Springtime in Paris & Luxe Provence, France

From May 19, 2020 to May 31, 2020 (12 nights) Print Version Status: *NEW* Available

After an arduous winter, you deserve Paris in springtime; with its atmosphere of elegance, joie de vivre, the beauty of gardens bursting forth with colour, and the search for the perfect Parisian cafe, Paris is always a good idea. Provence: rich in intense colour & fragrance and steeped in history - and so very seductive. The allure of this infamous region emanates from the sweet scents of blossoms (courtesy of May’s roses & wildflowers), the tempting gariguette (an absolutely perfect & legendary French strawberry) and the ochre landscape of hillside villages - inspiration for so many famous painters. Of course we cannot forget the local ritual of the weekly French market: be it beautiful textiles, antiques, buckets of flowers, or ‘herbs de provence’ - you will be sure to find a treasure or two. The infamous French Riviera: lapped by the blue Mediterranean, the Cote d’Azur was a health retreat back in the 1700’s; the aristocracy favoured it in the years after, followed by the ‘jet set’ in the 60’s. We too will enjoy the luxurious charms that have captivated so many visitors over time. I hope you can join us on this truly lovely and luxe journey.

"I was on a recent trip led by Maggie Hamer. I just want you to know that she is the best. She planned and implemented a trip that will provide myself and my travel companions with a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Maggie never left anything to chance, and I know she spent a great deal of time checking and rechecking every detail. This attention to detail allowed us to just enjoy our vacation without any worries. I mentioned to her that I wanted to see  specific site; she contacted the tour guide conducting our walking tour to ensure that he included it in his itinerary. And we all enjoyed that visit. 

Maggie put up with us for 2 weeks. That deserved a medal of bravery somedays! She always conducted herself professionally, and represented your company in a way that you should be proud of, while at the same time being our friend. A tough job when it’s 24/7. Maggie is a great tour leader, a great ambassador for Today’s Woman Traveller, and I would be privileged to travel with her again. You can be sure Maggie is one reason you get repeat customers. 

I hope to enjoy one of your trips again in the future."   Jan, Lindsay, Ontario (2017)

In Brief

Paris Provence MapTour summary:                                                                                         

3 Night PARIS
4 Nights L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE 
3 Nights AIX-EN-PROVENCE 
2 Nights NICE 
                                                                                                                                    

Tour is limited to MAXIMUM 6 ladies                                                                 

Escorted By                                                                                                                    

Maggie Hamer, Today's Woman Traveller

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Full Itinerary

Springtime in France: Fields of wildflowers, villages bursting with life, walking in the footsteps of famous artists, ancient architecture, café culture - all of these and so much more await you. Come indulge yourself, and journey with us to experience create your very own special 'french moments'.  

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Monday, May 18: Depart home city

As a full-service travel agency, we are happy to assist you in arranging your flight and transfer details from your home city to join up with our tour. We suggest booking early to obtain the best flights and rates available. 

Tuesday, May 19:  ARRIVE IN PARIS

Transfer to your hotel, settle in to unpack. Then I suggest we meet in the lobby for orientation, take a  nice refreshing walk in our local neighbourhood, and later on catch a light dinner.

Hotel:  Hotel La Villa Madame - 4-star property offering  28 rooms of fresh chic decor in a refined and cozy atmosphere. The hotel prides itself on impeccable service and has its own 'secret garden' courtyard. It is located on a historical, quiet street in Saint-Germaine-des-Pres . Breakfast (B)  included daily.

Wednesday, May 20: PARIS 

Wake up to Paris in spring, with our private walking tour this morning that takes us to some of the city’s highlights such as the Eiffel Tower, Arch of Triumph, Champs Elysees Avenue, Opera House, Louvre, Latin Quarter, Notre Dame Cathedral. Along the way, we will refresh  - perhaps with a French croissant and cappuccino.

The remainder of today is free - great to explore the neighbourhoods. Consider a visit to the Marais district (with its Picasso Museum or House of Victor Hugo). Le Marais is such a Parisian gem - the closest you will get to the feel of medieval Paris, with more pre-revolutionary buildings and streets left intact than any other area in Paris; walk the side streets full of beautiful ‘hotel particuliers’ (French for townhouse), and peek at the many tempting boutiques and cafes. 

