UK Booking Conditions
The Booking Conditions in place when you make your booking will apply to your trip. If you are rebooking a trip with a credit voucher you will be agreeing to the most current version of the Booking Conditions in place when you rebook.
These Booking Conditions apply to bookings made within the United Kingdom.
Please read and understand the conditions of booking set out below (Booking Conditions) prior to booking a trip with us as they set out your legal rights and obligations in relation to your booking.
Please also read the Essential Trip Information and Important Notes relating to your trip prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the trip you are undertaking. The Essential Trip Information and Important Notes relevant to your Trip are located on our website.
For any additional terms that may apply to your trip please also see the Special Conditions.
Your attention is particularly drawn to the following clauses which contain important information about your rights and the extent of our liability to you: 7 (Cancellation by you), 8 (Cancellations or changes by us), 10 (Amendments by you), 20 (Our responsibility for the performance of your package), and 21 (Price Reduction and Compensation for Damages).
1. Our contract
Your booking is made with Intrepid Travel Group UK Limited (01826936) who is the organiser of your package and general sales agent on behalf of Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 35 007 172 456) (us/we/our). Any indirect bookings made via a third-party agent, are made with Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 35 007 172 456.)
By booking a trip with us you have agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions set out in:
(a) these Booking Conditions;
(b) Essential Trip Information and Important Notes that apply to your trip; and
(c) any Special Conditions that may apply,
(all of which constitutes the entire agreement between you and us).
Your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation invoice. In these Booking Conditions references to "you" and "your" include the first named person on the booking and all persons on whose behalf a booking is made or any other person to whom a booking is added or transferred.
3. Deposit requirement
You are required to pay a deposit for your booking. You are required to pay a deposit of GBP200 per person per trip, unless otherwise stated in the Special Conditions. If your booking is made within 56 days of the departure date then the full amount is payable at the time of booking. Deposit amounts vary for selected trips and special campaigns that may be run by us from time to time, as set out in and subject to the Special Conditions.
4. Acceptance of booking and final payments
If we accept your booking, we will issue you with a booking confirmation invoice. A contract will exist between you and us from the date we issue the confirmation. Please refer to your booking confirmation invoice for details regarding final payments. Payment of the balance of the trip price is due 56 days before the departure date, except as otherwise set out in the Special Conditions. If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and any cancellation charges outlined at clause 7 (Cancellation by You) will apply.
5. Prices and surcharges
Our advertised trip prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practice within the travel industry. This means our trip prices may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability. It is likely that different passengers on the same trip have been charged different prices. Your best option if you like the price you see is to book at that time.
Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after we have confirmed your booking (in accordance with clause 4 (Acceptance of booking and final payments)) will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply as set out below in clause 7 (Cancellation by You).
The most up to date pricing is available on our website. Prices are based on currency exchange rates as of June 2023; note that prices may vary depending on which currency the booking is made. We endeavour to ensure that all pricing and other information on our website is accurate. However, it is always possible that, despite our efforts, there may be times when obvious errors occur such as the price or some other detail displayed being incorrect. We reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time prior to us sending your booking confirmation invoice.
We reserve the right to change the price of your trip after we have issued our booking confirmation invoice in order to pass on to you changes in: (i) the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from the cost of fuel or other power sources; (ii) the level of taxes or fees on the travel services included in your booking imposed by third parties not directly involved in the performance of your trip, including tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports; or (iii) the exchange rates relevant to your trip. We will only be able to change the price in this way if we notify you of any price increase at least 20 days before the start of your package, together with a calculation and an explanation for this change. In such instances we will be responsible for and absorb any increase up to 2% of the trip price and you will be responsible for the amount over and above that. If any price increase results in an increase of more than 8% of the trip price you may: (i) accept and pay for the price increase, (ii) cancel the booking and obtain a full refund; or (iii) cancel the booking, obtain a full refund and change to an alternative holiday, if available and offered by us. You must tell us of your decision within 7 days of us notifying you of the price increase. If we do not hear from you within this timeframe, we shall send a reminder to you, following which we shall be entitled to terminate the booking and provide you with a refund. If you decide to reject the price increase and cancel the booking with a full refund, you may also be entitled to compensation in accordance with paragraph 21 below.
Should the cost of your trip decrease due to the changes mentioned above then you will be entitled to a price reduction for your trip. We will be entitled to deduct our administrative expenses of this process, for which we will provide a breakdown if you ask.
Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased by us in local currency and so changes in exchange rates may have no impact on the cost of your trip due to the arrangements we have in place. Air Passenger Duty is included in the price of your air inclusive trip. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to a purchase made by credit card or through Paypal.
