Highlights of Myanmar (Burma)

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Trip code: 
AOR
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture & Discovery Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

The best of Myanmar's colonial architecture and numerous temples

Myanmar's crumbling colonial architecture, countless overgrown temples, stunning landscapes and locals with shy but friendly smiles await in this fascinating country. This short trip that covers the most fabled sights including the temples of Bagan, the former capital of Mandalay, Inle Lake with its famous leg-rowing fishermen and Yangon (Rangoon) renowned for its skyline of golden spires. We take time to watch the sun rise at U-Bein Bridge as well as journeying through rural countryside, both experiences providing the chance to mingle with the welcoming and diverse people of Myanmar.

Highlights

Bagan's mystical temples

U Bein Bridge at sunrise

Glittering Shwedagon Pagoda

Inle Lake and the leg-rowing fishermen

Internal flights avoiding long bumpy drives

Key information

  • Travel by private bus
  • 3 internal flights
  • 8 nights mix of standard and comfortable hotels

What's included

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Trip Notes

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

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

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Yangon (Rangoon).

    After checking in to our hotel there will be a group meeting late afternoon. After this we will explore the dilapidated colonial edifices and busy side streets on our city tour. Downtown Yangon with its unpaved streets lined with old wooden shuttered houses, medicine shops, temples and the more colourful markets offers plenty of photographic opportunities. Close by is the famous Shwe Bontha area, perhaps the most photogenic of all streets in the city, with its leafy sidewalks, pavement tea-shops and magnificent colonial buildings. In the evening we will eat in one of Yangon's many restaurants.
    Grand United Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Fly to Bagan; free to explore temples and pagodas.

    This morning we leave early for our short flight to the ancient wonder of Bagan (Pagan). There are over 2000 temples and pagodas in many shapes and sizes to explore amongst the 25 square miles of brick that compare to the Angkor Kingdom of Cambodia, Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu as one of the world's most spectacular archaeological sites. This is where Buddhism, Hinduism and Nat worship come together in an array of different shrines. There is free time to explore the area by bike (optional) or on foot before this evening's visit to Sulamani Temple and the most famous of the sunset temples, Shwesandaw Paya with its panoramic views of Bagan.
    Yarkhinthar Hotel or similar

  • Day 3

    Full day tour to explore the largest temples as well as some of the smaller ones.

    A full day spent exploring the temple complex spreading out as far as the horizon with its brick stupas that dot the skyline in many shapes and forms. Building here commenced following the introduction of Theravada Buddhism by the kings of the region in the mid-11th century. A string of kings followed suit here erecting temples to worship their gods. Ananda Pahto with its bejeweled umbrella (hti), Dhammayangyi pahto and Shwezigon Paya are the largest and most impressive sights we will visit along with some smaller hidden gems well away from the main tourist route. There will be plenty of opportunities to delve deeper into the fascinating history. A truly magical experience and a photographer's paradise. For those that would like to do the optional balloon ride please consult the Optional Extras section.
    Yarkhinthar Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Mandalay; afternoon free.

    Today we leave early driving through some of the region’s most beautiful countryside. We will journey for approx. 1 ½ hours before stopping at a local tea house in a small town called Myin Chan. We can sample some local snacks as well as learning about the region’s cottage industry of cigar making and rolling. We will hop back on the bus again for the 3 hour journey to Mandalay, pausing for photo stops along the way as we gain an insight into rural Myanmar. Upon arrival in Mandalay we will head to a local restaurant for lunch before enjoying a free afternoon in Myanmar's second capital city. Options for the afternoon include a visit to Sandamuni Temple and well as a visit to Mandalay Hill which affords spectacular panoramic views across the city at sunset.
    Mandalay City Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Visit U-Bein Bridge at sunrise; all day cruise visiting Sandamuni Paya and sunset at Mandalay Hill.

    An early start as we head out to one of Myanmar's most iconic sights - U-Bein Bridge, built in 1849 by Mayor U Bein. This teak bridge spans over a kilometre and is best seen at sunrise when villagers cross it to begin their journey to work and the fishermen prepare for a day on the water. This is one of the most photogenic sights of the country and not to be missed. We then drive back to the hotel for breakfast before heading down to the port area where we board our boat for a cruise on the Irrawaddy River. We'll explore the pretty riverside village of Mingun home to one of the world's largest bells (weighing in at 90 tons) and the Hsinbyume Paya with its whitewashed terraces and staircases. From here we board our boat and cruise downriver to the township of Sagaing - known as a meditation centre for monks and nuns who wish to escape city life. Here we will find many stupas on its famous Sagaing Hill with leafy pathways leading to caves and shrines. Sagaing also boasts a monastic hospital and the International Buddhist University. We board our boat and take the scenic ride back to Mandalay.
    Mandalay City Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Fly to Heho and on to Inle Lake.

