Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

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Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Winter
Group size:
4–14
Min age:
16

Snowshoe the valleys and forests of the remote Catalan Pyrenees; enjoy traditional cuisine and local hospitality. 

The Catalan Pyrenees provide a dramatic setting for snowshoeing, far away from the more frequented routes. During our stay in the traditional Spanish village of Rialp we experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Pallars Sobira` region, as well as its cultural heritage. Walks through ancient forests, across valleys and through tiny forgotten villages are complemented by the visit to a local producer of cheese. All this surrounded by soaring peaks and extraordinary views in the company of an expert local guide.

Highlights

  • Snowshoe the valleys and forests of Pallars Sobira
  • Walk up to high passes of the Aiguestortes National Park
  • Learn about cheese and wool production, enjoy wine tasting
  • Visit and stay in remote mountain villages

Key information

  • 7 nights traditional mountain hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days guided snowshoeing
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Snowshoes and poles provided

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Snowshoes and poles

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
+91 80 4213 6106
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Rialp.

    If you are unable to meet the group at the airport, the trip will begin in Rialp, a small village set at 725m altitude, with only 629 full time residents. 
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Snowshoe the Santa Magdalena valley; informative afternoon session about the Pyrenees.

    A 10 minute transfer takes us to our start point, where Roní and Port-Ainé ski resort are linked, for a day exploring the Santa Magdalena Valley. Crossing deep forests and ridges we admire some of the highest peaks of Catalonia.

    The day finishes with a transfer back to our hotel (approx 20 mins), where our guide will provide you with more information about the Pyrenees area. For instance you will hear about Tírvia – a village destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, where the last Cathar was arrested. There will be time to explore this village on the following day.

    Distance: 6km/ Elevation gain: 450m/ Duration: 5 hours including breaks.
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Explore the La Coma Valley, crossing remote villages and through the deep forests of Les Bordes de Burg; visit local cheese producer.

    The scenic village of Farrera is just a 30 minute transfer and is a great location to begin our walk. Today our route takes us through the La Coma Valley. Here we find numerous 'bordes' or shepherd's huts, used to keep cattle and store feed. Traversing first deep forests, we pass through two small villages - Farrera and Burg, both of which have fewer than 100 inhabitants. This insight into a traditional way of life in the remote countryside is what makes this walk memorable.

    After the walk we transfer back to the Hotel. We will have time for a shower and a deserved rest before visiting a cheese producer, located in Rialp. We will have the opportunity to hear stories about how their products are made and of course try some of them, accompanied with traditional wines of Catalonia.

    Distance: 8km/ Elevation gain: 550m/ Duration: 6 hours including breaks.
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk in the Espot mountains, wine tasting at the hotel.

    For the third snowshoe walk of the week we will be in the Espot mountains. Our aim is to reach the Rossell peak (2007m) located on the ridge between the Espot and the Escart valleys. The views from the summit are certainly worth the effort! Our path takes us through El Forcall, a forest of an outstanding beauty, where dwarf mountain pines and silver birches will lead our way. On the ground we can see alpenrose and common bearberry, along with juniper in the sunniest parts.

    The day finishes with a transfer back to our hotel (approx 20 mins) where we will have the opportunity to taste some of the local produce, including cheese and sausages from the Pallars Sobirà region, accompanied with wine from the south of Catalonia.

    Distance: 12km/ Elevation gain: 500m/ Duration: 5-6 hours including breaks.
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day for relaxation or optional activities such as skiing, visiting the Romanesque village of Son or taking a local bus to surrounding villages of Esterri d’Àneu or Sort.

    After breakfast the rest of the day is free to relax, explore Rialp, visit Son, a village home of a remarkable Romanesque church, or head to the nearby ski resort. Rialp is well connected to Sort and Esterri d’Àneu thanks to local bus lines.

    in Esterri d’Àneu you can find an interesting eco museum, set up in 1994 to promote the ecoconservation in the area while in Sort you have the opportunity to visit a museum called The Freedom Trail. It illustrates the story of thousands of people (Jewish, British airplane pilots for instance) who escaped from the Fascist regime during the World War II by crossing the Pyrenees.

