Cycle Romania

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Trip code: 
MVF
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Discover the beauty of Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains

Few places can match the beauty and mystery of Transylvania and the Carpathian Mountains. Rich with Saxon history and a landscape dotted with spectacular castles, churches and breathtaking views. Starting at the foot of the highest mountain range in Romania, our route takes us through fortified towns and hilltop citadels, past dense forests and across open fields where we meet shepherds as they watch over their sheep. With a final day to explore the fascinating capital city of Bucharest this trip will allow you to discover both the modern and traditional sides of Romania all from the seat of your bike.

Highlights

  • Cycle through ancient villages and isolated landscapes
  • Visit UNESCO citadels and fortified churches 
  • Experience mediaeval Transylvania and modern Bucharest

Key information

  • 6 days cycling with 100% vehicle support 
  • 80% tarmac roads, 20% hard pack dirt paths
  • Scenic route, some climbs to be expected 
  • Group normally 4 to 14 plus leader, min age 16 yrs
  • 6 nights guesthouses, 2 night hotel with en suite facilities 

 

What's included

  • Cycling guide throughout 
  • Hire bike with one pannier bag
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • Flights from London (if booking flight inclusive)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance 
  • Single accommodation (very limited availability)
  • Visas or vaccinations

6

Pace:

Approximately 3-5 hours cycling per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; 80% tarmac and 20% gravel tracks.

Day by day breakdown
Day 259.0km/36.0miles
Day 366.0km/41.0miles
Day 465.0km/40.0miles
Day 540.0km/24.0miles
Day 648.0km/29.0miles
Day 735.0km/21.0miles

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 Bucharest; transfer to Vulcan.

    Fly to Bucharest; upon arrival we will be greeted by an Exodus leader and transferred out of Bucharest to the small town of Vulcan in Brasov Country, Transylvania. This transfer is roughly three hours long but will be broken up with a short break en route. We should arrive in Vulcan with plenty of time for our evening meal and will have the opportunity to visit the fortified church as well as learn about the Saxon heritage from when they colonised Transylvania.
    Comfortable guest house

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Ride to Ohaba at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains.

    After breakfast we set up the bikes and start our ride with a lovely stretch of flat road with an amazing view of the snow covered peaks of the Fagaras Mountains as we pass through the town of Zarnesti. Today we stop for lunch at the oldest flour mill in the Romania which is still powered by the river that runs past it; we will hear the amazing story of how it has survived through the communism period before continuing our ride to Ohaba.

    Cycle approx. 59km with 500m of ascent
    Comfortable guest house

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Cycle to Carta; passing wool mills and Monastery’s.

    We start todays ride by heading to the small village of Lisa where a 100 year old machine tailoring woollen blanket is still operational. Here we will take a tour around the wool mill and see a demonstration of how they still make woollen blankets and clothes. We then cycle through the Victoria town of Cartisoara and from there to the village of Carta where we visit the ruins of the Cistercian Monastery and have the opportunity to meet the pastor and hear his beautiful stories.

    Please note that on some departures our groups stay in the town of Cartisoara and will visit the Monastery in Carta on day 4.

    Cycle approx. 66km with 400m of ascent
    Comfortable guest house

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cycle to Biertan; visit the UNESCO church.

    Today’s ride starts with a crossing of the river Olt and continues along quiet country roads, we cycle through pastoral landscapes and past the fortified church of Richis as we make our way towards Biertan. Once in Biertan we have a free afternoon to visit its enormous fortified church with several spiralling towers and ring-walls, the church has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 and is a fascinating place to visit.

    Cycle approx. 65km with 700m of ascent
    Comfortable guest house

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Visit the fascinating Citadel of Sighisoara.

    Today we have a beautiful ride through the countryside and remote villages of Transylvania. We stop for a picnic lunch by the river Tarnava Mare before continuing our ride to Sighisoara, one of the few medieval citadels in Europe that is still fully inhabited and also included on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. Here we have the whole afternoon to discover the old town with its famous clock tower, medieval streets and the house where Vlad Dracul, the father of Vlad the Impaler was born.

    Cycle approx. 40km with 450m of ascent
    Comfortable guest house

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Cycle trough quaint villages and past shepherds to Soars.

