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Adventures in Belize Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Belize, Guatemala
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AUM
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.

14 Days Flight Inclusive
12 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

Belize takes its motto to heart; no shirt, no shoes, no problem! This is a laid-back country with a lively soul. On this action-packed adventure we visit a 'Mayan underworld' cave system, swim in sapphire sinkholes and don snorkels to discover a myriad of underwater colour - manatees, Nurse sharks, stingrays and turtles share the turquoise water. We also cross into Guatemala to visit two of the world's most important and impressive Mayan ruins, Tikal and Uaxactun.

At a Glance

  • 9 nights hotels and lodges, all en suite and 2 nights full-service camping (plus 1 hotel night in Miami for Flight Inclusive bookings only)
  • Travel by private minibus and boat
  • Reasonable fitness required

Trip Highlights

  • Visit to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Spend 2 nights camping by the Uaxactun ruins
  • Trek through jungle to discover an ancient Mayan underworld at the ATM cave
  • Take a snorkelling tour of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Is This Trip for You?

This is an active trip

It is suitable for those with a spirit of adventure, however the pace is manageable and the included activities are suitable for beginners if you have no experience of them already (e.g caving, snorkelling). In order to visit a number of areas of natural beauty, some long drives are necessary, sometimes across bumpy roads. We will also travel by boat to and from Caye Caulker. Please be aware that border crossings can sometimes be delayed with significant queues and formalities. Being in the tropics, most of the region is hot and humid, particularly during the summer months and inland.

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

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Belize City
End City:
Belize City

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Belize City; to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Clients on the group flight will arrive in Belize City today. Land only clients should be at Belize City airport by the specified meeting time in order to join the rest of the group. Together we will transfer (approx. 1hour) to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, our base for the next two nights. Known for being a great destination for birds, the wildlife sanctuary gets its name from the 'crooked' cashew trees that grow around the lagoon. Wetland areas weave through the sanctuary, providing habitat for some 286 species of birds, the migratory Jabiru stork being the most famous of these. Crocodiles, monkeys, otters and freshwater turtles also reside in the sanctuary. It's a peaceful destination with an interesting community and history; the village of Crooked Tree is thought to be the earliest European settlement in Belize.

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Boat trip on the lagoon.

    Wake up fresh this morning to beautiful bird songs! In the morning we join a 3 hour guided boat trip on the lagoon in search of wildlife. Migratory birds tend to flock to the area between December and May, but plenty of resident species can be seen throughout the year. From our small boat it's easy to appreciate the tranquillity of the sanctuary. You can then spend the afternoon at your leisure getting to know the area, or join an optional excursion to the Community Baboon Sanctuary. This grassroots project is actually a reserve for the endangered Black Howler monkey (there are no baboons in Belize but this is the name used in the local Creole dialect), providing them with 20 square miles of forest to roam freely in. It is estimated that there are now 2,000 Black Howler monkeys living in this area - you'll certainly hear their calls as you enter the reserve!

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    To Uaxactun in Guatemala; sunset tour and camp at ruins.

    After breakfast we begin our journey (approx. 6-7 hours) to Guatemala and the archaelogical ruins of Uaxactun (pronounced wash-ak-toon), which lies within the boundaries of Tikal National Park. Uaxactun is a remote Mayan site set amongst 47 hectares of dense tropical forest in the lowlands of Guatemala. The alignment of the temples has been found to have important astrological connections, with the 3 smaller pyramids marking the equinox and the summer and winter solstice when sunrise hits the large temple on these important days. In order to fully appreciate the beauty and remoteness of Uaxactun we camp overnight near the ruins. Tonight we'll enjoy sunset at the site, after which candles will likely be lit to illuminate the ruins.

    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Uaxactun community tour.

    The calls of Howler monkeys in the jungle canopy are likely to wake us up this morning. We start early for a sunrise tour of Uaxactun, which gives us a chance to have the site to ourselves before the park is officially open. Afterwards we have a tour the Uaxactun Community, where we learn about the various ways they make a living from the rainforest whilst also protecting it for future generations. Nowadays many of Uaxactún's residents make their living from gathering forest products such as chicle (gum exported to Japan), allspice and xate palm leaves (ornamental plant exported to the US and used for floral arrangements). Afterwards, we return to our campsite at Uaxactun for another chance to gaze at the stars!

