Lupine Travel / Special-Destinations.com: terms and conditions
The following booking conditions, together with the information set out on the relevant Tour page of the Lupine Travel (special-destinations.com) website will form the contract between you and us for your holiday with us. In this contract a reference to “you” and “your” include the lead-named person on the confirmation invoice (who must be at least 18 years old at the time of booking) and all persons on whose behalf a booking is made. We are Lupine Travel (special-destinations.com) of 23 King St, Wigan, WN1 1DY. Lupine Travel is a trading name of Lupine Group Ltd, UK registered company number 07116544.
In this agreement:
means the place specified by us in the Tour Pack as the place we will meet and start your holiday.
means the date on which we meet to start your holiday.
means a holiday organised by Lupine Travel
means whatever documents we send to you in hard or soft copy to provide information about your Tour.
What is in the holiday
The following items are included:
travel from the Meeting Point to your return to the departure point (which is likely to be the same place);
all appropriate local permits
services of one or more leaders (on group tours);
The following items are not included
return flights to the Tour destination;
all other costs incurred before you board transport at the Meeting Point and after you return to the departure point;
travel insurance or any other insurance personal to you;
passport and visa costs;
vaccinations and medication, before, during and after the Tour;
food and drink over and above what we include in the Tour;
gratuities you choose to give, in addition to any we give on your behalf where we consider appropriate.
Booking your holiday
You can book at any time after our tours are published online. We will hold a provisional booking for 24 hours to allow you time to send us your deposit. We follow this strictly because many holidays are booked up fast. When we receive your deposit, we will send you a confirmation invoice which confirms your booking. The contract between us comes into existence at that time. You undertake to pay for the holiday you have booked and we undertake to provide you with the holiday we describe online.
If you make a booking on behalf of others as well as yourself, we shall take it that you have the authority of each of those other people to enter into the contract on the basis of these booking conditions and that you and they have agreed to be jointly and severally liable to us.
If we are unable to accept your booking, we will of course return your payment to you immediately. The balance payment for all tours is due at latest 12 weeks (84 days) before departure. We will send you a reminder 1 weeks before the balance due date. If you are making your booking within this period, full payment will be necessary immediately.
Where the cost to us of any part of the tour increases, we reserve the right to pass on that increase to you and to change the price of unsold holidays. We will return to you the balance if our costs change significantly in your favour.
You must give us details on your insurance, special requests, medical conditions and next-of-kin by email, letter or phone. Other personal details such as passport number, address, date of birth should be included on the booking form.
For bookings made within eight weeks of departure, we require full payment within 24 hours of a verbal booking. It is also essential that you give us your passport details so that your permits or visas can be processed immediately where required.
You can pay for most of ours tours by either bank transfer or Paypal. (Paypal accept VISA, MasterCard, Delta, Maestro and American Express). We do not keep your card details.
For payments made by electronic transfer, full information will be provided at the time of booking.
The last date for payment of the balance of the cost of your holiday will be due to us at least eight weeks before the Tour Start Date. We will tell you that last date for payment after we have confirmed our acceptance of your booking.
If you do not pay us before the last date for payment, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled. If we do that, you accept that a cancellation fee will be due to us.
Surcharges and refunds
The prices given on our web site and in our brochure are calculated at costs current at the time we fixed them. If costs rise or adverse currency exchange rates apply, you agree that we may increase prices at any time to a maximum of 5% of the advertised cost of the Tour. If we do this we shall tell you the costs which have risen and the percentage by which they have risen.
No matter what the increase, we shall not increase the cost less than eight weeks before the departure date.
If we increase the price of your Tour by more than 5%, you are free to cancel. In that circumstance we will return to you all money paid to us.
Changes and cancellations by you
We will try to accommodate any change you are compelled to make, but we cannot promise to do so. If we do, you agree to pay an administration fee of £19 and any additional cost of a different arrangement.
Only the person who made a booking may cancel. The cancellation takes effect from the date at which a written notification reaches our office.
If you cancel, your deposit will be forfeited.
We shall charge an additional sum related to the time remaining before the date of departure, as follows:
Up to 56 days:
55- 83 days:
50% of tour cost
54 – 29 days:
65% of tour cost
28 – 15 days:
75% of tour cost
14 – 8 days:
80% of tour cost
7 – 3 days:
90% of tour cost
100% of tour cost
If circumstances force you to leave the Tour early, you will have to bear any additional costs yourself.
