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ICELAND’S GREAT NORTHERN LIGHTS SHOW [5 DAYS]
Trip Code :
XO-CZT
Type : Guided
Countries Covered : Iceland
Price Starting From : GBP 1099   (INR 110999)
Level / Difficulty : Easy
Level / Difficulty : JAN  FEB  MAR  DEC
Who wouldn’t be fascinated to witness the transient bright colorful dancing lights of the aurora! The long periods of darkness and the frequency of clear nights provide many good opportunities to watch this display and it has attracted people from over centuries! Now is the time for you to get enthralled! Join us for this wonderful life-time experience trip along with visits to some of the most remarkable sights in the south including the Glacial Lagoon, Thingvellir N.P and a number of mighty waterfalls. Forecast will be persistently monitored to maximise your chance of success to experience the world’s best natural lightshow. So, what are you waiting for?
Minimum Age – 16 Years
KEY FEATURES
  • Witness the spectacular Northern Lights
  • Visit to the mighty Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Gulfoss Waterfalls
  • Unique experience of being able to walk behind the cascade and watch a film featuring fantastic footage of the eruption and its aftermath
  • Visit to the Skóga Museum, Hallgrímskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall and Thingvellir National Park
  • Visit to the black volcanic beach at Reynisfjara, with its salt caves and towering columnar basalts
  • Travel across the black expanse of the Myrdalssandur floodplains, created by river which was formed after the eruption of a volcano under the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
  • Short Walk at Svinafellsjokull, an outlet of the glacier and to the beautiful Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Visit Geysir, home to the inimitable hot spouts and into the Leidarendi lava tube cave
  • Relax at Blue Lagoon –a geothermal spa
Included in your tour price
  • 4 Night Accomodation: 2 Nights at Reykjavik, 2 Nights at Laki at class Hotels.
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Arrival and Departure Airport Transfers
  • A comfortable, heated minibus for all transport
  • Guided tour to Hallgrímskirkja Church, Harpa Concert & Conference Centre, Skóga Museum, Thingvellir National Park and the Old Harbour
  • Guided tour to mighty waterfalls
  • Guided tour to black volcanic beach at Reynisfjara
  • Guided tour to the beautiful Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Visit to Geysir
  • Guided tour into the Leidarendi lava tube cave
  • Services of an English-speaking Expert Local Guide.
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Day 1: Arrive at Reykjavik hotel, Sightseeing and Exploring
We start the tour at the hotel in Reykjavik early evening. Two of the most striking attractions are the Hallgrímskirkja Church; a fine example of expansionist architecture and the beautiful Harpa Concert Hall. The nearby old harbour is a great starting point to explore the narrow streets of the old town.
Meals: None
Day 2: Waterfalls, Skóga Museum, volcanic beach and Northern Lights excursion, Sightseeing, hiking/walking
Today we leave Reykjavik driving east along the beautiful southern highway. Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss, a 60m high waterfall, offering visitors the unique experience of being able walk behind the cascade. We continue to a barren yet beautiful countryside – an area badly affected by the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. We have a short stop here to see the visitor centre and watch a film featuring fantastic footage of the eruption and its aftermath and how local farmers and their families coped. We continue along the coast visiting the 60m high Skógafoss waterfall, the nearby Skóga Museum, here we will learn how Icelanders of centuries past survived in this harsh environment. After lunch our next stop is the black volcanic beach at Reynisfjara, with its salt caves and towering columnar basalts. The final part of our journey takes us across the black expanse of the Myrdalssandur floodplains, created by river which formed after the eruption of a volcano under the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Our hotel for the night is the Laki, located just outside the small village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Skeidararsandur floodplains, Skaftafell, Svinafellsjokull outlet glacier, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Sightseeing, hiking/walking, Drive (Approx 90 mins)
