Menaggio, Lake Como, Italian Lakes, Lombardy, Italy

Highlights of Italy

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An incredible train journey through the very best of Italy

Venice, Florence and Rome need no introduction as historically fascinating and architecturally impressive cities. Each reveal very different characteristics of Italian culture and boast some delicious traditional dishes, such as the Florentine 'ribollita' or the 'cicchetti' in Venice. Travelling by train through Italy's beautiful landscapes makes for an unforgettable experience as we can absorb the incredible views of Lake Como, the Alps and stunning Amalfi coastline. The included visits to Verona, the cities of Florence and Assisi, and a stay in the Amalfi coast make this a truly memorable trip while optional visits to Capri and Sorrento should not be missed too.


  • Diverse architecture and history in Venice, Florence and Rome
  • Scenic boat trip on Lake Como
  • Stay in the Amalfi Coast

Key information

  • 12 nights guesthouse, 2 or 3-star hotels with en suite rooms. 
  • Travel by train, ferry, public and private bus.
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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  • Day 1

    Fly to Venice.

    Fly to Venice; transfer to hotel.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Morning orientation tour, then free time to wander the narrow streets of this enchanting city.

    Morning orientation tour and free time to discover the spectacular “Floating City”, its monuments and outstanding architecture rising from the lagoon. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Venice is built over 117 small islands separated by canals and connected by over 400 bridges. We have time to wander around the labyrinth streets of the historical centre and the magnificent Piazza San Marco. A great way to get an overview of Venice and its architecture is by taking a vaporetto (waterbus) trip along the Grand Canal, lined with ancient palaces and crossed by beautifully decorated bridges.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Train to Verona and enjoy lunch in the home of Italian opera before continuing by train to Varenna.

    We take a train to Verona and spend a few hours in this vibrant city home to numerous Roman ruins, such as the enormous Arena, the third largest Roman amphitheatre in the world and nowadays a legendary open-air opera house. There is the chance to visit the balcony where Juliet is said to have been courted by Romeo,. However, please be aware that this is usually a very busy area of Verona, so be prepared for queues if you wish to see the spot made famous by Shakespeare’s classic. After lunch continue by train to Varenna, a quaint village on Lake Como.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Scenic boat ride across Lake Como to the picturesque town of Bellagio; return to Varenna.

    This morning we enjoy a scenic boat ride across Lake Como to the picturesque town of Bellagio. Shaped like an upside-down Y, Lake Como is nestled between high mountains rising from its rugged shores, scattered with small villages and superb villas. Bellagio is set in this idyllic landscape on the cusp of the lake’s two arms and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view from its promenade or one of its elegant cafés. Your boat ticket is valid all day so the rest of the afternoon is free to explore the local villages and gorgeous lakeside villas. There also several lakeside gardens worth a visit. Alternatively you can hop on a boat back to Varenna and walk to the panoramic viewpoint accessible directly behind our hotel.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Train to Florence. Walking tour of this historical city and optional food tasting at a local market

    This morning we board our second train for our journey to the capital of Tuscany, Florence, travelling through the fertile farming regions of Emilia-Romagna. On our approach to the city we'll start to see the rolling hills and cypress trees that make Tuscany so famous.

    On arrival in Florence we have a walking tour from our local guide, taking in all the famous sights, and giving us time to get our bearings. We then stop in Mercato Centrale, the famous food market; where we have the option to sample some of Tuscany's tastiest produce, include salami, cheese and fresh fruit. Our evening is free to enjoy the city by night.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Free day in Florence.

    We enjoy a full day in the magnificent city of Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance with an enormous wealth of historical sites, museums, galleries, churches and architectural delights. Most of the great artists, thinkers and builders from Renaissance history passed through or lived in Florence when it was under the rule of the Medici family, the most famous patrons of the 16th century. However Florence is not just a Renaissance showpiece: once you have had your fill of the historical trail there are many other things to see and do. The city has not ceased to be a centre of learning, and there is a university, many art and language schools and a large student population to liven up the café-bars, restaurants and nightclubs. There are some good flea markets and chic boutiques. For those wishing to visit the Uffizi or the Accademia we would advise booking ahead online or first thing in the morning to guarantee entry.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Transfer into Umbria for overnight near Assisi, the perfect location to explore the region.

