Cycling in Estonian Countryside

Cycle the Baltics

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Trip code: 
MVB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Crossing Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, this ride will take you on a journey of discovery through historic cities, untouched wilderness and along breathtaking coastline. Our trip will start in Tallinn where the fairytale architectural style sets an enchanting scene. This will feature throughout the trip as we journey through Tartu, Riga, Trakai and Vilnius. Between the architectural highlights we will also enjoy some of the best cycling this region has to offer, through beautiful national parks and along idyllic coastal paths.

Highlights

  • Cycle through three countries
  • Explore three fascinating capital cities
  • Visit the fairytale Trakai castle

Key information

  • 9 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • 80% tarmac roads, 20% gravel paths
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 10 nights hotels, all en suite 

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Local bike hire 
  • 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

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Pace:

Leisurely: 10-13km/6-8miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; 80% tarmac, 20% cycle paths, gravel and coastal tracks

Day by day breakdown
Day 230.0km/18.0miles
Day 355.0km/34.0miles
Day 456.0km/34.0miles
Day 548.0km/29.0miles
Day 639.0km/24.0miles
Day 743.0km/26.0miles
Day 863.0km/39.0miles
Day 937.0km/22.0miles
Day 1025.0km/15.0miles
Trakai Castle aerial view, Lithuania

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Tallinn; transfer to hotel.

    Start Tallin.

    On arrival there should be some time to explore Tallinn. Tallinn is a fascinating historical city with many sites to explore. We recommend strolling through the streets of the Old Town to Raekoja Plats (Town Hall Square), the square is surrounded by elaborate merchant houses and is the perfect setting to enjoy a coffee. Historically it served as a market and meeting place. If you find the round stone with a compass rose in the middle of the square you will be able to see the 5 church spires of the old town. The Cathedral of Saint Mary, St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Olav's Church have long characterised the skyline of the old town and are well worth a visit, as are the old town walls.

  • Day 2

    Explore Tallinn; transfer to the Lahemaa N.P. for a scenic ride.

    After a bus transfer out of the city we will begin our first ride through National Park Lahemaa. The park, one of the last unspoilt regions of the Baltic Coast, extends over 700 square kilometres. Its nature is rich and unique. Here you will cycle through thick woods, marshes and lakes. Above all, the coastline is what makes this area unique. It is also a rich environment for wildlife, moose and wild boar more difficult to spot but over 220 species of bird populate this area, so keep your eyes open. Our accommodation for the evening is situated in the national park itself. It is a spectacular setting in the grounds of an old distillery.





    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Full day riding through Lahemma N.P.

    Today we have a full day to explore the largest national park in Estonia and one of the biggest in Europe. We will embark on a circular route taking in as many of the parks wonderful attractions as possible. Starting from Palmse Hotel (the former park manor house), we will pass Sagadi manor, the 400 year old fisherman’s village of Altja, the popular seaside resort of Vosu and Kasmu village which is home to the fisherman’s museum. We finish the loop cycling back through Estonian forests and meadows until we arrive at the hotel.


    Park Hotel Palmse

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Transfer to Peipsi and cycle along the shore of the lake; transfer to Tartu.

    We start the day with a bus transfer to the shore of Peipsi Lake, then start cycling from the 17th Century fisherman’s village of Mustvee. From here we pass through ancient villages and churches. Following an old Russian tradition, villages in Peipsi only have one street, because of this the shore of Peipsi Lake is one long street with lots of small villages dotted along it. We continue cycling into Varnja and then transfer to Tartu.



    Tartu Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Cycle through 'Estonian Switzerland' to Otepaa; transfer to Riga.

    After breakfast we have a 40km transfer to Otepaa, this area is known as ‘Estonian Switzerland’ because of its stunning scenery and pine forests. As you would expect there are a few hills on today’s ride, though nothing too steep and challenging with the gradient not going above 7%. Once over the hills we cycle through beautiful forest and meadows and past Lake Puhajarve on our way to Sangaste town. We will visit the park and castle in Sangaste, walking up the castle tower gives us a great view over Otepaa and the surrounding green natural areas. After visiting the castle we continue cycling to Valga city, from here we transfer by bus to Riga, our base for the next two nights.

