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Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

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Guided Group
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Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16

Moderate and challenging walks in the heart of Tyrol

Stretching along the valley at the northern end of Tyrol’s largest lake, the quiet village of Achenkirch is the perfect base for a week of walking. Surrounded by the lush meadows and jagged peaks of the Rofan and Karwendel mountain ranges, the walking trails throughout the area are plentiful. With such a great variety of walks, two grades are offered each day (moderate and challenging) with one leader escorting each grade. 

Highlights

  • Beautiful Tyrolean scenery
  • Moderate and challenging walks
  • Traditional local cuisine

Key information

  • Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day
  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel Fischerwirt, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 6 to 18, plus 1 UK leader per grade
  • Altitude maximum 2298m, average 2080m

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers
  • Local Transport

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings
  • Single rooms; Double rooms for single use - limited availability.
  • Local taxes (approx. EUR 12, see Trip Notes)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

View of Achensee, Austria

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Itinerary

Achenkirch
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Achenkirch
  • Day 1

    Fly to Munich airport; transfer to Achenkirch.

    Fly to Munich airport; transfer to Achenkirch. In the evening the leaders will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead and give advice on the local area.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Level 3 - Ascend to the Falkenmoosalm (1328m)

    We take a short bus journey to the end of the village of Achenkirch and then follow a forest track climbing gently with wonderful views back to the Guffertspitze, before arriving at Falkenmoosalm for a picnic lunch. We contour below Hochplatte, before descending through the forest and all the way back along the valley to the hotel.  12 Km; 450m ascent and descent; max altitude 1328m

    Level 5 - Summit Hochplatte (1813m)

    We walk directly from the hotel up a climbing valley to the Seewaldhütte (1582m) and then on to the summit of Hochplatte (1813m) for lunch before descending by an alternative route via the Feichtenalm to the hotel.

    21Km; 900m ascent & descent; max altitude 1813m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Level 3 - Ascend to the Weißenbachsattel (1695m)

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car to start our walk to the Weißenbachsattel  (1695m). We descend a short way to the Weißenbachalm for a traditional mountain farm lunch before descending to Seespitze for a ferry ride back to Achenkirch. 14 Km; 300m ascent, 800m descent;  max altitude 1695m

    Level 5 - Stanserjoch and Barenkopf summits

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car and climb to the summit of the rugged Stanserjoch (2102m) for lunch with its magnificent views of the lake below and the Inn valley. We then descend back down to the Wellfenbachstaffe before ascending the Barenkopf (1991m).  Return is via the Karwendel cable car after a quick drink at the Barenbadalm for a ferry boat ride back to Achenkirch from Pertisau. 16Km; 1000m ascent; 1000m descent; max altitude 2102m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Level 3 – Summit of the Rofanspitze (2258m)

    Today we take a short bus journey to Maurach and then the Rofanlift cable car for a memorable ascent of the Rofanspitze (2258m), where we have a picnic lunch with panoramic views. We retrace our steps to the Rofanlift, before catching the steam train and ferry back to Achenkirch. 8 Km: 430m ascent and descent: max altitude 2258m

    Level 5 - Summit the Rofanspitze (2258m) and Rofan circuit

    Today we take a short bus journey to Maurach and then the Rofanlift cable car for a memorable circuit around the Rofan Mountains including climbing to the summit of the Rofanspitze. (2258m), before going off the beaten track descending via a flower filled meadow before a steep climb back to the Rofanlift catching the steam train and ferry back to Achenkirch. 12Km; 750m ascent & descent; max altitude 2258m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Level 3 - Walk over the pass at Kögljoch (1487m).

    We start with a short bus journey to Steinberg and then walk back to Achenkirch over a remote mountain pass at Kögljoch (1487m). 13 Km; 500m ascent; 600m descent; max altitude 1487m

    Level 5 - Vorderunnütz (2078m)

    After a short bus journey to Steinberg we climb to the summit of the rugged Vorderunnütz (2078m) towering above Achenkirch before descending on a steep path directly to the hotel.