6. Your details
7. Cancellation by you
If you cancel some or all portions of your booking the cancellation terms set out below will apply. A cancellation will only be effective once your sales representative has received written confirmation from you that you wish to cancel.
The deposit and all other payments for the trip that we have received from you will be put towards the cancellation fees detailed below. In the event that you do cancel your booking , and the amount you have already paid does not cover the cancellation fees set out below, you must pay any difference between the amount you have paid and the cancellation fee applied. In accepting these Booking Conditions you give your authority for us to automatically charge the payment card used by you when securing the booking (or any other card used by you in connection with this booking) at that time.
If you cancel a trip:
(a) 56 days or more prior to departure, we will hold your deposit amount as a credit (Deposit Credit);
(b) between 31 and 55 days prior to departure, we charge a cancellation fee of 30% of the total booking cost;
(c) between 30 and 15 days prior to departure, we charge a cancellation fee of 60% of the total booking cost; or
(d) 14 days or fewer prior to departure, we charge a cancellation fee of 100% of the booking cost.
Any Deposit Credit may not be applied to the same or similar dates of travel.
Note that different cancellation conditions apply to some styles of trips and additional services as set out in the Special Conditions and the Essential Trip Information relating to your trip. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking.
If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a trip, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. The above cancellation terms are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third-party tour and transport operator fees. Should one or more member of a party cancel, it may increase the per person holiday price of those still travelling and you will be liable to pay this increase.
8. Cancellation or changes by us
Minimum Group size: Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid customer unless minimum group size is specifically stated on the trip page or on our website, and subject to reasonable itinerary changes as described in these Booking Conditions. If the minimum group size is not met we may (i) cancel your booking and provide you with a full refund or (ii) amend the itinerary. A change to the itinerary may be a Minor Change or a Significant Change, for which see below.
From time to time we may need to make a change to your booking and we reserve the right to do so at any time.
Minor Changes: Most changes are ‘Minor Changes’ which we are permitted to make without incurring any liability to you. A Minor Change may include, for example, but is not limited to: any change to a route and/or stopping points, a change of accommodation to another of the same or better standard with the same main features in the same destination, or changes to services available at your accommodation. A change of flight time by less than 12 hours or a change of airline or aircraft will also usually be a Minor Change.
Significant Changes: Occasionally we may need to make a ‘Significant Change' that we are constrained to make to the main characteristics of your booking, or where we cannot fulfil any of your special requirements which we have accepted. A Significant Change could include a change affecting at least one day in five of the itinerary, a change of accommodation to a different area/resort or to that of a lower standard for the whole or a significant part of your trip. It may also include a change of flight departure time (or the commencement of another part of your trip) by more than 12 hours.
If we must make a Significant Change, we will tell you as soon as possible and you will have the option of:
a) accepting the proposed change. If this results in a booking or trip of lower quality or cost, you may be entitled to a price reduction in accordance with clause 21 below; or
b) rejecting the proposed change and cancelling your booking with a full refund of monies paid; or
c) rejecting the proposed change, cancelling your booking and making an alternative booking if we offer this. If you decide to take an alternative booking, we will inform you of its impact on the price of your booking. If the alternative booking is of a lower quality or cost, you may be entitled to a price reduction in accordance with clause 21 below.
Cancellation: On rare occasions we may have to cancel your booking (for reasons other than those set out at clause 9), and we reserve the right to do so. If we must cancel, we will notify you as soon as possible. We will also offer you an alternative booking if we are able to do so, and inform you of its impact on the price of your trip. If the alternative booking is of a lower quality or cost, you may be entitled to a price reduction in accordance with clause 21 below. If we cannot offer you an alternative, or even if you just prefer, we will provide you with a full refund of any payments made for the booking.
We will tell you the procedure for making your choice. Please read any notification carefully and respond promptly as if you do not respond to us within the timescale given your booking may be cancelled.
If you choose to accept a refund we will provide a full refund of your travel insurance premiums if you paid them to us and can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy.
We will not pay you compensation and the options set out above will not be available if we make any change or cancel as a result of your failure to make full payment on time or where the change(s) or cancellation by us arises out of alterations to the confirmed booking requested by you.
