Volcanoes & Temples of Indonesia

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Delve into central Indonesia's rich culture and admire some of its most spectacular volcanoes.

Rice paddies give way to luxuriant jungles which coat towering volcanoes. Ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples bear witness to old and still vibrant cultures and traditions. The longest archipelago in the world made up of over 17,500 beach-fringed tropical islands, this is Indonesia. We journey through the geographical and spiritual heart of the country as we make our way through Muslim Java and Hindu Bali, taking in spectacular ruins, active volcanoes, village life and palm-fringed beaches.


  • Ancient Borobudur and Prambanan
  • Watching the sun rise over Mt. Bromo
  • Lesser visited northern Bali

Key information

  • 13 nights standard, comfortable and basic hotels (where there are no other options)
  • Travel by minibus and ferry
  • Some long drives on good roads
  • Countries visited: Indonesia

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

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

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

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  • Day 1

    Start Yogyakarta

    Today is a free day and land only passengers can arrive at any time. The group flights should arrive in the afternoon. Yogya, as the city is commonly referred to, is an ancient city which, a thousand years ago, was the centre of the Mataram Kingdom. Today it is Java’s cultural and traditional heart and is renowned for its batik, ballet, drama, poetry and music.

    This evening there will be a welcome briefing with your tour leader followed by an optional group dinner.
    Duta Garden Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    City tour; afternoon visit of Prambanan

    This morning we explore Yogya by becak (bicycle rickshaw) and visit the Sultan’s Palace. Also known as Kraton, the palace constructed in the 18th century is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. We continue to the ‘Taman Sari’ water palace and garden which was initially built with bathing pools for the Sultan’s harem.

    This afternoon we visit the 9th century Prambanan temple compound, consisting of 224 temples. The Hindu temple complex is stunningly beautiful, and devoted to the gods Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. It is the wealth of its sculptural details that these temples are known for, the most famous being on the inner wall of the balustrade, of the Ramayana epic.
    Duta Garden Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Explore the temples of Borobudur

    Today we drive to Magelang 1.5hrs away where we visit one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, Borobudur. Scholars disagree on exactly when it was constructed but many speculate it dates back to between the 7th and 8th centuries. They do agree, however, that a huge workforce must have laboured to move and carve the 55,000 cubic metres of stone and that construction took about one hundred years. The temple was abandoned, probably when the population converted to Islam in the 15th century, and over time it was blanketed by volcanic ash from nearby Mt. Merapi, and then covered in thick jungle growth, until the British rediscovered it in the 1800s.

    Continuing to the village of Candirejo, we get to experience local life with a horse cart ride. Known as dokar, the horse cart takes us through this peaceful, charming village with its small lanes lined with traditional houses. We stop to see local activities such as making cassava crackers, playing the gamelan (traditional instrument) and harvesting and drying vanilla and chili.

    We then return to Yogya late afternoon.
    Duta Garden Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Train ride through Central Java and on to Batu

    Today is a long day. We get up very early this morning in order to catch our train for a 4 hour train journey past Central Java’s volcanic scenery to Mojokerto. From here we visit nearby Trowulan, site of the former capital of the Majapahit Kingdom who ruled Java for centuries. We visit the archaeology museum and the temples of Candi Bajang Ratu and Candi Tikus. Continue to Jombang for a late lunch before transferring (approx. 4 hours) to the Hill Station of Batu along a scenic mountain road around the western slopes of Mt. Arjuna via Pare.
    Kampung Lumbung Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To Bromo Volcano; Sand Sea exploration

    As we leave Batu, our first stop is the Cuban Rondo Waterfall where we will take a short, easy walk. Continuing to Malang we visit a local market before heading north towards Bromo via Pasuruan and Probolinggo (please be aware that the market is primarily a flower, bird and live fish market. However, Indonesian attitudes to animals means that some of the animals are not kept in the best conditions which may be distressing to some people).

