South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
South Africa
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TZB
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

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

Trip Overview

From shifting sand dunes to woodlands and fynbos shrublands, South Africa’s Garden Route displays a wild beauty waiting to be explored on foot. Savage oceans crash on shore as whales swim past off the coast (in season) and penguins frolic in the surf. Inland elephants and lions roam Addo National Park, whilst further west endless rows of vines stretch out and Table Mountain towers over the Mother City, Cape Town. We roam coastal trails and forests, wander up gorges and go on safari as we explore some of the best reserves and parks of the Cape region.

At a Glance

  • 10 nights hotels, chalets and lodge, mostly en suite, 2 nights permanent tented camp, one night hut
  • 7 days walking
  • Varied terrain including sand dunes
  • Altitude max 1195m, average 450m
  • Countries visited: South Africa

Trip Highlights

  • Hike up Table Mountain
  • Challenge yourself on the Alexandria Trail
  • Go on a safari in Addo National Park
  • Explore vibrant Cape Town

Is This Trip for You?

Activity Level 4: Moderate/Challenging.
Over the two weeks we have 7 days with trekking included and another day with optional walks. These vary from short hikes (which can be done in succession) in Tstitsikamma to the two-day, 27.5km Alexandria trail. The terrain also varies from coastal paths, sand dunes, forest trails and mountain trails.
The Alexandria Trail has some more challenging sections and we need to carry everything with us (there are no porters available). Whilst on this trek we spend the night in a refuge with two dorm rooms of six beds each, therefore, depending on the formation of the group, these may have to be used as mixed-dorms.

The climate is temperate but generally quite mild with highs of about 30’C in the summer (October-April) and 20’C in winter (May-September) with the possibility of strong winds on the coast. See the weather section for more details. Drive times are fairly short with no drive being longer than 4hrs and most being considerably shorter.

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.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
11

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Port Elizabeth, transfer to Addo N.P.

    Land only passengers can be picked up at our pre-tour hotel in Port Elizabeth or meet the group at Port Elizabeth Airport in time for the arrival of the group flights (see final joining instructions for detail). Upon arrival of the group flight we will transfer to our accommodation in the Addo Hills. Here we stay in permanent tents with en suite facilities set in a private reserve, on the border of the national park, where various game such as kudu, impala and bushbuck can be seen. The rest of the day is free to relax after the overnight flight.

    Accommodation: Kudu Ridge Lodge or similar
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Game drives in Addo N.P.

    After breakfast we embark on a full day game drive in Addo Elephant National Park (to give it its full name). The park was initially set up to protect the few remaining elephants in the area which it did with great success as the populations grew considerably over the years. Today it is Africa’s third largest national park and, as well as elephants, is home to lions, Black rhino, meerkats and the ubiquitous dung beetle which can be seen throughout the park rolling little balls of dung by the side of the road. We'll find a good spot to stop and have a picnic lunch in the park.


    Accommodation: Kudu Ridge Lodge or similar
    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    Start the Alexandria Trail.

    We head towards the coast today to start on the two-day Alexandria Trail. There is a strict limit of 12 people allowed on the trail per day meaning that we will probably be the only people on the trail. The trail loops through three distinct environments - sand dunes, sea-shore and indigenous forest – within the Woody Cape Nature Reserve, part of Addo National Park.

    After doing the sign-in procedures at the office, we take a short drive to the start of our trail passing through indigenous forest and dairy farms. Our trek starts at the coast. We wind through indigenous coastal forest until we reach the dunes. From here we follow the coast from where we may spot whales or dolphins off-shore. Eventually, after almost 11 km, we arrive at the Woody Cape Hut with its incredible views.

    Sleeping arrangements tonight are in two 6-bed dorms which may have to be shared by men and women depending on the formation of the group. You will have to carry everything you need for the night, including a sleeping bag, and will be asked to help carry your portion of food for the day.

    Walk: Distance 11 km Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Woody Cape Hut or similar
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 11 km / 6 miles
  • Day 4

    Continue on the trail through the Alexandria sand dunes; on to Tsitsikamma N.P.