The quaint Ile Saint-Louis, in the 4th arrondissement, is another picture perfect French neighbourhood full of enticing fromageries and cafes, and is really an oasis within the city; with many buildings unchanged since the 17th century, this charming enclave appears somewhat frozen in time and is definitely worth a visit. 

Let’s meet up tonight and head out for dinner.

Overnight Hotel La Villa Madame (B)

Thursday, May 21: PARIS 

We head out this spring morning to be immersed for our "Bohemian Parisian” tour. We will feel like true Parisians as we enjoy this quaint walk through the back streets of the village of Montmartre, one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Paris.

Our guide will lead us on a stroll (along with some trips on the Metro) through the streets of Paris as we learn of lesser-known museums/ monuments while exploring nooks and crannies along cobblestone streets and crooked lanes. We will see places immortalized by such artists as Renoir & Picasso, and of course, it will be de rigueur to stop by a cafe or "boulangerie" (bakery) mid-morning.

Our final evening in Paris, we head out to find a small French bistro for dinner. 

Overnight Hotel La Villa Madame (B)

Friday, May 22: PROVENCE 

We bid goodbye this morning to the charms of Paris and transfer for our high-speed train journey to Avignon - our gateway to the Provence region.

Avignon is a gracious city on the bank of the Rhone; it used to be ‘the Vatican’ for 70 years; we learn about the time of the Popes and how this town became of the biggest commercial centres in the 14th century. We will also stand in awe at the biggest Gothic palace in Europe and the legendary 12th-century bridge - Le Pont d’Avignon. 

Here we meet up with Emilie who resides in France and will be with us throughout Provence to provide a truly unique ‘insider’s experience’ of this favourite region.  And stylish travellers we will be: Emilie brings along her luxury Mercedes van to privately chauffeur us for the next 9 days and treat us like true VIP's. 

L’Isle sur la Sorgue is our next stop and ‘home’ for the next 4 nights, where our boutique hotel offers spacious (for Europe) rooms and easy access to the many delights of the town. Known as the ‘Little Venice of Provence’,  its streets are lined with canals that used to turn over 60 waterwheels producing energy for the textile industry. The charm and abundance of cafés and boutiques make this a lovely gem to explore in your free time, and it is a perfect base for the day trips to follow.

We meet up tonight for our Welcome to Provence Dinner in the town center. 

Overnight: Grand Hotel Henri - an elegant 4-star property lovingly tended by the same family for 50 years; the hotel offers a gracious ambiance, including a peaceful courtyard with fountain (B, Snack, D)

Saturday, May 23: PROVENCE 

The Luberon is one of the most famed regions in Provence: shortly after WWII, artists started restoring rundown ruins within its serene landscape. With the later success of the late Peter Mayle’s book, A Year In Provence, the lushness of Luberon became an irresistible draw. Today we’ll venture into the town of Roussillon to bask in the ochre hues of the buildings and the magnificent surrounding red cliffs while learning just why the ochre shade is so predominant here. If we are lucky, the stunning spring poppies may still be in bloom.

A little later we meet up with a winegrower who shares his tips about wine production while providing us a different perspective as we partake of a small unique  ‘sensory workshop’  - understanding the subtle aromas while sampling the wines. Afterward, a delicious picnic lunch awaits us - set within the nearby vineyard. 

Following lunch, we venture to the small village of Lacoste where The Marquis de Sade (known as the father of eroticism) greets us. Many years ago he stated “In order to know virtue we must first acquaint ourselves with vice”; with his penchant for ‘interesting’ proclivities, it remains to be seen the type of greeting our group will receive from this 18th-century revolutionary! 

We also see the preserved town of Menerbes: “You will see the village rise up from the landscape like a big ship drifting on a sea of vineyards and orchards” - this is how this town has been described. All around us, breathtaking views dance before our eyes.

A highlight today is visiting a hidden monastery from the 13th century  - one of the most peaceful spots in Provence.  Tonight we will enjoy a delicious dinner together in the town.

