Mt Toubkal Long Weekend

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Trip code: 
TMY
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays, Short Breaks, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Point-to-point Walking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Challenging weekend conquering the highest peak in North Africa

Mt Toubkal, known locally as Jebel Toubkal, stands 4167m above sea level and commands superb panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains. This trek is an energetic way to spend a long weekend with just three days in the mountains to approach, summit and descend the highest peak in North Africa. Passing through a Berber village we gain an insight into the life and traditions of these hardy and friendly mountain people. After our trek we return to exotic Marrakech to explore this vibrant and colourful city. 

Highlights

  • A non-technical ascent of the highest mountain in North Africa
  • Magnificent panoramic views of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Spend some time in lively Marrakech for sightseeing and shopping 

Key information

  • 2 nights 3-star hotel with en suite rooms, 1 night gite and 1 night refuge with basic shared facilities
  • 3 days point-to-point walking with full porterage 
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Free transfers to meet any flight
  • Altitude maximum 4167m, average 2600m
  • Travel by private minibus
  • Crampons may be needed for April and October departures 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer by private minibus
  • Crampons if needed

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Pace:

Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain

Day by day breakdown
Day 211.0km/6.8miles
Day 320.9km/13.0miles
Day 43.21km/2.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Marrakech

    Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to independently explore this wonderfully colourful city.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

  • Day 2

    Morning transfer to Imlil; short walk to Arroumd for lunch. Afternoon walk to Toubkal Base Camp refuge

    After breakfast, we leave Marrakech and drive to Imlil. Continuing on foot from here to Arroumd which is a short walk of approximately one hour. After lunch, we follow winding mule tracks for another 5 hours. This is a stunning walk through the breathtaking mountain scenery of the valley of Ait Mizan. We may stop for a visit to the Marabout of Sidi Chamharouch before continuing on to Toubkal Base Camp (3207m) for dinner. 

    Les Muflons Refuge or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Early ascent of Toubkal, return to the refuge for lunch and continue to Arroumd

    We start early for our Toubkal ascent, walking over rocky paths as there is less vegetation at this altitude. Once we pass the 4000m point, we can appreciate the magnificent panoramic views across the tranquil valleys and lower summits of the High Atlas Range. The achievement of standing on the summit is unforgettable and the views from the summit are simply magnificent. To the north we can see the fertile plains of the Magreb and Marrakech, and to the south, the wild rugged landscape of the pre-Sahara. All around us are the many jagged peaks of the High Atlas stretching into the distance.

    We descend to the refuge for lunch, then continue our descent to Arroumd and our gite for the night. This is a long but extremely rewarding day of walking.

    Hotel Aremd or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Short walk to Imlil; return to Marrakech for guided tour

    The short walk down to Imlil is followed by the drive back towards Marrakech, where we have a guided tour. Taking in the main sites we learn about the history, culture and architecture of this wonderful city. We then have free time to explore the Djemaa el Fna and the souk, a must for some serious bargaining for souvenirs.

    Hotel Gomassine or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Fly to London.

    For those on group flights, these depart in the morning and will arrive in the UK the same day.

  • Day 6

    End Marrakech.

    For those on group flights, these depart in the morning and will arrive in the UK the same day.

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Essential Info

Visas

Morocco

No visa required by British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Morocco

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Tetanus and Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included.

Breakfasts usually consist of porridge, bread and jam with coffee or tea. When eating out, meals are reasonably priced - kebab and bread cost only about £4 (approx. US$6.50). In main towns it is possible to find very good French and Moroccan restaurants where a meal with wine will cost anything from £20 (approx. US$30) upwards. Generally dinner is likely to cost between £5-10 (approx. US$8-15) depending on what you drink. £15 (approx. US$25) a day for food should be sufficient. Local beers, wines and soft drinks are available at very reasonable prices but you can pay UK prices or more for imported alcohol. Your leader can help recommend restaurants each evening.

Vegetarians can be catered for but there is a fairly limited choice of cous cous and tajine or omelettes. This is particularly the case during the more rural or trekking sections of the trip. Please note that if you have any special dietary requirements you should inform the Exodus Office prior to the trip. If you have a specific medical/dietary need (i.e. coeliac or vegan) you may find it helpful to bring some items of food with you from home. 

