Trails of New Zealand Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
New Zealand
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
ALN
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

22 Days Flight Inclusive
19 Days Land only
Min age: 18

Trip Overview

From the waterfront city of Auckland to the spectacular Southern Alps, New Zealand is blessed with an array of natural wonders that are best experienced and appreciated by foot and by boat. This active trip maximises the time spent in the outdoors. Whether it's sailing through waterways, hiking between volcanic peaks or jetboating through Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand is a country that always exceeds expectations. Make the most of this striking country with this jam-packed itinerary that includes many of the highlights en route.

At a Glance

  • 17 nights in comfortable hotels and lodges, most with en suite facilities, 1 night cruise boat with shared faciilities
  • Group normally 6 to 14 plus local leader. Min age 18 yrs
  • Travel by private buses

Trip Highlights

  • Auckland and Christchurch
  • One-day Tongariro Crossing (optional) and other exciting walks
  • Lake Taupo and Rotorua
  • Abel Tasma National Park
  • Fox Glacier and Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
  • Queenstown and Milford Sound

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is an Activity Level 3- Moderate

This is a varied trip with 1 full day walks and 5 half-day walks. There are a number of other activities included in the itinerary which all require a good level of fitness. The majority of walks are on good paths, however those wishing to undertake the Tongariro Crossing should be prepared for some scrambling. If you wish to undertake the optional Tongariro Crossing, you should be aware that the trek is tougher than the moderate grade of the main tour and would be considered a more challenging grade.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
18
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
14

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Auckland
End City:
Christchurch

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Auckland

    The day is free to relax and recover from the jet lag. Auckland is a beautiful city and worthy of some time to explore. The nearby Viaduct restaurants are an ideal means of overcoming the last of the jet lag and the day just slowly passes by. If you are feeling lucky visit the Sky City Casino tower for one of those lunches you just don't forget. Those not flying with the group should meet at the start point at the Auckland City Hotel at 6pm for a full briefing with your leader.

    Auckland City Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Visit Rangitoto Island

    Auckland is the City of Sails, so what better way to start your holiday than to take a cruise across the Gulf to the beautiful Rangitoto Island; which at only 600 years old, is the youngest volcano in New Zealand. The island has undergone a significant restoration programme and is entirely pest-free which encourages the native flora and fauna to thrive. We will walk through lava fields and forests to the summit of the island which stands 259m above sea level and has some stunning panoramic views of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.

    Walk Profile- Rangitoto Island: Distance- 8.5 km/5 miles, total ascent 249m and descent 245m, approx. 2-3 hours.

    Auckland City Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    To Rotorua

    Leaving the city behind us we head south to Rotorua (approx. 3.5 hours drive) and our accommodation. On arrival we stretch our legs with a hike around the redwood forest followed by an optional afternoon at leisure in town or a hike at Blue Lake. The evening highlight is the Marae (ceremonial ground) visit. Our Maori hosts welcome us in their traditional manner before entertaining us with a concert and hangi (traditional meal).

    Walk Profile- Blue Lakes Circuit: Distance- 6 km/3.7 miles, total ascent 125m and descent 117m, approx. 1.5 hours.

    Jet Park Rotorua or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    To Tongariro N.P

    We explore one of New Zealand's most colourful thermal areas with boiling mud pools, hot streams and silica terraces. The natural wonders that first attracted the Maori in the 14th century, and later the European's, still draw large numbers of tourists every year. Rotorua is a unique natural wonder and a must see destination. Leaving Rotorua we drive south (approx. 3 hours) to Tongariro National Park. On the way we visit the steaming Wai-O-Tapu geothermal valley and impressive Huka Falls.

    Walk Profile- Wai-O-Tapu: Distance- 8.5 km/5 miles, total ascent 109m and descent 152m, approx. up to 3 hours.

