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Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

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Trip code: 
TDF
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
6–20
Min age:
16

Moderate and challenging walks in the heart of Tyrol

Stretching along the valley at the northern end of Tyrol’s largest lake, the quiet village of Achenkirch is the perfect base for a week of walking. Surrounded by the lush meadows and jagged peaks of the Rofan and Karwendel mountain ranges, the walking trails throughout the area are plentiful. With such a great variety of walks on this trip around Austria's lakes and mountains, two grades are offered each day (moderate and challenging) with one leader escorting each grade. 

Highlights

  • Beautiful Tyrolean scenery
  • Moderate and challenging walks
  • Traditional local cuisine

Key information

  • Level 3 and 5 walks offered each day
  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel Fischerwirt, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Group normally 6 to 20, plus 1 UK leader per grade
  • Altitude maximum 2298m, average 2080m

 

  • Countries visited: Austria

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners included
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers (for those on the group flight)
  • Local Transport
  • Tourist tax

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers for Land Only bookings
  • Single rooms; Double rooms for single use - limited availability
Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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View of Achensee, Austria

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

On this trip, we will spend the week in a family run Hotel Fischerwirt in the Tyrolean village of Achenkirch, that employs local staff and uses local produce wherever possible. This ensures that our visit directly benefits the local community. The hotel is a member of the "Tiroler Wirtshaus" which is an association that ensures that its members retain authentic Tyrolean cuisine in their own organisations with occasional local influences. Our airport transfers are services from a family owned transportation company based in Maurach.

As a walking holiday, we actively encourage clients to interact with the locals, visit local cafes and bars, support local craft and produce to discover what life is really like in the Austrian Tyrol. Our support to the local community can demonstrate how responsible tourism can still make a difference in a ‘developed’ area of Western Europe. Additionally, walking trips like this have very little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as it is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

Achenkirch
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Achenkirch
  • Day 1

    Start Achenkirch.

    Start Achenkirch. In the evening the leaders will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead and give advice on the local area.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Level 3 - Ascend to the Falkenmoosalm (1328m)

    We take a short bus journey to the end of the village of Achenkirch and then follow a forest track climbing gently with wonderful views back to the Guffertspitze, before arriving at Falkenmoosalm for a picnic lunch. We contour below Hochplatte, before descending through the forest and all the way back along the valley to the hotel. 

    12Km; 450m ascent and descent; max altitude 1328m

    Level 5 - Summit Hochplatte (1813m)

    We walk directly from the hotel up a climbing valley to the Seewaldhütte (1582m) and then on to the summit of Hochplatte (1813m) for lunch before descending by an alternative route via the Feichtenalm to the hotel.

    21Km; 900m ascent & descent; max altitude 1813m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Level 3 - Ascend to the Barenkopf (1991m)

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car to start our walk to Zwolferkops before ascending the Barenkopf (1991m). We descend a short way to the Weißenbachalm (1695m) for a traditional mountain farm lunch before we walk back to Zwolferkopf and take the cable car back.  

    11Km; 700m ascent, 700m descent;  max altitude 1991m

    Level 5 - Stanserjoch and Barenkopf summits

    We take a short bus journey to Pertisau and then the Karwendel cable car and climb to the summit of the rugged Stanserjoch (2102m) for lunch with its magnificent views of the lake below and the Inn valley. We then descend back down to the Wellfenbachstaffe before ascending the Barenkopf (1991m).  Return is via the Karwendel cable car after a quick drink at the Barenbadalm for a ferry boat ride back to Achenkirch from Pertisau.

    16Km; 1000m ascent; 1000m descent; max altitude 2102m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Level 3 – Summit of the Rofanspitze (2258m)

    Today we take a short bus journey to Maurach and then the Rofanlift cable car for a memorable ascent of the Rofanspitze (2258m), where we have a picnic lunch with panoramic views. We retrace our steps to the Rofanlift, before catching the steam train and ferry back to Achenkirch.

