2018 Classic East Africa Safari

From Sept 21, 2018 to Oct 7, 2018 (16 nights) Print Version Status: Available

When I think of a classic African ‘Safari’ it is Kenya and Tanzania that still get me excited to go back. From the lush slopes of Mt. Kenya, that Great Rift Valley, the wonderful Masai Mara plain, endless Serengeti, and the fascinating ecosystem at the bottom of an ancient Ngorongoro volcano floor, it can’t be beat. The culture and the people of both countries have affected me greatly with their pride, tenacity and generosity that weaves beautifully into their environment. This tour is set up for a maximum of 12 women to travel in two 7-passenger vehicles for both game drives and transportation between lodges.

What a marvelous trip that was – every waking moment filled with neat adventures, learning moments and spectacular vistas. My knowledge of African wildlife, geography and history increased dramatically.

Our sleeping moments were just as wonderful with the variety of memorable accommodations – the sweet city guest homes, the wonderful thatched roof chalets with those splendid views, the oddball tents with their marvelous bucket showers and the absolute luxury of the Stanley and the Livingstone. And the meals were outstanding!

My dream was the red dunes of Namibia. They exceeded expectations as did the rest of the journey."  J.

In Brief

Tour summary:

2 Nights NAIROBI, KENYA
2 Nights,SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP KENYA
2 Nights LAKE ELMENTAITA, KENYA
2 Nights MASAI MARA, KENYA

1 Night KIRAWIRA TENTED CAMP Western Corridor, Serengeti, Tanzania
2 Nights SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
2 Nights NGOROGORO CRATER, TANZANIA
3 Nights STONE TOWN, ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

Maximum 12 women

Please NOTE: Road conditions in East Africa are extremely irregular on rough terrain with long travel days of 5-7hrs. and one day at 9hrs. Our vehicles are Toyota Land Cruisers with pop-up tops and are very safe though it is not unusual for seatbelts not to function properly. Anyone who suffers from spinal injuries or back issues needs to re-consider attempting this trip.

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Escorted By:

Denise Johnson, Today's Woman Traveller

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Full Itinerary

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September 21, 2017: Arrive Nairobi

Upon arrival in Nairobi we will be met and assisted at Jomo Kenyatta Airport by our local representative then transferred to our hotel.

True, Nairobi is a big bustling city but to me it is still the staging point for the wonderful safaris that Kenya is justly famous for.

There is a lot to see in Nairobi. Karen Blixen’s House and Museum – the first time I visited Kenya I was reading Karen Blixen’s book “OUT OF AFRICA’ well before it was made into a movie. When I arrived at the house (where she lived between 1914 and 1931) I already knew every room and the stunning view.
Just down the road is the Kazuri Bead Factory (‘Kazuri’ means Small and Beautiful in Swahili). The factory was started in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting in making ceramic beads. The mission today is to provide and sustain employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of Kenyan society.

We will stay 2 nights at the beautiful Nairobi Serena Hotel.
Known for exceptional standards of efficiency, service and five-star hospitality, the
elegantly sophisticated Nairobi Serena is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group and is consistently voted Best Hotel in Nairobi by airlines and international travel magazines alike.

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Nairobi.
Accommodation: Nairobi Serena Hotel

September 22, 2017: Nairobi

Morning breakfast will be at the hotel. Later we will be taken for a full day city tour of Nairobi with a visit to the Karen Blixen Museum, the Kazuri Bead factory and Giraffe Centre and the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant/Rhino Orphanage with lunch included at a charming guest house.

While on Safari we will enjoy the privilege to observe the animals as they live in their natural habitat with no boundaries so it is not only educational but an amazing treat to get the chance to see elephants, rhinos, and giraffes up close and personal at these two sanctuaries.

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust:
For over 25 years Kenya-born Daphne Sheldrick lived and worked alongside her husband David, during which time they raised and successfully rehabilitated many wild species. Daphne Sheldrick’s involvement with wildlife has spanned a lifetime, and she is now a recognised international authority on the rearing of wild creatures and is the first person to have perfected the milk formula and necessary husbandry for infant milk-dependent Elephants and Rhinos.
Since the death of her husband, Daphne and her family have lived and worked in the Nairobi National Park, where they have built the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and its pioneering Orphans Project, into the global force for wildlife conservation that is today. Read more: Caring for Orphaned Elephants...

The Giraffe Centre was started by Jock Leslie-Melville, the Kenyan grandson of a Scottish Earl, when he and his wife Betty captured a baby giraffe to start a program of breeding giraffe in captivity at their home in Langata - home of the present centre. Since then the program has had huge success, resulting in the introduction of several breeding pairs of Rothschild Giraffe into Kenyan national parks.

Lunch will be at Macushla House.
Late afternoon return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Accommodation: Nairobi Serena Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

September 23, 2017: SWEETWATERS TENTED CAMP, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Nanyuki
This morning after breakfast we will be driven to Sweetwaters Tented Camp.

