Cycle the Balkans Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro
Programmes:
Cycling
Trip Code:
MVU
Activity Rating - Moderate/Challenging
Moderate / Challenging

You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

15 Days Flight Inclusive
15 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

The Balkans offers an intoxicating mix of beautiful countryside, fast-developing cities and historic towns. Our first ride ends at the UNESCO town of Ohrid on the vast lake of the same name, from here the route leads up towards the border with Kosovo. Small towns and villages dot the route as we wind our way across into Montenegro and through the heart of the imposing Durmitor Mountains. As the route suggests, there is a good mix of climbing and flat riding, with a few stops along the way to visit or see places of interest. Sunshine and sea come in the form of the Bay of Kotor on the Adriatic, a dramatic setting to end the ride. Few other regions offer such cultural and natural variety along with a true sense of discovery.

At a Glance

  • 11 nights 3 and 4-star hotels, 3 nights guesthouse
  • 13 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 90% tarmac, 10% poor condition
  • Undulations throughout with some tough climbs
  • Countries visited: Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro

Trip Highlights

• UNESCO Town of Ohrid
• Magnificent Mavrov Lake and National Park
• Breathtaking Durmitor, part of Dinaric Alps

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is classified Road

Activity Level: 4 (Moderate/Challenging)

Average daily distance 60km (37 miles)

No. of days cycling: 13

There will be a support vehicle available at all times. Limited seats available

Terrain and route: 90% tarmac, 10% poor conditions. Throughout the route, there are some sections in a poor condition with potholes and some unsurfaced areas. The terrain is undulating with some long, tough climbs. When cycling through Montenegro there are a number of long dark tunnels. Bike lights are provided locally. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

Group normally 4 to 16, plus local cycling leader and driver.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
5
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Tirana

    The group flights usually arrive in Tirana in the early afternoon and the group will be met and transferred to the start hotel. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice on the local area and answer any questions, before we all go out for our welcome dinner.

    Hotel Austria or similar 

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Transfer to Lake Ohrid; cross the border into Macedonia; visit St Naum monastery before ending in Ohrid Town.

    This morning we start with a transfer to the northern side of Lake Ohrid. Upon arrival, the bikes will be unloaded and adjusted to everyone’s comfort. Our ride starts with cycling along the scenic shore of Lake Ohrid towards Pogradec. After reaching Tushemisht, just 4 km east of Pogradec, lunch will be served at a waterfront restaurant. We will continue cycling in the afternoon, crossing over into Macedonia, and visiting the monastery of St Naum. The road then takes us through Galicica National Park to Ohrid Town.

    Lake Ohrid, one of the oldest lakes in the world, came into existence during the Pliocene epoch as a result of tectonic shifts. It is home to unique flora and fauna and the lake is one of the largest biological reserves in Europe; with 212 known endemic species and a surface area of 358 km2 it is probably one of the most diverse lakes in the world.

    Villa Royal View or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 60 km / 37 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    500
    Altitude loss (m):
    750
  • Day 3

    Climb to a high plateau bounded by mountains; continue following the gorge to Debar.

    Leaving Lake Ohrid behind, we start today by climbing to a high plateau bounded by mountains. We continue to follow the gorge for a while until the hills open up, leading to a vast patchwork plain of individual farms in the Debar region. Our ride finishes in the city of Debar where we rest for the night.

    Hotel Leon or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 67 km / 42 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    500
    Altitude loss (m):
    550
  • Day 4

    Cycle towards Lake Mavrovo.

    Today we cycle toward Lake Mavrovo. Spreading over an area of about 780 square kilometres (300 sq mi), the Mavrovo National Park features deep canyons, snowy peaks and blue lakes as well as dense forests providing a habitat for an array of wildlife. We enjoy cycling through this diverse National Park, we reach our hotel in the afternoon at the foot of the Bistra mountains.

    Hotel Radika or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 61 km / 38 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    1000
    Altitude loss (m):
    300
  • Day 5

    Cycle around the east side of Lake Mavrov; descend to Via Egnatia, Cycle through villages until Tetovo.

