Trekking through the Wadi Rum

Petra & Wadi Rum Trek

8 days
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£949
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4.7 / 5 from 68 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Moderate / Challenging
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Trip code: 
TXR
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
4–14
Min age:
16

Enjoy a magical desert trek

Some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world is found in the south of Jordan at Wadi Rum, a place of dramatic beauty which provides an ideal environment for trekking. Millennia of erosion have formed wonderful mountains (known as jebels) that rise out of the desert sands, creating exciting terrain that we explore from the valley bottom to the jebel tops. Throughout the trip we will be accompanied by local Bedouin and we shall be camping as they do, under the stars. Our trip will finish with a day visit to the ancient rock city of Petra, a must for any visitor to Jordan.

Highlights

  • Beautiful desert landscape of UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Rum
  • Traditional Bedouin camp
  • Famous rose-red city of Petra

Key information

  • 3 nights hotels, 1 night full-service basic camping and 3 nights semi-participatory wild camping
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • 5 days point-to-point walking
  • Altitude maximum 900 metres
  • Not suitable for vertigo suffer (Day 4)
  • Free airport transfer for any flight
  • Countries visited: Jordan

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
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Trip Notes

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5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 3-5 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; desert walking, undulating terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 25.0km/3.0miles
Day 323.0km/14.0miles
Day 410.0km/6.0miles
Day 515.0km/9.0miles
Day 65.0km/3.0miles
Day 716.0km/10.0miles

Responsible Travel

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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

Amman
to
Amman
  • Day 1

    Start Amman.

    Our trip begins in Amman. In the following morning, the guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead and answer any question. 

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    To Wadi Rum; meet the Bedouin team and venture into the desert

    After breakfast there is an opportunity to exchange money and purchase snacks for the upcoming desert trek. We then transfer by bus to Wadi Rum (4 - 5hrs). Before embarking on our desert trek, we visit Wadi Rum visitor centre and take in the sight of The 7 Pillars of Wisdom’, a spectacular rock formation with seven fluted turrets. It is a short transfer to the start of our introductory walk where we walk to Um Al Bdoun, a private campsite run by the local Bedouin people. In the evening, we enjoy a dinner prepared in a traditional way known as a zarb. A cooking pot is dug into the sand and left for most of the day to slow cook meats and vegetables. 

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Traverse Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls

    We continue our trek from our campsite to traverse across Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls. The trek is through open desert and there is a tangible sense of wilderness as we pass sandstone mountains and rocky outcrops. We set up the camp beneath the cool shade of two rocky mountains, Rakaa and Mharrak.

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Trek to the arch of Burdah with optional climb

    We begin today by heading to Jebel Burdah. Burdah Bridge is a striking rock formation that arches from one rock mass to another. The route has sections of scrambling and some of them involve the use of ropes, especially the optional ascent to the top of the bridge. There are panoramic views throughout the trek. In the afternoon, we continue our trek through the desert. Our next campsite is atop sand dunes nearby Jebel Umm Fruth in the south east corner of Wadi Rum Desert. 

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    To Um Fruth rock-bridge following Khor el Ajram to the Wadi Khashkhasheh

    Today we head to Umm Fruth Rock Bridge. The rock bridge is situated just a short walk away from our campsite. Umm Fruth requires some easy level scrambling. The ascent is steep and short and the sandstone is firm with good underfoot grip. We continue our trek to the ruins of Lawrence House. In the afternoon, we traverse across remote red sand dunes with spectacular views throughout. There is an opportunity to see historic rock inscriptions before we set up camp tonight in the crook of a desert mountain.

    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Leave the desert for Petra.

    Our last morning in the desert starts with a walk or optional camel trek through Wadi Umm Al Ishrim. We transfer to Petra at approximately lunchtime. In the afternoon, we have the option to visit Little Petra, a smaller but still impressive version of the main Petra site. 

    Duration of walk: 3-4 h.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    A fascinating day visiting Petra, one of the world's foremost ancient sites; to Amman

    This morning the excitement mounts as we set off to explore the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its astonishing scale and bound to be a highlight for many. Following in the footsteps of Burckhardt down the narrow siq, you finally catch a tantalising glimpse of El Khazneh - the Treasury - revealed in all its splendour as you come out into the open. The work involved in carving this immense façade out of solid rock defies belief.

    You have a full day to explore the site and see its many other splendours. In the centre of the city you will pass the houses and tombs of the more affluent citizens and also a Roman amphitheatre, preserved in remarkable condition. Beyond the city centre is El Deir, the Monastery. Its superb façade is carved into the rock and topped by a huge urn. After our visit we transfer back to Amman.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Amman

    End Amman, following breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Jordan

Visas are required by most nationalities, including British, and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport. At time of print, visa fees (usually 40JOD) have been waived for all nationalities travelling to Jordan with a tour operator and spending a minimum of 2 nights in country. Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. He will be carrying an Exodus sign.

