Amalfi Coast, Italy

Self-Guided Walking on the Amalfi Coast

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Trip code: 
LTB
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Adventures
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Min age:
12

Walk some of Italy's most beautiful footpaths

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic and beautiful coastlines in Europe. Mountains rise steeply out of the Mediterranean far below and picturesque towns nestle neatly in isolated coves. This self-guided walking holiday sees you descend from your quiet base in Agerola, following mule tracks and old paths through hillside villages, lemon groves and beautiful deep gorges to towns with narrow streets, whitewashed buildings and fascinating churches, monasteries and cathedrals. Away from the trails there is plenty of time to partake in the traditional Amalfi pastimes of sampling incredible food and wine, as well as enjoying the Mediterranean climate. A highlight of the tour is one of the world's greatest walks, trekking on the 'Path of the Gods'. A visit to the Bay of Naples would not be complete without seeing the incredible Roman remains of Pompeii beneath the volcanic cone of Vesuvius.

Highlights

  • Fantastic walks including the 'Walk of the Gods', one of the world's finest daywalks
  • Visit the stunning coastal towns of Amalfi, Ravello & Positano
  • Explore Pompeii, the world's most visited archaeological site (optional)
  • Sample delicious Italian cuisine in family-run hotel with small outdoor swimming pool

Key information

  • 7 nights family-run hotel with swimming pool
  • 5 days optional centre-based walking
  • Low altitude throughout

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 packed lunches, all dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All local transport and listed activities
  • Route notes

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (compulsory supplement from GBP220)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Travel to/from the start/end points
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Terrain:

Low altitude; uneven paths and lots of steps

Day by day breakdown
Day 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 410.0km/6.0miles
Day 511.0km/7.0miles
Day 610.0km/6.0miles
Day 713.0km/8.0miles

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Itinerary

Agerola
to
Agerola
  • Day 1

    Start Agerola

    Fly to Naples then transfer (optional, extra expense) to our base in the sleepy village of Bomerano; Agerola.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Follow mule tracks and steps down to Amalfi; explore the cathedral and town

    After breakfast, start your walk to Amalfi and the glorious coast. Today has a downhill bias as you follow the path down from Bomerano at 700m to the shores of the Mediterranean and the town of Amalfi. Wonderful views of the Amalfi Coast accompany you as you follow the trail. There are sections of steps today (approx. 2000 in total).

    Amalfi itself has been popular with the British since Edwardian times when the upper classes favoured the town as a pleasant place to spend their winters. The large Duomo (Cathedral) dominates the town with its bright coloured tiles so typical of the region. You will arrive in time to explore the town, take a swim or enjoy a well-earned ice cream before returning to Bomerano by bus.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Free day; optional trip to Pompeii or Capri

    For your first free day you may choose to take a transfer to the amazing city of Pompeii (transfers bookable locally). During the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius which spanned two days in AD 79, Pompeii was completely buried in ash and pumice. Lost for 1700 years, Pompeii's perfectly preserved remains give us an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city.

    You may also wish to add on a trip to Mount Vesuvius (transfers bookable locally) and walk up to the volcano crater. Depending on the weather conditions, you may choose to be led by a specialist Volcano guide through one of the many incredible walks around the crater of Vesuvius.

    Alternatively you could enjoy a boat ride along the coast from Amalfi (available from Easter to October), visit the majestic island of Capri, or spend the day relaxing by the hotel pool!

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk to top of Monte Tre Calli for great wide-open views of the coastline

    From the front door of the hotel it's a short stroll to the village square (or in the case of Bomerano, a triangle) and the start of your walk. Following a mixture of paths and tracks you ascend to the top of Monte Tre Calli, where you are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of the coastline and the sea. The Agerola Plain and the village of Bomerano is laid out below you and looking west on a clear day you can see the famous island of Capri at the westernmost tip of the Sorrento Peninsula.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Walk the 'Path of the Gods' down to picturesque Positano

