Popular travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has teamed up with the responsible travel legends at Intrepid Travel, to launch a new range of carbon-neutral tours for the conscious traveller.

Lonely Planet Experiences is offering 200 jam-packed day tours, run by Intrepid’s Urban Adventures brand, and more than 130 multi-day tours, operated by Intrepid Travel.

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The trips have been designed to have a low environmental footprint and a positive impact on local communities. Styles include walking, cycling, food, festival, family and marine trips.

The tours will run in 6 continents, across 65 countries, and range in duration from 2 hours to 22 days.

 

More about Lonely Planet Experiences

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The tours will offer travellers a once-in-a-lifetime experience of what it’s like to truly know a place, through explorations of local food and drink, behind-the-scenes access to hidden gems, interactions with locals and insights from trusted travel experts.

Travellers will gain a deeper understanding of, and connection to destinations by getting to the very heart of the place they are visiting; delight in the sights, smells and tastes of some of the world’s most exciting and original experiences.

From an evening stroll through Sydney’s small bar scene, an insider’s trip through the most famous fish market in Tokyo, or an exploration of Rome’s iconic monuments and movie locations.

True to Intrepid Travel’s style all tour groups will be small, with a maximum of 16 travellers, and led by a local leader. The tours will use local transportation, support locally owned businesses and like all Intrepid Travel trips since 2010, be 100% carbon-neutral – also reflective of Lonely Planet’s commitment to responsible travel as part of this partnership.

They will also include exclusive discounts on Lonely Planet’s guidebooks and free access to its Guides app.

 

The partnership

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Lonely Planet chief executive Luis Cabrera said: “For over four decades, travellers have looked to Lonely Planet for trusted travel advice. Now, global explorers looking for the inside track can journey along with us on this new range of tours. This is an exciting innovation and evolution for the Lonely Planet brand.”

He said working with tour operator Intrepid was a perfect fit for Lonely Planet.

“The two brands share an unmatched passion for travel and a genuine commitment to responsible travel and we’re proud to combine our expertise to deliver amazing adventures for like-minded travellers around the world,”

Luis Cabrera, Lonely Planet chief executive

Intrepid’s chief executive James Thornton added: “These experiences combine our expertise to create a new tour range that will support local communities, protect our natural environment and ensure travellers see the world in a responsible and sustainable way.

“Lonely Planet helped pioneer access to more authentic and grassroots experiences for independent travellers. That’s why we’re thrilled to be part of the next phase of their growth and helping to make sustainable experience-rich travel a mainstay for travellers everywhere.”

Intrepid has been carbon-neutral since 2010 and has committed to becoming climate positive in 2020.

Travel agents will be able to book Lonely Planet Experiences through Intrepid, which will handle all bookings and customer service.

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