Terms and Conditions

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Reservations: A $1000.00 deposit is required, along with a completed Trip Registration Form. 

Payment and Tour Documents: The following information is sent after we receive your deposit: Immediately after sign-up: Confirmation letter, preliminary flight schedule, a visa kit, if applicable, a list of recommended shots, temperatures to expect, clothing suggestion, reading suggestion and your tour invoice, etc. About 105 days before departure: Final invoice including extra services ordered. Balance payment is due 90 days before departure. About three weeks before departure: Final tour documents including rendezvous instructions, airline tickets, itinerary, and hotel list with hotel address, fax numbers, etc., passport cases and baggage tags and any other information relevant to your tour. 

Included and Not included in tour Programs: All Terms and Conditions on our ‘India and the Himalayas’ brochure are applicable to your tour whether it is a Escorted tour, locally hosted tour, tour extension or privately guided tour. (Tour prices are subject to change if there is a substantial increase in airfares or hotel/transport prices before departure). 

Baggage: Baggage handling of one piece of checked baggage per person is included on all tours. Weight restrictions on internal air flights may apply; details will be provided with preliminary tour documentation. Baggage and personal effects are at owner’s risk throughout the travel program. 

Passports and Visas: Passports must be valid at least 6 months beyond your return dates. Obtaining correct valid visa is passengers responsibility. Except for Sri Lanka, visa is required for all destinations offered in our ‘India and the Himalayas’ brochure. Assistance is provided in obtaining necessary visas. If you are not a US citizen, please call us and we will help you find the correct visa requirements. 

Air Transportation: International airfares are quoted separately. These fares are generally discounted and cannot be combined with any other offers. Most airlines now require passengers to purchase airline tickets within 24 to 48 hours of making reservations. Some discounted airfares may not earn mileage credits. These tickets are generally non-refundable, non-endorsable, non-re-routable and carry heavy change or cancellation penalties. Foreign airport departure taxes are generally included in your airline tickets, however in certain destinations airport taxes cannot be prepaid and are the traveler’s responsibility. Prices, flight schedules, routings and tour itineraries are subject to change without notice. Airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. These programs may use the services of any IATA or Non IATA carriers. The limitations of liability are available from each airline. The passage contract in use by these companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the companies and the purchaser of these travel programs and/or passage. 

Guaranteed Departures: All departures require a minimum number of passengers to operate. All Terms and Conditions as per our ‘India and the Himalayas’ brochure concerning guaranteed departures are applicable to your tour. 

Other Facts you should know: Accommodations and arranged sightseeing are subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Worldview Tours control. Worldview Tours must reserve the right to make any modifications if they become necessary. Worldview Tours also reserve the right to withdraw a tour or any part of it to make alterations in the itinerary and to pass on to tour members any expenditures or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. Worldview Tours reserves the right to accept or decline any tour member should the participant’s health, mental condition or physical infirmity impede smooth operation of the tour or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of other tour members. In an unlikely event of rooms shares not working out, single rooms may be offered at exra single supplements paid by both persons. Worldview Tours reserves the right to photograph or film any of its tour in progress and use this material for promotion/commercial purposes.

Change Fee: A change fee of $75.00 per person will be charged for each change made after your first deposit. If any changes necessitate cancellation of confirmed travel arrangements or cruise portions, unrecoverable costs will be added to the changes fee. 

Cancellation: Our cancellation policy is as follows; 

If canceled in writing; all penalties below are per person. 90 days or more before departure ................ Minimum penalty $350.00 

89 - 60 days before departure ........................ Minimum penalty 50% 59

45 days before departure ........................ Minimum penalty 75%

44 days prior until date of departure ........... 100% of the tour price 

NO shows … no refunds and no refunds after the tour begin. 

Deposit, Reservation and cancellation policies for Luxury Trains: We require additional deposits at the time of confirming bookings on Luxury Trains in India. Maharaja Express: 25% of ticket value Palace On Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels: 50% of ticket value The Indian Maharaja- Deccan Odyssey: US$300 per person (additional deposit) The Golden Chariot: 20% of ticket value Note: • 10% surcharge shall be levied on all luxury train departures during Christmas/New Years • Cancellation policies for Luxury Trains will remain the same as per our standard cancellation policies as mentioned above 

Travel Advisories/Warnings: It is the responsibility of the traveler 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/. In the event of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the trip, should the traveler still choose to travel, despite the existing travel advisory or warning, the traveler assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage. Worldview Tours will require a signed release form before such tour can be finalized. 

Responsibility: Worldview Tours, its employees, shareholders, directors, officers, escorts, successors, agents and assigns (collectively Worldview Tours), does not own or operate any entity which is providing goods or services for your trip. It purchases transportation (by aircraft, coach, train, vessel or otherwise), hotel and other lodging accommodations, restaurant, ground handling and other services from various independent suppliers. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result Worldview Tours is not liable for any omission, negligent or willful act of any such person or entity of any third person. In addition and without limitation, Worldview Tours is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay or damage to personal property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from but not limited to acts of God or force majeure, illness, disease, acts of war, civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, animals, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of services, food poisoning, mechanical or other failure of aircraft or other means of transportation or for failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart on time. The tour participant expressly waives all rights, which he or she may have against Worldview Tours in connection with the foregoing. Any unresolved dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with the services provided by Worldview Tours shall be settled exclusively by arbitration conducted before the American Arbitration Association, in Los Angeles, California. Each party shall be responsible for the respective fees and expenses of their legal representation and the costs of arbitration shall be shared equally. It is specially agreed that this agreement is entered in the city of Irvine, county of Orange, California. Any legal action against Worldview Tours concerning the interpretation, enforcement or breach of any term, conditions or obligations set forth in this brochure, the venue of such action shall lie exclusively in the city of Irvine, county of Orange, California. I/we have read and agree to conditions, cancellation and refund policies, as stated on this sheet and the tour brochure. 

(Each tour member must sign)

Please sign, date and mail it back with your deposit to:
Date .......................................................................Place .......................................................... Signature ..................................................................................... Date .......................................................................Place .......................................................... Signature .............................................. 

P.O. Box 11417, Newport Beach, CA 92658-1417
Call: (800) 373 0388 or email: info@worldviewtours.com