Jungles & Beaches Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Family Group, Tailormade Adventures
Destinations:
Thailand
Programmes:
Family
Trip Code:
FIT
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

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

15 Days Flight Inclusive
13 Days Land only
8 Min age

Trip Overview

From busy Bangkok with its magnificent temples and lively markets, we head west for some beautiful countryside and the slower pace of rural Thailand. We visit the site of 'The Bridge on the River Kwai', the spectacular Erawan Waterfalls and the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Then we head north exploring the Chiang Mai region on foot. For two days we walk past hilltribe villages whilst exploring the surrounding area, and spend the night in a village house. Finally we enjoy a well-earned rest by the beach at Koh Samet, a small tropical island with wonderful snorkelling and swimming opportunities.

At a Glance

  • 10 nights hotels, all en-suite, 1 night village house, 1 night sleeper train
  • Travel by private minibus, boat, train and 1 internal flight
  • Flights usually via Mumbai with Jet Airways
  • Group normally 4 to 18 plus leader

 

Trip Highlights

  • Two day hilltribe trek
  • Kanchanaburi with its 'Bridge on the River Kwai' and stunning Erawan waterfalls
  • Ayutthaya the ancient capital of Thailand
  • Ancient and modern cities, temples and markets
  • Relaxing finale on a tropical beach at Koh Samet
  • Swimming pools at every hotel for the kids

Is This Trip for You?

This holiday is designed so that you can see the best parts of Thailand using a mixture of private buses, boats and a flight. There is a lot to see in the time you are there, but it is paced so that it doesn't feel too rushed. Travel time is kept to a minimum although there are a few longer drives but there is plenty of time for sightseeing and the trip has numerous stops where we spend two or more nights. The hilltribe trek is relatively relaxed and within the capabilities of families who are used to doing some walking.
Whilst choosing this trip please note that some of the accommodation will be basic but is clean and tidy. The swimming pools may not be up to western standards. Risk of malaria is present in parts of Thailand. Locals and other Asian tourists may want to take photos of themselves with your children particularly if they are young, blond and have blue eyes, you should be prepared for them to do this without asking permission first. You will be encouraged to respect the dress code at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. Men must wear long trousers and shirts with sleeves, no tank tops. If you're wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entry that can provide clothes to cover you up properly.

Group

Locally qualified Thai English-speaking leaders will lead all groups. Local guides may be used at various sights.

Adult min age:
15
Child min age:
8

Child max age:

14
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
18

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Bangkok
End City:
Bangkok

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Bangkok.

    Those not flying with the group will need to meet us at our hotel, please check for a message from your guide at reception/on the hotel notice board.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Tour of Bangkok including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho; afternoon to Kanchanaburi and a Samlaw (Rickshaw) ride to the 'Bridge on the River Kwai'.

    This morning we take a short walk to the Chao Praya river where we board a long tail boat for a tour of the local canals. Bangkok was once known as the Venice of the East because of its intricate canal network. We get a glimpse of daily life as we pass locals selling their wares by the river. We will visit what to this day remains the home of the Thai Royal family at the Royal Palace complex followed by Wat Phra Kaew, home to the Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand's most venerated images. Another highlight is Wat Po, the largest temple in Bangkok, housing a 46m long, 15m high gold-plated reclining Buddha. After lunch we transfer to Kanchanaburi, an area made famous by the movie 'Bridge on the River Kwai'. The film is fictional but uses the construction of the Burma Railway in 1942–43 for its historical setting. The Japanese used Allied POW's to build a railway from Thailand to Burma so they could supply their army without the dangers of sending supplies by sea. Thousands of POW's died under appalling conditions during its construction, and the line became known as the 'Death Railway'. Jumping in Samlaws (Rickshaws) we will visit the war museum, which is more a memorial to the thousands who were killed whilst constructing the 'death railway', and have a chance to pay our respects at the War Cemetery in town. After this we travel to the bridge itself, before returning to our resort on the banks of the river.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Visit Hellfire Pass and Erawan N.P., famous for its beautiful waterfalls.

    Today we take a full day tour to the picturesque Erawan Waterfalls and to Hellfire Pass, so called because POW's were forced to chisel through solid rock, working by firelight on a particularly difficult section of the line resulting in a heavy loss of life. The afternoon is free to enjoy the falls area and there is a chance to enjoy some swimming or to walk to the top of the falls (approx 2 hours return trip).
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Journey to Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Thailand; overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai.

