Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast Ride

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Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–18

Cycle from coast to coast across the Pyrenees  

This unique cycling raid is a must-do route for any road cycling fan. It will take us on a journey over eleven of the most famous Cols in the Pyrenees. We traverse the mighty Pyrenees hugging the Spanish border as we follow a route that was made famous by riders trying to complete the distance in less than 100 hours, but on this trip you will have time to take in the stunning jagged landscape whilst still conquering great climbs like the Col du Tourmalet and the Col d'Aubisque. After taking on these rewarding climbs, the route brings us back down to the Mediterranean Sea for a celebratory swim.

Highlights

  • Cycle from the Atlantic Coast to the Mediterranean Sea
  • Ride the most famous cols in the Pyrenees
  • Conquer iconic climbs from the Tour de France

Key information

  • 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 100% tarmac roads
  • Hilly route with mountain passes
  • Group normally 6 to 18 plus leader in suport vehicle
  • 7 nights hotels 

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • 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
  • Local bike hire (available on request)
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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6

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Approximately 4-6 hours cycling per day

Terrain:

100% tarmac roads with high mountain passes 

Day by day breakdown
Day 2130.0km/81.0miles
Day 3105.0km/66.0miles
Day 495.0km/59.0miles
Day 5115.0km/71.0miles
Day 6110.0km/68.0miles
Day 7140.0km/87.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Bilbao; transfer to Hendaye.

    We will be greeted by an Exodus guide at Bilbao airport and transferred to the start hotel in Hendaye. If there is time we can go for a ride along the sea front towards Pointe de Ste Barbe. In the evening the guide will talk through the itinerary for the weeks cycling.

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Ride over the Col du St Ignace and the Col d'Osquich.

    Our journey starts by climbing the Col de St Ignace at 169m, gaining altitude progressively to join the mountains before cycling through St Jean Pied de Port, the renowned medieval city on the Compostelle way. From here the route climbs the Col d'Osquich, officially at 392m of altitude but the road culminates at 500m. After this, we enjoy a nice ride down to the village of Montory where we spend the night.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Ride through the Basque hills before taking on the Hors category Col d'Aubisque and the Col de Soulor.

    In the morning, we cycle through the Basque hills as we make our way to the west starting point of the mythic Col d'Aubisque, here we take on the challenging Hors Category pass, a 17km climb at 8% average gradient with sections at 10%. The summit is at 1709m of altitude, then after a short descent we start the second climb up to the Col du Soulor 1474m, this is the last summit before a superb descent to our hotel in Agos-Vidalos.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Today we ride the mighty Hors category Col du Tourmalet followed by the first category Col d'Aspin.

    Today we take on the Col du Tourmalet, one of the most legendary climbs in the Pyrenees, at 2115m of altitude and climbed 52 times by the TDF since 1947 making it the most climbed col of the Tour de France. the Col du Tourmalet is a Hors Category pass, it is 18km long with an average gradient of 8% with some sections at 10%. From the summit there is a nice twisty descent to Saint Marie de Campan. Straight after the descent the second challenge of the day starts with the climb of Col d'Aspin, a first category climb with 12km of ascent from Saint Marie de Campan at 5,2% average gradient.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Cycle over the Col de Peyresourde, Col des Ares and the Col de Portet d'Aspet.

    Three passes are waiting for us today. First up is the Col de Peyresourde, a first category climb with 20km of ascent at 4.5% average gradient with sections at 8%. Then we ride down to the Bagnères-de-Luchon valley where the Tour de France stops regularly. Here we ride over the Col des Ares to join the Col de Portet d'Aspet, a third category pass (4.3 km at 9.7%) that has been ridden 30 times since 1947 by the Tour de France.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Ride the Col du Port with amazing views over the Ariege Valley before climbing the Col de Chioula.

