Highlights of Madagascar Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Madagascar Tours
Programmes:
Wildlife
Trip Code:
WZIA
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

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

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

Trip Overview

Madagascar is a paradise for wildlife lovers, and much of its animal life cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The chief attraction is the lemurs. Undeniably one of the most delightful and cute creatures, there are over 70 species spread throughout the country. In Andasibe, we hope to see the rare Indri, the largest lemur, while in the cloud forest of Ranomafana National Park, we hope to see the rare Golden bamboo and Greater bamboo lemurs. Go in search of Ring-tailed lemurs in Anja Reserve and have a final day in search of wildlife in Tsimanampetsotsa National Park.

At a Glance

  • 10 nights standard and 3 simple hotels, all en suite
  • Travel by private bus and internal flight
  • Some long drives on poor roads

Trip Highlights

  • The chance to see lemurs in their natural habitat
  • Incredible wildlife in the Andasibe Nature Reserve and in Ranamofana National Park
  • Isalo National Park, with its amazing rock formations, spectacular canyons and natural swimming holes
  • Striking spiny forest in Tsimanampetsotsa National Park
  • Relax on the beach in the coastal town of Anakao

Is This Trip for You?

Madagascar is a rewarding destination with its wealth of flora and fauna, however, before you decide to travel, we would highlight the following issues for you to consider:

Travelling by vehicle in Madagascar can be uncomfortable as some of the road quality varies. The majority of the roads are well-surfaced, but it is worth noting that Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world and the infrastructure reflects this. Some roads will be better than others, and at times a little patience, humour and flexibility may be required! There will be a lot of very early starts and long days on this itinerary, but the diverse scenery more than makes up for time spent on the bus. We break up our road journeys with stops at villages, to take photos and to stretch our legs.

The tourist infrastructure in Madagascar is relatively new and some services are limited. It is not unusual for there to be changes to accommodation or internal flights and for this reason, the order of the itinerary (but not the content) may sometimes have to be changed.

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.

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

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Antananarivo.

    There are no included activities today so you are free to arrive at any time. The group flights usually arrive in the early afternoon. This evening's welcome briefing is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers.

    Accommodation: Belvedere Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Drive to Andasibe.

    This morning we drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. This first step brings us to the humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way we will see Merina villages in the rocky mountains. Arrive in Andasibe around 3pm and the rest of the afternoon is free to relax. In the early evening we take a twilight/nocturnal walk along the road, close to the Andasibe Nature Reserve, looking out for the nocturnal species of lemur as the torchlights pass their eyes.

    Accommodation: Hotel Feon’ny Ala or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Morning trek in Andasibe National Park and afternoon visit to Vondron’olona Miaro Mitia Ala Reserve.

    Discover Andasibe National Park (also known as Perinet) and its wildlife on a 4 hour walk. The park is home to the teddy bear-like Indri, the largest of Madagascar's lemur species, as well as other forms of flora and fauna and a wide array of bird life. Listening to the piercing yet melancholy cry of the Indri in the morning is an evocative sound and for those who are prepared to follow them through the thick rainforest, the reward is often a close-up view of these beautiful creatures. A group of five Diademed sifaka have recently been re-introduced to Andasibe from Mantadia, and if we are lucky, we may spot one of these unusual creatures.

    In the afternoon we visit the Vondron’olona Miaro Mitia Ala Reserve. This is a community run reserve where you are able to see several species of lemurs and birds. The reserve is an untouched paradise for endemic animals and plants. There are groups of Indris which we hope to see here in their natural habitat, and their white-headed relatives, the Diademed sifakas, jump between the tree tops.  For reptiles and amphibian lovers, the reserve offers countless frogs along its crystal clear river and several amazing chameleons can be found in the forest.

    Accommodation: Hotel Feon’ny Ala or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Return to Antananarivo; continue to Antsirabe.

    We drive back to Tana, and head south to Antsirabe, across the highland landscape with its beautiful rice fields on stage. The spectacular eroded hills called ‘lavaka’ remind us of the Far East with its rice fields and green landscape with vegetables and fruit trees. 
    Antsirabe, or ‘the place of salt’, is an elegant city well known as the centre of the beer industry and we can smell the Star Brewery as we enter the town. Founded by the Norwegians in 1856, it is the only place which really feels and looks like a European city. It has a temperate climate and all fruits and vegetable, which grow in cold climates, are found in Antsirabe.
    Accommodation: Les Chambers du Voyageur or similar

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To Ranomafana.

