Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

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Trip code: 
CAP
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Winter
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Snowshoe the valleys and forests of the remote Catalan Pyrenees; enjoy traditional cuisine and local hospitality.

The Catalan Pyrenees provide a dramatic setting for snowshoeing, far away from the more frequented routes. Spreading our stay over two traditional Spanish villages we experience the beauty and tranquillity of the Pallars Sobira region, as well as its cultural heritage. Walks through ancient forests, across valleys and through tiny forgotten villages are complemented by visits to local producers of wine, cheese and wool. All this surrounded by soaring peaks and extraordinary views in the company of an expert local guide.

Highlights

  • Snowshoe the valleys and forests of Pallars Sobira
  • Walk up to high passes of the Aiguestortes National Park
  • Learn about cheese and wool production, enjoy wine tasting
  • Visit and stay in remote mountain villages

Key information

  • 7 nights traditional mountain hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days guided snowshoeing
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Snowshoes and poles provided

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Snowshoes and poles

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Barcelona; transfer to Rialp (approx. 3 hours)

    Fly to Barcelona; transfer to Rialp (approx. 3 hours).

     Rialp is a small village set at 725m altitude, with only 629 full time residents. The nearest evidence of visitors here is the Port Ainé ski resort about 14km away.

    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Snowshoe the Santa Magdalena Valley; afternoon local produce and wine tasting.

    A 10 minute transfer takes us to our start point in Roni for a day exploring the Santa Magdalena Valley. Crossing deep forests and ridges we admire some of the highest peaks of Catalonia.

    The day finishes with a transfer back to our hotel (approx 20 mins), where our guide Miguel will give the group the chance to try some of the local produce, including cheese and sausages from the Pallars Sobirà region, all washed down with wine from the south of Catalonia.

    Distance: 6km/ Elevation gain: 700m/ Duration: 5 hours including breaks.
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Explore the La Coma Valley, crossing remote villages and through the deep forests of Les Bordes de Burg; visit local cheese producer.

    The scenic village of Farrera is just a 30 minute transfer and is a great location to begin our walk. Today our route takes us through the La Coma Valley. Here we find numerous 'bordes' or shepherd's huts, used to keep cattle and store feed. Traversing first deep forests, we pass through two small villages - Farrera and Burg, both of which have fewer than 100 inhabitants. This insight into a traditional way of life in the remote countryside is what makes this walk memorable.

    After the walk we transfer to the village of Surp in the Assua Valley (30 mins) and visit cheese producer Clara Ferrando. She relocated from her home near Barcelona to set up a sustainable and traditional cheese production with her husband in 2007. We will of course have the opportunity to try some of her award-winning produce, accompanied with traditional wines of Catalonia. We then end the day with a 30 minute walk back to Rialp.

    Distance: 8km/ Elevation gain: 550m/ Duration: 6 hours including breaks.
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Head through the Pla de Nequa (1978m) for wonderful panoramic views; afternoon visit to local Catalan wool collective.

    For the third snowshoe walk of the week we explore the Esterri de Cardos Valley, half an hour's drive away. Again an area not well known to tourists, we enjoy dramatic landscapes on our way to Pla de Nequa 1978m. The trail crosses forests of birch, scots pines and dwarf mountain pines until we reach the peak itself and enjoy the panoramic views over the whole valley and its surrounds. Local folklore has it that this was the site of sabbath celebrations by witches during the Middle Ages. As such a well known Catalan writer based his novel 'The witches of Pla Nequa' here.

    After our walk we transfer back to Rialp (30 mins) and visit a local not-for-profit association; who try to maintain the local tradition of woolwork and thus guarantee extra revenue for the local shepherds that sell it, as well as the craftspeople that produce the woolwork itself.

    We finish with a 15 minute walk back to our hotel.

    Distance: 12km/ Elevation gain: 780m/ Duration: 6-7 hours including breaks.
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day for relaxation or optional activities such as skiing, visiting the Romanesque village of Son or taking a local bus to surrounding villages of Esterri d’Àneu or Sort.

    After breakfast the rest of the day is free to relax, explore Rialp, visit Son, a Romanesque village, or head to the nearby ski resort. Rialp is also well connected to Sort and Esterri d’Àneu thanks to local bus lines.

    There is an eco museum in Esterri d’Àneu, set up in 1994 to promote eco conservation in the area that could also be possible to visit.

    Your leader will be able to advise you of your options of how best to spend your free day. 
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Transfer to Valencia d'Aneu. Then on to Son Valley crossing the Negre forest, past the Pla de la Font hut to Fogueruix Pass at 2110m.

