Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Small Ship Cruises, Guided Group
Destinations:
New Zealand, Australia
Programmes:
Small Ship Cruises
Trip Code:
ZVN
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 Land only
Min age: 17

Trip Overview

One of the few operators allowed to travel the far-flung isles of the Southern Ocean, join us on a journey through the Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, as well as Macquarie Island.

On this epic journey to the remote Sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand, you’ll discover some of the most rare and intriguing plant and animal species on the planet.

A must-visit destination for all nature enthusiasts, wildlife viewing along the coasts and islands of this region is simply exceptional!

At a Glance

  • Small Ship Cruise
  • 16 days land only
  • Maximum 100 Guests
  • 3 nights hotel, 12 nights aboard the Caledonian Sky

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the sub-Antarctic islands of Macquarie, Campbell, Auckland, and The Snares — Zegrahm is among a small, exclusive number of operators that hold permits to travel to these far-flung isles.
  • Observe multiple albatross species—wandering, white-capped, Salvin’s, Campbell, gray-headed, Buller’s light-mantled sooty, and northern and southern royal—as well as colonies of king, royal, rockhopper, Snares and gentoo penguins.
  • Search the elfin forests for yellow-eyed penguins, bellbirds, tomtits, and red-crowned parakeets.
  • Cruise through Milford, Dusky, and Doubtful sounds, a supremely scenic land of soaring cliffs and plunging waterfalls.

Is This Trip for You?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

Know Before You Go
For most activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore. Many of the landings will be “wet” and require that you wear waterproof, knee-high boots. Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances, unaided, over occasionally rough and often slippery terrain. Temperatures will range from the low 50sºF to the mid-60sºF in Queenstown, and from 40ºF to 55ºF in the sub-Antarctic islands. 

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

Group

Featured Leaders
Our leaders have visited this area numerous times and will provide valuable insight and commentary on the history, culture, and wildlife of this intriguing region. Fascinating lectures, photo presentations, daily recaps, and informal discussions will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the wonders you will see. Leaders from additional fields of study will join the leaders featured below.

MIKE MESSICK (EXPEDITION LEADER) – One of the best expedition leaders in the business, Mike embarked on a full-time career in adventure travel shortly after graduating from college and has since visited more than 195 countries around the world. He is a cofounder of Zegrahm Expeditions, a member of The Explorers Club, holds a US Coast Guard captain’s license, and received his scuba instructor certificate from NAUI.  

SHIRLEY CAMPBELL – Shirley is an anthropologist specializing in the indigenous peoples of Australia and Papua New Guinea. She holds degrees from Stephens College, Missouri and the Australian National University in Canberra, where she is currently a research fellow. She has specialized in studying the anthropology of art, convinced that understanding the way people represent their ideas through art and architecture provides insights into our perceptions and relationships with the world around us.

RICH PAGEN – Rich’s career in conservation biology has ranged from teaching science to environmental monitoring. After field biology projects in North and South America, Rich was drawn back to the sea where he taught marine science and island ecology on California’s Catalina Island. He has also conducted shipboard surveys for marine mammals and seabirds, as well as tagging studies of sea turtles and pelagic sharks. 

BRENT STEPHENSON – Born in New Zealand, Brent has been an avid birder since childhood. In 2005 he completed his Ph.D., studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. His passion for travel, birds, and the ocean has led him to many corners of the world working on small expedition vessels. In his “spare time,” Brent conducts ecological research and conservation work, and co-owns a bird-guiding business. Brent is also a co-author of Birds of New Zealand: A Photographic Guide.

Adult min age:
17
Max group size:
100

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Dunedin, New Zealand
End City:
Queenstown, New Zealand

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Dunedin

    Arrive in Dunedin and transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Embark Caledonian Sky

    Today, choose one of two local discovery options: Take a drive to a local sanctuary where introduced predators have been removed and native species flourish, then drive to Taiaroa Head to visit the world-famous northern royal albatross colony. Or, enjoy a scenic drive to Larnach Castle, then join a local historian for a walk through the heart of enchanting Dunedin, viewing the distinct Edwardian and Victorian architectural styles of First Church and St. Paul Cathedral. Board the Caledonian Sky this afternoon.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    At Sea

    Join naturalists for lectures and on deck to look for royal, white-capped, and Buller’s albatross, plus a host of southern ocean petrels as we cruise towards the Auckland Islands.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Enderby, Auckland Islands

    Today nature walks lead you through lush vegetation and rata forests to explore this incredible island. Station yourself near a beach covered with Hooker’s sea lions to watch yellow-eyed penguins, one of the rarest penguins in the world, as they return to their nesting sites. In the elfin forest, search for bellbirds, tomtits, and red-crowned parakeets.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    At Sea

