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Walk Tasmania's Bay of Fires Itinerary

Starting in
Launceston, Australia
Physical Difficulty
4 / 5
Breakfasts included
4
Lunches included
4
Dinners included
2
Ending in
Launceston, Australia
Accommodation
Hotel (4 nights)
Transport
Private vehicle , Walking
Seclusion, solitude, stunning scenery and sweeping stretches of sand await on this five-day walking adventure from Launceston. Head east to this remote corner of Tasmania and follow trails to bright beaches rimmed with red-ringed rocks that contrast with the blue waters of the bay. Walk up summits for vast views, and through coastal tea tree and heath country. Let your experienced leader guide the way with their unmatched local knowledge, leaving you to focus on soaking up this world-famous stretch of coastline. This active adventure is the perfect way to get out and explore the incredible sites just beneath your feet.

5 days

Launceston
Bay of Fires / St Helens
Blue Tier Regional Reserve / Launceston

Day 1: Launceston

Welcome to Launceston – the first stop on our Tasmanian walking trip. With powdery beaches, snow-capped mountains and cities brimming with character and charm, Tasmania offers all kinds of delights. Launceston is one of Australia’s oldest settlements and boasts incredible architecture and heritage streetscapes. It’s also one of only two cities in the entire country lucky enough to be listed as a UNESCO city of gastronomy – yeah, amongst other things, it’s a foodie’s paradise. If you arrive early today, why not make your way to Cataract Gorge, just 1.5km from the city centre. You could be in the city one minute and the next, in the middle of an incredible 65-million-year-old gorge. Spoiler alert – it’s well and truly worth the visit. Or, if the arts are more your thing – you won’t have to look far to find a museum or art gallery to tickle your fancy. Tonight, you’ll meet your local leader and fellow walking companions in the lobby of your hotel at 6pm for an important welcome meeting to get your ready for the upcoming days adventures. After the meeting, you’ll get to know your fellow travellers over a group dinner together.

Day 2: Bay of Fires / St Helens

Your day starts bright and early today with a 7:30am departure from Launceston, heading east to St Helens. After a moment for a homemade morning tea, we’ll continue to Binalong Bay and the southern end of larapuna and the Bay of Fires. Here, start your first walk of the trip in Humbug Point Conservation Area and explore the coastline north of Binalong Bay. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like wallabies and echidnas along the way, and if you're a bird lover you’re in luck – you might spot pied oystercatchers, pacific seagulls and even pelicans taking to the skies here. After today’s walk, you’ll check in to your accommodation for the next three nights in St Helens, a quaint town perfectly positioned to explore the walking trails of Tasmania’s north-east coast. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 3: Bay of Fires / St Helens

This morning, say goodbye to St Helens (just for the day, don’t worry) as you drive to Eddystone Lighthouse to enjoy the view along the Bay of Fires (larapuna). From here, you’ll head to Deep Creek Campground where you’ll begin today’s walk along the park's isolated, white-powder beaches dotted with rocky outcrops, lapped by turquoise water. Keep your eye out for some of the many shorebirds that call this area home. Depending on tide heights you may need to roll up your jeans and take off your shoes to cross Deep Creek on your way today – it’s all part of the adventure, right? Be sure to pack a towel and perhaps a spare pair of pants for the trip home (just in case). At the end of today’s walk, you’ll head back to St Helens, with the possibility of a stop at a local winery along the way (time and group dependant).

Day 4: Bay of Fires / St Helens

After breakfast, more white sand beaches await you. You’ll drive to Policeman’s Point, stopping for morning tea and lunch with a view along the way. Here, you’ll find boardwalks and lookout platforms across bright white sands, fiery lichen boulders and water clear right to the seabed. This is the most challenging walk of the trip so you can expect a few loose pebbles and headlands to scramble over and navigate around. Don’t worry, it’s nothing that you won’t be able to handle under the experienced guidance of your leader. The walk finishes at The Gardens, where you’ll make head way back to your cosy accommodation and enjoy a hearty meal with your fellow travellers and toast to the final evening of the trip.