    After breakfast we head to Ayutthaya, the 2nd royal capital of the Kingdom of Siam (approx 4 hours). At its peak the Kingdom encompassed large parts of present day Laos, Cambodia and Burma. Diplomatic and international trade missions found their way to Ayuthaya from countries as far away as Europe. It was not long before Ayuthaya became one of the most important trading centres of the region. The population grew to over 1 million people by the 17th Century, more than any European capital at the same time. Following decades of wars and then a siege that lasted nearly 2 years, Ayuthaya was invaded and destroyed by the Burmese army. Temples were ransacked and statues of gold stolen and carried off to Burma. Following this devastating defeat the Siamese Kingdom relocated its capital to Bangkok. After lunch we transfer to a hotel were we have day rooms to freshen up in before boarding our overnight sleeper train bound for Chiang Mai.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Visit Wat Doi Suthep (temple); evening free for shopping in Chiang Mai's famous night market.

    In the early morning the train pulls into Chiang Mai, 'The Rose of the North', known for its temples, markets and the many colourful hilltribes that live in the area. The morning is free to relax. A walking tour through the old quarter of the city after lunch is followed by a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep the most revered Buddhist shrine in the Chiang Mai region. Perched on the hill overlooking Chiang Mai, it provides us with a fantastic view of the area. Back in Chiang Mai people are working feverishly away to set up the famous 'Chiang Mai Night Bazaar' which is nothing short of a shoppers' paradise. For those not into shopping there are plenty of atmospheric restaurants lined along the Ping River.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day; option to visit Elephant Nature Park or take part in a Thai cookery course.

    Today is a free day for private exploration or relaxation in this historical city. Chiang Mai is a former religious and cultural centre, twice coming under the control of the Burmese, so there is a strong Burmese influence reflected in the architecture of the city which one can explore. One popular option is a half day at a highly commended Thai Cooking School, where adults and children alike can learn the intricacies of Thai cooking. Under the supervision of an English-speaking Thai chef you have the opportunity to create your own 'gaeng keow wahn' or green coconut curry. You don't need to be a proficient cook to enjoy this activity but, be warned, you get to eat your creations at the end of the day! You may instead wish to visit the Elephant Nature Park which is based just outside of the city. In the past elephants have been used in the logging industry but over a decade ago the Thai government banned logging leaving the elephants and their mahouts out of work. This is a centre set up for the long term care of these graceful animals and on a day visit to the centre you will be able to feed, and even bathe the elephants, as well as watching them roam in acres of lush parkland. We have chosen this option as we believe it to be the only responsible option available to see elephants in the area.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Days 7-8

    Begin our two-day trek past Lahu, Lisu and Karen villages. We spend one night in a hilltribe village; return to Chiang Mai on evening of day eight.

    This morning we start our two-day adventure into the Chiang Dao region, an 80 km drive north of Chiang Mai. This is an area that has spectacular scenery and is home to many of the minority groups that have migrated into Thailand from Burma, Tibet and Southern China. The highlight of our trek is meeting the local people in the various villages, each with their own unique language, customs and dress. Our exact itinerary will vary during the year as we take into account the weather and local conditions, but the terrain is more rural than jungle. Various hilltribes grow rice and other vegetables on the slopes we walk past. A reasonable level of fitness is required, as we expect to be walking about 3-4 hours each day at a leisurely pace taking in the scenery.

    The ground may be muddy and slippery during the rainy season (around July to October), though the scenery is at its most lush and spectacular to compensate. At night, we sleep in villagers' huts, where we will be sleeping communally on fold-out mattresses on the floors of the wooden/bamboo huts typical of the villages. There are shared squat toilets and basic washing facilities in most villages (i.e. a hose or water pipe). Warmer clothing and a 4 season sleeping bag are needed from November to February as the nights are usually quite cold during this period. You only need to carry a day pack while on trek, whatever you need for the evening will be transported to the village for you. We return to Chiang Mai on our second evening, and a hotel bed.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 9

    Fly to Bangkok and transfer to Koh Samet.

    An early morning flight takes us back to Bangkok. Upon arrival we are transferred to the island of Koh Samet, approximately 3 hours by minivan and then a short 30-minute ferry ride.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Days 10-11

    Two free days by the beach in Koh Samet.

    Two days are ours to relax and unwind in tropical Koh Samet; designated a National Marine Park in 1981 Koh Samet is the perfect place to do just this. Due to its size and a ban on the construction of new properties, Koh Samet has been protected from the developers, providing the ideal end to a holiday. Watersports, snorkelling and island visits (all optional) can all be arranged locally with the help of your tour leader. Please be aware that Christmas and New Year periods as well as Thai holidays can see an increase in visitors, resulting in a busier atmosphere.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Morning at leisure; afternoon return to Bangkok.