    This morning we drive 35 minutes to our next base, Valencia d'Aneu. After checking in and leaving the luggage, we head off to our starting point for today; Son, a nearby village at 1390m famous for its Romanesque bell tower.

    On our way to the Fogueruix Pass at 2110m, we can stop at the Pla de la Font mountain hut and crane our necks at some of the highest peaks in the area that tower above us.

    The pass itself lies between the Son Valley and the Aiguestortes National Park. We will then descend via another route back down to the Planes de Son where we began.

    Distance: 11.5km/ Elevation gain: 690m/ Duration: 6- 7 hours including breaks.
    Hotel Lo Paller or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Set off for the Eastern part of the Aiguestortes National Park. Enjoy tranquil meadows and silver fir forests following rarely used trails for spectacular views.

    The Aiguestortes National Park is known as much for its crystal clear lakes as for its snow-clad forests and mountains. This walk takes us to some of the most idyllic of these lakes as we make our way to the Sant Maurici lake.

    There are two possible walks:

    1. If the road between Espot and Sant Maurici lake is closed because there is too much snow, we will walk up to Sant Maurici and then back.

    2. If the road is open, 4x4 vehicles will drive us to Sant Maurici lake. Our loop will start there. First we will pass the Amitges mountain hut into the Amitges cirque, the highest altitude we’ll achieve this week. This amphitheatre shaped valley sits just below the giant peaks of Montsaliente (2890m), Bassiero (2903m) and Amitges (2848m).

    This area is loved by walkers and climbers, but is a gem known only to a few. The sight of these majestic mountains lying before and around us is certainly memorable.

    A 15-25 minute drive, depending on which of these options above is possible, takes us back to the hotel for our last night.

    Distance: 14.5km/ Elevation gain: 637m/ Duration: 7 hours including breaks (Espot – Sant Mauric – Espot)

    Distance: 12.3km/ Elevation gain: 600m/ Duration: 5.5 hours including breaks (Sant Mauri loop)
    Hotel Lo Paller or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Barcelona; fly to London.

    Transfer to Barcelona; fly to London.

    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 continental breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners are included.

Cuisine in the Catalan Pyrenees includes ingredients such as vegetables, legumes, pasta, pork sausages, lamb, chicken, fish, game and mushrooms.

Desserts including the famous Cream Catalana (a yellow cream dessert) and Peres de Lleida (dessert made of pears) are well known in the region.

Catalonia is an area of Spain that produces lovely white wines, strong reds and crisp rosé but the most well known is the Cava; considered the Spanish version of Champagne.

A limited amount of wine is included with dinners. Both accommodations have a reputation of producing some of the best cuisine in the High Catalan Pyrenees.

On the free day only breakfast is included. You are welcome to try out one of the restaurants in Rialp for lunch or dinner, or elsewhere, depending where you spend your free day.

On five days individual packed lunches are prepared by the hotel and carried by the group. These will normally include sandwiches, chocolate/dried fruits and fruit.

Vegetarians: Hotel Victor and Lo Paller cater well for vegetarians and other dietary requirements; please do advise the sales team when booking.

Weather

The climate in the Pallars Sobira region is Mediterranean until 1,500m and then becomes alpine at higher altitudes. In winter, a 'thermal inversion' usually occurs which is when the temperature at the bottom of the valleys is below the temperatures in higher points of the mountains that surround the valley. During winter, the temperature difference between the valleys and the higher slopes in winter is smaller than in summer and you can expect the average temperature at the bottom of the valley to be around 2 °C, while 3.5 °C at 2,000m. Rains and snowfall vary according to height. Winter is the season with fewer rain and higher altitudes have stronger snowfalls.

Catalan Pyrenees

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level 3- Moderate.

This trip consists of five moderate day walks with snowshoes as well as 3 non-walking activities. No previous snowshoe experience is necessary but a reasonable level of fitness is required.

 Altitude gain varies between 550 and 780 metres. Distances vary between 6 and 14.5km. The average number of hours walking is between 6 and 7 per day, including breaks for eating, taking photos etc.

Please be advised that the leader has the right to adapt the trail according to the weather conditions and the physical condition of the group if needed.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Mountain hotels

We divide our stay between the villages of Rialp and Valencia d'Aneu. Both are small villages in the Catalan Pyrenees mountains.

Hotel Victor
Our first hotel is Hotel Victor in Rialp. This family‐run charming hotel was founded in 1903 and has been recently restored. All rooms are en suite and very comfortable. There is free Wi‐Fi access in the hotel. Meals are prepared using local produce giving a great insight into the traditions of the area.

