Terms and Conditions
We know that your holiday is very important to you and it is also extremely important to us, since we want you to enjoy it and to book again with us in the future. Please therefore spend some time reading carefully the following booking terms and conditions, as they form the basis of your contract with us.
These terms and conditions apply to all tours provided by Alison Weir Tours Limited (AWT, "we", "our"). By booking with AWT you are confirming that you ("you", "your", "the participant") have read and agreed the following terms and conditions:
To complete registration AWT requires:
By submitting a booking form online or by returning a signed booking form by mail you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the following terms and conditions
Insurance and personal responsibility
You must have your own personal travel insurance to cover you for flight delays, lost baggage, cancellations, medical problems, illness, accidents and unforeseen events. AWT shall not be responsible for any missed flights or other emergencies. AWT does not offer any travel insurance or cancellation insurance.
AWT shall not be held responsible for, or liable for, any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any coach company, hotel, restaurant or other provider who provides services to AWT.
AWT shall not be held responsible or liable for any loss or damage (including, but not limited to, additional travel expenses, medical expenses and lost baggage) due to delay, cancellation or disruption of any kind caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders or actions of any government, or by acts of God, environmental hazards, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, personal sickness, accidents, quarantine, epidemics, theft or any other cause(s) beyond our control.
Baggage and personal effects are at all times your sole responsibility.
You waive and release any claim against AWT for any such loss, damage, injury or death, and by signing the booking form you are confirming such waiver and release as a condition of participating in the tour.
Availability of places
Bookings for any AWT tour are made on a first-come, first-served basis, as places and tours will be limited in number in order to give you a bespoke and exclusive tour experience. Should any tour be oversubscribed, your name will be placed on a waiting list and you will be notified on a first-come, first- served basis of any vacancies on future tours. You will also be given the option to book the next available AWT tour before such tours are offered to members of the public.
Booking a place on an AWT tour is a legally-binding contract, which, if cancelled, will incur a cancellation charge. If you wish to cancel your booking after it has been confirmed, you must contact AWT without delay and confirm the cancellation in writing. As we incur costs from the time we confirm your booking, and may be unable to resell your holiday, the following cancellation charges will be payable. Cancellation charges will be per person and will be calculated as follows:
a) Within 30 days of booking (provided cancellation is earlier than 120 days preceding commencement of the tour you have booked): £250.
b) After 30 days of booking but prior to 120 days preceding commencement of the tour you have booked: 15% of total cost of tour.
c) Within 120 days of commencement of the tour you have booked: 100% of cost of tour.
In the event of cancellation under b) or c) above, AWT may, at its sole discretion, try to resell the cancelled place(s) on the tour. In the event of a cancelled place being resold, AWT shall refund to you the cost of the tour you have paid up to the date of cancellation less an administrative fee of £250, provided that AWT receives for the resale of your place on the tour the same sum as you paid for it. However, in all circumstances, AWT reserves the right to apply the cancellation charges in a), b) and c) and above.
You will be given a detailed itinerary at the commencement of the tour and no refunds will be given for missed meals, excursions, or dinners while on an AWT tour.
Should there not be sufficient enrolment for an AWT tour, AWT reserves the right to cancel the tour, in which case AWT will return in full any deposits you have made for such a tour.
Fitness and suitability for AWT Tours
We believe in trying to make our holidays as accessible as possible, but AWT tours will often involve walking for up to two miles in any one day, visiting historic properties with uneven flooring and spiral staircases, getting on and off coaches, and other activities that require a certain degree of mobility and a reasonable level of fitness. If you have concerns about the suitability of any of our tours, please tell us before you book of any special needs or medical conditions you have, and we will do all we can to accommodate you.
If your or any member of your party’s situation changes after you have booked, you must let us know straight away.