39 Luxury tents in a sheltered oasis around a wterhold and set in the calm of its own private reserve.  Sweetwaters abounds with wildlife and is designed to offer a charming blend of under canvas ambiane with uncompromising luxury. Due to its private status Sweetwaters  allows the unforgettable pleasure of night game drives, guided bush walks and both horse and camel riding across its private game-teeming plains.  Host to all the members of the "Big Five" (elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo & leopard) the conservancy has a higher wildlife-to-area ratio than any Kenyan National park.

Lunch will be at Sweetwaters with afternoon game drive
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Accommodation: Sweetwaters Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

September 24, 2017 Day spent at Sweetwaters with game drives and visits to the chimpanzee and rhino sanctuaries.

Accommodation : Sweetwaters Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

September 25, 2017: Lake Elmentaita
This morning after breakfast, we will be collected for the day’s drive taking us past the Aberdares mountain range to the floor of the Great Rift Valley, destination Soysambu Ranch where the well-appointed Lake Elmentaita Serena Camp is located. The ecosystem, being part of the great Rift valley and with the presence of the alkaline lake of Elmentaita, supports lots of bird life as well as lots of plans game.
Lake Elementaita Serena Luxury Camp is found along the shores of the sparkling sapphire-blue Lake Elementaita. It is situated within the magnificent Soysambu Conservancy in the famous Great Rift Valley. Soysambu is a 48,000 acre, pristine wildlife sanctuary that is home to many unique wildlife and bird species. Among the many animal species to have found a home here are Rothschild giraffes which now have a safe breeding ground, dik diks, and cliff-dwelling klipspringers.
Lake Elementaita Luxury Camp offers 25 Tents well-designed to fit the conservancy's rich history. Each tent is elegantly furnished complete with a private veranda. Modern services include laundry, room service and a doctor on call 24/7. Rooms come with hairdryer, telephone, mini bar, mosquito nets, shaver sockets, WiFi, electricity and tea/coffee maker. There is a central bar and restaurant, Sogonoi Boutique-Gift Shop, and a swimming pool for exercise and relaxation.
Lunch will be at our camp followed by an afternoon game drive in the Soysambu conservancy.
Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Accommodation: Lake Elmentaita Serena Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


September 26, 2017: Masai Mara National G.R
This morning after breakfast, we will be driven to the Masai Mara National Reserve offering
wonderful scenery and plenty of game. It is perhaps the only region left in Kenya where the visitor
may see animals in the same super-abundance as existed a century ago. Secreted deep within the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Mara Serena Safari Lodge is set high on a bush-cloaked hill, embraced by arcing vistas of richly rolling grasslands, centre-stage to Africa’s legendary migration of the wildebeest. Drawing its inspiration from the traditional Maasai cultural motif of a cluster of domed, mudcoloured huts encircled by a Boma of brushwood, the Mara Serena offers a rare blend of raw African splendour. The essentially ethnic décor also draws on a vibrant colour-palette of sun-burst colours, embellished by a unique selection of Maasai art to create the look and feel of a traditional bush encampment. The lodge features individual rooms, each with their own balcony and view of eternity, a sky-blue swimming pool and a spectacular restaurant, overlooking a water hole where resident animals collect to drink.
Styled to mirror the circular motif of a traditional Maasai Manyatta, the lodge has been designed to blend
international sophistication with raw African beauty.
The wide-spaced and secluded rooms have been sensitively designed so as to blend seamlessly
into the landscape whilst offering magnificent Mara-vistas from their private verandas.

Lunch will be en-route at Keekorok Lodge followed by an afternoon game drive.
Also en-route to the lodge, we will visit a Maasai village today.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Accommodation: Mara Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

September 27, 2017: Masai Mara National G.R
Today in early morning we will be taken for a game drive in Masai Mara. Later we will be driven to the appointed site for Hippo pool breakfast provided by Mara Serena Lodge. Thereafter return to our lodge with a game drive en-route.
Rest of the morning at leisure followed by lunch at the lodge.
Later in the afternoon you will be taken for a game drive.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Accommodation: Mara Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

September 28, 2017: Serengeti National Park
Today after breakfast, we will travel to the Isebania border crossing where we will go through the normal immigration and customs procedures for entry to Tanzania. We then proceed in a Tanzanian vehicle into the west corridor of  Serengeti National Park with a picnic lunch en route.
We will spend 1 nght at Kirawira Tented Camp with a game drive on route followed by dinner.

September 29, 2017: Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp: Serengeti National Park

Today we continue into the central Serengeti to our next location - Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp which is scenically located in a glad, known as 'te place of klipspringer'.  This is one of the main annual migration corridors. Mbuzi Mawe has 16 widely spaced luxury ensuite tents each with its own ensuite bathroom.  The camp has a central dining tent and bar as well as a central fire-pit for evening sundowners. 

Accommoation: Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

September 30, 2017: Serengeti National Park
Today full day spent in the Serengeti with morning and afternoon game drives.
Meals and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation: Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

October 01, 2017: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today, after breakfast we will be driven to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact caldera in the world. Its enduring charm stems from its overwhelming physical beauty and the abundance of wildlife that permanently reside on the crater floor.

