Walking the Turquoise Coast

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Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
TTD
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
4–16
Min age:
16

Daywalks on the Turquoise Coast

The Turquoise Coast offers an alluring combination of beautiful scenery and ancient sites with some fine coastal and inland walking on the many trails in the area, including sections of the famed Lycian Way. Highlights include the ruined city of Arycanda, the chance to walk over a Roman aqueduct and some fantastic coastal views. Those looking for more adventure can also take part in a number of optional activities including SCUBA diving, paragliding and mountain biking. Alternatively just sit back and enjoy the leisurely pace of life in Turkey from the comfort of a poolside lounger or harbour café.

Highlights

  • Stunning mountain backdrop and blue lagoons
  • Historic and cultural landmarks
  • Watersport activities opportunities

Key information

  • 7 nights comfortable hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 4 days walking; 1 free day, 1 day sea kayaking (walk also available on this day)
  • Group normally 4 to 16. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 1521m, average 110m
  • Travel by minibus
  • Countries visited: Turkey

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • 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
Call for general departures:
00 97150 5550 445
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Days of Culture
Day by day breakdown
Day 26.0km/3.0miles
Day 47.0km/4.0miles
Day 58.0km/4.0miles
Day 69.0km/5.0miles

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

On this trip, we spend the nights in El Trestellador Pension in the quiet village of Benimantell. Hence, our visit to the family-run pension will bring benefits to the local community, providing employment and income opportunities.

As a trekking holiday, it allows easy access and flexibility for clients to interact with the locals, visit local cafes and bars, support local produce and craft to facilitate cultural exploration and experience what life is really like in this part of Spain. 

Water is especially important and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to not cause too much waste from single use plastic bottles. Tap water in Spain is generally safe to drink hence, we strongly encourage clients to bring their own reusable water bottles to refill throughout the trip.

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Kas.

    There are no activities planned for today so you are free to arrive in Kas at any time. The group flight usually arrives into Dalaman in the early evening and will be met and transferred to Kas.

    Hotel Phellos or similar

  • Day 2

    Morning orientation tour of Kas followed by a walk through the olive groves to Limanagzi beach.

    We start our holiday with a gentle warm-up day. The morning is spent on an orientation walk discovering Kas, then we can enjoy coastal views through the olive groves on the way out to Limanagzi beach, a lovely strip of beach only accessible by boat from Kas or on foot. At Limanagzi there will be time to relax or have a swim before we head back to Kas by another route, where you may see some rock tombs, a feature of the area. It was a custom of the Lycians (the predominant people of the area between the 15-14th centuries BC) to build tombs for their dead in mountainsides, or at least in high places, as they believed they would be carried to the afterlife by winged creature.

    There is however also the option to take a water taxi back to Kas.

    Walk: Distance 6 km Ascent 205m Descent 208m Max Altitude 95m Time: 2.5 hours

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Optional daywalk in the hills above the town or optional full day sea kayaking in the clear waters of Kekova Bay.

    Your leader will advise on things to do in and around Kas, including some self-guided walking options. A very popular excursion is sea kayaking at Kekova. Sea kayaking is the alternative way to explore the famous region of Kekova and Turkey's beautiful Turquoise Coast. Our optional guided tour departs from the small fishing port of Ucagiz (approx 45 min. transfer from Kas) to explore the island of Kekova and float over its sunken city. We disembark at the charming hillside village of Simena and stroll up to a superb fortress where we can enjoy spectacular bird's eye views over the aquamarine blue bays, inlets and islands below. We will have a late lunch and then transfer back to Kas in the mid-afternoon.

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Cavdir to Uzumlu village walk, following Roman aqueduct, still in use in places.

    The walk starts in the village, taking us past an Ottoman cemetery, then over open terrain with views of the valley and Patara Beach in the distance. The walk continues by following an ancient aqueduct, still in use to this day. Along the way we can fill our water bottles with water fresh from the mountains. We then climb up through pine forests, finishing the walk at the bottom of a small stony track where our minibus will be waiting. A short drive takes us to lunch at a local village, where you can sample Turkish pide (pizza) or fresh trout.

