Sunrise in the Wadi Rum

A Week in Jordan

9 days
from
£1,049
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Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
AXW
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailor Made Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
4–20
Min age:
16

Visit the highlights of Jordan

Jordan is an ideal destination for a one-week adventure. Bursting with things to see and do this trip includes the best of what this magnificent country has to offer, visiting all the major sites of interest. We will have two full days to explore the so called 'rose-red city' of Petra and to take a guided visit around Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. There is time to 'float' in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and snorkel (optional) over the beautiful coral reefs of the Red Sea. We will also experience the fabulous scenery in the desert at Wadi Rum, where we take a 4WD excursion into the more remote regions and camp out like the Bedouin.

Highlights

  • Discover Petra's secrets, with two full days at the labyrinthine rose-red city
  • Experience Bedouin life at a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • Stroll through the ancient streets of Roman Jerash
  • Float in the mystical Dead Sea
  • Visit Mt Nebo, claimed to be Moses' burial site

Key information

  • 7 nights hotels, 1 night private camp
  • Travel by air-conditioned bus and 4WD in Wadi Rum
  • Group normally 4 to 20 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Countries visited: Jordan

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

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

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Itinerary

Amman
to
Dead Sea
  • Day 1

    Start Amman.

    Trip starts at the hotel in Amman on Day 1 of the itinerary.

    Comfortable hotel

  • Day 2

    Visit Jerash then Amman city tour

    This morning we drive north to Jerash, known as Gerasa in ancient times. This was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis during Roman times, and was famous throughout the Roman world for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived, with a dramatic oval forum, colonnaded main streets which remarkably have the drains still intact, two theatres and the impressive temple of Zeus. After a good look around we head back to Amman for a city tour including the Citadel, the Roman Theatre and the old city.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive down King's Highway to Petra via Mt Nebo, Madaba and Kerak.

    Today is a long driving day down the King's Highway which takes us up and down huge 'wadis' (valleys). There are several stops of interest en route including Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, Mt Nebo and Kerak, which is a magnificent fortified town. Further south we reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan's premier historic site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 4-5

    Two days exploring Petra including optional hikes

    Two days to explore Petra, the so called rose-red city, 'half as old as time'. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight.

    To enter Petra we must begin by walking down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself.  A optional walk can then be done up 750 steps to El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn. 

    On the second day your guide will take you into the site for either a hike up to the High Place of sacrifice or for free time to explore the city further.  Only a few people attempt to visit the High Place as it can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness or are uncomfortable with heights. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Drive to Wadi Rum desert; 4WD excursion and overnight in a Bedouin camp.

    This morning there is the option to take a guided tour through Little Petra or you can relax at our hotel before we join the modern Desert Highway and make our way south to Wadi Rum.  The purpose of Little Petra is not clear however archaeologists believe it was probably a suburb of Petra where visiting traders on the silk route may have stayed.  Today we enter the natural world heritage site of Wadi Rum where dramatic sandstone mountains rise from the sandy desert floor is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War and also where sections of the 1962 epic film were shot.

    After checking into our private Exodus camp our Bedouin hosts take us for around a 2-hour 4x4 jeep trip to explore some of the highlights of the protected area. We go to the main popular sights, have time to sample bedouin tea and then watch the sunset from the vantage point of a rock formation.  From here we return to our camp where we enjoy Bedouin hospitality with a traditional dinner called Zarb which is cooked underground.  After dinner we learn about Bedouin culture and music through interacting with the family who run the camp. 
    Permanent Bedouin tents

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Morning in Wadi Rum; drive to Aqaba; relax by the Red Sea

    We wake amidst the dramatic desert scenery and then make our way on to Aqaba, Jordan's port and holiday resort, famous for beautiful coral reefs.  There is time to relax on a local beach resort with transport and entrance included.  You can add to the experience by hiring snorkelling equipment and swimming over the coral reef looking out for colourful fish.  This can be arranged and paid for on the day at the resort.  (10 JD at time of publishing) You will walk along a jetty and get in from a small ladder to ensure you don't walk on the coral. There are several good restaurants in Aqaba for our evening meal together.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Drive from Aqaba to the Dead Sea

    Leaving the Red sea behind we will head to the Dead sea which is one of the most fascinating places on earth.  Free time to experience floating and trying the dead sea mud then cooling off in the swimming pool.  This evening there will be a group dinner to celebrate your time in Jordan and say your farewells. 
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    End Dead Sea

    Trip ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Jordan

Visas are required by most nationalities, including British, and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport. At time of print, visa fees (usually 40JOD) have been waived for all nationalities travelling to Jordan with a tour operator and spending a minimum of 2 nights in country. Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. He will be carrying an Exodus sign.