    Today’s ride follows a lovely quiet country road through the Transylvanian hills to Apold Village where we look around the fascinating old town before getting back on the bikes to continue our ride through small farming towns and past Shepherds watching over their sheep. Today’s ride ends in the small town of Soars; here our accommodation will be split over four small family houses. This is a great opportunity to experience real Romanian life and get to know your hosts. Today’s evening meal is eaten as a group at the largest guesthouse house and will be a traditional Romanian meal cooked by the family.

    Cycle approx. 48km with 600m of ascent
    Comfortable guest house

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Cycle to Viscri; explore the town and fortified church.

    After breakfast we hop on the bikes and leave Soars. The day starts with a short climb through the forest before a lovely stretch of road through several small towns before arriving in Viscri. Here we have the opportunity to explore this lovely old town as well as visit Viscri’s well known fortified church and meet the brick maker and blacksmiths who helped restore the building. The church was restored with the help of the Prince Charles foundation in 1991 and is now regarded as one of the best examples of a fortified church anywhere in the world. There will be plenty of time to fully explore Viscri as we stay close to the centre of town.

    Cycle approx. 35km with 300m of ascent
    Comfortable guest house

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Morning transfer to Bran Castle for a tour; transfer to Bucharest.

    After breakfast we have a private transfer to Bran Castle, situated on the border between Transylvania and Wallachia. Here we take a tour around this spectacular building which has become known as 'Dracula’s Castle'. Inside there are displays of art and furniture collected by Queen Marie and the grounds feature a small open air museum displaying Romanian peasant structures. After exploring the castle and grounds we hop back in the vehicle and continue our journey to Bucharest. If we have time we will make a quick stop at Peles Castle for a short walk around its spectacular grounds. The afternoon is free to explore Bucharest and we can go out for a final meal as a group.
    Comfortable hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Fly to London.

    After breakfast we transfer to the airport and flying home.

  • Day 10

    Free time in Bucharest; trip ends here.

    After breakfast we have most of the day to explore Bucharest; we can wonder the old streets and do some last minute shopping or visit some of the fascinating old museums and Palaces before the trip ends here.

Essential Info

Visas

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included in the price of the trip.

Romanian cuisine has strong influences from its surrounding countries like Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary.

We get to indulge in some fantastic home cooked meals on this trip as we spend most nights staying with local families and in guesthouses. Breakfasts will consist of homemade bread and cheeses as well as a selection of locally sourced meats, salad and tea of coffee. The picnic lunches are made by our guesthouses and will usually be sandwiches, salad, fruit and more of their homemade cheese. Some days we will have a traditional vegetable soup for lunch with homemade crème fraiche and bread.

Dinners are usually centred around pork or beef. Lots of guesthouses will prepare Sarmale cu Mamaliguta which is a traditional Romanian dish made of minced pork wrapped in pickled cabbage leaves and served with polenta and a chilli.

It’s not all about the food though; every household makes their own Tuica (pronounced “tsweeka”) which is a spirit usually made from plums and flavoured with herbs from their garden or the surrounding area. This is usually drunk whilst being welcomed into the house and after dinner.

Weather

Spring – Cool morning and evenings, warm in the day time. Pack some warm and waterproof clothes if traveling at this time of the year as showers cannot be ruled out and can last all day. Daytime temperatures in spring can vary between 7c – 17c. Summer – Warm with longer daylight hours; maximum temperatures of 35c and an average of 23c in the lower areas. Expect to be cycling in shorts and a t-shirt at this time of year. Autumn – Normally cool and dry. Temperatures can vary between 20 – 10c though we recommend packing some warm layers for early mornings and evenings if traveling at this time of year as well as some waterproof cycling kit as showers cannot be ruled out.

MVF

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 3 Moderate

6 days of cycling with an average distance 50km, 80% tarmac and 20% gravel tracks with full vehicle support. 

Our routes follow mainly quiet backroads and paths. There are some undulating sections but the distances are not challenging. This tour is run at a very relaxed pace allowing you to stop and take in the surroundings, or chat with any locals you might meet along the route. There is full vehicle support (with limited seats), the vehicle follows the group and carries all essential items like food, drinks and tools, you are welcome to put any items you don’t want to carry in the vehicle and can access them at any point throughout the ride.