    8Km: 430m ascent and descent: max altitude 2258m

    Level 5 - Summit the Rofanspitze (2258m) and Rofan circuit

    Today we take a short bus journey to Maurach and then the Rofanlift cable car for a memorable circuit around the Rofan Mountains including climbing to the summit of the Rofanspitze. (2258m), before going off the beaten track descending via a flower filled meadow before a steep climb back to the Rofanlift catching the steam train and ferry back to Achenkirch. 

    12Km; 750m ascent & descent; max altitude 2258m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    A free day to relax or enjoy optional activities.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Level 3 - Walk over the pass at Kögljoch (1487m).

    We start with a short bus journey to Steinberg and then walk back to Achenkirch over a remote mountain pass at Kögljoch (1487m).

    15 Km; 550m ascent; 600m descent; max altitude 1487m

    Level 5 - Vorderunnütz (2078m)

    After a short bus journey to Steinberg we climb to the summit of the rugged Vorderunnütz (2078m) towering above Achenkirch before descending on a steep path directly to the hotel.

    18Km; 1050m ascent; 1170m descent; max altitude 2078m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Level 3 - Walk the Enzianweg path to Steineres Tor.

    Today we take the bus to Maurach and then the cable car to the heart of the magnificent Rofan mountain range. Here we start the delightful Enzianweg path which climbs steadily to a col at Steineres Tor (1978m) before descending to the lakeside for a short ferry boat ride back to Achenkirch.

    15Km; 300m ascent; 1150m descent; max altitude 1978m

    Level 5 - Summit Hochiss (2298m)

    Today we set off from the hotel along the Eastern side of the lake to Achenseehoff before climbing steeply through the trees and meadows to the heart of the magnificent Rofan mountain range for a second time,  to the imposing summit of Hochiss (2298m), the highest mountain in the range . From here we descend to Maurach via the Rofanlift and the Mauritalm for a drink and Strudel.  Finishing off with a bus ride back to Achenkirch.

    15Km; 1360m ascent; 500m descent; max altitude 2298m

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Achenkirch.

    End Achenkirch.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 dinners included

Weather

It is fair to say that the weather in the Alps can be changeable in summer, and Austria is no exception. Temperatures during the day can be very warm, especially in July and August, and the resulting humidity can cause some spectacular storms in the late afternoon/early evening. Clear, fresh mountain air in the Alps means that effects of the sun are often not noticed until it's too late, so it is important to make sure that sun block and lip balm is administered regularly. Given the depth of the valleys, it is also difficult to predict when rain is on its way, so carrying waterproof clothing is also to be advised.

Is this trip for you?

Our walks have been selected to make the most of the area. Each evening, our leaders explain what level 3 and 5 walking is on offer for the next day so you can choose which walk to join. This is the main advantage of a multi-grade holiday, as friends with differing ability can travel together.

At both Moderate and Challenging levels there are steep ascents and descents often over quite rocky and uneven terrain. Due to the nature of the terrain on this trip, neither walking level is recommended for anyone suffering from vertigo.

Level 3 entails walking between 5 and 7 hours per day. The area we are visiting is criss-crossed by a network of long established trails and walking paths, most of them well maintained and way-marked. Even so, paths will be rocky and on occasion exposed.

Level 5 entails walking between 6 and 8 hours per day at an easy but steady pace. We will be using established trails and mountain paths; these will often be steep, rocky and more exposed than the level 3 walks.

In Achenkirch, most days are around 6 hours of actual walking for Level 3 and 7 hours for Level 5, and the level of ascent for level 3 is up to 800m and level 5 usually 1,000m. Please note that when we use lifts, the descent is usually greater than the ascent described.

The exact itinerary (and therefore the exact length of each walk) may vary depending on weather conditions or other factors beyond our control. Whilst aiming to always follow the routes described in these trip notes, it will be the leader's decision to amend the itinerary if and when necessary. Early weeks in June may need to be limited to lower level routes due to late-lying snow conditions. However, this is an ideal time for abundant alpine flowers and, as it is quieter, there is a good chance of seeing more wildlife.