    From St Girons, we will cycle towards the Col de Port another classic of the Tour de France, starting the climb from Massat the ascent is constant and doesn’t go over 6%. We then descend to Bompas where we join the “route des corniches”, a road that overlooks the Ariège valley with great views. We will then climb the Col de Chioula up to 1431m of altitude. From the summit we will descend towards Ax les Thermes where we spend the night.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Follow the river that flows through the Gorges de l'Aude all the way to the Mediterranean sea at St Cyprien.

    Today is the last day of cycling, which means at the end of the ride we can jump into the Mediterranean Sea! Leaving the mountains we follow the rivers that come from the high peaks to join the sea; carving among the rocks we follow the fabulous gorges de l'Aude. Passing beautiful views over the Corbières vineyards we make our way towards the end of the route in St Cyprian by the sea. Here we will have time to celebrate the week’s achievements with a swim in the med and some well-earned drinks.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Free morning in St Cyprien before flying to London.

    Free morning to relax or explore St Cyprien at our own pace before the transfer to Barcelona or Toulouse airport (depending on the departure date).

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.


For breakfast you can expect a continental style buffet with cold meat, cheeses, bread, eggs, jams and pastries as well as tea and coffee.
Throughout the trip you can expect really good food with strong influences from Spain and France. Lunches and dinners are not included in the trip price to allow you to take advantage of the local restaurants and cafes along the route and give you freedom over what you eat. Our guide will be able to recommend the best local restaurants and will have planned some stops at good coffee shops to break up the days rides.

Weather

The weather in the mountains can be very changeable, with hot sunshine at the start of a climb and sometimes heavy rain at the summit. The Central Pyrenees gets some rainfall throughout the summer, although mostly at night time and some afternoon thunderstorms. On average, over the course of a week you should expect 1 or 2 wet days. Maximum temperatures can be over 30ºC, but this will vary with altitude. If we are riding through low cloud it can get very chilly on the descents, but these should be short spells only, you will feel the temperature increase as you descend in altitude.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Drop-bar.

Activity Level 7 (Tough). 

Average daily distance: 104km (64 miles)

No. of days cycling: 6  with partial vehicel support (limited seats)

Terrain and route: a classic road tour with some challenging climbs. The gradients do not get much steeper than 10% but the climbs can be long.

Daily distances are realistic, and there are plenty of opportunities for stronger riders to add more kilometres if they wish. The support vehicle is always available for riders who have achieved their personal goal and require a lift up or down any of the hills (although with limited seats). This trip is on roads away from traffic however we do have to use some roads which can be busy; the scenery from the route we take is wonderful. All of the roads used are good quality tarmac, we recommend using drop bar road bike for this trip.

You should be aware that cycling of all kinds has its dangers and that accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake. Helmets must be worn by all cyclists.

Please note: Exodus drop bar cycling holidays are not run in a training camp style, all our daily rides are group rides and we aim to cycle as a group wherever possible. The days are broken up with food and coffee stops so it is likely that we will be outside for the majority of the day (sometimes between 9am – 5pm). It is common for the group to split on the longer climbs, please keep in mind that if you are looking to push yourself on the climbs you might have a wait at the top for other members of the group, however the support vehicle will be there to offer warm clothes and snacks. 

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.

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Accommodation

Hotels

We stay in good quality 2-star hotels, all with private facilities. The hotels are comfortable and ideally located in towns along the route with a good choice of restaurants serving delicious food to ensure you get a good meal and a good night sleep ready for the next day’s ride.

Due to the point-to-point nature of our drop bar trips, it is inevitable that there is some variance in the style and quality of accommodation used each night. Our priority is to make the riding days as balanced as possible in terms of distance and elevation gain and once we are happy with the route we choose the most appropriate accommodation in our chosen location. In some of the more rural locations there may not be a wide choice of accommodation. 