    Today you may enjoy one of the world's finest day walks. Leaving from your front door step it's a short stroll through the quiet village of Bomerano before beginning the Walk of the Gods. The route follows the contours of the land for the majority of the day with amazing views of the Amalfi Coastline far below. In season the hillside is carpeted with flowers and the coastal waters teem with cruisers and pleasure boats. Your destination today is Positano, an almost vertical town of colourful buildings reached by a network of ancient paths and tracks. On the way there is plenty of time to admire one of the most beautiful views of the Amalfi Coast before descending a long series of steps into Positano. You will have time to explore before returning in the late afternoon; you may even choose to take a boat trip back to Amalfi.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free day; optional walk in the Valle delle Ferriere National Park

    You have a choice today; relax by the pool or take one of the excursions mentioned in the routebook, alternatively you can enjoy a more difficult walk to the Valle delle Ferriere National Park. This walk is steep and rocky and must only be done in (and after) good weather as the ground can become slippy. After a short climb up a set of steps passing farmhouses and terraced vegetable patches, you will reach a hillside of extensive chestnut groves, where you will be rewarded with beautiful views across the valley and down to the distant coastline. Following the hillside through the groves, make the most of the shady trails before emerging at a rocky viewpoint. You then descend along a rocky path (steep in parts) and walk through woodland where you may see wild flowers and herbs growing.

    Over a river, and through the National Park boundary fence, discover a lush enclave within a gorge harbouring a beautiful moss-clad waterfall. From here the path to Amalfi is well marked and of a gentle gradient. Shells of former paper factories give way to colourful terraces of vegetables and lemon trees nestled beside quaint houses. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore Amalfi, take a boat trip to the nearby Grotta Smeralda, or enjoy a refreshing gelato.


    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Circular walk from Amalfi to romantic Ravello

    Ravello is home to the most classic views of the Amalfi coast. You will take the bus down to Amalfi where your walk begins. Passing through the village of Atrani, you will make your way up through the cobbled streets and alleyways before arriving at Ravello; a beautiful town that became a retreat for countless stars of the silver-screen. You may like to take the opportunity to visit the gardens of Villa Cimbrone and see the magnificent Duomo or stop for lunch in a café before heading back to Amalfi via the high route, passing some incredible views and the historic Torre dello Ziro on the way.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Agerola

    Transfer to Naples (own expense); fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Italy

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

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 packed lunches and all dinners are included. Breakfast: continental-style with a choice of cereal, bread, pastries, yoghurt, orange juice and milk with an array of teas/coffee. Lunch: usually a sandwich filled with a choice of cold meats, tuna or locally made cheeses. Dinner: all evening meals are taken in the hotel, where the standard is excellent, and are typically Italian. Meals usually consist of four courses, commencing with antipasti, followed by soup and/or pasta, a main meat dish with salad or vegetables and dessert. Vegetarian choices are always available. You may even be given the opportunity to learn how to make the famous Neapolitan pizza. (Drinks not included).

Weather

Southern Italy, in common with a lot of the Mediterranean, possesses a hot, dry climate in summer and cooler but slightly damper spring and autumn periods. At coastal levels winters are mild and damp. Rainfall is most expected in winter months with an average of one day in three affected. Unseasonable cold spells are possible at any time of year, during which time you will need warm clothes, especially in Bomerano where evening temperatures can be lower than expected. It is very important to be equipped for cooler weather in early spring, late autumn and winter.

Is this trip for you?

Activity level: 2: Leisurely/Moderate

5 days optional centre-based walking with low altitude throughout. All walks take between 4 and 6 hours including lunch stops and require a reasonable level of fitness. This is a self-guided tour, so you can walk at your own pace (we recommend taking plenty of time to rest and enjoy the views!). On some of the walks the terrain encountered is similar to the one you would find on a moderate walking trip, hence the Leisurely/Moderate grade. The terrain and type of path will vary from man made paved tracks, tarmac to forest trails. On a couple of days, there are considerable sections of steps (some of which can be avoided by taking the bus). We try to give as much information as possible in the route notes but we always recommend you consult the weather forecast and speak to a member of the local staff before attempting any of the more rocky walks.