    In the morning we take a train to the fortified hilltop town of Assisi, in the heart of rural Umbria and then drive to our base for the next two nights. Our Agriturismo is set in a beautiful landscape typical of the Umbria region, a land of mediaeval hilltop towns, vineyards, olive groves and full of history and tradition. This type of accommodation is the best way to experience the local atmosphere and enjoy the surroundings. As Agriturismos are normally located outside the city centre, in the countryside, transfers will be arranged to/from Assisi town as walking will not be possible.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Free day.

    Today we have some free time to relax or enjoy a self-guided walk in the peaceful countryside. Alternatively, we could visit one of the villages nearby: Perugia and Spello are two fine examples of fortified hilltop towns. As the Agriturismo is not located in the centre of Assisi transfer arrangements will be required for each excursion. In Spello there is an option of wine tasting to learn about the region’s specialities.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Morning transfer to Rome; orientation walk to some of the city's best sights.

    Hoping aboard a train again we head towards Rome, arguably the most fascinating of Italy's cities. The Italian capital is best explored on foot and, after an orientation walk to some of its famous sights, we have a day and a half to discover its vast historic centre at our own pace.

    According to the legend, the city is named after Romulus, who killed his brother Remus to take control of the city and in 753BC named it Roma. Such is the legend, but it is more likely that the people of Latium built the city as a fortress. The city gradually spread over the adjoining hills and thanks to its strategic position by the River Tiber and proximity to the coast, Rome dominated trade routes from Etruria to Campania. Etruscan kings ruled until 510BC, when Rome became a republic. By the 2nd century BC the city was poised to take over the whole Mediterranean, but several civil wars ended the republic, the emperors took over and a frenzy of monumental building began; each Emperor wanting to leave his mark on the city. Nero built the Domus Aurea, Vespasian the Colosseum and Hadrian built Castel Sant'Angelo - all still standing today. With the rise of Christianity in the 4th century, Rome became the centre of a new empire, Christendom, and many of the city's large basilicas such as San Pietro were built.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Free day to explore Rome.

    Free day to discover Rome’s incredible landmarks and monuments.

    The oldest and most evocative ruins are those of the Roman Forum, once the heart of the Mediterranean world. Through the gates the noise of the busy street seems to fade away and it's easy to imagine the city as it was over 2000 years ago. The most imposing monument of ancient Rome is the Colosseum. Gladiatorial contests and mock sea battles took place here with up to 50,000 people seated in the amphitheatre. No trip to the Eternal City would be complete without visiting St Peter's and the Vatican Museum - Piazza San Pietro is one of the most beautiful squares in the world with its marvellous colonnade and triumphal arches designed by Bernini, an obelisk from Egypt at the centre and the awe-inspiring basilica of St Peter, with its beautiful cupola designed by Michelangelo. Ascending to the gallery around the interior of the dome we can see the artwork close up and go out onto the roof for a panoramic view. Rome is a city of fountains and piazzas, which makes it an ideal spot to soak up the local atmosphere while enjoying an ice cream or a coffee at one of the many street cafés.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Continue by train and bus to the Amalfi Coast; orientation walk.

    Today we continue by train to Salerno and further by bus to the legendary Amalfi coast, the most impressive stretch of coastline in the Mediterranean, characterized by its precariously located hilltop villages and beautiful coastal towns. Our tour leader will take us on an orientation walk of the town of Minori, our base for the next two nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Free day to visit Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi or walk from Bomerano to Positano

    Our location is the perfect base to explore this stunning part of Italy: the Amalfi coast. Capri with its grottos, coves, Roman ruins and cristal clear waters is the perfect example of the Mediterranean appeal and is easily accessible by ferry. Alternatively just a short boat ride away you can reach the colourful towns of Amalfi and Sorrento. Ravello can be reached by bus. If you feel like walking we can recommend the Sentiero degli dei (Path of Gods) connecting Bomerano to Positano. The name gives an indication of the spectacular scenery enroute, which offers magnificent views of the Amalfi Coast and the Capri Island.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Fly to London.

