Booking Terms and Conditions
YOUR CONTRACT IS WITH FAHMY LTD (Registration No 6202550 UK) TRADING AS EXPLORE TRAVEL AND CRUISES.COM & EXPLORE EGYPT.CO.UK
A MEMBER OF ATOL (10313) & ASTA
Please read the following booking conditions together with our privacy and data protection policy carefully as they set out the terms and conditions of your booking reading it now may help to avoid problems later. Please read the booking conditions carefully, as they form the basis of your package holiday contract with Explore Travel and Cruises and set out our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these terms and conditions and agree to them.
When you make your booking you are guaranteeing that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation client invoice, itinerary and a booking reference number is produced.
Except where otherwise stated, these booking conditions only apply to holiday arrangements which you book with us in the UK and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. All references in these booking conditions to “holiday”, “booking”, “contract”, “package”, “tour” or “arrangements” mean such holiday arrangements unless otherwise stated.
In these booking conditions, “you” and “your” means all persons named on the booking (including anyone who is added or substituted at a later date) or any of them, as the context requires and “lead name” means the person who makes the booking. “We”, “us” and “our” means Fahmy Ltd t/a Explore Travel and Cruises.
Your contract will be governed by English Law and any disputes will be dealt with in the courts of England and Wales. If you live in Northern Ireland or Scotland, the courts of Northern Ireland or Scotland (as appropriate) can deal with any disputes.
If you are not happy after reading the conditions to continue with your booking please advise us within 7 days of receiving your confirmation invoice. Your booking will be cancelled and money returned according to the terms of our cancellation policy. We reserve the right to return your deposit and decline to issue a confirmation at our absolute discretion.
No employee of the Company other than a director has authority to vary or omit any of these terms. No promise of a discount or refund will be binding on us unless confirmed by us in writing.
Choosing Your Holiday
We hope your Explore Travel and Cruises holiday will live up to expectation, so it is very important that you choose the right arrangements for you. Our staff are always happy to advise and give you their professional opinion; however it is important that you also conduct your own independent research to ensure you are happy with the arrangements being made.
Please visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or visit www.gov.uk/travelaware. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, these websites offer a wealth of country-specific information. The advice can change, so please check regularly for updates.
We are a member of ASTA, membership number 900189723.
ASTA, short for the American Society of Travel Agents, is the world’s largest association of travel professionals. Their members include travel agents and the companies whose products they sell such as tours, cruises, hotels, car rentals, etc. They are a leading advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the travelling public.
We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service and abide by ASTA’s strict Code of Ethics. All ASTA members pledge themselves to conduct their business activities in a manner that promotes the ideal of integrity in travel and agree to act in accordance with the applicable sections the ASTA Code of Ethics. See www.asta.org for more information.
Tour Pricing & Payment terms
We reserve the right to alter the prices of any holidays shown on our website or in our brochure. You will be advised of the current price for your holiday before your contract is confirmed.
In the event of your Confirmation of Reservation showing an incorrect price for your holiday, the price that will prevail is the price shown in our offline reservation system. Accordingly you may not seek to rely on system errors with a view to obtaining a holiday at less than the correct price, and any contract entered into upon a mistake, such as a wrong costing due to system errors is not valid or binding.
Where a ‘from’ price is shown this is indicative of the lowest price available for the hotel or itinerary featured but this may vary depending on a number of factors such as your date of travel and choice of accommodation. To help you in choosing a holiday which is tailor made by us to your requirements, please call us for further information about services and prices. We will be happy to provide you with an up to date quote.
It is important that you have insurance cover and that it is adequate and suitable for your particular needs. If you fail to take out insurance and have to cancel your booking, you will be charged in accordance with our normal terms and conditions – see 3.3 – Cancelling your holiday. Furthermore, if you require medical/any other form of assistance whilst on holiday you will not be covered and you in turn may incur significant costs. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday.
When you make a booking with us you must pay the applicable deposit or full payment as shown in your booking invoice. The outstanding balance must be paid by the due date. Should we not receive the payment by this date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled, in which case you will be liable to cancellation charges according to the scale set out below.There will be a 10% deposit to be paid at the time of booking. For some tours and tailor made requests this deposit may be higher and will be advised at the time of booking. For holidays booked over a year in advance with a £100 holding deposit this deposit is non-refundable but transferable if your planned dates of travel change.
