Yangshuo River, China

Highlights of China

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Trip code: 
ACH
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

A classic journey exploring China's historic sites and stunning landscapes

Tracing the remnants of China's imperial past, we discover the magnificent monuments of Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors, the imposing mosques of Xi'an, and the delightful canals of Xitang. We also have time to explore some of the exquisite landscapes and tranquil countryside of Yangshuo, so beloved by Chinese poets and painters. Visit a time capsule containing one quarter of the human race, where the modern world coexists with the ancient, and each region has its own traditions and mouthwatering culinary delights.

Highlights

  • Three days exploring Beijing
  • Rural Yangshuo
  • Incredible Shanghai

Key information

Travel by train, private minibus, public bus and 2 internal flights

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) (excludes sleeper train)
  • Vaccinations
  • Chinese Visa - GBP201 with Travcour or GBP151 plus GBP18 special delivery direct with embassy
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Trip Notes

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Responsible Travel

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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… 

Itinerary

Beijing
to
Shanghai
  • Day 1

  • Day 2

    Arrive Beijing.

    There will be a welcome briefing this evening followed by an opportunity to taste the famous Beijing duck during an optional welcome dinner.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 3

    Great Wall

    We leave the capital and head into the countryside to the Great Wall, an approx 2 hour journey to the north of the city. We go to one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall at Mutianyu which is an impressive sight, snaking across mountains and valleys into the distance. This section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. The wall here is upto 8.5 metres high and 5 metres wide, and has 22 watchtowers on its 2,250-metre-long stretch. There are some steep steps to navigate and clients who suffer from vertigo may find it difficult, (there is an optional cable car). There is the option of seeing an acrobatic or Kung Fu show or a trip to the opera this evening in Beijing.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Sightseeing in Beijing

    The sightseeing in Beijing today will include the Forbidden City with its innumerable courtyards and temples, and the Temple of Heaven Park in the southern part of the city. We also visit Tiananmen square, the largest square in the world and able to hold over a million people. We will take a walking tour of the cities hutongs (narrow alleys) to see what is left of old Beijing and its traditions.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    More exploration of Beijing; to Xi'an

    Just outside the city centre is the Summer Palace, a huge park dotted with impressive pavilions and temples which, like the Forbidden City, was once the exclusive playground of China's emperors and their concubines. Today we will spend a couple of hours here, before we board an overnight train to the ancient city of Xi'an. It is recommended to try and get food before the train as there is a limited selection provided on the train. The train itself is of a good standard, although facilities such as washrooms and toilets are shared with other passengers. Sleepers are four berth and bedding is provided.
    Overnight Train

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Morning walking tour of the Muslim area; free afternoon or optional cycle ride.

    Xi'an is one of China's former capitals and one of the few cities in the country to have retained its city walls, probably because they are so massive that no revolutionary was willing to tackle the huge task of removing them. Today we will visit the city and the Bell and Drum Plaza at its heart, along with the Great Mosque. The Muslim quarter is a fascinating place to visit, especially in the evening as it comes alive with the bustle of the bazaars and food stalls. It is possible to hire bikes (optional) and cycle on the city walls to appreciate the sheer scale of the walls.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Visit the Terracotta Warriors; afternoon fly to Guilin.

    Today we visit the famous Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin. Originally four armies were planned, at each point of the compass, life-size and lifelike. Three have been found and it is assumed the emperor's successors decided enough was enough before the fourth was begun. The first pit excavated had an estimated 6,000 figures in its one army. The third pit has been opened to the public, which contains the 'command post' for the entire operation. This is one of China's great tourist attractions, and some people may find the sheer numbers of visitors rather overpowering.

    In the afternoon we fly to Guilin and spend the night in a hotel in the centre.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Walk along Lijang River and visit Reed Flute Cave; drive to Yangshuo; free afternoon; evening cooking class.

    This morning we walk along the Lijiang river and visit Reed Flute cave, its name comes from the reeds growing nearby, from which flutes were made. The cave is filled with a large number of stalactites and stalagmites. We then drive for 2 hours through the stunning towering limestone scenery to Yangshuo. The surrounding region is famous for the steep-sided Karst Mountains that pierce the otherwise flat landscape of paddy fields. A view of a rural landscape that has changed little in centuries. Despite its small size Yangshuo has quite a good tourist infrastructure due to its large transient population of backpackers and domestic tourists. No trip to China is complete without understanding its cuisine, so this evening under the watchful eye of an expert we partake in a cookery lesson.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    Cycle to Moon Hill past rice terraces; free afternoon.

