Marrakech & the Sahara

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AMS
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Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
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Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

Exciting adventure in the Sahara Desert and High Atlas Mountains

The grandeur of the Sahara Desert is truly experienced on this trip as we journey from Marrakech across the High Atlas Mountains to the palm groves of the Draa Valley and the gateway to the desert at Zagora. En route we’ll enjoy the UNESCO listed 16th-century kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, before continuing for a camel trek and a night under a thousand stars on the edge of the worlds largest desert, the Sahara. On our way back to the city, we’ll stop in the remote village of Tijhza and enjoy a peaceful walk and authentic hamman.  Finally there is some free time to enjoy the sights and smells of Marrakech one of the great cities of the Arabic world.  

Highlights

  • Experience varied scenery from the Sahara Desert to the High Atlas Mountains
  • Journey into the desert Bedouin style, by camel
  • Spend a memorable night under the stars
  • Visit Tijhza and experience a traditional hammam 
  • Walk in the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
  • Explore Marrakech with its lively souks and peaceful gardens

Key information

  • 5 nights hotels, 1 night gite and 1 night Bedouin camp with shared facilities
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • Travel by private mini or midibus and camel
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs.

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • All Accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & Vaccinations
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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

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

Camel ride in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Marrakech.

    Arrival at our hotel in the evening. Free transfer from any flight

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

  • Day 2

    Across the High Atlas to Ait Benhaddou.

    With time to explore Marrakech at the end of our journey, we leave the Red City behind and head into the Atlas Mountains. Our destination for the day is the well-preserved Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most spectacular sights of the Atlas, made famous as the filming location for several Hollywood films including 'Gladiator'. The route takes us over Tizi N Tichka pass, the highest in Morocco, arriving mid-afternoon.  We will then have time for an afternoon walk around the town.

    Hotel La Kasbah or silimar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Draa Valley, camel ride and Berber camp

    After a short transfer, our adventure begins in Ouarzazate, nicknamed the 'door to the desert' because it used to be a crossing point for African traders on their way to Europe. It is now the site of the Atlas Film Studios, the setting for many Hollywood films, as well as Game of ThoThronesd BBC's Atlantis. It's also home to the impressive Kasbah Taourirt. Originally this kasbah was later owned by T'hami El Glaoui who is better known as the Lord of the Atlas. The Krupps field gun that secured the Glaoui power is now displayed outside the kasbah.

    We then head south along the Draa Valley, a huge palmery containing over four million palm trees, bordered by many ksours (fortified villages). Here we embark on our camel trek and venture further into the desert, where we spend the night at a simple Bedouin camp for some spectacular star-gazing. Surrounded by silence and millions of stars lets us appreciate the immensity of the Sahara Desert.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Camel ride; on to Zagora and free time.

    After waking in the silence of the desert we take a return camel ride and a short drive to Zagora. Here there is time to rest, have a shower and enjoy the pool. Later in the afternoon we can take the optional walk in to the valley and around this famous desert outpost. 

    Hôtel La Fibule Zagora or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Into the High Atlas Mountains; walk to remote village of Tijhza and visit the local hammam.

    Travelling west through the valley, we arrive at the  High Atlas Mountains. These mountains were once controlled by feudal lords the most powerful of which was the Glaoui, with Telouet as their residence. Now Telouet stands abandoned and crumbling, and we are only able to visit the exterior of this labyrinthine, fairy-tale structure. A short drive takes us to Animeter, where we go on a picturesque walk (1-hour) on a gentle uphill gradient to our well-equipped gite at Tijhza where we spend the night. 


    In the evening we will visit the village hammam, built with money raised by Exodus clients. This is a truly authentic experience and terrific fun. It is very much a traditional hammam and you are likely to get the opportunity to mix with the villagers, which further adds to the experience. A standard treatment is included, but you will need to purchase a scrubber and soap for 20MAD (£1.50) and pay a customary tip of 20MAD. Refreshed, we return to the gite for our final dinner in the mountains.

