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Spicelands & Elephants

Brand ID 
8
Product ID 
77 536
Last Starship Publish 
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:06
14
Style 
FIK
Rating: Culture Shock 
 
 
 
 
 
Group Size Min 
2
Group Size Max 
16
5
Age Max 
99
Meal Count Breakfast 
13
Meal Count Lunch 
2
Meal Count Dinner 
2
CO2 Offset 
320
Transport 
Accommodation 
Hostel - 2
Hotel - 10
Included Activities 
Guruvayur - Punathir Kota Elephant Camp
Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
Munnar - Eravikulam National Park
Periyar NP - Elephant camp
Periyar NP - Guided walk
Location Start 
Cochin
Location End 
Kovalam
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We begin this adventure exploring the old fishing port of Cochin, where nowadays boats can still be seen sailing past huge Chinese fishing nets. From India’s most elaborately decorated temple complex at Madurai we then visit Periyar National Park, home to an abundance of colourful birdlife and an array of wildlife. For many the highlight is the overnight trip on board a traditional houseboat along the backwaters of Kerala, followed by the chance to relax on a beautiful tropical beach.
Location End (Country) 
India
Location Start (Country) 
India
Primary Country 
India
Countries 
India
Trip Validity 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Marketing Rating 
8.00
Is Kitty Variable? 
Price: Per Day 
USD $95.36
CAD $101.79
AUD $105.71
EUR €69.29
GBP £63.21
NZD $125.36
USD $1,335.00
CAD $1,425.00
AUD $1,480.00
EUR €970.00
GBP £885.00
NZD $1,755.00
Price: Actual Price (twin share) 
Price: Extras 
Price: Kitty 
Price: Total (single rate) 
USD $1,335.00
CAD $1,425.00
AUD $1,480.00
EUR €970.00
GBP £885.00
NZD $1,755.00
Price: Total (twin share) 
Price: Deposit 
USD $250.00
CAD $250.00
AUD $250.00
EUR €250.00
GBP £250.00
NZD $250.00
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Trip Notes 