For more information on the free Jordan Visa, please see the link below:
http://international.visitjordan.com/MediaCenter/News/JordanianGovernmen...

Vaccinations

Jordan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and two dinners are included at the Wadi Rum camp and the Dead Sea resort.
Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and on some occasions the leader will take those who wish to a restaurant for a 'mezze' style meal. These allow fast service with a variety of good quality food for the group and usually cost 10-15 JOD pp ( GBP £11-17, USD $14-21, CAN $18-28). If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling choice. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea. While camping in Wadi Rum we enjoy a traditional meal called Zarb which is cooked underground.  This consists of rice with a selection including chicken, lamb and vegetables. Vegetables will be cooked separate to the meat. 

Weather

Spring and autumn are very popular as it is cooler at around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely but protracted bad weather is unlikely. Summer in Jordan is hot and dry but not unpleasant. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32ºC in Amman. Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible. In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day, approximately 10-15ºC. However desert temperatures can approach freezing or below at night. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.

Is this trip for you?

Although this is a cultural trip, some days (such as those in Petra) can be long and tiring. To walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice on day 4 or 5 you should have a reasonable level of fitness. Your leader will be able to provide you with further advice about the walk.

Whilst camping in Wadi Rum please be aware that although the campsite does have plumbed toilets and showers it is basic and hot water may be limited. running water there are no showers and facilities are basic. Our private Exodus camp is however often mentioned as a highlight of the trip for many of our guests. 

In very rare instances where local conditions require we may need to amend the order of the itinerary but we will ensure that all the elements of the itinerary are still included and site visits are of the same duration.

In very rare instances we may need to amend the order of the itinerary but we will ensure that all the elements of the itinerary are still included and site visits are of the same duration.

 

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
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels and Camp

We spend 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 3 nights in a standard hotel in Petra, 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Aqaba and the final night in a 5-star hotel at the Dead sea.   We also have one night in a desert camp in Wadi Rum. The private camp is for the sole use of the Exodus group and offers an unforgettable experience.

Throughout the tour we use hotels with en suite facilities and air conditioning.  Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home.  Sometimes we may use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort. Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and plumbing for all hotels.  In general, the hotels in Petra are of an older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan. 

At the Wadi Rum camp there are traditional style tents equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water. 

Single supplements are available for this trip however cannot be guaranteed at Wadi Rum. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.

Call for general departures:
074 340 4587
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed November 2019
    Gillian Hoile

    A week in Jordan

    An excellent itinerary which was varied and interesting. Plenty of history with good hotels and excellent food. The local people were friendly and helpful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Entering Petra with the magnificence of the Treasury. Also the jeep safari in Wadi Rum.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohammed Aziz had an excellent knowledge of the history of Jordan however he was rather disorganised regarding timings and there were far too many coach stops which were unnecessary and resulted in a delay to significant sights such as The Dead Sea.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    All forms of clothing are allowed in Jordan(shorts are fine). We did not even have to cover our heads when entering religious sights however I would recommend a headscarf for the jeep safari and warm clothes for the overnight stay in the desert.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Please be aware that there are only 2 toilets in the desert for women and these were not cleaned! You need to bring wipes to wash with or a towel for a shower although I would not recommend this as the floors in the toilet block are dusty and dirty. I would suggest that the toilets are cleaned from a hygiene point of view especially as there were around 13 women in our group!
  • Reviewed November 2019
    Nadine Born

    Fabulous trip

    This trip was excellent in every way. The itinerary is very well put together so we saw everything we wanted to. Our guide Muayad was wonderful and really looked after us and is very knowledgeable about his country. The coach and driver were also exceptional.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Viewing The Treasury at Petra for the first time. Witnessing sunrise in the desert on a camel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.
  • Reviewed November 2019
    Maria Branton

