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains, hiking through forests and paddocks with reindeer in the Cairngorms, and exploring Hadrian’s Wall with a local guide. Families are also catered for with an active walking holiday through the Scottish Highlands.

Zina Bencheikh, managing director EMEA at Intrepid Travel, said: “The response to our initial range of UK holidays back in June was very positive – clients told us they loved seeing their own country from a new perspective. I’m excited to be able to bring our UK customers even more ways to enjoy the Intrepid experience they love, but closer to home.

“These trips are all about supporting local communities, getting active and sampling the different food and drinks of the region.”

Intrepid said that as continues to reimagine its business for the post Covid-19 future, closer to home trips have been a global priority. In the UK, these trips also support the company’s wider mission of reducing global emissions and setting up Intrepid for a low-carbon future.

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Globally, the operator will have more than 100 domestic holidays available in 2021 for its Australian, North American and UK customer base. As with all Intrepid trips, the range will be 100 per cent carbon offset and designed to have a low carbon footprint.

Each tour will operate under Intrepid’s new Safe Travels health protocols, developed in partnership with the WTTC. All travellers will complete a health screening at the start of the trip and be required to wear masks in certain settings, in line with local laws and regulations.

Groups are accompanied by a local leader who has received specific Covid-19 training, which covers hygiene, sanitation, physical distancing, PPE as well as supplier monitoring.

Intrepid recently introduced a new Flexible Booking policy, which permits changes to travel plans 21 days before a scheduled departure, allowing for new travel dates or an entirely different trip with no change fees.  

Highlights include Scotland’s Orkney Islands (five days, from £1,015pp;Ring of Kerry & Dingle Peninsula (five days from £1,380pp); Kilkenny and Surrounds (five days, from £1,190); Walking in the Cairngorms (five days, from £830pp); Scotland Family Holiday (minimum age 10, six days, from £1,320)