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BOOKING CONDITIONS 

Your contract is with GBT Travel Services UK Limited registered address 5 Churchill Place, London E14 5HU trading as Travel Places at the postal address of Podium House, 61 Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex BN11 1HR, United Kingdom, company number 08774160 and will be referred to as Travel Places in the remainder of these booking conditions.  These booking conditions, together with our privacy policy and the written information we brought to your attention before we confirmed your booking, sets out the conditions of the contract between you and Travel Places and our contractual commitments to each other.

It is important that you read the following booking conditions carefully as they are the basis of your contract with Travel Places.

Please read them carefully, detach or print off and keep with your travel documents.

Definitions

(a) References within the booking conditions to “departure date(s)” means the date the services we have agreed to provide commence.

(b) The references to “you” and “your” means the persons named in the booking (including any person or persons added or substituted subsequently).

(c) “We” “Us” and “Our” means Travel Places

(d) References to “arrangements”, “travel arrangements”, “holiday”, “package” or “tour” mean the services we have agreed to provide to or provide you with under your booking with us.

1. YOUR TOUR CONTRACT

1.1  When you make your booking you agree that you have authority to accept and do accept on behalf of yourself and each person named in your booking, the terms of these Booking Conditions.  The person making the booking (“the party leader”) must be at least 18 years of age and authorised to do so by all persons named in the booking and the parent or guardian of all party members under the age of 18 years, when the booking is made.  The party leader on behalf of themselves and each member of the party consents to the use of information in accordance with our privacy policy.

1.2 The party leader is responsible for making all payments due to us under the booking.  All party members named within the booking are jointly and severally liable for all payments due under the booking.

1.3 A contract will exist as soon as we issue a booking confirmation invoice to the party leader.  The contract is made in the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English law and the jurisdiction of the English Courts.  You may choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you wish to do so and you are resident in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

1.4 Once you have received your booking confirmation invoice please check this carefully together with your ATOL certificate and all other documents we have sent to you.  If any of the information contained within any of these documents is incorrect or incomplete, please notify us immediately in writing as it may not be possible to make later changes to it.  We cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracies within 7 days of issue of the booking confirmation invoice to you.

1.5 We reserve the right to refuse to accept bookings in our absolute discretion without stating the reason for doing so.

1.6 When you book your tour it may not be possible to confirm your precise air or rail arrangements due to airline and rail operator booking restrictions.  Your confirmation invoice and/or ATOL certificate will set out the arrangements reserved for you and/or any provisional reservations or those arrangements we plan to reserve for you.  Some airlines charge for luggage separately and some flights may be indirect.  These may also be subject to change by your airline or rail operators.

1.7 We cannot confirm any specific airline or rail seat numbers and reserve the right to make changes to your flight and/or rail times but will notify you of any such changes as soon as possible.

2. SPECIAL REQUESTS 

If you have a special request, please advise us at the time of booking.  We cannot guarantee that the request will be met and any failure to do so will not be a breach of contract on our part.  Confirmation that a request has been noted will be included on your booking confirmation invoice or upon the acknowledgment of booking. We are unable to accept bookings which are conditional upon a special request being met and these will be treated by us as a standard booking.

3. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION

3.1 We provide financial security for tours which include flights, by way of our ATOL (Air Travel Organisers Licence) granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), CAA House, 49 – 59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TE. Our ATOL number is 10907.

3.2 When you buy a flight inclusive tour from us you will receive an ATOL certificate from us. This lists the flights, accommodation, car hire and/or other services that are financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases where neither we or the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you).  You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer, where applicable).

3.3 If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You must agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you must assign absolutely to those trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be reassigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

3.4 For further information visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk

3.5 The price of our flight inclusive arrangements includes the amount of £2.50 per person as part of the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the CAA. This charge is included in our advertised prices. Not all tour or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. ATOL protection is primarily for customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom.

3.6 In respect of non-flight inclusive travel arrangements, we provide full insolvency protection for our tours by way of a bond held with ABTA Ltd of 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ, www.abta.com, telephone 0203 7588779. Our ABTA membership number is Y6164

4. TOUR PRICE

4.1 We reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the tours shown on our website or in printed brochures.   You will be advised of the current price of the tour you wish to book before your contract is confirmed.

