Overview

One of our favorite destinations, Tanzania is the perfect East African safari for any traveler with an open mind and heart to experiencing wildlife and culture, past and present. This is a luxury safari with all wildlife viewing by Land rover with professional naturalist Augustine Minja who has led several U.Va. Alumni & Parent Travel trips in the past.

As you sip banana beer with new friends in modern Mto Wa Mbu village, join in the welcoming dance at a traditional Maasai stead and see zebras, buffalos, elephants, black rhinos, cheetah, leopards, lions, hyenas and more, you will realize you are not the first to be entranced by this magical land.

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) made two trips to East Africa during his adventurous life, one in 1933 and one during the winter of 1953-1954. Some have credited him with introducing the Swahili word “safari” into English. Against the background of the works that these trips produced and Hemingway’s biography, we will visit many of the places he did. We will consider these destinations in the context of both Hemingway’s verbal magic and his mythical presence as a big-game hunter charged by rhinos and surviving all African adventures.

Program Highlights

  • Gaze over the Great Rift Valley as you enter Lake Manyara National Park, where lions stealthily watch from the tree branches and eagles, vultures, storks, swifts and swallows glide along the spectacular cliffs overlooking the lake shimmering with thousands of flamingos.
  • We chose these dates because the animals are beginning to mass for their annual 3,000 +  mile migration, having had their babies in December and January. The babies are now “teens” and frolic together as the herd gathers.
  • Descend 2,000 feet below the cloud cover into an extinct volcano to a magical Eden for sightings of zebras, buffalos, elephants and black rhinos that are protected around the clock.
  • Visit the ‘cradle of mankind,’ the paleo-anthropological ravine where the Leakeys discovered the roots of modern man.
  • Roam the Serengeti from its classic savannahs to the Western Corridor in the Grumeti River area as wildebeest and zebra herds begin massing in anticipation of their upcoming migration with cheetahs, leopards, lions and hyenas keeping a watchful eye.
  • Share the day’s events while relaxing in luxury lodges and tented camps that are the very best in terms of location, ambiance and modern amenities.

Faculty

Fred Diehl, Professor of Biology Emeritus

fred_diehl_galapagos1_2013Fred Diehl is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia and has over 30 years experience teaching biology at all levels. His research and teaching interests are mainly in the areas of zoology, developmental biology, ecology and marine sciences, with a specialization in invertebrate biology. Whenever possible, field experiences and laboratories have been important components of his courses, and he is a firm believer in learning from direct observation and first-hand exposure to nature. Professor Diehl has a long history of working with the Advanced Placement Biology program and in-service teacher preparation. His proudest accomplishment as a faculty member at the University of Virginia is having taught a variety of courses to over 25,000 undergraduate students. Fred has lead past Cavalier Travels trips to Costa Rica, Belize, Botswana, Tanzania and the Galápagos Islands.

Augustine Minja, Naturalist Guide

Augustine, a native Tanzanian, is a superb ambassador for Africa. His flexibility and knowledge of wildlife and native culture combine to create the ultimate safari experience. He attended the Mweka College of Wildlife where he earned a Certificate in Wildlife Management, Tour Guiding and Visitor Services. Other interests include ornithology, botany and range ecology. Augustine speaks Kiswahili, English, French, Chagga and Iraqw. He has led numerous zoological, museum and university groups through his beloved Tanzania since 1997.

Itinerary

Day 1 - March 11

Depart U.S.A.

Depart U.S.A. for Arusha, Tanzania Kilimanjaro International Airport

Day 2 - March 12

Arusha, Tanzania

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you will enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. The lodge boasts magnificent views of the mighty snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro on one side and Lake Duluti and the rugged peaks of Mount Meru on the other.
Lake Diluti Serena Hotel
(Meals Aloft)

Days 3/4 - March 13-14

Lake Manyara National Park

Your safari begins as you drive to Lake Manyara in time for a visit of Mto Wa Mbu, a modern village made up of people from several tribal areas. A true ecotourism project, a portion of your fee for the visit goes towards supporting projects for the village. Following a lunch of traditional Tanzanian dishes served under banana trees in the heart of the village, explore the area with your village guides.

