At the horse race, Mongolia

Mongolia: Steppes, Deserts & Nomads - Nadaam Festival Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Mongolia
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
ACMB
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

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

Trip Overview

1 July (30 June ex-London) Itinerary

Rolling steppe make way to stark desert; small nomadic ger camp pepper this vast land where camels and goats are herded on horseback, fermented mare’s milk is the tipple of choice, sand dunes are known to ‘sing’ and the first intact dinosaur eggs were found. Genghis Khan went forth from here on horseback to conquer the biggest land empire in history and, to this day, Buddhist and Animist traditions mix. In July, all over the country, people come together to compete in wrestling, archery, horse-racing and ankle bone flicking during the Naadam Festival but traditions can be witnessed throughout the year. We travel through steppe, mountain and the Gobi desert exploring the nature and culture of this fascinating, yet little known, country.

(for 8 July - 7 July ex-London - click here)

At a Glance

  • 6 nights hotel, all en suite, 8 nights ger camps
  • Travel by 4WD vehicle, bus and one internal flight
  • Some long drives through very remote country
  • Also Eagle Festival and non-festival departures
  • Countries visited: Mongolia

Trip Highlights

  • The spectacularly varied Mongolian landscape - vast rolling steppe, mountains and deserts
  • Sleep in traditional style ger camps (Mongolian tents)
  • Karakorum, the ancient capital of the Mongol Empire
  • The rolling sand dunes and landscape of the Gobi desert
  • One of the last remaining nomadic cultures in the world
  • Wrestling, archery, horse-riding and bone-flicking at the Nadaam Festival

Is This Trip for You?

Mongolia is 6.5 times larger than the UK but with a population 21 times smaller. Understandably this means that large tracts of the country do not have much infrastructure. Much of our time is spent in areas where roads are barely tracks through the landscape. On this trip we go further into the wilderness than the average visitor to Mongolia and whilst this allows us to travel through stunning parts of the country, encountering few people other than the odd nomad, it does mean that some days involve long and bumpy drives. These drives are balanced out with some downtime to relax and just take in the incredible surroundings or often, with the option of going for a walk or even, at times a horse or camel ride. There are some scheduled hikes, looking for wild Taki horses, visiting the Singing sand dunes, Vulture canyon or the Flaming cliffs, for instance. These are relatively short, no more than one or two hours on mostly flat or undulating terrain. The Flaming Cliffs hike may not be recommended if you have an acute fear of heights and can involve some scrambling, however it’s possible to still enjoy great views of the cliffs and opt out of the walk.

The climate in central Mongolia is generally pleasant in summer when the trip runs. In the Gobi Desert, however, temperatures can get well above 30’C, even approaching 40’C.

This is a trip that goes off the ‘tourist trail’ and comes to the encounter of local nomads. It takes us through spectacular and diverse wilderness and gives us an insight into a fascinating country unlike any other.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

The trip is led by a local tour leader who will also be accompanied by an experienced Mongolian guide. Other trip staff will include drivers and local assistants as needed.

Adult min age:
18
Min group size:
4
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Ulaan Baatar.

    Start in Ulaan Baatar. Those not travelling with the group from London will join us at the hotel. There are no activities planned for today to allow for different arrival times and to rest after the flight. However, for anyone who arrives into Ulaan Baatar early, why not explore some of the city’s sites including UB’s main square: Sukhbaatar Square, the National Museum and the landmark State Department Store.
    Bayangol Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    To Khustain Nuruu N.P.; trek to see Przewalski's horses; overnight in ger camp.

    Before leaving UB we visit the Gandan Monastery, the largest functioning lamasery in Mongolia and the seat of Buddhist studies in the country. Here we may see monks praying and the 20m gold and bronze statue of Migjid Janraisig.

    We then drive on the main road westwards towards Karakorum, making a detour to the Khustain Nuruu National Park, 2 hours west of Ulaan Baatar. Khustain Nuruu is famous for the re-introduction of Mongolia's wild horse. The Takhi Horse (also known as the Przewalski's horse) was once native to Mongolia and almost became extinct earlier in the 20th century. Through the efforts of several Mongolian and international organizations, these magnificent wild horses now roam in the steppes of the national park once again. We will visit the Project Information Centre and take a guided hike to see the wild horses. Tonight will be our first night staying in gers, traditional Mongolian felt tents.
    Ger Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    To Karakorum; visit Erdene Zuu Monastery.