4.2 Unless stated otherwise, the price of your tour includes each and all of the component parts described within your booking confirmation invoice.

4.3 Not included in the price of your tour is travel insurance, excess baggage charges, tipping and any food or drink or additional excursions or activities which are not confirmed as being part of your tour arrangements.  Additionally, any items or services purchased on board are not included in the cost of your tour unless specifically stated.

4.4 When you make your booking you must pay a non-refundable deposit of £50 per person for tours costing £500 per person or less, £100 per person for tours costing between £501 and £999 per person and £200 per person for tours costing £1000 per person or more or such other deposit as may be notified to you at the time of your booking request or full payment if it is within 10 weeks of departure.  All prices shown are per person.  The balance of the price of your travel arrangements must be paid by the date shown in your booking confirmation invoice which will usually be 10 weeks before your departure date.  If the deposit and/or the balance is not paid in time we shall cancel your travel arrangements.  If the balance is not paid in time, we shall retain the deposit.    

4.5 Changes in the cost of the following mean that the price of your travel arrangement may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 20 days of your departure date.

The price of transportation resulting from the cost of fuel or other power sources;

The level of taxes or fees applicable to the tour imposed by third parties not directly involved in the performance of your tour, including tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports; or

The exchange rates relevant to your tour.

4.6 You may be charged for the amount of any increase in accordance with this clause plus an administration charge of £1.00 per person.  However, if this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 8% of the total price of your confirmed tour (excluding any insurance premiums, amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements) you will have the option of (i) accepting the price increase and pay the requested amount (ii) accepting a change to another tour if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price) or (iii) cancelling your tour booking and receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us, except for any insurance premiums and any amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements which do not form part of your package.  Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days of the issue date printed on your final invoice.

4.7 Should the price of your tour go down due to the changes mentioned above, then any refund due will be paid to you.  However, please note that travel arrangements that are purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.

5. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING

5.1 If, after we have issued a booking confirmation invoice to you, you wish to change your travel arrangements, we will do our best to make these changes, although it may not always be possible to do so.  Your request to change your booking must be made in writing by the party leader.  You may be asked to pay an administration charge of £25 and any further costs we may incur in making this alteration.  When changing your travel arrangements, the price will be based on the price applied on the date you make the change.  The price may not be the same as when you first made your booking.

5.2 If you or any member of your party is prevented from travelling, that person may transfer their place to someone else subject to the folllowing conditions:

a) That person is introduced by you and satisfies each and all of the conditions applicable to the booked holiday;

b) We are notified in writng of the request for transfer not later than 7 days before departure;

c) If you are required to do so, pay the outstanding balance payment, and an amendment fee of £50.00 per person transferring, as well as any additional fees, charges and other costs arising from the transfer;

d) The transferee agrees to these booking conditions, and all of the terms of the contract between us.

e) Charges amounting to the full cost of any transferred flight and a replacement flight will be imposed in the event of any transfer.

5.3 You and the transferee will remain jointly and severally liable for the payment of all sums. If you are unable to find a replacement, the cancellation charges set out in clause 6.1 will apply in order to cover our estimated costs.  Otherwise, no refunds will be given to passengers not travelling or for any unused service.

5.4 Any discount you received when you made your original booking may be altered or reduced when changes are made if this discount had subsequently been altered, reduced or withdrawn.

5.5 If you have paid accommodation supplements and the number of people in your accommodation changes you may have to pay extra costs.

5.6 Any changes to your departure date, airport, transportation, destination, accommodation or length of travel must apply to all members of your booking.

5.7 If you have taken out travel insurance it may not be possible to change or cancel this and as such, any premium cannot be refunded.

5.8 Scheduled airlines may not allow name changes within certain periods prior to departure and may not allow these after the flight ticket has been issued.  If you wish to make a name change and this is not permitted by your airline, it will be necessary to cancel your flight, lose the money paid in respect of that flight and pay the full cost of another flight, which may not be the same flight or at the same cost as the one you have cancelled.

6. IF YOU CANCEL YOUR BOOKING

6.1 If you, or any member of your party, cancel your travel arrangements at any time, written notification from the person who made the booking must be received by us at our registered office or by email to the Tour Manager organising your trip.  Since we incur costs in cancelling your travel arrangements, the following cancellation charges will be payable by you.  The cancellation charge is a percentage calculated on the basis of the total costs payable by the person cancelling that are not refundable in the event of cancellation.