<div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 08 Oct 2014</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">Spicelands &amp; Elephants</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: FIK</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014</div><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Take the family away on a holiday with a laidback theme. This south west corner of India is a tropical paradise filled with Hindu temples, hill stations, pretty villages, lush green forests and tranquil backwaters. The adventure starts in beautiful spice-scented Cochin and drifts gently through Kerala. Make friends with a rural family over a meal and learn about local cultural traditions. Get up close to the glorious elephants that the region is known for and return home relaxed after a houseboat cruise. Finally, enjoy the Indian Ocean’s beaches to end this unforgettable getaway in style.</div><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Table of Contents</div><table id="TripNoteTableOfContents"><tr><td><a href="#Style">Style</a></td><td><a href="#Groupsize">Group size</a></td><td><a href="#Visas">Visas</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Themes">Themes</a></td><td><a href="#Yourfellowtravellers">Your fellow travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Issuesonyourtrip">Issues on your trip</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Map">Map</a></td><td><a href="#Singletravellers">Single travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Whattotake">What to take</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerary">Itinerary</a></td><td><a href="#Accommodation">Accommodation</a></td><td><a href="#Health">Health</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Alsoavailabletopurchase">Also available to purchase</a></td><td><a href="#Mealsintroduction">Meals introduction</a></td><td><a href="#Safety">Safety</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerarydisclaimer">Itinerary disclaimer</a></td><td><a href="#Meals">Meals</a></td><td><a href="#Travelinsurance">Travel insurance</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Includedactivities">Included activities</a></td><td><a href="#Transport">Transport</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravel">Responsible Travel</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Optionalactivities">Optional activities</a></td><td><a href="#Groupleader">Group leader</a></td><td><a href="#Acoupleofrules">A couple of rules</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#MoneyExchange">Money Exchange</a></td><td><a href="#Joiningpoint">Joining point </a></td><td><a href="#TheIntrepidFoundation">The Intrepid Foundation</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Spendingmoney">Spending money</a></td><td><a href="#Arrivalcomplications">Arrival complications</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravelprojects">Responsible Travel projects</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Tipping">Tipping</a></td><td><a href="#Finishpoint">Finish point </a></td><td><a href="#Carbonoffset">Carbon offset</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Departuretax">Departure tax</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencycontact">Emergency contact</a></td><td><a href="#Feedback">Feedback</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Importantnotes">Important notes</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencyfunds">Emergency funds</a></td></tr></table><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div id="Style" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Style</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Exodus</div></div><div id="Themes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Themes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Wildlife, Culture &amp; Discovery, Family group, Accom: hotel/lodge</div></div><div id="Themesdescriptions" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div></div><div id="Map" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Map</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">[DoxHandler=58014]<br /></div></div><div id="Itinerary" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary</div></div><div id="Day1StartinthespiceportofCochin." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Start in the spice port of Cochin.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Optional Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Kathakali Dance - INR350</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">The Grand or similar (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day2FortCochinwalkingtour;eveningharbourcruise." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Fort Cochin walking tour; evening harbour cruise.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">The Grand or similar (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day3DrivetoGuruvayur;afternoonelephantcampvisit." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 Drive to Guruvayur; afternoon elephant camp visit.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Guruvayur - Punathir Kota Elephant Camp</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Kanoos Residency (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4JourneytoMunnar,aformerBritish'hillstation'." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Journey to Munnar, a former British 'hill station'. </div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Munnar Hostel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5TrekinEravikulamN.P.insearchofwildlife;visitlocalbazaar." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Trek in Eravikulam N.P. in search of wildlife; visit local bazaar.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Munnar - Eravikulam National Park</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Munnar Hostel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6ToMaduraiTemple;witnesstheeveningPoojaceremony." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 To Madurai Temple; witness the evening Pooja ceremony.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Germanus Hotel or similar (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day7FreedaytoexploreMadurai,MeenakshiTempleorvisitthetemplesofTrichy(alloptional)." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 Free day to explore Madurai, Meenakshi Temple or visit the temples of Trichy (all optional).</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Germanus Hotel or similar (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day8DrivetoPeriyarintheCardamomHills;optionalvisittoecotourismproject." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 8 Drive to Periyar in the Cardamom Hills; optional visit to ecotourism project.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Periyar NP - Elephant camp</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Silver Crest Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day9ForestwalkinPeriyar,lunchwithlocalfamily;teaplantationvisit." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 9 Forest walk in Periyar, lunch with local family; tea plantation visit.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Periyar NP - Guided walk</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Silver Crest Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day10HouseboatontheKeralabackwatersnearMalabar;explorewaterwaysandvillagelife." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 10 Houseboat on the Kerala backwaters near Malabar; explore waterways and village life.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Overnight boat (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day11OurhouseboatexperienceendsonthebackwatersofAleppy." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 11 Our houseboat experience ends on the backwaters of Aleppy.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Coir Village Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day12TraintoTrivandrum;transfertoKovalam." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 12 Train to Trivandrum; transfer to Kovalam.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Kovalam Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day13FreedayatthebeachinKovalum." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 13 Free day at the beach in Kovalum.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Kovalam Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day14EndKovalum." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 14 End Kovalum.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchase" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Also available to purchase</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. </div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Single supplement (FIK)</li><li>17 days family worldwide single trip insurance (17WSTF)</li></ul></div></div><div id="Wealsorecommendlist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Itinerarydisclaimer" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary disclaimer</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.</div></div><div id="Includedactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Included activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.</div></div><div id="Optionalactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Optional activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and 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 it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. </div></div><div id="MoneyExchange" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Money Exchange</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which are readily available in most towns. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, so please bring clean bills, and small denominations are most useful. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>While traveller's cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels/establishments. </div></div><div id="Spendingmoney" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Spending money</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. </div></div><div id="Tipping" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Tipping</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest INR20. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest INR100 per day for local guides. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a porter in addition to your leader. We suggest INR50 per day for porters. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however a base of INR100-INR150 per day is generally appropriate. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Local transport: For a half day city tour we suggest INR50 per day. For a full day city tour we suggest INR100 per day.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $US 2-4 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. </div></div><div id="Departuretax" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Departure tax</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.</div></div><div id="Importantnotes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Important notes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">HOT WEATHER:<br />Heat and humidity during summer (Apr-Jun) in India can be particularly oppressive with temperatures reaching 45 degrees C/113 degrees F.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">AGE RESTRICTIONS: <br />Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 5. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 11 or younger at the time of travel.</div></div><div id="Groupsize" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group size</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Maximum of 16 travellers per group.