    Today we have the chance to appreciate the spectacular landscape on two wheels; as we take a bike and ride towards Moon Hill, one of the most famous in the area. Lunch is spent at a local family-run restaurant, giving us the opportunity to sample some new dishes. The afternoon is free to relax or enjoy one of the many optional activities Yangshuo has to offer.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 10

    Free day.

    Today is free to relax and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and stunning scenery around Yangshuo. There are many optional activities to choose from: visit the Black Buddha caves, enjoy a Chinese massage or even a kung fu class or watch the Liu Sanjie Show an outdoor performance set on a natural stage formed by the Li River and 12 peaks. Even if you choose simply to relax this is an ideal place, you can take a stroll around the market and examine the local produce or enjoy one of the cafes and watch the world go by.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    To Guilin for flight to Shanghai; evening tour along the Bund

    In the morning we transfer to the airport at Guilin to fly to Shanghai; a city with a real international feel to it which will seem a world away from the countryside you have come from. In the evening we take a walking tour of the famous Bund area, to see the iconic buildings along the riverside lit up in all their glory. There will be the opportunity to visit the Jin Mao Tower (optional), which is the 18th tallest building in the world and boasts a spectacular view of Shanghai from the observation deck.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    To the water town of Xitang

    Today we will spend the day visiting the ancient water town of Xitang; famous for its cobbled streets and bridges arching over the many canals. There are several well-preserved buildings from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, and the town is a delightful place to explore on foot. We will take lunch here before the journey back to Shanghai (around 2 hours) where you will have the evening at your leisure.

    (N.B. for the 2016 itinerary today will be spent in the water town of Tongli).
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Morning city tour; afternoon free.

    Today after a visit to the tranquil Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaar, the day is free to explore Shanghai, the largest city in China, with a population of around twelve million. Though it no longer warrants the title 'Paris of the East', many of the vestiges of its colonial past are still apparent. It is worth strolling along Nanjing Road (Shanghai's 'Oxford Street') or visiting the newly opened World Financial Centre with the highest observation deck anywhere in the world at 474m or Shanghai's smaller television tower to see some of the city's stunning architecture. Shanghai's world famous Acrobatic Troupe performs nightly and their show is well worth a visit.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Fly to London.

    For those on the group flight to London the flight is in the morning, with a same day arrival into London in the evening.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

China

Nearly all nationalities require a visa to enter China, which must be obtained prior to departure. The Chinese authorities now require a letter from Exodus, confirming all your accommodation details. Along with this, you need to supply a copy of your flight details, which are on your invoice if you have booked directly through Exodus. For further information see http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/China.pdf
It is also essential that we have a clear copy of the details page of your passport. This is required to book certain ground services in China and we cannot confirm your details with our local partners until it has been received. This must be emailed as an electronic scan to [email protected] a minimum of 8 weeks prior to your trip.

Vaccinations

China

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.

Eating and Drinking

9 breakfasts and 5 lunches and 1 dinner are included.

One of the major draws of China is its exciting and varied cuisine. On this trip you will be able to try many different dishes that will be carefully selected with your leaders help and based on the group's dietary requirements and preferences. Meals generally consist of shared dishes, which is the best way to experience as many different ingredients as possible and try things you might not usually choose. Examples of popular dishes include Ma Po Tofu, a delicious tofu dish made with beef, chillies and onion, Gong Bao chicken, a very popular dish with chilli and peanuts, the iconic Peking Duck, served with hoisin sauce and pancakes, and dumplings in many shapes and sizes. There are many different dishes to try and the leader will always try and accommodate tastes, but if you do tire of Chinese food there are always opportunities to eat Western-style dishes in the cities you visit. For vegetarians or those with dietary requirements, many of the traditional dishes can be amended to omit the meat products.

Weather

Beijing & Xi'an: The north of China has warm (25º+C), quite humid summers, and cold dry winters. If you travel between June and August, it will be hot more or less everywhere, except in the mountains. Some rain must be expected, possibly heavy. If you travel in September/October, you will probably get less rain and the temperatures will be fairly warm (around 20ºC) everywhere. Yangshuo/Shanghai: The south of China is sub-tropical with hot (30ºC), wet summers (May to September), and warm, relatively dry (November to March) winters, though rain is possible at almost any time of year. The winter months in China are cold (+3ºC), so if travelling in November/March be prepared for temperatures to drop to below freezing at night in the North, but with almost guaranteed dry sightseeing. The weather is milder in the south.

Is this trip for you?

