Kyrenia (Girne) harbor with castle on the background. Cyprus.

Walking in North Cyprus

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Trip code: 
TEUA
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Enjoy coastal and mountain daywalks

North Cyprus remains a hidden gem of the Mediterranean, far less visited since separation in 1974 but, thanks to the abundance of archaeological remains from many civilisations that inhabited the island over the centuries, it is considered the most beautiful and historically interesting part of the island. With superb walking through unspoiled areas teeming with flowers and wildlife, and the relaxed local Turkish Cypriot culture, this is a walking and sightseeing tour not to be missed.

Highlights

  • Discover dramatic vistas and fascinating archaeology
  • See beautiful flora and fauna
  • Explore crusader castles

Key information

  • 7 nights 4-star Hotel Pia Bella, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking
  • Reasonable fitness required
  • Low altitude throughout

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

5

Pace:

Leisurely: 3-4km/2-3miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths

Day by day breakdown
Day 25.0km/3.0miles
Day 314.0km/8.0miles
Day 48.0km/4.0miles
Day 616.0km/9.0miles
Day 710.0km/6.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Larnaca; transfer to Kyrenia.

    The group flight usually arrives into Lanarca in the early evening and the group will be met and transferred to the start hotel. The transfer takes approximately 1.5 hrs and includes crossing the border to North Cyprus. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a short meeting to discuss the plan for the following day, to give advice on the local area and to answer any questions.

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Transfer to Catalkoy; walk to Bellapais and visit the monastery; afternoon Kyrenia Castle visit.

    After the Welcome Briefing, we will have a short 20 minute transfer to Bellapais village and the beautiful 12th century Bellapais Abbey, set in the mountains to the south. There will be some free time to explore the beautiful village and the abbey before starting our short walk to Cattalkoy village where we get the transfer back to Kyrenia. The walk today is mainly along an old dirt track; it is fairly undulating, with views out towards the coast along the way.

    Kyrenia is a pretty harbour town and a great base from which to explore North Cyprus. Archaeological excavations show the area was first settled as far back as the 10th century BC, and today historic buildings and winding lanes offer a glimpse of the past, sitting side by side with more modern additions. Our tour also takes in a visit to Kyrenia's Crusader Castle, which features in English history as far back as the third crusade, when it was taken by Richard the Lionheart. Since then the castle has been updated and used by civilizations as diverse as the Ottomans, the Venetians and the British. As well as glorious views and fascinating architecture, the castle also houses the Shipwreck Museum, home to a 4th century Greek merchant vessel and its cargo.

    Walk: Distance 5 km Ascent 153 m Descent 145 m Max Altitude 350 m Time: 2 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Transfer to the ancient hermitage site of St Hilarion Castle; visit the site and walk to Malatya village via Karaman.

    Today we transfer approximately 25 minutes to the Saint Hilarion Castle, a former stronghold of the Kyrenia mountains. Originally a hermitage site, the monastery and church were built in the 10th century and later fortified. The site consists of three main parts, linked by steep staircases; the lower section was for the stables and men of arms, the middle section was home to the church and the upper section was for use by only royalty. The stunning views from the upper level are well worth the climb!

    We will spend some time exploring the castle and enjoying the magnificent views of Kyrenia, before starting our walk through the hills to Malatya village. The first part of our walk is through the forest, following an old riverbed with some loose rocks underfoot. We then reach an old dirt track which we follow into the village, with stunning views of the coast ahead of us and the impressive Saint Hilarion Castle up on the hills behind us. We will walk through several small villages today, getting a good sense of local life along the way. We’ll stop for lunch in a square in one of these villages.

    We will transfer back to the hotel this afternoon, stopping en route to enjoy a drink on the seafront if time allows.

    Walk: Distance 14 km Ascent 205 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 900 m Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Head to the Karpas peninsula; visit the Incirli caves and crusader castle at Kantara; walk to beautiful Kaplica beach.

