Highlights of Japan Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Asia, Japan
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AOQ
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

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

9 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

Commencing in electrifying Tokyo, this cultural highlights adventure is the ideal way to experience some of Japan's most iconic cities and sites in just 8 days! Visit atmospheric Kyoto to delve into the heart of Japan's cultural heritage, taste the amazing and diverse cuisine, uncover the beautiful Japanese nature and UNESCO world heritage sites of magical Nikko before discovering historic Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park and Museum and captivating Miyajima. This rich journey through the land of the rising sun ends in vibrant and lively Osaka before heading home with memories that will last a lifetime!

At a Glance

  • 6 nights hotels and 1 night traditional guesthouse
  • 8 days land only/ 9 days flight inclusive
  • Sightseeing on foot and public transport
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by train, local bus, metro and ferry
  • Cherry blossom and Autumn colour departures

Trip Highlights

  • Discover iconic cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka!
  • 8 day trip covering Japan's cultural highlights
  • Enjoy Nikko's natural beauty and UNESCO sites
  • Experience cherry blossom season or beautiful autumn colours
  • Take the high speed Shinkansen- 'bullet train'
  • Taste a variety of Japanese cuisine

Is This Trip for You?

Activity Level 3- Moderate

This is an 8 day cultural trip, which attempts to encompass the main cultural and iconic highlights of Japan.

You will walk mostly in cities and towns and although not strenuous, the amount of walking each day is considerable and fast-paced (good comfortable walking shoes are required). Some temples and shrines will be visited during the trip, most of which are built on hillsides. This will mean ascending and descending lots of steps so a good level of fitness in essential.

All transport will be by public transport and mainly trains which are extremely efficient. Therefore, it is essential that all group members are punctual to ensure we do not miss any of the scheduled services.

Some of the distances covered are long but trains are very comfortable making the journey pleasant. Please be aware that we will be carrying our luggage with us on the trains when moving locations, so please be prepared for this. There may be a possibility to organise a luggage courier service (additional cost) to have your main luggage transferred between locations which your leader can advise locally at the start of the tour.

Please note that the order of activities in Tokyo and Kyoto may change depending on the weather conditions and other factors. Your tour leader will provide full details of the schedule during the initial trip briefing.

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

We use a mixture of local and International leaders who are all experienced in leading International groups and have an in-depth knowledge of the country.

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

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Kyoto
End City:
Tokyo

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Tokyo

    The trip starts this afternoon in the futuristic capital of Tokyo. 

    Later this afternoon, there will be a group welcome meeting with your tour leader followed by an optional group dinner in the evening and casual tour around Shinjuku, the famous nightlife district of Tokyo!

  • Day 2

    A full day Tokyo city tour by metro including Senso-ji Temple

    Today we utilise Tokyo's efficient metro system and enjoy a full day tour of the city. 

    We start the day with an early morning visit to Meiji Shrine. Tokyo’s most famous shrine is dedicated to the spirit of the late Emperor Meiji while the park that surrounds the shrine is a forest of some 120,000 trees of 365 different species, making you forget that you are in the world’s largest city.

    Outside of Meiji Shrine is Harajuku, the shopping haven for all fashionistas and the popular meeting place for teenagers who are usually in eccentric clothing. The landmark of Harajuku is Takeshita Street, a 400-meter long alley filled with boutiques, shops, and cafes.

    Neighbouring Harajuku is Omotesando, commonly referred to as Tokyo’s Champs-Elysee. This broad, tree-lined avenue features a number of fashion flagship stores designed by internationally renowned architects like TOD’s Omotesando, designed by Toyo Ito.

    From Omotesando, we can take the metro to Ginza, one of Tokyo’s most famous upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment districts. It is said that 1sqm of land in Ginza is worth over 10 million yen (€ 90,000)!

    Our last stop Asakusa, is Tokyo’s oldest Geisha district and home to Senso-ji Temple which is the city’s oldest Buddhist temple. The streets around Senso-ji feature many traditional shops that sell Japanese crafts and souvenirs and are a delight to wander through.