En route we will visit the Olduvai Gorge site of archeological findings, where traces of pre-historic man
dating back to 3.5 million years ago, have been discovered.
Arrive at your lodge for lunch. Afternoon will be at leisure.

Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Sensitively constructed so as to take nothing from its environment whilst affording endless vistas over the heat-shimmering reaches of the crater below, the clustered boulder-built buildings of the Lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees. The interior, radiating out from the huge log fire glowing at the heart of the Lodge, blends the concentrated hush of a game-viewing hide with the ochre, rust and charcoal images of a prehistoric cavern. Lit by flaming wall-lanterns, clad in gigantic volcanic boulders and decorated by the iron spears, bright-beaded robes and intricately carved artifacts of the Maasai, the Lodge is a unique blend of world-class luxury, timeless volcanic splendour and ethnic style.
Strung around the crater rim, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, the rooms feature brass
lamps, embossed leather headboards, wildwood mirrors. Each room enjoys uninterrupted views over the Crater’s unmatched splendour.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

October 02, 2017: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This morning after breakfast we will be taken for a half day tour of the crater floor. Return to your lodge for lunch. Later in the afternoon you will be taken for a sundowner at Crater view.
Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

October 03, 2017: Depart Arusha
This morning after breakfast at the lodge, we will be driven to Arusha Airport for our flight to Zanzibar.

ZANZIBAR is the main island (actually called Unguja) in the Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. The main town is Stone Town, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with a maze of narrow streets, markets, mosques, old merchant houses and grand Arab residences.

On arrival from our flight to Zanzibar we will be met at the airport and taken to our Hotel, the Zanzibar Serena Inn which is on the seafront in Stone Town.

The rest of the day is ours to explore our environs. I hope you will join me to go to The Forodhani Night Market tonight. As sunset arrives every night, the tables and barbeques appear and locals and tourists alike descend on Forodhani Park on the waterfront for the night food markets. From Pizza to fresh seafood – and sunset on the Indian Ocean – what a setting!

October 04, 2017: Zanzibar 
After breakfast we will have a walking tour through this fascinating old city then the afternoon and evening free for more exploring together.

October 05, 2017: Zanzibar 
After breakfast today we will be taken on a tour into the countryside to visit a Spice Farm including lunch. We will stop at a beautiful beach for an afternoon swim and return to Stone Town in the late afternoon.

October 06, 2017: Zanzibar 
After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Dar Es Salaam to catch our flight home.

Please NOTE: Road conditions in East Africa are extremely irregular on rough terrain with long travel days of 5-7hrs. and one day at 9hrs. Our vehicles are Toyota Land Cruisers with pop-up tops and are very safe though it is not unusual for seatbelts not to function properly. Anyone who suffers from spinal injuries or back issues needs to re-consider attempting this trip.

Read more about our experiences in Kenya and Tanzania: 

What is the mysterious allure of AFRICA?

What’s it like? The Ultimate Wildlife Experience: On Safari in East Africa

 

Full Pricing and Details

Prices per person in Canadian Dollars (CAD $)  Twin Share  Single  Tax

15 Nts - Classic East Africa Safari

21 Sep to 06 Oct, 2018
Tour begins Nairobi and ends in Zanzibar

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Twin price is based on sharing twin-bedded rooms throughout
Single price is based on single accommodation throughout

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars (CAD $) and are inclusive of all taxes unless otherwise stated.

Single accommodation rate on request and only if space is available.

Deposit at time of booking is $2,500.00 CAD per person + insurance premium if applicable, see deposits and final payments area below.


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We would be happy to assist you in arranging flights from your home to join us on the tour.

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Frequent Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We do our best to answer all your questions before you travel with us. Please contact us if you have concerns that are not addressed here.

What is included in the cost?

Each individual tour specifies in the 'Included Features' section what is included in the tour. The cost always includes your accommodation, breakfast daily, excursions, activity instruction, local transportation, and services of your escort. Some trips also include lunches or dinners.

What are the accommodations like?

We stay in comfortable local, boutique style hotels. Accommodations are based on twin-share occupancy, (with private facilities) but single supplement is available if desired. Our Asian tours all feature deluxe hotels. Our accommodations are centrally located in the places we visit offering the convenience of personal exploration during free time.

How far in advance do I need to reserve my trip?

It is never too early to reserve your space on your trip of choice. Some of our trips book up several months or even a year in advance.  Please call us or e-mail to reserve your place as we would not want you to be disappointed.

What will the food be like?

We feature both simple, nutritious local foods and gourmet meals, depending on the destination. We always try to vary the diet so that our participants can learn about and enjoy the local cuisine. When meals are not included, we make sure that there are a number of restaurants in the immediate area of our accommodation to give our travelers the chance to enjoy searching out local restaurant experiences.

Who do I eat meals with?

You'll never dine alone. Our guides always offer the option for you and the group to join them for meals. 

Can I come alone?

Most of the women who travel with us book as a single person. If you are travelling with a friend, you can of course share a room with them. It is part of our mission to provide women the opportunity to meet new friends while enjoying a wonderful travel experience.

What is the Guaranteed Share Rate?

