Tour du Mont Blanc

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TWP
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Min age:
18
Group size:
4–14

A fast and light way to complete the Mont Blanc Circuit

The Mont Blanc Circuit is deservedly one of Europe's classic walks, circumnavigating western Europe's highest mountain. This exciting itinerary concentrates on some of the most spectacular sections of the circuit, thus enabling us to produce a hard and exhilarating one-week trip for the trekking enthusiast. Overnighting in simple family-run accommodation, we trek clockwise around the Mont Blanc Massif, enjoying hearty local cuisine from three countries, phenomenal views and some of Europe's best walking.

Highlights

  • A 'fast and light' week of the Classic Mont Blanc circuit
  • Spectacular views of the Mont Blanc
  • Three countries in one week

Key information

  • 5 nights 2 and 3 star hotels, 2 nights Inns
  • 6 days point-to-point walking
  • Light backpacking; some steep ascent/descents
  • Altitude maximum 2537m, average 1400m

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation not available
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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

5

Pace:

Approximately 8-9hrs walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 218.0km/11.0miles
Day 314.0km/9.0miles
Day 420.0km/12.0miles
Day 519.0km/12.0miles
Day 617.0km/11.0miles
Day 716.0km/10.0miles
Walking and Trekking Holidays

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Geneva; transfer to Col de la Forclaz.

    From Geneva airport we transfer to the start at the designated hotel at Col de la Forclaz, Switzerland. A short (unguided) walk to view the Trient Glacier is an option this afternoon, depending on arrival time. In the evening there is an introductory briefing by your leader and time to spilt bags between items to be delivered to the hotel in Chamonix, for the end of the trip, and things you will carry with you. Hotel at Col de la Forclaz, Switzerland.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Follow Bovine Route to the pretty village of Champex Lac and on to Orsières.

    We leave the Col de la Forclaz (1527m – 5010ft) from where we can look directly down into the Rhône valley and the Swiss town of Martigny. Following our path through the forest and up to high alpine pastures (great for flowers in the early season) the 'Bovine route' (2049m – 6720ft) affords dramatic views over Swiss peaks and valleys. After lunch we descend to Champex (1486m – 4880ft) and the east side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Walking south we descend through woods to the Val Ferret and on to Orsières (887m – 2910ft), a pretty alpine village nestled in the valley at the foot of the St Bernard Pass. Hotel in Orsières (Switzerland).

    8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 730m – 2400ft up, 1300m – 4260ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Short bus transfer to La Fouly and climb to the highest point (2536m), Grand Col Ferret, and descend into Italy.

    We hop aboard the local bus to rejoin the TMB at the village of La Fouly (1600m 5250ft) dominated by the glaciated face of Mont Dolent, whose summit is the meeting point of the French, Swiss and Italian borders. Still following the valley and the river 'La Drance', we climb steadily to the 'Grand Col Ferret' (2537m – 8320ft), the highest pass of the tour. The mountain views from the Col are stunning with Grandes Jorasses dominating the scene. Now in Italy, we descend into the valley also called 'Val Ferret' (1760m – 5770ft ) then travel by bus to our hotel in La Palud. Hotel in La Palud (Italy).

    7.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 3180ft up, 800m – 2600ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Trek from Val Veny over Col de la Seigne to Les Chapieux (1549m).

    We travel by bus to La Visaille (1,660m – 5450ft) then climb gently along the Val Veny beneath the massive glacier de Miage and pass Lac Combal. The gradient becomes steeper as we follow the old Roman road and head for today’s pass: the 'Col de la Seigne' (2,516m – 8250ft), which marks our re-entry into France. A fairly steep descent brings us through La Ville des Glaciers (1,789m – 5870ft) and finally after a long walking day to Les Chapieux (1,553m – 5100ft), a small hamlet inhabited only during the summer months. Auberge in Les Chapieux.