Overnight: Hotel Henri (B, L, D)

Sunday, May 24: PROVENCE 

Sunday morning in L’Isle sur la Sorgue means market day; lose yourself in the streets which throng with colourful characters and life. Head out early to beat the crowds at the two local markets: search out antiques and overflowing bric-a-brac stalls in the famous antique market, or wander the more traditional Provencal market for that perfect treasure. Please don’t tire yourself though - we have more beauty to feast our eyes on today.

A little later we journey to Gordes - its stunning views make it officially one of The Most Beautiful Villages in France. While here, we will feel like VIP’s, as we have been invited by one of the locals to visit her home and enjoy a private lunch and glass of wine on her lovely terrace with its spectacular view of the Luberon valley. Afterward we can spend some free time browsing the charming village.

We end the day with a short visit to Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. Located in a closed valley,  it is the water source for the Sorgue River that runs through L’Isle sur la Morgue. It’s crystalline waters and dragon legend will ensure you do not quickly forget this pretty spot.

Overnight: Hotel Henri (B, L)

Monday, May 25: PROVENCE

Today is full of fun experiences as we day trip to charming towns and beautiful villages. We venture into the Alpilles - a range of limestone mountains (means ‘little Alps’). The scenery is dramatically different from the previous region of Luberon yet equally mesmerizing.

The humble olive is one of the stars of this region; a warm welcome awaits us at a local olive mill in beautifully preserved Les Baux where we learn of the “terroir” that gives this olive oil its unique character. Enjoy some tastings and get to know the locals. We also trace the steps of Van Gogh today, viewing a most impressive art-inspired light and sound show in what was once an abandoned quarry, then later we visit where Van Gogh spent his final days creating paintings of the surrounding scenery. In between, we will enjoy a lovely catered ‘picnic lunch with a view’ (accompanied by a nice chilled glass of wine too if you wish).

Later this evening, Emilie will take us to one of her favourite restaurants for dinner.

Overnight: Hotel Henri (B, L, D)

Tuesday, May 26: PROVENCE - AIX-EN-PROVENCE

It's moving day today; we check out of L’Isle en route to Aix-en-Provence. First though we travel through the gorgeous south Luberon countryside. At the base of a renaissance castle (in yet another one of France’s ‘most beautiful villages’  called Lourmarin), we will meet a charming Frenchman who will teach - and challenge - us to a traditional local Provencal game called pétanque; win or lose at this fun game, we will all luckily reap the prize:  an aperitif and light country lunch. Afterward, there is time to wander the cobbled lanes and chic boutiques of the village. 

Onwards to our elegant hotel in Aix. Before becoming a hotel in 1924, this 18th-century manor house was a place that Cezanne would visit to meander within its peaceful gardens.  

Aix itself is a city of refined elegance and unexpected historical flourishes. The gardens hopefully will be in bloom, the many famous fountains sparkle, and the terraces along the Cours Mirabeau fill quickly with both local university students and chic mature women. We will surely fit right in! 

With a mid-afternoon arrival, enjoy some down time before we meet to head out for a short walk; this evening, lets ‘trace the steps of Cezanne’ who lived in Aix, followed by dinner at a brasserie in the centre of town. 

Overnight: Hotel Le Pigonnet, a 4-star property set in beautiful floral gardens, with a heated outdoor pool and live music (piano jazz, local chanteuse or various other types)  every Tues & Thursday evenings in their bar (B, L, D)

Wednesday, May 27: PROVENCE - AIX 

Today its a change of scenery as we head to the Mediterranean coast to the charming seaport/ fishing town of Cassis where plenty of options await. It's another market day for those with a penchant for wandering the stalls; or perhaps the small beach is beckoning should you wish to ‘bask by the seaside’. Plenty of nice boutiques might entice those in need of retail therapy.

Cassis is also well known for its limestone inlets called Calanques;  These are unique geological formations made up of deep, narrow valleys with sharp edges, partly submerged by the sea - a shape similar to Norwegian fjords. You can purchase tickets for the 1-hour boat tours to see them up close, or if you are interested in some fresh air /exercise, some (or all) of us can plan to do a guided 1.5 hour hike around the peninsula to reach the 1st Calanque - where you will be rewarded with great photo opportunities.