    Transfer to Naples airport; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info



No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.



There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

For breakfast you can expect a continental style buffet including, eggs, breads, pastries, jam, tea and coffee.
Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and full of flavour. Inspired by the kitchens of the nonna, Italy’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array of unforgettable food you’ll find on this trip.


April and May departures can expect mild temperatures and, although rain is possible, it rarely lasts long. Nights may still be rather cool. We strongly recommend a fleece-lined jacket or warm sweater in these months. July and August can become quite hot by mid-afternoon, so we avoid operating trips in these months. September and October are cooler and wetter, yet visibility is often better. Swimming is usually still possible at this time. Rainfall is expected in winter months with an average of one day in three affected. Unseasonable cold spells are possible at any time of year. It is important to be equipped for cooler weather in early spring, late autumn and winter. A high level of humidity can be expected in May and September.

Is this trip for you?

This is a comprehensive itinerary mainly based around sightseeing and exploring. There is a fair amount of walking around towns and cities and a couple of gentle daywalks. These are suitable for anyone with reasonable fitness. Some sections on these routes may be a little rough underfoot and hard on legs and ankles, as the streets of many Italian cities are made of cobblestones. Travelling conditions are generally comfortable as most roads are reasonably good and train journeys are in second class. Orientation tours are provided in all cities visited taking in the best sights and then plenty of time is left each day for self-exploration.

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Hotels & Guesthouses

12 nights in 2 or 3-star hotels and guesthouses, with good service, amenities and en suite rooms. The hotel has been carefully selected for the atmosphere and facilities provided.

Single rooms are available in all hotels on this trip - subject to availability. Please enquire for prices.

Additional Accommodation

If you would like Exodus to arrange additional accommodation for you at the start and/or end of your trip, please contact the office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2017
    Laura Nevraumont

    Great, very fast paced way to see Italy

    Well rounded, fast paced tour of the highlights Italy has to offer. Travel days were alternated allowing time to enjoy the city/area you are in.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Everyday (save for some long travel days) was enjoyable. Loved Venice and Lake Como - they are unique in their own ways and unlike any place else.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Francesco was always prepared when we arrived in a new place. He always had a great orientation tour for us, even if that place, like Minori, only had 6 streets and he'd never been there before! There were some errors in the trip notes that caused confusion but he dealt with things in a professional manner.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Use a backpack. Trying to drag luggage up and down bridges in Venice, weaving through the crowds, and up and down steps in train stations proved a little tedious for those with rolling bags. If you can't carry it, you won't need it. For any attractions you want to visit, book your tickets before you leave home. The queues are longer than you can ever imagine and most have no shade.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Verify trip notes prior to departure. Although, there were errors in our trip notes that Exodus has been made aware of. We felt the quality of the hotels seemed to diminish as the trip progressed. Also, be aware, that even though the Trip Notes state you can visit Pompeii from Minori, it is an easy 2 hour car ride each way and hiring a car is not cheap - try to spend at least 4 hours in Pompeii.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Kenny Lee

    Highlights of Italy

    A great way to see the most famous sights in Italy.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was a delight but seeing The David in Florence was very special. There are so many beautiful things to see on this trip that picking out just one isn't really sensible.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Francesco is a very cool young man who led us around his country with great pride. The orientation walks were extremely useful for planning for the next free day. I appreciated his helpfulness in all aspects of the trip. Nothing but praise for him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't take too much with you. There is more lugging around of your suitcase than the Trip Notes tell you. Book ahead for things you really want to do but you can book them in Italy if you are prepared to pay a bit extra.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Check with Exodus before you go that the trip really does what they tell you in the Trip Notes. There were some glaring errors which caused the clients and Francesco some uncomfortable moments.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Robyn Vilhjalmsson