We set out today across the massive Skeidararsandur floodplains, created in a similar fashion to those at Mydalssandur. These floods however only occurred in 1996, and there is still little vegetation. Our first stop is the visitor centre at Skaftafell, part of the Vatnajkull NP, which covers about 10% of Iceland. From here we head to Svinafellsjokull, an outlet of the glacier where we go for a short walk. Although the terrain is not challenging, we will be using crampons and ice axes and even those with no similar experience should pick it up quickly. The glacier offers some fantastic photo opportunities, with its walls of brilliant blue ice, thousands of years in the making. We travel onwards to the beautiful Jokulsarlon Glacier. This unique lagoon was created in the 1950’s as the glacier retreated from the coastline, leave a 300m deep, 20sq Km Lake littered with icebergs. On the beach you will find large chunks of ice washed up on the black volcanic sound. The drive back to the hotel is approximately 90 minutes (125km), plenty of time to reminisce the day’s adventures.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Eyjafjallajokull Volcano; Gullfoss Waterfall, spouts at Geysir, Thingvellir N.P., Drive, Sightseeing
We make our back along the south coast, travelling inland from Selfoss. Our first stop is the mighty Gulfoss Waterfall; one of Europe’s most powerful. Hundreds of cubic tonnes of water a second pass over the edge of the falls into the canyon below. We also visit Geysir, home to the inimitable hot spouts. The most reliable eruption comes from Strokkur and occurs every 5-10 minutes, firing jets of hot water and steam 30 metres into the air, a spectacle not to be missed. Our final stop before returning to Reykjavik is Thingvellir National Park, where the world’s first democratic parliament sat in 930AD; It was not until 1798 that it moved to the capital. Thingvellir is also the site of the rift valley marking the Mid Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling part, causing an area of around 7km to literally sink into the earth.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Leidarendi lava tube cave, Blue Lagoon, Sightseeing, Caving and Depart
We visit the Leidarendi lava tube cave. The cave is a great example of lava tubes with many fascinating lava formations. The flow of the lava can be easily seen in many places inside the cave and lava formations such as small stalagmites and stalactites are around. The cave is easily navigated and in winter the cave is often filled with glistening icicles of all shapes and sizes, creating an amazing world of ice. After caving we head for the Blue Lagoon and soak in the thermal baths before our flight back. Iceland is well worth exploring, and we strongly recommend a couple of extra days before or after your tour.
Meals: Breakfast
Start Date End Date Price per person Price per person
02nd DEC, 2015 06th DEC, 2015 INR 1,15,395 GBP £ 1099.00
06th JAN, 2016 10th JAN, 2016 INR 1,15,395 GBP £ 1099.00
20th JAN, 2016 24th JAN, 2016 INR 1,15,395 GBP £ 1099.00
03rd FEB, 2016 07th FEB, 2016 INR 1,15,395 GBP £ 1099.00
17th FEB, 2016 21st FEB, 2016 INR 1,15,395 GBP £ 1099.00
24th FEB, 2016 28th FEB, 2016 INR 1,15,395 GBP £ 1099.00
02nd MAR, 2016 06th MAR, 2016 INR 1,15,395 GBP £ 1099.00
16th MAR, 2016 20th MAR, 2016 INR 1,15,395 GBP £ 1099.00
23rd MAR, 2016 27th MAR, 2016 INR 1,15,395 GBP £ 1099.00
  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • The above price exclude Service tax of 3.625%
This trip is operated by an Active Holiday Company partner and their Terms & Conditions apply. To know the detailed terms and conditions please contact us on info@activeholidaycompany.com. For registration a non-refundable deposit of US$250 per person (and more in some cases including Polar vacations) is required to book the trip. Full payment for this trip must be made 56 days before departure. For receiving your travel documents full payment must be made as per the deadlines stated.
Cancellation and amendment fees apply as follows-
  • 56 days or more prior to departure – the Booking Deposit
  • Between 30 and 55 days prior to departure – Booking Deposit or 50% of the total booking cost; whichever is greater
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure – 100% of the tour price
Group travel is subject to minimum participants. Trip may cancel up to 30 days or more before date of trip with liability limited only up to the cost of the trip. All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking. The Active Holiday Company and supplier terms and conditions apply.
Exclusions
  • Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • International or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.
  • Optional tours that can be bought on a supplement.
  • Single room supplement
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
ABOUT ICELAND
Country Facts
Iceland is a volcanic island situated at the edge of the Arctic Circle. It is filled with natural wonders, lunar-like landscape, bursting geysers, gorgeous waterfalls, rugged fjords and volcanoes. The phenomena of the midnight sun and aurora borealis that are on every traveller’s bucket list can be witnessed in Iceland. Glacier hiking, white-water rafting, snorkeling between tectonic plates, whale watching and overwhelmingly beautiful ice caves attracts adventurers from the world over. Soaking in the geothermal spa – Blue Lagoon, is just the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate when in Iceland. The capital Reykjavík can be easily explored on foot. Visit the Hallgrímskirkja, a beautiful church situated in Reykjavik famous for its unique architecture.