    The morning is free on the beach. In the afternoon, we drag ourselves from the sand and take the journey back to Bangkok.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    End Bangkok.

    Today is free to further explore this frenetic capital, do some last minute shopping or simply relax by the pool.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels, Village House & Sleeper Train

During this trip you will spend 10 nights in comfortable hotels, all en-suite, a night in a traditional village house and a night aboard a sleeper train with pen plan soft berths. In Chiang Mai our hotel is a short walk from the famous market, whilst the Koh Samet you will stay near the beaches.

There may be instances when you specifically want a single room. Perhaps a grandparent needs one, or parents of a family of three or five want to ensure they get a bit of space! You only need to pay for this if you want to ensure a single room. Please ask for prices.

We endeavour to provide twin or triple rooms for all family clients – for trip specific details please download the Trip Notes. 

Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can't guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

Single supplement from 481.00 CHF

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included. 

The food on the trip is all of a good to high standard, breakfasts are usually buffet style and there is plenty to chose from, fruit, bread, cereal/yoghurt (sometimes) and cooked breakfasts. You should allow at least £10-£20/$17-28 pp per day for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in Thailand, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Thailand the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example, wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home.

Food is cheap in Thailand and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is readily available almost everywhere, with the exception of the hilltribe villages of course.

Transportation

We use a private minivan, which will be quite comfortable, usually with air-conditioning. Most of the driving days are not long, usually no more than four hours. We use the overnight train between Bangkok and Chiang Mai and all bookings are made in second-class soft sleepers.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Bangkok and the surrounding region are hot year round. The rainy season is between May and October when rainfall is abundant but not excessive. This time of year is characterised by more cloudy days and slightly higher humidity. Downpours are usually short and sharp and can be dramatic to watch! November to April is the dry season with rainfall only on a few days per month. April and May tend to be the hottest months before the monsoon. Northern Thailand has a tropical climate with fairly high humidity. The rainy season in the north is also between May and October. November to April sees cooler temperatures. At night in the hilltribe region during this period it can get chilly and it is important to be prepared for cold nights at this time. Southern Thailand is always hot (but hotter in the summer months of May to October) and you should expect temperatures of between 30º and 35ºC. The rains come between May and July. Koh Samet is part of the driest archipelago in Thailand and receives less rain than the mainland, making it a real year round destination.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 15 days

The group flight from London is usually 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. Internal flights during the trip are with a local airline.

Travelling land only: 13 days starting and ending in Bangkok

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Bangkok in theevening 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.

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. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

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.

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:
Bangkok
Location end:
Bangkok

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Casual clothes. As it is generally hot and humid, light cotton clothing is recommended for most of the trip. Please remember that you will be expected to cover your legs (to the ankle) and arms (to the elbow) during visits to some temples and palaces. As Thailand is in a year of mourning due to the death of the King on 13 October 2016 it is ideal for these clothes to be dark in colour when visiting the Grand Palace. Sandals are useful as they are cooler and are easier to take off when visiting temples.

Torch/flashlight, sun cream, sun hat, sunglasses, lip balm, swimming costume will be well used.
For the trek lightweight walking boots are recommended, or at least comfortable and strong trainers that give proper ankle support. Normal trainers without ankle support are not sufficient, particularly during the wet season. A rucksack big enough (20-40 litres) is needed as you will be carrying whatever gear you need during the day on trek, waterproofs, camera, drinking water and your lunch etc. A spare set of clothes and basic necessities for the evening, including a sleeping bag/sleeping mat (if needed) will be transported by vehicle for you but needs to be packed in a soft kitbag or duffel bag without a frame. Warm clothes will be needed for the evenings, long trousers, a fleece jacket and a sweatshirt should be enough. It can get particularly cold on trek between November and February. Blankets are provided for the 1 nights basic village house however these are thin and should not be relied upon particularly as it can get close to freezing in the colder winter months from November to February. Towels are also not provided on the trek. T-shirts and shorts are fine, though you should not wear tight fitting or revealing clothes as the hill tribe people are very traditional and we do not want to offend their sensibilities.
To avoid carrying excess luggage, most trek equipment can be rented in Chiang Mai before the start of the trek. A backpack, roll mat, sleeping bag, and a water bottle holder will cost approximately £10/$17 for the two days.
We leave our main luggage at the hotel in Chiang Mai and collect it at the end of the trek.
A first aid kit is carried on each trip, but you should bring you own first aid kit with diarrhoea treatment, painkillers, rehydration sachets, plasters and a blister treatment kit. Insect repellent is also highly recommended. Repellent containing DEET is thought to be highly effective however a natural alternative called Incognito is also very effective and is endorsed by the FCO.
There will be plenty of opportunities to get laundry done locally at a very affordable price so fine to pack light.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we have decided to include drinking water in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe filtered drinking water will be available throughout which means all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