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 October 2018
    Peter Carter

    An amazing and immensely enjoyable trip

    The trip was way beyond my expectations. I’m 67 and enjoy rides of 100km and hills. I knew that I’d be right for one or two days but was apprehensive that I could string it together for six days and still enjoy it through to the end. Each day I got stronger and finished reasonably fresh at the end of the day. We went through a range of stunning country; vast mountainous views, valleys and picturesque towns. Roads were very smooth, even in the mountains and drivers very courteous of cyclists. We enjoyed temps of 30C and higher (and one day when we had 2-3 hours of rain, another with half an hour of very heavy rain, fortunately not too cold) Claude our guide/van driver was fantastic. We all were strangers to each other at the beginning; different ages (39 to 67) and from different countries, but got on extremely well - I am sure because of support and service provided by Claude that meant went the trip went so well. I hired a bike through Exodus with 105 Shimano componentry and 32T cassette; (a lesser quality than my own at home) but found it very reasonable. (it’s the engine not the machine!!) Accomodation and meals (breakfasts and evening meals were very reasonable (certainly didn’t need or want a 4 Star experience)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me it was the last day; a ride of 150km that included a great climb up Col des Pailheres, that finished at St Cyprien Des Plages. Walking into the Mediterranean I was overwhelmed with emotion; the realisation that my trip with new friends was now finished!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Claude our leader/van driver, was sensational, and provided exceptional service. Each day he provided gpx files, a detailed route map, and a cue sheet that detailed towns, turns and morning tea stops and lunches. Along the way he stop his van by the roadside, ready with drinks and nibbles, and calm words of encouragement. He also arranged to buy our lunches on our behalf, so we were able to enjoy wonderful picnics on a Col or beside the road. Each evening, he provided an excellent briefing of the next day’s ride, before our evening meal. Overall a very professional and meticulous service, that was calm, relaxing and supportive to us all.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I believe that it would be very beneficial for riders to do a number of 100km rides, including hills, in the weeks before. That way way you’ll be better prepared, and hence enjoy the trip. I also used a heart rate monitor so that I rode within my capabilities. On the first day I road a bit faster, and my average heart rate was nearly 140. I knew that if I continued at that rate I would get accumulated fatigue, and perhaps muscle soreness that reduce the enjoyment of the trip. I subsequently averaged each day about 120bpm, which meant I finished the days fresher, and very little fatigued (but tired). I would also suggest at the end of a days ride, to have a banana or other carbs, and electrolytes within half an hour (ASIS do that with their riders)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Again to say what a wonderful leader Claude was, just awesome!
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Martin Harris

    Pyrenees Coast-to-coast

    As a solo traveller, it can be a bit of a risk signing up to a group ride over such a testing parcours. The group was small; no cliques or egos just a bunch of guys wanting to ride some mountains. Ride solo at your own pace or ride together helping each other along? We did a bit of both. The weather was superb, some overnight rain and damp roads early-on but no rain when riding and dry when descending. The morning clouds giving some great affects in the high mountains before the sun burnt them away. Claude was our group leader and what a great job he did. No-one got lost, went hungry or thirsty and he took some great photos.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The high passes of the Tourmalet and Peyresourde were special but for me the best day was the last day. A 1,300m HC climb first thing in the morning to a chilly and cloudy summit and then a long descent pretty much all the way to the coast. Steep, tight and twisty at first with fantastic views as the clouds burnt away, a slightly wider road through the gorge and then a long, fast descent on a smooth road (except the level crossings) with little traffic, the sun on our faces and the wind on our back. A couple of little rises to negotiate but a day that it all. Yes, the traffic got a little worse near the coast but that was to be expected. 6 degrees on top of the mountain, 30 degrees o the beach.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Claude was awesome. His advice is to start early and hopefully finish early, also allowing for contingency. We were on the road at 8am every day.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some of the hotels had swimming pools and a couple were in spa towns so pack appropriate kit to aid your post-ride relaxation. Note that the thermal spas have restrictions on certain (most) types of bathing costumes. Respect the mountains and be sure to pack kit for all weather.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do some training! 6 days of mountain riding are tough and don't overdo it on Day 1 and the morning of Day 2; the smaller climbs of the Basque country have to be conquered before the first major test - the Col d'Aubisque late on Day 2
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Richard Barnes

