Walking in Mallorca

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Trip code: 
TST
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Coastal Walks
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

Enjoy coastal panoramas and walks up into the dramatic Tramuntana Mountains

Behind Mallorca’s (also known as Majorca) façade lies a tranquil and timeless landscape. Rising abruptly out of the island’s interior are the craggy outcrops of the Tramuntana Mountains, over which birds of prey can often be seen soaring on the breeze. Following a network of established trails, we trek to some of the highest peaks and enjoy spectacular vistas to the Mediterranean. Elsewhere we discover picturesque hamlets complete with mediaeval churches and pass terraced hillsides adorned with sun-kissed citrus trees. In contrast, our coastal walks will reveal sleepy fishing marinas, secret coves and pebble bays.

Highlights

  • Unearth a traditional and tranquil side of Mallorca - perhaps one of the best kept secrets of the Balearic Islands!
  • Characterful accommodation including a converted monastery in Lluc
  • Coastal panoramas and walks up into the dramatic Tramuntana Mountains
  • Walk through ancient forests and spot birds of prey including falcons, osprey and vultures

Key information

  • 4 nights comfortable hotel and 3 nights monastery, usually with en suite facilities
  • 5.5 days walking; 1 free afternoon
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Challenging departures available on selected dates

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches (6 on level 5 weeks) and 1 dinner 
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Puerto Sóller.

    Start at our hotel in Puerto Sóller, arriving in time for a welcome group dinner.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Walk to picturesque Deia, stopping for a refreshing dip at Cala Deia en route - Moderate (level 3) & Challenging (level 5) departures

    We walk along the coast to the beautiful little bay of Cala Deiá, where (time permitting) we can paddle in the turquoise waters of the bay. From here, we head inland towards one of the most beautiful villages in Mallorca, Deiá, owing to its idyllic setting in the hills. This walk explores the delightful area between the mountains and the sea, using old tracks and paths over the cliffs and offers fantastic coastal views along the Mediterranean pinewoods and coastal shrubs. We stop for a picnic lunch along the way.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 12km/ 8 miles, ascent 400m, descent 250m, 5 hours duration.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Tram ride to Sóller; take the 'Pilgrim Steps' from Biniaraitx before ascending Es Cornadors - Moderate (level 3) & Challenging (level 5) departures

    We take the tram to Sóller and walk towards the village of Biniaraitx. From here we follow a wonderful cobbled track, known as the Pilgrim Steps, which originally went all the way from Sóller to Lluc to connect the monastery with the port. We then diverge onto a small path up to the Mirador den Quesada, the high point of our day at 957m. This Mirador, or look out point, is at the summit of some particularly rocky outcrops known as the 'Cornadors', of which we will have had some stunning views on our ascent. We descend past a mountain hut and through fields and forests of holy and holm oak until eventually our track brings us back to the centre of Sóller, where we usually stop for a drink or a wander around the town before taking the tram back to Puerto Sóller.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, ascent 915m, descent 915m, 6 hours duration.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Follow the 19th Century Archduke’s Bridleway from Valldemossa to 'S'Atalaia Vella'; afternoon free - Moderate (level 3) departure

    Today's walk starts from the beautiful village of Valldemossa and ends in 'S'Atalaia Vella' (854m), that in Mallorquin means viewpoint. From here we take in stunning panoramic views of the coast and the Tramuntana Mountains. For part of the walk, we follow the Archduke’s bridleway, an incredibly scenic path built at the end of the 19th Century by the Austrian Archduke Ludwig Salvator. In the afternoon we have some free time to relax in Puerto Sóller.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 7km/ 4 miles, ascent 400m, descent 400m, 3 1/2 hours duration.

     

    Stunning walk from Valldemossa - Challenging (level 5) departure

    Similar walk to Moderate (level 3) description but with longer duration and higher ascent/descent.

