Mountains & Villages of Evia

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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
TVE
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
4–16
Min age:
16

Discover the real Greece on the island of Evia with walks through coastal paths, forests and gorges

The delightful island of Evia is a real hidden treasure, close to Athens yet world’s away with old stone paths connecting quaint villages tucked-away in the mountains. This walkers’ paradise offers unique history and an authentic atmosphere as you walk past Roman quarries, aqueducts and Byzantine churches. In the summer there are plenty of opportunities for swimming at a deserted beach or a tucked away cove, and traditional tavernas and waterfront ouzo-meze shops make eating and drinking here a wonderful experience.

Highlights

  • Discover an authentic Greek island
  • Walk along dramatic coastline and visit remote villages
  • Savour delicious cuisine in traditional tavernas
  • Relax on deserted beaches and swim in the warm Aegean waters
  • Enjoy a city tour of Athens

Key information

  • 7 nights 2-star seaside hotel with en suite rooms
  • 4 full days and 2 half day centre-based walking; including sightseeing in Athens
  • Between 4 and 6 hours walking per day
  • Altitude maximum 1000m, average 500m
  • Countries visited: Greece

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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4 full and 2 half

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 4 to 6hrs walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 29.0km/5.5miles
Day 310.0km/6.0miles
Day 411.0km/6.0miles
Day 55.0km/3.0miles
Day 64.0km/2.5miles
Day 710.0km/6.0miles

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. 

Our base for this trip is the family run hotel Galaxy in the small town of Karystos that employs local staff and uses local produce wherever possible. Our small group size allows us to support small hotels like hotel galaxy and local restaurants that do not usually benefit from mass tourism, bringing a positive impact on the overall employment levels and economy in the region.

As a walking holiday, it allows easy access and flexibility for clients to interact with the locals, visit local cafes and bars, support local produce and craft to facilitate cultural exploration and experience what life is really like on the island of Evia.

Water is especially important and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to not cause too much waste from single use plastic bottles. Tap water on the island of Evia is safe to drink hence, we strongly encourage clients to bring their own reusable water bottles to refill throughout the trip.

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

  • Day 1

    Start Athens; transfer to Rafina; ferry to Evia.

    From Athens airport we transfer by road to Rafina (approximately 35 min), and then take the ferry to Mamari on Evia Island (about 1hr). It is then a short drive to our hotel at Karystos.

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Walk through the ravine from Platanistos to the beach at Potami Bay

    We drive along the south-eastern tip of the island, over the mountains towards the Cape of Cavo Doro, heading to the beautiful ravine of Platanistos and the first of 20 ancient villages of Albanian descent. Over the arches of stone bridges, we follow the river towards Potami hamlet on the coast, a Hellinistic anchorage since Homeric times. En route we view the site of Hellinikon with the remains of the foundations of Poseidon's temple, dating back to the 8th century B.C. Walking amongst large plane trees we reach the sea and one of the nicest, yet still relatively unknown, beaches in the Aegean. During the warmer months of the year, we have the opportunity to swim and relax on the beach. We return to Karystos by taxi/coach.

    Walk: Distance 9 km Ascent 100 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 400 m Time: 4.5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Ascend Mount Kliosi and the Acropolis of Styra.

    We start with an early morning drive along the panoramic mountain road to the North, known as the 'Eagle Route', which takes us above the evergreen valley of Styra. We then climb Mt Kliosi's dramatic summit where the remains of the ancient Acropolis defy time and elements on a 'Wuthering Heights' plateau. The Eerie ancient Gate, the cave of St Nicolas and the ruins of Castro Armeno, often in the mist, make this a visit to remember. The gentle walk down takes us past wild strawberry bushes and the remains of the Roman marble quarries to the quaint villages of Styra Valley, which overlook Marathon, just across the water on the Continent. In the afternoon we take the bus back to Karystos.

    Walk: Distance 10 km Ascent 300 m Descent 400 m Max Altitude 700 m Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walk through rolling hills and the Gourna villages, passing Roman Columns and visiting the Castello Rosso

    Our third day takes us up to the villages of Gourna that are scattered high above the bay of Karystos and below the peaks of Mount Ohi. Walking through verdant countryside along stone-worn paths next to springs and streams, we reach the monolithic marble columns in the Imperial Roman Quarries, perfectly completed and abandoned during Rome’s decline.  We continue to Castello Rosso, one of the grandest Forts of the 4th crusade, from where we can enjoy beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Using mountain goat-trails and country lanes we walk down to the fertile plain of Aetos, full of citrus, olive and cypress trees, before reaching the coast.

