Encounter Walking


Booking Conditions for Walking Holidays

Walking Holiday Booking Conditions

The following booking conditions, together with all information on your holiday contained in our quote are the basis of your contract with Encounter Walking Holidays. We have tried to make them clear and easy to understand so that you are able to see our respective rights and obligations for your booking.

How to Book

To make a booking please contact us or submit a quote request so that we can confirm the availability of your trip and the total price. Once we have confirmed price and availability we will send you full details and prices in our quote. To make the booking please follow the instructions on the quote to confirm dates and options and make the deposit payment requested. All our holidays are subject to the availability of the accommodation. Bank holidays and weekends are often busy, so please submit your booking request as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. Click here if you need more information on the booking process.

Prices

All advertised prices for accommodation are based on two people sharing a room. If you are a single traveller, a single occupancy supplement may be applied by your accommodation, which we will pass onto you, however this will be highlighted for you on our quote. Once your booking is confirmed by us we guarantee there will be no price alterations or surcharges unless changes are made to your holiday with your agreement or at your request.

Payments

Your invoice will have full details on how to make a deposit payment. We ask for a deposit payment when booking  with the balance to be paid 8 weeks before the start date of your holiday. We are happy to accept payment by cheque, bank transfer, Credit Card and UK issued Debit cards. There are no surcharges for the type of payment used.

A booking is confirmed between us once we have received your first payment. We will contact you when your balance payment is due with a balance invoice.

Holiday Information

Once we have received your deposit we will dispatch books and maps ordered to the address you have supplied. After your final payment, we will send your full, detailed itinerary for the holiday including full day by day details on your walking, your accommodation, directions on how to get here, what to bring and other useful local information.

If you wish to change your Booking

We will do our best to accommodate changes to your itinerary.  We won't charge for any minor changes of details. For more complex changes that you ask us to make, we will make an administration charge of £10 per hour of our work, to cover the time spent on any changes that are made after your initial booking has been completed.  If these involve changing accommodation bookings this will also incur any charges the accommodation apply for cancellation or altering of the previously booked dates. Please contact the office in the event of having to change your route / holiday dates and we can advise on what costs would be involved. Please also see the notes below about Travel Insurance which may well cover these costs if you have to change dates due to unforeseen circumstances.

If you wish to cancel your Booking

If you need to cancel your booking we require you to confirm this in writing (or by email) to our offices as soon as possible. In the unfortunate event of you deciding to cancel your holiday after booking, we operate an industry standard cancellation policy which is that the following charges will apply from the date that we receive your cancellation.

Cancellation Charges

If you decide to cancel your holiday for any reason the following charges will apply - see the section on Insurance Cover below, for details about protecting yourself from cancellation charges in the event of unforseen last minute cancellations or curtailments (ending your holiday early).

 If you Cancel  more than 8 weeks before arrival  Cancellation Charge - Deposit Only
 If you Cancel  less than 8 weeks before arrival  Cancellation Charge - 100% of total cost 

 

Insurance Cover Against Cancellation Charges

For your own protection, we require that all customers hold Holiday Insurance for their Holiday so that you are covered in case you need to cancel your holiday. In particular you need to make sure you have your own cover in case you decide to cancel your holiday or finish it early due to the ill health of you or anyone else connected to you. This insurance is vital to protect you against any losses you will incur if you have to cancel your holiday after booking it and it is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate. Basic travel insurance is cheap and easy to arrange and you find more details about insurance in our Frequently Asked Questions

You should also ensure that you are covered for loss of personal items or luggage and any illness or injury etc. Encounter Walking Holidays cannot accept responsibility for your cancellation, illness, injury or loss other than that caused by our proven negligence.

We will assist promptly with supporting information for any insurance claims you need to make in the event of cancellation so that you can claim a refund from your insurance company on monies paid.

Cancellations by Encounter Walking Holidays

For your peace of mind, none of our holidays require minimum numbers so that once we have accepted your booking your holiday will operate unless there are circumstances beyond our control.

In the unlikely event of us needing to cancel your holiday you will be able to choose to take an alternative holiday or receive a full refund.

Minor Alterations by Encounter Walking Holidays

It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements, but we do plan the arrangements many months in advance. Occasionally we may have to make changes to your holiday arrangements and we reserve the right to do so at any time. Examples of minor alterations would be the closure of a short section of path by the authorities or the closure of a particular accommodation requiring us to secure an alternative. Such changes will only ever be made to ensure your safety and or enjoyment. We will notify you of any minor alterations at the earliest possible date and ensure your booking is adjusted to provide you with the holiday itinerary you booked.

Major Alterations by Encounter Walking Holidays

If due to circumstances beyond our control, we needed to make a major alteration to your trip, such as changing your complete route or the dates the trip will run, you will be able to choose to accept the changes, or take an alternative holiday or receive a full refund.

