Booking Conditions

  


  OUR RESPONSIBILITIES

     YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION

On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability & at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is only made between you & us upon your booking being confirmed & accepted by us & our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent.

PRICE GUARANTEE

Prices in this brochure are based on costs & exchange rates as at: 26th May 2015 - USA & Canada, 22nd July 2015 - Europe & UK, 11th May 2015 - Europe & UK (Winter), 3rd August 2015 - Asia, 9th January 2015 - Australia & New Zealand and 24th March 2015 - Latin America. Should these costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your holiday. Should the total tour price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. No surcharge in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your land tour has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges & does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced.

 

IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY

3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control.

 

3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, & where available, offer you a comparable alternative.

 

3.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki holiday without payment of any transfer fee.

 

3.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural & nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki's control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking.

 

3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure.

 

HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS

 

4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (May 2015 - USA & Canada, August 2015 - Europe & UK, May 2015 - Europe & UK (Winter), August 2015 - Asia, April 2015 - Australia & New Zealand and March 2015 - Latin America) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it.

 

4.2 Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours & transportation to give you good value for money.

  

4.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries & features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries & to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations.

 

4.4 We reserve the right to alter or substitute the type, the size of vehicle and/or the style of transport mentioned in the brochure, resulting in occasionally having to utilise transport without some of the features promoted.

 

LIABILITY

5.1 Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law.

 

5.2 We will be entitled to keep for each account any interest earned on such monies.

 

5.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as & when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided &/or fees payable under the tour program. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your tour shall be deemed to be an authorisation to disburse thereof as aforesaid.

  


 

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY

1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of NZ$200, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of your tour departure, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that holiday. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent.

 

1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non refundable deposit of NZ$200 per person, per tour which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled.

 

1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients' special meal requirements are not fulfilled.

 

PAYING THE BALANCE

2.1 The balance of the holiday price must be paid by no later than 45 days before your scheduled holiday departure date, which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. When making multi-tour bookings, full payment is due no later than 45 days before the scheduled departure date of the first departing tour.

 

2.2 If payment isn't made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled & cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki.

 

2.3 Tickets & other documents will not be forwarded until full payment has been received by us.

 

2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your tour departure, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking & we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point.

 

2.5 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking & apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods.

 

IF YOU CANCEL

3.1 Notice of cancellation must be made in writing to Contiki.

 

3.2 Your deposit is non-refundable upon cancellation by you.

 

3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost & expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price & is calculated as follows:

 

PERIOD OF NOTICE

CANCELLATION FEE

More than 45 days notice

Deposit is forfeited

45-22 days

25% of tour fare

21-8 days

30% of tour fare

7-1 days

75% of tour fare

Day of departure

100% of tour fare

 

 

PERIOD OF NOTICE - ASIA PRODUCT

CANCELLATION FEE

More than 45 days notice

Deposit is forfeited

45-31 days

25% of tour fare

30-8 days

50% of tour fare

7-1 days

75% of tour fare

Day of departure

100% of tour fare

 

 

 

NB: Please note, Contiki’s cancellation policy is different in Asia due to internal flight ticketing timeframes & ground transport confirmations. These must be booked well in advance in order to secure high quality services that adhere to our strict safety standards. When the percentage cancellation fee is less than the tour deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company.

 

3.4 Any cancellation of additional services within 14 days from date of service, such as pre & post accommodation & transfers, will incur a 100% cancellation fee. For cancellation of additional services outside of 14 days from date of service, please refer to the above cancellation policy.

 

3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. All Cancellation policies valid as at 24th October, 2014, and are subject to change. Final policy will be confirmed at time of booking.

 

IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING

4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternate departure date of any available trip, you may do so subject to availability.

 

4.2 If the change is requested 45 days before the original trip departure no fee will be charged.

 

4.3 A change of booking within 45 days of original trip departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply (as detailed in section 3). However trip deposits can be used as credit to a new trip, see FlexDeposit.

 

4.4 The new departure price would not be eligible for early payment discounts (EPD) if within 45 days before departure.

 

4.5 A name change to a different person will be treated as a cancellation.

 

4.6 A fee will be charged for any alteration to airline arrangements made by Contiki as per clause 3.

 

HOLIDAY DETAILS & CONDITIONS

5.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc. are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style.