    Another short flight takes us to Heho, gateway to the impressive Inle Lake. Our drive (approx 2 hours) traverses undulating hills and dense farmlands. We should arrive at the village of Nayaung-shwe at the north end of Inle Lake early afternoon. The rest of the day is free to explore the town including Minglar Market (selling mainly local produce) and other stupas and monasteries dotted around the town.
    The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Cruise on Inle Lake; visit local craft industries and lakeside markets, Indein pagodas and see the famous leg-rowing fishermen.

    An optional early dawn start will usually provide the opportunity to witness saffron-robed monks receiving alms before breakfast. After breakfast we have a day on the lake visiting cottage industries, lakeside markets (if possible), monasteries, temples and small villages. We will see the famous leg-rowing fishermen casting their nets in the lake - this technique of standing up holding a long paddle in one hand and their leg wrapped around the paddle lower down leaves the fishermen free to cast their conical fishing nets. This unique style evolved because the lake is covered by reeds and floating plants making it difficult to see above them while sitting.

    There is a lakeside market that rotates through five different sites around the lake. Here the locals come to sell their traditional wares early in the morning and return to their village in the afternoon. The market serves most common shopping needs and depending on its location, we may be able to visit it. We will also visit Indein on the western banks of the lake, this intricate pagoda complex has hundreds of Shan style stupas clustered together on the hillside. Following years of decline, and with the forest reclaiming the site, walking amongst these hauntingly beautiful ruins has a very Indiana Jones feel and is great photographic opportunity.
    The Nyaung Shwe City Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Fly to Yangon; free afternoon; visit Shwedagon Pagoda for sunset.

    We fly back to Yangon, where the remainder of the day is free for last minute sightseeing or shopping. The huge Bogyoke Market is worth a visit with food, clothing and handicrafts all on sale (closed on Mondays and public holidays). Late afternoon we will head to Lake Kandawgyi to view the Karaweik replica of the Royal Barge, before ascending to Shwedagon Pagoda. It is 2,500 years old and the most religious site in Myanmar that is said to contain eight hairs of the Buddha as well as 5500 diamonds and other precious stones. As the golden stupa glitters overlooking the city, life goes on in the busy streets below.
    Grand United Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Post-trip Extensions

Ngapali Beach

If you are keen to end your holiday on a very relaxed note, the following three‐night beach extension can be added to the end of the main itinerary. You can also choose to add on as many extra nights at the beach as you decide (your time here will be at leisure for you to do as you wish). Please note that you will be met and transferred between the airport and hotels but you are not escorted or guided. The extension does not operate during the wet season between May to September.

Please ask for prices.

 

Extension Day 1 - Fly to Thandwe; drive to Ngapali Beach.

Upon arrival at the beach, the rest of the day is free to explore the colourful reef offshore or simply relax and soak up the sun!

Pleasant View Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Extension Day 2 - Free day.

Free day at the beach

Pleasant View Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Extension Day 3 - Fly to Yangon.

Today we leave the beach and fly back to Yangon where the remainder of the day is free for some final sightseeing. Bogyoke Market and the Strand Hotel are both worth a visit.

Grand United Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Extension Day 4 - End Yangon.

End Yangon.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Non‐refundable payment

Please note that this extension request will be 'pending' until the point that Exodus confirm that the trip is operational ‐ never later than 6 weeks before departure and usually considerably earlier. Once confirmed to run, full payment for the beach extension will be required. Securing accommodation can be a genuine challenge in Myanmar and this additional extension payment will become non‐refundable. Should Exodus cancel your trip, the standard booking conditions apply.

Essential Info

Visas

Myanmar (Burma)

Nearly all nationalities require a visa to enter Myanmar (Burma), and this must be obtained prior to departure. Passengers without a visa will not be allowed to enter the country.
For further information see http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/travelink/Burma.pdf
For nationalities where there is no Burmese embassy please contact the Exodus office for assistance.

Vaccinations

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip.

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

The risk of malaria on this trip is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in places visited on this trip. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Eating and Drinking

Myanmar’s food is a diverse blend of Chinese, Indian and South East Asian influences, with many regional variations of their 'standard' dishes. Rice is at the core of most Burmese food, and although vegetarian food is available the choice of dishes will be limited. Curries are very common as are noodles and soup. In the bigger hotels and cities and at Inle Lake some Western food is available. Vegetarians are well catered for but you should inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Myanmar the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home.

Weather

Yangon

Is this trip for you?