Important Note regarding credit:
In place of a refund, we may offer you the choice of a credit voucher instead of a cash refund when you are entitled to a full or partial refund. Unless specified otherwise in the Special Conditions, any credit issued to you:
- does not have an expiry date;
- may be applied towards any other available trip offered by us, except in the case of Deposit Credits which may not be applied to the same or similar dates of travel of the original booking;
- is not transferrable to another person or redeemable for cash;
- may not be used to book flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions; and
- in the unlikely event of Intrepid’s insolvency, the credit will not be protected by ABTA’s scheme of financial protection but may be protected under your credit or debit card chargeback rights. Upon rebooking a trip using credit, please see clause 25(Financial Protection) for information about what consumer protection will apply to this booking.
9. Cancellation by You or Us due to Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances:
In addition to the cancellation rights set out above, you have the right to cancel your confirmed holiday before departure, and we may be required to cancel your trip in the event of “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” occurring at your holiday destination or its immediate vicinity and significantly affecting the performance of the holiday or significantly affecting the transport arrangements to the destination.
In these circumstances, we shall provide you with a full refund of the monies you have paid but we will not be liable to pay you any additional compensation (provided we have notified you without undue delay before the start of your trip).
For the purposes of this clause 9, “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances” means any event beyond our or our suppliers’ control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. Examples include warfare, acts of terrorism (and threat thereof), industrial disputes, labour strikes, fire, chemical or biological disaster, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination or remain at the destination.
When determining whether or not cancellation rights for unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances have arisen, we consider the advice of national authorities such as where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel to your destination or its immediate vicinity. Please visit the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (“FCDO”) website to review the latest travel advice about your destination. However, this is not the only factor we take into account in determining whether these cancellation rights have arisen.
Except as set out in these Booking Conditions, we and our suppliers have no responsibility or liability to you for any failure to perform, or a delay in performing, any obligations owed to you which are caused by unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances.
Please note that there is no automatic statutory right of cancellation under the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.
10. Booking amendments by you and transfers of bookings
Transfers to a third party are only permitted when operationally possible and where the transferee meets all the requirements in relation to the trip. You and the transferee will be jointly and individually liable for full payment of any balance due to be paid and any fees, charges or other costs arising from the transfer. We shall notify you of these costs upon receipt of your request to transfer. No amendments are permitted to your booking within 56 days of departure.
However, if you or any member of your party is prevented from travelling, that person(s) may transfer their place to someone else, subject to the following conditions:
(a) that person is introduced by you and satisfies all the conditions applicable to the holiday;
(b) we are notified not less than 7 days before departure;
(c) you pay any outstanding balance payment, as well as any additional fees, charges or other costs arising from the transfer which we will notify you of on your request to transfer; and
(d) the transferee agrees to these booking conditions and all other terms of the contract between us.
You and the transferee will be jointly and individually liable for payment of all sums. If you are unable to find a replacement, any cancellation charges set out in clause 7(Cancellation by you) will apply. Otherwise, no refunds will be given for passengers not travelling or for unused services.
If you wish to make a change to your booking after we have issued our booking confirmation invoice, please contact us. We will try to accommodate your request but do not have a legal obligation to do so. Please understand that it is often not possible for us to as changes may depend on availability and the terms and conditions of our suppliers. Change fees may be payable in some circumstances.
Important Note: Certain arrangements may not be amended or transferred after they have been confirmed and any alteration could incur a cancellation fee of up to 100% of that part of the trip.
The land price of your trip includes:
- all accommodation as listed in the Essential Trip Information
- all transport listed in the Essential Trip Information
- sightseeing and meals as listed in the Essential Trip Information
- the services of a group leader as described in the Essential Trip Information
The land price of your trip does not include:
- international or internal flights unless specified
- airport transfers, taxes and excess baggage charges unless specified
- meals other than those specified in the Essential Trip Information
- visa and passport fees
- travel insurance
- optional activities and all personal expenses
13. Age & Health requirements
Minimum Age: For the majority of our trips the minimum age is 15 at the time of travel. All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian, or in lieu of a legal guardian, by an escort over the age of 18, appointed by their legal guardian. The legal guardian or their designee will be responsible for the traveller under the age of 18’s day to day care. If a legal guardian elects to designate an escort in their lieu, they will be required to complete and sign a relevant document, to delegate their authority.
Maximum Age: For the majority of our trips we have no upper age limit though we remind you that our trips can be physically demanding and passengers must ensure that they are suitably fit to allow full participation. We can provide details on mandatory health requirements; however, we are not medical experts. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain proper and detailed medical advice at least two months prior to travel for the latest health requirements and recommendations for your destination.
Please refer to the Special Conditions and the Essential Trip Information that relates to your trip.
14. Additional terms
For additional terms that apply to certain trips, please see the Special Conditions.
