View from deck

Phnom Penh to Saigon River Cruise Extension Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Small Ship Cruises
Destinations:
Cambodia, Vietnam
Programmes:
Trip Extensions, Small Ship Cruises
Trip Code:
XOM
Activity Level: Leisurely
Leisurely

You are healthy, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip. No experience is required.

5 Days Land only
Ages: 5+

Trip Overview

Commencing in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, this 4 night/5 day premium cruise offers accommodation & the chance to be pampered on board a luxury vessel whilst watching life pass by on the Mekong River. Along the journey, visit Vietnam's floating markets of Chau Doc, explore the nature & birdlife of Gao Giong's ‘green oasis’, and board a traditional sampan to discover village life and the canals of the Mekong delta before arriving in the vibrant city of Saigon.

 

At a Glance

  • 5 days/4 nights premium river cruise
  • Stay on-board the RV Mekong Pandaw- 44 pax capacity (22 cabins)/RV Tonle Pandaw- 52 pax capacity (26 cabins); providing premium accommodation and a more personalised service compared to larger vessels.
  • Available as a pre trip extension commencing in Phnom Penh for a selection of MOV departures
  • Prices from Main Deck Twin GBP 3749/Main Deck Single GBP 2379 plus port tax. Please see dates & prices for more details.

Trip Highlights

  • Leisurely cruise the Mekong aboard the RV Mekong Pandaw or RV Tonle Pandaw
  • Soak up life on board; spacious sun decks, high-end culinary experiences, enjoy sundowners at the sundeckbar and  nightly entertainment. 
  • On shore excursions featuring sampan journeys, nature, birdlife, local villages & floating markets
  • Unwind and rest well in premium stateroom cabins combining colonial character with contemporary comforts finished in teak & brass
  • Enjoy cultural performances, educational talks & cooking classes
  • Watch views of village life and nature passing you by

Is This Trip for You?

This leisurely 5 day/4 night short river cruise extension is a great way to start your trip before joining our Cycling Vietnam (MOV) tour in Saigon. This cruise extension is available pre-trip to MOV on a selection of dates.

Please be advised that this short river cruise will be operated by Pandaw Expeditions.

Phnom Penh to Saigon River Cruise Extension (XOM) scheduled departures:

Please refer to the below scheduled cruise departure dates including specifically scheduled MOV departures that can be booked after the cruise finishes in Saigon. The short river cruise can also be booked independently as well.

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 4 October 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 8 October 2022

MOV 9 October 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 8/10/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 11 October 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 15 October 2022
MOV 16 October 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 15/10/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 18 October 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 22 October 2022
MOV 23 October 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 22/10/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 25 October 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 29 October 2022
MOV 30 October 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 29/10/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 1 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 5 November 2022
MOV 6 November 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 5/11/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 8 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 12 November 2022
MOV 13 November 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 12/11/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 15 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 19 November 2022
MOV 20 November 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 19/11/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 22 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 26 November 2022
MOV 27 November 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 26/11/22)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 29 November 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 3 December 2022
MOV 4 December 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 3/12/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 6 December 2022/ Arrive Saigon: 10 December 2022
MOV 11 December 2022 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 10/12/22)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 3 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 7 January 2023
MOV 8 January 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 7/01/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 10 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 14 January 2023
MOV 15 January 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 14/01/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 17 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 21 January 2023
MOV 22 January 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 21/01/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 24 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 28 January 2023
MOV 29 January 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 28/01/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 31 January 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 4 February 2023
MOV 5 February 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 4/02/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 7 February 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 11 February 2023
MOV 12 February 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 11/02/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 14 February 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 18 February 2023
MOV 19 February 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 18/02/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 21 February 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 25 February 2023

MOV 26 February 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 25/02/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 28 February 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 4 March 2023
MOV 5 March 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 4/03/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 7 March 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 11 March 2023
MOV 12 March 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 11/03/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 14 March 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 18 March 2023
MOV 19 March 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 18/03/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 21 March 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 25 March 2023
MOV 26 March 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 25/03/23)

RV Mekong Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 28 March 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 1 April 2023
MOV 2 April 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 1/04/23)

RV Tonle Pandaw: Depart Phnom Penh: 4 April 2023/ Arrive Saigon: 8 April 2023
MOV 9 April 2023 (1 night pre tour accommodation required on 8/04/23)

Group

A guide travels on the cruise for all passengers that will also be guiding all excursions.