If you are travelling from UK we advise you buy your own water purification tablets in the UK and take them with you. Bottled water can be purchased throughout the trip. Please note recycling is not fully established in Morocco so plastic bottles are an increasing waste problem.

Weather

In Spring and Autumn, Marrakech is warm to hot (maximum daytime temperatures around 25 - 30ºC) with pleasantly cool nights. In the High Atlas the sun is strong but the air is cool and the nights can be cold. Mornings are clear but cloud in the afternoon is usual, often bringing showers and occasional storms. During the summer months, Marrakech is very hot (33 - 42ºC), as are some of the lower valleys of the High Atlas. At medium altitudes the days will be hot and the nights warm. Only at 3000m+, when it will be cold, will you require warm clothing. During the summer, the sky should be clear but as in all mountain areas the weather can be unpredictable and late August can have some stormy weather. Rain can be experienced on all treks, usually showers but sometimes storms. In April/May and occasionally in October there may be a little snow lying at the higher altitudes. Please note this chart denotes the average temperatures in Marrakech. Winter Departures Only Marrakech is likely to be warm (rather than hot) during the day, and a little chilly at night. In the mountains expect temperatures to vary from 10 or so degrees in the sun during the day, to below freezing out of the sun and at night. Any warmth provided by the sun soon goes after the sun disappears behind the mountains in the late afternoon. Heavy snowfall, rain and storms can be expected in the mountains during winter, but they are normally reasonably short-lived. Although it would be unusual to experience more than two days in a row of bad weather, you should be prepared for all conditions. If there is a stable high pressure over the mountains in winter, which is common, we will enjoy clear, cold crisp days, and nights with temperatures dropping well below freezing. The first snows often come in late October or early November, but some years can see little snow cover up to December.

Is this trip for you?

This is a short but challenging trek to an area of outstanding scenic and cultural interest. Although not technically difficult, you should be an experienced walker, as trails can be very stony. Most routes follow mule trails but there are some rough paths that involve walking on scree. All 3 days walking include full porterage and you should be prepared for a long day of walking on summit day (8-9 hours). The temperature at a particular time of year can make a difference to how tough this trek feels.

Please note that Morocco can get very hot during the summer months of July and August and departures during this time may not be suitable if you struggle with the heat. Be prepared as well for some stormy weather during the summer. There can be snow patches in late April/early May and from the end of September so crampons may be needed for these departures. We will advise no more than two weeks before departure if extra equipment (such as crampons) is necessary.

Altitude Warning - This trip goes to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Please refer to the Altitude Warning below for further information. One night is spent over 3000m in the most basic mountain refuge throughout the trip, which is understandable given its remote location.

Our hotel in Marrakech is of a good standard and has a swimming pool to help relax after a challenging trek. If you would like more time to acclimatise, then please see our week-long itinerary - Mt Toubkal Climb (trip code: TMM). Alternatively, for a more strenuous trek including an introduction of how to use crampons and ice axe, try our Mt Toubkal Winter Climb (trip code: TMW). 

Please note Ramadan runs from 15th May - 14th June 2018 - During Ramadan, our local guides and drivers choose to work and so we continue to run trips in this period. However, the energy levels of our staff and some local guides may be a bit lower and that some restaurants may be closed during the day. Having said this, Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air every night.

 

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Accommodation

Hotels, Gite & Refuge

In Marrakech we will spend 2 nights in a 3 star hotel with en suite rooms, and a small swimming pool.  We enjoy one night in a cosy family run gite, with good sized room and shared facilities and a large roof terrace with views up to Toubkal. At Basecamp, you will stay in large dormitory-style rooms with basic facilities, but there is hot running water and showers and a small shop selling soft drinks and snacks. 

