Tijhza Village

Atlas Panorama

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Trip code: 
TMP
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Experience Morocco's colourful Marrakech and peaceful mountain walks

The perfect introduction to Morocco; an insight into the colourful city of Marrakech along with some varied walking exploring the striking High Atlas Mountains. Based in the remote and picturesque village of Tijhza, were we stay in a simple but pleasant riad and enjoy optional walks each day.

The pace is relaxed, allowing us to enjoy the scenery of the mountains and learn about the way of life of the friendly Berber people. You will also have the opportunity to experience a traditional hammam, as part of Exodus' ongoing responsible tourism project in Tijhza. Our time in Marrakech sees us exploring palaces and busy souks with free evenings to enjoy Jemaa el-Fnaa famous for its street food, juice sellers and musicians. 

Highlights

  • Stay in a traditional Moroccan village
  • Walking amidst beautiful mountain scenery
  • Discover the fascinating culture and traditions of the Berber people
  • Experience the vibrant city of Marrakech
  • Visit our Responsible Tourism project and try a hammam

Key information

  • 4 nights riad, 3 nights 3-star hotel with en suite facilities and pool
  • 4 days centre-based walking
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2600m, average 1900m
  • Travel by private minibus

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners 
  • All accommodation 
  • Free transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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4

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

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

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 35.0km/3.1miles
Day 417.0km/10.6miles
Day 511.0km/6.8miles
Day 631.0km/19.3miles
Day 75.0km/3.1miles

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

    Fly to Marrakech.

    Fly to Marrakech. Transfer to start hotel.
    Hotel Gomassine or similar

  • Day 2

    Explore Marrakech; visit the Djemaa el-Fna Square to explore labyrinth of souks with our expert guide. Free afternoon.

    The day is spent in the 'Red City' of Marrakech where we can soak up the atmosphere of the towns maze of bustling bazaars, palaces and mosques. In the morning we have a guided tour to orientate ourselves and the afternoon is free for individual sightseeing. You can choose whether to brave the haggling of the souks, visit the more peaceful Jardin Majorelle or relax in one of the hammam steam baths.

    In the evening we visit the Djemma el-Fna, the open-air central square around which Marrakech revolves. The name literally means 'place of death' as it was the place where the Sultans used to display the heads of their enemies. Now, with the snake charmers, juice-sellers, travelling musicians, acrobats and food stalls it is a place of entertainment for both locals and visitors.
    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive to Anmiter; walk to Tijhza and explore.

    Today we drive into the High Atlas Mountains. The road up to the mountains is a real switchback but very scenic. Eventually we cross the Tizi'n'Tichka which, at 2260m, is the highest road pass in Morocco. This is a narrow range of mountains and we soon drop into the gorge on the other side. It is here that we turn off into a wide valley towards Telouet where we stop to take a look at the Kasbah. This amazing fortress/palace was the stronghold of the Glaoui clan until the late fifties. On their downfall they dispersed and the castle fell into disrepair. Consequently, we can now only look at this labyrinthine mass from the outside.

    From here we travel on to Anmiter where we have lunch before walking gently uphill for an hour to our riad through lush farm land of fruits, nuts and vegetables (our luggage will be transported to the village for us).

    Riad Bouchahoud

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Loop through the Tizi'n'Ourghsan and back down the Ouarikt River to the village.

    A moderate 6-hour loop through the Tizi'n'Ourghsan and back down the Ouarikt River to the village. Starting in the terraced fields of Ouarikt we climb up through the high summer pastures to reach the Col with fantastic views of the Ouarikt Gorge. After a relaxing lunch close to a waterfall we follow the river's route back to the village

    Riad Bouchahoud

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Hike up and around Mt n'Oughlagal (2600m).

    Leaving the riad and heading around the back of Mt n'Oughlagal (2600m), we are met with fantastic views of the valley before arriving back at the gite in time for a late lunch. The rest of the afternoon to explore the village, take a short a walk or relax with a book on the large terrace overlooking the Tijhza valley. 

    Riad Bouchahoud

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Optional harder day, with the chance to trek to beautiful Lake Tamda.

    A longer, harder day includes a visit to the beautiful Lake Tamda, strikingly azure against the stark white-rock scenery. This lake is almost a kilometre long, lying between the impressive peaks of Jebel Anghomar and Jebel Tamda. In the afternoon we retrace our steps to our start point. En route we pass our lunch stop, some clients may choose to rest here in the shade instead of undertaking the last few kilometres. 

    If the leader feels that this walk is beyond the capabilities of the majority of the group, a shorter day along the same route will be planned. 

    On our return we will visit the village hammam, built with money raised by Exodus clients. This is a truly authentic and enjoyable experience. 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. 

