Costa Rica Coast to Coast Ride

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Trip code: 
MUD
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Cycle stretches of the Pacific coastline and see the highlights of Costa Rica

Take in the variety of Costa Rica by bike, pedalling past rainforest, volcanoes and stunning sections of coastline. From San Jose we cycle south with vast Pacific views to the right and dense forest to the left. Crossing the 3400m Cerro de la Muerte pass into the Orosi Valley we ride past coffee plantations and volcanoes to arrive on the fertile Caribbean plains where banana plantations take over the landscape. We take a break from the saddle to explore the wildlife-rich rivers and waterways of Tortuguero before travelling to La Fortuna, a lovely spot located at the foot of Arenal Volcano.

Highlights

  • Cycle along the stunning coastal highway with incredible Pacific views and beaches 
  • Ride through ever-changing tropical scenery, alongside coffee farms, volcanoes, banana plantations and rainforest 
  • Hike in Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Have a full day to explore the waterways of Tortuguero National Park in search of wildlife

Key information

  • 13 nights hotels all en suite
  • 10 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved tracks
  • Routes mainly follow quiet road
  • Short road transfers 
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader and staff. Min age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour/Cycling leader and support team throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

10

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

 

Terrain:

Low altitude; 80% tarmac, 20% unpaved track

Day by day breakdown
Day 242.0km/26.0miles
Day 335.0km/22.0miles
Day 456.0km/35.0miles
Day 573.0km/45.0miles
Day 724.0km/15.0miles
Day 851.0km/32.0miles
Day 945.0km/28.0miles
Day 1030.0km/19.0miles
Day 1230.0km/19.0miles
Day 1337.0km/23.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Fly to San Jose.

    Those on the group flight land at San Jose and will be transferred to our start hotel in La Garita, around 15 minutes away. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this evening.

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Ride to Rio Tarcoles.

    We have a briefing this morning and spend some time adjusting our bikes before riding out through small rural communities followed by dry, tropical forest with very little traffic on the paved roads. This initial stage concludes outside Atenas, then we have a 20 minute transfer to a scenic lunch stop. In the afternoon we'll have a second cycling stage, passing mango orchards and cattle ranches. Following another short half hour transfer we arrive at our lodge for the night.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Boat tour; cycle to Parrita.

    Following an early breakfast, we transfer 20 minutes to Rio Tarcoles for a private guided boat tour of the estuary. We hope to see crocodiles, water birds, shore birds and Scarlet macaws. A 30 minute transfer brings us to the outskirts of Jaco where we return to our bikes and cycle to the border of Parrita. We will stop en route for lunch at the beach. From Parrita we ride along a pristine Pacific beach, aiming to arrive in time for sunset. This evening we will have dinner at a seafood restaurant with beautiful sea views. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Wildlife hike in Manuel Antonio N.P; to Rio Savegre.

    We start the morning with a 2 hour guided hike in Manuel Antonio National Park, an outstanding region for wildlife. The forest here meets the sea and iguanas and White-headed Capuchin monkeys can often be seen on the beach. A 30 minute transfer takes us to Rio Savegre where we begin to cycle on the Coastal Highway and continue all the way to Playa Tortuga. This is a spectacular stretch of road, with dense forest and steep hills on the left and fantastic Pacific views on the right.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To Osa Peninsula; ride to Puerto Jimenez.

    Our ride today takes us through Palmar Sur and onto Finca 6 where we will stop to observe some of Costa Rica’s famous spherical rocks, made by ancient indigenous cultures. The rocks were originally found in an area being cleared to make way for banana plantations but the land has since been delcared a protected area. From here we will transfer (approx. 1.5 hours) by bus to the Osa Peninsula where we recommence our journey by bike, riding along planted fields bordered by rainforest to Puerto Jiminez.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day in Puerto Jimenez.