    Walk: Distance 7.5 km Ascent 407m Descent 275 m Max Altitude 360m Time: 3.5 hours

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Explore ruined city of Arycanda; afternoon walk to mountain village of Yazir.

    Today we will travel inland for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to visit Arycanda, a city renowned in Lycian times for its love of pleasure and merrymaking as well as its tendency to be in constant debt. Arycanda is the most impressive of the Lycian cities and its setting is one of the most outstanding in all of southern Turkey. After visiting the site we will enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch with one of the local families in the village.

    In the afternoon we drive approximately 20 minutes to the Ordubek Plateau and begin the 8km walk to Yazirbeli village. This is the highest point of the day, and from here we begin our descent with fabulous views of the surrounding landscape, made more colourful by the surrounding cedar and juniper trees.

    Walk: Distance 8 km Ascent 98m Descent 672 m Max Altitude 1542m Time: 4 hours

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Daywalk in Patara National Park, including the recently excavated Roman port town, and the superb beach.

    We start the day with a short transfer (approx. 40 mins) to Yesil Koy village, where we start our varied walk along the route of an old aqueduct, which, in ancient times, supplied the water to the city of Patara. Patara was one of the most important cities of the Lycian Union and is also known as St. Nicholas' (aka Father Christmas) birthplace. After 9 km we finish our walk at the impressive ruins in the Patara National Park, where you have the option to explore the ancient city, visit the ancient theatre, bouleuterion (Parliament building) and some other remains such as the necropolis. Time allowing, there is the option of going to the seemingly endless beach at Patara for a swim. The soft sand and shallow sea make this a perfect spot for sea turtles to come and lay their eggs. Not surprisingly therefore the beach today is a protected area.

    Walk: Distance 9 km Ascent 218m Descent 378m Max Altitude 215m Time: 4 hours

    Hotel Phellos or similar

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Free day; optional activities including diving and paragliding or local exploration.

    Today is free for relaxing and exploring Kas, a small charming coastal town with a pretty harbour. Although tourism has discovered Kas it has managed to retain much of its old charm. There are opportunities to walk to the ancient theatre on the peninsula as well as the nearby rock-cut tombs. For the more active, you can try your hand at diving or paragliding.

    Hotel Phellos or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Kas.

    Our adventure ends after breakfast today. Those on the group flights will be transferred back to Dalaman for the flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Turkey

Holders of UK, Austrian, Irish, Portuguese, Spanish and US passports require visas. Visa's must be obtained in advance, passengers need to obtain an e-visa prior to their arrival. This can be done online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ for approximately US$20. The visa is valid for a stay of up to three months (dependent on passport holder's nationality). For a longer stay a visa from a Turkish Embassy is required.

Vaccinations

Turkey

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Breakfasts normally include boiled eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, cheese, honey or jam and yoghurt, olives and bread. Lunches may be taken as picnics or in lokantas (small local restaurants). For dinners, Kas has plenty of excellent restaurants and cafés for you to choose from. Some specialise in locally caught fish dishes, others in various lamb dishes. There are also plenty of snack bars where 'Pide' (Turkish Pizza) is served. Most restaurants also offer selections of Meze (mixed starters). The Turks have a sweet tooth, so expect plenty of pastries covered in honey, as well as cakes and ice creams.

Weather

The area enjoy a typical Mediterranean weather with mild winters and hot dry summers.

April, May and October: pleasant daytime temperatures 12-22º night time 5-13º, a chance of some rain.

June and September: daytime temperatures 20-35º, night time 15-20º; very dry.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is Activity Level 2 (leisurely/moderate) with 4 days of walking, 1 free day and 1 day of sea kayaking.

Please note that although the walks run on established paths, they can be rocky underfoot with some exposed areas (no guard rails), so you will need to be steady on your feet. The itinerary on this trip remains flexible, to allow you to do as much or as little as you like. On the sea kayaking day it is possible to opt for a walk instead, and many of the days combine sightseeing with the walking.

All in all this is a relaxing but active break where there is something to suit all tastes - stunning walks, impressive historical sites, excellent food, long sandy beaches and numerous optional activities including diving and paragliding. The walks last on average 4 hours (not including rest stops) and, to some extent, will be tailored to the abilities and interests of the group as well as the season. Kas is a lively town in the summer; out of season it can be quiet but is never deserted, as the town is not entirely dependent on tourism.