Mid afternoon we head back to our hotel in Aix.

(Note: our photo of day with lavender is credited to Sophie Spiter).

Overnight: Hotel Le Pigonnet (B)

Thursday, May 28: PROVENCE - AIX

Provence is known not only for its beautiful villages, scenery and artists but also for its many famous products including Savon de Marseille (Marseille Soap). On today’s outing, we tour a heritage factory to learn about the traditions of this very famous soap that has been in private production since 1900. You will definitely not want to leave without purchasing some  - it makes great (small) souvenirs too.

We will also visit the quintessentially charming French town of Arles nestled along the Rhone River (artist Van Gogh also spent considerable time here).  Arles was actually once a provincial capital of ancient Rome;  many fascinating monuments from that era still exist today that we will see. A delicious French lunch is included. 

This evening we have a treat for our final night here - we have arranged a special gourmet dinner, set within the beautiful gardens and sculpted by the gracious old chestnut trees of our hotel.

Overnight: Hotel Le Pigonnet (B, L, D)

Friday, May 29: FRENCH RIVIERA - NICE 

We say goodbye to our hotel and to Aix and drive first to the Mediterranean resort town of Antibes on the beautiful infamous French Riviera. Antibes fell under the rule of the powerful Grimaldi family between the 14th and early 17th centuries. 

After a short walk by the sea, we have lunch and then meet up with local Frenchman, Cedric, who will entertain us with intriguing anecdotes and the charms of the picturesque  ‘old town’. It is then a relatively short 45-minute scenic drive along the turquoise seashore to Nice where we check in to our hotel located in a residential neighbourhood of 18th and19th-century architecture.  Nice (birthplace of ratatouille and salade nicoise) was - and still is - both a jet-set favourite and an artist haven - and it is easy to see why. Take the late afternoon to explore: soak up the sun on the beach,  walk the Promenade des Anglais resplendent in its Belle Époque architecture, visit the famous Chagall Museum, or simply sit in a cafe and watch the world go by. When tired, venture back to your hotel, which offers its own beautiful garden area where you can relax with a pot of tea or a glass of rose.

Overnight: 4-star Hotel Villa Vitoria, exudes old fashioned luxury & charm (B, light lunch)

Saturday, May 30 - NICE 

Still so much to see and yet so little time!  A great way to enjoy Nice is via a meandering walk - because the only authentic way to get to know the ‘real Nice’ is by strolling through the ochre-coloured streets listening to the "Nicois" speaking their own language and by tasting their savoury food. Our local ‘gastronomy’ guide will weave in interesting tidbits and historical anecdotes as she invites us to taste the city’s gourmet delicacies along the way. This will surely suffice as lunch today - leaving the remaining afternoon free for further jaunts and last minute museum hopping or shopping (there are also a few markets happening today in Nice).

Tonight we laugh and reminisce of our many special "french moments" from our time together, and say goodbye to Emilie at our final dinner.  

Overnight: Hotel Villa Vitoria (B, tasting lunch, D)

Sunday, May 31: DEPART FOR HOME

Depart for home - Flights from Nice airport. We hope you have had a superb time in beautiful France. 

NOTE:  While not at all strenuous, there are many walks on the tour; guests should be mobile and enjoy walking (with plenty of breaks) in order to experience the most enjoyment.

NOTE: On most tours, we offer very few included meals (aside from breakfasts which are always included). On this tour, however, some of our day trips were designed with relaxing French picnics in mind. We have included these picnics, along with the addition of favourite bistros for a total of 7 included lunches. We have also included 6 dinners at charming restaurants and brasseries - all specially chosen for our small group by localhost, Emilie.  This is a tentative itinerary - subject to minor modifications based on weather, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Full Pricing and Details

 

Prices per person in Canadian Dollars (CAD)  Twin Share  Single  Tax
12 Nts - Luxe Provence & Paris. This tour offers 4-star hotels and day tours in Provence via mercedes van.  