    Your leader will be able to advise you of your options of how best to spend your free day. 
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Planes de Son, on to Aiguestortes National park, pass Pla de la Font hut to Fogueruix Pass (2110m).

    After breakfast we head off to Planes de Son, our starting point today, passing by Son, a nearby village at 1390m famous for its Romanesque bell tower.

    On our way to the Fogueruix Pass at 2110m, we get into the Aigüestortes National park and can stop at the Pla de la Font mountain hut and crane our necks at some of the highest peaks in the area that tower above us. The pass itself lies between the Son Valley and the Espot valley. We descend via another route back down to the Planes de Son.


    Distance: 11.5km/ Elevation gain: 690m/ Duration: 7 hours including breaks.
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Circular walk across Port-Ainé forest and Orri peak summit (2439m).

    Today, our circular walk will take us to the summit of Torreta de l’Orri (2439m), a peak located at the top of the Port-Ainé ski resort. It represents the highest point we will reach during the week and from here we will be rewarded by breathtaking views of Catalonia, and of the other peaks of the Pyrenees.

    After having taken some moments to admire the beauty of the area we will follow a crest line to then continue into a dwarf-mountain pine forest called Duc.

    NOTE: Depending on weather and snow conditions this loop can be shortened to 9km and the elevation gain will be 371m.

    Distance: 14.5km/ Elevation gain: 480m/ Duration: 7 hours including breaks
    Hotel Lo Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Rialp

    Our trip finishes today in Rialp.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Cuisine in the Catalan Pyrenees includes ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, pasta, pork sausages, lamb, chicken, fish, game and mushrooms.

Desserts including the famous Cream Catalana (a yellow cream dessert) and Peres de Lleida (dessert made of pears) are well known in the region.

Catalonia is an area of Spain that produces lovely white wines, strong reds and crisp rosé but the most well known is the Cava; considered the Spanish version of Champagne.

A limited amount of wine is included with dinners. The accommodation has a reputation of producing some of the best cuisine in the High Catalan Pyrenees.

On the free day only breakfast is included. You are welcome to try out one of the restaurants in Rialp for lunch or dinner, or elsewhere, depending where you spend your free day.

On five days individual packed lunches are prepared by the hotel and carried by the group. These will normally include sandwiches, chocolate/dried fruits and fruit.

Vegetarians: Hotel Victor caters well for vegetarians and other dietary requirements; please do advise the sales team when booking.

Weather

The climate in the Pallars Sobira region is Mediterranean until 1,500m and then becomes alpine at higher altitudes. In winter, a 'thermal inversion' usually occurs which is when the temperature at the bottom of the valleys is below the temperatures in higher points of the mountains that surround the valley. During winter, the temperature difference between the valleys and the higher slopes in winter is smaller than in summer and you can expect the average temperature at the bottom of the valley to be around 2 °C, while 3.5 °C at 2,000m. Rains and snowfall vary according to height. Winter is the season with fewer rain and higher altitudes have stronger snowfalls.

Catalan Pyrenees

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level 3- Moderate.

This trip consists of five moderate day walks with snowshoes as well as 3 non-walking activities. No previous snowshoe experience is necessary, but a reasonable level of fitness is required.

You should be used to walking in the mountains on rough terrain and on reasonably steep slopes. The elevation gained in the Pyrenees mountains can represent a challenge, especially during the winter months.

Altitude gain varies between 450 and 690 metres. Distances vary between 6 and 14.5km. The average number of hours walking is between 6 and 8 per day, including breaks for eating, taking photos etc.

Please be advised that the leader has the right to adapt the trail according to the weather conditions and the physical condition of the group if needed.

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:
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Accommodation

Mountain hotels

Hotel Victor

Our accommodation for the week is Hotel Victor in Rialp. This family‐run charming hotel was founded in 1903 and has been recently restored. All rooms are en suite and very comfortable. There is free Wi‐Fi access in the hotel. Meals are prepared using local produce giving a great insight into the traditions of the area.

Victor's cuisine is very popular, so much that it has become the main reason for many people to come and visit the area.

Single supplements are available on request.

