Annapurna in Luxury

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Trip code: 
TNX
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Premium Adventures, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Point-to-point
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Trek in Nepal's Annapurna foothills from the comfort of luxury lodges

From ancient Kathmandu to game viewing in Chitwan, this trip showcases the best of Nepal. The highlight is a short trek in the Annapurna foothills, surrounded by magnificent mountain views. Using luxury lodges we offer a higher standard of comfort than is normally available on trek. Each lodge has twin rooms, attached bathrooms, hot running water, a dining room, gardens and stunning views. A 'trek pack' including items such as a daypack, walking stick, and rain poncho is also supplied by the lodges.

Important Update: This itinerary has been updated since the 2017/18 trekking brochure was published. There are extensive roadworks between Pokhara and Chitwan and Chitwan and Kathmandu at the time of writing. As such, until this is resolved, an alternative itinerary will be followed. We will drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur and then on to the trailhead at Naya Pul (via Pokhara) but fly to and from Chitwan.

 

Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of the Himalaya
  • Luxury Ker & Downey lodges
  • Wildlife of laid back Chitwan

Key information

  • 4 nights hotels, 6 nights mountain hotels and 2 nights jungle lodge 
  • 7 days point-to-point walking with full porterage (plus one optional walk)
  • Group normally 4-16, plus local leader. Min. age 16 yrs
  • Low altitude throughout: altitude maximum 1955m, average 1300m
  • Good introductory Himalayan walking

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All listed transport and activities
  • Two internal flights
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Trek Pack including a daypack, walking stick, rain poncho, sun hat and scarf

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

3-5 hours walking per day on average.

Terrain:

Low altitude throughout; well-marked mountain trails, with ascents and descents on stone steps on most days.

Day by day breakdown
Day 37.0km/4.4miles
Day 47.0km/4.4miles
Day 511.0km/6.0miles
Day 710.0km/6.0miles
Day 88.0km/4.0miles
Day 94.0km/2.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    The group flights depart London this evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Kathmandu.

    On arrival to Kathmandu we transfer to our hotel. Those not travelling with the group will meet us in the hotel in the early evening. We usually stay at the Hotel Shangri La.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 3

    Drive to Bandipur; walk to 3 Mountain Lodge.

    An early start to drive to the mediaeval town of Bandipur. Lunch will be at the Old Inn where you will meet your guide and porter. After lunch we trek to 3 Mountain Lodge (the trek takes roughly three hours). There is an initial descent followed by a walk through forest and farmland along the valley. There are several hamlets and schools along the route. The final 40 minutes involve a steady climb to our lodge which is located on a small ridge at an altitude of 1011m. After settling into your room and having a hot shower, drinks will be served around the central fireplace. 
    Comfortable Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Return to Bandipur; trek to Sanctuary Lodge (1,150m).

    Today is a long day so we will have an early start. We leave the lodge and trek via a different route back to Bandipur (approx. 3 hrs / 7km trekking). From Bandipur we drive to Pokhara for lunch, and then continue to Naya Pul and walk for approx. 30 minutes to Sanctuary Lodge at Birethanti (approx. 4.5-5hrs driving). The last section of the road is unsealed and a little bumpy. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or 'Machhapuchhre', as it is locally known. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Trek through beautiful villages to Himalaya Lodge in Ghandrung.

    After breakfast we leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon we begin to climb out of the valley and up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests with spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Snacks are provided along the trail. Hot lunch is served on arrival at the lodge in the early afternoon. It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free day in Ghandrung.

    We wake up this morning with tea and coffee, served in the garden and watch the sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the Fishtail. After a relaxing breakfast accompanied by glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, we will explore this mountain village and the surrounding countryside. Ghandrung was once a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandrung maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs and there is a small cultural museum in the village.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Walk to Gurung or Mala Lodge at Majgoan.