    This morning we complete the loop of the Alexandria Trail. Leaving the hut behind we head into the Alexandria Dune Field. This vast expanse of sand, often referred to as a sand sea, is one of the largest existing active coastal dune fields in the world covering 142 square kilometres with some dunes measuring up to 140m.

    After conquering the dunes we continue through the forest back to the start point. From here we transfer to Tsitsikamma National Park where we can relax for the rest of day.

    Walk: Distance 16.5 km Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Storms River Restcamp or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 16.5 km / 9.3 miles
  • Day 5

    Hike in Tsitsikamma N.P. before moving on to Plettenberg Bay.

    Stretching along the coast, Tsitsikamma National Park gets its name from a local word meaning ‘place of abundant water.’ The park is made up of rocky coastlines, fairy-tale forests, waterfalls and rivers and is a great place for bird enthusiasts with a variety of sea, forest and fynbos (scrubland) species present. There are a number of short trails which depart from the Storm’s River area where we will be staying and we will do a couple of the most popular trails.  The first of these is the Waterfall Trail, this trail, rocky in parts, takes us to where the Tweeriviere River falls 50m into a pool before cascading into the sea. We return the same way. This trail is 6kms in total (3kms each way) and should take about 3hrs. Next we head in the opposite direction on the short Storms River Mouth trail which takes us, as the name implies, to the mouth of the Storms River where there are suspension bridges. This 2km trail is very easy along boardwalks most of the way but is well worth it for the views. There is some free time and you can choose to follow another trail or head to the trees for some zip-lining (see optional excursions section for prices).  Later we drive to Plettenberg Bay where we spend the next two nights.

    Walk: Distance 8 km Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: The Dunes Resort or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 8 km / 4 miles
  • Day 6

    Free day with optional beach walks or boat rides through Featherbed Nature Reserve.

    When Portuguese explorers first sailed past Plettenberg Bay they named it ‘Bahia Fromosa’ (beautiful bay). With three beaches, estuaries and lagoons, the town has become a popular holiday destination for South Africans. We have a free day to relax or explore the region further. For those who want we can drive to Knysna and explore the featherbed nature reserve by boat taking in the Knysna Lagoon and Heads. There are also some walks that can be done nearby.

    Accommodation: The Dunes Resort or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Drive to Swellendam; hike in the Marolth Nature Reserve.

    An early start as we leave the coast behind and travel to Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa, with its attractive Cape Dutch architecture. We spend most of today in nearby Marloth Nature Reserve with its interesting vegetation of mountain fynbos, protea and erica. We follow the Tienuurkop Peak (10 O’clock Peak) trail, a challenging hike climbing up to the summit of Tienuurkop at 1,195m with spanning views of the Langeberg Mountains, Ruensveld and Swellendam. Along the way we pass fynbos veld and patches of indigenous forest and may see various birds and small mammals, including antelopes.

    Walk: Distance 9.5 km Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Rooseje Van de Kaap Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 9.5 km / 5.3 miles
  • Day 8

    Drive to De Hoop; hike along the whale trail.

    This morning we head back for the coast and the De Hoop Nature Reserve. This afternoon we have an interpretive marine walk along part of the Whale Trail. This easy trail, covered during high-tide, explores coastal rock pools and sandy beaches with a guide pointing out various marine life-forms and, between June and December, can provide great sightings of Southern Right whales off shore. The time of the walk is dependent on the tides and there should be some free time to relax, look out for the whales (in season) or go explore the reserve.

    This evening the leader will prepare a traditional South African braai (barbeque) for dinner.

    Walk: Distance 10 km Time: 2 hours

    Accommodation: De Hoop Nature Reserve or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 10 km / 6 miles
  • Day 9

    To Cape Town, stopping in the famous winelands of Stellenbosch on the way.

    Any trip to South Africa’s Cape region would be amiss if it didn’t visit some of the country’s famous wineries and today we do just that as we explore the wine region surrounding Stellenbosch and Franschoek. We visit a couple wineries and get to taste some of the different varieties produced here.

    We later continue on to the Mother City, Cape Town, Africa’s most exciting city.

    Accommodation: Cape Manor Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Hike up Skeleton Gorge to Table Mountain.

