Bernia Ridge, Spain - Roped-up ridge scramble

Sierra de Aitana Mixed Activity

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Trip code: 
ASB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
Mixed-Activity Holidays
Min age:
18
Group size:
4–12

Spain's Sierra de Aitana is an adventure-seekers paradise

Based in the spectacularly beautiful Guadalest Valley, this trip is ideal for the fit and active with a head for heights. Twenty minutes from the coast and blessed with some of the biggest rock faces and deepest gullies of Valencia, the Aitana Massif is a mecca for adventure-seekers. Besides trekking, sea kayaking and canyoning, our two expert local guides will teach you all the basic climbing and abseiling techniques you'll need. On the free day, choose between time at the beach, via ferrata or bouldering.

Highlights

  • Sport climbing, top-roping, abseiling and easy limestone routes
  • Trek to the summit of Aitana Peak (1550m), the highest in the province
  • Sea kayaking or paddle-boarding beneath the cliffs of the Sierra de Toix
  • Views to the Mediterranean on the Bernia Ridge roped-up scramble
  • Stay in a charming family-run pension close to Moorish Guadalest village

Key information

  • 7 nights family-run village pension
  • 5 activity days: canyoning, sea kayaking/paddle-boarding, climbing, scrambling & walking
  • Group normally 4 to 12, plus local leader. Min age 18 yrs
  • 1 Free day: optional via ferrata or bouldering
  • Not suitable for vertigo sufferers

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners (local wine with dinner)
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • All technical rope-work and kayaking equipment

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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

Bernia Ridge, Spain - Roped-up ridge scramble

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Benimantell. Practice session to learn basic rope work, scrambling and abseiling techniques.

    The group flights usually arrive into Alicante in the late morning. Those travelling on the group flights will be transferred to our pension in the village of Benimantell, located half way up the Guadalest valley on the north face of the Aitana Massif.

    In the afternoon we will meet on the terrace of our pension to get kitted out and to learn about the equipment, rope-work, knots and basic theory. On the nearby crags we'll start to get a feel for the rock, learning scrambling movements and doing some of our first abseil practices.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Full day rock climbing and abseiling on nearby crags in Guadalest Valley.

    Today is a full day to put the rope-work theory into practice on the crags just 15 minutes' walk from our accommodation. Under the instruction of our expert guides we will build on the skills that we learnt yesterday, practising rope-work and progressing from basic scrambling to rock climbing and longer abseils. For your safety and confidence, you will be on a 'top rope' at all times so that even if you lose your grip you will not fall.

    Duration of rock climbing approx. 8 hours

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Canyoning down a spectacular remote canyon of sculpted limestone, progressing by means of a succession of abseils, jumps and scrambles.

    After a short vehicle transfer to Abdet, we take the approach walk to the head of the Barranc de L'Adbet (Abdet Canyon). This wild and remote canyon of sculpted white limestone is where the next chapter of our adventure begins. We'll progress down this unique world of lights by means of a succession of abseils, jumps and scrambles. Please note that your leader may take you to a different gorge if conditions are more favourable.

    Depending on the seasonal rainfall and water levels, the canyon may be wet or dry. If wet, you will need to wear a neoprene wetsuit (these can be hired cheaply locally - see packing section of Trip Notes).

    Duration of Canyoning approx. 6- 10 hours depending on weather and water conditions.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Half day sea kayaking or paddle boarding beneath the magnificent cliffs and sandstone caves of the Sierra de Toix.

    After a short drive to the coast we spend the morning sea kayaking beneath the magnificent cliffs and sandstone caves of the Sierra de Toix. Alternatively there is the option to go stand up paddle-boarding instead. From the water you get a great view of the largest multi-pitch climbing traverse in the region. Snorkelling equipment is also provided.

    Duration of sea-kayaking or paddle boarding approx. 6 to 8 hours depending on group abilities and sea conditions.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Free day; optional via ferrata, bouldering, or trip to Vila Joiosa’s beach and chocolate factory.