The best time to visit depends on the activity chosen. Summer is the most popular time for visit. Winter is when the Aurora Borealis is most vivid. Icelandic is the national language, although English is widely understood. The official currency is the Icelandic Krona. Cards are accepted widely, sometimes even in remote areas.
Emergency Contact
A few days before you start your vacation, you will receive a traveller certificate from the Active Holiday Company. Your local emergency contact will be included in it along with some other useful information.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Accommodation
Reykjavik: Hotel Klettur or similar
Meals
We believe that eating local is not just a lot of fun but also one of those important elements of the destination experience – very much a part of the adventure as they say! So, be flexible and prepared to savour and enjoy the varied and wonderful foods of the world. Meals included and excluded are clearly specified on the detailed itinerary. When meals are included you will need to adhere to timings as these meals are usually eaten together in a group. Included meals are usually at local restaurants. When meals are not included, your trip leader will be happy to make restaurant recommendations of favourite places frequented by the locals, but you are also free to explore on your own. On some trips, such as the ones that include camping or home-stays, we can take the fun to a new level by encouraging you to cook your own meal if you would like to. When meals are not included, group members tend to head out to restaurants together and this can be a lot of fun. However, you are free to decide if you want to join them or not. Choice of vegetarian food can sometimes be limited and repetitive. Though special food, including vegetarian, child meals etc. can never be guaranteed, we do our best to accommodate your requests. On guided trips, please ensure you inform your trip leader if you are vegetarian.
Visas
Please note that obtaining visas for the trip are the responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on your nationality and on the country you are visiting. For the most up to date information please check your country’s foreign ministry website as we take no responsibility for this information being correct and most updated on our website. It is important that you check for yourself. Please ensure that you understand whether your trip needs a single entry or a multiple entry visa to the destination. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport, along with insurance, trip confirmation, return flight tickets and proof of funds to cover your expenses when you are travelling. Visa applications can take from a few days to more than just a few weeks to process, so please apply for your visas well ahead of time. Please ensure that you apply for the visa on the right travel dates and that you check that visas have been issued for the right travel dates. To help calculate the exact dates of crossing from different time zones, you may like to refer here. Keep the customs and immigration form you receive on arrival, as you need it to complete exit formalities on departure.
Flights
Flights are not included, unless specified in the inclusions. For any flights that are arranged by us, please ensure that your passport information and full name as per your passport is given to us before the due date. It is entirely your responsibility to provide this information before the due date, failing which your flight will not be booked. Internal flight tickets will be given to you prior to flight departure at your destination. For your arrival and departure flights booked by you, please ensure that these are well coordinated with your holiday plan.
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory on all our trips and all details of your insurance policy including the policy number and insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number must be received by us prior to the start of your trip. We are unable to send you your Travel Certificate / vouchers unless we receive this. Your insurance must cover you for medical expenses for a minimum US$ 200,000 and include including emergency repatriation & rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. For credit card insurance we require proof that the credit card is in your name, details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number. It is your responsibility to obtain this from your credit card company and pass them to us before your trip starts.
Optional Tours
Optional tours allow you to personalize your experience while giving you the freedom to engage in activities that interest you. These are add on activities that are not included in your tour price. Your optional activities available for this trip, if any, are detailed under ‘This Trip Notes’. Prices indicated are per person. Please note that the price of optional activities are subject to change and are subject to operation with minimum participation. Not all excursions listed here may be available, due to season, weather conditions and lack of minimum participants. It is also possible that participants on the option trips are travellers not travelling with the Active Holiday Company.