    Walk: Distance 11 km Ascent 450 m Descent 450 m Max Altitude 500 m Time: 6 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning walk in the Bay of Marmari; afternoon free to relax on the beach or wander around Karystos.

    This morning we drive to the village of Lycorema. We enjoy a coastal walk around the bay and visit the fishing hamlet of Marmari. The afternoon is free to relax on the beach or wander around Karystos, an authentic Greek island town.

    Walk: Distance 5 km Ascent 0 m Descent 150 m Max Altitude 150 m Time: 3 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Morning ferry to Athens; walking tour of Athens including visit to the Acropolis; transfer back to Evia

    This morning we take the ferry to Athens to discover the historic centre of this breath-taking city, the cradle of Western civilisation and the birthplace of democracy. We wander around the beautiful Plaka, the impressive Houses of Parliament, Zappion National Gardens and St Paul’s Boulevard, before heading up to the Acropolis Hill.  We end the tour outside the Acropolis giving those who wish to explore the Acropolis, one of the ancient wonders of our world, the option to do so.  In the evening, we transfer back to Evia.

    Walk: Distance 4 km Ascent 0 m Descent 0 m Time: 3 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Gorge walk from Mt Ohi down to the rugged East Aegean coast.

    Today we have a picturesque walk through the gorges to the rugged East Aegean coast. We travel by taxi/coach to Boublia on Mt Ohi, which is the starting point of one of the famous gorge walks to the east coast of Evia. The gorge is a unique habitat for flora and fauna with peonies and orchids, eagles and falcons amongst plane and chestnut trees. The ancient stone path leads us close to the dramatically exposed Aegean coast. 

    Walk: Distance 10 km Ascent 0 m Descent 900 m Max Altitude 1000 m Time: 5 hours

    Accommodation: Hotel Galaxy or similar
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Morning ferry to Athens; end Athens.

    After breakfast we transfer back to Athens where our adventure ends. Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for the flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Greece

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches and 5 dinners are included.

The buffet style breakfasts includes fresh bread, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, porridge, eggs, ham and cheese, cake and cookies, honey, coffee/tea and lots of fresh seasonal fruit. 

A dining experience in Greece isn’t the same without spending an evening in a taverna – a small, family-run Greek restaurant – and on this trip we include visits to five of them. Dotted along the Karystos coastline in Evia, these cosy tavernas serve typical dishes in an informal setting, and the delicious food is often accompanied by traditional music which livens up the atmosphere as the night goes on.

Dishes to try in the evenings may include homemade filo pastry pies, moussaka, stuffed vegetables as well as a variety of other vegetarian dishes, fresh salads, crunchy breads, salty cheeses and locally caught fish and seafood. Greek meze will usually be on the menu too and consists of a selection of hot and cold dishes to share such as keftedes (Greek-style meatballs) and dolmadakia (stuffed grape vine leaves), local lamb, pork and beef.

Weather

February to March and November/December daytime temperatures 10-18º, night time 5-9º; rain and chances of snow on high mountains.

April, May and October daytime temperatures 17-27º, night time 8-13º; chances of rain.

June and September: daytime temperatures 20-30º, night time 14-19º; very dry and warm, ideal for swimming.

Athens, Greece

Is this trip for you?

Level 2 - Leisurely/Moderate walking, 4 full day walks between 4 and 6 hours

This trip offers the chance to experience Evia's magnificent mountain scenery. Routes have been chosen to showcase the best of the natural and historical sites on the island. Terrain will include footpaths and mountain terrain, which can be rocky and loose in places with sloped ascents and descents.

The walks require an average level of fitness and all are optional.

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 tailor made 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.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Galaxy Hotel

Our base for the week is the 2-star superior Galaxy Hotel which overlooks the sea in the small coastal town of Karystos. Friendly and traditionally Greek, it has been run by the same family for over 30 years.

Situated at the west end of the esplanade just 100 metres from the main square and town centre and a stone’s throw from the beach and its cafes, the Galaxy Hotel is in a perfect location for exploring the town and soaking up the fresh sea air.

All rooms face the sparkling sea and have a balcony with a table and chairs to watch the world go by below with a cup of tea in the mornings, with en-suite facilities, fridge, television, telephone, coffee and tea making facilities, air conditioning, toiletries, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.

There are safe and computer/printer facilities in the reception area, 24hr room service for snacks and drinks, one indoor and one outdoor bar and a dining area where a hearty breakfast is served. 

The tap water is natural spring water from the mountains and is drinkable. 