This holiday is designed so that you can see the best parts of China in two weeks. There is a lot to see in the time you are there, and the distances covered are large, but everything is scheduled so that it doesn't feel too rushed. You should come armed for an experience: China can be hard work and the summer 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 quiet.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Train

On this trip you will spend 9 nights in comfortable hotels and 1 night 1st class sleeper train, soft-bed berths. In all the cities, we stay in good, tourist class hotels with twin rooms and private facilities. Nearly all the hotels are locally rated as at least 3-star and wherever possible located as near to local attractions as possible. The overnight trains are in the 'soft sleeper' cabins, which are 4 berth (bunk beds) private cabins. The train itself is of a good standard, although please note that facilities such as washrooms and toilets are shared with other passengers and the cleanliness can never be guaranteed. Bedding is provided but we do recommend you consider taking a thin sleep sheet. Whilst we make every attempt to place passengers together in cabins, sometimes this is impossible, however we will never place a solo traveller in a cabin by themselves (they will always be either with another passenger on the trip or with the leader).

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

The mountains will always draw us back to this majestic country: and now, with the return of a very special trip, the

  • Reviewed June 2017
    Barbara Abrahams

    ACH

    Good taster tour covering main tourist sites

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking the wall

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very organised

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    N/A

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    N/A
  • Reviewed October 2016
    David Stewart

    Highlights of China

    Great tour – can't believe how much we packed into 12 days (Xièxiè , Emma!), and how many 'Chinas' we saw and enjoyed (old and new, city and country, quiet and noisy). Still have images popping up unexpectedly in my mind of things we saw and people we met.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Maybe not inspirational, but most fun in the cooking class - sixteen nervous jugglers all with hot woks. lots of ingredients and not enough time

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Super. Endlessly patient, deeply knowledgeable, great fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go soon, try everything!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    .
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Carol M

    Amazing trip!

    An action packed itinerary not only experiencing ALL the highlights of China, but this trip offers so many different experiences. Some activities included in itinerary, but take additional currency as there are so many optional activities you can add in your downtime and you will want to do them all!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many wow moments but The Great Wall and cycling in Yangshuo/Moon Hill with breath taking scenery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jenny is an exceptional guide! First class in every way and the most personable and attentive guide I have had on my numerous Exodus trips. Nothing was too much trouble and she was flexible with the whole group to accommodate all our requests. I'm going to vote her Leader of the Year.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Sign up for all the optional activities.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book it now, you will not be disappointed.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Andrew Truscott

    Highlights Of China

    Probably the best Exodus trip I have done, although Peru was also brilliant. China is a much nicer destination than I expected. The people are friendly and happy, the hotels reasonably good, the sites are fantastic and the tour guide simply brilliant. Of course there are always some things that don't measure up but on this trip they are insignificant.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Where to start, it was almost all brilliant, but going by chair lift up to the great wall and walking along it will probably the best remembered. My wife is very nervous of heights, almost refusing the chair lift, but she overcame the difficulty simply because she was overwhelmed by the wall and surrounding scenery. We both loved the toboggan run back down to the bottom.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader, Jing Zhen Lu or Jenny to her group, was great. In six exodus trips, over 14 years, she is the best we have encountered apart from Paul in Peru. She really cared about the individuals and ensured that each of us was looked after and our needs catered for.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go to China! If you are unsure like I was, expecting to be pushed about in huge crowds by a down trodden people, then you will be amazed. It was not crowded and the people seem happy and content. It was better than I could ever have imagined and Jenny will take excellent care of you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The river boat trip was disappointing. If you are expecting a tranquil journey through beautiful scenery, then you will get the scenery but not the tranquility. The trip is short and noisy because it is largely a photo opportunity run by the owners who harangue you loudly, through microphones, in Chinese for most of the journey. Still worth doing for the scenery but an alternative boat would be preferred.
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Robert Entwistle

    Highlights of China

    An action packed, extremely enjoyable and informative experience which included seeing amazing historical sights such as the Forbidden City, The Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors but also gave an insight into the way of life in modern China.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the main sights. Visiting a farmer's house and seeing how they live. Experiencing a wide variety of food and even learning how to cook some of it. Cycling on the walls in Xi'an and through the countryside at Yangshuo.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    William was informative regarding the historical sights and gardens but also ensured that we saw the Chinese way of life including morning exercise and evening dancing as well as ensuring that we tasted the food from different regions.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is plenty of exercise on this trip. There are big crowds YHYin the cities and at the various attractions so look after your valuables but I felt safe at all times.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    YHYwY
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Glyn Charlesworth

    Highlights of China trip code ACH 13 days

    This was an excellent trip. Very full, no time was wasted (as always with Exodus.) Three world sites to see - the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Army and the limestone karsts around the Liang River that inspired the setting for the film "Avatar." A good group of people - wide spread of ages and an excellent guide.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The limestone karsts near Guilin.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent - delightful personality, very knowledgeable and VERY helphful!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Quite a bit of walking on tarmac over the first few days, but not especially demanding.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No - the trip worked well, a busy 13 days.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Anonymous