Day 5: Blue Tier Regional Reserve / Launceston

Today, we're shaking things up and heading to the Blue Tier sub-alpine plateau. This area boasts various rainforest walks, each with different levels of ease and difficulty. There’s the 600 metre Goblin Forest walk which meanders easily along a path and explores the history of tin-mining in the region. Or there’s the more challenging Mount Michael loop track which takes you through mature rainforest to reach the top of Mount Michael. You’ll reach sub-alpine vegetation as you near the summit – some 800m above sea level. From here, you’ll enjoy the spectacular views over St Helens and through to the east coast. Your expert guides will choose today’s tracks, considering weather and track conditions. From the Blue Tier area, drive back to Launceston where our adventure comes to an end in the late afternoon.

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Included Activities

Bay of Fires Conservation Area - St Helens & Binalong Bay walks

Mt William National Park - Stumpys 4 Campground to Deep Creek or Eddystone Lighthouse

Bay of Fires Conservation Area - The Garden to Policeman’s Point walk

Blue Tier Regional Reserve - Day walks

Tour Operator

Club Adventures partners with a variety of operators worldwide to bring adventure to AAA Members. Your departure will be operated by Intrepid Travel.

Highlights

There’s no need for a map or GPS on this walking trip – with an expert local leader that knows the area inside-out, all you have to do is enjoy the journey.

Escape the everyday, get active, and take the time to reconnect with nature in one of Australia’s – and the world’s – most beautiful coastal regions.

The only thing better than the landscapes and wildlife you’ll see are the conversations you’ll have along the way, whether it’s the insights from your leader or stories from the group.

This is the ultimate in low impact, local travel, supporting regional communities and getting right to the heart of the landscape on two feet.

Find a slice of paradise in your own backyard with walks to the red rocks and crystal-clear waters of The Gardens, Mt William National Park and Eddystone Point.

Essential Trip Information

Joining point

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, 29 Cameron St , Launceston, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 (0)363343434

Finish point

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, 29 Cameron St , Launceston, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 (0)363343434

Important information

START & END TIMES
This trip begins in Launceston on day 1 at 6pm and finishes in the late afternoon on Day 5 at around 5pm. Please keep this in mind when arranging your arrival and departure flights.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Due to the types of accommodation used on this tour a single supplement will not always mean a king/queen bed and own bathroom.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

Emergency contact

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 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 or local representative may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the group leader or local representative 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. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the numbers below:





1300 544 882 or +61 8 6219 5164

Is this trip right for you

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Tasmanian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time in Tasmania.

Why we love it

There’s no need for a map or GPS on this walking trip – with an expert local leader that knows the area inside-out, all you have to do is enjoy the journey., Escape the everyday, get active, and take the time to reconnect with nature in one of Australia’s – and the world’s – most beautiful coastal regions., The only thing better than the landscapes and wildlife you’ll see are the conversations you’ll have along the way, whether it’s the insights from your leader or stories from the group., This is the ultimate in low impact, local travel, supporting regional communities and getting right to the heart of the landscape on two feet., Find a slice of paradise in your own backyard with walks to the red rocks and crystal-clear waters of The Gardens, Mt William National Park and Eddystone Point.

Group leader

All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leader or local representative. The aim of the group leader or local representative 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 group leader or local representative however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your group leader or local representative is new to a particular region or training other group leader or local representative.

Your group leader or local representative 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 are interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your group leader or local representative can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

Safety

Most national governments provide regularly updated foreign travel advice 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 destinations and activities on your trip. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trips here: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/travel-alerts

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your 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 group leader or local representative will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy. While your group leader or local representative 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 or local representative has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.

Intrepid's operational safety policies can be viewed on our website at the link below. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how safety is being managed on our trips., https://www.intrepidtravel.com/safety-guidelines

Visas

PASSPORT
You’ll need a valid passport to travel internationally and most countries require your passport to have a minimum of 6 months validity, so remember to check the expiry date.