Most women who travel with us come individually. Some want a single room, and some prefer to share a twin room. On many tours we offer a 'Guaranteed Share Rate' which means two singles will share a twin bedded room. In the case where there are not enough to share a twin room, we pay the single supplement difference for you. This Guaranteed Share Rate allows you to book with us knowing that you will be assured the lower shared twin cost.

How many people are in the group?

This depends on the tour you select. Our groups are always small, however, from 6 to 14 participants.

What is the average age of your travellers?

The average age of our travelers is between 30 – 65 years of age. We have had ladies in their mid twenties and ladies into their 70's – the love of travel and adventure has no particular age. Each group generally has a mix of ages.

Who are the guides?

Our tours are escorted by a Today's Woman Traveller staff member. Our team of ladies are all experienced tour escorts. They are well educated, speak the local language and make great traveling companions. We frequently hire local guides for specific touring or in particularly exotic locations where our escort may not speak the local language.

What type of women travel on your tours?

Our passengers are a very diverse range of women. They include single women, married women, divorcees and widows. They are women of all ages, and are often repeat customers. Our passengers come from across the country, from the USA, and some from other countries as well.

How physically fit do I need to be?

This depends on the trip you select. We accommodate women of different levels and abilities. Our walking tours are designed to suit all levels of walkers. You don't have to be in top shape, but you will enjoy it more if you are reasonably fit. Many women surprise themselves at their new-found strengths and abilities!

What kind of clothing should I pack?

We send you a complete trip dossier including a packing list when you reserve your trip with us.

How do I arrange transportation to meet up with the tour?

Today's Woman Traveller is operated by a fully licensed travel agency. We are qualified travel agents and able to assist with flight arrangements, if desired, to meet up with our tours. Our tours commence and end in, or near, transportation centres.

What if I want to arrive early or stay on after the trip?

We assist our passengers with additional hotel arrangements, as required.

 

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These are the Terms and Conditions that will apply to your booking. Please read them carefully as you will be bound by them. These Terms shall constitute the entire agreement between The Company and the Client relating to the subject matter herein, and shall constitute a binding agreement. There is no verbal or written; representation, warranty, prior agreement, or description of services, other than as expressed herein.

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All persons wishing to make a booking have carefully read and understand the Terms and Conditions that follow. By making a booking with the Company or its Agents, you accept on behalf of yourself and all those named on the booking including minors and person under a disability to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the Company sends a confirmation invoice or email. It is at this point that a Contract between the Company and the Client comes into existence. All person(s) named on the booking are hereafter referred to as the "Client" and references to Client shall be to all those so named.

"The Company" means either The Travel Broker or Today's Woman Traveller.

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"Contract" means the Contract concluded between the Company and the Client relating to the relevant Tour which is evidenced by the issue of the confirmation invoice sent by the Company or its sales agent to the Client. The service to be provided is the tour referred to in the booking confirmation.

2. Medical and Special Requirements

The Client must notify the Company in writing during the process of booking of any medical conditions, pregnancy, disability or any other mental and or physical condition which may affect fitness to travel and or any medical condition. Failure to notify the Company may result in the Client being refused travel. Failure to notify the Company of any such condition that results in cancellation will have full cancellation fees to the Client. Some trips may be unsuitable for Clients due to age, mobility, disability, pregnancy or physical or mental conditions. It is the Client's responsibility to check prior to booking. The Company may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks or Clients with certain conditions. The Company is not required to provide any special facilities unless it has agreed to do so in writing. The Company will do its best to meet Clients special requests including dietary, but such requests do not form part of the Contract and therefore the Company is not liable for not providing these requests. Medical facilities vary from country to country and the Company makes no representations and gives no warranties in relation to the standard of such treatment. Traveling with Children: Clients aged 18 at date of first travel are viewed as adults. An adult over the age of 18 must accompany every 2 children under the age of 18. The ratio of adults to children traveling together must be one adult per two children and two adults per four children (17 and under). The minimum age for Clients traveling on tours is 12. All enquiries with respect to children are subject to review and approval by the Company that reserves the right to restrict the number of travelers under the age of 18 on tours. If the adult accompanying the child is not the child's parent or parents are divorced, then a "Parental Consent Guardianship Form" must be signed (or other documents provided as requested by the Company) by the parent or legal guardian and received by the Company prior to departure. For more information: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/faq/children-travel_enfants-voyage-eng.asp

3. Deposits

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1. Final Payment: The Company must confirm acceptance of the Client's booking in writing. Please refer to the confirmation invoice and/or confirmation email for details regarding final payment. Payment of the balance of the tour price is due 60 days before the departure date of the first service booked. If full payment is not received by the due date, then rates and tour space cannot be guaranteed. If a booking is made 60 days or less before the departure date of the first service booked then the full amount is payable at the time the booking is confirmed. If this balance is not paid at the time the booking is confirmed the Company reserves the right to treat the Client's booking as cancelled. The Company Trips and Tailor Made Trips may require a higher deposit or full payment at the time of booking. If full payment is different to that outlined in this clause, the requirement will be advised at time of booking and detailed on the invoice. If combinations of The Company Trips, and The Company Independent and Tailor Made trips are booked, the most restrictive requirements will apply to the whole booking.

