Waves crash against icebergs at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon near Vatnajokull National Park

Discover Iceland

8 days
$4,495 USD
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Explore the best of southern Iceland

Iceland is a vast, evocative country, constantly evolving and changing through the sheer power of the geological forces that created it. This week provides the perfect introduction to the southern half of the country, as we journey from the mountainous Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the west across the dramatic lunar-like landscape of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve to the eastern tip of the massive Vatnajokull National Park. Craters, hot springs, lava flows and thundering waterfalls dot our route, before we travel back along the south coast to Reykjavik.


  • Many of Iceland's best known sites: Thingvellir World Heritage Area, geysers and roaring waterfalls
  • Volcanic scenery: lava flows, fissures, craters, columnar basat pillars and geothermal pools 
  • 24 hour daylight for departures in June

Key information

  • 7 nights in hotels and guesthouses 
  • Travel by specialist vehicle
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • 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 and vaccinations
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  • Day 1

    Start Reykjavik.

    We start in Reykjavik with a briefing at hour hotel at 1830. The evening is free to explore.

  • Day 2

    Drive north to mountainous Snaefellsnes Peninsula, explore the Snaefellsjokull Ice Cap; fishing villages, lava flows and birdlife.

    We drive north to the mountainous Snaefellsnes Peninsula, an enchanting landscape of fishing villages, old lava flows, and abundant birdlife. Snaefellsnes is perhaps best known for the glacier-capped strato-volcano 'Snaefellsjokull' and its literary and mystical associations. Jules Verne in his classic 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' describes this as the start point for the protagonists' journey. New-age followers consider this area as one of the earth's seven major energy centres. With the volcano as a backdrop we visit the cliffs of nesting seabirds at Arnastapi, before a coastal walk to enjoy the birdlife and dramatic blow holes; we then discover the old cod-fishing community at Dritvik. Time allowing there is the option to enjoy a soak in the warm swimming pool of mineral waters at Lysuholl geothermal area. The waters are said to have healing properties.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Walk to extinct crater of Eldborg, continue to Hvalfjordur fjord and on to visit Thingvellir N.P.; transfer to Laugarvatn

    Today we walk to the extinct volcanic crater of Eldborg that sits 60 metres above the lava field it created. The walk takes approximately 2 hrs, covering 6km and the terrain is not taxing. At 200 metres wide and 50 metres deep it is well worth the effort. We then continue to the Hvalfjord, or 'Whale' fjord, which was an important harbour for US convoys heading to Britain during the Second World War. From here our next stop is the Thingvellir National Park and world heritage site. It was here that the Icelandic Parliament was first established around 930 AD. The rift valley is a striking reminder of the constant movement of the earth's crust as it is on the Mid Atlantic Ridge. The lake here is also the largest natural lake in Iceland, surrounded by cracks and faults that attest to its volcanic birth.

    Our day ends with a transfer to the small settlement of Laugarvatn where we may have time for an optional dip in the naturally heated hot pools and steam baths at Fontana.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Visit waterspouts at Geysir, on to Gullfoss Waterfall; continue to Thorsardalur Valley and on to Gjain canyon; finally see Haifoss Waterfall.

    Geysir provides an explosive start to the day and needs little explanation, having given the word geyser to the world. Waterfalls in Iceland come in many shapes and sizes, and our first is one of the biggest - Gullfoss. These spectacular falls span the width of the Hvita river, falling a total of 32 metres into the crevice below. The Thjorsardalur Valley then welcomes us with its many treasures. The first is a reconstruction of a Viking farmhouse, that was buried by an eruption in 1104. After its excavation in 1939 the reconstruction was built, some 10km from its original location.

    A real gem of the area is the Gjain Canyon, which seems like a small oasis in a black volcanic desert, with lush vegetation, small rivers and waterfalls. As if by contrast we then visit Haifoss Waterfall, the second highest in Iceland at a dizzying 122 metres.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Drive across lunar-like landscape of Fjallabak nature reserve; optional swim in hot pools and walk to hot springs; walk to Ofaerufoss Waterfall; on Mt Oraefajokull.