    Today there are no set activities so you can do as little or as much as you like. Your leader will help to arrange any excursions or activities you wish to do. The coast is only a 20 minute drive away if you wish to explore the seaside. Vila Joiosa with its multi-coloured old town is a popular choice; relax on the beach or indulge in a visit to the local chocolate factory or a winery tour.

    If you feel like something more active then there's the chance to climb one of the via ferrata routes in the region. 'Via Ferrata' translates as the 'Iron Way'. During the First World War an extensive network of metal cables, rungs and ladders were built into cliffs and rock faces to help troops defend their territory. Nowadays they are used for confident scramblers to reach high passes and spectacular summits. It has become a popular sport in itself - new routes have been devised and old ones re-constructed.

    The Monte Ponoch is a brand new, well-designed, modern via ferrata route and as such is considered one of the safest. If you feel confident in the skills that you have learnt throughout the week, then this will be an exhilarating experience but it is not for the faint hearted. The Ponoch route is a relatively short, 250m climb which follows the east spine of the rock face. Although short, the climb is steep and some sections are vertical. The view beneath your feet, looking over the Bernia and Toix sea cliffs make it an unforgettable experience. Alternatively there's the chance to go bouldering on the beach at Vila Joiosa.

    In the evening if the weather is favourable, your leader will usually organise a barbeque dinner at the nearby climbers refuge.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Trek to the dramatic Simas Limestone Fissures and summit Aitana Peak (1550m).

    We begin walking right from the door and climb along a path which traverses the northern slopes of the Font de Partagat, bringing us closer to the cliffs of the Aitana Ridge. Just before we reach the base of the dramatic rock walls we stop to look at a remnant from ancient trading times - an old 'snow well'.

    From here there's a short scramble up and a squeeze through the 'Pas de la Rabosa' (Fox Pass) to emerge on top of Aitana Ridge, from where we continue on to the summit (1,550m).

    We get to understand the dimensions of the Marinas Mountains and have a fantastic view of the Simas Limestone Fissures - deep crevasses in the rock, up to 90m deep. We descend along the ridge to Penyo Mulero and Pass del Contador. On the last short section we put our abseiling techniques to good use. Our ridge walk rewards us with 360 degree panoramic views and the chance to spot all of our adventure corners of the week. On a clear day the coastal stretch from Murcia to Valencia, the Balearic Islands and the Mediterranean Sea are visible.

    Duration of trek approx. 8 hours.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Scenic scrambling along Bernia Ridge (roped-up), offering uninterrupted views to the coast.

    This classic activity is a 'must do' for all mountain lovers visiting the Sierra de Aitana - the Bernia Ridge roped-up scramble. We will approach by foot to the 'forat', a natural holed 30m long tunnel, which leads us to the east side of the system. After approx. 40 minutes' walk we gain height and crop out on to the ridge; here the views open up and the technical section of our activity begins.

    We rope-up and progress along the gigantic spine of this miniature Cuillin in a series of scrambling, walking, down-climbing and abseiling.

    Duration of ridge scrambling approx. 8 to 10 hours depending on itinerary chosen, weather, group size and group ability.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Benimantell.

    We say our farewells after breakfast. Those travelling on the group flights will be transferred to Alicante Airport for your flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

 

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners (plus local wine with dinner) are included.


Breakfast: Continental style - local fruit, bread, cakes, tea and coffee.


Lunch: Picnic lunches will usually consist of bread rolls with cheese and salad/meat, fruit, and muesli bars, biscuits or nuts. Our local guide usually also provides some snacks such as pickled olives, chocolates and dried figs.


Evening meal: As the main meal of the day, we enjoy a large variety of local cuisine including spencat, minxos (small pancakes) and oven-baked rice. Most of the food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce. A reasonable amount of local wine is provided with the evening meal but additional beverages are not included.


Vegetarians are well catered for provided you inform us in advance, and the same applies to other dietary requirements. Please advise us of these requirements at the time of booking.
Weather permitting, there's usually the chance to have a barbeque on the terrace one evening.

