Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a trip with The Travel Society, Inc. We strongly recommend that you also read the Trip Notes relating to your trip prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary and style of the trip you are undertaking.
1. Our contract
All bookings are made with The Travel Society, Inc. (us/we). By booking a trip with us you are deemed to have agreed to these Booking Conditions (which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us) and your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation invoice.
Dates, itineraries and prices vary by trip chosen. Please see individual trip pages for details.
3. Deposit requirement
You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of USD $750 per person for your booking to be confirmed (please note that special deposit requirements apply for some trips). If your booking is made within 60 days of the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking. See individual trip pages for exceptions.
4. Acceptance of booking and final payments
Acceptance of your booking will be confirmed by us in writing. Please refer to your booking confirmation invoice for details regarding final payments. Payment of the balance of the trip price is due 60 days before the departure date unless otherwise indicated on the individual trip page. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled. In addition to the trip price, for some tours you may also be required to pay a kitty as specified for the trip you are taking. This will be clearly outlined in the booking process and trip pages.
5. Your details
In order for us to confirm your travel arrangements you must provide all requested details with the balance of the trip price. Necessary details include: your full name as per passport, date of birth, nationality, passport number, passport issue and expiry date and any pre-existing medical conditions you have which may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements. If you are 70 years of age or over we may also require you to complete and forward a Self-Assessment form. Your booking cannot be confirmed without provision of these details.
6. Late bookings
For any bookings or additional services accepted within 15 days of departure we reserve the right to charge a CAD $100 late fee to cover our additional administration costs.
7. Cancellation by the traveller
If you cancel a trip after making a booking you will lose some or all of the money you have paid for the trip. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip 60 days or more prior to departure, or once the trip is guaranteed to run, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.
Different fees may apply to airline tickets and tour services depending on the supplier being used. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover cancellation penalties in certain circumstances. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.
8. Cancellation by The Travel Society, Inc.
We may cancel a trip at any time up to 60 days before departure, subject to clause 14. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel a trip you may choose between us applying the amounts paid toward an alternative trip or receiving a full refund. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.
9. Booking amendments
If you wish to transfer from one trip to another or amend your booking, you must notify us at least 60 days prior to the current and proposed departure date*. If changes are made at least 60 days prior to the current and proposed departure date, a $250 fee per person will apply in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines. If you notify us less than 60 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Amendments to any other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip will incur a CAD $100 administration fee per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 10 days of departure.
*Inca Trail bookings or other tours requiring special permits (as indicated during the booking process and or on individual trip pages) cannot be transferred without full loss of deposit.
The land price of your trip includes: all accommodation as listed in the Trip Notes; all transport listed in the Trip Notes; sightseeing and meals as listed in the Trip Notes; the services of a group leader as described in the Trip Notes.
The land price of your trip does not include: international or internal flights unless specified; airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified; meals other than those specified in the Trip Notes; visa and passport fees; travel insurance; optional activities and sightseeing and all personal expenses.
12. Prices & surcharges
Our trip prices are based on currency exchange rates when the trip is created. We reserve the right to impose surcharges up to 60 days before departure due to unfavourable changes in exchange rates, increases in airfares or other transportation costs, increases in local operator costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. In such instances we will be responsible for the first 2% of the additional costs and you will be responsible for the balance. If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 10% of the trip price you may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund. We will not surcharge any booking for travel once paid in full.
The minimum age to join any scheduled group departures is 18 years old; for the majority of our trips we have no upper age limit though we remind you that our trips can be physically demanding and a Self-Assessment form is required for all passengers 70 years and over.
14. Small groups & combination trips
Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have four fully paid travellers (unless minimum group size specifically states otherwise); this means at times we can have very small groups. If you would like to know how many people are booked on your trip or any combination trip it is part of please ask prior to making your booking.
15. Passport and visas
You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip; please refer to the Trip Notes for details. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.
16. Travel insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all Travel Society travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. At a minimum your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of US$200,000. We also strongly recommend it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without it. If you obtain travel insurance through us you acknowledge that you are satisfied with the level of insurance we have arranged.
You appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives. The itinerary provided for each trip is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but it is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local circumstances or events.
18. Change of itinerary
While we endeavour to operate all trips as described we reserve the right to change the trip itinerary. Please refer to our website before departure for the most recent updates to your itinerary. Before departure: If we make a major change we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a full refund of all monies paid or accepting an alternative tour offered. After departure: We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. In such emergency circumstances the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you: please refer to the Trip Notes for your trip for details of Emergency Funds which you agree to carry, to be used in such instances.
19. Authority on tour
Our scheduled group trips are run by an authorized Travel Society tour leader or our designated local representative. The decision of our local representative and group leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader, or interfere with the well-being of the group, the group leader may order you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our responsible travel guidelines.
20. Acceptance of risk
You acknowledge that the nature of the trip is adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You may be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives. We use information from government foreign departments and reports from our own contacts in assessing whether the itinerary should operate. However it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and the nature of your itinerary. You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you assume the personal risks associated upon such travel.
21. Limitation of liability
We contract with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals to assist in the running of our trips as agent for these third parties. We are not responsible for the acts and omissions of these third parties.
To the fullest extent permitted by law:
- any liability for any loss, death, injury or damage which you may suffer (directly or indirectly) in connection with or arising out of your participation in a trip, or any breach of the Booking Conditions, is excluded;
- you release us and our officers, employees, agents and representatives from any liability and expressly waive any claims you may have against us arising out of or in connection with your participation in a trip; and
- any condition or warranty which would otherwise be implied by law into these Booking Conditions (Implied Warranty), is excluded.
To the extent an Implied Warranty cannot be excluded, our liability in respect of the Implied Warranty is limited to (in our absolute discretion): (i) the provision of a similar trip to an equivalent value; or (ii) a refund of the total amount received by us from you in connection with your booking. Any claim by you is excluded to the extent that it is for indirect or consequential loss, loss of profits or economic loss, however it arises, or for indirect, special, punitive or exemplary damages.
22. Optional activities
Optional activities not included in the trip price do not form part of the trip or this contract. You accept that any assistance given by your tour leader or local representative in arranging optional activities does not render us liable for them.
23. Errors & omissions
Although we have made a concerted attempt to verify the accuracy of statements made in our trip documentation including brochure, website and Trip Notes we cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or unintentional misrepresentation that may occur.
24. Claims & complaints
If you have a complaint about your trip, please inform your tour leader or our local representative at the time in order that the they can attempt to rectify the matter. If satisfaction is not reached through these means then any further complaint should be put in writing to us within 30 days of the end of the tour.
In the event that any term or condition contained in these Booking Conditions is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason then such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this contract or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.
26. Photos and marketing
You consent to us using images of you taken during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes.
28. Consumer protection
All money received as payment for your holidays is immediately deposited in a Clients' Trust Account. The Travel Society’s Client Trust Account, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is bound by TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) regulation and independently audited. Your money remains there until the month of departure so you can relax and enjoy your holiday as your money is safeguarded.
29. Applicable law
The laws of the Ontario, Canada govern these Booking Conditions and any disputes in connection with a trip or these Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of Ontario, Canada.
30. Registered address
The Travel Society, Inc.,
404-174 Spadina Ave.,
- updated September 10, 2015 -