    18 Km; 1050m ascent; 1170m descent; max altitude 2078m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Level 3 - Walk the Enzianweg path to Steineres Tor.

    Today we take the bus to Maurach and then the cable car to the heart of the magnificent Rofan mountain range. Here we start the delightful Enzianweg path which climbs steadily to a col at Steineres Tor (1978m) before descending to the lakeside for a short ferry boat ride back to Achenkirch.

    15Km; 300m ascent; 1150m descent; max altitude 1978m

    Level 5 - Summit Hochiss (2298m)

    Today we set off from the hotel along the Eastern side of the lake to Achenseehoff before climbing steeply through the trees and meadows to the heart of the magnificent Rofan mountain range for a second time,  to the imposing summit of Hochiss (2298m), the highest mountain in the range . From here we descend to Maurach via the Rofanlift and the Mauritalm for a drink and Strudel.  Finishing off with a bus ride back to Achenkirch.

    15Km; 1360m ascent; 500m descent; max altitude 2298m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Munich; fly to London.

    Transfer to Munich; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Austria

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners included

Weather

It is fair to say that the weather in the Alps can be changeable in summer, and Austria is no exception. Temperatures during the day can be very warm, especially in July and August, and the resulting humidity can cause some spectacular storms in the late afternoon/early evening. Clear, fresh mountain air in the Alps means that effects of the sun are often not noticed until it's too late, so it is important to make sure that sun block and lip balm is administered regularly. Given the depth of the valleys, it is also difficult to predict when rain is on its way, so carrying waterproof clothing is also to be advised.

Is this trip for you?

Our walks have been selected to make the most of the area. Each evening, our leaders explain what level 3 and 5 walking is on offer for the next day so you can choose which walk to join. This is the main advantage of a multi-grade holiday, as friends with differing ability can travel together.

At both Moderate and Challenging levels there are steep ascents and descents often over quite rocky and uneven terrain. Due to the nature of the terrain on this trip, neither walking level is recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo.

Level 3 entails walking between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and way-marked. Even so, paths will be rocky and on occasion exposed.

Level 5 entails walking between 6 and 8 hours per day at an easy but steady pace. We will be using established trails and mountain paths; these will often be steep, rocky and more exposed than the level 3 walks.

In Achenkirch, most days are around 6 hours of actual walking for Level 3 and 7 hours for Level 5, and the level of ascent for level 3 is up to 800m and level 5 usually 1,000m. Please note that when we use lifts, the descent is usually greater than the ascent described.

The exact itinerary (and therefore the exact length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader's decision to amend the itinerary if and when necessary. Early weeks in June may need to be limited to lower level routes due to late-lying snow conditions. However, this is an ideal time for abundant alpine flowers and, as it is quieter, there is a good chance of seeing more wildlife.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotel Fischerwirt***

The Hotel Fischerwirt opened its doors in 1875 as a traditional and rustically furnished 3-star hotel. Directly located on the north shore of the Achensee Lake the hotel offers easy access to a variety of trails. All rooms are en suite, and double and twin rooms offer a balcony or deck with view of the Karwendel mountain range or of the lake. Facilities include satellite TV, telephone, sitting area, safe and hair dryer. All floors are served by a lift. WIFI connection is also available in most rooms and in the common areas. This excellent base offers a very warm welcome, nice rooms and a lovely spa. Some single rooms as well as double rooms for single use are available; please contact our Sales team for available and prices. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Marilyn Carroll