    At Sukapura we switch to a local shuttle for the final leg of our journey. Our hotel is spectacularly located on the edge of the Tengger crater. The ascent of the volcano is usually the highlight of every visit to Java. The rest of the afternoon is free and there may be time to start exploring the Sand Sea by foot. This is a great time to visit as the Sand Sea is practically devoid of all people (drive about 6.5 hours).
    Lava View Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Sunrise over crater; to Kalibaru

    An early rise (3.00 am) will ensure we have enough time for the jeep ride to the sunrise viewpoint. The view of Bromo and the Semeru volcano in the back is fantastic (despite the crowds), made even better when the slowly rising sun reveals an amazing moon-like landscape. After sunrise we cross the Sea of Sand and climb 246 steps up to the cone of Mt Bromo where you can see smoke rising from the crater.

    Once back at the jeep, we drive back to the hotel for breakfast. We rejoin our bus in Sukapura for the 6 hour drive along the north coast to Kalibaru. We stop along the way for a late lunch near Jember and the final leg of the journey takes us through forests and mountains. Kalibaru, on the eastern tip of Java, is beautifully surrounded by coffee, cacao and rubber plantations.
    Margo Utomo Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Plantation and village walk; optional Ijen visit

    This morning we visit the area including some of the plantations such as cacao, coffee, pepper and rubber, and learn about their growing and harvesting. The morning tour is concluded with a coffee tasting session, followed by a free afternoon.

    Those who wish can opt to visit Ijen Volcano (optional extra). Heading off either in the early hours (for sunrise) or after breakfast (if not going for sunrise) the drive by 4WD to the start hike takes about 2.5 hours. The hike starts from Paltuding at 1,850m and takes about 1.5 hours (3km) up to the crater rim at 2,368m. Along the way you may cross local men carrying sulphur loads weighing up to 70kgs on their backs. From the top you can enjoy views of the steaming, acidic crater lake, before returning the same way. Please note that the trail down to the ‘blue fire’ is considered too dangerous.
    Margo Utomo Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    To Pemuteran in Bali, via Pulaki Temple

    The drive to the harbour takes about 2 hours and is followed by a crossing of about 45 minutes to Bali (though depending on schedules we may be waiting 30 minutes-1 hour for the ferry to depart). As Bali is one hour ahead we should arriving at Gilimanuk harbour late morning. Our destination for today is only a short drive away but we first visit the Pulaki Temple. This Hindu shrine is situated in front of a hill overlooking a beautiful beach. The temple is guarded by a troop of Longtailed macaques who, according to local lore, protect the temple from bad influences.

    From here we continue to our beach-front hotel in Pemuteran on Bali’s north coast. The rest of the day is free to relax, enjoy the beach, snorkel amongst the Bio-Rock garden in the waters just off the beach (a series of cement and wire sculptures and formations placed in the bay to encourage the growth of coral), or make use of the spa.
    Adi Assri Cottages or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Optional Menjangan Snorkelling; to Ubud

    This morning is free with the option of going on a snorkelling trip to Menjangan Island off the north coast of Bali, part of the West National Park. The reefs around the island are reputed to be the best in all of Bali. The excursion includes some time snorkelling around the coral gardens as well as a short walk on the island itself where you may see some deer.

    After lunch we depart the coast and head into the interior of the island. We visit Ulun Danu Temple, an important Hindu Shiviaite water temple located on a small jut of land within the calm waters of Lake Beratan. When the water levels are high (mostly during the rainy season), this 17th century temple looks as though it’s floating on the lake. From here we continue to Bali’s cultural and traditional heartland, the vibrant town of Ubud. 
    Sahadewa Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Free day in and around Ubud

    Ubud gets its name from the Balinese word ubad (medicine); the town was originally important as a source of medicinal herbs and plants, but these days is known for its artistic community, awash with artists' workshops and art galleries. Ubud's history can be traced back to the 8th century, when a Buddhist priest came to Bali from Java, he meditated at the confluence of the two Wos rivers at Campuan, just west of the modern day town centre. A shrine was established and later expanded by Nirartha, a Javanese priest who is regarded as the founder of Bali's religious practices and rituals as we know them today. When Ubud became a Dutch protectorate at its own request, the colonialists interfered little, allowing the traditional arts and culture of the area to remain relatively unchanged.