    Riad Bouchahoud

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk to Anmiter; drive to Marrakech across the High Atlas.

    We say goodbye to Tijhza and return to Marrakech by lunchtime leaving the afternoon free for more sightseeing such as Menara Gardens or some last minute shopping. Alternatively, you may decide to relax in the hotel and enjoy the swimming pool.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Fly to London.

    For those on group flights, these depart Marrakech in the morning and arrive in the UK the same day.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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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, 3 lunches and 4 dinners included.

Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of 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. 

If you are travelling from UK we advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

Weather

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. 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 offering views of the snow-covered Atlas. There is a small chance of rain and it has even been known to snow (very infrequently) in January and February on the higher desert plateaux. If this occurs it is cold at night and early in the morning on the southern side of the Atlas. Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Marrakech.

Is this trip for you?

There are 4 walks, at a maximum altitude of 2900m and an average altitude of 1900m. Each day offers a very different view and all walks are optional allowing you to choose when you walk. Although most of the walks are on well-graded paths, some are on rough and stony trails and the area is generally quite undeveloped. There are a few steep ascents and descents. Our simple rural accommodation in the mountains is quite basic but offers a warm welcome. 

Please note that Morocco can get very hot during the summer months of July and August and departures during this time may not be suitable if you struggle with the heat. Although flight times are short they may not always be direct.

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

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Accommodation

Riad Bouchahoud and Hotel Gomassine

In Marrakech will spend 3 nights in a 3-star hotel with en suite rooms and swimming pool. While in Tijhza we spend four nights in the cosy Riad Bouchahoud. This family-run property offers simple, traditional accommodation in spacious rooms, all of which are en suite. On warmer evenings we can enjoy dinner on the large terrace overlooking the farms and villages of the Tijhza valley, while during the winter months the spacious salon gives us plenty of space to relax and socialise.

Due to the size of the riad in Tijhza, we can only offer the single supplement in Marrakech. 

 

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

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Experts

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Call for general departures:
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  • Reviewed March 2018
    Abdul Janjirker

    Mr

    A well organised and smooth trip from booking to return back home. Stay in Marrakesh at the beginning and end of the trip was excellent. We were well looked after by our guide Hassan and the visit to the Medina and our free time was well balanced. Hotel Gomassine was clean and the staff very polite and helpful, Breakfast was plentiful and good, Plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance for topping up with water supplies and food. Comfortable bus (air conditioning may not be working) for the trip to the mountain location but the ride gets bumpy once off the motorway - this is all offset by the amazing and wonderful scenery en-route. Such variable landscape and beauty. Good stopover points for refreshments and break. Walk to the Riad from Anmiter is exciting - new location and scenery. Twisting dirt track road and lovely scenery. Riad is basic accomodation but clean with great staff. Food is excellent! Daily organised walks will leave a memorable experience. Tough ascents but worth it. Carry plentiful water and energy snacks. Our guide Hassan had extensive local knowledge and the pace was reasonable for every level within our group. Walks started at 8 a.m. and mostly back before 4 p.m. Walking poles are very useful due to the nature of the terrain. Trip to the hammam is fun and refreshing. A really enjoyable trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Doing the Tizi'n'Ourghsan and Mt. n'Oughlagal walks - so different and the views and scenery were breathtaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was superb in ensuring that we enjoyed our trip whether in Marrakesh or in the mountains. Always at hand to answer our questions about the places, environment and ' what's next' - extremely knowledgeable. He looked after us during and walks and afterwards too. He was part of the group but everyone recognized and respected him as the leader. I would not hesitate in following him on another trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Visit the Jardin Majorelle Gardens and Berber Museum which is about 10-15 mins walk from Hotel Gomassine. It was very cold in the mountains during the day and night so warm clothing is necessary. take some extra snacks as there are no shops in the village. Just enjoy!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Really happy at the work and effort of Exodus in supporting the village and it's residents. Thank you for bringing water and electricity to the village.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Frank Rooney

    Pretty much perfect from start to finish......