It is your responsibility to tell us before you book whether you have any special needs or medical conditions that might affect your ability to take part on AWT tours. We will assume, unless you tell us otherwise, that all members of the party are in a good state of health to participate in the holiday. By booking with AWT, you confirm that unless you have consulted with us on your condition before booking, you do not have any disability that could create a problem for you or for other participants. If you have doubts please let us know and the Tour Director will be in touch with you prior to booking to discuss the nature of tour and your physical abilities.
If you do not tell us about any special needs or medical conditions, and we find ourselves in the position where you are unable to participate fully, then we reserve the right to organise extra assistance so that you can continue with the holiday, and pass on the costs of doing this to you; or arrange your return home, and pass on the costs of doing this to you. We reserve the right to take action in the interests of your health and safety, and the health and safety of our staff and other customers, should we need to.
If you have any special requests such as low-floor accommodation, adjacent rooms, etc., please let us know of these at the time of booking. We cannot guarantee such arrangements on an AWT tour, but we will certainly pass on your requests to the supplier concerned and use reasonable endeavours to ensure that your request is met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability.
Any special diet, attention or treatment you require must be notified to AWT in advance of commencement of the tour. All reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate special diets and treatment; however, we cannot guarantee special arrangements.
AWT tours are for adults. If you, or a member of your party, is under 18, please consult with us prior to booking.
We regret we cannot accept any conditional bookings, i.e. any booking that is specified to be conditional on the fulfilment of a particular request. All such bookings will be treated as ‘standard’ bookings subject to the above provisions on special requests.
When you book with us, you accept responsibility for any damage or loss caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss must be paid direct at the time to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier. If you fail to do so, you will be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against us (together with our own and the other party’s full legal costs) as a result of your actions.
AWT expect all clients to have consideration for other people. If in our reasonable opinion, or in the reasonable opinion of any other person in authority, you or any member of your party behaves in such a way as to cause or be likely to cause danger, upset or distress to any third party or damage to property, we are entitled, without prior notice, to terminate the holiday of the person(s) concerned. In this situation, the participant(s) concerned will be required to leave the accommodation or other service. We will have no further responsibility toward such participant(s) including any return travel arrangements. No refunds will be made and we will not pay any expenses or costs incurred as a result of the termination.
AWT reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a participant in an AWT tour. AWT reserve the right to require a participant to withdraw from an AWT tour at his or her own expense, at any time, when such action is determined by the tour staff to be in interests of the safety and welfare of other AWT participants.
AWT Itinerary Changes and Cancellation of AWT Tours
We start planning the tours we offer up to a year in advance. We may occasionally have to make changes to the website and other details, both before and after bookings have been confirmed, usually to ensure that the quality of tour can be met by suppliers such as hotels.
Although every effort will be made to operate tours as planned and as advertised, the itinerary, hotels, tour leaders and staff may be subject to change. Refunds will not be available for changes to the tour, the tour leader or the tour personnel.
Air Tickets Purchased Independent of the Tour
Air travel is NOT included in the cost of AWT tours. AWT recommends that you check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets a long way ahead, because tours may be cancelled due to low enrolment. AWT do not accept liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased by you in conjunction with a tour.
In the unlikely event that you feel dissatisfaction with any aspect of your holiday arrangements, we ask you to bring this to the attention of our Tour Director at the time, so that the matter may be resolved right away. Until we know about a problem or complaint, we cannot begin to resolve it. If you remain dissatisfied, you must write to us within 28 days of return from your holiday. Any complaint concerned with the arrangements for your holiday will be dealt with carefully and fairly by AWT.
AWT requires that all participants refrain from smoking during group activities, including, but not limited to, excursions and meals.
We may use photographs of you on AWT tours solely on the AWT website and/or future AWT brochures.
Please make sure that you can get to the Rubens at the Palace Hotel in good time for the commencement of the Tour. Please also ensure, in good time before the tour, that your passports and visas (if required) are valid.
Tour participants coming from overseas may wish to arrive in the UK in advance of the commencement date of the tour. AWT is happy to offer general advice on places to visit.
The terms and conditions above are governed by the laws of England and Wales