Terms and Conditions - Gold Crest Holidays

Please read the following terms and conditions carefully.

Booking Conditions

1. The Company. Bookings are made with GOLD CREST HOLIDAYS Ltd, a Member of ABTA with membership number V1341. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 68-71 Newman Street London W1T 3AH Tel: 020 7637 2444 or www.abta.com, a fully bonded member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA Number V1341). This provides financial protection and also guarantees standards of trading practice among its members.

2. Booking Conditions and Information. Our booking conditions set out the responsibilities we have to you, and you in turn have to us. The contract is made when you make a booking, and we accept it on the terms set out in this brochure, with the issuing of a confirmation invoice. On our part we have an obligation to provide you with the holiday you have booked. Our specifications of that holiday, and our terms are stated below.

3. Your Holiday Confirmation and Payment. Booking Conditions and Information Our booking conditions set out the responsibilities we have to you, and you in turn have to us. The contract is made when you make a booking, and we accept it on the terms set out in this brochure, with the issuing of a confirmation invoice. On our part we have an obligation to provide you with the holiday you have booked. Our specifications of that holiday, and our terms are stated below.

When you book your holiday you will be asked to sign a booking form and make a non returnable deposit payment, plus the appropriate insurance premium. A non-refundable payment is also required in respect of any pre-booked ticket arrangements made on your behalf. If you are booking within eight weeks of the date of departure you must pay the holiday price in full plus any insurance premiums. All monies you pay to the travel agent are held by him on your behalf until we issue our confirmation invoice. After this the travel agent holds the monies on our behalf. If you issue a cheque or supply your credit/debit card details for payment then you have accepted these booking conditions on behalf of all members of your party.

The confirmation invoice will show details of the holiday you have booked and the balance owing. This must be paid no later than eight weeks before the departure date. No further reminder will be sent to you, otherwise, if the balance remains unpaid, we reserve the right to treat the holiday as cancelled by you. If any cheque payment from a client is dishonoured, we reserve the right to treat your booking as a cancellation by the client and if such booking is reinstated at our discretion any bank charges incurred to be added to the holiday price.

4. Holiday Alteration or Cancellation - By You. If you wish to alter your holiday you must advise us as soon as possible in writing. We will endeavour to meet requests if we can and where we are able to do so, the following charges will apply (see below):-

1. If you wish to change any part of your booking, including substituting a party member where the original party member is prevented from travelling, but still travelling on the same date, a charge of £10 per person will be levied and added to your account to cover administration charges. Such changes may not be made within 14 days of departure. Please note that insurance premiums are non-transferable.
2. If you wish to change dates within the operating period of the applicable programme, there will be a charge of £10 per person provided that written notification is received more than 56 days before the original date of travel. If the new date of travel is a different price then the relevant price will be effective plus the £10 per person amendment fee. If such changes are made within eight weeks of the departure date of the original tour, charges will then be made as per holiday cancellation terms.

Changes will not be actioned until we receive written instructions by the lead name on the booking form. The cancellation charges you incur are per person and are as follows:

More than 56 days - deposit only, plus any non-refundable payments in respect of pre-booked ticket arrangements, 56-22 days = 50%, 21-8 days = 75%, 7 days before departure or less = 100%. NB. Insurance premiums are non-refundable. Percentages refer to total holiday price excluding insurance and amendment fees, which are subject to full cancellation charge.

Please note that if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

5. Alterations and Cancellation - By Us. We plan our holidays many months in advance and although unlikely, it is possible that due to circumstances beyond our control, some changes may have to be made and therefore we reserve the right to do so. Most changes are minor, however, sometimes 'major changes' are necessary. Where we refer to 'major changes' we mean changes made before departure, such as the following; a) change to outward departure time by more than 12 hours, b) change of departure point to one which is significantly more inconvenient to you (ie.over 15 miles), c) change of destination (i.e. Country), except for the accommodation, providing this is within reasonable travelling time of the featured destination to enable us to fulfil the advised holiday itinerary, d) significant change in itinerary or a change of accommodation to that of a lower category for the whole or majority of your holiday. All other changes will be treated as minor changes where compensation will not be paid. Minor changes do not entitle you to cancel or change to another holiday without paying our normal charges. If we have to make a major change, you will be advised as soon as possible and you will be offered compensation on the following scale: More than 56 days=Nil, 56-15 days=£5, 14-8 days=£10. 7 days or under=£15.