    We head east approximately 1.5 hrs today, towards the Karpas peninsula. In the morning, we will visit Incirli cave, the largest on the island, which contains an amazing collection of stalactites and stalagmites, before heading to the crusader castle at Kantara. Kantara Castle is one of three mountain fortresses built by the Byzantines along the Kyrenia Mountains along with Saint Hilarion Castle and Buffavento Castle. It was used as a beacon station, communicating with Buffavento Castle with the use of fires. The castle boasts an incredible 360 degree view of the region. On a clear day you can see not only both coasts of the Karpaz Peninsula but also the mountains of Turkey! After a picnic lunch near the castle, we will walk down the slopes of Five Finger Mountains to the beautiful Kaplica beach. If time allows, there will be a chance to swim at Kaplica beach after our walk, before we transfer (approximately 1 hr) back to Kyrenia.

    Walk: Distance 8 km Ascent 50 m Descent 450 m Max Altitude 740 m Time: 3.5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Free day to relax or take an excursion to Famagusta.

    Today has been left free for further exploration of the island. Of the many options available, of particular interest is a trip to the ancient city of Salamis and the historical city of Famagusta. This trip starts with a visit to St. Barnabas Monastery, followed by a tour of the Ancient city of Salamis, which remains the biggest Roman site on the whole island of Cyprus. There will be a lunch break by the sea before the tour continues to the ghost town of Varosha, which is closed to the civil life since 1974. The trip finishes with visiting the old walled city of Famagusta, where the St. Nicholas Cathedral is located. This tour can be arranged locally (please note that you may be joining a larger group on this tour). Of course you could choose to spend the day relaxing, or explore under your own steam.

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Visit Buffavento Castle for magnificent views; walk to Bellapais village.

    We start our day with a 45 minute transfer to the magnificent Buffavento Castle. Standing at 970m, it is the highest Crusader castle on the island and a highlight of the week. Buffavento was built in the 11th century as a part of the island's defences against the Arabs, and also controlled an important mountain pass. The dramatic location offers glorious views over Kyrenia and the Five Finger Mountains.

    This afternoon we will walk from the castle by taking the footpath which leads us down to Bellapais village. We will have our lunch at the top of the mountain where you will see the both sides of the Five Finger Mountain. Our route takes us along a narrow path, which is a bit rocky underfoot, passing between the mountains, and offering us stunning views in both directions.The vehicle meets us in Bellapais village, and we will transfer about 10 minutes back to Kyrenia.

    Walk: Distance 16 km Ascent 300 m Descent 350 m Max Altitude 970 m Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Spend a day in the Five Finger Mountains; walks include Kyrenia Rock, Sourp Magyar Armenian monastery, the Herbarium of Alevkaya and Antifonitis ancient church.

    Today we transfer approximately 30 minutes to the start of our last walk, the Five Finger Mountains. The walk takes us on a path up towards the Herbarium of Alevkaya (currently closed for renovation), where we will stop for lunch. This afternoon we will walk to Sourp Magyar, the only Armenian Monastery in the mountains, and on to Kyrenia rock, which offers excellent photo opportunities.

    Walk: Distance 10 km Ascent 100 m Descent 120 m Max Altitude 650 m Time: 4 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Pia Bella or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Larnaca; fly to London.

    Transfer back to Larnaca; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

North Cyprus

British and other EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit North Cyprus.

Vaccinations

North Cyprus

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 5 picnic lunches are included.

Buffet style Cypriot breakfast is provided with bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea. Cypriot food includes: locally caught fish and seafood by the Kyrenia fishing fleet, excellent local meat dishes, stuffed vegetables, fruit - particularly figs, oranges, nectarines, grapes, olives and pomegranates - and breads and cheeses. Picnic lunches using locally sourced food are provided where specified. On other days we will stop at a suitable local café or restaurant. Kyrenia has a large number of restaurants to choose from for evening meals.

Weather

February and March: there is a chance of rain, daytime temperatures 12-19ºC, night time 2-9ºC
April: pleasant daytime temperatures 15-27ºC, night time 8-13ºC; spring flowers can be seen.
May: daytime temperatures 25-32ºC, night time 12-17ºC; chance of some really warm days.
June and September: daytime temperatures 26-33ºC, occasionally up to 35ºC, night time 14-19ºC; very dry.
October: daytime temperatures 20-26ºC, night time 12-17ºC; generally dry, but a chance of a shower.

Kyrenia, North Cyprus

Is this trip for you?

