We accept all major credit cards. If reserving your trip greater than 60 days in advance, a 30% deposit is required at the time of booking, and the balance is due 60 days prior to departure. If reserving your trip within 60 days of your departure, the entire trip cost must be paid at the time of confirmation. Flights require 100% payment at the time of booking (refunds and change fees subject to flight class).

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation terms for individual travelers (non-group) are as follows:

60 or more days prior to departure – Subject to loss of deposit (30% trip price)
31-59 days prior to departure – Subject to loss of 50% of trip price
Within 30 days of departure – Subject to loss of 100% of trip price

All cancellations of confirmed reservations requested by the client or on behalf of the client are subject to a $100 per person administrative fee. Additionally, clients are subject to any cancellation fees assessed by our service providers including hotels or airlines used in the itinerary. We will exercise best efforts to book preferred hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of departure we may be forced to offer alternates. In this case the client will have the option to agree or cancel their booking within one week of the substitution, subject to $100 per person administrative fee.

Insurance

In the event that you must cancel your planned expedition, travel insurance may be your only source of reimbursement. We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended.

Passports and Visas

Travelling to Elite Travels’ select destinations requires use of a valid passport. For most destinations, six months or more of passport validity are required from the date of entry into the country. In addition, please check with the appropriate consulate or embassy for the latest visa requirements.

Baggage


Please check with your international airline carrier for any applicable baggage restrictions and/or additional fees that may be imposed. On some internal flights, baggage weight restrictions may apply. Baggage and personal effects are at the owner’s risk throughout the trip.

Changes


Quoted trip itinerary prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes. Elite Travel reserves the right to increase trip prices to adjust for any changes in the foreign exchange markets and to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes where applicable. Elite Travel reserves the right to change itineraries and arranged sightseeing at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Elite Travels’  control. Every effort will be made to execute itineraries as planned, but changes may occur after the final itinerary has been issued.

Claims and Refunds


Missed services are non-refundable. All claims must be received within 30 days of the trip’s termination to be considered. Claims must be issued in writing, accompanied with supporting documentation and/or a statement from the service provider verifying the claim.

Upon cancellation of the transportation or travel services, where the passenger is not at fault and has not canceled in violation of any terms and conditions previously clearly and conspicuously disclosed and agreed to by the passenger, all sums paid to the seller of travel for services not provided will be promptly paid to the passenger, unless the passenger advises the seller of travel in writing, after cancellation. This provision does not apply where the seller of travel has remitted the payment to another registered wholesale seller of travel or a carrier, without obtaining a refund, and where the wholesaler or provider defaults in providing the agreed-upon transportation or service. In this situation, the seller of travel must provide the passenger with a written statement accompanied by bank records establishing the disbursement of the payment, and if disbursed to a wholesale seller of travel, proof of current registration of that wholesaler.

Air Transportation


Elite Travel is not liable for mistakes or errors in airfare bookings made by independent third parties. It is up to the Traveler to verify that the correct flights are booked according to his/her issued and confirmed trip itinerary. Please note that changes or cancellations made to your airline reservations may be subject to penalties.

Limits on Responsibility


Elite Travel contracts independent suppliers to provide accommodations, transportation, guided tours, and other services. It does not own any of the service providers used for your trip. As such, Elite Travel is not liable for any negligent or willful act performed by such service providers or of any third person. Elite Travel acts solely as the client’s agent, arranging hotels, transportation, and other travel services. As such, Elite Travel exercises all reasonable care possible to ensure the Traveler’s safety and satisfaction, but, without limitation, Elite Travel neither assumes nor bears any responsibility or liability for any damage to personal property, injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity arising in connection with the services of any transportation provider, or the actions of any third-party involved in executing travel services for the client. Elite Travel is not responsible for damages, additional expenses, or any other losses due to cancellation, delay or other changes in air or other services, illness, weather, travel warnings or bans, any Act of God, terrorism, war, political insurgence, insurrection, riot, civil unrest, act of civil or military authority, uprising, earthquake, flood or any other natural or man-made eventuality outside of its control. The Traveler is responsible for all such losses, and trip pricing is only valid for the dates of the confirmed itinerary. Incomplete, incorrect, or expired Traveler documents are the responsibility of the Traveler, and as such Elite Travel is not responsible for any corresponding costs due to cancellation, delays, or changes. For causes of cancellation, delay, or changes beyond Elite Travels’ control, the Traveler has the option of accepting an alternate itinerary, or receiving a refund for as much of the trip costs as Elite Travel can recover on the Traveler’s behalf from the associated travel service providers; Elite Travel shall have no further obligation or liability to the Traveler.

Risks: Depending on the destinations and activities the Traveler selects, certain inherent risks may be present including but not limited to hiking injuries, altitude sickness, dangers of animals, and in the case of a medical emergency, inaccessibility to medical attention and difficulty in evacuation from remote locations. Travelers assume all such risks with regard to these possibilities.

Travel Advisories/Warnings: The Traveler is responsible to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U. S. State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov. If the Traveler decides to travel to the specific location(s) that the State Department has issued an active warning against, the Traveler assumes all risk of property damage, personal injury, or death that may occur as related to the issued advisory or warning.

Visas/Vaccinations: Residents of different countries have different regulations to follow regarding entry visas and vaccination requirements. It is up to the Traveler to verify those requirements for his/her country. Elite Travel does not accept any responsibility for non-entry due to a Traveler that is not in compliance with those regulations.

Arbitration Agreement: Any claim or dispute arising out of or relating in any way to these Terms and Conditions, to the Limits on Responsibility Clause, to information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Connecticut, US, in accordance with the rules of the Arbitration Association then existent.

Travelers’ Representations: The Traveler represents that neither he nor she nor anyone traveling with him or her has any physical or other condition or disability that could create a hazard to himself or herself or other members of the tour. Elite Travel  reserves the right to decline to accept anyone on a trip. Elite Travel reserves the right to remove from the trip, at his or her sole expense, anyone whose condition is such that he or she could create a hazard to himself or others, or otherwise impact the enjoyment of other passengers on the trip. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment must be reported in writing when the reservation is made.

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