Trekking in Oman

9 days
$2,215 USD
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4.8 / 5 from 16 reviews >
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Stunning canyons, abandoned villages and beautiful coastline - the gem of the Gulf

Oman, the most beautiful of the Gulf States, boasts a rugged landscape with a mountain range whose rock formations are both spectacular and of immense geological interest. In the wild Hajar mountains we'll walk through huge wadis and soaring valleys, passing occasional abandoned villages. By contrast we finish with a stunning cliff-top coastal walk, with incredible views back to the Eastern Hajar mountains. There is also time to explore Muscat old town, and witness the weekly cattle market at Nizwa , a fort town and the former capital of Oman.


  • Remote trekking in the Western Hajar Mountains Jebel Shams
  • the incredible 'Grand Canyon' of Oman
  • Stunning coastal walk
  • Nizwa Fort-the historic capital of Oman
  • Witness Nizwa's famous weekly cattle market

Key information

  • 2 nights hotels and 6 nights wild camping (without facilities)
  • 4 days walking and 2 half-day walks 
  • Group normally 6 to 16 , plus leader. Min age 16
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Travel by 4WD 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 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 - includes single and tent)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Trip Notes

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Approximately  8.8km/ 5.5 miles walking per day


Low altitude throughout: trails are uneven and rocky underfoot

Day by day breakdown
Day 36.0km/3.0miles
Day 49.0km/5.0miles
Day 59.0km/5.0miles
Day 65.0km/3.0miles
Day 714.0km/8.0miles
Day 810.0km/6.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Arrive Muscat

    Arrive Muscat

  • Day 2

    Morning visit Grand Mosque and souks; walk to city view point; afternoon drive to camp site.

    After breakfast we will have our group briefing. Our first stop is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, this is an Islamic cultural centre where we have the opportunity to understand more about Islam specifically in Oman. Photography is permitted. Ladies are required to cover their hair, so a scarf (not opaque) is required. Arms and ankles should also be covered. The mosque is typically Omani in style, understated but elegant. Building commenced in 1995 and inside a huge 154 metre chandeleir hangs over the world's second largest hand woven carpet. There is time to explore the mosque before exploring Old Muttrah souk, where all kinds of souvenirs including oils and jewellery can be purchased. We then follow the corniche passing the port with the Sultan’s ship moored in full view. Today's walk then picks up an old path connecting the city's surrounding villages. The path is an uneven track and ascends 200m. Please remember to bring water as we'll be walking for more than an hour. We arrive back near the souq. Our lunch will be a picnic overlooking the ocean. In the afternoon we will drive out of Muscat (approx 1.5hours) and set up camp at the foot of the mountains. At dinner we will have our briefing for the following day. 
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Walk Oman's Grand Canyon Balcony

    We enjoy the breathtaking views of Oman's Grand Canyon with Nakhr village more than a kilometre below us. You will even be able to spot today's balcony walk along the edge of the canyon. Setting off from Al-Kateen village we follow the balcony trail along the mountain edge to an abandoned village, which clings to the rocks and is hidden from view. Just beyond the village there is traditional farm terracing and a small lake that irrigates the area. The walk back along the balcony trail offers more breathtaking views of the canyon. This will take us about 4 hours in total. We then return to the campsite and relax there. There is an optional short walk later that day . (4 hours walking) 1 hour optional extra
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Al Khitaym walk; transfer to Jebel Akhdar camp.

    This morning after breakfast we will pack up camp and have a short drive to the start of the day's walk at Al Khitaym. This walk is a marked route with fantastic views of the wadi Ghul- Nkhar valley and abundant green terraces below. The terrain is rocky and uneven but the views rewarding. We will descend 1000m into the abandoned village where we will have our picnic lunch at the end of the walk. After lunch we will drive up to to Jebal Akhdar and camp there at 2000m. (5 hours walking)
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Hike across Jebel Akhdar; afternoon walk through terraces.