Grade: 2 (Leisurely/ Moderate)
Most days involve some driving and sightseeing in addition to the walks.
Strong but lightweight 2/3 season boots with good ankle support are recommended, as there are descents each day that, although not technical, may be steep.
The walking is seldom too demanding, although some of the terrain is a bit rocky underfoot. Some of the paths are quite narrow and fairly undulating, and there some sections which involve some scrambling over larger rocks and boulders.
There is plenty of opportunity for exploration in and around some of the area's ruins and castles.
A pair of comfortable shoes or trainers will also be very handy for the evenings and journeys to/from the start/end points. You may also prefer to wear something on your feet when swimming as sea urchins and sharp rocks are not uncommon.

Accommodation

Hotel Pia Bella

We usually stay at the 4-star Hotel Pia Bella, a short walk to the bars and restaurants of atmospheric Kyrenia harbour. All rooms are en suite with satellite tv, telephone and air conditioning and wifi access in communal areas. The property boasts two swimming pools, a jacuzzi and tranquil gardens. Please note that at times we may have to use alternative accommodation that is of a 3-star standard.

Single rooms are available on request for a supplement.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2015
    Suzanne Carp
    This was our first time to Cyprus, and it was a great experience. The walks were not challenging, but there was plenty of downhill. We had a great group which added to the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We really enjoyed the views from Buffavento and Kantara Castles.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gulie (apologies for spelling) was very enthusiastic. It was a shame she wasn't at the airport or hotel to meet us on arrival, it made for a rather shaky start to the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for downhill. Most days we drove out to a castle or sightseeing point up in the mountains, and then walked back towards the coast. Great scenery, but you'll feel it in your calf muscles. Also, take some Euros for the airport in Larnaca. Being in southern Cyprus, they don't accept Turkish Lira.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exchange rates are better in the UK, so I'd advise to take cash with you. I managed to get 4.65 online in October, but the hotel were offering 4.21
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Michael Greenfield
    Tour got off to a bad start with no obvious Exodus rep in sight, this was compounded by the minibus developing an oil pressure failure before we left the airport which necessitated another hours delay to add to the delayed flight. Driver of second minibus had no idea where the hotel was and had to keep asking for directions which meant instead of arriving about 10.30 p.m. it was way past midnight. Hotel turned up trumps, providing us with soup, cheese roll and a complimentary beer. Unfortunately hotel not due for more praise as room was over main road and 2 rooms were over the very noisy casino. Staff at hotel were very pleasant and breakfasts exceeded expectations and swimming pools were a god send after a extremely hot day's walking. Kyrenia, just a 20 minute stroll or a £2.30 taxi was captivating with its impressive castle, wonderful waterfront and vibrant restaurants. Due to the 40+ degrees heat walks became a water swigging, sweat sodden endurance test which many fellow travellers avoided or stopped at convenient points. Most of the walks did not seem to have an objective as sightseeing was done prior to their start. In my view it would have been better to walk, in the cooler part of the day, to one of the many ruined castles and then to meander coastwards afterwards. Beaches we visited were not over-commercialised and very hospitable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A number of moments were interesting but not inspirational: Salamis was one but not on a par with Jerash from last year's trip: Vorusia was again interesting as I was reading the book by Victoria Hislop: Kyrenia Castle was by far the most interesting of the 4 castles visited.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Leader was organised if not 'inspirational'.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you visit in August or September be prepared for temperatures above 40 degrees and high humidity. Ask Exodus to ensure that you all have a room upgrade, do not suffer the casino!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is my 11th one week walking trip with Exodus and this is the only one I would not whole heartedly recommend.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Michael for his review, although we are very sorry that he was underwhelmed with aspects of this trip.  Since Michael travelled, we have changed local partner and we are now able to guarantee pool view rooms, away from the road and casino.  We also have a new leader for this trip who has been receiving great feedback from clients.