Period Before Departure               Cancellation Charge
In Which You Notify Us                  Per Person

More than 70 days                          Deposit paid

56 – 70                                                   50% of the travel cost

45 – 55                                                   70% of the travel cost

36 – 44 days                                        90% of the travel cost

0 – 35 days                                           100% of the travel cost

6.2 You have the right to cancel your tour before departure without paying a cancellation charge in the event of “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” occurring at your tour destination or its immediate vicinity and which signifcantly affects the performance of the tour or which signficantly affects transport arrangements to the destination.  In these circumstances, we shall provide you with a full refund of the monies you have paid but we will not be liable to pay you any compensation.  For guidance, you may wish to refer to the Foreign and Commonwealth office.  www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

6.3 For the purposes of this clause, examples of “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” include warfare, acts of terrorism, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to your destination.

7. IF WE CHANGE OR CANCEL YOUR BOOKING

7.1 Once your booking has been confirmed we will make every effort to provide you with the booked holiday arrangements. Occasionally, it may be necessary to amend or cancel whole or part of your tour.

We will notify you of any alteration or cancellation as soon as we reasonably can.

7.2 Independent travel arrangements (eg, flights, airport parking, car hire, etc) that you may arrange separately do not form part of our contract with you.  Should we need to make changes to your travel arrangements, we will not be liable for any amendment or any cancellation charges incurred by you in respect of any such independent travel arrangements.

7.3 If, before the start of your tour, we are constrained by circumstances beyond our control to significantly alter any of the main characteristics to your tour, we will offer you the choice of either (a) accepting the changed arrangements (b) accepting an offer for an alternative tour with comparable facilities from us, if available (we will refund you any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value) or (c) cancel your booking completely in which case we will refund you all monies paid by you. Please note that the above options are not available where any change made is a minor one.  A significant change may include change of accommodation to that of a lower category and/or price, the change of flight or rail times of more than 12 hours, a change of UK departure location (save the changes between London airports).

7.4 If we make a significant change or cancel less than 14 weeks before departure (other than reason of non-payment of travel arrangements by you, events beyond our control (paragraph 8 below) or minimum group size numbers not being reached (paragraph 10 below), we will also pay you compensation as detailed below:-

Period of Notice We Give to
You Before Departure

Compensation to Each
Full Fare Passenger

84+ Days

£0

83  – 56 Days

£10

55 – 28 Days

£20

27 – 0 Days

£30

You are required to advise us within 7 days of being notified of a significant change whether you wish to: (a) accept a proposed change or (b) cancel your booking and receive a refund.

If you have not notified us within 7 days, we will write to you again to obtain confirmation of your choice of the options above.

If you fail to respond within a further 7 days, we will cancel your booking and refund all payments made by or on behalf of you.

7.5 Please note that compensation referred to at 7.4 above and the options referred to at 7.3 above do not apply to any minor changes made by us.

8. EVENTS BEYOND OUR CONTROL

Please note that compensation will not be payable and we will accept no liability beyond offering you the options above where:

(a) we are constrained to make a significant change or cancel your booking as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control.  These circumstances will usually include but are not limited to, war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity and its consequences, industrial disputes, any failure to secure flying rights, natural and nuclear disaster, fire, epidemics, health risks and pandemics and unavoidable and unforeseeable technical problems with transport reasons beyond our control or that of our suppliers, closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes and other actual or potential severe weather conditions, and any other similar events; or

(b) we are constrained to cancel your booking because the minimum numbers of booking required have not been reached and we have notified you within the time periods specified at section (10) of these booking conditions; or

(c) we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any of the requirements of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel; or 

(d) we make a significant change or cancel your arrangements more than 14 weeks before departure; or

(e) where the change or cancellation by us arises out of alterations to the confirmed booking request by you.

9. POST DEPARTURE CHANGES 

9.1 If we are unable to provide a significant proportion of the services that you have booked with us after your departure, we will, where possible, make alternative arrangements for you at no extra charge and if appropriate in all the circumstances we will pay you reasonable compensation.

9.2 Please note that a change in the time of your departure or return flight by 12 hours or less or a change of your UK departure airport between Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton and between Manchester and Liverpool are not regarded as significant changes. 