    From the 1930s onwards, western artists and intellectuals arrived furthering the local art scene, amongst them Charlie Chaplin and H.G. Wells. Ubud is still a haven for literati, glitterati and art collectors.

    Today is a free day to explore Ubud, wander around Monkey Forest, take in some of the museums, visit some of the temples, do a spot of shopping or sit in cafes and watch the world go by.
    Sahadewa Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Rice terraces and temples of central Bali

    Our first stop today is at one of Bali’s famed rice terraces at Tegalalang before continuing on a tour visiting two ancient and important temples: Gunung Kawi and Tirta Empul. The 11th century Gunung Kawi is set amidst lush rice paddies and features ten rock-cut ‘candis’ (shrines) carved into the cliff-face. They combine elements of Hindu and Buddhist temple attributes and are accessed via numerous stairs.

    Tirta Empul is a place where Balinese Hindus come to bathe in the holy waters and wash bad spirits away.

    From here it’s on to the village of Kintamani located on the caldera rim of a huge, ancient volcano. This is the best spot, weather permitting, for views of Mount Batur, the active volcano towering over Lake Batur. Upon arrival, the rest of the day is free.

    Hotel Segara or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Mt Batur; on to Sanur

    For those who wish to do the optional sunrise hike to the top of Mt. Batur (see money section for prices), the day starts at around 4am for the short transfer to the start of the trail. After meeting the local guides and getting a safety briefing we start the hike to the summit. The 2km hike takes about 2 hours and goes through jungle before reaching a windswept rocky pathway devoid of almost all vegetation. Whilst not too challenging the walk is a sustained 2 hours+ uphill along mostly fairly steep trails and a reasonable physical condition is needed.

    Reaching the summit (1717m) a hot drink and simple breakfast keeps us occupied as we wait for the sun to rise over Mt. Rinjani on neighbouring Lombok (which can be seen on clear days).

    After the sunrise, head back down via a small steep path on the western slope of Mt. Batur and stop off at a 2nd crater from the 2001 eruption. Lower down the trail is the youngest 1999 crater with a smoking cone. We observe the lava field surrounding the volcano and trek across a black lava sea of sand to the finishing point from where we return to the hotel to rest. The whole excursion normally takes 5-6 hours.

    Those not wanting to do the optional Mt. Batur hike still get to experience the volcano as we head on a 2-3 hour walk starting from the rim of the Batur Caldera and descending through black lava fields. We learn more about the Batur Geopark and take in some of the region’s panoramic views. We depart the hotel for this walk around 7:30am and are back by about 10:00am for breakfast (having had a small refreshment along the way).

    After lunch we check out and make our way to the southern Bali beach resort town of Sanur stopping at Goa Lawah Temple on the way.

    Swastika Bungalows or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Free day in Sanur

    We end our two-week exploration of Java and Bali with a well-deserved day on the beach in Sanur. This popular resort is more relaxed than some of the other beaches in southern Bali but still offers a number of activities as well as just unwinding and enjoying the restaurants and cafes. As well as relaxing, maybe with a final massage, there are numerous optional activities both on the water and inland, these can change so will be discussed with you in Bali.

    Swastika Bungalows or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    End Bali

    For land only passengers the trip ends this morning after breakfast. Those on the group flights will be taken the short distance to Denpasar Airport in time for their flight home and anyone doing the Gili extension will be taken to the harbour in time for the boat across.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Extend Your Trip

Gili Extension

Extend your adventure with our perfectly designed Gili extension.

Only a short boat ride away the Gili islands epitomise tropical paradise with white sand, palm trees and warm waters teeming with rays, sharks and all kinds of marine life.

Spend a couple days snorkelling, diving or just relaxing by the turquoise sea and taking in the atmosphere on Gili Trawangan.

