Goa Extension

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Trip code: 
XIC
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Min age:
16
Group size:
1–8

A palm-fringed shoreline with white sandy beaches

A visit to Goa is an excellent way to begin or end your stay in India. The state of Goa was a Portuguese colony from 1510 until it was returned to India in 1961. Goa became a meeting place of east and west, where merchants could buy and sell pearls, rubies, coral, silks, Chinese porcelain and exotic spices. These days Goa is an idyllic place, with tropical white sandy beaches and palm-fringed shorelines.

The following five-day extension starts and ends at Goa Airport and can be booked before or after the main tour. 

Highlights

  • Explore Calangute, Old Goa and Panaji
  • Relax on serene beaches
  • Enjoy traditional Goan cuisine

Key information

  • Internal flights to Goa Airport are not included in the price. These will be quoted separately at the time of booking
  • 5 days Land Only
  • 4 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • Price - from £439
  • Compulsory single supplement from GBP230 
  • Compulsory single traveller supplement from GBP390

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 1 lunch
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Guided sightseeing on Day 2

What's not included

  • Internal flights to/from Goa
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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

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

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Goa

    Arrive Goa Airport. A driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your 4-star hotel located in Colva, South Goa, where the beaches are much more serene than those in the north.

  • Day 2

    Goa city tour with a local guide

    In the morning, stroll around the streets and markets of Calangute, starting with a visit to St. Alex Church, founded by Franciscans in 1595 and one of the oldest surviving churches in Goa. The church that currently stands at this site was re-constructed by the local people in 1741. It features two bell towers, alters and a magnificent white dome, which can be seen from the entrance. Then move on and explore the fish and meat markets, where it's also possible to see spice sellers and grocery vendors selling their goods. A must-see is the Calangute bazaar and the Tibetan market. These are perfect locations for shopping and offer wonderful opportunities for those interested in photography. The streets of Calangute are lined with shops and stalls, offering a range of goods including leather, jewellery, crafts, clothes and souvenirs from all over the country. Then make your way to the beach, where more stalls can be seen selling sarongs and souvenirs, as well as astrologers and fortune-tellers offering their services. Next, proceed towards Ponda for a visit to the Shri Shantadurga Temple, considered to be the most famous shrine in Goa. For lunch, a traditional Goan banana-leaf buffet will be served at the Tropical Spice Plantation.

    After lunch, continue by car to Old Goa (the heart of Portuguese Goa) and Panaji (Goa's capital), and visit Sé Cathedral, the largest church in Asia. Continue to Basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, the so-called Apostle of the Indies. The tour ends with a trip to the bazaar in Panaji, which offers a variety of goods like local handicrafts, spices and souvenirs.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Days 3-4

    Free day at leisure

    The next two days are free for individual exploration of Goa. Perhaps relax on Varca Beach or take advantage of the hotel's poolside bar. There is also a beach shack, offering breathtaking views of Varca Beach and a wide variety of drinks and food, including fresh grilled seafood. Alternatively, you can continue to explore what Goa has to offer. A recommended trip is to the Menezes Braganza House at Chandor, a fine Portuguese mansion, which shows the opulent lifestyle of the Old Portuguese families who established great plantation estates. Or you may want to explore the golden beaches dotted along the coast. Anjuna in North Goa was the original hippy hangout that now hosts the famous Anjuna Flea Market (Wednesdays only), with endless stalls, cafes and restaurant-bars with live music. Palolem and Patnem beaches are located in the south and are renowned for their lazy beach life and chilled out nightlife.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Return to Goa Airport

    Check-out after breakfast and transfer to Goa Airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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

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

Essential Info

Visas

India

Visas are required if you are British and for most other nationalities. For UK residents full details of the visa process can be found here. Other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies.

If your trip visits Ladakh, in the very north of India, or Sikkim in the northeast, do not mention this on your Indian visa application. This can sometimes slow down or even cause the embassy to reject your visa.

When you reach immigration, you are required to pick up an immigration form. If you have an e-visa, ensure you stand in the correct queue - please follow the signs to the e-visa booth (in Delhi this is at the back of the immigration hall). You will need to fill out an additional form at the booth - please make sure that you have the details of your start hotel ready (these details can be found on your Final Joining Instructions).

 

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 and 1 lunch included. Generally, you can eat out very cheaply in India, and it is an ideal destination if you are a vegetarian. Typical south Indian dishes include poori (deep fried bread served with curry), dosa (thin pancake made with fermented rice and lentil batter) and we recommend trying Goan vindaloo curry (milder than the UK version). Please note that service in restaurants can be quite slow. 

Weather

Although Goa offers a year-round tropical climate, the best time to visit Goa is during the dry season from October - May, which offers warm, sunny weather with an average of 31°C. From November to February, humidity levels have dropped, the skies are clear and the evenings become cooler. Whilst March-May sees the high temperatures remaining present during the evenings. June - September is the monsoon season, experiencing a lot of rainfall and the odd thunderstorm and flash flooding. Temperatures are at an average of 28°C, rarely dropping below 25°C.

Goa weather chart

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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

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

Accommodation

Hotel

Accommodation is allocated on a twin share basis, therefore a compulsory single supplement is applicable. You will be based in the 4-star Baywatch Resort in Colva, South Goa, where the beaches are much more serene than those in the north. The hotel is very close to Sernabatim Beach and features an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a spa and wellness centre.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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

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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]

Call us on 020 8772 3936