Patagonia

Patagonian Highlights Trip Notes

 

 

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Argentina, Chile
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AAA
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

15 Days Flight Inclusive
13 Days Land only
Min age: 18

Trip Overview

Rugged, snow-capped mountains stand imposingly amid the wild south of Argentina and Chile, fringed by huge icy lakes and windswept grasslands. In the distance shy guanacos roam and a few hardy gauchos tend their many sheep. We discover the sheer-sided peak of Mount Fitzroy and the immense Perito Moreno Glacier, where chunks of ice are often seen cracking into the water. Our journey culminates in Ushuaia - the most southerly city in the world. Renowned for world class trekking and outdoor activities, the raw natural beauty of Patagonia never fails to astound.

 

At a Glance

  • Travel by minibus, private coaches and 2 internal flights
  • 3 daywalks of up to 8 hours duration
  • Group normally 6‐16, plus leader. Min age 18 yrs
  • 10 nights standard hotels and 2 nights comfortable hotels

 

Trip Highlights

  • Torres del Paine National Park, including a hike to the base of the Towers of Paine
  • Amazing glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park with an optional boat trip at Moreno Glacier
  • The stunning granite peaks of Fitzroy Massif and Cerro Torre
  • Travel to the world's southernmost city - Ushuaia
  • The vast, wind-blown expanses of the Patagonia Steppe 
  • Free time to explore Buenos Aires, Argentina's beautiful and cosmopolitan capital

 

Is This Trip for You?

While this trip is graded Moderate, we recommend you have a reasonably good level of fitness to really enjoy the hiking opportunities available.

All of these are non-compulsory day walks and do not exceed 20km. We have two internal flights on this trip to reduce driving but there are still some long drives. The longest drive is when we cross the border from El Calafate to Torres del Paine and when travelling south from Cerro Sombrero to Ushuaia.

In terms of altitude ‐ the highest point reached on the tour is on day 9 on the walk to the Towers of Paine. The lookout point situated at 886 metres above sea level. This day walk can take up to 9/10 hours depending on weather conditions and speed of the group.

There are 2 internal flights included in the itinerary, normally using the services of Aerolineas Argentinas. Please be aware that the timings of the internal flights can be quite erratic and there can often be last minute schedule changes. Depending on the availability of these flights, there may be a supplement to pay. 

 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

There will be a local leader, drivers and local guides where needed.

 

Adult min age:
18
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Buenos Aires
End City:
Buenos Aires

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Buenos Aires; walking tour.

    Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Buenos Aires. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel this afternoon. Our local leader will meet us today for a briefing and take us on a short walking tour of the city, discovering its wealth of history and culture. The evening is free for you to choose one of the many excellent restaurants, most serving the legendary Argentine steaks!

    Accommodation: Deco Hotel Recoleta or similar

  • Day 2

    Fly to El Calafate; to El Chalten.

    This morning we fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate and transfer (approx. 3-4 hours) to the small mountain town of El Chaltén. The town enjoys a beautiful location in Los Glaciares National Park with breathtaking views of Mount Fitzroy and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Don Atilio or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Los Glaciares N.P.; daywalk to Cerro Fitzroy Base Camp.

    We set off amidst incredible mountains and valleys for a day walk. First we hike to Cerro Fitzroy Base Camp with amazing views of the striking massif ahead. In the afternoon we continue to the picturesque Laguna de los Tres, a glacial lake whose still waters reflect the three main peaks of the range. This is a full day of walking over fairly rough terrain, but with impressive, rugged scenery along the way.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Don Atilio or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 4

    Optional activities; to El Calafate.

    Today has been left free to enjoy an additional trek or an optional excursion in this area. In the late afternoon we transfer (approx. 3-4 hours) back to El Calafate.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Koi Aiken or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Visit Perito Moreno Glacier; optional boat trip.

    Today we visit the Perito Moreno Glacier. This immense jagged sheet of ice stretches over 3 miles across Lago Argentino and rises 200ft out if its cold waters. It is the fastest moving glacier on the planet and the eerie creaks and thunderous groans add a certain atmosphere of anticipation. Every so often an office block sized chunk of ice calves from its face into the water below before slowly floating down the lake as a giant iceberg. An optional boat trip gives an even greater appreciation of the immense scale of this wonder.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Koi Aiken or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free day in El Calafate.

    We will spend a second day here to allow exploration of the town's surroundings. It is possible to take a gentle walk along Lago Argentina to see birdlife (including flamingos), or a slightly more demanding hike for some fantastic views stretching over the Patagonian Steppe and towards the mountainous border with Chile. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion to a local Estancia or to Todo Glaciares - this navigation includes Upsala Glacier, Bahia Onelli (where pieces of glacier are floating in the water) and the Spegazzinni Glacier. Please ask your tour leader and they will help you to arrange it.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Koi Aiken or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    To Torres del Paine N.P.