    After breakfast we begin our 3-hour trek across the heart of the Western Hajar mountains. The walk starts from Jarira, which is situated at the top of a mountain, and leads us to the abandoned village of Bani Habib. The walk has a tricky descent so we will pick our route carefully to the bottom of the wadi. If we are lucky gazelles are seen in this area. There are some descents and the views are excellent. We will finally drop into the wadi via some old steps (over 400) and make our way to the village under the cover of trees and shrubs. We will have time to explore the buildings of the old village, providing a great insight into how people once lived. After lunch we will walk amongst the mountain side terracing and farms. The roses in these fields are still used to make rose water. Watch out as the path is flat but can be slippery. Lunch will be at a local restaurant and is a great spot to watch local life. We have a short drive back to camp to collect wood before darkness falls. Approx. 4 hours walking morning, 1.5 hours afternoon.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Trek through mountainous terrain passing abandoned villages and dry canyons; transfer to Nizwa; traditional dinner at local restaurant.

    This morning we leave our campsite following an old water course which resembles a goat path. This once connected the villages before the roads were built. There are some steps from about 2300m which take us down into the wadi with great panoramic views. The walk's terrain varies and we have time to explore an abandoned village. Here we will rest before walking through a cleft in the mountain to view our final destination in the distance. Finally there is a short slog up to our waiting transport which will take us to the picnic lunch spot. The walk will take about 5 hours followed by an hour's drive to the old town of Nizwa, the former capital of Oman. This evening we will make a stop for some deserved refreshments and have our briefing in the bar before going on for dinner at a local Omani restaurant and overnight at a hotel. Time for a shower! Approx. 5 to 6 hours walking
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Explore Nizwa including the cattle market and fort; to camp.

    After a lie in and breakfast we set off to explore Nizwa. Originally the old capital of Oman, Nizwa is most famous for its fort but the small museum is very interesting and should not be missed. The town retains many examples of Omani architecture with carved wooden doorways and window frames, although the fort has recently undergone restoration and now has a more contemporary feel. Our trips are timed to witness Nizwa's weekly cattle market. On Fridays, Omanis come from many miles away to buy livestock here. In addition to cows, you’ll see flat-bed trucks filled with camels, and plenty of goats. You can also explore the fort and the meandering back streets of the souk. Lunch will be in a local restaurant before setting off to our beach camp. Once at the beach camp time will be needed to prepare for the following day's walk- take a dip in the sea and enjoy sunset as dinner is prepared for you.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Full day coastal walk along cliffs and into wadis.

    Setting off around 8am we follow the coast line along the cliffs whose old paths are well defined to begin with. The walking on this day has a totally different feel as the fantastic ocean views combine with the mountains behind us. The route is demanding in parts with steep descents into small wadis but it's mostly at sea level. We will stop for a picnic lunch en route. In the afternoon the terrain is rocky as we follow a track that includes a couple of steep short ascents but the ocean and mountain views are a stark contrast to our previous walks. Our destination is a secluded beach where we will make camp for the night. Our luggage will be delivered by boat, James Bond style. Tonight we will have a fish barbeque on the beach.

    Approx. 7 to 8 hours walking.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Morning walk to Muscat port;end Muscat.

    Walking from camp we finish in the fishing village of Quriyat. This will be a 2 to 3 hour walk. If the tide is low we will walk along the beach. If not we follow the cliff tops along a goat path. Please note if the tide is high it will mean getting our feet wet. In Quriyat our bus will be waiting to take us to a restaurant for lunch. We will head back to Muscat late afternoon. Those on Land Only arrangements will leave us in Muscat. For those booked on the group flights there will be a few day rooms and showers for the group's use at a nearby guest house. After showering and packing we will go to Seeb on the coast. This is where Omanis shop for everyday things. After a light supper we'll pick up our bags and head to the airport to check in for the overnight flight to London. Approx. 4 hours walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
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Essential Info



Visas are required by all non-Arab nationalities. Most nationalities can obtain a ten day visa on arrival at Seeb International Airport (Muscat) for for 5 Rials (OMR) (approx. . GBP8). A longer stay visa costs 20 Rials (approx. . GBP40). As this information may change we advise you to check with the Embassy before travel. The costs are the same should you decide to obtain your visa before departure.