We need your passport information to get everything ready for your trip so it’s important that the information on your booking matches your passport exactly. Please take care to provide the correct details. We recommend carrying a copy of the photo page of your passport while travelling and leaving a copy at home with family or friends.

VISAS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Many countries require a visa and obtaining the correct visa for your trip and any countries you may transit through is your responsibility. We recommend you check your visa requirements as soon as you have booked your trip. This will ensure you have time to prepare your documents and for your visa application to be processed. You can check the entry requirements for your nationality on your government's foreign travel advisories, consular websites or on our page here:  www.intrepidtravel.com/visa-entry-requirements

Last modified (date)

21 May 2024

Validity

Validity: 01 Jan 2023 to 30 Jun 2025

Additional Information

Health

GENERAL HEALTH
All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. For the safety and wellbeing of yourself and others, if you are unwell prior to travelling, please stay at home and contact us to make alternative arrangements.

When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the assessment of our group leader or local representative a traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve 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 before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements in their original packaging as they may not easily be obtained while travelling. If you are carrying medication, ensure you check your government's foreign travel advice for any local restrictions or requirements. 


HYDRATION
Daytime temperatures across Australia can be extreme from October to March with temperatures over 40C/104F. Even for travellers familiar with these temperatures, it’s easy to become dehydrated. The key point to remember is not to wait until you’re thirsty, but to drink water regularly. Adding an electrolyte solution can aid in replenishing the salts/electrolytes lost when travelling at this time of year.

In extreme heat you will be required to carry 1L of water per hour of walking.

MEDICAL RESTRICTIONS
As we operate in remote areas, guests will need to bring all of their own personal medications on tour. Whilst our guides are qualified in remote area or wilderness first aid and carry satellite phones, we do not carry epi-pens, Ventolin or other emergency medications. If a person requires urgent medical attention whilst on tour, it may take several hours or more for emergency services to attend the scene and take you to a medical facility.

Under certain circumstances your tour consultant may request a medical certificate of fitness before you are cleared to participate on the tour. If pre-existing medical issues that will affect your ability to complete the tour or have an impact on other guests experiences, are not disclosed prior to the departure, we reserve the right to remove you from the tour.

You can bring a CPAP machine whilst on tour but you will need to purchase a single supplement.

MEDICAL RESTRICTIONS
As we operate in remote areas, guests will need to bring all of their own personal medications on tour. Whilst our guides are qualified in remote area or wilderness first aid and carry satellite phones, we do not carry epi-pens, Ventolin or other emergency medications. If a person requires urgent medical attention whilst on tour, it may take several hours or more for emergency services to attend the scene and take you to a medical facility. Under certain circumstances your tour consultant may request a medical certificate of fitness before you are cleared to participate on the tour. If pre-existing medical issues that will affect your ability to complete the tour or have an impact on other guests experiences, are not disclosed prior to the departure, we reserve the right to remove you from the tour. You can bring a CPAP machine whilst on tour but you will need to purchase a single supplement.

As we operate in remote areas, guests will need to bring all of their own personal medications on tour. Whilst our guides are qualified in remote area or wilderness first aid and carry satellite phones, we do not carry epi-pens, Ventolin or other emergency medications. If a person requires urgent medical attention whilst on tour, it may take several hours or more for emergency services to attend the scene and take you to a medical facility. Under certain circumstances, your tour consultant may request a medical certificate of fitness before you are cleared to participate in the tour. If pre-existing medical issues that will affect your ability to complete the tour or have an impact on other guests' experiences are not disclosed prior to the departure, we reserve the right to remove you from the tour.

You can bring a CPAP machine whilst on tour but you will need to purchase a single supplement.

Food and dietary requirements

All meals are included unless indicated in the itinerary. Breakfast comprises cereal, fruit, yoghurt, toast, and spreads with juice, tea, and coffee. Lunch is self-made from supplied bread, salads, and meats, except on the first day when we have either bakery-bought lunch or rustle up a picnic, supplier-dependent.