    After breakfast we have a long drive (approx. 8-9 hours) across the border into Chile before we arrive in one of the world's most beautiful national parks, Torres del Paine (please note that due to local regulations we must change buses at the border). From here we will meet our Chilean guide and drive around some of the park. We may have time after we check-in for a short walk next to Laguna Amarga or Laguna Azul, which offer great panoramic views of the Paine Massif and the striking granite Horns of Paine.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Pehoe or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    Day walk to the Torres del Paine.

    Without a doubt, one of the biggest highlights of the park is to hike up to the base of the Towers of Paine. The walk itself is beautiful, trekking through forests and offering some fantastic views across the park. This is a reasonably difficult and long trek, and the last section is steep with rocky terrain, so you need a reasonably good level of fitness and confidence. The reward on reaching the small lake at the base of these sheer granite peaks however, makes the long walk well worthwhile. Note that adverse weather conditions can make this walk much harder - your group leader will give a briefing the night before and answer any questions you may have on the route. Once we finish the trek we will take the transfer (approx. 2 hrs) to Puerto Natales.  

    Accommodation: Hotel Baquedano or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 9

    To Tierra del Fuego.

    After breakfast we will have some free time before a fairly long transfer in the afternoon, through dramatic scenery to Cerro Sombrero. This journey involves a short ferry crossing over the Magellan Straits. We advise you to take plenty of water and some snacks for the journey (approx. 7-8 hours). In the evening we'll have dinner together at the hotel in the small town of Cerro Sombrero.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Tunkelen or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 10

    To Ushuaia, the end of the world!

    Tierra del Fuego (The Land of Fire) is named after the original inhabitants who used to light bonfires to ward off the winter chill. Crossing the island we'll have views of the most southerly part of the Andes before catching our first glimpses of Ushuaia at the end of the world! This is a long driving day (approx. 7-8 hours) but we use a private bus to make the journey more comfortable. We should arrive at our hotel mid-afternoon depending on weather conditions and traffic.

    Accommodation: Hosteria Linares or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Walk in Tierra del Fuego N.P.; optional visit to penguin colony.

    We'll spend this morning in the stark wilderness of Tierra del Fuego National Park, walking amongst the varied terrain, flora and fauna. In the afternoon there is an optional boat ride along the Beagle Channel to see marine wildlife including penguins, Sea lions and many species of water bird including a flightless duck! We are also afforded fantastic views of Ushuaia and its backdrop of often snow-capped peaks as we head out on the boat. Please ask your tour leader and they will help you to arrange it.

    For those wanting more adventure or not wishing to trek, an optional half-day 4WD excursion will be on offer which will take us deep into the wilds of Tierra del Fuego where any more conventional transport would fail to reach, including the remote Lakes Fagnano and Escondido (please note it is not possible to see penguins on this tour).

    Accommodation: Hosteria Linares or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Fly to Buenos Aires.

    Depending upon the flight time, we may have some free time this morning in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. There are great views from the hills leading up to the Martial Glacier and some small shops to pick up souvenirs. Ushuaia has just one museum, housed in the former prison, which is definitely worth a visit. We fly back to Buenos Aires and usually arrive in time to visit one of the excellent tango shows in the old quarter of San Telmo (optional) and enjoy a last group meal together.

    Accommodation: Hotel Cyan Recoleta or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    End Buenos Aires.

    Depending on the time of your flight home you may have another chance to see more of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. After last night's tango show we might be tempted to learn a few steps, or watch it in the streets and plazas - particularly in the old quarter of San Telmo. A visit to the grave of Evita in the remarkable Recoleta Cemetery, said to be the most expensive real estate in the world, is possible. Those on group flights will leave today for the flight back to London.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Extend Your Trip

Iguazu Falls Extension

To the far North East of Argentina, boarding Brazil lies the magnificent falls of Iguazu (or Iguassu).  Add four additional days to your trip to experience this awe-inspiring sight. Staying on the Argentinian side you will have the opportunity to wander around this UNESCO World Heritage National Park packed full of flora and fauna. In the heart of the park you will find the cascading waters. This spectacular waterfall is not to be missed. You can also get up close to the falls by taking a boat trip as an optional extra.

The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

It is possible to upgrade to premium accommodation- please call for details. 

Salta Extension

Travel to the northwest Argentinean provinces of Salta and Jujuy and encounter a wonderful and surreal Dali-esque land where nature bends the rules in truly breathtaking fashion. This extension is the perfect way to end your trip to Argentina by getting to explore a truly different destination. We drive along exquisitely picturesque roads, through salt flats and colourful rock gorges. Salta is known as the most beautiful city in Argentina and you will not be disappointed. 