Continue to Lake Manyara National Park, an ornithological paradise with over 350 species of birds. You may see Verreaux’s Eagle, a variety of vultures, storks, swifts and swallows winging their way atop the spectacular cliffs overlooking the lake which often has a pinkish hue due to the flamingos, pelicans and storks shimmering in the distance. You may also see buffalo, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, zebra and the elusive tree-climbing lions. Lake Manyara, at 3,150 feet in altitude, varies in salinity levels with wetter and drier climate cycles, and at times it is replete with flamingos, pelicans, storks and cormorants.

Springs in the park’s northern end support a dense groundwater forest of magnificent giant fig and mahogany trees which shelter blue and vervet monkeys and an abundance of baboons, bushbuck, waterbuck, elephants and the elusive tree-climbing lions – the signature of this park. Perhaps the most recognizable tree found here is the baobab tree, which folklore says was uprooted and planted upside down. The hippo pool, where visitors may get out of their vehicles, is located on a freshwater stream that enters the lake at its northern tip.
Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
(B,L, D Daily)

Days 5/6 - March 15-16

Gibb’s Farm/Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Today you venture off to Gibb’s Farm for lunch. Gibb’s Farm is an oasis of green, calm and beauty, in a landscape that can often be parched, dry and dusty. This privately owned farm is notorious for its cuisine. The food is delicious, with fresh vegetables from the gardens cooked with care. Lunch includes a wide selection of savory pies and salads, served buffet style.
Visit a traditional Iraqw home of the local tribe that has inhabited the Ngorongoro highlands for over 200 years. The home is built using traditional materials and methods of construction. You will see many of the tools and weapons used by the Iraqw. Try your hand at grinding maize the traditional way using grinding stones and listen to a presentation and demonstration of Iraqw skirt making. While here you will also have the opportunity to visit a present day Tanzania farm and observe a bio gas plant used for producing gas for cooking and lighting. Continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and your home for the next two nights.

On your second day here, board your Landrover for an amazing journey as you descend onto the floor of the crater, a World Heritage site, which is an extinct volcano and the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The cone is believed to have collapsed nearly two million years ago and while the cone was standing, it could have been as tall, if not taller, than Mount Kilimanjaro. The crater (1,800 feet deep and 102 square miles) is a microcosm of East African scenery with abundant wildlife including more than 25,000 larger animals, mostly zebra and wildebeest. This is also the best place in Tanzania to see magnificent black-maned lions. This area offers an outstanding opportunity to see black rhinos, as they are protected around the clock.

Over the years, the floor of this crater has become mostly savannah (grassland), with a soda lake whose size changes depending on the rains that are the lifeline of this amazing land. On this lake, marvel at the colorful flamingos and a variety of other water birds – more than 100 species of birds found here that are not found in the Serengeti. Resident Ostriches, Crowned Cranes and Kori Bustards are joined seasonally by migrant flocks of White and Abdim’s Storks. Patience may also reward you with glimpses of leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, elephants, warthogs, buffalos, impalas, hartebeests, elands and antelopes.

As you descend, you might be able to see the local Maasai as they take their cattle down the steep walls of the crater. It is their right, negotiated with the government and parks authority, to graze their cattle in about 75% of the crater floor. The mix of cattle with the wild animals makes for some terrific photographs. Your wildlife-viewing will be dramatic, and the experience memorable. In the afternoon, visit a Maasai village and learn about this fascinating culture that has existed through the millennia in perfect harmony with nature.
Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
(B, L, D)

Days 7/8 - March 17-18

Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park

You now drive to the legendary Olduvai Gorge. The drive to the gorge is breathtaking – passing through a spectacular mix of savannah grassland and volcanic hills, where red-robed Maasai graze their cattle, before it drops steeply down into the gorge itself. The name originated from the Maasai word “ole” meaning “the place of” and “dupai” meaning “wild sisal,” a local plant resembling aloe, which grows abundantly in the area.