    8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 870m – 2840ft up, 970m – 3180ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    A tougher day over two cols; Croix du Bonhomme (2443m) and Col du Bonhomme (2329m); descend to Les Contamines.

    By now we have now reached the southwest corner of the circuit and we turn north to climb once again. Today is a big day, first we ascend to the Col de la Croix du Bonhomme (2,479m – 8130ft), then contour across to the Col du Bonhomme (2,329m) and finally descend again on a Roman road into the Val Montjoie and the town of Les Contamines (1,175m – 3860ft). Our path continues through the village and we arrive at our overnight stop with time for a well-deserved cold drink. Auberge in Les Contamines.

    8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 930m – 3050ft up, 1340m – 4400ft

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Over the Col du Tricot to the Chamonix Valley.

    Another big day! Our route continues with a steady ascent to the Chalets de Miage (1,560m – 5120ft), a great spot to sample some home cooked delicacies. From here we take a trail that climbs steeply to the Col de Tricot (2,119m – 6950ft) before descending very close to the snout of the Glacier de Bionnassay with good views of the north side of the Mont Blanc Massif. Eventually we make another ascent to reach the Col de Voza (1652m - 5420ft) where we re-enter the Chamonix Valley, and finally descend to the village of Les Houches (993m 3260ft) and take the bus to our hotel. Hotel in Chamonix.

    8.5 hours walking time including lunch and breaks etc. 1200m – 3980ft up, 1370m – 4500ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Final day trekking past Lac Blanc (2352m) before descending to Chamonix.

    Our final day presents perhaps one of our most spectacular walks; trekking a section of the Grand Balcon Sud route past the beautiful and photogenic Lac Blanc (2352m - 7715ft) with grand vistas over the Chamonix Valley and Mont Blanc behind. Our route will then drop sharply down to Chamonix (1,030m) and the end of our trek. Hotel in Chamonix.

    8 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 900m – 2950ft up, 1330m – 4370ft down

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    To Geneva; fly to London.

    End Chamonix. Transfer to Geneva airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

  • 8 days land only/flight inclusive
  • 6 days point-to-point walking 
  • Light backpacking; some steep ascent/descents
  • Altitude maximum 2537m, average 1400m
  • 5 nights 2 and 3-star hotels, 2 nights auberges
  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners included
  • Single supplement not available

Visas

No visa required for British passport holders.

Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and dinners are included except dinner in Chamonix on day 7 of the itinerary.

Typical Meals

Breakfast: Will usually consist of coffee, tea, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, bread, and conserves.

Lunches: No lunches are provided but can easily be bought locally from either shops or the hotel/refuge.

Evening meal: Generally consists of a first course of soup, salad or charcuterie, a main course of meat with one or two vegetables or rice or pasta, a dessert course. Drinks are not included in the price of evening meals.

Vegetarians: We happily cater for vegetarians but please inform us at the time of booking.

If you take a vegan diet we recommend that you bring supplementary food and should expect that variety of food may be limited whilst on this trip. Unfortunately it is relatively uncommon in this region and we cannot guarantee that the hotels will provide meals that have the necessary variety to be considered satisfying when on a more restricted diet.

Weather

From late June to early October fair weather is to be expected, but all mountain ranges create their own weather patterns and the Alps are no exception. It can and does rain and on the high passes especially it can be surprisingly cold at times. Expected daytime temperatures are in the range of 15 to 25ºC in the valleys (although it can sometimes reach 30ºC in July/August), 5 to 15ºC on the passes (though it will feel colder if wet and windy) and 5 to 15ºC in the valley at night; possibly a little lower early and late in the season. There is always the possibility of lying snow, especially in the early season, and snowfall even in August and September when we may find new snow on the passes. Please note that on late season treks (September) the days are shorter and we will need to make early starts to make the most of the available daylight hours.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is Activity Level 5 - Challenging. Some of the days are long, quite often involving ascents of 900-1200m (or 3000-4000 feet), equivalent to 3 to 4 hours walking uphill, followed by similar descents, amounting to 8 to 9 hours of walking each day (including rest stops and lunch). Although the paths are well maintained there are sections that are rough underfoot.

