Moscow to St Petersburg

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Trip code: 
AVS
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Explore three of Russia's grandest cities

This trip reveals the best of Russia’s three most fascinating cities and includes entrance fees to the key monuments and museums. Free time is also essential to absorb the atmosphere and make the most of other optional visits, such as the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, or a hydrofoil ride out to the stunning Peterhof Palace in St Petersburg. A short stop in Novgorod, the birthplace of Russia, completes this cultural experience and offers a respite in a busy itinerary.

Highlights

  • Guided tour of Moscow's Kremlin and Armoury
  • Discover Novgorod, the birthplace of Russia
  • Visit the famous Amber Room at Catherine Palace in Pushkin
  • Enjoy St Petersburg's sites including the Hermitage Museum & Faberge Museum

Key information

  • 6 nights at comfortable 3 star hotels and 1 night sleeper train
  • Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by minibus, train and metro

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts

  • All accommodation including sleeper train

  • Transfers for group flights
  • Letter of invitation (required for visa)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplement
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 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.

Monument to Minin and Pozharsky, Saint Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Moscow.

    Arrive in the early evening and transfer to our centrally located hotel in Moscow. The journey takes approximately 1 hour from Domodedovo Airport, during peak season this can be longer due to heavy traffic. The closest subway station to our hotel is Arbatskaya on the blue line (the only station where all four lines meet).

    After dinner, we recommend an evening walk to Red Square
    Arbat House Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Morning orientation tour including Red Square and Lenin’s Tomb. Free afternoon to explore the Russian capital.

    This morning we enjoy a guided walk across Red Square, past Lenin’s Mausoleum visiting the infamous leader’s tomb. After we gain our bearings, there is free time to visit the magnificent St Basil’s Cathedral, which was built by Ivan the Terrible and remains one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. We then hop aboard the efficient Metro system, for a short tour of some of the most beautiful stations.

    Later there is time to see Moscow’s premier art collection at the Tretyakov Gallery, where the priceless Russian Icon collection is kept along with other highlights. Or you may choose to do some shopping at the souvenir market.

    Evening visits to the Bolshoy Theatre are very popular and are available to book online (subject to availability). The circus is also a popular choice - however, live animals are used in some acts so this may not be to everyone’s taste. Please note that Exodus are unable to pre-book these tickets as we are not official ticket agents and tickets can only be booked in advance.

    Arbat House Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Guided tour of the Kremlin grounds and Armoury Museum. Free afternoon for shopping or sightseeing. Overnight sleeper train to Novgorod.

    Today we head straight to the highlight for many who visit Moscow, the Kremlin - a city within a city. It is still the seat of much political power and contains many of Russia’s greatest treasures. We visit the magnificent cathedrals of St. Michael the Archangel, the Annunciation and the Assumption, as well as the Tsar Bell and the golden domes of Ivan the Great Bell Tower. Also included is a visit to the famous Armoury, a museum of opulent treasures including fabulous gold coaches and the famous Faberge eggs. There is some more free time in the afternoon before we meet at the hotel for the short transfer to the train station. There will be time to visit the shops to buy some snacks and drinks for the journey, before boarding our late night sleeper train to Novgorod.
    Sleeper train

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Morning walking tour including visits to Novgorod Kremlin, St Sofia's Cathedral and Yaroslav's Court; optional afternoon to visit to the Museum of Wooden Architecture.

    No other Russian city can compete with Novgorod in the variety and age of its historical monuments. We spend a relaxing morning on a gentle walking tour through the riverside Kremlin dating back to the 10th century. We take in the sites of St Sofia’s Cathedral Yaroslav's Court and the Millennium Monument, created to celebrate 1000 years of Russia. The afternoon is free, a chance to experience a less visited city with a truly Russian feel. Most choose to head out into the countryside to enjoy the Yuriev Monastery and the Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture, to learn more about rural life in Russia

    For many Novgorod is a real highlight and a welcome break from hectic Moscow before moving on to St Petersburg.
    Volkhov Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Pushkin; visit Catherine Palace including the Amber Room. Free afternoon.