</div></div><div id="Yourfellowtravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Your fellow travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup</div></div><div id="Singletravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Single travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. On our Family Adventures, single relatives or friends are welcome to travel along with a family. These single travellers share with people of the same gender for the duration of the trip and in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Please note that some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our Comfort and Original style trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own room (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.</div></div><div id="Accommodation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">The Grand or similar (2 nts), Germanus Hotel or similar (2 nts), Silver Crest Hotel (2 nts), Kovalam Hotel (2 nts), Munnar Hostel (2 nts), Overnight boat (1 nt), Kanoos Residency (1 nt), Coir Village Hotel (1 nt)</div></div><div id="Accommodationdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:<br />Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.</div></div><div id="Mealsintroduction" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals introduction</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.</div></div><div id="Meals" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Budget for meals not included:</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded-auto" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">USD 300.00</div></div><div id="Transport" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Transport</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Private Bus, Train</div></div><div id="Groupleader" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group leader</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All Intrepid 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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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 were 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.</div></div><div id="Joiningpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Joining point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Grand Hotel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">M.G. Road Ernakulam</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Cochin</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">682 011</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">INDIA</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Phone: +91 4842382061</div></div><div id="Arrivalcomplications" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Arrival complications</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.</div></div><div id="Finishpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Finish point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Sagara Beach Resort</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Light House Road </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Kovalam</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">INDIA</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Phone: +91 471 2481995</div></div><div id="Emergencycontact" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency contact</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, The Adventure Company can be reached on Tel: +44 1420 593000. For further contact details please use the following page:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/">www.intrepidtravel.com/... /></div></div><div id="Emergencyfunds" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency funds</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.</div></div><div id="Visas" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Visas</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.</div></div><div id="Visaspecifics" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">INDIA:<br />Australia: Yes - in advance<br />The Indian Government has advised that from December 2014, all visa applicants will need to be physically present at a visa application centre, by appointment, to submit their applications and biometric data, including fingerprints and facial imagery). ALL Australian travellers to India will need to personally attend their nearest consulate to complete their visa formalities.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Belgium: Yes - in advance<br />Canada: Yes - in advance<br />Germany: Yes - in advance<br />Ireland: Yes - in advance<br />Netherlands: Yes - in advance<br />New Zealand: Yes - in advance OR on arrival*<br />South Africa: Yes - in advance<br />Switzerland: Yes - in advance<br />United Kingdom: Yes - in advance<br />USA: Yes - in advance<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>There is NO visa on arrival in India for most nationalities. Indian visas can NOT be obtained in Nepal. Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>*Visa on arrival is available for select nationalities, including New Zealanders provided that specific criteria can be met. See link below for more information. <br />http://www.incredibleindia.org/en/india-essentials-travel-tip/travel-tip... id="Issuesonyourtrip" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Issues on your trip</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.</div></div><div id="Whattotake" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">What to take</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf">Go to Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">CLOTHING:<br />During the wildlife drives in open jeeps/canter (especially from October to mid March) it can be rather chilly so please pack warm clothing. It may also be a good idea to take a smart casual outfit for an evening out.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">WATER BOTTLE:<br />Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.</div></div><div id="Health" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Health</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All Intrepid 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 cope with 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, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">DRINKING WATER: <br />As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about 3 litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.</div></div><div id="Safety" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Safety</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable 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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group 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 group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety">www.intrepidtravel.com/safety</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">FESTIVALS - HOLI &amp; DIWALI: <br />Travelling in India and Nepal during the Holi festival, a lunar festival next held in March 6 2015, (in 2016 it is held on 23 March). and generally held in March each year, can at times be dangerous - a lot of locals participate in consumption of intoxicating substances. The day has been associated with physical violence and danger. Your leader/guide will be advising you and your group on what places to avoid on this day and it may even be necessary for us to alter your itinerary for the day to avoid putting you or our group leader/guide in high risk situation. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Travelling during the Hindu festival Diwali (a lunar festival next held on 11 November, 2015, (30 October 2016) and generally held from mid October to mid November every year) can also be dangerous. During this time there are many displays of fireworks in the streets. It can be very noisy for several days and there is also a lot of pollution caused by the fireworks. As there are no restrictions on buying fireworks in India there are often injuries caused by people exploding them inappropriately. During this festival your leader/guide may be required to alter your itinerary to avoid any dangerous areas to avoid putting the group at risk.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:<br />Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware! </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:<br />While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">UNFENCED CAMP SITES:<br />On some trips you will at times stay in unfenced camp sites within national parks. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules to follow. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your tour leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.</div></div><div id="Travelinsurance" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Travel insurance</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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 credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php">www.intrepidtravel.com/insu... /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravel" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative and you should dress accordingly. To respect the local culture and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. As a guideline, shoulders and knees at the minimum (and everything in between including midriff and cleavage) should be covered at all times. Wearing shorts and singlet tops is not appropriate and may well restrict your entry into sites of a religious nature, family homes, and will limit your local interaction opportunities in general. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly warm climate. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller">www.intr... /></div></div><div id="Acoupleofrules" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">A couple of rules</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.</div></div><div id="TheIntrepidFoundation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">The Intrepid Foundation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/">www.theintrepidfoundation.org</a><br /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravelprojects" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel projects</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in India include:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>* Asha Ka Jharna (AKJ) provides services to disabled children and adults. They run three special schools, currently assisting around 160 children, and an old-age home for the short-stay of elderly people. AJK also provides vocational training, participates in diagnostic camps and distributes aids and appliances to physically disabled persons. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>* Deepalaya is focused on building a better future for India's street children. They have assisted more than 44,000 underprivileged children through the provision of food and board, health care, meaningful education and vocational training, counselling and career guidance, understanding, friendship, and warmth and solace.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>* GOONJ channels vital resources to rural India through the distribution of used items such as clothes and household goods. Their school-to-school program of channelling resources like uniforms, shoes, stationery, lunch boxes etc from urban schools to rural schools will benefit more than 35,000 children in its first phase.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Any donations you'd like to make can be given to your group leader in Delhi ONLY, they can then arrange for it to be passed on to GOONJ who will distribute these items to rural villages and people in need. You might like to consider taking over some clothes or other things you no longer require: woollens, footwear, bed sheets, blankets, utensils, first aid items, books, toys and school items - notebooks, pencils, pens, old uniforms or school bags - are all useful. </div></div><div id="Carbonoffset" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Carbon offset</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Carbon Offset C02-e 320.00 kgs per pax.</div></div><div id="Feedback" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Feedback</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/">Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback</a><br /></div></div>

