Walking in Andalucia

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Trip code: 
TDS
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
4–15
Min age:
16

Walking through the olive groves and rugged hills of Andalucia

Outside the golden cultural triangle of Seville, Cordoba and Granada, the rural landscape of Andalucia is breathtaking, and what better way to appreciate its diversity than on foot. The walks take us through rugged hills, picturesque fields of sunflowers, olive groves, the limestone peaks of Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the stunning El Chorro Gorge & Caminito del Rey. In this corner of Europe the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and our home for the week is the perfect example: a rustic, homely cortijo in the heart of the agricultural countryside. During the week, a whole day is reserved for exploring the magnificent city of Seville. For those looking for more of a challenge, our departures graded level 4 feature longer walks on steeper terrain.

Highlights

  • Stay in a converted farmhouse with a swimming pool
  • Discover the fascinating Moorish history of white villages
  • Experience the real and authentic Spain
  • Walk the stunning Caminito del Rey

Key information

  • 7 nights in a comfortable converted farmhouse with pool
  • 5 days centre-based walking
  • Group normally 4 to 15, plus UK leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 1256m, average 612m
  • Travel by minibus
  • More challenging walking available on selected departures
  • Countries visited: Spain

What's included

  •  All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 evening meals are included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Caminito del Rey walk

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

On this trip, we spend the nights in a family run farmhouse, Cortijo Rosario that employs several people from the village and provides homemade food using locally produced and sourced goods wherever possible. Located amongst the olive groves and hills of central Andalucia, Spain's poorest region, it is virtually untouched by tourism hence, our visit will provide economic benefits to the local community. 

Water is especially important and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to not cause too much waste from single use plastic bottles. Hence, we provide large water containers so that clients can refill their reusable water bottles.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

    Our trip starts at Cortijo Rosario, located in the heart of the authentic Andalucian countryside, approximately 100km from Malaga. Our converted farmhouse is just a short walk from Algamitas, a peaceful traditional village far from the hustle and bustle of the big towns or cities. This location is ideal as it gives the chance to experience the real Spain, whilst still offering very easy access to the best walking areas and Andalucian towns such as Olvera, Setenil and Seville which we'll visit during the week.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Gentle walk through rolling olive groves to neighbouring village of Villanueva de San Juan; optional tapas lunch to soak up the Andalucian atmosphere - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Today we take a guided walk on the trails and paths around the Cortijo and on to the neighbouring village of Villanueva. The countryside surrounding Algamitas is picture-perfect, covered with olive trees, beautiful farmland and rolling hills. During the walk, our leader will give us a good overview of the rural lifestyle and traditions of this part of the world, which are largely based around the production of olive oil. An optional tapas lunch in the village gives us a chance to soak up the authentic Andalucian atmosphere. Once back at the Cortijo, we have some free time to relax by the pool or enjoy a drink on the lovely outdoor terrace. We then have dinner and stay overnight at the Cortijo. (Please note lunch won't be included on this day for 2019 departures.)

    Walk Profile: Distance- 12km/7 miles, total ascent 330m and descent 330m, approx. 6 hours walking including stops.

     

    Penon Crag walk- Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    Today is a full day's walk from our base at the Cortijo Rosario to the impressive summit of Penon Crag which towers above the village of Algamitas. We take a circular route up to the campsite and then climb quite steeply in places over rocky terrain to the summit at 1121m. Later, we return to the campsite and head back to the Cortijo by a different route. (Please note lunch won't be included on this day for 2019 departures.)

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/10 miles, total ascent 850m and descent 850m, approx. 6 hours walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Fantastic walk in the Sierra de Grazalema, Andalucia's first national park and UNESCO Biosphere reserve - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Our private bus will drive us high into the Grazalema Mountains over the Pass of the Doves. Designated a UNESCO Biosphere reserve in 1977, the Sierra de Grazalema was declared the first natural park in Andalucia in 1984 and is one of Spain's most ecologically outstanding areas. The park is famous for its spectacularly rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges. We walk up past this fantastic scenery and down into the white Village of Benaocaz.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 9km/ 5 miles, total ascent 272m and descent 545, approx. 4-5 hours walking including stops.

