Had fantastic time cycling Provence, nice weather, fun group from NZ, Australia, and US, and of course great food. Walter and Kent did a great job to keep us safe, ensure everyone had fun, patiently answered endless questions about other tours or where to eat, etc. Thank you very much.
We had a great time sailing the Cote D’Azur with Eric on the yacht Aruba and would definitely recommend the trip to anyone looking for something a little more adventurous than the typical flight+hotel combination 🙂
A perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, and a definite recommendation. Go for the picture-perfect beaches, azure waters, glitzy towns, the yacht life and the amazing wines!
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The Rome to Paris trip gives the traveller many great options to explore on their own, or to try other options such as guided tours, hikes and group events. You can be as active as you like but I would suggest a ‘good to high’ level of fitness would help to make the trip more enjoyable. I would suggest that travellers travel as light as possible (stick to around 10% of your body weight in your backpack – up to 50 litres only) and be prepared to lift and carry your own luggage. My suggestions are to be open minded and interested, as well as being prepared to try everything that is suggested. If you do, you will have a great time and learn lots. I know I did!
The Provence bike tour is awesome. Being a somewhat fit biker, I was worried that the weaker riders would slow the group down and make the riding boring and slow. Not the case, the weaker riders were on Ebikes and were actually faster than the strong riders. We had a perfect day for the optional Mount Ventoux ride, the carbon road bikes were well setup and worked great. The Intrepid staff and other guests made the trip very special!
Intrepid is a great way to travel for solo travellers. I got to see places I wouldn’t normally go myself. The group was varied and fantastic company, and the itinerary gave me room to do my own thing while having the others to share with at the end of the day.
Great adventure with the assistance from Intrepid’s local knowledge and experience
Please use my comments from earlier.
Amazing way of seeing this part of the country.
Great leaders and drivers, very patient.
This is a trip for fairly serious bicyclists. You can enjoy yourself if you are something less than a serious bicyclist, but you will likely find it challenging. The landscape and the small towns in Provence are charming. Don’t forget a camera and padded bicycling shorts.
Do not under estimate the importance of doing a lot of riding before you take this trip. It will make it a lot easier on your bottom. This trip was challenging but also a lot of fun with lots of beautiful scenery. Be prepared for wind, also
I rate this trip very highly indeed. Everything well planned and executed thanks not least to skipper Romain.
Really good, well organised, good skipper, good route, fun holiday, value for money
I loved my Barcelona – Rome tour. The itinerary was perfect! Spring was probably the best time to do it as it was not too crowded and weather was good. We mainly travelled by train and it was quite comfortable. Travel light! It will definitely make everything easier. Hotels were okay and they were all close to train stations, which was really convenient. We were a small group so that helped in many aspects but I must say I really liked those days without programmed activities where I could just freely explore all those beautiful cities on my own.
Awesome Intrepid tour to overview Southern Europe. A bit of everything for all ages, city and country, Pre book the big attractions to avoid dissapointment and the ever-present lines and coordinate it with your tour itinerary. Good worn in shoes, merino wool socks are a must and foot soak too. Pack light as suggested (backpack with rugged wheels for lots of cobblestones, uneven pavement and steps) Get off the beaten track , up a side alley, share a beer or expresso with the locals.You won’t regret it.
Another great Intrepid trip! Keep up the good work!
make sure you read the standard eg (basic )ask questions etc,and the level of fitness required.
Very fun trip. You see lots of interesting places and the water is spectacular. You get to know everyone on board and it’s like little family. Definitely recommend to anyone.
Great way to see a small part of France. We took the e bike option which was fantastic, you can pedal and then just click going up the hills amazing. Great scenery along the way. Just fabulous
People in Europe walk up stairs a lot. This means you can eat Pizza in Italy, Fondu in Switzerland and croissants in France. Calories dont matter so much because you walk everywhere all day. People from USA will be glad to know their favourite homegrown flavours are well represented at the usual hip poket friendly rates… (Burger King, Mc Donalds)
The trip was great and we enjoyed every moment. Filling out the survey took too much time from our travel itinerary.
Sailing in Sardinia is as heavenly as it sounds! This trip has a good mix of nights in port and on anchor and every swimming spot was as beautiful as the last one. Highly recommend!