2. Client Details: In order for the Company to confirm and guarantee the Client's travel arrangements the Client must provide all Client Details with their final payment as per the schedule specified in Section 3(a). If the Client does not provide all details 60 days or more before departure, an Administrative Fee will be charged to the Client. In the event where client details have not been received by the Company 45 days prior to the Client's trip departure, the Company reserves the right to treat the file as cancelled and full cancellation fees will apply. Client Details required will vary tour by tour, and will be advised during the booking process. However, at a minimum Client Details include passport number, passport expiry date, passport issue date and place of issuance, completed medical form (if requested), full name as it appears in the passport you are traveling with, date of birth, place of birth, nationality and arrival details (or other documents as requested by The Company). A booking may not be confirmed without provision of Client Details.

3. Credit Card Charges: The Company is not responsible for any charges applied to credit card transactions and will not refund or return any fees charged by third parties and incurred during the transaction of the tour cost.

5. Cancellation of a Tour by a Client

Any cancellation by a Client must be made in writing and be acknowledged by the Company in writing. The date on which the request to cancel is received by the Company or its Agents will determine the cancellation fees applicable.

Cancellation for The Company Trips and The Company Independent Trips: The cancellation fees are expressed hereafter as a percentage of the total tour price, excluding insurance.

Cancellation 100 days or more before departure: Loss of deposit.

Cancellation 99-0 days before departure: 100% of cost of services booked. 

The Company Trips and The Company Independent Trips may vary in cancellation policy from that detailed in this clause, and will be detailed at time of booking.

6. Cancellation of a Tour by the Company

The Company reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason, but will not cancel a tour less than 60 days before departure except for Force Majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstances outside the Company's control. When a tour is cancelled by the Company before the agreed date of departure for any reason other than the fault of the Client, the Client can either:

1. take a substitute tour of equivalent or superior quality if the Company is able and willing to offer such a substitute; or
2. take a substitute tour of lower quality if the Company is able and willing to offer one and to recover from the Company the difference in price between the price of the tour originally purchased and that of the substitute tour; or
3. have a full refund of all monies paid under the contract as soon as possible. The Company is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that the Client may have incurred as a result of the booking such as insurance premiums, visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, non refundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc. If the Client is offered a refund but requests an alternative tour of a higher value than that originally booked, then the Client must pay the difference in price. Where after departure a significant element of the trip contracted for cannot be provided, the Company will make suitable alternative arrangements for the continuation of the trip. If it is not possible to provide a suitable alternative or the Client reasonably rejects any suitable alternatives, the Company will provide the Client a refund of unused tour portions. Where a significant alteration or cancellation occurs which is not due to Force Majeure or other circumstances beyond the Company's control, the Company will in some circumstances offer compensation. Significant alterations do not include the substitution of a vessel, modification of itineraries, change in cabin category or hotel accommodation provided it is of the same category.

7. Unused Services

There will be no discounts or monies refunded for missed or unused services, this includes voluntary or involuntary termination/departure from tour, i.e. sickness, death of a family member etc, late arrival on the tour, or premature departure either voluntarily or involuntarily.

8. Prices, Surcharges and Taxes

The price of the tours published may go up or down from the time of publication. The Company recommends that the Client finds out the most up to date price of their tours including the costs of any other service provided by the Company at the time of making their booking. The Company reserves the right to increase tour price after the holiday has been booked but will not do so any later than 30 days before the departure date stipulated. After a Confirmation Invoice has been issued any increase to the tour price will be as the result of changes in an increase in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airport charges, including any currency fluctuations. If the increase would be 2% or less of the holiday price the Company will absorb the changes in its costs of providing the tour. However if the increase is more than 2% the Company will pass this increase on to the Client.

Where the increase in price is more than 7% of the Clients holiday price then in these circumstances the Clients may either:

1. withdraw from the contract without incurring any penalty; or
2. accept the change of price.

Tours operating in Canada are priced and advertised exclusive of Government taxes (HST, GST, PST & QST) and these taxes will be advised at time of booking and itemized on subsequent invoicing.

9. Validity

The prices on this website and in our brochures are based on rates and costs in effect at time of posting to the website or printing the brochure . The Company reserves the right to alter prices at any time prior to tour been paid in full. The land price of the trip is guaranteed when paid in full, subject to any potential surcharges as stipulated in Section 8. All dates, itineraries and prices are indicative only.

10. Flexibility

The Client understands and acknowledges the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and should allow for reasonable alterations by the Company. It is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local circumstances or events, which may include sickness or mechanical breakdown, flight cancellations, strikes, events emanating from political disputes, entry or border difficulties, extreme weather and other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances or any other reason whatsoever.

11. Changes

Changes made by the Company: While the Company will endeavor to operate all tours as advertised, reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made where deemed necessary or advisable by the Company. If the Company makes a major change the Company will inform the Client as soon as reasonably possible if there is sufficient time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one in three full tour days of the itinerary. If the major change is due to force majeure or unforeseen circumstances no compensation is payable. Some changes to the itinerary may happen on tour as a result of unforeseen circumstances or local situations. Any changes made to alter the itinerary as a result will be made with full authority of the Tour Leader and any direct or indirect cost incurred as a result will be the responsibility of the Client. Where the Company has to make a major change to the Client's holiday before departure in these circumstances the Company will notify the Client as quickly as possible.