    A week in Jordan Oct-Nov 2019

    A full week discovering Jordan from Amman City and the ruins of Jerash, 2 days exploring Petra, Wadi Rum, eating and sleeping at a Bedouin camp, watching the sunset and sunrise. Snorkelling in the Red sea, where sadly the coral is now bleached and floating in the Dead Sea.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved Petra, so much to see there. The climb to the High Sacrifice was a little tough but so worth it for the view. Wadi Rum was wonderful, very peaceful and lying on the sand seeing the starry night sky was fabulous. Our penultimate night group dinner in Aqaba was fabulous and really should be the last night as dinner at the Holiday Inn on the last night was disappointing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohammed Aziz was incredible. He kept us on track, informed us of our times, places we were visiting and was a fountain of knowledge in all the places we visited. A kind and caring tour leader who made sure we were all happy, fed and watered. I would thoroughly recommend a tour with him as your guide. Our driver was patient and helpful throughout the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Arrive a day early in Amman, as the flight on Royal Jordanian gets in very late. That would give you time to acclimatise and settle in. Don’t expect everything to work like clockwork. The Middle East does not operate that way...but you will achieve everything you have been promised. Just relax and enjoy every moment of this great journey.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Holiday Inn Hotel is fabulous but the dinner atmosphere is awful after all the wonderful evenings we had elsewhere. Exodus could consider making the last group dinner with the tour leader as one of the 2 included meals rather than the canteen like buffet on the last night. That left a bad impression and memory with me. Anticlimactic!!
  • Reviewed November 2019
    Maria Branton

    A week in Jordan Oct-Nov 2019

    A full week discovering Jordan from Amman City and the ruins of Jerash, 2 days exploring Petra, Wadi Rum, eating and sleeping at a Bedouin camp, watching the sunset and sunrise. Snorkelling in the Red sea, where sadly the coral is now bleached and floating in the Dead Sea.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved Petra, so much to see there. The climb to the High Sacrifice was a little tough but so worth it for the view. Wadi Rum was wonderful, very peaceful and lying on the sand seeing the starry night sky was fabulous. Our penultimate night group dinner in Aqaba was fabulous and really should be the last night as dinner at the Holiday Inn on the last night was disappointing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mohammed Aziz was incredible. He kept us on track, informed us of our times, places we were visiting and was a fountain of knowledge in all the places we visited. A kind and caring tour leader who made sure we were all happy, fed and watered. I would thoroughly recommend a tour with him as your guide. Our driver was patient and helpful throughout the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Arrive a day early in Amman, as the flight on Royal Jordanian gets in very late. That would give you time to acclimatise and settle in. Don’t expect everything to work like clockwork. The Middle East does not operate that way...but you will achieve everything you have been promised. Just relax and enjoy every moment of this great journey.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Holiday Inn Hotel is fabulous but the dinner atmosphere is awful after all the wonderful evenings we had elsewhere. Exodus could consider making the last group dinner with the tour leader as one of the 2 included meals rather than the canteen like buffet on the last night. That left a bad impression and memory with me. Anticlimactic!!
  • Reviewed October 2019
    Karen Walker

    Great trip, fast paced

    Excellent trip. Very fast paced with long days. You don’t arrive until very late the first night and never really catch up. But you see all the highlights of Jordan. October is a good time to go as it’s cooler but still warm (25 degrees)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra. Walk to the High Place and then around the back of Petra is excellent, and easier than The Monastery walk the day before. Floating in the Dead Sea is fun. Good hotels, but often dry so bring some drinks.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good leader, lots of historical knowledge

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    When you go to the desert camp you can only take a small bag. Take a torch. You don’t need too much money, there’s not much to buy. Visit the Cave Bar near the reception in Petra (oldest bar in the world), and go to the rooftop bar in the Hilton in Aquaba for good views.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Good trip with lots of variety
  • Reviewed October 2019
    Lorna Huddart

    A very full week in Jordan!

    An amazing week and also a very full week! There were some long days. Our guide Muayad was excellent, very knowledgeable and made things fun (like getting us all to hold hands and close our eyes to walk down the last bit of the Siq in Petra). Saw and learnt a lot, there is far more to Jordan than just Petra. The two days spent in Petra were well worth it. You do travel some long distances so on some days there is quite a lot of time on the coach. Organsiation and hotels mainly worked well. If I had my time over again I would fly out to Amman a day before the trip starts to see more of Amman, and avoid arriving very late and starting very early on the first day. The memories of this holiday will last a long time and we have made new friends.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra, Wadi Rum, the dessert cooked for us in the Palm Court restaurant in Petra.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Muayad was excellent, very knowledgeable, made things fun, especially as it was his first time doing solo guiding for Exodus