    Tijhza Gite or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Morning walk; afternoon transfer to Marrakech through magnificent mountain scenery.

    There is time to relax this morning on the riad terrace, which has wonderful views across the fertile Tijhza Valley. Alternatively, we offer an optional 3-4 hour trek through the villages of this remote area, passing fields cultivated by the Berber women, with the peaks of the High Atlas as a fitting backdrop. After lunch, we leave the gite making the scenic drive over the High Atlas Mountains back to Marrakech, with some stunning scenery along the way. Once again we cross Tizi'n'Tichka, at 2260m which is the highest road pass in Morocco. Back in Marrakech we check-in to our hotel. In the evening we visit Djemma el Fna, the open-air central square around which Marrakech revolves. The name literally means 'place of death', as the sultans once displayed the heads of their enemies here. Now, with the food stalls, snake charmers, juice-sellers and acrobats, it is a place of night time entertainment for locals and tourists alike.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Explore Marrakech: Djemaa el Fna Square, beautiful gardens, palaces and souks.

    Today we set off on foot on a guided tour to see the spectacular sites of Marrakech. Our city guide will lead us to the Bahia Palace and the Saadian tombs, which date back to the 16th century. We continue through the labyrinthine of souks, bartering for souvenirs, or we can visit the largest mosque in Marrakech, Koutoubia. Alternatively, you may prefer to head off on your own today and take a calèche ride (horse-drawn carriage) to the peaceful Majorelle gardens, owned by Yves St Laurent and decorated throughout in indigo blue; or simply enjoy a hammam (traditional Moroccan steam bath).

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Fly to London.

    Fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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

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

Essential Info

Visas

Morocco

No visa required by British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Morocco

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 dinners included.

Moroccan food is, generally speaking, excellent though not particularly varied. Breakfasts usually consist of bread and jam with coffee or tea. Meals eaten out are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost is approximately GBP4 (USD7). In main towns, it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal and French wine will cost anything from GBP20 (USD30) upwards. Generally, dinner is likely to cost between GBP5-10 (approx. USD8-15) not including drinks. Local beer, wine and soft drinks are reasonably priced, but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader will recommend restaurants for each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of vegetarian cous cous, tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home.

Weather

Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Marrakech. From April to June, and in September, Marrakech and the north are pleasantly hot, with temperatures averaging 26ºC in the day and falling to 16ºC at night. It is unusual for there to be much humidity so it is quite pleasant except at midday when the sun is very strong. Desert temperatures are similar to those in Marrakech, with the nights usually a little cooler and the days a little hotter. Mountain temperatures are cooler than in Marrakech. In the winter months, the daytime temperatures in Marrakech are around 18 to 22ºC with night temperatures falling to 4 to 7ºC. The days should be clear and sunny, and a particularly attractive feature of the winter months is the clear views of the snow-covered Atlas.

The temperatures in the south are generally a couple of degrees higher than those prevailing north of the mountains. There is a small chance of rain and it has been even been known to snow very infrequently in January and sometimes February on the higher desert plateaux (in which case it is cold at night and early in the morning on the southern side of the Atlas).

Is this trip for you?

This trip visits as much as possible in a week. Due to the increase in tourism over the last few years, Zagora is not as small and secluded as it once was.

Please note accommodation standards are generally comparable to sub-Saharan Africa, although the warm Berber welcome makes up for this. There are various walks available around the remote village of Tijhza and the leader will choose the best walk according to the weather and ability of the group. Our hotel in Marrakech is a twenty-minute walk to Djemaa el Fna Square but only a five-minute taxi ride.

There are a couple of long journeys but we are certainly not confined to our vehicle, and there will be photo stops and opportunities to stretch your legs. Travelling conditions are generally comfortable as most roads are reasonably good. The temperatures range quite significantly throughout the year so be sure to choose a season that suits you. 

Please note Ramadan runs from 15th May - 14th June 2018 - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and that some restaurants may be closed during the day. Having said this, Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air every night.

