A group of women carrying tea leaves on their backs in a tea garden in Srimangal in Moulvibazar district

Discover Bangladesh

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Trip code: 
AIV
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Discover the true beauty of Bangladesh

This intoxicating trip offers fantastic experiences in a destination largely unexplored by foreign tourists. Outside the chaotic cities we discover the country's true beauty; including the lush tea plantations and rainforest around Srimongal, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Paharpur and Bagerhat, as well as two days spent exploring the wilderness of Sundarbans National Park, the largest mangrove forest on Earth. Bangladesh truly is an adventure, only made more heart-warming by the welcoming people.

Highlights

  • Journey through Sundarbans National Park by boat
  • Walk through the forest and villages around Srimongal
  • Visit a traditional Garo village
  • See Buddhist monastery ruins at Paharpur 
  • A full day to explore the sites of Dhaka

 

Key information

  • 11 nights hotels all en suite, 2 nights on a boat with shared facilities
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader and guide. Min age 16yrs
  • Travel by air-conditioned private bus and boat

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    The overnight group flights to Dhaka leave London this evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Dhaka.

    Those on the group flights will be met at Dhaka airport on arrival and transferred to the hotel.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    Drive to Srimongal; visit Manipuri Para and a tea cabin for some seven layer tea.

    We leave Dhaka after breakfast and drive to Srimongal, the centre of Bangladesh's thriving tea industry. The drive is fairly long (approx. 6 hours) but the lively towns we pass through as we make our way from Dhaka's lowland plains to the rolling forested hills of Srimongal provide plenty of interest. In the afternoon we visit the tribal village of Manipuri Para, home to a community of ethnic Meitei from northeast India. We also stop at a local tea cabin to try some unique 'seven layer tea', which blends seven different kinds of tea in one cup.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Walk in Lawachhara rainforest and visit Khashia village; afternoon visit Madhabpur Lake.

    Although the area around Srimongal has lots of tea and rubber plantations, it also features large tracts of rainforest, and this morning we head to Lawachara National Park for a three hour forest walk. There are plenty of birds in the forest, as well as macaques, deer and giant squirrels, and if we're lucky we may come across a family of endangered Hoolock gibbons. After the walk, we visit a small village inhabited by another Indian indigenous group, the Khasi, who produce crops including oranges and betel nut. This afternoon, we stop at the wonderfully clear Madhubpur Lake, located within a large tea estate. The lake attracts large numbers of migratory birds during the winter months, and at any time of year it is a pleasant place to relax and take in the views.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Mymensingh.

    This morning we have a long drive (approx. 6-7 hours) to the friendly town of Mymensingh, set on the banks of the Brahmaputra. In the late afternoon there is an optional walk through the lively local markets to the river bank.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Drive to Bogra via the historical Zamindar palace complex and Madhpur Forest N.P.

    Historically, much of Bangladesh was controlled by local aristocrats known as Zamindars, and this morning we visit a large palace complex just outside the city which was home to a Zamindar family. The palace, now abandoned, features buildings dating back as far as the 16th century, and its architecture displays clear influences of the Mughal style of Rajasthan. Further out of town, close to the main highway, is Madhubpur National Park, a large forest reserve known for its proliferation of sal trees, a sacred plant in Hindu mythology. After a walk through the forest we visit a village which is home to the ethnic Garo people, one of the world's only matrilineal societies, to learn more about their simple way of life and their traditional customs which mix Christianity with older animistic religions. Our journey continues to the town of Bogra, and we cross the mighty Jamuna River on the way.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Visit Paharpur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Mahasthangarh, a citadel city from at least the 3rd century BC.

    We spend a full day exploring two of the most important historic sites in Bangladesh - the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paharpur and the citadel of Mahastangarh. Paharpur is one of the best known and best preserved Buddhist monasteries in southern Asia, and we spend time exploring the many monastic cells and shrines as well as the imposing central stupa. The carvings and layout of the site bear remarkable similarities to the later temples of Angkor in Cambodia and Prambanam on Java. The vast citadel of Mahastangarh is the oldest archaeological site in the country, dating back to at least the 3rd century BC. It was in constant use until the 18th century, and it features huge earth-covered fortifications as well as evidence of occupation by both Hindus and Muslims.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    To Kushtia via the palaces and temples of Puthia.