    In the morning we transfer to the small town of Pushkin to see the incredible Catherine Palace and gardens. Every room in this huge palace is as opulent as the last, lined with gold and marble. The highlight, however, is The Amber Room, which was dismantled by the Nazis during the war and its content lost somewhere in East Prussia. It has recently been restored to its former glory and is a sight to behold. After the tour there is free time to enjoy the gardens, visit Peter & Paul Fortress, or return to the hotel for a traditional banya a traditional Russian sauna.
    Hotel Natalia or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Early departure to St Petersburg to explore the historic city centre; free afternoon. Evening visit to the Fabergé Museum.

    After a short transfer, by train, we arrive in one of the finest and most extravagant cities in Europe - St Petersburg. This is a relatively young city, which only celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2003. It was the vision of Peter the Great and was part of his desire to bring ‘old Russia' into the modern European age. Much of its design and work was contributed to by foreign designers and craftsmen - the result being some of the finest 18th and 19th-century buildings to be found in Europe, but with a distinct Russian influence. Our hotel is located just off Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s most famous street, full of fine mansions, cathedrals and shops, all with a story to tell. We enjoy an orientation tour before free time for an optional visit inside the Peter and Paul Fortress and the famous cathedral that contains the tombs of the Romanovs, St Isaac’s Cathedral or the Church of the Spilt Blood. We will meet again in the early evening, for a visit to the new Fabergé Museum housing 4,000 pieces of fine decorative art, the highlight of which is a group of nine imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Tsars.
    Asteria Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Morning tour of the Hermitage. Free afternoon to see more of the sites of St Petersburg. Art lovers can choose to stay in the Hermitage.

    We make the most of our final full day in Russia, with a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace. One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764. Here every room is a piece of art in its own right, you will marvel at the Pavilion Hall, Peacock Room, and Hanging Gardens and that’s before you’ve even seen any art! The afternoon is free. Why not take in the sights of the city by boat on a relaxing canal trip?

    Please note that this day may operate in reverse due to entrance slots at the Hermitage.
    Hotel Asteria or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End St Petersburg.

    After breakfast, there is some free time before the group flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Russia

All nationalities require a visa for Russia. These requirements will vary depending on your nationality. For British nationals visa applications must now be made in person at a visa processing centre, located in London and Edinburgh. At the time of application, fingerprints will be taken. We will be providing a new type of service to assist with the application process; however we will no longer be able to submit the application on your behalf. It is your responsibility to arrange a visa prior to travel, but we will provide you with more information after booking to help and advice with this. The cost of the visa is currently GBP108.40. For more information please go to http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/Russia.pdf

Please note: The visa application takes approximently 5 working days. You can arrange for your passport to be posted back to you or returned to the visa processing centre to collect it in person. 

 

Vaccinations

Russia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Yellow Fever.

Eating and Drinking

6 breakfasts included.

There are not many restaurants and cafes in these cities where you can try pure Russian cuisine. Nowadays Russian food is a mixture of cuisine from neighbouring countries such as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and those of Central Asia. You can try pancakes and pies with different fillings, delicious khachapuri (traditional Georgian pie with home-made cheese suluguni), caucas kebabs, Uzbekistani plov (rice dish with meat and vegetables) and soups (traditional Russian schi with solty cabbage or Ukrainian borsch with beetroot).

Your leader will arrange group dinners in different restaurants to get the most out of this gastronomic mix throughout your journey. Restaurant Chekhov in St Petersburg and Cafe Chekhov in Moscow can be considered as places to try Russian cuisine (fish soups, solty black milk mushrooms, aspics, poultry, jellies). Vegetarians are well catered for in Moscow and St Petersburg but lesser so outside of these main cities. Expect to pay £20-30 per person for dinner and between £8-10 for a lunch snack.

