Undiscovered Atlas

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

Remote trek amongst beautiful terraced valleys and stunning desert oases of Morocco

A fantastic winter trek in the dramatic and isolated Anti-Atlas mountains. Marvel at kasbahs perched above terraced valleys and wide oases, as well as distant peaks fading into the desert haze. The ascent of Jebel Aklim (2531m) provides wonderful views of the snow-covered High Atlas. Walking through small Berber villages brings you closer to the locals and their way of life. The trek ends in Taroudant, with time to experience the souks and the ancient city walls.

Highlights

  • A genuinely remote trek in the stunning Anti Atlas
  • Fantastic mountain scenery of terraced valleys, in the isolated southwest
  • Scenic campsites close to local villages

Key information

  • 5 nights wild camping, 2 nights 3-star hotels with en suite rooms
  • 5 days point-to-point walking 
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2531m, average 1830m
  • Travel by private minibus

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's & 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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5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

6 hours average walking per day. 

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 322.0km/13.7miles
Day 416.0km/9.9miles
Day 520.0km/12.4miles
Day 622.0km/13.7miles
Day 713.0km/8.0miles

Responsible Travel

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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 Agadir.

    Fly to Agadir; arrival at our hotel in the evening. 
    Hotel Golden Tulip or similar

  • Day 2

    Drive to Taroudant for lunch; continue to Irghem. Trek to first campsite.

    From Agadir we drive inland to Taroudant where we'll enjoy a brief tour, including time for a coffee on the square. We have lunch in the oasis of Tiout before continuing onto Ighrem, a copper town that has survived for centuries on its trade of pots and water urns with the Saharan caravans. It lies on a plateau near the Tizi'n'Touzlimt pass (1820m), where the road to Tata and the desert landscape meet the Anti-Atlas range. Here we start our trek into the mountains towards our camping spot for the evening, Tagragra No. 1. Perched on a plateau the sunrise in the morning is well worth any early night.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Walk to village of Tagdicht, a long but diverse day.

    A long first day as we climb over a col and then a series of spurs before entering a broad valley. After a picnic lunch we continue past an abandoned mine towards the head of the valley eventually reaching the beautiful village of Amal. Finally we cross over a pass for the final stretch of today's walk in the beautiful evening light to the village of Tagdicht. Here we camp on a traditional 'threshing' platform that lies between the many agricultural terraces and is just outside a village at the foot of Jebel Aklim.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Ascent of Jebel Aklim (2531m).

    Today is a steeper day's walking. We climb Jebel Aklim (2531m), one of the highest summits in the Anti-Atlas, that offers excellent views to the High Atlas as well as Jebel Siroua. The summit is reached via a high col and a series of spurs. Pausing for a scenic picnic lunch we then descend to our camp at Tagragra No.2. This area is one of the most remote in this range, yet is still surrounded by Berber villages. The valleys are full of brightly dressed women and children at the time of harvest, working in the fields.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Three day complete circuit of Aklim Range.

    We travel from Tagragra through the wonderfully remote village of Irtem. Walking through these villages, we have the opportunity to chat with the Berber people, enjoy their friendly conversation, (mainly through hand gestures and basic French), and gain true insight into their traditional way of life. We finally arrive at our campsite for the evening close to the village of M'dint (City of Cats). Nestled in a valley of olive groves and small trickling streams the camp site is protected from the elements and provides a peaceful resting spot.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Continue our trek through this stunning remote region. With a chance to swim in natural pools.

    Leaving the village of M'dint, we cross two cols, slowly weaving our way up the valley. The villagers are very friendly and if we are lucky we may get invited in to try some mint tea and local delicacies. Passing through ancient olive plantations we admire the irrigation channels before resting for a picnic lunch under the shady trees. Be sure to hunt out the small river for a soothing paddle! We work our way up the last pass of Tizgue for a steady uphill push, well worth it as we are rewarded with views of our entire route. Our campsite rests next to ancient argan trees and there is a natural series of rock pools where we can enjoy a swim and a wash as the sun sets.