Out Of Date Range Flights
Our holidays offered online are prepared well in advance and scheduled airlines will generally not have loaded their seats to sell until approximately 10 months before the departure. Should this apply, we will inform you at the time of booking and calculate the price in anticipation that seats will be available in the specific airline booking class to which our specially negotiated airfares apply.
We will issue an invoice recording the arrangements reserved for you and will take a deposit. A contract between us will then come into existence on the basis that the price payable will be that applicable when the airline releases the seats and the timings and other flight details will be those confirmed at that time which may be different to those advised at the time of booking. When the airline seats become available to book we will tell you the price and other flight details and give you 7 days to tell us whether you wish to continue with the booking on the basis of the confirmed price and other details or cancel and receive a full refund. If you wish to continue with the booking, we will issue a revised invoice. In the event that flight seats do not become available, you will receive a full refund of any deposit over £100. We will have no other liability and will not be responsible for refunding the cost of any services booked in conjunction with the flights.
For some cruise holidays the full balance will be required at booking and you will be informed of this via your client invoice. For all bookings that include the International flight a higher deposit will be requested and includes the non-refundable flight payment. Please ensure that your travel insurance is in place from the time of booking. The balance of your payment will be due not less than 12 weeks (84 days) before your departure date. If you book within the balance due date less than 12 weeks (84 days) you must pay the total price of the holiday at the time you book. All payments made to us by credit card from customers within the UK and the EEA are fee free. Payments outside these Countries including Switzerland which is not a member of the EEA are subject to a charge of 3% (£3 per £100). We reserve the right to increase the charge if the card issuer’s charges to us increases. We will advise you of this before taking any payment by credit card. There is no charge for debit cards or bank transfers made in the UK. Bank transfers from outside the UK may be subject to a bank charge in the originating country. If your deposit and/or the balance is not paid in time we reserve the right to cancel your travel arrangements. The price of your holiday/tour is calculated at the exchange rate quoted by “Financial Times Guide to World Currencies” at the date of your initial enquiry and may be adjusted and you will be advised at the time of your booking confirmation. We reserve the right to alter any of the services offered to you online or in our brochures at any time prior to the issue of our confirmation invoice when a contract will exist.
A booking is not accepted until we issue an invoice. The date shown on the invoice, which will be sent to you or your Travel Agent, is the date of booking. It is important to check the details on the invoice when you get it. If any details appear to be incorrect or incomplete, please contact us or your Travel Agent immediately as it may not be possible to make changes later. We regret we cannot accept any liability if we are not notified of any inaccuracy (for which we are responsible) in any document within 10 days of our sending it out (5 days for tickets). We will do our best to rectify any mistake notified to us outside these time limits but you must meet any costs involved in doing so.
The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency. We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, 45-59 Kingsway London WC2B 6TE (ATOL no. 0132). When you buy an ATOL protected air inclusive holiday or flight* from us you will receive a confirmation invoice from us (or via our authorised agent) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our ATOL. In the unlikely event of our insolvency the CAA will ensure that you are not left stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. Please note: Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.
If a single person occupies a double room, they will usually be asked to pay extra (a single supplement). Hotels generally price their rooms as doubles or family rooms and they do not reduce the rates if they are occupied by a single person. The costs to the hotel of providing the room remain the same, regardless of how many people occupy it. This also applies to self-catering units where, for example, three people may choose to occupy accommodation priced for four. Where available, hotel design may mean that single rooms are smaller and sometimes less well-appointed than other categories. While there is normally a supplement for these rooms, the overall cost will usually be less than when a single person occupies a double room. On safari, excursions and touring holidays, single rooms cannot always be guaranteed. Supplements paid will be refunded if a single room previously confirmed is not available. Please check to see if any special offers or single saver rates are available at your preferred hotel.
Twin Or Double Rooms
Accommodation in all hotels, regardless of the rating, will be in standard rooms (sometimes named superior/deluxe) based on twins or doubles unless otherwise stated.
A third or fourth person sharing a room either shares existing beds or has an extra bed (which may be of camp-bed style) placed in a double/twin room. As conditions may be cramped, you may wish to consider booking two rooms.