As this is a group holiday you need to be confident that your fitness will allow you to enjoyably walk at a consistent and steady pace that matches the group average, therefore allowing the group to finish the day at a reasonable time. You will also enjoy the trek a great deal more if your fitness allows you to walk the route in relative ease. You will have to carry your own gear with you (there is no vehicle support), but this need not weigh more than 8 to 10 kilos if you pack carefully. On day 7 there are 2 metal ladders to climb en route to Lac Blanc, these are secured against the rock, consist of approx. 12 steps and are not difficult to climb. 

All ascents, descents and walking distances listed below are approximates. We have decided the most accurate method is to map the routes carefully using google earth. That said it is impossible to obtain a completely true figure of the distances walked. Regarding GPS - due to the inherent inaccuracies of defining an exact waypoint with a GPS and the cumulative overall inaccuracy this causes, you may find that our distances and GPS distances you obtain on trek with your personal GPS/phone, may differ by quite a margin.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels & Inns

Throughout the trek we use long-established family run 2 and 3-star (equivalent) hotels and inns. Most of the hotels/inns sit in stunning locations often with panoramic vistas over the mountains and culturally represent the countries and environment they are in. These hotels are a vital source of income to the local community. All are clean and well run and set up with the needs of the trekker in mind. Single rooms not available

Please be aware that room sizes (twin, double or very occasionally triple or quadruple rooms) and facilities will vary from hotel to hotel and sometimes from room to room within one property and occasionally there may be bunkbeds. On 4 of the nights facilities are en suite whilst the others have the possibility, depending on availability and group size, of shared bathroom and toilet facilities 'on the landing'. Couples will always have their own room but we cannot guarantee whether this will be twin or double. Single clients must be prepared to share with one or occasionally two or three other members of the same sex. We are unable to accept bookings for single rooms due to the small size of the hotels used and the fact that we are usually staying only one night in each property. On day 4, due to limited availability, it is very rare, but occasionally, necessary to sleep in dormitories. If this is the case we will endeavour to let you know before booking.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Rachel Harrison

    A superb trip with breathtaking views.....

    This is a superb trip. Fitness tested but did improve as the week went on. A "fast and light" way to achieve the Tour du Mont Blanc with only a weeks leave. I enjoyed it from start to finish. Many thanks Exodus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking down into Orzieres and finding our quirky little hotel with a friendly manager and lovely food. A beer in the local cafe rounded off the day. Waking up in Italy to bright blue skies and phenomenal views that we hadn't seen the day before. The coffee in the refuges was a highlight and a welcome pit stop. This is a challenging trek and completing each day left you tired but happy (and nursing the odd blister!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nick was an excellent leader with extensive alpine knowledge. He looked after the group well, altered plans as required and kept us entertained!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel light! The hardest bit is carrying 10 kgs on your back. You really do not need much. I managed to wash a tee shirt and trousers and they dried (just) overnight. If your feet are at all vulnerable, protect heels and toes with tape (zinc oxide/kinesio tape - learnt from my fellow travellers) as walking with open blisters can be very challenging!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Excellent trip. Made all the more fun by a really great group of people who got on well and supported each other.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Claire Swarbrick

    Tour Du Mont Blanc Week

    Great people and beautiful scenery on a challenging but very enjoyable trip. Shame about the poor Exodus admin prior to the trip and the failure of any Exodus representative to meet us upon arrival at the airport (as promised).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just being in the mountains with such magnificent views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    There were 11 in the group and only 1 leader. At times the leader seemed oblivious to the fact that some members of the group had fallen so far behind that they could no longer be seen.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was a wonderful trip but I was quite disappointed in the service provided by Exodus as I had heard many good things about the company and this was my first time on an Exodus adventure. One of the ladies on the trip arrived at the airport to find that she hadn't been booked on to her flight and had to make last minute arrangements herself. This has put me off travelling with Exodus again
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Mark Thompson