We'll eat dinner the first night at the hotel, and the other dinners will be at restaurants in St Helens. Please let us know of any dietary requirements, and please be aware that while local restaurants do cater to different requirements, the options may be limited for more restricted diets; for example, gluten-free and vegan diets may only have one or two options.

Each day we provide morning tea, and fruit is available for snacks. You're welcome to bring additional personal snacks if you have particular faves! There will be plenty of opportunities to purchase additional supplies and alcohol throughout the tour in St Helens. Your out-of-pocket expenses for this trip include personal snacks and alcohol.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
From vegetarians to pescatarians to meat-loving carnivores with an aversion to cucumbers, we cater to all dietary requirements and will make sure you are well-fed and looked after on tour. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. Also please keep in mind that in Tasmania, restaurants outside Hobart and Launceston may not cater well to more 'restricted' diets; for example, there may only be one or two gluten-free or vegan options.

Money matters

The currency of Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD). Most shops will take card as well as cash, but occasionally will only take one or the other. ATMs are common in all cities and towns, but may be limited in remote areas. You may need to use a PIN for purchases, and businesses often add a small surcharge for card payments.

TIPPING
Tipping is generally voluntary in Australia and is most commonly used to show appreciation for good service. Tipping is most common in the hospitality industry, especially at higher end restaurants and bars. If you choose to tip, the general rule is to add 10-15% to the bill. But these rules are just guidelines - feel free to tip however much or however little you feel comfortable with. After dining out, cash is left on the table, or in a tip jar at the counter. A tip can also be added to any cashless transaction that includes a tipping function. Taxi drivers won’t expect a tip, although it’s common to round up the fare to the nearest dollar. You do not need to tip hotel staff or local guides in Australia. 

You may consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline 4-6 AUD per person, per day can be used. 

SPENDING MONEY
When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget an appropriate amount for things like optional meals, drinks, shopping, optional activities, and laundry. Make sure you have read the itinerary and inclusions thoroughly so you know what is included in the trip price and what you may need to pay for while travelling.

CONTINGENCY FUNDS
We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or a Force Majeure Event. In such emergency circumstances, the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itineraries including but not limited to visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights. Make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last-minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result, there may be some extra costs involved. The recommended amount is listed in USD for the relatability of universal travellers, however, local currency may be needed once in the country to cover these costs.

What to take

EQUIPMENT FOR WALKS
• Hiking-specific day-pack - with a thick waist strap to help take some weight off your shoulders. In wet weather, a waterproof cover or a bin bag to wrap your belongings in can be handy.
• Torch/headlamp (good to have just in case the walk is delayed and we return after dark).
• Any preferred first-aid supplies - such as your favourite blister treatment! (Your guide will carry a full first-aid kit).
• Water bottle/s or bladder - 2 to 3 litre capacity MINIMUM.
• A lunch container or reusable sandwich bag.
• Sun protection - hat (secure fitting and/or with chin strap), sun cream, sunglasses.
• Waterproof jacket. Inclement weather occurs at any time of the year in Tasmania so be sure to bring wet weather gear, even if the forecast is fine.

CLOTHING FOR WALKS
• Shorts/long pants and shirts - as many sets as you wish! Please avoid cotton - wool or 'quick-dry' synthetic material is best. Avoid jeans or tracksuit pants.
• Socks - whichever thickness you're comfortable walking in and as many pairs as you like.
• Boots/shoes for walking (make sure you wear them in well - see note on footwear below).
• Light- to medium-weight outer layer.
• Thermal under-layers.
• Light-weight and packable warm outer layer - e.g. thick fleece or down/synthetic 'down' jacket.
• Beanie, gloves, scarf.
Particularly in mid-late Autumn and early Spring, We recommend that you bring these items with you in your main bag. The guides can then recommend what to bring on the walks.