    Since J R R Tolkein's trilogy famously hit the big screen, visitors to Iceland have often compared the dark forboding scenery of Iceland's interior to Mordor and it's easy to see why. Continuing east we drive across the Fjallabak Nature Reserve for a day of lunar-like landscape and volcanic deserts, stopping at explosive craters and enjoying this unmissable experience. Emerging from the shadows we encounter the surprisingly colourful mountain scenery in Landmannalaugar where the differing colours of rock striations provide a vivie landscape. We take a walk to see the hot springs and can take a dip in a natural hot pool.

    Our day continues with a visit to the Eldja Fissure where we walk to the Ofaerufoss Waterfall. We make a short stop at the Holaskjol hut and continue on foot to a particularly beautiful lava flow and waterfall above the hut. We end the day with a long transfer to our accommodation in the foothills of Mt.Oraefajokull, the highest mountain in Iceland.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    To Vatnajokull NP. visit Skaftafell and walk to Svartifoss waterfall; to the Glacial lagoon, optional boat ride on the lagoon.

    Vatnajokull National Park is simply immense, covering over 13 and a half thousand square kilometres. We however limit our exploration to the Skaftafell area, known for its more gentle climate and almost alpine contours. We visit Svartifoss Waterfall, an unusual waterfall even by Icelandic standards as it is produced by water cascading over huge basalt columns. Our focus then switches to the glacial lagoon, where giant chunks of ice float silently in the water. The lagoon is on the edge of the Vatnajokull National Park and situated at the head of the massive Breidamerkurjokull Glacier, one of the largest outlets from the Vatnajokull Ice Cap. Jokulsarlon evolved into a lagoon around 1950 as the glacier retreated from the coast. The banks of the lagoon today show where the glacier’s edge used to be, just 1.5km from the ocean. The river running out of the lagoon is the shortest glacial river in Iceland and the lagoon itself is almost 300m deep, covering an area of 20 square kilometres. Optional boat rides are available here, prices available locally.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Visit Vik; on to basalt columns of Reynisfjara and visit a nesting area for thousands of puffins, plus the rock arch at the southernmost tip of Iceland. Transfer to Reykjavik.

    The town of Vik is the southernmost town in Iceland. After a short visit we continue our journey to Reynisfjara, a dramatic black sand beach surrounded by imposing black basalt columns. Our southerly tack takes us to Dyrholaey, a nesting area for puffins, and home to the iconic 120 metre rock arch that defiantly marks the southernmost tip of the country. Turning west we head for Reykjavik, visiting the mighty waterfalls at Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss en route.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    End Reykjavik.

    Should you wish to extend your stay in Reykjavik please ask our sales team. Reykjavik is well worth exploring with a number of monuments of interest including the Hallgrímskirkja Church and the Harpa Concert and Conference Centre. The Old Harbour is a great place to start your exploration, housing some of the oldest buildings in Reykjavik.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info



No visa required for British passport holders.



There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included. Dinners are not included when in Reykjavik, and lunch is included only on the sightseeing/ travelling days.
Typical Meals
Breakfasts are mainly continental style, lunches are generally picnics and the main meal of the day is usually local fish or lamb specialities, plus European standards such as pasta, chicken etc. Vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements can be catered for, but may get a little less variety in the meals provided. Please advise us of any special requirements at the time of booking.


Iceland is on the northern edge of the temperate zone, meaning it has cool summers. Daytime temperatures in the summer months can be anything from 10º to 20ºC, though in 2008 they reached 25ºC and could equally drop close to zero. As we are in a mountaineous area you must be prepared for some days of poor weather with strong winds and rain, but usually the weather is quite pleasant, though cool. There is constant daylight, but not midnight sun, in May, June and July.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is graded level 1, leisurely.
Much of this trip is touring by small bus, with plenty of stops to visit the highlights detailed in the itinerary, and optional walks and activities.
We use a comfortable bus, ruggedly built to Icelandic standards and able to cope with most types of terrain, including fording glacial rivers. Most roads we travel on this trip are tarmac allowing for a reasonably smooth ride.
Accommodation in Iceland is expensive and often very basic. Those well-travelled clients will find the comparison with similarly priced accommodations in mainland Europe to be disappointing. However, we source good quality, competitively-priced guesthouses and hotels on the itinerary.