No other claims for compensation or expenses will be considered. Should you decide not to accept a major change, you will have the right to cancel your booking and we will refund all monies paid. In remote circumstances, such as Force Majeure, see 6, we may have to cancel your holiday. If this should occur, we will refund all monies you have paid us or offer you a suitable alternative holiday. Please note our liability for significant changes and cancellations is limited to offering you the above mentioned choices, and where applicable, compensation payments.

6. Force Majeure. Except where otherwise stated in these booking conditions, we regret that we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by "Force Majeure". When we refer to "Force Majeure" this means any event which we, or the supplier(s) of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, adverse weather conditions, natural or nuclear disaster, industrial dispute, governmental action, fire & all similar events outside our control.

7. Customer Care. It is in both our interests to settle problems (which may otherwise lead to complaints) amicably and quickly. In order to achieve this, you must adhere to the following procedure. 1) Make your complaint known to the coach crew and/or Gold Crest Holidays Duty Manager immediately. 2) Should you have a complaint which requires action on your return, this should be detailed in writing within 28 days of your return, stating your booking reference, date of departure, resort and name of hotel, and sent to the customer services department at Gold Crest Holidays, Holiday House, Valley Drive, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8PB. It is therefore a condition of this contract that you communicate any problem to the supplier of the services in question and to the coach driver (or the Gold Crest Holidays Duty Manager if appropriate) whilst in resort. Failure to
do so may compromise any further action you wish to take. It is unlikely that you have a complaint that cannot be settled amicably between us. However, disputes arising out of, or in connection with this contract, which cannot be amicably settled, may (if you wish) be referred to arbitration under a special scheme, which, though devised by arrangement with the Association of British Travel Agents, is administered quite independently by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The scheme provides a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration, providing your claim is not for more than £5,000 per person or £25,000 per booking form and does not solely involve physical injury, or illness or the consequences of such injury or illness. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1000 on the amount
an arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Any dispute must be referred to arbitration within 9 months of your return from holiday. Full details are available on request.

8. Deep Vein Thrombosis. To avoid the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis we advise passengers to take regular exercise by taking advantage of the comfort stops in this regard.

9. Your Holiday and Our Conditions of Carriage. We accept responsibility not only for the acts and omissions of our employees and agents, but also for those suppliers with whom we contract to provide a holiday of reasonable standard. This paragraph does not apply to claims relating to death, bodily injury, illness or personal property (see clause 10). Our liability in all cases shall be limited to a maximum of twice the value of he holiday invoice. However we will not be liable where any failure in the performance of the contract is due to: you; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel arrangements and where the failure is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or an event which we or our suppliers, even with all due care, could not foresee or forestall.

Our liability will also be limited in accordance with (a) the contractual terms of the companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements, these terms are incorporated into this contract and (b) any relevant international convention, for example the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of compensation that you can claim for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having the benefit of any limitation of compensation contained in these or any conventions.

10. Personal Injury. We also accept responsibility for the negligent acts and/or omissions, not only of our employees or agents, but also of our suppliers and sub-contractors or agents (provided that any such negligent act or omission is within the scope of, or in the course of their employment) in respect of claims arising as a result of death, bodily injury or illness caused to the person who signed the booking form and/or any other person on the booking form.

11. Other Misadventure.If you, or any of those named on the booking form, have the misadventure to suffer illness, personal injury or death during your holiday, arising out of an activity which does not form part of our foreign inclusive holiday arrangements with you or any excursion offered through us, we will offer, where appropriate and within our reasonable discretion:

1. Our general assistance.
2. The payment of initial legal costs, where with our prior agreement, you, or any of those named on your booking form take legal action, provided such assistance is requested within 90 days from the date of the misadventure, provided that the total aggregate spending under (i) and (ii) above shall not exceed £5,000 per booking form.

Paragraph (ii) above will only apply if you do not have a legal expense section in your holiday insurance policy. Furthermore, in the event of there being a successful claim for the costs against a third party, costs actually incurred by us will be recovered from you.

Claims under this section should be addressed to:

The Customer Services Department, Gold Crest Holidays, Holiday House, Valley Drive, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8PB. All claims under this section shall be in respect of both liability and quantum fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of the court of the country in which our contract with you was made.