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

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

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

Accommodation

Hotel, Gite & Camping

All hotels are of a good standard, with private facilities. The properties in Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Zagora have an outdoor pool. In all hotels, hot water cannot be guaranteed as it's heated via solar panel. We spend the night in the desert in large walk-in Bedouin tents in which mattresses are placed on the floor, a really wonderful desert experience. On warmer nights guests often choose to take mattresses outside and sleep under the stars! The nights spent in gites are simple. Here you will be sharing with between 3-7 other people from your group. The term 'gite' in Morocco denotes simple rural accommodation, like a refuge or hostel.

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

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

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

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  • Reviewed April 2018
    Sue Curran

    An unforgettable trip to a great country - Morocco - I will return!

    Although there was a lot of travel in the week, it meant we saw, and experienced much more of Morocco - a special country. It was such an enjoyable holiday, and I truly relaxed! The itinerary was well planned so that we did not get caught up in the big tour groups at busy times of day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The highlights were the camel ride and camp in the desert, and the stay in the gite/hostel in the mountains (including the hammam!). The scenery was beautiful and peaceful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdelhadi was a fantastic group leader - very knowledge and enthusiastic. He developed a great rapport with the group, which made the trip so enjoyable. I travelled on my own and the group dynamic to which he contributed, made me feel welcome, and never alone.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In Marrakesh, visit the Jardin Majorelle - but arrive before 9 am to miss the crowds. Don't miss the Berber museum there - it was a real gem!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you Exodus!
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Margaret Baker

    Magical Morocco and the Sahara

    This was a great trip as a taster for what Morocco offers. There was a lot of travelling in the minibus but it was worth it for the variety of experiences we had.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to say really but the camel ride and the night in the nomad camp in the desert was really special. Some of us slept outside under the stars which was amazing. It was mid April but it was not cold although I kept many clothes on and slept in my 4 season sleeping bag. A 4 season bag was not suggested or necessary but it was my only one. Some even took just a sleeping bag inner which was fine on this occasion as blankets and pillows were available and the temperature didn’t drop too low. Didn’t meet any beasties or scorpions.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Abdul was excellent and very knowledgeable and great fun although his idea of “just next door” or “it’s an hour’s walk” didn’t always match ours! He shared a lot about himself and his life in Morocco and enjoyed learning about ours without being intrusive. It all added to the enjoyment of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Towel and shampoo essential for the hammam visit, and a sense of humour and adventure will also help! The optional morning trek from the gite was significantly longer than advertised. Check the exact itinerary and time before you set off. Our 3-4 hour walk was 5 1/2 hours. Good walkers only should tackle this one. It appeared much harder than suggested in the trip notes. An optional 1 1/2 hour walk around the village took 2 hours. However, time that day was relaxed and everyone who did the walks enjoyed them. I was in a small group who took the third option of staying put and relaxing on the balcony of the gite!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Despite the long drives, this was well worth the travelling to get down into the Sahara for the nomad camp site visit. The scenery along the route was simply stunning, from the High Atlas Mountains to the sandy Sahara.
  • Reviewed January 2018

    Adventurous trip

    It is an adventurous trip which offers an interesting overview of the country. The tour was generally well organised and ran smoothly, the driving was safe, the only criticise is about the comfort of the vehicle: the group of 16 people tried to be fitted in the small van, and one of tourists had to share the seat between driver and the guide in the front… The group leader Lahcen Hamyouy was very knowledgeable guide, friendly and responsible person. The best day of the journey was camel riding through Sahara desert and star gazing in bedouin camp. Also the Atlas mountains scenery was magnificent while driving and walking as well. One of the highlights was visiting kasbah  Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, after seeing this ghost town you understand why this place has attracted a lot of directors and writers of various film industries to shoot movies such as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘The Mummy’, ‘Gladiator’ etc. Tour organisers should consider to spend more time in this beautiful place rather than wasting it in the remote village in Atlas mountains in freezing prison cell-like plain rooms. That guest house was very uncomfortable to stay in and needs a lot of improvements (little mobile heaters can make big difference). The food was good overall BUT hygiene and sanitation was very poor I am afraid (most of places with non-working flush toilets, missing toilets paper and open rubbish bins). The last part of the trip - visiting Marrakesh - was not that much exciting than others. Central square with its chaotic market is really dangerous place to walk because of annoying street hasslers and pickpocketers. One Italian restaurant “Portofino” recommended by the group leader was very decent place to have a meal…