    Today we continue on our drive to the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire - Karakorum - making a brief stop to see the dunes of the Little Gobi along the way. . Karakorum was established by Ogedei Khan and remained the Mongols power base until Khublai Khan established Beijing as the capital. Erdene Zuu (Hundred Treasures) monastery was the largest Monastery in Mongolia, built in 1586 under the direction of Abtai Khan on the ruins of the ancient capital. Much of the monastery was destroyed during Stalin's purges of the 1930's, but an impressive wall with 108 stupas and a number of temples still remain. After lunch, we visit the monastery, the modern Karakorum Museum and the surrounding area
    Ger Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Along northern edge of Gobi Desert to Arvaikheer via Shankh Monastery.

    We continue along the paved road to Arvaikheer, the capital of Ovorkhangai Aimag on the northern edge of the Gobi Desert. On the way we will visit the Shankh Monastery, once the home of the great Mongolian theologist Zanabazar. We should arrive at Arvaikheer during the middle of the afternoon and check in to our hotel. In the afternoon there will be time to visit the local museum, which contains nature collections, stone figures and Turkic scripts and possibly go to a local market.
    Arvaikheer Palace Hotel or similar, Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    To Bayan Gobi via Mt Ikh Bogd.

    Today is a long day as we head properly off the tourist route into some of the wilder parts of the Gobi Desert. After an early breakfast we start our journey and rapidly leave the tarmac behind. The landscape changes as we head deeper into the Gobi and the majestic Ikh Bogd Mountain should be visible in the distance, the highest mountain in the Gobi Altai Mountain Range. Eventually, after about 9 hours travelling (with stops) we will arrive at our Ger Camp in the wilderness. This is the longest day’s driving but is also a definite highlight of the trip as we pass through some of Mongolia’s most spectacular scenery.
    Ger Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Cross the Gobi via White Cave.

    After going over a desert pass and visiting the quartz rich ‘White Cave’ our journey continues through classic Gobi desert scenery of flat stony plains mixed with small rocky outcrops and patches of sand across the Khatan Suudal Steppe. We stop for a picnic lunch on the way, with views of Arts Bogd mountain to the north. We head off to the Kongoriin Els sand dunes and arrive there in the late afternoon.
    Ger Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    Visit 'singing' sand dunes, the largest dunes in Mongolia.

    We have a full day to explore the sand dunes and surrounding area. The Khongoriin Els stretch for 200km and are as high as 300m in places. They are known as the 'Singing Dunes' because of the beautiful sound that resonates through the dunes on a windy day. The South Gobi has 100,000 camels, typically used by herders for transportation of their gers. We will have the opportunity today to visit a camel breeding family and get a glimpse of the way of life of the nomadic herders of these parts.
    Ger Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    Travel through rocky plains of Gobi Gurvansaikhan N.P.

    This morning we will drive through the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park. Gobi Gurvansaikhan means 'Three Beauties of the Gobi' and this range marks the eastern end of the Gobi Altai mountain range. The park's landscape is extremely varied, with rocky and sandy desert plains, precipitous cliffs and ravines, salt pans and oases. We visit a spectacular natural sight of this region - Yolyn Am. Yolyn Am means Vulture's Mouth and is a canyon so deep and narrow that even in the height of summer winter ice can remain on the valley floor. This region is also renowned for the diversity of its wildlife and many endangered species can be found here, including Khulan, Ibex, Argali and elusive Snow leopards. We visit a local museum and explore the canyon before transferring to a nearby ger camp for dinner and overnight.
    Ger Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 9

    Hiking around the 'Flaming Cliffs' of Bayanzag.

    Today we have time to relax in our luxury ger camp. Either in the morning or afternoon we take a short drive to Bayanzag (70 km). Known as the Flaming cliffs, the red/ochre colour can be striking and we have the opportunity for a short hike amongst colourful sands of red, yellow and orange. Bayanzag is a world-renowned dinosaur fossil exploration site, discovered in the 1920s by Mongolian and American palaeontologists. We are free to explore the region and may even be lucky enough to spot dinosaur fossils. We later return to our ger camp.
    Ger Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 10

    Fly to Ulaan Baatar.