For more information on the free Jordan Visa, please see the link below:
http://international.visitjordan.com/MediaCenter/News/JordanianGovernmen...

Vaccinations

Jordan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Eating and Drinking

Whilst trekking all meals are included. The 3 nights spent in hotels is on a bed and breakfast basis. You will be required to buy 2 lunches on days 2 and 7 and dinners on day 1 (depending on flight arrival time), 6 and 7. Allow about US$90 or 64JOD to cover these meals. We usually eat in restaurants where traditional food is served to allow maximum flexibility of choice, and, for those who wish, to try a 'mezze' style meal. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice, however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good choice for vegetarians, usually costing approximately 15JOD or US$21 pp. Unlimited drinking water is provided free of charge whilst on the trek in Wadi Rum.

Weather

Spring and autumn are very popular as it is cooler, around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely, however, protracted bad weather is unlikely. It is hot and dry, but not unpleasant, throughout Jordan in the summer. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32ºC in Amman. Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible. We travel in the shoulder months when temperatures are cooler and conditions ideal for walking. In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day - approximately 10-15ºC - but temperatures can approach freezing or below at night in the desert. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging) 

A good level of fitness is required. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not vital as long as you are confident of your physical condition. We use hotels in Amman and Petra but whilst trekking in the desert the facilities are basic so please take this into consideration when assessing whether this trip is right for you. Up to 6 hours a day will be spent trekking and you need to be fit enough to cope with this. We will be walking on sand and scrambling over rocky terrain on days 4 and 5. At times this can be relatively steep with uneven ground and in some instances ropes map be used. 

Each day your main luggage will be transported in jeeps; all you will need to carry is your day pack.
Desert temperatures can be more extreme and it has been known to get down to freezing during the night. Please be prepared for this.

Whilst trekking the facilities are very basic (no toilets and showers) so please take this into consideration in assessing whether this trip is right for you.

During the winter months Jordan can experience some low temperatures so it is really important that you are adequately equipped for the cycling and the night in the desert during this time. Conversely, during the summer months it can get very hot and you will need to ensure that you are hydrated and have appropriate sun protection.

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

Please note Ramadan runs from 23 April to 23 May 2020. Ramadan is a special time to visit Jordan as it is one of the most important times on the Muslim calendar. Each evening the streets empty while people return home to break the fast and then there is an air of festivity every evening. Our leaders and drivers choose to work at this time so we continue to run trips however please be aware their energy levels may be slightly lower. Tourist sites are still open although closing times may be earlier than usual. Your leader will know how the timings for each day need to be adapted in order to still experience all the inclusions on this trip. Restaurants may close during the day and this is also accounted for in planning meal arrangements for your group. Shops are usually open though their hours may vary and they will definitely be closed during the breaking of the fast. To fully enjoy your holiday experience at this unique time of year we suggest patience and flexibility. (In fact these are useful at any time of year on any overseas holiday.)

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:
+91 80 4213 6106
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels, Full-Service Camping & Wild Camping

We spend 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 1 night in a standard hotel in Petra,  1 night at a permanent camp and 3 nights wild camping.

Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home. Sometimes we use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort.  Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and general plumbing for all hotels. In general, the hotels in Petra are older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan.

 Four nights will be spent in the desert, of which 3 nights will be in wild camps without toilets or wash facilities. One night will be in our private permanent camp, where traditional tents are equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water.

Single supplements are available for this trip however cannot be guaranteed at the permanent camp in Wadi Rum. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.



 

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed November 2019
    William Denning

    Wadi Rum & Petra

    Booked this trek at the last minute and was not disappointed, the time of the year meant that the weather was ideal and made the days trekking that much more enjoyable. The first day was the minibus drive from Amman down into he Wadi Rum area which ended with a short trek to the night camp in the Bedouin village tents. The evening meal was a traditionally cooked meal that that had been covered and buried in the hot sand on top of hot charcoal. a good nights sleep ensure we were ready for a good full day trek on the next day. The remaining days covered a lot of ground and sand and the group was a good mixture of different nationalities (2 Irish, 3 Scottish, 2 Netherlanders, 1 French, 5 English ) we all soon gelled soon enjoyed each others company this made good getting the background about what and where we had been and done. Whilst the trekking was not overly difficult, a fair level of fitness is required not only for the distance to be covered, but to take into account the hot weather and the trekking up to 8 hours on the longest day mainly over sand.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each day brought something special and inspirational from the trek across the desert and traverse of Sig el Barrah canyon, climbing up to the Burdah Arch which is quite spectacular but does require a head for heights. Ascending up some of the great red sand dunes for which Wadi Rum is quite famous for. The day spent seeing the amazing area and buildings of Petra and Little Petra. Being able to sleep under the open sky and to see the night sky as it should be seen and not spoiled by the the light pollution we suffer from in the built up areas of the UK