    Jolly nice day for a pedal with "the grand fromage"

    Thoroughly enjoyable trip from start to finish. We enjoyed favourable weather throughout our journey, although we did cycle into the clouds on a couple of occasions. This is a demanding trip. However, it is not beyond the determined cyclist, prepared to put in some training, prior to setting off. The tour leader "Claude" went way beyond what was expected. Ensuring that mechanicals, were sorted in "double quick" time and providing picnics on a daily basis. Recommendations for evening meals were also greatly appreciated. The guy really knows his stuff, always ready with a cheery smile and a well stocked snack supply, from the back of the van.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Taking the "optional" trip to the top of the Col d'Aubisque, with 4 other hardy souls, was quite surreal. As the major road up one side of the mountain is currently closed (It was washed out in the recent floods), there was hardly anyone at the top with us. Long live the Aubisque 5!! Doing 60km an hour toward the Mediterranean coast with a 40 mile an hour following wind

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As previously stated, Claude (The grand Fromage) went beyond what could reasonably expected of a tour leader. I had an issue with one of my wheels whilst on the trip. Claude, provided me with a spare and whisked my own wheel away to a local repairer. I had it back at the next stop. Service, indeed. His continued happy demeanour and welcome snacks, added greatly to the overall experience

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train before you go. It's a demanding trip Savour the descents - gravity is your friend

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thoroughly recommended - I was apprehensive prior to departure. But truly enjoyed, from start to end
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Niki Field

    Excellent coast to coast trip through the beautiful Pyrenees

    A great cycling challenge for the enthusiast, requiring a good level of fitness. Spectacular scenery with some iconic climbs and lengthy descents which allow you to take in the fabulous views. Very well organised, generally good accommodation and Claude, our guide , couldn’t have been more helpful. Would definitely recommend this trip though I took my own bike which gave me greater confidence.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Rising to the challenge and enjoying every moment. The exhilaration of jumping into the beautiful Mediterranean Sea at the end of the last day’s ride will be hard to beat!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Felt well supported. Great picnics along the way with Claude asking us each day what we’d like on the menu, then doing his best to provide it. Thank you Claude.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I packed way too much gear- most of which I didn’t need as there were opportunities to have kit washed along the way. I would recommend potential travelers make sure they are fit enough to take this on- it will make the difference between torture and an enjoyable but achievable challenge.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Already planning my next exodus trip!
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Des Cassidy

    Man up, it's tough

    Tough, feeling it on the first day taster after the second a few sensitivities arose, on sharing these with the group the advice given "Man up". As if following in the wheels of the TDF is hard enough the June group were a tough competitive bunch not content to get over the Mountains they wanted to trash it out. Caught between to social spheres, oldies or the London boys , I chose the free bus travel group and what a competitive bunch they were. Sweated buckets , never looked up at the view on the last climb so determined was I to make a mark on the cake crusader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Non stop intense last climb.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cool , patient gave good clear guidance and was never piqued or surprised when we all promptly ignored it and done our own thing. Would have being interesting to see him ride as part of the group for some climbs..

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's tough. the group was tough and with that comes a certain pride respect in finishing it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Takes you to the next level on your cycling experience.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Andrew Smith

    Raid Pyrenean

    Wonderful week of riding the bike through beautiful landscape.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing some of the cols made famous by the Tour de France.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Claude was a fantastic group leader, always cheerful and resourceful and a key factor in the success of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get as fit as possible beforehand.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you EXodus for facilitating a most enjoyable and memorable experience.
  • Reviewed October 2017
    Claire Mills

