Highlights of Ancient Greece

9 days
Suitable for:
Age 16+
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Activity Level: Leisurely
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Journey through thousands of years of history and major UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Starting in the capital city of Athens, we’ll visit some of the most significant archaeological sites in the country, including the Acropolis, Ancient Mycenae, and Epidaurus. We’ll also visit the medieval castle town of Mystras, Ancient Olympia, where the first Olympic Games took place, Delphi, where heaven and earth met in the ancient world, and the unique 'stone forest' of Meteora, one of the largest Orthodox communities in Greece and the Balkans. At the same time, we’ll cover a large part of mainland Greece, including the Peloponnese Peninsula and Central Greece, enjoying both the beautiful coastline and lush forests and mountains.


Temporary changes due to COVID-security measures.

Last updated: 23rd Septemeber 2020

At Exodus, we acknowledge our responsibility to have the most up to date information on anything that will affect our customers on holiday and to communicate this to our customers as effectively as possible.

Our general global COVID security measures are described in our Travel Safety Charter, and changes will be made to these measures as required by the global pandemic situation.

However, we also expect there to be requirements, measures and sometimes itinerary changes that apply to certain trips only, and may well be temporary measures. We have highlighted all known changes in the section below.

Entry requirements.

For all trips, having the correct documentation and visa, if required, remains the customer’s responsibility based on their own nationality. We therefore encourage all travellers to check entry requirements using the travel advice of their home nation for the relevant destination. For UK passport holders that is https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

In order to meet the new immigration requirements for Greece you should note the following:

  • 24 hours before entering Greece, you will have to fill in a Passenger Locator Form (PLF) where you will be required to share your contact details with immigration officials. Download the PLF here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/
  • Greek authorities will be random testing international arrivals, so you must be prepared for the possibility of being required to take a COVID test. Upon being tested, travellers move to their first hotel (as per standard Exodus itinerary), where you will be required to practise social distancing until receiving the test result which will be available within 24hrs from testing. In the event of a positive result, you will be contacted and placed on 14-day quarantine, with expenses covered by the Greek state.

COVID restrictions

National regulations or guidelines in Greece require visitors to:

  • Wear facemasks on public transport (including flights and ferries), at airports, in taxis, private and public transport, in all medical facilities and lifts.
  • Wear masks in all public indoor spaces
  • Wear mask in all enclosed spaces and in outdoor gatherings where normal social distancing cannot be observed (recommended but not mandatory)
  • Maintain social distancing where possible, at a standard distance of 1.5 meters.
  • Visitors should note that certain restrictions are in place for restaurants, shops and museums.

Specific local restrictions are in place in the region of Attica which includes Athens. These include:

  • Mandatory use of face masks in all indoor public spaces;
  • Mandatory use of face masks in crowded outdoor areas where minimum social distancing (of 1.5 metres) cannot be maintained, such as in public squares, at bus stops etc;
  • Strong recommendation for the use of face masks by everyone in all outdoor spaces; 
  • A ban on gatherings of more than 9 people, either indoors or outdoors;
  • Prohibition of operation of all food/catering sector-related shops, services and facilities from midnight - 7am the next day;
  • A limit of 4 people per table in any restaurant

Please note that these restrictions are valid at the time of writing. Information on local restrictions will be updated closer to the time when trips be operational again.

Itinerary changes

Those tested on arrival will be subject to possible isolation at the start hotel until the test results are delivered. At that point, if the test is negative, they will be able to join the group for an afternoon visit of Athens.

There are no other planned itinerary changes. However, customers should be prepared for occasional short notice changes as required by local authorities or recommended by the Exodus Leader to maintain COVID-security for the group.


  • Explore the ancient sites of Mystras and Delphi
  • Visit Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games
  • Enjoy spectacular Meteora- 'columns in the sky'

Key information

  • 8 nights 3-star hotels
  • Travel by minibus
  • Countries visited: Greece

What's included

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

What's not included

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



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

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

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

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  • Day 1

    Start Athens.

