Cycle Romania

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Trip code: 
MVF
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
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 partial vehicle support (limited seats) 
  • 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
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.

6

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Approximately 3-5 hours cycling per day

Terrain:

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

Day by day breakdown
Day 259.0km/37.0miles
Day 366.0km/41.0miles
Day 465.0km/40.0miles
Day 540.0km/25.0miles
Day 648.0km/30.0miles
Day 735.0km/22.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to 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 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

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

    We start today's 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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 in the centre of town.


    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. The afternoon is free to explore Bucharest and we can go out for a final meal as a group.

    Please note. Bran Castle is an extremely popular tourist destination and can be very busy. Therefore our local guide will give the option to either visit Bran Castle (as stated above) or make a quick stop to see the castle from the outside before transferring to the spectacular though less well known Peles Castle for a tour. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Fly to London.

    After breakfast we transfer to the airport and flying home.

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.

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 partial 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. The support 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.  

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.

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.

Single supplement available on 5 nights (Days 1, 2, 5, 7, 8; limited availability)

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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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Barbara Elliston

    Cycle Romania

    A wonderful trip exploring very rural parts of Transylvania - varying terrain - some stretches of unmade roads. Beautiful scenery and interesting visits to Monasteries and fortified Churches. No problem with the bicycles provided.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through very rural parts. Meeting up with friendly hosts at the overnight stays in the towns and experiencing some of their culture and food.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good and knowledgeable and able to cope with all eventualities. The driver of the van was also very knowledgeable and very helpful moving luggage, mechanical issue with the bicycles and providing refreshments.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Not many places to get cash out of machines so make sure you have enough.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although it was interesting seeing the outside of both Bran and Peles Castles and hearing about the history we did encounter a lot of traffic as it is a very touristy area and after the relative solitude of the tour I am not sure whether it should have been included. All the traffic jams meant that we got to the hotel in Bucharest rather late and did not really get chance to explore very much.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Barbara Elliston

    Cycling in the Transylvania area of Romania

    A wonderful trip exploring very rural parts of Transylvania - varying terrain - some stretches of unmade roads. Beautiful scenery and interesting visits to Monasteries and fortified Churches. No problem with the bicycles provided.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through very rural parts. Meeting up with friendly hosts at the overnight stays in the towns and experiencing some of their culture and food.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good and knowledgeable and able to cope with all eventualities. The driver of the van was also very knowledgeable and very helpful moving luggage, mechanical issue with the bicycles and providing refreshments.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Not many places to get cash out of machines so make sure you have enough.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although it was interesting seeing the outside of both Bran and Peles Castles and hearing about the history we did encounter a lot of traffic as it is a very touristy area and after the relative solitude of the tour I am not sure whether it should have been included. All the traffic jams meant that we got to the hotel in Bucharest rather late and did not really get chance to explore very much.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Laura Knapp

    Do this trip soon! Romania is fantastic!

    This is our 6th cycling trip with Exodus and it is one of the best. The route was wonderful with views of the Carpathians, fields of corn and potatoes and horses pulling carts. We are experienced cyclists and the 3/10 level lets one burn some calories but still leave time to visit monasteries, water-driven flour mills and fortified churches. It was good to know in advance that we might have to share a bathroom (4 times, but it worked out) and that the food is rustic home cooking (great cheese, cured meats, mashed potatoes, lots of tomatoes and cucumbers). Our leader, Tudor, was excellent. Remember to save time to do a free walking tour in Bucharest on the last day. Travel guides say that tourism in Romania is "budding"--do this trip now before the country changes!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Witnessing the beautiful rural life with an abundance of local crops. Learning the influence of Mongols and Turks, and the Silk Road from China, as this country is so far East. Riding alone on a country road with the yellow flowers all around.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tudor did an excellent job. He let us bike at our own pace which is very important. He had incredible knowledge and love of the area. Also, he put together a WhatsApp group for us (by individual consent) at the beginning. We could share pictures and get more pictures of ourselves. Why hasn't anyone thought of that before? Our driver, Livio was calm and capable. He would provide snacks such as chocolate from his Communist childhood and tell us the story. Or candy bars with the name of the nearby Fagaras Mountains.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do this trip. Our group is still chatting and sharing pictures in our WhatsApp group because we just don't want to let go of the memories.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Irene Daniels

    Cycling Romania

    Brilliant guide Brilliant support driver Brilliant group Fantastic country - mostly in Transylvania Great bike Great accommodation Challenging but very satisfying daily bike rides

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When one of our group (young female) stopped two galloping horses tied to a cart careering through a small village, even the owners could not stop them and were very impressed

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tudor was first rate; great leader, knew Transylvania's history and geography inside out. Great sense of humour, knew when to be serious and when to be light hearted Great with the slower as well as the quicker cyclists

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Superb trip
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Patricia H

    Great trip

    This was my first trip with Exodus and bike tour - but not my last. And I can only recommend it to anyone: a well organised trip, with great guides (Tudor and Liviu - both are always smiling and relaxed but well prepared). Tudor informed us very well of what is ahead and what to expect and Liviu took care of nice coffee and tea brakes (and nuts, chocolate, bananas etc.) waiting for us always in great mood. With both I would go on any trip as I felt well taken care of. And the group itself was nice too. Though I've seen more impressive landscapes n other journeys it was still unique - all the untouched lovely wild meadows everywhere - and the most impressive pottholes I have ever seen :-) ! With the bike the impression is uncomparable: the rustic land life, horses pulling carts and the little villages with old men and women sitting on benches in front of their houses waving with a cheerfull smile. very friendly people and hosts. Though there was a lot of meat it was not only meat - but don't expect to lose weight as you get a lot to eat, and I liked the Romanian Radler, nearly at every guest house you get free wifi. Don't take too much change - everything is cheap and even with tips I ended up with enough change, but as I will come back no problem. By the way: they have new bikes, so well equipped for the tour. But bring your gel saddle and enough sun screen and some mosquito repellent and your camera for lovely photos. I think the trip was more challenging than expected, less due to some gravel roads but with some climbs (e.g. 4 k) in the hot summer heat without any shade (I would recommend going in May or June).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The visit at the wool mill. And nearly every little village we passed with the bike. After the biking part in Viscri watching the cows, horses and goats coming back from the fields into the village and the visit at the local brick "factory".