Olduvai is one of the world’s most important paleoanthropological locations. This is where, in 1959, Mary and Louis Leakey found fossil evidence of the 1.7-million-year-old Australopithecus Boisei (Zinjanthropus) and Homo Habilis (Handyman). Thousands of stone tools, some of which have been used by Homo Habilis, have been found at Olduvai. Since the Leakeys first began searching the area for clues to our distant past, more than sixty hominid remains have been excavated, belonging to four different hominids, showing the gradual increase in brain size and in the complexity of their stone tools.

The gorge itself is a very steep-sided ravine roughly 30 miles long and 295 feet deep. It resembles a small Grand Canyon with exposed strata of different layers where the deposits of rich fossil fauna, hominid remains and stone tools were found. You will visit the museum which contains a cast of the 3.7 million year old footprints of Australopithecus Afarensis preserved in solidified volcanic ash.

Resume your drive to Serengeti National Park (3,646,500 acres), the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas with over 3 million large mammals roaming its plains. It lies between Ngorongoro and Lake Victoria and adjoins Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to all, including the local Maasai, who have grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for generations. To the Maasai, it is Siringitu – “the place where the land moves on forever.” Today, the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Maasai Mara Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth and one of the last great migratory systems still intact.

More than a million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and other herbivores, descend upon the short-grass plains of the southeastern Serengeti at the start of the rainy season around December. After calving in January and February, they scatter over the southern and central plains. By May the rain ends, the grass has been reduced to stubble, and the animals begin their long march to dry-season grazing grounds near the permanent waters of the Serengeti’s northern woodlands and Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Reaching these destinations by July or so, they remain until October, when they head back to the southeastern Serengeti. This struggle for survival continues unaided and unaltered through the millennia!

The Serengeti is incredible to visit any time of the year. In the Seronera Valley towering yellow fever trees and palm thickets line the Seronera River and its hippo pools. This is a superb area for seeing predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs and their prey – giraffes, topis, Bohor reedbucks, Defassa waterbucks, buffalos and impalas. The kopjes (prehistoric rock outcroppings) host hyraxes, dwarf mongooses and red-headed agamas, while patience might reward you with a sleepy black-maned male lion or leopard. The open grassland is home to Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, the spotted hyena, the jackal and such birds as the Double-banded Courser, Yellow-throated Sandgrouse, Red-capped Lark, Fischer’s Sparrow-lark and Capped Wheatear. Your twice-daily wildlife drives will allow ample viewing. As an optional excursion, you can take a balloon safari for an exhilarating experience over the Savannah as the early sun rises and the animals are more active.
Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
(B,L,D Daily)

Days 9/10 - March 19-20

Serengeti National Park/Grumeti River

Continue your visit of Serengeti National Park today as you travel to your next accommodation. You will enjoy a wildlife drive en route. You will be in the famed Grumeti River area in the Western Corridor, a picturesque part of the Serengeti, where the drama of the migration unfolds April through June and even into July. This is a truly beautiful area to spend two nights and you’re sure to find some kopjes (rocky outcroppings) to enjoy your sundowners while watching the panorama that unfolds before your eyes. Grumeti is famous for the huge crocodiles and hippo pools, and you’ll get an opportunity to see both.

Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at Kirawira, a reincarnation of an elegant Victorian era outpost, set against the imposing backdrop of the Western Serengeti. . The camp is built in the remote regions of the Grumeti River and is home to a wide variety of big wildlife – lion, buffalo, cheetah, wildebeest, giraffe, baboon and gazelle. From almost anywhere, there are spectacular vistas of the Serengeti stretching to the horizon. Kirawira’s carefully landscaped grounds are in complete harmony with their natural surroundings. Guests enjoy the highest standards of personalized attention, accommodation, meals and service.
Kirawira Camp
(B,L,D Daily)

Day 11 - March 21

Arusha/Addis Ababa/En Route

Last chance to photograph that awesome sunrise before flying back to Arusha. An opportunity to shop at the African Heritage before you transfer to the airport for your flight home, bidding a fond farewell to your driver/guides.
(B,L)

Day 12 - March 22

U.S.A.

(Meals Aloft)

Accommodations

  • Lake Duluti Serena Hotel: Located on a coffee plantation on the shores of Lake Duluti, Lake Duluti Serena Hotel is the perfect place to relax before embarking on your safari experience. Designed in the style of an African village, guests are housed in cottages thatched with banana fronds, surrounded by tropical shade trees and bougainvillea. All guest rooms have en suite bathrooms and many amenities.
  • Lake Manyara Serena Lodge: Located on the edge of a large escarpment, this lodge overlooks the Great Rift Valley and the stunning Manyara soda lake. The great birds of prey that glide on thermals below your balcony inspired the design of Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge – swooping curves are complemented by soft, geometric patterns; stylish murals depict bird migration patterns. The circular shape of the buildings is a tribute to indigenous architectural traditions. All rooms have en suite facilities and private balconies overlooking the escarpment and the lake beyond. There is a curio shop, a swimming pool with a vanishing horizon to Lake Manyara and a pool bar.  
  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge:Built at the rim of the crater, you will enjoy beautiful views of nature here. The plant and ivy-covered native stone blends masterfully with its surroundings and the flowering plants attract a plethora of colorful birds. Most of the 75 rooms have private terraces with views of the crater floor where countless animals make their home. Here, visitors exist in perfect harmony with the natural environment and the wildlife that inhabits it.
  • Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge:This lodge is set high on a hill with breathtaking vistas of sweeping grasslands and the unspoiled wild landscape of the Serengeti plains. The lodge design is simple but stunning. Inspired by a traditional African village, separate rondavel “huts” house the luxury guest rooms that have their own view of the vast Serengeti plains. From the overall impression to the smallest detail, the lodge is rich in local atmosphere created by indigenous handicrafts and art. A delightful water feature runs through the main public areas, creating a natural source of waterborne plants and provides a home to many native species of reptiles, amphibians and birds.
  • Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp: Kirawira is a reincarnation of an elegant Victorian era outpost, set against the imposing backdrop of the Western Serengeti. Here, guests experience Africa’s majesty as if they are among the first to travel these extraordinary lands. Set upon a hill with commanding views of endless savannah, the luxury tented camp beckons you to experience the soul of the African wilderness. The camp is built in the remote regions of the Grumeti River and is home to a wide variety of big wildlife. From almost anywhere, there are spectacular vistas of the Serengeti stretching to the horizon. Kirawira’s carefully landscaped grounds are in complete harmony with their natural surroundings. Guests enjoy the highest standards of personalized attention, accommodation, meals and service.

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily

Program Fees

$6,495 per person, double occupancy, land only.  A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $895 per person, double occupancy rates.

Price Includes:

  • Flights within Africa as specified. On the main safari in Tanzania: Serengeti to Arusha. On the post-extension: Arusha to Zanzibar.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • All meals on safari in Tanzania; all other meals as specified.
  • All wildlife viewing by private 4X4 vehicle with pop up roof, driven by a naturalist guide.
  • A window seat is guaranteed.
  • Visit to a Maasai village.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and during meals.
  • Augustine Minja, naturalist guide will accompany the group with 10 travelers.
  • Enrichment lecturer with a minimum of 15 travelers on the main program and 10 on the extension.
  • All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities.
  • All park entry fees.

Does Not Include:

  • Round trip air transportation between U.S.A. and Arusha (can be quoted separately).
  • Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants. Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.

