General Information and Tour Conditions
PRICING: Homeric Tours group rates are based at the current rate of exchange at the time of request. Homeric reserves the right to re-price should the rate of exchange change prior to deposit.
RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS: A deposit of $500.00 is
required to secure your group tour allocation. If your request requires a second coach, then a second deposit of $500.00 will be required. An additional deposit may be required for some cruise-inclusive packages. Final payment must reach Homeric Tours no later than 65 days prior to departure date. Returned checks: $30 fee.
LAND ONLY BOOKINGS & TOUR DEVIATIONS: Any deviation from the tour requested by the client will be assessed a charge of $50.00 per person, plus any additional costs the change may incur.
CHANGES IN BOOKINGS: Homeric Tours reserves the right to charge a $35.00 per person change fee should any component of the tour be voluntarily changed inside of 95 days prior to group departure. Once airline tickets have been issued, the tour participant is responsible for any airline imposed amendment fees for voluntary changes, including name changes or names not matching the passenger’s passport. These fees start at $75.00 per name and can even be higher and non-refundable based on the airline’s policy. If any of our vendors (i.e. hotels, cruise companies, airlines etc.) charge penalties in addition to those previously noted, it will be necessary for us to pass those costs on to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY: ENTIRE GROUP CANCELLATION More than 121-days prior 120-96 days prior
95-65 days prior 64 or less days prior Group deposit is fully refundable
$500.00 + any applicable airline fees
$1,000.00 + any applicable airline fees
All monies paid to Homeric Tours will be forfeited – no refunds
INDIVIDUAL PASSENGER CANCELLATION More than 65 days prior
64-46 days prior 45-36 days prior 35-10 days prior 9 days or less prior
$100.00 per person + Insurance + any applicable airline fees
$150.00 per person + Insurance + any applicable airline fees
$200.00 per person + Insurance + any applicable airline fees
50% of total cost + Insurance + any applicable airline fees
100% of total cost + Insurance + any applicable airline fees
FOR LAND AND CRUISE-INCLUSIVE PACKAGES: Once cruise and/or air tickets are issued, additional penalties will apply. The cancellation rules may vary depending on the destina- tion chosen, if this becomes the case, your group proposal will have an updated “Terms and Conditions” which will supersede the above.
INSURANCE: Homeric Tours is not responsible or liable for loss, damage or theft of luggage or personal belongings, or for per- sonal injury, accidents or illness while on tour nor is Homeric Tours responsible for any type of trip interruption.
TRAVEL PROTECTION & INSURANCE: Homeric Tours highly recommends the purchase of our optional comprehensive trip insurance.
Up to $750.00 $751 to $1,500 $1,501 to $2,500 $2,501 to $3,500 $3,501 to $4,500 $4,501 to $5,500
PREMIUM RATE $71.00 $93.00
$116.00 $146.00 $183.00 $211.00
For review of policy please call TRIPMATE at 1-800-888-7292 or visit their website at: www.tripmate.com
. The policy exclusion for pre-existing conditions will be waived provided your client’s premium is received within 7-days of the $200.00 per person deposit payment, and your clients are not disabled from travel at the time payment of the premium is made. Insurance may be purchased up to 65 days prior to departure, but the pre-existing conditions and terrorist acts conditions will not be covered.
REFUNDS AND CANCELLATIONS AFTER DEPARTURE: Once the tour commences NO REFUND will be made for unused features or voluntary modifications made by the tour participant.
REFUNDS: Applications for refunds must be submitted in writ- ing to HOMERIC TOURS, INC, within 15 days of tour termination. Processing will take from six to eight weeks from the date HT receives relevant documents. There will be no refunds for unused package tour services or features, including missed transfers due to airline changes and/or missed flights, unused meals, missed sightseeing tours, unused entrance fees and accommodations.
PASSENGER NAME: Passengers/Group Leaders are responsible to ensure that the names printed on the invoice exactly match the first and last name written in their passport. Any name change may require airline reservations to be canceled and rebooked. Reservations are subject to availability at the time of rebooking. Passengers will be required to pay foreign airlines rebooking fee of up to $350 per ticket. Homeric Tours will not be held responsible for the denial of services by a carrier due to any name discrepancy.
Special Requests: We will be happy to advise hotels and cruise lines of any special request.
AIRLINES: Once issued, tickets are non-refundable. Foreign airline schedules and flights are subject to change without notice. Airlines reserve the right to demand immediate issuance of tickets whenever they determine that necessary. In that case, HT will require immediate full payment of the airfare portion and taxes. This situation overrides invoice terms and conditions and payment due dates. If full payment is not received, seats will be cancelled by the airline and may not be available to be rebooked on the same flights or at the same airfare. Any replacement of air arrangements and any additional cost of airfare will be the sole responsibility of the passenger.
HOTELS: Hotels accommodations will be provided in accordance with the itinerary or similar. We reserve the right substitute hotels of equal category. All rooms are twin-bedded rooms with private facilities, unless an upgrade was requested. Room selection is at the discretion of the hotel. Triple rooms consist of a standard twin bedded room plus a sofa, folding bed or cot for the third person.