The Cote d’Azure sailing trip is a fantastic, relaxing way to experience the beautiful French Riveria. Enjoyed learning some sailing skills, visiting the popular sites and the lesser known island gems.
A good experience travelling the Intrepid way. Seniors should be prepared to rough it a bit eg. carrying your own luggage up and down Metro stairs. no taxis from transport to hotels. All round nice to travel with a small group
Travelling with Intrepid was an amazing experience especially as it was a small group.Travelling with a backpack rather than a suitcase as it is a lot easier getting on and off trains. Most importantly make sure you bring enthusiasm and a sense of adventure!
I would just like to encourage any solo travelers in their 20s to 50s to seriously consider taking this trip. I am a 48-year-old female (mother of two back home), and I had the best trip I have possibly ever taken…and this is coming from a frequent global traveler! The islands and waters are stunning, the culture and food fantastic, and my skipper and shipmates were A+. It felt great to cook together, clean together, work the sails together, live an organized, respectful and communal life in small quarters for a week, doing something completely out of the ordinary, and get to know people from all over the world. I’m just lucky I was able to keep my ugly American accent after 8 days with 3 Aussies, a Kiwi, and a South African. 😉
Amazing experience, varied age brackets, really good to experience a country in a short period of time. Very close quarters and have to be willing to chip in, make an effort with cleaning and cooking and be open to getting to know new people. Giorgos was amazing if you ever get a trip with him.
This trip was an excellent taster of some wonderful places in Spain, France and Italy. It was quite fast paced, but has definitely whet my appetite to return to immerse myself in the local culture and cuisine. Having a knowledgeable and reliable leader guiding us through made it possible to see so much in such a short time.
This trip includes primarily transport to ports. What you do during the day is up to you, including finding good beaches and trekking there by foot or taxi. Bonafacio and La Maddalena are wonderful locations. This particular trip barely scratches the surface of La Maddalena archipelago. There are affordable day-long boat trips you can take around the island. I would suggest spending your day on one of those if you find yourself docked in port all day. On another note, being on a yacht is a very unique experience. Its glamorous and cool though cramped at times. You really become friends with your fellow travelers. Buon viaggi!
wOw what an adventure, cruising the beautiful islands of Sardinia. Cabins are very comfortable, it was great to be able to “check in” and not have to pack & unpack whilst travelling. Such a fab experience to explore beautiful beaches and ports. Remember to pack something warm or an all weather jacket it can get cool on the water
Fo over 60’s: keep in mined that a good level of fitness is required- many steps in Metros and mountains. Catering for vegetarians on this trip not good- difficult to find decent food. French and Italians have forgotten how to cook vegetables!! Choices at restaurants were poor and expensive.
The trip was excellent and an introduction to part of Europe. Tip for other travellers – Take a realistic assessment of your physical abilities and take not of luggage limitations. In particular on trips utilizing public transport and local accommodation involves many, many, many steps and an a continual reliance on assistance for others, particularly when those others have worked to abide by the limitations, can lead to unwecome friction.
A fantastic way to explore the Costa Smeralda.
This sailing trip is sensational for sampling pristine waters, delicious cuisines, and meeting wonderful like minded travellers! Intrepid provide a great insight into local cultures wherever they take you, while using local transport in smaller groups, rather than jamming you into a cattle car (coach). The intrepid way is a far better way!
This tour provided both public and private travel options, which may not suit everyone, for me the best part was meeting other people and hearing their travel stories. We were fortunate to have an excellent tour leader which made the trip enjoyable.
Great trip, a lot of fun and a lot of time spent in water. The destination is not as important as the journey. I think I am hooked onto sailing trips and cant wait to do another one….
My Intrepid tour surpassed all expectations. The smaller group size plus an exceptional tour leader made is the trip of a lifetime
Bring a swimsuit!
Be prepared to embrace the culture, people. Learn some language. When it says travel lightly do so. You are responsible for yourselves, respect others and all in all have some fun.
Be aware that you need to be physically fit and relatively independent for this trip. Sturdy wheeled back pack type luggage is a must. Flexibility and a sense of humour also.