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This tour is based on a mixture of hotels and simple guesthouses. As with everything in Iceland accommodation is very expensive, so we have tried to choose places with prices that allow us to keep the holiday affordable. Accommodation is in twin rooms, with singles available. Most are en suite however you will be required to share bathrooms on days 3, 5 and 6. While we pre-book all accommodation according to the itinerary, as space is limited we may move to alternative accommodation according to availability.

A limited number of single rooms are available, at a supplement, first come first served basis. These must be booked and paid for in advance, please contact our sales team for details.

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  • Reviewed September 2017
    Diane Seaman

    Fantastic Experience - Stunning landscape

    Amazing country, unlike any I have ever been to. The landscape is mesmerising, and the waterfalls and geysers are breathtaking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    One of the waterfalls was spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    T was fantastic. Great knowledge and enthusiasm. Also very humorous, excellent driving and made good lunches!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring a mixture of clothing as the weather changes. Do not expect smart hotels. Some are pretty basic. There is quite a lot of travelling in the (extremely smart) bus, but you have to travel a few hours to get some of these amazing places...so it was worth it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Iceland is definitely somewhere to go to at least once in your life! And Exodus (as always) were fantastic.
  • Reviewed September 2016
    Malcolm Hicks

    Great trip

    Very different country. Great trip, great guide and a great bunch of co-travellers. If you like wild scenery, don't mind a bit of rain and a lot of wind, this could be the trip for you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A dip in the thermal pool (in the rain!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    First rate guide with a humorous approach to most things

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take multiple layers and multiple waterproof So!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The 'rough and ready' picnics were excellent - especially the smoked salmon!
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Sharon Earthey

    Amazing Iceland

    What an amazing place. You can almost hear the landscape breathing it's so dynamic and alive. Varied, challenging and beautiful I kept feeling like I was on a film set. We really made the most of the long summer days on this well organised and well run trip, eating up the miles to enjoy a great range of landscapes and experiences. We were lucky enough to enjoy sunshine everyday, which often seemed to arrive just as we did and the group was a fantastic mix of interesting people, led by our lovely and resourceful guide Höskuldur.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole trip was amazing but if I had to, I'd pick 2 outstanding moments. The first was bathing in the hot springs at Landmannalaugar. With campers preparing for the day in the chill of the morning, we headed straight to the hot springs. Once again the sun arrived as we did and we spent the next hour or so enjoying the Icelandic bathing culture in the most beautiful summer meadow setting. Absolutely unforgettable. The second was in Vatnajokjull national park, where we walked over a ridge to suddenly see the amazing glacier stretched out below us. It literally took my breath away.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Höskuldur, affectionately known as Höski, was absolutely great. Easy going but well organised, he worked even harder than our little bus making sure we got the most out of our trip. Driver, guide, caterer, tyre changer and ultimately friend, he obviously cares about what he does and his enthusiasm for his great country really came through.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take an eye mask. Surprising lack of blackout blinds for a country with 24 hour daylight. It was in the trip notes which I foolishly ignored. Be prepared for varied weather by taking layers. We were incredibly lucky the week we went but the landscape is often exposed and layers should enable you to deal with anything. Do everything, go everywhere, eat the curried pickled herring.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you can, go. Our age range was 35 to 76 and all fairly fit, which is essential I think to get the most out of this active trip.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Bryher Mason

    Wonderful Introduction to Iceland

    This was one of the best Exodus trips I have done. It was a brilliant introduction to Iceland, spanning a wide variety of landscapes and locations. Yet it also felt that we spent a good amount of time in most of the places, a great balance between 'sightseeing' and active exploration.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Without a doubt, Haifoss was the most spectacular moment of the trip. It was the climax of a particularly amazing day with dramatic scenery and equally dramatic weather. I also particularly enjoyed the day we spent in the highlands on the remote tracks and trails - even when we got stuck in the river! However, every day was a highlight as they were each so different.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Orri was quite simply amazing, endlessly enthusiastic (but not over the top) and good company. He made subtle adjustments to the itinerary when the weather got particularly horrendous and maximised the time when things cheered up. He had a wealth of stories ranging from Icelandic sagas to his own hair raising adventures. He complemented these with a vast knowledge about his country and an ability to answer any question thrown at him. He was also very patient with our endless requests for him to pronounce place names over and over again. His run to the top of a mountain to get phone signal when the bus got stuck in a river was positively heroic. Our bus driver, Thor, was also brilliant, again with a wealth of knowledge and driving skills, complemented by an eclectic taste in music and the ability to play the accordion! It was a genuine pleasure to spend a week in their company