    Today has been left free to take a break from the saddle and enjoy the beautiful region surrounding Puerto Jimenez. The coastline and beaches here are lovely and there are plenty of optional excursions to choose from; canopy/zip wire tours, kayaking, surfing, fishing, cacao plantation tour or hiking within Corcovado National Park. There is also a nice bike ride out to Playa Platanares if anyone wants to cycle (13km round trip).

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Ferry to Golfito; ride/transfer to Las Cruces.

    We board a private boat this morning for a 30 minute journey across the Golfo Dulce to Golfito. Here, sometimes dolphins can be seen frolicking in the surrounding waters. Our cycle route heads to Rio Claro via a tropical garden where we will learn about the medicinal properties of indigenous plants and the history of the United Fruit Company in this region. Following a 1 hour bus transfer across the steep mountains surrounding San Vito, we arrive at Las Cruces Biological Station, our accommodation for the evening. Las Cruces Biological Station is surrounded by the famous Wilson Botanical Gardens where we will enjoy a short guided hike in the afternoon.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Cycle to Paso Real; transfer to Orosi Valley.

    Back on the saddle we enjoy a fantastic ride from the hilly region near San Vito downhill to Paso Real, far below at the Rio Terraba. En route we pass through an indigenous area where villagers can often be seen in traditional dress. We board our bus for the 4 hour journey across the 3451m Cerro de la Muerte pass, arriving at Savegre by mid-afternoon (we'll take at least one stop en route). Orosi Valley is spectacular and said to be one of the best places in Costa Rica for spotting the shy quetzal. Our mountain lodge this evening has excellent views of the surrounding region, including the coffee growing Orosi Valley and both the Irazu and Turrialba volcanoes.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Cycle in the Orosi Valley.

    We transfer 15 minutes to the lovely town of Orosi and then start our ride past lush coffee plantations set on the rugged mountains which form the Orosi Valley. During harvest season we will visit a coffee plantation to see how coffee is grown, harvested and processed. The views today are incredible, as we ride past Lake Cachi, visit the Cachi Dam and see Turrialba and Irazu volcanoes.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Cycle to the Caribbean side of Costa Rica; transfer via boat to Tortuguero

    This morning we have a short transfer through busy Turrialba, the largest town in this region, and then start a challenging ride through the remote region along the lower and middle slopes of the Turrialba volcano, which often emits smoke and ash. Concluding our biking, we transfer out to tiny La Pavona, where we board a boat which will take us out to Tortuguero along the wildlife rich rivers and canals used for transit in this densely forested area. Our lodge has easy boat access to the beach where nesting turtles come ashore to lay eggs (in season, July to October).

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 11

    Free day in Tortuguero; optional boat tour.

    Today is spent at your leisure exploring the natural wonders of Tortuguero. This area is rich in wildlife and it’s common to see monkeys, caiman, iguanas, turtles, butterflies and many of the 309 bird species recorded here.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Ride and transfer to La Fortuna near Arenal Volcano.

    We retrace our route by boat to the dock at Pavon where we transfer to just outside Guapiles for an early lunch provided by our Tortuguero lodge, having stopped along the way at a banana plantation for a short visit. After lunch we head towards La Fortuna and the imposing Arenal volcano. Following a massive explosion in 1968, Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until recently when it entered a resting phase. En route we will take a break to observe the thriving pineapple operations in this zone before continuing on to our hotel, set in the centre of town. This evening there is an included excursion to Eco-Termales hot springs, by far the best in the area.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Cycle to Bajo Rodriguez; to San Jose.

    Our final cycling stage covers the lush region surrounding La Fortuna, as we cycle past tropical farmlands where exotic fruits and vegetables grow in the surrounding fields. This gives way to dense rainforest as we head towards Bajo Rodriguez, our lunch stop. The last leg of our journey is completed by bus as we transfer back to La Garita, travelling for around two hours with tropical views on the way.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Depart San Jose.

    Our trip ends in San Jose (La Garita) after breakfast this morning and those on group flights will be transferred to the international airport for the return journey.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Costa Rica

Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa. Proof of onward travel may be required when entering Costa Rica - we suggest you take a print out of your flight details in case officials ask to see them.
All passengers flying via the USA will have to clear immigration during transit. Prior to travel you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) under the Visa Waiver Programme. Please see www.exodus.co.uk/USVisa for more information. If you are not a UK citizen please check with your local U.S. Embassy.