    We leave the Gobi Desert behind and fly back to Ulaan Baatar. Depending on what time our flight is will determine what time we get back to Ulaan Baatar.
    Bayangol Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Days 11-12

    Naadam Festival

    The Naadam Festival celebrates the ‘three games of men’ (or Erin Gurvan Naadam) which are wrestling, horse-racing and archery. More recently a fourth game, knuckle-bone flicking was added to the competitions. The festival is celebrated throughout the country but the biggest festival is in Ulaan Baatar.
    Over the next two days we attend the grand opening ceremony before we watch Mongolians compete in all four sports. We also get to mingle with hordes of Mongolian spectators as the grounds around the stadium (where wrestling, archery and bone-flicking takes place) and the horse races are filled with stands selling food, games, flags and various other things.
    The atmosphere is a big part of the experience and many Mongolians dress in their best traditional clothes for the occasion.
    In 2010 the festival was entered into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list and is great celebration of the Central Asian nation’s culture.
    Bayangol Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 13

    Terelj National Park; Genghis statue; Ulaan Baatar

    We leave Ulaan Baatar and head for Terelj National Park.

    Terelj National Park is a large protected area of green mountain meadows filled with edelweiss and other wild flowers. The contrast to the Gobi Desert is striking and it feels like being in a different country.

    We visit the Tibetan-style Aryabala temple, a meditation centre located on a mountain side with sweeping views over the national park. As we follow the walk up to the temple there are inspirational sayings on placards every few steps. The climb to the temple is not difficult but does involve many steps and can be tiring.

    Tonight we have our final night sleeping in a ger.
    Ger Camp

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 14

    Return to Ulaan Baatar.

    As we make our way back to the city we visit the giant Genghis Khan statue at Tsonjin Bolog. Standing 40m tall, the statue depicts the Mongolian ruler astride his horse and sits atop the visitor’s centre (itself 10m tall). It is possible to climb up onto the horse’s head to get a closer look of Genghis Khan’s face.

    This afternoon there should be some free time for some last minute shopping or site-seeing.
    Bayangol Hotel or similar, Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 15

    End Ulaan Baatar.

    End Ulaan Baatar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels & Ger Camps

We use hotels in Ulaan Baatar and Arvaikheer and ger camps elsewhere. Gers are similar to yurts, generally airy and comfortable with beds and, normally, a stove (though in the summer the stoves are not normally needed). The bathrooms are normally shared and all have hot water (however due to the remoteness of the camps this can, at times be erratic). Many of the ger camps now have 24hr electricity in the ger itself for charging batteries. If there is no charging facility inside the ger itself then there are charging facilities in the common area (though this may during limited periods of the day only when the generator is turned on). There will normally be no more than two people per ger, however in some cases, due to availability issues we may need to have triples in the ger. There may also be rare occasions when a single cannot be guaranteed in a particular ger camp.

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

Single supplement from £600.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Traditional Mongolian diets are very meat and dairy heavy. Whilst there will be opportunities to try some of these products such as dry-curd and fermented mare’s milk, the meals provided in the ger camps are generally western meals, at times with an Asian influence. There will normally be some form of soup and salad as well as a main course and desert. Vegetarians are generally well catered for, if you are vegetarian or have other dietary requirements please make sure to inform us in advance. Breakfasts can vary from place to place, some are buffet style whilst others are set, normally cereal, bread and possibly a hot dish will be provided. On some days a pack lunch will be provided, this is often still a proper meal (though without the soup). Water is provided and will generally be from 5L water-containers so make sure to bring a water bottle to decant into. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer, vodka and (most of the time) wine are available to buy at the ger camps. There is opportunity to buy snacks in Ulaan Baatar and on a couple other occasions along the way when we drive through towns or villages.

Transportation

We travel around in a convoy of 4WD vehicles as we make our way around central Mongolia and the Gobi Desert. These are generally 6-seater (including the driver) vehicle but we normally will use them for 4 passengers (plus the driver). Driving in the wilderness can be hard going on the vehicles and they sometimes may get a puncture or may need to be cooled down from overheating so please come with an open mind. We may also use a coach for getting around Ulaan Bator and Terelj National Park. We also use one internal flight.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

July and August are summer months and daytime temperatures should be a pleasant 20degC in Ulaan Baatar and central regions. Temperatures can reach a maximum of 33degC in the capital and 35degC in the Gobi desert in July and although the average is lower, clients should expect some very warm weather.

Weather Information

July and August are summer months and daytime temperatures should be a pleasant 20’C in Ulaan Baatar and central regions. Temperatures can reach a maximum of 33’C in the capital and high 30s in the Gobi desert in July and although the average is lower, clients should expect some very warm weather. Evening temperatures are uniformly 15 to 20’C. Humidity is very low. These months are also the wet season and over a trip of this duration you should expect some rain but showers are not normally long lasting and the total rainfall during this period is very low. (June - 28mm, July - 76mm & August - 51mm).