Due to the nature of some of our trips, in addition to these Booking Conditions, you may be required to sign and submit a separate waiver, different terms and/ or a release form to a third-party supplier who is helping to run your trip. Specifically, the ground suppliers of our trips in North America require a waiver to be agreed and signed by you on day 1 of your trip, in order to meet their insurance requirements. A copy of this waiver can be provided to you prior to departure on request.
To the extent there are any inconsistencies between the terms of these Booking Conditions and the supplemental waiver, the terms of these Booking Conditions shall prevail and supersede any supplemental waiver. We reserve the right to deny participation to You if you have not signed a waiver.
15. Passport and visas
We will provide information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip.
It is your responsibility to obtain information and to have in your possession all the required documentation and identification required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. This includes a valid passport and all travel documents required by us and/ or the relevant governmental authorities including all visas, permits and certificates (including but not limited to vaccination or medical certificates) and insurance policies. Your passport must be valid 6 months after the last date of travel with us as set out on your itinerary.
You accept full responsibility for obtaining all such documents, visas and permits prior to the start of the trips, and you are solely responsible for all of the costs you incur as a result of missing or defective documentation. You also agree that you are responsible for the full amount of any loss or expense incurred by us that is a direct result of your failure to secure or be in possession of proper travel documentation.
16. Travel insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory for all our travellers and must be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 (or GBP equivalent) for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide your travel insurance policy number and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number on the first day of your trip; you will not be able to join the trip without these details. If you have travel insurance connected to your credit card or bank account please ensure you have details of the participating insurer, the insurance policy number and emergency contact number with you rather than the bank's name and credit card details.
17. Change of itinerary
You appreciate and acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives. The itinerary provided for each trip is representative of the types of activities contemplated, but it is understood that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration sometimes without prior notice due to local circumstances or events.
While we endeavour to operate all trips as described we reserve the right to change the trip itinerary, which may be before or after your departure. We will notify you of any changes to the itinerary.
Before departure: If we make a Significant Change, the ‘Significant Change’ section in clause 8 (Cancellation or changes by us) above will apply.
After departure: We reserve the right to change an itinerary after departure due to local circumstances or events outside of our control. Where this occurs, we will, make alternative arrangements for you at no extra charge. If the alternative arrangements are of a lower quality you will be entitled to a price reduction in accordance with clause 21 below and you may be entitled to compensation for any damage you sustain as a result of the package being changed.
18. Authority on tour
Our trips are generally run by group leaders, local representatives, crews or skippers (Leaders). The decision of the Leader is final on all matters likely to affect the safety or well-being of any traveller or staff member participating in the trip. If you fail to comply with a decision made by a Leader, interfere with the well-being of the group or our ability to run a trip as planned, the Leader may direct you to leave the trip immediately, with no right of refund. We may also elect not to carry you on any future trips booked. You must at all times comply with the laws, customs, foreign exchange and drug regulations of all countries visited, and you also agree to travel in accordance with our Responsible Travel Guidelines.
19. Acceptance of risk
You acknowledge that the nature of the trip may be adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You may be visiting places where the political, cultural and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives.
You acknowledge that you are choosing to travel at a time where you may be exposed to the COVID-19 virus. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure your safety and may require you to follow additional safety protocols on your trip.
We use information from government foreign departments and reports from our own contacts in assessing whether the itinerary should operate. However, it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all relevant travel information, including applicable health risks, and the nature of your itinerary. You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you are aware of the personal risks attendant upon such travel. To the fullest extent permitted by law, we accept no liability in relation to these additional risks.
20. Limitation of liability
To the extent applicable, when you book directly through Intrepid, we will accept responsibility for the arrangements we agree to provide or arrange for you as an “organiser” under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 (UK) (PTR).
For direct bookings, as the organiser, we are responsible for the performance of all travel services included in your package, which are set out in your booking confirmation invoice.
You must inform us without undue delay of any failure to perform or improper performance of the travel services included in your package (Failure). This will give us the opportunity to resolve the Failure whilst you are on your trip. If we refuse to do so, or if it is necessary to remedy the Failure immediately, then you may resolve the Failure yourself and request reimbursement of reasonable expenses from us. However, these rights will not arise if remedying the Failure is impossible or entails disproportionate costs. In that case, your only right will be to seek a price reduction or compensation in accordance with clause 21.
When alternative arrangements may be offered
If a significant portion of your package cannot be provided as agreed in the booking, we shall offer, at no extra cost to you, suitable alternative arrangements for the continuation of your trip. The alternative arrangements shall, where possible, be of equivalent or higher quality than those specified in your booking. Where they are of lower quality you will be entitled to a price reduction as described in clause 21 below.
