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TMP
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Centre-based Trips
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 Tijhza Village, we stay in a simple but pleasant gite 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 the busy souks or choosing to relax in the tranquil Majorelle Gardens.

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
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Trip Notes

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Pace:

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

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 315.0km/9.0miles
Day 417.0km/10.6miles
Day 511.0km/6.8miles
Day 631.0km/19.3miles

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
    Comfortable Hotel

  • 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 'Pink 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.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive to Animite; 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. From their mountain eyrie the tentacles of their power spread out, not only across Morocco but also shook European politics. On their downfall they were 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

    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

    6 hours walking, 17KM, Alt. gain/loss 600m.
    Riad

    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 for lunch. In the afternoon there's time to take a stroll around the village.

    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. 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 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 XX. Refreshed, we return to the riad for our final dinner in the mountains.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk to Animiter; drive to Marrakech

    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.

    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
  • Day 9

    Finish Marrakech.

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

    Meals included: Breakfast

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. There is the opportunity to leave some items (such as clothes or toys) with the villagers of Tijhza should you wish - please consult your post-booking Exodus contact for details.

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.

Ramadan: Please note Ramadan runs from 15th May to 14th June 2018. 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.

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Accommodation

Hotels & Rural Accommodation

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 evening we can enjoy dinner on the large terrace overlooking the farms and villages of the Tijgha valley, while during the winter months the spacious salon give us plenty of space to relax and socialise.

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

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  • Reviewed October 2016
    Jane Walker
    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
    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
    Jen Nicholas
    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
    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
    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!!!
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Neil Wallis
    A well organised and enjoyable week spent in Morocco, split between Marrakech and walking in the lower part of the High Atlas Mountains. Every where that we visited we encountered friendly and hospitable Moroccan people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The stunning scenery and rock formations observed throughout the 32km hike to Lake Temba at back. The refreshing and cold swim in Lake Temba with a countless number of little frogs.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The main tour leader, Haussain was very good at organising the group and looking after wellfare and safety, along with protecting our belongings. On the walks he was very good at pacing the speed to accomodate the slowest members of the group. Instead of imparting information regarding the fauna, flora or geology while on the walks, he would wait to be asked specific questions by members of the group. I felt a bit more dialoque would have helped during the walks. The guide (Mohammed Azim) for the city tour of Marrakech was poor. His explanations were far too long and rambling. He would walk a few yards then stop and tell some story about his family or Father which was neither interesting or relevant. These frequent stops were also in the full heat of the sun and not in shaded areas. The visit to the spice and potion shop was very interesting and a very much a welcome interlude from Mohammed. The brief visit to the outskirts of the souks was also a dissapointment, being taken to yet another shop which was supposidly selling better quality goods than other shops, no one in the group wanted to purchase anything anyway. Please find an alternative guide for the tour of Marrakech.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    When in the souks, don't believe the locals when they say a place is closed, it is just a "friendly" way of disorientating you, and asking them to guide you (for a fee). Try friendly banter with the shop owners in the souks, that way you are less likely to be over hassled to look at their goods. I found this worked very well, along with smiling and no, merci. If you can, avoid the summer months, I was there at the beginning of August and it was hot in Marrakech and also hot in the mountains, until the last day, when it was cool with a wind and rain, ideal for the 32km round walk to Lake Temba. For some of the walks, stock up on snacks (e.g. cereal bars, chocolate bars), to allow for the five hour gap between breakfast and lunch. I found I was running out of fuel in the stomach with about one and half hours to go until the picnic lunch stop.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Half hour for breakfast at the village gite was insufficient time to have the hot porridge, bread, coffee/tea and then be ready with walking boots on and rucksacks ready. 45 minutes would have been preferable. Bottled water could be purchased at the gite, thus the requirement to take water purification tablets was not applicable.

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We are pleased that overall Neil enjoyed his trip to Morocco. The points he has made about the local guide in Marrakech have been passed on to our local office as we appreciate that guides should not be stopping for long periods of time in the heat of the day; we have asked that they move to shadier areas to speak to our groups and we are confident that this has been taken on board.

    Simon Clifford - Trip Manager for Morocco

  • Reviewed August 2015
    Caroline Wallis
    This trip was an assault of the senses from start to finish. Marrakech was all noise and frenetic pace while the mountains were peaceful with tranquil colours.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved trekking in the mountains and meeting the shepherds with their huge herds of goats and sheep. People everywhere were happy to talk and it's amazing how well you can communicate with only a few words of a language.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was very good at setting the pace to suit the slowest members.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The luggage is carried to the gite by mule so you can leave some stuff in the hotel in Marrakech. Water purification tablets not really necessary as there is bottled water availabe to buy at the gite.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Amanda Avison
    The Atlas Panorama was a fantastic walking holiday - we went as a family of 5 aged 16 upwards and all enjoyed the experience. It is a good combination between a bit of city life and then remote and simple village life. The Gite is basic but was very clean and the food was delicious - also beautiful views. The picnics provided by the cooks were delicious. We thought it was a good balance of walking on each day and the guide was excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The fact that we all made it on the long trek, had a wonderful picnic and enjoyed the day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan is very helpful, considerate and friendly. He is quite quiet but certainly knows what is going on in the group and was able to work out everyone's abilities very quickly. He made sure that everyone in the group was able to complete the walks. It was very interesting to talk to him about local life in Morocco.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although we thought the Gite was very clean and comfortable, don't go on this holiday if you don't want to share a dorm, sleep on a mattress and need to be connected to the internet to survive. We took 3 season sleeping bags but in fact we were hot (April), there are blankets and pillows in the Gite. Take blister plasters, just in case!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We thought the holiday was very good value for money
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Christine James
    Amazing holiday. Well organised by Hassan. He was an amazing tour leader, and helped people in the group that had diffculties with the longer walks in the mountain and encouraged them to do them, to their amazement they accomplished the 10 hour walk with no problem. Highly recommend this trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The group was amazing and we all accomplished 10 hours of amazing scenery and keeping as a group. The whole holiday was inspirational from start to end. Everything was arranged like clock works.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was a great group leader, keeping us all under his control and encouraged some of the group to achieve more than they thought possible. He looked after us all with ease. Thank you for an amazing holiday!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A foodie tour is worth doing in Marrakesh. Bring lots of layers as it is cold in the mountains and can be changable.
  • Reviewed March 2015
    mary cooper
    On the one hand a wonderful sophisticated urban mix of frenetic souk sellers, beautiful palaces, peaceful gardens and mosques, crazy street life; and on the other a rural mountain village idyll with clean air, stunning views, rushing streams, mules and baby goats.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A toss up between the Telouet Kasbah en route to the mountains, and the views of the High Atlas in the snow after a steep stimulating climb.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Experienced, no-nonsense, friendly, efficient, knowledgeable, wise.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The mountain village gite is basic and facilities are very simple, but more comfortable than the trip notes suggest (hot showers every day, western loos, substantial floor mattresses, pillows and blankets are all available). Bring warm clothes for the evening/early morning if there in March. Bring snacks to keep you going on walks unless you like mars/snickers which are available at the gite. Avoid tap water and use bottled water - also available at the gite. Bring a few cans of beer if you fancy a drink in the village. Be prepared for pleasant exhaustion!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Info about facilities etc in the village gite should be updated. We were disappointed that the hammam could not be used as the man who runs it was absent.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

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

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

 

What kind of options do I have ?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

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

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

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

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

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

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: sales@exodus.co.uk

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