In any circumstances giving rise to cancellation, we will consider allowing you to transfer the money you have paid, to some other Lupine Travel Tour or this booking to some other person. That person must meet any conditions which may apply to the booking and you, must ask for the transfer not less than 30 days prior to the Tour Start Date.
For our tours which we ask for cash on arrival, only your deposit is non-refundable. We will not ask for any extra money in case you cancel the tour less than 56 days before the tour.
Changes and cancellations by us
We reserve the right to change travel and tour arrangements. This is necessary because many of our tours involve variables which are outside our control. These include, weather, political issues, currency problems and accommodation issues.
We shall tell you about small changes before departure. If we think a necessary change is important, we will tell you about it as soon as we can and give you the opportunity to either accept the change, or take an alternative holiday (paying or receiving a refund / credit in respect of any price difference), or cancel and accept a full refund.
If such problems occur during a tour, we will make alternative arrangements so as to comply as closely as possible to the description of the tour in our brochure.
If a problem occurs which is so serious that we have to cancel a tour before the date of departure, you may choose to accept either an alternative holiday (paying or receiving a refund/credit in respect of any price difference) or a full refund of all money paid.
In certain cases we may pay compensation too, at our discretion.
We are not liable to you in any circumstances for loss or damage or loss of your holiday when unusual and unforeseeable circumstances arise which are beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care; or the change is not significant. We are not liable to pay you any additional travel or any other costs, expenses or losses which you incur as a result of any change or cancellation by us, such as changes to times of connecting flights or other travel arrangements. You agree that all these provisions are reasonable.
We reserve the right to remove you from a tour before departure in the following circumstances:
– if we believe your participation on the trip could result in fellow clients being put in danger
– if we believe your participation on the trip could in any way be to the detriment of Lupine Group Ltd as a company
– if you provide any false information on your visa applications forms
– in cases of physical or verbal abuse
Lupine Travel (trading name of Lupine Group Ltd) is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with ”The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018” all passengers booking with Lupine Group Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Lupine Group Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Chapman Stevens through Zurich Insurance PLC.
Claims In the unlikely event of Insolvency, you must Inform Towergate Chapman Stevens immediately on +44 (0) 1932 334140 or by email at email@example.com or by post at 3000 Hillswood Drive, Hillswood Business Park, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 ORS. Please ensure you retain the booking confirmation as evidence of cover and value.
Policy exclusions: This policy will not cover any monies paid for Travel Insurance or any claim relating to Air Flights. If you have booked flights as part of your travel, you should ensure that the company with which you booked the flights has the appropriate CAA/ATOL bonds in place.
It is a condition of booking a Lupine Travel Tour that you take out appropriate travel insurance. You must send us proof of cover when you make payment of the balance due for your Tour. We cannot approve the cover you have bought and are not responsible if it is inadequate.
Cover should be obtained not only against normal travel risks, but against additional risks appropriate to the destination country. In particular, local road transport insurance may be inadequate, so you should check that your cover includes accidents happening whilst you are a passenger in a vehicle.
We advise that you should also check that any valuable optical equipment is covered either in your travel policy or your home contents policy.
Passport, Visa and Health Requirements
Please note carefully:
To be absolutely safe, it is a good idea to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date of return of your Tour;
Remember to apply for any necessary visa in good time;
Although we provide invitations for visas, it is your responsibility to ensure all the information is correct and that visa is valid for the duration of your stay.
You are responsible for ensuring you have a valid visa* for the destination you are travelling to where required. We will provide you with support paperwork and also advise you on the visa process but you must be aware that visa regulations change constantly and differ between Embassies in different countries. Our advice should only be taken as a guide and you should ensure you are aware of all the up to date requirements from your government state advice and the nearest Embassy of the country you are visiting. *except North Korea where we provide the visa.
Check with your GP what vaccinations and medication you may require and allow time to obtain them.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain all necessary inoculations, take all necessary medication and follow all medical advice in relation to your holiday. Remember to bring certificates and confirmations with you in your hand luggage.
If you need professional medical care whilst on a tour, we will try to obtain it and inform your travel insurers as quickly as practically possible. Please ensure that you provide us with your next of kin details so that we can make arrangements for them to be contacted in an emergency.