9.3 A change of accommodation to an equivalent or higher standard is also not regarded as significant nor are alterations to your itinerary which do not materially affect your tour.

9.4 If we cancel or make a major change and you accept a refund, we will consider an appropriate refund of your travel insurance premiums if you can show that you are unable to transfer or re-use your policy.

10. MINIMUM NUMBERS

Some of the travel arrangements shown on our website can only be operated if there is sufficient demand for the same and a sufficient number of people book these travel packages.  If there is insufficient demand on subsequent confirmed bookings, we have the right to cancel the travel arrangements in question.  If we have to do so, we will notify you as soon as possible. In this situation, you will then have the choice of accepting an alternative travel arrangement of equivalent or closely similar standard.  The cost of any alternative tour offer will be our selling price at the time of change.  If the alternative is cheaper, we will refund you the difference.  If the alternative is more expensive, you have the option to pay the difference.  If you do not wish to take the alternative we offer you, you can choose to cancel your tour and receive a full refund of any monies you have paid to us.  We will also consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid, if you can show that you are unable to transfer or re-use your policy. 

When we cancel for lack of numbers in accordance with this paragraph no compensation or other amounts (for example, the cost of any connected travel arrangements you have made independently) will be payable.  In the unlikely event that we do need to cancel your tour for the reason of lack of numbers, we will not do so less than 20 days before your arrival date if the tour is for more than 6 days. In the case of tours lasting between 2 and 6 days we will not cancel the package less than 7 days before the start of the package. In the case of trips lasting less than 2 days we will give you at least 48 hours notice of any cancellation.

11. DELAYED RETURN

11.1 In accordance with the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018, where it is impossible for you to return to your departure point on the return date of your package due to “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” we shall provide you with the necessary accommodation for a period not exceeding 3 nights per person.  Where possible, this accommodation shall be of comparable standard to the accommodation booked by you under the package.  For the purposes of this clause, examples of “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” include warfare, acts of terrorism, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination.

11.2 The limitation of costs for 3 nights accommodation referred to above does not apply to persons with reduced mobility as defined by Article 2 of Regulation (EC) 1107/2006 and does not apply to persons of reduced mobility travelling by air and any other person accompanying them, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors as well as persons in need of specific medical assistance, provided that you have notified us of their needs at least 48 hours prior to departure.

12. OUR LIABILITY TO YOU

12.1 We agree to perform and provide the travel arrangements which make up your booking with reasonable skill and care.  If the contract you have with us is not performed or is improperly performed by us or any of our suppliers, we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected your enjoyment of your tour.  We will not be liable for any failure in the performance of the contract with you if this is due to:-

a) The fault of yourself and/or another member of your party;

b) A third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable;

c) Unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised;

d) An event which neither we nor our suppliers, even with all due care, could have foreseen or forestalled.

12.2 Our liability to you and any member of your party, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of three times the cost of your booking.  Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to

a) The contractual terms of the suppliers we use in the provision of your holiday arrangements form part of your contract with us.  These terms are incorporated into this contract as are;

b) Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail, and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers, and loss, damage and delay to luggage.

12.3 We will not accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of your contract with us.  These may include any excursion purchased during the course of your tour and any additional services or facilities which we have not agreed to arrange or provide as part of our contract with you.

12.4 You must inform us, without undue delay, taking into account the circumstances of the case, of any lack of conformity which you perceive during the performance of a travel service included in your package travel contract.

12.5 If we are found liable for loss and/or damage to your luggage or personal possessions (including money) our maximum liability to you is limited to £1,000 per person unless a lower limitation applies under this contract or by virtue of international conventions.

13. ASSISTANCE BY US DURING THE COURSE OF YOUR TOUR

If your contract with us is not performed or is improperly performed by us as a result of a failing attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of tour services, or as a result of failures due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control the consequence of which could not have been avoided even with all due care, or as a result of an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not have foreseen or forestalled, and you suffer injury or other material loss, we will offer to provide you with prompt assistance as is reasonable in the circumstances. If you or any member of your party suffers during the course of your tour any difficulty as a result of any activity which does not form part of your contracted tour arrangements, we will offer you prompt assistance without undue delay.  Such assistance may include assisting you in making communications and helping you to find alternative travel arrangements.  If the difficulty is caused intentionally by you or as a result of your negligence, we may charge a reasonable fee for that assistance which will not exceed the actual cost incurred by us.  All assistance (financial or otherwise) is subject to our reasonable discretion and subject to you notifying us promptly of your need.  If you are entitled to have any costs and expenses arising from such an incident met by or from any insurance policy or if you recover any costs and expenses relating to the incident from a third party you must repay us the costs and expenses we have incurred in assisting you.   