    Walking and lots of cakes

    Mixed weather meant some cloudy days but views of the Tyrol were lovely on the good days. The hotel was clean and comfortable. The rooms were a good size and had a balcony to sit on to enjoy the views. Very quiet at night. The evening meals were 4 courses and ample. No nouvelle cuisine here. Vegetarian meals were available each evening. The packed lunches from the hotel worked well as the nearest shop was a 10 minute walk from the hotel. The level 3 walks had a stop for coffee and cakes on most days. Be prepared to go on a diet when you get home! The first 2 walks for the level 3 were the least challenging and were mainly on forest tracks so the views were restricted. The last 3 walks were the best for views. The Achensee travel pass was a good way to see the area by public transport.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Rofanspitze walk. Views from the summit were panoramic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob Mason led the Level 3 walks. An excellent guide with good knowledge of flora, fauna and history of the area. The other leader Paul was also very helpful. The 2 guides work well together as a double act at the evening briefings.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good boots and walking poles recommended as the trails can be slippy and muddy when wet.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Smoking in the hotel bar is allowed as Austria has not yet made smoking in public illegal, unlike other European countries. The hotel allows you to run up a bar tab which is payable at the end of the week.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Kevin Powell

    Excellent Walking: shame about the weather!

    A very good week. Great group of people with a good choice of excellent, well lead walking. The Hotel was a generally good for the grade, I'd have no problem staying in this hotel again. Whilst the evening meals are perfectly OK, they could be improved (see below), hence the less than excellent overall rating. I'd happily do this holiday at this hotel again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sitting at the top of Vordernnutz sunny and warm, with a 360 panorama eating my lunch. Brilliant and well worth the haul up to the top.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very, very good. Clearly very experienced and knowledgeable about the area. Oozed competence and confidence. I would not hesitate to go with him again.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The level five walks are physically demanding, even for a very fit, keen 63 year old like me. Five walks in six days with over 1000 meters of up most days is not easy. You need to be fit, motivated and have the right kit for mountain walking. However, if it's your thing, then it's very rewarding.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The weather was not particularly kind. I chose the level 5 walking, and the views from the mountain tops were obscured by cloud on four of the five days. On the day it cleared, the views were superb! That said each walk was rewarding challenge. Hotel generally was good. It was busy and the staff work very hard and are quick and efficient, however this can sometimes appear a little brusque. However it was never noisy in the rooms (3rd floor in our case). Our room was of a good size, clean, with an excellent shower, plenty of hot water irrespective of time of day, and comfortable (if a little firm) beds. Good choice at buffet style breakfast. Also, the evening food was plentiful and filling, always arrived hot, which for such a busy place is no small achievement. However, the overall selections and quality were perfectly acceptable, but hardly inspiring, and could have been a little more varied. Overall, good but could be better for only a little more effort.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    John Martin

    Great time

    A fantastic experience, great hotel and food with friendly staff. Two knowledgeable and great guides, who made it all flow like a dream. Superb walks at two levels with Great views when weather permitted. Definitely a must do.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Paul Mcdermott our guide was brilliant and enthusiastic about the walks and the views as a reward

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul Mcdermott and Bob Mason were both very professional and passed on great knowledge and enthusiasm. Ironed out any problems with ease.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have good quality boots as can be slippery if wet.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My 5th or 6th Exodus trip which shows how highly I recommend their organised trekking holidays.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Anthony Nicholls

    Fabulous Tyrolean walking - despite the weather!

