Cycling India's Hill Stations

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Trip code: 
MIS
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Guided Group
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Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

A superb point-to-point ride taking us through the stunning scenery of Himachal Pradesh

A superb point to point ride taking us through a huge variety of scenery and the endless variety of India - the incomparable Golden Temple of the Sikhs at Amritsar, the home of the Dalai Lama at McLeod Ganj, the fascinating Hindu temple town of Mandi and the magnificent former capital of British India at Shimla. In between are quiet country roads, frequent superb views of the Himalaya glinting in the distance and the satisfaction of reaching the highpoint of the Jalori Pass.

Highlights

  • The Golden Temple at Amritsar
  • McLeod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama
  • Cycle across the Jalori Pass (3223m)
  • The former colonial hill station of Shimla

 

Key information

  • 11 nights hotels, 3 nights lodge, 1 night homestay
  • 10 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus local cycling leader and driver. Min age 16 yrs.

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners 
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement

10

Pace:

Moderate to challenging: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

Terrain:

Approx. 90% tarmac, 10% unsurfaced roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 445.0km/27.0miles
Day 546.0km/28.0miles
Day 655.0km/34.0miles
Day 735.0km/21.0miles
Day 850.0km/31.0miles
Day 945.0km/27.0miles
Day 1027.0km/16.0miles
Day 1158.0km/36.0miles
Day 1233.0km/20.0miles
Day 1362.0km/38.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    The group flight usually departs London Heathrow in the evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Amritsar.

    The group flight will arrive in the afternoon and we transfer to our hotel. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel. In the evening we pay our first visit to the Golden Temple to experience the impressive evening ceremony. There may also be the option to see the border-closing ceremony at Wagah, 20km away.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    Visit Golden Temple; transfer to Pragpur.

    In the early morning we will pay a second visit to the Golden Temple. Mid-morning we will transfer by road to Pragpur, India’s only UNESCO World Heritage Village (approx. 5 hours). The rest of day is free for you to explore Pragpur; the village is set on the southern edge of the Kangra Valley and is a wonderful place to explore and sample local rural life. The village’s history, architecture, people and local crafts are fascinating.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Cycle to Kangra through traditional villages and scenic valleys; optional visit to Kangra Fort.

    We start our bike ride by cycling along the quiet backroads of the Kangra Valley, passing through a sub-tropical landscape of pine, sal and bamboo forest, cultivated fields and small villages. The terrain is undulating with short climbs and ascents; it is a great introduction to cycling in India. We end the day in the small town of Kangra, once the capital of the region on the edge of the Dhaual Dhar range. Time permitting we can cycle (or take a taxi) 4km to the crumbling yet sturdy Kangra fort which has stood for over 1000 years. Cycle approx. 49km including optional ride.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    A long steady uphill climb to McLeod Ganj (2000m); late afternoon sightseeing.

    A short but challenging day climbing over 1000m to the hill stations of McLeod Ganj/Dharamshala, home to the exiled Dalai Lama. We leave early to cycle in the cool morning and cross the last of the Kangra Valley to the base of the Dhaula Dhar, the outermost range of the Himalaya. Most of the altitude gain is in the last 10km of the day when we follow the road up from Dharamsala (the lower town) - taking in the 10km of hairpin bends and switchbacks to Mcleod Ganj. It is reasonably graded so can be done at a steady pace - and there are plenty of places to stop and admire the views across the valley and the 4000m peaks above us. Depending upon the time of year this could be the busiest stretch of the ride - but passing traffic will offer plenty of encouragement - and if all else fails, there is always the support bus. This amazing town is a fine reward and we have time to wander around the small but crowded bazaar and visit the sights - the Dalai Lama’s Temple, St John’s Church, The Tibetan Library - or go shopping in the many handicraft stalls! Cycle approx. 46km.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    To Andretta (1100m) via Norblingka Institute on the undulating back roads below the Dhaula Dhar range.

    In the morning there is time to finish off any sightseeing (or shopping in the many handicraft stalls!) that we didn’t fit in yesterday. We then have our first great descent, back down the road to Dharamsala. We stay just above the true valley and follow quieter roads through truly unspoilt villages stopping for lunch along the way. We also visit the Norbulingka Institute, dedicated to preserving Tibetan arts and crafts. Above us loom the peaks of the Outer Himalaya, some 4500m high. A fantastic day of cycling across varied terrain, but with no major ascents or descents brings us to the small village of Andretta, home to a curious selection of artists and potters. We stay in a private village house and can wander freely about the village and its surrounds. Cycle approx. 55km.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Continue towards Jogindernagar via Baijnath Temple.