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  • 12 nights comfortable hotels (en suite), 1 night houseboat (en suite). Rooms on the houseboat have fans and there are typically 2 to 4 bedrooms per boat.
  • Transport: private mini bus, train, houseboat and on foot
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • The most important feature of the Indian climate is the 'wet season' or monsoon. The main monsoon strikes the coast of Kerala in late May and sweeps its way northward over the next month or so. The ideal time to visit is during the dry season from October to March. Days will be hot and the nights warm. The coastal areas record a maximum temperature of 32degC and a minimum of 22degC. The interiors record a maximum of 37degC during summer. In the coastal area it is hot and humid during April-May while cool during December-January. It will be much cooler than this whilst walking in the hills, particularly at night when temperatures may fall to as low as 5 degrees.
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Discover southern India's spice ports, temples, wildlife and tropical beaches

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners are included. You should allow at least GBP12 (US$20) per day per person for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants, you can easily spend more than the suggested amount so it is a little down to personal preference. In most of the towns there is a choice of restaurants and often a choice between Indian and basic Western style food. Although still strong on rice, coconuts and fish, local cuisine also embraces influences from Europe and the Arab world. If you are a vegetarian South India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of dishes on offer. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately GBP3 (US$5). Mineral water is widely available. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow.
This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company The Family Adventure Company (TFAC), as such the group may be a mixture of Exodus and TFAC clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. TFAC operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel. This trip is suitable for anyone in reasonable health. There is no real physical difficulty involved although humidity can be high, especially on the coast. India is a developing country and the tourist infrastructure in the south is in its infancy. Be prepared to leave Western expectations behind; piping hot water may not be available at all times of the day and cooling fans may well rattle! A little patience and a sense of humour are essential. There is a 5 hour time difference. Travelling in India can be tiring due to the heat. Hygiene standards are generally good, but tummy upsets are possible. Food in this part of the world can be spicy.
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<div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 08 Oct 2014</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">Spicelands &amp; Elephants</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: FIK</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014</div><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Take the family away on a holiday with a laidback theme. This south west corner of India is a tropical paradise filled with Hindu temples, hill stations, pretty villages, lush green forests and tranquil backwaters. The adventure starts in beautiful spice-scented Cochin and drifts gently through Kerala. Make friends with a rural family over a meal and learn about local cultural traditions. Get up close to the glorious elephants that the region is known for and return home relaxed after a houseboat cruise. Finally, enjoy the Indian Ocean’s beaches to end this unforgettable getaway in style.</div><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Table of Contents</div><table id="TripNoteTableOfContents"><tr><td><a href="#Style">Style</a></td><td><a href="#Groupsize">Group size</a></td><td><a href="#Visas">Visas</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Themes">Themes</a></td><td><a href="#Yourfellowtravellers">Your fellow travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Issuesonyourtrip">Issues on your trip</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Map">Map</a></td><td><a href="#Singletravellers">Single travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Whattotake">What to take</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerary">Itinerary</a></td><td><a href="#Accommodation">Accommodation</a></td><td><a href="#Health">Health</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Alsoavailabletopurchase">Also available to purchase</a></td><td><a href="#Mealsintroduction">Meals introduction</a></td><td><a href="#Safety">Safety</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerarydisclaimer">Itinerary disclaimer</a></td><td><a href="#Meals">Meals</a></td><td><a href="#Travelinsurance">Travel insurance</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Includedactivities">Included activities</a></td><td><a href="#Transport">Transport</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravel">Responsible Travel</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Optionalactivities">Optional activities</a></td><td><a href="#Groupleader">Group leader</a></td><td><a href="#Acoupleofrules">A couple of rules</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#MoneyExchange">Money Exchange</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateJoiningpoint">Alternate Joining point </a></td><td><a href="#TheIntrepidFoundation">The Intrepid Foundation</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Spendingmoney">Spending money</a></td><td><a href="#Arrivalcomplications">Arrival complications</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravelprojects">Responsible Travel projects</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Tipping">Tipping</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateFinishpoint">Alternate Finish point </a></td><td><a href="#Carbonoffset">Carbon offset</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Departuretax">Departure tax</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencycontact">Emergency contact</a></td><td><a href="#Feedback">Feedback</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Importantnotes">Important notes</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencyfunds">Emergency funds</a></td></tr></table><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div id="Style" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Style</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Exodus</div></div><div id="Themes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Themes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Wildlife, Culture &amp; Discovery, Family group, Accom: hotel/lodge</div></div><div id="Themesdescriptions" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div></div><div id="Map" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Map</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >[DoxHandler=58014]<br /></div></div><div id="Itinerary" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary</div></div><div id="Day1DepartLondon" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Depart London</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day2ArriveCochin;freeday" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Arrive Cochin; free day</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day3FortCochinwalkingtour;eveningharbourcruise." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 Fort Cochin walking tour; evening harbour cruise.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >The Grand or similar (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4DrivetoGuruvayur;afternoonelephantcampvisit." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Drive to Guruvayur; afternoon elephant camp visit.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Guruvayur - Punathir Kota Elephant Camp</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Kanoos Residency (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5JourneytoMunnar,aformerBritish'hillstation'." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Journey to Munnar, a former British 'hill station'. </div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Munnar Hostel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6TrekinEravikulamN.P.insearchofwildlife;visitlocalbazaar." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Trek in Eravikulam N.P. in search of wildlife; visit local bazaar.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Munnar - Eravikulam National Park</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Munnar Hostel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day7ToMaduraiTemple;witnesstheeveningPoojaceremony." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 To Madurai Temple; witness the evening Pooja ceremony.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Germanus Hotel or similar (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day8FreedaytoexploreMadurai,MeenakshiTempleorvisitthetemplesofTrichy(alloptional)." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 8 Free day to explore Madurai, Meenakshi Temple or visit the temples of Trichy (all optional).</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Germanus Hotel or similar (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day9DrivetoPeriyarintheCardamomHills;optionalvisittoecotourismproject." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 9 Drive to Periyar in the Cardamom Hills; optional visit to ecotourism project.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Periyar NP - Elephant camp</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Silver Crest Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day10ForestwalkinPeriyar,lunchwithlocalfamily;teaplantationvisit." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 10 Forest walk in Periyar, lunch with local family; tea plantation visit.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Periyar NP - Guided walk</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Silver Crest Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day11HouseboatontheKeralabackwatersnearMalabar;explorewaterwaysandvillagelife." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 11 Houseboat on the Kerala backwaters near Malabar; explore waterways and village life.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Overnight boat (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day12OurhouseboatexperienceendsonthebackwatersofAleppy." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 12 Our houseboat experience ends on the backwaters of Aleppy.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Coir Village Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day13TraintoTrivandrum;transfertoKovalam." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 13 Train to Trivandrum; transfer to Kovalam.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Kovalam Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day14FreedayatthebeachinKovalum." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 14 Free day at the beach in Kovalum.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Kovalam Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day15FlytoLondon" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 15 Fly to London</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day16PostTripExtraDayTitle" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 16 Post Trip Extra Day Title</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchase" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Also available to purchase</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. </div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Single supplement (FIK)</li><li>17 days family worldwide single trip insurance (17WSTF)</li></ul></div></div><div id="Wealsorecommendlist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Itinerarydisclaimer" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary disclaimer</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.</div></div><div id="Includedactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Included activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.</div></div><div id="Optionalactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Optional activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and 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 it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. </div></div><div id="MoneyExchange" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Money Exchange</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >The official currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), which are readily available in most towns. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange, so please bring clean bills, and small denominations are most useful. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>While traveller's cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels/establishments. </div></div><div id="Spendingmoney" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Spending money</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. </div></div><div id="Tipping" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Tipping</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >If you are happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest INR20. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest INR100 per day for local guides. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a porter in addition to your leader. We suggest INR50 per day for porters. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however a base of INR100-INR150 per day is generally appropriate. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Local transport: For a half day city tour we suggest INR50 per day. For a full day city tour we suggest INR100 per day.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $US 2-4 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. </div></div><div id="Departuretax" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Departure tax</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.</div></div><div id="Importantnotes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Important notes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >HOT WEATHER:<BR/>Heat and humidity during summer (Apr-Jun) in India can be particularly oppressive with temperatures reaching 45 degrees C/113 degrees F.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >AGE RESTRICTIONS: <BR/>Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 5. Please note that anyone aged under 18 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 11 or younger at the time of travel.