    After breakfast we drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar's wood carving industry. We are still in the highlands, which are characterized by their architecture: the houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Further on we pass the ‘le col de tapia’, a type of tree, which is resistant to the bush fires of the area. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields on stage, pine forests and eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains. Our destination for the day: Ranomafana National Park.


    Accommodation: Centrest Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Full day in Ranomafana N.P.

    Parc National de Ranomafana (approximately 40,000ha), with its rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the most heavily visited of the country’s national parks. Its entrance lies about 7km from Ranomafana village. Altitudes in the park range from 800m to 1200m. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana’s terrain is characterised by numerous small streams, which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. Although much of the region has been logged, the easternmost part of the park retains relatively large areas of primary forest.

    We go for a walk in the national park for approximately five hours in the hopes of spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals found here. We hope to see Golden bamboo lemurs who are unique to this park, as well as other lemurs such as the Eastern woolly lemur, the Red bellied lemur, the Grey bamboo lemur, and the Red-fronted brown lemur. This park is also home to other mammals including tenrecs, bats and some of the carnivores such as mongoose and the Malagasy striped civet.


    Accommodation: Centrest Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Drive to Ranohira, visiting Anja N.P. en route.

    An early start as we leave Ranomafana National Park behind us. The scenery changes dramatically as we head to the small town of Ranohira, a journey of approximately 9 hours. We stop near Ambalavao to visit Anja National Park along the way - a small reserve where several families of Ring-tailed lemurs can be seen amongst the vegetation.


    Accommodation: Orchidee de l’Isalo or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Full-day trek in Isalo N.P. visiting Monkey Canyon and the natural swimming pools.

    After an early start, we spend our day exploring Isalo National Park. Isalo is a vast region of wind-polished and water-scoured rock towers, deep canyons, gorges and oases often described as Eden. We go walking in the magnificent Canyon des Makis in search of cheeky Ring-tailed lemurs and the Verreaux Sifaka. We also visit the 'Piscine Naturelle' (natural swimming pool), a beautifully lush spot in such an arid landscape where we can swim and relax. Perhaps the magic is just to soak up the sheer beauty of the park, the combination of coloured eroded rock formations, strange plants and enveloping silence make this one of the most captivating places in Madagascar.

    Accommodation: Orchidee de l’Isalo or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 9

    To Tulear, visiting Zombitse N.P. en route.

    After breakfast, we continue to Tulear. This brings us new scenery, among the dry forests of the west and the spiny desert of the south. On the way admire the different ‘Mahafaly tombs and the ‘Antandroy tombs’ from the road and visit Zombitse National Park for a few hours. The Zombitse National Park forest is of particular interest to birdwatchers, as it is home to one of Madagascar's rarest endemics, Appert's greenbul, as well as other species such as Giant coua, Crested ibis and Cuckoo roller. Verreaux's Sifakas, Red-fronted Brown lemurs and Sportive lemurs are also seen here.

    Accommodation: Hotel Victory or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Boat transfer to Anakao; free day for optional activities.

    This morning we take a boat transfer to Anakao arriving at around 9.00 am. This Vezo (meaning 'the people who fish') fishing village lies on the south west coast of Madagascar and boasts white sandy beaches.The rest of the day is free for optional activities, including snorkelling, diving, pirogue (small boat similar to a canoe) excursions, swimming and more.


    Accommodation: Hotel Lalandaka or similar
    Simple Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Full day in Tsimanampetsotsa N.P.

    An early 4x4 transfer of approximately two hours takes us to Tsimanampetsotse for a full day visit of the national park. The large, shallow soda lake is the focus for this terrific 43,200ha national park. The large limestone plateau here has some of the most striking spiny forest vegetation in Madagascar with countless endemic species. The park sits on a large underground aquifer that runs north, evidenced by the numerous sinkholes and caves. The lake is renowned for its waterfowl, notably flamingoes and other rare endemic birds including the Madagascar plover. We may even be lucky and spot the emblem of the park, the very rare Grandidier’s mongoose! In the afternoon we return to Anakao.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lalandaka or similar
    Simple Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Excursion to Nosy Ve to see Red-tailed tropic birds nesting on this small island.

    Today we take a boat excursion to Nosy Ve to see the world's most southernmost all-year breeding colony of Red-tailed tropic birds, stunning all-white seabirds with red bills and long, thin, red tails, nesting in this small island. If we are lucky we may see the females roosting under small shrubs, well hidden from any airborne predators such as hawks or eagles. A stroll around Nosy Ve’s shoreline including a long white sand beach takes about one hour. After our exploration we will return to Anakao, usually around lunchtime. The rest of the afternoon is free for optional activities.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lalandaka or similar
    Simple Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Fly to Antananarivo.