    It's easy to see why Exodus customers keep coming back for more - knowledgeable and friendly guides, stunning scenery, comfortable accommodation and a brilliantly eclectic group of fellow guests is a winning combination. Both Bob and Paul were full of information about all the flora and fauna we saw, and led us at a comfortable pace through varied mountain scenery. The hotel staff are outstandingly friendly and helpful, and our large double room with scenic balcony was far better than many grander hotels. The way we used our travel pass to get around by buses, cable cars, boat and train was most enjoyably green, and allowed us to sample the mountains in all directions. Even the decidedly iffy weather on 4 out of 6 days didn't spoil the fun!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Day five's grade 5 walk to Vorderunnutz was stunningly beautiful, but it was the only walking day that wasn't in the clouds, so it had to be the highlight. I suspect scrambling to the top of Hochiss would have surpassed it, but the clouds were down again making the day atmospheric and challenging, rather than inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I walked with Bob Mason on 3 days and Paul McDermott on 2. They are both excellent in every way. They went out of their way to ensure that less competent walkers in the groups were looked after safely.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Prepare yourself for bad weather. It seems as if about 50% of the time the weather is much cloudier/wetter/mistier than the photos show, and even in summer a wet day at 2000m is cold.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The routes on day 1 are distinctly less interesting than the other 4 walks. The grade 3 walk was almost entirely on gravel forest fire roads and some tarmac. I'm surprised that a more interesting route couldn't be found in such a stunning location. The hotel exudes old world charm, but three things are noteworthy. 1. The diet of Austria is built on the back of a pig – always served with generous helpings of potatoes and lashings of cream or butter. 2. There is no communal bar/lounge space to get together as a group after dinner. 3. The hotel is rammed with coach parties every day so the Exodus group is <20% of the occupants. Having said that, Hotel Fischerwirt's virtues outweigh its negatives, and you won't ever feel hungry!
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Pat McMaster

    What a wonderful week in the stunning Austrian Alps

    I don't normally have time to give feedback but no way I wasn't going to after this wonderful trip! I can honestly say I don't think my experience could have been better from first picking up the phone to discuss the Walking in the Austrian Tyrol trip to flying home and saying goodbye to such a lovely group of people and new friends. I chose Level 3 walks as was not at my full fitness level which were brilliantly led by Graham. A great companion on all the walks. Paul led the Level 5 walks which again were much enjoyed by his group. Both were fabulous hosts to our week. I personally would have been suited to a Level 4 (if there was such a level) but appreciate that wouldn't be possible. The hotel and food were excellent and set in a beautiful location. So sincere thanks Exodus - very much looking forward to my next trip. Definitely the holiday for me!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the peak on Day 3 which had one of the most fantastic panoramas ever - 360 view of craggy mountain tops with a relief of what seemed like hundreds of snow-capped peaks in the distance. Stunning!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Graham is an absolutely lovely guy with a great sense of humour and love of the outdoors. He was always very informative and totally involved with the group both on walks and in the hotel. Five gold stars for Graham!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I suppose just that you do need to have a good level of fitness even for the Level 3 walks. I think many would imagine a walking holiday to be very easy walking whilst chatting, but this involves some steep climbs and descents but nothing technical on Level 3 walks. Some of the Level 5 walks were more technical.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just thank you and look forward to my next trip! Well done everyone.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Pat McMaster

    What a wonderful week in the stunning Austrian Alps

    I don't normally have time to give feedback but no way I wasn't going to after this wonderful trip! I can honestly say I don't think my experience could have been better from first picking up the phone to discuss the Walking in the Austrian Tyrol trip to flying home and saying goodbye to such a lovely group of people and new friends. I chose Level 3 walks as was not at my full fitness level which were brilliantly led by Graham. A great companion on all the walks. Paul led the Level 5 walks which again were much enjoyed by his group. Both were fabulous hosts to our week. I personally would have been suited to a Level 4 (if there was such a level) but appreciate that wouldn't be possible. The hotel and food were excellent and set in a beautiful location. So sincere thanks Exodus - very much looking forward to my next trip. Definitely the holiday for me!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the peak on Day 3 which had one of the most fantastic panoramas ever - 360 view of craggy mountain tops with a relief of what seemed like hundreds of snow-capped peaks in the distance. Stunning!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Graham is an absolutely lovely guy with a great sense of humour and love of the outdoors. He was always very informative and totally involved with the group both on walks and in the hotel. Five gold stars for Graham!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I suppose just that you do need to have a good level of fitness even for the Level 3 walks. I think many would imagine a walking holiday to be very easy walking whilst chatting, but this involves some steep climbs and descents but nothing technical on Level 3 walks. Some of the Level 5 walks were more technical.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just thank you and look forward to my next trip! Well done everyone.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Hattie J