    Skotel Alpine Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Hike Tongariro Crossing

    From the many walking options that exist, you are free to take your choice as we explore this volcanic landform. Two half-day walks to beautiful waterfalls and bush lands (unguided) or the amazing optional 8 hour Tongariro Alpine Crossing are on offer. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been called one of the greatest one-day walks in New Zealand and provided the weather is kind the rugged volcanic desert, craters and glacial valleys combined with the incredible views make this a day to remember. The crossing should not be under estimated and there are a number of steep sections where the loose surface can make it tough going, so come well-prepared. The crossing can take 7-8 hours depending on walking ability. A magnificent scenic flight option also exists for those wanting to understand the volcanic origins of the area.

    Walk Profile- Tongariro Crossing: Distance- 19.4 km/12 miles, total ascent 765m and descent 1125m, approx. 7-8 hours.

    If you do not wish to do the optional Tongariro Crossing, below are two of the most popular and scenic walk options accessible by foot from the accommodation that you may wish to consider. Your leader will also be able to advise locally with further details/options:

    Walk Profile (unguided)- Silica Rapids: Distance- 7 km loop/4.3 miles, total ascent 190m and descent 190m, approx. 2.5 hours.

    Walk Profile (unguided)- Taranaki Falls: Distance- 6 km loop/3.7 miles, total ascent 115m and descent 115m, approx. 2.5 hours.

    Skotel Alpine Resort or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    To Wellington

    Relax following yesterday's efforts as we drive (approx. 5 hours) south to Wellington. Continue across the Rangitikei and Manawatu Plains and down the Kapiti Coast to Wellington. Across from our hotel is Te Papa, the NZ National Museum which we can explore in the afternoon along with the beautiful Botanic Gardens and cable car and enjoy the exciting nightlife of New Zealand's capital city.

    The Bay Plaza Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Ferry across Cook Strait to Marlborough; drive to Abel Tasman N.P

    After an early breakfast we board the ferry and leave the North Island behind as we cross the Cook Strait, passing the Marlborough Sounds with 1500kms of beautiful coastline. From Picton we have a 90 min drive to Nelson where we can take time out to explore the city and a chance to stretch the legs with a short walk to the gographical centre of New Zealand. After this visit we drive to Motueka (approx. 60 min) on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park, with its idyllic golden sand beaches and forests.

    Walk Profile- Geographical centre of New Zealand: Distance- 1.6 km/1 mile, total ascent 86m and descent 90m, approx. 1 hour.

    Avalon Manor Motel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Half day coastal walk; boat to Motueka

    Out of Marahau, this morning coastal walk takes us through the beautiful beaches and ancient forests as the track weaves through the park, providing a kaleidoscope of impressions. The path is well maintained and the walk will take approx 3-4 hours. We meet our sailing boat at the Anchorage Bay, providing the return to Marahau and some time to relax dining out at the small town of Motueka.

    Walk Profile- Marahau to Anchorage: Distance- 12.7 km/8 miles, total ascent 217m and descent 214m, approx. 3-4 hours.

    Avalon Manor Motel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    To Buller River; sunset walk at Punakaiki

    Our departure from the Abel Tasman National Park is followed by a scenic drive down the mighty Buller River. After a short stop at Cape Foulwind to see the local seal colony, we then stop at Punakaiki, home of the famous Pancake Rocks, to watch the setting sun (total driving time approx. 5 hours). If the tide is up the ground can physically shake and water spurts from the blow-holes and fissures that dot the coastline.

    Walk Profile- Cape Foulwind: Distance- 3.5 km/2 miles, total ascent 76m and descent 98m, approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes.

    Paparoa Park Motel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    To Fox Glacier passing Okarito en route

    Passing through areas of lush forests, we continue south down the beautiful west coast. We drive onto the small village of Okarito nestled on the lagoon, home of the rare Kotuku (white heron). On offer here is optional kayaking where we float in on the incoming tide and explore the bush-clad waterways seeking out the abundant bird life the lagoon is famous for. Those looking to stretch their legs can hike to the nearby Trig station (approx. 1.5 hours) for the spectacular views over the Southern Alps. Later we continue the short drive through to Fox township.