    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Final day in the Anti-Atlas Mountains. Drive to Taroudant.

    Today offers picturesque walking through the date palms and rocky landscapes of the Anti-Atlas. We walk along a dry riverbed (wadi) before arriving at Anammer village for our final picnic lunch. In the early afternoon we transfer by minibus to Taroudant where we have the rest of the day free to explore the city, dubbed 'Marrakech in miniature'. There is the chance to visit the souk for some authentic Moroccan souvenirs or relax in one of the hammam steam baths before our farewell meal.

    Raid Hida or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Agadir; fly to London.

    There is time to relax and wander around Taroudant before those on the group flights are taken to Agadir Airport in time for their flight. For those not on the group flights, the trip ends in Taroudant. It is possible to join the group transfer to Agadir Airport from where they can make their way to Agadir easily.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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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, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

Moroccan food is generally speaking, excellent. At the beginning and the end of the trek there will be the opportunity to eat in restaurants where 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.

On the trek all of the food is provided.

Breakfast is likely to consist of bread with jam and other condiments as well as tea and coffee.

Lunch and dinner usually sees a variety of dishes served that include seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as some meat and tinned fish as well as various rice and bean dishes. The choice tends to be large so there is usually something for everyone. It is certainly not limited to cous cous and tagine and is often commented as a highlight of the trip!

Vegetarians can be catered for and there is usually a variety of bean/pulse dishes as well as omelettes and vegetables. 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.

Bottled water can be purchased at the beginning of the trip and the team will store this for you throughout the trek, please note however that recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are increasingly a waste problem. Alternatively there will also be fresh water from local springs available every morning to fill your water bottles up. This will need to be purified so please bring your own purification tablets and purify for 2 hours or as instructed on the packet. This is a popular choice to avoid purchasing plastic bottles.

We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section) in order to be able to drink cool water from mountain streams. Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.

 We encourage you to bring water bottles and a means of purifying, filtering or sterilising water (see packing section) in order to be able to drink cool water from mountain streams. Bottles of water are available but we strongly discourage buying these as it contributes to plastic waste.

 

Weather

For winter treks, the days are usually warm (above 20ºC) in Agadir and Taroudant while the nights can be cold, with temperatures dropping to 5ºC. Rain cannot be ruled out but is unlikely to be prolonged. On trek, the days should be warm (15-20ºC) with clear skies, but the nights are generally cold and sometimes drop below freezing. On the high ridges and summits there is often snow but not normally enough to stop us walking. Very occasionally snow has been known at lower altitudes but it does not lie for long. For spring and autumn treks, the days are pleasant (20-26ºC) in Agadir and Taroudant and the nights mild. Rain is infrequent. On trek the days should be warm to hot (18- 28ºC with clear skies and strong sun) the nights will be cool (8-18ºC). At this time of year it is unlikely there will be any snow on the higher ridges. Rain cannot be ruled out but is unlikely to be prolonged. Please note mountain weather is always unpredictable and as a result we may very occasionally be forced to amend the itinerary for part of the trek.

Is this trip for you?

This trip includes 5 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. The maximum altitude is 2531m, with an overall average of 1830m. This trek involves walking on rough trails and paths scattered with loose stones; some days are demanding although no great altitude is reached and there are no great extremes of temperature to contend with. It is possible that on some nights there may be a frost, especially between November and February.

Hotel accommodation on this trip is basic, but clean and comfortable. All nights camping are wild with no showers, but a basic toilet block is set up, for us to use. In recent months local authorities have been clamping down on wild camping, despite it being perfectly legal. It may happen that we have to move to gites on some nights. 

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

Hotels & Camping

Camping on this trip is always full service but in wild camps, as official campsites simply do not exist in the areas we visit. Wild camping means there is no ablutions or toilet block. A basic toilet tent is erected at each camp. All camp chores are done for you from erecting and dismantling your tent to all the cooking and washing up. A table and chairs are also provided for meal times.