    Summit of Terril- Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    Today our walk takes us to the summit of Terril, which at 1129m is the highest point in Seville province. We take transport to the start of the walk – about 10 minutes from the Cortijo Rosario. Our route climbs steeply up on to the long ridge of Terril.
    Here the gradient eases but the terrain is quite rocky and uneven in places. From the summit on a clear day, we have a fantastic view over the rolling plains of Seville. We retrace our steps along the wide, rolling ridge before descending to the south and picking up a sandy track back to Algamitas.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, total ascent 560m and descent 850m, approx. 6 hours walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk to the abandoned Caños Santos Monastery and enjoy stunning views; walk to Setenil, a unique 'Pueblo Blanco' with homes built into the side of a gorge - Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Today we set out from the Cortijo Rosario, walking through Algamitas farmland to the abandoned monastery of Canos Santos, where we will have lunch. In the afternoon we follow the Ruta de los Molinos along the river that runs through the famous white village of Setenil de las Bodegas. Built under the overhanging ledge of a gorge, Setenil is not only famous for its peculiar architecture but also for its bars, restaurants and food shops which are ranked as the best in the region. We have free time to discover Setenil and later return to the Cortijo by private minibus. 

    Walk Profile: Distance- 14km/ 09 miles, total ascent 275m and descent 275, approx. 5-6 hours walking including stops.

    Walk to the abandoned Caños Santos Monastery and enjoy stunning views; walk to Setenil, a unique 'Pueblo Blanco' with homes built into the side of a gorge - Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    We set out from the Cortijo Rosario through Algamitas, passing through varied farmland before reaching our lunch spot close to the abandoned monastery of Canos Santos. In the afternoon we follow a network of old drovers' routes to the fascinating white village of Setenil with its little houses built under the overhanging ledge of a gorge. We return by private bus to the Cortijo Rosario.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, total ascent 450m and descent 200, approx. 5-6 hours walking including stops.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Introduction to the magnificent city of Seville with free time to explore; return to the Cortijo after dinner- Leisurely/Moderate (level 2) & Moderate/Challenging (level 4) departures

    In the morning we transfer by private minibus to the magnificent city of Seville. The day is free to sightsee at our own pace. Now the capital of Andalucia, Seville was one of the first conquests of the Moors. After the fall of the Cordoba Caliphate in the 11th Century, under whose direction it previously lay, it became the most powerful city in 'Al Andalus'. Near the city centre is the evocative 'Giralda', an architectural masterpiece dating back to the 12th Century. Close by is the magnificent 'Alcazar', a complex of palaces dating back from Roman times and later used by both Moorish and Christian rulers. It has fine examples of Moorish and 'Mudejar' architecture, rivalling Granada's 'Alhambra', and stunning sculpted gardens. After the Christian re-conquest Seville became famed as the gateway to the 'New World'; Christopher Columbus negotiated here with Queen Isabella to fund his epic voyage to the Americas, bringing her back untold riches and making Seville one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. After immersing ourselves in Seville’s history and culture during the day, we enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the city in the evening. We return to the Cortijo after dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the Caminito del Rey- Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    A short drive takes us to the El Chorro Gorge where we are dropped off at the Guadalhorce Dam and reservoir where we begin our walk. The walk will take us to the start of the amazing Caminito del Rey, which offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Spain. The Caminito del Rey is a narrow cliffside path hanging 100m above the waters of the river Guadalhorce. Originally built around 1905 and improved around 1921 it fell into disrepair and over the past decades, the path became known as ‘the most dangerous path in the world' or even the ‘walk of death'. The new Caminito del Rey was re-constructed and reopened to the public on 28 March 2015, with the route and design of the path keeping as closely as possible to the old one but now respecting high safety standards. Due to overwhlemingly positive feedback, as of 2017, this walk is an included activity and your leader will be walking this path with the group.

    After we finish the walk along the Caminito del Rey, there will be the chance to relax and have a little rest by the reservoir.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 8km/ 5 miles, total ascent 175m and descent 275m, approx. 3 hours walking.

    Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the Caminito del Rey- Moderate/Challenging departure (Level 4)

    Visit El Chorro Gorge and walk the Caminito del Rey- Moderate/Challenging departure (Level 4)

    See day 6 of Leisurely/Moderate (level 2) itinerary description for further details.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk a circuit around the impressive Peñon overlooking Algamitas- Leisurely/Moderate departure (level 2)

    Today we walk a circuit around the impressive Penon Crag that looms over the Cortijo Rosario. El Penon is the highest point in the province of Seville – 1130m above sea level, offering dramatic views of the landscape around Algamitas and neighbouring villages, hills and farmland. On the way back to the Cortijo we stop for some drinks in a lovely panoramic terrace.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 13km/ 8 miles, total ascent 470m and descent 470m, approx. 5 hours walking including stops

    Circular walk from the white village of Montejaque, nestled in the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park- Moderate/Challenging departure (level 4)

    We drive from the Cortijo Rosario by private bus to the attractive white village of Montejaque, nestling in the heart of the Grazalema Natural Park where our circular walk begins. The walk takes us into hidden valleys with some of the most spectacular karst rock formations in the area. This is limestone country and the rocky path can be slippery when wet so good ankle support is recommended.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 17km/ 11 miles, total ascent around 550m, 6.5 hours of walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

    End Cortijo Rosario, Algamitas.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 evening meals are included. (4 picnic lunches in 2019)

Breakfast: Continental buffet-style breakfast with local fruit and yoghurt.

Lunch: Packed lunches are provided for the day walks, usually filled with cheese/cold meats. On some days it is possible to enjoy some authentic Tapas in local villages.

Dinner: All food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce, and the meals come with complimentary wine as well as tea/coffee. A selection of soft and alcoholic drinks are available at the bar (payable locally).

Vegetarians are generally well catered for at the Cortijo Rosario. Please advise us on booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

Weather

Spring generally enjoys pleasant daytime temperatures (12-23ºC) and a little cooler in the evenings. There is the chance of some rain, which then offers views of beautiful spring flowers. Summer months are hot and dry with daytime temperatures of around 21-35ºC, dropping to between 17 and 25ºC at night. Autumn brings cooler weather although it is still fairly dry. The possibility of rain is more likely in winter months but temperatures stay mild in the daytime, becoming cooler after sunset.

Andalucia

Is this trip for you?

This trip is Activity Level 2 (leisurely/moderate) with 5 days of walking.

Walking is mostly on well-marked paths, yet this is a hilly area and some easy ascents should be expected. Walking hours stated in the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. 

The majority of drives are short except for the journey to Seville, which is approximately 2hrs.

Whilst most departures have a physical rating of 2 (leisurely/moderate), we also offer three weeks with an Activity Level of 4 (moderate/challenging) which allow us to ascend the higher peaks and walk on more challenging terrain for longer hours. It is important to be assured of your fitness on these departures. 

Please note all activities are optional and a rest day may be taken at any point should you prefer to relax at the Cortijo.

Cortijo Rosario is renovated to a high standard whilst maintaining its traditional heritage, so the farmhouse should not be considered a luxury villa or hotel.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

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Accommodation

Cortijo Rosario

Our main base for the week is Cortijo Rosario, a beautifully converted farmhouse reserved exclusively for Exodus groups. Situated in the heart of the romantic Andalusian countryside, the Cortijo overlooks the small village of Algamitas and is within reach of Seville and the charming town of Ronda.

Together with its neighbouring sister village Villanueva, Algamitas is known as the 'forgotten village': modern development has more or less passed them by and life goes on as it has for generations. Little English is spoken in the villages, as the tourism boom on the coast has not affected the lives of these people, who are welcoming and keen to meet newcomers. The main income of the community is agriculture, with olives the main crop along with cereals, wheat and sunflowers. This rural location really offers a fascinating insight into the 'real' Andalucia.

 All rooms have en suite facilities and there is a bar, lounge, outdoor dining area as well as a lovely pool. There are also two friendly dogs owned by the manager of the Cortijo that like to lie on the patio in the sun. There is free, unlimited Wi-Fi available in the bar and sitting room areas.

Cortijo Rosario is renovated to a high standard whilst retaining its traditional heritage. As such, the farmhouse should not be considered a luxury villa or hotel. Towels are changed once during the week and rooms are serviced every other day.

There is one single room available, which can be guaranteed with a supplement from GBP 120 payable in advance on booking. We may be able to confirm another single room closer to departure, which will be from GBP 220 for a twin room as single occupancy. Please contact our sales team to check if this is available no more than two weeks before departure. 