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    star gazing in Bedouin camp, riding camels through Sahara desert

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader Lahcen Hamyouy was very knowledgeable guide, friendly and responsible person.
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Ronnie van der Ploeg

    Ronnie

    An enjoyable adventure with a friendly group of fellow rptravellers of different ages and backgrounds, ably looked after by our guide and driver.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A camel ride into the Sahara, followed by a camp meal, after-supper entertainment from the locals and the unforgettable highlight of sleeping under a sky lit up by a million stars.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    An engaging and welcoming young man who looked after the needs of his travelling guests and shared his enthusiasm and knowledge for his country and its people.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect gourmet cuisine, the food en route can be quite bland and quite limited, but it is a travel adventure, not a gastronomic trip.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Patricia Weber

    A Wonderful Moroccan Experience

    I had always wanted to go to Morocco and this 8 day journey did not disappoint! The week took us through varied landscapes and sights! Wonderful and beautiful whether looking out the windows of our mini bus or our trek through the desert or our stay in the gite in the High Atlas Mountains! And of course chaotic, magical Marrakech. Just go!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two highlights for me were our desert trek and sleeping out in the Sahara! As well, our stay in the gite was an experience I won't forget!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Hassan, was extraordinary! He made this trip even more fascinating and interesting with his knowledge of the country and it's people. He has a great personality and sense of humour! Our whole group of 12 travellers would agree! Thank you Hassan! I am proud to now call you friend!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No need to pack a sleeping bag for the overnight stay in the gite or desert. All sheets and blankets are provided. I was happy I had my hiking boots as we did a fair bit of walking. Take extra tissues, hand sanitizer or wipes as toilet paper may be scarce in some places. Just enjoy the many cultural differences and enjoy the people!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My husband and I had a wonderful time and we would go back to Morocco again!
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Monique Law

    Morocco in March

    This was an excellent and varied trip but what made it extra special was our fantastic guide Hassan Hiss. He was extremely knowledgeable, well-organised and patient and calm at all times. Everything went like clockwork and he made everything seem effortless which it cannot have been - there was a lot to co-ordinate. Superb Hassan! All the superlatives, thank you for looking after us and giving us a super and very memorable week.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the chance to ride a camel into the Sahara and spend the night there. Another highlight was the hammam with two local ladies looking after us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic, great, Hassan was all that could be expected and much more. The talks he gave us, while on the coach and as we walked and in the evenings, were really interesting and informative. I felt he gave us a real insight into Morocco and the different ways of life of the people there.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We did not need a sleeping bag!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you for a lovely week, it was a great introduction to the country, the culture and the people.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    MARK STEPHENSON

    A great introduction to adventure travel

    Morocco is a beautiful country, wonderful people, stunning landscape and healthy wholesome food. This trip gives you a chance to experience the amazing contrasts that the country has on offer, from the stark beauty of the Sahara, the beautiful mineral rich mountains of the High Atlas to the frenetic pace of Marrakesh. The trip to the 16th century Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, where they filmed Gladiator and Game of Thrones was fascinating and other small chances to sample local traditions like a Hamam and a tea ceremony were also welcome. This is a great introduction to adventure travel.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many. The night sky in the desert was clearer than you'll ever see it with no light pollution.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan Hiss deserves high praise. Nothing was too much trouble for him. His local knowledge allowed us to experience things which would not be available to someone doing this tour on their own.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for some long trips on the mini bus. Longest was about 5 and a half hours. There were plenty of coffee stops and photo stops to ease the tedium and also there is a marvellous landscape to enjoy en-route.
  • Reviewed October 2016

