Tigers in Focus

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Trip code: 
WKT
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Spend time in Tadoba National Park and see the tiger in its natural environment

One species, one park: Tadoba. This beautiful wilderness has a stable but still threatened tiger population. By concentrating time in one well-controlled park where western visitors are few, the chances of finding this elusive but mesmerising predator are vastly improved. Leopards, bison, Sloth bear and numerous birds are also resident but it is the tiger and the park’s astonishing hit rate that makes this safari so successful.

Highlights

  • 11 Game drives in the beautiful Tadoba National Park
  • Search for tiger in one of the finest habitats in India
  • View other endangered species, including leopard and Sloth bear
  • A park rich in birdlife

 

Key information

  • 6 nights in standard lodge
  • Travel by 4WD and air-conditioned bus
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Flights usually depart London in the evening.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Arrive Nagpur; transfer to Tadoba.

    For those who are on the group flights we land in Nagpur in the afternoon and transfer to Tadoba where we will meet the other members of the group.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 3-7

    Ten game drives over five days in Tadoba N.P.

    There are five full days in the national park with morning and evening game drives. Tadoba covers the Chimur hills and is densely covered with mixed forests and belts of bamboo. The deep valleys, river beds and small grassy meadows provide a suitable habitat not only to tiger but also to many other animals such as leopard, Sloth bear, Honey badger, bison, wolf, hyena, jackal, Wild dogs and fox. The habitat suits both forest and wetland birds and hence is popular for birders and photographers. There are more than 280 species of birds in the reserve including migrants. The total area of the reserve is 1727.6 sq.km with the core area being 625 sq.km, which is further divided into north and south forest blocks. The north forest is the original Tadoba National Park declared a Tiger Sanctuary in 1935 and a National Park in 1955 with an area of 116 sq.km, and the south forest is the Andhari Game sanctuary with an area of 509 sq.km. Game drives will start each day at 5:30am and 3:00pm; the morning drive will finish at 10am and the evening drive will finish when it gets dark. The days in Tadoba are very special and should give some wonderful sightings.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Early morning game drive; end Tadoba.

    This morning there will be a final game drive. Those on the flight inclusive package will depart for London in the early afternoon for the overnight flight back to London; Land Only arrangements will finish after check-out from the hotel or at Nagpur airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

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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, therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. 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 6 lunches and 6 dinners included.

Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. Mineral water is widely available. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of dishes on offer. Please note that it is not possible to buy alcohol during this trip due to local state laws.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari rating of 5

The roads are generally pretty good, but local traffic and/or road damage after the monsoon can sometimes slow us down. We travel mainly on quiet roads. The tour is not overly demanding, but some of the days can be busy and there are a lot of early mornings as this is the best time to search for tigers.

GAME DRIVE REGULATIONS - BOOK EARLY
Please note, that due to new regulations in national parks, booking game drives for groups has become increasingly difficult. In order to secure the game drives, and continue to operate the best tiger trips, we have had to introduce some new guidelines and conditions. 

The management of national parks by the Indian authorities and the system for booking game drives has changed significantly in the last 18 months. As a result the number of jeeps that can now
enter national parks has been reduced, and all game drives need to be booked and paid for much further in advance. In addition, we must provide a list of client names and passport details at the time of booking each game drive. Once game drives are booked, they are non‐refundable and name changes are not permitted. Due to these on‐going changes in the system, the following
guidelines and conditions now apply to all bookings:

1) We cannot guarantee the operation of any departure until we have the necessary game drives secured. Our aim is to secure game drives from a variety of gates/zones as per the itinerary, but please be aware that this is subject to availability. The date at which we book the game drives will vary depending as to when the booking system allows us to do so for your departure.

2) It will sometimes be possible to book clients on to a departure of this tour after the game drives have been booked, but large supplements are likely to be incurred. If we have made initial game drive bookings for a departure we may need to wait until we have a further 3 or 4 clients ready to book before we can secure an additional jeep.

3) At the time of booking we will ask you for the standard Exodus deposit plus £400 towards the game drives as once these are booked, they are non‐refundable. If for any reason we are unable to secure the game drives and we have to cancel the trip, you will of course receive a full refund.

4) We want to encourage all clients to book this trip as far in advance as possible; we are confident that we should be able to secure the game drives needed on most occasions if clients book 4/5 months in advance of the departure date.

5) It is important that we have your correct passport details at the time of booking. If you end up travelling on a different passport it is imperative that you carry your old passport, or a photocopy of it, with you. If this isn't possible you will need a letter from the passport agency regarding the change of passport, specifying the details of the old passport and the details of the new passport issued.

We regret that these measures are necessary, but we are of course keen to ensure that we secure the game drives as early as possible and to ensure this we must work within the parameters of the Indian government's current systems.