Vaccinations

Costa Rica

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: 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.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day (13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners). Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Expect to see a lot of the Costa Rican speciality 'gallo pinto' and a lot of rice, beans, fruit and grilled meats.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road.
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate).
Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.
Average daily distance: 43km (27 miles)
No. of days cycling: 10
Vehicle support: 100%
Terrain and route: 80% tarmac, 20% groomed dirt road with some moderate climbs. Routes mainly follow quiet backroads.
This tour covers some remote parts of the region. Though many of the roads are good you should expect some potholes and poor road conditions in places. Routes mainly follow quiet backroads apart from some sections on the Pacific coast, where only one road is available. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels & Lodges

You will spend 13 nights in comfortable hotels with en suite rooms. Hotels are full of character and most have swimming pools. There are 3 nights in remote mountain lodges with lush gardens and superb views; one with a famous tropical botanical garden. All accommodation are well maintained, very clean and most are long-time favourites in Costa Rica.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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  • Reviewed May 2018
    Ian Taylor

    One of our best trips ever.

    This was an amazing experience. The cycling was moderate on mostly quiet, smooth roads with some hills. The bikes were good quality Scott hybrids with disc brakes. (Ours were brand new.) The guided nature tours were fascinating and informative with local, expert guides. Our trip leader, Roberto, was excellent. Always helpful and very knowledgeable with good English. Our driver, Luis, was very safe and helpful. I would love to do it all again. Ian Taylor, Vancouver, Canada.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Nature tours with local guides.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    First rate.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Add some hills into your training rides.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Ian Taylor

    One of our best trips ever.

    This was an amazing experience. The cycling was moderate on mostly quiet, smooth roads with some hills. The bikes were good quality Scott hybrids with disc brakes. (Ours were brand new.) The guided nature tours were fascinating and informative with local, expert guides. Our trip leader, Roberto, was excellent. Always helpful and very knowledgeable with good English. Our driver, Luis, was very safe and helpful. I would love to do it all again. Ian Taylor, Vancouver, Canada.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Nature tours with local guides.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    First rate.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Add some hills into your training rides.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Vicki Nunn

    Great wildlife!

    Great to see so much great wildlife on a cycling trip (it was the reason we took the trip). Be prepared however if, like us, you are used to cycling along quiet roads enjoying the views or witnessing folk going about their lives whilst getting to know your fellow travellers. Half the cycling is on busy roads (sometimes with little to see) cycling single file with your speed being restricted by the lead guide. That being said, the stroll (not 'hike' as stated in the trip notes) in Antonio Manuel NP and the biological station as well as the boat trips at both Rio Tarcoles and Tortuguero were great and we saw SO many birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians and animals. The trip to the medicinal garden provided us with one of the best meals of the trip and so many unusual and beautiful plants. I was worried I wasn't going to see a sloth - we saw 7 (one on a fence on the side of the road we were cycling on). The dips in the Pacific and the swimming pools during the first week were also a particular highlight for me.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing our first sloth in Antonio Manuel NP - he was awake and eating too! Having 3 dolphins swim beside our boat in Tortuguero (very rare apparently!) Our first swim in the Pacific, the waves were amazing and the water so warm!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good English, good wildlife knowledge but lacking in his interaction with us

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    - Take binoculars!! - Take the BA direct flight and have an extra day (or more) at the end - Ask the last hotel to order an Uber taxi if you need one, half the price! - Take lots of Factor 50 for the first week! - No mosquitoes at all until Tortuguero (then they bit thru clothing even!) - Be prepared for hot days with hot nights then warm days with cold nights then hot days with cool nights. More varied than I thought - Avoid beans and rice when you can as there are occasions when you'll have no choice!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Zoo Ave near the final hotel was a nice surprise. Great to see up close some of the birds and animals we'd seen thru binoculars during the week.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Frances Warnell