Call for general departures:
00 97150 5550 445
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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.

Accommodation

Phellos Hotel

Kas is a lively town with a vibrant café culture. Our base is usually the Phellos Hotel, a well appointed hotel in the centre of Kas. It has 76 rooms which are modern, clean and comfortable, with en suite facilities, air conditioning and some with balcony. There is also an outdoor swimming pool (open May to October) and a restaurant/bar where breakfast is served.
Please note: on occasion we might use a different hotel of a similar standard.

Call for general departures:
00 97150 5550 445
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed November 2015
    Diana Rybinski

    A thoroughly enjoyable holiday

    This was my first Exodus holiday and my first solo holiday. The programme was just what I hoped with interesting walks, some visits to ancient sites and sea kayaking. The scenery and weather were fantastic and the food was very good. Our group of 14 people got on well together and the hard work of the guide made sure we were very well looked after.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without doubt the sea kayaking. The two of us were complete novices but after an embarrassing start we managed well and felt safe with 2 guides to help us and a support boat nearby. Paddling over the sunken city was a great experience and then on to the small village where we had an excellent buffet lunch and climbed up to the castle. Another memorable occasion was our visit to the ancient city of Arykanda where the enthusiastic local guide showed us round and then took us to his house where his wife had prepared a lovely buffet lunch mainly from their own produce including cheese and yoghurt from their goats.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Turget was a brilliant guide. He genuinely seemed to want us all to have a great holiday and worked hard to ensure that we did. He communicated really well, had an excellent knowledge of the area and I feel I learnt a lot about the country and people. He listened to us and was flexible and changed things if necessary. We felt safe at all times and appreciated the way he found interesting restaurants for us in the evening and made individual arrangements on request.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for a few steep sections and for some people, the crossing of the bridge on the aqueduct could be scary. Poles are useful. Rooms near the breakfast room and stairs can be noisy.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Oreo hotel looks very pretty from outside and has a good swimming pool and outside bar. However the dining room needs an update along with the bedrooms. The showers leaked and had a lot of black mould around the tray. The bed was comfortable, air con worked well and breakfast was perfectly OK. Hyri worked very hard all day looking after guests and was always very pleasant and efficient. A large party of young people staying there made it feel like a hostel rather than a hotel.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Gillian Stapleton Smith

    Walking the Turquoise Coast, Turkey

    First holiday with Exodus, and they were excellent in every respect. Would definitely use them again. I would have preferred slightly longer walks, but I can see that in very hot weather, the walks we did would be enough. Each day was varied and just as walking became routine, sea kayaking delivered a great day out. The hotel pool was most welcome and having thought the rest day would be a waste, in fact it was lovely to have a day doing not much. As is delightful and everyone we met was friendly and helpful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The visit to Aycanda(?) and subsequent walk from the mountain plateau down to the plains. Beautiful. Though the beach at Patara was invigorating. There wasn't a day I didn't enjoy and gain from.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hatice was our group leader and in my view was outstanding. She's funny, knowledgeable, friendly, endlessly polite and patient and almost certainly the only group leader to lead her kayaking group in singing "Row, row, row your boat' a cappella, in rounds, while waiting for the last of the kayaks to catch up. Some Americans thought this odd, but we enjoyed it. If Exodus is looking for a better group leader, they'll have to try hard.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There's plenty to do if you want to be busy after walks- Turkish baths, pleasant town and shops , good restaurants. Plus plant of activity type stuff if you find a day by the pool tedious!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    My only gripe is the hotel. All the staff were delightful- nothing too much trouble, friendly and helpful. However, the hotel itself desperately needs a thorough make over, being very tired and a bit run down. It's clean and there are swimming towels provided, but really nothing else. My shower leaked like a tsunami, and I don't think standing in a puddle of water while using a hairdryer is terrific. However, using my post swim towel solved this, but not vg. The pool and terrace were very pleasant, but you need to think again about the fabric of this hotel, Exodus.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Estelle Taylor