You may only reject the alternative arrangements we offer to you if they are not comparable to what was agreed in your booking or if the price reduction is inadequate. If you do reject the alternative arrangements, or if we are not able to offer them, then you may, where appropriate, be entitled to a price reduction and/or compensation in accordance with clause 21.
Remedy for a Failure
If a Failure substantially affects the performance of your package, and we have failed to remedy it within a reasonable period of time, you may decide to continue with your trip or terminate your booking without paying a termination fee.
If you decide to terminate, then if your package included carriage to the destination, we will also repatriate you with equivalent transport without undue delay back to your place of departure and at no extra cost to you. You may, where appropriate, be entitled to a price reduction and/or compensation in accordance with clause 21.
Additional accommodation in the event of Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances
Where it is impossible for you to return to your departure point as per the agreed return date of your package, due to “unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances”, we shall provide you with any necessary accommodation (where possible, of a comparable standard) for a period not exceeding three nights per person. Please note that the 3-night cap does not apply to persons with reduced mobility, pregnant women or unaccompanied minors, nor to persons needing specific medical assistance, provided we have been notified of these particular needs at least 48 hours before the start of your holiday.
If a longer period of accommodation than that referred to above is provided for in Passenger Rights Legislation (as described in the Package Travel Regulations) concerning your mode of return transport, or such legislation does not allow the transport provider to limit its obligations as described above in the event of unavoidable or extraordinary circumstances, then the limits set out in such legislation will apply instead.
The level of any such price reduction or compensation will be calculated taking into consideration all relevant factors such as but not limited to: whether the complaints procedure as described in these Booking Conditions was followed and the extent to which ours or our employees’ or suppliers’ negligence affected the overall enjoyment of your holiday. Please note that it is your responsibility to show that we or our supplier(s) have been negligent if you wish to make a claim against us.
21. Price Reduction and Compensation for Damages
You will be entitled to an appropriate price reduction for any period during which there is a Failure (as described in clause 20 above), unless the Failure is attributable to you.
You shall be entitled to receive appropriate compensation from us for any damage you sustain as a result of a Failure except where the Failure is:
i. attributable to you;
ii. attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of the services included in your package and the event is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or
iii. due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances .
Where your trip arrangements involve travel by air, rail or sea, or hotel accommodation: the compensation is limited by the following international conventions respectively: Warsaw Convention as amended 1955 and Montreal Convention 1999 (travel by air), Berne Convention 1961 and COTIF 1999 (travel by rail) Athens Convention 1974 (travel by sea) and Paris Convention 1962 (provision of accommodation). We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of right to claim or compensation contained in these or any conventions. We can provide copies of these conventions from our offices upon request. In addition, you agree that the operating carrier or transport company's own 'Conditions of Carriage' will apply to you on that journey. When arranging transportation for you, we rely on the terms and conditions contained within these international conventions and those 'Conditions of Carriage'. You acknowledge that all of the terms and conditions contained in those 'Conditions of Carriage' form part of your contract with us, as well as with the transport company and that those 'Conditions of Carriage' shall be deemed to be included by reference into this contract. In any circumstances in which a carrier is liable to you by virtue of UK (EU) 261/2004 (denied boarding and flight disruption), any liability we may have to you under our contract with you, arising out of the same facts, is limited to the remedies provided under the regulation as if (for this purpose only) we were a carrier. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the transport provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question.
Our liability to you in connection with your Package shall be limited to a maximum of three (3) times the price paid except in cases involving death, injury or illness where we or the travel service providers have caused such damage intentionally or with negligence. In the case of damaged property, our liability is limited to a maximum amount equal to the amount paid by or on behalf of the owner of the property. In all cases we specifically exclude all liability for indirect or consequential loss or expense including loss of profits and in all cases our liability will be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to the contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements.
You agree to assign to us your rights against any agent, supplier or sub-contractor which is in any way responsible for the unsatisfactory arrangements or your death or personal injury and you must provide us and our insurers with all assistance we may reasonably require. You must notify any claim to us strictly in accordance with the complaints procedure set out in these Booking Conditions.
Flight Notice, Flight Information and Flight “Blacklist”.
This notice is required by and The Air Passenger Rights and Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 and European Community Regulation (EC) No.889/2002. This notice cannot be used as a basis for a claim for compensation, nor to interpret the provisions of the Regulation or the Montréal Convention, and it does not form part of the contract between the carrier(s), us and you, nor part of a claim. No representation is made by the carrier(s) or us as to the accuracy of the contents of this notice.