</div></div><div id="Groupsize" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group size</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Maximum of 16 travellers per group.</div></div><div id="Yourfellowtravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Your fellow travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup</div></div><div id="Singletravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Single travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. On our Family Adventures, single relatives or friends are welcome to travel along with a family. These single travellers share with people of the same gender for the duration of the trip and in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Please note that some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our Comfort and Original style trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own room (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.</div></div><div id="Accommodation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >The Grand or similar (2 nts), Germanus Hotel or similar (2 nts), Silver Crest Hotel (2 nts), Kovalam Hotel (2 nts), Munnar Hostel (2 nts), Overnight boat (1 nt), Kanoos Residency (1 nt), Coir Village Hotel (1 nt)</div></div><div id="Accommodationdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:<BR/>Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.</div></div><div id="Mealsintroduction" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals introduction</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.</div></div><div id="Meals" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >13 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Budget for meals not included:</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded-auto" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >USD 300.00</div></div><div id="Transport" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Transport</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Private Bus, Train</div></div><div id="Groupleader" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group leader</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All Intrepid 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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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 were 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.</div></div><div id="AlternateJoiningpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Alternate Joining point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >21 Dec 2014 (FIK1412213), 28 Dec 2014 (FIK141228), 11 Jan 2015 (FIK150111), 05 Apr 2015 (FIK150405), 12 Apr 2015 (FIK150412), 28 Jun 2015 (FIK150628), 26 Jul 2015 (FIK150726), 02 Aug 2015 (FIK150802), 16 Aug 2015 (FIK150816), 20 Dec 2015 (FIK151220)</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London, All Airports</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" > </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >UNITED KINGDOM</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div></div><div id="Arrivalcomplications" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Arrival complications</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.</div></div><div id="AlternateFinishpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Alternate Finish point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >21 Dec 2014 (FIK1412213), 28 Dec 2014 (FIK141228), 11 Jan 2015 (FIK150111), 05 Apr 2015 (FIK150405), 12 Apr 2015 (FIK150412), 28 Jun 2015 (FIK150628), 26 Jul 2015 (FIK150726), 02 Aug 2015 (FIK150802), 16 Aug 2015 (FIK150816), 20 Dec 2015 (FIK151220)</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London, All Airports</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" > </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >UNITED KINGDOM</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div></div><div id="Emergencycontact" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency contact</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, The Adventure Company can be reached on Tel: +44 1420 593000. For further contact details please use the following page:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/">www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/</a><br /></div></div><div id="Emergencyfunds" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency funds</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.</div></div><div id="Visas" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Visas</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.</div></div><div id="Visaspecifics" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >INDIA:<BR/>Australia: Yes - in advance<BR/>The Indian Government has advised that from December 2014, all visa applicants will need to be physically present at a visa application centre, by appointment, to submit their applications and biometric data, including fingerprints and facial imagery). ALL Australian travellers to India will need to personally attend their nearest consulate to complete their visa formalities.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Belgium: Yes - in advance<BR/>Canada: Yes - in advance<BR/>Germany: Yes - in advance<BR/>Ireland: Yes - in advance<BR/>Netherlands: Yes - in advance<BR/>New Zealand: Yes - in advance OR on arrival*<BR/>South Africa: Yes - in advance<BR/>Switzerland: Yes - in advance<BR/>United Kingdom: Yes - in advance<BR/>USA: Yes - in advance<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>There is NO visa on arrival in India for most nationalities. Indian visas can NOT be obtained in Nepal. Tourist visas are available in Single and Multiple Entry. Be sure to check the date you require a visa from and the length of time you will need to cover, especially if you change countries during your trip. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>*Visa on arrival is available for select nationalities, including New Zealanders provided that specific criteria can be met. See link below for more information. <BR/>http://www.incredibleindia.org/en/india-essentials-travel-tip/travel-tips/getting-your-visa</div></div><div id="Issuesonyourtrip" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Issues on your trip</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.</div></div><div id="Whattotake" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">What to take</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf">Go to Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >CLOTHING:<BR/>During the wildlife drives in open jeeps/canter (especially from October to mid March) it can be rather chilly so please pack warm clothing. It may also be a good idea to take a smart casual outfit for an evening out.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >WATER BOTTLE:<BR/>Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.</div></div><div id="Health" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Health</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All Intrepid 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 cope with 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, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >DRINKING WATER: <BR/>As a rule we recommend you don't drink tap water, even in hotels, as it contains much higher levels of different minerals than the water you may have at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn't serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it's enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about 3 litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhoea blockers are available from many pharmacies.</div></div><div id="Safety" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Safety</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable 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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group 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 group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety">www.intrepidtravel.com/safety</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >FESTIVALS - HOLI &amp; DIWALI: <BR/>Travelling in India and Nepal during the Holi festival, a lunar festival next held in March 6 2015, (in 2016 it is held on 23 March). and generally held in March each year, can at times be dangerous - a lot of locals participate in consumption of intoxicating substances. The day has been associated with physical violence and danger. Your leader/guide will be advising you and your group on what places to avoid on this day and it may even be necessary for us to alter your itinerary for the day to avoid putting you or our group leader/guide in high risk situation. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Travelling during the Hindu festival Diwali (a lunar festival next held on 11 November, 2015, (30 October 2016) and generally held from mid October to mid November every year) can also be dangerous. During this time there are many displays of fireworks in the streets. It can be very noisy for several days and there is also a lot of pollution caused by the fireworks. As there are no restrictions on buying fireworks in India there are often injuries caused by people exploding them inappropriately. During this festival your leader/guide may be required to alter your itinerary to avoid any dangerous areas to avoid putting the group at risk.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:<BR/>Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware! </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:<BR/>While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >UNFENCED CAMP SITES:<BR/>On some trips you will at times stay in unfenced camp sites within national parks. While this is a fantastic experience, there are a few safety rules to follow. While staying in national parks it's important that you listen to any advice given by your tour leader and the park rangers regarding responsible and safe behaviour.</div></div><div id="Travelinsurance" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Travel insurance</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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 credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php">www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance</a><br /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravel" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative and you should dress accordingly. To respect the local culture and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. As a guideline, shoulders and knees at the minimum (and everything in between including midriff and cleavage) should be covered at all times. Wearing shorts and singlet tops is not appropriate and may well restrict your entry into sites of a religious nature, family homes, and will limit your local interaction opportunities in general. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly warm climate. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller">www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller</a><br /></div></div><div id="Acoupleofrules" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">A couple of rules</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.</div></div><div id="TheIntrepidFoundation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">The Intrepid Foundation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/">www.theintrepidfoundation.org</a><br /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravelprojects" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel projects</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in India include:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>* Asha Ka Jharna (AKJ) provides services to disabled children and adults. They run three special schools, currently assisting around 160 children, and an old-age home for the short-stay of elderly people. AJK also provides vocational training, participates in diagnostic camps and distributes aids and appliances to physically disabled persons. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>* Deepalaya is focused on building a better future for India's street children. They have assisted more than 44,000 underprivileged children through the provision of food and board, health care, meaningful education and vocational training, counselling and career guidance, understanding, friendship, and warmth and solace.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>* GOONJ channels vital resources to rural India through the distribution of used items such as clothes and household goods. Their school-to-school program of channelling resources like uniforms, shoes, stationery, lunch boxes etc from urban schools to rural schools will benefit more than 35,000 children in its first phase.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Any donations you'd like to make can be given to your group leader in Delhi ONLY, they can then arrange for it to be passed on to GOONJ who will distribute these items to rural villages and people in need. You might like to consider taking over some clothes or other things you no longer require: woollens, footwear, bed sheets, blankets, utensils, first aid items, books, toys and school items - notebooks, pencils, pens, old uniforms or school bags - are all useful. </div></div><div id="Carbonoffset" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Carbon offset</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Carbon Offset C02-e 320.00 kgs per pax.</div></div><div id="Feedback" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Feedback</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/">Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback</a><br /></div></div>
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Hotels & Houseboat
This trip spends 12 nights in comfortable hotels and 1 night on a houseboat. All hotel rooms are en-suite. The houseboats typically have 2 to 4 bedrooms, these rooms have fans and en-suite facilities also. The 80 foot long boats are converted 'kettuvallam' (rice barges) constructed in a traditional way from jackfruit wood to provide simple but comfortable accommodation. Each boat has an open lounge, deck, kitchenette and a crew, usually comprising two oarsmen and a cook. The decks are carpeted with coir matting and furniture made from cane which is of typical southern style. Single rooms may be available for a supplement but must be requested in advance of travel. Please ask your Sales Consultant for details and prices. We endeavour to provide twin or triple rooms for all family clients – for trip specific details please download the Trip Notes.
Traditional houseboat, Kerela backwaters, Southern India
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  • Discover the Kerala backwaters by houseboat
  • Interact with playful elephants
  • See the famous Chinese fishing nets of Cochin
  • Relax on an Indian Ocean beach in Kovalam