    Felt sad leaving Turkey

    I travelled with a friend of mine. Really enjoyed this week. It took a day or two to acclimatise to the heat during the walks but then it was fine. Loved the kayaking option. So good we opted to do that again on our free day. Kas town is lovely, with lots of good restaurants and shops. The food was really good throughout the week. Healthy and tasty. Our guide, Maho, was a complete pro. Our group was lovely, everyone got on well. A good mixture of activity and some free time. After some of the walks, we got back to the hotel between 3 and 4 pm so had time to go and do other things or go for a swim in the pool. Oreo Hotel was a very pleasant place to stay and the staff looked after us well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking out over the gorgeous coastline and clear water when kayaking and (while on one of the walks) seeing parts of a Roman aquaduct which is still working in some respects, all these years later.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Maho is wonderful. Professional, concientious, very experienced. You feel like you're in very capable hands. He booked restaurants and went out with us during the evenings as well as during the day, to make sure the entire experience was a really good one for us. Jan Jan was also with us during the kayaking and I found him to be very pleasant and helpful also. Both were at your side very quickly if they felt you needed assistance.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Water shoes are handy for the kayaking. It was late 20s - 30 centigrade in mid Sept and I should have brought a little more clothing to suit those kinds of temperatures. It took a day or two to get used to the heat when walking. I found a hat essential, plus I used a platypus waterbag for my backpack as I drank more water on this trip than I ever did before. Saves you having to dig a bottle out of your back pack all the time. Walking poles would be helpful on some of the ascents and descents. Not needed for all of the walks though. The longest walk (13km) along the aquaduct was the toughest one (for me), primarily due to the uphill parts, over rocks and quite steeply up a forest path for a time. Everyone else (a wide mixture of ages) managed fine and kindly waited for me. There are a lot of prickly shrubs on that walk, so some people may wish to bring lightweight trousers. A lot of it is picking your way along narrow paths, over rocks and alongside streams, so you do have to pick your steps carefully. There are some parts (very few) where people with a fear of heights may be a little nervous, but our group was fine, regardless. The rest of the walks were all easier. On the kayaking day, we paddled over to a really lovely spot for lunch. There were turtles swimming in the bay which was a bonus. Just be careful getting to and from your kayak over those rocks at the edge of the water. It's very shallow and there's a moss on the rocks which makes it very very slippy. Our guides helped us which was great, but worth bearing in mind. Mossie spray is useful (you can buy it in Kas though). Some of our group got bitten but many didn't.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel has safes you can rent for the week. I only used about 500 Turkish Lira (about €150 or £107) during the week for food and drink, excluding money for extra activities like kayaking and entrance to some of the historical sites. Overall I found it great value for money. It's a shame that some people are being put off going to Turkey because of the war in Syria. I found it completely safe.
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Jane Howell

    Turquoise Coast

    Our group was a mixture of couples and singles .we appreciated our guide taking us to his choice of restaurantsin the evenings ,and apart from One we had excellent service . The supper and boat trip on last evening was great fun especially seeing turtles

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Spectacular views on all our walks . Didn't appreciate we'd be walking through so many historical sites/ aqueducts . Most inspirational was the kayaking day to the sunken city .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tourget was fun to be around ,always cheerful even when he ruined his mobile kayaking ,he didn't complain ! We all loved him .our driver was also brilliant .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want a modest hotel ,with friendly attentive staff then this is for you .be aware though that the 5am call to prayer is only one block away and is attached to a loudspeaker . This then produces a cacophony of sounds from the local wildlife ....dogs ,cockerels ect . However the gin and tonics (£2.50)by the pool in the evening made up for that .dont expect complimentery bottles of shampoo ect in your room either. You do get a change of towels half way through the week however . Plus you can hire beach towels for a few TLira .walking boots / shoes essential .