    Attend lectures during a day at sea, and join naturalists on deck to search for seabirds and marine mammals.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    Macquarie Island, Australia

    Spend two days exploring Macquarie Island. Though weather will determine our landings, we hope to visit a king penguin colony as well as colonies of royal and gentoo penguins. Elephant seals, can be found set against a background of mountains and tussock-covered headlands. The endemic Macquarie Island cormorant, northern and southern giant petrels, and brown skuas will also be discovered, in this truly incredible landscape.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 8

    At Sea

    Spend a relaxing and educational day at sea as our lecture series continues.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 9

    Campbell Island, New Zealand

    Campbell Island is home to a multitude of seabirds, marine mammals, and unique sub-Antarctic megaherbs. Photographic opportunities include encounters with nesting southern royal albatross, as well as Hooker’s sea lions. Birders search for the endemic Campbell teal and Campbell snipe; both species were previously believed to be extinct. Spectacular views are the reward for a climb to the top of Col Lyall.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 10

    The Snares

    Board Zodiacs for a cruise around The Snares. This nature reserve is home to millions of breeding sooty shearwaters, as well as Buller’s albatross, Cape petrels, and the endemic Snares crested penguin and Snares fernbird.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 11

    Stewart Island/Ulva Island

    Peaceful Stewart Island is home to fewer than 500 inhabitants. Explore the coastline before anchoring in Paterson Inlet. Nearby Ulva Island is a predator-free sanctuary with lush temperate rainforest. It is a wonderful place to view the South Island robin, South Island saddleback, yellowhead, and the curious weka, a flightless rail. In the afternoon local guides lend insight into the island’s unique environment and Maori and early European sealing and whaling history.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 12

    Dusky & Breaksea Sounds, Fiordland Natrional Park

    Today is devoted to Fiordland National Park, a nearly uninhabited wilderness with breathtakingly beautiful fjords. Part of Te Wahipounamu Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fiordland National Park is famed for spectacular glacier-carved waterways and unique flora and fauna. In Dusky Sound explore by Zodiacs to discover rainforest luxuriant with tree ferns, mosses, and lichens and visit Astronomer’s Point, the site of a temporary observatory established during Captain Cook’s 1773 voyage. The forests and waterways are home to many birds—bellbirds, tui, fantails, and the kereru, a large native pigeon.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 13

    Doubtful Sound

    Keep your binoculars ready as the ship slowly cruises Doubtful Sound, inspecting the coves where rare Fiordland crested penguins are sometimes found.

    Accommodation: The Caledonian Sky

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 14

    Milford Sound/ Disembark/ Queenstown

    Be on deck this morning to watch the panorama of Milford’s sheer cliff faces, which rise thousands of feet almost vertically from the water’s edge, as well as the crashing waters of Bowen and Stirling Falls and the stunning mile-high Mitre Peak. Disembark for a short drive to the picturesque town of Te Anau for lunch. Continue to Queenstown, with dinner and overnight at our hotel.

    Accommodation: Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 15

    Queenstown

    Today choose one of three excursion options, designed to highlight Queenstown’s natural and cultural attributes. Journey through the dramatic Lord of the Rings landscapes of Central Otago and meet the winemakers of the world’s southernmost wine-producing region. Or, take a thrilling jet boat ride amongst stunning scenery, then ride the Skyline Gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak. Or, spend the day looking for the famed black stilt, one of the World’s rarest shorebirds, as well as other birds of interest. Alternatively, you may choose to explore Queenstown on your own, browsing the private studios, gardens, and galleries of internationally renowned artists. Return to the hotel for a farewell dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Standard Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 16

    Queenstown

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight. Tour ends here.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

The Caledonian Sky

The all-suite, 100-guest Caledonian Sky is a spacious, yet intimate, expedition vessel. Refurbished in 2018, her beautifully designed public spaces include a single-seating dining room, a large lounge with piano, elegant bar, enclosed panoramic viewing deck, sun deck, library, and small gym. All suites have an ocean view and feature a sitting room, en suite bathroom, flat-screen television, spacious wardrobes, and dressing table. The Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs, available for accessing remote shorelines and islands and is equipped to offer scuba diving.

GENERAL 

  • Five decks of guest facilities.  

- Castle Deck – guest suites, dining room, doctor’s office.   - Caledonian Deck – guest suites, bar, lounge, reception.   - Promenade Deck – guest suites with direct deck access, gym, hair salon.   - Bridge Deck – guest suites with private balconies, bridge, outdoor dining.   - Panorama Deck – sun deck, library, Panorama Lounge, and bar.   