    Ibis Centre Riga


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Cycle to Jurmala; transfer to Riga for the night.

    Our journey today will start in the bustling town Riga, Latvia’s largest town and capitol city. The city has a mediaeval old town which is famous for its wooden buildings and art nouveau architecture. We follow the cycle paths to the beautiful town of Jurmala, which is famous for its incredible wooden architecture and 19th Century Russian villas. Jurmala is also one of Latvia’s larges seaside resorts, it has a 33km stretch of white sandy beach for us to explore on our bikes. There will be plenty of time to have a swim in the sea before we transfer back to Riga for the night.

    Ibis Centre Riga 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Sventoji; cycle to Klaipeda.

    After breakfast we leave Latvia and transfer directly to Lithuania. We begin our ride in Sventoji on a beautiful cycle route to Klaipeda, which lies along the Baltic Coast. On the way we pass Palanga, a traditional bucket and spade seaside town with a long stretch of sandy beach. It's a really fun place to stop, have a wander around, a dip in the sea, and see one of the most favoured seaside towns among Lithuanians. We will visit the Palanga Botanical Gardens and manor house which is now home to the amber museum. There are numerous cafes to sit and enjoy the atmosphere and have some lunch before we set off again for our final destination of Klaipeda, our base for two nights. Our hotel is close to the Old Town, so a good spot from which to explore.

    Amberton Hotel Klaipeda 


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Transfer to the Curonian Spit N.P; explore by bike.

    We transfer to Nida, known as the town of retreat, and an artist’s resort. It was home and inspiration for two summers to the author Thomas Mann and its affluent feel and tranquillity encourages the feeling that you are on a holiday within a holiday. From here we explore the 68km long Curonian Spit. The high dunes (up to 60m) running along the spit have encouraged the local people to refer to the area as the 'Lithuanian Sahara'. During our ride we will make a stop in Juodkrante and admire the bizarre wooden carvings on what is known as Witch Hill. The sculpture park was started in 1979 and now has more than 70 wooden carvings representing characters of Lithuanian folktale and legend. We will then continue along the spit with the Baltic Sea extending far into the distance. We finish the ride at the ferry port, from here we take the ferry across the lagoon then transfer back to the hotel in Klaipeda for the night.

    Amberton Hotel Klaipeda

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Transfer to Kintai village; cycle to Vente Cape and Silute; transfer to Vilnius.

    start the day with a bus transfer to Kintai village, from here we cycle through dense green forests and beautiful meadows to Vente Cape. There is a lot of wildlife at Vente Cape, it is a popular resting place for birds on their migration and is home to one of the first bird ringing stations in Europe. We will visit the 11m high lighthouse which offers breathtaking views of the lagoon and golden sand dunes of the Curonian Split; the lighthouse is a fascinating place, built in 1863 when the cape was still part of Germany. We continue cycling to the town of Silute where we get on the bus and transfer to Vilnius.

    Panorama Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Transfer to Trakai; cycle around town and visit Trakai Castle; return to Vilnius.

    After breakfast we transfer by bus to the small village of Semeliskes, from here we have a picturesque ride over undulating terrain to Galve Lake. Here the magical and famous Trakai Castle sits, as if floating on its own island in the middle of the lake, it’s a truly magical place. We will explore the surrounding areas of the lake and visit the Castle, before transferring back to Vilnius for the night.

    Panorama Hotel 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    End Vilnius.