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The visit to the Turkish baths on last free day was amazing and excellent value for 80 mins of exhilaration ,followed by relaxation ( £30) would have gone twice if we'd known earlier
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Nicola Hogan Araujo

    Turquoise Coast, Beautiful Kas

    An excellent, varied, well organised and fun trip in beautiful Kas. This was our first time with Exodus and experiencing a walking holiday - and we enjoyed every moment of it from the stunning scenery, amazing walks, wonderful swimming and fantastic food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The kayaking day was great - first time for me but after a practice paddle it all went well with a lovely lunch included. Walking in the mountains in pouring rain - another brilliant day, arriving at the end soaked but happy . Gorgeous lunches prepared by local families - they were so welcoming and the food was fantastic. Meeting a lovely group of people for the first time and enjoying every moment of the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ali was a great leader - knowledgeable, experienced, helpful and a quick thinker (shown when he had to change plans at the last minute).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I did not know that we would be eating our evening meals with the group and our guides - this was a lovely idea. Good idea to bring some wet shoes as one of the beaches was stony and also useful for the kayaking. The shops and restaurants will accept payment in sterling, Turkish lira, euros and dollars! We also exchanged some money in a jewellery shop.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The walks were varied which was a great part of the trip. Some paths were rocky whereas others had scree and small loose rocks which made some parts of the walk challenging but still enjoyable. Some members of the group (including me) found it useful to use a walking pole.
  • Reviewed May 2015
    Mark Fowles

    Turkish delight

    It was a good trip - pleasant Turkish town and walks that were enjoyable without being too demanding. Hotel was fairly spartan but the staff were both friendly and helpful (as were the Exodus tour guides). I didn't have a problem with the hotel apart from the mosque being close by and having my sleep disturbed by the calling to prayer.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed the kayaking.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    "Too Good" as we called him was friendly and helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take some ear plugs (unless you like the sound of being called to prayer pre-5am) and don't allow yourself to be distracted by an attractive woman blowing hot and cold (i.e. concentrate on the walking if you can).
  • Reviewed November 2014
    Anonymous

    Turquoise? Yep; that could fit.

    The walking was generally gentle & the weather really good. It's stony underfoot & occasionally claustrophobic walking along narrow paths, but the views are truly different from those to be experienced in England.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Any number of views towards the coast & the countryside in general provides a "change is as good as a rest" experience anyway. The great weather was a real plus.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ali was really good - patient; good English; experienced. 11 out of 10 for him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The hotel is spartan & not really good enough for people who are well past the backpacking stage. The holiday would have been much worse if the weather had been less welcoming. Changing money in restaurants - when you're going to eat there - gives a much better exchange rate than that obtainable through big hotels, banks or ATMs.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The people in the hotel were really friendly, but the accommodation is not up to scratch, I'm afraid.
  • Reviewed August 2014
    Anna Goode

    The Turquoise Coast

    What a fantastic trip! It was my first experience of Exodus and I would definitely use the company again. The days' activities were always well organised, enjoyable and interesting.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having the Patara beach destination at the end of our walks was spectacular. The roman ruins were really worth seeing, as was the Turkish market and Turkish lunch at a local Turkish family's house.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Touget was really attentive and helpful to the group and gave us an insight into the culture.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I didn't realise there would be evening meals organised and this was great for getting to know the group.
  • Reviewed November 2013
    Anonymous

    THE TURQUOISE COAST

    Great holiday, moderate activity, lovely group and fantastic scenery!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This was my first solo adventure and I was a bit worried about what I was getting myself into! My fears were put to rest very early however as the group was lovely and the scenery amazing. The most inspirational moment for me was actually booking it, but the scenery we saw on our walks were awe-inspiring too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was called Zep and she was lovely, funny, friendly and always happy to help.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Our hotel was very basic but clean, but I would advise that single travellers pay the supplement for their own room as it would have been a bit awkward to have shared I think.Be prepared for a couple of hours walking a day, usually between 7 and 12km per day, but nothing too hard. Do not attempt if you are a bit unure on your feet or have virtigo as some of the walks are very narrow on cliff paths and very high up!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The notes say you will only need around 200 lira for the holiday, but that will only cover your food as the trip includes B&B only.
  • Reviewed November 2012
    Anonymous

    THE TURQUOISE COAST

    A great choice for a last grab of sunshine before entering the English winter. Beautiful scenery, undemanding walks, great food and surprisingly good wine (Turkish wine was a revelation).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to decide between the spectacular coastal views and my first trial dive, where I saw a green turtle.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Deynep was close to perfect. She had a bubbly enthusiastic nature and became a friend to all of us. 

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. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 00 97150 5550 445