The detailed itinerary can be found here.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Accommodation

Hotels & Lodges

We use a good standard of hotels throughout the trip. In El Chalten we stay in a simple but clean lodge with en-suite twin rooms. Laundry facilities are available in El Calafate and Ushuaia.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Accommodation - Pre trip

 

 

Accommodation - Post trip

 

 

Single supplement from £720.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners included.

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet-style and are included. The accommodation will arrange packed lunches for days when we are trekking. There is a variety of good, quality food on offer in local restaurants and cafes usually for relatively low prices (although the refuge that we stay in for the standard itinerary in Torres del Paine is the exception as facilities here are limited). Vegetarians are catered for throughout the trip, but please ensure that you advise us before you travel so that we can make the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

 

Transportation

We use a combination of internal flights and private coaches.

Please be aware that the timings of the internal flights can be quite erratic and there can often be last minute schedule changes. Depending on the availability of these flights, there may be a supplement to pay. 

 

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

 

 

Weather Information

Since Patagonia is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons there are the opposite to those in Europe. Trips to Patagonia are therefore organized between October and April, to take advantage of the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures. During these months the temperatures in Buenos Aires reach a maximum of 30ºC, El Calafate/Torres del Paine/Punta Arenas around 15ºC and in the extreme south, in Tierra del Fuego, 14ºC. These are the daytime maximums and the average figures are likely to be a little lower than this. The nights can go down as low as freezing but often remain around mid single figures. The Patagonia summer tends to be dry although rain cannot be ruled out, particularly in the mountainous regions along the Chile/Argentine border. Patagonia is renowned for its wind and it is not unheard of to experience all four seasons in one day! 

 

Weather Charts

Buenos Aires

Ushuaia

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 15 days

The group flight from London is an overnight flight departing the day before Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of Air Europa (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Internal flights during the trip are normally with Aerolineas Argentinas.

Internal flights are used from Buenos Aires to El Calafate and Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (subject to change and availability). 

Travelling land only: 13 days starting and ending in Buenos Aires

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Buenos Aires in the morning of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

 

 

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

A shuttle bus from the airport to the city costs around £10 (US$15).

The cost of a taxi is likely to be about £35 (US$53) should you decide to make your way independently.

 

Location start:
Buenos Aires
Location end:
Buenos Aires

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Good sturdy shoes or walking boots
  • Warm clothes including windbreaker, jackets and waterproofs
  • Sun hat and a warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Flashlight or head torch
  • Sunglasses (particularly for glacier walks)
  • Small daypack for walks and sightseeing

In Chile, the import of crop and animal products is strictly regulated in order to avoid vermins, plagues, and the diffusion of non-native plants and animals. Fresh fruits and vegetables cannot be imported. If you happen to be carrying such products they must be thrown away before getting to customs or declared and then handed over to be destroyed. You will be required to complete a declaration on arrival into Chile and luggage will be checked. Failure to comply with this legislation will result in large fines and time-consuming difficulties with the border authorities. Please ensure you are not carrying these goods on arrival to avoid this problem.

Internal flights in the destination country are subject to a weight limit of 15kg.

If the luggage weighs between 16-23kg, the extra charge per flight is 650 Argentine pesos (Approx. £30GBP).

Please note this cannot be organised prior to check in.

 

 

Optional Equipment

Towel (only necessary in the basic refuge in Torres del Paine but can be hired locally for US$2 per person per night).

 

Equipment Hire

 

 

Internal Flights Weight Limit

 

 

Reading List

In Patagonia Bruce Chatwin (Penguin)

A classic account by the great travel writer of his experiences in Patagonia.

Natural Patagonia Marcelo D. Beccaceci (Pangaea Publishing)

A bilingual guide to flora and fauna in the region, with great illustrations

Maps

Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego (Automapa) A good map of the whole Patagonian region of Chile & Argentina, including separate national park maps.

Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego Coast to Coast (Zagier & Urruty) Lots of relief detail, with glaciers, forest & mountains shown very clearly.

 

Practical Information

Passport

 

 

Visa

 

 

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

If you are travelling via the USA and are eligible to transit under the Visa Waiver Programme (most British and western European citizens with a machine readable passport are), you are now required to register in advance for an Electronic Travel Authority (ESTA). There is a US$14 charge for the ESTA, which is only payable online with a credit card. Please see our website www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa for further information. All other nonresidents passing through the US must get a visa in advance. Check with your local embassy or consulate for more details on how to obtain a visa.

Health Notes

 

 

Vaccination

 

 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

We are advised that there is no risk of malaria on this trip.