General Terms & Conditions

DEPOSIT: A deposit of $750 per person for the main trip and $250 for the extension must be submitted at the time of booking. Deposits may be paid by check or charged to American Express, MasterCard, Visa or Discover.

FINAL PAYMENT: Final payment is due 95 days before departure (December 6, 2014)– you will receive a final invoice. Final payment is payable by check or money order ONLY.

RATES: Rates are based on the minimum number of guests outlined in this document, plus airfare costs, currency exchange rates and other factors and are subject to change. Though it is rare for Classic Escapes to make a price adjustment after promotion of an itinerary, we do reserve the right to assess a surcharge if the minimum is not met, or if increases are forced upon us by airlines or other partners or because of changes in currency exchange rates.

NOT INCLUDED: Cost of passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by airlines; laundry and other items of a personal nature; optional travel insurance policy; cost for anything not specifically included in listing above.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: The quoted rate is valid for the first two single rooms booked and on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than two single rooms are needed, an additional supplement will apply. Single accommodations are not guaranteed, but will be provided at additional cost if available (see reservation form for cost.) The single room supplement pays for privacy, not better accommodations. For passengers who are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another tour member, we will do our best to provide a roommate. However, if this is not possible, you will be required to pay the single room supplement prior to your departure from the USA.

GRATUITIES AND TAXES: Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels and entrance fees to all points of interest as outlined in the itinerary are included. U.S. and foreign airport taxes are included in air costs. Tips to drivers and naturalist are NOT included.

CANCELLATIONS, DEVIATIONS & CHANGES

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We recommend travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide financial reimbursement should the unexpected occur.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations are only effective on receipt of written notification. The following per person fees are applicable on this tour:
Up to 95 days prior to departure, $250 per person handling fee.
94-75 days prior to departure, deposit is forfeited.
74-60 days prior to departure, less 50% of tour cost.
Less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% of tour cost.

These cancellation fees are also in addition to any fees imposed by airlines.

CHANGE FEES: Once you reserve your tour, changes are possible subject to availability of air or land space at the time of request. Should there be any change fees imposed by airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to availability of any space, this cost will be invoiced to you.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: We would be happy to make additional travel plans for you, including specially arranged pre- or post-tour extensions different than those that may be offered in conjunction with this tour. A service charge of $150 per person (over and above the cost of the services required) will be assessed.

DOCUMENTS

PASSPORT & VISAS: The onus is upon the guest to ensure that passports and visas are valid for the countries visited and for the applicable time period, as outlined by the U.S. Department of State (travel.state.gov) or by the passport holder’s country. Classic Escapes, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas, etc. not held by the guests, nor for the cost of obtaining visas.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Upon receipt of your registration and deposit, we will send a pre-departure packet to you. This packet contains all the information you need to prepare for your tour, including the complete itinerary, packing checklist, required documents, etc.

FINAL DOCUMENTS: Final documents and tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure, provided all monies have been paid in full.

TRANSPORTATION

OPTIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip, economy-class flights via ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES and/or other IATAN carriers are between WASHINGTON D.C. and the destination city noted in the itinerary. Rates are based on special promotional fares; cancellation fees apply once tickets are issued. Departures from other cities in the USA are possible at additional cost; inquire at the time of reservation. Please note that these promotional fares are subject to 10 passengers traveling together on the same airline routing and itinerary. If this minimum is not met, the special group rates are not applicable and it might become necessary to issue instant purchase tickets earlier than when final payment is due in order to take advantage of airfares that are similar to the group rates. Should this occur, you will be contacted with the details.

AIRLINE SEATING: For ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES, we request seats together for the group. All planes are non-smoking. We can request a seating preference on your behalf, however requested seats cannot be guaranteed. Requests should be made in writing no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check-in on the day of departure. Boarding passes will only be issued at the airport on the day of departure. You may inquire about seat changes during check in, based on availability and is at the sole discretion of airport staff.