Optional activities have to be booked by you before departure although at times you may have to make the payment for the activity on your own, in local currency during the tour. Please ensure that you have budgeted and carried the funds for it.

The description of optional activities is only a guide and the transfer from your hotel and back may not be included. Please study the optional activity description in detail to understand where it starts and ends. Though recommended by us, these activities are operated by other companies and you will be undertaking them at your own risk. The optional activities do not form part of your contract with the Active Holiday Company and you may be required to sign / complete a waiver form for some optional activities offered during the trip.

Money Matters
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements vary from person to person. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip. See the currency applicable for the touring country under the Country Facts section on this page. As currency exchange rates can be volatile, we ask that you refer to here for the most updated exchange rate before you set out to budget for your travel funds. The best way to carry your money is in debit cards, withdrawing cash in local currencies from ATM machines. ATMs are easily found through all major cities and will accept most Visa and Mastercard. If you have both Visa and Mastercard we recommend that you carry both, with one as a back up in case one is lost or has problems with it. Please note that banks charge a fee for overseas withdrawals and use an exchange rate different from what you see on xe.com and such websites. We recommend that you check your bank charges before you set out on your trip to avoid unpleasant surprises later. Throughout Asia and most of Africa, USD cash is widely accepted for exchange when ATMs are not accessible. In Europe, Euro is what you should be travelling with. You must have access to some extra money either via cash or ATM cards for emergency situations. Travellers Cheques are expensive to exchange and are not the easiest source to funds when travelling – especially in case of an emergency. Credit cards are accepted at the more upscale restaurants, hotels and branded stores. When carrying cash, please ensure the US Dollar notes are in good condition. Old notes, with tears, stains can lead to problems when exchanging. When leaving a country after a trip, please convert your left over local currency back to US Dollars or Euros as it may not be easy to change in other countries or once you are back home.
Emergency Fund
It is imperative that you have access to at least an additional USD $500 (or equivalent) as ’emergency’ fund, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of flu etc.) require a change to our planned route.
Solo Travellers
We try to minimize the dent on the single travellers pockets by encouraging them to share their room with other solo travellers. This helps avoid the single supplement cost that most hotels charge. We offer the service of helping single travellers pair up with other single travellers of the same gender on the trip. Some trips allow mixed gender sharing and on some accommodation, the room complement could be triple or quad (and not just twin share). If applicable, you will find this information under price details. This facility is available only on the group departures and it is not a guarantee that we will be able to find you another traveller to share your room with. If there is no other single traveller of the same gender who you can share your room with, you may have to bear the single supplement, but do check with us before you do so! It is unlikely that we will be able to find solo travel companions on the self-guided independent trips – all the same check with us with your preferred departure date to see if we have any other solo traveller showing an interest in travelling the same time and sharing. Of course, all single travellers have the opportunity to pay a single supplement and stay in their own room. Please see price for details. Pre and post tours accommodation can only be booked in single rooms by solo travellers. Despite your willingness to pay a single supplement, single rooms may not be available on overnight trains, boats, home-stays, tented camps and tea-houses during the peak trekking season.
Tipping
Though not compulsory, tipping is appropriate, customary and appreciated in most parts of the world. It is not just a way for you to acknowledge good service that you have received but also inspires & motivates the service providers to continue working towards offering excellent service. Plus, it is core to the tourism that we want to promote through the Active Holiday Company as it directly impacts and empowers people who take care of you during your holiday. We recommend that you directly offer tips to people who you feel deserve it – porters, restaurant staff, local / trekking / jungle / rafting guides and assistant guides, drivers, tour leaders. The amount is entirely a personal preference based on what you feel they deserve, however as a guideline US$2-3 per person, per day / per service is the basic standard expected. You may like to tip more or less based on your personal experience. Please don’t tip with small coins or notes of very small denominations or dirty and ripped notes as it is regarded as an insult by most.
Your Travel Companions
Your travel companion could be from any part of the world and belonging to a wide age range. For it to be happy experience for all, as vacations should be, your patience, attitude and understanding can be the difference between it being an enjoyable or challenging experience for the entire group. Making people wait is not just considered rude in most cultures but also a waste of the groups and your precious vacation time. Please be aware that the trip leader has the right to leave you and move on with the planned activity / rest of the trip if you are not on time. The cost of rejoining the group will be at your expense. Due to privacy reasons we do not provide traveller contact details to group members prior to departure. You could get on to our community page and request this information. Travelling in a group and meeting new people can be a lot of fun with just an open mind and some small adjustments on your part.
Health & Fitness
All our trips have a clear grading based on the physical effort and difficulty involved and the minimum age for participation. It is imperative that you possess an average level of fitness and mobility required to undertake your chosen trip. At the bare minimum, you must be able to walk unaided, climb a couple of flights of stairs or on an incline, and carry your own luggage. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have read through the itinerary to assess your ability to cope with the trip and that you possess the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete your chosen trip. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, then you are required to share the same with us through a short questionnaire that we provide, which must be signed by your physician. We regret that we are unable to provide assistance or provide any refund for unused services to participants who cannot undertake a day’s activities due to their inability to physically cope with it. Please refer to our detailed physical ratings for each trip before you book yourself. We reserve the right of removing any traveller who is unable to cope with the trip, without offering any refund for the unused services. Please consult your doctor and visa agent for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. Our list of a recommended first aid kit that you should carry is listed under ‘packing list’. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared with your prescription drugs (along with your prescription to allow for it to pass through customs) as not all drugs are easily available in other countries.
Safety & Security
The safety and security of our travellers is above everything at the Active Holiday Company and for this reason the company, its representatives and partners reserve the right to cancel, reroute or amend any of our itineraries at any point, before or during the trip. Our decisions to do so are based on inputs from Government advisories, our on-ground partners and other sources we consider reliable. Many governments offer travel advisements for their nationals to various countries and we recommend that you check your governments advise before leaving for a trip.