    Please note that the order of activities and areas visited today in Tokyo may change depending on the weather conditions and other factors. Your tour leader will provide full details of the schedule during the initial trip briefing.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Travel by train to Nikko; enjoy the town's nature and UNESCO sites; overnight in traditional style guesthouse

    After breakfast we bid farewell to Tokyo and travel by train (approx. 2 hours) to beautiful Nikko, famous for its towering cedar trees and the UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Toshogu Shrine.

    Upon arrival we set out to visit a few of Nikko's most popular sites. 

    The Shinkyo Bridge is one of the most iconic sights and landmarks of Nikko. This bright, vermillion bridge spans a river on the outskirts of the main shrine complex, and is, aside from Toshogu Shrine, the most photographed attraction in Nikko. Often featured in traditional Japanese art prints known as ukiyoe, it is considered to be one of Japan’s top three most beautiful bridges, and is photogenic in all seasons.

    No visit to Nikko would be complete without a visit the the Toshogu Shrine, which was built as a mausoleum for Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate who ruled Japan for over 250 years. This lavishly decorated shrine complex consists of more than a dozen Shinto and Buddhist buildings located in a beautiful forest setting.

    We spend the night in Nikko in a traditional style guesthouse. 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Train to Kyoto; delight your senses in Nishiki market; explore traditional Gion district

    Today we set out on a longer journey (approx. 4.5 hours) west to the historical former capital of Japan, Kyoto by local train and shinkansen. As we will arrive in Kyoto after 14:00, we can enjoy a bento lunch on the train.

    After checking into our hotel, we visit the Nishiki Market, where we embark on a tour that will delight your senses. Here we walk the narrow, mile-long Nishiki covered food markets, where you’ll find many interesting food shops to explore. This is a great opportunity to learn about local Japanese produce and snap some photos of goods you won’t find back home. Some of the shops give out or sell samples, so make sure to keep some space in your stomach!

    The late afternoon is the best time to visit the Gion District – also known as the “Geisha District” for being one of the city’s hanamachi (flower towns) where Geisha live and work. The highlight of the area is Hanami-koji, the most popular street in Gion where lavish teahouses and machiya (old houses) are lined up. Usually in the early evening you may have a chance to catch a glimpse of a Geiko or Maiko in the streets on the way to her engagement, if you are lucky!

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Experience some of Kyoto's highlights by foot and public transport

    Today, along with your tour leader, enjoy an exploration of the highlights of Kyoto whilst using the comprehensive bus and metro systems to visit some of Kyoto’s World Heritage Sites.

    The tour starts with an early morning visit to one of the most unusual Shinto shrines in Japan. Fushimi Inari is composed of thousands of vermilion torii gates following trails inside the forests of Mt Inari. The Shrine, also featured in “Memoirs of a Geisha”, is very famous for the impressive contrast and mystical atmosphere created by the colours of the Torii and those of the surrounding nature.

    Next on our schedule is Arashiyama, one of Kyoto’s richest areas for sightseeing, Arashiyama contains some of the area’s most stunning scenery. Starting at Togetsukyo Bridge, one of Arashiyama’s most recognizable landmarks, we make our way to the bamboo forest path on the west side of the river before stopping at Nonomiya Shrine.

    After a lunch break we continue to the serene Ryoan-ji Temple, which is famous for its well-maintained rock garden and known to be the Myoshinji School of the Rinzai Buddhist sect.

    Just a short distance from Ryoan-ji is the stunning golden pavilion collectively known as Kinkaku-ji Temple. The temple grounds are relatively smaller than that of most temples and shrines found in Kyoto but what is undoubtedly impressive is the pavilion that is completely covered in handmade gold leaves.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    On to historic Hiroshima to visit the peace park and museum; discover the beautiful Himeji Castle enroute

    Following breakfast, we move further west by shinkansen (bullet train) to the city of Hiroshima (approx. 3 hours). Along the way we will break our journey for a visit to one of the most beautiful and most famous castles of Japan, Himeji Castle. Also called “Shirasagi-jo” (the White Heron Castle) or “Hakuro-jo” (the White Egret Castle) by some of the locals, Himeji Castle resembles a white bird in flight due to its white exterior and distinctive roof design.