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take good quality waterproof trousers! These should really be on the essential packing list as they are handy for very windy weather as well as rain. The trip would have been pretty miserable without them. Rain covers for backpacks and camera equipment are also useful. But don't worry about the weather, Iceland is just as spectacular in the rain and fog as bright sunshine. Don't worry about the quality of the hotels, I thought they were all perfectly nice, very clean and comfortable and certainly to the standard I would expect. The food is also good, as a veggie, dinners were absolutely fine and the choice at the amazing buffet lunches produced by Orri and Thor was great.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Bruce Little

    Wonderful country, wonderful trip

    This was simply a wonderful trip -- "extreme sightseeing," as one of our group said. Weather was dreadful the first day -- rain and high winds -- but it was still quite magical, and the weather improved after that. We walked to volcanoes, lounged in hot spring pools, saw geysers in Geysir and countless beautiful waterfalls, enhanced by rainbows when the sun shone, traversed beautiful territory in the interior and ate very well indeed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many. The stunning rock formations, the landscape of the interior (utterly unlike we'd seen), Thingvellur (site of the first Parliament at the eastern edge of the North American tectonic), Gullfoss, the black sand beach and basalt cave. There was at least one such moment every day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Orri was terrific; so was Thor, our bus driver. Both were great company and extremely good at their work. Orri knows his history and is a wonderful storyteller and guide. Thor entertained us with his piano playing and accordion on the side. Both were very resourceful when the bus got stuck in a river during a period of very high water. (The interior road goes through a lot of shallow rivers.) They also organized wonderful picnic lunches, sometimes under extreme weather conditions.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring lots of layers and the best rain gear you can. Not much chance to do laundry, so be prepared.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Iceland has been on our list for a long time. Exodus made it possible to get to places we could never have done on our own. If we had tried, it would have been a very stressful trip. The interior demanded four-wheel drive and a knowledge of the area we simply did not have.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Wendy Gray

    Discover Iceland

    In a word, wondrous! An exceptional week in an exceptional country, unlike any other on this planet. Everyone should try to experience the wonders of Iceland, from the expanses of lava, to the glaciers descending to the black beaches, the icebergs careering down the rivers to the Ocean, some remaining on the beaches, the snow-capped summits of the still active volcanoes, the splendid waterfalls, the beautifully elegant horses, the geysers, the geothermique springs, the relaxation in hot rivers, the verdant pastures, the grazing sheep, the colourful splash of wild herbs and flowers, colourful rocks too, the succulent lamb, the delicious fish, the puffins, the charming Icelanders, their open-ness, their on-going belief in elves and trolls, always ready to recount an oft-told saga . And we were blessed with blue skies, hot sun, just a touch of rain and freezing wind, a charming guide, courteous, caring, informative, likewise our driver. No stress, a perfect week. Thank you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Glaciers descendingto the beach, icebergs on the beach.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent! Caring, courteous, calm, informative, sense of humour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Layers of clothing/walking boots essential. The days can alternate between hot and cold.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our driver and guide provided us daily with excellent picnics, always headed away from crowded tourist spots. A veriety of fresh breads was bought whenever possible from the baker's, the picnic was temptingly displayed with care on the table they transported with them, always with fish and meat, cheeses, spreads, fruits, and cake, coffee and tea and drinking water. And a wide choice of biscuits and dried fruit was always available in the bus. We were extremely well looked after.
  • Reviewed August 2014

    Discover Iceland

    This was an excellent trip . The countryside is amazing and we were able to get out an explore every day without spending too much time in the bus. Our guide and driver were very efficient, friendly and fun to be with. The accommodation was good and varied and the food was excellent. We also really enjoyed the alfresco lunches with their surprises prepared by Saja our guide,-- sometimes with our help.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Driving off -road to the very edge of an extinct volcanic crater, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the view from the old Thingvellir Parliament site.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent, very well organised, dry sense of humour, lots of stories about the culture and the myths, and sensible warnings about Killer Sheep!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For anybody living north of Birmingham, the Easyjet flight from Manchester gives you almost an extra day in Reykavik before the Heathrow flight arrives.
  • Reviewed August 2014
    Sarah Collinge