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2019
    Melanie Byrne

    Worth the wait

    I tried to book this holiday in March 2018, but as there was not a single room available and as I wanted to fly from my local airport and couldn't meet the group transfer in time, I decided on another trip with a competitor of Exodus, but this year the flights meant I arrived in time to meet the group at the airport, and despite my reservations about going in May and it being a bit too warm for walking, the whole group coped with the 27c.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from The Cortijo, the quiet and the walk in the Grazalema park.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Having read all the reviews- Michael was the reason why this year I decided I would share a room with someone unknown as no single room available, he absolutely made the trip . Amusing and informative, he looked after us well, and if we needed any information he went out of his way to get it for us. When out walking, Michael made sure we were all well hydrated, had plenty of sun screen on, took regular breaks in the shade of the olive trees and was very keen on us carrying at least 2 litres of water, as we were regularly advised to fill our hats with some and put our hats back on our heads! It really does help to keep you cool.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I've not given this a 5, only because the food, while plentiful was just a little bland, a definite lack of fresh salad, onions, garlic, dressings and piquancy. The starters were probably the least imaginative, and for myself too big! The mains including the fish were mostly good,except the chicken vol au vent- not as we understand in the UK, perhaps I'm being a bit picky, just personal taste but then I like cooking.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Lynn Roulstone

    A selection of excellent walks in diverse countryside

    A lovely relaxing week in a charming farmhouse with a pool. The five walks were all very different, and the day 'off' that was spent in Seville was different again. Each walk took you through different aspects of Andalusia, olive groves, holm oak woods, the spectacular caminito del rey. It was difficult to pick a favourite, they all had things to commend them, and the fact that each one featured a bar for a refreshment stop was very welcome. I thought the day in Seville might be long and tiring, but though it was very hot there was enough to do that the time didn't lag, and the lovely gardens of the Alcazar were a good place to relax before the evening's flamenco show. The farmhouse was very comfortable, and the food was good. As a vegetarian I didn't feel I was missing out. All in all one of the best Exodus holidays I've been on.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The flora and fauna. Seeing ibex and coming across a peony in the wild was amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael/Miguel was fantastic. He wrote on the board each evening the itinerary for the next day, sot here was no wondering exactly what was happening. He was careful to make sure the walks were carefully paced, with lots of stops in the shade. Michael was very knowledgeable about the area, the history and wildlife and we came away feeling we'd learned far more about the area than we would have if we'd been on our own.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although this is a level two some of the walks do involve gradients and uneven surfaces. Nothing too arduous, but if you haven't done much walking recently maybe a bit of training before you go. The tinto Verano drink (red wine and lemonade) was a very good discovery, ideal drinking after a longish walk in the sun.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although the itinerary seems rather full on, you can opt in and out of any of it. One of the advantages of being based in the same place all week.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Steve Johnson

    Fantastic Holiday!

    The week was wonderful: we had great weather; the comfortable, laid back cortijo is set in an unspoiled Andalucian landscape; our 13 fellow guests were great and amusing company; our guide, Michael, as other reviewers have pointed out was a one of the best we have had on our Exodus trips (highly knowledgeable, caring, supportive and and happy to have a laugh); and the walks were pitched just right. -

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was no one outstanding moment. We will remember all of the walks we did with our group (and, of course, the drinks afterwards). Heartfelt thanks to all of you!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael was excellent - the trip would not have been the same without him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some of the walks involved descending down scree and if you are worried about your ankles you could consider taking along with you walking boots with some ankle support. Some of our group found walking poles helpful. Seville was hot (around 40 degrees on our day there) and I think most of us struggled to walk around even though it was mid-May. In hindsight I wish I had done a little research on Seville and targeted exactly what I wanted to see and planned the route. The cortijo owners cater for vegetarians and those with sea-food allergies and so you haven't got to worry about anything on that score. I would say that the walks are level 2 walks although there are some steepish ascents which got the old ticker racing a bit. If hills are a bit daunting it might be worth putting a bit of training before the holiday. There is some wildlife to see on the walks (we saw griffin vultures, golden eagles, hoopoes, shrikes, ibex, etc.) and so you might want to consider bring along with you binoculars for a better view.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you enjoy walking in peaceful and unspoiled landscapes with stress-free evenings then this holiday might be for you.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    K Badham

    Great Trip

    Therle was no downside to anything about this trip (apart from 38degree heat in Sevilla!) Our guide, Miguel, was so knowledgeable about every aspect of the area, history, flora and fauna, and the itinerary of walks was varied to suit all tastes. He dealt with minor crises extremely calmly and efficiently, and put up with our teasing etc with patience and as if he hadn't heard it all before! thank you Miguel. The Cortijo on a stunning hilltop with beautiful views across the valley and to the village, was comfortable, the food plentiful and tasty, and all staff friendly and helpful. Our driver was very safe and the vehicle clean and well maintained, The group enjoyed each other's company and all had a great time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    See above

    What did you think of your group leader?