    After breakfast, we leave the Himalaya Lodge walking out through the village of Ghandrung. Buffaloes and goats graze in the surrounding fields and you may have to make way for the donkey and mule trains that convey goods to and from the Gurkha settlements. You may also meet some of the trekkers coming down from or heading up to the Sanctuary itself. We continue descending for 2 or 3 hours until we reach Shyauli Bazaar. From here, we follow the Modi River until reaching the Sanctuary Lodge. We'll have lunch here before we ascend again on a mixture of well-paved steps and switch-backs. We reach Gurung or Mala Lodge (lodge varies by departure) at Majgoan after about 2 hours. 
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Trek through sub-tropical forests to Basanta Lodge at Dhampus.

    This morning we begin trekking through the unspoiled village of Patlekhet. Our walk takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. Along the way we will stop at the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 3 ½ hours we arrive at the Basanta Lodge. From the lodge there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. After lunch at the lodge there will be an optional walk through the old village of Dhampus. 
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Descend to Dhampus Phedi; drive to Pokhara.

    After an early breakfast, we depart along the ridge and descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. This should take around an hour and a half. We then drive to Pokhara (30 minutes) and should be back there by lunchtime and so you will have the afternoon to explore this small lakeside town. You can spend the afternoon sightseeing, rowing on the lake, renting a bike, shopping or you can simply relax in one of the many garden cafes.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Fly to Chitwan.

    At the time of writing (Sept 2017) there are currently extensive roadworks between Pokhara and Chitwan and the road is in a poor condition. As such, we will take a short domestic flight from Pokhara and Chitwan (Bharatpur) and transfer to our jungle lodge. However, this is a new flight routing and there is only one flight a day, therefore if this is cancelled (due to fog or bad weather) we will have no choice but to go by road. 

    In the late afternoon we will meet our naturalist guide and witness a traditional Tharu dance. 

    We stay in a safari lodge, whose knowledgeable and helpful staff accompany us on all the excursions. The lodge has a complex of villas with attached bathrooms and a larger dining room/bar area.

    Comfortable Jungle Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Activities in Chitwan, including a jeep safari, birdwatching walks and dugout canoe rides.

    Activities may be offered in a different order but usually the programme will include an early morning bird watching walk before breakfast. Before lunch there will be another activity, normally a trip along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, looking for crocodile and again observing the many birds. Then before dinner we set out on a jeep safari. If we are lucky we may encounter the Indian one-horned rhinoceros or some of the several species of deer found here. 
    Comfortable Jungle Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Fly to Kathmandu.

    For those who wish, there is a bird-watching walk early this morning. We then transfer to Bharatpur airport and catch a flight to Kathmandu.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Free day in Kathmandu.

    A free day in Kathmandu for sightseeing or shopping. There are several temples in and around Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal whilst Bodnath is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and home to many Tibetans living in Nepal. The monkey temple at Swayambunath offers great views over the Kathmandu Valley and Durbar Square has a wealth of temples and ancient palaces. We have a number of organised sightseeing tours that can be booked in the hotel in Kathmandu. For more details of all these optional activities please refer to the Optional Excursions section. An optional Everest sightseeing flight is available locally in Kathmandu. The cost and timings of this tour is provided locally by your leader. Anyone taking any internal sightseeing flight in Nepal should pay particular attention to the statement titled ‘Flying in Nepal’ in these Trip Notes. 
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Fly to London

    The trip finishes after breakfast. Those travelling on the group flights to London will transfer to the airport for their flight back to the UK.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Vaccinations

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Altitude is not a factor of consideration on this trip as all activities take place below 2000m.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners are included. Please allow between £20 and £25 (approx. US$30-38) per day for meals not included in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Meals in the lodges range from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to Chinese and other western dishes. The food served is of good quality and is usually buffet style. You will be provided with safe drinking water whilst on trek.

Weather

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 30ºC.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Daytime temperatures will be up to 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping to about 5ºC.

Winter: December to end February. Despite the cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Early mornings and evenings are cold with temperatures down about freezing but once the sun is out days are pleasant and sunny with temperatures up to 19ºC. The trails are much less busy at the time of year. Chitwan will be cold in the early mornings and evenings but pleasantly warm in the daytime.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons and there can be rain. It is very hot in Chitwan and temperatures rise to 30ºC and above in Chitwan and in Kathmandu. On trek the days will be hot (up to 25ºC). Nights will be a bit cooler. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring. The Annapurna region is famous for its rhododendrons in spring.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Nepal, Kathmandu

Nepal, Kathmandu

Is this trip for you?