Weather

This area is known to have the most benign climate in the whole of Europe. The winters are mild and sunny, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. At night however, temperatures can be chilly, especially in the mountains. The little rainfall is usually concentrated in very few days at the beginning of autumn, but rain cannot be discounted altogether on any of the departures. The daytime temperatures in winter usually vary between 14ºC and 20ºC depending on altitude and orientation. These winter temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities although, with the exception of the months of July and August, one can enjoy outdoor pursuits here the whole year round. In spring and autumn temps should be between 25ºC and 30ºC but May and June departures may experience some even warmer days, up to 35ºC.

Valencia

Is this trip for you?

This mixed activity trip involves trekking, sea kayaking (and/or paddle-boarding) and a number of roped-up activities including; climbing, abseiling, ridge scrambling and canyoning. A head for heights is essential (not suitable for vertigo sufferers) and you will need a good level of physical fitness. Some of the climbing routes lead up steep or vertical rock faces, which require good upper body and arm strength. This trip is ideal for those who have tried and enjoyed some form of rope sport, or for novice climbers wanting to transition from indoor climbing walls to outdoor rock faces. Some walking/trekking experience is necessary as steady footwork is needed. Some basic knowledge of / or previous experience of rope-work and abseiling are preferable. Previous experience of climbing is not essential but highly advantageous. There will be one UIAGM qualified guide for every 6 clients for all rope-work activities. Full instruction and support will be given and we will use a top-rope for safety (where necessary). No previous experience is needed for the sea kayaking; life jackets will be provided but you should be able to swim. During the week we will encounter exposed ridge sections, steep ups and downs on gravel/scree or rocky terrain, and sections requiring short jumps (whilst canyoning). There are short approach walks or short vehicle transfers (approx. 20 mins) to some of the activities, all of which take place within 5 miles of our comfortable accommodation. After a good day of activities, sipping a beer on the terrace whilst enjoying views to the Mediterranean will be the order of the evening. This tour is graded Activity Level 4 (Moderate/Challenging) - You should be confident in your physical condition and ability to deal with heights and difficult underfoot terrain.

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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.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed April 2017
    Joanne Griffiths

    So, This Is The Game ........

    Fabulous trip, beautiful location, challenging activities and an awesome group of fellow travellers! Some activities pushed me completely out of my comfort zone (read the trip notes!!), but it is a holiday, and there was no pressure from Jose, Jaime or the rest of the group to participate in the slightly more challenging feats that the trip presented. We had lovely weather and I returned to the UK relaxed, rejuvenated and maybe a little bit proud of myself!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I've never had an issue with heights ... but it turns out maybe I do ... and I'm not as brave as I thought I was .... but I just got on with it and made it down safely from scrambling on Bernia Ridge .... with a smile on my face ... looking forward to a lovely meal with plentiful wine and great conversation with my fellow travellers!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose was with us all week as the main Exodus leader, however he was ably assisted by Jaime on all activities apart from the hiking day. Both Jose and Jaime are very experienced tour leaders and you can put your full trust in their expertise and knowledge; they are patient and kind. I really enjoyed spending time with them and listening to their stories; they are great fun and work hard to ensure the whole group get the most out of all the activities. I would definitely book future trips based on knowing if either of these guys were leading them!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip is a great introduction to a range of adventure activities ... I've mostly done camping and hiking trips in the past and thought I'd try something different; I was not disappointed! However, if you are really experienced in any of the activities maybe you need to look at at a more advanced style of trip because you could be with complete beginners who need a little more time to learn new skills. Ultimately this is a holiday, and although challenging, there does still need to be time to relax, eat good food and enjoy a cold beer or two!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My favourite activities were canyoning and sea kayaking .... the scrambling on day 2 was challenging for me, but not everyone. The hotel is in a beautiful setting and the food was tasty, plentiful and varied. Our hosts were friendly and attentive. The group dynamic makes or breaks a holiday, and I was lucky enough to travel with an awesome group who enjoyed afternoon beers, copious red wine, lots of laughs and on occasion, some nonsense chat! I would thoroughly recommend this trip!
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Jacqueline Burrows