 

5.2 Clients must be aged between 18 & 35 inclusive to travel on Contiki trips.

 

5.3 Contiki strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all passengers. Contiki welcomes passengers with special needs or disabilities. However, please note the following:

 

5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements & costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday.

 

5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority & decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative & the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Representative's opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment & well being of other members on the holiday or smooth operation of the holiday itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the holiday. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers & any Contiki Representative has the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behaviour by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously & may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation & related costs & have no claims against us.

 

5.5.1 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff &/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered.

 

5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt neither the operator, service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury, death, loss, damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident.

 

5.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected vacation as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on tour (including accommodation, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense.

 

5.8 You agree that our Contiki Trip Managers or Representatives may take photographs & films of you while you are on holiday & that these may be used in our Group brochures &/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs &/or films.

 

5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Trip Manager or Contiki Representative during the course of the holiday & if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative's best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 28 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 28 day period will not be considered by Contiki. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing.

  

5.10.1 The contract & all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to New Zealand Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing.

 

5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity & enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected.

 

5.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/client costs.

 

INSURANCE

It is compulsory that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and evacuation expenses before you travel on a Contiki holiday. We strongly recommend your insurance also covers cancellation, personal liability and loss of personal property. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit and will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. Contiki cannot be held responsible for your failure to take out appropriate insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the holiday.

 

ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM

In the event of your withdrawal from a holiday after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. Contiki will not refund for any absence from the tour.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE

Airfares to & from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport & visa fees, airport & ferry transfers to tour departure point, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Tour Managers, Tour Drivers, representatives & local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions.


 

GENERAL

CONTRACTING PARTIES

 

1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you & Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki.

 

1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time & at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights & liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you.

 

1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international convention, national & international law which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol and Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road and the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage and delay to passengers and luggage. Enrollment in and payment for a tour shall constitute agreement and acceptance by the passenger of the terms and conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company.

 

1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers & other service providers are subject to the terms & conditions & limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, & other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay & loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for passengers with special needs or disabilities (see also 5.3 under Holiday Details & Conditions).

 

1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser.

 

1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances.

 

VALIDITY

Contiki's European programs are valid from March 2016 to March 2017.

Contiki's Europe Winter programs are valid from October 2015 to March 2016.

Contiki's Asian programs are valid from January 2016 to April 2017.

Contiki's Australian and New Zealand programs are valid from September 2015 to September 2016.

Contiki’s Latin American programmes are valid from August 2015 to March 2017.

Contiki’s USA & Canada programmes are valid from July 2015 to March 2017.

OPERATING COMPANIES

Contiki’s European programmes are operated by Contiki Holidays Limited, Travel House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with the exception of the Great Britain & Ireland, Edinburgh Festival & Military Tattoo and St Patrick’s Day tours, and the 3 & 5 day London Explorer which are operated by Contiki Travel (UK) Ltd. The principle operator of the Croatian Island Cruising product is Katarina Lines. Their terms & conditions apply (available upon request).The operator of the Turkish sailing product is Barbaros Yachting, Turkey. Their terms & conditions apply (available on request).

Contiki’s Europe Winter programmes are operated by Contiki Holidays Limited, Travel House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, with the exception of the England & Scotland tour, Hogmanay, and the 3 & 5 day London Explorer, which are operated by Contiki Travel (UK) Ltd.

Contiki’s Asian programs are operated by Contiki Holidays Asia Ltd., Travel House, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2JH, Channel Islands.

Contiki’s Australian and New Zealand programmes are operated by Contiki Holidays (Australia) Pty Ltd and Contiki Holidays (New Zealand) Limited.

Contiki’s Latin American programmes are operated by Contiki Holidays Latin America Ltd, Travel House, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands. Please note that Contiki utilises ground handlers to assist with the operation of our products. These ground handlers include: These ground handlers include: Journey Mexico (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala), Galakiwi (Ecuador & Galapagos Islands), Costa Rican Trails (Costa Rica), Colombia 57 (Colombia) & Altura Travel (Argentina, Brazil & Peru).

Contiki’s USA & Canada itineraries are operated by Contiki US Holdings Inc, 801 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92805.