Hotel Lo Paller
Our second hotel is the Lo Paller mountain hotel, reconstructed from the existing building and opened as a hotel in 1993 by a local family. The en suite rooms are complemented by a lounge and garden and the ground floor houses a restaurant with a growing reputation for good quality Pyrenean cuisine. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Single supplements are available on request.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Jennifer Child

    Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    Excellent walking. The guide (Miguel) made the most of the great weather so that we could make the most of the walking available. The views were spectacular and the snow was good at the higher levels of the walks. We walked from the start of some walks in snowshoes but did have to carry them on some days at the start or end of the walk. We also had some great activities after the walks, A wine and local food tasting, a visit & tasting at a local cheese maker's small dairy and a local wool centre.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching 2500m in the Aiguestortes National Park. The scenery was spectacular with great views of the Needles of Amitges. This was only achieved due to great weather conditions & drive-able road conditions to the start.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel worked hard to plan the best walks for the conditions. He is knowledgeable about the area and very enthusiastic. He also acted as an interpreter on our day off for a visit to a local museum & tapas bar.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You should have a rucksack capable of carrying snowshoes if needed. There were no shutters or anything to block out light in our room at Lo Paller.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food was good during the trip and rooms comfortable. Particularly loved the stay at Casa Macia.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Grant Allwell

    CAP - Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    A snowshoeing holiday based in two small traditional Catalan mountain villages. The food in the hotels was excellent. I requested vegetarian meals and was very pleased with the dishes that were served. Each walk explored a different valley and started by ascending through forest tracks which led to views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The walks were led by a local mountain guide who was able to take us away from the main tracks and onto the more interesting ones. Transport to and from the walks was provided by a local taxi company. The 4 wheel drive vehicles allowed us to travel further up the mountain roads which gave us time to climb higher into the mountains. The walks could be changed depending on the amount of snow and the fitness level of the group. After three of the walks we visited locals who had chosen to leave Barcelona to earn a living in the mountains which gave an insight into what it is like to live in a remote mountainous area.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Learning about local life in a remote mountain setting. Everyone we met felt their lives had improved by moving out of the city and into the mountains. They were keen to improve the local economy.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader of the trip was excellent. His knowledge of the area meant we could explore more on the walks and not stick to the main track. The organisation was perfect and our transport was always on time. He was very personable with all the group and had a good sense of humour. On his free day he came with us to the next village and organised a visit to an Eco Museum. He was keen to hear our thoughts on the trip as he wanted to keep improving it for future guests.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you forget anything for the trip buy it at the airport. The villages where you stay do not have any shops.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Elizabeth Easterbrook

    Catalonia Pyrenees

    A wonderful week with a very attentive guide, good food and spectacular scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through the National park to the lakes on the last day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel was attentive to our needs and very helpful with interpreting on our behalf. He has a passion for his country which was infectious. He looked after us very well and I felt safe at all times.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are no shops. Take your swimming things as the nearby hotel has a spa you can pay to use. Be fit. I felt this trip was at the high end of level 3 !
  • Reviewed March 2017
    David Cotter

    Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    A very enjoyable week, greatly enhanced both by the superb weather and our excellent guide, Miguel. He had put together a programme of fine snowshoe walks in three remote valleys of Catalonia, which are quiet and very beautiful. The accommodation and food were very good throughout, with vegetarians well catered for. Highly recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Experiencing the peace and serenity of three remote valleys in the Catalonian Pyrenees.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel proved to be a good and knowledgeable mountain guide, and was unhesitant in helping and taking trouble with arrangements. He also arranged several additional activities for after the walks: food- and wine-tasting, visits to a small artisan cheesemaker and the local wool craft association. On our free day (his nominal 'rest day'), Miguel suggested and willingly took part in an attractive walk to the next village, where we had a tapas lunch and he acted as translator during a tour of the folk museum.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    David Kennedy

    A great mix of snowshoeing and cultural activities

    This trip is ideal if you want to combine snowshoeing in a remote and beautiful area with a mixture of local cultural activities. The guide Miguel is as good as you could wish for.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walks were all worthwhile although the views were better on the higher (and hence longer) ones. The visit to the Catalan wool collective was my favourite cultural activity as we learnt about how local people are keeping traditions alive while adapting to changing fashions.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide Miguel is passionate about his work and goes out of his way to ensure his clients have an enjoyable and interesting visit. As well as taking us on a variety of walks with great views, he entertained us with stories and music (from his phone). I've never come across a guide before who accompanies clients on what should be his day off.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ensure you have an adequate rucksack with a means to attach snowshoes. At the beginning and end of some walks there may not be much snow at lower levels (though we had plenty at higher levels).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotels are of an excellent standard, very comfortable and with excellent food and included wine. The packed lunches were also fine, and I didn't feel hungry during the whole trip. Our driver Mario and his family did a fine job of ferrying us around to and from the walks.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    helen cracknell