    Today we leave Bogra and head to Puthia, home to a collection of Hindu temples and palaces built by the Zamindars of nearby Rajashahi in the 19th century. Particularly notable are the grand Govinda temple, with its graceful terracotta ornamentation, and the large five-spired Bubaneshwar Shiva temple, which overlooks a tranquil lake and is reminiscent of the temples of northern India. The large palace of the Zamindars is also impressive, featuring a blend of traditional and classical European architecture. From Puthia, we continue to Kushtia, the cultural heart of Bangladesh, where, time permitting, we visit the beautiful Kuthibari Mansion, where Nobel Prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore produced most of his famous work.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Sightseeing around Kushtia; transfer to Khulna.

    We spend the morning exploring Kushtia and its surroundings, including a visit to the mausoleum of Lalon Fakir, a renowned saint, mystic and songwriter who influenced many local and international poets, including Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. In the afternoon we drive for approximately 5.5 hours to the city of Khulna, gateway to the Sundarbans.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 10-11

    Cruise into Sundarbans N.P.; explore by small country boat and on foot.

    We drive to Mongla and board our vessel. We spend the next two days exploring the Sundarbans National Park by specially built cruise boat and smaller country boats. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park encompasses the largest block of coastal mangroves on the planet, and the forests are home to a huge range of fauna. As we sail through the waterways passing mudflats and small islands, we search for crocodiles, deer and dolphins as well as watching the many birds who call the mangroves home. We stop on several of the islands to explore the beaches and forests on foot, and if we are extremely lucky we may catch sight of a tiger or at least spot some fresh paw prints in the soft earth. The boat will anchor each evening, and we spend the nights on board in twin or multi-share cabins with shared facilities.

    Cruise boat

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Admire the wildlife on the banks of the river whilst cruising back to Mongla. Drive to Khulna and visit the Sixty Domed Mosque at Bagerhat.

    We continue our journey through the Sundarbans today, with a half-day of cruising the backwaters and creeks as we make our way slowly back to Mongla. From here we drive back to Khulna, where we arrive in the late afternoon. If there is time in the afternoon, we may visit the Sixty Domed Mosque in Bagerhat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the most impressive mosques in southern Asia and the largest brick mosque in Bangladesh, it dates back to the 15th century and despite its name, actually has 77 domes supported by 60 elegant pillars. If time is tight, we will visit the mosque tomorrow morning before we travel to Dhaka.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    To Dhaka.

    This morning we set off on a long journey (approx. 8 hours) to Dhaka - the drive includes a ferry crossing of the Padma River as we near the capital.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Dhaka sightseeing including the Liberation War Museum and the Shaheed Minar, a memorial to commemorate the Bengali Language Movement of 1952.

    Today we have a full day tour of Dhaka. The mix of cultures in Bangladesh is evident as we visit the 11th century Dakeshwari Hindu temple and the 17th century Lalbagh Fort, an unfinished yet still imposing Mughal fort complex. We also learn about the country's more recent history at the Liberation War Museum and the Shaheed Minar, a monument to those killed during the Bengali Language Movement of 1952.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Fly to London.

    Those on the group flights will depart for the airport this morning for the daytime flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Bangladesh

Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. You can obtain your visa prior to travel or on arrival. To apply for the Bangladesh visa yourself you will need to go through the Bangladesh High Commission (http://www.bhclondon.org.uk/Visa.html). Your booking confirmation and an invitation letter are required which we will provide you with. The current visa fee for British passport holders is £78, and if using Travcour there will be an additional £40 service charge plus £9 postage (Royal Mail Special Delivery within UK). We suggest that you carry a photocopy of your passport information page, your visa and your insurance document.

Vaccinations

Bangladesh

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip. Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Tetanus, Diphtheria,
Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria on this trip is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited on this trip. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included.