    Comfortable Camping

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    Explore Tikal ruins; to San Ignacio in Belize.

    In the morning, we transfer (approx. 45 minutes) to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal. Tikal is the most famous and probably the most impressive of all Mayan sites; nearly 20 square miles of classic ruins are surrounded by the dense jungle of Petén. We take a tour of the city, visiting the main temples, palaces, squares, tombs, residences and religious monuments. The area was thought to support a population of 90,000 Mayans at its peak and there are some 3,000 separate buildings to be explored. Tikal is also a superb area for observing wildlife in the jungle environment and visitors regularly see Howler monkeys, Spider monkeys, toucans, Weaver birds, coatimundis and even tarantulas (if you know where to look and wish to find one!). 

    We leave Guatemala behind this afternoon, as our journey heads back to Belize to the small town of San Ignacio. Sometimes known locally as 'Cayo', which means island in Spanish, the town was given this name for its location on the west bank of the Macal River. Before the arrival of roads in the area, like many small towns, San Ignacio was only accessible by boat. This laid back town, with its mixed population of Mestizo, Creole, Lebanese, Chinese and Mennonites, is a great example of multicultural Belize.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) caves.

    Today we venture into the Mayan underworld at the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave. A 45 minute journey from San Ignacio brings us to the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, in which the caves are located. They were discovered only very recently, in 1989, at which point archaeologists began exploring the site, before officially opening it to visitors in the late 90s. The intention has been to preserve the area as much as possible; the majority of cultural artefacts found in the caves are still in their original position and only a select number of guides have permits to lead excursions in this area. The ATM cave was a sacred site to the Mayan people during the Classic period (AD250 - 909). They are thought to have believed that gods resided in the cave and that its chambers led directly to the underworld. Human sacrifices took place in the caves as a way of appeasing the gods, with the hope of creating a more fertile land. We'll hike through sticky jungle to reach the entrance to the cave, which is partially hidden by leaves and branches but opens like a keyhole, allowing a stream to pass through the entrance. Prepare to wade or swim through water to enter the cave! Once inside, our guide will explain their history and we'll see some of the famous artefacts that have been discovered, such as the 'The Crystal Maiden', the crystalised skeleton of a young woman whose bones have calcified and taken on a sparkling appearance.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 7

    Morning Maya Cocoa; afternoon to Dangriga, visiting the Blue Hole en route.

    We leave San Ignacio behind this morning and start our journey to Dangriga. En route we will visit Maya Cocoa, a family run cacao farm, where we will see how chocolate is made, from picking the fruit through to sampling the final product! After this visit, we make a stop at the Blue Hole National Park, just off the Hummingbird Highway. The park is famous for its large, sapphire sinkhole, which came about after the collapse of an underground river. The cool waters of the sinkhole make for a refreshing dip on a hot day! Several caves can also be found in the park and there are steps leading down to the 25ft deep pool, which is surrounded by hanging foliage and vegetation.

    After a refreshing swim we continue towards Dangriga, located on the southern coast of Belize at the mouth of the North Stann Creek River. Dangriga was settled before 1832 by Garinagu (Black Caribs, as they were known to the British) from Honduras, considered for years the second largest population centre in the country behind Belize City. Since the early 1980s Garífuna culture has undergone a revival, so part of the town was renamed Dangriga, a Garífuna word meaning 'standing waters'.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 8

    Free day for optional activities.

    Today we have a free day to enjoy Dangriga and the surrounding area. There is a choice of several optional activities including a visit the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: a nature reserve in south central Belize established to protect the forests, fauna and watersheds of an approximately 400 square kilometre area of the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountains. The reserve was founded in 1990 as the first wilderness sanctuary for the jaguar and is regarded as the premier site for jaguar preservation in the world.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    To Caye Caulker.

    This morning we head to Caye Caulker or 'Cayo Hicaco' (in Spanish) referring to Hicaco Plum (Coco Plum) which grows in the island and was gathered by Spanish seafarers to combat scurvy. Our journey takes us to the Belize City Water Taxi Station where we take a boat towards Caye Caulker. Caye Caulker is an island paradise in the Caribbean Sea. The delicate coral of the Belize Barrier Reef provide food and shelter to a dizzying number of tropical fish, with manatees, Nurse sharks, stingrays and turtles sharing the warm turquoise waters.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Half day snorkel tour in Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

    Just off the southern part of Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize and a few minutes boat ride from Caye Caulker, is the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, meaning 'Little Channel' in Mayan, because of a natural break in the reef. This area is now an important marine habitat providing refuge for a huge number of fish, coral, several species of sea turtle, the West Indian manatee and two species of dolphin. Nurse sharks also congregate in an area called 'Shark Ray Alley', now a popular dive site. We join a snorkelling tour in the reserve to see a selection of the marine life living in these tropical waters.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Free day for optional excursions.