Weather Charts

Ulaanbaator

Ulaanbaator

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 16 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 China or Aeroflot (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.

The Air China flights we aim to use connect in Beijing with a reasonable connection time, however, it may be that due to schedule changes the outbound flight requires an overnight in Beijing. Should this happen Air China will put you up in an airport hotel for the night. Please speak with an Air China representative in Beijing airport who will direct you to your airport hotel. You will be provided with a temporary transit visa for the hotel. You will NOT need to purchase a Chinese visa. Please note that the Air China representative will not be waiting for you straight off the plane. You will most likely be required to take the airport train to the arrivals terminal to the Air China desk. As there will be no leader at this part of the trip you will need to make yourself known at the Air China desk. Please also note that if you have paid for a single room supplement for your trip in Mongolia, this will NOT be applicable during your transit stay.

Travelling land only: 15 days starting and ending in Ulaan Baatar

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Ulaan Baatar on 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.

In the unlikely event of any of your luggage being misplaced or damaged, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

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.

It is possible to book a private transfer, please contact our Sales Team for further details and prices.

The cost of a taxi is likely to be about £16 (approx. US$25) should you decide to make your way independently.

Location start:
Ulaan Baatar
Location end:
Ulaan Baatar

What to Take

Essential Equipment

In addition to your 'normal' daily clothes, you will need the following essential items:
Sunhat
Sunglasses
Strong sunblock

Mosquito repellent

Rain jacket
Walking shoes or boots are essential
A water bottle
Small gifts from home for local herders are a nice touch; ideal gifts include pictures from home, pictures of family, children's presents (colouring‐in books and pencils etc), as well as anything practical for home, sewing kits etc (not knives)


Bedding, including blankets and clean sheets, are provided at the ger camps.

At the time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 20kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

Internal flights in the destination country are subject to a weight limit of 15kg (10kg for checked in luggage and 5kg for hand luggage) but it is possible to pay for extra weight (US$2/kg).

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Internal Flights Weight Limit

10kg (checked in luggage + 5kg hand luggage

Practical Information

Passport

Mongolia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Mongolia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects. Almost all nationalities, including British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand, require a single entry visa for Mongolia. If you think you may be exempt you must check requirements with your local authorities or your agent. The current cost of a visa for British Citizens is £50 and further information can be found here. American passport holders are offered 30 days visa-free entry to Mongolia on presentation of a valid passport at the time of entry. Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

For assistance with obtaining visas please call Travcour on 020 8543 1846 or visit their website: http://www.travcour.com/page/tour-packs/exodus.php

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

Vaccination

Mongolia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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.

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

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

Mongolia's Timezone:
Asia/Ulaanbaatar +08 (GMT +08:00)

Electricity

Mongolia's Electricity:

220 Volts. Plug types C & E; establishments often take two round pin plugs.

Money

Mongolia's Currency

The national currency of Mongolia is the Mongolian Tughrik (MNT), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 3,370 to the GBP and 2,560 to the USD.

ATM Availability

There are a number of ATMs, including in the hotel we normally use in Ulaan Baator. Credit and Debit cards can also be used in various shops, hotels and restaurants in Ulaan Baator, though not in small shops in smaller towns and villages or at some souvenir stands.

Extra Expenses and Spending Money


An extra US$150 should be budgeted for incidental expenses such as laundry, telephone and excursions into the nightlife of Ulaan Baatar. Cashmere, leather products, carpets, woodcarvings,watercolour paintings and traditional Mongolian dolls all make great souvenirs ‐ US$100 is a modest souvenir budget.

Optional Excursions 


Song and dance show in Ulaan Baatar: US$25

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Major currencies such as USD, GBP and EUR can be changed at banks whilst hotels will generally only change USD (at a worse rate).

Tipping

Tipping is at your discretion, but is customary in Mongolia and has become standard for tourism. We have found that a tip kitty is the easiest way to ensure that the correct levels are given out. This will include tips for local staff at the camps, hotels and airports as well as your driver. Your leader will advise the amount, which will depend on the size of the group. You should budget around US$75-100 for this.

This tip kitty will not include the tip for your leader, which is discretionary, though USD30-50 is common.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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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.

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The Foreign & Commonwealth 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.

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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

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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.