Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

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Trip code: 
CAP
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Winter
Group size:
4–14
Min age:
16

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. During our stay in the traditional Spanish village of Rialp 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 the visit to a local producer of cheese. 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 hotel, 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:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Rialp.

    If you are unable to meet the group at the airport, the trip will begin in Rialp, a small village set at 725m altitude, with only 629 full time residents. 
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Snowshoe the Santa Magdalena valley; informative afternoon session about the Pyrenees.

    A 10 minute transfer takes us to our start point, where Roní and Port-Ainé ski resort are linked, 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 will provide you with more information about the Pyrenees area. For instance you will hear about Tírvia – a village destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, where the last Cathar was arrested. There will be time to explore this village on the following day.

    Distance: 6km/ Elevation gain: 450m/ 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 back to the Hotel. We will have time for a shower and a deserved rest before visiting a cheese producer, located in Rialp. We will have the opportunity to hear stories about how their products are made and of course try some of them, accompanied with traditional wines of Catalonia.

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

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk in the Espot mountains, wine tasting at the hotel.

    For the third snowshoe walk of the week we will be in the Espot mountains. Our aim is to reach the Rossell peak (2007m) located on the ridge between the Espot and the Escart valleys. The views from the summit are certainly worth the effort! Our path takes us through El Forcall, a forest of an outstanding beauty, where dwarf mountain pines and silver birches will lead our way. On the ground we can see alpenrose and common bearberry, along with juniper in the sunniest parts.

    The day finishes with a transfer back to our hotel (approx 20 mins) where we will have the opportunity to taste some of the local produce, including cheese and sausages from the Pallars Sobirà region, accompanied with wine from the south of Catalonia.

    Distance: 12km/ Elevation gain: 500m/ Duration: 5-6 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 village home of a remarkable Romanesque church, or head to the nearby ski resort. Rialp is well connected to Sort and Esterri d’Àneu thanks to local bus lines.

    in Esterri d’Àneu you can find an interesting eco museum, set up in 1994 to promote the ecoconservation in the area while in Sort you have the opportunity to visit a museum called The Freedom Trail. It illustrates the story of thousands of people (Jewish, British airplane pilots for instance) who escaped from the Fascist regime during the World War II by crossing the Pyrenees.

    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 Planes de Son, on to Aiguestortes National park, pass Pla de la Font hut to Fogueruix Pass (2110m).

    After breakfast we head off to Planes de Son, our starting point today, passing by Son, a nearby village at 1390m famous for its Romanesque bell tower.

    On our way to the Fogueruix Pass at 2110m, we get into the Aigüestortes National park and 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 Espot valley. We descend via another route back down to the Planes de Son.


    Distance: 11.5km/ Elevation gain: 690m/ Duration: 7 hours including breaks.
    Hotel Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Circular walk across Port-Ainé forest and Orri peak summit (2439m).

    Today, our circular walk will take us to the summit of Torreta de l’Orri (2439m), a peak located at the top of the Port-Ainé ski resort. It represents the highest point we will reach during the week and from here we will be rewarded by breathtaking views of Catalonia, and of the other peaks of the Pyrenees.

    After having taken some moments to admire the beauty of the area we will follow a crest line to then continue into a dwarf-mountain pine forest called Duc.

    NOTE: Depending on weather and snow conditions this loop can be shortened to 9km and the elevation gain will be 371m.

    Distance: 14.5km/ Elevation gain: 480m/ Duration: 7 hours including breaks
    Hotel Lo Victor or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Rialp

    Our trip finishes today in Rialp.

    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. The accommodation has 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 caters 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.

You should be used to walking in the mountains on rough terrain and on reasonably steep slopes. The elevation gained in the Pyrenees mountains can represent a challenge, especially during the winter months.

Altitude gain varies between 450 and 690 metres. Distances vary between 6 and 14.5km. The average number of hours walking is between 6 and 8 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:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Mountain hotels

Hotel Victor

Our accommodation for the week 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.

Victor's cuisine is very popular, so much that it has become the main reason for many people to come and visit the area.

Single supplements are available on request.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
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Experts

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Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
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020 8772 3874
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  • Reviewed February 2019
    Veronica Smeaton

    Snow-shoeing in Catalan Pyrenees

    As the snow did not arrive until the 3rd day we had 2 days' hiking and 4 days' snowshoeing in a beautiful, remote area. Our guide, Miguel, was able to alter his planned routes to suit the vicissitudes of the weather and always provided us with scenic and culturally interesting hikes. Early evening talks were an exploration by Miguel of Catalan history, economy and culture with two opportunities to taste cheeses, sausages and wines of the area. The hotel was welcoming and provided an excellent selection of food. Rooms were warm and comfortable though corridors and the restaurant were often chilly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is difficult to choose one but the climb up to the Pla de la Font mountain hut through the woods and the descent in which we each took a turn at leading the way was very memorable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel was remarkable in his versatility at selecting routes to suit the weather. He inspired us with his love of and pride in Catalonia and managed to convey a vivid picture of life in remote areas, both past and present. He has a good sense of humour and was always very sociable with the group. Nothing was too much trouble and he was very aware of his responsibility for our safety and keen for us to enjoy experiences.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of warm layers which you can remove easily and stow in a rucksack. A good level of fitness is required as some routes are both long and challenging.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was a most enjoyable and informative trip with a largely cohesive group of people who were very positive about their experiences.
  • Reviewed January 2019
    M and C Palmer

    Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    An enjoyable and interesting trip that gave us an insight into the local landscape and culture. Snow only truly arrived 2 days into the week and our leader Miguel adapted well, staying true to the themes of the itinerary and giving us good walks without snow and then in fresh snow of depths up to 3 feet. Note – some stamina is needed, especially in the deep snow! Local villages, remote valleys in a national park and peak summits were all sampled, together with insights into local history and culture such as the Freedom Trail escape route, and Catalan wine and cheese tastings. A very enjoyable week.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the unspoilt beauty and power of the Catalan Pyrenees.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A dedicated guide able to make decisions at short notice as the weather conditions necessitated a change of plan.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the Trip Notes, they give a good guide as to the walking level required.
  • Reviewed January 2019
    Caroline Simmonds

    From no snow to lots of snow!

    When we arrived in Rialp the area had seen no snow for more than a month, so the first couple of days were spent walking rather than snowshoeing. This was not necessarily a disadvantage because it enabled us to do longer walks to different villages and, at least on the first day, enjoy the sunshine! Then on Wednesday the snow arrived with a vengeance, so the snowshoes got thoroughly tested as well, often in deep virgin snow. I had no idea about the history or culture of the area and learned a lot from our leader, Miguel, during the week. The local wine and cheese sampling sessions he laid on for us were also much appreciated!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Enjoying the views and snowshoeing for miles without seeing any other people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. On one or two occasions he headed off a little too fast (the group left my husband and me behind in a cafe on the first day - luckily we managed to work out where they had gone and catch up!) but 14 is quite a large group to have only one leader. He willingly gave up his free day to lead us on a very enjoyable additional walk, even if we did need to up the pace towards the end in order to catch the bus back to Rialp! He was also very flexible as the weather conditions required.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't expect this to be an easy trip, with or without snow - but it is a good combination of activity and culture in a really fascinating area.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Dave Young

    Snowshoeing, wine, cheese, culture and much more in the Catalan Pyrenees

    This was a superb trip for me. As well as enjoying the snowshoeing I learned so much from the group leader about Catalonia - its wildlife, history, language, culture and the current political situation. The remote mountain villages were charming and the scenery magnificent, especially after an unusually heavy snowfall. The hospitality everywhere was excellent and I especially enjoyed the local wines and delicious ewe's milk cheeses. The large glasses of brandy were also wonderfully warming after a cold day out in the mountains .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting a local cheese producer who had moved from Barcelona to make a new life for herself and her family in a remote mountain village. She now lives in a lovely large house with magnificent views across the valley and spends her days making the most wonderful cheeses. She is so passionate about my favourite food and richly deserves all the awards she has won for her produce.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel is very friendly, knowledgeable and always keen to improve his spoken English. Each day we snowshoed in a different area so that we saw as much as possible and experienced different types of terrain. We were fortunate in having excellent weather most days and an exceptionally heavy snowfall at the beginning of the trip. I loved all that deep, fresh snow but it made it very challenging for Miguel to re-plan routes to cope with much deeper snow than expected as well as a large and diverse group. In the circumstances, I think he did a great job. I agree with other reviewers that a smaller group would have been better, but then the cost per person would have been much higher.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Before booking, study the trip notes giving details of the proposed duration, distance and amount of ascent / descent each day to check the trip is appropriate for your level of fitness and experience of walking in steep terrain. Also, vegetarians should be vigilant. Although the meals were generally excellent, two dishes described as vegetarian actually contained pieces of chorizo and bacon.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I especially enjoyed the variety this trip provided. It's an excellent combination of snowshoeing with a range of other activities and experiences.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Steve & Dianne Fletcher

    Plenty of snow in remote Pyrenees valleys

    We had a great week snowshoeing in plentiful deep snow, staying in very comfortable and welcoming hotels, particularly Hotel Victor in Rialp. The family there made every effort to accommodate our varied and various needs always with a smile. The fresh deep snow made it difficult for the group to complete the planned walks every day, but this really was not necessary - the pleasure of being out in untouched snow with no-one in sight all day was the thing. Miguel our leader had built several cultural extras into the programme which added considerably to the interest .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sun shining on deep untouched snow on the day walking above Son.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel had to cope with a combination of a group with diverse abilities and experiences in a week with more snow than usual which made logistics and completing the planned walks difficult. Given this he did a good job of trying to ensure that as many people as possible completed as much as possible of the advertised programme. He clearly loves his country (Catalonia!) and the mountains and went out of his way to share this enthusiasm with us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Understand that the degree of challenge involved is very dependent on the snow and weather conditions. The depth of soft snow we had meant the effort involved was 50% to 100% more than in conditions of less or no snow. Also experience of walking in the hills in varied weather conditions is desirable. Be prepared for long days out in very cold conditions.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The group size was too big - we had to walk in single file making it impossible for Miguel to talk to the whole group at the same time, and also slowed us down. More advice could have been given to inexperienced snowshoers.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Steve & Dianne Fletcher