12. Airfare

Tours do not include international air fare or any other flights unless mentioned in the inclusions of the individual tour.

1. Quotes: All quotes are in Canadian dollars, unless otherwise stated. The company will quote the best price available at the time of quoting for the travel dates requested. Quotes provide an indicative price only, and represent no price commitment by the Company.

2. Options: The Client may hold an option on a flight with the Company. This option guarantees the seat at the quoted price for the same business day. The Company will advise client at what time the option expires. If the option is not confirmed, the option is deemed to have expired and is no longer valid.

3. Price changes: Until the tickets are issued, the Company reserves the right to change prices in the event of any price increase for any reason including, but not limited to, airfares wrongfully quoted due to system error, the price of fuel and/or currency fluctuations or government taxes or levies, or any other reasonable cause.

4. Full payment: Full payment must be received by the Company before the Option period expires to guarantee the reservation at quoted price. A guarantee of payment by the Client is an acceptance of the travel arrangements as requested at the total price quoted. Cancellation fees will apply if the Client subsequently decides to cancel after ticket has been issued.

5. Changes & cancellations: Unless otherwise stated, airline tickets are 100% non-changeable & non-refundable once tickets have been issued. Changes made prior to ticket issuance may be applied at the Companies discretion, and will also have Administrative Fees applied.

6. Flight reconfirmation: The Company strongly recommends flight times and numbers be verified or reconfirmed at least 72 hours prior to departure. The Company is not responsible for any change to airline schedules or flight numbers after tickets have been issued.

7. Airline e-tickets: Once issued, all airline e-tickets are non-transferable and valid only for the dates and routings shown.

8. Airline, airport or weather delays: The Company will not be held responsible for any additional expenses or loss that may arise from airline, airport or weather delays. The Company will not reimburse for any additional expenses incurred by the Client as a result. The company will not refund any unused portion of air tickets purchased in the event of such delays due to conditions beyond its control.

13. Acceptance of Risk

The Client understands that they are traveling to geographical areas where, amongst other things, the standard of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, cleanliness, medical facilities, telecommunications and infrastructure development may not be of the standard they are used to at home. The Client has read and understands the The Company's itinerary for the trip they are undertaking and have provided details of any preexisting medical conditions they may have to The Company representatives. They accept these risks and obligations and they fully assume the risks of travel.

Optional Activities: I understand during my trip there may be opportunities to undertake activities, which do not form part of the itinerary. I understand The Company makes no representations about the safety or quality of the activity, or the standard of the independent operator running it. I also understand The Company is in no way responsible for my safety should I elect to enter into such optional activities. With full knowledge of the above, I may still elect to partake in the activity, and if I do so, I assume full responsibility for any risks involved.

Hotels, shuttle services or other elements of a Package or Cruise will be arranged by the Company with local suppliers, who may themselves engage the services of local operators and/or sub-contractors. Standards of hygiene, accommodation and transport in some countries where excursions take place are often lower than comparable standards than what the Client may reasonably expect at home. The Company will at all times endeavor to appoint reputable and competent local suppliers. The terms and conditions of the suppliers will be applicable and are expressly incorporated into the Contract. These may limit or exclude liability of the supplier. The liability of the Company will not exceed that of any supplier. Local laws and regulations of the relevant country will be relevant in assessing performance of the services of any supplier. In the event of a complaint by a Client, this Contract will be regarded as having been performed if local laws and regulations relating to those services have been satisfied, even if the laws of Canada have not been met.

14. Authority on Tour

At all times the decision of the Company's tour leader or representative will be final on all matters likely to endanger the safety and well being of the tour. By booking with the Company, the Client agrees to abide by the authority of the tour leader or Company representative. The Client must at all times strictly comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited. If the Client is affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect other people's enjoyment of the tour, the Client must advise The Company at the time of booking. Should the Client fail to comply with the above or commit any illegal act when on the tour or, if in the opinion of the tour leader, the Client's behavior is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or annoyance to others the Company may terminate that Client's travel arrangements without any liability on the Company's part and the Client will not be entitled to any refund for unused or missed services or costs incurred resulting from the termination of the travel arrangements.

15. Travel Documents

1. Valid Passport: The Client must be in possession of a valid passport required for entry, departure and travel through each destination point along the itinerary of the tour, (passport must be valid 6 months past the return date), all visas, permits and certificates including vaccination certificates, insurance policies, required for the whole of the journey. The Client accepts full responsibility for obtaining all such documents, visas and permits prior to the start of the tour, and is solely responsible for any adverse consequences resulting from missing or defective documentation. Any information or advice given by the Company regarding visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment, etc. is purely advisory, provided as a courtesy to the Client, and the Company is not responsible for any errors or omissions as to the information provided by third parties such as the appropriate governmental authorities.