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

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Experts

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Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
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Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2019
    Yvonne Fitzpatrick

    Excellent

    Adventurous walking & scrambling along the dramatic coastline & remote villages of Island of Evia. Tasting delicious cousin of their culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving, meeting the group leader & the rest of the travellers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was very passionate about Greece, Karystos Isle of Evia & the adventures she was taking us on. Safety conscious & a lovely sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take all equipment that has been advised. Strong boots which supports your ankles very important as you could easily twist your ankle/s in the rough terrain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Be open to your adventures & enjoy every moment.
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Sally Ward

    Fantastically enjoyable holiday

    If you like sparkling turquoise sea pretty much outside the hotel then this holiday is for you ! I found the walking quite tough as I wasn’t quite fit enough and as other reviewers state it’s more moderate than leisurely especially in June! However, I enjoyed the three walks I did enormously and it was amazing to get up (and down) to the Roman columns the view from which is so memorable and now my screen saver. Solid support and encouragement up and down from Cecile and lovely group members. Plenty to see and do if you want to dip in and out of the walking you can, ie to dip in and out of the sea on comfy sun loungers with inexpensive waiter service from the taverna whilst helping the Greek economy (what’s not to like). One day I went on an astounding snorkelling trip to the renowned Petali Islands : 7 hours for €35 including CAKE !!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    (In my case) staggering to end of first walk to arrive at a heavenly beach, sea and taverna...... First sight of the acropolis on the inclusive day trip to Athens Getting to the top of the Roman column walk The turquoise sparking sea...... Our lovely group - all so different but all so lovely !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Solid as a rock - very experienced and entirely dependable and she has a rescue donkey!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Over 65’s take passport to Athens trip for discounted entry to Acropolis and Archaeological museum I regret not biting the bullet and seeing the Acropolis AND the museum and foregoing the hot walk through Athens, meeting at parliament as suggested. It would have been easy to do in hindsight perhaps clearer instructions on this alternative would be good. In summer you need to be fit - it was 30 degrees plus in June 2019. I had originally booked for May but not enough people so I transferred to June. Luckily I love the beach so it was a PERFECT HOLIDAY for me.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I hadn’t been to Greece for many years and had forgotten some of its foibles, one plug for kettle, fridge and charger the other plug in external door jam, the shower head that was so reluctant to point downwards to the drain..... BUT I grew to quickly love and appreciate Hotel Galaxy, it’s super family staff, the amazing breakfasts, service, kindness, generosity and it’s position on the harbour. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again - it just takes a day to acclimatise..... then you won’t want to leave........
  • Reviewed June 2019
    June Egglestone

    Lovely holiday

    A lovely week walking, plus swim in the sea at the end of each day. The town is nice and laid back.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Day 2 when we ended up at a lovely beachside taverna for lunch followed by a swim was a great way to start. But, I enjoyed all the walks, hard to pick a favourite. This was my first time in Athens too, so great to see the Acropolis.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was an excellent group leader, very easy to get along with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    day 2 walk - take flip flops/wet shoes, as the beach you end up in (which is lovely) has stones that are quite painful to walk on (if you want to have a swim), and burning hot too if you are there in summer! days 3/4 walks - wear long trousers, the gorse is quite scratchy on your calves. The hotel is basic, but it's fine, and a great location (beach over the road), so dont let the two stars put you off going on this trip. Athens - if you want to see the acropolis AND the associated museum, you will not have time to do both on the day trip, advise getting in a day early or a day late if you wish to do both. It's easy to get into Athens and back to the airport using the metro, and there are facilities in the airport to store your luggage, if you just get an earlier flight on day 1.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would definitely recommend this holiday!
  • Reviewed May 2019
    Janet Bates

    Describes the holiday perfectly

    If you want a really relaxing entirely relaxing atmosphere with few tourists, then Evia is the place to go. The itinerary was varied and exactly as described. The family at the Galaxy hotel couldn't do enough for us. Their breakfasts are fantastic and grandad's home-made goat cheese legendary! It was a pleasure to stay there.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk to Castello Rosso and the Roman columns and the lovely relaxed and friendly atmosphere on an island that doesn't appear to have changed for centuries.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Having Thanos with you, is like having a walking Google with you. His knowledge is incredible and his "elevenses" are delicious, not that we really needed them as the food throughout the trip was amazing. Thanos couldn't do enough for us and his enthusiasm was infectious. Having been to Paphos in Cyprus many years earlier, I had tasted "tourist menus" and didn't particularly like Greek food. This was an entirely different experience. Everything tasted wonderful. Don't think you will lose weight or even come back at the weight you started the holiday, unless you have got a will of iron. You will definitely have to diet when you come home. I can guarantee you will come back around half a stone heavier! The days really aren't long enough to fit in the great breakfast, Thanos's "elevenses" treat, the foot long lunch roll, the evening's five plus assorted starters, the main course and then the sweet !