  • Stairs and an elevator service all decks.
  • The bridge is available to visit most times throughout the day, contingent upon weather, security, and navigation conditions.   
  • Smoking is permitted only on outside decks.

 SUITES

  • All suites feature ocean views and have two twin beds that can be reconfigured into one queen, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, vanity table, small refrigerator, television, personal safe, hair dryer, assorted toiletries, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, and American style outlets (two flat prongs)at 110 volts.   
  • Castle Deck has Category 1 suites that are 244 square feet and have three portholes.   
  • Caledonian Deck has Category 2 suites that are 232 square feet with large picture windows.   
  • Promenade Deck has Category 3 suites that are 217 square feet with a picture window; Category 4 suites that are 217 square feet with direct deck access via a sliding glass door; and Category 5 suites that are 243 square feet and feature two forward-facing portholes and direct deck access via a sliding glass door.
  • Bridge Deck has Category 6 suites that are 217 square feet and have patio doors leading to private balconies that are 60 square feet.

 DINING   

  • The main restaurant can accommodate all guests at one seating.   
  • Most diets can be catered for on board, but special dietary requests must be made in advance.    
  • Breakfast is served buffet-style and a la carte.
  • Dinner is served in the main restaurant. When weather permits, meals can also be served on deck.   
  • Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.

 SERVICES

  • Caledonian Sky carries a fleet of Zodiacs and is equipped to offer scuba diving.
  • Public spaces include a large lounge for lectures, Panorama lounge and bar, gym, and library with reference books, novels, DVDs, and computers with Internet access.
  • Free onboard Wi-Fi is available for all guests.
  • Laundry services (no dry cleaning), a hair salon, and a small doctor’s office are available on board. Rates are posted.
  • The U.K. pound is the currency used on board. Traveler’s checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted for payment of shipboard accounts.

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.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

The main restaurant on board the Caledonian Sky can accommodate all guests at one sitting. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style and dinner is served in the main restaurant with four a la carte courses. When weather permits, meals can also be served on the outdoor deck. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge, and coffee and tea are available throughout the day/night.

Should you have any particular dietary needs, or life-threatening allergies, please let us know on your Personal Information Form, and we will do our best to prepare for them. Unfortunately, kosher meals cannot be accommodated.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

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

Departure / Airport Check-In Procedures
Please arrive at the airport for your international flight three hours prior to departure and have access to your passport and airline E-ticket confirmation. Do not pack your passport or other travel documents in your checked luggage. Be certain that the check-in agent properly tags your bags through to your final destination, if allowed, and that you have all baggage and E-ticket receipts.

Arrival / Departure Transfers
Transfers and assistance between airports and group hotels are arranged for participants arriving and departing on group dates. However, if you are arriving prior to the group arrival day and have booked additional night(s) at our group hotel, a transfer from the airport to the hotel will be provided.

Airlines change flight times frequently and our air department will send you any updates for flights booked through Exodus as they are received from the carrier. Still, we recommend reconfirming the departure time of your flights with the airline directly within 24 hours of departure. This can be done easily online and will ensure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to board your flight.

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Packing Suggestions

General Information
It is essential to maximize the versatility of your travel wardrobe by packing clothing that can be layered. Wash-and-wear, lightweight fabrics are recommended. As you pack, consider your own internal thermostat and adjust accordingly.

Laundry service is available on board the ship for a fee, and by using it you can limit yourself to just four or five outfits and not be inconvenienced by an overabundance of clothing. Laundry bags are provided in your cabin. Turn around for laundry service is usually 24-hours. 

Clothing on Board
The ship is air-conditioned and heated throughout with individual controls in each cabin. Comfortable and casual clothing, in the expedition spirit, is recommended. Normally, there are two shipboard occasions when you may wish to wear slightly more formal attire: the captain’s welcome aboard and farewell cocktail parties, followed by dinner. On these two occasions, women may choose to wear a dress or other appropriate attire, and men may choose to dress business casual. The degree of dress is in accordance with one’s personal preference.

Clothing Ashore
Maximize the versatility of your travel wardrobe by packing clothing that can be layered. Wash-and-wear, lightweight, natural fabrics are recommended. Warm, polar-fleece jackets can be layered on top for additional warmth. Water-repellent outer garments are absolutely essential and will keep you dry on the outside and still “breathe” enough so that moisture from your body can escape. Make sure you dress in layers; it is better to trap air in several layers of clothing than in one or two heavy layers. Be sure to also wear mittens, thermal socks, and a warm hat.

Shore excursions will involve a fair amount of walking over uneven surfaces and often slippery terrain. Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes with thick soles or light hiking boots are recommended for walking on the uneven terrain. If you have weak ankles, high-top hiking boots will provide better support than regular shoes. Make sure your shoes or boots are well broken-in before your trip.