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  • Reviewed May 2017
    Susie Morton

    Beautiful but brutal (on the legs)

    A whirl wind trip with amazing memories! Amazing scenery, welcoming locals, a fun group and a mountain worth conquering!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Making it to the top!! The altitude on such a short trip (up and down the mountain) does play a factor on this trip, so making it to the top felt a huge achievement. The views were breath taking, literally!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Aziz was an excellent leader - very well organised, calm and coped well with a large group with differing abilities/needs. Aziz also had an excellent team around him, we were well looked after by the full team and the food was fantastic (both in terms of quality and quantity).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even though this is just a weekend trip, don't underestimate how exhausting it will be. My fitness levels were ok but I would have enjoyed this trip a little more had I trained a wee bit more beforehand. That said, everyone had sore legs the day after the climb, it's a long ascent/descent day! Change money at the airport in Marrakech (after security but before going through to landside) as you can't change money at the hotel. Or use ATMs near hotel (which we did without any issues). Consider doing the trip in early April to get the chance to climb on snow (without it being full on winter) for me having to use crampons added to the fun of the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's great to see exodus offering weekend mountain breaks. Definitely consider this trip if your time is tight but also consider doing the 8 day trip if you've got the time available - I'd have loved to have stopped to explore more of Morocco, even for an extra day or two.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Joseph Mateo

    An inspirational climb up Mount Toubkal

    If you're seeking a challenge and awe inspiring scenery, this climb is hard to beat. Easily reached from the centre of Marrakesh you get a real sense of the region, it's beauty and it's Berber heritage. This is my fifth time in Marrakesh and this climb has been the most memorable of all my visits and one that I'll remember in future years.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being above the clouds is pretty damn spectacular. The experience is quite surreal as you've had to concentrate on the climb, putting one foot in front of the other for hours. All that is forgotten in a moment as you see your first glimpse of sunlit mountains surrounding you and cloud below. An awe inspiring sight and a real privilege to have been able to set foot on that ground. If you can do that, you can do anything.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was amazing. Never stopped smiling throughout the trip. He ensured we were all safe and taken care of at every stage.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For the night at basecamp I would definitely take ear plugs with you as sleeping quarters are cosy and some people talk in their sleep...

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Doing this trip has given me a real craving to do more of them. I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a once in a lifetime experience.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Louise Gilchrist

    Mount Toubkal - long weekend

    I absolutely loved my trip, which included the relaxed delights of Marrakech (sitting on a roof terrace drinking mint tea and visiting a beautiful tiled hammam) and lung-busting strenous walking and scambling to the summit of Mount Toubkal. I'm so grateful for the wonderful guides who helped me during the stay, particularly Abdi who held my hand and helped me get up and down the moutain! I'm also really grateful to the other members of our group who were funny, inspiring and kind.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    About half way up Mount Toubkal, turning round and seeing the sun slowly illuminating the slopes below: one by one they turned from black to orange and suddenly we found ourselves illuminated in the blazing African sunshine. It was a strange sensation - as we were so high up, the air still feel cool and chilly so I kept my woolly hat on!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Just amazing. Our group leader was my cousin Jae and our main guide was Abdul. Both were wonderful - patient, kind, encouraging and they worked really long hours to make sure everyone on the trip was having the best possible time. Thank you Jae and Abdul.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get as fit as possible - I wouldn't have made it to the top without lots of help from Abdi! Also, bring walking poles. And I'd recommend buying some goodies from Mrs Mills Bakes Cakes to help you keep your energy up!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just to say thank you again - I'm going to remember this trip for years and years...
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Jennifer Mullen

    The top of North Africa!

    I took part in a private group's 5 day trip climbing up Toubkal. From the moment you start climbing up through the Berber villages, traversing walnut tree groves and zigzagging into the hills, you are won over by the beauty of the Atlas mountains. Make no mistake, you have to work hard for the views, therefore sturdy boots and plenty of water are essential. Read the trip notes, as items such as a head torch are also non negotiable (I suspect the lady I saw wearing Ugg boots probably wasn't an Exodus customer, as they gave us excellent preparation advice on what not to wear!). This jouney will challenge you physically and you do need a good level of fitness. Some parts are a bit rough, such as scrambling over boulders and scree, but the view from the top is breathtaking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I'm not a religious person at all, but watching one of the guides quietly praying on a rock surrounded by dawn mountains felt like I was inside a Khaled Hosseini novel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Abdul was a legend with his local knowledge, patience and cheeky smile. Mohammad set the pace on the way down....you could tell he had done the climb 450 times!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit, break in new hiking boots well in advance and don't forget to sun screen your neck (1 week later mine still matches my fuschia bedroom curtains!)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus genuinely go the extra mile to give their customers the best possible experience. The passion and knowledge of their staff are outstanding.
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Peter Rogerson