    A brilliant cycle trip

    This excellent cycle journey offers wonderful diverse experiences from coastline to mountains to rainforests with spectacular scenery and wildlife. The cycling is challenging - some big hills, busy roads and very hot - but great fun and our needs were very well catered for by our excellent guide Andreas, and his team.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to pick just one, but probably day 10 - Turrialba to Palomo, the final mountain day, with a big climb, followed by a big descent that ended with a very welcome and cooling dip in a river.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andreas was an excellent guide; He kept us safe on the roads, with the help of his team. He was efficient, organised and informative with a vast knowledge of the history, ecology, fauna and flora of Costa Rica.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    To get the most out of the trip, a good level of fitness would be an advantage - it's hot and there are some big climbs. I hadn't cycled for 4 months but managed all the hills, with some help on the last days climb when I was pushed part of the way up by Andreas and our other cycle support, Louis! There's always the bus if you've had enough. Also be aware that the roads are busy

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a challenging trip and the account of the holiday on the Exodus website does not prepare you for the hills or the busy traffic. A bit more information would be helpful for customers, but that said, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would definitely recommend it.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Mark Higgins

    Costa Rica Coast to Coast Cycle Ride

    Just back from a wonderful time in Costa Rica. All in all I could not recommend the trip highly enough. The cycling was fantastic, our tour guide and support staff brilliant and the hotels we stayed in along the way amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Completing the 3 mile up hill cycle ride in the mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andreas was a wonderful guide. Took great care of our safety and always happy to answer any of our questions.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure that you are fit for the challenge, some of the cycle stages are harder than described in the trip notes!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be prepared to meet a lot of traffic on the roads, especially on the South Pacific Highway.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Wayne Maxwell

    Wayne Maxwell

    We had a great trip and would recommend it highly. Our guide Roberto and his team looked after us all extremely well and nothing was too much trouble. Roberto was very organised and efficient and planned our trip with meticulous care. He sorted out any unforeseen problems very quickly to enable the trip to run smoothly and enjoyably. He was intuitive at predicting our needs in advance. We enjoyed the small friendly hotels we stayed in, mostly run and owed by locals. We enjoyed the excursions to small family run concerns such as Frog Heaven.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We loved cycling along the Pacific Beach, our morning in Manuel Antonio National Park, swimming in the Pacific on an isolated beach at Puerto Jimenez followed by lunch at a Plantation type restaurant. Waking up to Scarlet Macaws kissing on a branch outside our bedroom window on the second morning. Cycling the beautiful Orosi Valley. Frog Heaven and taking the most amazing picture of a red eyed tree frog. Eco-Termales Hot Springs was a fabulous end to a long day in the saddle. Exciting boat trip in Tortuguero spotting all kinds of wildlife. The light / sunshine, beautiful plants, colours, wildlife, tropical scenery. The friendly helpful people we met along the way.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Could not have been better. Superb. We would highly recommend him and his team. We would like to do another trip with him if possible.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Lots of fly spray, watch out for lizards landing in your Gin and Tonic. Always check the glass before you drink. Check clothing before getting dressed - I was bitten on my bottom by a harmless scorpion. Factor 50 sun cream and re apply frequenly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highly recommended.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Gill Snowden

    Cycling Costa Rica

    We thoroughly enjoyed this well organised and interesting trip. Costa Rica is a beautiful country and on this trip we saw so many different aspects to it. Amazing bird life. Spectacular scenery. Lovely friendly people. Variety of places to stay. Lots of rice and beans.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Boat trip spotting wildlife in Tortuguero was fabulous. Seeing scarlet macaws on the second night. Meeting so many lovely people in the group.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Guillermo and the team were great. Guillermo is very knowledgeable, about the country - history, the environment, great at spotting the birds and wildlife. Very well organised. Good communicator and above all he was fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is hot and there are some tricky hills so be prepared. The cycling is manageable even if you are not a ‘serious’ cyclist but the more you prepare, the more you will enjoy it. Make sure to take some Good insect spray
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Claude Fortin