    There are no included activities today so you are free to arrive in Athens at any time. The group flight usually arrives in Athens in the early afternoon.

    Accommodation: Arethusa Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Morning walking tour of Athens, including the Acropolis, the Museum of Acropolis and Plaka; afternoon free to explore Athens.

    This morning there is a walking tour of Athens, the historical capital of Europe, and the birthplace of democracy, dating back to the Neolithic Age. The archaeological sites of major interest that we will visit include the Acropolis and the Museum of Acropolis, also known as the city’s historical centre. This walk is actually a journey through history itself, where you will see classic ancient history, architectural evolution, and the city’s development until the 21st century (Classic period, Romaic period, Byzantine, Ottoman occupation, Neoclassic times, and 20th century).

    The afternoon is free for you to continue to explore Athens on your own, your leader will be able to suggest where to visit. 

    Please note: During busy periods, the walking tour might take place in the afternoon when it is quieter and the morning will be free. 

    Accommodation: Hermes Hotel or similar

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    To Nafplio, visiting Ancient Corinth and Mycenae en route.

    After breakfast, we will depart to Nafplio. On the way, we will stop at the impressive Corinth Canal, which separates the Peloponnese from mainland Greece and connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean Sea. We will then visit the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth, which was one of the major cities in antiquity and an important trade centre. Located at the northern foothills of the Acrocorinth hill, around the Archaic Temple of Apollo, the site was first inhabited in the Neolithic period (6500-3250 B.C.). Extended excavations have revealed the Roman Forum, temples, fountains, porticoes, baths, latrines, and various other monuments. We will also stop to admire the remarkable castle of Acrocorinth, one of the largest, if not the largest in Greece, located on the hill above Ancient Corinth, overlooking the ancient city.

    We will then continue on to the archaeological site of Mycenae, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon, and the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. The archaeological site of Mycenae comprises the fortified acropolis and surrounding funerary and habitation sites, which are located mainly to its west and southwest. Most of the visible monuments date to the centre's great flourishing period from 1350 to 1200 BC. Huge impressive Cyclopean walls surround the acropolis, which is accessed through the famous Lion Gate, a symbol of the Mycenaean rulers' power. The palace, a symbol of the power of Mycenaean rulers, dominates the citadel's highest point.

    We will continue to the picturesque town of Nafplio where we will spend the night.

    Accommodation: Rex Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Morning visit to the fortress of Palamidi; afternoon explore Ancient Epidavros.

    Today we will visit the impressive Venetian fortress of Palamidi, overlooking the town. This fortress was initially fortified by the Venetians during the second Venetian occupation of the area (1686-1715). In 1715 it was captured by the Turks and remained under their control until 1822, when it was liberated by the Greeks. The most important monuments of the site that we’ll visit are the castle, the church of St. Andrew, and the prison of “Kolokotronis”, a hero of the Greek Revolution.

    Next, we will explore Ancient Epidavros (approx. 45min drive from Nafplio), where the Sanctuary of the god-physician Asclepius, the most famous healing centre of the Greek and Roman world, is found. Besides the sanctuary of Asclepius, we’ll also visit the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, one of the greatest monuments of Ancient Greece. It is the finest and most renowned of its kind, perfectly combining acoustics with elegance and symmetrical proportions. 

    In the afternoon we will make our way to the town of Sparta, once a powerful city in ancient times, where we spend the night. 

    Accommodation: Lakonia or Maniatis Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Morning explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mystras; afternoon to Pylos, visiting Ancient Messene en route.

    This morning we visit Mystras, the ‘Wonder of the Morea’, the most famous castle and medieval town in Greece and a UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site. Mystras occupies a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos, dating back to the 13th century. It is a Frankish castle that after 1262 came under Byzantine control and in the middle of the 14th century became the seat of the Despotate of Moreas. In 1460 it was captured by the Turks, but it was liberated again in 1821. It was actually one of the first castles to be liberated during the War of Independence. We will explore the site on foot, including several beautiful Byzantine churches with different architecture, most of them built between the 12th and 15th centuries, the palaces of the Mystras Despots, and some urban buildings. Unfortunately, the castle itself is closed for reconstruction so we are unable to visit it.