    Today we cycle around the east side of Lake Mavrovo surrounded by dramatic mountains. We then have a long descent to what used to be once known as Via Egnatia, an old Roman path that connected Rome with Istanbul. We continue cycling through many rural villages until we reach Tetovo where we spend the night.

    Hotel Mercure or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 52 km / 32 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    300
    Altitude loss (m):
    1100
  • Day 6

    Ride from Tetovo to the Kosovo border; continue through Brezovica National Park and the Sharri mountain range.

    Cycling out of Tetovo, we reach the border crossing with Kosovo. We will ride through Brezovica, an area frequented by skiers in the winter. We continue into Sharri National Park, which was recently established in 2013. It is still relatively undiscovered with huge areas of intact ecosystems home to several threatened species in Europe, making it an important ecological area to protect.

    Hotel Pine or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 72 km / 45 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    1300
    Altitude loss (m):
    1050
  • Day 7

    Climb up to Prevalle through the forest of Kodra e Diellit; descend to the historic city of Prizren.

    From the ski resort of Brezovica, we cycle up to Prevalle through the forest of Kodra e Diellit before a long descent to the historic city of Prizren, Kosovo's cultural capital. Kosovo's second biggest city is rich with history and traditions and is surrounded by incredible nature. Throughout history, Prizren has played a vital role in the region. The city is known in this region of the Balkans for its gastronomy and wines, traditional handicrafts and wonderful mix of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. This afternoon we go on a city tour to explore the old town. 

    Hotel Theranda or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    650
    Altitude loss (m):
    1100
  • Day 8

    Transfer to border with Montenegro; cycle from the border to Berane via Rozaje.

    This morning we transfer to the border between Kosovo and Montenegro. We start cycling from the border and enter Montenegro. We will cycle down to Rozaje, the city is surrounded by magnificent mountains and we will see both Hajla and Turjak mountain. The area is covered in large forests and abundant with flowers. We then continue to Berana, located on the Lim river where we spend the night. 

    Hotel Berane or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 56 km / 35 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    900
    Altitude loss (m):
    1500
  • Day 9

    Pedal to Andrijevica and on to Kolasin; magnificent views of the rugged Albanian Alps.

    Leaving Berane behind, our ride this morning is along a flat road to the small town of Andrijevica. From here we take a magnificent narrow road with spectacular scenery all the way up to Kolasin. On our left hand side, we will have impressive views of the Albanian Alps and we should be able to spot the mountain of Jezerca, the second highest peak in Albania, on a good day. This evening we spend the night in Kolasin, a ski resort during the winter months.

    Hotel Cile or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 61 km / 38 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    1000
    Altitude loss (m):
    750
  • Day 10

    Short transfer to Mojkovac; cycle through the Tara Canyon before reaching Zabljak.

    After a short transfer to Mojkovac, we start cycling through the Tara Canyon, one of the deepest river canyons in Europe. We will also have the chance to see the famous Tara bridge before reaching Zabljak our final destination for the day. The town is in the centre of the Durmitor mountain region at an altitude of 1,456 metres, it is the highest situated town on the Balkans.

    Hotel Enigma or similar 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 53 km / 33 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    1100
    Altitude loss (m):
    500
  • Day 11

    Morning climb out of Zabljak through the Durmitor region; descend to Pluzine/Rudinice.

    Our day starts with a long climb out of Zabljak. As we ascend through the Durmitor region we see the magnificent mountain ranges with its dramatic high peaks. After our challenging ride this morning we are rewarded with a long descent to Rudinice village where we spend the evening at a small quiet farm stay.

    Etno Selo Izlazak (guesthouse)

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 57 km / 35 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    1000
    Altitude loss (m):
    1500
  • Day 12

    Cycle towards Nikšić, Montenegro’s second largest city.

    Today we have an easier cycle toward Nikšić, the second largest city in Montenegro, situated at the foot of Trebjesa Hill.  It is the largest municipality by area and second most inhabited after the capital Podgorica.