 

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

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Accommodation

Standard Lodge

Accommodation for the duration of the trip will be on a full board basis at V Resorts, Tadoba.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

Here at Exodus we are incredibly passionate about wildlife and the conservation efforts to save it.

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  • Reviewed November 2018
    Kevin Daws

    Tigers, tigers everywhere

    I recently returned from the Tigers in Focus trip which focused on the Tadoba Tiger Reserve where over 6 and a half days and 11 drives we saw lots of tigers - some on their own but some times in twos or threes. We were fortunate enough to see the famous Maya and her cubs. We also saw two Sloth bears I was in a small group of 4 people and we got on together really well during the. We had an excellent guide - Himanshu Bagde - and stayed at the Mahua Tola which was located about 15 minutes drive from the Tadoba Tiger Reserve. I would like to thank Laxmikant Shukla and his team for making us so welcome and making our experience absolutely fantastic. I am a vegetarian and I can say without hesitation that the vegetarian meals - breakfast, lunch & dinner - were all delicious, tasty and a pleasure to eat, Thank you. I was located in a double double room, that is, there were 2 double beds in separate parts of the room as well as a large bathroom and plenty of extra space to move about in. There was also air conditioning plus a ceiling fan. It was a pity that I only stayed for 1 week, I could easily have stayed longer and hope to return in the future. Our guide - Himanshu Bagde - did everything he could to make our holiday a success from helping to spot the tigers and sloth bears; to telling us about the amazing work of the Tiger Foundation to arranging for us to visit a local school because 3 of us were teachers and tutors. What can I say other than that it was an amazing experience which I did not want to end. Thank you Laxmikant Shukla, Himanshu Bagde and Exodus

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing so many tigers and seeing some of ghem very close up but I have 3 highlights: 1) Seeing lots of tigers 2) Seeing 2 Sloth Bears 3) The food at Mahua Tola was outstanding and say th

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Himanshu Bagde was excellent and I could not have hoped for a better guide

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book now and enjoy an amazing experience seeing tigers
  • Reviewed October 2018

    Tigers, sloth bears, dholes and fabulous food.

    In 2014 I did the same trip, but to Bandavgarh, and didn't see a single tiger. Nor did I see much else. It was with a certain amount of resignation that I booked this, but the contrast was astonishing. We saw tigers on six days out of seven, eight different individuals, and some fabulous photo opportunities. Two sightings of sloth bears, and one of dholes. Himanshu, our guide, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of tigers, and I couldn't imagine a more informed leader. The accommodation was terrific; the four of us had the resort to ourselves, and my husband and I had a bungalow of our own, with loads of space and a great shower. The food was Indian, but beautifully cooked with lots of variety, and many vegetarian options. It was a magical holiday. Some previous clients have expressed dismay on the treatment of elephants, but we never saw any. I still have a smile on my face.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making eye contact with Maya, Queen of Tadoba. It was the closest Himanshu had ever been to her, and he's been following her progress for eight years, ever since she was a cub, and writing articles about her. This moment was special. We never felt threatened, and she seemed merely curious - but busy doing her own thing, which was marking out her territory. Seeing dholes was fantastic too, as Himanshu made a good call to leave all the rest of the gypsies (jeeps) waiting for a tiger to appear, which he predicted would run across the road some distance away. As we drove off we saw that happen behind us, but consequently we were on our own when we came across a pack of five Indian wild dogs.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Himanshu was wonderful. He understands tigers so well that he could predict what they were going to do, and have us in the right place at the right time. He's very likable, his English is excellent although his accent can be a bit hard to understand sometimes. I couldn't have wished for a better group leader, and as our small group all got on so well we will all stay in touch.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring warm clothing for early morning game drives, and your own alcohol if you want a drink before dinner. There are excellent fridges in the rooms, so we took some vodka in a metal bottle which we packed in our luggage - really good in small ice-cold quantities! I also took some fingerless gloves, which keep your hands warm but mean you can still use your camera.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There isn't a pool, but to be honest I'm not sure I'd have had the time to use one.
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Ian Loftus

    Holiday Not As Expected

    Having been on the same trip as Richard I can only confirm what he has said, to see Elephants with chains around their front legs and others with heavy chains trailing from their back legs is totally unacceptable, mahouts screaming and shouting and waving heavy sticks is not what should be happening. This certainly put a damper on the holiday and caused some mixed emotions amongest our party of travelers. We were fortunate that our room, I would not call it a chalet did not suffer from the unwanted guests. The Exodus tour guide and also management of the site were very blase over these unwanted guests in the accommodation, It's India what do you expect was there answer. We have written a formal complaint to Exodus over various subjects of the holiday and have had a holding reply but are still waiting for their final response. the loss of a passport of one of our fellow travelers was not what you expect and especially as he was almost blamed for this happening. The guide did not even bother to accompany him back to the camp but continued on the afternoon game drive, not what should have happened. Very disappointed with a number of aspects of this holiday, just waiting to see what Exodus finally have to say.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our 90 year old fellow traveler, would not have done it by myself.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nothing, he was not up to the standard you expect.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not book on this tour and do not stay at Camp Serai

