Sicilian Volcanoes

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Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Discover Mt Etna and the beautiful volcanic archipelago of Northern Sicily

Striking active volcanoes, black beaches, thermal springs and a stunning cobalt sea make the Aeolians Islands a unique must-see destination. Exploring the varied landscape by boat and on foot is without doubt the best way to take in the natural beauty and contrasts of this part of Sicily. During the week we trek on the archipelago’s best islands: Lipari, with its archaeological ruins and lively harbour, Vulcano, with its craters and famous fumaroles and fiery Stromboli, which will hopefully greet us with spectacular shows of its explosive activity. On the mainland, we explore Taormina and trek on the famous Mount Etna (3350m), the highest and most active volcano in Europe. 

Highlights

  • Walk on Mt Etna, Europe's highest active volcano
  • See the continuous volcanic activity of Stromboli
  • Discover the picturesque villages of the Aeolian Islands
  • Walk around Vulcano's spectacular crater rim

Key information

  • 7 nights in hotels, apartments and guesthouses, all rooms en suite
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 5 days guided walking; moderate/challenging treks on Etna and Stromboli
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Maximum altitude 3350m (on optional Etna summit trek), average 800m
  • Travel by minibus, local buses, public and private boats/hydrofoils

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner 
  • All accommodation
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Stromboli summit trek led by volcanologist

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local city taxes
  • Optional Etna summit trek (volcanic conditions dependent)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Moderate: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude on most of the walks; terrain of dried lava, rocky ash and sand with some steep ascents.

Optional climb on Etna: maximum altitude 3350m.

Day by day breakdown
Day 28.0km/4.0miles
Day 312.0km/7.0miles
Day 49.0km/5.0miles
Day 512.0km/7.0miles
Day 79.0km/5.0miles

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Itinerary

Milazzo
to
Catania
  • Day 1

    Fly to Catania and transfer to Milazzo.

    Fly to Catania and transfer to Milazzo (1.5 hrs), the gateway to the Aeolian Islands located in the northern tip of Sicily's mainland. We strongly recommend joining the group transfer at Catania airport and travelling to the start point with the group, as public transport connections from Catania to Milazzo are limited.

  • Day 2

    Boat to Vulcano and trek to the crater to see the famous fumaroles; free afternoon for bathing in Vulcano's hot springs and mud baths.

    Today we travel by boat across the cobalt waters to Vulcano (1hr), one of the seven Aeolian Islands, famous for its long stretches of black beaches and bubbling thermal springs. Our first walk takes us to Vulcano's crater rim to see the steaming 'Fumaroles' (vents of volcanic gas). In the afternoon there will be some free time for bathing in Vulcano's hot springs and mud baths. Hydrofoil back to Lipari and overnight in Lipari.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Walk along Lipari's unspoilt western coast; free time to explore Lipari historic town and the archaeological museum; wine and produce tasting.

    This morning we travel by public bus to the village of Quattropani, the start point of today's walk which follows a panoramic trail along Lipari's western and wildest coast. We continue to Lipari town past pretty villages and the old roman spa of San Calogero. In the afternoon there is some free time to discover the historic part of the town, including the castle and the archaeological museum. We conclude the day with a well deserved Sicilian wine and produce tasting.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Boat to Stomboli; free time to explore the island before a sunset hike to the 'Sciara del Fuoco' (Stream of fire), to witness the volcanic activity.

    Our day begins with a two hour boat journey to Stromboli, a unique island famed for being home to one of only four active volcanoes in Italy and an interesting place to explore for geologists and tourists alike. Once there, we have free time to relax on the island's black sandy beaches. For sunset, we walk to the western side of Stromboli to reach the spectacular 'Sciara del Fuoco', a fiery channel where the lava outflows can sometimes plunge directly into the sea (4 hours walking, ascent 400m descent 400m, 9km).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free half day in Stromboli to visit the town or relax on the island's black beaches; sunset trek to the summit of Stromboli.

    The morning is free to take a wander through Stromboli town, relax on one of the island's beaches (seasonal) or enjoy a boat trip around the island. In the afternoon we take a guided excursion to the summit area of Stromboli at 942m accompanied by a certified volcano guide. Although Mother Nature doesn't work with an exact schedule, here we can usually witness the pyrotechnical activity of the volcano with nightfall emphasising the dramatic red-hot spurts of molten rock. Please note: the excursion is weather and volcanic conditions dependent; the descent is very dusty so it may not be suitable for asthma sufferers. You will need a head-torch as you descend after nightfall (5 hours walking, ascent 924m descent 924m, 12km).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Travel to the town of Taormina for a short optional walk and sightseeing; continue to the comfortable mountain lodge on Etna’s southern slope.