14. PASSPORT, VISA, DOCUMENTATION, IMMIGRATION AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS 

14.1 The passport and visa requirements of yourself and your party, together with any other immigration requirements, are your responsibility and you should check these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates prior to travel.  We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel if you have not complied with the relevant requirements in force prior to and at the time of travel.

14.2 It is also your responsibility to check all compulsory and recommended health requirements, including vaccinations, prior to travel and to ensure that you are in receipt of all and any necessary vaccination certificates and other health documentation.  The costs of obtaining any such documentation are your responsibility and we are unable to accept any responsibility or liability if your travel arrangements are affected as a result of the failure to do so by yourself or any member of your party.

14.3 You must provide us with full details of any existing medical condition or disability that may affect your travel arrangements (including, in particular, any accommodation requirements) at the time of your booking.  If in our reasonable opinion your chosen travel arrangements are not suitable for your medical problem or disability or you are not travelling with someone who can provide all assistance you may reasonably require, we have the right to refuse to accept the booking.  If you do not give us full details of your medical problem including all allergies and dietary requirements or disability we can also cancel the booking when we find out full details if in our reasonable opinion, the travel arrangements are not suitable or you are not travelling with someone who can provide all assistance reasonably required.  If we cancel your booking as a result of this, the cancellation charges set out in Clause 6.1 above will apply.

14.4 Information on foreign travel is provided and regularly updated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Details can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-adviceand www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo

14.5 If we are required or asked to reissue tickets that have been lost, destroyed or stolen and we agree to do so, any charges incurred as a result of this will be payable by you.

15. DENIED BOARDING REGULATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION DELAYS 

15.1 If any flight you have booked is cancelled or delayed, your flight ticket is downgraded or boarding is denied by your airline in circumstances which would entitle you to claim compensation against the airline under EC Regulation No 261/2004 – the Denied Boarding Regulations 2004, you must pursue the airline for the compensation due to you. All sums you receive or are entitled to receive from the airline concerned by virtue of these Regulations represent the full amount of your entitlement to compensation or any other payment arising from such cancellation, delay, downgrading or denied boarding. The fact a delay may entitle you to cancel your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight. We have no liability to make any payment to you in relation to the Denied Boarding Regulations or in respect of any flight cancellation or delay, downgrading of any flight ticket or denial of any boarding as the full amount of your entitlement to any compensation or other payment (as dealt with above) is covered by the airline’s obligations under the Denied Boarding Regulations. If your airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Civil Aviation Authority on 0330 022 1500, www.caa.co.uk

15.2 Unfortunately, flight or other transport delays sometimes occur. Depending on the length of the delay and surrounding circumstances, the carrier concerned should provide refreshments when and where appropriate. We are generally not in a position to provide any assistance in the event of flight or other transportation delays and cannot accept any liability except where expressly stated in these Booking Conditions.

             

16. HEALTH & FITNESS

16.1 Activities within our tour may require a certain degree of physical fitness.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the levels of fitness required for any activity you choose to participate in.  If you are in any doubt, please consult your GP before departure.  We, and those retained by us, to supervise any activities, retain the discretion at any time to decline to allow you to participate in any activity, if we reasonably believe that in the interests of your health, you should not do so.  In such circumstances, we shall not be liable for any losses or compensation arising.

16.2 You must provide us with full details of any existing medical or physical problems (including unusual height or weight) or disability that may apply to you or any member of your group and which is likely to affect your ability to take part in some or all of the activities forming part of your tour (including, in particular, any accommodation requirements or difficulties that may be encountered in accessing buildings) at the time of booking.  If, in our reasonable opinion, any particular activities or arrangements are not suitable for the medical or physical problems or disability or you are not travelling with someone who can provide all the assistance that may be required, we have the right to refuse to accept the booking or you may not be able to participate in certain activities, in which event we shall not be liable for any losses or compensation arising.