    Nothing symbolises Cape Town like Table Mountain. We head up the mountain the back way along Skeleton Gorge. The trail meanders its way up through a steep ravine and along a path reaching the top before crossing the entire plateau to the cable car. The route involves some light, non-exposed scrambling, so you don’t need a head for heights but one section requires you to negotiate a series of wooden ladders lightly exposed to heights – not difficult, but fairly challenging and requiring some upper body strength. Along the way there are sweeping views in different directions and we pass every ecosystem found on the mountain (Table Mountain National Park has more species of plants than the whole of the UK) and get to appreciate the mountain in its totality. After a well-deserved rest and enjoying the views from the top we catch the cable car back down the mountain (ZAR145), the rest of the day is free.

    Walk: Distance 7 km Time: 4.5 hours

    Accommodation: Cape Manor Hotel
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 7 km / 4 miles
  • Day 11

    Hike from Smitswinkelbay to Cape Point.

    Going along the Cape Peninsula we reach Smitswinkel by bus. From here we hike through the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, along False Bay. We pass fragrant fynbos and may spot antelope, baboon and Rock hyrax along the way. Our final destination is the Cape Point Lighthouse and the Cape of Good Hope beyond that. This is the south-westerly most point in Africa and is the place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans dramatically come crashing into one another.

    After visiting the area around Cape Point we drive to Simonstown where our hotel has fantastic views over False Bay and the majestic Simon's Kloof Mountains.

    Walk: Distance 15 km Time: 5.5 hours

    Accommodation: Quayside Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
    Distance covered: 15 km / 9 miles
  • Days 12-13

    Exploring Cape Town.

    Those still feeling energetic have the option of taking a kayak trip this morning to a local penguin colony. Alternatively it’s also possible to just go to Boulder’s Beach and visit the colony of African penguins which have been residing here since 1982.

    We later return to Cape Town where we can spend the next day and a half exploring the magnificent city. There is plenty to do in and around the city from exploring the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or the Kirstenbosch Gardens to taking a township tour or heading out to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela, and numerous other political prisoners, were held captive during the apartheid era.

    Accommodation: Cape Manor Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Cape Town.

    The trip end after breakfast for land only passengers. Those on the group flights should have some time for last minute shopping or sightseeing before being taken to the airport in time for the flight home.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels, Chalets, Lodge, Hut & Camping

For 10 nights we stay in hotels and chalets which are mostly en suite.

For 1 night whilst on the Alexandria Trail we stay in a trekking hut which is comprised of 2 dorm rooms of 6 beds each. For this reason it may be necessary to use the rooms as mixed dorms where men and women may be sleeping in the same room.

Near Addo National Park we stay in permanent safari tents for 2 nights which have their own en suite bathroom.

In De Hoop, one bathroom is shared between two rooms.

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 409.50 CHF

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included.

A lot of the food you’ll come across is very similar to what you’ll be used to at home. There will be, however, opportunities to try some local dishes, including some unusual meats such as ostrich or kudu. Spending a lot of time along the coast there is also access to some very good, fresh fish and seafood. One of the nights we will enjoy a traditional braai (barbeque), a quintessential South African meal. Whilst South Africa is very much a meat-eating nation, there are options for vegetarians, though perhaps not as many as you’d be used to at home.

Transportation

We use a minibus for this trip. Each minibus is fitted with forward facing seats and tows a luggage trailer. The minibuses have large windows for good views while touring.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Summer months are from October to April and the average daytime temperature is 25ºC to 30ºC. The average night time temperature is 10ºC to 20ºC. The winter months are from May to September and average temperatures are about 10ºC colder at this time of year. In general, however, the Cape Town climate is quite mild.

The summer months are typically dry and warm, but the South Easterly wind can blow up to 70km/h at least a few times a month. This helps to cool things off, but can be a little unpleasant if one is walking in exposed areas. Most of the rainfall is in the winter but it is frontal rain, which comes off the Atlantic. Therefore it can rain solidly for 2 days, and in between there will be warm sunny days!

Due to the ocean's proximity to the mountains and the winds, it is fairly common to experience tabletop clouds on the higher mountains. Our programme is flexible enough to accommodate any major changes in weather, and yet still make it enjoyable.

