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Booking Conditions

UPDATED: September 28, 2020

These booking conditions apply to all bookings created or submitted on or before August 2nd, 2021 for tours that depart on or after January 1, 2022. 

Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a trip with Out Adventures. We strongly recommend that you also read the Important Information relating to your trip prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary and style of the trip you are undertaking.

1. Our contract

All bookings are made with Out Adventures (us/we). By booking a trip with us you are deemed to have agreed to these Booking Conditions (which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us) and your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation invoice.

2. Validity

Dates, itineraries and prices are valid from 28 September 2020 until 31 December 2022. Beyond 31 December 2022 dates, itineraries and prices are indicative only.

3. Deposit requirement

You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of USD $500 per person for your scheduled tour, or 50% of your total trip cost for your custom or tailor-made itinerary, as outlined by your adventure specialist. Please note that special deposit requirements apply for some trips. If your booking is made within 60 days of the departure date, the full amount is payable at the time of booking.

4. Acceptance of booking and final payments

Acceptance of your booking will be confirmed by us in writing. Please refer to your booking confirmation invoice for details regarding final payments, as some trips may have a different final payment schedule. Payment of the balance of the trip price is due 60 days before the departure date, unless otherwise stated. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date outlined on your invoice, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled.

5. Prices & surcharges

Our trip prices are published in USD, and are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practice within the travel industry. This means our trip prices may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability. We reserve the right to impose surcharges up to 60 days before departure due to unfavourable changes in exchange rates, increases in airfares or other transportation costs, increases in local operator costs, taxes, or if government action should require us to do so. If any surcharge results in an increase of more than 10% of the trip price you may cancel the booking within 14 days of notification of the surcharge and obtain a full refund. We will not surcharge any booking once paid in full. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid your deposit will not apply. For any bookings or additional services accepted within 30 days of departure, we reserve the right to charge a USD $125 late fee to cover our additional administration costs.

6. Your details

In order for us to confirm your travel arrangements you must provide all requested details with the balance of the trip price. Necessary details vary by trip; they include but are not limited to full name as per passport, date of birth, nationality, passport number, passport issue and expiry date and any pre-existing medical conditions you have which may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements. If you have been hospitalized within one year of booking, we will require an assessment form signed by your attending physician. If you are 70 years of age or over, we will require you to complete a Self-Assessment form, and further requirements such as a doctor’s note may be required prior to your participation in the trip you have booked. Your booking cannot be confirmed without the provision of these details.

7. Cancellation by the traveller

If you cancel some or all portions of your booking, cancellation fees will apply. If you cancel a trip:

  • up to 60 days before departure, we will hold 100% of your payment as a credit for future travel, less unrecoverable costs. If you have paid more than our minimum deposit and require a refund, we will retain the minimum deposit and refund the balance.
  • between 59 and 30 days before departure, we will hold 100% of your payment as a credit for future travel, less unrecoverable costs, or provide a 50% refund.
  • under 30 days, we will retain the full amount of your booking as a cancellation fee.

A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written/emailed confirmation of the cancellation.

Different fees may apply to some trips, cruises, airline tickets, or for custom and tailor-made itineraries, as set out in any Special Conditions and/or the Important Trip Information relating to your trip. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance which includes “cancel for any reason” or “change of mind” coverage if such coverage is available in your area. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. Unrecoverable costs consist of, but are not limited to, credit card fees and non refundable deposits paid on your behalf for services related to your booking.

8. Cancellation by Out Adventures

Our trips are confirmed to depart once they have met the minimum group size specified on the tour page, and the Trip Confirmation email has been sent. If we cancel your trip:

  • and it is not yet confirmed, you will receive the option for a full refund of your deposit, less unrecoverable costs.
  • or, it is confirmed, you will receive 100% credit towards future travel with us – or you can choose a refund, less unrecoverable costs.

Unrecoverable costs consist of, but are not limited to, credit card fees or non refundable deposits paid on your behalf for services related to your booking.

We will not be liable in any way 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 our failure to commence, perform or complete any duty owed to you 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 a Force Majeure Event.