The RV Mekong Pandaw has a 44 pax capacity & RV Tonle Pandaw 52 pax capacity. 

Adult min age:
18
Child min age:
5
Max group size:
52

Itinerary

XOM Map

Land Only

Start City:
Phnom Penh
End City:
Saigon

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Phnom Penh

    Passengers can embark the ship after 12:30. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Phnom Penh city port with its lively bars, restaurants and night life.

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Cambodia/Vietnam Border- Chau Doc- Sam Mountain

    We up anchor early morning and cruise downstream along the Mekong River to the Cambodia/Vietnam Border to undergo Immigration Formalities. After lunch our boat docks alongside the picturesque border town of Chau Doc where we visit the famous floating markets & fish farms by Sampan. We make a stop at a local Chham Village and observe the lives of these local Vietnamese Muslims before boarding minivans for a short drive to Sam Mountain, location of Phuoc Dien Tu or the Hang Pagoda. We climb the 400 steps to the top to visit the pagoda, proclaimed an 'official historic monument' on 10th July 1980 by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam. In the evening feel free to wander along the Chau Doc Riverside.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 3

    Cao Lanh

    Early morning, we leave Chau Doc and travel through the canals of the delta as locals awake to a hive of activity. After lunch, we drop anchor upstream of Cao Lanh and take a short coach journey through the lush countryside to Gao Giong ‘green oasis’, a 1,000-acre eucalyptus forest and listed wildlife sanctuary. Here a diverse selection of water birds and egrets gather in their tens of thousands across the Duong Tharp Muoi or ‘Plain of Reeds’. Rowboats traverse the canals to take us to view the principal nesting areas where photo opportunities abound.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 4

    Ben Tre

    A morning of sailing passing towns such as Sadec & Cai Be provides an insight into life along this mighty waterway whilst our crew arrange onboard activities. After lunch, we travel by sampans through mangroves and bamboo forests to the fruit orchards of Ben Tre. This is an area rich in birdlife which we will explore via local transport before transferring to a rowboat. We will journey slowly through the bamboo covered canals before arriving at a village specialising in coconut candy & rice wine. Here you can view the process of manufacturing these specialities and try them for yourself, including the local "Moonshine." In the evening you will be entertained by a Vietnamese Cultural Group highlighting “Life on the Mekong Delta.”

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
  • Day 5

    My Tho-Saigon

    After breakfast, the cruise comes to an end as we disembark the boat and travel by coach from My Tho City through the countryside to your hotel in Saigon.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

RV Mekong Pandaw/ RV Tonle Pandaw

Double stateroom Mekong Pandaw

During the cruise, you will spend 4 nights on-board the RV Mekong Pandaw or RV Tonle Pandaw.

Both vessels offer en suite twin/double cabins (staterooms & suites). It is also possible to book a cabin for single use.

The guest rooms on RV Mekong Pandaw (22 en suite cabins) and the RV Tonle Pandaw (26 en suite cabins) are fully air-conditioned and equipped with electric mini safes, hair dryer, new bathrooms with natural stone showers and quality fittings, imported quality linens, generous closet space and under-bed storage, multi-configuration plugs, kimonos & slippers, & daily nightly turndown service. All cabins combine colonial character with contemporary comforts finished in teak & brass.

All cabins (state rooms) are outside cabins with direct access to the promenade deck which will have private seating in front of your cabin.

If you wish to enquire about upgrading from a state room to a suite, suites on board include a private balcony, living room with sofa & table, welcome bottle of champagne to enjoy at your leisure, in-suite Minibar (with complimentary soft drinks), complimentary 60-minute massage, espresso machine, personal on call valet service & daily fruit basket.

Both vessels provide impressive service and great facilities including spacious sun decks, a library, dining rooms, sundeck bar and saloon bars with nightly entertainment. During the cruise, you will also enjoy a welcome drink/cocktail on arrival, theme dinners and a farewell reception. A series of cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes and ship tours are also available on board throughout the cruise.

Free Wifi is available on both vessels in public spaces. A 24 hour laundry service is also available for an additional charge.

