Classic Rajasthan - Premium Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures, Premium Adventures
Destinations:
India
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AIP
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

16 Days Flight Inclusive
15 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

Travel India's desert state in style. Using exclusive heritage hotels we delve into the history of the many forts and palaces the region has to offer. At every turn Rajasthan bombards the senses - one minute it's full speed ahead as we take a jeep safari through desert countryside, the next you'll seek out serenity in the holy town of Pushkar. Be enthralled by the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise, experience a train ride with the locals or slip into one of the many bazaars. This is the perfect trip for a first time visitor to India.

At a Glance

  • 14 nights comfortable hotels 
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by air-conditioned private bus
  • Countries visited: India

Trip Highlights

  • Discover imposing forts and palaces
  • Visit the holy town of Pushkar
  • Explore the romantic lake city of Udaipur

Is This Trip for You?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely). This holiday is designed so that you can see some of the best parts of northern India. There is a lot to see in the time you are there, but everything is scheduled so that it doesn't feel too rushed. You should come armed for an experience: India 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 to match India in providing you with great stories and memories to last a lifetime. This trip is designed as a more comfortable itinerary and the accommodation is of a high standard.

Please note that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) are responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India, including the Taj Mahal, and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place.

Holi and Diwali Festivals

Some departures will be in India during the festivals of Holi and Diwali. They are great festivals to witness and some very minor itinerary alterations may be made locally in order to make the most of these occasions. Holi celebrations typically involve people throwing coloured water at each other and smearing powder on each other's faces. This is accompanied by dancing, music and traditional Holi sweets such as Ghujiya and Bhanng. It's a riot of colours as the powder bursts into the sky. During Diwali, the festival of lights, people typically light up their houses, shops and streets, and celebrate on the streets with fireworks.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Some departures will be in Pushkar during the festival. These are marked on the website. Please see day 7 of the itinerary for details.

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.

Group

Our Indian team of leaders has proved very popular with their incredible knowledge, passion and hospitality adding greatly to the experience. There is no better way to experience Indian culture than letting an Indian guide show you around their country.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Delhi
End City:
Udaipur

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Delhi; half-day city tour.

    For those who are on the flight inclusive package we land in Delhi in the morning and transfer to the hotel where we will meet the other members of the group. In the afternoon we visit the walled city of Old Delhi; crowded, full of activities and still influenced by the great Mughals who once ruled from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort. We visit Jama Mosque - built in 17th century and the largest mosque in India, Chandni Chowk - the typical Indian market always abuzz with activities, and Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Free morning; half-day sightseeing.

    The morning is free to relax and explore by yourself. During the afternoon you will see some of the sites of New Delhi. We drive past the Presidential Palace, Secretariat Buildings and down the impressive Rajpath to India Gate. We visit the Birla (Laxmi Narayan) Temple and the Qutub Minar which is 72 metres high. We also see Delhi's most curious antique, the un-corroded Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive to Agra.

    Today we drive to Agra (approx. 5 hour drive), the city of the Taj Mahal. In the afternoon we check in to our hotel in Agra and the rest of the day is free to relax and discover the city.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal and then Agra Fort; afternoon free.

    Today we will rise early to visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal at sunrise. Built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631, the Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor. The white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by rich interior detail. Within striking distance is the imposing Red Fort of Akbar, third of the Moghul Emperors, whose mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble Pearl Mosque and the palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. It is here that the latter spent his last years, imprisoned by his own son Aurangzeb.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Drive to Jaipur via Fatehpur Sikri.

    We leave Agra and visit Fatehpur Sikri, Emperor Akbar's deserted royal city. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571, after the blessing of a local Muslim holy man correctly predicted the birth of a longed-for son, his successor the Emperor Jehangir. The mosque, designed to hold ten thousand worshippers, the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all made of decorative red sandstone. This magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today - in perfect condition. We then drive on to Jaipur - another very full but rewarding day. Total driving time approx. 7 hrs.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Full day tour including Amber Fort and City Palace.

