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Discover Costa Rica & Panama Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Central America, Costa Rica, Panama
Programmes:
Culture
Trip Code:
AUU
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

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

Trip Overview

This busy itinerary takes us through some of the highlights of Central America. Costa Rica's tropical climate supports a range of ecosystems including dense jungle, cloud forest, coastline and a handful of active volcanoes. The result is a paradise bursting with wildlife and tropical verdant scenery. From the Bocas del Toro Islands, a stunning archipelago with a lively Caribbean culture, to the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most impressive feats of engineering, and the vibrant capital Panama City. 

At a Glance

  • Travel by private minibus, boat, ferry and internal flight
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus local leader and guides 
  • 13 nights comfortable hotels
  • Countries visited: Central America, Costa Rica, Panama

Trip Highlights

  • Navigate the waterways of Costa Rica's Tortuguero N.P.
  • Pacific beaches and the idyllic Caribbean islands of Bocas del Toro
  • Discover the Panama Canal, see the colossal Miraflores Locks in action

Is This Trip for You?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)

Most of the driving distances are short, but some of the roads can be of poor quality which may occasionally result in slower driving times than expected. There are several included and optional walks on the itinerary which occasionally involve walking on rough paths. These are suitable for most levels of fitness and usually last from two to three hours. During times of heavy rain, trails can be muddy and slippery and extra care should be taken. Many of the areas visited on the trip are hot and humid and there is the chance of heavy rain year-round. 

Please note that in the region of Tortuguero the sea has very strong rip currents and is not suitable for swimming from the beach. 

Please note that we require some details from you at least two months prior to departure in order to organise the internal flight with Air Panama. You will be required to provide us with your passport details including your full name, nationality and date of birth. This information will be given to the airline at the point of the tickets being booked and must match the passport that you are using to travel with. Please contact our Customer Operations team to provide these details.

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

Group

This trip covers two countries and we use local guides in each, with one leader escorting throughout. This enables us to have leaders with local knowledge specific to their region.

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

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
San Jose
End City:
Panama City

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start San Jose

    Those on the group flights usually arrive into San Jose this evening and will be transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. There will be the opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers.

    Accommodation: Balmoral Hotel (or similar)

    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Visit Palo Verde National Park; to La Anita Rainforest Ranch close to the region of Rincon de la Vieja.

    After breakfast we transfer to La Anita Rainforest Ranch, stopping at Palo Verde National Park en route.

    Palo Verde is one of the greatest wetland areas of Costa Rica, named after the Palo Verde tree with its green trunk and beautiful yellow flowers. The region combines tropical dry forest with rivers, mangroves and wetlands which creates a wonderful habitat for birdlife. On a boat excursion you'll likely see Roseate spoonbills and the Jabiru stork, one of the largest birds in Central America. 

    We continue to La Anita Rainforest Ranch, which is nestled in a small valley between the Miravalles, Rincon de la Vieja and Santa Maria Volcanoes and surrounded by an incredible explosion of biodiversity; hidden amidst the dense rainforest live a vast number of species to delight any nature lover. A wide variety of produce is also grown on the property, including cocoa, heart of palm and cardamom as well as tropical fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants and flowers. 

    Accommodation: La Anita Rainforest Ranch (or similar)

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 3

    Organic Chocolate tour at La Anita Cacao Farm

    La Anita is the only farm in Costa Rica owned by a Costa Rican family who produce their own organic cacao. Today we have an organic chocolate tour, starting with the cacao pods that grow here, guiding you through the chocolate making process and ending with a tasting session of the famous dark chocolate. In this region the climate supports several varieties of cacao growing in the midst of rainforest and volcanoes - it is a wonderful setting to learn about one of Costa Rica’s tastiest traditions made by a producer committed to using sustainable practices. Save some room as lunch will be provided at the ranch following this chocolate tour! The rest of the day is free to explore the farm, take a walk to discover the local village or other optional activities.

    Accommodation: La Anita Rainforest Ranch (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 4

    Free day at La Anita Rainforest Ranch.

    Today is a free day to learn about the history of the region, relax and enjoy the surroundings. There are various optional excursions to choose from which can all be organised and booked locally - hikes at Miravalles or Rincon de la Vieja, or traditional cooking classes. 