    After visiting the castle, we pick up lunch to enjoy on the train and continue our way to Hiroshima.

    Perhaps more than any city in the world, Hiroshima is famous for one moment in history; on 6 August 1945, it became the first target of an atomic bomb. However, Hiroshima has risen phoenix-like from its ashes, and rebuilt itself as one of Japan's most laid back and vibrant cities, full of wide boulevards and museums and famous for its great food and friendly, welcoming people.

    This afternoon we visit the Peace Memorial Museum for a sobering reminder of the events of 1945 before experiencing the surrounding Peace Park, where the atmosphere is one of hope and peace.

    Tonight we spend the night in Hiroshima.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Morning trip by ferry to Miyajima: bullet train to Osaka for final evening

    This morning, we take a short trip by ferry to Miyajima, a famous wooded island located in the Inland Sea near Hiroshima. Here you will find perhaps the most photographed site in Japan - The Floating Torii Gate. Please note, whilst the ‘floating’ tori of Itsukushima-jinja Shrine is currently undergoing renovation works, we still recommend a visit to this enchanting island. Deer are roaming freely on this lovely island where we spend some time at leisure before we make our way by shinkansen (approx. 2.5 hours) to our final destination on our tour of Japan, Osaka.

    The 2nd largest metropolitan area in Japan, Osaka has a very distinct and vibrant character, the locals are colourfu. l and lively and are known to work hard and play hard. Osaka is also known as the shopping, dining and nightlife capital of Japan. A good place to buy some last souvenirs and enjoy a last dinner together with your fellow travellers or sing a song in a karaoke box before heading home!

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Osaka

    The tour ends this morning after breakfast for land only clients. 

    If you have a late flight or are staying longer, you tour leader will be happy to give suggestions for your sightseeing plans.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

AOQ: Hotels and traditional style guesthouse

In Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka, our hotels are centrally located with excellent modern facilities and English speaking staff. Please note, in Japan, western hotel room sizes in standard hotels are normally smaller in size and if requesting a double bed, please be advised that these can be smaller in size than western double bed sizes so couples may prefer twin beds.

For one night during the trip in Nikko, we stay in a traditional inn/guesthouse where we are able to get a close feel for the timeless rhythms and customs of the Japanese countryside. Ryokans and minshukus, whilst comfortable and full of local character, do not run along the same lines as western hotels and do all have their own unique style; some are more like Japanese B&B's (minshukus) with a homestay/guesthouse feel and guests make their own Japanese style beds up, whilst others are managed more like a standard hotel (typical ryokans) with bedding made up for guests. Rooms do not generally have private facilities and bedding is usually in the Japanese style with thick futon mattresses placed on tatami mats on the floor. Rooms are always doubles or twin-share but bathrooms and showers are generally communal. Please be advised, whilst females and males will have access to separate gender specific bathrooms, inside showering and bathing facilities can lack the level of privacy you would be used to in a western style shared bathroom.

Please note that free Wi-Fi is available at every hotel.

2021 departures

Please be advised that the below accommodations are just a list of the standard hotels used for 2021 departures. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at different hotels of a similar standard and quality.

Tokyo (2 nights): Dormy Inn Kodenmacho

Nikko (1 night): Nikko Green Hotel Natsukashiya Fuwari or Turtle Inn Nikko

Kyoto (2 nights): Resol Kyoto Shijo Muromachi

Hiroshima (1 night): Hotel New Hiroden

Osaka (1 night): Karaksa Hotel Osaka Namba

Onsen (Japanese public bath)
For many visitors to Japan the onsen is a somewhat unfamiliar territory. An onsen is a Japanese hot spring and the bathing facilities and inns frequently situated around them. The combination of a strict bathing etiquette, that nudity is involved and compulsory, and that the water temperature is often hotter than most Jacuzzis can cause some reluctance for first timers. However, once the courage is mustered, you may discover that a dip in an onsen is likely to become one of the highlights of your visit to Japan. You may have the opportunity to try a public onsen throughout the trip. Please be aware you may be refused entry if you have large and visible tattoos. 