    In the afternoon, we will head towards Ancient Messene, one of the finest and best restored, yet still relatively unknown, archaeological sites in Greece. Lying in a fertile valley, below Mt Ithomi, in Central Messenia, the site was first inhabited during the Late Neolithic or the early Bronze age. Amongst the site’s monuments, we will visit the ancient theatre, the agora, and the Asclepeion. The stadium and the gymnasium are among the most impressive and well-preserved building complexes in Ancient Messene and are sure to captivate you.

    We will then drive to the seaside town of Pylos, where we will spend the night.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karalis or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Morning explore the Castle of Pylos; to Olympia or Katakolo.

    After breakfast, we will visit the Castle of Pylos, which also hosts a fine exhibition and museum of underwater antiquities. Here you will find out more about underwater archaeology in Greece, how research, excavations, and preservation of the antiquities take place. You will also see some contents from shipwrecks found in the sea near Peloponnese and Ionian islands.

    After lunch, we’ll drive all the way along the west coastline of the Peloponnese towards Olympia where we spend the night (approx. 2 hrs drive).

    Accommodation: Olympic Village Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Explore Ancient Olympia, the site of the first Olympic Games.

    After breakfast, we visit Ancient Olympia, the site that hosted the first Olympic Games. Dedicated to Zeus, the father of the gods, at the confluence of two rivers, in a lush, green landscape, near the west coast of the Peloponnese, Olympia is the most important religious and athletic centre in Ancient Greece. We will explore this major archaeological site, which includes the sanctuary of Zeus and the many buildings erected around it, such as an athletic premises used for the preparation and celebration of the Olympic Games, administrative buildings, and other lay buildings and monuments (the Temple of Hera, the Council House, the Ancient Stadium and Gymnasium, the Altar of Zeus).

    After lunch, we will drive (approx. 3.5 hrs) to Delphi where we will spend the night. En route, we will cross from the Peloponnese peninsula to mainland Greece and will have the chance to admire the cable-stayed bridge of “Rio–Antirrio”, a masterpiece of architecture!

    Accommodation: Nidimos Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Morning explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Delphi; afternoon visit Arachova on the slopes of Mount Parnassus; to Meteora.

    In the morning, we will head to the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site of Delphi. We will explore this magnificent archaeological site on foot, the place that in ancient times was considered the centre of the world, the place where heaven and earth met. The history of Delphi dates back to prehistoric times when the myths of the ancient Greeks took place. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a spectacular landscape, on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world. Once at the archaeological site, we’ll have the chance to visit the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and of the Siphnians, the ancient theatre, stadium and the ancient gymnasium as well as the Castalian spring that was considered the sacred source of Delphi.

    We’ll have lunch in the mountainous town of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, one of the most picturesque and well-known winter destinations in Greece. We will have the chance to taste some of the local products, such as “formaella” cheese, produced only in Arachova. Please note, sometimes lunch might need to be taken en route to Meteora depending on the time of year. 

    After lunch, we head northeast to the UNESCO Worldwide Heritage Site of Meteora (approx. 4 hrs drive). Meteora is one of the largest Greek Orthodox communities in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Situated over the town of Kalampaka, on the north-western edge of the Plain of Thessaly (in Central Greece), Meteora is one of the most imposing sights in Greece and a must-see for everyone visiting the country. Sandstone steep rocks, rising over 400 metres above the ground, were formed about 60 million years ago, as a result of fluvial erosion, earthquakes and geological changes that followed over the centuries, and created this rare natural phenomenon and landscape. Besides being a marvel of nature, what makes Meteora even more astonishing are the monasteries spectacularly perched atop the rocky pinnacles. We aim to arrive in Meteora late afternoon, going to several viewpoints where we can enjoy panoramic views over Kalampaka plain and the stone forest of Meteora.