If You Have A Disability Or Medical Condition Which May Affect Your Holiday
If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or any special requirements as a result of any medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process), please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the arrangements and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details in writing at the time of booking and whenever any significant change in the condition or disability occurs. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. Failure to do so may limit your rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.
Credit card fraud contingency If you do not supply the correct credit or debit card billing address and/or cardholder information, the issue of your tickets may be delayed and the overall cost may increase. We reserve the right to cancel your holiday if payment is declined or if you have supplied incorrect credit card information. We also reserve the right to do random checks (including the electoral roll) in order to minimise credit card fraud. As a result of this, before issuing tickets we may require you to provide us with a fax or postal copy of proof of address, a copy of your credit card and a recent statement.
All clients whether making a booking in person or by phone, in writing or by email will be deemed to have agreed to our terms and conditions. The person making the booking must be at least 18 years old and has the full authority to enter into a contract on the basis of these conditions on behalf of all persons named on the booking, He/she also consents to our use of information in accordance with our Privacy and Data Protection Policy and confirm that all such persons are fully aware of and accept these terms and conditions including advising us of the following:
a. That no traveller suffers from any pre-exisiting medical condition or disability which will or may affect their tour arrangements. Please contact us before booking for advice if this applies.
Confirming Your Holiday
The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. Therefore, you will benefit from all EU rights applying to packages. Fahmy Ltd will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole.
Air holidays and flights are ATOL protected, since we hold Air Traffic Organiser’s License No 10313 granted by Civil Aviation Authority. The price of your holiday includes the amount of £2.50 per person as part of the ATOL contribution (APC) we pay to the Air Travel Trust Fund. If the amount we are charged increases, the price you pay will increase accordingly. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.
When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.
We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).
If any of the details change more than 72 hours prior to your departure we will issue you with an amended certificate. If it is less than 72 hours to departure we will note the changes on our business system only and no amended certificate will be issued.
All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But if you decide to arrange your own flights ATOL protection may not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. For more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate”
Unless otherwise stated, your booking does not include visa fees, overseas airport taxes, overseas porterage or local taxes, levies or other compulsory charges that require payment by you, directly. Where possible, we will advise you of any local charges that may be due.
Flight Seat Requests, Airlines & Aircraft
Please ensure that you check in early if you have particular seat preferences. Fahmy Ltd has no control over the allocation of seats by the airline and even if a request has been made with them to pre-book seats for you, no guarantee can be made that they will still be available on departure. Airlines may change the seat allocated to you for operational or safety reasons, for persons with reduced mobility or where otherwise deemed necessary, at their discretion. The provision of particular seats does not constitute a term of your contract with Fahmy Ltd. Please note airlines operate both older and more modern aircraft within their fleet. We regret we cannot guarantee the type of aircraft you will travel on as this may be subject to change and general availability. Although some airlines offer the facility to book seats online, this is not always possible when booking a holiday through us, as the holidays we offer are based on special Tour Operator fares.
In accordance with EU directive (EC) no. 2111/2005, we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘Community List’ which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the EU Community. The Community list is available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_en.htm.
We are required to advise you of the actual carrier(s) (or, if the actual carrier(s) is not known, the likely carrier(s)) that will operate your flight(s) at the time of booking. We do this by listing carriers to be used or likely to be used on your holiday confirmation invoice. Any changes to the actual airline after you have received your tickets will be notified to you as soon as possible and in all cases at check-in or at the boarding gate. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. Any change to the operating carrier(s) after your booking has been confirmed will be notified to you as soon as possible. If the carrier with whom you have a confirmed reservation becomes subject to an operating ban as above as a result of which we/ the carrier are unable to offer you a suitable alternative the provisions of ‘If we change or cancel your holiday’ will apply.
If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.
Once a confirmation client invoice has been issued any increase in your holiday price will be as a result of changes and increases in our costs resulting from:
Increase in transport costs, such as fuel surcharges, airport charges, air passenger duty or any other charges which form part of our contract with the transport suppliers.
Government actions such as increases in VAT, or any other government imposed increases such as local tourist tax.