If while packing you find a spare bit of space in your bag please be sure to check out our partner ‘Pack for a Purpose’ to identify items that are needed locally by schools and medical clinics. Your Tour Leader can assist with donating the items. http://www.packforapurpose.org

Optional Equipment

Lightweight waterproof jacket or an umbrella, or a poncho can be bought cheaply locally. Rash vests or swim suits that are like shortie wetsuits as they can protect children from the sun. Light sleeping mats and bedding are provided on trek, but we recommend that you take your own sheet sleeping bag liner if you are worried about cleanliness.

Reading List

Peoples of the Golden Triangle P. E. Lewis (Thames & Hudson), Very attractive book of photographs and text about the tribes of the north-east. Expensive.
Four Reigns Kukrit Pramoj, This novel describes the life of a woman, living very near to the Court of four succeeding Monarchs.
Monsoon Country Pira Sudham, The novel describes life in one of the poorest regions of the country.

Practical Information

Passport

Thailand

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

Thailand

A visa for Thailand is not required for British nationals for stays of 30 days or less. If you are unsure of the requirements please check with your nearest Thai embassy.

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

Vaccination

Thailand

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, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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.

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

Thailand's Timezone:
Asia/Bangkok ICT (GMT +07:00)

Electricity

Money

Thailand's Currency

The national currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht, with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 43 to the UK£ and 33 to the US$.

 

ATM Availability

ATMs are now widespread in Thailand's cities and are the easiest way of obtaining money. There is a minimum 150 baht fee for all ATM transactions in Thailand. Credit card acceptance is now widespread in cities in SE Asia at restaurants and shops catering for tourists. As you will probably be carrying much of your money in cash, we strongly recommend using a money belt.

There are exchange facilities at Bangkok airport, and we recommend changing some money on arrival. Your tour leader will give you more information on exchanging currency as you go along.

There is no need to change from UK£ or Euros to USD before you arrive as all countries in South East Asia offer competitive exchange rates for the UK£ & Euro to the Thai Baht.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Other than souvenirs most people only spend money on drinks, snacks and other incidentals. You should need about £15-20/$18-25 per day for all other meals.

Optional Excursions

There are a number of optional activities in Koh Samet and Chiang Mai, which if you wish, your leader can arrange for you. These range from hiring bikes to snorkel trips; your leader will let you know what is available and the local costs but below is an example of what is on offer.
Chiang Mai
Elephant Nature Park: approx. £45 (£25 child) for a full day at the park including transfers, lunch and feeding and bathing the elephants. The Elephant Nature Park has been chosen as the only option available in the area that we feel offer a responsible interaction with elephants. This is based on research by multiple International NGO’s as well as advice offered by responsibletravel.com.

In Koh Samet a full days snorkel trip including lunch is £16/$28, kayaking £8/$14 and bike rental £8/$14 for the day. In Chiang Mai the half day cooking class costs £9/$16.
It is not compulsory to join any of these optional activities and your leader can recommend many more options. It is also possible to arrange many of these activities independently if you prefer. The prices quoted above generally do not include transportation to get to these activities.

Tipping

This is entirely at your own discretion however; we suggest that you allow a few pounds for tips for the local guides and staff. In the countries visited, with the increase in tourism, tipping has become customary. The local staff will probably expect some gratuity and we suggest you allow for this. The leader will suggest to the group that they donate a sum of £15-£20/$25-34 per person towards a kitty on arrival. This money is then used for tipping of local guides, hotel porters, drivers etc. It is basically to ensure that the hassle is taken out of various activities for you. If you do not wish to contribute to a central pool for tips you are of course free to do so. If you feel that your leader has performed well over the course of your trip, you may want to show your appreciation of their services. The sum you choose to give is entirely personal, but as a guide, £2/$3 per person per day would be a reasonable starting point. The 'tipping kitty' explained above is entirely separate from any contribution to the tour leader. Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus.

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.

Family trips

On all trips the staff are there to help ensure the holiday runs as smoothly as possible and, in the unlikely event that it does not, to sort out the best possible alternatives. What they cannot do is act as child minders or babysitters; they will treat your children as 'young adults', but it is your responsibility to look after your young ones. During free time or if you decide to opt out of part of the itinerary, you are responsible for your family and any arrangements that need to be made. Under no circumstances should this responsibility fall on our staff or any of your fellow travellers outside of your immediate family.

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

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

3. Complete your booking and payment

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