    This was our (Wife and I) first group trip so wasn't sure what to expect. Booking was easy. We flew out early on the non-group flights to get extra time in Marrakech and were greeted outside the airport by the Hassan who would be our guide for the week and a driver for the transfer to the hotel. After getting checked in Hassan took us to a local restaurant for lunch and our first (of many...) tagines of the week. Hassan gave us some advice about being in Marrakech, some ideas what to go and see and off we went. Next morning with the whole group having arrived we met after breakfast for a briefing by Hassan and then a half days guided tour, and an afternoon to ourselves to wander. The group was a real mix of people, but everyone seemed to get on fine. Next day we drove up to the mountains for our Riad for the next 4 days walking. As they say in the brochure, it's basic......but comfortable. A bit cold in the evenings....and mornings, but great views from the balcony and tasty food. The walking was great, perhaps a bit easier than I expected but stunning scenery. Was a little bit dissapointed on the last day when some people in the group decided they didn't want to do the longer 18 mile walk, so we all ended up doing a shorter 23 mile walk which was still very enjoyable and included the drama of the mule that got untied and ran back down the mountain. A four hour drive back to Marrakech on the Saturday morning, and we decided on a group meal Saturday evening which Hassan arranged. People started departing early Sunday morning, we had a flight back in the evening so we had another day exploring the Medina with it's souks and square. I would sum it up by saying I loved it.....already planning to go back and do the 2 week camping trip with the climb of MT Toubkal. Hassan is a great guide, really informative, funny and looked after us really well. To be honest, once you have spent a day or two in Marrakech, you have seen it all......but the mountains and the scenery (....and weather, apart from the wind) was amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The landscape and views of the mountains...........just amazing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan made the trip....knowledgeable, helpful and proud of his berber heritage.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't go expecting 5 star luxury in the Riad in the mountains...............basic, but comfortable sums it up pretty well

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I cannot wait to go back !!!
  • Reviewed March 2018
    DENISE STEWART

    Atlas Panorama

    A very good trip with a guide who looked after us well. The staff were polite and courteous and the food was prepared to a good standard. Up in the mountains this is not a trip for the faint-hearted or people with health issues. It is tough but rewarding. Extremely cold at night be prepared to wear thermals to bed as well as using a sleeping bag. The term 'Walks' for me was unrealistic I prefer the term 'Treks' as there are no made up paths or cobbles not even in the village. The village women are kindly and made us feel welcome. Best treated as a camping holiday. We felt we had been given the privilege to witness a way of life completely different to our own and one that will probably vanish within the next 20/30 years, so we are eternally grateful for this experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Going into the Haman with the local women for a scrub down and massage. I've never experienced anything quite like it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A real investment to the company. A man with a great personality and very helpful. He takes his responsibilities very seriously.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be fit. Be healthy. Be prepared to overcome obstacles.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our group was made up of great characters from all walks of life and we were fortunate to get along really well and we bonded well over the week. Some of this was due to our guide and the staff who were excellent.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Rob Tyas

    Wonderful trip

    A superb trip. A good balance of time in the city amongst the hustle and bustle of the souks and night markets, to the remote and wonderful mountain villages.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I've been able to see more stars in the sky in morocco than anywhere else I've been in the world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    And Hassan made an excellent guide with his friendliness and knowledge

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A good trip and a good one for someone new to trekking and maybe apprehensive about camping it makes a great alternative

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The riad was superb, far exceeded the standard of any I've been in on previous trips.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Cathy Weaver

    Atlas panorama

    Fantastic trip. Well organised from start to finish. Marrakech was a wonderful experience shared with a fun group. Our guide, Hassan made the walking in the mountains a pleasure with his knowledge and great sense of humour. I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience a totally different landscape. Yalla!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The stars in the evening were amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    An inspiration
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Jane Walker

    Marvellous Morocco

    From the moment we landed to the moment we left, Morocco unleashed a cacophony of colour, excitement and fun. The Hotel Gossamine was ideally situated in the modern district but only 15 minutes by bus from the historic main square and souk. We enjoyed street food in the square and European food close to the hotel. The banter when bartering in the souk was hilarious. By contrast the time spent in the Atlas was peaceful and the villages almost biblical in character, the scenery was stunning. We had the best of both worlds, definitely would return to Morocco.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Eating our hot picnic which had been carried up the mountain by mule and cooked on the spot, surrounded by the most amazing mountains in colours of ochre, palest green and white and watching the goatherds watering their flock.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was a fantastic guide and host, he was unfailingly patient with the many questions we asked and always concerned that we were safe and well looked after; he also has a brilliant sense of humour and we laughed a lot. Would love to go on another trip with him as guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be afraid of the street food and don't be afraid to go into the souk. The traders will call out to you (sometimes with some quite funny comments) but they won't bother you if you aren't interested, just say no firmly. If you are bartering make it light hearted.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our only negative experience was ladies who insisted on applying henna to our hands without asking and then demanded money. Another time I wouldn't allow them to.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Allan Peters

    Fantastic

    Great trip. From being picked up at the airport to being dropped off Exodus were brilliant. Our guide gave us really good insight into local history and culture of Morocco and the Berber people. Meals were great. Walks were fantastic. Only issue was the travel bag I was supposed to get never eventuated. I would do another Exodus trip again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on a hilltop with a view that went forever.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We all loved our guide. Was always there when we needed him but still gave us space.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go for it. My friend and I took wine with us and we're envied by those who didn't. Be prepared for a cold snap.Take a book

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This review is for myself and fellow traveler Oliver Cooper.Aged 67 and 69.
  • Reviewed November 2015

    Yalla! Yalla!