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A relaxing family holiday to discover the highlights of Southern India

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Malta & Gozo Adventure

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Experience the hidden delights of the Maltese islands. Gozo is tranquil and verdant and we’ll explore the gentle undulating hills and lush farmland by jeep and bike. We’ll spend a day with a shepherd, milking the sheep and making local Gozitan cheese. Take in the stunning coastal scenery on a boat trip to Comino - swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Back on the main island of Malta we’ll explore the tiny capital of Valetta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with baroque architecture, gardens and churches.
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<div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 01 Oct 2014</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">Malta &amp; Gozo Adventure</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: FPM</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014</div><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Our Intrepid Family Adventures are designed specifically for the spirited family. We understand that travelling with kids sometimes requires a slightly different perspective. Keeping this in mind, we travel at a slower speed - recognising that showing your family around our exotic destinations can take time. By travelling at a relaxed pace, while still offering plenty of optional activities along the way, we're providing your family with the ultimate travel experience together.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Accommodation is chosen carefully to ensure your family gets the best of both worlds, with some of the creature comforts of home as well as experiencing accommodation unique to the region you are travelling through. Wherever possible you will stay in hotels with small comforts to make your stay more enjoyable - such as restaurants nearby, or accommodation with a pool. On some trips you may even find your family being rocked to sleep on an overnight sleeper train or drifting off while camped out under a canopy of stars - and we reckon it'll be these experiences the kids will love and remember the most. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Best of all, we find trips with children are so successful because kids have such a special ability to break down barriers with their natural curiosity, and because delighted locals always greet them with much affection. For all these reasons and more, you'll discover that Intrepid Family Adventures are an amazing experience for all.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">With a lovely year-round climate, warm Mediterranean waters and a fascinating culture, Malta is a great place for active families to explore. Travel back in time and stroll through the historic streets of Valletta. Cycle past domed churches and freewheel across Gozo’s undulating coastline. Head out to sea and don a mask and snorkel to view the underwater world around Comino. While the islands each have their own unique charm, this easygoing adventure combines all three to deliver a memorable holiday that will entertain young and big kids alike.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">This trip is operated by our trusted local partners, The Adventure Company.</div><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Table of Contents</div><table id="TripNoteTableOfContents"><tr><td><a href="#Style">Style</a></td><td><a href="#Importantnotes">Important notes</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencycontact">Emergency contact</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Themes">Themes</a></td><td><a href="#Groupsize">Group size</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencyfunds">Emergency funds</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Map">Map</a></td><td><a href="#Yourfellowtravellers">Your fellow travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Visas">Visas</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerary">Itinerary</a></td><td><a href="#Singletravellers">Single travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Issuesonyourtrip">Issues on your trip</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Alsoavailabletopurchase">Also available to purchase</a></td><td><a href="#Accommodation">Accommodation</a></td><td><a href="#Whattotake">What to take</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerarydisclaimer">Itinerary disclaimer</a></td><td><a href="#Mealsintroduction">Meals introduction</a></td><td><a href="#Health">Health</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Includedactivities">Included activities</a></td><td><a href="#Meals">Meals</a></td><td><a href="#Safety">Safety</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Optionalactivities">Optional activities</a></td><td><a href="#Transport">Transport</a></td><td><a href="#Travelinsurance">Travel insurance</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#MoneyExchange">Money Exchange</a></td><td><a href="#Groupleader">Group leader</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravel">Responsible Travel</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Spendingmoney">Spending money</a></td><td><a href="#Joiningpoint">Joining point </a></td><td><a href="#Acoupleofrules">A couple of rules</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Tipping">Tipping</a></td><td><a href="#Arrivalcomplications">Arrival complications</a></td><td><a href="#TheIntrepidFoundation">The Intrepid Foundation</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Departuretax">Departure tax</a></td><td><a href="#Finishpoint">Finish point </a></td><td><a href="#Feedback">Feedback</a></td></tr></table><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div id="Style" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Style</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Exodus</div></div><div id="Themes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Themes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Mixed-activity, Culture &amp; Discovery, Family group, Accom: hotel/lodge, History</div></div><div id="Themesdescriptions" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div></div><div id="Map" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Map</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">[DoxHandler=58075]<br /></div></div><div id="Itinerary" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary</div></div><div id="Day1StartValetta;transfertoGozobyroadandboat." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Start Valetta; transfer to Gozo by road and boat.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">San Andrea Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day2MorningjeepsafariviaCalypso'sCave;swimmingatRamlail'Hamra;afternoonfree." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Morning jeep safari via Calypso's Cave; swimming at Ramla il'Hamra; afternoon free.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Jeep Safari Xlendi</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">San Andrea Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day3Explorepathsandtrailsbybike;afternoonfree." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 Explore paths and trails by bike; afternoon free.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Cycle Tour Xlendi</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">San Andrea Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4VisittheAgerFoundation;spendadayinthelifeofalocalshepherd." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Visit the Ager Foundation; spend a day in the life of a local shepherd.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Ager Foundation Visit</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">San Andrea Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5BoattriptoCominoforswimmingandsnorkelling;transfertoMalta." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Boat trip to Comino for swimming and snorkelling; transfer to Malta.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Boat tour Comino</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Plevna hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6Freedayforactivities;tryhorseriding,exploreprehistorictemplesorspendtimeatthebeach(alloptional)." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Free day for activities; try horse riding, explore prehistoric temples or spend time at the beach (all optional).</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Plevna hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day7WalkingtourofhistoricValletta;afternoonharbourcruise(optional)." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 Walking tour of historic Valletta; afternoon harbour cruise (optional).</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Walking Tour Valletta</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Plevna hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day8EndValetta" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 8 End Valetta</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchase" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Also available to purchase</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. </div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul><li>Single supplement (FPM)</li><li>8 days family European single trip insurance (8ESTF)</li></ul></div></div><div id="Wealsorecommendlist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Itinerarydisclaimer" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary disclaimer</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.</div></div><div id="Includedactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Included activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.</div></div><div id="Optionalactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Optional activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and 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 it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. </div></div><div id="MoneyExchange" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Money Exchange</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Currency exchange rates often fluctuate. For the most up to date rates please refer to the following website: www.oanda.com.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which are plentiful throughout all the main cities. Check with your bank for information on ATM international fees.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place. When using your debit card, check your receipts and keep them to compare against your statement when you get home.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We recommend that you carry some foreign currency cash for when ATMs can not be accessed, have broken down or run out of cash. There are few problems changing money as there are many banks and currency exchange facilities. Cash in EUR, GBP and USD dollars are favoured for exchange.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Occasionally banks will also allow cash advances on your credit card, but it is not recommended to rely on this.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>While some banks and 5 star hotels will change Travellers' Cheques the process is time consuming and commissions can be high (up to 10%) and it can be difficult to change on weekends and public holidays. The easiest cheques to change are Thomas Cook or American Express in USD, EUR or GBP.</div></div><div id="Spendingmoney" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Spending money</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. </div></div><div id="Tipping" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Tipping</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.<br />At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.<br />Local guides/Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides/porters.<br />Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 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. <br />In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult</div></div><div id="Departuretax" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Departure tax</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.</div></div><div id="Importantnotes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Important notes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 2</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">LOCAL PARTNER:<br />This trip is operated by our experienced local partner, The Adventure Company.</div></div><div id="Groupsize" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group size</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Maximum of 16 travellers per group.</div></div><div id="Yourfellowtravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Your fellow travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup</div></div><div id="Singletravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Single travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.</div></div><div id="Accommodation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">San Andrea Hotel (4 nts), Plevna hotel (3 nts)</div></div><div id="Accommodationdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:<br />Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.</div></div><div id="Mealsintroduction" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals introduction</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.</div></div><div id="Meals" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Budget for meals not included:</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded-auto" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">EUR 200.00</div></div><div id="Transport" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Transport</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Jeep, Private Bus, Boat</div></div><div id="Groupleader" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group leader</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All Intrepid 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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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 were 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.</div></div><div id="Joiningpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Joining point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">San Andrea hotel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Xatt Ix Xlendi </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Xlendi</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">MALTA</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Phone: +356 2156 5555</div></div><div id="Arrivalcomplications" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Arrival complications</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.</div></div><div id="Finishpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Finish point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Plevna Hotel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Thornton </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Silema</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Sliema</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">MALTA</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div></div><div id="Emergencycontact" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency contact</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/">www.intrepidtravel.com/... /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, The Adventure Company can be reached on Tel: +44 1420 593000. For further contact details please use the following page:</div></div><div id="Emergencyfunds" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency funds</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.</div></div><div id="Visas" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Visas</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.</div></div><div id="Issuesonyourtrip" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Issues on your trip</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.</div></div><div id="Whattotake" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">What to take</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf">Go to Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List</a><br /></div></div><div id="Health" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Health</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">All Intrepid 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 cope with 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, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.</div></div><div id="Safety" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Safety</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable 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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group 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 group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:<br />Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware! </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:<br />While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety">www.intrepidtravel.com/safety</a><br /></div></div><div id="Travelinsurance" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Travel insurance</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>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 credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php">www.intrepidtravel.com/insu... /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravel" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller">www.intr... /></div></div><div id="Acoupleofrules" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">A couple of rules</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.</div></div><div id="TheIntrepidFoundation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">The Intrepid Foundation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/">www.theintrepidfoundation.org</a><br /></div></div><div id="Feedback" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Feedback</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock">After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock"></div>Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock"><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/">Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback</a><br /></div></div>

