Intrepid Travel has introduced a range of expedition trips giving travellers the chance to explore remote and unusual destinations.
More than 1,000 of the company's staff were tasked with designing dream trips to the world’s most obscure destinations as part of a new project for the operator. The first trips in the new range are to Georgia, Kosovo, and Papua New Guinea, with more itineraries to lesser-known regions expected to be unveiled throughout this year.
The trips in the Expedition range will have limited departures in 2015, allowing the company to test new product as well as satisfying the adventurous spirit of its best travelled customers and staff.
More than 50 submissions met the criteria set out by the company for the new range of exploratory-style tours, which required trips to be logistically possible, not include a ‘danger zone’, and to visit somewhere genuinely new and unusual.
The operator's UK managing director, Michael Edwards, said: “Some of the dream itineraries submitted had us busily checking our maps and FCO warnings – and all of them inspired us to want to pack our bags and do it! The ideas are a wonderful reminder of the passion for travel that we share with our customers."
The operator acknowledges that the Expedition style of travel is not for everyone with a warning on its website that these are new trips and travellers should “expect some things to go wrong”.
As an example, a ten-day trip to Svaneti in Georgia leads in at £920 per person, with the first of two scheduled departures on July 20. Highlights include visiting centuries old churches, exploring watchtower-strewn landscapes, hiking through verdant valleys to see Mt Shkara and joining a local family to help prepare a traditional meal.
For more information see www.intrepidtravel.com/theme/expeditions