Altitude

 

 

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

 

 

Electricity

Argentina's Electricity:

220 volts

Chile's Electricity:

220 volts

 

 

Money

Argentina's Currency

The Argentine Peso is the currency of Argentina, with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2020) of approximately 99 to the GBP, 76 to the USD, 58 to the CAD, 90 to the EUR, 55 to the AUD and 50 to the NZD. 

Chile's Currency

The national currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2020) of approximately 1,019 to the GBP, 782 to the USD, 596 to the CAD, 923 to the EUR, 564 to the AUD and 520 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs supporting major credit cards are accessible in Buenos Aires, El Calafate and Ushuaia. They may not be available in other places. Please note some banks may only let you withdraw small amounts per day, depending on the bank. It is possible to change traveller's cheques but this is becoming more difficult and time consuming and can also attract a commission of 3-6%. They do however offer security and can usually be replaced quickly if lost or stolen.

 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend that you take most of your spending money in US Dollars cash, since Sterling and Euros are hard to change and the rates of exchange are likely to be poor. We also recommend keeping the money in US Dollars, changing as and when necessary. Larger notes of $50 USD and $100 USD are more widely accepted than smaller denominations. It is always wise to have some local currency for buying meals, snacks, incidentals etc. We recommend not exchanging money at Buenos Aires airport, and if you do make sure it's very little. Your tour leader will give you more information on exchanging currency as you go along but do bear in mind that exchange facilities can be limited particularly as at times you'll arrive or leave an area outside of banking hours. Torn, damaged or marked bills can be refused so please make sure all your notes are clean and no too old. Please note that any leftover Argentine Pesos at the end of the trip cannot be changed back to Dollars so only change the amount that you are likely to spend.

We suggest that you allow about US$20 per meal (excluding alcohol) to eat at restaurants throughout the trip ‐ you may find that Chile is more expensive than Argentina.

For most flights there is an airport tax that can only be paid as you depart. This is currently approx. US$6‐8 for each domestic departure in Argentina (rates vary according to the airport). An international departure tax of US$18 may also be payable at Buenos Aires airport for your return flight, although it is increasingly common that this is being included in the ticket cost. Taxes are payable in local currency or US dollars where applicable.

Optional Excursions (approximate costs, depending on group sizes)

You will need to pay for most of these excursions in cash, please note that prices are correct at the time of writing but are only approximate. Optional excursions are also subject to availability, and we cannot guarantee availability, especially in peak season. Please speak to your tour leader with a bit of notice in order for them to help you book activities.

Buenos Aires

-Buenos Aires Tango show & dinner from US$60 (Shared transfers)

El Calafate

-Full day Mini trekking (includes shared transfers) US$215.- + US$30 National Park fee National Park fee. *Excludes lunch. Age limit: 10-65yrs. Duration 11hs total.

-Full day Big Ice Trek (includes shared transfers) US$385.- + US$30  National Park fee. *Excludes lunch. Age limit: 18-50yrs.  Duration 14hs total.

-Full day Glaciers (Upsala + Moreno with lunch) US$210.- + US$30  *Mon/Wed/Fri/Sunday 07.15hs to 19.45hs. 

-Half day Estancia Nibepo Aike with lunch or dinner US$110 + US$25 for a short horse ride around the estancia. 

-Full day Estancia Nibepo Aike with 3hr horse ride & lunch US$210. *Departs daily at 8.30am but needs 2 pax minimum.

Tierra del Fuego

-Beagle Channel boat trip (three hours) US$70

-Beagle Channel boat trip to see Penguins (six hours) US$95/100

-Full day 4x4 excursion (eight hours) US$110 *Includes lunch

 

Tipping

Shortly after arrival the leader will suggest to the group that they donate approx. $50-70 USD towards a kitty. This money is then used for tipping local guides, hotel porters etc. and will be distributed by the leader. The amount will vary depending on the group size but the tour leader will keep a receipt with the details of where the kitty has been spent.  

To show your appreciation for local staff that accompany the trip, you may want to tip when good service has been delivered. Tipping is entirely at your discretion, but it has become customary in this part of the world. We suggest around US$ 5 per day for the tour leader and US$ 3 – 4 per day for the driver.

 

Mountain landscape with Mt Fitz Roy in Patagonia, South America

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

On this trip, we use several family owned lodges and hosterias that employ local staff and uses local produce wherever possible. We also visit some remote regions within Fitzroy and Torres del Paine where the locals are very reliant on tourism to generate income. This thereby ensures that our visit directly contributes to the local community and employment levels.

Our guides enforce a strict ‘Leave no Trace’ policy in National Parks and the entrance fees included for Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks goes towards supporting conservation efforts in the area. In Patagonia, clients can fill up their bottles from streams and water is generally safe to drink in most places, hence we strongly encourage clients to bring their own usable water bottles for this purpose and minimise our usage of single use plastic bottles.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

 

Exodus Community

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In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Important Notes

 

 

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.