    Built in the late 18th century, it is a planned city of broad avenues built of sandstone and painted pink at a later stage. We first visit the City Palace. Formerly the residence of the Maharaja it is now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of immense astronomical instruments made of marble and brass set in a pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur's impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Fort, rising above a lake where elephants bathe. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones, leatherwear etc. It will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying something!
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    To Pushkar; visit Brahma temple and Aarti ceremony on the ghats.

    Today we drive to the holy city of Pushkar (approx. 3-4 hrs), a sacred town for the Hindus well-known for its annual camel fair. In the centre of town is holy Pushkar Lake surrounded by a number of temples including the famous Bramha temple - said to be the only temple in the world dedicated to this deity. A dip in the waters of Pushkar Lake and worship at Bramha temple ensure salvation. Late afternoon walk through Pushkar's lanes to see the local life and visit the Brahma temple. The evening culminates with an aarti ceremony on the ghats of the Pushkar Lake.

    Pushkar Camel Fair Departure: The itinerary for the Pushkar Festival departure is exactly the same as the standard trip. However, we try and maximise time in Pushkar in order that there is plenty of time to enjoy the camel fair - one of the largest in the world, and the various events taking place. We will depart early from Jaipur, in order to arrive in Pushkar as early as possible, and we will depart for Khimsar at a time agreeable for the group. Your group leader will brief you on all the options available to you.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Drive to Khimsar in the Thar Desert.

    Today we drive on to Khimsar in the Thar Desert and stay at the historic Khimsar Fort.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Early morning jeep safari; afternoon free to explore Khimsar.

    Early morning jeep safari to the surrounding villages and to Black buck reserve. We will visit the settlements of Gujars (shepherds) and Kalbelia (snake charmers) communities and experience the traditional, rural Rajasthani lifestyle, which still lays emphasis on harmony, conservation and complete utilization of natural resources. Age-old traditions are still practiced. The wildlife sanctuary is home to the beautiful but endangered Black Buck and some colourful birds. The afternoon is free to explore and see village life.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    To Jodhpur via Mandore Gardens; afternoon visit Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.

    Morning drive to Jodhpur (approx. 2 hrs drive) visiting the famous Mandore gardens en route. Jodhpur is a bustling desert city and the second largest in Rajasthan after Jaipur. Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, the leader of the Rathore clan, the city's gentle atmosphere belies a stormy yet glorious past. 393 feet above the flat surrounding plains soars a bold bluff on which was built the massive Meherangarh (Majestic) Fort. In the old city's maze are several palaces, havelis and temples. Visit the Sardar Bazar with its Clock Tower. Down the road from the Fort see Jaswant Thada, the blinding white marble cenotaph (chhatri) of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Drive to Deogarh; afternoon free.

    Continue to Deogarh in the heart of Rajasthan (approx. 5 hrs drive). The afternoon is free for you to relax or explore.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Visit local school; take a rural train ride; late afternoon birdwatching walk.

    In the morning we visit a government-run primary school to understand the education system in rural areas of the country. The school is attended by children from nearby villages. We then enjoy a 1 hour train ride through the rural countryside of Rajasthan. Experience travelling with the local villagers in non-air-conditioned coaches on wooden berths: some coaches are from the 1930s. Return to the hotel by road. In the afternoon enjoy a bird watching tour to the nearby lakes to see a variety of local and some migratory birds.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    To Udaipur; late afternoon boat ride on Lake Pichola.

    Today we drive to Udaipur, the city of lakes. In the late afternoon enjoy a beautiful sunset boat ride on Lake Pichola, 4km long and 3km wide, surrounded by hills, palaces, temples, bathing ghats and embankments. (Boat ride is subject to the water level in the lake).
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Morning sightseeing including the City Palace; afternoon free.