You should allow £14-16 (approx. US$22-25) per day for lunch and dinner in Dhaka and around £7-10 (approx. US$10-15) per day for lunch and dinner in other towns and cities (when these are not included). Where meals are included, the ingredients will be sourced from local shops, markets and bazaars as much as possible. Free meal times are an excellent opportunity to support local businesses and try some regional specialties, like fresh fish curry and rice, spiced vegetables and paratha, lentil daal, samosas and bhorta- which is mashed potato mixed with prawns, onion and mustard oil. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. Mineral water is widely available. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow. Bangladesh is a secular Muslim country, and whilst the people are very liberal and friendly, alcohol is not widely available. There are only a couple of hotels on the trip which have a bar, and even at these establishments you cannot usually drink in the restaurant. Local beer, when available, costs approx. £2 (US$3) for a 300ml can, and a measure of spirits is similarly priced. Wine is not available. It may sometimes be possible to purchase alcohol outside the hotels, but it is prohibited to consume in public places. There is a duty free on arrival in Dhaka airport (before immigration) and you are permitted two bottles of spirits per person.

Weather

The best season to travel to Bangladesh is between October and March; the weather during this period tends to not be too hot, with average daytime temperatures of 24ºC, and there is less rain with dry and sunny days with blue skies most common. December and January is the winter season and temperatures can be lower during this period, fog is also common during this period.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate). This holiday is designed so that you can see the best parts of Bangladesh in 14 days. There is a lot to see and some of the distances covered are large. Generally infrastructure is fairly underdeveloped for touristic purposes. Whilst travelling in the more remote or less developed regions, patience may be required as the service in hotels and restaurants will be slower than you may be used to in other countries. You should come armed for an experience: Bangladesh can be hard work and the heat and the bustle of some of the cities can be a little overwhelming. That said, there are places where you can find peace and there are few places in the world where you will return armed with great stories and memories to last a lifetime.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Boat

11 nights hotels, plus 2 nights on a boat. Hotels throughout this trip are of a standard level; hotels can be very simple and will not generally have additional facilities.
The specially built cruise boats in the Sundarbans are simple but comfortable. The boat used will be privately chartered for our group and the size used will depend on the size of the group. The majority of cabins on board are on a twin share basis and there are shared bathroom facilities at the rear of the vessel. The boat has a communal dining area.

Single accommodation available on request from GBP250 (excludes nights in the Sundarbans)

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Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed November 2015
    stephen gilbert

    Great Experience

    The time in Bangladesh was the best. It was a privilege to be one of only a few European tourists in the country. It was interesting but not intimidating to experience that our curiosity was reciprocated by the local people too. Great place and a great time to visit. If you like photographing people, this is a dream. Everyone seems to want their picture taken (check first) and they'll probably want to take your picture too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Overall friendliness and good atmosphere between tourists and locals, Good example would be photo call on the river beach at Mymensingh with local children and the local constabulary.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 2 1/2 leaders - Suzie, Mr Khan and Manny. Each one supported the tour brilliantly. Suie with her energy and enthusiasm. Mr Khan with his excellent control and local knowledge and Manny with helpfulness and confidence.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware this is an Islamic country. They have a more conservative dress code. To be comfortable on tour and to set a respectable example for Europeans Ladies should avoid wearing short skirts, crop tops, vests or leggings. Men should avoid shorts. With exception on Sundarbans cruise where you can dress more comfortably. This country is in its tourist infancy, the trends you set by your actions may be remembered by locals long after you've gone. If perhaps you get generous with the sweets and chocolate with local children on street then later travellers will become distracted and plagued to provide "candy" for them and their friends. Giving and sharing is a good part of travelling but choose the gift and the moment carefully. When we went $200 each for 2 weeks was enough for tips, food, drink and a few gifts. We used trail shoes on jungle walks and sandals everywhere else. No pre planned tough walks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We recomend this trip to someone looking to get off the beaten track. This has certainly given us a brilliant opportunity to take some lovely photographs and memories (and many amusing anecdote, dont mention the police inspector on the toy train) for a life time.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    stu freeman