Weather

This part of Russia is in northern Europe and has a continental climate, with extreme highs in the summer and lows in the winter. Through the summer months, rain can be experienced at any time. Spring starts about a month later than in the UK and autumn finishes about a month earlier. Trips at this time should be warm and sunny, in the high summer, it can be hot, with temperatures of about 30°C or more. Winter departures are very different. Expect snow from early Dec through to April with temperatures between +10 and –5 in Nov, Dec, March and April dropping to between –10 and –20 in Jan and Feb. Russia is magical in winter and if you take good quality clothing for when you are out and about you will be fine. The hotels and restaurants are generally well heated and a sauna is a great way to end a day’s sightseeing.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded as Leisurely/Moderate (2) and visits as much as possible in three of Russia's most historical cities. There is a lot to see in a week yet the pace is not rushed and plenty of time is left for self-exploration. Should you choose to take part in all the offered optional activities, the week will seem more demanding. As this itinerary is mostly sightseeing, please be prepared for a reasonable amount of walking between sites, especially in Moscow. 

For the overnight train journey, we use second class compartments comprised of 4 berths and are of a reasonable standard, with bed linen provided, please note that cabins can rather hot. Breakfast is served on the train.

Entrances are included for Kremlin and Armoury, Catherine Palace & Park and the Hermitage Museum. On occasion, the government may choose to close Red Square without warning.

If you are travelling during June, July and August then please be prepared for queues and crowds at major sites, such as the Armoury, Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage.

Should you require tickets for either the recently renovated Bolshoy Theatre in Moscow or Mariinskiy Theatre in St. Petersburg then please book your tickets direct via their websites (see Optional Excursions for details). Due to limited availability at certain times of the year and the theatres only being available to book 3-6 months in advance then we are unable to provide this service.

Many visitors find St. Petersburg a little overwhelming as there is so much to see. Exodus strongly recommends a couple of additional nights at the end of the tour. By which time you feel comfortable navigating the city alone.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 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

Hotel and Sleeper Train

You will spend 6 nights in comfortable 3 star hotels and 1 night on a sleeper train. All accommodation is offered on a twin share basis. Our properties in all three cities are in a central location within walking distance of the main sights (no more than 20 minutes). Wi-Fi is available free of charge but may only be accessible in public areas and is often temperamental. Every hotel offers a buffet breakfast.

The sleeper train is based on 2nd class, 4 berth cabins. Linen is provided. If you have trouble climbing into an upper bunk, please let Exodus know at the time.

Single supplement from £180, excludes sleep train between Moscow and Novgorod.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 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.

Experts

Contact a member of staff who has done this trip

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 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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  • Reviewed October 2018
    Gillian Wright-Dixon

    Great country

    What a great place to visit. Seeing the Kremlin and St Basil's cathedral in Red Square, and the architecture of St Petersburg. Two completely contrasting cities and all within 8 days.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Kremlin was a huge part of the trip I wont forget, especially seeing Lenin's tomb. Also walking around St Petersburg and marveling at the buildings.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was a joy to oversee our tour. Julia was exceptional as a tour leader and met all of our needs.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take around 40,000 ruble (as of 2018 and if your not one to buy souvenirs). I took 56,000 and had 23,000 left over as I wasn't sure how much I would need. If you travel in early October the weather was very mild so you don't need many jumpers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just what a great country to visit. Very interesting. If you get the chance, go snd visit the cold war bunker in Moscow.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    John Devall

    Great trip for culture lovers

    A great trip to give you a taster of what Russia is like. There is so much culture whether you like history or the arts. There is a lot of walking, more than you would expect from reading the trip notes, but it is all worth it as there is something new and interesting around every corner. Moscow was a revelation so clean and not quite the grey and forbidding city it is sometimes made out to be on the news. All the sights are worth seeing and to be honest there is even more that cannot be crammed into such a short trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Going to Red Square on the first evening. It took our breath away. It was beautiful and the cold clear night just gave it a sense of wonder.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eugene was great. Nothing was too much trouble. He was always on time and described the itinerary in detail so there were no surprises. His English was excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take sturdy shoes there is a lot of walking. Ear plugs for the train.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is not the first time we have experienced an over night train journey and they are not as romantic as you may think. The train itself was noisy, not the people, and the movement can be disconcerting when you are on the top bunk. We have decided that this will be our last trip where we have to take an overnight train. We also think that St. Petersburg deserves another day. I know the trip notes advise that you can add extra days but one more day within the trip would be better served. Other than that this is great trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Ronnie Macdonald

    Lots to see!