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.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Accommodation

Hotel Fischerwirt***

The Hotel Fischerwirt opened its doors in 1875 as a traditional and rustically furnished 3-star hotel. Directly located on the north shore of the Achensee Lake the hotel offers easy access to a variety of trails. All rooms are en suite, and double and twin rooms offer a balcony or deck with view of the Karwendel mountain range or of the lake. Facilities include satellite TV, telephone, sitting area, safe and hair dryer. All floors are served by a lift. WIFI connection is also available in most rooms and in the common areas. This excellent base offers a very warm welcome, nice rooms and a lovely spa. Some single rooms as well as double rooms for single use are available; please contact our Sales team for available and prices. 

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed August 2019
    Annette Thampi

    Far exceeded my expectations

    This trip far exceeded my expectations. Offering two levels of hike a day was perfect for gaining confidence and challenging myself under the expert supervision of the group leaders . Be prepared for some incredible views of the pristine glacial lake, and the breathtaking sights from the highest peaks in the Austrian Tyrol. This trip offers challenging hikes with lots of opportunities to safely go out of your comfort zone balanced with discovering the best cake and beer huts on the mountain . The hotel and food were fabulous and the staff were always friendly and obliging. Austrians take politeness to another level . The area is well connected with transport so there are plenty of options for the free day . This trip offered challenges , camaraderie , excitement and serene moments at the summits . If you are lucky enough to have Paul McDermott and/or Louise Russell as your leaders expect to come home healthier, stronger , happier and a little heavier ( all muscle of course ) ! This trip will not disappoint .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of each level 5 walk to take in spectacular 360 degree views of the Tyrol. Making friends with people from all walks of life and sharing this incredible journey together.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Having fantastic leaders who clearly love their job and care about ensuring your enjoyment of every aspect of the trip was probably the best part of this holiday . We were given full briefings every night of what to expect and were never disappointed . Paul McDermott is clearly very experienced and knowledgeable in his field and despite having never hiked before I was managing the challenging level hikes in his group from day 1. Both our leaders joined us for meals and were constantly on hand to offer advice and help plan activities even on the free day . Louise Russell always had a smile on her face and ensured everyone got what they wanted from the trip . These two leaders make a great team and I would highly recommend going on one of their trips.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is useful to read the trip notes and 'what to bring' as they are accurate and informative especially if you are a novice hiker.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was one of the best holidays I have had and the organisation from start to finish by Exodus and particularly by the group leaders could not have been any better .
  • Reviewed August 2019
    Annette Thampi

    Far exceeded my expectations

    This trip far exceeded my expectations. Offering two levels of hike a day was perfect for gaining confidence and challenging myself under the expert supervision of the group leaders . Be prepared for some incredible views of the pristine glacial lake, and the breathtaking sights from the highest peaks in the Austrian Tyrol. This trip offers challenging hikes with lots of opportunities to safely go out of your comfort zone balanced with discovering the best cake and beer huts on the mountain . The hotel and food were fabulous and the staff were always friendly and obliging. Austrians take politeness to another level . The area is well connected with transport so there are plenty of options for the free day . This trip offered challenges , camaraderie , excitement and serene moments at the summits . If you are lucky enough to have Paul McDermott and/or Louise Russell as your leaders expect to come home healthier, stronger , happier and a little heavier ( all muscle of course ) ! This trip will not disappoint .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of each level 5 walk to take in spectacular 360 degree views of the Tyrol. Making friends with people from all walks of life and sharing this incredible journey together.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Having fantastic leaders who clearly love their job and care about ensuring your enjoyment of every aspect of the trip was probably the best part of this holiday . We were given full briefings every night of what to expect and were never disappointed . Paul McDermott is clearly very experienced and knowledgeable in his field and despite having never hiked before I was managing the challenging level hikes in his group from day 1. Both our leaders joined us for meals and were constantly on hand to offer advice and help plan activities even on the free day . Louise Russell always had a smile on her face and ensured everyone got what they wanted from the trip . These two leaders make a great team and I would highly recommend going on one of their trips.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is useful to read the trip notes and 'what to bring' as they are accurate and informative especially if you are a novice hiker.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was one of the best holidays I have had and the organisation from start to finish by Exodus and particularly by the group leaders could not have been any better .
  • Reviewed August 2019
    Helen Downs

    Walking in the Austrian Tyrol

    Wonderful week spent walking in the Tyrol. The hotel is perfectly placed by the lake and run with care and consideration by Crystal. The food was hearty and plentiful with buffet breakfast , self made packed lunch and a 4 course evening meal . 2 levels of walks were offered each day , some of which started or finished at the hotel and always allowed for plenty of stops for rest and refreshments . A complementary travel pass was included which allowed independent exploration of the area on the free day by bus, steam train, ferry, cable car or ski lift .