16.3 If you do not give us full details of any medical or physical problem or disability at the time of booking and/or promptly inform us of any adverse change to any existing medical or physical problem or disability and/or any new medical or physical problem or disability that arises after booking then we can also cancel the booking when we find out the full details if, in our reasonable opinion, the arrangements are not suitable in the circumstances.  If we cancel in this situation, cancellation charges as set out at Section 6 must be paid by the person concerned.

17. INSURANCE

17.1 You must take out suitable insurance for all your needs before you travel and it is a condition of this contract that you or members of your party do so.  We cannot be held responsible for any costs you may incur as a result of failing to do so.

17.2 You must provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and 24 hour emergency help line number before you travel.

17.3 If you take part in activities whilst travelling that have been organised and arranged independently of us, participation is at your own risk and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have obtained the relevant insurance.

18. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND BEHAVIOUR WHILST ON TOUR

18.1 As part of your booking with us, you are accepting liability for any loss or damage caused by you or any member of your party during the course of your tour.  Payment for any loss or damage must be made to us or our supplier at the time that it occurs or as soon as is reasonably practicable thereafter.  If the cost of the loss or damage is not known at the time, we will reasonably estimate it and if this reasonable estimate exceeds the amount paid, you must pay the difference once known, and if it is less, the difference will be refunded to you.  You will also be responsible for, and agree to indemnify us, in respect of any claim subsequently made against us and all costs incurred by us (including our own and any other party’s full legal costs) arising from your actions.

18.2 You are also responsible for the behaviour of yourself and other members of your party.  We can refuse to accept you as a customer or refuse to continue dealing with you and/or any other member of your party by terminating your travel arrangements if yours or their behaviour is or is likely to be, in our reasonable opinion or in the reasonable opinion of our suppliers, disruptive, upsetting or dangerous to yourself or anyone else, or if you or any member of your party have caused or are likely to cause damage to property.  In these circumstances, we will not pay any refund, compensation or other sum whatsoever or any costs or expenses incurred by you if we have to terminate your travel arrangements due to such unacceptable behaviour.  In this situation we will have no further responsibility for you or any other member of your party (including any return travel arrangements).  If your unacceptable behaviour means that you are not able to board your outward flight, we will treat your booking as cancelled from that moment and you will have to pay the full cancellation charges referred to in Clause 6.1 above.

19. EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES AND RESORT INFORMATION 

Excursions, tours or other activities that you book or pay for whilst you are on tour do not form part of the travel arrangements provided by us.  Your contract will be with the operator or provider of that excursion, tour or activity and not with us.  We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion, tour or activity or anything that may happen during the course of its provision by the operator.  We do not accept any liability in relation to any such excursion, tour or activity and these Booking Conditions do not apply to them.

20. LOCAL CHARGES & TOURIST TAXES 

Unless we have stated that a local service or facility is included or free in our accommodation description, you may be asked to pay a charge locally, for example, local tourist tax, room services (eg minibar), health and beauty treatments, snacks, drinks, etc.  Tourist taxes may be payable by you when you check out of your tour accommodation.

21. LOCAL HEALTH & SAFETY STANDARDS

You should be aware that it is the standards and health and safety requirements of the country in which the services which make up your travel arrangements are provided which apply and not those of the United Kingdom.  These standards will be different to those of the United Kingdom and may sometimes be lower.

22. OUR WEBSITE, BROCHURE AND ADVERTISING

The information contained in our website, brochure and advertising material is our responsibility and to the best of our knowledge and belief it is correct at the time of publication.  Occasionally errors may occur and information may change and you must therefore check all the details of your travel arrangements at the time of booking.

23. IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT

23.1 In the unlikely event that you have cause to complain during the course of your travel arrangements with us, you must bring it to our attention immediately.  If your complaint is not resolved then you must repeat your complaint in writing within 28 days of the end of your travel arrangements with us by writing to us at our Registered Office or emailing us at feedback@travelplaces.co.uk  You must provide any booking reference and all other relevant information to enable us to fully investigate your complaint.  Any complaints which do not involve death, personal injury or illness and which are not made in accordance with this procedure we are unable to accept liability.

23.2 We are a member of ABTA, membership no. Y6164. Through our membership we can offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of, or in connection with your Tour. Further information on the ABTA Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme can be found at www.abta.com/consumer-services.