All hire bikes are supplied with a rear pannier rack and one large bag, this allows you to carry any small items you might need quick access too, like cameras and waterproofs.  

Accommodation

Guesthouses and hotels

For the majority of the tour we stay in guesthouses and family owned B&B’s, all the buildings are very well kept, clean, comfortable and are truly one-off places to stay. These old buildings were never designed to be hotels, this means that a very limited number of single rooms are available and only on some nights. In some locations bathrooms will need to be shared between a maximum of two rooms. Our hotel in Bucharest is a modern building with good facilities located in the city centre.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed July 2017
    Bel CM

    Cycle Romania

    This was an execllent trip. The scenery, food and the people were wonderful. Just the right balance of cycling - good and energetic - and cultural. What made it particularly special was our two guides. Although Liviu was the main guide, he worked closely with Redu, who is also a guide but provided the support on our trip. They formed a great team and we could not have been better looked after. Both were proud and passionate about their country, its history and culture and were determined to give us every opportunity to learn about it and experience it. As well as the main itnerary, they took every opportunity to show us additional things. The fact that we stayed mainly in small rural homestays gave us an opportunity to sample local hospitality and see village life close up.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was all great but maybe an impromptu visit to the home of a couple who invited us into their yard full of animals, fed us home-made cake and showed us how they continue to live a traditional Transylvanian lifestyle.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liviu, working as a team with Redu, were brilliant. They were so knowledgeable. We learned about the history, food, architecture, politics, traditions, etc. etc.etc. They really went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. For example, on our first night they learned there was a concert in the neighbouring village so we went there. And on our last night they gave up their first night back with their families to have dinner with us and then walked all round Bucharest with us until almost midnight showing us things that we would never have seen on our own. Thanks both!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go. This is up there with one of the best trips we have done.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip. Staying in local homes was lovely. It was also nice to have most meals included. This is always so much more convenient and efficient on activity holidays.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Lindsey Fountain

    Cycling, cows and churches

    A great mixture of cycling and culture, with plenty of cows and castles along the way. Visiting rural Transylvania is like going back in time to the Middle Ages - farmers still use scythes, people get around in horses and carts, and cows wander the streets. There is a fascinating history to uncover and the locals are very friendly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed meeting traditional craftspeople and learning about how close their skills came to being lost forever in the Communist era. We met quite a few entertaining characters along the way. The countryside is beautiful and the medieval town of Sighisoara is picturesque.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Raluca was a great guide - cheerful, patient, experienced and passionate about Romania. She offered lots of personal insights to bring the history of the country to life, and there was a great balance between cycling and culture. She really went out of her way to make sure that we were all enjoying ourselves. Liviu was a great helper too, keeping us fed and watered on the rides.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for mixed standards of accommodation - some excellent and some a little basic, but all with character. Hot water can be a little hit and miss. There are no hair dryers or kettles, so take your own if those things are important to you. It helps to be not too fussy about food as options can be limited if you have specific dietary requirements. We went in May and the weather was very changeable - some hot and sunny days and some cold and rainy days, so if you are going early or late in the season make sure you take clothes for all weather. But above all, go now before it changes too much!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You don't actually visit Bran Castle on the way back to Bucharest because it's a tourist trap and involves long ticket queues - the compromise is to take pictures from the road and visit a different (and impressive) castle instead.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    James Havers

    Cycle Romania

    I very much enjoyed my week spent cycling in Romania. We were cycling through very beautiful scenery, visiting many interesting historical sites. We bonded very well as a group and had a great tour leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In Viscri we visited some local craftsman. They were really good characters and it was very interesting to see their work in action.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Raluka was great throughout the holiday. She looked after us extremely well. When we got to Bucharest she handed us all a nice booklet containing a map and details of local attractions. She was always there to assist us, including when we needed some extra help because BA's computer systems had a power cut.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A lot of the guest houses had Wi-Fi, though not all of them. The Bucharest underground is really straight forward and might be useful if you want to explore different areas of the city. A lot of the places we stayed were very rural, so if you're a night owl take a book, or possibly even some dominoes!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was nice to only be in a coach at the start and the end of the trip.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    joanna kurowski

    cycle Romania

    A brilliant holiday. The tour guide Raluca Teodor was outstanding. She was passionate about her country with all its history which she conveyed simply so that I remember so much. She was also very kind and always aware of our needs. Her co helper Liviu was also extremely helpful and they both made a good team. In Bucharest at the end of the holiday with the BA flight problems Raluca organised a new hotel for us to cater for our extra stay before our flight home via Turkish Airlines. The whole group gelled very well and this will always be an Exodus holiday to remember.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really cannot find one thing. I would say all of it. Some of the guest houses such as the Water mill, the priest's talk, Sighisoara, the cart rides.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Outstanding (see above.)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Travel light, don't be phased by travel problems!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I cannot think of anything else.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Elspeth Barley