    Today we transfer to Tulear airport for our flight to Antananarivo. Depending on the flight schedule, you may have some time in the afternoon free to explore Antananarivo on your own.

    Accommodation: Belvedere Hotel or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 14

    City tour; visit to Ambohimanga and end.

    This morning we embark on a city tour of Tana, the picturesque capital of Madagascar. With its bustling markets, friendly people and ancient town on a hill with freestone churches and ancient royal places, it is unique among the world’s other capitals. We visit Ambohimanga, the fortified village and its Royal palace. Ambohimanga, otherwise known as Blue Hills, was for a long time forbidden to Europeans. The kings and queens returned here for rest and relaxation on top the forested slopes of this hill-top village. From here began the line of kings and queens who united Madagascar into one country. Ambohimanga still remains of spiritual significance for the Malagasy people with ceremonies and rituals still taking place.

    Our adventure ends this afternoon after a city tour. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport in the evening for the very early flight the next morning.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

We use standard hotels throughout the trip except for three nights where we stay in a simple hotel in Anakao.

Please note that although all the hotels are said to have a reliable electricity and water supply there may be instances in which you experience some gaps in supply - this is more a reflection of life in Madagascar than the standard of the hotel. Please be aware that some hotels do not have 24 hr electicity, and in some, hot water is not always available. There is WiFi in most of the hotels but often this is only in the communal areas and not in the rooms.

Please note that while the hotel in Anakao has Wifi in the main reception/restaurant area there is no electricity to charge devices in the rooms - these can be left to charge at reception. The rooms do have electric lighting. Solar heated hot water for washing will be delivered to each bungalow every morning and evening as there is no running water in the bathrooms, just a large container of fresh water and a traditional ‘bucket shower’.  This container of fresh water is also used to manually flush the toilet.  

 

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 £375.00

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

Food standards in Madagascar can vary and are probably not of the same standard you are used to at home. The cuisine has been strongly influenced by the French and a three-course meal should cost €9-€15. A one-course lunch should cost €4-€7. Please allow approximately €300 for the meals not included, plus a little more if you enjoy a drink with dinner! Malagasy lager is reasonably priced and easily available. Malagasy wine is also reasonably priced but is not to everyone's taste. It is sometimes possible to get hold of French or South African wine. A delicacy in Madagascar is the various flavoured Rum’s which are widely sold and very reasonably priced.
Please note that if you eat neither fish nor meat, your food options will be rather limited (i.e. omelette, cheese, pasta, vegetables and rice) on this trip. Breakfasts are usually simple, offering a baguette, Jam and coffee or tea. You may wish to bring something to supplement your morning meal (e.g spread, peanut butter etc).

Transportation

Travel is mainly by small private bus. Most of this trip is on well-surfaced roads with only the occasional poor and bumpy section while in the national parks. There are several days where the drives are long but we make plenty of stops along the way.

There is one internal flight; from Tulear to Tana. There is also a return boat transfer from Tulear to Anakao and a 4WD transfer to Tsimanampetsotsa National Park. We use 4WD vehicles on this section of the trip as the road is a dirt road and can be a little uneven at times (though the surrounding landscape and destination more than make up for it!).

The driving distances are as follows. Approximate driving time including stops in is brackets:
Antananarivo - Andasibe: 135 km (5 hours)
Antananarivo – Antsirabe: 169 km (6 hours)
Antsirabe – Ranomafana : 250km (10 hours)
Ranomafana - Fianarantsoa - Ranohira: 370km (11 hours)
Ranohira - Tulear: 240 km (5 hours)

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Madagascar has a tropical climate with two seasons - rainy and dry. The driest season extends from April to October. It can be cold on the central plateau (including Antananarivo) in the evenings, and in the rainforest areas, so you should bring warm clothes (fleece and waterproof). There is considerable regional variation but coastal areas will normally be very hot and dry. Expect daytime in the shade temperatures up to 38ºC from October-December and up to 30ºC during the trips running from April-June and September.

Weather Charts

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 16 Days

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

Flights from London

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

Internal flights during the trip are normally with Air Madagascar.


Travelling land only: 14 days starting and ending in Antananarivo

Please note that security conditions at the airport in Antananarivo do not allow for the leader to be able to access the airport building. The leader will be waiting directly outside the building to meet you on arrival.

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.

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:
Antananarivo
Location end:
Antananarivo

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Lightweight clothing, to include at least one pair of long trousers and a long‐sleeved shirt (for protection against mosquitoes and scratchy plants)
Walking boots or training shoes with good tread
Rain jacket (all year round)
Sunscreen
Sunhat
Sunglasses
Water bottle
Torch/flashlight for use when camping, wildlife viewing at night and for powercuts.