    Lunch is included.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 10km/ 6 miles, ascent 600m, descent 600m, 5 hours duration.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Leave Puerto Sóller along a coastal mule track to Cala Tuent; transfer to Lluc Monastery - Moderate (level 3) departure

    After a short drive from the hotel, we start our walk from 'Es mirador de ses Barques.' From here we follow an old mule track away from the coast to Coll de Moncaire and inland through a hidden and unspoilt little valley to Balitx farm. From here we climb up to Coll de Biniamar to join the coastal path of Sa Costera, offering spectacular scenery throughout, until we reach the little bay of Cala Tuent, where the bus will meet us for the transfer (approx. 1 hour) along the beautiful Sa Calobra road to the Lluc monastery.

    Walk Profile: Distance: 14km/ 9 miles, ascent 275m, descent 650m, 5 hours duration.

     

    Leave Puerto Sóller along the coast to Cala Tuent; Transfer to Lluc Monastery - Challenging (level 5) departure

     Similar walk to Moderate (level 3) description but with longer duration and higher ascent/descent.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 16km/ 10 miles, ascent 650m, descent 650m, 6 1/2 hours duration.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    A wonderful circular walk around Muleta de Binifaldo, passing ancient oak forests - Moderate (level 3) departure

    Today we enjoy a wonderful circular walk forming an arc around the Monastery of Lluc. The scenery along the route is varied and spectacular, including ancient oak forests, rock formations up to 60m high and views of Mallorca's highest peaks.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 10km/ 6 miles, ascent 270m, descent 270m, 4 hours duration.

    Ascent of Puig Tomir (1104m)- Challenging (level 5) departure

    Ascent of Puig Tomir (1104m), impressive view point of Pollença and Alcudia Bay.

    Lunch is included (for challenging departure only).

    Walk Profile: Distance- 17km/ 11 miles, ascent 885m, descent 88m, 7 hours duration.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Ascent of Puig d'en Galileu (1181m), one of the island's highest peaks - Moderate (level 3) departure

    We finish the trip on a high, setting off to climb Puig d'en Galileu, which at 1,181m is one of the island's highest peaks. The recently restored path to the top is beautiful and offers outstanding views across the dramatic Lluc Valley and the peaks of Tomir and Roig.

    Walk Profile: Distance - 9km/ 6 miles, ascent 700m, descent 700m, 5 hours duration.

    Ascent of Massanella (1365m) - Challenging (level 5) departure

    Ascent of Massanella (1365m), the highest peak that we can climb in Mallorca.

    Walk Profile: Distance- 15km/ 9 miles, ascent 875m, descent 875m, 6 hours duration.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    End Lluc.

    The tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Moderate (Activity Level 3) weeks:  

All breakfasts, 4 picnic (packed) lunches and 1 welcome dinner are included.

Challenging (Activity Level 5) weeks:  

All breakfasts, 6 picnic (packed) lunches and 1 welcome dinner are included.

Breakfast: Normally continental style including tea or coffee, fruit juice, bread, jam, honey, marmalade, and sometimes fresh fruit or cheese/ham.

Lunch: Comprises a typical Mallorcan-style Mediterranean packed lunch full of locally grown fresh produce. Lunches will be eaten as picnics during your walks, and will include foods such as bread, tomatoes, peppers, olives and olive oil, Mallorcan cheeses, sausages, fruits, chocolate & biscuits.

Vegetarians: It is possible to cater for vegetarians. A meat and seafood diet is the norm in Mallorca but salads and vegetables are included. Many vegetarians have been on this trip with no problems, but you must be prepared to be flexible and to take the food as you find it. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary requirements, please inform us on booking.

Weather

Please note that the weather in mountainous areas can be unpredictable all year round and occasionally your leader may be forced to amend the itinerary accordingly. On the days where we climb the mountains, it can be cold when the wind blows from the north, so we recommend carrying a warm layer with you. Mallorca generally enjoys fine weather conditions although there is always the possibility of some rain. February and April can be pleasantly mild, with a daily average of five hours or more of sunshine. Average maximum daytime temperatures vary between 14 and 19ºC. It is generally quite hot in May, June and September with approximately 10 hours of sunshine per day. Average maximum daytime temperatures are 23 - 26ºC. October to April are colder months with increased rainfall and average maximum daytime temperatures range between 15 and 23ºC but even at this time of year it is often perfectly pleasant.