    Accommodation: La Anita Rainforest Ranch (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano; optional visit Ecotermales Hot Springs.

    Today we travel to the small town of La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano. Arenal was Costa Rica's most active volcano until fairly recently, when it entered a resting phase and can no longer be seen spitting ash, smoke or lava. However there is still a lot of geothermal activity in the area and you'll have the opportunity to visit one of the excellent hot springs this evening. In clear weather there are great views of the volcano from our overnight base in La Fortuna.

    Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Visit Arenal Volcano N.P., La Fortuna Waterfall and Don Juan Farm; afternoon for optional activities

    There is a guided hike this morning through Arenal Volcano National Park. The park has a great system of trails passing through secondary forest and near lava fields created by previous eruptions. The high vantage points on this walk allow great views overlooking Lake Arenal, and the birdlife is plentiful. We include a visit to La Fortuna Waterfall and Don Juan Farm today, where lunch is provided along with a tour of the organic farm. The rest of the afternoon is free to sign up for an optional activity, such as the Sky Walk (canopy walk) or Sky Trek (zip wire) excursions.  

    Accommodation: Arenal Montechiari Hotel (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 7

    To Tortuguero N.P.

    This morning we set off to the north-east of Costa Rica to Tortuguero National Park. Accessible only by boat or light aircraft, Tortuguero's vast network of waterways, canals and swamps is remarkably tranquil, unspoilt and devoid of noise pollution. On reaching the pier we board a small motorboat for the one hour fifteen minute journey to our lodge, which is nestled on a small strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and the main lagoon. Our afternoon is spent in Tortuguero village, where it’s possible to visit the Sea Turtle Museum (a donation will be requested at the entrance). Tortuguero is probably most famous as a nesting site for the endangered Green turtle, which can be seen arriving onto the beach to lay eggs from late July to October (as part of an optional excursion). Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Giant Leatherback turtles also nest in this region, and during November to January baby turtles start to hatch and make their way towards the ocean.

    Accommodation: Laguna Lodge (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    Boat tour around Tortuguero waterways.

    An early morning boat trip enables us to discover the extraordinary flora and fauna of Tortuguero, passing serenely along the waterways. At this time of day wildlife is usually at its most active and with the help of our expert guide we are likely to encounter monkeys, caiman, iguanas, butterflies and many of the 300+ bird species recorded here. We return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast by the river. The lodge is a tranquil spot to relax this afternoon if you want to take some time out to enjoy the facilities, or alternatively you can join a second boat trip (included), visit the beach or follow a short walking trail through the forest.

    Accommodation: Laguna Lodge (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 9

    To the Caribbean coast.

    We leave Tortuguero by taking a small boat to the pier. Our bus will be at the pier waiting to drive us to the Caribbean coast, where we check into our hotel located in Puerto Viejo. Caribbean culture pervades this part of Costa Rica and is reflected in the music, food and laid-back lifestyle. Cahuita’s famous white-sand beach is fringed by tall palms, behind which the dense, wet tropical forest of Cahuita National Park is located.

    Accommodation: Namuwoki (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch
  • Day 10

    Cross into Panama; to Bocas del Toro islands.

    Our journey continues alongside vast banana plantations, crossing the border on the banks of the Sixaola River and entering into Panama. We transfer through the frontier town of Changuinola and then through steep rainforest hills which are inhabited by indigenous people. Once we arrive at the coast we board a shuttle boat taxi to cross the Caribbean to the wonderful Bocas del Toro Islands, our home for the next two nights.

    Accommodation: Playa Tortuga (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Free day in Bocas del Toro for optional activities.

    Today has been left free to explore the beautiful Bocas del Toro Islands, which are rapidly becoming a popular destination in the Caribbean. Today you will get a chance to see why: spectacular palm-shaded white sand beaches, crystal clear water and lots of wildlife and kayaking. It's possible to take a boat trip to discover the surrounding islands too. This activity can be arranged locally.

    Accommodation: Playa Tortuga (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Morning to Boquete; afternoon coffee plantation tour.