    MUD: 2017-03

    Excellent trip. Very well planned in terms of route chosen and day-to-day logistics. Staff were all great, helpful, friendly and professional.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In a certain way, each day was inspirational. The biking segments were all fun and at times challenging, but I thought the hilly bits added a personal achievement component. Each day we were exposed to a new area and our leader was very good at explaining to the group what we were to see an do. Just to focus one moment, I was take aback by the spherical rocks on day 5. It is mind blowing to try to understand how these perfect spheres could have been carved and moved using primitive tools.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andres Ramirez is a great leader. Throughout the trip Andres behaved in a professional yet amicable way. He was always well organised and ready to brief the group or deal with specific logistical issues that arose. Andres knows and obviously enjoys talking about the costa rican wildlife, he was our guide for the visit of the Manual Antonio Park and it was interesting to see him interact with the other guides and tourists.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is in shape. I would give a bit of warning to potential travellers with regard to the hills. While they were all manageable, some were indeed challenging. The trip notes made available before the trip were rather discrete about hills. Potential travellers should know clearly what they are getting into. couple of participants on our trip were not able to handle these hills,

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The detailed trip notes should have been sent to the travellers before the trip, if not before booking, it is only by reading these notes, and assessing the profile that one can assess whether this trip is for him/her. The notes should also be identified by each specific day, this would help potential travellers in preparing for the trip. In any case I found surprising to be handed notes on one-side-use paper, we are after all in 2017 and one can safely assume that participants would have preferred to have these notes downloaded and readily available on their smart phone. I would instruct the leader and key staff to tell the group in which room they could be found in case of emergency. Some of us had mold growing in our water bottles because of the heat and the sugar in the Gatorade. I would warn cyclists to empty and rinse their bottle every evening. That said, keep the Gatorade, it is needed when cycling in a hot climate
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Paul Mccormack

    Cycling coast to coast Costa Rica

    We thoroughly enjoyed this well organised, scenic trip, to visit some of Costa Rica's highlights

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing somnulent crocodiles by the waters edge. Watching the Cappucin monkeys balance on telephone wires. Getting up close to a 3 toed sloth.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andrés is a very well organised and efficient gude, he communicates with the group well, and is interested and passionate about the local fauna

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring binoculars !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We really enjoyed this trip, the scenery is wonderful and the wildlife abundant. It is warm but the cycling stages are well managed with multiple stops for drinks and fantastic fresh fruit
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Lesley Pirie

    Costa Rica Coast to Coast

    Almost everything about the trip was brilliant. Roberto and his team were probably the best guides I have done any trip with. They were pasionate about their country and went above and beyond to make our holiday as memorable as possible. Our major hiccups were with transfers and this is an Exodus issue.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling down the ridge from Las Cruces to Paso Real with mountains either side. The guided tour of Rio Tarcoles Mangrove estuary was wonderful too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Roberto was superb, knowledgable, helpful, humorous, sensitive, patient and diverted any potential problems by clear explanations. His team followed his lead. I cannot rate this group leader or his team highly enough.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not book on this trip if you cannot cycle off road or amongst traffic or are not fit or competent enough for the grade. I think the Exodus grading was spot on but there were folks on our trip who struggled to meet the standard and their behaviour put themselves and others at risk and put an awful pressure on our guides.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There was dreadful confusion about transfers. We booked our holiday and flights all through Exodus so you would assume that that would include transfers either a free group transfer or an extra sum for the transfer. Mercifully I checked up before we left and found out there was no transfer arranged so arranged it for £30 for our group of 4. On arrival there were 9 of us on this transfer, every group whether a single, a couple or as with us had paid £30 for a transfer that cost $16 for 4 of us on the way back. As a gatroup we had paid £120 for the transfer on the way out. That seems very excessive. With 9 of us(out of a total group size of 15) coming off the London Gatwick flight on the way out and 9 going back to UK on this flight I do not know why this was not the free included group transfer.

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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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