You will find a country with a colonial past but that has changed very little and is still new to tourism. Thus the infrastructure is fairly underdeveloped for touristic purposes. Whilst travelling in the more remote or less developed regions patience may be required as the service in hotels and restaurants will be slower than what you may be used to in other countries. This holiday is designed so that you can see the best parts of Myanmar in 11 days. There is a lot to see and some of the distances covered are large!. In addition there will be lots of early morning starts. Internal flights are used to maximise your time in the key destinations, whilst minimising hours spent on the notoriously bumpy local roads. On most travel days the average travelling time is between 2 to 3 hours. For a longer trip see our two week trip, Discover Myanmar trip code AON, which also visits Kalaw, a former colonial British hill station and spends longer at Inle Lake and Bagan. Internet connection is now available at most of the accommodation, but can be intermittent. Mobile coverage is generally adequate and you should be able to use your phone in most areas. Accommodation standards can vary. Because of the recent surge in people visiting Myanmar certain areas are experiencing a shortage of hotels. This has increased the price of hotels and overall the standard should not be compared with hotels in neighbouring south east Asian countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. Please note you will be required to remove footwear and socks before entering temples in Myanmar. This will mean ascending and descending lots of steps barefoot.

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Accommodation

Hotels

8 nights standard and comfortable hotels, all en suite.

The accommodation is mostly in standard hotels. Because of the recent increase in tourism some areas are experiencing a shortage of hotels. This has increased the price of hotels and the quality may vary from night to night. Overall you should be prepared for the service and quality of hotels to be less than in neighbouring south east Asian countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia. There is mesh on the hotel windows where needed. Internet connection is now available at most of the accommodation, but can be intermittent. Single accommodation (available on request).

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed October 2017
    Flo Branchu

    Breathtaking

    This trip was incredible from beginning to end. The locations we visit, the various mode of transports and hotels selected were brilliant. The guide was incredible in every possible way. By the end of each day I thought "surely it can't get any better"... yet each day we discovered new breathtaking landscapes, tried mouthwatering food and understood more about this incredible country and multitude of cultures. I can't recommend this trip enough.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It's very hard to choose.... i would say Bagan and that view.... i still feel like I was dreaming.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Passionate about his country and people, genuine and knowledgeable. Funny and caring. I can go on and on. Plus he only recommended amazing food... Min is on my "favourite people" list!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't hesitate, book and go... happy travels!
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Anne Lacey

    AON 170212. Highlights of Myanmar

    One of the best trips I've ever done.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our guide took us to meet his family. They greeted us warmly, fed 16 of us and showed us their family business, all done with a smile and a welcome that took our breath away. We also happened on a local wedding in Began. Once again we were welcomed with open arms and invited to meet the bridal party, wonderful.Sights are one thing but experiences like these are humbling and made us all reflect on where our western society has gone wrong.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Than Naing was sensational. His smile never left his face no matter what happened and he had plenty of challenging moments with our group. He was so enthusiastic and went over and above the call of duty to make sure we could experience as much as possible. He was even there the morning after the trip ended because we had a late flight.He came to ensure we were OK and helped us organise our day to the best advantage. He was knowledgeable on all aspects of life in Burma. He had snacks in his bag in case we ran out of energy. He thought of everything.He also looked after any problem medical or otherwise in a swift and efficient manner and remembered to ask you was everything ok. He made the whole trip so easy for us from start to finish and even produced a written account of where every penny of the tip money was spent! He is such a good human being,a wonderful advertisement for Buddism.We all wanted to put him in our pockets and take him home.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is advertised as a moderate trip. Most of our group were 60 plus which does change the goalposts.At times it was demanding and of course very hot, so travellers need to be prepared for that and have a reasonable level of fitness.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although the Pagodas are stunning ,I do think the trip could cut back a little on the number visited,or leave it optional at times. The ladies would have liked a little more time to shop at leisure.It takes time to strike a bargain and we were often under pressure. However ,once again Than Naing came to our rescue to secure a good price on several occasions.N53H3
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Andrea Beck

    Highlaghts of Myanmar

    A truly inspiring trip. Well organised, lots to see and a good itinerary.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cruising up the Irrawaddy river was surreal. An unbelievable "Am I really here?" experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alex was great- organise us, informed us and helped us make the most of a great trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for early mornings, but they are so worthwhile- make sure you take your camera and your sense of wonder.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best trips I have ever been on.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Julie Woodward