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No comment
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Kevin Tappenden

    Tigers in Focus, Tadoba

    We have been considering a tiger watching holiday for a number of years, and decided to go ahead with the Tigers in Focus trip as Tadoba sounded like a less busy national park but one which offered good opportunities for tiger sightings. We were not disappointed! We had set low expectations perhaps just having a brief glimpse of a tiger crossing a track, however we achieved so much more. We had great sightings on the first 4 days of the trip, overall on 5 of the 11 safaris, and in total saw 10 individual tigers, 4 adults, 2 sub adults and 4 cubs. We were also able to enjoy the other wildlife with sightings of leopard, sloth bear and wild dog and many birds. The accommodation at V Resorts Tadoba was very good, especially taking into account the isolated rural nature of the resort. The rooms are all air conditioned and clean and comfortable. The resort is a 25-30 minute jeep ride from the gate to the national park, however this journey helped give a greater insight into rural life in India. The food at the resort was very good and varied, with varying levels of spiciness.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    With such good tiger sightings it is difficult to choose one, but probably the time we spent with Sona and her 4 cubs who are about 3 months old.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gordhon Singh was an excellent leader, who provided a good insight into life in rural India and was very knowledgeable about the local wildlife.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for very early starts, you set off at 5.30am each morning, but seeing a tiger makes up for the effort. Be prepared for the safaris being very dusty, and as you sit in an open jeep during the safaris you will get very dusty, and take some protection for your cameras.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tadoba seems to be a quieter national park than others in India, and is mainly used by Indian visitors so do not expect to see many European or American visitors, and for us this was one of the attractions of choosing this trip.
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Richard Dyason

    Tigers in Focus

    Tadoba National Park is made up of a great deal of woodland, an ideal habitat for tigers but less ideal for spotting tigers unless you visit in the dry season however we not only saw a wide range of animals and birds including a wild dog pack chasing a deer (it escaped by swimming a lake) but we also had some close encounters (5 feet) with tigers with some great photos to take home The park is let down by the use of elephants, hobbled by heavy chains which prevent them from extending their stride, being used for tourists. This is unacceptable anywhere and especially in a wild life sanctuary The accommodation at Camp Serai, badly designed, shoddily built and poorly maintained was also notable for wild life, unfortunately in the rooms, not just every conceivable creepy crawly but also rats which damaged some guests property. Sadly the site owner was totally complacent dismissing as to be expected in a jungle camp. From experience in a camp in the Amazon jungle well designed and maintained huts do not suffer rats ingress or even snakes as poisonous species had been found nearby The guide's organisation was poor and managed to lose my passport on the way to the park on our last day, later found lying at the roadside

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching a 91 year old lady member of our group who was an inspiration to us all

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A waste of space

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not go to Tadoba park until they retire the elephants to a sanctuary and also until Exodus find alternative accommodation to Camp Serai
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Samantha Gargour

    Tigers in abundance

    11 guests, 11 game drives, 10 sightings... I always keep my expectations low in order not to be disappointed. This trip was anything but disappointing. Having wanted to join a tiger trip with Paul since 2012, my timing always seemed to be off. Not this time. Through the efforts of both Paul and our local guide Himanshu, we managed to be at the right place / right time on all game drives. It was hot, very hot, and worth every second of sweat and tears (yes, there were tears...especially with my first tiger sighting). You have to be patient and know that, as the title of the trip suggests, the focus is mainly on tigers, but the rewards....well....10 sightings, enough said.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To all intents and purposes, I have always wanted to see a tiger in the wild. Few people care enough to keep them there as much as Paul. His passion and efforts over the years to raise awareness of the plight of the tiger, the education and charity work he does towards preserving this species is the inspiration. Seeing them in the wild and understanding his motivation was humbling and a true privilege.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Passionate, opinionated, doggedly determined - able to entertain the group at all times with an abundance of energy. Whether you are new to photography or have done it for years, there is always something to learn from Paul - you just have to keep the thick skin on.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is hot, drink lots of water. Bring one of those dry hydro fibre towels with you, lightweight and quick drying to keep the sweat out of your eyes when trying to focus through your viewfinder. It is also very dusty, bring some sort of protection for your camera / lens (lightweight scarf or dust cover) - maybe even to cover your mouth and nose. Be patient, accept that wildlife is unpredictable and ask questions, the local guide's (Himanshu) knowledge is second to none. Make sure you have your travel insurance details to hand as this will be asked of you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tip graciously, this is their livelihood and the more incentive the locals have to appreciate tourist arrivals, the more efforts go into preserving the national park. A big thank you to all who made this possible. As always, Exodus customer service and follow up was very efficient and friendly.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Nicholas Dale