CLOTHING FOR THE EVENINGS
• Whatever you want!! (But bring something warm to throw over the top).

OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED ITEMS
• Walking poles. These are a very personal choice - we recommend them on this tour for the rocky, unstable sections.
• Gaiters for snake bite protection are recommended if wearing shorts. They're also good for keeping sand out of your shoes.
• Sock protectors (to keep sand out of your boots).
• Bathers and towel.
• Snacks and alcohol - there will be time to purchase more during the week if you need to. Extra treats like chocolate, nuts, lollies etc.

OPTIONAL ITEMS
• Waterproof pants. Some people love them and some hate them - personally, we don't wear them but there have been times when we have wished for a pair!
• Camera and charger/batteries.

Climate and seasonal

Tasmanian weather is typically hard to predict. In fact the only thing we can say for certain is that the weather will be unpredictable! Daytime temperature can range from mid-teens to low 30s, and it can be calm and fine, or windy and raining, or anything in-between! At night it can get cool, but likely not icy given the coastal location.

A couple of rules

Intrepid won't tolerate any kind of violence, harassment (whether physical, verbal or sexual), or disrespect toward fellow travellers, our teams or local communities.

To ensure the wellbeing of everyone on the trip, decisions made by your group leader are final.

Romantic relationships between travellers and group leader or local representative are not permitted while on trip.

Any behaviour that prevents your leader from continuing the itinerary as planned, breaks local laws or opposes any of these guidelines may result in Intrepid denying your booking or removing you from the trip.

If something concerns you during your travels, please speak to your group leader immediately. Alternatively, you can contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in the Problems and Emergency Contact Information section of this Essential Trip Information.

Accommodation notes

Information not available.

Transport notes

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Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your group leader or local representative.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader or local representative 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 your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

For travellers who reside within the European Union, Switzerland or USA the requirement to purchase travel insurance cannot be compulsory. However the purchase of travel insurance is still highly recommended, and travellers from these regions who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting, recognizing personal responsibility for emergency medical and repatriation costs should they arise.

For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below:


https://www.intrepidtravel.com/booking-resources/our-services

AUSTRALIANS TRAVELLING DOMESTICALLY
Travel insurance will help ensure you’re protected in case of any unforeseen changes to your journey – such as flight cancellations or COVID-19 related disruptions. For this reason, we recommend you purchase comprehensive domestic travel insurance for your trip. This may not be something you would have typically done in the past when travelling domestically in Australia, but it does offer you a number of benefits in these dynamic times. While Australians and Australian Permanent Residents travelling within Australia are not required to be covered for hospital care due to being covered by Medicare, a comprehensive domestic travel insurance policy should cover you for expenses resulting from – among other things – COVID-19 related changes, including an outbreak in your destination or on your departure necessitating changes to your travel plans that incur additional costs. Domestic travel insurance plans may also include personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects, and other benefits. It is also advisable that domestic travellers have current ambulance cover in the case of emergency evacuation or incidents requiring ambulance transportation. Please be sure to carefully check the policy’s inclusions with your preferred insurer.

Your fellow travellers

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. 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.

SOLO TRAVELLERS
The beauty of our style of travel is that it caters to travellers who are travelling solo and who want to meet and share experiences with like-minded people.

On our trips rooming is organised on a twin-share basis. We pair up solo travellers with another traveller of the same gender as per the gender marker on each of their passports.

As a responsible tour operator, we strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. In the case that your gender identity differs from what is indicated on your passport, please contact us so that we can discuss rooming options with you.

We also have an optional single supplement available on most trips for travellers who prefer to have their own room. Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour. Pre-trip and post-trip accommodation booked through us will be on a single room basis.

On a small selection of itineraries some accommodations are booked on an open gender, multi-share basis (for example on a felucca in Egypt or an overnight train in Vietnam). In those instances it will clearly be stated in our Essential Trip Information prior to booking and travelling.

Itinerary disclaimer

ITINERARY CHANGES
Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist.

Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.