    Amazing trip

    I cannot speak highly enough of this tour. I had debated for a while whether to do an organised tour or go to Myanmar independently, and I am certain I made the right choice in choosing this tour. The itinerary was very well constructed to see the absolute highlights and to make the very best use of time. The organisation was superb and Joseph made everything so easy for us. This is a great tour for the highlights and jams in so much, but without feeling rushed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The country as a whole is amazing - it is full of charm. Watching the sunrises and sunsets in Bagan, from the top of some of the temples, was incredible. The sunrise wasn't part of the itinerary, but Joseph helped a few of us to see a sunrise from the top of one of the temples. As well as seeing a sunset from a 'popular' spot, we were also taken to a much quieter spot also.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Joesph was awesome! His knowledge and passion for his country was superb, and he helped us to understand the culture, history and customs. He had a great manner with the group, and everyone respected him and wanted to do their part to show respect for his country. On 'free days', he was on hand to offer advice and sometimes he'd offer some of his time to escort some of the group around the town. When someone was ill, he wanted to make sure they were ok (he even did a pharmacy run). Nothing was too much trouble. Joseph went above and beyond, and we had a great time in his company. Joesph took charge of the tip kitty for us and made sure the drivers and porters were shown appropriate appreciation for their efforts - the way in which he did this with such honesty made us all smile and appreciate Joseph's goodness.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Embrace the temples! Myanmar is a Buddhist country and many of the highlights are seeing the pagodas/temples/stupa - you see a lot, but they're all different. You'll need to wear appropriate temple clothing most days (covered shoulders and knees), so pack accordingly (or invest in a longyi at the local markets). You'll also be taking shoes on and off a lot - trainers can be a pain to unlace/lace. Take a torch and be prepared for lots of barefoot climbing and walking. Embrace the early mornings - there are lots of them, but they're really worth it. There's a good laundry opportunity at Lake Inle.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just a brilliant trip all round! Thank you!
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Deborah Daly

    Highlights of Myanmar

    This is a balanced and varied trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being allowed to witness and listen to novice nuns chanting

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We were lucky to have an excellent guide Lin who went the extra mile to allow us glimpses behind the scenes of ordinary lives in diverse communities.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoyed meeting the friendly, modest, smiley people of Myanmar
  • Reviewed December 2015
    Mikaela Harriss

    Fantastic tour, awesome guide

    The tour was fast paced with a fair few early starts but it was 100% worth it! In a short space of time we really got a feel for such a beautiful country and saw a lot of it! Our tour guide, Lae was fantastic, she went out of her way to help us enjoy our tour and experience her country!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me it was on the optional hot air balloon flight, it was superb. Watching the sunrise over the temples from above was incredible and you got a true perspective on how vast the temple area was. Absolutely stunning! If you can do it, I really recommend this!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lae was awesome, I couldn't recommend her highly enough.
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Carol Hunt

    highlights of burma

    i could not fault any of this trip - quide/hotels/food/air conditioned coaches every thing was brill

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    the whole trip was wonderful/educational and being there for the elections was an added bonus - the burmeese are so friendly and thank god commercialism isn't full blown yet

    What did you think of your group leader?

    could not fault lae win at all - she was supportive/informative/funny/answered any question asked of her - just a joy to have as our quide

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    the humidity is a killer and you may be tempted to wear tops to accommodate but remember you have to be covered up at the pagaodas/temples - remember loo paper and the coaches supplied bottled water

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    11 out of 10 for a superb trip
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Paula Kanesanathan

    Amazing country and fab guide

    Myanmar is definitely worth a visit - it's a beautiful county and one of the friendliest places I have visited. The food, culture and history are great.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Bagan is such an awesome city and well worth a visit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lae was the best guide and her passion for her country is infectious. She also dealt with an incident in our group amazingly well and is a real asset to Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack plenty of DEET! There are a lot of early starts with this trip so don't expect any lie-ins!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go now before it becomes too touristy - you can already see the country changing,
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Jane Legge

    Burma Highlights

    What a fantastic trip, all the ingrediants, beautiful country, great group of fellow travellers and a exceptional tour leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Inlay Lake

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Joseph N Bau Bum Zau Li was both professional, flexible and caring. By far and away the best tour leader I have encountered.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Dress code is Pagoda style. ie trousers, skirts below the knee and no sleeveless tops.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go as soon as you can the tourist numbers are set to double.
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Tom Woodhouse

    Burma Highlights

    My first group trip so wan't sure what to expect. The experience surpassed expectations for a number of reasons - principally 1. the mixture of fellow travelers, all interesting and genuinely friendly and positive people; 2. the excitement and rewards of getting to know the culture, history and sights (geography) and last but not least, a tour guide who deserves a travel award in his own right (see below!)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    More a comment on what I enjoyed - mostly the two days on the water - Irrawaddy boat trip and Inle Lake day. Both mind expanding.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    An amazing person. Cannot praise him enough. Joseph was professional, knowledgeable, incredibly well organised (everything happened exactly on time, travels and transfers were seamless); nothing ruffled him; he had a great sense of humour; he was talking from the heart and head, not from a script; and he was always on hand when needed.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for very early starts. This is not a holiday in the taking it easy sense of the word, but the early starts were more than rewarding.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just to reiterate that in Joseph you have a jewel of a tour guide representing you!

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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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