On our last night we stay in the pretty Riad Hida, on the road back to Taroudant near the village of Souss. It offers an outdoor pool with a furnished terrace and a beautiful Moroccan style garden. The perfect place to relax after 4 days under canvas. Single room (for hotel nights only) on this trip subject to availability and on request

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
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Experts

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  • Reviewed April 2018
    Rachel Smith

    Excellent Atlas

    The mountains were beautiful, the group was fun, and the guide was awesome! The food was not suited at all for vegetarians and vegans.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When all the group members helped me out when I was sick

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable, friendly, safe
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Sarah Falcous

    Great week of trekking

    Undiscovered Atlas is a great week of trekking, which, for me, was pitched at the right level. There were some challenging parts to the trek, but not so difficult that it was not enjoyable. It was great to visit a remote part of the country, where there were few tourists, but the locals were very friendly and welcoming. I felt like I had a proper break away from normal life, which felt great! The food was simple, but fabulous and I enjoyed it all. I would definitely recommend this trip to others.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the peak of Jebel Aklim was great, it was a challenging hike up but felt great a the top!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Youssef was a great group leader. He was very experienced and knowledgeable and had a good relationship with the group. He lead us across some remote areas and I felt completely confident and ease at all times. Thank you Youssef! The rest of the team should also be thanked ie the drivers, cooks and extra guide. They were all very professional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty wet wipes, spare socks and underwear. There is no showering, but it felt nice to put clean things on after the day's trek. Also take blister treatment eg compeed and tape to prevent blisters. Also, no electricity so taking a power monkey / charging device is useful if you are relying on taking photos on your phone, for example.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only negative part I can think of was the final meal. While the meal was lovely, it was quite expensive ie over £30. I felt this was too expensive and the food at the hotel in Taroudant would have been more than acceptable. I would have liked to have been warned that the meal was going to be this price so I could have organised my money more effectively. It was also quite a drive to the restaurant from the hotel. I personally would have liked to have gone straight to the hotel after the final trek, relaxed and eaten at the hotel, then the following morning go into Taroudant shopping and then on to the airport. This is my only negative observation, however, I enjoyed all of the trip thoroughly and would definitely recommend it to others.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    john latham

    tma

    Excellent trip,quite tough walking in spectacular mountain scenery.The camping was harder than I anticipated.It was very cold and windy at night making it difficult to sleep.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I guess reaching the highest point,Jebel Aklim.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Youssef was very good and seemed to have everything well organised He certainly organised some substantial evening meals and tasty lunches. His english probably wasn't the best but it generally wasn't a problem

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take warm clothing for the nights, and ear plugs in case its windy and the tent is noisy.I was glad to be allocated a tent to myself,I slept so badly it would have been miserable if I had been sharing.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Anonymous user

    Undiscovered Atlas review

    A brilliant trip - the guide ensured we had a great time, even when the route had to be changed for safety reasons - we lost a days walking as the plan had to be changed entirely with our starting point changed because we weren't allowed through by the border patrol. The guide worked so hard and immediately came up with a new plan which meant he had to manage everything to ensure we had food, camping sites and a safe alternative route. He was professional, fun and so kind throughout. The food was great and the organisation by the Moroccan team out there was brilliant. I had such a great time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sitting having a cup of tea looking at an incredible view of the mountains after 2 full days walking and about to start the 3rd. Beautiful views. Great company. Safe and well looked after. Fantastic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohammed was superb. He adapted and managed things so well - when the route had to change and when I was finding the trek uphill hard on the first day - he paced things so well and was extremely encouraging. He was fun, enthusiastic and worked so hard for the whole trip. He always tried to make things as good as possible. Exodus was lucky he was managing things as he really did ensure we still had a great time regardless!!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    1. Take layers - the climate covers all the extremes.. 2. Take your good camera - I didn't - I regret it! 3. I borrowed a walking stick - it was very useful!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The exodus bag situation seems pretty inconsistent- regardless of when they book - some people get them and some don't. I didn't particularly want one - but it was odd to say the least! Pretty gutted to have a full day less walking - meant we only had 3.5 days and no swim at the end....but....the guide did a brilliant job of recovering things in very tricky circumstances and it really was out of his control. The guide should get some kind of bonus - he saved the whole trip!! Rashid and Hassan were brilliant too! Generally very well organised from booking to finish - I will do another trip with exodus.
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Lesley Berry