Flights – Under EU Law, you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from the airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. Reimbursement in such cases is the responsibility of the airline and will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday price from us. If you are delayed for a reason other than Force Majeure and in respect of the main flights included in your Holiday, if the delay exceeds 4 hours we will ensure that you receive light refreshments; if it exceeds 6 hours, you will receive a main meal and in the event of a longer delay, wherever possible, you will receive meals and accommodation appropriate for the time of day. We are not always in a position at the time of booking to confirm the carrier(s), aircraft type and flight timings which will be used in connection with your flight. Where we are only able to inform you of the likely carrier(s) at the time of booking, we shall inform you of the identity of the actual carrier(s) or any change in the identity of the actual carrier(s) as soon as we become aware of this. The carrier(s), flight timings and types of aircraft shown in the brochure, website and detailed on your confirmation invoice are for guidance only and are subject to alteration and confirmation. The latest timings will be shown on your tickets which will be dispatched to you by email before departure. You must accordingly check your tickets very carefully immediately on receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. It is possible that flight times may be changed even after tickets have been dispatched – we will contact you as soon as possible if this occurs. Any change in the identity of the carrier(s), flight timings, and/or aircraft type will not entitle you to cancel or change to other arrangements without paying our normal charges. Our brochures and website are our responsibility, as your tour operator. It is not issued on behalf of, and does not commit the airlines mentioned herein or any airline whose services are used in the course of your travel arrangements. Please note that, in accordance with Air Navigation Orders, in order to qualify for infant status, a child must be under 2 years of age on the day of its return flight. Please note the existence of a ‘community list’ (available for inspection at http://ec.europa.eu/transport/air-ban/list_en.htm) detailing air carriers that are subject to an operating ban with the EU Community.
Currency fluctuations – we will absorb and not charge an increase in your holiday cost of an equivalent to 2% of the price of your holiday arrangements. You will be charged for any increase over and above that together with any additional commission amount if you have booked through an agent. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your holiday, you will have the option to change onto another holiday option if we are able to offer one, (If this option is the same a higher quality then you will not have to pay more but if it is of a lower standard then you will receive a refund in the difference of price, if any), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges.
Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. There will be no change made to the price of your holiday within 30 days of your departure nor will refunds be paid during this period.
Tours – General health requirements
Most of our tours are not suitable if you have any disability or have reduced mobility (including being confined to a wheelchair). Therefore, in the interest of safety and comfort for all groups as a whole, you must be fit enough to participate or alternatively you must have an able bodied carer to assist you throughout the tour. Please note that some of the featured touring itineraries may involve early starts and long days, with substantial travel between featured sites and destinations. As vehicle and road standards may not be comparable to that of the UK, please keep this in mind when considering any personal health concerns, as well as your general comfort.
If you have a complaint
If you have a problem during your holiday please tell both the relevant supplier and your tour manager or agent straight away who will try to put things right. It is unreasonable to take no action whilst on holiday, but then to complain upon your return. If the problem is not resolved satisfactorily locally please follow this up in writing within 14 days of your return home. Write to us at Explore Travel and Cruises 24 Wellington Place, Ash Vale, Surrey, GU12 5AL, giving us the details. Please keep this letter concise and to the point. We operate a strict code of conduct which also conforms to European regulations on package travel and take any complaints seriously.
If you fail to follow this requested procedure we will have been deprived of the chance to look into the circumstances and rectify your complaint while you were on holiday and this may affect your rights under this contract.
If you change or cancel your booking
Once your client confirmation invoice has been issued, if you wish to change any of your travel arrangements, for example your accommodation, date of departure, number of passengers, we will do our utmost to make these changes, but it may not always be possible. You must make your request in writing by the person who made the booking either directly to us or through the travel agent you booked with. You will be asked to pay an administration charge as shown below and any other costs we may incur in making the requested changes. It will not be possible to make changes to your departure date or chosen holiday within 30 days of your departure date, although you may be able to transfer the booking to another person if you give us not less than 30 days notice. Where we are unable to assist any change request and you do not wish to proceed with the original booking we will treat this as a cancellation by you. A cancellation fee may be payable.
The price of any new travel arrangement will be based on the prices that apply on the day you ask for the change. These prices may not be the same as when you first booked your holiday arrangements with us.
Certain arrangements may not be amended after they have been confirmed and any alteration could incur a cancellation of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements.