    Today has been left free as there are many excursions available to match different interests. If you're a diver we recommend taking an optional excursion to the Great Blue Hole on the Belize Barrier Reef. Not to be confused with the sinkhole located inland, the Great Blue Hole is 60 miles out to sea within the Lighthouse Reef System. This perfectly circular limestone sinkhole drops to a depth of 124m and is fringed by coral reef, a perfect environment for divers (Jacques Cousteau declared it one of the top 10 dive sites in the world) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Please note that you will have to add an extra night's accommodation to the end of your trip if you plan on going scuba diving, as you cannot fly for 24 hours after diving.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Transfer to Belize City; end.

    This morning we wave goodbye to our island paradise and return to Belize City by water taxi. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in time for their return flight. Land only clients will leave the trip in Belize City.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels & Full Service Camping

You will stay in hotels and lodges for 9 nights of the trip, all with en suite rooms. (Those on the group flights will have an extra hotel night in Miami en route)

There are also 2 nights full-service camping by the Mayan ruins of Uaxactun in Guatemala. The campsite has good facilities including a toilet and shower block, as well as a dining tent. While you are camping, all chores and cooking will be done for you.

Single accommodation can be booked for a supplement, subject to availability. The single supplement does not apply to the two nights camping in Uaxactun where the number of tents is limited.

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 £300.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

11 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners included.

Breakfast is always provided in hotels and generally consists of bread, eggs, ham, fruit, juice and coffee. Whilst at the tented camp in Uaxactun, our camp staff prepare hearty breakfasts and dinners (usually a real highlight!), and packed lunches are provided. Although meat plays a key part in many Central American dishes, vegetarians can be well catered for. Please advise us on booking of any special dietary requirements you may have.

Transportation

We use a private minibus throughout the trip. In order to reach Caye Caulker we travel by water taxi, a high speed boat service.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Due to its location in the Caribbean, Belize has a sub-tropical climate with a wet and dry season. Dry season falls between January and May and wet season between June and December. During the wet season, there are often daily downpours although these tend to be quite short so there is still plenty of bright sunshine. For this reason, midsummer is not necessarily a bad time to go. Even during the dry season, rain is possible! Temperatures remain fairly consistent all year round, rarely falling below 20ºC and usually not going much above 32 ºC, with an average 75 - 85% humidity. Along the coast the sea breeze eases the humidity, but in the Belizean jungle (and that of Guatemala), it can be pretty sticky. The main hurricane season is between August and October. Water temperatures remain a relatively constant 23ºC.

Weather Charts

Belize City

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 14 Days

Clients on the group flight with American Airlines will normally be required to stay overnight in Miami on the outward journey. Hotel accommodation will be organised in Miami but a leader will not accompany the group during this overnight stay.

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 American 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: 12 days starting and ending in Belize City

The start hotel for this trip is located in the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, approx. 33 miles from Belize City (23 miles from the airport). Land Only clients can either make their way directly to Crooked Tree, or meet at Belize City airport for the arrival of the group flight in order to join the group transfer. Details of the group flight may not be confirmed until 2 weeks prior to departure, so for this reason we suggest that Land Only clients wishing to join the group transfer may want to think about arriving in Belize City one day before the trip starts to ensure they will definitely be at the airport for the arrival of the group flight.

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

Location start:
Belize City
Location end:
Belize City

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Sunglasses
Sunhat
Sunscreen
Rain poncho or lightweight waterproof jacket
Warm sweater
Swimming gear
Shorts
Sturdy walking shoes for Mayan ruins
Reef shoes or closed toe shoes for the ATM caves
Long trousers
Long-sleeved lightweight shirts
Insect repellent
Towel
Small daypack for walks

Women do not normally wear shorts in the towns and men should always wear a shirt or t-shirt.

At time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 23kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

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.