    Highlights of Italy

    A good introduction to some of the main and bigger cities in Italy...but blended in with smaller towns, with a good dash of countryside. A relaxing trip using trains between places. Sight-seeing at a rather leisurely pace.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to say...Definitely Florence, but then Venice was wonderful. I loved Assisi, also up on Lake Como.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Francesco was great. He displayed knowledge, patience, humour, diplomacy and made me want to know more about Italy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel will be carrying your bags up flights of stairs in train stations and also some of the hotels had no lifts. If you want to visit any of the main sites in Venice, Florence or Rome BUY TICKETS beforehand.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A few words of Italian goes a long way to make a nice atmosphere.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Stuart Whitehouse

    A good overview of Italy

    A good taste of a number of places in Italy, including Venice, Florence and Rome. The itinerary alternates between a day travelling and a free day in a city, and in my opinion this is a good balance. Travelling by rail in Italy was painless, and the hotels were all satisfactory (though the breakfasts in some of them left something to be desired).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many different things it's hard to pick one. The Chamber of the Grand Council in the Doge's Palace in Venice was massive and awe-inspiring; the Medici Chapel in Florence (just around the corner from our hotel) was amazing, very different to the more traditional cathedral in Florence (my advice is to visit both and see the contrast); and wine-tasting in Assisi was a nice change of pace.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Franceso was very organised without being pushy or draconian, which is a hard balance for a tour leader to manage. He had a number of suggestions for things to see in the places we visited for those at a loose end, and knew some really good restaurants for dinner. His sense of humour and laid back attitude helped the holiday go smoothly, and he was always ready to help with advice or some local knowledge when required.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Plan what you want to see - on the orientation walk, make a note of things which look interesting, and/or consult a guide book. Some people are happy just wandering around, but there are so many different things to see you have to prioritise! Some things (e.g. the Vatican Museums) are best booked in advance before you leave home, too. Also, make sure you can lift your bags - pack light! The platforms on Italian railways are significantly lower than British ones, and you may have to lift your bag onto high luggage racks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip notes have some inaccuracies and omissions, I've e-mailed Exodus with these to try and get them amended to help future travellers.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Sue Beesley

    Highlights of Italy

    A great trip for anyone who wants a "taster" of different cities and areas of Italy. Not relaxing as a lot of travelling between destinations but well worth it. Plenty of free time if you like to get out of the group. We saw so much and having an Italian leader meant we were lucky to have insider knowledge .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lots of moments: flying into Venice; sampling cichetti and ombre; views of St Marks and Doge Palace from San Giorgio Maggiore; beauty of Lake Como; pesto class in Levanto; walk in Cinque Terre; cathedral in Florence at night; relaxing in agriturisimo in Assissi; fabulous Bernini and Caravaggio masterpieces at Gallerie Borghese in Rome; pizza in Naples; gelato everywhere.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Andrea Gambino was faultless. He was very knowledgeable, intelligent, patient, enthusiastic, great company, well organised and nothing was too much trouble. During free time he made sure everyone was comfortable being out of the group and helped us all with reservations, directions, etc. All the restaurants he took us to were reasonably priced and food was good and reflected region where we were at the time. All our travel by train was well thought out with no hiccups. I think everyone in our group really appreciated having Andrea as our leader and felt he greatly enhanced their enjoyment of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack as light as possible. Wheeled cases imperative as, although hotels are near to railway stations, some walking is unavoidable. There was always plenty of luggage space on trains. In September there were a lot of mosquitos at agriturisimo so do take insect repellent. Lots of free time but still not enough time to pack in everything so do have some ideas for activities in cities.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    All hotels were clean and comfortable. The hotel in Venice was particularly quirky and a lovely start to the holiday. All food was excellent. Our group were all very sociable and we had a lot of fun. All in all a great way to experience different areas of beautiful Italy.
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Gyan Fernando

    Amazing Italy

    A two week hectic but interesting visit to Italy, streching from Venice right down to Naples. Totally and utterly enjoyable. Meticulously organised, as always, by Exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The visit to Rome and our optional visit to The Vatican were very inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Richard Purchon is a young lad and at first I didn't think much of him. However, he turned out to be an organised leader with a sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Plan beforehand to use up your free days in Rome and Naples. We managed to organise a three hour private tour of The Vatican. We also managed to make use of our free day in Naples by going to Pompeii. Our leader Richard helped us to organise our free days but it does help to plan beforehand and have an idea of what you want to do.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wish that Exodus had offered us an optional extension at the end so that we could have ended up in Capri, Sorrento or the Amalfi coast.
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Claire Young