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking back down each day at how far I had ascended and realising that each of us , in our own way could “ climb a mountain “ ! The feeling of achievement at the summit and the knowledge that I would sleep soundly .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul McDermott and Louise Russell were fantastic - reassuring , encouraging , helpful , patient and knowledgable .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for wet weather just in case and remember walking poles ! It’s helpful to be a regular walker already and if you enjoy the Lake District or Snowdonia you will be perfectly capable of completing each walk .

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In summary - breathtaking scenery in great company with apple strudel - what’s not to like !!
  • Reviewed August 2019
    Jon Musker

    Fabulous week of hiking

    Fabulous week of hiking in the stunning mountains surrounding lake Achensee

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking down from our final summit, back to the start of our day's hike and also looking down on two previous summits. Truly magical moments.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was an excellent group leader. His relaxed manner and casual good humour belied the care and attention he gave to ensure that each day's hiking was happy, motivated and well ordered.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I was concerned about going on a group trip for the first time; but it was everything I . could have hoped for. The camaraderie was amazing, the walks were very well selected so that they were always manageable and captured the beauty and joy of the mountains. The hotel, travel and all the infrastructure of the trip were really well managed and Exodus looked after me very well. And the group leaders were great company and great at their job. Hard to see how it could have been improved.
  • Reviewed August 2019
    ARIANE ROCHA

    Walking in the Austrian Tyrol -

    Great trip with amazing views. We took level three walks and although we didn't have previous experience, we were able to go to all trips. Special thanks to our great guides Louise Russel and Paul McDermott, who were always in a good humor and made sure everybody had a wonderful experience, even when the weather didn't help much.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views we had from the summits.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul and Louise were always helpful and made all the efforts for us to have a good time. Besides, they are a great company, fun and enthusiastic. We we had a great time with them and we look forward to walking with them in another trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the weather before travelling and make sure you have the appropriate clothing and gear for rain.
  • Reviewed August 2019
    Andrew Jeffs

    Walking in the Austrian Tyrol June 2019

    Had a fantastic week thanks to our wonderful guides Bob,and Paul (and Louise who was shadowing them). Met a great group of people. Wonderful (if rather hot) weather helped of course Achensee is beautiful with some excellent routes for all abilities. Hotel and staff were welcoming and good hearty food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    hard to choose! Evening wander with Paul and Louise to see fireflies and gloworms Jumping into the lake to cool off after a long hot day Being helped to overcome fear on some slightly exposed path sections (don't worry, they are not that bad, I'm just a bit nervy!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely great. Calm, encouraging, knowledgeable. Impressions to remind us of the names of Alpine flowers will stick in the memory for a while!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do this trip-you won't regret it Don't do it if you are vegan (i'm not)
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Richard Cooper

    Fantastic walks in the Tyrol

    This holiday has it all - great walks, scenery, guides, hotel, food... highly recommended! I didn't have any particularly high expectations of the holiday after reading the brochure and booking it, but I was pleasantly surprised, it's very well thought out and location is excellent. I did the challenging walk each day guided by Paul, these were well planned, and even with some clouds on occasion, the views were stunning and there was an abundance of alpine flowers. The hotel is well located right on the lake, with comfortable rooms. The food is no-nonsense but very good and plentiful, which I appreciated after a day's walking, and has lots of choice in the menu. There were wheat-free options for evening meals and breakfast, and they even gave me gluten free bread each day to make sandwiches with for lunch.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views over the alps in every direction were stunning. Taking a moment (or half an hour) to lie on the top of the Rofanspitze on my day off in the sunshine with crystal clear views in every direction over the alps was particularly memorable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Paul was excellent at leading the group, knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, and particularly funny when doing charades to try to get us to remember the names of the flowers! Now was that a trombone or a trumpet Gentian Paul?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I can only speak for the challenging walks: Walking pole(s) are useful especially for some of the long steep downhill sections if wet under foot. Take some reasonable hiking boots which you will be comfortable walking in on rocks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Whilst I did the level 5 (challenging) walks and highly recommend these, I think this holiday is really good if you're not sure what you can do (or want to do), since you can choose the group to walk with each day. (In response to earlier reviews) the WiFi in the hotel was fine on my Android device. I found it refreshing to take a swim in the lake overlooking the mountains (there is a protected area for swimming very near the hotel).
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Terry Penfold