    discover bangladesh

    To my knowledge this is one of the few organized tours that focuses on a fascinating and weirdly overlooked corner of the Indian subcontinent. The trip was well guided and well led but cannot be regarded as even remotely comprehensive. After the program was finished I stayed on in-country and visited a great many places that had been excluded from the itinerary, most likely for reasons of time constraints (Chittagong and the Hill Tracts, Comilla, Cox' Bazaar, Gaud, etc.). One such omission was, however, unpardonable: namely the stunning terra-cotta temple at Katanagar, the equal of any such building I've seen across the border in West Bengal. Visiting this site would have added one additional day to the Exodus program and would have been well worth the additional expense. Neglecting it is akin to visiting Rajasthan and skipping Osian (which, come to think of it, lots of Rajasthan itineraries do...). Despite this one marked inadequacy, I would recommend the trip highly, and suggest that prospective clients urge Exodus to lengthen the trip by one day so as to make their holiday (more or less) complete.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Discovering the warmth and graciousness of the Bangladeshi people, the extent of their (often troubled) history and the uniqueness of their culture- an exquisite synthesis of Muslim and Hindu with some Buddhist grace-notes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent and accommodating.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try not to get stressed out by political strikes that may occasionally present difficulties and make for scheduldelays. And don't expect much in the way of "luxury": the country doesn't have much but it offers all it has.
  • Reviewed May 2015
    Kerryn Deayton

    Fantastic trip

    Bangladesh was wonderful- not a wow country, but the people and small industries make up for it! Bangladesh is a welcoming country and the people are genuinely eager to chat and have their photos taken, very refreshing. Driving along you see so many small industries at work- brick making, fishing, farming, textiles etc. The tour is quite comprehensive and you leave wit a feeling of having seen quite a lot.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed the people. I loved stopping on the side of the road and seeing how amazingly hard these people work at producing things we often take for granted. The best part was the lack of other tourists! Go soon, before others discover it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suzy H was brilliant, could not have asked for a more professional, personable and knowledgeable leader. Her enthusiasm almost outshone ours!! We had two local leaders too- Khan and Iqbal, both of whom were terrific. Their knowledge and love of their country was inspiring.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    By mid April the weather was beginning to turn a little- we had at least three severe storms to weather. Go visit this beautiful country- you won't be sorry you did!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Massive thanks to Suzy, Khan and Iqbal for a wonderful adventure...and to my fellow group members for making it a fantastic experience.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Joanna Gill

    Discover Bangladesh

    An excellent balance of rural and urban experiences of Bangladesh. Lawachara and the Sunderbans National Parks were calm quiet oases amidst the more typical bustle of Bangladesh. No tigers, but lots of other wildlife in the parks. Big cities and small villages. A non-partisan balance of old Islamic mosque and Hindu temple, Buddhist ruins and modern Christian church. Shopping in old bazaars and modern fixed priced stores. Some long days in a comfortable bus, but with plenty of comfort breaks for chai and opportunities to see local un-mechanised industries: brick factories, rice mills, shrimp farms. Very friendly, curious people wherever we went. Delicious food, particularly on the boat.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The thunder in the Sunder; the night lightning on the boat in the Sunderbans

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Khan was an excellent leader: very knowledgeable about all aspects of Bangladeshi life; ably assisted by Iqbal. Both were proud of Bangladesh's achievements, but not blind to its difficulties. We had some nicely nuanced discussions. The boat crew in the Sunderbans were wonderful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are dithering about how to choose what part of India to visit.... go to Bangladesh! A small country, easily enjoyed in this 2 week trip. Restaurants can be very slow; not used to serving 9 people who all want different things; make it easy on them and on yourselves by ordering shared meals!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go there now, while it is still very unspoilt
  • Reviewed January 2015
    Peter Rogerson

