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Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

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Beijing
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Shanghai
The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and Giant pandas - China's iconic sights need little introduction and we visit them all on this comprehensive and varied journey. Equally inspiring are China's great scenic attractions including the breathtaking Three Gorges on the Yangtze River and the serene limestone mountains around Yangshuo. China remains one of the world's 'must-see' destinations; from ultra-modern Shanghai to the wizened faces of ancient Chinese villagers, this trip reveals a country as fascinating and beguiling as ever.
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China
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China
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Friday, January 1, 2016 to Saturday, December 31, 2016
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  Last Modified: 11 Sep 2015Imperial China & Yangtze River CruiseTrip code: ACEValidity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016 Table of ContentsStyleGroup sizeJoining point ThemesAccommodationFinish point MapMealsItineraryTransport StyleExodusThemesFood & drink, Solo departures, Guided Group, Culture & Discovery, Water-based, Accom: hotel/lodge Map[DoxHandler=108381]ItineraryDay 1 Start Beijing. Day 2 Beijing/Great Wall Day 3 Second day of Beijing sightseeing. Day 4 Third day of Beijing sightseeing. Day 5 Morning walking tour of the Muslim area and mosque; free afternoon or optional cycle ride. Day 6 Visit the Terracotta Warriors; overnight train to Chengdu. Day 7 Morning transfer to hotel; afternoon sightseeing tour of Chengdu. Day 8 Sightseeing trip to Leshan Giant Buddha; return to Chengdu. Day 9 Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre; to Chongqing, board cruise boat. Day 10 Two full days cruising the Yangtze River including the Three Gorges and see the dam. Day 11 Second day of cruise. Day 12 Disembark; overnight sleeper train to Liuzhou. Day 13 Arrive Liuzhou; transfer to Yangshuo; free afternoon. Day 14 Two free days in Yangshuo, surrounded by towering limestone scenery. Day 15 Second free day in Yangshuo Day 16 To Guilin for flight to Shanghai; drive to Tongli water town for orientation walk. Day 17 Drive to Suzhou, famous for its canals and silk industry; tour of gardens; late afternoon return to Shanghai. Day 18 Morning city tour; afternoon free. Day 19 End Shanghai.  

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    Group sizeMaximum of 16 travellers per group.AccommodationMeals18 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 2 DinnersTransportPrivate BusJoining pointBeijing Dongfang HotelNo.11 Wanming RoadXiCheng DistrictBeijing100050CHINA Phone: 010 63019696Finish pointBund Riverside Hotel Shanghai398, East Beijing RoadHuangpu DistrictShanghai200001CHINA Phone: +86 2163522888Fax: +86 2163516200

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    • Travel by train, private minibus, public bus, cruise boat and 1 internal flight
    • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
    • 12 nights comfortable hotels, 3 nights comfortable 4-star cruise boat with outward facing twin berth air-conditioned cabins, all en suite, and 3 nights 1st class sleeper train, soft-bed berths
    • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 3 dinners included
    • Fast paced itinerary
    • 18 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 3 dinners
    • All accomodation (see below)
    • All transport and listed activities
    • Tour leader throughout
    • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    Comma Seperated Trip Codes 
    ACH, ACI, ACW
    • Beijing and Xi'an: The north of China has warm (25degC+), quite humid summers, and cold dry winters. If you travel between June and August, it will be hot more or less everywhere, except in the mountains. Some rain must be expected, possibly heavy. If you travel in September/October, you will probably get less rain and the temperatures will be fairly warm (around 20degC) everywhere.
    • Emei Shan and Yangtze River Gorge: The central region of China has very warm humid summers and cold winters. Rainfall should be expected during the summer months. In July/August temperatures along the Yangtze River can reach 40degCC and in Spring/Autumn will be 22-26degC. Temperatures at the summit of Emei Shan will be approx. 3degC in April, 12degC in July and -1degC in October. Warm clothing should be packed for these low temperatures on the summit of Emei Shan.
    • Yangshuo/Shanghai: The south of China is sub-tropical with hot (30degC), wet summers (May to September), and warm, relatively dry (November to March) winters, though rain is possible at almost any time of year.
    • The winter months in China are cold (+3degC), so if travelling in November/March be prepared for temperatures to drop to below freezing at night in the North, but with almost guaranteed dry sightseeing. The weather is milder in the south.