    Great walking in a beautiful area

    Lovely walking in good company with great leaders, good food and comfortable hotel. The group was split into level 3 and level 5 graded walks. We did the level 3 walks and found them excellent. The weather was mixed but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Cake cafes featured prominently in the itineraries. Wild flower identification was a hot topic.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to say. Occasionally getting to the top of something was a bonus but seeing chamois, marmots and edelweiss was exciting.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Louise was a great leader. She paced the days well and was able to improvise brilliantly if things didn't quite go to plan. A survival bag became a forgotten waterproof on one occasion and there was no problem when we found a cable car was out of action - we just studied the map and changed the route within a few minutes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As a centre-based holiday, this would be hard to beat. Don't expect to lose weight. Just go.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The first day's walking was largely on forest tracks and therefore a little disappointing but the other days made up for it. I think I would have liked longer, perhaps ten days or two weeks to allow for further exploration and maybe some more settled weather, but you can't have everything.
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Stephanie Hofielen

    Excellent holiday in the Austrian Alps

    Exquisite scenery, knowledgeable guides, great walks, lovely hotel, fun and friendly people - what more can you ask? This was a most memorable holiday and I highly recommend it. The trip was very organised, leaving you to just relax and not worry about the details. The hikes were well planned and took you to places of incredible beauty. A level of fitness is recommended for both levels of hikes which can consist of steep ascents/descents, some rock scrambling, and traversing areas of snow. The hotel was very comfortable and the food plentiful. The hotel was very accommodating in preparing vegan meals for me but the choice was limited. The guides, Bob and Paul, were very knowledgeable about the area and sensitive to people's capabilities and needs.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Moments: The beautiful meadows, views of and from the mountains, challenging myself to do the level 5 and succeeding, snowbumming, farmhouse lunch and homemade cake (level 3), friendly people who all got on well with each other

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob and Paul and Louise were excellent in their attention to detail, supporting walkers of all levels, knowledge of the terrain and flora and flexibility in modifying walks due to extreme weather (30C degrees). Each night after dinner they briefed you on the hikes planned for the next day and were very open about details and difficulty. They went beyond the call of duty to ensure everyone was enjoying themselves.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You do need a level of fitness for these hikes. The paths can be steep and rocky. A level of comfort for walking long distances and 500m+ of ascents and descents is advised. Vegans: There were plenty of food options for vegetarians but for vegans it was limited and the food, albeit plentiful, not very inventive. Be prepared. Breakfast can be tricky since it is very meat and cheese centric. The hotel was very accommodating and provided non dairy milk for the muesli and coffee and soya yoghurt due to my request. For packed lunches, I brought peanut butter from the UK (although you can probably buy it from the local supermarket) and made peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Honesty, there would not be much for choice for lunch for vegans.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Also my experience with the internet in the hotel was poor - if I was able to log on it would not be for long before 4G kicked in. After trying too many times I gave up. The result is I used up my allotment of data and had to buy more from my supplier. Suggestion: Buy extra data in the event the internet does not work when you are there.
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Angela-Luisa Cory

    Walking the Austrian Tyrol

    Fabulous time - stunning scenery - we were very lucky with the weather. Our guides were great, Bob and Paul. My group's guide was Bob - very knowledgable and thoughtful. The Hotel was comfortable and the food great (only spoilt by one or two grumpy waitresses!). I have to say that I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Swimming in the lake with the mountains covered in snow in the background - freezing though!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bob was great. Can't thank him enough.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit enough for this walk!

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 074 340 4587