Please visit the gallery tab on this cruise's webpage to more images of the cabin interiors.

Please refer to the deck plans (available to view on website of trip- under accommodation section) as specific cabins can be selected (subject to availability and on request), please advise at time of booking if you have a preference.

 RV Mekong Pandaw

  • Built 2003 in Yangon, refit 2013
  • Length: 200ft / 60m
  • Beam: 36ft / 11m
  • Draft: 4ft / 1.5m
  • Berths: 44 pax

 RV Tonle Pandaw

  • Built 2002 in Yangon, refit 2013
  • Length: 180ft / 54.8m
  • Beam: 33.13ft / 10.10m
  • Draft: 4ft / 1.5m
  • Berths: 52 pax

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners are included.

The onboard chefs provide high-end restaurant-quality Asian and classic dishes fresh on every vessel. 

All meals will be served at your table in the dining room. There is a selection of the local cuisine but also western delights and daily changing vegetarian options. We are happy to cater for individual dietary preferences. Passengers who prefer not to be served hot or spicy foods are offered delicious European-style alternatives and vegetarians are especially well catered for. Other special diets may be accommodated, by prior arrangement. Our chefs know that most passengers want to sample versions of the best, most characteristic dishes of each country they pass through.

Optional drink packages available:

For best value, we do recommend purchasing one of the following optional drinks package in advance before departure:

  • A 'Free Flow drinks package' that includes most soft drinks and mineral water, local spirits & mixers and beers (over 18's alcohol only). 
  • A pre-bookable house wine package (available with lunch and dinner. House red or white only- Rose subject to availability. Over 18's only) 
  • Or you can opt to order a combination of the Free Flow drinks & house-wine package. 

However, it is also possible to purchase a drink package when you board your cruise (prices may differ from pre-purchase price) or pay for your drinks on a consumption basis on board at the end of your cruise if you would prefer.

Pre-purchase prices per person:

GBP 42 Drinks Package/ GBP 60 Wine Package/ GBP 83 Drink & Wine Package

AUD 86 Drinks Package/ AUD 123 Wine Package/ AUD 170 Drink & Wine Package

USD 53 Drinks Package/ USD 75 Wine Package/ USD 104 Drink & Wine Package

NZD 92 Drinks Package/ NZD 132 Wine Package/ NZD 183 Drink & Wine Package

EUR 53 Drinks Package/ EUR 76 Wine Package/ EUR 105 Drink & Wine Package

CAD 80 Drinks Package/ CAD 114 Wine Package/ CAD 158 Drink & Wine Package

Transportation

During the cruise, excursions may include transport on motor coaches, deluxe sampans with cold towel service, fresh fruit, and tea/coffee & excursion boats.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

The weather will be hot and humid throughout with temperatures during the day usually between 28ºC and 34ºC. It is only a little cooler at nights and the Mekong Delta region does have quite hot and humid weather in general.

Joining Instructions

Day 1 Phnom Penh:

Passengers can embark the ship between 12.30 and 13.30 as passports needed for formalities. The ship will be moored at the International Passenger Pier at Sisowath Quay, next to Titanic Restaurant.

Please note: You can arrive earlier and leave your luggage and passports however no services are available before check in time. If cabins are not ready you can use the Saloon Bar & Sundeck until your cabin is available.

Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Day 5: Saigon

Early morning coach transfer from My Tho to Hotel in Saigon or airport, arriving around 10.30.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start:
Phnom Penh
Location end:
Saigon

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Casual clothes: As it is generally hot and humid, light cotton clothing is recommended for most of the trip.

Your guide will be able to inform what to wear the next day on excursions through-out your cruise but appropriate clothing is required to visit temples, museum & local families. 

You should always have shorts/skirts covering your knees and blouses/shirts covering your shoulders with you during on-shore excursions to respect the local cultures.

A 24 hour laundry service is available on board (additional cost payable on board if you wish to use this service).

Cruising the Mekong

Practical Information

Passport

Cambodia

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Vietnam

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Cambodia

Arriving By Flight:

An electronic visa (e-Visa) facility is available via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website at the cost of $37.