    Mount Toubkal Long Weekend - June 2016

    Another faultlessly organized Exodus trip that did exactly what it said on the tin. We actually stayed on in Marrakech for 2 extra nights as, our group of 5, had not been before. I can imagine it being quite a rush otherwise, which is obviously what the trip is all about - doing the mountain in a weekend. Marrakech was a lot nicer than I imagined before I went, wide boulevards, gardens and very friendly people. It's only the centre with the souks and markets that are busy are touristy. The hotel is about 40 minutes walk from the centre, but cabs are plentiful and cheap and at least the walk is straight forward. We were there in Ramadan, which was actually fine as all the restaurants (& bars) were still open, but empty and it didn't inconvenience us at all. Marrakech feels quite cosmopolitan and open, although I did find people really didn't like having their photo taken, even from a distance. There seems so much for sale in town, far more than would be possible for tourists to purchase, so sales techniques are tough - you should be prepared for that. The mountain itself is fine - on the first day you walk for 2.5 hours, have lunch, and then for a further 3, until you reach the refuge, which is surprisingly solid and well built. Mules take your main luggage and the muleteers will prepare your food for you at the refuge. The beds are in dormitory rooms, which if full, would be very cozy, but our group of 6 had a room to ourselves and plenty of room. The climb to Toubkal summit starts early on day 2 and is a stiff climb of around 3-4 hours, depending on breaks. You only really begin to appreciate the views once you're approaching the summit as up to that point, you're walking through a valley staring at the Toubkal mountain in front of you. The views from the top, however, are amazing and worth the climb. The temperature in June was, on day 1, HOT .. I got very sunburned so take hats and cream. The climb to the summit required only a thin fleece (June). On the way down, you will slip on the scree slopes, and likely end up on your backsides a few times, but it's great fun. Once back at the refuge for lunch, you then head back down the valley to the hotel in Imlil, which is basic, but actually very pleasant (but they don't have beer) and then back to Marrakech. June departures do not need warm clothes (although apparently waterproofs if it rains - it didn't for us). I managed with a light fleece on the summit day. The heat means you will drink a lot of water, so a bladder for your rucksack is very useful. You can buy water at regular intervals on day one, but not between the lodge and summit. The lodge does sell soft drinks, but these can run out late in the day (as everything is brought up by mule) so buy some drinks on the route through the valley on day one.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I wouldn't call Toubkal a particularly impressive mountain from a distance and you only really get the views across the Atlas range when close to the top, but when you are close to the summit, the views open out before you and you will have some great views across the Atlas range. However, the only answer to the question has to be finally making it to the top, which of course was why we were there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hameed was our guide - very experienced, he had climbed Toubkal over a hundred times I think he said. He was partaking in Ramadan, i.e. no food or drink from about 3 am until 8pm, which, if true, was a staggering achievement as we were drinking half a dozen litres of water during this time. We were a small group of 6 and there were no issues across the weekend. He was also very happy to take us out to restaurants that sold beer on the final night of the tour in Marrakech, even though he didn't eat or drink himself. A solid performance.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I've mentioned a few things in the summary, but Toubkal, although a stiff climb on the summit day, is very accessible, however, I have to be honest and say it's not the most attractive of mountains for views - it's quite rocky and the first day you are walking through a valley. In June, however, it's hot and sweaty on the first day, and pleasant on the summit day. If you are genuinely looking to tick off a mountain in a weekend, then this would seem to be ideal.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I don't think so - but perhaps if you're thinking of this as a training exercise for Kilimanjaro, for example, it's actually very different and can't be climbed in the same way. Nothing prepares you for altitude - Toubkal won't prepare you for that, it's not high enough, and there are walks in Snowdonia or the Lakes that would prepare you just as well, although that's just my opinion.
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Ryan Langridge

    Amazing weekend

    Had a great time from reaching the airport right through to being dropped back off for the flight home, our guide was brilliant and put us all at ease straight away.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the mountain will certainly be something I won't forget.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was very hospitable and was very funny to be around, he also made the group feel safe
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Erin Callaghan