    Udaipur is one of the most charming cities of Rajasthan, nestled like a gem in a valley surrounded by the green Aravalli hills, and reflected smooth and white in the clear blue Lake Pichola. Old dwellings, temples and palaces speak of an aristocratic past. Visit the City Palace, once the home of Mewar's rulers with its flawlessly integrated palaces overlooking Lake Pichola. Visit Sahelion-ki-bari - scene of royal parties. Drive around Fateh Sagar Lake. The afternoon is free to enjoy the city with possibilities of a stroll in the colourful traditional market.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Udaipur.

    Those on the flight inclusive package will depart this morning for the daytime flight back to London; those on land-only arrangements will leave us after check-out at the hotel.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

On this trip we stay in a range of comfortable hotels ranging from modern properties, such as the 5-star Jaypee Vasant Continental in Delhi, to heritage forts and palaces bursting with character, such as the Deogarh Mahal Hotel. Many have pools, and most have excellent facilities as well as restaurants serving tasty local specialities and international dishes.

Single accommodation available on request from GBP620

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from 975.00 CHF

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In Jaipur and Delhi, clients can even see how the food is made e.g. Masala Chai (tea), Samosa (mashed potato snacks), Jalebe (Indian donuts), Lassi (yoghurt drink), etc. In most of the towns there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian, India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately £4 (approx. US$5). Mineral water is available in the bus in 20ltr containers so please bring a water bottle with you to refill. Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow.

Transportation

We use an air-conditioned, private minibus.

Train journey: the local train journey near Deogarh will be in standard non air-conditioned class. Tickets are purchased on the day of travel and no seats are allocated in advance. Indian trains are safe to travel on but we recommend that you keep any valuables with you at all times. Snacks are often offered on board (at an additional cost) but you may wish to purchase your own food prior to the journey. Whilst some trains have western-style facilities, the majority of services are equipped with squat toilets.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

During October/November and February/March/April the days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or no rain can be expected. Evenings in Delhi can be surprisingly cool. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings in December and January and warm clothes are essential. Fog is also a real possibility during this period. Please note that night time temperatures in Delhi can be very cold and only a little above freezing in December and January.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 16 Days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Jet Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.


Travelling land only: 15 days starting in Delhi and ending in Udaipur

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Delhi in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 12.00.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Free Transfers

Exodus offers FREE airport arrival and departure transfers on any flight for this trip, for both Land Only and Flight Inclusive clients. Unless specified otherwise, the transfer will be to the Exodus start (or pre-tour) hotel and from the end (or post-tour) hotel, and will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance. 

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Delhi
Location end:
Udaipur

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Sunhat

Sun cream

Water bottle

Light casual clothing

Warm sweater/fleece Torch

Water bottle Trainers/Walking shoes

Sandals/Flip‐flops

Anti‐bacterial hand gel

Small personal first aid kit

Insect repellent

Additional warm base layer (for winter departures)

Scarf (for winter departures)

Gloves (for winter departures)

You should take a thick jumper or fleece, warm trousers and dark coloured clothing (a scarf and warm gloves for winter departures) for the game drive into the National Park where it can get very cold in the early morning. This will help you prevent mosquito bites and will also improve your chances of seeing game, which are scared of the bright colours.

Mens and womens clothing should cover shoulders and be on or below the knee. Women especially should always dress conservatively to avoid unwanted attention and not to cause offence; vests, tight fitting trousers, short skirts and shorts are not recommended.

It doesn't matter what type of bag or case you use on this trip although it is preferable to use a soft holdall (with wheels if necessary) as they tend to be easier to manage. You should also bring a small day bag for your valuable items.

At time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 20kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

Internal flights in the destination country are subject to a weight limit of 20kg.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest
you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Optional Equipment

Light waterproofs

Umbrella (for sun and rain)

Swimming costume (some hotels have a swimming pool)

Reading List

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur
A Brief History of the Moghuls by Bamber Gascoigne
The 20th Wife by I Sundaresan
Shadow Princess by I Sundaresan

Practical Information

Passport

India

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

India

Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. For UK residents full details of the visa process can be found here. Other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies.