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide Abdullah (wanted to be known as Ab) was truly amazing and so knowledgeable certainly made the trekking a true history lesson. His passion, history and his manner in which he put it across ensured he had all of our attention when he spoke. He has a great sense of humour which was greatly appreciated by all and brought many a laugh. He had a great re- pore with everyone in the group and he ensured all understood what the days trek included and assisted those to achieve the most of the days events. The rest of the local team obviously also enjoyed working with Ab the camping and meals where always a pleasure

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although not the hottest time of the year in Jordan the importance of keeping hydrated cannot be understated and a minimum 2 water bottles should be carried there is always ample opportunity to topping up your bottles with clean drinkable water. A day sack is all you will be required to carry each day for what you choose to carry. You will meet up with you main baggage at the end of each day. Also a good 4 season sleeping bag as it does get cold!! in the desert in the evening/night

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I found it a great trek and enjoyed each day, my only regret was not to extend the trip by a couple of days to be able to take in a trip to the 'Dead Sea' which a few of our group had planned.
  • Reviewed October 2019
    Fred Swaine

    Excellent time in Jordan

    An excellent way of seeing parts of Jordan. The trek in Wadi Rum was wonderful; a great way of taking the area in at a pace that allows one to appreciate its natural beauty. Scrambling up Burdah to the stone arch was fun and was a change from the daily trekking. Support worked well, particularly enjoyed the omelettes that were made for breakfast one morning. Petra is magnificent and appreciated our guide Mohammed leading us to the less crowded areas, explaining how the city developed and managed its water. Little Petra was fascinating and only has a fraction of the crowds at Petra itself. Would highly recommend.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The desert nights were warm enough to sleep outside the tent under the stars - starry sky was splendid - it was a quiet highlight of the trip for me.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohammed Abdul Aziz was a great group leader; engaged with all members of the group and a source of history and understanding of the surroundings.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Trekking was relatively easy and should not deter people from doing the trip. We did pause in the early afternoon after lunch so we were not hiking at peak temperatures.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A fine means of experiencing parts of Jordan.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Malcolm Mahony

    Fascinating and beautiful country

    The desert landscape and Petra are stunning. The scrambling is exciting. The archaeology is outstanding. The culture is fascinating.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    See above.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdullah worked hard to make the trip successful and enjoyable. He was totally unflappable!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You should be aware that the trekking area is heavily used by 4-wheel drive vehicles taking tourists on day trips. This compromises the wilderness feel. Unfortunately they also leave behind a lot of plastic litter.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was very impressed by the generally tolerant and supportive attitude of Jordanians towards the 3 million plus refugees who live there. What a contrast to most other countries! Excellent service by Exodus staff.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Suzanne Kane

    title is good and reflects the event

    I very much enjoyed this trip, the desert, scrambling, company and guide. As expected the tent accommodation was basic but fine. The food was adequate but the ingredients a bit repetitive but I suppose that this is what one should expect in the desert. The main problem I had was the fact that the desert is a very popular day outing for tourists in open trucks, of which there were many. The high number of trucks etc mitigated against the feeling of being in the desert/wilderness. We had to jump off the track many times and at one point had a couple of open vans careering down a steep slope towards us. A bit disconcerting.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The fact of being in a desert, which I had not experienced before, and the scramble up the hill which I very much enjoyed.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdulla was an exceptionally good guide. Knowledgeable, honest especially when he did not know something, humorous, and very diplomatic when required. Attentive and fun.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I enjoyed being in a very nice group who all got on well.
  • Reviewed May 2019
    D Metronome

    Check small print

    +wadi rum trekking awesome -felt obliged to tip -dietary medical needs not conveyed to chef - sleeping bag provided was broken & not suitable season - Mena & Petra palace less than suitable abodes + Guide Abdullah was awesome - chef & Tool did well despite resources in dessert

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Final camp realising last time needed to assemble own tent

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good but aware / keen to keep us together even in last 48 hours

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take: Gaitors Ear plugs Eye mask Head torch Dead Sea neoprene booties Compeed & variations Buy Arab scarf in event of sand storms Take Jordanian dinards £150 circa. Expect to spend £100. Dessert freezing at night.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    See above
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Tony Rose

    In a trail of the Middle East

    A fantastic experience, trekking through Wadi Rum, camping with the Bedouins, walking in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. The jewel in the crown of this trip was A full day in Petra ,The red rose city. The people of Jordan were warm and friendly adding to an all round enjoyable trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    First sight of The Treasury, amazing. We set off at 6 am to beat the crowds, and was not disappointed, as we were one of the first groups there and managed to get some photos without anyone in the background

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Abdallah, was passionate, knowledgeable with a wicked sense of humour and a cheeky grin.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a hip flask, it is a job to get a drink outside of Amman

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I thoroughly recommend this trip
  • Reviewed March 2019
    MARY-ANN PRESTON

    Amazing!