    Discover Bangladesh - January 2015

    I had an absolutely wonderful time on this trip, it was a real unexpected treat. I had looked at the trip initially due to the Sundarbans cruise, and loved India, and thought it looked interesting, but it surpassed all my expectations simply because of the wonderful Bangladeshi people. Although I received a few blank looks from people when I told them I was visiting Bangladesh, I'm so pleased I chose it and I hope it becomes a more popular travel destination, as it has so much to offer. The trip notes suggest that the people make the trip, and our guide suggested this would be the case on the first night, but I hadn't appreciated how true this would be. They are quite simply the nicest, friendliest, warmest and generous people you will ever meet, and everyone will take away from it experiences of their own that can't be captured in any of the travel literature or trip notes. It is also a photographers dream, as everything is so busy, colourful and the people so willing to have their photos taken (and of course to take photos of you too). The tourist infrastructure is still developing, but that is surely part of the charm of discovering new destinations as you are never experiencing the cynicism of people used to a procession of tourists - it seemed we were a real novelty in many parts of the country. Given the country's turbulent past, and reputation as a rather disaster prone region, to see it as it is now, a vibrant and growing country looking to the future with great optimism and good humour was wonderful and I would certainly love to return some day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Quite simply, the warmth and friendliness of the Bangladeshi people. I should also mention the Sundarbans are an amazing place, still pristine and very beautiful and I loved the time on the boat travelling around them. We visited a brick factory, a rice drying plantation and Dhaka old town, none of which formed part of the official itinerary, but which our local guide arranged as he could see how interested we were in visiting them - these were also definitely highlights of the trip, as although they were obviously very poor, and forced to work very hard in difficult conditions, they were again unfailingly happy to welcome us into their routines and lives and come away with some very memorable experiences, and of course, some amazing photographs.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Khan was our local leader, who was very experienced and obviously knew the country very well. He also seemed to know everyone and could get things sorted out, such as arranging our visits to the Brick factory and Rice place by sweet talking the managers. He also arranged for a police escort, as there was some political issues as the trip happened around the time of the election, just in case we might run into trouble - we didn't, but he was clearly thinking ahead and planning for all eventuallities. He also knew where to get beer from, which for us, was his most accomplished achievement. Suzy was our UK tour leader who had flown out from the UK a couple of days before us and returned on the group flights. Suzy again was a leader of considerable experience and talent, who, because she was also experiencing Bangladesh as we were, for the first time, exuded enthusiasm for everything we did as much as we did and it was a learning experience for her too, which she obviously relished. Between them, Suzy and Khan made a great double act and ensured everything went like clockwork. I should also mention Shahid, our driver, who was employed by the local operator, but was a driver of serious ability, navigating Bangladesh's clogged, and quite frankly, dangerous roads with considerable skill. We drove overnight one day to ensure we could reach Dhaka before a general strike that could have prevented us completing a ferry crossing of a river we needed to cross, and watching out of the front window as dozens of lorries thundered down the road towards to, weaving in and out of vehicles with no lights while avoiding all the other numerous obstacles was quite terrifying, but he navigated everything perfectly. Shahid received a very generous tip from everyone - and every Taka was richly deserved.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bangladesh does require patience and an open mind, but travelling around the country was surprisingly easy and the accommodation was generally quite good. The hotels were quite often in some noisy places, so you were trying to fall asleep to the sound of legions of rickshaw horns. Another thing to bear in mind is how cheap Bangladesh is - all of us over-estimated how much Taka to change. You can easily manage on about £250 worth, and that included 200 Taka per can of Beer when it was avaiable, tipping, souvenirs and everything else. There is some souvenir shopping to be had, but not a huge amout or variety, but we eventually found some nice markets to shop at, mainly in Dhaka - there is very little outside of the city except some cheap tat that will interest very few - unless you are interested in fabrics of course. The food was great, and no-one had any tummy niggles. Bangladesh seemed very safe, so don't be worried about getting out of the hotels to explore. You will be spoken to a lot with the ubitquitous "Your country?", and even though you may attract a crowd, this is never threatening and they only seem to be plucking up the courage to talk to you - a friendly smile seems to be all the invitation anyone needs to start a conversation of ask for a photo. Otherwise, Bangladesh should hold no worries for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I do hope that this trip becomes popular and more people start to visit Bangladesh as it certainly has a lot going for it and I'm sure the people will welcome more visitors. The cultural itinerary, temples and mosques that form part of the official itinerary are of much less interest that the people you will meet along the way, so don't expect too much from them, as the real draw of Bangladesh are its people, so if you want a holiday where the star attraction is a mass of friendly, welcoming and interesting people, then go for Bangladesh, I'm sure you won't be dissapointed.
  • Reviewed January 2015
    Dianne Flath