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Accommodation

Hotel Due Torri

We spend 7 nights at the 3-star Hotel Due Torri in Bomerano, a small village in the municipality of Agerola, set high above the Amalfi Coast at an altitude of approximately 700m. Run by the warm and welcoming Acampora family, the Hotel Due Torri is well known for its great local cuisine, providing authentic dishes of the Campania region as well as fun pizza-making demonstrations. All rooms have en suite facilities, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

A limited number of superior rooms (with facilities including Jacuzzi bath, power showers and fridge) are also available for a supplement from £190 or equivalent per room payable pre-departure. Please ask your sales consultant for further info.

Being higher up in the hills the property offers the benefit of cooler nights, although beaches are not too far away and there is small outdoor pool. The village is generally quiet and provides a relaxing contrast to the busier towns by the sea.

On occasion if the hotel is full you might be offered (upon booking) to stay at an alternative accommodation located within walking distance from the Due Torri. Guests staying at alternative accommodation will still make use of all the facilities of Hotel Due Torri, including pool and restaurant.

 

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2017
    Vicki Nunn

    Steps, steps, steps, people, people and more people!

    If you don't like hoards of people or walking down flights and flights of stone steps don't go on this trip! Thought by October it might be a little quieter but no!! There are more beautiful places to walk with a greater variety of walks with far fewer people. One fellow traveller commented that you get basically 2 views just at different heights (one down to Amalfi and one down coast towards Positano and Capri). We couldn't face the hoards in either Capri or Pompeii after spending days on crowded buses (the worst day we spent 4 1/2 hours either waiting for, or sitting on, a crowded bus!) or in crowded Amalfi, Positani or Ravello! By the end of day 2 we could barely walk as our calves were in agony (a problem shared by many in the hotel). The walks are not aerobically demanding - it was actually a relief to go up (most walks are down!) and change the muscle usage and get the heart beating!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Catching the bus from Naples (after much stress and research) and saving ourselves 143 euros!! The garden at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello was lovely (but not worth that 4 1/2 hours waiting for or on the bus) The ferry from Positano to Amalfi was rather nice

    What did you think of your group leader?

    You're self guided so not really applicable but Eduardo was around if you need him

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You can join the group transfer from the airport apparently (we didn't know this!). We stayed an extra night in Naples (Hotel Ideal - £37/night and near where the airport bus drops) so we could see Naples and take the bus to Bomerano next day which goes from around the corner from the Ideal hotel (in front of the Ramada hotel) at 10.30 and 2.30 on the Saturday. The bus costs 3.6 euros each where a taxi costs 150 euros so even with the night in a hotel it was still so much cheaper! If you want to train for this holiday go to the nearest multi-storey building, take the elevator to the top and walk down the stairs for a couple of hours every day for a week!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The website makes this sound a lovely romantic trip but we found it quite stressful, hard on the legs (but not in an energetic way!) and not the most satisfying walking holiday! On a plus point, the weather was great, the hotel good, the food tasty/varied and the pre-dinner cocktails delicious. Bomerano itself is a nice quiet village for a coffee or ice-cream on the square. Our fellow self-guided travellers were good company. If you go on the group holiday you will avoid the buses but not the crowds!
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Irvin Dickinson

    Self Guided Amalfi Coast Walk

    As a self guider you can experience the real Amalfi coast and what it has to offer. The grading for this walk is pretty accurate, although the number of steps you negotiate can truly test even the hardened hiker. The highlights for me was the 'Path of the Gods' finishing in crowded Positano and the walk down to Priano on the final day with an exquisite sea food repast in a fantastic restaurant overlooking the small bay. Being self guided you are reliant on public transport which is an experience in itself. Crowded buses, windy, narrow switchback coastal roads, Italian drivers and the Exilhirating drops to the sea.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The 'Path of the Gods' a truly remarkable walk with outstanding views of the Sorrento pennsular along the way.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As we were 'Self Guided' we really didn't have a group leader. However, Eduardo, on his weeks holiday offered his help throughout.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even if you are a fit regular walker, be prepared to be tested by the number of steps you encounter on the various walks. AND check to see if the bus timetable you are given is the correct one. When we were there the timetable changed from a Summer to Autumn timetable.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be flexible, we changed our itinerary to suit the weather.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Mark Lewis

