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10 epic adventure trips for under $1000

Published May 19th, 2016

Love adventure? Can’t help but make new buddies everywhere you go? There’s no better way to get your kicks in ah-mazing new destinations than on tour with a group of like-minded fun-seekers. And now it’s easier than ever! From Asia to Europe, these adventure tours come in at a nifty price – all under a good-lookin’ $1000! (ok, plus a few that are jusssssssttt a tiny smidgen over!)

Want more? Don’t miss the full range of tours with Intrepid and Geckos on sale with up to 20% off until 31 May 2016.  Keep reading for deets on adventures that are cheap as chips, bro. 

Essential Morocco from $820

Delve into the raw beauty, culture and remote gems of Morocco on this 11 day tour – including one unforgettable sleepover in a desert camp. Travel by camel, minibus, taxi, train and on foot from Casablanca to Marrakech, via whitewashed villages, ancient ruins and surreal landscapes sure to get you record instagram likes. From winding through the High Atlas mountains to the labyrinthine alleyways of Fes and both desert AND beach sunsets, get ready for endless ‘wowsers’.

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A beautiful view of a Nepalese temple and prayer flags.
Nepal. It’s all magic.

Nepal at a Glance from $712

Kathmandu. Pokhara. Ghandruk. Tolkha. Hyenjakot. Get the best glimpse of Nepal taking in these beauties over 8 view-laden, unforgettable, culturally immersive days. Get stuck into some white water rafting, break in those boots trekking the stunning heights of a remote trail and then offset it all with some chill time in lakeside cafes. Spend a night with a local family and step foot in places where you’ll feel like the only tourist for miles. This is one tour that’ll leave you hangin’ for more.

Vietnam Traveller from $772

Do/see/eat all there is to do/see/eat in Vietnam over 11 jam-packed days from stunning Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Get your fix of street food stalls, old Buddhist temples, lantern-lit streets and sandy palm-lined stretches of shore. You’ll drop by World Heritage listed Hoi An, snorkel and feast on fresh seafood in Nha Trang and cruise those iconic vistas of mighty Halong Bay. This is the only way to do it all in Vietnam.

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View over the feluccas cruising the Nile in Egypt.
Egypt = pyramids, treasures and cruising the Nile.

Egypt Unearthed from $876

Itching to do Egypt? Get a piece of the pyramids, buzzing bazaars, gorgeous villages and ages-old temples on this nine day tour out of Cairo. Spend a night floating down the Nile on a felucca, go on a donkey ride through the Valley of the Kings and discover monasteries by camelback. From shopping for perfume oil to glimpsing the mask of King Tutankhamun, there’s no Egypt quite like Egypt Unearthed.

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Girl peering out at a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
So many treasures in Turkey.

Totally Turkey from $844

11 nights, 9 stops, 2 days of sailing and only one way to do it – on a Totally Turkey tour with Geckos. From Istanbul to Antalya, you’ll be stopping in at Pamukkale, Butterfly Valley, Fethiye, Gallipoli and more gems between bites of baklava and sips of thick Turkish coffee. Wander ancient Greco-Roman sites, suss out the Blue Lagoon, be blown away by temples and mosques and sleep beneath a blanket of Mediterranean stars as you cruise the southern coast.


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Northern Thailand from $636

8 jam-packed days of #adventuretimes comin’ up! Kicking off in a circle from buzzing Bangkok, escape the madness in Sukothai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Doi Mae Salong. Explore temples and archaeological relics by bike, get some cuteness overload at an elephant hospital and meet the local hill tribe people. From chilling out in traditional Chinese teahouses to haggling in one of the world’s biggest markets, it’s allllllll here in Northern Thailand. Love a few optional add-ons? Get stuck into ziplining, Thai massages and local cooking classes while you’re at it.

Vintage Cuba from $1,032

It may be a teeny-weeny bit over a well-rounded $1000 but think of it as the cost of a few (less) coffees. Easy! In return, spend every night of this 8 night tour staying with REAL locals, in local guesthouses. There really is nothing more amazing. Dance salsa with the locals, wander down cobblestone streets of yesteryear and get your fix of Che Guevara collateral from Havana to Trinidad, Santa Clara and Vinales. You can even smash back mojitos in the exact same bar as Ernest Hemingway! It really FEELS like you’re stepping back in time on Vintage Cuba.

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Two monks peering out over a pond and temple at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Cambodia = unforgettable.

The Real Cambodia from $369

Get under the skin of Cambodia with this 6 day tour taking in the best of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap with a stack of colourful markets, breathtaking temples and (many) delicious eats in between. Pedal your way around on a cycling tour, learn about the Khmer Rouge atrocities at the Choeung Ek Killing Fields and check out the beautiful Angkor complex, including Angkor Wat temple. Expect a whole lot a of Indo-China charm on this grassroots adventure.

North India Explorer from $612

Say Namaste to India’s vibrant north, in this round-trip from Delhi. You’ll be travelling by auto-rickshaw, bicycle rickshaw, jeep, local bus, private vehicle and train to take in the myriad of sights, sounds and smells through Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur and Bundi. Glimpse sunrise over the Ganges, be amazed by the Taj Mahal and step foot inside medieval forts, ruined hilltop castles and desert cities. Plus of course there’s shopping aplenty. Who could resist?!

Discover Laos from $1032

Ok, so it’s hitting juuusssttt over the $1K budget, but on this tour of Laos (plus a sneaky peak of Thailand) you’ll suss out all the brag-worthiest spots! Kick off from Bangkok with a night in Chiang Mai before taking in Laos gems like Huay Xai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Van Vieng and Vientiane. Snap sweet pics of Buddhist temples, colourful villages, palaces and markets. On the natural front, soak up vistas spanning mountains, caves, rivers, waterfalls and big limestone cliffs. Best of all? You’ll get around local-style – by boat, local bus, Mekong slow boat, mini-van, songthaew and tuk-tuk. Fun!


Are #adventuretimes a callin’? Get it, stat, without breaking the bank! We’ve got 20% off the best adventure tours around the world right now, until 31 May 2016. 

 

Tijana Jaksic

The one thing Tijana always knew she wanted to do was travel to experience other cultures around the globe. She has danced with locals in the streets of Cuba, bartered for too many scarves in the markets of India, and traversed the wonders of Europe from the castles of Edinburgh to the mosques of Istanbul. Writing about this incredible world only ever makes her list grow longer, and one day, she hopes she'll even make it to Antarctica.