    Free morniing in Vinius before the trip ends here.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Breakfast: These will be taken in the hotels, in most places these will be buffet style and will offer plenty of choice, including cold meat, cheese, eggs, bread, jams and juice. Lunches: On many of the days due to our remote rides there will be the option to buy a picnic from the hotel or get supplies on the way, we can then chose a spot on our ride to stop for a break. This means we can be flexible and chose the best views for lunch. On some of the days there will be opportunities to buy lunches in cafes in the towns that we go through such as Palanga. Dinners: These will be taken in the hotels or in restaurants and will be hearty meals. Cuisine in this area is often centred around pork, veal, fish, potatoes, sauerkraut and soups such as borsch (beetroot soup with meat, in Lithuania this is also served cold). Dumplings are also very popular and in Trakai, large, baked dumplings called kibinai are traditionally served and are very good.

Weather

The climate is largely influenced by the Baltic Sea. The summers are warm with temperatures from 20 to 30 degrees celcius. In the evenings the temperatures will not drop too much. There is little rain in the summer but of course it is always a possibility so it is best to be prepared. The days will be long, with up to 19 hours of daylight. In spring and autumn there is the possibility for light rain. Estonia is furthest north and therefore the coldest, although the temperature range described applies. Lithuania is the furthest south, which makes it the warmest country of the three. Estonia is often described as more Scandinavian than the other two countries.

Estonia

Is this trip for you?

Average daily distance: 45km (28 miles)

8 days cycling with full vehicle support 

Our cycling route follow mainly quiet backroads, paths through national parks and coastal cycle tracks. There are some undulating sections, so a moderate level of fitness is required though the majority of the route is flat. As we are covering a large area there are bus transfers on most of the cycling days, this enables us to cover the distances to see all the highlights and use the bikes to cover the best bits.

Please note that before reaching the cities the leader will give you information on their history and places of interest and will guide you into town, however, they are not allowed to give you a guided tour of the city once you are there due to restrictions of tour leaders, only official city guides are allowed to do this. You will have the choice of wandering around the cities at your own pace, or you can pay locally for a guide. We will leave this up to you.

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Accommodation

Hotels

10 nights in 3-star hotels, all with en suite facilities in good locations. There are some fantastic hotels on this trip, including two nights in a converted distillery set in the magnificent grounds of the Lahemaa National Park.

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  • Reviewed September 2017
    Fides Schwartz

    Beautiful autumn cycling

    Great trip with a wonderful group and just sooo much to see plus lots of great food!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Waving to Kaliningrad (Russia) from the lithuanian part of the curonian spit.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very professional, knowledgeable and fun!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book an extra day in Tallinn and Vilnius at the beginning and end of the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would be wonderful, if there was a possibility to extend the trip a little bit to include an extra day in Riga.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Lyn Wales

    Baltics Cycling

    Good trip overall for both culture and cycling. You learn a lot about the Baltic countries and their uneasy relationship with Russia. The cycling was mostly flat, which is hard in the legs especially in a head wind. At times their were unavoidable long flat straight stretches on roads which were dull.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the farmhouse with museum on the Gulf of Finland. The location, lunch, and history provided by the owners were all great.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Vaida was excellent. Knowledgable, helpful, personable and always 'ready, ready'. Even though she was suffering with a sore throat.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's colder than you think. Layers!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food was brilliant. Had expected heavy dishes, but the restaurants chosen by Vaida gave us an excellent taste of all that the Baltics had to offer.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Jay Bordoloi

    Wonderful first group cycling trip experience!