    Stepping out to Amalfi

    We had a very enjoyable holiday in Amalfi. We went on the self guided trip and the instructions were excellent. The arrangements were made to make the visit hassle free and worked very well. The hotel was excellent, especially the welcoming and friendly staff and when we had a query the Exodus guides were there to help. Altogether a very enjoyable experience, but you need to be fit as the number of steps make some of the walks quite hard work. The views were worth the effort.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    As I am in my 70s the achievement of climbing Monte Tre Calli on day 3 was inspirational and the walk to Ravello on day 7 was another which was worth the climb.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    N/A. We were self guided but the advice offered when asked for was good and we always felt we could ask for assistance at any time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walk up and down steps in training for this trip!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was our first trip with Exodus, but hopefully will not be our last.
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Marion Sharpe

    Great views, good walking, friendly hotel

    We were self-guiding using notes supplied. The walks were varied but all offered great views and gave the opportunity to visit local towns. Very friendly hotel staff.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Views from Path of the Gods

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were self-guided but there were two groups doing walks in same week. Both leaders were friendly and approachable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure that you arrive early to take public buses back to hotel- they can be very crowded.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    May is a great time of year to go- lots of wild flowers and temperature good for walking
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Neil Stewart

    The Amalfi Coast - Self Guided

    All in all, a splendid walking holiday with great routes, allowing one to enjoy all aspects of the beautiful and dramatic coastline, plus hill walking in the interior. The two groups - guided and self guided melded remarkably well to the benefit of both. Hotel Due Torre was an ideal base, providing excellent Italian cuisine with the added bonus of cookery lessons thrown in, not to mention very friendly owners and staff.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably two: a) Sentiero degli Dei (Path of the Gods) and b) The Gardens of Villa Cimbrone. The Path of the Gods, winds its way along the cliff tops, providing stunning views of the coast line and finally of the colourful town of Positano. This walk is highly recommended and should not be missed. Villa Cimbrone is well worth a visit for the magnificent panoramic views from the beautifully laid out gardens. While in the region, a visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum should also be considered.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not really applicable to the self guided walkers. Having said that, Paul was approachable at all times and offered quite a few suggestions with regard to what to look out for en route and also items that were not covered in the notes. In addition, the self guided participants had the benefit of advice from Mr. Eduardo Palermo, the local guide, who also acted as our chauffeur when we visited Pompeii and Herculaneum.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are not a regular walker, build up to the longer walks, as the ascents and descents can be quite tiring. The route notes could do with up-dating and inevitably you may have to make short detours due to road works or other maintenance work.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel has a limited number of walking poles available. As stated in my opening sentence - a splendid walking holiday.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    David Bickley

    Amalfi Coast Self-Guided Walking

    This holiday worked very well for us. I now have to walk rather slowly up hill, so I'd be afraid of holding up a walking group. Going self-guided gets around that problem. All the arrangements went well: we got lost only once (and were able to back-track easily, so no real problem). Hotel very helpful when we were stranded in Amalfi because the buses weren't running. Leaders of other Exodus groups based in the same hotel made useful suggestions. Hotel staff also very helpful with suggestions about the walks - and also for rescuing us from Amalfi when the buses didn't run.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    (1) Walk of the Gods (2) Valle del Mulini up to the Ferriere - this wasn't one of the walks in the book, but we did it instead of the high-level Valle del Ferriere walk because the weather was bad. (3) wandering throuh tunnels and passages in Amalfi on the walk to Ravello (4) Paper museum in Amalfi (5) Cooking demostrations in the hotel - totally unexpected and great fun!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We didn't have one! The book of instructions for the walks worked well, with very few ambiguities.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    (1) Be prepared for lots of steps: e.g. 1200 steps down to Positano at the end of the Walk of the Gods. The trip notes told us to expect this, but the reality was a bit daunting until we got used to them. (2) Getting the bus back from Amalfi to the hotel at Bomerano can be very hit-and-miss. There is no indication at the bus station which buses are going where: you have to wait until the driver gets in and puts up the sign, and then you have to fight your way on - the word "queue" has no equivalent in Italian! Particularly bad in Ravello, for the bus back down to Amalfi. A shame, because it meant we didn't get as much time in Ravello as we would have liked
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Andrea Millward