    Discover Iceland 27th July - 3rd august

    I had a wonderful time. Everything went according to plan. The places we visited were fantastic and the timings and organisation were excellent. The places we stayed were very clean and everybody we met was very friendly and helpful. The warning in the trip notes about the quality of rooms was unfounded, they were no where near as basic as we had been led to believe. Iceland is absolutely beautiful and the scenery and the wildlife is so much better than I had ever imagined. The food at every hotel was excellent and the lunches described as 'packed' in the brochure were in reality a buffet every day with hot drinks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This one is difficult - so much of it was inspirational. I think my favourite moments were seeing the lagoon and sailing around the icebergs and meeting some very cheeky puffins at the nature reserve. They were very very entertaining with their ludicrous orange feet and confident personalities.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    She was amazing- totally knowledgeable, bi linugual, entertaining, patient and really great company, as was the lovely driver. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes- I love eating fish, but if you are not keen on fish, or allegic to it,you need to warn Exodus in advance, as lots of the meals on the tour and also in restaurants are fish based. I f you have chance, go a couple of days earlier than your official holiday. There is a lot to see and do in Reykavik. we were lucky that our plane arrived in from manchester early in the morning. We managed to walk round the city centre and go whale watching. I wish I had arranged to arrive the day before so I could have done the museums and art galleries as well. Take your walking boots, the trip is leisurely but the terrain is at times boggy and uneven. You could easily hurt an ankle in trainers. There isn't much space on the tour bus as the storage shelf above the tourists' heads is very narrow. Don't take a big day sack therefore.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No- it was great thanks to all involved.
  • Reviewed August 2012


    A well thought-out way to get a good look at Iceland in a short space of time. It would be hard to see this many wonders and get this much insight under your own steam. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on the edge of the world in the Vik area, both on the clifftops at Dyrholaey and the volcanic beaches at Reynisfjara, as the North Atlantic flung some bracing weather our way. Or getting immersed in the primal forces of waterfalls like Skogarfoss ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7837779092/in/photostream ).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gudmunder (Gummi) Bjornson (apologies for spelling) can't be recommended too highly. Insightful, resourceful, hard-working and very sociable. Magnus the driver was friendly, safe and highly efficient. Great picks!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You'll get the most out of this trip if you're willing and able to do some walking and scrambling - otherwise you'll either limit the itinerary or find yourself left out. Also be aware that Iceland is tiny, demographically speaking, and while the food is usually very good, the accommodation can be spartan compared to more populous European countries. Smooth, straight roads become rarer the further you get from Reykjavik, so take precautions if you're prone to travel-sickness. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had some misgivings about the transport - a strengthened Sprinter mini-bus with trailer did open up destinations that might have been closed to a larger vehicle, but the interior just wasn't rooomy enough - it would have been a real problem had every seat been taken - as it was, many struggled to stow their boots and day-gear in the absence of overhead luggage racks, and the windows weren't exactly panoramic - at 6'7", I was lucky to have most of the back seat to myself, but would have struggled otherwise - a hard issue to fix, given the terrain, bur the old, compact, off-road coach we had on the day the Sprinter broke down was a much better bet. Overall, a great 'scouting' trip that will inspire us to return to Iceland on a more adventurous basis.
  • Reviewed September 2011


    If you like scenery then this is the holiday for you. As well as including the Golden Circle which all weekend trippers to Reykjavik have to do, you see parts of the country without having to queue behind other tour buses. You do however have to get out of the bus and use your legs!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Bassalt columns near VikThe drive over the mountain pass.The walk on Snaefellnaes pennisular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Walti was my kind of leader. He kept the tour going without being in your face - leading from the back. Super chilled out, very knowledgable with plenty of 'true' stories.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to get out of the bus. If you want to eat out in Reykjavik then bring plenty of cash. Even at current exchange rates it ain't cheap.

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An overview of flight options

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

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


What kind of options do I have ?

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

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

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


 Notes on transfer arrangements

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

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


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]


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