    Leaving Stromboli we take a boat ride to Milazzo (approx 3hrs journey) and transfer to the elegant town of Taormina by private minibus (approx. 1hr). There may free time to visit the town's Greek Theatre – originally built during the 3rd century BC and still used for performances during Taormina's annual summer arts festival – or take advantage of the town's great shopping opportunities and perhaps sample some refreshing mulberry gelato. Time permitting, it may be possible to take an optional short walk which starts from the pretty mediaeval town of Castelmola (45 minutes walking, descent 320m, 3 km). We usually spend the night in a mountain lodge at 1900m above sea level, from where we can enjoy great views over the sea and the east coast of Sicily. The lodge is located very close to the most recent lava flow. When the lodge is not available (see accommodation section for more info) we will spend the night at hotel Le Pendici *** in Nicolosi town.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk the southern area of the Mount Etna or take an optional trek to the summit crater (3350m); transfer and overnight in Catania.

    Today, you can decide between two walks: a hike in the southern area of the Mount Etna volcano (scheduled in the programme and accompanied by your tour leader) or an optional summit trek accompanied by a volcanologist to the top craters of Mt Etna (payable locally and volcanic conditions dependent). If you choose the first walk you will hike up past several lava flows to be rewarded with a dramatic panoramic view of the four craters that make up the top of this famous volcano, plus extensive views of the entire coast of Sicily (4 hours walking, ascent 400m descent 400m, 9km). Alternatively, if you opt for the summit trek, you will start with a ride by cable car and sometimes 4x4 jeeps up until 2900m and then further on foot to 3350m to walk along the rim of the Bove valley, an extensive depression that opened up thousands of years ago as a result of a massive landslide (6 hours walking, + 450 – 450 mt, 9km; depending on recent volcanic activity, the length, duration and altitude of this walk might vary). In the afternoon we will be transferred to Catania by a private minibus; overnight in Catania.

  • Day 8

    Fly to London.

    The trip ends in the morning of day 8 in Catania.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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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, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included.

In the itinerary, we state which meals are included on which day. Please note that the diet in this part of Sicily is heavily dependent on fish and meat. However, vegetarian options are widely available. Breakfast: usually a continental style buffet. Lunch: normally a picnic or taken in local cafes. Evening meal: dominated by Mediterranean flavours like pasta with rich tomato sauces, olive oil, cheese, salami and pizza. They combine an excellent variety of seafood and meat for the perfect taste of Southern Italy.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Overall Activity Level: 3 (Moderate). Most walks are classified as Level 2 (Leisurely/Moderate) or 3 (Moderate). Stromboli and Etna summit walks are level 4 (Moderate/Challenging).

Although during the week the walking is fairly easy and there is plenty of free time to relax, we do recommend that you have some previous hiking experience. Daywalks will take between 3 to 5 hours on hilly-to-steep terrain of dried lava, rocky ash and sand. The excursion offered on Stromboli and the optional summit trek on Etna are more demanding and you will need to be confident of your fitness if you decide to join these. The trip is not suitable for severe asthma sufferers.

Please note that the summit treks to Stromboli and Etna are weather and volcanic activity dependent. The local authorities may decide (without previous notice) to close the summits and suspend all excursions. In the unfortunate event this occurs on your departure, the leader will suggest some alternative optional activities. All timings of activities might be subject to change as they are dependent on ferry schedules. 

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

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

7 nights in hotels, apartments and guesthouses

We spend 7 nights in hotels, apartments and guesthouses which have been chosen for their warm hospitality and their typical Sicilian character.

All hotels have Wi-Fi and en suite facilities although please be aware that a small number of rooms at the hotels in Catania may have private toilet facilities located outside of the bedroom.