     

    Sarah Ahern - Product Manager for Cyprus

  • Reviewed January 2015
    Jill Follett
    Having had a busy year with house renovations, we left our holiday booking rather late. We always plump for warmth, we like islands, exploring and walking. Two years ago we managed a brief border crossing in Cyprus when visiting the old walled city. That was a highlight and so I was delighted when John suggested joining a guided walk in North Cyprus this year. The booking was simple, making us wonder if we had completed everything necessary. A few days later following phone calls to let us know things were in hand, our booking was confirmed. We were able to join the group flight to Ergo, transfers and accommodation were complete. Everything fell into place, the hotel was excellent making an extra effort to give us a truly memorable Christmas. Our group of 16 fellow walkers gelled really well and our Austrian leader ensured each day went smoothly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The fact that we received brilliant service throughout making every moment memorable and enjoyable. The itinerary, the transporting and consideration given by the leader and his driver, the timings i.e. lengths of walks and visits to places of interest and relaxation before evening meals were much appreciated enabling us to maximise our time.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders commentaries were informed and interesting. The walking pace was good allowing time to take in the views, linger a little longer in the atmosphere of the many historic sites visited. Places to picnic were well chosen, picnics provided enjoyable. Attention to detail and to the group was excellent. On a day when we had the choice to please ourselves, the leader organised an extra trip and came with us each evening including Christmas day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For a pair who enjoy meeting people but like to do their own thing, this was a first and we really enjoyed every minute.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thanks for arranging everything.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Ann Pilsbury
    A varied and interesting trip. Spectacular views. Lovely people. Hotel Pia Bella was a very good base.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moments were Visiting the castles high on the cliffs and imagining what they might have been like when people lived there and what kind of people they were.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was excellent. His English was superb and he had a great degree of knowledge about history, flora and fauna. He was a very warm person and didn't mind answering all our questions patiently. The pace of the walks was good, it was still quite hot.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was interesting to see fruits and seeds on the trees, but spring flowers would have looked lovely.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wasn't impressed with exodus. Our first flight was delayed, meaning we missed our scheduled flight into Cyprus. I know it says if delayed find your own way to the hotel, but I was surprised that there was no contact at all, no message at the airport, no email, no one to meet us. The one other person on the trip was on time and was just met by a taxi, couldn't we have been sent a taxi too as no representative from exodus was involved in Cyprus. It was about 1 am and we had to find our own taxi and pay £30.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We would like to thank Ann for her review. We are very sorry that she experienced a flight delay which led to a missed connection. We appreciate that it must have been frustrating to have arrived and not have a transfer waiting, however, unfortunately, we do not have a record of being informed of the flight issue, so were unable to organise an alternative transfer locally. We were very glad, on the other hand, to read that Ann had a great trip overall and we look forward to welcoming her back on another holiday soon.

  • Reviewed January 2014
    Anonymous
    A variety of walking and sightseeing with some quite tough walks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Laurence Durrell's house in Bellapais, the crusader castles of Buffavento and St Hilarion, Kyrenia harbour.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our walk leader Tugberk Emirzade was excellent. His knowledge and love of the island made the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect some toughish climbs to the Crusader castles - worth it for the views if you don't suffer from vertigo!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really liked the Onar Village hotel. It was wonderful to be able to see over the bay from the outside pool and the restaurant. Thank you Exodus for our Christmas Dinner - a nice and unexpected extra. The chefs at the hotel laid on a great meal that night.
  • Reviewed November 2013
    Anonymous
    An excellent week, with a fun group (from different places), an excellent local guide and great weather. The hotel was just fine too!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Beautiful views at altitude, looking along the North Cyprus coast