    After taking a shuttle boat taxi back to the mainland, we drive into the mountains that separate Panama's two coastlines. The change in temperature, humidity and eco-systems is significant as we gain altitude. Our destination is the small village of Boquete, nestled in the highlands and well known for its beautiful scenery, nice weather and high quality coffee. We should arrive at our hotel just before lunch. Afterwards, we have a coffee tour to discover this regions most famous crop: Arabica coffee beans. From gathering beans in the plantation by the expert hands of Ngobe Indians to roasting, you will learn everything about the best coffee in the world!

    Accommodation: Boquete Tree Trek Mountain Resort (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Fly to Panama City; visit Casco Viejo and the Panama Canal.

    From Boquete we take a short transfer to David, where we take a domestic flight with Air Panama to Panama City. This flight takes around 45 minutes and has been included to avoid an otherwise long bus transfer. On arrival into Panama City we have a guided tour of the old town, known as Casco Viejo, with its numerous colonial monuments and churches. This interesting area of the city is gradually being restored and is lovely to wander around, with the modern city skyline as a contrasting backdrop. This afternoon we visit the Panama Canal to see the spectacular 'Miraflores Locks' in action - marvel at this incredible feat of modern engineering as you watch huge cargo ships navigate the locks.

    Accommodation: Tryp by Wyndham Panama Centro (or similar)
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Panama City.

    The trip comes to an end today after breakfast and it's time to bid the rest of the group goodbye. Transfers to the airport are included for those on the group flights today.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels & Lodges

We have 13 nights in a variety of colonial, rustic and modern–contemporary properties, all with en suite facilities.

Most of the accommodations that we use are small establishments offering a warm welcome and relaxing surroundings.

Optional single supplement available, please see dates & prices.

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 £630.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners included

Hotel breakfasts are normally buffet style. Rice and Beans tends to dominate the cusine of Costa Rica, and can be found for breakfast as the local speciality called “Gallo Pinto”, lunch and dinner – accompanied by a portion of meat and salad. Soups and stews are also common, and fresh fruits are abundant and will no doubt be one of the highlights of your time in the tropics. In Panamá, most dishes have a mixture of Caribbean, African and Spanish flavours. Fish, lentils, shrimps, stews and plantains make up a big part of the local diet. Tropical fruits are also easily available.

Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests.

Transportation

We travel in a private, air-conditioned minibus suitable for the size of our group: usually a 16 seater Coaster minibus. It is necessary to change vehicles at border crossings. A short domestic flight is also used in Panama. Small taxi boats will be used to enter the Bocas del Toro islands.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Costa Rica and Panama lie between 5º and 15º north of the equator, and have an almost perfect tropical climate. The average temperature is 10 - 13ºC in the highlands, and 22 - 28ºC in the lowlands. There is a rainy season from May to October when there may be daily downpours, though these are usually quite short and there is still plenty of bright sunshine. November to April is the driest time of the year but you should still expect some rain - particularly in the cloud forests. August offers moderate temperatures.

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 15 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London
We normally use the scheduled services of United 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.

UA ‘OneStop’ service

‘Onestop’ is available at Houston International (IAH) for passengers arriving on a United flight (UA) and immediately departing on another UA or United Express operated international flight.

Passengers with checked bags do not have to claim their bags at Houston as baggage is automatically transferred between aircraft. HOWEVER, passengers must still be inspected by US Customs and Border Protection (CGP) and benefit from a dedicated inspection area, which is designated with Onestop signage. Upon checking in at London Heathrow you should mention this to the airline staff member to ensure that they assign your baggage correctly.  The benefit of doing so is that you can connect quicker with your next flight.

Travelling land only: 14 days starting in San Jose and ending in Panama City

Your trip normally starts in San Jose 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. 

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.

Location start:
San Jose
Location end:
Panama City

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen, waterproof poncho/jacket, warm sweater (for cloud forest), comfortable shoes for walking. 

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 have decided to include drinking water in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe filtered drinking water will be available throughout which means all you need to do is bring a bottle to re‐fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

At 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.

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!

