Terms and Conditions – General Information
WHAT YOUR PROGRAM COST INCLUDES: Review the program description enclosed with the enrollment form to be sure you know what’s included in the ‘Land Only’ program cost, and what’s not. Included are all events, activities, visits, cooking classes, tastings, guiding, transfers, hotel overnights with full breakfast, select lunches and dinners, as described in the ‘day-by-day’ description page. Not included are purely personal costs or expenses such as laundry, postage, phone calls, hotel bills or non-program beverages or other hotel services ordered. Airfare to Myanmar/Burma, Vietnam or Cambodia or other travel to the place where the program begins and ends within Asia, are not included. Inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSURANCE: We strongly advise you to purchase trip cancellation insurance to prevent needless loss due to an accident, illness, or other unforeseen events or circumstances involving you, a family member, traveling companion, his/her family member, causing you to cancel prior to departure or leave the program early. Review your illness & accident insurance to be sure you are covered outside your country of residence &, if it does not, purchase coverage for the period you’ll be abroad. This is required. We recommend you consider purchasing baggage theft/loss coverage as well.
CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS: Cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellation fees are as follows:
1) Deposits are non-refundable;
2) early bird pre payments are non-refundable.
3) cancellations received 61 days or more prior to the program start date, US$500 per person;
4) cancellations received within 61 days of the program start date, 100% of the program cost.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM COST: The actual program cost is based on the US dollar rate of exchange at the time of costing, seven months prior to the program. Price is subject to change in the event of a rate of exchange change increase exceeding 5% & for unforeseen fuel surcharges. Enrollees will be duly advised about such a change in the program cost, should it be necessary.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES: The program begins & ends at the place and times stated on the program itinerary pages & in confirmation materials that will be emailed to you. In the event a participant is early or late at the arrival point and/or early or late leaving at the end of the program, she/he is responsible for arranging her/his own transfers & for any cost or expense thereof. Return flights from our final destination back to point of origin are specifically excluded in tour costs.
NON-REFUNDABLE TICKETS & RESERVATIONS: ‘The Globetrotting Gourmet’ does not recommend the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets, and is not responsible for expenses incurred by participants who book such tickets or make pre-paid hotel or other non-refundable reservations, until the minimum enrollment for the program has been reached. Should you be considering making such reservations nonetheless, be sure to check with our office as to the enrollment status of the program to see if it has reached the minimum number for operation.
PROGRAM MINIMUM SIZE & CANCELLATION: ‘The Globetrotting Gourmet’ reserves the right to cancel the program in the event that enrollment does not reach the budgeted minimum participants. In the event of cancellation, those enrolled may receive a refund up to the full program cost, however if cancellation comes shortly before the program start date & is caused by acts or occurrences beyond our control, and advance deposits made to program vendors/providers cannot be refunded to us, then the refund of the program cost to participants will be affected accordingly.
ITINERARY CHANGES: Program vendors/providers in Asia may change personnel, prices, policies, ownership, location or the way they do business. We constantly monitor such events, and reserve the right to make any necessary changes to the itinerary as a result, either before or during the program. Should it become necessary or advisable for the comfort or well being of participants, or upon damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity of any vehicle, equipment or machinery, or in transporting or lodging the participants or for any reason whatsoever to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations or changes may be made without prior notice or liability or penalty to ‘The Globetrotting Gourmet’.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: All citizens are required to have a valid passport for travel to and within Asia, with expiry no less than 6 months from the date of your travels. Check your passport NOW. If your passport’s expiry date is on or before 6 months reapply now for a new passport. US, Australian & Canadian citizens require visas into Burma/Myanmar, China, Vietnam and Cambodia. It is each participant’s sole responsibility to be in possession of valid travel documents, including all pertinent visas, & passport, required for leaving your country of residence or citizenship, entering and leaving Asia, and re-entering your home port. No refund of the program cost will be made, nor will any expense incurred by a participant due to forgotten, lost, invalid or expired travel documents before or during the program be reimbursed by ‘The Globetrotting Gourmet’. All travelers to Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia , China and Vietnam require a visa, which must be secured prior to your travels.
LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: ‘The Globetrotting Gourmet’ neither accepts nor assumes liability or responsibility of any kind or nature for any fault, defaults, errors, omissions or negligence of any person, school, association, company or other type of service provider used in connection with the delivery of the program; nor for any loss, injury or damage to person or property connected with accommodations, transportation or other types of services. “The Globetrotting Gourmet’ is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for cancellations, delays, amendments, loss or additional costs incurred by participants due to acts of nature, civil unrest or disturbances, strikes, work stoppages, fire or arson, thefts or inclement weather.