    Walk Profile- Okarito Trig Walk: Distance- 4.2 km/2.6 miles, total ascent 171m and descent 170m, approx. 1.5- 2 hours.

    The Westhaven or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Walk to Fox Glacier; continue to Wanaka

    After breakfast we stroll around the reflective Lake Matheson, a photographer's dream. As an optional extra (weather permitting), you can take a helicopter ride over the glaciers that lace the Southern Alps. As we head out of town, we take a drive up the valley and hike to a viewpoint of the spectacular Fox Glacier. 

    We then continue south along bush-clad roads and past the dramatic coastline with its wild windswept beaches to the settlement of Haast. Turning inland we climb over Haast Pass, the southernmost crossing of the Southern Alps that forms the boundary between Westland and Otago. From here the tussock lands of the eastern slopes merge with the beech forests. We travel through to Wanaka, home for the next two nights.

    Walk Profile- Lake Matheson Loop: Distance- 2.6 km/1.6 miles, total ascent 42m and descent 42m, approx. 1.5 hours.

    Walk Profile- Fox Glacier Valley Walkway: Distance- 2.6 km/1.6 miles, total ascent 68m and descent 69m, approx. 1 hour.

    Wanaka Heights Motel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Jet boat in Matukitiki

    In the morning we head into the Mount Aspiring National Park and experience an exciting jetboat ride along the braided rivers leading into the park. Jetboating was invented in NZ as a means to negotiate the shallow braided rivers which we use to access a track leading to a hike into the cirque surrounded by huge mountain walls. Back at our coach we eat our picnic lunch before driving onto our 3 hour hike at the beautiful Diamond Lake that provides stunning views of the river delta and the landscape.

    Walk Profile- Matukituki Valley (walk during Jet boat): Distance- 2.2 km/1.3 miles, total ascent 29m and descent 29m, approx. up to 1 hour.

    Walk Profile- Diamond Lake & Rocky Mountain Circuit: Distance- Up to 7.1 km/4.4 miles, total ascent 437m and descent 432m, approx. 2-3 hours.

    Wanaka Heights Motel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Transfer to Milford Sound and board overnight boat

    From Wanaka we depart early heading for Te Anau and then into the Eglington Valley, enjoying a series of short walks in the spectacular Milford region and then into Milford Sound itself where we join our floating accommodation for the night. The newly refurbished boat has private two bed cabins with shared facilities amidst dolphins and mighty peaks towering above the fjord.

    Walk Profile- various short walk options on Milford Road of up to 1 hour/2 kms duration depending on group fitness, weather and time permitting.

    Real Journeys- Wanderer boat

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 14

    Cruise Inner Sound; drive to Queenstown

    After an early morning breakfast we cruise the inner sound again searching for dolphins and seals before disembarking and retracing our tracks to The Divide and the start of the Routeburn Track. Here we take a 3-hour walk (approx. 6.8km) to Key Summit for some spectacular views. After this hike we drive via Te Anau (approx. 4 hours) onto Queenstown, where we stay for the next two nights.

    Walk Profile- Routeburn Track: Distance- 6.8 km/4.2 miles, total ascent 430m and descent 413m, approx. 3 hours.

    Blue Peaks Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Free day in Queenstown

    A free day to enjoy the scenic delights of this world famous destination, home of the famous bungy jump! Optional activities include a 4x4 drive into the remote Skippers Canyon; a visit to the historic gold mining centre of Arrowtown; a cruise aboard the historic steamship to Walter Peak sheep station; paragliding or bungy jumping! Then again, you may just prefer to simply spend the day shopping or relaxing.

    Blue Peaks Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Transfer to Mt Cook N.P.; trek in Hooker Valley

    Travel through the barren Kawarau Gorge where large amounts of gold were dredged at the turn of the century. Drive over Lindis Pass to the tussock-covered plains of the Mackenzie basin and into the Mt Cook National Park (total approx. 4 hours). Beneath NZ's highest peak we walk into the Hooker Valley with its crashing glaciers and glacial lakes. By early evening we reach our accommodation and watch the spectacular view from the warmth of the restaurant.