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tudor (guide) and Liviu (support car) just great!!!!!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    (See above and:) have your camera/mobile for photos any time that you don't have to stop to take photos. Be fit, especially for the climbs in the heat, don't underestimate it. Be aware that the guest houses are quite simple but they offer anything you need (always warm water, just be aware that is sometimes the opposite of what is indicated on the regulator), sometimes shared bathrooms and it is not always allowed to throw toilet paper in the toilet.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book this trip! You won't regret it.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Paula Walker

    Fantastic

    Just got back from an amazing week of cycling in this lovely country. Our leaders, Tudor and Livio were wonderful, so kind and considerate, so knowledgeable about this history and culture of their country, superb English, they made this trip fun and interesting. The cycling was challenging on varied road surfaces but the scenery, views of the mountains and seeing rustic farming methods, scythes, horses & carts etc more than compensated. At the end of a hot day of cycling Livio was there offering cold beer and watermelon. At each comfort stop he was there with coffee, tea, a sweet from the region and fruit. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation was great, very clean and comfortable, and the hosts welcoming. As a vegetarian I was well catered for. I can recommend this holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    In Viscri towards the end of the tour, watching the cows, horses and goats Being herded from the fields down the Main Street and finding their way to their own homes. An amazing sight. I was up at 6:15 the next morning to watch them all emerge from their homes and congregate in the street to away their journey back off to the fields. Each house in Viscr appear to own it’s on cow so there were quite a few.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tudor was amazing, so very kind and thoughtful with a lovely sense of humour. We pulled his leg about his pronunciation of a few words, but his English was very very good. And his knowledge of Romanian history was encyclopaedic.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a gel saddle cover for extra comfort, and a tube of sudocreme. Romania is a very cheap country to visit, for a week I took out £120 for tips, a couple of meals out, drinks, ice creams and other incidentals...and that was plenty. Investigate Strava for your phone beforehand.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    See Romania before it becomes more developed, already buildings for tourists are being constructed. And enjoy beer at 60p/ pint and ice creams at 40p/ cone.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    J T

    cycle romaina

    really truly surprising place quiet unspoilt clean friendly , good wi fi , mobile phone and yet really untouched by 2oth centuary cars a variety , and then the fortified churches we all yawn ,but with this trip each and everyone has its own special charm . Good varied acheivable ride in deepest quiet untouched country side

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    veskri unesco world heritage village

    What did you think of your group leader?

    radu was i think the best i have had so far

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    do not forget youre battery charger for camera i did and beelive me youll want to take loads of pics
  • Reviewed October 2017
    Roger Pattenden

    Fascinating glimpse of rural Romania

    Very good trip. The rides were through a variety of terrain and landscapes. On the first few days there were views of groups of local people working in the fields with only the occasional item of usually soviet era farm machinery to help. There were visits to interesting sights including many fortified churches the like of which we had not seen before. In the context of local overnight stays with which we are very familiar on Exodus trips, those on this trip were all good. The only slight downside for some was the local high fat diet (sausages, salami, fatty pork and pickled cabbage featured prominently ) and hardly any fresh vegetables for nearly all meals. But that was the local diet and was therefore the authentic experience we expected. It was interesting to see the contrast between rural Romania with its horses and carts and modern Bucharest which we explored at the end of the trip. The trip lived up to our expectations of seeing a rural way of life which might have been similar to the UK several hundred years ago.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the bakery where the wife made very good bread, in conditions which would give a public health inspector a turn, and where the husband used a cart pulled by a blind horse.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Radu was an excellent leader and Liviu was also excellent as helper / driver and picnic provider. Both spoke very good English, had a very good knowledge of Romanian history and were very pleasant company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for rather different food from a healthy UK diet.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Annette Jorgensen

    Great cycling holiday in Romania

    Just back from a 8 days cycling trip in Romania and really loved this trip because here you get the chance of experience the real country life in Romania.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The people of Romania was just so friendly and welcoming everywhere we went in the country and seeing their simple but laid back life was a true inspiration for all of us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The 2 guides Radu and Liviu is by no doubt some of the best guides I have ever had. So experienced and laid back and nothing was too much trouble for them. Also always ready for a party and to take the group out a night so just had so much fun with these guys.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not expect 5 star accommodation but expect something very different every night and to get close to the real people in Romania.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The bikes are not fantastic on this trip but the days are relatively easy so didn't matter too much. However if you are a tall girl like me and prefer a male frame then please remember to request this - since for the first time I had to cycle on a female frame - which was not ideal for me.
  • 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.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

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

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

 

What kind of options do I have ?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

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

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

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

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

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

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Dates and prices will be here soon. To book or find out more now call 0845 863 9600 or email us on [email protected]

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