    Magic Morocco

    A fantastic introduction to this beautiful country. You pack a huge amount into a short space of time and I left feeling that I wanted to come back and see more. From camel-trekking through a sandstorm to drinking mint tea in our guide's family home, this trip was full of memorable experiences. The people of Morocco were so friendly and welcoming and lots of fun. The scenery was spectacular, especially up in the mountains. I think the view from the gite might be a little slice of heaven!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two stand out. Camel trekking through the Sahara was everything you'd expect it to be and more. We got to experience it both in a sandstorm and in the calm, which was great. And seeing the sunset over the dunes was perfect. Being up in the village in the High Atlas was probably my favourite though. Issmail, our guide was from that village and seeing his love for his home made it feel quite special being there. It's so beautiful up there I didn't want to leave!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Issmail was great. Very laid back, very funny and very friendly, with such a great outlook on life. Very knowledgeable, although despite many conversations on the subject, we are still somewhat confused as to the difference between a mule and a donkey!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You'll need to take an overnight pack for the night in the desert, so pack flexibly. Also, given that Royal Air Maroc managed to mess up our flights out resulting in an unscheduled overnight in Casablanca, make sure you carry overnight stuff in your hand luggage!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'd heard lots of negative things about Morocco before going and so had fairly low expectations. But how wrong I was. This is such a stunning country with wonderfully warm and friendly people. I think I fell in love with it a little bit and can't wait to go back.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Ros Beard

    Wonderful trip

    To get an insight into the real Morocco and its varied geography, people and villages, this trip is a must. Staying in a different location every night was fine. Although there were some long drives, they were interspersed with photo stops, visits so that none seemed too long. Our driver was excellent. One lady suffered from travel sickness and was not looking forward to the Atlas Mountains switchback roads. She was fine and commented on the good driving.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping out under the stars in the Sahara. Having tea at a local house in the Atlas Mountains where we were shown how to brew true Moroccan tea and to sample some delicious home made bread, pancakes and doughnuts. Yum.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was organised. The kitty meant that one didn't have to worry about money or tipping. Everything was taken care of.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Join the tour. I went because my friend chose it and I was not expecting to come home saying that it was one of my most memorable holidays.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Buy at the local market as the prices are much cheaper than in Marakesh. We bought spices, dates, honey. Some reviews say that a sleeping bag isn't needed. I was glad I had one as although there were sheets and blankets in the desert and in the fires, I preferred to sleep in my own linen.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Lee Thorne

    Whirlwind Tour!!

    This trip offers an interesting overview as to what Morocco has to offer. It gives the visitor a brief but rewarding experience of the desert region to the south, the High Atlas region and a glimpse of city life in Marrakech. With this aim in mind I think it succeeds. You should be prepared for some long drives, the longest being around six hours. However these are broken up by lunch breaks, short stops at scenic locations and visits to historical sites which are quite interesting. The food and lodgings on this trip exceeded my expectations, the standard was much higher than expected. I would recommend this trip for those who want an introduction to Morocco.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me, the camel ride out into the desert and sleeping under the stars! Tents are provided but you do not have to use them. A group of us slept on mattresses on the sand just outside of the camp.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Khalid is an excellent guide, very experienced,knowledgeable and intelligent. You couldn't really ask for better.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't worry about currency, you will have plenty of opportunity to get it on arrival. Of the eleven in the group only one had currency brought from outside. A sleeping bag is not necessary, blankets are provided in the desert camp. I took a bag liner and only used it once, it wasn't really necessary either. Wet wipes are a good idea, there is no washing water in the desert camp. Don't change too much money at once, wait until you get to Marrakech for the big spends, the money changers there are the best. Haggle,haggle, haggle at all market stalls. The Yves saint laurent garden is highly over- rated, find something else to do! Marrakech is great for street photography, especially in the market areas.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Like most group trips the people can make or break it, I was very fortunate to have brilliant companions!! Thanks guys!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

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

 

What kind of options do I have ?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

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

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

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

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

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

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

 

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