    Walk Profile- Hooker Valley: Distance- 10.5 km/6.5 miles, total ascent 209m and descent 218m, approx. 3 hours.

    Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Drive to Christchurch via Canterbury Plains

    After breakfast we have the option to hike (approx. 2 hours) to the nearby Red Tarns on Mt Sebastapol or an optional visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre and the local Department of Conservation Centre. By late morning we depart for nearby Lake Tekapo and visit the observatory on the summit of Mt John, a short hike down to the township. From here we drive (approx. 3.5 hours) across the mosaic of the Canterbury Plains out to Christchurch and the end of our drive.

    Walk Profile- Red Tarns- optional: Distance- 5.1 km/3.1 miles, total ascent 538m and descent 535m, approx. 2 hours.

    Pavilions Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 18

    Hike to summit walkway for spectacular views

    Above Christchurch is the summit walkway and in the morning we have a final hike enjoying the spectacular views into the Lyttleton harbour and across the Canterbury Plains. After the devastating earthquakes of 2010/11, the city is undergoing a major rebuild, unrivalled in the world. The afternoon is free to explore this city rebuild as well as the beautiful gardens and Hagley park.

    Walk Profile- Godley Head/Taylors Mistake: Distance- 6.1 km/3.8 miles, total ascent 111m and descent 263m, approx. 3 hours.

    Pavilions Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 19

    End Christchurch.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels & Cruise Boat

You will spend 17 nights in comfortable hotels most of which have en-suite facilities. There will also be one night spent aboard a cruise boat with shared facilities. Accommodation on this trip uses a mixture of character motels and friendly hotels, some of which offer spectacular views. Single rooms are available for a supplement (on request), this covers all nights apart from 1 evening when we are aboard the Wanderer boat.

Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you would like to request a single supplement.

Below is a list of the standard hotels used on the trip. However, please be advised these are subject to change and some departures may be accommodated in different a hotels of a similar standard:

Auckland:   Auckland City Hotel

Rotorua:   Jet Park Rotorua

Tongariro N.P:   Skotel Alpine Resort 

Wellington:   The Bay Plaza Hotel

Motueka- Abel Tasman N.P:   Avalon Manor Motels 

Punakaiki:   Paparoa Park Motels 

Fox:   The Westhaven

Wanaka:   Wanaka Heights Motel 

Milford Sound:   Real Journeys - Wanderer (boat)

Queenstown:   Blue Peaks Lodge

Mt. Cook N.P:   Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Lodge

Christchurch:   Pavilions Hotel

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from 1 638,30 €

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Breakfasts will be either supplied by the accommodation or by the guides for you. We will always be able to purchase lunches on the run but can also facilitate creating sandwiches at your accommodation and have these stored in our on-board fridge. Morning tea / coffee stops are available at your own cost. 

Transportation

For transfers we use private buses. We use jet boats where appropriate as per the detailed itinerary. 

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Weather in New Zealand is very changeable throughout the year and all months are moderately wet. Fine sunny spells can happen at any time of year but the departures have been timed to coincide with the best chance of good weather; although you should come prepared for rain.

The temperatures in Auckland will vary from approximately 11-30C (min-max) from October-March. However it will be slightly cooler in October. The weather on the South Island will be slightly cooler with a range of temperatures of approximately 7-20C (min-max). As New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are opposite to those in the UK/ Europe and North America. Summer runs from December to February, Spring September to November and Autumn March to May. Adverse weather may require changes to the itinerary which the leader will discuss with the group.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 22 Days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing 2 days before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Emirates or Singapore Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 19 days starting in Auckland and ending in Christchurch

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

The start hotel is approximately 30-60 minutes’ drive from the airport (depending on time of the day), in the heart of central Auckland.