2. Documents: To expedite the issuing of The Company travel documents please note that all tour related travel documents such as vouchers, itineraries and invoices will be sent via email once full payment has been received by the Company. The Company reserves the right to impose an Administration Fee on those Clients who wish to receive their travel documents by other means.

16. Factors Outside the Company's Control (Force Majeure)

The Company shall not be liable in any way to the Client for death, bodily injury, illness, damage, delay or other loss or detriment to person or property, or financial costs both direct and indirect incurred, or for the Company's failure to commence, perform and/ or complete any duty owed to the Client if such death, delay, bodily injury (including emotional distress or injury), illness, damage or other loss or detriment to person or property is caused by Act of God, war or war like operations, mechanical breakdowns, terrorist activities or threat thereof, civil commotions, labor difficulties, interference by authorities, political disturbance, howsoever and where so ever any of the same may arise or be caused, riot, insurrection and government restraint, fire, extreme weather or any other cause whatsoever beyond the reasonable control of the Company the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which the Company or the supplier of services, even with all due care, could not foresee.

17. Insurance

It is strongly recommended that all Clients obtain travel insurance with a minimum medical coverage of US$200,000 while travelling with the Company and this insurance should cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, and evacuation expenses. It is also recommended that the coverage be extended to include cancellation, curtailment, and all other expenses that might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client. The Company shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. Personal belongings lost or stolen while unattended by the client in public lounges or other public areas, whether on board a vessel, train, bus, or other mode of transportation, publicly owned or operated by the Company or elsewhere, are not reimbursable. Losses due to ordinary wear and tear, and other acts of God are not reimbursable. The Company cannot accept responsibility for and in no event shall be liable for loss or damage of valuables or other articles left in or on facilities used by the Company such as hotels, home stays, vessels, expedition vehicles, or any other mode of transportation. The Client acknowledges that the cost of the tour does not include insurance, and that the Client is required to obtain separate coverage at an additional cost. When obtaining travel insurance the Client must ensure the insurer is aware of the type of travel to be undertaken.

18. Early Booking Bonuses, Discounts and Promotions

All early booking bonuses, discounts and reduced pricing are applied at the Company's discretion. From time-to-time the Company may offer reduced pricing on selected tours. The reduced pricing applies strictly to new bookings, and bookings that have already provided deposit are locked into their original price and are not entitled to the reduced pricing.

19. Claims or Complaints

If a Client has a complaint against the Company, the Client must first inform the tour leader at the earliest opportunity to allow the grievance to be rectified. If satisfaction is not reached, the tour leader will contact a Company representative whilst on tour in order that the Company is provided the opportunity to rectify the matter. Failure to indicate dissatisfaction whilst on tour will result in the Client's ability to claim compensation from the Company being extinguished or at least reduced. If satisfaction is still not reached through these means on tour then any further complaint must be put in writing to the Company at 'info@thetravelbroker.ca' or The Travel Broker and Cruise Centre, Customer Service, 1049 Sydenham Road, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7M 3L8 within 30 days of the end of the tour. The Company will not accept any liability for claims received after this period.

20. Client Responsibility

The Client acknowledges he or she will be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present certain risks, dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in his or her daily lives. By booking travel with the Company, the Client acknowledges she or he has considered the potential risks, dangers and challenges, and expressly assumes the risks attendant to such travel conditions. The Client is solely responsible for acquainting themselves with customs, weather conditions, physical challenges and laws in effect at each stop along the itinerary, and are encouraged to locate or make contact prior to embarkation with his/her local embassy or consulate in each destination.

21. Optional Extras

Optional extras do not form part of the tour or contract. It is understood and accepted by the Client that any assistance given by the tour leader or representative in arranging optional extras does not render the Company liable for optional extras. Accordingly, the Client hereby releases the Company from all claims and causes of action arising from any damages, loss of enjoyment, inconvenience, or injuries related to the quality of such products. Amongst others, optional extras include kayaking, rafting, horseback riding, sightseeing flights and other extras that are not included in the tour price.

22. Liability

The Company is not responsible for any improper or non-performance of any services forming part of the Contract which are wholly attributable to the fault of the passenger, the unforeseeable or unavoidable act or omission of a third party unconnected with the provision of any services to be provided under the Contract; unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of the Company and/or the relevant supplier, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised including (but not limited to) an event of force majeure; or any event which the Company and/or the relevant supplier could not even with all due care have foreseen or forestalled.

In the event that the Company is responsible for any death, injury or illness caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of its suppliers of services which form part of the Contract then the Company limits its liability, where applicable by the International Conventions. Carriage of Clients and their luggage by sea is governed by the Athens Convention which is expressly incorporated into these Booking Conditions and any liability of the Company for death or personal injury or for loss or damage to luggage arising out of carriage by sea shall be determined solely in accordance with this Convention. The Athens Convention limits the Carrier's liability for death or personal injury or loss or damage to luggage and makes special provision for valuables. It presumes that luggage has been delivered undamaged to the Guest unless written notice is given to the Company and/or the Carrier.