Wet Landings
Knee-high, waterproof boots with good tread are essential for wet landings, as you will be stepping from the Zodiac onto the shore in wet conditions. If your feet get wet, they will lose heat rapidly, so your boots need to be waterproof. Once ashore, excursions can involve a fair amount of walking and hiking over uneven terrain and on trails where paths may be damp or even icy. You will have the opportunity to change into your hiking boots once on shore. 

IMPORTANT: Please note you are required to bring your own pair of waterproof boots as they are not available on board the ship. You may rent BOG or MUCK boots from Zegrahm gear shop, and they will be shipped to your home address. Please see your Packing List & Gear Certificate for more information.

Internal Flights Weight Limit

For your international flights to Dunedin and from Queenstown, please check for luggage weight restrictions with your airline provider or our air department if you are booking your international air arrangements through Zegrahm.

PLEASE NOTE: Most airlines strictly enforce their baggage regulations. Excess baggage charges, whichcan be substantial, are the personal responsibility of each participant.

We recommend the use of soft-sided luggage as it is easier to store. Your carry-on bag should include anything you may need in transit. We recommend that you carry essential toiletries and prescription medications on board the flight, as well as a change of clothing appropriate for the initial activities of our itinerary, so that you will be more comfortable in the unlikely event that your baggage is delayed in transit or is slow to be delivered to your room upon arrival.

 

Practical Information

Visa

New Zealand

From 1 October 2019, British nationals (including citizens of the EU, USA, Canada and South Africa) travelling (or transiting) by air or cruise and entering New Zealand without a visa (tourists) will need to hold an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority- NZeTA) before travelling to New Zealand. You will be able to apply for an NZeTA from July 2019. An NZeTA will last up to 2 years (valid for multiple visits) and cost NZD 9 for mobile application requests and NZD 12 for web browser requests.

An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) will also be introduced alongside the NZeTA and will cost NZD 35 (to be paid at the same time whilst applying for an NZeTA online). Once paid, the IVL will last as long as the NZeTA is valid.

You must request your NZeTA well in advance of your trip to New Zealand. It can take up to 72 hours to approve your NZeTA. If you do not hold an NZeTA when you check in for your flight, you will not be allowed to board.

Please visit the Immigration New Zealand website for further information on the new requirements and to apply for the NZeTA.

TRAVELLING VIA THE USA If you are travelling via the USA (even for transit) and are eligible to transit under the Visa Waiver Programme (most British citizens with a machine-readable passport), you are now required to register in advance for an Electronic Travel Authority (ESTA). There is a USD14 charge for the ESTA, which is only payable online with a credit card. Please see the FCO website for further information. All other non-residents passing through the US must get a visa in advance.

Australia

All nationalities except New Zealand require a visa for Australia. British, most EU passport holders, Canadian and US passport holders can apply for an electronic visa online. For British passport holders this is done through www.australia.org.uk.

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

Vaccination

New Zealand

There are no specific health risks.

Australia

There are no specific health risks.

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

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

New Zealand's Timezone:
Pacific/Auckland NZST (GMT +12:00)
Australia's Timezone:
Australia/Brisbane AEST (GMT +10:00)

Electricity

New Zealand's Electricity:

230V 50Hz sockets are widely available throughout New Zealand (although not usually in the mountain huts), although you will need a plug adapter. New Zealand uses type I plug that has two flat pins in a V-shape as well as a grounding pin. A version of the plug, which only has the two flat pins, exists as well.

Money

New Zealand's Currency

The national currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2019) of approximately 1.9 to the GBP,  1.5 to the USD, 1.1 to the CAD, 1.7 to the EUR and 1.1 to the AUD.

Australia's Currency

The national currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2017) of approximately 1.7 to the GBP, 1.3 to the USD, 1.0 to the CAD, 1.5 to the EUR and 0.9 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are a good option for obtaining local currency if you have a Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card, although access to ATMs will vary. The Auckland airport has various ATMs throughout the international and domestic terminals. Also, ensure you know your four-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) for your debit or credit card if you wish to obtain currency at ATMs. Please note that some vendors require your credit card PIN number in lieu of a signature.

As a reminder, itinerary related expenses have been included in the price of your trip. Therefore, we recommend that you carry most of your money in smaller denominations.

Tipping

All gratuities for ship’s crew, hotel staff, local guides, and drivers associated with our itinerary are included in the cost of your expedition. Gratuities for extra services outside of group arrangements are at your own discretion.

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

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

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

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

Important Information

On all guided trips

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

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

On all trips

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth 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 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.