    A busy week with lots to see and photograph.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Spasskaya Tower Military Festival. Spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    She was really excellent. Always looking out for sand anticipating any potential problems. Entertained us on the bus journey with Russian lessons and a Putkin fairy tail.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Watch out for pickpockets, particularly in St Petersburg. Only take out what you need.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Main museums very busy with tourists. If this a concern go out of season.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Keith Lally

    A wonderful Tour of Russia

    The trip was nothing short of outstanding.........and believe me I can be a fussy traveller ! WE started in Moscow and did a night time tour around Red Square which was amazing-spectacular scenery and then in the morning did the Kremlin. Russia is the complete opposite of what is presented in mainstream media-its a friendly, warm country and people very friendly. We then travelled to Novgrod and Pushkin smaller Russian Cities and again very interesting rounded off by the cultural capital of Russia-St Petersburgh. Memorable trips included-the Moscow Metro station tour and the Moscow Space Museum.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The boat tour through Moscow and also the night time walk through Red Square in Moscow.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Artem was nothing short of outstanding. Artem went beyond the call of duty constantly looking out for everyone in the group and during downtime would give other recommendations/things to do. Artem was very patient and hard working and great sense of humour!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Dont read into the negative media and go for it visit Russia. The World Cup convinced me Russia was a more open and safe country to visit and from visiting Russia it is one of the safest countries I have ever visited. I guarantee you-Russia will be one of the best trips you have ever had-its the trip of a lifetime.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Russia is very fairly priced and great value for money.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    john Mc Carron

    Moscow - Saint Petersburg

    Very enjoyable trip, lots to see and do, plenty of variety. It is all well described in the trip notes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed the evening walk in Red Square, all very calm, no rushing about.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good; pleasant and informative

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the trip notes. If you still have questions, read the notes again, the answer is probably there.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Nicola Baillie

    Moscow and St Petersburg in February

    This was a fantastic experience. A really well organised trip that allows you to absorb the highlights of Moscow, Novgorod, Pushkin and St Petersburg in at times really beautiful winter weather.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Catherine's Palace was outstanding - so opulent and going in the winter meant you got to see all of the rooms. Also seeing the freezing atmosphere and the frozen moisture falling like glitter was so beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eugene was great - patient, kind and helpful, well organised and up for a good laugh

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I really wanted to go to the Sanduny Baths in Moscow and I headed over there on first day with someone else on the trip. I thought it was really worth it (I really enjoys saunas and similar experiences). We walked using google maps for guidance (beware, the cold really drains phone batteries) (about 20min walk from Kremlin area) and spent 2.5 hours there. The baths were really hot and I 'indulged' in a birch twig/ leave massage for the authentic experience. This involved being hit by birch leaves/ twigs and massaged for 20mins in the sauna area - not cheap but I loved the experience. We also stayed an extra day at the end and really enjoyed a trip out to Peterhof Palace which was also worth a visit. Also went to the ballet in St Petersburg which was really special.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Filling in the application form for Visa was time consuming and stressful but I think I worried more than I needed to. They ask where you've been abroad for the last 10 years but then the form only has space for 10 entries. So if you are lucky, like me, and been abroad more than 10x in the last 10 years just but down anywhere that's stamped in your passport and a few others - that seemed to be fine, and was what a few of us had done. Also - they asked for bank account details. I just gave my current account and again, this seemed to be sufficient.
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Judy H

    A wonderful Russian Experience

    We enjoyed a wonderful, busy eight days in Russia. The history, and the culture is all so interesting, and the way they have emerged from the Communist era. Everywhere was extremely clean, and we found the people to be friendly. The churches and cathedrals, and the palaces are beyond spectacular. We had an extra day in St Petersburg which enabled us to go to Peterhof gardens and fountains, though not the palace, and to see Swan Lake at the Mariinsky theatre which was another highlight. Doing the trip as a private adventure we were able to eat proper Russian food in some first rate restaurants, never paying over the odds for our meals.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Kremlin and Armoury museum in Moscow and the Catherine Palace in Pushkin.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Doing this as a private adventure we didn't have a group leader, but we found the local guides we had in Moscow, Novgorod and St Petersburg all very friendly, knowledgable and easy to understand. Maria in Moscow particularly went the extra mile, showing us more than she would normally be able to include, and sorting out our onward transport from Moscow to Novgorod.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    GO! And take insect repellant for Novgorod!
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Ruth Green