I would highly recommend Intrepid. We did the Original, and it was amazing. However, as we are in our 60s, we found the carrying of luggage from the train to the hotel, quite difficult. I think the Original is for younger people than us. Next time, we would do the Comfort level. It is great, though, to just hand over the arranging to experts, and our leader, Valentina, did a fantastic job. It means you don’t waste time looking for things. They give you suggestions and maps to make everything as easy as possible.
A great tour and fantastic holiday made easy by our leader Ross.
I greatly enjoyed all aspects of this tour – the destinations, the comradery, the activites, the leadership. This tour – Paris to Madrid – is particularly conducive to such a tour.
Fun simple colloquial adventures, doable by every age and experience, with or without the group! Lossa individual opportunity to do your own things, or with a few of the group, or all. Great interaction with the locals. Fascinating opportunities..lossa learning of daily life where we visit, history if you want , politics and issues if you want . Great photo ops too!!
Intrepid is a well organised company who makes travelling for solo people easy. I have met some wonderful people on both my trips to Croatia and Paris to Madrid. The Tour Leaders are very knowledgable and helpful. If someone is aware they have a snoring problem they should consider getting their own room. I would highly recommend travelling with Intrepid.
Fantastic experience with the challenge of a few inclines but the reward of the descent, picturesque views and the hospitality of the locals make this a memorable and new way to see Provence.
Sailing is A great way to see these destinations. Easy access from ports to towns allows maximum time in each place. Boat time allows for relaxing in a quiet environment.
Minimal packing – you will need less than you think Bring one item of food to share ( good quality chocolate or biscuits). Take every opportunity to explore local towns and bays and woods when in port
This trip included a great variety of destinations including places you might not normally visit. Be mindful if traveling in peak season it can get very crowded and very hot!
A wonderful way to have an authentic experience everywhere you travel. Eliminates most of the stress involved with travel, while still enabling you independence and the ability to tailor your trip to you. A big tip – if your trip notes include recommendations about how much luggage to bring, FOLLOW THEM! Members of our group didn’t follow these recommendations, and brought over twice the recommended amount, and it was a huge inconvenience for everyone for the whole trip.
Nice week of sailing to exquisite beaches, eating good food and just relaxing. Be sure to bring a wind jacket though!
In order to enjoy this trip to the full it is essential to have done some preparation in terms of cycling the daily distances. Because the trip is a mix of cycling and cultural visits this means being able to cycle at an average of 15-20km/hour
This tour was varied in ages from mid 20s to upper 50s. There is definitely walking on this trip, and a LOT of stairs. One thing that I read, and I will reiterate is keep your bag light. I had a 35 liter backpack and a shoulder bag. Everyone else had rolling bags and day backpacks and they had to lug them up and down stairs, and often there are no elevators in stations and some of the trains can’t handle to larger bags in the storage racks. And some hotel elevators, if they are working, stop on every other floor. The tour was lots of fun with only eight people who all got along well.
A great trip for all ages where you get to experience the best these countries have to offer. Some tips – travel light and make sure your luggage is easy to carry, consider buying the Jungfrau 3 day pass in Interlaken, consider taking the ferry to the Cinque Terre.
Definitely read the trip notes as they are very comprehensive.
The ethos behind Intrepid trips appeals to me. The ability to immerse yourself in a local culture without all the hassle that goes with travel while at the same time protecting our planet.
Having travelled from Marseille to Nice I think Nice to Marseille to be nicer as you are going from a busy city to less busy and finish somewhere quiet. Having from quite to noisy, it feels less relaxed now :).
A great way to travel. The groups are small and everyone is like minded! Activities are fun and local. Its a great way to travel
Sailing the Côte d’Azur was a fantastic experience, with an excellent skipper and a great group of people. Swimming off the back of the yacht at anchor was a real highlight, and I have to mention ordering pizza from the pizza catamaran because that was just brilliant. I highly recommend this trip!
A brilliant trip. Beautiful islands. Relaxing holiday
A sailing trip isn’t everyone’s first choice of a relaxing holiday but this trip taking in Sardinia and Corsica ticked all the boxes. Short, stress free sailing days with new friends to reach a new destination followed by optional onshore adventures. Loved every minute.
