The Sahara desert

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 through the palm groves of the Draa Valley to the gateway to the desert, Zagora. We then travel by camel into the sand dunes and oases of M'Hamid, where we spend the night at a traditional Bedouin camp under the stars. Next stop is the impressive 16th century kasbah of Ait Benhaddou before we continue our journey into the High Atlas Mountains to enjoy a peaceful walk around the remote village of Tijhza. Finally there is time to explore the medina, souks and square of vibrant Marrakech.

A number of changes are being made to this product for travel after the 1st January 2018. This trip will now run on an alternative itinerary, flying in and out of Marrakech, instead of into Ouarzazate and out of Marrakech. Please click here to view the correct version.

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 the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou
  • Visit our Responsible Tourism project and try a hammam
  • Walk in the magnificent High Atlas Mountains
  • Explore Marrakech with its lively souks and peaceful gardens

Key information

  • 5 nights hotels all en suite, 1 night gite and 1 night Bedouin camp with shared facilitie
  • 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
  • Visa's & Vaccinations
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
0208 772 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

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Ouarzazate.

    Arrival at our hotel in the evening.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Travel through beautiful Draa Valley to Zagora, at the edge of the Sahara Desert.

    We head south along the Draa Valley, a huge palmery containing over four million palm trees, edged by many ksours (fortified villages). We skirt the shattered orange and brown-coloured rocks of the Jebel Sahro to arrive at the oasis town of Zagora. Situated right on the edge of the Sahara, this town was formerly a starting point from which traders set off on their arduous journey across the desert to Timbuktu.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Transfer to M'Hamid for a wonderful walk amongst the sand dunes; camel trek to our camp for an evening under the stars.

    Today we transfer to the quiet area of M'Hamid for a wonderful walk through sand dunes, a true Saharan experience. We then embark on our camel trek, 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

    Head north to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou and its famous kasbah.

    We enjoy a short camel trek in the morning before continuing our journey up the Draa Valley, passing the beautiful palmery and Ouarzazate, to the well-preserved Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most spectacular sights of the Atlas Mountains and was made famous as the location of several Hollywood films, including 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Gladiator'. Although few families continue to live in the various fortresses within the walls, Ait Benhaddou retains an exotic atmosphere that transports us into another world, especially at sunset when the walls of the Kasbah glow red.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

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

    Travelling east through the valley, we arrive into the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains. These mountains once were 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 labyrinthin, fairytale 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 Tijhzawhere 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 local 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) plus customary tip of 20MAD. Refreshed, we return to the riad for our final dinner in the mountains.
    Basic Hotel

    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 gite terrace, with 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 peaks of the High Atlas as a fitting backdrop. After lunch, we leave the gite making the scenic drive over the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech, with some stunning scenery along the way. The main pass is called the Tizi'n'Tichka, at 2260m it's the highest road pass in Morocco. 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.
    Standard Hotel

    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 Palaceand the Saadian tombs, which dates back to the 16th century. We end in the famous central square continuing through the labyrinthine of souks, bartering for souvenirs, or 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).
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Marrakech.

    Our tour ends after breakfast

    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, Tetanus 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 only about 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) depending on what you drink. Local beers, wines 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 and can help keep costs down by collecting a kitty at the beginning of the week - overall GBP60 (approx. . USD100) pp is enough for the week. Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of vegetarian cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking 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 the space of a week. Due to the increase in tourism over the last few years, it should be noted that Zagora is not as small and secluded as it once was. Please note accommodation standards are generally below that of Europe and more comparable to sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Tijhza where the gite is quite basic, 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 group ability. All hotels are in the new part of Marrakech, called Gueliz, which is a ten- to twenty-minute walk to Djemaa el Fna Square but only a five-minute walk from the bus station to take you to Essaouira should you choose to extend your holiday and include the Moroccan coast. 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 in Morocco are reasonably good. The temperatures range quite significantly throughout the year so be sure to choose a season that suits you. Although flight times are short, the flights are not direct. There may be the option to fly into Marrakech and take a long transfer to Ouarzazate (4 hours) - contact us for more details. Ramadan Please note Ramadan runs from 27th May to 25th June 2017. During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, it does need to be recognised that the energy levels of our local staff may be a bit lower and that some restaurants may be closed during the day. Having said this, Ramadan is a unique 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:
0208 772 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:
0208 772 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.

Expert Blog Entries

  • 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
    Fiona Mair

    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!
  • Reviewed May 2015
    Suzanne Birdsey

    Suz

    Overall an excellent adventure. A full week filled with a variety of different experiences.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed the high atlas mountains and the chance to mix with the Berber villagers. We sat and had tea and homemade almond cake with a one lady whilst we found out more about her culture and daily lives, and she found out about ours. It was full of laughs and interesting information. Further to this we also learnt a lot from our guide and visited a local school. At the school, we treated (well this is debatable) the kids to a rendition of Ba Ba Black sheep and they sung us a beautiful Arabic song. The Camel ride was also fun although you prob will get camel saws! ha. Star gazing in the Sahara was also a highlight for me.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable and had a passion for his country that was contagious.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You will be staying at a different place most nights so be prepared for this. I have traveled before and so was used to being on the go and also taking in the long drives (to be honest the longest is six hours) there are also lots of breaks and different photo opportunities. But it is something to be aware of. Also, if you are veggie, options are limited for most of the trip. I mean I do like Omelet but really is that or tagine until the last two nights. So perhaps bring some extra snackage I would say - Embrace everything and go with the flow.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    GO - its a great intro to Morocco and has certainly made me want to go back for me! Thanks Exodus
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Valerie Leigh

    Marrakech and the Sahara

    An excellent trip with a great variety of scenery and experiences which I would recommend.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being in the Sahara, the sunset and the night sky. Also the Atlas Mountains which were stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good: knowledgeable and took us to some great restaurants!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We didn't need our sleeping bags: there were made up beds in both the Sahara camp and the gite where we had a tent/room for ourselves. It was very hot at the end of March/beginning of April and only needed a jumper in the evening in the desert. A couple of longer drives, but the scenery was stunning. The camel ride was fun after the first 10 min of getting used to it but does leave you a little sore!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do it - a great holiday!
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Sophie Penney

    Marrakech and the Sahara

    This trip was really fantastic, I had a wonderful time. The group was lovely and a real mix of people. I travelled on 28th March and expected it to be cooler but it was more like 35 so check the weather, I think that also had an effect on the effort level so keep an eye on that if you're thinking of going, the hotter the harder! There is a great range of things covered here, desert, mountains and Marrakech are all very different! and some journeys in the bus are quite long but the scenery is spectacular and it's a nice chance for a rest.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Atlas Mountains. It was a lovely walk although longer than we expected and the gite is lovely. Go for the hammam too!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My advice would be consider not taking a sleeping bag, I never needed it, there are nice beds even in the desert and blankets are available. I would take a travel pillow as many pillows were very fat and hard! Definitely take a torch and either take or buy snacks as it can be a long time between meals. Take a swimming costume, I didn't and I regretted it, all the hotels have a pool and it's very hot! And book your own flights not with royal air maroc! Every flight was delayed and our flight home was cancelled and I have never received worse customer service than from that airline.

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An overview of flight options

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

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

 

What kind of options do I have ?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

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

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

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

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

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

 

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Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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