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  • 7 nights 3 star air-conditioned hotels; 3 nights family run hotel in Xlendi (with private balconies) and 4 nights traditional hotel in Sliema
  • Transport: private minibus, boat, jeep, bicycle and on foot
  • The ability to swim is recommended
  • All breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Malta and Gozo are blessed with a subtropical Mediterranean climate; summers are generally hot and dry, and winters mild. Malta's average annual temperature of 18-19degC is amongst the highest in Europe, and significant temperature fluctuations are rare. Being islands however, they can face strong winds coming off the sea, particularly in the springtime, which can make it feel a little chilly.
  • In Summer daytime temperatures usually range from mid-high 20's to low-mid 30's (degrees Celcius) whilst evenings tend to fall more comfortably into the early 20's (degrees Celcius). Rain is rare in the Summer, but is possible at the start and end of the season.
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Relax into this holiday to discover the hidden secrets of Malta and Gozo

All breakfasts and 1 lunch are included. Breakfast is included throughout this trip, and lunch is included on day 4, when we visit the Ager Foundation. Here we will enjoy an authentic traditional lunch with our host featuring Gozitan cheese, olives, sundried tomatoes and crusty oven baked bread. Our hotels are located within walking distance of the town centres, where an array of traditional restaurants and tavernas await.
This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company The Family Adventure Company (TFAC), as such the group may be a mixture of Exodus and TFAC clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. TFAC operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel. This trip offers a pleasant balance between relaxation and activity and can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonable health. There are opportunities for activities such as walks, bike rides and snorkel trips by boat, but none of these are compulsory and any healthy child or adult should be able to take part. The ability to swim is recommended.
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<div class="clearfix" id="TripNotePreviewTitleBar"><div id="TripNoteIntrepidLogo"></div><div id="TripNotePreviewLogo"></div></div><div id="TripNoteLastModified">Last Modified: 01 Oct 2014</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">Malta &amp; Gozo Adventure</div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: FPM</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014</div><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Our Intrepid Family Adventures are designed specifically for the spirited family. We understand that travelling with kids sometimes requires a slightly different perspective. Keeping this in mind, we travel at a slower speed - recognising that showing your family around our exotic destinations can take time. By travelling at a relaxed pace, while still offering plenty of optional activities along the way, we're providing your family with the ultimate travel experience together.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Accommodation is chosen carefully to ensure your family gets the best of both worlds, with some of the creature comforts of home as well as experiencing accommodation unique to the region you are travelling through. Wherever possible you will stay in hotels with small comforts to make your stay more enjoyable - such as restaurants nearby, or accommodation with a pool. On some trips you may even find your family being rocked to sleep on an overnight sleeper train or drifting off while camped out under a canopy of stars - and we reckon it'll be these experiences the kids will love and remember the most. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Best of all, we find trips with children are so successful because kids have such a special ability to break down barriers with their natural curiosity, and because delighted locals always greet them with much affection. For all these reasons and more, you'll discover that Intrepid Family Adventures are an amazing experience for all.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >With a lovely year-round climate, warm Mediterranean waters and a fascinating culture, Malta is a great place for active families to explore. Travel back in time and stroll through the historic streets of Valletta. Cycle past domed churches and freewheel across Gozo’s undulating coastline. Head out to sea and don a mask and snorkel to view the underwater world around Comino. While the islands each have their own unique charm, this easygoing adventure combines all three to deliver a memorable holiday that will entertain young and big kids alike.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >This trip is operated by our trusted local partners, The Adventure Company.</div><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Table of Contents</div><table id="TripNoteTableOfContents"><tr><td><a href="#Style">Style</a></td><td><a href="#Importantnotes">Important notes</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencycontact">Emergency contact</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Themes">Themes</a></td><td><a href="#Groupsize">Group size</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencyfunds">Emergency funds</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Map">Map</a></td><td><a href="#Yourfellowtravellers">Your fellow travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Visas">Visas</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerary">Itinerary</a></td><td><a href="#Singletravellers">Single travellers</a></td><td><a href="#Issuesonyourtrip">Issues on your trip</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Alsoavailabletopurchase">Also available to purchase</a></td><td><a href="#Accommodation">Accommodation</a></td><td><a href="#Whattotake">What to take</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Itinerarydisclaimer">Itinerary disclaimer</a></td><td><a href="#Mealsintroduction">Meals introduction</a></td><td><a href="#Health">Health</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Includedactivities">Included activities</a></td><td><a href="#Meals">Meals</a></td><td><a href="#Safety">Safety</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Optionalactivities">Optional activities</a></td><td><a href="#Transport">Transport</a></td><td><a href="#Travelinsurance">Travel insurance</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#MoneyExchange">Money Exchange</a></td><td><a href="#Groupleader">Group leader</a></td><td><a href="#ResponsibleTravel">Responsible Travel</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Spendingmoney">Spending money</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateJoiningpoint">Alternate Joining point </a></td><td><a href="#Acoupleofrules">A couple of rules</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Tipping">Tipping</a></td><td><a href="#Arrivalcomplications">Arrival complications</a></td><td><a href="#TheIntrepidFoundation">The Intrepid Foundation</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Departuretax">Departure tax</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateFinishpoint">Alternate Finish point </a></td><td><a href="#Feedback">Feedback</a></td></tr></table><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div id="Style" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Style</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Exodus</div></div><div id="Themes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Themes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Mixed-activity, Culture &amp; Discovery, Family group, Accom: hotel/lodge, History</div></div><div id="Themesdescriptions" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div></div><div id="Map" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Map</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >[DoxHandler=58075]<br /></div></div><div id="Itinerary" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary</div></div><div id="Day1PreDay1Title" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeadingFirstItem">Day 1 Pre Day 1 Title</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day1FlytoValetta;transfertoGozobyroadandboat." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 1 Fly to Valetta; transfer to Gozo by road and boat.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day2MorningjeepsafariviaCalypso'sCave;swimmingatRamlail'Hamra;afternoonfree." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Morning jeep safari via Calypso's Cave; swimming at Ramla il'Hamra; afternoon free.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Jeep Safari Xlendi</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >San Andrea Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day3Explorepathsandtrailsbybike;afternoonfree." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 Explore paths and trails by bike; afternoon free.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Cycle Tour Xlendi</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >San Andrea Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4VisittheAgerFoundation;spendadayinthelifeofalocalshepherd." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Visit the Ager Foundation; spend a day in the life of a local shepherd.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Ager Foundation Visit</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >San Andrea Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day5BoattriptoCominoforswimmingandsnorkelling;transfertoMalta." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Boat trip to Comino for swimming and snorkelling; transfer to Malta.</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Boat tour Comino</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Plevna hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6Freedayforactivities;tryhorseriding,exploreprehistorictemplesorspendtimeatthebeach(alloptional)." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Free day for activities; try horse riding, explore prehistoric temples or spend time at the beach (all optional).</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Plevna hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day7WalkingtourofhistoricValletta;afternoonharbourcruise(optional)." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 Walking tour of historic Valletta; afternoon harbour cruise (optional).</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Included Activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Walking Tour Valletta</li></ul></div><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Plevna hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day8FlytoLondon" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 8 Fly to London</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day9PostTripExtraDayTitle" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 9 Post Trip Extra Day Title</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchase" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Also available to purchase</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip. </div></div><div id="Alsoavailabletopurchaselist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul><li>Single supplement (FPM)</li><li>8 days family European single trip insurance (8ESTF)</li></ul></div></div><div id="Wealsorecommendlist" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><ul></ul></div></div><div id="Itinerarydisclaimer" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Itinerary disclaimer</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.</div></div><div id="Includedactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Included activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.</div></div><div id="Optionalactivities" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Optional activities</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and 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 it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. </div></div><div id="MoneyExchange" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Money Exchange</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Currency exchange rates often fluctuate. For the most up to date rates please refer to the following website: www.oanda.com.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) which are plentiful throughout all the main cities. Check with your bank for information on ATM international fees.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place. When using your debit card, check your receipts and keep them to compare against your statement when you get home.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We recommend that you carry some foreign currency cash for when ATMs can not be accessed, have broken down or run out of cash. There are few problems changing money as there are many banks and currency exchange facilities. Cash in EUR, GBP and USD dollars are favoured for exchange.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Occasionally banks will also allow cash advances on your credit card, but it is not recommended to rely on this.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>While some banks and 5 star hotels will change Travellers' Cheques the process is time consuming and commissions can be high (up to 10%) and it can be difficult to change on weekends and public holidays. The easiest cheques to change are Thomas Cook or American Express in USD, EUR or GBP.</div></div><div id="Spendingmoney" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Spending money</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. </div></div><div id="Tipping" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Tipping</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.<BR/>At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.<BR/>Local guides/Porters: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides/porters.<BR/>Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 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. <BR/>In total, we recommend you budget approx US$5-US$10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don't have the correct small change. To overcome this, we have established a tipping kitty system. At your group meeting, your tour leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips while keeping a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult</div></div><div id="Departuretax" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Departure tax</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.</div></div><div id="Importantnotes" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Important notes</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 2</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >LOCAL PARTNER:<BR/>This trip is operated by our experienced local partner, The Adventure Company.</div></div><div id="Groupsize" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group size</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Maximum of 16 travellers per group.</div></div><div id="Yourfellowtravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Your fellow travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup</div></div><div id="Singletravellers" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Single travellers</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.</div></div><div id="Accommodation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >San Andrea Hotel (4 nts), Plevna hotel (3 nts)</div></div><div id="Accommodationdescription" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:<BR/>Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area,generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere. We also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.</div></div><div id="Mealsintroduction" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals introduction</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.</div></div><div id="Meals" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Meals</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Budget for meals not included:</div></div><div id="Budgetformealsnotincluded-auto" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionSeparator"></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >EUR 200.00</div></div><div id="Transport" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Transport</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Jeep, Private Bus, Boat</div></div><div id="Groupleader" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Group leader</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All Intrepid 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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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 were 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.</div></div><div id="AlternateJoiningpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Alternate Joining point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For trips departing on the following dates, use this joining point. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >25 Oct 2014 (FPM1410253)</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London, All Airports</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" > </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >UNITED KINGDOM</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div></div><div id="Arrivalcomplications" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Arrival complications</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.</div></div><div id="AlternateFinishpoint" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Alternate Finish point </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >For trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >25 Oct 2014 (FPM1410253)</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London, All Airports</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" > </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >London</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >UNITED KINGDOM</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div></div><div id="Emergencycontact" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency contact</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/">www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/</a><br /></div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency only, The Adventure Company can be reached on Tel: +44 1420 593000. For further contact details please use the following page:</div></div><div id="Emergencyfunds" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Emergency funds</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.</div></div><div id="Visas" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Visas</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.</div></div><div id="Issuesonyourtrip" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Issues on your trip</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.</div></div><div id="Whattotake" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">What to take</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes).<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/pdf/trips/packinglist.pdf">Go to Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List</a><br /></div></div><div id="Health" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Health</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >All Intrepid 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 cope with 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, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.</div></div><div id="Safety" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Safety</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable 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.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group 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 group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:<BR/>Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware! </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:<BR/>While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety">www.intrepidtravel.com/safety</a><br /></div></div><div id="Travelinsurance" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Travel insurance</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>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 credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.<div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance.php">www.intrepidtravel.com/insurance</a><br /></div></div><div id="ResponsibleTravel" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Responsible Travel</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller">www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletraveller</a><br /></div></div><div id="Acoupleofrules" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">A couple of rules</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.</div></div><div id="TheIntrepidFoundation" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">The Intrepid Foundation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/">www.theintrepidfoundation.org</a><br /></div></div><div id="Feedback" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Feedback</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >After your travels, we want to hear from you! We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers. <div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Remember that once you’ve left your feedback you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher. </div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" ><a href="http://www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback/">Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback</a><br /></div></div>
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Hotels
7 nights, all in hotels. 3 nights in family run hotel in Xlendi; all rooms have private balconies. 4 nights in a traditional hotel in Sliema. Hotels are 3-star with en suite facilities and air conditioning, and are located within walking distance of the seafront and local amenities. Single rooms may be available for a supplement; please enquire at the time of booking for prices and availability. We endeavour to provide twin or triple rooms for all family clients – for trip specific details please download the Trip Notes.
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  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Discover rural Gozo by bike and by jeep
  • Spend a day in the life of a shepherd
  • Go snorkelling around Comino Island
  • Visit Valetta - a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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  • Temperatures in the summer months can reach into the 30s (degC), with cooler weather toward the start and end of the season. Evenings are generally warm during the summer months, although occasionally a thin long sleeved top might be needed at the start/end of the summer, or in case of a cool breeze. Occasional rain showers are possible, but prolonged downpours are uncommon during the summer.