Weather Charts

Cape Town, South Africa

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 South African 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: 14 days starting in Port Elizabeth and ending in Cape Town

Your trip normally starts at the airport in Port Elizabeth in the early afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary.

Land only passengers can either be picked up at the pre‐tour hotel in Port Elizabeth or meet the rest of the group at the airport when the group flight arrives (see Final Joining Instructions for details). The transfer from Port Elizabeth to the start hotel is over an hour away so it is best to be able to catch
the transfer with the rest of the group early afternoon.

Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

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.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Port Elizabeth
Location end:
Cape Town

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Comfortable clothes for hiking
Good trekking boots
Walking poles
Torch
Daypack
Hat
Sun cream and sunglasses
Waterproofs
Water bottle
Camera
Fleece or sweater (especially for winter months (June-September) when it can get cool at night
Swimming costume
You will need to bring a sleeping bag for the night on the Alexandria Trail (which you will have to carry in yourself). It is possible to rent a sleeping bag locally for ZAR 400, (+/- £23 paid locally), please let us know in advance if you would like to reserve a sleeping bag. Note that there are no pillows on this night, if you want to bring a pillow, again, you'll have to carry it yourself.

We believe in reducing our negative environmental impacts wherever possible, this goes for when you need to spend a penny in the great outdoors! If no facilities are available there may come a time when you need to go to the loo behind a tree/bush/rock. To avoid leaving toilet paper behind we recommend taking biodegradable dog poo/sandwich bags with you. Once you have done your business you can pop the used toilet roll in here and take it off the mountain or trail at the end of the day and dispose of it when there are appropriate facilities available.

 

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 provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

Gaitors
A buff (to cover your mouth could come in use when the wind is very strong)

Practical Information

Passport

South Africa

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 offered below is to help you with that process. 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

South Africa

British passport holders and most European and Commonwealth Passport holders do not require a visa to travel to South Africa. Please note that all travellers to South Africa who do require a visa are required to have a minimum of 2 blank consecutive pages in their passport i.e. a left hand page and a right hand page to enable an entry visa to be issued.

Please note that new regulations from the 1 June 2015 mean that any child under 18 travelling to South Africa needs to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate with the names of both parents.

If a child under 18 is only travelling with a single parent, they will also have to have an affidavit, no less than 3 months old, from the absent parent confirming the child can travel with the other parent; a court order granting full legal guardianship of the child; or a death certificate of the deceased parent.

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

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

South Africa

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential if travelling in the greater Kruger area and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. The rest of South Africa, including the Garden Route, has a low risk of Malaria.

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.

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

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

South Africa's Timezone:
Africa/Johannesburg SAST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

South Africa's Electricity:

South Africa uses unusual plugs with large round pins (the old UK plugs) which are generally not found on universal adaptors. It may be possible to find S. African adaptors at airports (such as Heathrow) or in S. Africa. An increasing number of properties also have European style and, to a lesser degree, British style plugs.

Money

South Africa's Currency

The national currency of South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2017) of approximately 18 to the GBP, 13.5 to the USD, 10.9 to the CAD, 16 to the EUR, 10.6 to the AUD and 9.8 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATM's are fairly widely available throughout this trip but not necessarily every day so please advise your leader in advance if you're going to want to use ATMs.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Dinners can cost on average £12‐18 (US$16‐23) per person and lunches from £5 to £8 (US$7 to $10).

Optional Excursions

Plettenberg Bay:
Monkeyland R230
Sea kayaking R300

Cape Town:
Robben Island ‐ R550. It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment as this excursion is very popular. If you would like to book this excursion then please advise the Exodus office at least 4 weeks before travel. The tickets will then be payable locally to the tour leader. Once you have signed up then we cannot accept cancellations. Refunds will only be issued if we are refunded by the ticket office for adverse weather conditions etc.
Cable Car down Table Mountain R145 (o/w)
Township Tour Cape Town R620

Tsitsikamma:
Zip‐lining at Tsitsikamma NP R650

 

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. If you feel that your leader and crew have 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 we suggest that you budget:

Approximately US$5 per person per day for the leader

Approximately US$2-3 per person per day for the driver

Tipping is not compulsory and should only be given if you feel you received good service.

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.