    Undiscovered Atlas

    I have been on many similar trekking trips but this was the first time that I travelled with Exodus. I did not quite know what to expect compared to other companies but from start to finish the holiday was well organised and thoroughly enjoyable partially due to Exodus but mainly due to the leader, Mohammed and his support team. We were plagued with truly abysmal weather for the first half of the week: sub zero temperatures for much of the day and gales ( which are,apparently, very rare!! ). My tent broke in the middle of the first night requiring an emergency decamp to the mess tent and then collapsed together with about 50% of the other tents, the mess tent and the toilet tent ( which blew away down into the valley ), on the second. Strangly, though, these experiences added to the bonding within what was a truly great group rather than detracting from it. I will admit that this may be a peculiarly British tendency!! The cimb to the top of Jebel Aklim in bright but arctic conditions was truly inspirational and the night that followed in the teacher's house in Tagara ( Mohammed opted for this as an alternative to a third night of camping to allow us more than three hours sleep!! ) a humbling revelation. For the second half of the holiday the weather reverted to more normal conditions for the time of year, we actually were able to strip down to less than three layers for the first time and continued in this vein to the end. The scenery throughout was tremendous. The walking well paced and interesting although as previous reviewers have stated VERY VERY ROUGH and the group amazing: Totally FABULOUS!!! (will stop here as I have run out of superlatives!! )

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Jebel Aklim in arctic conditions ( sub -20C ) and the realisation that this is about as cold as I have ever experienced and this is Morocco!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Throughout all of the drama Mohammed remained at all times calm and in control and he organised alternative accomodation at the teacher's house in Tagara when he sensed that we had had enough. His knowledge of Berber culture and history and the passion with which he conveyed it to us was inspirational and throughout the trekking the pace he set was just right based upon the individual abilities within the group and the timescale of the walk. A truly excellent leader

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not rely on your expectations of the weather in Morocco as it can get VER, VERY COLD ( and windy but that's another matter altogether ) The terrain is often ( seemingly ) pathless, rocky and very rough so boots are ABSOLUTELY essential and if your idea of a toilet is not a hole in the ground containing someone elses human excrement then this is probably not the holiday for you!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great experience. Put your first world lifestyle on hold for a week and give it a go!!
  • Reviewed January 2018
    John Heathcote

    Good trip

    Met my expectations - 5 + a bit days fairly challenging walking in desert mountain scenery. Food on trek (lunch and dinner) was exceptionally good by any standard - almost a let-down to eat in a posh restaurant at the end! Francophone countries never understand breakfast.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to say - all days on trek were good. The penultimate day on trek is probably best - the greatest variety of scenery since it includes villages with enough water to have greenery, and the pools for a dip at the end of the day. There's not much running water to see on this trip, or even vegetation in winter.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohamed managed the group and the team well. Everything went like clock-work. Of necessity he spoke at least 4 languages (his native Berber, Arabic, French and English) and it was occasionally necessary to make sure that he had understood questions. Having understood the question correctly, there was no problem with the answer. Some of the walking is effectively trackless and therefore the group has to stay together. He set a comfortable pace that everyone could keep, without being frustrating to the stronger members of the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The paths are generally very rocky and stony, much more so than mountain areas of the UK. No mud though! Walking along a wadi bottom is much like walking on a shingle beach, hard on the ankles and legs. The trip delivered the coup de grace to my well-worn boots. As a group we were surprised by how cold it was at night at the start of the trip - winter at 1700 m! I was glad that I had a thermal liner and long johns, as well as my 4-season sleeping bag. My tent-mate had a hired sleeping bag which was a bit thin. Mattresses are provided and were adequate for me on the stony camp sites. A karrimat would not have been enough. (Big) bottled water was provided and there was no need to sterilise water.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You'll need to have some spare room in your bag if you want to buy a djellaba.
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Kevin Beards

    Undiscovered Atlas

    What a wonderful way to spend the Christmas break!-Beautiful scenery, great walking, a great group of fellow travellers, blue skies and wall to wall sunshine! My 4th trip with Exodus, and once again they came up with the goods! !