Air carrier liability for passengers and their baggage:
This information notice summarises the liability rules applied by UK air carriers as required by the legislation and the Montréal Convention.
Compensation in the case of death or injury: There are no financial limits to the liability for passenger injury or death. For damages, up to 100,000 SDRs (approximately £80,000 ), the air carrier cannot contest claims for compensation. Above that amount, the air carrier can defend itself against a claim by proving that it was not negligent or otherwise at fault.
Advance payments: If a passenger is killed or injured, the air carrier must make an advance payment, to cover immediate economic needs, within 15 days from the identification of the person entitled to compensation. In the event of death, this advance payment shall not be less than 16000 SDRs (approximately £13,000).
Passenger delays: In case of passenger delay, the air carrier is liable for damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures. The liability for passenger delay is limited to 4150 SDRs (approximately £3,300).
Baggage delays: In case of baggage delay, the air carrier is liable for damage unless it took all reasonable measures to avoid the damage or it was impossible to take such measures. The liability for baggage delay is limited to 1000 SDRs (approximately £800).
Destruction, loss or damage to baggage: The air carrier is liable for destruction, loss or damage to baggage up to 1000 SDRs (approximately £800) In the case of checked baggage, it is liable even if not at fault unless the baggage was defective. In the case of unchecked baggage, the carrier is liable only if at fault.
Higher limits for baggage: A passenger can benefit from a higher liability limit by making a special declaration at the latest at check-in and by paying a supplementary fee.
Complaints on baggage: If the baggage is damaged, delayed, lost or destroyed, the passenger must write and complain to the air carrier, or other transport provider, as soon as possible. In the case of damage to checked baggage, the passenger must write and complain within seven days, and in the case of delay within 21 days, in both cases from the date on which the baggage was placed at the passenger’s disposal.
Liability of contracting and actual carriers: If the air carrier actually performing the flight is not the same as the contracting air carrier, the passenger has the right to address a complaint or to make a claim for damages against either. If the name or code of an air carrier is indicated on the ticket, that air carrier is the contracting air carrier.
The time limit for action: Any action in court to claim damages must be brought within two years from the date of arrival of the aircraft, or from the date on which the aircraft ought to have arrived.
The basis for the information. The basis for the rules described above is the Montreal Convention of 28 May 1999, which is implemented in the United Kingdom in respect of UK air carriers.
The UK Air Safety List contains a list of foreign airlines which do not fulfil the necessary international safety standards: https://www.caa.co.uk/commercial-industry/airlines/licensing/requirements-and-guidance/third-country-operator-certificates/. Equally, in accordance with EU directive (EC) no. 2111/2005, Article 9 (as enacted in English law), we are required to bring to your attention the existence of a ‘CAA list’ which contains details of air carriers that are subject to an operating ban within the UK. This list is available for inspection at https://www.caa.co.uk/Data-and-analysis/Safety-and-security/Banned-airlines-list. We are required to advise you of the actual carrier operating your flight/connecting flight/transfer. We do this by listing carriers to be used or likely to be used on our confirming documents. The airline may use wide and narrow-body jets. 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. Any change in the identity of the airline, flight timings and/or aircraft type will not entitle you to cancel or change to other flight arrangements without paying charges, except where specified.
Flight times can change for a number of different reasons. You should always look to reconfirm your flights 48 hours prior to departure to ensure that no changes to your flight schedule have occurred.
22. Optional activities
Optional activities not included in the trip price do not form part of the trip or this contract. You accept that any assistance, recommendations or advice, given by your group leader or local representative in arranging optional activities (including before or after a trip) does not render us liable for them in any way. The contract for the provision of that activity will be between you and the activity provider.
23. Claims & complaints
If you have a complaint about your trip you must inform your group leader or our local representative at the time so that they can attempt to rectify the matter. If you believe that your complaint has not been resolved through these means then any further complaint should be put in writing to us within 30 days of the end of the trip through our General Enquiries page. Failure to follow the procedure set out in this clause 23 may affect ours and the applicable supplier’s ability to investigate your complaint, and will affect your rights under these Booking Conditions. If we can’t resolve your complaint, you can go to Citizens’ Advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
We are also a Member of ABTA, membership number Y0766. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we can’t resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com.
Please see clause 25 (Financial protection – ABTOT and ATOL) for more detail about how to make a claim in the unlikely event of Intrepid’s insolvency.