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Pisa, Siena and Florence, Italy

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the price of the tour. There will be a welcome dinnner on the first night and a farewell dinner on the last. On the second evening we'll have a hands-on Italian cookery lesson and we'll get to eat our delicious creations. In Siena and Florence we'll have picnic lunches. If you have any dietary requirements please inform us 2-3 weeks in advance of travel.
This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company The Adventure Company (TAC), as such the group may be a mixture of Exodus and TAC clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. TAC operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel. This is a varied itinerary with a relaxing pace to suit younger children, whilst taking in the highlights of historical Tuscany, as well as the beautiful Cinque Terre coastal region. This is a centre-based tour, spending the week at the same apartments in Lucignano, which reduces the amount of time spent travelling and allows more time for sightseeing and activities. It also means that you can opt out of any of the days excursions should you wish, perhaps in favour of relaxing around the swimming pool. Please note that this is not a luxury tour; we use local transport including buses and trains. It can get very hot in the summer months so you should be prepared for this - bring sunscreen with you and make sure to drink plenty of water.
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Apartment
This Tuscan trip is centre based and spends 7 nights in an apartment that is part of the 13th century mediaeval walled city of Lucignano. There is a communal swimming pool, large garden and a stone tower! Each apartment has authentic Tuscan atmosphere and charm. The unique pear shaped walled city is considered a rare example of mediaeval architecture.
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  • Insurance
  • Beautiful mediaeval history and architecture of Montepulciano and Cortona
  • Enjoy the rugged coastline of the Cinque Terre
  • Discover the treasures of Florence and Siena
  • Culinary delights - hands on Italian cookery lesson

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Pisa, Siena and Florence

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