    Accommodation: Hotel Meteoritis or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Meteora; afternoon to Athens and end.

    After breakfast, we will visit one of the cliff–top monasteries of Meteora and learn more about their history and monastic life. The area of Meteora was initially inhabited by monks who lived in caves within the rocks during the 11th century. In the late 12th century, a small church called the Panaghia Doupiani was built at the foot of one of the rocks, but during the Turkish occupation it became less secure so the monks climbed higher and higher up the rocks to protect themselves from different conquerors. Numerous monasteries were systematically built on top of the rocks so by the end of the 15th century there were 24 constructed in total; today only 6 of them are still active. The monks had to climb up ladders or use baskets and ropes to transfer the material for the construction of these monasteries and until 1920 this was the only means for getting supplies.

    After lunch, we’ll return to Athens (approx. 4 or 4.5 hrs drive) where our adventure will end. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info




There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast is included at all of the hotels.

Simple buffet-style Greek breakfast consists of bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yogurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea.

Other meals are not included, and we suggest you allow approximately €175-€250 to cover them, more if you include alcoholic or expensive fruit juice drinks with each meal.

Your group leader will normally assist in organising group meals at most stops so that you may benefit from better choices and good food.  For lunch and dinner, we will go to different local tavernas and restaurants, where we can sample some typical Greek meze dishes, olives, fresh fish, vegetables…


February to March and November/December daytime temperatures 10-18º, night time 5-9º; rain and chances of snow on high mountains.

April, May, and October daytime temperatures 17-27º, night time 12-17º; small chance of rain; the ideal time to see spring flowers.

June and September: daytime temperatures 20-30º, night time 18-23º; very dry and warm, ideal for swimming.

July: daytime temperatures 30-35º, night time 25-28º; very dry and hot, ideal for swimming.


Is this trip for you?

This is a cultural trip of Greece’s major archaeological sites, combining coastal areas in the Peloponnese Peninsula with several mountainous areas and villages in Greece. Beautiful landscapes, incredible history, and culture are the highlights of this tour. A fair amount of travelling (by minibus) is involved, ranging from 2 to 4 hours per day, well balanced though between sightseeing en route, visiting key sites, lunch breaks and some free time, usually upon arrival at each day’s destination. Most of the driving is on main roads, which are fast. In some places, we follow the provincial roads, which are also sealed.

The tour is not physically demanding, however at several sites (such as in Mystras, Delphi, and Meteora), some walking is necessary to explore the places. At some of these archaeological sites, we will be walking between 1-2 hours over some uneven terrain, therefore trainers (not sandals) are highly recommended for this trip.

Expect some early starts on departures from November through March as many of the sites close at 3pm during these months and we want to ensure there is sufficient time to visit them thoroughly.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
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On this trip we will stay at small, comfortable, family run hotels where possible, choosing traditional hotels that highlight the local architecture of each destination. Most hotels will offer free WiFi. Some hotels also have a swimming pool.

In Delphi the hotel offers unique views to the surrounding mountains. In Meteora, you may wake up admiring the rock pillars! In Athens, the hotel is near the city centre and the places of archaeological interest, so that you can explore on your own and enjoy the highlights of the city.

 Single accommodation is available on this trip for a supplement; see dates and prices.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3874
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Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

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

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2019
    Malcolm Phillips

    Don't understand question

    Lovely trip. Excellent guide. Mixed hotels.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?


    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. V organised. V well informed about the subject of the trip. Pro active. Sensitive to clients requirements. Friendly, humorous. Well done Eva.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Earplugs, particularly for Athens hotels. Noise usually from other travellers. Try and find an alternative to Lakonia Hotel, Sparta. Spartan room (ha ha), v hard bed, paper thin walls. Olympic Village Hotel, I think it has a four star sign as you enter. This is a poorly maintained hotel 3* max. My room had a cracked sheet of glass covered by a safe deposit box. It would have taken 5 mins to remove it and make the area safe. I had to unplug the fridge at night it was so noisy

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Day 8. Visit to Arachova - a complete and utter waste of time. Nothing to see or do. Would have preferred more time at Meteora and an additional visit to a second monastery. Most travellers on this trip didn't need two full meals a day. No need for lunchtime restaurants all the time, coffee shop would do for a snack.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Andrea Redgers

    A perfect introduction to the best of Mainland Greece and its Archeology with Eva our excellent guide.