    See above
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Jo Luckhurst

    Lovely experience of rural Spain

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable week on this holiday. The walking is not too strenuous but is varied and picturesque. Our guide, Michael, made this holiday for us. He was so knowledgable and interesting but friendly and cheerful also. He knew so much about the local area & its plants and wildlife. The accommodation is comfortable with plentiful tasty food (although coffee in a local bar in Algámitas was better than at the cortijo! ) We were able to see all the sights of the beautiful city of Seville which was an added bonus. Felt quite privileged to spend some time in an unspoilt area of Spain with a friendly bunch of people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We enjoyed the walk along the Caminito del Rey. Stunning views and never really experienced anything like it before ( over such a prolonged distance) Also we were lucky to see the Easter celebrations in progress whilst we visited the first town for our tapas lunch which incidentally was delicious.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Very knowledgable but able to share this in an interesting way. He worked hard to keep the group together on our walks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you would like to experience a part of Spain which is off the ‘tourist track’, give this holiday a try, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    David Emsley

    Excellent Walking

    A very pleasant week's walking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the Caminito del Rey

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael Newcomb helped to make the holiday most enjoyable. As well as being very knowledgeable about Spanish history, culture, and the routes along which he directed us, he had a great sense of humour and worked hard to ensure that all members of the group enjoyed the walking.
  • Reviewed April 2019
    Eve Parker

    Wonderful Andalusia

    A peaceful, relaxed walk amongst olive groves, outstanding scenery and quiet, white villages. Based in a cortijo which served superb food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the griffon vultures soaring and enjoying the numerous wild flowers. pleased to see Ibex too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alexis was great for giving us information about the area and what we could expect.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go if you want to discover a peaceful Spain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip to Seville was good, especially visiting the Alcazar, and we had a bonus trip to Ronda on our way back as our flight wasn't until late. Again, we had lots of useful tips for the best places to visit and where we'd find the most interesting food.
  • Reviewed April 2019
    James Moodie

    Walk and learn

    An excellent walking holiday in Andalucia with a first class guide who was vey competent. Vast knowledge about the geography and the history of the area and a superb knowledge of the plant / wild life of the area all with a very engaging manner.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Enjoyed the different walks in the area.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Engaging, knowledgeable and just the person to make one aware of what is around you, be it wild life, plant life or historical .
  • Reviewed April 2019
    Mary Symes

    andalucian odessey

    As a single traveller I was a bit apprehensive about joining a group for a week's walking. I needn't have worried. My fellow travellers were charming, good company and great walking companions. The accommodation was comfortable and clean. The double rooms with balconies had views - but not mine sadly. The food at the cortijo was plentiful and tasty, the breakfast coffee could be improved though. The walks were the highlight: disturbing dozens of griffin vultures feeding on carrion and watching them take flight; being in the natural landscape beyond the ubiquitous olive groves and not least Miguel, our guide who was just superb the whole time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having a quiet lunch stop perched on a limestone outcrop.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel was very well informed and knowledgeable. He had a good sense of humour and very likeable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    March is a good time to go as its not too hot

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I paid a single person supplement but got a single room which was only big enough for a single bed. I wasn't occupying a double room. It had limited view and no balcony. I don't understand therefore, what the single supplement is paying for.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Gill Lambie

    Walking in Andalucia

    This was a lovely (grade 4 ) holiday in a rural, unspoilt part of Andalucia. The cortijo is very comfortable with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. The laid back approach made it feel like a house party and Cartouche & Joke must be congratulated on this. Tea & coffee available all day and a bar with amazing measures. There were 12 of us in the group and we all got on well with lots of laughs. We were fortunate to have perfect weather all week with blue skies, no clouds and temps in the mid 20’s. The walks were varied and the day off in Seville was well worth doing. We all went to the Flamenco dancing in the evening and one of the group was so inspired by this that the next morning she gave us her personal interpretation by the pool before we set off on the walk.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk in the Grazalema National Park.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Michael Newcombe was our leader and was one of the best we’ve ever had . His knowledge of the area was impressive and he was able to impart this in an intelligent & interesting way. His people skills are excellent and I wonder if he’d even organised the lovely weather....What an ambassador he is for Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go

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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