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.....knowledgeable, supportive, informative (and with us most eves.....and when he couldn't be, he recommended very good restaurants)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We did two great 10 mile walks on successive days, then much less the rest of the week (we only walked on 4 of 6 days, with two half day walks). For some this wasn't enough. For me, I ccould have done with a lighter day between the two long ones!
  • Reviewed April 2013
    Anonymous
    An excellent spring break lead by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Some very pleasant walks, none too taxing. The mountains were greener than I expected and plenty of wild flowers to see. The views from the castles in the mountains are spectacular. Good evening meals are available in local restaurants, particularly in Bellapais.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from Buffavento castle and on the walk down.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ros was excellent. Friendly and helpful. Thorough local knowledge, she seemed to be known by many of the local people.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes should make clearer that payment for the optional group trip/meals is better paid in sterling not Turkish lira, otherwise the exchange rate will be poor. It is a long drive to the Karpaz peninsular and if you are not a beach enthusiast, it may be better to make other arrangements for that day. The Apostolos Andreas monastery, included in the Karpaz day, is unfortunately (owing to its state of disrepair) not worth a visit. The optional trip to Salamis and Famagusta is well worth taking. You could easily spend more time in both.The group flight with Pegasus goes via Istanbul and passengers to/from N Cyprus have to stay on the plane for about 1 hour at Istanbul. This is a budget airline and no food or drink is included in the ticket and prices on board are very high. Legroom is poor. Check-in at Stansted was very slow. I would strongly advise on-line check-in for the outward flight. Seats were though allocated.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel in Onar village was pleasant, with helpful staff and good views over Kyrenia. Some on the trip had problems with noise from air-conditioning units used all night in adjoining rooms. The breakfasts were good but I would not recommend it for an evening meal. Main issue is that you cannot walk to and from Kyrenia town to the hotel, which is some distance out of town and on the wrong side of the Kyrenia bypass which has no pedestrian route across. Taxis are though readily available.
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous
    This is a short trip which packs a lot in, but there is plenty of time to relax. The watchword is choice - there are plenty of options every day. Keep walking or hitch a ride? Relax by the pool or take another trip? The walking itself is not particularly demanding... but in almost 40 degree heat, we worked hard to earn the magnificent views! Even 3 months after returning, my memories are rich with blue and green.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I don't know if it is inspirational as such, but amidst the beautiful scenery and exceptionally varied history, the thing which struck me the most was the modern history, particularly the no-man's-land visible in Famagusta. It's a shame that such a beautiful country is tinged with division and sadness, with the ongoing political and diplomatic struggles trapping the local people in the middle. Struggles and change throughout history are evident across the island, showcased by the visits to the castles, mosques, abbeys, monasteries and both ancient and modern ruins, in which the influence of Roman, Crusader, Arab and Turk can be seen. Not to mention the British...The natural landscape of the Karpaz is a fantastic contrast. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Roz was friendly, knowledgeable and very funny. I hadn't realised from reading previous reviews that she was British and so I was doubly impressed by her spoken Turkish language skills! She was able to advise on just about everything, including suggesting places to eat and drink and even passing on a list of North Cyprus-related literature for anyone interested in learning a bit more.With her at the head and a great group of fellow travellers, I spent a hearty proportion of every day laughing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Say "yes" to everything! Say yes to the optional day trip to Famagusta, say yes to the evening dinner cruise, say yes to the chance to swim in the sea, say yes to the delicious barbecue...However, in amongst saying "yes" to everything... Consider packing a snack or two (ensuring it is not something that melts) in case the lunch food is not to your taste (it's freshly-prepared local food and I thought it was delicious!). Also, be prepared for a scratch or two on the leg on the forest walk. I loved the walk but some of the shrubs are hardy and unforgiving!The only definite thing which should be remembered? If flying with Pegasus from Stansted via Istanbul to Ercan, take food onto the plane for your journey!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you are a hardy, mountaineering fitness nut then the trip may be too gentle for you. But if you want a mix of walking and bathing, eating and drinking, sightseeing and chilling out, this is one for you.
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous
    A good mixture of trail walking and city exploration/sightseeing. The Cypriot food was excellent and copious. Top marks for the packed lunches on the day trips, made by the guide's brother's local bakery. The weather was fantastic on this trip which made a nice change from cold dreary England at this time of year.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The relaxed pace of life they have over there, and the happy mix of old and modern in their towns and cities, relatively untouched by the infiltration of global corporations.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He seemed to organise things well and was clearly passionate about his country and culture.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    1) Plan on going on a diet when you get back. 2) If you want long walks every day, this trip probably isn't for you. 3) Some of the descents on the hills are quite steep so if you have dodgy knees you might want to bring sticks.4) Be aware the hotel is set up on a hill above Kyrenia and it's not easy to get into the town on your own, if you had such a desire. 5) They don't give you free food on the plane so have a big breakfast or bring your own lunch.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall I enjoyed the trip very much.
  • Reviewed October 2012
    Anonymous
    An enjoyable holiday with a mixed group. An excellent guide made it interesting for us and was considerate about our needs.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I most enjoyed Salamis and swimming in the sea. I was also impressed with how productive the land is out on the peninsular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes. Don't travel direct to Northern Cyprus because it means going via Istanbul. it is quicker to fly to Larnaca and take a taxi to the North.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some of the walks were more strenuous than your preview suggested and I would not recommend your holidays to anyone who did not like steep climbs and scrambling.

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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