In the event that any term or condition contained in these Booking Conditions is unenforceable or void by operation of law or as being against public policy or for any other reason then such term or condition shall be deemed to be severed from this contract or amended accordingly only to such extent necessary to allow all remaining terms and conditions to survive and continue as binding.
25. Financial protection – ABTOT and ATOL
The PTR require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays directly booked from us and for your repatriation in the event of our insolvency.
Non-flight inclusive packages: ABTOT
In accordance with customer protection policy for insolvency cover in respect of the PTRs,
If you booked directly with Intrepid your booking is protected for the initial deposit, and subsequently for all monies paid to us, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangement due to the insolvency of Intrepid.
There is no financial protection for trips lasting less than 24 hours which do not include accommodation, or for the individual elements of your trip if they are booked separately.
Customer aware: Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection for your booking for non-flight inclusive packages. This protection is only valid for customers for whom we are the organiser and who have booked and paid directly to Intrepid. If you have booked and/ or paid directly to a third-party travel agent for a holiday with Intrepid please request proof of how the booking is secured as this will not be covered by ABTOT in this instance.
This protection has been arranged by ABTOT. For more information please go to https://www.abtot.com/
In the unlikely event of Intrepid’s insolvency, protection is provided for non-flight packages and linked travel arrangements sold to customers in the UK booked with Intrepid. ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if transportation was included in your package. If you would like to make a claim, you must notify ABTOT as soon as practicable giving full details of what has happened quoting the name of your travel operator. Please call ABTOT’s 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company. In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call ABTOT’s 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company.
You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/634/contents/made
You can find out more about ABTOT here: https://www.abtot.com/
If, despite our best efforts and having followed the above procedure for reporting and resolving your complaint, you feel that it has not been satisfactorily settled, we recommend that it is referred for arbitration under the ABTOT Travel Industry Arbitration Service. An Independent Arbitrator will review the documents relating to any complaint and deliver a binding decision to bring the matter to a close. A fee is payable by each party when an application for arbitration is submitted.
Details of this scheme are available from The Travel Industry Arbitration Service, administered by Dispute Settlement Services Limited:
Dispute Settlement Services
9 Savill Road
This scheme cannot however decide in cases where the sums claimed exceed £5,000 per person or £10,000 per booking form, or not solely or mainly in respect of physical injury or illness or the consequences of such injury or illness, or solely or mainly in respect of a discrimination claim or any claim under the Equality Act.
Flight inclusive packages: ATOL
Some of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on our website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on our website. We will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service offered before you make your booking.
We provide you with financial protection for any flight-inclusive package or flight that you buy from us by way of our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL) number 6352 administered by the Civil Aviation Authority Gatwick Airport South, West Sussex, RH6 0YR, UK, telephone 0333 103 6350, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (CAA). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. If you do not buy an ATOL certificate, then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL certificate but all parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. The ATOL Certificate will advise where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.caa.co.uk. The price of our flight inclusive arrangements includes the amount of £2.50 per person as part of the ATOL Protection Contribution (APC) we pay to the CAA. This charge is included in our advertised prices. Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL Scheme. ATOL protection extends primarily to customers who book and pay in the United Kingdom.
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 or a suitable alternative (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 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 to arise 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.
When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday, all money accepted from you by a travel agent acting as our agent is held by that agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust at all times, but subject to the agent’s obligation to pay it to us for so long as we do not fail. If we do fail, any money held at that time by the agent, or subsequently accepted from you by the agent, is and continues to be held by that agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to us.
When you buy arrangements other than an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday, all money accepted from you by a travel agent acting as our agent is held by that agent on our behalf at all times.
If you book arrangements other than an ATOL protected flight or a package holiday, the financial protection referred to above does not apply.
26. Delays and missed transport arrangements
If you or any member of your party miss your flight or another transport arrangement, it is cancelled or you are subject to a delay of over 3 hours for any reason, you must contact us and the airline or other transport supplier concerned immediately.
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 UK airports and will also be available from airlines. If the airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Civil Aviation Authority at www.caa.co.uk/passengers. If your flights are not included in the package booked with us, , 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 your flights are included in the package you have booked with us and for any reason, you do not claim against the airline and make a claim for compensation from us, you must, at the time of payment of any compensation to you, make a complete assignment to us of the rights you have against the airline in relation to the claim that gives rise to that compensation payment. A delay or cancellation to your flight does not automatically entitle you to cancel any other arrangements even where those arrangements have been made in conjunction with your flight.