    A day of cycling through the lovely scenery of Himachal’s prime tea growing area. There is little of western tourist 'importance' on this route but there is a quietly famous Shiva temple in Baijnath. Dedicated to Shiva in the form of Vaidyanath, the Baijnath temple has been continuously under worship ever since its construction in 1204 AD one of only 12 such temples in India, it is also a beautiful example of the early mediaeval temple architecture known as Nagara style. The beauty of today’s ride is really the scenery - the tea gardens, grazing buffalo, wild forest, daily village life all set against the backdrop of the Himalaya. We stay the night in Jogindernagar, terminus of the narrow gauge Kangra railway. Cycle approx. 35km.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Cycle to the historic temple town of Mandi; time to explore the town and old temples.

    Today we leave the Kangra Valley behind and head for Mandi at the foot of the Kullu Valley. We are closer to the mountains now, with a different topography and vegetation as we move into the temperate zone. A beautiful quiet side road takes us past a Tibetan monastery and on to Bir, famous as a paragliding site. We then have a long descent on a slightly busier section of the ride into the market town of Mandi. With its houses clinging to the banks of the Beas River, Mandi is a bustling town with over 300 old and new temples. Time permitting we will visit one or two of the best. Cycle approx. 50km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    An easier day cycling along the Beas River to Larji in the lower part of the Kulu Valley.

    We cut though the Outer Himalaya following the course of the Beas River into the Kullu Valley. Its striking landscape makes it a popular Indian tourist destination though traditionally its economy has been based on agriculture; it is famous for its apple orchards. It is also well known for its hand-woven shawls and caps. The mountains rise steeply either side; we trace the contours and climb some steep sections, with terraced fields and the famous Kullu orchards becoming more dominant. Leaving the main Kullu Valley road we come to Larji (975m), a small hamlet providing an excellent spot for trout fishing. As there is limited accommodation here we ride to a lodge a few kilometres further up the Tirthan Valley to Bali Chowki. Cycle approx. 45km.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 10

    A challenging day cycling through traditional remote villages to Shoja (2600m).

    From Larji we begin to climb slowly. We are on the fringes of the Great Himalayan National Park - home to bear, leopard, wild cats - and surrounded by temperate forest - pine, oak, horse chestnut. We pass through Banjar, with its attractive wood-fronted shops lining the narrow street. It has the best examples in the area of timber-bonded Himalayan architecture in the fort-like rectangular temple of Murlidhar (Krishna). From Banjar the road steepens to Shoja, a village surrounded by dense forest of deodar and larch. Shoja is a picture postcard village on a mountain ledge overlooking the valley, with apple groves, long wooded walks and distant views of the Pir Panjal range. Cycle approx. 27km.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 11

    Climb to the Jalori Pass (3223m) for fantastic views across the Pir Pinjal and the great Himalaya; downhill to Luhri.

    A tough day as we head over the Jalori Pass at 3223m. A steady climb turns into a rather steep final ascent so there are no prizes for getting there first. Above 2500m, cool-temperate forests of fir and spruce or oak occur, whilst over 3000m, these forests grade gently into a sub-alpine zone of birches and rhododendrons, diminishing in size as the treeline is approached. Birds of prey visible here include Lammergeiers, Himalayan Griffon Vultures, and Golden Eagles. From the pass, which marks the dividing line between the Inner and Outer Saraj, there are splendid views of the Pir Pinjal and Tibetan peaks. The beauty of the ridge line separating the Inner and Outer Saraj was first extolled by Penelope Chetwode, daughter of the Commander in Chief of the British Army in India in 1931. She accompanied her mother on foot and horseback from Shimla to the Rohtang Pass via the Jalori Pass. She returned to India in 1963 to trek the entire distance once again. Her book, Kulu: The End of Habitable World, describes this journey. From here it is all downhill, an exhilarating 40km passing through Ani and eventually reaching the gorge of the great Sutlej River. We finish the day at our hotel in Luhri. Cycle approx. 58km.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Another climb to Narkanda (2700m) for stunning views of the peaks on the Tibetan border.

    A brisk start for the long climb out of the Sutlej Valley. The ascent is nearly 2000m but the route is very pretty and with breathtaking views of mountain peaks, so plenty of excuses to stop for photos en route. Taking the support bus is, of course, always an option. We pass through the Kotgarh Valley, famous for its world class apples, and we will have lunch at Point Oddi which is a well-known local establishment, here you will have a great opportunity to meet some locals. We stop for the night in Narkanda, with distant but fine views of the peaks on the Tibetan border. Cycle approx. 33km.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Cycle to the famous hill station of Shimla.

    A great day of cycling to end our trip. From Narkanda we follow the main route contouring around the hills through the last simple villages and pine forest. There are great views into the deep Sutlej Valley and back to the snow-capped peaks, visibility permitting. We cross a small col at 2450m before descending to the sprawl of Shimla. Most of the route is level or gently undulating, a real treat after the last couple of days. The last few kilometres through Shimla to our hotel can be quite chaotic, but always fun. Our hotel marks the end of the ride and we say goodbye to the bikes. Cycle approx. 62km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 14

    Free day to explore Shimla.