FREQUENT FLYER MILEAGE: As mentioned, we work primarily with ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES. For a list of the airline’s partners, visitwww.ethiopianairlines.com/en/shebamiles/partners.aspx. Obtain frequent flyer mileage on any of these carriers. Present your frequent flyer card for all flight check-ins and keep the boarding passes until you receive a statement with the mileage credit

TRANSFERS: Roundtrip airport transfers are included in the tour for guests arriving on group flights. If travelers make their own air arrangements, they will be subject to extra transfer fees.

TRIP DETAILS

ACCOMMODATIONS:  All rooms have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning and/or fans. All rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin-bedded, but king-size beds are occasionally available and should be requested in advance. Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare occasions may be substituted for a different property of comparable quality.

MEALS:  All meals as specified in the itinerary. Please notify us if you have special dietary needs or requests and we will do our best to accommodate.

INOCULATIONS: When it comes to vaccination and disease prevention, we suggest that travelers first review information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/travel) and then review those details with their personal physicians.

WATER: It is always advisable to drink bottled and/or filtered water when traveling overseas. Safe drinking water will be provided to travelers free of charge in the vehicles and during meals.

BAGGAGE: On average, international flights from the USA allow two pieces of checked luggage, each not exceeding 50 pounds; however we always recommend that you check your airline’s policy just before departure, as luggage limitations are always subject to change. Despite this weight allowance, we always suggest guests travel light. Also soft-sided duffel bags are ideal for this tour, as they stow best in vehicles and airplanes with limited space.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

RESPONSIBIITIES: Neither Classic Escapes (the Company) nor any person or agent acting for, through or on behalf of the Company shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever and without restricting the generality of the aforegoing shall particularly not be responsible for loss or damage arising from any errors or omissions contained in its brochure or other literature, loss or damage caused by delays, sickness, theft, injury or death. In addition the Company shall have the right at any time at its discretion to cancel any trip or the remainder thereof or make any alteration in route, accommodation, price or other details and, in the event of any trip being rendered impossible, illegal or inadvisable by weather, strike, war, government or interference or any other cause whatsoever, the extra expenses incurred as a result thereof shall be the responsibility of the passenger. The Company may at its discretion and without liability or cost to itself at any time cancel or terminate the guest’s booking and in particular without limiting the generality of the aforegoing it shall be entitled to do so in the event of the illness or the illegal or incompatible behavior of the guest, who shall in such circumstances not be entitled to any refund. The person making any booking will, by the making of such booking, warrant that he or she has authority to enter into a contract on behalf of the other person included in such a booking and in the event of the failure of any or all of the other persons so included to make payment, the person making the booking shall by his/her signature thereof assume personal liability for the total price of all bookings made by him/her.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or film taken on the tour by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.

CHANGES TO SCHEDULES: Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that the Company reserves the right and in fact is obliged to occasionally change routes and hotels as dictated by changing conditions.

REFUNDS: While the Company uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against the Company for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found. If the guest is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary, then there are no refunds due.

AIRLINE CLAUSE:  The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers’ tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.

DELAYS: We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running to schedule. If one of our guides is unable to take a trip due to illness, etc. we reserve the right to substitute with another guide. This agreement is made subject to and shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the country in which the trip takes place. Classic Escapes act merely as an agent for the operating companies. To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing.

CONSENT:  The payment of the deposit OR any other partial payment for a reservation on a trip constitutes consent by all guests covered by that payment to all provisions of the conditions and general information contained in this brochure whether the guest has signed the booking form or not. The terms, under which you agree to take this trip, cannot be changed or amended except in writing signed by an authorized director of the Company.

INSURANCE: It is a condition of booking, that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependents/traveling companions for the duration of their trip. Classic Escapes, including their representatives, employees and agents will take no responsibility for any costs, losses incurred or suffered by the guest, or guest’s dependents or traveling companions.

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