    The itinerary is accurate. This was my first experience with a group cycling tour and I was a solo traveler. I would say the trip exceeded my expectations because I saw local towns/areas that I would not have normally visited on my own in the country-side, the travel group was a great set of people from all over the world, and the places we visited for food were very tasty and a great sampling of local cuisine. During the visits to capital cities, I learned a lot about the history of various Baltic countries from the medieval to modern era. Overall, I enjoyed the routes we cycled (generally minimal car traffic) as they were in scenic areas.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through a small town and the tour guide striking up a conversation with an old lady sitting with her cat. Hearing about the lady's history in the town was fascinating and was something I would not have been able to do, had I been traveling on my own.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our trip leader was a wonderful tour guide. She worked very hard to make sure everyone was having a good time and was clear in her directions for what the itinerary for the day would be. She worked well with our driver to coordinate van support and our safe transportation. In addition, her friendly personality helped facilitate the group getting to know each other.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    While the route is very flat, I would say 'leisurely' is not so accurate. As generally the group needs to cover 20-30mi/day and have time for van transfers, there is not so much time for frequent breaks. While the pace is certainly comfortable and doable, 'leisurely' to me implies more frequent stops for photo opportunities or small snacks/picnics during the route. I would rate the trip as a 3 or 4, as 10 days of riding in a row on mostly flat terrain does require some level of effort.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall wonderful trip with comfortable hotels, great restaurant selection, safe and scenic cycling routes, and a very friendly local tour guide!
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Susan Bigmore

    Cycle the Baltics

    It was a fantastic trip, every day was a new adventure. The cycling was varied, and there was a lot of custom made cycle paths, e.g. on the Coronian Spit which consisted of just miles of cycle paths. The hotels were great, the best being the one in the National Park called Palmse Manor, with a stunning lake. The Hotel Braavo in Tallin was probably one not to return to, as they were obviously doing some refurbishments and it was a bit like a "work in progress".

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finding out we'd cycled 403 kilometres over 9 days! It was tough sometimes, but it was a challenge and I was glad I did it. Another inspirational moment was going into a Russian Orthodox church in Vilnius and there was some chanting going on, and it really was very unique and special. The food we had during the whole trip was excellent, I couldn't fault it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Minda was a really nice guy and was very encouraging. I was always at the end of the line (out of a group of 16) and sometimes I'd see them disappear into the distance on rides but he would wait for me. I feel that maybe a back-marker might have been useful. When we talked to us in the bus, I was at the back and couldn't hear him that well, a microphone might have been useful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't take too much luggage and because you're moving on, you never get to unpack your case!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think maybe a non-cycling day in the middle of this holiday would have been nice to just recuperate from the relentless schedule - sometimes we'd have barely half an hour to get ready to go out to dinner. It was all so well organised - it was my first Exodus trip and I'd definitely go on another one.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Peter Pattison

    Cycle the Baltics

    Excellent trip with brilliant tour leader, with surprisingly good weather for the time of year.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Tallin, and the pretty villages as we cycled down the coast around Klaipeda. The Castle at Trakai was lovely as much of the architecture in all the many "Old Towns" that we visited.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Vaida Jusaite was just the best in everyway possible,she has lead this trip many times,so knew all about everything and everywhere in detail. Vaida also selected the very best restaurants everywhere that we went, all were excellent and we would have never found them had we travelled independently.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For an easy cycling trip without challenging conditions as the roads are very quiet,do try this trip as if you enjoyed it as much as we did, you will be very pleased that you went,especially if you are lucky enought to have Vaida as your tour leader.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Try it,you will like it.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Ruth Tobey

    Cycle the Baltics

    Just as explained in the brochure enhanced by our wonderful tour leader, Simon. From the fairy-tale castles, westernised beauty of Talinn we cycled through lush forested paths to Riga and the wonderful Old Town of Vilnius. It was eerie actually being in a spot where the Iron Curtain once was and having it brought to mind how close the Russian bear actually lurks. Our guide was able to explain to us the sad history of the Baltic nations on one hand and the resilience of a most beautiful wonderful people on the other. A great group of fellow cyclists led to the enjoyment of delicious food, eclectic B&B s and an amazing culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Feeling the resilience and hope of such wonderful people in countries historically neglected by the Western democracies. The passion of our tour leader Simon and our wonderful guide, Ira.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader, Simon, was extraordinary. In all instances he went beyond the call of duty to make everyone feel like a valuable member of our group and as such our group's convivial nature was enhanced. Simon told us wonderful tales of Lithuanian folklore and he even sang for us in his rich voice. Simon took in consideration the weather etc and was ready to alter situations as per daily requirements, if necessary. He went out of his way to find us local tour guides in Riga and Vilnius who passionately (especially in Riga) recounted the history of their country as we toured each country's respective Old Town. Simon was probably the greatest reason the trip was such a success.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even though terrain was definitely leisurely- moderate, the most proficient cyclist of our group admitted the history and positives of the cycle far our weighed the lack of challenge. Nevertheless, we had great fun enjoying the fun a flat our fun cycle on a relatively flat terrain. Go - enjoy the culture, food and history of the Baltic Nations.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of my best trips ever.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Colin McCabe

