NEW TO EXODUS?
Never experienced an Exodus holiday before? If not, we hope to answer some of your questions on this page and tempt you to embark on your first adventure with us. If you still have queries, please give us a call or email us; our specialist sales team are ready to help you! You can find more information about the accommodation, walking conditions, itinerary and pacing for each individual tour in the detailed Trip Notes available online for all our holidays.
WALKING AND TREKKING
Most walks are entirely optional. It’s your holiday, so you decide if you want to participate that day, take an easier option or just kick back and relax! On point-to-point treks, where you do have to walk most days, we usually include rest-days.
Do I always have to walk in a group?
At times you may have to walk together for safety reasons, but most of the time the guides will cater for all paces and there is no pressure to be faster or slower than you choose.
How much will I have to carry?
On almost all of our walks and treks, we use animals, vehicles or porters to move your luggage, meaning that you just need to carry your daypack with camera, water and a perhaps a few extra clothes.
How much relaxation time will there be?
A and B grade trips rarely walk for more than 5 or 6 hours a day, leaving lots of time for relaxation! Even tougher treks will have plenty of time to pick up a book, chat with your fellow walkers or just enjoy the views, as all of these itineraries have been designed as holidays.
WHAT WILL THE ACCOMMODATION BE LIKE?
We know how important it is to first timers and experienced travellers alike to know where you are going to rest your head when on holiday.
At Exodus we believe that the accommodation should be the most suitable for the destination you are visiting: all will give a good balance
between comfort and value but this may mean camping when on a remote trek, staying in small and friendly hotels, or roughing it a little in
lodges located in the mountainous regions of the world. Below is a little more detail on the three main types of accommodation you will stay in.
• Hotels tend to be small and friendly, comfortable 2 or 3-star establishments with character. All rooms are en suite and twinbedded (unless otherwise stated): cleanliness and a good hot shower are primary requirements, but all will be welcoming, making for a relaxing base to rest your legs and ease the muscles.
• Camping facilities vary depending on the destination – we will use everything from good quality campsites in Europe and the national parks of America, to wild camping in remote regions - but all will always include excellent, varied and hearty food, spacious tents, a dining-tent if weather is unreliable and a toilet-tent when there is no ablution block or other communal facilities. On fullservice camping trips, your tent is erected, food cooked, dishes washed and on chilly nights you may even be given hot water bottles. On participatory trips, you will have to help with some camp chores, but the tour staff will take most of the strain.
• Mountain huts and lodges also differ greatly in standard according to location around the globe: those in Europe may be little different to hotels, with twin rooms, comfortable mattresses and a good restaurant. In Nepal lodges (or teahouses as they are commonly called) generally offer simple twin rooms, communal toilets and a large dining/communal area, while in Morocco they are often basic with dormitory style, occasionally mixed-sex, sleeping areas.
I am travelling alone - do I have to pay a single supplement?
No. If you don’t wish to pay a single supplement, you don’t have to and we will room you with a fellow traveller of the same sex. Of course if you wish to guarantee your own room, you can choose to pay the supplement.
Can I buy my own flights?
Yes, you can! For every trip you will find a dates and prices table that is separated into Flight Inclusive and Land Only columns. If you prefer to book your own flights, the Land Only price excludes the flights from the UK. When travelling Land Only please note carefully the local start and end point given in the Trip Notes and on the Itinerary pages for each trip, and check that your departure is guaranteed before paying for flights.
Can I fly from my local airport?
Exodus is committed to making joining our trips as easy as possible, wherever our clients live in the UK. When possible we negotiate with the airlines and block book ‘allocated’ seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that all passengers need to fly from London, and depending on the route and airlines serving that route, there will always be various options available for those who want to fly from their local or regional airport. Please visit our Regional Airports page for a useful overview of the options available to our clients. The best flight arrangements, however, should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our sales team for expert advice.
Who will I be travelling with?
When you travel with Exodus you’ll be in good company. Our groups are typically made up of a mixture of couples, friends and solo travellers of different ages and from all walks of life. The majority will be from the UK but on some trips there may be a few other nationalities too. You can be sure that they will share your passion for travel with a desire to get close to the real world, well away from any restrictive resort complexes. Part of the whole Exodus experience is sharing your adventures with your fellow travellers. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, possibly for life.
Where can I find out more?
There are lots of ways for you to find out more about Exodus: call us and have a chat, visit our website and explore the Compass Café (our client forum), download our mobile app or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Whichever method you choose, we look forward to hearing from you!