If you cannot take the group transfer you can catch an airport Skybus which will cost approximately 10 GBP (18 NZD) and can drop you around 700m from the start hotel. Further details can be found https://www.skybus.co.nz/ 

 A number of other shuttle buses are available from the bus shuttle rank which is accessible through Door 11 in the arrivals area. They also operate outside the Air New Zealand and Qantas domestic terminals. The cost is from 30NZD one way for one adult and 7NZD for an additional person. This shuttle will drop you off at the hotel entrance. You can pre book this service at https://www.supershuttle.co.nz.

Taxis are available for all arriving and departing flights from both the international and domestic terminals. Taxis ranks are situated at the western side of the Jean Batten International Terminal and in front of the Air New Zealand and Qantas domestic terminals. The airport to central city taxi fare is approximately 55-90NZD.

On arrival at the hotel please make the hotel staff aware you are part of an Exodus group and check with reception on where and what time to meet the guide and the rest of the group.

Location start:
Auckland
Location end:
Christchurch

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Day pack (40 litres)
  • Waterproof trekking boots (leather or gortex)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Refillable water bottle


Please be aware that NZ has strict quarantine regulations. Hiking boots will always be checked on your entrance to the country. We recommend you pack these to the top of your bag should a visual inspection be required. They need to be clean with no loose soil in the sole. Spot fines are issued for any person bringing fruit into the country and this includes any fresh food you may have been given on your flight.

At time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 20kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles

Reading List

There are numerous New Zealand guidebooks available that cover the areas/regions we visit. A selection of publishers include Rough Guides, Lonely Planet, Eyewitness, Bradt.

Practical Information

Visa

New Zealand

Citizens of the United Kingdom, most EU countries, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa do not currently require a visa to travel to New Zealand. TRAVELLING VIA THE USA If you are travelling via the USA (even for transit) and are eligible to transit under the Visa Waiver Programme (most British citizens with a machine readable passport), you are now required to register in advance for an Electronic Travel Authority (ESTA). There is a USD14 charge for the ESTA, which is only payable online with a credit card. Please see the FCO website for further information. All other non-residents passing through the US must get a visa in advance.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

New Zealand

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

New Zealand's Timezone:
Pacific/Auckland NZDT (GMT +13:00)

Electricity

New Zealand's Electricity:

230V 50Hz sockets are widely available throughout New Zealand (although not usually in the mountain huts), although you will need a plug adapter. New Zealand uses type I plug that has two flat pins in a V-shape as well as a grounding pin. A version of the plug, which only has the two flat pins, exists as well.

Money

New Zealand's Currency

The national currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2018) of approximately 2 to the GBP,  1.5 to the USD, 1.1 to the CAD, 1.7 to the EUR and 1.1 to the AUD.

ATM Availability

All major currencies are accepted and New Zealand has a comprehensive network of ATM machines that accept most cards including Amex, Visa and MasterCard.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

For the meals not included you should allow approximately GBP500 (Allow for NZ$50-60 for a standard two course restaurant meal) although if you wish to eat lobster every night you should bring a little more!

For lunch from a typical bakery allow between $8-15, a sit down meal at a cafe should be between $15-25, takeaways are between $10-20 and a restaurant can be between $25-45. Beer is from $3 a bottle and wine from $10 a bottle. In a bar/restaurant a beer would be from around $15 and a bottle of wine starts at $30.

Apart from the additional meal costs all the trip costs are included. Additional optional activities such as scenic flights, activities in Queenstown, souvenirs and personal expenditure are at your own expense.

Optional Excursions

Wellington
Wildlife Sanctuary ‐ $19.50

Okarito (en route to Fox Glacier)
Kayaking ‐ $63 per person self guided (up to 4 hours on water) / $99 per person for 2 hour guided kayak (2 person minimum)

Fox Glacier
Helicopter flight ‐ from $240 - $450

Wanaka
Scenic flight ‐ from $225

Queenstown

4x4 drive to Skippers Canyon - from $195 
Arrowtown visit - from $185
Steamship cruise - from $79
Paragliding - from $220
Bungy jump - from $145

 

Tipping

Although optional and at your own discretion, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. As a guideline we recommend a contribution starting from $3-5 NZD per person per day. 

Responsible Tourism

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… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.