    Cycle Romania

    Stunning scenery with the historical backdrop of political upheavals and resilient people made a fascinating cocktail

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The man who sews the waistcoats and is a human world heritage site was a first - but he can't get a word in edgewise with his wife in full flow! Staying in guesthouses in small villages was lovely and took me out of the normal comfort zone of a standard hotel. I wouldn't have wanted to sleep with my in- laws in a drawer under me though! The Saxon churches in Transylvania being still lovingly cared for even though no Saxons remain in the community

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Raluka was superb throughout. Fun, enthusiastic, efficient and picked up our group humour so quickly she held her own. Her passion, pride and hope for her country was inspirational for us jaded types. She was ably assisted by Livio who provided additional insights

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just enjoy every minute like I did

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Leave space in your luggage there are unique big things to buy!
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Chris Nicholls

    A truly amazing experience

    A fabulous trip in lovely countryside with friendly people and sights and sounds of a bygone age. The cycling was always interesting with lots to see along the route. The culture and history of the country was explained to us on route enhancing the enjoyment of what we were experiencing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The warmness and friendliness in which we were greeted in people's homes. Our hosts could not do enough to help us, it was lovely to experience and feel the welcome of the local people. We often sat out after arriving from a days cycling with cakes and drinks whilst chatting to the hosts in a lovely relaxed environment. Life in the villages was hard but the children always waved and looked happy as we passed through.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Raluca and Liveu worked together superbly to give us a faultless, interesting holiday constantly surprising us with visits along the way. Any problems were dealt with efficiently and promptly. Raluca had a vast knowledge of her country and she passed that on to us during the week with a history lesson most evenings before we had our meal. She was passionate about her country and her enthusiasm was infectious.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have enough local currency to last the first few days as apart from the airport there is no where to exchange money in the villages . It was day 5 before we entered a large town with exchange facilities. Beware the roads generally are in poor condition so you have to keep an eye out for the numerous potholes, some of which are quite a size and depth.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An excellent , cultural and historical holiday. You find yourself totally immersed in a very diverse and different country. Raluca's passion was infectious and contributed to a fantastic experience/holiday.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Mike Cooper

    A HIDDEN GEM?

    This tour is more of a mini adventure or experience than a holiday and incorporates the correct balance of moderate cycling, history and culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling into the UNESCO sites of Sighisoara and Viscri and learning/understanding the history of the region.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Raluca is energetic, organised, knowledgeable and above all very passionate about her country. It is no surprise she has taken up some form of 'councillor role' in Bucharest. As well as a superb Leader Raluca would make a good history teacher as she was able to retain my interest which can sometimes be limited.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This category has used the correct terminology 'potential travellers' - It is for travellers not tourists because there is a need to be flexible to and appreciate some of the accommodation used and amenities available. Go now because whilst some of the villages/towns are protected it will change as more people find this 'hidden gem' of an area.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Like a lot of countries around the world they meaning Rumania have a image problem. This adventure will possibly change your perception of the country.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Amanda Hubbard