BAGGAGE: The less you bring with you, the better. We recom- mend that you take along one suitcase per person, plus a small overnight bag. On land, due to limited motorcoach capacity, we request that only one bag per person be carried on motorcoach- es. If additional baggage is carried (other than overnight bag) a supplementary charge of $2.00 per additional suitcase per “lift” will be levied according to the number of lifts. For those tours that include a domestic flight(s) only one suitcase per person will be allowed. Additional baggage charges according to airline tariff will apply and will need to paid directly to the airline at time of check-in. You may visit the foreign airline’s website to view the specific baggage fee information. Baggage is carried at owner’s risk and baggage insurance is strongly recommended.
PORTERAGE: Porterage (luggage handling) of one suitcase per person is provided in our tours. We ask that you bring with you only a small carry on piece and one suitcase. Both pieces you should be able to carry on your own, where necessary, when the law, for your own protection, demands it. This will be in Customs and security areas such at ports and airports. Our own people will be there beyond these areas to assist you. Also porterage is not always available.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS: It is required that the passport be valid at least (3) months beyond the conclusion of your trip. It is suggested that ALL participants check with the appropriate Consulates to determine if any visas are required. Those taking our Egypt, Turkey, Algerian, India or China tours require a visa and should obtain one prior to departure. IMPORTANT: Passengers re- quiring a Schengen visa MUST have a multi entry Schengen visa.
RESPONSIBILITY: HOMERIC TOURS, INC. 17th fl., 55 EAST 59TH ST., NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10022 and/or their cooperating selling agents and/or their suppliers of services offer these tours for sale only on the express understanding that they themselves do not perform or in any way assume liability for the performance of the individual components (transfers, hotels, flights, car, motorcoaches, etc.) of these tours and act only to combine these components into a single unit of sale for the convenience of the general public, and are not responsible therefore, either directly or indirectly, for any loss, accident, or injury which may result
from any act, omission, negligence in or responsible for perform- ing or providing these component services. The transportation companies concerned take no responsibility for any act, omis- sion or event during the time the passengers are not aboard their conveyances. The passage contract issued by the transportation company shall constitute the sole contract between the trans- portation company and the passenger. ADDITIONAL EXPENSES INCURRED AS A RESULT OF DELAY, CHANGE OF SCHEDULES, ILLNESS, WEATHER,
STRIKES, HOSTILITIES, QUARANTINE,
GOVERNMENT REQUISITION OF HOTEL SPACE, OR ANY OTHER REASONS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE TOUR OPERATOR OR TRAVEL AGENT, SHALL BE BORNE BY THE PASSENGER. TOUR OPERATOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SUBSTITUTE HOTELS OF SIMILAR CATEGORY IF NECESSARY AND TO ALTER ITINERARIES. Any and all disputes concerning this contract, the brochure, web- site or your trip shall be resolved solely by the courts of the city of New York, county of Manhattan.
BROCHURE PRINTING DISCLAIMER: The tour operator is not responsible for typographical or printing errors.
HOLIDAYS: During local or national holidays abroad, certain
facilities such as museums, sightseeing tours and shopping may be limited.
SUBSTITUTIONS: We reserve the right, in our discretion, to substitute cruise line, entertainment, hosts, entertainers, hotels, restaurants, party & banquet locations or other accommodations. We also reserve the right for good faith reasons to cancel any schedule tour. In such event, we cannot take responsibility for your having chosen to purchase a non-refundable airfare.
CRUISES: Cruise cabins are assigned within a general
cabin category on run-of-ship basis. HT cannot guarantee a specific assignment. Dining room seating will be done by the maitre d’hotel on board. HT will accept requests for dining time preferences.
SHIP SUBSTITUTIONS AND ITINERARY CHANGES: Cruise Lines reserve the right to substitute ships on any cruise, even at the last minute, based on decisions made by their senior manage- ment staff. Itinerary changes on any cruise are the sole respon- sibility of the cruise line and they may be implemented at the last minute based on factors determined by existing weather or traffic conditions. Homeric Tours as the Tour Operator cannot take any responsibility for ship substitutions or itinerary changes decided by a cruise line.
HANDICAPPED/ELDERLY PASSENGERS: Tour participants who require any form of assistance must be accompanied by a helper who is capable of and totally responsible for providing such as- sistance. Please note that some of our tours require a lot of walk- ing and moving around.
TIPPING: On land, tips are not included in any of the tour packages and are left at the discretion of each participant. We recommend $10.00-$12.00 dollar per day per person. Cruise tipping for Louis Cruises personnel is included in Homeric’s group proposal unless otherwise stated.
TOUR DOCUMENTS: Final documents are mailed, provided we have full payment and a signed contract, generally 30 days prior to departure date. One set of documents will be mailed per reservation. Documents may be sent to additional addresses for a $20 fee per address.
AIR-CONDITIONING: Please be advised that foreign air conditioning systems in public places, hotel and motorcoaches are not up to USA standards.
ACCEPTANCE: Payment of deposit or full payment shall be deemed as consent by the passenger/Group leader/agent to the above conditions.
WHEN AND HOW TO BOOK: Make your group reservations as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment. Reservations can be made through your local travel agent or by calling Homeric Tours group Dept:
HOMERIC TOURS, INC. 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 Tel: (212) 753-1100 ext. 619 (800) 223-5570 Fax: (212) 753-0319
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