    A well-organised and well-balanced trip, which highlights the differences between the frenetic city of Marrakech with the tranquility of village life in the mountains. The terrain of the mountains is quite varied and a little challenging, so ensure you are well prepared!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Not sure whether it was 'inspirational' but there were two stand-out moments. Firstly, standing on the balcony at the gite, staring up at the night sky and being able to see the Milky Way with the naked eye, while two of my fellow travellers explained the constellations. There were so many stars; being a city girl, I'd only ever seen a fraction of that number. The other one was reaching the highest point of the second (shorter) walk and seeing the glorious panorama of the High Atlas and Anti Atlas ranges. There was a lovely clear sky and you could, to quote The Who, see for miles and miles and miles.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was a lovely, gentle and humourous man. He seemed quite introverted and didn't join conversations easily, but if you take the time to ask questions or show an interest, he opens up and can be very funny, in a dry way. His timings for the walks was impeccable (one fellow walker said he could run the Swiss Railway) and he really pushed us on the last day to be able to get us back by nightfall. I think, at the time, we felt a little abandoned and that we had to look out for one another, but in hindsight I can see why he pushed us. He was also very helpful in the city, giving tips and advising as to where to go. He has been with Exodus for nearly 25 years and knows his stuff.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't take too much spending money - at the gite the food is provided and Marrakech is generally very cheap. Also, you can only change your money inside the country so it's worth keeping that in mind. Learning a couple of basic words of Arabic is useful - the waiters/taxi drivers etc seemed to be very happy when I said hello and thank you in Arabic rather than French.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The gite isn't as basic as the trip notes advised - there are showers and comfortable semi-private rooms. The weather in November was akin to a British summer - warm in the day but cooler at night - and a couple of us struggled at night with winter sleeping bags as it was far too warm. Do a weather check before you fly out! There are blankets, sheets and pillows provided by the gite - a couple of nights I climbed out of my sleeping bag and used these, it was much more comfortable. I would also question Exodus' meaning of 'moderate' - I am quite fit, a rambler and a jogger, but really struggled, especially on the last day, to maintain the momentum stamina required to get through. A couple of my fellow travellers agreed too, including one that had climbed Kilimanjaro. However, the spirit of camaraderie kept us all going!
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Corine de Groot

    Great trip!

    A very beautifull trip to the High Atlas. The 3 walks are all very different and all very beautifull. The food (at evening and cooked lunches allong the way) are very good. Hassan is a very responsible guide with a lot of knowledge and a very nice person.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Gazing at the stars from the balcony of the Gite. Never seen so much stars and never had such a good view of the milkyway before.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan is really good in keeping everybody safe and on time. He has a lot of knowledge of the surroundings, and of may other places outside Marokko. His advice on how to deal with taxi drivers in Marrakesh really helped and kept us from paying to much. When one of us got stomach problems he was really concerned about her wellbeing and he made sure she took all the precautions to not become sicker. His guidance of our little group made this holiday very pleasant and relaxing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you read the trip notes and come prepared. The gite was equiped with head cushions, so no need to bring your own.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Susan Peattie

    Atlas Panorama

    The trip was very enjoyable from start to finish. The Medina in Marrakech is an experience, but with a little good humour and banter is tremendous fun. Heading up into the mountains and seeing real life was fantastic. The local people were happy to try communicating and were welcoming. The hamam was a great "bonding" experience with our new friends!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery in the mountains is breath-taking and meeting the friendly Berber herdsmen.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was quiet but with a very dry sense of humour. He was extremely well organised and helpful. He paced the walks well and took the abilities of the group into account. The trips notes advised that the last walk was either 10 hours or 5 hours depending on the group, however, Hassan arranged a local lad to take those who wished to do something shorter along the valley for the morning, thus pleasing everyone!! The tour leader in Marrakesh (as mentioned in another review) was really annoying. He tried and failed to be humourous and we got more information about his weight and marriage than the culture and history of the city!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definitely take some spare snacks as the gap between breakfast and lunch was too long and the snacks at the gite were sugar based where nuts or dried fruit would be better. The trips notes asked people to take water purification tablets in preference to buying plastic bottles of water, however we were told that the community keep the bottles and use them for argan oil which they sell in the markets.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The gite is basic, but the welcome was warm and the food was just delicious!!!

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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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