You agree to repay to us all costs we incur in providing this assistance, including payment for any transport and telephone calls must be reimbursed to the company. We will give you a receipt on your return, for you to pass to your travel insurers.
Approximately four weeks before the Start Date, we shall send you a pack of information relating to your Tour. This information will include:
location of Meeting Point and time of meeting;
addresses and contact numbers
a list of do’s and don’ts for the trip
Our accommodation varies between destinations with everything from hotels, hostels, cabins, homestays, Ger camps, tents and more. Full accommodation details can be found in each itinerary listed on our website. Please note:
We reserve the right to change accommodation to that stated on our website itineraries – (see below “changes of itinerary”).
Single rooms are normally available at an extra cost. However, if you so wish, it may be possible for you to share a room. In some destinations, single rooms have limited availability so we cannot guarantee the availability, especially if booking late.
Accommodation in some countries will be of a lower standard than comparable accommodation in the UK and Europe.
Check in times for accommodation is 14:00. For earlier arrivals you will be required to store luggage or pay an additional fee for early check in.
Check out times for accommodation is 12:00 midday. You will be able to store your luggage or pay an additional fee for late checkout.
Changes of Itinerary
Despite careful planning, it is possible that a site may become inaccessible due to matters outside our control, for example through natural disaster or political turmoil.
It is also possible that new information on safety means we need to change our routes.
We may therefore decide to make changes to the itinerary to accommodate either of the above possibilities. We will tell you of any such change as soon as we decide to make it. If that happens, you may transfer to an alternative holiday. If your chosen alternative is of a lower price we will refund the difference. If it is of a higher price, you must pay the difference
Risk and UK FCO advice
Due to the nature of the trips we offer, you must be aware of the instability and ever changing security situation in these regions. Please note:
If the UK FCO change their advice to warn against travel to one of our destinations after you have made a booking, we will offer the chance to cancel with a refund if more than 8 weeks before departure, minus £50 admin costs. If it is closer to the departure time then we will refund all our recoverable costs. We advise taking out travel insurance more than 8 weeks prior to the trip so that you can claim back any of the non recoverable costs with them if the travel advice changes after this point. Please check that your insurance provider includes this coverage, in particularly to North Korea where you may not be covered for a flight refund with the airline or agency you have booked with as your flight will be to China and not North Korea.
If you take one of our tours where the UK FCO warn against travel prior to your departure then although we will take precautions to ensure your safety, you book with the understanding that we cannot guarantee safety and are not liable for acts of war or terror or other matters related to the UK FCO advice.
It is your responsibility to be aware of current UK FCO advice and ensure you are fully aware of the potential risks of travelling to these countries.
For clients outside the UK the advice above stands and we only use the UK FCO as a reference point in case of cancellations. This is unless the travel advice from your own government’s state department offers advice which states that your nationality specifically is at danger if travelling to the region. In this case we will offer refunds right up until departure. Total costs paid, minus £50 up to 8 weeks and all recoverable costs after this point.
Limitations on our liability
We want you to enjoy a perfect holiday with Lupine Travel Ltd. We shall do our best to make your holiday special for you. Nonetheless, we must make clear the limitations in law. We are not liable to you for:
Any event which happens before you board our transport at the Meeting Point or after you leave our transport at departure;
Any problem arising from your failure to reach the Meeting Point on time, for whatever reason; (though we would do our best to help you in any way we reasonably could)
Any aspect of goods or services you buy or accept other than those arranged by us;
medical problems or physical difficulties, even if you have told us about them in advance;
your own carelessness or negligence in any aspect of your behaviour whilst with us;
changes we reasonably make to an itinerary or to accommodation or any other aspect of the management of a Tour;
It is to your understanding that health and safety issues in many of our destinations are not up to the same standard as those in Western countries. If you partake in any of the optional activities that we offer then it is done at your own risk and you acknowledge the warnings that we state in our tour document.
problems or issues which we could have resolved whilst on a Tour but which you raise only after your return.
injury, illness, death, loss (including loss of enjoyment or possessions), damage, expense, cost or other sum or claim of any description whatsoever which results from either:
the act or omission of you or anyone in your party;
the act or omission of a third party not connected with the provision of your holiday.
services we have not provided. The services and features included in your Tour are those specified in our web site. If you choose to buy other goods or services during your holiday, those are not part of the package we provide, even if arranged at your request through our Tour leader. Accordingly we are not liable to you for any happening in connection with that service or those goods.
events resulting from war or terror or other matters relating to FCO advice when they have warned against travel to said country and you have voluntarily booked in the knowledge of these travel warnings.