    Go there before everyone else does

    Was sort of expecting what India must have been like 30/40 years ago before the tourists - it is and it isn't

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I went for the ruins and temples but was instead blown away by the friendliness of the locals. Hardly any foreigners let alone tourists venture outside Dhaka - we were the "tourist" attraction. They were as interested in meeting us as we were in meeting them.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suzie spoiled us with surprise pressies on xmas day as well as chox and booze to help celebrate, she'd help lead the previous 2 trips so knew the ropes. Khan was kept busy sorting the logistical stuff behind the scenes but gave plenty of information about the country on the long drives

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Not that many souvenirs (except for shawls, everywhere), and stuff is generally inexpensive, so you won't need to change that much money - 150US was enough if you're a vegetarian. Instant coffee is a bit thin on the ground (there's rarely water hot enough to make a decent brew). It's cold in the north December/January. But a good excuse for buying a shawl or three to help keep warm.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There can't be that many places still relatively "untouched" by tourism. Make the most of it and go now!
  • Reviewed January 2015
    Soo Matthews

    Fantastic journey

    The best Christmas escape so far! Two weeks of welcoming people, wonderful sights, sounds and food with a fantastic team looking after us. Our driver Kokhan made sure that we all stayed safe getting on and off the bus and stopped for photo opportunities when we asked and even when we didn't if he saw something he thought we'd be interested in. Khan our guide shared great info and history about Bangladesh with a lovely sense of humour and made sure that we weren't too harassed by people wanting to take our photos! Suzie our superb guide made sure that we had all we needed including a few treats from home for Christmas and New Year. All in all a fantastic team - thank you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moments were on Christmas Day in the Garo village. They didn't know we were coming that day and yet we were invited to stay longer than expected to share the service in the church and then to share some lunch as guests of honour. The lunch we had in another village was the best food we had all trip and again we were treated In Dhaka the Liberation War Museum is a tribute to all those who fought for liberation and was inspiring, moving and a very emotional experience - especially watching the film. Having suffered so much trauma in the fight for liberation it is a testament to the determination of the people of Bangladesh that we were always made welcome with fantastic hospitality and smiling faces. It was an odd experience to be the centre of so much attention and have so many photos of us taken at every turn!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suzie was an excellent group leader always calm and making sure that things ran smoothly, giving us options for experiences we could do, recommending good places to eat, shop etc. Suzie's thoughtfulness with regards to xmas bags of treats for us all was a lovley surprise on xmas morning. Suzie, Khan and Kokhan made a fantastic team.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Particularly if travelling in December/January make sure that you DO take a fleece and/or woolly jumper (my merino cardigan was fabulous keeping me warm) and some warmer clothes just in case! When on the boat trip in the Sundarbans we were hit by some unseasonably chilly weather and the sun chose to hide so being on deck was very chilly! Hats and gloves were needed! Bangladesh is very cheap with a veggie meal costing about £3-4 and so changing about £100 - £150 in the airport will probably see you though the trip - if you drink alcohol then more is needed.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I loved this trip and would really love to explore more of Bangladesh. It's been my favourite so far! The trip notes are accurate with regards to the drives which are long on some days and can be longer depending on traffic however there is so much to see along the way that it is never dull. I would highly recommend that if you are thinking of a visit you go as soon as you can as it is very rare that you get the opportunity to explore a country untainted by tourism. The tourist side of things for foreigners is just developing so it is lovely to experience everyday life as it is in Bangladesh and visit the sites with the locals who are also exploring their country. (I was also very surprised with how flat the country is!)

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? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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