    Weather & seasonality

    A comprehensive China itinerary covering its length and breadth

    18 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 3 dinners included One of the major draws of China is its exciting and varied cuisine. On this trip you will be able to try many different dishes that will be carefully selected with your leaders help and based on the group's dietary requirements and preferences. Meals generally consist of shared dishes, which is the best way to experience as many different ingredients as possible and try things you might not usually choose. Examples of popular dishes include Ma Po Tofu, a delicious tofu dish made with beef, chillies and onion, Gong Bao chicken, a very popular dish with chilli and peanuts, the iconic Peking Duck, served with hoisin sauce and pancakes, and dumplings in many shapes and sizes. A very popular dish in Sichuan Province is Hot Pot (Huoguo) which can be served as spicy as you wish and consists of a simmering metal pot of stock in the middle of a table which is served with ingredients ranging from quails eggs, local vegetables and many different types of meat. There are many different dishes to try and the leader will always try and accommodate tastes, but if you tire of Chinese food there are always opportunities to eat Western-style dishes. For vegetarians or those with dietary requirements, many of the traditional dishes can be amended to omit the meat products.
    This holiday is designed so that you can see the best parts of China in a relatively short period of time. There is a lot to see in the time you are there, and the distances covered are large, but everything is scheduled so that it doesn't feel too rushed. You should come armed for an experience: China can be hard work and the summer heat and the bustle of some of the cities can be a little overwhelming. That said, there are places where you can find peace and quiet.
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    Hotels, Boat & Train
    On this trip you will spend 12 nights in comfortable hotels, 3 nights on a 4 star cruise boat with 2 berth air-conditioned cabins, all en suite, and 3 nights on a 1st class sleeper train. Nearly all the hotels are locally rated as 3 star and wherever possible located as near to local attractions as possible.
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    • Travel insurance
    • Single accommodation (available on request) - from GBP490 (excludes sleeper train)
    • Vaccinations
    • Chinese Visa - GBP196 with Travcour or GBP151 plus GBP18 special delivery direct with Embassy
    • Enjoy 3 full days sightseeing in Beijing
    • Float amidst the 3 Gorges on the Yangtze River
    • See the Great Wall at the less visited and scenic Mutianyu section
    • Visit rural Yangshuo amidst stunning karst scenery

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    Malta and Gozo Family Holiday

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    Ager Foundation Visit
    Boat tour Comino
    Cycle Tour Xlendi
    Jeep Safari Xlendi
    Walking Tour Valletta
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    Sliema
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    Xlendi
    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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    Malta
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    Malta
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    Thursday, January 1, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
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      Last Modified: 27 Mar 2015Malta and Gozo Family HolidayTrip code: FPMValidity: 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015 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. 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. 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.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.This trip is operated by our trusted local partners, The Adventure Company.Table of ContentsStyleGroup sizeEmergency fundsThemesYour fellow travellersVisasMapSingle travellersIssues on your tripItineraryAccommodationWhat to takeAlso available to purchaseMeals introductionHealthItinerary disclaimerMealsSafetyIncluded activitiesTransportTravel insuranceOptional activitiesGroup leaderResponsible TravelMoney ExchangeJoining point A couple of rulesSpending moneyArrival complicationsThe Intrepid FoundationTippingFinish point Carbon offsetDeparture taxAlternate Finish point FeedbackImportant notesEmergency contact StyleExodusThemesCulture & Discovery, Family group, Accom: hotel/lodge, History Map[DoxHandler=96757]ItineraryDay 1 Start Valetta; transfer to Sliema.AccommodationPlevna hotel (1 nt)Day 2 Walking tour of 16th Century Valletta, a UNESCO World Hertiage Site.Included Activities

    • Walking Tour Valletta

    AccommodationPlevna hotel (1 nt)Day 3 Free day; try horse riding, visit the water park or explore Mediaeval Mdina (all optional).AccommodationPlevna hotel (1 nt)Day 4 Optional Valetta harbour cruise; ferry and transfer to Xlendi in Gozo; afternoon bike ride.Included Activities