1. in the case of apparent damage, before or at the time of disembarkation or redelivery; or

2. in the case of damage which is not apparent or of loss, within 15 days from the date of disembarkation or redelivery or from the time when such redelivery should have taken place. Any damage payable by the Company up to the Athens Convention limits shall be reduced in proportion to any contributory negligence by the Client and by the maximum deductible specified in Article 8 (4) of the Athens Convention. Copies of the Athens Convention are available from the Company on request.

In so far as the Company may be liable to a Client in respect of claims arising out of carriage by sea, The Company shall be entitled to all the rights, defenses, immunities and limitations available, respectively, to the actual carrier and under the relevant Conventions, and nothing in these Booking Conditions shall be deemed as a surrender thereof. To the extent that any provision in these Booking Conditions is made null and void by the Athens Convention or any legislation compulsorily applicable or is otherwise unenforceable, it shall be void to that extent but not further. The Company's liability will not at any time exceed that of the carrier under its Conditions of Carriage and/or applicable or incorporated conventions or other legislation. Any liability in respect of death and personal injury and loss of and damage to luggage which the Company may incur to the Client, whether under the Contract with the Client in accordance with these Booking Conditions or otherwise, shall always be subject to the limits of liability contained in the Athens Convention for death/personal injury. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary elsewhere in these Booking Conditions, the Company shall not in any circumstances be liable to Clients for any loss or anticipated loss of profit, loss of revenue, loss of use, loss of contract or other opportunity nor for any other consequential or indirect loss or damage of a similar nature. For claims not involving personal injury, death or illness or which are not subject to the Conventions referred to above, any liability the Company may incur for the negligent acts and/or omissions of its suppliers shall be limited to a maximum of the price which the Client paid for the Contract not including insurance premiums and administration charges. Where this relates to loss of and/or damage to luggage and/or other personal possessions then the Company's liability will not exceed $1,000. The Company will not at any time be liable for any loss of or damage to valuables of any nature. The Client is precluded from making a double recovery by making the same claims and seeking recovery against the Company and its suppliers, contractors or other third parties.

23. Suppliers and Independent Contractors

Hotels, shuttle services or other elements of a Package will be arranged by the Company with local suppliers, who may themselves engage the services of local operators and/or sub-contractors. The Company will at all times endeavor to appoint reputable and competent local suppliers. The terms and conditions of the suppliers will be applicable and are expressly incorporated into the Contract. These may limit or exclude liability of the supplier. The liability of the Company will not exceed that of any supplier. Local laws and regulations of the relevant country will be relevant in assessing performance of the services of any supplier. Neither the Company or any carrier is liable for independent contractors.

In respect to cruises, a Vessel carries onboard service providers who may operate as independent contractors. Their services and products are charged as extras . Neither the Company nor the Carrier is responsible for their performance or products. These contractors may include doctors, medical personnel, hairdressers, manicurists, masseuses, photographers, entertainers, fitness instructors, spa personnel, beauticians, Internet and I.T. personnel or other instructional concessionaires, art or other auctioneers, shopkeepers and others providing services. These contractors work directly for the Client when performing their services. Neither the Company nor the Carrier is responsible for any such person's acts or omissions in providing goods or services to the Client. The independent contractors including Shore Excursion providers do not at any time act as agents or representatives of the Company or the carrier. Neither the Company nor the Carrier owns or controls any such independent contractors, makes no representation of any kind as to their performance and does not undertake to supervise their activities. Any Guest using such services or activities shall be deemed to agree and consent that any liability for any death, personal injury, illness, emotional distress, mental suffering or psychological injury to the guest or loss of or damage to property shall be the sole responsibility of the provider of such service or activity. Neither the Company nor the Carrier shall be or become liable or responsible in any way for any act or omission of any such provider pertaining to, or arising from or in connection with such services or activities.

24. Severability

In the event that any term or condition contained herein is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason then such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this Agreement or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining Terms and Conditions to survive and continue as binding.

25. Successors and Assigns

These Terms and Conditions shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Company and the Client and their respective heirs, legal personal representatives, successors and assigns.

26. Applicable Law

The Terms and Conditions and Conditions of Carriage including all matters arising from it are subject to Ontario and Canadian Law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Ontario and Canadian Courts.

27. Privacy Policy

The Company will provide personal information, as well as any personal information provided in relation to persons whose travel arrangements have been requested by the Client, to suppliers and carriers to enable the operation of the services requested. The Company will do all reasonably possible in endeavoring to protect personal information.

28. Images and Marketing

The Client agrees that during the tour images, photos or videos may be taken by other travellers and/or the Company Staff that may contain the Client in part or in whole. The Client agrees that these images may be reproduced by the Company and the Client grants perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to reproduce such images, photos or video in any medium for promotion and publicity purposes. If Client wishes not to have images, photos or videos used by the Company, the Client must advise the Company prior to departure in writing.

29. Updating of Terms and Conditions

The Company reserves the right to update and/or alter these terms and conditions at anytime, and it is the Clients responsibility to be familiar with them. In addition to the Booking Terms and Conditions, the Client shall be bound by the Conditions of Carriage.

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