Palma

Is this trip for you?

This trip is Activity level 3 (Moderate) with 5.5 days of walking.

Avoiding the scorching hot summer months, we instead take advantage of the Spring and Autumn when it is the ideal temperature for walking. Wild flowers bloom in Spring and nature enthusiasts will be amazed by the amount of flora and fauna we encounter. We usually walk between 4 and 7 hours per day, including stops and lunch breaks. You will only need to carry your daypack with a good supply of water, your picnic lunch and waterproof layer. The footpaths are varied; mostly well marked and firm underfoot, but there are a few moderately steep ascents and descents and the occasional easy scramble and unmarked section.

On the ascent of Es Cornadors on day 3, we follow an old pilgrim's trail for much of the way, which involves quite a lot of stone steps. There is plenty of time to complete the walks and the pace is fairly gentle. A reasonable level of fitness will definitely add to your enjoyment of this trip.

Whilst most departures are Activity Level 3 (Moderate), we also offer two Activity Level 5 (Challenging) departures per year. On these departures, the terrain is similar but the walks are longer and require some scrambling. There are also steep drops on Days 6 (Puig Tomir) and 7 (Massanella). Please ensure that you book onto the correct activity level week. 

The Activity Level 5 (Challenging departures) will depart:

2017: 1st October 

2018: 15th April & 30th September

2019: 14th April & 29th September

Low altitude throughout.

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Accommodation

Hotel & Monastery

The first 4 nights are spent in a comfortable hotel in Puerto Soller with en suite rooms, outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), sun terrace, free Wi-Fi, bar and restaurant and is within easy reach of the pebble beach.

For the remaining 3 nights we have a change of scenery as we stay in the beautiful Lluc Monastery. Although not a hotel, this historic 13th Century building is set amidst tranquil countryside and offers excellent en suite rooms and delicious food. Wi-Fi is available in public areas for a fee.

Single rooms are limited on this tour but may be available for a supplement on request. Please enquire at the time of booking.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2017
    Diana Edwards

    Walking in Mallorca 30 April - 6 May

    Just what I was expecting from previous reviews and one previous visit to Mallorca: wonderful scenery, well planned and interesting walks, good locations. Port de Soller is a pleasant and sedate place with lots of good restaurants. Our hotel was the Eden (instead of the usual Eden North) to accommodate all of us, and it was excellent: large rooms, recently refurbished, and an amazing selection for breakfast. The monastery at Lluc is more like a youth hostel without the self catering, with - at this time of year - mostly walkers and cyclists. There are wo restaurants here, a food shop and pharmacy in addition to the refectory, so there is still plenty of choice.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Any of our walking days: seeing the extraordinary colours of the sea from the cliff tops; watching the black vultures perched on the rocky edge above us as we approached the 16th century farm house where we had freshly squeezed orange juice; the panoramic views of the sea and the central plain from the mountain tops we climbed up to.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very knowledgeable about Mallorcan life, and happy to share his knowledge with us. His Mallorcan picnics gave us an insight into the food traditions of Mallorca, and his friendship networks enabled us to go through otherwise closed hunting areas and so have a better day's walking. At Lluc he organised very successful evenings of exceptionally good food at one of the local restaurants, and his flexibility and dedication to giving Exodus clients a good experience meant that those who wished to had a morning and early afternoon in Palma before meeting up at the airport to get out flight home.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No surprises here: the trip notes cover all the ground.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Previous Exodus reviews were accurate and helpful - they said how good this holiday was. I and two friends had been intending to do a walking holiday in Mallorca, and they were thinking of self-catering and self-guiding. I persuaded them otherwise, on the basis of the reviews. While I enjoyed my previous self-organised walking trip in Mallorca, this was much, much better. And they are more sociable, too: everyone on the trip was good company and pleasant to be with.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Terence Gilbert