    A much deserved day of leisure to explore Shimla and its surrounds. There is time to visit the local sights of this faded colonial hill station and revisit some of the British Raj history - particularly the magnificent Viceroy's Lodge. Those wanting more exercise can undertake one of the short walks to local viewpoints such as Jakhu Temple, and there's plenty of shopping along the Mall.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Take Viceroy's narrow gauge 'Toy Train' to Kalka; connect with onward train to Delhi.

    Today we take the delightful narrow gauge train from Shimla through the foothills to Kalka. The line was completed in 1903 and runs 97km from Shimla to Kalka, taking about 5 hours. There are 107 tunnels and over 3km of bridges. At Kalka we connect with an onward train to Delhi, arriving late in the evening.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Free day to explore India's capital.

    Today you are free to relax, explore the sites of New and Old Delhi (an optional sightseeing trip will be organised if you wish) or you can do some last minute shopping.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Fly to London.

    For those who are on the flight inclusive package we depart for Delhi airport in the morning for the day flight back to London. The arrangements for those not flying with the group ends after check out.

    Meals included: Breakfast

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

India

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners included. 

You should allow at least £10 (approx. US$16) per day for lunch and dinner when these are not included. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants you will spend more than the suggested amount. In a lot of towns there is a choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food however please note that this is not always the case; on some of the days cycling the choice of food is very limited. If you are a vegetarian, India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A (large!) bottle of beer is approximately £3 (approx. US$4.80). Mineral water is widely available.

Weather

October to April is the ideal time to visit Northern India but we also run trips in May as this is a lovely time to be in the foothills. On the plains, days are warm to hot (18-30°C) and nights cool or mild (7-15°C). Humidity is very low and little rain can be expected. You should bring a jumper for the cool evenings as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. When in the hill stations the day time temperatures will be warm and sunny (10-25°C) with cool to cold nights (0-15°C). Although the departures are timed to coincide when the weather is normally good, you should remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

New Delhi

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road.

Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging).

Average daily distance: 45km (28 miles)

No. of days cycling: 10

Vehicle Support: 100%

Terrain and route: approx. 90% tarmac, 10% unsurfaced roads. Rides are mostly undulating with some steep and prolonged ascents but also some fantastic long downhill sections. Some sections of road may be damaged and rough.

This trip covers quite a range of different terrain and cycling conditions, from short easier days on good roads to a couple of steeper and longer climbs on poor quality roads. It should be achievable for anyone who is a regular cyclist.

There is no technical riding and all the roads are generally in reasonably good condition though there can be sections that are unpaved and pot-holed, more so after monsoon (July to September in this part of India). 20km of the road over the top of the Jalori Pass is also unpaved. Although the trip goes above 3000m there is plenty of time for acclimatisation and altitude is unlikely to be more of a problem than being short of breath.

A good level of fitness is required if you wish to cycle the full route. However, as the ride is 100% supported there is always the option to enjoy the scenery from the support vehicle.

All in all, a trip for the keen cyclist taking in a heady mix of scenic, historic and ethnic diversity that reflects the cultural melting pot that is India.

Please note that the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) are responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India (including the Taj Mahal) and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place.

Accommodation

Hotels, lodges and homestay

11 nights hotel, 3 nights lodge, 1 night homestay. We will be riding through areas which are not geared up to western tourism, and some of the accommodation is quite basic. All hotel rooms have en suite facilities, but the plumbing can be erratic. It is advised to take a sheet sleeping bag liner or light-weight sleeping bag to use in some of the more basic rest houses, which can be cold in October and November. Some of the more basic hotels don't have twin bedded rooms, on these few occasions an extra bed or mattress will be provided for the room.

Single accommodation available on request from GBP340

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2017
    Simon Cuming
    An excellent trip visiting key sights in North West India including Amritsar and Shimla and cycling through the villages, towns and high passes of the region. A rewarding trip for those who don't mind being challenged by a good stiff climb and long descents!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The long grind up Jalori Pass - tough and challenging but all the more rewarding for it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sanjay was an excellent, attentive, and knowledgeable guide, I can't imagine him dealing with any situation with anything other than good humour!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although graded moderate/challenging, none of the group could spot the moderate cycling day! so one for the experienced/determined cyclists only - but all the more rewarding for the effort required!
  • Reviewed December 2016
    David Cook
    A really good way to experience a relatively unpopulated rural region of India but also pulling in the iconic Amritsar and Shimla.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Cycling up hill all day to Narkanda! Sighting the distant snow covered peaks of the Himalayas Visiting Shimla and seeing the sunset. Train journey from Shimla to Kalka