    Tigers in Tadoba

    Great chance to see tigers, although less focus on the other animals, so you have to be prepared to wait around a long time...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting back and discovering a couple of great shots of the tiger.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent if sometimes irascible. He's a great raconteur, and you need that when you're hanging around waiting for tigers to appear.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring the longest lens you can, as some of the sightings are quite far - up to 500 yards away!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The rooms were enormous and even had sockets that took European plugs, which was handy as my Botswana adaptor didn't work in India!
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Sophie Smither

    Tigers Take Two

    I did Land of the Tiger last October and was not satisfied with my 1.5 tigers in 17 game drives (the half being backside only view!) so I decided to try again. A better return (4 and a glimpse in 11 game drives) and sloth bear and leopard as well this time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two afternoon game drives: the first when we saw 2 tigers, one very close and the second dragging a dead cow away to eat as well as a sloth bear, and the last when we got in a different (prettier) bit of the park, saw a tiger and on the way out a leopard!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hemel was good at keeping us on time and positive and was always happy to chat!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes if you go in April it is REALLY hot. Take a towel from the lodge soaked in water and drape it over your head - keeps you cool for about 45 mins and can be topped up whilst on the move! As others have said it is really really dusty so something to cover your mouth and nose (and camera?) is a good idea. And don't expect to feel properly clean all trip! No internet and minimal phone reception at the Lodge. Minimal money needed - you get 3 Litres of bottled water a day, can buy soft drinks and the souvenir choice isn't too vast.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Game drives can be frustrating and sightings can be down to luck. Others in your group may see more than you, try not to get too jealous!! Also be prepared for a lot of waiting for no clear reason. At Mumbai airport on the way home be warned you may not be allowed through to the Departures side until a few hours before your flight so have to wait and the transit/Check in side has not much to do.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Caroline Fielden

    Tigers in Focus and more...

    An amazing holiday in a remote and unspoiled part of India. We were fascinated by the range of wildlife, despite visiting towards the end of the dry season. There is a huge wealth of bird life around the beautiful lake, the tigers didn't disappoint, we saw 8 different individuals (including numerous sightings of some tigers) also sloth bears, wild dogs and a beautiful male leopard.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Nothing prepares you for seeing a tiger in the wild for the first time. However, the most memorable moment was watching a tigress hunting a young gaur (bison) which had been separated from the herd, I wasn't sure whether to root for the tiger or hope that the prey escapes - which it did by the skin of it's teeth- my heart was in my mouth. We were also lucky enough to see a young tiger retrieve a kill and drag it across the road. If you love wildlife this holiday is for you.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hemel was friendly and as excited by any tiger sightings as we were.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a scarf or buff to cover your nose and mouth as it gets really dusty. Also remember that this is a very rural and poor part of India so be prepared for failures in the electrical supply and very little English spoken.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The craziness of Indian bureaucracy takes some getting used to - especially at Mumbai airport.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Laura Savill

    Tigers In Focus

    This is a very full on trip - 2 games drives of approx 5 hours a drive. Up at 0530 every morning and in bed by 2130 in the evening, but it is really worth it to get sightings of tigers and other animals that are in the Park. However do not go with any preconceived ideas it is totally different that African games drives. There is method in the madness that one finds on the drives. However be prepared to spend up to an hour waiting for a tiger to appear and then one may only get a glance but the excitement is very catching.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Out of the 11 games drives there was only 2 that no tigers were sighted. Game drives 9 and 10 were the best. In the morning of game drive 9 we were up to see a tigress and her 4 cubs close up and spent about 45 mins observing them. In the afternoon we were waiting around a waterhole and a sloth bear came down to drink with her cub on her back - both a breathtaking moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Krishna was excellent. From the moment he met the group at Nagpur Airport he was friendly and informative. He took time out to listen to every member of the group and accommodate suggestions to improve the stay at the Camp. His knowledge and enthusiasm of the animals was wonderful to observe and spread over into the group. If I ever go to India I would go on a trip that he was leading.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It can be very very dusty to take or purchase a snood with you to cover your hair, nose and mouth. Take a small camera bag to place your camera in when out on the drive. Be prepared to sit and wait for a sighting of tigers - remember this is a totally different experience compare to Africa. It can be pure luck that you actually get a good shot of tigers so do not feel let down.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Camp is very comfortable and can come across as basic. The staff are very friendly and the food is very good but do expect curries every day and no international cuisine but that is the charm of spending time away from cities.

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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]

Please note we are currently having an issue with displaying exactly the right dates for Flight Inclusive departures on this trip. Please Contact Us to confirm exact dates prior to booking. 

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