    • Cycle Tour Xlendi

    AccommodationSan Andrea Hotel (1 nt)Day 5 Boat trip to Comino Island for swimming and snorkelling.Included Activities

    • Boat tour Comino

    AccommodationSan Andrea Hotel (1 nt)Day 6 Morning free; afternoon visit the Ager Foundation and spend a day in the life of a local shepherd.Included Activities

    • Ager Foundation Visit

    AccommodationSan Andrea Hotel (1 nt)Day 7 Jeep safari to Dwerja and the Azure Window (a spectacular rock arch).Included Activities

    • Jeep Safari Xlendi

    AccommodationSan Andrea Hotel (1 nt)Day 8 Ferry to Malta and transfer to Valetta.AccommodationSan Andrea Hotel (1 nt)Also available to purchaseFor 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. 

    • Malta and Gozo Family Holiday - Single supplement (FPM)

     

      Itinerary disclaimerOccasionally 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 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.Included activitiesIncluded 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.Optional activitiesA 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. 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.Money ExchangeCurrency exchange rates often fluctuate. For the most up to date rates please refer to the following website: www.oanda.com. 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. 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. 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. Occasionally banks will also allow cash advances on your credit card, but it is not recommended to rely on this. 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.Spending moneyEvery 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.TippingIf you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's 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. The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
      Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest €1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
      Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides.
      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 we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers.
      Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €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.
      In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping. 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.Departure taxAll departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.Important notesAge restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 2LOCAL PARTNER:
      This trip is operated by our experienced local partner, The Adventure Company.Group sizeMaximum of 16 travellers per group.Your fellow travellersAs 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. 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/meetupSingle travellersOur 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.AccommodationSan Andrea Hotel (5 nts), Plevna hotel (3 nts) GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
      Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room. 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. 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.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.Meals introductionWhile 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.Meals7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch Budget for meals not included: EUR 200.00TransportJeep, Private Bus, BoatGroup leaderAll 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. 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.Joining pointPlevna HotelThorntonSilemaSliemaMALTA Arrival complicationsWe don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader. Please also make sure have a copy of the local operator's emergency phone numbers from our Emergency Contact section of these trip notes.Finish pointSan Andrea hotelXatt Ix XlendiXlendiMALTA Phone: +356 2156 5555Alternate Finish pointFor trips departing on the following dates, use this finish point.24 Oct 2015 (FPM151024) St Patrick's HotelPjazza AmphoraXlendiGozoXLN1150MALTA Phone: 356 21562951Emergency contactwww.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/In the case of an on ground issue or problem the local operator in Malta can be reached on 0035679444082Emergency fundsPlease also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, 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.VisasVisas 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. 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.Issues on your tripWhile 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. 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. 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.What to takeWhat 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, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (max 30 minutes). 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. 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.Go to Intrepid's Ultimate Packing ListHealthAll 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. 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.SafetyMany 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 and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip. 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. 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. 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:TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
      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!PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
      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 or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.www.intrepidtravel.com/safetyTravel insuranceTravel 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. When travelling on a 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. 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. Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:www.intrepidtravel.com/insuranceResponsible TravelWe 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:www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/rt/responsibletravellerA couple of rulesIllegal 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. Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.The Intrepid FoundationSince 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. 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 leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:www.theintrepidfoundation.orgCarbon offsetCarbon Offset C02-e 138.00 kgs per pax.FeedbackAfter 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.Leave your feedback here - www.intrepidtravel.com/feedback