    I have just returned from this wonderful week. It was such a different experience to anything I have every done - slogging daily through loose deep sand (so glad I spent those weeks beforehand training hard!), wild camping in completely remote desert locations, sitting round a camp fire drinking hot thyme infused black tea, eating delicious feasts produced as if by magic by Youssef, and much much more. Our delightful guide Abdullah gave us such detailed and enlightening information about Jordan and in particular about the Bedouin people and culture who lived in this area and the ancient Nabataeans who created the spectacular site that is Petra and ruled there for hundreds of years. Thank you Exodus for this amazing experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Those wonderful morning and afternoon snacks and hot lunch and evening meals conjured up as if by magic by Youssef. His kitchen was discreetly hidden behind the trucks and he and his helper brought it all out ready assembled on their fold up table. Wonderful!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdullah was so charming and an amazing leader. So knowledgeable, his descriptions of the culture and history of the Bedouins and Nabataeans was inspirational.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I found I'd taken all the wrong clothes for this time of year. Although it warmed up in the day, I didn't have enough warm layers for the evenings and at night camping. Take a really good sleeping bag. Mine was a 3/4 season one but I was not nearly warm enough.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Vicky Harper

    Trip of a life time!

    I had wanted to visit Jordan and Petra for a long time and I finally got around to booking, choosing exodus. We are an active couple and wanted a trip that would challenge us but we could also see the sites. This trip had everything we wanted and it did not disappoint.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Wadi Rum desert is an incredible landscape. Nothing like I have ever seen. From waking up and seeing the view from your tent to sitting around a campfire with your new found friends looking at the most insane starry sky. I never thought it was possible to see the Milky way so clearly, in wadi rum it is. Petra. The whole day was amazing. Its so much more than The Treasury. We walked for 10 miles that day and loved every minute!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Issa our group leader was great, he loved telling us stories and explaining the history of the area. He was so organised, so organised that every looked so easy. There was no issues. I would also like to mention the brothers who looked after us from the moment we stayed at their Bedouin camp to wild camping for the next few days. Great hospitality and company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If I were to do this trip again. Id pack half of what I took. I would also use an exodus sleeping bag and take a sleeping bag liner with me instead. I found that it was warm enough not to use a sleeping bag. We went in early October. Wet wipes are a must as long as long as you don't litter and a head torch is deffo handy when you have a call of nature at 4am in the morning. Ooo and a battery pack for your camera when you are out in the desert, forget your phone theres no signal, enjoy the break! Blisters: Take blister plasters with you. I had a couple put plasters on straight away and no issues or discomfort. Catch them straight away!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel in Amman was not good and have reported this to Exodus. On a fitness front: I am not a walker. I went on a few long 3 hour walks before I went and found the trip not too challenging. The challenges are the soft sanded areas and heat. Take a hat and you will be fine. Don't be put off you can do it!
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Saeah Briggs

    Amazing country

    Jordan was like no other country on earth, the trekking on sand was challenging but the routes seemed to be planned to take break points just at the point I felt I couldn’t do anymore!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I’d dressed more conservatively than I needed to - girls are ok in respectable length shorts and short sleeved tops in the desert and at Petra.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Ailsa Watson

    AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!

    I knew before I even left for this trip that it was going to be something special, but I didn't realise just how special that would be. The scenery is breathtaking throughout the desert and in Petra it's easy to see why it is a World Heritage Site! we spent 4 nights, 5 days wild camping in the desert with the beduoin and it really was a beautiful experience in so many ways. Sleeping under the stars or in our tents, we were looked after in every aspect and they really could not do enough for us and always with a smile on their faces. Our Guide Issa was knowledgeable, friendly and approachable I learnt an awful lot from him as we walked and chatted along with way. Jordan is a strikingly beautiful country with so much history it really is worth a visit, I can guarantee you will 100% not regret it. Take me back!!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The beautiful desert scenes that we woke up to every day. The sunsets over the sandstone rocks every evening. Money is of no consequence in the desert.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Issa was a fabulous tour guide there was nothing he did not know and he handled every situation (some unexpected) we came across with ease, confidence and a friendly nature.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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