This was the highlight if a 3 month European holiday. It was a great way to escape the heat in high season and get away from the tourists whilst still seeing the archipelago.
Intrepid trips take you on more than a holiday, they give you the chance to experience real life in other countries but also the confidence to go out and have your own adventures and make the trip your own.
Get the right group of friends together and travel the Sardinian coast with Intreped. You will see things which will stay in your memory for a lifetime and if you are lucky you will make life-long friends
If youre thinking of sailing, just do it. This trip is perfect for water lovers, food lovers, culture lovers. Its a great trip to relax and de-stress and unique way to see an incredible part of the world. I had an amazing trip I wont forget for a long time!
Very much enjoyed the trip. Skipper did all in his power to make the trip run smoothly. Everyone was great.
Perfect trip to get to know the beautiful cost of northern Sardinia and southern Corsica and explore outlaying bays and islands. And to recharge your body with sun and energy.
My friend and I loved the experience of traveling with Intrepid! I had never done a group trip before, and with Intrepid we felt like we were traveling with friends rather than on a commercial tour. We were taken to local restaurants and cycled on small roads we never would have been able to find on our own. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip!
You need to be a cyclists to take this tour.
If you come with a good attitude and a sense of adventure, you will have the time of your life s d make done new friends along the way.
This is a sailing adventure, so be ready to go with the flow (literally!). If you are unsure that you get seasick, take some non drowsy Bonnine to be on the safe side (trust me). The views are unmatched and experience in general is something I will never forget. Highly recommend this trip!!!
This trip was unbelievable. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience. Our skipper, Eric, was very knowledgeable and friendly and navigated the waters of the French Riviera with ease. He was approachable and friendly and offered many tips on what to see in the areas we stopped in. This trip was the perfect mix of chill and physical activity. We swam, biked, hiked and walked around towns but we also lounged on several beaches and sun-tanned on the boat while sailing. Honestly, this trip was so awesome I would probably do the same one again. The south of France in August is exceptionally beautiful and yacht living is quite the experience. Seriously, go!
This trip was great. We went to amazing beaches and lovely seaside towns. The swim spots were crystal clear water. The food through the tour was so good. Lots of things to do, and plenty of time to relax in the sun. Highly recommend this trip.
As a first time solo female traveler, I had serious reservations about visiting a foreign country on my own. By booking Intrepid, I felt comfortable and safe the entire time. The trip was thoroughly planned out and incorporated smaller, less-known cities to give you a true taste of the local culture making the experience that much more unique.
Intrepid trips take all the hassle out organising and doing the logistics and give you the freedom to focus on having a holiday and experiencing places alongside the locals.
I loved this trip from Paris to Madrid! There was a wonderful mix of exploring both large cities and small towns. I also loved the activities of bike riding, kayaking and hiking. Such a beautiful places to visit in France and Spain.
Wonderful trip for the adventurous spirit! Must be open to tight living quarters. I’d definitely recommend renting the Electric bikes on La Maddalena and biking around the island. Jumping off the boat and swimming everyday, exploring Corsica, and biking around La Maddalena were some of the highlights. Relaxing on the boat surrounded by the beautiful blue water and getting to know your fellow travelers is a great way to spend your vacation.
Sardinia and Corsica; superb.
Don’t take the Côte d’Azur trip as a single unless you can have your own cabin without paying extra. It’s very bad value if you have to pay extra.
Don’t go in July-August! Too hot and crowded. Hire a scooter in Nice to help you cover more distance.
The sailing was very a very chilling and relaxing experience. The Esmeralda coast is absolutely beautiful and packed with paradise looking beaches. While on the boat, you feel really privileged and can enjoy the weather and the sea as much as you want. It is great trip when you want to take your time and enjoy the seaside. Sailing is although really good there ( although can be quite windy)
A very relaxing way to enjoy the water around Sardinia.
Go Intrepid!!! Amazing value and resource. Whole Organization responsive to local cultures and environments. I’ve made lifelong friends in these travels.
great rustic tour. be prepared to share cozy quarters, and you will have a blast. amazing scenery, food, friends and laughs. a must do.