The lodges used on this premium tour offer the highest level of comfort available in the Himalaya and are luxurious in comparison to the teahouses in the area. The trekking is a good introduction to Himalayan trekking; although this tour has been graded leisurely/moderate (level 2), there is a considerable amount of uphill walking on stone steps on most days. There are 7 days point-to-point walking plus one optional daywalk, with full porterage throughout so you need only carry a daypack. There is 5-6 hours of walking on a couple of the days, whilst other days are shorter. 

A decent level of fitness is required, as there are a few steep uphill walks. Altitude is not an issue on this trip as the maximum height you will reach is 1951m with an average of 1300m.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

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

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Accommodation

Premium lodges & hotels

This tour is classified as 'premium' and all accommodation is of a high standard with en suite facilities throughout.

Three nights are spent at the Hotel Shangri-La (a 5-star local rating) in Kathmandu which has beautifully maintained gardens and a large outdoor swimming pool and is well-known for its excellent food. In Pokhara we usually stay at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, a boutique hotel nestled close to Lake Phewa in an area called Gaurighat. Accommodation here is in two-storey individual cottages, finished in hand-cut stone and featuring beautifully-decorated timber struts and pillars. Each room has a private balcony with pergola looking onto a lush garden. There's also an outdoor swimming pool and a spa. The two nights in Chitwan are at a comfortable jungle lodge, Kasara Resort. Rooms here are minimalist and contemporary in design and natural materials help it to blend into the natural environment. The lodge has a restaurant, swimming pool and spa.

The six nights during the trek are spent in luxury Ker & Downey mountain lodges, which are the most luxurious in the region. All rooms are twin-bedded and are decorated in a traditional Nepalese Gurung-style, local to the region. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with solar showers, flush toilets and electricity. There is a restaurant in each lodge, typically with a cosy fireplace and a bar. Happy hour at the bar runs from 6 to 7 pm. During this time alcoholic beverages are served on a complimentary basis (please note happy hour is on trek only). In short, these lodges offer a far superior service and level of comfort compared to the teahouses used on other Himalayan treks.

Extra Accommodation

If you require any additional accommodation in Kathmandu either before or after the tour, we can book this for you (subject to availability), please enquire with your Sales Consultant.

Single Accommodation

The single supplement price shown below includes a single room for the seven nights in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan. Should you also wish to have a single room for the five nights in the Ker & Downey lodges, an additional supplement will be payable on top of the amount shown. Single rooms are subject to availability - please request this at the time of booking.

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020 8772 3936
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Trip Notes

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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

It’s hard to choose ten highlights in a land so full of wonders, but we did our best…

The mountains will always draw us back to this majestic country: and now, with the return of a very special trip, the

  • Reviewed May 2017
    Steve Marsh

    GREAT TRIP TO NEPAL

    My wife & I went to Nepal with Exodus in March this year & had a fantastic time! As the 'Annapurna in Luxury' group tour didn't exactly meet our needs -we wanted to do water rafting & an elephant experience in Chitwan - SHARMIL at Exodus created a personal itinerary for us. The holiday was great - superb trekking in the Annapurna region, water rafting down the SETI river , various activities in the Chitwan National Park plus a fascinating day in Kathmandu! All Exodus staff were excellent but a special mention to BIKASH - our guide for 5 days of trekking. BIKASH was an outstanding guide/walk leader - he took us on less obvious/well known routes, adjusted the pace to suit our needs (not fast but not slow - taking account of my 'dodgy knee' etc) & encouraged us when we got a bit tired. A very talented Guide/Trekking Leader that we highly recommend ! Thanks for a superb experience ! Steve & Suzanne Marsh

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trekking through villages in the Annapurna range.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As above - BIKASH was an outstanding leader !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get to a reasonable level of fitness. Invest in pro biotic tablets & hand gel etc - we did so & had no health issues. The road journey to & from Chitwan is very long & busy - as the 'motorway' is not yet finished.dKW

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  • Reviewed December 2016
    Elaine S

    Annapurna in Luxury (TNX)