Single supplements

Single supplements can be pre-booked for 6 nights only (not available 1 night in Nikko).

In Nikko single supplements are not available and rooming is based on twin share (sharing with another group member of the same sex).

Please be advised single supplements are limited and is payable at the time of booking and subject to availability. In Japan, often single supplements can be accommodated in either an actual single and/or double for sole use room in hotels. 

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.

Single supplement from £410.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and 1 dinner included.

Japanese cuisine is usually one of the main highlights of any trip to Japan. It is based on rice with miso soup and other dishes which are usually prepared with seasonal ingredients. Seafood is very is common, and it usually comes grilled or deep fried. Sushi and sashimi aside, other staple dishes include Soba, Ramen or Udon noodles, Sukiyaki (meat, fish and vegetables cooked in broth) and Yakiniku (grilled meat).

When food is not included, your leader will always be on hand to recommend the best local eateries and arrange some group meals for a full immersion in Japan's varied and excellent cuisine. 

Please note that in Japan the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free, strict vegetarian (no fish/seafood) or vegan is minimal or non-existent. The group meals arranged by the tour leader will be in traditional eateries where the choices of vegan dishes may be limited to simple salads or boiled rice. However in Kyoto and Tokyo a number of vegan restaurants are available.  It may also be a good idea to bring with you some foodstuffs that you normally consume, or to supplement meals with snacks purchased in the local convenience stores.

Transportation

Transport will be by train, metro, local bus and ferry. It is worth mentioning that the trains in Japan are both highly efficient and very comfortable.

Japan Rail Pass

The tour makes use of a 7-day Japanese Rail Pass, the cost of which is included in the price and is purchased by Exodus before departure. If you are planning to extend your trip and wish to extend or purchase an additional pass, please contact our Customer Operations team for information and costs.

In the unlikely event that you are a holder of a Japan Business or Residence visa please note that you will not be eligible to use the Japan Rail Pass. Please contact the Exodus Office if this applies to you.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Japan has four very distinct seasons. Our aim has been to avoid the extremely cold winters and humid summers and settle for the more pleasant climes of spring and autumn. In Tokyo, September and October are warm, maximum temperatures are 26ºC and minimum 12ºC. September is likely to be the warmer of the two and there is a likelihood of rain. April is cooler with temperatures possibly going as low as 7ºC with a high of 17ºC. Kyoto is very similar climatically to Tokyo but the higher up into the mountains we venture, the colder it will become with nights being especially cold, particularly in March and November.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 9 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 British Airlines (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.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Tokyo and ending in Osaka

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Tokyo in the evening 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.

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. The usual, standard check-in baggage weight allowance is 20kg.

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

Clients who are booked on the group flight to Tokyo will be met by the tour leader and take a shared arrival shuttle transfer to the hotel.

If you are not arriving on the group flight from London, it is possible to have a free arrival shared shuttle service from Haneda or Narita Airports to the trip start hotel. If you wish to utilise this free shared shuttle arrival transfer service, this must be requested and confirmed at least 1 month before departure with our customer operations team. If you do not take join (or miss) the group flight arrival shared transfer or don't request a free arrival transfer before the trip commences, you must make your own way to the start hotel at your own expense. 

Private transfers are not available on this trip.

Further information will be provided in the final joining instructions, which will be sent to you 2 to 3 weeks before departure.

Location start:
Kyoto
Location end:
Tokyo

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Casual clothing is all that is required. Outside of business situations Japanese are very relaxed about dress so formal attire is unnecessary. On both spring and autumn departures it is possible that some of the nights outside the main cities may be surprisingly cold, so it would be wise to bring a jumper, gloves and/or warm jacket and warm trousers. 
  • As there is a lot of walking involved in this trip, a comfortable pair of walking shoes is a requirement. Ideally these should be easy to put on and take off for the fairly regular occasions when shoes must be removed before entering homes or temples.
  • We suggest a strong holdall or suitcase (ideally with wheels) for your main luggage plus a reasonably sized, easy-to-carry daypack. 
  • Refillable water bottle (1-2 litre capacity). Tap water in Japan is safe to drink and taking a refillable water bottle will help reduce waste!