Call for general departures:
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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  • Reviewed March 2019
    Nina Whidby

    Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    The holiday had everything, the sunny beautiful weather with snow and without snow, walking and snowshoeing,with rich history of the Catalan Pyrenees (and Pallars Sobira) from ancient time to modern days, with its culture, celebrations and suffering, with its nature and, of course, with people. Walking and snowshoeing, as it was already said in previous reviews, were with beautiful and stunning views over the mountains, on different altitudes. Passing through different villages, so different in their style and architecture to British ones, we were introduced to its history by our guide Miguel, and this was a great addition to our holiday. I like these villages and towns which looked so organic with nature, they were like a continuation of the mountains – the same colour and so close to nature! Snowshoeing was very enjoyable, at higher altitude and more strenuous than walking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I like all the walks as they all were different and all had their own charm. I liked the Bordes – Burg walk. In spite of the fact it did not have snow, it was very interesting from the point of view of the history of this area and picturesque views of Burg. Visiting a small 13th century church in Tirvia and seeing the still remaining traces of shrapnel on the walls of buildings, as a reminder of the atrocities committed by General Franco's troops, was an important learning point in this trip. I liked all the snowshoeing walks, and it is difficult to say which day was better, as all of them were excellent!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanks to Miguel all our trips were very well organised. He is very dedicated to his job and knowledgeable of the area and its history. Even on our free day, he took us to the Prison Museum in Sort – another eye-opener revealing the not very well known history of the Pallars Sobira area. In addition, he organised a very interesting excursion to a local cheese maker with cheese tasting. Wine tasting with his knowledge of local wines was also very good. Every evening he managed to introduce something new to us, even some Catalan language. A lot of humour and fun! Great job!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My advice as already was mentioned in other reviews. Also, you should be fit as some snowshoeing is quite physically demanding and at times quite brisk.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The cuisine at the Hotel Victor was very good with a choice of fish, meat and vegetables. Portions were quite big, sometimes difficult to finish. Fish dishes were wonderful, very well prepared. For lovers of coffee – this part of the world has delicious coffee, very well prepared. My only dissatisfaction – as not a lover of pizza, I did not much enjoy our meal in the pizzeria. I would rather had more proper local tapas. Finally, my husband and I did not got lost going from Sort to Rialp!!
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Richard Anderson

    Excellent active and cultural holiday

    This is a great addition to exodus' portfolio, with cheese, wine and local food as well as superb walking and snowshoeing. A visit to a mountain hut in the Aiguestortes National Park, not currently in the trip notes but very much in Miguel's area of walking knowledge, was stunning. MIguel is a gentleman, a true Catalan and boasts a fine Scottish hat as well as some surprising Hebridean anecdotes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Doing the conga with the villagers in Rialp during Carnival.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As above

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Best to bring a rucksack either with plastic straps/clips down the sides, or one with enough space under the top to wedge snowshoes under. Just that it's a nuisance to have to tie the snowshoes on and then undo them again.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't get lost on the path between Sort and Rialp on the day off....
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Peter I'Anson

    Snowshoeing in Catalan

    The recent weather meant that snow was only present at the higher altitudes, but, there was only minimal disappointment as the Pyrenees is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. Miguel used his local knowledge to ensure we had good walks every day, even when we were not snowshoeing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the peaks of the Aiguestortes National Park.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel's enthusiasm for Catalan stood out both during the walks and the early evening events he arranged. He does that little extra to enable you to have a good time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to be flexible, the weather can be fickle.
  • Reviewed March 2019
    Katy Smith

    Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    Having read the trip reviews from the previous trip in February we did not expect to be doing much snowshoeing. We had an email from Exodus explaining that the unusually warm weather this year in February had brought spring early and to come prepared for more of a walking holiday. However Miguel changed the itinerary round and adapted some of the walks and we actually had plenty of snow! The first couple of days were as expected- beautiful spring walking in the mountains although we did walk in snow on the second day but without snowshoes. It actually snowed above 2000m mid week so we even had fresh snow one day. Miguel took us high in search of snow for the last 3 days and we were not disappointed- there really was plenty of snow and we had 3 great days of snowshoeing. The great days out in the mountains combined with plenty of beers, coffees, cheese and wine tasting and Miguel’s great knowledge of the Catalan history and area all made for a wonderful holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day had its own inspirational moment so it’s hard to pick out one. But I think the day we started walking from the ski resort was my favourite day. There had been fresh snow fall overnight and it was very cold. When we came out of the forest we were above the clouds. All the trees were heavily frosted and it looked like fairy land! The snow was deep and crisp, the sun was strong, the sky deep blue and it was truly magical! Walking in the National Park was also truly memorable- the snow was really deep and the views of the mountain ranges all around us were magnificent!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel truly loves his job and it shows in the way he leads the trip! He is so enthusiastic and really went out if his way each day to ensure we had a great day and made the most of the weather and snow conditions. He is passionate about Catalan history and the area and we really enjoyed our evenings and the talks he gave. We also really appreciated the his knowledge of local wines!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go prepared for all walking conditions! Take plenty of layers! We wore everything from T shirts and summer walking trousers to full ski gear with gaiters, hats and gloves!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You can never predict weather and snow conditions when booking snowshoeing holidays - but rest assured that Miguel will do his utmost best to ensure you have a great holiday regardless. If there is snow ... he’ll find it!!
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Tim Shaw

    Snowshoeing in the sun

    The amazing weather meant that snow was fast disappearing, but our leader, Miguel, still found some excellent routes. There were some enjoyable snowshoeing challenges, and outstanding views of distant peaks. Miguel also shared his passion for Catalonia and its history,food and wine.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The reward of fabulous views after a hard traverse uphill to Creu de l’Eixol.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good. Flexible in choosing appropriate routes for the group members.
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Richard Christian

    Not as expected

    Having previously been on trips snowshoeing in winter in Finland and trekking in the French Pyrenees during the summer months, I had an expectation of a snow filled adventure on this holiday. Unfortunately we were unlucky to have no snow! On another trip, blue sky and sunshine would have been great but it was not what we were expecting. To be fair, Miguel our guide did take the group snowshoeing on some ski resort pistes during the week and on the final day, after a bit of a drive, led us on a memorable trek through pine forests up to spectacular mountain views. The Hotel Victor was nice, clean , comfortable with very friendly staff. The breakfasts were very good and there was a good choice of three courses for dinner in the evening.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The best part of the trip was on the final day when we trekked through pine forests to a mountain refuge and the onwards up to a view point to see magnificent views on the distant peaks. The trip to the village of Sort to visit the jail where Allied Pilots etc escaped over the Pyrenees from France during WW2 was a moment for reflection.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel is a very enthusiastic, knowledgeable guide. He was very organised and we always felt that we were safe and in good hands. He is very passionate about the Catalan people and his evening talks about the history of the region, way of life and flora and fauna were very interesting. He has a great sense of humour and the evening routine of translating the menu for the next days dinner from Catalan to English was always a good laugh. There is no doubt that his humour made up for the lack of snow.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do check a reliable site for the weather forecast for your trip and take the appropriate gear. Miguel will asses the fitness of the group on the first day and he will adapt the following hikes accordingly. Be honest with him if you find the first day hard. Our group of 8 were all experienced hikers and our treks were in the challenging range.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus can't control the weather so do check and be prepared for unexpected conditions. The area is full of trails with beautiful views.
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Peter Sumpter

    Snowshoeing versus global warming, perhaps?!

    To state the obvious, snow is very much necessary on a trip such as this. So when the quantity is rather lacking and the quality is rather poor, the trip has the potential to disappoint. The departure date unfortunately coincided with a period of un-seasonably warm weather, such that the snow that had been present only a week or two before (see other reviews) had retreated well up the mountains. Although the group leader tried his best to find routes to make good use of our snowshoes, there was no way to produce the walks that I had anticipated. For me, the setting at the edge of the Pyrenees, the nice family run hotel, an enthusiastic and entertaining group leader, the cheese and wine tasting, and a very agreeable group of eight of us couldn’t compensate for that lack of snow. There was probably some great walking that could be done under the circumstances, but understandably the group leader was keen to find opportunities for us to use our snowshoes, even where that involved the edges of ski runs and rather thin and icy snow. From previous reviews, it’s clear that this trip usually delivers the expected experience. But my week in the Catalan Pyrenees was not usual – a week of full-on sunshine (great) that meant daytime temperatures in Dialp of up to 16C (not so great). And that was a pity. My rating of the trip is therefore primarily based on the snow conditions.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the snowy peaks throughout the week would be the highlight. If pushed, then I’d say reaching the summit of the Espot mountains on day 4 was the most inspirational, with the views that were presented all around.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel is friendly, keen for all in the group to have a good experience and works hard, and that included accompanying us for much of our free day. He looks to adapt the activities to the weather / snow conditions and to the abilities of the group. He was perhaps a little too keen to push us, recognising that we were a reasonably fit group. That pushing did have its rewards, but it would have been good to be more involved in the decision making. Miguel is very passionate about Catalonia and imparts information on a variety of topics in the evenings (a little too detailed for me, at times!).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Glorious quantities of snow are not guaranteed. Pack those layers – although in my case plenty of the winter clothing wasn’t required. You might wish to consider bringing more than the recommended 1 litre water bottle, given the time you'll be out and active - have both a flask and a bottle, perhaps. Take note of the activities detailed in the Trip Notes rather more than the general grading of a 3 (Moderate) activity level. There can be a significant amount of walking in snow and of elevation gain while doing so.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nope.
  • Reviewed February 2019
    Veronica Smeaton

