Intrepid ventures into the unknown

by Steve Hartridge

Intrepid Travel is inviting applications for its one-off ‘Uncharted Expedition’, an 18-day trip that will cover a route from Tehran to Istanbul.

With a maximum of 12 clients, the trip will cover 3,500-kilometres across three borders and four countries.

Intrepid Travel co-founder Darrell Wade said: “We have seen an appetite from travellers to be completely surprised. They put their faith in us delivering the best travel experience, as everything is an unknown on these trips, aside from adventure,”

The tour follows on from the inaugural Uncharted Expedition, which launched last year from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Intrepid says it sold out within 36 hours despite offering no itinerary to travellers until the day of arrival.

Wade said the ‘mystery’ trip harks back to the operator’s early days when classified ads offered no details just a call to explore a destination.

“This is our way of returning to the roots of travel, and how our company began 30 years ago, by being on the frontier of destinations and experiences. Some of the best travel experiences are unplanned. In this case, all the planning has been done by our expert team,” he said.

“The 2020 Uncharted Expedition doesn’t give too much away, but one day you could be exploring a 3,000-year old village, the next day learning an ancient language that doesn’t involve speech… and you’ll sleep in factories and rock caves, and eat boiled cow hoof soup.”

Agents can register their clients’ contact details from today until July 9, with travellers randomly selected and notified by email in the second week of July.

The expedition, costing £2,495pp but excluding flights, will depart April 2020 and is part of Intrepid’s Expeditions range, a style of trips that the adventure travel company uses to ‘discover new destinations’ and ‘test new trip ideas’.

Travellers on the expedition will be asked to provide feedback, which will determine if the trip is added to Intrepid’s 2021 Expeditions offering.

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