Charges for changes 30 days or more prior to departure:
Name Change – £50 per person
Date or tour change – £30 per person
Accommodation including any cruise cabin – £30 per person
If you cancel your booking you will be subject to our cancellation policy:
|100%||2 weeks prior the date of arrival (14 to 0 days)
28 days and less for any cruise holidays including any river cruises including Dahabiya Dream
30 days and less if required by a particular supplier or special offer this will be detailed on your client invoice
|90%||6 weeks prior to the date of arrival (41 to 22 days) for any holidays including river cruises|
|50%||10 weeks prior the date of arrival (70 to 42 days)
60% for any cruise holidays including river cruises (70 days to 42 days)
|Loss of deposit
Secret Escapes bookings deposit
|Prior to 70 days
|100%||For any international or domestic flight tickets once booked regardless of no of days prior to holiday|
If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.
You are advised to make sure that your policy has sufficient financial protection to cover you in the event of cancellation.
Please note that some arrangements may not be cancelled after they have been confirmed and any cancellation could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangement. Where any change is made to a booking involving travel by air we reserve the right to make additional charges to cover in full any costs charged to us by our suppliers.
If you cut short your holiday and return home early in circumstances where you have no reasonable cause for complaint about the standard of accommodation and services provided, we will not offer you any refund for the remainder of your holiday not completed, or assist with any associated costs you may incur. Depending on the circumstances, your travel insurance may offer cover for curtailment and we suggest that any claim is made directly with them.
If we change or cancel your holiday
Occasionally we may need to make some changes to your booked holiday and we reserve the right to do so at any time including while you are on your holiday. Nearly always these changes are minor and we will advise you or your agent of these at the earliest date we can. We also reserve the right to cancel your holiday under any circumstance.
If We Change Or Cancel Your Holiday Before Your Departure
We hope and expect to be able to provide you with all the services we have confirmed to you at the time of booking.
We plan arrangements a long time in advance of your holiday using independent suppliers such as airlines, hotels etc., over whom we have no direct control. On occasions changes do have to be made, and we reserve the right to make these. Most of these changes are minor. However, occasionally, changes are significant.
Examples of a significant change include: a change of accommodation to that of a lower category and/or price for the whole or a major part of your time away, a change of flight time of more than 12 hours, a change of UK departure airport (except between London airports), or a significant change of resort area. We do our best to avoid cancelling holidays but we must reserve the right to do so. However, we promise we will only cancel your confirmed booking after you have made full payment where we are forced to do so as a result of ‘force majeure’ as defined below or lack of minimum numbers. Please note, some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to enable us to operate them. If the minimum number of bookings required for a particular holiday has not been received, we are entitled to cancel it. We will notify you or your travel agent of cancellation for this reason no later than 61 days prior to departure.
If we have to make a significant change or cancel, we will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, we will offer you the choice of the following options:-
(a) accepting the changed arrangements (with any refunds that may be due to you for changes to a lower category of service); or
(b) selecting an alternative holiday from us, of a similar standard to that originally booked if available. If this holiday is cheaper than the original, we will refund the price difference. You will be liable to us for any additional costs payable for the new arrangements; or
(c) cancelling the booking or accepting our cancellation of the booking, in which case you will receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to us, within 14 days.
If we have to make a significant change or cancel we will, where appropriate, pay you compensation as set out in the table below. Compensation entitlements will vary depending on the circumstances and when the significant change or cancellation is notified to you subject to the following exceptions: Compensation will not be payable and no liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where
(1) we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken or (2) we have to cancel because the minimum number of bookings necessary for us to operate your holiday has not been reached (see above). No compensation will be payable and the above options will not be available if we cancel as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling us to cancel (such as paying on time) or where a change is a minor one. A change of flight time of less than 12 hours, airline (except where otherwise stated), type of aircraft (if advised) or destination airport will all be treated as minor changes.
Period before departure within which a significant change or cancellation is notified to you or your travel agent
More than 60 days:
NIL (more than 40 days if your booking includes a cruise)
60 – 29 days:
£10 (90 – 42 days if your booking includes a cruise)
28 – 15 days:
14 – 8 days:
7 – 0 days:
NB: Please be advised that compensation in the event of any significant change to your cruise arrangements, will be made as future credit towards another cruise, rather than a cash value.