    Plenty of snow in remote Pyrenees valleys

    We had a great week snowshoeing in plentiful deep snow, staying in very comfortable and welcoming hotels, particularly Hotel Victor in Rialp. The family there made every effort to accommodate our varied and various needs always with a smile. The fresh deep snow made it difficult for the group to complete the planned walks every day, but this really was not necessary - the pleasure of being out in untouched snow with no-one in sight all day was the thing. Miguel our leader had built several cultural extras into the programme which added considerably to the interest .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sun shining on deep untouched snow on the day walking above Son.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel had to cope with a combination of a group with diverse abilities and experiences in a week with more snow than usual which made logistics and completing the planned walks difficult. Given this he did a good job of trying to ensure that as many people as possible completed as much as possible of the advertised programme. He clearly loves his country (Catalonia!) and the mountains and went out of his way to share this enthusiasm with us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Understand that the degree of challenge involved is very dependent on the snow and weather conditions. The depth of soft snow we had meant the effort involved was 50% to 100% more than in conditions of less or no snow. Also experience of walking in the hills in varied weather conditions is desirable. Be prepared for long days out in very cold conditions.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The group size was too big - we had to walk in single file making it impossible for Miguel to talk to the whole group at the same time, and also slowed us down. More advice could have been given to inexperienced snowshoers.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Sonia Newman

    Snowshoeing in the Catalan Pyrenees

    This was a wonderful trip to the Catalan Pyrenees. The snow conditions were excellent - too much if anything, making some of the snowshoeing hard work. The food and drink at the hotels was great, allowing us to try local Catalan food. Our guide Miguel went out of his way to provide an interesting experience and impart his knowledge of the local area.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking up through trees on day three in the cold, snow everywhere, with the sun shining and with glimpses of high peaks was magical.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The leader was excellent - an experienced mountain guide. He was very friendly and had a good knowledge of the history of the local area, taking us to interesting sites as well as the snowshoeing. He also arranged samplings of local produce and organised a night at a tapas bar on the rest day, which was fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, the walking is up and down mountains and they will enjoy it more if they are fit and have experience of hillwalking.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Andy LEWIS

    Fantastic first snowshoeing trip - snow, scenery, and guide all top notch. Loved it.

    This was my first snowshoeing trip and I enjoyed it immensely. The huge amount of fresh snow and mountainous terrain made it hard work at times but it was exactly what I was looking for. In fact, it exceeded my expectations. Gorgeous scenery, great hotels and food, an excellent and engaging guide, and sociable and entertaining fellow snowshoers all made for a great trip. The walking routes and attractions visited (e.g. cheese maker in a mountain village, the civil war destroyed village of Tirvia) were well-chosen for variety and to show some of the history and current way of life in this part of Catalunya. Miguel our guide was a mine of information, clearly passionate about the region, and an excellent tour leader. Beware: Before deciding to book this type of trip you need to be sure that you're fit enough. It's far from a walk in the Surrey Hills in summertime. The Pyrenees are high, steep, cold, and (thankfully when I was there) deep in snow, and the hikes quite long. One or two in the group didn't seem to be aware of this and our guide had to make the difficult decision to arrange some less demanding walks for them.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking in thigh-deep snow and seeing the sun come out and the clouds part and the high mountains of the Pyrenees come into view. Magic!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel our guide was a mine of information on the history and socio-economic aspects of the area, clearly passionate about the region, engaging and sociable, extremely well-organized, and generally an excellent tour leader. Beware: Before deciding to book this type of trip you need to be sure that you're fit enough. It's far from a walk in the Surrey Hills in summertime. The Pyrenees are high, steep, cold, and (thankfully when I was there) deep in snow, and the hikes quite long. One or two in the group didn't seem to be aware of this and were not sufficiently fit, so our guide had to make the difficult decision to arrange some less demanding walks for them. This caused some friction in the group, but I, and others in the group, fully supported him in this.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    See above about fitness level required.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think the group max size of 14 is too many. 8-10 is more manageable. Exodus should make it clearer to potential clients that this can be demanding walking, esp if the snow is deep, and that a good level of fitness is required.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Beryl Bronner

    Snowshoeing: Catalan Pyrenees

    This was a good snow shoeing holiday in the Catalan pyrenees.We had a huge amount of snow but Miguel followed the itinerary as close as he could with the limitations imposed on us by the weather and depth of snow. We also learnt through some visits about the culture and history of the area which was interesting.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Good achieving our goal to a col one day .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miguel is a good leader and provided us with information regarding the area and culture of which he was knowledgeable and passionate. He was very organized and helpful when anyone had a query which he resolved effectively. Also the cheese and wine evening which he provided was a thoughtful touch.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Anne Ambrose

    Not one for beginners

    The walks are challenging and not for beginners.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through virgin snow

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader has designed challenging walks and he wants to complete the itinerary as published.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is not a trip for those new to snowshoeing.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

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

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

 

What kind of options do I have ?

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

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

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

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

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

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

 

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