To obtain your visa before you arrive the address of the Oman Embassy in London is 167 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5HE. If you apply for your visa through Travcour, the visa service we recommend, the service charge is GBP25 plus postage and packing on top of the visa fee of GBP43.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for Oman. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid,
Hepatitis A.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 6 dinners

While camping dinners will include chicken, fish or meat with rice, pasta or potatoes followed by fruit or cake. There will always be a vegetarian choice served at dinner. Picnic lunches usually consist of Arabic bread, mixed salad, meat or fish plus fruit. When in towns we eat at local restaurants serving Omani food. If you have any specific dietary requirements please advise the office prior to your trip. Tea and coffee are also served at the camp sites. Water is provided on trek free of charge. You will need to buy mineral water whilst in Muscat and Nizwa.


Temperatures and humidity are high throughout the year on the coast. From May to September is the hottest season, so we avoid scheduling trips at this time of year. Temperatures rise even higher inland towards the Rub' al Khali, but here humidity is lower so that the higher temperatures are more tolerable and the nights cooler. In Spring and Autumn expect sunny weather throughout, with warm to hot days (maximum around 35 C) and pleasant night time temperatures. There is little chance of any rain, except from December to February. February will be about 5 to 10 degrees cooler.  In December days are warm (20-25 C ). Please note on some nights on the trek the temperatures can approach freezing. There is a chance of rain in the Jebel Akhdar

Is this trip for you?

Grade 4 This trip has been graded as moderate/challenging and is suitable for those  with a good level of fitness. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not vital as long as you are confident of your physical condition. Whilst trekking the facilities are very basic so please take this into consideration in assessing whether this trip is right for you. On trek there are no showers or toilets, but a certainm amount of water is set aside for hand washing before meals etc. A bowl of water can be provided on request. We will mainly be walking on well trodden paths but most sections involve walking over rocky, uneven terrain. At times this can be relatively steep. You should make sure you have decent lightweight walking boots that will support you on uneven ground. Every day your main luggage will be transported by jeeps. You will only need to carry your day pack.

Oman is hot during the day so care should be taken to drink lots of water. This will be provided whilst on trek. Temperatures at night in the desert can drop to just above freezing. Please come prepared for this. 

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Hotels & Wild Camping

2 nights hotels and 6 nights wild camping.
You will spend 2 nights in standard hotels with en suite facilities. 6 nights will be spent wild camping. There are no washing facilities or toilets and you will need to erect and dismantle tents. A bowl of water for personal washing will be provided every day. Mattresses will be provided. You will need to bring a sleeping bag suitable for freezing temperatures.

Single supplement available from GBP195 (includes single tent)

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed April 2016
    Aine Collins

    Trekking in Oman

    A really great trip, a chance to experience a conflict free country in the Middle East with excellent guides, stunning mountains with rare geological features, wild camping interrupted after four nights by a hotel before resuming it for another two ending with two days coastal walking seeing giant turtles and sandy crabs and all in glorious sunshine as well as 'unseasonal' hail, wind, rain on some nights!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many magic moments: seeing the giant turtles swimming, the longish road journey through the varied mountains, the unusual geological formations of the mountains, wild camping on the beach or in the company of ancient olive trees visited by friendly hungry goats, meeting a group of school children on our last day while they waited for their school bus, swimming in the mountain pool and the sea, an abundance of sublimely cooked food in an Omani restaurant.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob is an excellent leader, really knows his stuff whether its botany, geology, ornithology, how to lead a group. He has lived in Oman for many years and is passionate about the country. He is generous about sharing his knowledge as well as his home on our final afternoon when we could shower, chill and prepare for leaving. He was excellent at reminding us about the need to drink abundant quantities of water. He had a great team with him and was very appreciative of them. Abdul Hamid is really forthcoming in response to questions about Oman and his presence as an Omani was both essential and a real gift. Sarah was another team member whom I could really trust, she was happy to engage or be keep a quiet eye and is remarkably fit.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Given climate change and the range of altitudes it's best to be prepared for variations in the weather and temperature. As always layers worked well. If you use a walking pole bring it. I usually use two but here one was sufficient to leave hands free. The going is very rough most of the time. Be prepared to drink lots of water. Don't forget to bring swimwear.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I learned a lot about Oman and life in that neck of the peninsula. It was spectacular scenery. The trip attracted a really mixed interesting group who were widely traveled. Great opportunities for photography and days of travel when you meet only gazelle droppings and evoke the scent of myrrh as you brush past yet another myrrh tree. Go for it!
  • Reviewed November 2015
    Catherine MacMichael