We regret we cannot pay any expenses, costs or losses incurred by you as a result of any change or cancellation. No compensation will be payable 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.

Force majeure

We regret we cannot accept any liability or pay any compensation where your holiday is prevented or affected by, or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss as a result of force majeure. Force majeure means any event which we, or any or our suppliers, could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activities, industrial disputes, fire, epidemics and viral pandemics including footpath closures due to foot and mouth. Natural or nuclear disasters, adverse weather conditions and all similar events outside our control. Your Travel Insurance policy will state what cover they would or would not provide in these situations.

Luggage Transfers

Full details about luggage transfers are included with your walking holiday information but please be aware that for the health and safety of our staff the maximum weight allowed for any item of luggage is currently between 15 and 25KG depending on which route you are walking. We will advise you of the limit for your route in your quotation. Heavier items need to be split into 2 bags and we reserve the right to refuse to transport heavy items but will refund the costs to you. Any liability for loss or damage to luggage is limited to £200 per booking and only in the case of our negligence so we advise you do not put valuable items into luggage to be transferred or if you do, that you make sure your Travel Insurance policy covers them. Whilst every care and attention is taken to transport your luggage please note that on a walking holiday luggage will need to be transported by road and sometimes by hand into remote locations and we therefore advise against taking brand new or very expensive luggage items and suitcases.

Financial Protection - 

Encounter Walking Holidays are bound by and comply fully with the Package Holiday Travel Regulations 1992. For your financial security, the money from your deposit and final payments on holidays are protected in full by a Travel Agent Bond managed by ABTOT - The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust. 

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Encounter Walking Holidays Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled.  1 and 3 provides for repatriation.  Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Encounter Walking Holidays Ltd. 

E-mail

Wherever possible we will supply you with your invoice, correspondence and information using email as this helps to keep the prices of our trips down for you and also helps minimise our impact on the environment. However, if you are unable to receive information this way, we will use the normal postal service to get information to you.

Safety and Walking Route Advice

You must advise us about any medical conditions involving anyone in your group that may affect their ability to undertake a walking holiday.  In addition you must act sensibly and prudently at all times with regard to the safety of your group and of others and their property.

Your safety and enjoyment is of prime importance to us and we provide information for those booking about safety issues to be aware of on the walking route

We may provide advice about the routes and on general walking issues from time to time as required by you and this also appears in the supplied route descriptions, maps and guidebooks. Information or advice is given in good faith and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However remember that "advice" is just that and should be used for guidance only and should not be relied on alone for making personal decisions about walking.

Only you (the customer) with knowledge of the background details and abilities of your party and of any given situation whilst actually on holiday can decide if the advice or suggestions are relevant and safe for you and others in your party. In doing this you can take into account your own capabilities and specific factors such as the weather and conditions of the trails on any given date.

You retain liability for your own decisions and actions and for deciding on the merits or otherwise of acting on any advice from Encounter Walking in any given situation and in no event shall Encounter Walking Holidays be liable for any personal injury or any loss suffered as a result of, guidance, advice or information provided about walking routes.

Parental Responsibility

Parents or legal guardians of children under 18 undertake to take full responsibility and supervision of their children at all times. To satisfy current legislation, children under 18 will not be allowed to undertake Encounter Walking Holidays trips without their parent or legal guardian accompanying them.

Behaviour

When you book your holiday with us, you accept responsibility for the proper conduct of all members of your party during your holiday. We reserve the right at any time to terminate the stay of any party member(s) whose behaviour is, in the reasonable opinion of the accommodation provider or us, causing or likely to cause danger, upset or distress to anyone else or damage to property. Full cancellation charges will then apply and no refund will be given.

We are under no obligation whatsoever to pay compensation or meet any costs or expenses (including but not limited to alternative accommodation) you may incur as a result of your stay being terminated. If you cause damage to the accommodation in which you are staying, you must fully reimburse the accommodation supplier concerned for the cost of the damage before the end of your stay and you must indemnify us for the full amount of any claim (including legal costs) made against us by the accommodation supplier or any third party as a result.

Complaints

If you do have any problems concerning your trip or break you should contact us immediately on the telephone numbers provided with your booking information sheet as we will do our best to resolve the situation immediately. If we are unable to do this, complaints should be put in writing to our office as soon as is reasonably practical and in any case within 14 days of the end of the trip or short break.

All matters arising from your contract with us are governed by English Law and are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

If you want further explanation of any of the detail in these terms and conditions please do not hesitate to contact us and we will help. They are not designed to confuse you but to make sure both we and you understand who is responsible for what in relation to your holiday booking !

Encounter Walking Holidays Ltd

Registered Company Address: The Elms, 12 Cott Rd, Lostwithiel, Cornwall PL22 0ET

Registered in England No: 8227323
VAT Registration No: 138 8656 68 

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