Changes Due To Circumstances Beyond Our Control
If the change to your holiday is a major one we will tell you or your agent as soon as is reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. If the change is while you are on holiday this will be because it is a Force Majeure situation, or a change in the schedule due to changes such as Country regulations, border controls, or local restrictions put in place at the time.
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our obligations under our contract with you is prevented or affected by or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature as a result of “force majeure”. In these booking conditions, “force majeure” means any unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances beyond our control which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not have avoided, even if all reasonable measures had been taken. Such events may include, whether actual or threatened, war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, epidemics, pandemics, fire and other situations which are outside our control.
All weeks for Dahabiya Dream are subject to a minimum number of passengers. The normal number is 6 but does vary from tour to tour. All group week departures for Dahabiya Dream are reviewed at least 8 weeks before the departure date and this is the latest date that a tour will be cancelled on account of low numbers unless cancelled by a third party supplier that is out of our control. In this event you will be offered an alternative holiday or a full refund excluding any International or domestic flights already booked.
If We Curtail Your Holiday After Departure
Very rarely, we may be forced by “force majeure” (see above) to change or terminate your holiday after departure but before the scheduled end of your time away. This is extremely unlikely but if this situation does occur, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any refunds from our suppliers), pay you any compensation or meet any costs or expenses you incur as a result. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover any such eventuality.
Whilst every effort is made to operate a tour as advertised, on occasion it may be necessary to make changes to the accommodation, content, routing or order of an itinerary. Unless the change significantly alters the holiday, compensation will not be payable.
Public Holidays / Local Festivals / Events
Virtually all countries have public holidays, religious or otherwise. The festivities may temporarily disrupt your holiday and some religious holidays such as Ramadan, which affects many Muslim countries, may result in a reduction of facilities and entertainment. Regional festivals and events may also take place throughout the year. They can be somewhat chaotic but are generally great fun to be a part of. You should research your desired destination, if you have concerns about what impact these may have on your holiday. The appropriate Tourist Offices are happy to supply more detailed information.
Other Hotel Guests
Many hotels, especially in cities and major resorts, accommodate weddings, conventions and conferences. Also, some destinations may have an influx of groups such as students, associations or clubs. The hotels we feature are shared with guests from many countries with different cultures and customs. We have no control over the acceptance of bookings at the hotels that we feature. We are therefore unable to accept responsibility for any inconvenience caused by such groups or their activities.
There may be times when circumstances are out of our control, and this is known as Force Majeure: This means we will not be held responsible for any losses incurred or pay any compensation if we have to change your travel arrangements in any way, even with all due care because of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances beyond our control. These can include but are not limited to, for example, war, riot, industrial dispute, border police requirements, terrorist activity and its consequences or the threat of such activity, natural or nuclear disaster, epidemics, pandemic illness, chemical or biological disaster fire, adverse weather conditions (actual or threatened). The act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, lock closures, river conditions and all similar events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned’s control. Advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to avoid or leave a particular country may constitute Force Majeure. We will follow the advice given by the Foreign Office.
If you enquire via our website and contacted us via email, we will communicate with you using the email address you have provided. We will use this to supply you, for example, with your client booking and invoice, e-tickets, accommodation and cruise vouchers and other information relating to your holiday. We will assume that your email address is correct and that you understand the risks associated with using this form of communication. You may still contact us via telephone or in writing.
We provide you with the choice to add optional extras to your holiday which can be in addition to your itinerary and the price for any extension, accommodation upgrade, flight upgrades, or change in internal flights may result in additional charges either when you book or if they are added after you have booked. You will be notified of any additional charges before you make a final decision to add these optional extras to your holiday.
If you book any optional activities or excursions which are not part of your pre-booked holiday or not offered by us but are available in the area you are visiting, we have no involvement in any such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. They are provided by local operators or other providers who are totally independent of us and they may or may not have their own public liability insurance. They do not form any part of your contract with us even where we suggest particular operators/providers and/or assist you in booking such activities or excursions in any way.
If you book any optional tours that are offered by us in Egypt then as the tour operator in Egypt we will carry out those optional tours. To ensure your safety and delivery of the optional service all optional tours while aboard the Dahabiya Dream, must be booked through us and will become part of your package holiday.