Rivers flooding, natural calamites, political rallies, bad weather, flight cancellation etc. can lead to the alteration of the itinerary and including substituting the mode of transport or extra nights. These are at an additional cost to the traveller. On some parts of our guided trips and throughout the self-guided trips you will have freedom to explore on your own. Your safety during such times is your responsibility, even if you take up an optional activity suggested by us. The Active Holiday Company offers no guarantee of service or standards of operations for optional activities offered. Though most places are generally safe during the day, wandering alone in certain areas – both during the day as well as the night can be risky. You are advised to stay in small groups, not dress to attract attention and carry more than necessary money on yourself. Avoid dark and poorly lit pathways.

Protests, demonstrations, political rallies – no matter how peaceful, have the potential to turn violent and unsafe without warning. Please avoid being part of or close to such gatherings and do not give in to the temptation of that photo opportunity, as these can be very risky. Pick-pocketing and petty theft are fairly common in touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution at all times – carry the day pack on your front, do not leave your bags out of your sight, use a money belt under your t-shirt. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. We strongly recommend you keep copies of your passport and air tickets and keep the originals along with cash and other valuable items in a neck wallet. Please do not bring along any valuable jewellery during your travel. Many hotels offer safety deposit boxes for you to securely store your valuables. Be careful of motorbike bag snatching, especially in some Asian and African cities. Please keep your luggage locked at all times.

Fire safety regulations and laws differ from country to country. Please familiarize yourself with fire exits when staying in a hotel and observe general fire safety precautions including not-smoking in rooms when not allowed. Many countries now also charge a fine for smoking.

Traffic rules may be different in the country you are visiting from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing the road and be prepared for chaotic traffic in many countries. When cycling, ensure that you use cycling lanes where available and be cautious of vehicular traffic when on main roads. On cycling trips, ensure you always have a helmet on – please study the inclusions carefully to see if it is included in your trip price. When not provided on the trip, please carry one or buy / rent one. Seat belts may not always necessary, even for children, in buses, vans and cars in several countries.

When taking part in any water activities in the ocean, river or open water, please be cautious of waves and currents, that can be unpredictable and unsafe. All water based activities including swimming in pools and snorkeling is at your own risk. Life jackets are a must for adults and children on water-crafts. You may stay at hotels with unfenced pools and no life-guard on duty.

Parents are responsible for their children at all times and children cannot be left unattended at any time. Children unable to cope with some activities are welcome to stay back at the hotel with at least one parent’s supervision. There is no refund for unutilized services when travellers forego any inclusion on account of being unable to cope with activities.

We do not recommend that you rent any equipment such as quad bikes or jet skis as well as motorbikes etc.

Your Packing List
This section is intended to serve as a guide. Please do not consider it exhaustive or compulsory. It is imperative that you consider the weather at your travel destination before you pack. Please pack as lightly as possible. You are expected to handle your own luggage on many trips and even at times when the porter service is included; we don’t consider it very nice to get them to carry heavy luggage. Moreover, many trains, buses and internal flights have baggage limitations. Aim for no more than 10 to 12 kilos. On most trips you will benefit from using a comfortable, medium sized, day pack bag to carry water, camera, mobile phone etc.

You may also need special equipment for certain trips and this may or may not be included in your trip price. Sometimes equipment can be hired locally at a reasonable cost. On the other hand some trips may need you to arrive with special type of clothing / footwear etc. Please check with us if you are not sure of what you need to get on your own.