May 19- 31, 2020
Tour begins in Paris and ends in Nice, France.

$8367.00

 

$10,297.00

INCL

Discounts:

Early Booking Bonus (EBB): On deposits received by OCT 30, 2019, deduct the EBB off the price stated above

If paying by cheque or e-transfer, deduct discount amount from the price stated above; amount taken off final payment

-$150.00

 

-$150.00

-$150.00

 

-$150.00

 

Twin price is based on sharing twin-bedded rooms throughout.

Single price is based on single accommodation throughout

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

PLEASE NOTE: There is no guaranteed share option on this tour.

Deposit at time of booking is $1800.00 CAD per person + insurance premium if applicable, see deposits and final payments area below.


Pricing Inclusions:

  • Hotel: 12 Nights accommodation at 4**star hotels with private en suite facilities.
  • Meals: Breakfast daily; 7 lunches (including 3 "picnic-style" with one glass of wine at each picnic); 6 dinners (with one glass of wine included at each dinner); 
  • Sightseeing: Private sightseeing walking tour in Paris/ Bohemian walk in Paris/ transfer by high speed train from Paris to Avignon/various village walking tours as per itinerary/wine aroma workshop with tastings /olive oil mill tour & tastings /Carrières de Lumière sound & light artist show set in old stone quarry/ tour of monastery that housed Van Gogh/game of Petanque with aperitif/ guided hike of Calanques in Cassis/ tour at historical Provencal soap factory /walking & Gourmet Tasting Tour in Nice. 

  • Transportation: By private air-conditioned vehicles. A  Mercedes van will chauffeur us throughout Provence & Nice.

  • Tour Leader:  Maggie Hamer of Today's Woman Traveller will be accompanying and leading the group.
  • All gratuities for included items
  • Taxes: Local taxes on all included ground transportation, accommodation, included meals & beverages and services per itinerary.

Pricing Exclusions:

The price does not include: Airfare from your point of departure to Paris & return air from Nice. Additional exclusions:

  • Any lunches or dinners not mentioned in the itinerary or in the pricing inclusions area above.
  • All beverages except for those included with breakfast, or as listed in inclusions above
  • Personal Insurances (medical, travel, baggage, cancellation, etc.)
  • Any Passport, Visa Fees or Immunizations.
  • All items of a personal nature and souvenirs.
  • All optional excursions or deviations from the itinerary.
  • Transfer upon arrival from the airport to hotel; departure transfer from the hotel to airport
  • Gratuities for baggage handling and excluded items such as maid service, bar service, gratuities for meals not included above.

Deposits and Final Payments:

  • Deposits: At time of booking of $1500.00 per person + insurance premium if applicable.
  • Final Payment: Final payment is due by February 19, 2020. 

Cancellation Charges:

Once a deposit has been paid the following cancellation charges will apply:

  • Cancellation notice received up to and including February 19, 2020: $1500.00 Deposit
  • Cancellation notice received  February 20 or later: 100% of Total Price

We suggest travel insurance to protect your payments; please feel free to ask us for a quote.

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.

 

Terms & Conditions

Our Booking Terms and Conditions

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.

1. The Contract

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.

"Carrier" means the owner and/or any charterer and/or manager of the vessel or any other person, to the extent that it acts as a carrier or performing carrier (in accordance with the definition provided in the Athens Convention). "Conditions of Carriage" means the terms on which any transport is provided by a carrier including any carriage by sea, road, rail or air. The carrier's Conditions of Carriage are available on request and are expressly incorporated into this Contract. The carrier's and the Company's liability for death and or personal injury and/or loss of and/or damage to luggage may be limited by international conventions including the Athens, Warsaw or Montreal Conventions.

"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

The Company Trips: At time of booking a deposit of CAD$500 per person per tour is due. If booking is made 60 days or less prior to departure, full payment is due. The deposit and medical form, if applicable, should be sent to the Company or its Agent. Today's Woman Traveller may require a higher deposit or full payment at the time of booking. If deposit is different from 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 Independent and Tailor Made Trips are booked, the most restrictive requirements will apply to the whole booking.

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The Company Trips and The Company Tailor Made Trips:

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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