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Consider travelling out to Amman a day early. we arrived at our hotel at abou 1.45am and had to meet our tour guide at 8.00am. We had very limited time in Amman, only saw the Roman citadel and thatre, nothing of the old town. If you have an extra day you can take in the Jordan museum where there is one of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Walking poles would have been useful at Petra - expect to walk a lot there. The walk up to the Monastery is harder than the walk up to the High Place of sacrifice. Good trainers or trekking sandalsare fine for both. Take a torch for the night in the desert. Expect not to have time to change for dinner on at least two nights.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The reason I gave this trip 4 stars not 5 is that we only had a 3 star hotel in Aqaba (and it was a bit grim) not a 4 star as detailed in the trip notes. We also thought the itinerary on the final day was rather poor. We didn't arrive at the Dead Sea hotel until around 3.30pm as we were taken to buy lunch before we got to the hotel and for a shopping experience., The pools and beach shut at sunset (6.00pm) and dinner was booked for 6.45pm. As we had to leave for the flight home at 8.00am the next morning this made the Dead Sea experience rather rushed...it felt a bit like a wasted day. We would have liked to see more of the Dead Sea area, and maybe have gone to Bethany rather than lunch and shopping. However this was still one of the best holidays we have had.
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Kate Gale

    A week in Jordan

    Great trip, brilliant tour guide. Would’ve liked the first whole day in Amman and not split between 2 locations. The first few days are very heavy around Christianity (churches etc). Would be nice to see more history of Islam. Had the chance to meet and speak to lots of Jordanian men in the programme - would be nice to have had the chance to speak to some women e.g. at the Bedouin camp

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Bedouin camp stay

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic - went out of his way to ensure we had a fantastic trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As above. Would be good to extend it and include a visit to Israel.
  • Reviewed August 2019
    Sandor Burslem

    A week of incredible contrasts

    A wonderful week encompassing a huge variety of experiences in Jordan, from Bedouin tents to a swimming pool on the edge of the Dead Sea, very well organised and covering a lot of ground.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A toss up between Petra and the Wadi Rum; seeing the Treasury at Petra first appear between the rocks of the Siq probably takes the prize. Also taking in the Grand Canyon-esque view of the Wadi Mujib, of which I'd never heard before.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ibrahim was knowledgeable, great fun and very well organised, e.g. changing the day's activities to take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The heat in the South and the Dead Sea was intense in August, I managed about ten minutes on the beach at the Dead Sea resort before having to go inside. The temperatures were more comfortable in Amman and Jerash. The week has some early starts so take an alarm with you, and in the Wadi Rum camp you'll need a torch to find the toilet block after sunset! The days in Petra are more akin to a walking holiday than pure sightseeing so you will need walking shoes (though you inevitably see people climbing to the High Place of Sacrifice dressed for the beach). Most of the sites visited have people selling postcards and handicrafts etc though it's nowhere near as aggressive as in Egypt.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The night at the Holiday Inn resort hotel at the Dead Sea, though very pleasant, did seem a bit off kilter with the rest of the trip and Exodus's ethos of supporting local businesses and communities, although looking at the surrounding area there perhaps isn't any alternative form of accommodation if you want to experience the Dead Sea.
  • Reviewed June 2019
    Sarah Parkes

    A jam packed week

    This is a very full trip that means you see the most amount of things in the least amount of time so be aware of this before you book if you’re expecting a leisurely trip! The coach was of an excellent standard, clean spacious and had air con which was essential for some long drives! Plenty of stops too for snacks and to stretch your legs.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra lived up to my hopes and then some. I had my reservations about the night in the desert but it was good fun, especially the camel ride and the food was excellent. The mud on the last day at the Dead Sea was great fun too and nice to end a hectic trip on a relaxed note.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdullah was friendly and funny and got us where we needed to be. He was very knowledgable on the history of the areas and gave us time to ourselves. He sourced the most amazing falafel sandwich for 1 dinar that we raved about the rest of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take Sea shoes for the Red Sea Prepare yourself for a long tiring day on day one after your flight. Petra by night gets a bad rep but we went and enjoyed it, certainly helps to be there early though. If I had my time again I’d have extended the trip by one day to relax and enjoy the Dead Sea A’s by the time we arrived and checked in it was 4pm and the pools etc close at sunset and we had an early flight. It was a lovely hotel and would have been nice to enjoy it more.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It was reassuring to be met the other side in the airport by a representative who sorted out our visas. I’d be willing to have paid more for a hotel in the Red Sea with a pool as it’s extremely hot... too hot to go to the sea until the evening so we had a lovely rare free afternoon but with not a lot to do so a pool would have been good. Minor point though.
  • Reviewed June 2019
    Colin Billings

    A great week in Jordan

    A very busy week however we saw a lot in the limited time

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The two days in Petra , the treasury then the monastery and the high places ab

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdullah was excellent Very knowledgeable, organised and sociable

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Next time i would take my own mask and snorkel for the Red Sea to make sure it fits properly . Take advantage of the donkeys and horses available in Petra , they save a lot of walking

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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

Email your query: [email protected]

 

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