    Austrian Alpine Antics

    The best Exodus trip I have done to date. Inspirational hiking in breathtaking scenery mixed with exceptional hilarity in outstanding company. The Austrian weather gods blessed us with virtually uninterrupted sunshine, epic and varied vistas on every trek, complimented by authentic Tyrolean cuisine and hospitality. The trip makes excellent use of the local travel card, including the ferry and steam train. The itinerary is well thought out to allow the day to run efficiently, meaning there is enough time for post-hiking swimming in the beautiful Achensee and relaxation in the sauna before dinner. A great week in every respect.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many highlights from this week, completing all of the Level 5 walks without difficulty, being treated to the finest views these mountains have to offer, absolutely worth climbing up (and down!) them, and getting a chance to try out climbing on the free day as an optional activity. The fun factor of this trip was significantly enhanced by my fellow hikers. A great group who meant we were struggling to actually walk at times due to excess laughter. How any group holiday should be...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leaders, Paul and Graham, are both exceptionally talented leaders. They immediately bonded with the group, whilst organizing the various logistic aspects seamlessly. Paul led the group 5 walks sensitively, making sure no one was left behind, but also allowing the faster ones to work up a bit of a sweat as appropriate so everyone got something out of the day! The inclusion of the ridge at the Rofanspitze and the cheeky sprint for the ferry were a couple of additional highlights. Both guides were also sociable companions in the evening and readily joined in with our card games. I would happily do a trip with both of them again.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Level 5 is definitely a challenge but worth it. Poles are helpful, but you can borrow them from the hotel if you don't have your own. Swim in the lake, eat the cake!
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Beth Shamrock

    Variety of hikes, beautiful scenery, fabulous group

    Each day's hike offered different terrain, different challenges, different views...and different cakes. Eric was a wonderful guide. And this group was the most fun I've had through Exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hiking the Rofan range and hearing the chimes of cow bells on the mountains amused me and warmed my heart!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric was delightful. He was always in good spirits and always participated in our daily puzzler questions. He helped the group be cohesive.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring boots with good traction! Many single-track trails were sloped and some were indeed slippery.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Day 1 hike was so much longer than the rest of the days. Instead, I think the hike on "hike day" 4 perhaps could act as a decent "read" of participants, so the guides can see what level makes the most sense for them. It didn't make sense to hike 23 km mostly on easy fire-roads on day one and hike half of that on single tracks every other day.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Joan Reid

    Super walking week in the Tirol

    Achenkirk provided an excellent base for a great week of hiking in the Tirol. We got a great flavour of the area sampling a range of walks around the range. The Lake, the mountains and the accessibility of excellent walking made the trip. Weather for the most part was great and the terrain was challenging but manageable to walk on. Really enjoyed the hotel and facilities as well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the five treks at level 5 was a great achievement and probably in particular Hochiss.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was very competent and met the needs of the level 5 group very well. He was encouraging and empathetic in balance. In particular his knowledge of alpine flowers Provided an interesting addition to the story of our journeys into the hills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared. Level 5 walks are well worth the additional effort required to reach the top where we were rewarded with magnificent scenery. For all of the level 5 group on this trip it was within our limits and manageable.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel and walk leaders work well together to make the experience seamless.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Paul macdermott

    Great walking and company in Achensee

    This was a lovely week of great walks amid stunning scenery in the Austrian Tyrol. Based in Achenkirk, we were able to access many of the best mountain walks available using cable cars, lake steamers etc as well as our own feet! We had 2 very friendly and knowledgeable guides-Paul & Eric, 1 for each level of walking and a comfortable base at Hotel Fischerwirt. A really nice week and a great group.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of various peaks as planned.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eric was inspiring & patient and full of little anecdotes of his past experience. He set the pace and adjusted it according to how the group was managing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a good introduction to intermediate Alpine mountain walking ( if you do level 3) but be aware there are a few steep climbs so come prepared.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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