Laws, standards, culture and attitudes are different in many countries from what you reasonable expect at home. We are not responsible for standards of service, safety, hygiene and behaviour which may be lower than you are used to or which you expected.
We do not make any representation or commitment that all services will comply with applicable local laws and regulations and failure to comply does not automatically mean we or the service supplier has not exercised reasonable skill and care.
Please also note that we will only be responsible for what our employees, agents and suppliers do or do not do if they were at the time acting within the course of their employment (for employees) or carrying out work we had asked them to do (for agents and suppliers).
Limitation of compensation by international conventions
We and you are subject to international conventions, when they apply. This may limit the amount of a claim you may be make, against us or anyone else. The most we will have to pay you for many claims for personal injury will not exceed what a carrier would pay under, for example, the Warsaw Convention or the Montreal Convention for international travel by air, or the EC Regulation on Air Carrier Liability, or the Athens Convention for international travel by sea, or the Convention on International Travel by Rail. Please note: where a carrier would not be obliged to make any payment to you under the applicable international convention or regulation in respect of a claim or part of a claim, we similarly are not obliged to make a payment to you for that claim or part of the claim. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the carrier for the complaint or claim in question.
Where we are found liable for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions (including money) where international convention or regulation does not apply, the maximum amount of compensation we will pay you will be £500.
Other than as set out above, and as is detailed elsewhere in these booking conditions, we shall have no legal liability whatsoever to you for any loss, damage, personal injury or death which you suffer arising directly or indirectly from any aspect of your holiday.
Transport delays: limit of our liability
There is no guarantee that flights, trains or ferries will depart at the time specified. If they do not, we are not liable to you for any delay or cancellation or for any failure to take what you think are the best actions to have taken in particular circumstances.
Help we need from you
Most Lupine Travel tours require reasonable physical fitness and appropriate footwear.
If we provide medical help to you, whether or not you specifically ask for it, we will provide receipts for all costs (for your insurer) and you now agree to repay us that cost on your return from the Tour.
If at any time, it is our opinion (given by any of our staff or Tour leaders) that you are acting in a way which may cause accident, injury, discomfort or extreme displeasure to any other Tour member, we may exclude you from the programme for the remainder of the Tour. You will understand that this extreme action will not be taken lightly but may be necessary to protect the health, safety or enjoyment of other clients.
We shall try our utmost to provide a happy and fulfilling holiday, but if we fail in any way, do please raise any issue with your Tour leader immediately. If your complaint cannot be satisfied it is not dealt with to your satisfaction at the time of reporting it to the leader(s), then you should give us full details in writing, immediately on your return. We cannot respond to verbal complaints.
Correspondence should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are are unhappy with the outcome of your complaint then you
have access to ABTA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution through
In this agreement unless the context otherwise requires:
a reference to a person includes a human individual, a corporate entity and any organisation which is managed or controlled as a unit;
any agreement by any party not to do or omit to do something includes an obligation not to allow some other person to do or omit to do that same thing;
except where stated otherwise, any obligation of any person arising from this agreement may be performed by any other person.
If any term or provision of this agreement is at any time held by any jurisdiction to be void, invalid or unenforceable, then it shall be treated as changed or reduced, only to the extent minimally necessary to bring it within the laws of that jurisdiction and to prevent it from being void and it shall be binding in that changed or reduced form. Subject to that, each provision shall be interpreted as severable and shall not in any way affect any other of these terms.
The parties agree that electronic communications satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
In the event of a dispute between us, you undertake to attempt to settle the dispute by engaging in good faith with us in a process of mediation before commencing arbitration or litigation.
This agreement does not give any right to any third party under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise, except that any provision in this agreement which excludes or restricts the liability of our directors, officers, employees, subcontractors, agents and affiliated companies, may be enforced under that act.
We are not liable for any failure or delay in performance of this agreement which is caused by circumstances beyond our reasonable control.
The validity, construction and performance of this agreement shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and the Agent agree that any dispute arising from it shall be litigated only in England and Wales.
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