This is a fun, active trip that shows you some places you might not go to on your own if youre a typical tourist. Packing light is essential but a small sturdy roller bag worked well on this trip. Remember those athletic shoes, Im glad I did. Have fun and be open for new food and friends!
One thing I would urge future tourist to consider is learning as much of the dominant language of the region as possible. Whilst it is not necessary to be an expert it does make transactions with locals less awkward and the effort is appreciated.
My only negative was that I would have preferred longer stays in each place as there was so much to see and do. Both my husband and I (late 50’s) became very tired as the trip neared the end. I personally would like to take a more relaxed trip focusing more on people and culture than tourist sites, next time I travel. Some of us just want a relaxing holiday away from work, and don’t care too much about popular sites. For us it’s all about the experience and not so much what we see.
An absolutely beautiful part of the world, and sailing is a great way to experience it! If you are expecting any luxuries this is not the trip for you, and those with previous sailing experience who feel confident assisting the skipper are likely to get the most out of it. However if you are willing to try something new and go beyond your comfort zone this is a great adventure!
This trip is a great way to experience France and Spain, however the accommodation was disappointing.
This tour was as described. Lots of fun, sun, eating and cycling. Some days were quite challenging but there was no pressure to do anything you did not want to do and there was always encouragement and help from tour leaders Walter and Kent. Excellent holiday and will do more cycling tours with Intrepid and may even do this one again.
Intrepid have a good and safe style of trip for small group tourism and exploration with good opportunities to enjoy a more holistic and less commercial experience as a traveller rather than a standard tourist package
Over 50, totally unprepared for my first intrepid tour, but otherwise well travelled. I was initially shocked by the style of accommodation and the fact that I had over packed and had to carry everything myself on and off trains; up and down stairs on train stations and in hotels without lifts. All of this said, we visited to the most extraordinarily beautiful places; I did things I would never have done on my own (go to the top of Jungfrau mountain!) and met a wonderful group of people. Our tour leader helped us all get the best from our trip. I probably wouldn’t do a basic (original) level tour again, but I am so glad to have done this one.
An excellent overview of some major cities in central Europe – our favourite being the smaller inland and coastal towns of Italy. Good exposure to the local lifestyle as well as navigation of the various public transport systems. As the trip notes suggest, I cannot recommend highly enough that people taking this trip take a backpack and not a wheeled suitcase (I used a 50L and had plenty of room to spare). The cobblestone streets, crowded footpaths, busy bus/train stations (including actually getting on/off trains & storing luggage), then throw in loads of staircases – these are places where you do NOT want to be lugging around a 25kg suitcase. Overall and excellent trip operated by an excellent trip leader!
The waters between Sardinia and Corsica are a yachting paradise. Plenty of opportunity to learn how to sail a 50 foot yacht but you can just sit back and enjoy the sailing if that is your preference. Many spectacular sights and even for a Queenslander the blue waters were a visual treat and the swimming superb. Great company and our leader Stefano a delight.
Intrepid is an excellent choice for solo travellers. You have the safety of being in a group with a knowledgeable guide. You also get to do loads of fun activities with a conscience, and meet new friends from all over the world. Id highly recommend Intrepid.
Be ware of the extra costs for most of the meals, dragging bags from one platform to the next without lifts, often longer walks from the train station to the accommodation..pack light..but it is a hard task when going away for 24 days.
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Overall an awesome trip! I was a little worried when they said it was only one other person plus the guide on this trip (not exactly the group experience I was expecting) but Jaime did an excellent job of making us both feel comfortable. We had a good mix of activities together as a group and down time where I could explore on my own. We ate lots of great food, met lots of local people, and saw a lot of cool historical sights. It was also great that we had a few fairly physical days to balence out all the eating and drinking! I would recommend you have a good level of fitness to do this trip- especially for the hike which was pretty strenuous! Jaime was very patient and helpful during all of this, and we all got along really well. I would definitely recommend this trip for people who are open to new experiences and willing to try something different.
Simply stunning and unique way to see the French Riviera! This was a fun & relaxing way to spend time on the beautiful Cote D’Azur and I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t get sea sick.
Love Intrepid travel