    Hotel Trim or similar 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 48 km / 30 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    450
    Altitude loss (m):
    850
  • Day 13

    Short transfer to Vilsu; cycle to the Bay of Kotor.

    After a short transfer to Vilsu we cycle to the picturesque Bay of Kotor. Medieval towns encased by dramatic mountains surround the lake and have been inhabited since antiquity. In the afternoon we will have time to visit the old city walls. For dinner take the opportunity to enjoy a meal on the waterfront and sample the fresh seafood on offer.

    Hotel Marija 2 or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
    Distance covered: 50 km / 31 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    250
    Altitude loss (m):
    1000
  • Day 14

    Transfer to Bar; cycle close to Lake Shkodra; Finish Shkodra.

    This morning we drive to Bar. From here we cycle close to Lake Shkodra and cross the border back into Albania. This evening we enjoy a well-deserved farewell dinner in Shkodra!

    Hotel Tradita or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 40 km / 25 miles
    Altitude gain (m):
    150
    Altitude loss (m):
    350
  • Day 15

    End Shkoder

    End Shkoder. Those on the group flight will be transferred to Tirana Airport (approx. 1.5hrs drive). 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotels

Throughout this tour, we stay in a variety of accommodation in both cities and rural areas. We use hotels that are of a comfortable 3 and 4-star standard, all with ensuite rooms. At some points of the trip, we stay in more remote areas, here we stay in locally run guesthouses where you will experience a very warm welcome. Rooms here tend to be more basic.

Single accommodation is available on request. Please note, single rooms are not available in the guesthouses in Rudinice due to a limited number of rooms.

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

Single supplement from $465.00 USD

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and 2 dinners included.

Food in the Balkans is quite varied thanks to the many influences on the country and particularly Mediterranean combining Turkish, Greek and Italian tastes. Dairy products, especially milk and yoghurt are present in almost every meal, usually locally sourced. Due to the lush fertile valleys, fresh mountain springs and Mediterranean climate, they are still very much a subsistence culture and show very little signs of changing. In the countryside expect your food to have been reared/grown not too far from your plate.

Breakfasts are typically eggs, fresh bread, jam, honey and coffee or tea. For lunch and dinner, meat dishes are often goat or lamb, with fish dishes ranging from trout to whitebait. Courses often come in mezze form complimented with a variety of succulent vegetables, salad, freshly baked bread, homemade cheeses, local wines and of course, raki. Your guide will recommend the best options when in the towns.

Transportation

For the airport transfers and transfers to and from the activities we will use private minibuses.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Montenegro have a temperate, Mediterranean climate. March 15th is officially the first day of spring and things really start to hot up toward the end of the month when clear skies and balmy temperatures provide a nice way to ease into the heat of summer. Summer brings sunshine and maximum temperatures of between 20-35 degrees Celsius. Summer days are long with sunrise before 6:00am and sunset after 8:30pm. Evenings tend to be cooler, so it is a good idea to bring layers. We will be cycling through mountainous regions where weather can be unpredictable so rain can be expected at any time. July and August tend to be the driest months.

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 15 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 15 days starting and ending in Tirana

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Pogradec in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

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.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Location start:
Tirana
Location end:
Tirana

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Cycling helmet (compulsory on this trip)

Gloves and padded shorts

Waterproof jacket

Sun cream and lip salve

Sunglasses/eye protection

Warm jacket for evenings

Warm layer for cooler cycling days

Small daysack

Favourite energy snacks

Mosquito repellent

Beach towel and swimming things

Optional Equipment

Panniers are provided with the bikes. If you want to carry more with you during the day we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

A first aid kit is carried on each trip, but we recommend that you bring your own painkillers, rehydration sachets, plasters and a blister treatment kit.

Equipment Hire

Local Bike Details: Giant Roam (men) and Giant Rove (women) hybrid bikes with front suspension.

Discount for bringing your own bike: £90.