    Taking the plunge

    Sorry about the title but I do like a bad pun and this trip is rather a lot about taking the literal and metaphorical plunge...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Didn't know it before hand, but I love cayoning so much - that discovery alone made the trip worth doing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Soooo good! We had Jose and Jaime - if you do too, you won't be let down.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    -Obviously your group could vary a lot in terms of confidence and ability so be prepared to be flexible as to what you'll achieve (but you will still achieve). -For some (like me), this trip won't actually be quite active enough (some half day activities etc), but the rest of my group seemed very happy with the balance of action and 'holiday'. You can obviously wonder off and explore the area more if you want. -We really did need boots that could get wet (we did wet canyoning) - you might be fine if yours dry quickly but you might want to bring a spare pair instead.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    James Richards

    Sierra de Aitana

    Absolutely fantastic holiday! Great activities with great people. It's tiring but you learn new skills and the exodus reps Jose and Jaime are brilliant.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing people overcome their fear of heights.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Brett Nicholls

    Sierra de Aitana

    Just recently back from another great holiday - this time in Spain on the Sierra de Aitana mixed activity week. Everything was superbly organised as ever from booking through to the holiday itself. Really good set of activities some quite challenging - you should understand its a level 4 so some things are reasonably physically demanding. Our guides Jose and Jaime were really brilliant, great local knowledge and very patient with people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Bernia ridge walk (challenged my vertigo - a lot!). The general scenery which was just stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose and Jaime were both superb

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Note its a level 4, take decent sturdy walking/scrambling footwear.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highly recommend this trip. Hotel was great and food good and really lots of it!
  • Reviewed June 2016
    James Wahday

    Action Packed Weekend Needed?

    A week that will leave you sore and exhausted ... but in a good way.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I did the option via ferrata. Definitely recommend it. The 35m abseil down was a lot of fun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose and Jaime were helpful, experienced and fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a pretty energetic week. Make sure you are up for the challenge. The hikes are long and have some pretty steep ascents over loose gravel. And what goes up ...

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food on the tour is amazing. You will not go hungry, and there is free wine with the dinner. The optional BBQ is a must.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Harriet Kate Hunter-Purvis

    Most amazing week of my life

    This trip was unlike anything I have ever experienced. From the activities to the accommodation, everything was outstanding and I enjoyed every minute. Our leaders Jose and Jaime have become great friends and I will miss them greatly!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Scaling Bernia Ridge and then watching the sun rise over it each morning knowing we had been on top of it. The mixture of scrambling, abseiling and trekking made that day so exciting and special. However I also particularly enjoyed the canyoning and the setting was unlike anything I'd seen before!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose and Jaime were faultless. Amazingly friendly, knowledgable and trust worthy. Jose knew climbing like the back of his hand and told of a lot of experience. As a climber myself it was great to be able to converse with him over how different the climbs are in Spain. Jaime knew everything and anything about the Spanish wilderness. His treks took us on a journey of history and he knew every plant and herb that grew in the valley. At night they became great friends and really helped me as I was the youngest and on my own! I will never be able to repay them for such an amazing experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This trip is moderate/challenging and it lives up to this. In the spring/summer months climbs and treks can be made harder by the heat so make sure you are prepared for this. Also don't bring of eat too much food on the way, they feed you enough beautiful Spanish food to fill you for months!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    thank you again for such an incredible week. It opened my eyes to the world out there and I can't wait to travel with Exodus again soon. Special mention to the host family at El Trestellador Pension.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Sophie Warans

    Sierra de Aitana (Mixed Activity) - BRILLIANT!