    Walking in Mallorca

    March proved to be a lovely time to walk in the mountains of Mallorca. Having been on many guided walks this was up there with the best; the group dynamic was supportive and fun, the group leader managed the pacing of the walks to suit the range of walkers, and the variety of the Mallorcan landscape was magical.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many such moments. Such as the walk from Valdemossa to an amazing viewpoint where we took in the stunning panoramic views of the coast and the mountains. Almost everyday provided tremendous scope for memorable photographs of the colours, textures and shapes of the varied terrain.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduard was terrific. He was knowledgeable, attentive, personable, and well organized. His leadership was a major contributor to our overall rating of excellent. Eduard's regular accounts of the island's history and culture were informative and entertaining; so much so, that the idea of becoming a charcoal burner has its attractions!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The stay at Lluc Monastery provided a distinct contrast with the excellent time spent in Puerto Soller and the coastal walks.The collection of historic buildings at Lluc amidst tranquil mountains was a good base for the second part of the week. Travellers should be aware that at the monastery Wifi is available, at a price but is extremely unreliable. In addition, be aware that the use of a hairdryer and TV controller each require a 20 Euro deposit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The choice of restaurants in both locations was superb. Eduard's recommendations for eating out were spot on.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Mary Collins

    Walking in Majorca

    Walking in the western and northern mountains of Majorca was beautiful. My first visit to the island and I was not disappointed. A good group of sixteen like-minded people, two very different bases, secluded coves, rugged mountains and excellent tapas - what was not to like.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Eduardo! A superb guide. Eager to share his knowledge and obvious love of his home country and the pa amb oli lunches were wonderful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    See above

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip is rated moderate in the brochure but at times sections were fairly challenging. Proper footwear and a stick a must!
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Ian Lochhead

    Walking in Mallorca

    Another wonderful Exodus holiday. The walking was superb and the accommodation characterful, with the contrast of the hotel near the seafront of the beautiful coastal town of Puerto Soller and then the stunning converted monastery at Lluc. Highly recommended.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many during the week however the summiting of the two high peaks(957m & 1,181 m) and the stunning coastal walk to Cala Tuent were the highlights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduard was absolutely superb. His leadership of the walks was first class. His knowledge of the local environment and history of so many aspects of the island was also excellent. Above all else he was an extremely sociable person and simply great fun to be with. He also supplied delicious packed lunches! Keep doing what you're doing Eduard!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Mainly if you're thinking of booking this holiday then definitely go for it. With regard to the weather it was 33 degrees on one of the days, even in September, therefore make sure you have plenty of water and sunscreen with you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Already can't wait for my next Exodus holiday!
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Louise Denyer

    Walking in Mallorca - May 2016

    My brother and I booked the "Walking in Mallorca" holiday and we went in mid-May as we knew the weather would be nice but not too hot for walking. The flight from Gatwick was hassle-free and we were met by our guide at Palma Airport and transferred to the hotel in Port de Soller. The hotel was nice but the room could have been cleaned a little better (our bathroom bin hadn't been emptied and the floor not swept) and the beds were a bit too hard. We also had a problem with the air con, which was fixed the day after we reported it. The breakfast was good with a wide variety of options to choose from. On the Thursday we transferred to the Lluc Monastery, which was simple yet peaceful and comfortable, although an extra pillow would have been welcome. On our last day we were helpfully taken back to the airport by our guide. As the monastery is quite remote and ideally you need a car to explore the area, I feel we could have gone back to Palma earlier than our check-in time requirement rather than waited at the monastery for several hours with little to do so that we could have explored some of the city instead (e.g. the cathedral) before our flight home. Unfortunately the check-in process at Palma took much longer than at Gatwick and our flight was also delayed by just over an hour, which was frustrating after a nice holiday. The walking aspect of the holiday was described as moderate difficulty and the distances/ascents given in advance, which was very useful. Although I consider myself reasonably fit, I did struggle a little bit with some of the walks due to the humidity and where the climbing was quite steep and slippery under foot. However, the guide was very helpful and supportive on these occasions and adjusted the pace of the walk accordingly. In future I would probably choose to do an "easy" level holiday so that we have more free time to explore the surroundings (e.g. it would have been nice to have spent more time in Valldemossa). Overall we had a very pleasant and memorable holiday and would definitely return to Mallorca. I would also consider booking with Exodus again.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit of Puig d'en Galileu (1181m), one of the island's highest peaks. The coastal walk along a mule trail to Cala Tuent was also very impressive.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide was Eduard, who was very knowledgeable about the island's social and political history, flora, fauna and bird life as well as local information (e.g. restaurants). He expertly led us on a range of walks that encompassed the best aspects of the island - the coast, mountains, forests and olive/citrus groves. His humour kept our spirits up during the difficult moments and he was very thoughtful when it came to preparing the picnics each day, making sure that the spread included a range of Mallorcan fayre.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would particularly recommend the Sa Font Coberta restaurant at Lluc Monastery: the traditional, home-cooked food was great and the owner was incredibly friendly and accommodating. Walking poles are advisable to help with the tougher ascents and descents.
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Fiona Blundell