    Trekking in Oman October 2015

    A fantastic 10 day trip with 6 nights wild camping, 4 nights in the Western Hajar mountains and then finishing off with 2 nights on the Eastern Hajar coast - stunning.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping outside on the beach with only my sleeping bag and mattress. Going to sleep under a full moon and stars, waking up to watch the sun rise whilst listening to the waves crashing against the beach - a memory I will never forget. Swimming in the sea and the lake. Walking on trails with no tourists and sleeping wild camping.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was excellent and 110% committed to ensuring our group had an excellent holiday. Together with Joe and the two Abdul's they worked as a team to ensure we had a fantastic trip. Rob's hospitality in letting us use the guesthouse at the end of the trip to shower and relax with a beer. Food was excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do it! Take mosquito repellent, I got badly bitten. Don't take walking poles as will just get in the way. Be prepared for tough terrain and think carefully about when you want to go. October was fine for the weather but I could not have done the treks in September with the heat. Listen to Rob when he tells you to drink, drink and drink more water!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Sleep outside on the beach - a must. Goat market excellent. Drink the fresh lemon juice delicious.
  • Reviewed November 2015

    Trekking in Oman October 2015

    A fantastic 10 day trip with six nights wild camping. The walking in the Western Hajar was just wonderful and then to have the two days at the coast just made the trip complete. So glad I did this trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping outside on the beach with only your sleeping bag and mattress under a full moon with stars in the sky while listening to the waves crashing on the beach. Waking up on the beach to watch the sun rise. A memory I will never forget. The trekking was stunning with no tourists on the trails after the Grand Canyon day. Swimming in the lake on the Grand Canyon walk and swimming in the sea. Loved it all!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was excellent. He is 110% committed and together with Joe and the two Abdul's they worked as a team to ensure our holiday was a success. Couldn't have asked for a better team. Rob's hospitality with letting the group have the use of the guesthouse to shower and relax with a beer at the end of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take insect repellent and a mosquito net, I got really badly bitten. Don't take poles as lots of scrambling involved. I wish we had been told by Exodus that Rob donates children's books to the village at the end (Quirayat) as all our group would have taken suitable childrens books but weren't aware.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food was excellent whilst camping and in the restaurants we ate in. Camping excellent. The whole set up of the trip and organisation was excellent. Be prepared for long drives (up to 3 hours) on some days. If you're thinking about this trip do it but really look into the weather as our group survived in 33+ degrees but don't think I could not have done this trip late September with the heat.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Paul Barker

    Oman adventure

    An excellent trip giving an awesome insight into Omani life with breathtaking walks in some amazing and unique mountains. Coastal section very punishing in the hotter months.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The balcony walk is spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was incredibly knowledgeable and experienced.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Where possible take the opportunity to sleep out under the stars.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Well organized and very helpful guides and support, Both British and Omani.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Keith Brown

    Oman Trek early October

    My first trip to Oman was a reward for reaching retirement age! I was not disappointed. Oman has so far managed to balance modernisation without the extremes of Dubai People were lovely and helpful The walking was challenging as you spent much time looking down trying to find a safe path.Also the heat hit 40c which I found difficult to cope with on occasions. The scenery is beautifully rugged with varied plant life and lots of goats!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Grand Canyon; although seeing a wadi in flood was quite something

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic & very willing to share his stories and explain about local culture and flora and fauna. Also supportive to those who were suffering

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the temperatures. Do not go if you are suffering back trouble. I found using one walking pole very helpful for descents

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food was quite varied which I enjoyed, especially the beach bar b-q. I thought we would have some local dates. Washing is minimal- I did not get a bowl of warm water in the morning
  • Reviewed May 2015
    Dilys Taylor