27. Prompt assistance
If, whilst you are on the tour, you find yourself in difficulty for any reason, we will offer you such prompt assistance as is appropriate in the circumstances. In particular, we will provide you with appropriate information on health services, local authorities and consular assistance, and assistance with distance communications and finding alternative travel arrangements. Where you require the assistance which is not owing to any failure by us, our employees or sub-contractors we will not be liable for the costs of any alternative travel arrangements or other such assistance you require. Any supplier, airline or another transport supplier may, however, pay for or provide refreshments and/or appropriate accommodation and you should make a claim directly to them. Subject to the other terms of these Booking Conditions, we will not be liable for any costs, fees or charges you incur in the above circumstances if you fail to obtain our prior authorisation before making your own travel arrangements. Furthermore, we reserve the right to charge you a fee for our assistance in the event that the difficulty is caused intentionally by you or a member of your party, or otherwise through your or your party’s negligence.
28. Applicable law
The laws of England and Wales govern these Booking Conditions to the fullest extent allowable. Nothing in these Booking Conditions, including this clause 28, affects your rights as a consumer to rely on any applicable local laws.
29. Assignment and Registered address
Other than in respect of our responsibilities as an organiser, we can assign or otherwise transfer any of our rights or obligations under these Booking Conditions, including novation to a related body corporate in our sole discretion on written notice to you. Registered address for Intrepid Travel Group UK Limited: 4th Floor, Piano House, Brighton Terrace, Brixton, London, United Kingdom, SW9 8DJ.
Registered Address of Intrepid Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 35 007 172 456) Level 7, 567 Collins St, Melbourne VIC, 3000, Australia.
30. Promotional terms
From time to time, we may run promotions and special offers (Promotions) on our website which are subject to both these Booking Conditions and any additional promotion-specific terms which are incorporated into these Booking Conditions by reference. You should ensure that you read the specific conditions that apply to each Promotion.
Promotions are available for a limited time, as defined on our website. We reserve the right to cancel or change any Promotion at any time in our discretion. By purchasing a trip on a promotional basis, you agree and accept the terms that apply to the applicable Promotion. In the event of any inconsistencies between these Booking Conditions and the Promotional terms, the Promotional terms apply to your booking.
Standard Information Form on Traveller’s Rights when booking a Package Holiday
Part 1: General
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 UK rights applying to packages. We, will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole.
More information on key rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 can be found below.
Part 2: Key rights under the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018
- Travellers will receive all essential information about the package before concluding the package travel contract.
- There is always at least one trader who is liable for the proper performance of all the travel services included in the contract.
- Travellers are given an emergency number or details of a contact point where they can get in touch with the organiser or travel agent.
- Travellers may transfer the package to another person, on reasonable notice and possibly subject to additional costs.
- The price of the package may only be increased if specific costs rise (for instance fuel prices), and if expressly provided for in the contract, and in any event not later than 20 days before the start of the package. If the price increase exceeds 8% of the price of the package, the traveller may terminate the contract. If the organiser reserves the right to a price increase, the traveller has a right to a price reduction if there is a decrease in the relevant costs.
- Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee and get a full refund of any payments if any of the essential elements of the package, other than the price, are changed significantly. If before the start of the package the trader responsible for the package cancels the package, travellers are entitled to a refund and compensation where appropriate.
- Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee before the start of the package in the event of exceptional circumstances, for instance if there are serious security problems at the destination which are likely to affect the package.
- Additionally, travellers may at any time before the start of the package terminate the contract in return for an appropriate and justifiable termination fee.
- If, after the start of the package, significant elements of the package cannot be provided as agreed, suitable alternative arrangements will have to be offered to the traveller at no extra cost. Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee, where services are not performed in accordance with the contract and this substantially affects the performance of the package and the organiser fails to remedy the problem.
- Travellers are also entitled to a price reduction or compensation for damages or both where the travel services are not performed or are improperly performed.
- The organiser has to provide assistance if the traveller is in difficulty.
- If the organiser, which if applicable could be a third party agent if booked indirectly, becomes insolvent, payments will be refunded. If the organiser or, where applicable, the retailer becomes insolvent after the start of the package and if transport is included in the package, repatriation of the travellers is secured. We have insolvency protection for our flight-inclusive package holidays by way of its Air Travel Organiser’s (ATOL) number 6352 administered by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Gatwick Airport South, West Sussex, RH6 0YR, UK, telephone 0333 103 6350, email: email@example.com, and for non-flight packages (booked directly with us) by way of insolvency insurance covered provided by ABTOT, as recognised by ABTA Ltd. Travellers may contact the CAA or ABTOT if services are denied because of our insolvency.
Part 3: The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 can be found here: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/634/contents/made