If while packing you find a spare bit of space in your bag please be sure to check out our partner ‘Pack for a Purpose’ to identify items that are needed locally by schools and medical clinics. Your Tour Leader can assist with donating the items. http://www.packforapurpose.org

Optional Equipment

Swimming gear, umbrella, camera with telephoto lens, binoculars, small daypack for walks, insect repellent. Dark clothes will be required for the optional turtle nesting excursion (seasonal). We also recommend bringing a re-usable fabric tote bag so that you can avoid using unnecessary plastic bags.

Please note that when travelling to/from Tortuguero there is a luggage limit on the boats and you will be allowed one regular size suitcase/bag and one carry-on size bag. Technically there is also a weight limit of 25 lbs but in practice we find that this isn't enforced.

Practical Information

Passport

Costa Rica

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.

Panama

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

Costa Rica

Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Costa Rica for a stay of 90 days without a visa. Proof of onward travel may be required when entering Costa Rica - we suggest you take a print out of your flight details in case officials ask to see them. All passengers flying via the USA will have to clear immigration during transit. Prior to travel you must apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (USD14) under the Visa Waiver Programme. Please see here for more information. The same applies to travel via Canada which also requires an Electronic Travel Authority. If you are not a UK citizen please check with your local U.S. Embassy. 

Panama

Most nationalities, including Holders of British, US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and most EU passports can enter Panama for 90 days without a visa.

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

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

Vaccination

Costa Rica

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements, however, if you have travelled to a country at risk of Yellow Fever prior to arriving in Costa Rica you will be required to have a valid Yellow Fever Certificate with you. Recommended vaccinations are: 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. 

Panama

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip. Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria on this trip is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, 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. 

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

Costa Rica's Timezone:
America/Costa_Rica CST (GMT -06:00)
Panama's Timezone:
America/Panama EST (GMT -05:00)

Electricity

Costa Rica's Electricity:

120 volts AC, 60Hz. 

Panama's Electricity:

110V. Same plugs as the US. 

120 volts AC, 60Hz

Money

Costa Rica's Currency

The national currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon (CRC), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 800 to the UK£ and 620 to the US$.

It is best to take US dollars to Costa Rica, as sterling is difficult to exchange and the rate can be poor. In practice, US dollars are widely accepted as payment in Costa Rica.

Panama's Currency

The national currency of Panama is the US Dollar (USD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 1.6 to the UK£.

We recommend that you bring your money in US Dollars only, as Sterling and Euros are difficult to change and usually attract a poor rate.

ATM Availability

ATMs are increasingly available in Costa Rica and Panama and are now present in most major towns, although are generally difficult to find in rural areas. You should check with your bank before departure to ensure your card will be accepted in ATMs.

Mastercard and Visa are the most widely available cards, although please note that there are government taxes payable on some credit card transactions.

We recommend that you bring some small denomination notes (USD1 and USD5 notes) since getting change is often a problem when paying for small items.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

US dollars are widely accepted as payment, however change will likely be given in local currency and the exchange rate will fluctuate. We suggest taking some US dollars with you but then using ATM's to withdraw the rest of your money in local currency whilst you're there. 

Snack lunches are approximately USD15‐18 and evening meals USD25‐32 per meal (excluding drinks). Average costs for drinks are USD1‐2 for mineral water or soft drinks, USD3‐5 for a bottle of beer and USD4‐6 for a glass of wine. 

Departure taxes:
To depart Costa Rica by land: USD7.00 per person

Optional Excursions 

Arenal:
Ecotermales hot springs: USD40
Sky Tram / Sky Trek: USD84
Sky Tram / Sky Walk: USD70 

Bocas del Toro:
Kayaking/SUP: rental for self-guided use can be organised directly with the hotel
Bastimentos National Park: Approximately USD82 per person (min 4 people)

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. However, it is usual for groups to tip guides and drivers and it would be reasonable for each group member to contribute approx. USD3-5 per day for each staff member for this purpose, although you may wish to tip more if travelling in a small group. Porters at the airport and hotels are normally tipped about USD1 per piece. Occasionally the tour leader will organise a tipping kitty to facilitate these and other tips (such as waiting staff in restaurants) which will be collected in advance at the start of the trip.  

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… 

Exodus Community

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

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Important Information

On all guided trips

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

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 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.

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

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth 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.

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 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.