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are going in April, my advice would be to take waterproof trousers as one day in particular, during our walk, it rained throughout. I would also recommend taking gaiters if you have delicate skin below the knees, as some of the gorse really scratches even though you may be walking in long trousers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Having walked in the Lake District, I found the gorge walk scenery very similar. The only time you could take in the view was if you kept stopping, as most of the time you are having to concentrate hard looking where you are putting your feet and doing this for five hours downhill got a bit boring although the lunch stop was very pretty.
  • Reviewed April 2019
    Patrick Hetherington

    Most enjoyable trip in a fascinating and untouristy area.

    Varied but generally not too challenging walking in an area with a fascinating history and archaeological interest. Also an opportunity to visit Athens.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Discovering how widely the Evians travelled and founded settlements in various parts of the Mediterranean.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos was an exceptional group leader. His knowledge of the area and its history was extensive and he inspired me with his enthusiasm. He was very attentive to our needs, ensuring all went smoothly, and going out of his way to give us the best possible experience. He took a flexible approach to the schedule, taking account of weather forecasts. Strong winds later in the week affecting the ferries necessitated delaying the Athens visit until the final day, but even so we were able to have a visit to the Acropolis and a walking tour of the city guided by Thanos.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for changeable weather! We were probably lucky not having any rain.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Basic but pleasant tourist hotel with excellent breakfast. Wide choice of evening dishes in a variety of restaurants. Comfortable minibus. Excellent service from the drivers. A few of us not on the group flights were looked after with transfers provided.
  • Reviewed April 2019
    Phil Risdale

    There's more to Evia than you might think

    A relatively restful week of walking, eating, drinking and learning a lot from a knowledgeable leader (Thanos) in a wonderful location. No walk is too long or taxing, but just enough to engage, but with plenty of rests for snacks and interesting history lectures! This trip is leisurely because there is no rush and plenty of free time. Also, no early starts!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the abandoned Roman quarry with the marble columns lying around.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Thanos cannot be criticised at all - everything ran smoothly, he is very knowledgeable and a good communicator, supplied an interesting variety of snacks on the walks, took us to a good variety of restaurants every evening, basically looked after everything. He also adapted the itinerary when the weather forecast looked a bit dodgy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be fooled, it will be cool at altitude and in the evenings, so take clothing layers. If you really want to see Athens then add a day before or after the trip - the day trip included will be too rushed for many people's tastes due to time constraints & ferry times. And if you like beer then ask for 'Septem' in the local bars - a locally brewed craft ale.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel used isn't great but isn't that bad either - we found it clean & tidy with a decent bar & an OK breakfast - what really lets it down is the bathrooms & the showers especially.
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Salman Syed

    Mountains & Villages of Evia

    The tour guide, Thanos, was superb. The food was great. Treks were beautiful. However, the quality of the hotel was OK.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching to the summit

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb, Considerate , Helpful
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Charlie Robinson-Hodge

    Walking and eating

    This was my first holiday on my own, couldn’t have asked for a better one. Exodus sorted everything and were very helpful and lovely. The hotel was lovely, right next to the beach. The staff were great and couldn’t do enough for us. Met some great people, walking is just enough to get your heart pumping with some fantastic views along the way. Going in November was great weather not too hot, perfect for walking. Even though we walked everyday I must have eaten my body weight. Our guide had pumpkin pie and doughnuts for our brunch stops. Food was delicious and lots of it.... we’ll definitely recommend this holiday and I will be booking with Exodus again........ just need to loose some weight first!!! lol....

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being able to touch and see the unfinished columns see where they were made, carved by the hand of 7000 slaves 100’s of years ago. Also the trip over the Athens.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was fantastic, had a good laugh with him and was very informative. He looked after us and hes always feeding you lol

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking poles are handy. It can get chilly 1000m up the mountain

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great holiday, loved every minute
  • Reviewed November 2018
    peter colclough

    mountains and villages of evia

    good walks with patient guide and pleasant social evenings with fellow walkers

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    gorge walk from mt ohi to coast

    What did you think of your group leader?

    excellent guide and very sociable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    ensure you wear good boots and take adequate clothing .(water proofs)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    hotel ok but showers need updating.owners and staff friendly and accomodating
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Chris Sanday

    Unspoilt area

    Varied walks, which tended towards the moderate rather than leisurely. Everyone at the hotel was friendly and helpful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at Potami Bay at the end of the walk from Platanistos. The taverna with its long table laid out just for us and sole use of the beautiful beach too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cecile was an excellent guide. Engaging and knowledgeable. She rearranged our walks around the weather conditions.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Poles were very useful when descending some of the rocky slopes.

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]

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