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being served chips one evening!! Seriously though, the whole experience was inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Muhammed was a great leader, but also felt part of the group. Top man and a credit to Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go in winter-the daytime temperature was just about right-I suspect it would be too hot later in the year for this kind of activity. Take warm clothes and 4 season sleeping bag for the evenings though-it gets cold!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you love your creature comforts this trip is probably not for you. If you don't mind roughing it a bit,don't hesitate to book- you'll love it!!
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Jayne Griffith

    Trekking in the Anti-Atlas mountains

    An absolutely amazing trekking holiday! This was my first holiday with Exodus and have booked another one as a result!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Loving the holiday/adventure so much, wondering why I hadn't done this before!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohammed was fabulous! He led the group in a non- dominating manner, answering any questions with incredible knowledge and understanding of everything. He was friendly and very good company and everything he did seemed to go ahead seamlessly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have a good, down 4-season sleeping bag as it gets really cold at night. We had frost on the first one!! If gluten intolerant (as I am) take lots of carbohydrate snacks as rice was the only carbohydrate I could eat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Everything was superbly organised - the tents being erected and dismantled, the food served (in the middle of nowhere) was fabulous, the bus driver was there when needed, everyone involved seemed to be in the right place at the right time throughout the week. The cook, the helpers, the donkey men and of course, Mohammed, were just amazing. A week in my life that I shall hold dear. Can't wait for my next trekking trip already!!! Many, many thanks.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Helena Gray

    miss

    A really wonderful experience all round! A very well organised trip with each day being totally different. Brilliant walking, amazing scenery, really yummy food, lovely welcoming locals, and a wonderful group of people-drivers, camp team, guide and of course, fellow travellers- to share it all with!thanks exodus!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    From walking along narrow hillside trails through barley terraces and wild flowers, to eating sumptuous picnic feasts next to trickling streams or high rocky peaks, or stargazing under the clear dome of the milky way, dancing by bonfire light to traditional music, or being welcomed into village schools and local lady Fatima's house for tea...I think the whole trip was pretty inspirational really!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Hamid was brilliant-very thoughtul and a real character!Full of energy and local knowledge, with a very funny sense of humour, and lots of patience, we were always well looked after throughout the trip and trusted him completely. I think its safe to say that our trip wouldn't have been the same without him!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    make sure you have a really good sleeping bag as it does get very chilly at night! Take the opportunity for a hammam, totally amazing! Other than that, put your heart into it and embrace all the wonderful people and experiences the trip has to offer, its worth it!
  • Reviewed January 2017
    Ruth Lund

    UNDISCOVERED ANTI ATLAS

    This was the second trip my husband and I have done with Exodus and we will go on more. We had a ball.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip in itself was an inspiration. We loved the remoteness of the region, the beauty of the geography and the way the trek was organised.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I felt we were extremely lucky to have Hassan, a Moroccan as our group leader. I think he showed us an insider's view of Morocco that we may have got from a non-Moroccan guide. He was kind and thoughtful and I had complete trust in him. He was very good at setting the pace with the group. He left me with a very good impression of Moroccan men and their respect for women and all people in general.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Morocco can be bitterly cold in winter. A good quality sleeping bag is an absolute must.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend this trip. I felt it was extremely good value and Morocco is a very interesting country to visit. Exodus is a great company to travel with and it is our experience that it attracts a wide range of interesting fellow travellers.

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An overview of flight options

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

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

 

What kind of options do I have ?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

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

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

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

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

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

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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