    A perfect introduction to the best archeological sites of Ancient Greece with an excellent group leader and archaeologist, our charming "travel Mamma" Eva.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The amazing age, state of preservation and artistic quality of the sites and artefacts in the museums. All brought to life and put into context by Eva's clear and lively descriptions and stories.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eva our archaeologist and group leader was the perfect guide giving us an excellent introduction to all the sites and their place in the story of Greece. She seemed to have endless enthusiasm and energy and answered all our questions to make sure we had a clear picture of each place and its stories. She made sure we had suggestions for good places to try delicious local food in every village or town we visited.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are at all interested in Greek history and archeology book this trip now. Make sure you have non slip footwear as smooth limestone can be very slippery and there are lots of steps.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We would love to do another trip covering more of Ancient Greek history especially with a guide as good as Eva.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Stephanie and John Jenkins

    Whistlestop Tour!

    Eight days flashed past. We covered a lot of ground, but the travelling was carefully planned and broken up with site visits. Our Greek tour guide, Eva, provided valuable information about where to eat and what to do in free moments. More about her later...... The hotels were comfortable and central. The driver, Manolis, was steady and safe and the roads are much improved.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the sites are magical, even the Acropolis, overrun with tourists. Our favourites from the past, Delphi and Olympia were still amazing, but one of the special visits was to Eva's favourite, Ancient Messene. We'd hardly heard of it, but it's a wonderfully excavated site with a complete stadium and mausoleum- you can even see the basins that the athletes washed in. And even better, there were only half a dozen visitors apart from us! We can't decide whether to write to Mary Beard and tell her to get on out there and make a programme about it, or just let it remain a well-kept secret.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eva was brilliant. We did a similar trip some years ago, where the tour leader was British and just dealt with group logistics. At each site we picked up a local guide, some of whom were better than others. Eva combined both roles with enormous energy and enthusiasm. As a Greek graduate in archaeology she guided us round the sites, answering questions, pointing out details that we would not have been aware of, ensuring that we were up to scratch with the flow of Greek history. These discussions continued whilst we travelled. At the same time she was always aware of group dynamics, wanting to make sure that all eleven of us were having a good time.. There was a lot of laughter and enjoyment! By the end of our trip she must have been exhausted! Exodus, I hope you realise what an extraordinary resource you have in her. She certainly made our eight days memorable and educational (in a very good way!)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take note of the accurate title of the trip - Highlights . As travellers now in our seventies we had visited almost all the sites over the last fifty years and the purpose of the holiday, for us, was as a refresher. For this, it was a brilliant itinerary. It would also be excellent as a taster if you had no experience of the sites and wanted an overview. But don't expect to linger! Also, be aware that two sites, the Acropolis and Delphi, are steep with very uneven surfaces. Make sure your shoes are up to it.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Christine Mccormick

    Highlights of Ancient Greece

    Excellent trip covering a wonderful variety of Ancient archaeological sites in Athens and the Pelopponese. Good hotels throughout, friendly and competent guide and driver.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This trip excelled because Elly, our archaeology guide stayed with us throughout and the depth of her knowledge was amazing. She made this trip with her explanations and dedication.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lovely lady who worked constantly throughout and was very efficient in every way. Helpful and dependent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The only criticism l have is that the flights at both ends of the trip made it necessary for me to book hotels at both ends in Heathrow and having to check in at 5 am does not start a holiday well. I was too tired to enjoy our first day in Athens.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I suggest that the group flights arrive in Athens on the first day afternoon and that the Athens tour takes place the following day when everyone has rested up. Also, the return flight to arrive back to UK earlier on final day.

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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