Optional Equipment

Binoculars
Torch
Sleep sheet

Tikal Ruins and pyramids, Guatemala

Practical Information

Passport

Belize

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.

Guatemala

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

Belize

Holders of British, Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian and most EU passports do not require visas for Belize. However, please note that if flying via the USA, you will have to clear immigration during transit. In this case, you will be required to get an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) prior to flying if travelling via the USA under the Visa Waiver Scheme (as is the case for most UK citizens). Please see www.exodus.co.uk/USVisa for more information. 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 and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit www.exodus.co.uk/zika‐virus‐q‐a .

Guatemala

Holders of British, Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian and most EU passports do not require visas for Guatemala.

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.

Vaccination

Belize

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

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. 

 

Guatemala

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. 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.

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.

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

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

Belize's Timezone:
America/Belize CST (GMT -06:00)
Guatemala's Timezone:
America/Guatemala CST (GMT -06:00)

Electricity

Belize's Electricity:

110 Volts & 220 Volts. Plug types A, B & G; establishments often take plugs with 2 flat parallel pins and/or 2 flat parallel pins with a round earthing pin.

Guatemala's Electricity:

120 Volts. Plug types A & B; establishments often take two flat parallel pin plugs.

Money

Belize's Currency

The national currency of Belize is the Belize Dollar (BZD, with an exchange rate at the time of publication (June 2017) of approximately 2.5 to the GBP,  2 to the USD, 1.5 to the CAD, 2.2 to the EUR, 1.5 to the AUD and 1.4 to the NZD.

All spending money should be carried in USD.

Guatemala's Currency

The national currency of Guatemala is the Guatemalan Quetzal (GTQ), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (June 2017) of approximately 9.35 to the GBP,  7.34 to the USD, 5.55 to the CAD, 8.18 to the EUR, 5.58 to the AUD and 5.31 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

There are ATMs in the main towns visited on the trip, but some of the trip visits remote areas so you should ensure you have sufficient cash with you to cover this. You should always check with your bank to find out if your card will be accepted and what withdrawal fees will apply.

Credit cards are accepted in top end restaurants and shops, particularly in main towns, but outside the main tourist centres you should ensure you are carrying sufficient local currency and a back-up supply of US Dollars, since most small shops will not take cards.

It is possible to change US Dollar travellers cheques in banks and they offer more security in the event of loss or theft, but exchange rates are generally quite poor in comparison with changing cash and it can be slow to change them, so this isn't always convenient.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend taking the majority of your spending money for the trip in US Dollars cash, as this is the most convenient currency to exchange and rates are better than for other currencies.

When departing Belize to enter Guatemala there is a payable departure tax of US $20 ($40 BZ) per person. 

For meals not included in the trip price, you should budget between US$5‐10 for lunch and US$10‐$15 for dinner in standard restaurants.

In the main tourist areas, it is possible to spend more than this, but it is also possible to find much cheaper places to eat too. Beer generally costs approximately US$2‐3, and wine is around US$3‐4 per glass. Soft drinks and mineral water vary between US$1‐$2 per bottle.


Optional Excursions 

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Community Baboon Sanctuary (excursion price varies depending on the number of clients)

Price 2-4 passengers: US$260 per person

Price 4-16 passengers: US$130 per person

Dangriga
Studio Gallery Cayetano and Museum‐ US$25 per person
Full day in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, including guided walk, picnic lunch, afternoon
tubing and waterfall visit ‐ US$ 95 per person (min 4 pax)
Hopkins Beach ‐ US$ 30 per person (min 4 pax)
Habanero Pepper Hot Sauce Factory tour ‐ US$15 per person

Caye Caulker
Dive at the Great Blue Hole: US$440 per person (bring your diving certification and add extra
nights post‐tour so that you are not flying on the following day).
Snorkel at the Great Blue Hole: US$250 per person

Tipping

While tipping is not compulsory, it is a large part of the Latin American service culture. For the tour leader and drivers, we suggest around US $40 - $50 to be shared between them, in favour of the tour leader. Certified guides will accompany us to each ruin visit, and it is customary to tip them approx. US $3 - $4.

You may wish to form a 'tip kitty' with other group members to facilitate the distribution of tips.

By definition, gratuities are not something we can include in the tour cost.

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 16 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 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.

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

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When you're ready to book, go to www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, 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.