    A taste of a fascinating country

    A very busy trip, to see the major highlights of these two important Russian cities, plus Novgorod & Pushkin.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing St Basil's Cathedral for the first time & just being in Red Square where so much history had taken place. The interior of Catherine's Palace in Pushkin - bling overload!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eugene was well organised and guided the group well. I had the feeling he felt uncomfortable when some of us wanted to do things that were off plan, but he was helpful in guiding us to achieve them. I wasn't happy with some of his choice of restaurants, which tended towards the cafeteria end of the market. We would have liked to know where we were going beforehand, to allow us an alternate choice.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is not a trip for those who like 'good' food. I wasn't impressed by the food in the restaurants we went to or in some of the hotels. Much of our food was served lukewarm or cold, which is never appetising. Russian hotel rooms don't have any tea making facilities, so if you like to make a cuppa in your room take a travel kettle. The night on the Russian train ( which departs at 10 pm) is an experience, personally I got very little sleep. The train stopped and jolted quite a lot during the night. We were woken at 5 am, de-trained at 6:30 am, arrived at the hotel for breakfast at 7am & at 9am taken on a tour of Novgorod, returning at 12 to check in. This was all very tiring! Be aware that as on many Exodus trips, you need a lot of stamina!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Unfortunately I suffered from a bad back during the trip and couldn't enjoy the tour as much as I wanted. There was a lot of walking, which I found difficult, and even some of the fitter members of the group thought that the pace was often unrelenting. Due to my health problems I was unable to see The Kremlin in Moscow, The Faberge Museum & The Hermitage in St Petersburg. The walk from the hotel in St Petersburg to The Hermitage was at least 45 mins. I feel this trip should be regraded leisurely/moderate. It is anything but leisurely! A lot is fitted in but maybe an extra day would help make the itinerary not so punishing?!
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Maureen Donelan

    Moscow and St Petersburg

    A well planned and interesting trip taking us to Novgorod and Pushkin as well as Moscow and St Petersburg. An extra day in Moscow would have been welcomed as there was too much to see in too little time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    No one inspirational moment, but many including all the wonderful churches, the Moscow Kremlin, the Hermitage museum (including the impressionists in a separate gallery) AND our visit to the gardens of Peterhof (Summer Palace) on the hydrofoil.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Young, engaging, organised and informed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do some preparatory homework before you go, so what you hear when you are there fits into and expands the narrative you already know.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Nicola Middleton

    Culture and Kremlins in the Wintertime

    This was an opportunity to experience some of the many faces of Russia, from the austere grandeur of Moscow to the opulence of St Petersburg, as well as the quieter charms of Novgorod and Pushkin. Traveling on the overnight sleeper train from Moscow provided a taste of real Russia away from the everyday touristic experience, as well an opportunity for plenty of group bonding. Russia in wintertime is magical, from Red Square at night to the frozen lake at the Catherine Palace and the canals of St Petersburg.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    An afternoon trip to the Museum of Wooden Architecture near Novgorod provided an opportunity to see country life. It was so quiet and peaceful with some amazing buildings in a spectacular woodland setting. A musical evening at the Bolshoi Theatre also provided an opportunity to experience the friendliness of Muscovites. Lost at the bar, we were befriended by a Russian lady who was intrigued that we had chosen to visit Moscow and eager to help us.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eugine's organisation was faultless. He enabled us to to enjoy a holiday that would have been difficult to organise ourselves. He led the group with good humour and his insights into Russian life, history and culture transformed our experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The first couple of days in Moscow involve a lot of walking. Make sure you have comfortable footwear and are prepared for this. The pace in Moscow is quite hectic but relaxes considerably once you get to Novgorod.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An unforgettable holiday with lots of culture, good food, good company and an insight into Russian life.

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An overview of flight options

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

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

 

What kind of options do I have ?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

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

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

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

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

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

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

 

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