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      • 7 nights 3 star air-conditioned hotels; 3 nights traditional hotel in Sliema and 4 nights family run hotel in Xlendi (with private balconies)
      • 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 dinner are included. Breakfast is included throughout this trip, and dinner is included on day 6, 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: 27 Mar 2015</div><div id="TripNoteTripTitle">Malta and Gozo Family Holiday </div><div id="TripNoteProductCode">Trip code: FPM</div><div id="TripNoteValidity">Validity: 01 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015</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="#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="#Carbonoffset">Carbon offset</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Tipping">Tipping</a></td><td><a href="#AlternateFinishpoint">Alternate Finish point </a></td><td><a href="#Feedback">Feedback</a></td></tr><tr><td><a href="#Departuretax">Departure tax</a></td><td><a href="#Emergencycontact">Emergency contact</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" >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=96757]<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;transfertoSliemabyroad" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 1 Fly to Valetta; transfer to Sliema by road</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"></div></div><div id="Day2Walkingtourof16thCenturyValletta,aUNESCOWorldHertiageSite." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 2 Walking tour of 16th Century Valletta, a UNESCO World Hertiage Site.</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="Day3Freeday;tryhorseriding,visitthewaterparkorexploreMediaevalMdina(alloptional)." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 3 Free day; try horse riding, visit the water park or explore Mediaeval Mdina (all optional).</div><div class="TripNoteSubSection"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionSubHeading">Accommodation</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Plevna hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day4OptionalValettaharbourcruise;ferryandtransfertoXlendiinGozo;afternoonbikeride." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 4 Optional Valetta harbour cruise; ferry and transfer to Xlendi in Gozo; afternoon bike ride.</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="Day5BoattriptoCominoIslandforswimmingandsnorkelling." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 5 Boat trip to Comino Island for swimming and snorkelling.</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" >San Andrea Hotel (1 nt)</div></div></div><div id="Day6Morningfree;afternoonvisittheAgerFoundationandspendadayinthelifeofalocalshepherd." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 6 Morning free; afternoon visit the Ager Foundation and 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="Day7JeepsafaritoDwerjaandtheAzureWindow(aspectacularrockarch)." class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSubSectionHeading">Day 7 Jeep safari to Dwerja and the Azure Window (a spectacular rock arch).</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="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>Malta and Gozo Family Holiday - Single supplement (FPM)</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're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's 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 per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:<BR/>Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest €1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.<BR/>Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides.<BR/>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 we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers.<BR/>Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €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.<BR/>In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€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></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 (5 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" >23 May 2015 (FPM150523), 04 Jul 2015 (FPM150704), 18 Jul 2015 (FPM150718), 01 Aug 2015 (FPM150801), 15 Aug 2015 (FPM150815), 17 Oct 2015 (FPM151017), 24 Oct 2015 (FPM151024), 21 May 2016 (FPM160521), 23 Jul 2016 (FPM160723), 30 Jul 2016 (FPM160730), 06 Aug 2016 (FPM160806), 13 Aug 2016 (FPM160813), 20 Aug 2016 (FPM160820), 27 Aug 2016 (FPM160827), 22 Oct 2016 (FPM161022), 29 Oct 2016 (FPM161029)</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 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" >23 May 2015 (FPM150523), 04 Jul 2015 (FPM150704), 18 Jul 2015 (FPM150718), 01 Aug 2015 (FPM150801), 15 Aug 2015 (FPM150815), 17 Oct 2015 (FPM151017), 24 Oct 2015 (FPM151024), 21 May 2016 (FPM160521), 23 Jul 2016 (FPM160723), 30 Jul 2016 (FPM160730), 06 Aug 2016 (FPM160806), 13 Aug 2016 (FPM160813), 20 Aug 2016 (FPM160820), 27 Aug 2016 (FPM160827), 22 Oct 2016 (FPM161022), 29 Oct 2016 (FPM161029)</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 an on ground issue or problem the local operator in Malta can be reached on 0035679444082 </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$500, 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, although you won't be required to walk long distances with it (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 and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. 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 or on the floor 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 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 class="TripNoteDataBlock" ></div>Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes. </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 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="Carbonoffset" class="clear"><div class="TripNoteSectionHeading">Carbon offset</div><div class="TripNoteDataBlock" >Carbon Offset C02-e 138.00 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><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, all in hotels. 3 nights in a traditional hotel in Sliema and 4 nights in a family run hotel in Xlendi; all rooms have private balconies. 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
      • Go on a snorkelling excursion to Comino Island
      • Visit historic Valetta - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
      • Get hands on during a farm visit - feed the Gozitan shephard's animals
      • Discover Victoria, the quaint & sleepy capital of Gozo
      • Cycle around the hills of Gozo

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      Adventure, culture and relaxation at the crossroads of the Mediterranean
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