List of hotels normally used:

1 night at Hotel Milazzo in Milazzo

2 nights at Oltremare Residence in Canneto or at Hotel Oriente or Giardino sul Mare Hotel in Lipari town

2 nights at Villa Petrusa or Hotel Ossidiana in Stromboli

1 night at Hotel Sapienza on Etna South (most departures) or at Hotel Le Pendici in Nicolosi (25th March, 8th April and 13th May)

1 night at Hotel Valentino or B&B Gattopardo House in Catania

To receive the up-to-date list of hotels for your departures please contact our Exodus Customer Operations team.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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  • Reviewed July 2018
    Jane Westley

    Appropriate

    This was a great holiday with a good size group (10 people). I wouldn't have liked many more. Marco our guide was excellent. The trip notes were good but could perhaps be more accurate abound the difficulty leve and the need to sign safety waivers for Stromboli and Etna. We had group members who I think expected that they would be able to do the climbs but realised after Vulcan that it was beyond them. Also we had a couple who were not experienced trekkers and were a bit taken aback at the difficulty level although they persevered and made the climbs.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first volcano, Vulcan and realising I was on the edge of a live volcano. Also Marco and his knowledge of volcanoes, the geology and knowledge of plants, rocks and the history of the volcanoes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was fantastic. I couldn't rate him highly enough. He had such wonderful knowledge, a remarkable grasp of the English language, and a lovely gentle manner and a great sense of humour. He was very caring towards every member of the group and was well organised. I felt very safe with him in charge.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit enough to climb long hard hauls and flexible enough to run downhill in deep and steep sand and rocks. Dont under estimate the need for good quality hiking gear. Even in summer it's cold at the top and you really should have the right layers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Marco needs to be acknowledged and awarded for his excellence.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Jeanette Barker

    So much better than I'd anticipated

    My husband and I are from the other side of the world and our primary reason for being in Europe during June was to go cycling. When my husband suggested we follow our cycling holiday up with a walking trip to see the Sicilian volcanoes my first thought was - meh (shoulder shrug and lack of interest). How wrong I was. I really enjoyed the trip. It was my favourite week or our four week holiday. The trip was extremely well organised; the volcanoes fascinating, the accommodation good value and the walks varied and interesting. We also had a nice group of fellow travellers. We developed a good camaraderie over the week and that added to our enjoyment of the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing and walking through the fumaroles on the island of Volcano was a highlight. I also really enjoyed Stromboli, both the two walks up the volcano and also wandering around parts of this lovely island.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a great group leader. Marco is a qualified geologist who speaks excellent English. There is no point walking through the type of landscape we visited unless you have some understanding of how a volcano is formed or of the impact of volcanic activity and eruptions on the surrounding rock formations and landscape . Marco was able to explain complex geological concepts to us in a simple (but not simplistic) way. He also has a wealth of knowledge about the local flora and of many aspects of the region (including local legends and history). This trip does take you to places that are potentially hazardous. With charm and good humour Marco made it clear to the group he was the leader and would be the person that would make the call when and if it became necessary to make decisions affecting our safety. He instilled us with confidence and really looked after us throughout the week.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I underestimated how cold it would be on top of Stromboli and Etna. It is possible to hire jackets at both Stromboli and Mt Etna. If you can't fit sufficiently warm clothing into your luggage you should hire them because even in June it was freezing at the top.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Terry Penfold

    Aeolian Islands Odyssey

    This was a great trip. Everyone got on well, the hotels and food were very good and the weather very kind. The walking was quite strenuous in the heat but an attentive leader made sure everyone was ok. The trip was especially interesting for anyone interested in geology (like me). Vulcano and Stromboli were excellent destinations to see volcanic action. Etna was a little disappointing because of low cloud and I ducked the summit trek which proved to be a wise move as the alternative walk on the lava flows was very interesting. Stromboli's summit was very atmospheric (literally) with plenty of smoke, fire and dust. But well worth the effort.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Oddly I think it was our first ascent on the island of Vulcano. We came over the brim and were suddenly faced with a large crater still steaming away and the sulphurous fumaroles which we had to negotiate. A lovely island as well.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Marco was superb. He was very attentive - nothing was too much trouble. Being a professional geologist he was able to answer my queries in some depth (in technical English) but looked after everyone whatever their interest. He smiled a lot, as well, which always helps! Everything worked well. My wife decided not to attempt the Stromboli ascent and he insisted on arranging a coastal cruise for her instead to view the eruptions from the sea. I think she saw more than we did from the summit!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go. It is a great trip. Be aware that you will need to buy and carry a lot of water as the local stuff is not recommended for human (visitor?) consumption and the temperatures can be high. You will sweat a lot. Read the instructions regarding the necessary gear carefully - you can't get away with a pair of trainers instead of boots.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Mandy Twells