23.3 The arbitration scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. It provides a straightforward and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website.

23.4 The scheme does not apply to claim for an amount greater than £5,000.00 per person and there is a limit of £25,000.00 per booking. It does not apply to claims in respect of physical injury or illness. The scheme can deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness, subject to a limit of £1,500.00 per person that can be awarded by the arbitrator.

23.5 The application for arbitration and statement of claim must be received by CEDR Solve within 18 months from the date of return of the holiday. Outside this time limit, arbitration may still be available under the scheme if the company agrees but the ABTA code does not require such agreement.

23.6 For injury and illness claims, you may use the ABTA/CEDR Solve mediation procedure. This is a voluntary scheme and requires us to agree for mediation to go ahead. Details can be provided on request or from www.abta.com.

24. DATA PROTECTION

In order to process your booking and to make sure that your tour arrangements run smoothly, we need to pass the information which you provide on to relevant suppliers such as airlines, transfer companies, hotels etc.  The information which we provide may also be provided to credit checking companies and public authorities such as customs and immigration if required by law.  Where your tour is outside the European Economic Area (ELEA), controls on data protection in your destination country may not be as strong as they are in the UK.  However, we will not pass your information on to any person who is not responsible for part of your tour arrangements.  If we cannot pass your information on to relevant suppliers, we cannot provide your booking, therefore in making this booking, you consent to your information being passed on to them.  Our Privacy Compliance Manager can be contacted on privacy@travelplaces.co.uk  You are entitled to a copy of your information held by us and if you would like to see this, please ask us.  It may be necessary to make an administration charge for providing this to you.

Please refer to our privacy policy which forms part of these booking conditions.

YOUR KEY RIGHTS UNDER THE PACKAGE TRAVEL AND LINKED

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS REGULATIONS 2018

General

The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.

Therefore you will benefit from all EU rights applying to the packages.  Travel Places will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole.

Additionally, as required by law, Travel Places has protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes insolvent.

KEY RIGHTS UNDER THE PACKAGE TRAVEL AND LINKED

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS REGULATIONS 2018

• Travellers will receive all essential information about the package before concluding the package travel contract.

• There is always at least one trader who is liable for the proper performance of all the travel services included in the contract.

• Travellers are given an emergency telephone number or details of a contact point where they can get in touch with the organiser or the travel agent.

• Travellers may transfer the package to another person, on reasonable notice and possibly subject to additional costs.

• The price of the package may only be increased if specific costs rise (for instance fuel prices), and if expressly provided for in the contract, and in any event not later than 20 days before the start of the package. If the price increase exceeds 8% of the price of the package, the traveller may terminate the contract. If the organiser reserves the right to a price increase, the traveller has a right to a price reduction if there is a decrease in the relevant costs.

• Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee and get a full refund of any payments if any of the essential elements of the package, other than the price, has changed significantly. If before the start of the package the trader responsible for the package cancels the package, travellers are entitled to a refund and compensation where appropriate.

• Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee before the start of the package in the event of exceptional circumstances, for instance if there are serious security problems at the destination which are likely to affect the package.

• Additionally, travellers may at any time before the start of the package terminate the contract in return for an appropriate and justifiable termination fee.

• If, after the start of the package, significant elements of the package cannot be provided as agreed, suitable alternative arrangements will have to be offered to the traveller at no extra cost. Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee, where services are not performed in accordance with the contract and this substantially affects the performance of the package and the organiser fails to remedy the problem.

• Travellers are also entitled to a price reduction or compensation for damages or both where the travel services are not performed or are improperly performed.

• The organiser has to provide assistance if the traveller is in difficulty.

• If the organiser or the retailer becomes insolvent, payments will be refunded.  If the organiser or, where applicable, the retailer becomes insolvent after the start of the package and if transport is included in the package, repatriation of the travellers is secured. Travel Places  has taken out insolvency protection with the following entities:

For flight inclusive tours: Civil Aviation Authority of 45-59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6E, www.caa.co.uk, telephone: 0330103 6350, email: claims@caa.co.uk

For package tours that do not include a flight: ABTA – the Travel Association  at 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ, www.abta.com, telephone: 0203 7588779, email: customerprotection@abta.co.uk

You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here