    Excellent holiday in Nepal but the level 2 grading is misleading as the walks on two of the days are far harder than level 2. This point has been raised in several reviews by previous travellers and should be picked up by Exodus. The trip code TNX includes a really good mix with trekking, rafting and wildlife. Accommodation was of a really good standard - trekking lodges, Pokhara and Kasara Lodge (Chitwan). The hotel at Kathmandu was perfectly OK but £11 for a beer and soft drink was excessive even for hotel prices.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two highlights - the fantastic scenery while trekking and the rafting on the River Seti.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Keshar was a good leader but as we were a fairly large group really should have had a trained assistant leader, particularly on the treks where some of the group struggled with the uphill sections of the walks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes and make sure that you are fit enough to cope with the trek - the trek from Sanctuary Lodge to Ghandruk involved an uphill slog similar to climbing a Scottish Munro then, just when we thought it was over, a lengthy set of steps up to the lodge at the top of the village. Two days later the entire route is done in reverse and lunch is at the Sanctuary Lodge but after lunch there is then a long climb up the other side of the valley to the lodge at Gurung Lodge when the temperature was high.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a really good trip and gives a good variety of activities. The lengthy drive from Chitwan to Pokhara was an experience - the road conditions were terrible and credit to our driver for getting us to Kathmandu in one piece.
  • Reviewed December 2016
    Miriam Carpenter

    An amazing adventure never to be forgotten

    I would not hesitate to recommend this holiday. The steep ascents of the treks were tough going but the routes through the villages at harvest time and the 'Namaste's of the local children kept me going. Arriving at the beautiful mountain lodges to such wonderful hospitality made it all worth while and the sunrise and sunsets were stunning (we were lucky in having clear skies every day). The rafting was fast enough to be fun and exciting but not scary, and the river camp felt like a real story book adventure. The activities at Chitwan were well planned and allowed for some time to relax by the pool.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many it's hard to pick. Sunrise in the mountains was beautiful, but each part of the trip had it's own special moments. The accommodation is lovely and the food is amazing!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Keshar made everything run smoothly. He knew so much about his country - the customs, the flora and fauna etc. I learned a lot from him and have so much respect for the people of Nepal. He was always cheerful and madesure we were well looked after. I had great confidence in him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack light - there is a lot of packing and unpacking Climb some hills in preparation. If you have a chance to bathe with the elephants in Chitwan, get in that river, it's great fun! Try and stay longer in Kathmandu. There's a beautiful museum in Patan's Durbar Square that is worth a visit and is easily accessible by taxi.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    November felt like a good time to visit - no mosquitoes (so no need to take malaria tablets), hot days and cool nights.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Gail Madeley

    Annapurna in Luxury TNX

    Another great trip and an enjoyable diverse itinerary from, temples to trekking, to white water rafting, to safari. Some long days transferring between sites, but well worth it in the end. Great company, excellent leader and a wonderful, friendly country well worth visiting.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the trek being woken at 6.15am by a knock on the door from the porters with a cup of coffee/tea and coming out of the lodge to see the mountain range appearing above the clouds. Unfortunately, we only had a brief sight of the Fishtail, but the trek to the Himalaya Lodge was well worth the climb. White water rafting down the Seti River was great fun as was the search for one-horned rhino at Chitwan.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chandra was great fun. He was funny, became part of the team and went to great lengths to pass on his love of his country and the local traditions. On the last night of the trek, all the porters, the Ghurkhas, the group and Chandra danced the night away. Whilst it was no "Strictly", happy hour freed our inhibitions and everyone got up and danced (sort of)!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for early mornings and long days travelling. Some part of the treks have numerous steps, if you are used to walking with poles, take them with you. Sink plugs come in handy. We spent approximately £250 each on food, drinks, etc, but if you enjoy spending money on trinkets, presents, etc then you definitely need to allow more.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip could have been improved by flying back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. We were prepared for a 6 hour drive, as stated in the trip notes, but our trip took 9 hours and was less than luxurious because 40km of the trip was on roads that were under construction. Had we flown back in the morning we would have had time to further explore Kathmandu and rest before returning on the long haul the following day. An additional night at the Seti River camp would have been more than welcome as this was so relaxing.

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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

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