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sanjay was calm and re-assuring at all times, a very good group leader - managing our expectations of the cycling and the accommodation all of the way. In addition, on this trip, he had also to deal with the Indian currency availability problems - this he dealt with, so that it had no impact on our trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes carefully - in particular comments on the grading of the trip and the types of accommodation (it is "basic" in the more remote locations and this exacerbated by the cool night temperatures at this time of the year - November)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A well run trip.
  • Reviewed May 2014
    Tina Beermann
    I can really recommend this trip if you like mixing cultural experience with nature, beautiful scenery and cycling - of course. Its marked as challenging, but it was in general much easier to do than I had expected, only Jalori Pass was a bit though, but can be done at a slow pace. And there is no rush, you can do it in your own speed, slow or fast as you like, there is plenty of time to reach your destination.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All... The cycling through the beautiful landscapes, villages and monastery areas were the main thing, but also the Golden Temple in Amritsar was a wonderful place to visit, as well as the closing ceremony at the Waga border (optional tour). Although we covered a small part of India, still we saw such a huge variety in culture and nature in this trip and Shimla was a wonderful place to end the cycling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Harish was an excellent tour leader, always helpful with everything we needed, giving good advice on everything we asked about - shopping, travel in India, culture, history, politics etc. and always a good laugh. He also had good relations with the driver and cycle mechanic - they were a great team!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring a little bag to carry in front of your bike for camera - you will have to stop so many times to take pictures. A gel saddle will also be a good idea.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Accomodation varies in quality throughout the trip - just as its described in the trip notes. Some places were really fantastic, especially the home stay in Andretta. The food was always good and when its not included, eating out in India is really cheap. Take this trip if you want to see a different part of India, a little off road and no so "touristic" - its absolutely fantastic.
  • Reviewed December 2012
    Anonymous
    This is probably the best of the 7 exodus cycling trips I've done. It's hard, a full C but full of variety and interesting things to see. I really liked the fact that we could (if we wanted) cycle the whole route from start to finish, made the trip much more satisfying. Someone calculated that our cumulative total ascent over the 10 days came to just over 9000 metres, that's equal to cycling up Everest!! Some cycling trips I've done have felt more like a bus trip with a bit of cycling thrown in. You really don't get that feeling on this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling up the hill to Dharamsala and cycling over the Jalori pass.We had a real sense of being off the tourist trail, indeed we didn't see another westerner after leaving Dharamsal until we got to Simla and even there I was surprised how few europeans we saw. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    pramud was great as was his assistant, Vijay.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    November is a very good month to go as the day time temperature was ideal, never too hot. However it got very chilly on some nights and the hotels don't have heating so take a down jacket, thermals and hat and gloves. You'll need long trousers for cycling over the jalori pass.Some of the hotels are definitely basic but there's nowhere else to stay, this trip is definitely off the beaten track.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I enjoy cycling in India more than in any other country I've visited. There's always something going on and people to talk to, especially now more and more young people speak such good english! Now that so many people have mobile phones with cameras we found we were being photographed just as much as we were taking photos.
  • Reviewed September 2012
    Anonymous
    This is challenging holiday. Some of the cycling is fantastic and the scenery is great .It is very much off the beaten track and some of the accomodation is very basic. There is very little rest time for the first few days. There are a couple of hills which are long and steep but are worth it as the downhills are great.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Golden temple is amazing.The days ride to Simla was great.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was pretty good. Good to have someone who enjoyed talking about India  . He admitted the trip was new and therefore he didn't always remember exactly what the route was like in detail. Initially he seemed reluctant to take any of our suggestions on board e.g having shorter stops on the first few days so we could get to our accomodation a bit earlier to enable us to have more free time. However, he did later become a bit more flexible on this.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

     don't know why type has become huge!read the trip notes before trip. Some people hadn't and didn't realise it was hilly with basic accomodation

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Trip could be improved if train trip from Simla was shorter. Could be achieved possible by cycling from Simla- it's all down hill and then catch train. Then travel straight to Delhi and avoid night in hotel in non descript place. Would also give more time in Delhi. I needed a bit of retail therapy by then!! Also perhaps have more time in Maclead Ganj as no time to explore there. I think on this holiday it would be better to have all the food costs included in the holiday (as Exodus used to do many years ago!) as we always ate as a group and sorting out the bills seemed to take ages some times.At the end of the day most people ate roughly the same amount.
  • Reviewed December 2011
    Anonymous
    Cycling was fantastic and back up team very enthusiastic and helpful. Challenging cycling by title, challenging by nature.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    2000m climb and 35km climb

    What did you think of your group leader?

    very good

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    helps if you are a vegetarian since most midday and overnight meal stops were geared for vegies

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Safety of electricity sockets in rooms and standards of wiring in bathrooms was nothing short of scandalous in some hotels.Basic hotels not comfortable - some were a disgrace and I had to do risk assessments prior to sleering in some of them!

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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