Booking Terms and Conditions
Terms for Booking with Secret Atlas Partners
Except where otherwise specified, we WORLD EXPLORER TRAVEL LIMITED with registered office address at 103/105 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, United Kingdom, CR5 2NG (“we”, “us”, “our”) act only as an agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“arrangements”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any arrangements.
For all arrangements, your contract will be with the supplier of the arrangements in question (“Supplier(s)”). When making your booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the applicable Supplier(s) of the arrangements. Your booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms and Conditions and the specific booking conditions of the relevant Supplier(s) you contract with. We will provide you with a copy of the Supplier’s terms and conditions as soon as practicable after you have confirmed your booking and you are advised to read them carefully. The Supplier’s terms and conditions may limit and/or exclude the Supplier’s liability to you. If you have any questions relating to the Supplier’s terms and conditions or wish to cancel your booking because you do not accept them, then you must notify us within 48 hours of receiving them and if you cancel you will be entitled to a refund of your deposit. If we do not hear from you within 48 hours of receiving them, you will be deemed to have accepted the Supplier’s terms and conditions.
You may decide to make one or more bookings with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual booking. All arrangements are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one booking is made. This means that any multiple bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 nor the Civil Aviation (Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing) Regulations 2012.
By making a booking with us, you agree that:-
- you have read the terms and conditions set out below and agree to be bound by them;
- you are over 18 years of age and where placing an order for services with age restrictions you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age to purchase those services.
- Booking and Payment
When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party these booking conditions. In order to confirm your chosen arrangements, you must pay a deposit as required by the Supplier of the arrangements in question (or full payment if booking within 12 weeks of departure). You must also pay all applicable insurance premiums and booking fees. Your booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Supplier will exist when we send you confirmation on their behalf.
Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport. As we act only as booking agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.
If you have paid a deposit, you must pay the full balance by the balance due date notified to you. If full payment is not received by the balance due date, we will notify the Supplier who may cancel your booking and charge the cancellation fees set out in their booking conditions.
Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the supplier concerned, all monies you pay to us for arrangements will be held on behalf of the supplier(s) concerned.
We reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices. Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur. You must check the price of your chosen arrangements at the time of booking.
You are required to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. Some suppliers require that you do so. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details on receipt and take them with you on holiday.
- Special Requests
If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the supplier, but we can’t guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.
- Changes and Cancellations by you
Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us in writing, by email, fax or post, and will take effect on the day we receive it. Proof of posting is not proof of receipt; therefore you are advised to also confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by telephone. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your booking prior to travel. Whilst we will try to assist, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.
Unless you are cancelling your booking because you have notified us that that you do not accept the Supplier’s terms and conditions within 48 hours of receiving them, all amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Supplier of your arrangements. The Supplier may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the travel arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). In addition you must pay us an administration fee of £300 per person for any amendments to or cancellations of bookings.
In addition, an administration fee is applicable as per the following;
– If an amendment or cancellation is actioned 130 day or more before your trip, an administration fee of 3.5% of the arrangements you wish to change is applicable.
– If an amendment or cancellation is actioned less than 130 before your trip, an administration fee of 5.5% of the arrangements you wish to change is applicable.
- Changes and Cancellations by the Supplier
We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Supplier needs to make a significant change to your confirmed arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Supplier in relation to any alternative arrangements offered by the Supplier but we will have no further liability to you.
- Our Responsibility for your Booking
Your contract is with the Supplier and its booking conditions apply. As agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the arrangements. Our responsibilities are limited to making the booking in accordance with your instructions. We accept no responsibility for any information about the arrangements that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of the commission we earn on your booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.
- Visa, Passport and Health Requirements.
Unless you tell us otherwise, we are entitled to assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Supplier of the arrangements, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before departure.
Because the contract for your arrangements is between you and the Supplier, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. If you have a problem whilst on holiday, this must be reported to the supplier or their agent immediately. If you fail to follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Supplier to investigate and rectify your complaint. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to may therefore be reduced or extinguished as a result.
If you wish to complain when you return home, write to the supplier. You will see their name and contact details in any confirmation documents we send you.
While, in our role as agent, we are unable to deal with any complaints that you may have, we are very eager to hear your feedback of your holiday experience and, as such, we would encourage you to contact us to let us know whether you were pleased with your holiday arrangements.
- Financial Protection
Many of the Suppliers that we act for offer protection for your monies. This means that, if in the unlikely event of their insolvency your accommodation can’t be provided, you will receive your money back or, if your stay has started, arrangements will be made for you to be able to continue as planned. See the Supplier’s booking conditions for details.
- Law and Jurisdiction
These Terms and Conditions are governed in all respects by English law. We both agree that any dispute, claim or other matter which arises between us out of or in connection with these Conditions will be dealt with by the Courts of England and Wales only. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live in those places and if you wish to do so.
- Accommodation Ratings and Standards.
All ratings are as provided by the relevant Supplier. These are intended to give a guide to the services and facilities you should expect from your accommodation. Standards and ratings may vary between countries, as well as between Suppliers. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of any ratings given.
- Documentation & Information
All descriptions and content on our website or otherwise issued by us is done so on behalf of the Supplier(s) in question are intended to present a general idea of the services provided by the Supplier(s) in question. Not all details of the relevant services can be included on our website. All services shown are subject to availability. If you require any further details, in respect of any accommodation or any other services please contact us.
- Accuracy of Prices and Brochure details
Important note: the information and prices shown on any advertising material that we issue may have changed by the time you come to book your arrangements. Although we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information and prices at the time of printing, regrettably errors do occasionally occur. You must, therefore, ensure you check the price and all other details of your chosen arrangements with us at the time of booking.