We do not guarantee that any optional activity or excursion mentioned on our website or in any brochure or elsewhere will be available to book during your holiday and/or will operate as advertised as these services do not form part of our contract and are not under our control. They may not be available for various reasons. All prices quoted in advance are an indication only. We will not be liable if you cannot, for whatever reason, book any such activity or excursion or if the activity or excursion does not operate as advertised. This includes any transport to and from any such booked activities.
Tour participation and client responsibility
Clients agree to accept the authority and decisions of the Company’s employees, tour leaders and agents whilst on tour with the Company. If you have any medical condition or disability which may affect your active participation in your tour or the tour arrangements of any other person or have any special requirements as a result of a medical condition or disability (including any which affect the booking process) please tell us before you confirm your booking so that we can assist you in considering the suitability of the proposed tour and/or making the booking. In any event, you must give us full details at the time of booking and whenever any change in the condition or disability occurs. You must promptly tell us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or tour or the tour arrangements of another person develops after your booking has been confirmed.
We promise to use reasonable skill and care in the performance of our contractual obligations, subject to and in accordance with these Booking Conditions. Our contractual obligations consist of using our reasonable skill and care in making your booking and arranging your accommodation/car hire/ flight, as well as using our reasonable skill and care in choosing our suppliers.
In respect of Packages and other arrangements we will not be responsible for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description whatsoever which results from: The act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected or any member(s) of their party or The act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of your arrangements and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable or ‘Force Majeure’ as defined above.
We cannot accept responsibility for any items you may purchase locally e.g.: jewellery/furniture etc. and the quality and value of such cannot be guaranteed. We recommend that you check whether or not any extra charges will be payable for import duty or freight as we are unable to assist with any costs you may incur in this respect.
World weather is becoming more erratic and unpredictable and we cannot be held responsible for disappointment or disruption to your holiday due to bad or unusual weather conditions.
Except as specifically set out in these conditions, we will not accept any further or different liability than the Package Travel, Package Tours and Package Holidays Regulations impose. It is your responsibility to show that reasonable skill and care has not been used if you wish to make a claim against us.
Website/Brochure/Advertising material accuracy
The information contained on our website, in any brochure or any other advertising material is believed correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing or publication. However errors can occasionally occur and information may subsequently change. You must ensure you check all the details of your chosen holiday or tour, including the price, with us or your travel agent at the time of booking. You can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 01252 641989, or direct with your own travel agent.
Child safety and rates
Should you be travelling with young children, we recommend that you advise us at the time of the booking. The safety of your children is of utmost importance to us, however, we must stress that it is important for you to remain vigilant at all times during your holiday to ensure their safety. The different pricing rates for children will be detailed in your holiday itinerary and booking invoice. For any flights booked we will charge flight costs according to the Airline’s own policy and terms and conditions.
Airline regulations state that women 28 weeks or more into pregnancy, at the time of return travel, must have medical certification of fitness to travel. Normally after 32 weeks permission to travel is refused however, Airlines have different policies and we would need to check as to whether they will agree to carry you, prior to confirming your holiday. It is imperative that you notify us of your pregnancy at the time of booking or as at such time you become aware.
Personal Belongings and Lost Items
For security reasons, valuables should be kept to a minimum and packed in your hand luggage along with any medicines and some basic essentials, such as a change of clothing and toiletries. It can be easy to lose items but it is your responsibility to look after your property at all times and you must ensure you are adequately covered by comprehensive insurance. If you lose any personal items whilst on holiday, please obtain a written report from a local representative and the police, where appropriate, as these may be required if you wish to make an insurance claim upon your return.
Flights and other Travel Timings
Flight timings are provided by airlines and are subject to Air Traffic control restrictions. All means of transportation are subject to weather conditions and the need for constant maintenance and the ability of passengers to check in on time and unforeseeable action on the part of government offices or staff. There is no guarantee that transport will depart at the times especially in developing countries as stated on any itinerary or tickets or vouchers which you receive. All timings are estimates only; we do not have any liability to you for any delay, which may arise, or for any schedule alterations.
Travel Documents and Health Advice
Passengers must have passports valid for 6 months from their return date. It is most important that your passport contains the correct visa for your journey and passport holders need to ensure this is obtained. You need to advise us at the time of booking what kind of passport you own and we will be happy to advise you accordingly, however it is the sole responsibility of the passport holder to ensure that his or her passport is valid and obtains the correct visa and travel documents for their journey.