    Great experience and very good guide

    This was the highest mountain I'd been to so was a little worried about whether the altitude would affect me. In the end it was totally fine and I needn't have worried. This may have been partly to do with the group I was in as the pace was much more leisurely than I'd imagined, and in actual fact I was hoping for something a little more strenuous! Our guide, Hassan, was very good and made sure everyone was looked after.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of course!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was excellent and kept everybody in order and happy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring walking poles, they're an enormous help for the descent.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Caroline Powell

    Toubkal Long Weekend

    This was an excellent trip and good value for money. The only things to be wary of is that the trip notes state that some of the paths are stony, well actually ALL of them are rocky, its like climbing stairs for 8 hours.......the only reason i mention it is that my group found this a bit more high impact on knees, thighs and calf muscles than normal trekking. Two of us did the Kilimanjaro Rongai trip and found it easier than this

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to say what the most inspirational moment was, on the way down i sat and cried but that was exhaustion, i also cried a little when one of the guys got out a bottle of gin once we were back down. It was a bit too short to have any real inspirational moments, if i could do it again i would do the 8 day trip instead.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Out group leader was Abdullah, and he was great. Even when one of our group decided they knew better (there's always one!) he dealt with her in a very calm way. Very professional. Abdullah dealt with the fears that one of our group had dealing with asthma coming up the mountain, all in all he was excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You can buy water along the way for 12-15 dirhams for 1.5L but that gets costly since you can consume a lot in a day. Also its really really rocky, i keep emphasizing this as i read the trip notes and wasn't expecting it to be as bad as it was. the trip notes state that some paths are stony when in reality over 5 hour of climbing and 6 hours of descending were via rocks, not small ones either, which had a higher impact of my knees than i was expecting.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really think if i did this again i would do the 8 day trip instead.
  • Reviewed May 2015
    Vinayak Bapat

    Mount Toubkal May 2015

    One of the best treks I have ever done. Organisation was without fault. Thanks tot he cooks and the boys helping with luggage and an excellent group, it was the most enjoyable experience I have ever had. Accommodation in Marrakech and Aron was comfortable. I liked the night stay in Aron when we walked down after the summit day. It was peaceful, good showers and dinner under the stars. I would recommend this trek to those who want a challenge or those who want to use this as a training to tougher treks such as Killimanjaro.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Coming down in crampons !! Lot of snow on way up and we all were worried how we are going to walk down. Hassan and Lskar helped us to put on crampons (I had never walked with one on and had never skied) but it was amazing as I followed two of my fellow trekkers and it was easy and fun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hassan was fantastic and a perfect Gentleman. I have never met any team leader who had a good control and understanding of every situation and knew when to tell us what and when to leave us alone. Given that all of us were grown up professionals I can only admire how well he did it.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a brilliant two and half day trek. Do take a day off in Marrakech as you need time to recover. Layers are important, not so much of a Down jacket but waterproof layer which acts as wind breaker is important as climbing to the summit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Refuge is a great experience and you meet many people of different age, nationalities and walks of life. It is not a luxury accommodation hence if not had experience of this before do not have negative impression. It is part of the experience of mountain climbing in remote area.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Elise Wortley

    Amazing Adventure!

    This trip was fantastic, a really great way to see Morocco in a short time. Excellent leader and the food was outstanding!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We went early in the season so there was quite a bit of snow, making it to the pass was so rewarding and we all had a great sense of achievement.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Yaya was absolutely amazing. He knew the mountains inside out and was brilliant with the snowy conditions. We also had Mohammed, a second leader while we made our ascent who was incredibly calm and went at a steady pace which the whole group could keep up with. Yaya made sure we were always happy and nobody had any problems and always asked how we were when we got to the higher areas. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you visit the souks in Marrakesh, they are amazing and don't forget to haggle! Definitely worth taking lots of pairs of socks and warm clothes for when you're up high. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a really great trip and ideal for those who only have a short time to holiday. You feel as though you are there for a full week as you fit so much in, the food is amazing and the scenery when you start walking is exceptional. I would definitely go back and do this trip again!

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

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  • 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.

 

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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.

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  • 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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