    Another world, another culture

    If your the type of person who enters a totally different culture and then starts to turn your nose up at what you encounter and make constant comparisons with your own country, then this is not the trip for you. China is another world and the deeper you go into the country the bigger the difference. You have to have and keep a very open mind and only then will you begin to understand and enjoy this very different lifestyle

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling in the countryside of Yangshuo to visit Moon Hill, having lunch in the home of the guides family and then cycling back to Yangshuo

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide Dragon was very proud of his country and was very professional. It was a busy schedule and there are many deadlines to keep to if you are to get to see everything. Dragon kept us on schedule and managed to answer all our many and varied questions

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Watch out for the cycles and scooters. They are electric powered so you will not hear them coming. That in itself would not be a problem, but like cyclists everywhere they seem to feel they have a God given right to ignore red lights, traffic signs and rights of way. Although there are very good cycle lanes, they prefer to use pavements and pedestrian areas and the first and only time you will hear them is when they are bearing down on you at speed from behind with their horn blasting

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In Yangshuo dogs, cats and other cute and cuddly animals are destined for the dinner table. You will see them in the markets both alive and dead. If that upsets you, stay away from the markets! Don't take photos and remember we do the same to little lambs and rabbits.
  • Reviewed May 2015
    John Harrison

    Highlights of China code - ACH

    We have traveled with Exodus before, and were very happy with them. This trip is a fantastic look at several aspects of this amazing land, from famous monuments to quiet gardens and busy cities to cycle rides through stunning scenery. Be prepared for lots of travel and walking! We used public buses a train, taxis, planes,cycles and feet. There is a lot packed in in this trip, it seems longer than two week, but in a good way! Don't come on this trip if you want to relax by a pool.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were too many and of a different kind. They varied from the wonder of the Great Wall, the beauty of the country side, the variety of life and contrast between the city and countryside. Don't miss a visit to the local park where people play games and exercise communally. We have a lesson to learn I think. In addition, our travel companions were wonderful company.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Jenny, was such a joy. She went to great trouble catering for us as we are both vegetarian. She looked after all the needs of the group and kept us safe and at ease throughout the trip. She was full of ideas for additional activities we might like to do and was able to adapt our itinerary in around changing local conditions, e.g heavy rain or public holidays. She was also well informed and very warm, as well as conscientious and professional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    China is busy! be prepared to be patient in the face of large crowds, and sometimes bewildering bureaucracy and scanning of backpacks. Travel light. you will have to carry your own luggage. Be open minded - toilet arrangements may take some getting used to, in the old part of Beijing they can be communal. Take loo paper and antibacterial wipes. Take light clothing that can be washed out and dried quickly. You may need more money than suggested in the trip notes. Take advantage of extra activities, we enjoyed many new things.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In China, you are considered old at 60. I am 65 and a regular runner and gym goer, yet I was refused access to the toboggan descent at the great wall, after having queued for 25min. It seems arbitrary as no age is stipulated on the signage, only a reference to being "old and weak". Never mind eh, but be warned, this might happen if you are of a certain age.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    julie readman

    Highlights of China Tour Departing 3/4/2015

    Fantastic Tour - highly recommended for its diversity and if you want to see some main attractions alongside some lessers know China sights. Be prepared - your feet will ache as there is lots packed into these 2 weeks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too numberous to mention - the well know sights were awesome as were some of the less well know things we did on this packed 2 weeks....photos don't capture the smells and sounds of China that will live in my memory......

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kris was great - she worked really hard for us all throughout the tour and went the extra mile to ensure that we were well looked after. We would have only experienced a fraction of the sites without this experienced native Chinese guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the itinerary carefully and be open minded.
  • Reviewed November 2014
    Anonymous

    ALAN - 68yrs bachelor in good health.

    2 weeks seemed like 4 weeks.Hectic schedule,lots to see and do. Group of 9 plus leader,The rest of my group made my holiday.I hope I help make theirs.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Bambo raft down a river.Safe and peacefull.3 shows all excellant,light show great(bought all 3 DVDs that were on sale).Bullet train ride,shame only half hour trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Young Chinese lady(think early 30s).Very competent and helpfull.Used english name EMMA.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    1-If you cannot use chop-sticks,take plactic forks. 2-Make sure you can carry all your luggage up and down stairs.ie keep weight down. 3-Make sure you can ride a bicycle. 4-Take a small umbrella.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Hoo! in China all the beds were firm(hard).God its good to be home to a soft bed. Apart from there faces and lauguage the Chinese are just like use,even western clothes.I was disappointed.Travel broadens the mind.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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