12. Your Holiday Price. The price of your holiday is subject to surcharges on the following items. A) Unfavourable changes in currency rates, B) Government action, C) Fuel surcharges. The company guarantees that the price of your holiday will not be subject to any surcharge except for those stated above. We will absorb an amount equal to 2% of the holiday price, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charge. Amounts in excess of this 2% will be surcharged and where a surcharge is payable there will be no administration charge. If this means paying more than 10% of the holiday price, you will be entitled to cancel your holiday with a full refund with all money paid except for any insurance premiums and amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel because of this, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days of the issue date printed on the invoice. All prices are based on exchange rate published in the Financial Times on August 11th 2008, Euro 1.2784.

13. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements. Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or
immigration requirements. All British citizens require a full 10 year passport for any foreign travel and currently do not require a visa for any holiday in this brochure. As passport and visa requirements vary, before booking your holiday, non British citizens are advised to check any entry requirements with the consulate of the country to be visited and of any country to be travelled through on your holiday which you should ensure you are aware of.

14. Holiday Insurance. As part of your contract with us, we require that you have comprehensive travel insurance. This insurance must be valid from the date of booking and for the duration of your holiday with us. If you choose not to take Gold Crest Holidays' insurance cover and do not advise us of your alternative insurance cover at the time of booking, we may automatically insure you with the appropriate policy and this will be included on your invoice.

For residents of the United Kingdom, Gold Crest Holidays have arranged a travel insurance scheme with specialist brokers Towergate Chase Parkinson, underwritten with AXA Insurance UK plc. A synopsis of cover is as follows. Premiums - please see page 32. The insured person has to bear the first £35 of each claim, except in the respect for deposits only where the insured person has to bear the first £20 of each and every claim.

Cancellation £2,000
Medical Expenses }£1,000,000
Repatriation }
Curtailment & Hospital Benefit £2,000
Luggage & Personal Money £1,000 (£500 up to 16 yrs old)
Luggage Delay £75
Personal Liability £1,000,000
Personal Accident £10,000 (also included is 24 hours international medical rescue)
Loss of Passport £200
Delayed Departure £60
Missed Departure £200

The description of the above cover must be regarded as an outline, a policy will be issued and sent with your confirmation/invoice, setting out the conditions and exclusions. It is important, if you have any existing medical problem that you receive a doctor's letter allowing you to travel and if appropriate, advise the insurers prior to travel.

15. Holiday Information. We accept no liability for any failure to provide a special request that is not specified in the brochure and for which no supplement is paid. Our liability for the provision of additional facilities for which a supplement is paid shall be limited to the brochure price of that supplement. Booking for rooms with private facilities will be deemed to be effected by the provision of either 'bath and w.c.' or 'shower and w.c.' Requests for one or the other will be treated as requests only and cannot be guaranteed. Requests for a twin or double bed should be made clearly, otherwise it will be assumed that either type is suitable. Three or four bedded rooms are normally twin or double rooms plus an extra bed/folding beds, which may or may not be suitable for an adult and space will inevitably be restricted. The reference "Hotel" in brochures covers all accommodation and does not necessarily distinguish between local classifications. Some hotels may have annexes nearby for sleeping, with meals being taken in the main hotel. It is possible that you will be sharing the hotel with a group from another country. The accommodation provided is only for the use of passengers shown on the holiday invoice as confirmed by us: subletting, sharing or assignment is prohibited. Your accommodation details will be confirmed on your tickets. Due to seasonal variations, weather, local criteria outside our control and other matters, we may find it necessary to alter your day-to-day itinerary. We cannot accept claims where an inferior vehicle is used as a relief or replacement in an emergency or where advertised excursions do not operate due to insufficient numbers or Force Majeure. Channel crossings are by ferry or the Eurotunnel and this information may not be available at the time of booking as routing is not finalised until shortly before departure, either may be used at our discretion with the sole exception of any tours that specify Eurotunnel.
All pick-up points listed on the website for each tour should be current and upto date. If a pick-up point is listed and Gold Crest needs to cancel that pick-up point then an alternative will be offered.