A “Force Majeure Event” includes but is not limited to, acts of God, war, civil commotion, riot, blockade or embargo, fire, explosion, breakdown, union dispute, earthquake, epidemic, flood, windstorm or other extreme weather event, lack or failure of courses of supply, passage of any law, order, proclamation, regulation, ordinance, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, beyond the reasonable control of the parties, whether or not foreseeable, which renders performance impossible.

If we have cancelled your trip, the credit offering is subject to the following conditions:

  • This may not be combined with any other discount or offer, including our Friends with Benefits discount.
  • The credit is not transferable to another person, nor is it redeemable for cash.
  • The credit must be applied to a future departure within 24 months of the date of cancellation of your original booking.
  • Any unused value will be retained on file indefinitely and may not be claimed as a refund.
  • Is applicable on Out Adventures departures only.
  • The credit may not be used for airfares.

9. Booking amendments

If you wish to transfer from one trip to another or transfer your booking to a third party you must notify us at least 30 days prior to the current and proposed departure date. If changes are made at least 30 days prior to the current and proposed departure date for an Out Adventures departure, no administration fee will apply, with the exception of credit card fees or non refundable deposits paid on your behalf for services related to your booking.. If you notify us less than 30 days prior to the proposed departure date the refund policy applicable to cancellations will apply. Transfers to a third party are only permitted where the transferee meets all the requirements in relation to the trip, and transfers to another departure can only be made to a departure within the current validity period. Amendments to any other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip will incur an USD $130 administration fee per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 14 days of departure.

10. Inclusions

The land price of your trip includes: all accommodation as listed in the itinerary; all transport listed in the itinerary; sightseeing and meals as listed in the itinerary; the services of a group leader as described in the itinerary.

11. Exclusions

The land price of your trip does not include: flights unless specified; airport transfers unless specified, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified; meals other than those specified in the itinerary; visa and passport fees; travel insurance unless specified; optional activities and sightseeing and all personal expenses.

12. Age & Health requirements

Minimum General Policy: The minimum age to join any scheduled group departures is 21 years old. Maximum General Policy: For the majority of our trips we have no upper age limit though we remind you that our trips can be physically demanding. If you have been hospitalized within one year of booking, we will require an assessment form signed by your attending physician. If you are 70 years of age or over, we will also require you to complete and forward a Self-Assessment form, and further requirements such as a doctor’s note may be required prior to your participation in the trip you have booked. Your booking cannot be confirmed without provision of these details. We are able to provide details on mandatory health requirements; however, we are not medical experts. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain proper and detailed medical advice at least two months prior to travel for the latest health requirements and recommendations for your destination.

13. Small groups & combination trips

Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have four fully paid travellers, unless minimum group size specifically states otherwise; this means at times we can have very small groups. Many of our trips are designed to fit with other departures to create a longer “combination” trip; this means that some of your group may have already been travelling together for some weeks when you commence your trip. If you would like to know how many people are booked on your trip, or any combination trip it is part of, please ask prior to making your booking.

14. Passport and visas

You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip; please refer to the Country page or Tour Page Important Information for details. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.

15. Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Out Adventures travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. At a minimum your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum coverage of US$50,000 in medical coverage and US$200,000 in emergency repatriation. We also strongly recommend it cover cancellation, cancel for any reason/change of mind if available in your area, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

16. Flexibility

You appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives. The itinerary provided for each trip is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but 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.

17. Change of itinerary

While we endeavour to operate all trips as described we reserve the right to change the trip itinerary. Please refer to our website before departure for the most recent updates to your itinerary.

Before departure: If we make a major change we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before departure. The definition of a major change is deemed to be a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary. When a major change is made you may choose between accepting the change, obtaining a full refund of all monies paid, minus unrecoverable costs, on the land portion of the trip only, or accepting an alternative tour offered.

After departure: We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. In such emergency circumstances, the additional cost of any necessary itinerary alterations will be covered by you. Please note we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that may be incurred as a result of the change of itineraries such as visas, vaccinations or non-refundable flights.

18. Authority on tour

Our scheduled group trips are run by an Out Adventures Group Leader and/or Host. The decision of the group leader/host is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a group leader/host, or interfere with the well-being of the group, the group leader/host may order you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited.