    Scicilian volcanoes

    This was a very good well organised trip. Saw a lot in a short time. Some of the walks can be strenuous in the heat so look at the time of year you go The flights to Catania were late both ways going out to scicily this had a massive impact as we didn’t get to the hotel until the early hours, up after 4 hours sleep onto a ferry then walking up Vulcano in the midday sun was hard work. The hotels were all very good , lots to eat at breakfast to set you up for the day. The only hotel with limited breakfast was the last one very basic but the location makes up for it The hotel in Catania for the last evening was very well situated however booking out was at 1030 but the return flight is not until late evening that meant about 11 hours to kill which was a bit draining to say the least. You’re allowed to leave your luggage but exodus should consider arranging earlier flights. Home .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Stromboli erupt.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Raffaele was great, very knowledgable and helpful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus needs to look at flight timings as if delayed as we were on the way out it has a big impact on the first day. The flight back could also be earlier or they could make arrangements for a later checkout.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Pam Marmelstein

    Fantastic holiday!!

    Had a fantastic time. Great guide, very knowledgable and very competent, lovely group and some good challenging activities. Accommodation and food was good to excellent. Had the most fabulous meal at the home of an Sicilian family; all produce from garden, including home made wine.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Guided walk up Etna was the most awesome track

    What did you think of your group leader?

    She was lovely, friendly, and really informative and knowledgeable re volcanoes and local history. Always happy to help, very good at organising all our movements and logistics. Also caring and helpful re any health issues for members of the group. Couldn't have wished for a better guide! Everyone in the group agreed she did a fantastic job!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit and healthy, take enough T shirts as the walks are hot and sweaty!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Had a fab time! Many thanks to Exodus and particularly to our local guide!!
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Pam Marmelstein

    Fantastic holiday!!

    Had a fantastic time. Great guide, very knowledgable and very competent, lovely group and some good challenging activities. Accommodation and food was good to excellent. Had the most fabulous meal at the home of an Sicilian family; all produce from garden, including home made wine.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Guided walk up Etna was the most awesome track

    What did you think of your group leader?

    She was lovely, friendly, and really informative and knowledgeable re volcanoes and local history. Always happy to help, very good at organising all our movements and logistics. Also caring and helpful re any health issues for members of the group. Couldn't have wished for a better guide! Everyone in the group agreed she did a fantastic job!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit and healthy, take enough T shirts as the walks are hot and sweaty!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Had a fab time! Many thanks to Exodus and particularly to our local guide!!
  • Reviewed May 2018
    TARA POTTER

    Volcano delight

    What an action packed week! A perfectly planned trip......it went like clockwork but with enough rest and recovery times. Accurate trip notes ensured that we were prepared with fitness levels and correct equipment. We found the food rather bland however - but the carbs came in handy for the hikes! I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who has an interest in volcanoes and likes steep unique walks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Top of Stromboli and Etna.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was superb......very relaxed but equally organised - really took the stresses of travel away......

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have plenty of layers for stromboli and etna hikes......be prepared for all weather. We love veggie food thankfully which was just as well...... we struggled to find meat on the menus. Drinks and food costs were more than expected.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This really felt like a true adventure. To have hiked up active volcanoes is an incredible memory to treasure.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Leo Bennett

    Fantastic Trip to the Aeolian Islands

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Exodus tour to Sicily and the Aeolian islands. This was my first ever tour with Exodus and was therefore not quite sure what to expect. Our guides Federica and Marco met us at the airport and were very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable. I enjoyed all of our day trips to the different sites included in the itinerary for this tour. In particular, Stromboli, Vulcano and Etna. All three of these volcanos are different from each other and were all worth visiting in my opinion. The food, accommodation and transport throughout the trip were all fantastic and well organised by the company and our tour guides. As a result, the trip around Sicily and the Aeolian islands ran very smoothly. Our group got on very well and we enjoyed wining and dining together during the evenings. All in all, I had a wonderful time in Sicily and the Aeolian islands and would like to thank Federica and Marco for such an amazing holiday! I would thoroughly recommend people who are interested in this part of the world and volcanos to consider this trip. You will be warmly welcomed by the guides and will thoroughly enjoy yourself!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I particularly enjoyed walking up Stromboli during the Exodus tour. We had a fantastic view over the crater and were able to watch the eruptions for the best part of an hour or two. Walking up the volcano at sunset and down the other side of the volcano at night was spectacular and something I don't think I will ever forget. Watching the eruptions from a couple of hundred metres away was also just brilliant.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Federica, our group leader, was fun, friendly and very knowledgable. She was very enthusiastic and passionate about the areas that we visited. It was very clear from when we first met her that she wanted all of us to have a great time in Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. Federica was brilliant at guiding us, showing us the local sites and recommending things for us to do during our free time. She even went to the effort of making us all a picnic with local cuisine! Needless to say, our time in Sicily would not have been as fun without her!
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Menna Harris