This is a 4 day extension; you will spend 3 nights in a resort right by the beach with 2 full days at leisure. The best place to jump out of bed and into the sea in the morning.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Extension Day 1 - Early morning pick up from hotel (where your tour ends), transfer to Serangan/Padang Bai Harbour; ferry to Gili Trawangan

You will be picked up early in the morning from your hotel and transferred to the harbour in time to check in for the ferry. Upon your arrival by ferry at Gili Trawangan (usually mid-morning), you will be transferred to your resort and then the rest of the day is free to explore or simply relax and soak up the sun!

Desa Dunia Beda Resort or similar

Extension Day 2 - Free day- Gili Trawangan

Free day at the beach/leisure

Desa Dunia Beda Resort or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Extension Day 3 - Free day- Gili Trawangan

Your second full free day at the beach/leisure

Desa Dunia Beda Resort or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Extension Day 4 - Transfer back to Bali; end Denpasar Airport

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel before being picked up and transferred to the ferry back to Bali. The ferry usually departs Gili Trawangan around 11:15 and arrives back to Serangan/Padang Bai Harbour in Bali at 14:00. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by private transfer to Denpasar Airport (approx. 30 minutes) where your Gili Trawangan beach extension ends.

Meals included: Breakfast

Important: If you have booked this Gili island (Gili Tranwangan) extension after the MOI, AOJ or WOZ trip and intend to depart Bali on the day the extension ends, the boat back to Bali is scheduled to arrive in Bali at around 14:00. However there can be delays depending on currents. Therefore, if booking your own flight and flying out of Bali (Denpasar Airport) on the same day we recommend you book a flight no earlier than 20:00 in the evening.

Essential Info



Many nationalities, including British, can now get a visa free of charge upon arrival at Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Batam, Bali and Yogyakarta. Where a free visa is not available the cost is generally US$35. The Indonesian government may change the visa policy on short notice and start charging for the visas so be prepared to pay for a visa in case this happens.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis should be considered if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, parts of Sumatra, Kalimatan or Sulawesi but not for Java, Bali or Lombok. 

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included.

Food is cheap in Indonesia and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is available in Yogyakarta and Bali, though it is well worth trying the local cuisine. In more touristy areas, especially Ubud, there is a lot of food options and some fantastic restaurants and coffee shops catering for all tastes and requriements. 

Indonesian cuisine is generally fairly simple, with rice as the main staple, though noodles are also common, accompanied by dishes created with various spices including coriander, cloves and chilies as well as coconut and lemon grass. Fish, unsurprisingly is popular but other meats are also common. 

Peanuts are a popular ingrediant especially in dishes such as sate or gado gado and you should inform Exodus and your tour leader if you have a peanut alergy. Nasi (rice) and Mie (noodles) are very popular, especially the staple dish Nasi Goreng (fried rice). The cuisine does vary between Java and Bali and Ubud in particular has some excellent restaurants. Quite often tea or water (aqua) is drunk with a meal. Beer is not always cold and coffee is unfiltered and usually very sugary.

Vegetarian food is available in Indonesia, however the concept of vegetarianism can be misunderstood so if you are a vegetarian please be clear and state that you don't eat meat, chicken or fish. Please advise at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.



Indonesia has an equatorial monsoon climate with the weather remaining similar throughout the year. It is hot and humid; temperatures range from 23-33ºC during the day and rarely drop below 20ºC at night. In the mountains temperatures are much cooler and on the coast sea breezes usually keep temperatures comfortable. In most parts of Indonesia the long rainy season falls between late October and early May, though rain occurs throughout the year. Rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours.



Is this trip for you?

This trip is rated Activity Level 2- Leisurely/Moderate

Indonesia is a massive country and whilst this tour focuses on Central and Eastern Java and Bali, there is still a considerable amount of ground to cover in just over 2 weeks. But the itinerary is scheduled in such a way as to not feel too rushed and there are various activities scheduled every day.