19. Acceptance of risk

General – You acknowledge that the nature of the trip is adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You will be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives. We use information from government foreign departments and reports from our own contacts in assessing whether the itinerary should operate. However it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and the nature of your itinerary. You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you assume the personal risks associated upon such travel.

Room Sharing – You acknowledge and accept the risks associated with opting out of a single supplement as a solo traveller, as you will be sharing living quarters and facilities with another solo traveller. As such, we can not guarantee the outcome as it relates to compatibility, snoring, and health issues not known by Out Adventures. If conflict or health issues arise while a tour is in progress, Out Adventures holds no liability or financial obligation to resolve the conflict, however the authority on tour will offer suitable and reasonable solutions at the expense of one or both travellers.

20. Racism, Transphobia, Homophobia & Discrimination

Out Adventures is committed to a hate-free environment for all guests and staff, and does not tolerate harassment of any kind, including racism, transphobia and homophobia. It is at the sole discretion of Out Adventures to refuse services to any guest if it is reasonably proven that the guest has engaged in racism, transphobia, homophobia or discrimination of any kind while on tour, including physical violence or verbal harassment of other guests, employees, or suppliers on an Out Adventures tour. In the event a guest is removed from a tour, Out Adventures and its representatives will not be required to refund any portion of the price paid by the removed guest under the terms of this paragraph, nor shall Out Adventures be responsible for expenses of any kind incurred by the passenger following the removal.

21. Limitation of liability

We contract with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals to assist in the running of our trips as agents for these third parties. We are not responsible for the acts and omissions of these third parties.

To the fullest extent permitted by law:

– any liability for any loss, death, injury or damage which you may suffer (directly or indirectly) in connection with or arising out of your participation in a trip, or any breach of the Booking Conditions, is excluded;

– you release us and our officers, employees, agents and representatives from any liability and expressly waive any claims you may have against us arising out of or in connection with your participation in a trip; and

– any condition or warranty which would otherwise be implied by law into these Booking Conditions (Implied Warranty), is excluded.

To the extent an Implied Warranty cannot be excluded, our liability in respect of the Implied Warranty is limited to (in our absolute discretion): (i) the provision of a similar trip to an equivalent value; or (ii) a refund of the total amount received by us from you in connection with your booking.

Any claim by you is excluded to the extent that it is for indirect or consequential loss, loss of profits or economic loss, however it arises, or for indirect, special, punitive or exemplary damages.

22. Optional activities

Optional activities not included in the trip price do not form part of the trip or this contract. You accept that any assistance given by your host/group leader or local representative in arranging optional activities does not render us liable for them.

23. Errors & omissions

Although we have made a concerted attempt to verify the accuracy of statements made in our trip documentation and on our website, we can not be held responsible for any error, omission or unintentional misrepresentation that may occur.

24. Claims & complaints

If you have a complaint about your trip please inform your group leader or our local representative at that time in order for them to attempt to rectify the matter. If satisfaction is not reached through these means then any further complaint should be put in writing to us within 30 days of the end of the tour.

25. Sever-ability

In the event that any term or condition contained in these Booking Conditions 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 contract or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.

26. Photos/Videos and marketing

You consent to us using videos and images of you taken during the trip for advertising and promotional purposes in any medium we choose. You grant us a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to use such images for publicity and promotional purposes. If you do not consent to videos and images of you being used for promotional purposes, you must notify your host/group leader on tour on day 1, and it is your responsibility to avoid any group videos and images taken by that host/group leader.

27. Privacy policy

Any personal information that we collect about you may be used for any purpose associated with the operation of a Trip or to send you marketing material in relation to our events and special offers. The information may be disclosed to our agents, service providers or other suppliers to enable us to operate the Trip. We will otherwise treat your details in accordance with our privacy policy.

28. Consumer protection

All money received as payment for your holidays is immediately deposited in a Clients’ Trust Account. The Out Adventures Client Trust Account, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is bound by TICO (Travel Industry Council of Ontario) regulation and independently audited. Your money remains there until the month of departure so you can relax and enjoy your holiday as your money is safeguarded.

29. Applicable law

The laws of the province of Ontario, Canada govern these Booking Conditions and any disputes in connection with a trip or these Booking Conditions must be initiated in the courts of Ontario, Canada.

30. Registered address

202B – 276 Carlaw Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4M 3L1

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