Important Travel Documents
Please keep scanned copies with your family and email a set to yourself. The physical copies should be in your checked-in luggage.
  • Passport with photocopies.
  • Visas with photocopies.
  • Travel insurance with photocopies. Please ensure your insurers name, 24 hr emergency contact telephone number and policy number are highlighted.
  • All flight tickets for the trip with photocopies.
  • Active Holiday Company Trip Confirmation Certificate.
  • Photocopies of important documents to be kept separately.
  • Copy of the itinerary of your trip.
  • Spare passport photos.
  • Credit / Debit Card, Travellers Cheques with serial numbers kept at a separate place.
  • Youth/Student identification / Senior Citizen card for discounts.
  • International driving license if you have one.
  • Vaccination Certificates if needed.
  • Money belt that can be secured safely.
  • Money – small denominations of local currency if you can get some before the trip.
Personal Effects

  • First aid kit comprising any personal medication, aspirin / paracetamol, band-aids, head-ache balm, rehydration salts of your choice, anti-allergy pills, anti-diarrhea pills, anti-nausea pills, small scissors, nail file, sun-block (50 SPF), lip balm, after sun moisturizer, insect repellent and antihistamine/insect bite cream, female hygiene products.
  • Toothbrush, tooth-paste, deodorant, bio-degradable soap, shampoo, washing detergent.
  • Water purifying / iodine tablets.
  • Prescription Diamox / alternate for altitude sickness.
  • Prescription glasses / contact lenses and solution.
  • Antibacterial gel and wet-wipes.
  • Wide brim hat, sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Minimum 2 liters water bottle so you don’t have to buy plastic bottles, cloth shopping bag.
  • Book to read, journal, pen, travel pillow, cards / travel games.
  • Eye mask, ear plugs, army knife (this must always be in your checked in luggage when you are taking a flight).
  • Adapter, alarm clock, phone with charger, i-pod / MP3 with charger and spare ear-phones, camera and film if your camera needs it.
  • Travel pillow, torch with reusable batteries, head-lamp.
  • Night clothes/sleepwear.
  • Plastic bag to separate wet and dry / clean & soiled clothes.

 

Clothing & Others

As much as possible, try to pack in quick dry, easy to wash clothes. When visiting any religious places of worship, ensure that your legs are covered and that you are not revealing too much through singlets and tank tops. For this reason it’s a good idea to pack in a sarong and scarf on most trips. Topless sunbathing and even bikinis and swim wear that reveals too much is still not acceptable in many cultures – please ensure that you are not being disrespectful to the culture of the place you are visiting through what you wear.

 

  • Socks, undergarments.
  • Jeans are great on most trips but be cautious that they weigh more than light-weight pants.
  • Quick drying towel.
  • Smart casual evening wear depending on how long your trip is (take an average of a set for 4-5 days).
  • Comfortable walking / trekking broken into shoes with good grip, sports sandals.
  • Safaris: Try to stick to beige, brown, light green clothing.
  • Winter Wear: Fleece jackets, water / windproof jackets, inner thermal layers, gloves, fleece hats, balaclava, scarf / muffler, down jackets.

 

Summer: Cotton shirts & t-shirts (both long sleeve and short sleeve), shorts, pants / zip off trousers (please avoid military styles), swim wear, snorkel & mask. Monsoon: Foldable raincoat / umbrella, waterproof & windproof jacket, waterproof pants, waterproof cover for bags.Trekking / Camping: Check the inclusions to see if you need to carry your own inner sleep sheet, sleeping bag, personal mattress etc. On most trips we do include these.Hiking poles/walking sticks for treks. Cycling Trips: Check whether helmet is included or if you need to carry one.

Carrying long sleeve t-shirts and pants will protect you against insect / mosquito bites in some regions.

LuggageWe take no responsibility for the contents in your luggage and any damage to it while travelling. Please do not pack any expensive items in it. Here is the type of luggage style / bag you use on each trip.

  • Safaris: Trekking / Duffel bags. Your travel bag must be soft without any wheels or frames if you have to get on a local flight.
  • Cycling Trips: Sturdy bags that are easy to handle are recommended so they hold through the trip and daily transportation. You may also carry along a small back-pack for day use that is easy to carry while cycling.
  • Hiking & Trekking: Bags with wheels and hard suitcases are not acceptable on such vacations even though the daily handling may be rough. Please ensure you have a comfortable trekking bag no more than 10 kilos.