    The Amalfi Coast: Self-guided

    The hotel where we were based was excellent. The hotel owner (manager) and all of his staff could not do enough to make our stay more pleasant. We were advised that one of the days during out stay was a bank holiday and it was recommended that we undertook a different walk than scheduled avoiding public transport which was more limited on this day. Without this advice we would have been waiting longer for public transport back to the hotel.The hotel staff spoke to us every day to provide advice and help. The food was very varied and prepared and cooked to a good standard and gave us a "taste of Italy" throughout the week. Also we were invited on two occasions into the kitchen to watch and take part in making pizza and tiramisu; which was great fun. All the staff were very friendly, polite and courteous from the hotel manager, cook, waiting staff and staff attending the pool area and bar which made our stay special. I cannot recommend this hotel more highly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walking was varied and scenic. We particularly enjoyed the "Walk of the Gods"; so much that on the free day we did it in reverse.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Not applicable - self led

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walks involved lots of steps so a decent standard of fitness is required. The transport links (public buses and boats) to the start of walks was good although you need to make sure you are early as they tend to go early when they are full.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only slight negative was that the self-led walks booklet could have been more accurate as at certain times it was a little confusing. The addition of more detailed maps would have helped with the situation.
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Gillian Jew

    Amalfi Coast Self Guided

    The holiday was based at the Hotel Du Torri in Bomerano. This was a lovely, family owned and run place. All the family helped throughout the hotel and all the staff were friendly and helpful, but importantly, happy. The food was excellent as was my room. The pool was a welcome refresher after a day's walking. Having a single base meant that you could relax at the end of each day. The self guided walks were well written and pretty much idiot proof. The walks were quite testing on the knees, but the rewarding views were well worth it. Most of the walks were one way with good public transport, bus or ferry links to the start or finish. This gave you a chance to spend time in Amalfi and Positano.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Walk of the Gods from Bomerano to Positano was the highlight. Once the climb up you basically meandered up an down a contour. The paths and views were spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were self guided but the leader from the guided group was very helpful and actually made sure we were safe on a wet day walk that was a bit hazardous. This was on his day off!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would ensure that knees are up to walking up and down a lot of steps, so bring walking poles.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a beautiful area and a lot of tourists visit via cruise ships or bus, but the walks took you through the small villages and rural areas allowing you to see traditional terrace agriculture.
  • Reviewed May 2015
    Clare Brooks

    Amalfi Coast Self-guided

    A fantastic week of hot sunshine, fabulous views, good food and lots of exercise. Although we had originally wanted to do the group holiday (full at the time of booking), we were actually glad we did the self-guided holiday and could take our time on the walks to enjoy the scenery, take lots of photos and rest (especially on the more demanding walks). As well as having plenty of time to look around the towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello and swim in the sea.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views from Monte Tre Calli were amazing. and we enjoyed the tranquillity of the Valle Delle Ferriere walk. Ravello was my favourite town with lots of charm, old buildings, lovely gardens and views. The wild flowers were plentiful and we enjoyed looking at all the orchids.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Would really recommend trying to link up with the group transfers to and from the airport. Don't try to do Pompei or Herculaneum from Bomerano. We booked the last flight back on the Saturday and went to Herculaneum from Naples, so much easier.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Susan Wallman

    Amalfi coast self guided walking trip

    This was a week self guided walking along the Amalfi Coast region.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    To be honest my wife and I were of the quality at first as we had done self guided with other companies. From the very first day we were extremely pleased with the quality of the information maps etc. that we received. The Hotel was amazing and the staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for the clients. The food was to die for, good job we were walking! And the walks were outstanding, absolutely beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As we were self guided we didn't have a leader, but we did ask the group leaders lots of questions about the walks and local towns, and they were always very helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Best advice I can give is if you want a brilliant walking holiday with fantastic food, hotel and scenery, don't hesitate to take this trip, yoyo will not be disappointed.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We would certainly look at other walking holidays with Exodus.

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. 

 

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Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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