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCDO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Arriving Overland:

A tourist visa can be obtained on arrival for British nationals at most border crossings. Two passport photos are required. The cost is US$30, although an additional express fee of US$5-6 may be incurred at the border. For further information see the FCDO site and check under Cambodia / 'Entry Requirements'.

Important advice regarding E-Visas

Please be advised, e-Visas are not accepted at all border check points when travelling overland. This applies to the following borders/trips:

Tinh Bien, Vietnam/ Phnom Den, Takeo, Cambodia border: AOX- Thai Indochina Explorer

Xa Xia, Vietnam/ Prek Chak, Cambodia (Ha Tien crossing): FIJ- South East Asia Adventure

You can only purchase a tourist visa on arrival at these borders as e-Visas will not be accepted. More information can be found at: 

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

https://www.evisa.gov.kh/information/port_entry/3

 

Vietnam

**UPDATE 11.03.2020** The below visa advice is not valid at the current moment in time. If you are booked to travel to Vietnam within the next month, Exodus will contact you with further information when it becomes available.

A visa is no longer needed for British, German, French, Spanish and Italian citizens travelling to Vietnam (for all purposes) for a period of up to 15 days, and on the basis of meeting all conditions prescribed by Vietnamese laws. The visa exemption period will end on 30 June 2021. All other nationalities require a visa to enter Vietnam and this must be obtained prior to departure.

For further information please check the FCDO site and check under Vietnam / 'Entry Requirements'. If you have any questions about whether you need a visa for your trip please contact the Customer Operations department.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Cambodia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Vietnam

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria. The risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Cambodia's Timezone:
Asia/Phnom_Penh +07 (GMT +07:00)
Vietnam's Timezone:
Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh +07 (GMT +07:00)

Electricity

Cambodia's Electricity:

230 Volts. Plug types A, C & G; establishments can often take two round pin plugs and/or two flat parallel pin plugs.

Vietnam's Electricity:

220 volts AC, 50 Hz. In Vietnam all sockets are generally dual US (2-pin plug) /Euro (2-pin type) compatible but it is worth having both adapters with you.

Money

Cambodia's Currency

 The national currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel (KHR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2020) of approximately 5240 to the GBP, 4000 to the USD, 3000 to the CAD, 4700 to the EUR, 2860 to the AUD and 2670 to the NZD.

In practice the economy of Cambodia as far as the visitor is concerned, runs mainly on US dollars (and is preferred). However, you will receive some change in Riel, which can be useful for smaller purchases. USD bills will not be accepted if they are torn, or printed before 2010.

Vietnam's Currency

The national currency of Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (October 2020) of approximately 30,000 to the GBP, 23,100 to the USD, 17,600 to the CAD, 27,200 to the EUR, 16,400 to the AUD and 15,300 to the NZD.

You can obtain Vietnamese Dong before travel or by using an ATM or changing money upon arrival.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Throughout the cruise, you will be asked to sign a bill for any items you order. These extra expenses may be for non-included items you purchase from the bar, dining room, shop or spa services during your cruise. At the end of your cruise, you will be presented with an account in USD on the last day aboard. 

Payment on board will be accepted in USD cash only or credit card (Visa & Mastercard only).

Please note, when paying in cash, USD bills smaller than 10 USD will not be accepted. 

Personal cheques or traveller's cheques are not accepted.

RV Mekong Pandaw front view

Responsible Tourism

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. 

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

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Important Notes

Please refer to the below that are applicable to this cruise, operated by Pandaw Expeditions:

Standard Booking Conditions

  • A 20% deposit of your total booking value is required upon confirmation and is non refundable.
  • Final balance must be paid 61 days before departure or the booking will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited.

Booking Conditions currently in place for departures until May 2023 for Pandaw Expeditions operated tours: 

All bookings for departures until May 2023 with paid 20% deposit can amend the date or destination of their booking free of charge before 61 days to departure in the event of any Covid-19 restrictions at home, or the destination country.

If, within 61 days of your departure date and your full balance has been paid, you encounter travel restrictions due to covid-19 which mean you are unable to join us for the expedition, we will provide a cash refund of any money paid above the 20% deposit amount for your booking. A credit voucher will then be provided, equal to the deposit amount, which can be used for a new booking operated by Pandaw Expeditions.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.