Internal flights in the destination country are subject to a weight limit of 20kg.

 

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!

Optional Equipment

Warm sweater or fleece jacket (as nights can be chilly)
Binoculars
Camera
Daysack
Swimming costume
Earplugs if you have trouble sleeping
Mosquito repellent
Some clients might find walking poles useful.
Please note that tampons are virtually impossible to get hold of in Madagascar.

Due to laws in Madagascar about the dispensing of medicine, the guides are not able to carry any basic medicines should you feel unwell. These include Paracetamol, Imodium and Aspirin. Although they are available to buy in Madagascar, if you believe you may need these we advise you to bring them with you from home.

Internal Flights Weight Limit

20kg

Practical Information

Passport

Madagascar Tours

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

Madagascar Tours

Visas are required for entry to Madagascar. 30-day tourist visas may be obtained at the airport on arrival. If obtaining a visa at the airport, you should ensure that an entry stamp is recorded in your passport. The visa fee is payable in US dollars or Euros (US$37/€35).

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

Vaccination

Madagascar Tours

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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

Bilharzia is known to occur in some of the lakes or rivers visited on this itinerary, we therefore advise all to take advice from your guide or leader locally before venturing for a swim.

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

Madagascar Tours's Timezone:
Indian/Antananarivo EAT (GMT +03:00)

Electricity

Madagascar Tours's Electricity:

127 & 220 Volts. Plug types C,D,E,J & K; establishments often take two round pin plugs.

Money

Madagascar Tours's Currency

The national currency of Madagascar is the Ariary (MGA), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2018) of approximately 3877 to the GBP, 2936 to the USD, 2421 to the CAD, 3535 to the EUR, 2370 to the AUD and 2136 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATM machines are only available in the towns of Antananarivo, Antsirabe, and Tulear on this trip. Please note you cannot rely on credit cards for payment as they are not widely accepted.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

A Visa card or Mastercard can be used to obtain a local currency cash advance at some banks, but note that we advise you to bring your spending money in Euros or US$ cash as these are easiest to change to local currency. Bills of 100 € or USD usually get a better rate than bills of 20 or less. British pounds Sterling can only be exchanged at banks at the airport, but even there, they are not always accepted.  You can bring maximum 7500 € or the corresponding amount in other currency without declaring it on arrival, above that amount, you have to declare it. Please note that you can import and export a maximum of 400’000 Ariary in the local currency Ariary. You cannot rely on credit cards for payment as they are rarely accepted and the ATM doesn’t always work, and American Express or Diners cards are hardly accepted anywhere in Madagascar.

All money should be exchanged at the airport on arrival, as in the banks in the provincial towns, it’d take too long time. Also, the exchange rate at the airport is generally better than in the banks in Antananarivo or other cities. 

Optional Excursions
Antananarivo:
Visit to Lemur’s park near Tana:
MGA 210 000 for 1 person
MGA 140 000 per person for 2 people
MGA 105 000 per person for 3 people
MGA 95 000 per person from 4 people

Visit of the botanical and Zoological park of Tsimbazaza near Tana:
MGA 175 000 for 1 person
MGA 112 000 per person per person for 2 people
MGA 95 000 per person per person for 3 people
MGA 80 000 per person per person from 4 people

Anakao:
Scuba diving:  Single dive – Approx. EUR 50 per person
Scuba diving:  Night dive – Approx. EUR 70 per person
Whale watching excursion (July to September) – Approximately EUR 25 per person
Kite Surfing – Approximately EUR 50 per person, per hour
Surfing – Approximately EUR 60 per person for three hours
Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Approximately EUR 20 per person, per hour

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. You may feel that your leader has performed well over the course of your time in Madagascar and want to show your appreciation of their services. If you would like to tip your leader we suggest a figure of approximately 4 GBP (approximate US$5) per person per day.

It is also courtesy to tip any extra guides/ drivers you may have over the course of the trip, though certainly not compulsory. Shortly after arrival the leader will suggest to the group that they donate a sum of 50 GBP (approx. US$ 65) per person towards a kitty on arrival. This money is then used for tipping local guides, hotel porters, drivers etc and will be distributed by the leader.

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Important Information

On all guided trips

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

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

On all trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Please note, although this trip doesn’t visit any FCDO no-go areas, it does visit a region close to an area where the advice is not to travel. If joining this trip, or if planning any additional travel pre or post tour in the area, you should ensure you visit their website to familiarise yourself with the advice. Any independent travel to these areas is entirely at your own risk and is likely not to be covered by your insurance.

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.