    An excellent way to get a taste of Italy

    What a fantastic way to see some of the highlights of Italy! The accommodation was more than adequate throughout the trip, particularly surprising were the size of the rooms in the hotels we stayed in while in the main cities as i had expected little more than a shoe box, I was surprised to see another reviewer liken them to hostels as that was not my perception at all. The food was absolutely wonderful everywhere that we went and not nearly as expensive as I had imagined, mainly i think because our guide cleverly took us to places off the main squares/streets and advised us to order at the bar as it is cheaper than waiter service. Like any city break style holiday there was a lot of walking involved and the limited time in each major city meant we covered a lot of ground in a short space of time, because of this i would say this is a reasonably fast paced tour unless you just want to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by. The Cinque Terre walk was beautiful but fairly demanding due to the easier coastal paths having been closed for a number of years due to unsafe ground, however there is also a train which runs between each village that was very simple to navigate and included in your entrance ticket. My least enjoyable days were in Naples at the end of the tour. It was the one place where I didn't feel particularly safe and it is quite a grubby city. Definitely watch out for the pickpockets there!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lake Como and Assisi were really beautiful countryside locations and Verona and Lucca were lovely picturesque quiet towns. The hotel at Lake Como had stunning views over the lake and a wonderful upper terrace that we sat on and enjoyed a glass of something cool at the end of the day. The highlight at Naples was a fantastic pizza place called L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele - its a very basic place where you will have to queue outside and the seating is on shared long tables, there's a tiny menu (2 pizzas and 3 drinks) and the pace is fast but the pizza was fantastic and it had a great bustling atmosphere! A brilliant experience! Oh and it also turned out that a scene from the film 'Eat Pray Love' was shot there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He gave us some great insider tips of where to go and what to do, he successfully herded us on and off our trains making all of our connections and was generally unflappable! Top marks!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Most of the transfers between cities are via train so pack light and make sure you are able to lift your bags while quickly jumping on and off the trains! The hotel we stayed in outside of the Cinque Terre is only a couple of minutes away from the crystal clear cool sea - ideal at the end of a long day of walking so I highly recommend packing your swim wear (its a pebble beach). I'd recommend doing the wine tasting optional excursion in Assisi as it includes 5 courses of food and the hosts were really excellent, it was a lovely relaxing way to spend an afternoon for even the most unsophisticated palates such as my own! We didn't feel the need to hire any guides in the main cities as the orientation tour from our tour leader was sufficient to point us in the direction of anywhere we wanted to go in our free time. If you want to visit any of the attractions at the Vatican book well in advance (even before you get to Italy)!
  • Reviewed November 2014

    Mixed review

    I had an enjoyable holiday but the holiday was spoilt by the poor accommodation used on this trip. The holiday was expensive and you do wonder what Exodus spent the money on. The hotel in Naples was more a hostel and one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in. Some of the other hotels were not much better. You also need to pay for a lot of extras as the Trip doesn't include much. Although you have orientation walks in Florence and Rome, your tour leader is not allowed to act as a guide therefore you end up paying for a tour guide, which was not cheap. However, the guides our tour leader arranged were excellent and I am glad that I paid extra for them. If the tour leader was not so good I would have been very disappointed with this holiday. Cecilia made this holiday and she went the extra mile to ensure we had a great holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi. Watching the sunset over Florence drinking wine. I also found looking over Lake Como surprisingly moving.There were many great moments during this trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The trip leader was excellent. She made the holiday and it was obvious that she loved sharing her knowledge. Her enthusiasm was infectious.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a lot of spending money as the cost of the trip generally only covers hotels, breakfasts and trains. It is hard work getting on the trains so make sure you can easily lift your luggage above your head!! My arm muscles certainly developed after two weeks lifting my luggage onto racks above my head.

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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. 


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