    Great exercise, top food and an excellent guide

    The Tour surpassed my expectations. The days can be long and the climbs can go on, but it's worth it for the incredible views, excellent food and the stories and jokes along the way.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Dropping from Switzerland into France and having an espresso next to a glacier. Stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nick was excellent. He knew the name of just about everything we pointed at - and we did a lot of 'what's that' pointing! He was also excellent at describing the regions' nuances and accommodating requests. With a relatively large group, you're going to have people of different abilities and fitness levels. Nick did a great job of making sure everyone remained part of the group while letting some people have moments to run off on their own or have a breather.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light. You don't need that extra t-shirt. Just take a bottle of travel detergent and use the sinks and showers to refresh your clothes. After 30 minutes walking you're going to be sweaty anyway!
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Mark Hooper

    Fantastic week!

    Fantastic week! The whole week was brilliant from start to finish, the hotels were cosy and welcoming. The food was lovely especially the surprising stops that were sometimes at the top of a col. The scenary was beautiful, we especially loved seeing the snow capped peaks! We were very lucky to have a small group and we got on very well. We also had amazing weather, sunny everyday!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Everyday was so different, we loved seeing the differences when walking through Switzerland, Italy and France. The final day views of Mont Blanc were spectacular!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rupert was a great leader, he was so knowledgable and passionate about the trip. He always made sure everyone was happy and okay. We especially enjoyed his games and local knowledge of where to get the best cheese from! He really did go above and beyond!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack lightly as you do need to carry everything and you can wash things in the evening. Most hotels have shampoo and shower gel so you don't need to carry much. You have two nights in the same hotel at the end so you can take extra clothes for those nights.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Absolutely loved this trip, was one of the best holidays that we have had!
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Barbara Rausch

    Tour du Mt.Blanc

    As a newcomer to Exodus travels I was pleasantly surprised how well structured and organised this trip was. The team John B. (our intrepid hike leader) and Emily S.( camp organizer and chef par excellence )was exceptional with their cheerful ,easy going approach yet professional on every level.I so appreciated the smiles and jokes- even in adverse weather conditions . Their engagement made this tour through this magnificent landscape even more memorable.Thanks again to both !!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To experience the peace in magnificent surroundings and the friendship of like minded people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was at all times aware and attentive. He is very knowledgeable and was helpful in all questions that came up. John made the hike enjoyable in knowing when to motivate and lead by example with a cheerful calmness.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have clothing for all seasons and try to swim in some of the pristine lakes !

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I will use Exodus in the future ,
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Chris Huet

    Tour du Mont Blanc Week (TWP)

    Jenny was a patient competent leader. The terrain was amazing and fellow hikers a lot of fun.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loved the steep steady uphill climbs and enjoyed when we were given free rain to climb straight for 2 hours. Also loved the experience on the top of Mont Blanc on the optional day. would love to go back to hike the glacier and possibly learn to summit the top.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jenny was great and worked well with the variety of needs within the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have a good cardio base before going as well as bring hiking poles. the downhills can be steep and long so will be hard on weak knees.
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Damian Riley