16. Our Brochure Descriptions. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this brochure is accurate at the time of publication, we nevertheless reserve the right to correct by way of advising at the time of booking any error and subsequent amendment. It may be necessary, sometimes at short notice, to make changes to an itinerary for reasons such as weather, traffic and road conditions. Regrettably transport, such as coaches and ferries do occasionally breakdown or certain onboard facilities may become faulty. Whilst every effort will be made to repair breakdowns or faults or to provide replacements as quickly as possible, we cannot accept any responsibility for delays caused by any form of breakdown to yours or any interconnecting vehicle or mode of transport. The authorities of the country and overseas supplier of the service concerned govern the monitoring and enforcement of safety matters.

17. Special Requirements, Health Matters and Passengers with a Disability. We will do our best to cater for any special requirements (eg. vegetarian). They must be notified to us at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed. Please note our holidays may not be suitable for people with certain disabilities, or medical conditions, coaches can be difficult to embark and disembark. Not all hotels have lifts and may not offer ground floor accommodation. We cannot accept liability for any problems or inconvenience if a detailed request has not been made. Should any member of your party suffer from any disability or medical condition that may affect their holiday or that of other passengers, you must provide full written details at the time of booking. At the same time you must also provide written confirmation that any assistance the person concerned requires will be provided by other members of the same party, as outside assistance will not be available. We reserve the right to decline any booking whenever we feel that we are unable to accommodate the special needs of any particular client or where, in our opinion the medical condition or disability of the client concerned is likely to have a significant adverse effect on other clients taking the same holiday. Furthermore, we reserve the right to cancel any holiday and impose cancellation charges if we are not fully advised of any relevant disability or medical condition at the time the booking is made. Our tours may be unsuitable for women who are more than 28 weeks pregnant and therefore they are not permitted to travel. Neither smoking nor the comsumption of alcohol is allowed on any of our coaches.

18. Travel Delay. (Not applicable to UK holidays) If due to circumstances beyond our control, a delay arises to your journey lasting more than 4 hours after the scheduled departure time, we will endeavour to provide the following:- 4 hours delay: light refreshments. Over 6 hours delay; a light meal. In the event of extended overnight delays, depending on circumstances, we will endeavour to arrange overnight hotel accommodation at the client's own expense. If you have taken out holiday insurance with us, the insurance company on your outward journey or final return journey to the UK will provide you with the following protection: Failure or disruption of such public transport the sum of £20 per person after the first 12 hours delay and £10 per person for each subsequent full 12 hours delay up to the sum insured of £60 per person. You would be required to make a claim via the insurers.

19. Clients Indemnity. In the event of any client behaving in such a way as is likely, in our opinion or the opinion of any person in authority, to cause offence, danger, damage or distress to others, we reserve the right to terminate that person's holiday arrangements. Our responsibility for their holiday will immediately cease and we will not be liable for any compensation or any costs or expenses incurred by them as a result. If your actions or those of any member of your party cause damage to the accommodation in which you are staying or to the vehicle, train or ship in which you are travelling, or cause delay or diversion to any means of transportation, you agree to fully indemnify us against any claim (including legal costs) made against us by or on behalf of owners of such accommodation or the operator of such means of transportation.

20. Tour Information. Our staff endeavour to provide accurate information to telephone enquiries, however we cannot accept liability for any information given, unless it is confirmed by us in writing.

21. Loss of Personal Property and Baggage Allowance. There is a maximum allowance of 1 medium sized suitcase with dimensions not exceeding 30 x 22 x 8 inches and weighing not more than 20 kgs plus 1 small item of hand luggage that will fit under your seat. Clients’ baggage and personal property remains the responsibility of the client throughout the holiday. We advise that in the case of loss or theft of personal items, that the passenger reports the details to the local police, and subsequently obtains their written report, which may assist in the pursuance of any insurance claims.

22. Consistancy. In the event of inconsistency between these terms and conditions and the additional information in the brochure, these terms and conditions will apply.

23. Foreign Office Advice and Health Advice. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office produces up-to-date travel information and may have issued information about your holiday destination. You are advised to check this information on the internet at www.fco.gov.uk/travel/countryadvice.asp

24. Privacy Policy. Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will be passed on to the principal and to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. If you travel outside the European Economic area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will only pass your information on to persons responsible for your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. (If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons.) Full details of our data protection policy are available upon request.

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