    Walking in Majorca

    Thoroughly enjoyable, good being based in two centres, each day a different and lovely walk, top quality picnics, very well organised and excellently guided by Eduardo.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    shedloads of lycra !

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A local guide, very experienced and knowledgeable about the area. Charming and considerate. He looked after us very well.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would recommend.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    natalie brine

    Fabulous walking, scenery and food

    A great week of varied walks with a fantastic group, based in two very different but superb locations (Porte de Soller and Lluc Monastery). Very good food at the local restaurants in Puerto de Soller and the restaurant outside the monastery. Eduardo (tour leader) made us such lovely picnics on the walks too!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views along the coastal path of Sa Costera and the stunning mountain pass scenery on the transfer to the monastery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eduardo is an excellent guide - highly experienced and with a great love and knowledge of his native Mallorca.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Walking boots are a good choice for the rocky paths. Pack lots of layers... it was very cold on the top of mountains, and cool at night too (traveled March 2016). We booked the moderate week and found it was very manageable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A good selection of walks with some free time to explore the local towns.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Chris Pursehouse

    March 2016

    Just returned from a wonderful week of walking in Mallorca. The views on many of the walks were worth the climbs. Very good food and a great walk leader in Edwardo who has a great passion for the Island of Mallorca.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The stay in the Monastery was a wonderful experience. The walks from there provided great views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Edwardo is a very good walk leader with a very good knowledge of the island, its history and customs.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Arthur Gidlow

    Walking in Mallorca

    We chose the week designated as Challenging, and thoroughly enjoyed 6 full days of walking through beautiful coastal and mountainous scenery. The weather was dry and mostly warm, and our group was able to complete all of the anticipated itinerary. Highly recommended!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many highlights for me, including the route and marvellous views on days 3 and 4, walking high above the sea on the route to Cala Tuent on day 5, and scrambling up the steeper rocky slopes on days 6 and 7.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our friendly leader Eduard was excellent. He is passionate and knowledgeable about all things Mallorcan - history, culture, flora and fauna, and the Tramuntana mountain area. We were able to learn so many things. Sometimes we would stop for a few minutes rest (chocolate provided!), and he would tell us all about something in more depth. He looked after the safety and well-being of everyone in the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do consider the distances, duration, ascent/descent given in the trip notes for each day, and compare with the walking that you are used to. This will help you to decide whether you can expect to fully enjoy the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We stayed an extra night in Palma after the trip ended, so we had a free day. Eduard suggested a walk from Lluc going around Puig Roig that is only possible on Sundays. We enjoyed that walk, and then caught the 17:45 bus from Lluc to Palma.
  • Reviewed May 2015
    James Pettigrew

    Another amazing Exodus trip

    Another great trip with Exodus and superb guide, Edward. Beautiful scenery, good walks and the food on the trip was excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many amazing moments throughout the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Edward was very patient, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and a good sense of humour, even if he did laugh at his own jokes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take walking boots, even although Sketchers were fine!

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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. 

 

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