    One Week Tour du Mont Blanc

    Exhilarating views, good food, great guide, fabulous flowers, good company, hard exercise!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every time we reached the "Col" from one valley or country to the next, and had the fantastic views in both directions...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jenny was great.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    These hills are high and the ascents are steep. You will climb 900-1200m per day and it can be hot. So pack really light. Our packs weighed about 6 kg [not including water]. Suggestions: take 2 walking T shirts and one evening shirt. Take 2 pairs of "zip-offs", 2 or 3 pairs of socks, one/two warm fleece, and waterproofs/windbreak. Each night wash your "smalls"/shorts etc in your room and they're usually dry by morning. Take headwear (something that will keep your head warm at altitude and something to keep your head shaded from the (very strong) sun. Carry two medium sized waterbottles. Take sunglasses, suncream and some travel wash. No need for insect repellent. Accommodation has hair dryers. Some places have wifi, some places dont, and one place has no mobile signal at all. Have shoes with really good grip - you can be on mud, on rocks, and on snow. Take flip-flops or similar for evenings in hotel. Most places give you a little soap or shampoo too. Most people brought walking poles, we didn't. Personal preference. Fine without but helpful on slippy areas. You can leave stuff at the first night's hotel and it will be ready for you on the Thursday on arriving in Chamonix. so then you can refresh clothing etc.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The views will blow you away. The abundant wild flowers are beautiful. Don't make any mistake though - this is hard walking, both going up and coming down. You do have do be confident you can manage the likes of Scafell Pike without too much trouble. Most days you can either get a packed lunch made up by the hotel but much cheaper and tastier is to buy some local produce from a local shop at the start of the day: some cheese , bread, fruit, chocolate etc. So carry a small knife to cut the bread. Final comment - Switzerland is expensive, so is Chamonix.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    James Emery

    Tour Du Mont Blanc Week

    Tough but doable. Like being with a group, but this particular trip would work just as well self-guided, and would have seemed more like a holiday (as opposed to a "forced march").

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Top of Col de Tricot, the end of the toughest climb on the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Quite capable, although sometimes more interested in adhering to overly rigid timetables than to accommodating the group's comfort.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect steep up and steep down, all day. Given the same guide and local organizer, expect brief, regimented breaks, and poor communications between the guide and local organizer.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Accommodation on night four was in a mountain hut, below the standard advertised for the trip. Understandable, if circumstances beyond the tour organizer's control dictated same, however in this case even our guide was unaware of the change in accommodation. The manner in which this downgrade took place, not the facility itself, soured my opinion of this tour.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We are aware of the issues that James regrettably experienced during his trip; his concerns have been investigated and any necessary changes to the tour have been made. We have replied to James on an individual basis

  • Reviewed July 2015
    Michael Collins

    TMB July 2015

    Very enjoyable trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Great mix of ages and nationalities in what soon became a tight group.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Experienced and knowledgable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be ruthless when choosing the kit you will carry. 8-9 hours of challenging walking every day. Long and often steep climbs and decent. Worth every step for the places and views you will encounter.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    First experience of Exodus. Good website to find a suitable package at a reasonable cost. Good experiences before and during the trip. Will certainly consider using again.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Alan Gelson

    A walk through one of the world's most beautiful places

    We were fortunate in having sunshine every day . We were able to see the Mont Blanc massif at its very best- a glorious vision of splendour . This is a journey i would urge anyone who enjoys walking in the mountains to undertake. It is challenging but with a good level of fitness it is not daunting.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final day when we walked along Le Garnd balcon Sud and saw the Mont Blanc range slowly reveal itself as the clouds drifted upwards and away.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Johnie Briggs was an inspirational leader who was a major contributor to the success of the Tour. He kept us in sight like a patient sheep dog allowing the free spirits amongst us to surge ahead but being there with the more plodding members of the party as they stomped up the hills using the Alpine amble he had taught us and which we found so useful. Lots of small steps and use of the gluteal muscles to pull the legs back at each extended stride. he was full of information about flora and fauna and history of the area.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You can travel with just one small to medium sized ruck sac taking merely waterproofs and a light alpine fleece washing things and hat gloves and maybe a change of clothes. Many of our party washed out quick drying clothes overnight .

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I have been on many such treks and rate this amongst the very best.

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: sales@exodus.co.uk

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Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures

Walking & Trekking
8 days inc. flights
From £1,179
Activity Rating - Challenging
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