Bringing Medication into Japan for Personal Use 

It is illegal to bring into Japan some over-the-counter medicines commonly used in the UK and western countries, including inhalers and some allergy and sinus medications. Specifically, products that contain stimulants (medicines that contain Pseudoephedrine, such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers), or Codeine are prohibited. For more information, please contact your nearest Japan Embassy.

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.

Reading List

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

The Inland Sea by Donald Richie

Shogun by James Clavell

The Roads to Sata: A 2000‐mile Walk Through Japan by Alan Booth

Practical Information

Passport

Japan

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 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

Japan

Most nationalities do not require a visa to visit Japan. South African passport holders do require a visa; but it is worth all nationalities verifying visa requirements directly at your embassy before travel.

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

Vaccination

Japan

There are no specific health risks.

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

Japan's Timezone:
Asia/Tokyo JST (GMT +09:00)

Electricity

Japan's Electricity:

100 Volts. Plug types A & B; establishments often take two flat parallel pin plugs (US style). Most battery chargers function at this voltage, but do check their documentation.

Money

Japan's Currency

The national currency of Japan is the Yen (JPY), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2020) of approximately 136 to the GBP, 105 to the USD, 80 to the CAD, 123 to the EUR, 74 to the AUD and 69 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

We recommend obtaining some Yen (JPY) before travelling to Japan, although you should check the exchange rate carefully. Japan is a very safe country and locals often carry around large amounts without problems. Alternatively, if you decided to travel with US dollars or Pound sterling, exchange facilities are fairly widely available, including at the airport on arrival, and it is also possible to change money in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka.

Major credit cards are not widely accepted (although chain electronic shops generally accept Visa) and only a few ATM's are international debit card compatible. To withdraw directly from an international account (non-Japanese) using a debit card, the post office or convenience store ATM machines are the best option. 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Apart from the breakfasts and 1 dinner included in Nikko, food is not included in the price. You should allow around GBP 30-35 (USD 38-45) a day to cover the cost of food and drink. It is possible to eat more cheaply than this, or to spend considerably more, depending on the standard of restaurant chosen.

A certain amount should be allowed for optional entrance fees and bus/taxi fares not included in the itinerary. The cost of these will of course vary according to individual preferences but a figure of around GBP 60/ USD 75 is reasonable.

Optional Excursions

Please note that sumo can be watched only during the official tournaments which are held every year. In Tokyo these take place in January, May and September. Tickets sell out months in advance, so we recommend for clients to try and secure these tickets directly online and as far in advance as possible. if you are visiting Tokyo when the tournaments are held and would like to go, to secure tickets, please check out the information on prices and dates at http://sumo.pia.jp/en/ 

Tipping

Tipping locals for services is not expected or required in Japan, so you do not need to budget for tipping in restaurants or hotels - don't be surprised if your money is returned if you do try to leave a tip.

However, if you feel that your leader has performed well over the course of your trip, you may want to show your appreciation of their services - the amount you give is entirely personal and at each individual's discretion, but we suggest as a rough guide of GBP 2-3 per day is a good starting point.

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. 

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

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

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.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

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.

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

’In line with our ‘book and travel with confidence’ promise which allows you to cancel free of charge up to 42 days prior to departure, or transfer to another trip free of charge up to 21 days prior to your trip starting in country,  please be aware that this excludes ‘irrecoverable costs’. Details can be found here: https://www.exodus.co.uk/about-exodus/exodus-booking-conditions

 For this trip, the irrecoverable costs related to in-country operations are outlined below, if booking flight inclusive your sales agent will confirm the terms related to your international flights at the time of booking.

If cancellation occurs 21 days or up to 24 hours prior to departure:
Accommodation and Train Tickets    £184.11 / US$231.38 / CA$308.51 / AU$323.44 / €204.01

 Costs are accurate at the time of writing in November 2020

 If you need to cancel your trip because you or a member of your party is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has received a request from the Government to self-isolate, you will receive a full refund less these irrecoverable costs.’’

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.