    Stunning scenery and great walking

    If you want to enjoy wonderful mountain scenery and great coastal walking then this is the holiday for you. Trekking in Oman offers this brilliant combination as well as the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of a fascinating country. If you also enjoy wild(ish) camping then definitely go for it. The places where we camped we're all beautifully situated, the tents were good and the mattresses the most comfortable I have slept on while camping.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Marvelling at the dramatic mountain scenery; lying in the tent watching the full moon or eating the most delicious seafood barbecue on a deserted beach. Just three moments of many.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob's knowledge and experience contributed greatly to the enjoyment of the holiday. He was a great organiser and his cooking skills weren't bad either! Walking in the heat was challenging and Rob made sure that we acclimatised slowly and understood the need to keep up our fluid intake - even if that included gin and tonic!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you go at the beginning or end of the season i.e. September or March/April it will still be warm at night. I took a duvet jacket and a four seasons sleeping bag which was unnecessary in early April. Walking poles aren't that useful as you often need to do some scrambling requiring free hands. Don't forget the wet wipes - water is a scarce commodity when camping.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The walking is not difficult- the challenge is walking in the heat particularly if you are at the beginning or end of the season. But you do get used to it! For me the cultural highlights were the visit to Nizwa and its livestock market and in complete comparison the stunningly beautiful mosque in Muscat.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Rebecca Ross

    Excellent fun with stunning and varied scenery ever day

    I wasn't sure what to expect on this trip and I was completely bowled over with the beauty and culture of Oman. If you enjoy breathtaking scenery and different trekking every day as well as climbing over boulders and being at one with nature, then this is the trip for you!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Finding out more about the Islamic faith and how much peace and kindness it represents as well as the beauty of the country.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob was one of the best leaders I have had on a trip. He made us feel safe and secure at all times and prepared us well for the long trek towards the end of the trip. In my opinion, he struck the ideal balance between being 'in charge' and having a laugh with us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In March/April, the days were hot and it was essential to wear a hat and drink lots of water (ideally with rehydration salts). It would be easy to get sun stroke and dehydrated if not careful and with very basic camping, this would be miserable. Also, walking poles were not so useful on this trip as there was a lot of climbing over boulders with some scrambling - brilliant fun!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best trekking holidays I have been on. Every day was different - the balcony walk was like looking at the Grand Canyon and the last couple of days saw stunning coastal views.
  • Reviewed February 2015
    richard bennett

    trekking in Oman

    A great introduction to the country in two parts - the Hajjar mountains and the wild coast - with enough challenge in the harsh conditions and no frills camping, but also plenty of time to relax, socialise and enjoy this fascinating country in transition between conservative Islam/pre-industrial and 21st century urbanisation.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sleeping under the stars on the wild coast and enjoying hours of walking under blue skies without seeing other people except the occasional shepherd. Difficult to think of a better short mid-winter sunshine break!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob as a long time resident of Oman had a real enthusiasm for the place and genuine pleasure to welcome people and share his experience and insight. He was also a very efficient trek/tour leader determined to ensure everyone had an enjoyable and memorable trip, whether their abilities.
  • Reviewed January 2015
    Rhian Evans


    Spectacular walks, friendly and relaxed Omanis, interesting cultural aspects, enjoyed local food, varied itinerary

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lots - Mosque in Muscat, livestock market in Nizwa, swimming in warm clear sea, picnics with stunning views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rob did a brilliant job with complicated transport and food logistics, good knowledgeable guide, friendly, good company and looked after us very well

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We went at the end of Sept/Oct and it was very hot for walking, and we didn't need 3 season down sleeping bags, but it may have been unusual this year. It would be more comfortable I imagine on later dates. No one had any alcohol, though we could have brought duty free with us. We needed very little local currency except as a tip for the support team. They were very good - and English speaking, so we could ask for some Omani opinions on various topics.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I recommend!
  • Reviewed December 2013


    Oman has been on my bucket list for some years and this trip did not disappoint. A great opportunity to see a bit of traditional Arabia, meet the Omani people, and have some awe inspiring scenery thrown in.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really loved the whole trip, including the little dramas along the way. But for me it was about standing on top of the Jebel Akhdar, a place that I had read about as a schoolboy, and taking in the awe inspiring views and history of the place. It was also great to see Gazelle on the final leg ot the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    A top man - who needs a sharper saw..

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be reasonable fit to enjoy the full benefit of this trip - don't kid yourself that a couple of walks around your local shopping mall will cut it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If, like me, you still have a weakness for a 'Boys Own' adventure, want a chance to sample a little of the Omani culture, have an interest in the history on Northern Oman and a love of trekking through some majestic scenery, then this is the trip for you.

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]

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