    Snowshoeing Catalan Pyrenees

    This was my third time snowshoeing and was a fantastic trip- really interesting, wild and beautiful places, helped by great weather and plenty of snow. Everyone we met in all three hotels, the taxi drivers and the hosts of the additional activities were very hospitable and friendly and the food was very good quality throughout. With so much included (wine with the meals, all the transport and additional local wine brought by Miguel for the cheese tasting) the trip was really good value.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to pick one moment out of a brilliant week, but the last day in the Aigues Tortes area was a fantastic walk with brilliant views, which Miguel had arranged specially over and above the normal planned trip for that day. I was also very struck by the passion the hosts of the cultural activities displayed, especially as they were talking to us in English.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel was an exemplary guide- he had planned a variety of interesting snowshoeing routes as well as some additional cultural activities which were much more worthwhile than I had expected, for example a local cheesemaker and a project to preserve the traditional shepherd's and artisans' activity for the benefit of all concerned as well as the landscape. He handled the whole trip with supreme efficiency and organisation as well as educating us all about the area, while being excellent and highly amusing company. He went above and beyond by organising an extra special trip on our last day as well as accompanying us on his to the local village on his "day off".

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to be in very remote areas, without the opportunity to buy anything in local shops. Take a swimming costume so that you can take advantage of the spa in the neighbouring hotel in Valencia.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Sue Jarvis

    Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    The Catalan Pyrenees are beautiful and the small villages are remote and quiet during the winter. On this trip we snowshoed through the valleys and forests with some wonderful views, while staying in very friendly local family-run hotels.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip to the Fogueruix Pass was on a lovely day with fresh snow so the views from the col were beautiful and the descent, contouring along the valley back to Son, gave us panoramas of the day's walk.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel is a great ambassador for the Catalan region and is very knowledgeable about the villages and mountains, He was also very pro-active in adjusting the routes to the conditions as we were often walking in quite changeable weather. He worked very hard to introduce us to local produce and people so that we could appreciate the uniqueness of this area of Spain.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather is variable as expected in any mountain in winter so lots of layers are needed as well as sun glasses and sun cream. The hotels and villages are quiet in the evenings so lots of opportunities to chat or read. There is very little extra expense once in the Pyrenees apart from the occasional beer or coffee.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Paul Crow

    Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    A varied and challenging snowshoe trip with a good mix of cultural activities

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the col on the second day's walk

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel was an excellent leader with adequate grasp of English. He has compiled a varied week of activities with extra cultural activities that I have not normally experienced on other snowshoe trips which made for a more enjoyable experience and provided a better insight into Catalan culture. Some parts of the walking were challenging and Miguel modified to walks to reflect the groups collective ability and also the weather conditions on the day. Despite this, the group sometimes were strung out over a long distance and I feel; more frequent drink/photo stops would have been preferable. I would also note that Miguel stayed with the bulk of the group on the free day (normally his day off) so that we could fully enjoy a trip to a local eco museum - this shows a healthy dedication to ensuring we got the best out of our holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As always, read the trip notes carefully and make sure you take good equipment for protection against the weather.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    None
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Catharine Gunningham

    Snowshoeing in the Pyrenees

    Accommodation good(though lighting in Roni room inadequate) and beds very comfy. The food was good - though if you were a true vegetarian, the choice would be very limited. We eat fish and so the food was fine. Stunning scenery and remote. Interesting activities organised by the leader

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The snowy views on day 2

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was very enthusiastic and clearly loved his native Catalonia, and had arranged for us to experience true Catalan food at a youth hostel and to meet a cheese maker. He put a huge amount of energy into the holiday and enthusiasm into the holiday and brought wines for us to taste and appreciate. Even on the Day Off, he came along to the excellent Eco Museum to translate for us, and then to go to a cafe for lunch. He had researched the walks well and they were varied and beautiful. We were slower than most of the group and had to turn back on a couple of occasions because of a muscular strain. We felt it would have been better if he'd discussed it with us quietly away from the group rather than so publicly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Remember there are no shops in either village - and change money before you arrive.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Phil Chambers

    Snowshoe Catalan Pyrennes

    Great scenery most important if all great snow

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being so fortunate to get huge snow making for great snowshoeing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel loves these mountains and communicates his passion so well

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Lots of layers first you get hot then you get cold

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's hard exercise so need to eat lots and not feel guilty

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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. 

 

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