Most drives are reasonably short lasting between 2 and 5 hours. There are, however, longer drives including from Bromo to Kalibaru (8 hours). The longest day is from Yogyakarta to Batu, however this day is broken up by mixing modes of transport as we use a train as well as a bus and stop for some sightseeing along the way.

The walks through villages and rice paddies are not strenuous and are accessible to everyone. If you want to do the optional sunrise hike on Mt. Batur you need to be of reasonable fitness as it takes 2-3 hours to climb to the summit but it is not a challenging hike. Those who wish to get up for the sunrise over Bromo and for the Ijen and Batur optional hikes will be getting up in the very early hours (around 3 or 4am).

When travelling in some areas of the country, service may not be as fast or reliable as you are used to in other countries and Indonesian attitudes towards certain things such as animal welfare and food may differ from your own. That said, if you come ready for an experience the country's rewards will not fail to deliver.

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

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Basic, Standard and Comfortable Hotels

We stay in a range of hotels ranging from mostly standard to comfortable though we do have two nights (on Mt. Bromo and in Kintamani) in a basic hotel (as there are very limited options). All properties have en suite bathrooms and wifi should be available almost everywhere. It is possible to do laundry in any place where we stay two nights.

Please be advised that the accommodation listed in each location on the day to day itinerary are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality.

Single supplements are available (on request). Please advise the sales team at the time of booking if you would like to request a single supplement.

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

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


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

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  • Reviewed July 2019
    Gary Lavin

    Sucessful and Safe

    A lovely and interesting trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The temple complex of Pranbaman

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was very informative and helpful

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy climbing all possible volcanoes

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The snorkelling is fantastic
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Patricia Carr

    Trip was what it said on the tin

    The whole trip was enjoyable and it was definitely Volcanos and Temples. I had travelled to Bali before but the majority of the sites that I visited this time were different from those I visited last time.I

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was to see Borobudur and Bromo that I booked the trip. But saying that I loved taking part in the cleansing ceremony and climbing the volcanos.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Juno was fantastic. He made sure everyone was happy and nothing was too much trouble. I did the 2 optional volcano climbs and he was there for support and encouragement when it got tough for me. His sense of humour and attitude towards his work was great and well appreciated.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As long as the trip notes are read there are no suprises. If planning to climb the volcanos take walking poles. Expect getting to the view point for Mt Bromo to be congested.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only thing that was slightly disappointing was the stated thermal pools. The pools themselves were ok but I did not expect it to be a spa resort. Also one of the restaurants that we stopped off for a lunch ( sorry I can't remember the name) was sadly lacking.
  • Reviewed July 2019
    M B

    Volcanoes & Temples Indonesia

    Recently returned from this trip . The contrast between Java and Bali , both in terms of landscape , population , costs , is striking. In Java many members of group were regularly asked for a picture , with locals standing alongside . Bali being more of a tourist destination , particularly for Australians , this photo request never happened. Lots of volcanoes and temples to be seen and explored. Lots of history and differences in religions. Snorkelling in Menjangan island ( Bali) was amazing, even the walk in from beach area had so many species of fish to see.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Borobudor was fascinating , as was Prambanan.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Juno was informative and ensured we were aware of our surroundings , meeting points etc.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The volcano walks were a challenge but do-able with determination and time. Sunrise , being a natural phenomenon , doesnt guarantee clear views , just enjoy what you see when you see it. Pay attention if any monkeys about at temples, they are surprisingly quick at grabbing things and scaling nearest tree.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You are in an earthquake zone , we had the unexpected experience of a plus 5 earthquake while in Denpasar. A tale to tell the folks back home , all safe and only us tourists excited.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    erta pires

    indonesia temples and volcanos

    temples were great. volcano hiking depending on the weather. group leader was sub par.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    being on the tengger crater overlooking mtn bromo, semeru, etc.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    the group leader, although he tried to be helpful, lacks organizational, communication and English language skills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    check the weather before hiking to the top of a volcano. dont waste time on 3 hr lunches

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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

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