    This was an outstanding week which gave the opportunity to try multiple different activities, all in close proximity to the welcoming base in Benimantell, near to Guadalest. There is a general 'theme' of climbing through most of the days which enables you to get very familiar with the basics (and best friends with your harness & helmet). Great if you've tried the activities before, but no problem if you haven't, although some prior climbing knowledge may make you feel happier when it's time to abseil off a ridge ...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was not only one moment! All the week's activities complimented each other very well. I hadn't tried canyoning before and heading into the watery depths was exhilarating and something I definitely want to repeat. I particularly loved the sea kayaking day, with the opportunity also to snorkel, paddle board, explore a cave and try climbing on the cliffs from the sea. But I suppose its each to their own - every person on this trip had a different moment or day that was their preferred!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ace! Both Jose Miguel and Jaime (who joined for many of the activities) were enthusiastic, motivating, fun, knowledgeable and safe leaders. Jose Miguel was constantly teaching, explaining, checking we knew what we were doing. We were enabled to feel really in charge - ie each person learning the basics of rope-work, not having it just done for us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The November departure was cold-ish at night (not a problem) but gloriously sunny during the day. We used wetsuits (hired locally) for the sea kayaking and canyoning which we needed, but in other seasons maybe not. The itinerary may switch around a bit for various reasons, but it was well thought-out for the group to be able to make the most of each day. If you're not scared of heights, want an exciting week away with the opportunity to try lots of different activities, and have friends/family who are kind enough to listen to you raving about it upon your return, book now!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The variety on this trip is great - as well as multiple skills you can learn and activities you can try, it caters to different strengths / abilities. Maybe some people find one activity easier than another because they're familiar with it already, but then others find they have skills elsewhere. There is limited travel required each day due to the excellent location of the 'pension' where you are very well looked-after and well-fed! Thanks to all involved for an excellent week!
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Starla Rivers

    Sierra de Aitana - Multi-Activity trip

    This is my third trip with Exodus and I have never been disappointed in the quality of the activities or accommodations. This trip was fun due to the variety of activities that we got to participate in while our guides made sure that we did so in a safe manner. I think I can still tie my fisherman's knot and clove hitch. :-) Jose and Jaime were great leaders and teachers. While the rain on the morning of the 2nd day seemed to be unfortunate at the moment, it made for a great next day of canyoning as we jumped into deep pools, swam and waded our way through the canyon in our warm(ish) wetsuits. We tested our outdoor climbing skills and abseiled (rappelled to us Yanks) on rocks just below the watchtowers of Guadalest. The long abseil at the end of the Via Ferrata optional day was great fun. Sea kayaking is a lot of work but the day was perfect and the water warm for swimming and snorkeling once we were done exploring the sea cave. The views from the Bernia Ridge and Sierra de Aitana were worth the effort to get there. All in all, a trip definitely attractive to people who enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. Thank you, Exodus, Jose and Jaime!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The abseil down the Via Ferrata was the most fun. The canyoning experience was the most adventurous as I had never done that before. I'm so glad it was full of water to create that unique experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose Garcia worked hard to make sure everyone was safe, had fun, and got full value out of their trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go to the climbing gym, read the trip notes carefully, bring water shoes, and have an adventurous attitude!
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Chris Breeds

    Sierra de Aitana

    Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. A real feeling of adventure. Both guides were excellent. The food in the pension was very good and filled an empty stomach after a full day of exercise. There was a good mix of activities but nothing too stretching. For sure, you need to be fit, but not Iron Man.You don't need a "die hard" attitude but it was still exciting in parts. If heights scare you then maybe give this one a miss but otherwise, it's great. I had no idea that you could have such fun, just a short distance from Benidorm.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Descent in darkness from Bernia ridge. Take a head torch!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Super cool.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You won't have the energy to go for drinks in Guadalest, it's just too far away after a full day. You'll have dinner at the pension and sit chatting around the table until bedtime.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Give it a go.
  • Reviewed July 2015
    Rachael Bate

    Brilliant

    It was a brilliant holiday, I learnt so much, met lovely people and its a beautiful place.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The canyoning was amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jose and Jaime were both lovely, patient and hilarious!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go ahead and book, I'm sure you will love it.

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]

Want a longer trip? Should you wish to extend your trip, most departures can be combined back to back with our Sierra de Aitana Trek (trip code TSA); please enquire for details.

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