    So glad I did this

    I'd been looking at this trip for a couple of years but never thought I was fit enough to do it. This year was now or never. I would highly recommend putting the training in beforehand as doing a 50-60 mile club ride once a week isn't going to cut it for 6 days doing between 100 - 140km and around 2500m of climbing each day. Climbs are epic (you will find yourself in the pain cave on occasion) and the downhills are sweet as anything and will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Do it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of the Col D'Aubisque, realising that even though I'd spent time in the pain cave I was alive and the descent off the top was one of the best ones ever! I was still smiling half an hour later. This was the most physical and mentally demanding things I've done and seeing the Med at the other end was wonderful

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Claud was superb - up there with the best of the Exodus guides. I was a little surprised initially that he wasn't out riding with us, but it worked really well with him being our support for the trip. Always happy and couldn't do enough for us. If I did this trip again, I'd be asking for Claud

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Put the training in beforehand - it'll make the whole experience more enjoyable. Do not forget your sudocrem, chamois cream and various other lotions as it's a long time in the saddle each day. Take clothes for all weathers. Our first day it rained, then for the rest of the time it was pretty fresh first thing and then warmed up so layers were essential. Breakfasts in the main tended to be croissants, yoghurts, bread (repeat). I'm glad I took my own cereal. There's a plentiful supply of bananas, peanut M&M's (a week later I'm still weaning myself off them, thanks Claud), fruit, nuts and other snacks. Oh and Strava kept adding 600m onto all my rides so Garmins were a lot more accurate. We didn't have a lot of downtime of an evening so this is not a relaxing holiday :-) You don't need the routes in advance.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Scott Chalker

    Pyrenean coast to coast

    I was a little daunted as this was my first overseas cycling tour and I am not a natural climber. Travelling from Australia I took my own bike and backed up two days later on the alpine cols of the Tour de France trip. The days are long and the climbs are touch especially day two and the last day. Day three was easier than expected. The descents are amazing and it is worth taking your own bike for the confidence it gives when descending and no blisters or other uncomfortable bits. It was great having Claude with a well stocked fridge, bites to eat, tea and coke. Having an official photographer was great.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The descent on the second riding day was amazing. Beware of the two tunnels they aren't lit and were very dark.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Claude was well organised. We never got lost. The van was always well stocked with food and drink. Claude was very friendly and accommodating.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's worth taking 6 days worth of cycling kit as the days are long and it is a hassle finding the time to wash it. The alpine cols of the Tour de France is a much easier trip with much shorter days if you are contemplating which to do and you're not cycling fit. If you can do the seven peaks challenge in Australia you can do this trip, Mt Hotham and Baw Baw are harder than any of the climbs on this trip.
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Christopher Woollacott

    Raid Pyrenees Trip June 2016

    I took part in the Raid Pyrenees cycle ride in June 2016. It was an excellent week's cycling, with good company and an excellent guide. Fantastic scenery, challenging climbs up 20kms long, adrenaline fuelled descents and professional and efficient organisation sum this trip up. Not for the faint-hearted and you need to be fit but a great trip for the cycling enthusiast who wants a challenge.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling up the Col de Tourmalet, a climb that the organisers of the 1910 Tour de France feared was unachievable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Claude was an excellent guide. Professional, encouraging, helpful and friendly throughout the week.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit before you travel and make sure you can cycle 80 miles a day for 6 days running.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have no hesitation in recommending Exodus for this kind of trip. I have travelled with them on cycling holidays twice and both trips were outstanding.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Alasdair Soper

    Worth Every Penny

    Brilliant route, taking in iconic climbs which feature in the Tour de France, as well as less well known, but equally challenging hills. Good mix of climbing and flat. Daily distances just about right, making it challenging, but not torture. Good accommodation and food. Good group of people. Group leader, Johann, was helpful, pleasant and resourceful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the Med at the end of the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Executed some brilliant adhoc bicycle repairs to keep the group going. Kept a close eye on everyone on the road, providing food and water. Provided pleasant company at the dinner table. No complaints.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just the usual. Shorts and gloves. Make sure they're up to it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No

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]

Call us on 020 8772 3936