    Sicilian volcanoes

    Travelling early in the season it was too windy to visit Stromboli on the hydrofoil and Etna had fog/hail and snow so we all walked with our guide Genny on the lower option as the vulcanologist couldn't guarantee us reaching the summit. This was disappointing but on the plus side we loved our trip to Vulcano with a walk through the flumerols around the crater and a very smelly optional dip in the mudbaths and sea. The islands are stunningly beautiful and well worth a visit. Our walk on the western side of Lipari was stunning. Genny, our guide, saved the day given our longer stay on Lipari - she organised extra walks, with stunning views of the islands and a lunch with a local sicilian family which was amazing. Her love of the island and its people really shone through. The downside was three nights in Canneto rather than Lipari town in more of an apartment than a hotel (reception was closed most of the time and there was no evening meal available and a limited breakfast). Canneto was very quiet with a limited choice of restaurants and shops but to compensate for not visiting Stromboli Exodus organised an extra meal in a fish restaurant in Lipari town which was fun, we easily caught a local bus into Lipari town and came back in a taxi and the walk in one morning was quite easy and interesting. It's worth exploring the old town, really quaint and unspoilt. Genny's knowledge of the geology, flora and fauna as well as her friendly manner made the holiday, as did the lovely group we walked with. Etna was bleak and I'd suggest this trip was too early in the season for much chance of reaching the summit with the vulcanologist. Back at Catania I'd strongly recommend a taxi to Acitrezza to see the basalt columns. We took a boat trip around the rock formations here, visited the castle and had an excellent lunch - it's a gorgeous town with a farmers' market on a Sunday and we found this a great way to finish our holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I found Vulcano fascinating - the initial smell of rotten eggs, the 'wild west' approach, the sulphur on the rocks and then a steep climb to the crater where we donned our scarfs and walked through the fumerols. This was a walk to remember. Genny took us to a beach on Lipari where the rocks looked splashed in paint - red, yellow, violet - it was gorgeous. We walked up to a crater on Lipari where crops were being grown, down to her house where we enjoyed an impromptu tea party and meet the only donkey on Lipari. We walked along paths with stunning views of both Stromboli and later Vulcano, to drop down into Lipari town. This walk which she organised was amazing and the highlight of our stay on Lipari. It turned what could have been a disappointing day into one to remember.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Genny is unflappable and conscientious with excellent interpersonal skills. She managed our holiday brilliantly. Walks were punctuated with information on the geology, flora, fauna and culture of the islands which was interesting and really added to the holiday. We enjoyed her company and her professionalism.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If possible I'd plan this trip for later in the year - it was too windy to visit Stromboli and the cars on Etna had only just come out of snow chains. Unfortunately we didn't fancy walking in the heat but if I were visiting the Aeolian islands again I'd pick late May early June. Our visit to Acitrezza on the last day was really fun, not sure I'd want to spend the day in Catania itself - the basalt columns in the sea and the castle were interesting and the fishing port is stunning. There was a farmers' market and Italians having a day out giving it a great holiday appeal.
  • Reviewed November 2017

    Sicilian volcanoes

    A brilliant trip, full of interest and topped off with a marvellous night view of the fireworks of Stromboli.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Obviously the night climb of Stromboli with spectacular eruptions. However all the walks on Volcano, Lipari and Etna on the Sicilian main island were great too. A great week.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Federica was a great leader. Well organised, sociable, great sense of humour and well aware of how every member of the group was doing. She took us to some great restaurants too. A candidate for leader of the year. Thanks for the Italian lessons Federica.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Nothing too difficult on the walks, but protection from the sun advisable. Good opportunities for keen photographers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No. A great week with a great leader and a good bunch of fellow travellers.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

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This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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