    Snow-shoeing in Catalan Pyrenees

    As the snow did not arrive until the 3rd day we had 2 days' hiking and 4 days' snowshoeing in a beautiful, remote area. Our guide, Miguel, was able to alter his planned routes to suit the vicissitudes of the weather and always provided us with scenic and culturally interesting hikes. Early evening talks were an exploration by Miguel of Catalan history, economy and culture with two opportunities to taste cheeses, sausages and wines of the area. The hotel was welcoming and provided an excellent selection of food. Rooms were warm and comfortable though corridors and the restaurant were often chilly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is difficult to choose one but the climb up to the Pla de la Font mountain hut through the woods and the descent in which we each took a turn at leading the way was very memorable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel was remarkable in his versatility at selecting routes to suit the weather. He inspired us with his love of and pride in Catalonia and managed to convey a vivid picture of life in remote areas, both past and present. He has a good sense of humour and was always very sociable with the group. Nothing was too much trouble and he was very aware of his responsibility for our safety and keen for us to enjoy experiences.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of warm layers which you can remove easily and stow in a rucksack. A good level of fitness is required as some routes are both long and challenging.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was a most enjoyable and informative trip with a largely cohesive group of people who were very positive about their experiences.
  • Reviewed January 2019
    M and C Palmer

    Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    An enjoyable and interesting trip that gave us an insight into the local landscape and culture. Snow only truly arrived 2 days into the week and our leader Miguel adapted well, staying true to the themes of the itinerary and giving us good walks without snow and then in fresh snow of depths up to 3 feet. Note – some stamina is needed, especially in the deep snow! Local villages, remote valleys in a national park and peak summits were all sampled, together with insights into local history and culture such as the Freedom Trail escape route, and Catalan wine and cheese tastings. A very enjoyable week.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the unspoilt beauty and power of the Catalan Pyrenees.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A dedicated guide able to make decisions at short notice as the weather conditions necessitated a change of plan.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the Trip Notes, they give a good guide as to the walking level required.
  • Reviewed January 2019
    Caroline Simmonds

    From no snow to lots of snow!

    When we arrived in Rialp the area had seen no snow for more than a month, so the first couple of days were spent walking rather than snowshoeing. This was not necessarily a disadvantage because it enabled us to do longer walks to different villages and, at least on the first day, enjoy the sunshine! Then on Wednesday the snow arrived with a vengeance, so the snowshoes got thoroughly tested as well, often in deep virgin snow. I had no idea about the history or culture of the area and learned a lot from our leader, Miguel, during the week. The local wine and cheese sampling sessions he laid on for us were also much appreciated!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Enjoying the views and snowshoeing for miles without seeing any other people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. On one or two occasions he headed off a little too fast (the group left my husband and me behind in a cafe on the first day - luckily we managed to work out where they had gone and catch up!) but 14 is quite a large group to have only one leader. He willingly gave up his free day to lead us on a very enjoyable additional walk, even if we did need to up the pace towards the end in order to catch the bus back to Rialp! He was also very flexible as the weather conditions required.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect this to be an easy trip, with or without snow - but it is a good combination of activity and culture in a really fascinating area.

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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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