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the northeast, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

When you reach immigration, you are required to pick up an immigration form. If you have an e-visa, ensure you stand in the correct queue - please follow the signs to the e-visa booth (in Delhi this is at the back of the immigration hall). You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth - please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready (these details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions).

 

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria 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. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

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 and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

India's Timezone:
Asia/Kolkata IST (GMT +05:30)

Electricity

India's Electricity:

230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz.

230/240 volts AC, 50 Hz. There are recharging facilities at all the hotels , the electricity supply is not 100% reliable but it is usually only off for short periods of time.

Money

India's Currency

The national currency of India is the Indian Rupee (INR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (February 2019) of approximately 90 to the UK£ and 70 to the US$.

It is illegal to import or export rupees. Do not accept torn or (very) dirty Indian banknotes from banks or in change as they will almost certainly not be accepted as legal tender in India. Please ask for low denomination notes of 100 and 500 Rupees as the new 2000 Rupee notes can be difficult to use out of Delhi. You can change money back from Rupees into Pounds or Dollars at Delhi airport (before going through security), but you must produce an exchange receipt showing that you changed money in India.

ATM Availability

There are ATMs in the majority of cities in India now though you shouldn't rely on these 100% of the time, so please take some cash with you as well. Please inform your bank before departure that you are travelling to India as well as carrying the relevant telephone number with you in case they put a block on your card.

Travellers Cheques can be changed in many hotels.

Credit cards can be used in the better stores and restaurants, but most shopkeepers do prefer cash.

Extra Expenses and Spending Money

For meals not included allow £15‐£18 (approx. US$20 ‐ US$24) per day.

Many sights now charge a small fee for cameras and you should allow another £5 (approx. US$7) for
these. It is recommended that you allow at least £5 (approx. US$7) per day for personal expenditure
such as stamps, postcards and soft drinks. Shopping opportunities throughout this tour are endless and we suggest that you take as much as you can afford for souvenirs ‐ even if you are generally not a keen shopper we have found that most people succumb to some of the wide variety of handicrafts on offer.

India has very good opportunities for shopping, especially for locally made goods, and during your
trip it is highly likely that your local guides will take you to emporiums as well as workshops where these goods are made. Many people find this a great opportunity to buy local handicrafts, silk, jewellery and carpets. Guides will often assume that visitors will want to go shopping, it is very much part of the culture, but if you do not wish to go please make this clear to your local guide at the time.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

It is illegal to import or export rupees. Do not accept torn or (very) dirty Indian banknotes from banks or in change as they will almost certainly not be accepted as legal tender in India. Please ask for low denomination notes, as higher notes can be difficult to use outside Delhi. You can change money back from Rupees into Pounds or Dollars at Udaipur/Mumbai/Delhi airport; this has to be done before you go through security. Money change facilities are available on arrival at Delhi's international airport (where rates are not always favourable) and the hotel in Delhi.

Tipping

Tipping is very much part of the culture in India and is usually expected. Tipping can often be an awkward affair, especially when in an unfamiliar country where you are not sure when or how much to tip. As such, your tour leader will offer to arrange and look after a group tipping kitty which will be used to tip hotel staff, local sightseeing guides, bus drivers as well as any other support staff used throughout your trip. Your leader will suggest how much to contribute, depending on group size, but it is usually in the region of 2500-3000 INR (approx. GBP£28-34 or US $37- 45) per person. At any time during the trip your leader will be happy to show you an account of how the kitty is being distributed. Please note that for smaller groups the leader may have to collect more than the above amount.

Tipping of leaders is not included in the kitty and is at your own discretion. If you wish to show your appreciation a tip of around £2-£3 (US$3-4.50) per person per day would be appreciated.

By definition, gratuities are not something that can be included in the tour price.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.