    Cycle the Baltics, August 2016

    A very enjoyable trip with great weather - we had sunshine every day. The cycling (for a reasonably fit non-cyclist) was manageable and we arrived in towns and cities in time to see some/most of the major sites.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Baltics themselves - each country and their towns and cities are full of history and culture. I'm definitely going back to see more.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Vaida was brilliant - I arrived a day early and she was there to greet me and some other travellers, and she contacted me a couple of days after the tour ended with my transfer arrangements. She really did go the extra mile to ensure we were all happy and sorted.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring bug spray - I was murdered by mozzies. It makes sense to arrive a day early to see Tallinn as there is not enough time on the trip to properly enjoy it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food and hotels were better than I expected.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Neil Neumann

    Cycle the Baltics

    Cycled and toured with a great group of travelers. Despite the occasional rain and cold, we managed to see quite a bit and explore new places. The accommodations were conveniently located to important places of interest and restaurants; liked the fact that we stayed in almost all the hotels for at least two consecutive nights.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting the Vilnius Jewish ghetto and synagogue and imagining how life was during the war.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lukas was attentive to all our needs and very knowledgeable about the places we visited. He always addressed our concerns promptly and appropriately. He just needs to relax more!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Keep a close eye on the weather reports and pack accordingly.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Kevin Griffin

    Cycle the Baltics

    A great trip, blending cultural aspects, great sightseeing, exploring the 3 capital cities as well as some nice cycling. Terrain was nice and flat and was within the capability of everyone in our group. Distances were very manageable and there was a minimum of waiting around. Lukas, our guide and the driver were simply outstanding in getting us up on our bikes each day with a minimum of fuss. Fast turnaround time between finishing our cycling and being back on the move again on the bus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed the Riga and Vilnius walking tours.... It was great to get local insight into the history and the people. As for the cycling... the scenery everywhere was pretty good... cycling by the sea, through Forest, rolling country-side, stopping for lunches in very scenic settings (castles), great seafood and sampling the many potato dishes on offer!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lukas was outstanding. He handled the group very well, was very attentive to everyone's needs and couldnt' do enough to help. Very knowledgeable about all 3 countries and clearly passionate about his beloved Lithuania!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring rain gear. We were very fortunate to only have experience a small amount of rain while cycling, but the weather is changeable and you could be unlucky and hit a few rain-showers... so be prepared.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'm happy to recommend the trip. A great balance of health exercise, sightseeing and immersion in different cultures.
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Sharon Ruschkowski

    Cycling the Baltics

    Cycling in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for 10 days.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Holocoust Museum in Lithuania, just outside Vilnius was absolutely humbling and eye-opening. This history was not something I was aware of and the museum was extensive about the history of the Lithuanian Jewish people's treatment at the hands of the Nazis, as well as the Lithuanian people's struggles and persecution during the Soviet occupation.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lukas was great. He was so knowledgable about the Region and shared it enthusiastically. He made sure everything went smoothly and that everyone arrived at their destination.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you bring bug spray for the first days of cycling in the National park in Estonia. Also, make sure you have rain gear.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip was great. Not too physical, but at the same time enough cycling every day. This is a perfect trip for a balance between culture and activity.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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