    Cycle Romania

    Don’t hesitate to visit Romania and explore Transylvania by bicycle. At the moment there is little tourism there and Transylvania remains bucolic, tranquil and unspoilt, as it has done for centuries. I was impressed by the abundance of growth everywhere, the wild flowers by the roadside, nesting storks on village roofs and soaring eagles overhead, gypsies in traditional dress, the horses and carts and well cared for domestic animals. It really is like something out of “Lark Rise to Candleford” – truly idyllic farming country out of a picture book, where here and there time appears to have stood still. Go before it changes, and visit the ancient, medieval citadels and Saxon Lutheran fortified churches. And cycling is a good way to meet Romanians, eat their delicious home-cooked food and see behind the doors of the brightly painted cottages, which front each village’s main street.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the UNESCO world heritage sites of Sighisoara and Viscri - not the cycling, which I saw as the least intrusive way to explore Transylvania. Sighisoara is a well-preserved and still inhabited medieval citadel. Definitely visit the unpretentious museum within the ancient clocktower (it looks like something out of Disney’s “Cinderella”), ascend to the top and enjoy the view of the town over the profusion of roof tiles…. and stay for the old clock to sound the hour. Our hotel was charming and right on the central square. Our night in the village of Viscri was such fun. The road through Viscri was not paved, there were horses and carts everywhere and a horse and cart took us to the beautifully preserved Saxon church and also to see how they make (by hand) the bricks and tiles used to restore the village. Then in the evening after enjoying a sociable beer or two at the local store which doubled up as the pub, we enjoyed dinner in the garden of the cottage where we were staying and witnessed the procession of cows returning to their homes to be milked, only to leave for the pastures at dawn.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Raluca Teodor was an angel. It was she who had planned the trip – we even squeezed in a delicious water mill lunch and a tour of a water powered woollen blanket business - and she looked after 8 of us on her own. Raluca has her own adventure travel business and is passionate about her country. Most nights we had a Romanian history lesson, but night by night the history became more and more confusing, especially as Transylvania, Wallachia and Moldavia only united to form Romania in 1881 under King Carol 1. She was considerate and sociable, could repair bikes and had planned well, but not for the terrible rain storm on our first full day! But we landed up at a great little hotel in the middle of nowhere, welcomed at the door by Mirella, who seemed to do everything except cook. There was a lady cook though, who was fantastic and the breakfast was the best of many good breakfasts on the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some may miss WIFI – it wasn’t always available. So what! If you are particularly concerned about the quality of the accommodation, be sure to read Trip Notes. We stayed in guest houses, most of which were charming. We spent our last night in Bucharest in the beautiful “fin de siècle” Capitol Hotel. Probably not a holiday for very keen cyclists, but personally I would visit Transylvania ASAP before the Idyll is destroyed by “Progress”.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Elizabeth Yellen

    Cycle Romania

    This is an excellent, well-organized tour with a good balance of cycling and culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's hard to choose just one. It's impossible to master all of Romania's complex history in just a week, but at the end of the trip I felt as though I had really seen the country. In addition to beautiful scenery, we experienced life in the villages, visited a flour mill and a family-run wool factory, met Saxon priests, and even squeezed in some sightseeing in a couple of cities.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Raluca is an outstanding guide. She is competent, attentive, organized, personable, and passionate and knowledgeable about her country. From the guesthouse stays to the daily history lessons, she did everything to ensure that we experienced the real Romania. The fact that she clearly has strong personal relationships with everyone we encountered testifies to her commitment to her job.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    SUSAN BENNETT

    Cycling in Romania

    I have been on a number of Exodus cycling holidays but this was one of the best. The cycling was just right with a number of modest climbs but the countryside is so beautiful and unspoilt with so much to see. Mountains, wild flowers, wildlife, forests, herds of sheep and cattle. Also a lot to learn about the history of Romania which explains the fortified churches, the hilltop citadels, the extraordinary palaces, the legacy of the Soviet era. A brilliant holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think the thing that inspired me most was the unexpected variety of each day. The visit to the flour mill on the first day (most were destroyed in soviet times) through to the sightseeing at the end in Bucharest and the unbelievable palace of Ceausescu in Bucharest. Every day was exciting but probably my favourite was staying in Viscri which has been beautifully restored with the help of the Prince Charles foundation. I've never seen bricks and tiles being made by hand before. Or woken up to cows going along the Main Street at 06:30 and people wheeling their milk home in the old fashioned milk churns!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was brilliant. She was informative, friendly, took care of all our needs (lots of short stops and snacks). Her knowledge of the history was good and answered all our questions intelligently. She directed us to the best sights, great restaurants and was fun to be with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go. It is a great holiday.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Cycling good - it is a 3 moderate. Food so fresh and healthy - loved it. Country beautiful and interesting. Whole trip was better than my expectations.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

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

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

 

What kind of options do I have ?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

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

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

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

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

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

 

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