A quality local hire bike is now included in the overall price of our cycling holidays. At the time of booking we will take your height in order to reserve equipment. There may on occasions be insufficient bikes available in the correct size; we will endeavour to find suitable alternative equipment but this cannot be guaranteed. We will tell you before you book whether suitably sized bikes are available.

Conditions

1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

Exodus Policy on Cycling Helmets

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided Exodus cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire, even if they are hiring a bike from Exodus.

For self-guided cycling holidays wearing a helmet is highly recommended. Customers who choose to ignore our advice do so entirely at their own risk and on the understanding that it may affect the validity of their travel insurance. It should also be noted that in some countries we travel to wearing a helmet is already a legal requirement.

Cycling of all kinds has its dangers and accidents can happen from time to time. Please ensure that you are properly prepared for the riding you are going to undertake.

Recommended Cycling Clothing

Padded cycling shorts (with loose 'over-shorts' where recommended), breathable clothing, and a lightweight waterproof/windproof top. Shoes with relatively stiff soles are better for biking, but are not essential unless you are cycling long distances. Most people want to carry certain items with them during the day while cycling, for this we recommend a large bum-bag or small close-fitting daysack.

E-Bikes Available

Electric bikes offer all the thrills and healthy exercise of a regular bike, but with one crucial difference - power! A tiny electric motor (capped at 25mph) assists your pedalling, allowing you to make molehills out of mountains. Cycle further, see more, have more fun. They are just perfect if you want to try a trip with companions of differing fitness level - or a trip at a slightly harder grade - and want to know there’s a bit of motor power available if you need it.

Practical Information

Visa

Albania

No visa required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand.

Macedonia

No visa required for British Passport holders.

Kosovo

No visa required for most nationalities, including UK passport holders, most other EU nationalities, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand.

Montenegro

No visa required for British passport holders.

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

Vaccination

Albania

There are no specific health risks.

Macedonia

There are no specific health risks.

Kosovo

There are no specific health risks.

Montenegro

There are no specific health risks.

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.

The Travel Health Pro website recommends to have a rabies vaccination on this trip, as cycling is considered a higher risk activity.

The above information can change at short notice; 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

Albania's Timezone:
Europe/Tirane CEST (GMT +02:00)
Macedonia's Timezone:
Europe/Skopje CEST (GMT +02:00)
Montenegro's Timezone:
Europe/Podgorica CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Albania's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Macedonia's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Kosovo's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Montenegro's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

Money

Albania's Currency

The national currency of Albania is the Albanian Lek (ALL), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 147 to the GBP, 111 to the USD, 88 to the CAD, 131 to the EUR, 88 to the AUD and 82 to the NZD.

Macedonia's Currency

The national currency of Macedonia is the Macedonian Denar (MKD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 68 to the GBP, 52 to the USD, 41 to the CAD, 61 to the EUR, 41 to the AUD and 38 to the NZD.

Kosovo's Currency

The national currency of Kosovo is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP, 0.84 to the USD, 0.66 to the CAD, 0.67 to the AUD and 0.62 to the NZD.

Montenegro's Currency

The national currency of Montenegro is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (August 2017) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP, 0.84 to the USD, 0.67 to the CAD, 0.67 to the AUD and 0.62 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

Cash machines are available in Tirana Airport and all major towns visited. Major credit cards are accepted in shops for larger purchases as well as restaurants, but cash is usually easier. It is best to use a mixture of Sterling cash, Euros and ATMs.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Please budget at least 10EUR per meal, depending on what you choose and drink this come to more. 

Please budget around 10EUR for entry into some of the local attractions. 

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Tipping is at your discretion but many clients wish to tip their leaders and driver at the end of the trip, we suggest between €20-30 for the guide and €10-15 for the driver. Most groups prefer to present the money to the leader at the end of the week with two separate envelopes (one for the leader and one for the driver). This is completely at your own discretion and to be used as a guideline only.

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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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.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

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.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.

TRAVEL AWARE –STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth 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.

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 www.exodus.co.uk for online booking, 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.