Your specific passport, visa and any immigration requirements, are your responsibility and you need to confirm these with the relevant Embassies/or Consulates before you travel. We do not take any responsibility if you are unable to travel or are refused entry because you have not complied with the requirements for passports, visas and immigration rules. For more information please visit the Passport service website at www.ips.gov.uk. Holders of non UK passports should always check with their embassy, consulate or high commission before booking. For information regarding visas to Egypt, please call the Egyptian Consulate on 0207 235 9777 or visit www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk.
For any other Country you are visiting please check their own embassy website online.
It is the responsibility of all passengers to ensure that they check any inoculation and health requirements they may need before they travel and ensure that they obtain and are in possession of any required vaccination certificates for the whole journey and tour. Please consult your doctor, practice nurse or travel health clinic for advice at least 2 months before you travel to make sure there is adequate time for any inoculations you may need. Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible and ensure that vaccinations or preventative measures such as malaria tablets are taken early enough (which may be a month or more prior to departure) to be fully effective by the date of travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of all recommended and required vaccination and health precautions in good time before departure. Details are available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.nathnac.org. Sources of information include the Department of Health free leaflet ‘Health advice for travellers’ (available on request Tel. 0207 210 4850), your specialist travel clinic).
Please note that hygiene standards, particularly in developing destinations, are generally lower than in the UK, USA or Europe. Extra care should be taken by pregnant women, infants and the elderly and it is advisable to consult your GP or medical practitioner before booking if you have any concerns.
Information about these matters or related items such as climate, clothing, baggage, personal gear and items etc is given in good faith and without responsibility on the part of the company. We regret we cannot accept any responsibility if you are refused entry on any transport or into any Country due to failure on your part to carry all the required documentation. If failure to have any necessary travel or other documents results in fines, surcharges or other financial penalty being imposed on us then you will be responsible for reimbursing us accordingly.
We strongly advise those planning to take scuba diving training to have a full medical examination in your resort (for which there may be a monetary charge) or consult your GP or medical practitioner before you go on holiday. It is dangerous to fly less than 24 hours after scuba diving due to the changes in pressure which may result in the “bends” or even, in severe cases, paralysis. You must ensure you have adequate cover through your chosen insurance provider.
Travel Insurance Protection
Fahmy Ltd T/A Explore Travel and Cruises.com and Explore Egypt do not provide travel insurance protection and we ask that all clients ensure they take out and insurance policy that covers all of their financial and medical needs, repatriation costs, personal injury, death, loss of baggage and cancellation and curtailment. If you do not have adequate insurance at the time of your booking you may be personally liable for any cancellation charges and we reserve the right to reclaim from you any medical repatriation or other expenses that we may incur on your behalf, which would otherwise have been met by insurers.
It is vital that you familiarise yourself with the details and conditions of your policy and that you notify your insurance provider of any pre-existing medical conditions. Failure to do this can invalidate the insurance cover provided.
Clients making their own insurance arrangements must ensure there are no exclusion clauses limiting or excluding protection for the type of activities that are included in their tour booked and that all travel insurance purchased meets their particular requirements and arrange supplementary insurance if need be.
We collect details in order to process your booking and provide your tours and to help us give you a more personal service. These details include, where applicable, the names and contact details of the party members, credit or debit card or other payment details and special requirements such as those relating to any medical condition or disability which may affect your chosen holiday and any dietary requirements which may disclose your religious beliefs. If we need any other personal details we will tell you before we obtain them from you.
We need to pass on your personal details to the companies and organisations who need to know them so that your tour can be provided, for example your hotel, airline, and other suppliers. Please see the full policy for details. We take appropriate technical and organisational measures which are intended to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.
We do not pass on any of your details to sell, rent, trade or pass on any of your personal information for any purpose. We do not store any of your credit/debit card details other than to process the booking you have made and to collect the relevant payment.
Our privacy statement may change at various times and so ask you to check our privacy statement for up to date information.
Explore Travel and Cruises and Explore Egypt are trading names for FAHMY LTD Company Registration No: 6202550 UK.
ATOL License No 10313. USA ASTA No: 900189723. Egypt Branch REG No: 1403.
Updated 26th May 2020