Terms & Conditions
The Blueberry Trails is marketing and / or co-ordinating package tours (hereinafter for sake of brevity referred to as “Tours”) under its brand name The Blueberry Trails.
You / Client / Customer / Tour Participant: means the person/s in whose name and/or on whose behalf the booking is made and/or whose name is on the Booking Form and invoice.
We / Company: means The Blueberry Trails. Infant / Child: An ‘Infant’ means a person below the age of two years, and a ‘Child’ means a person from the age of two and below the age of twelve years.
Independent Contractor: means supplier of any infrastructural facility and shall include hotel managements, airlines, caterers, restaurants, places of entertainment like theme parks, museums, and the like, railway, ferry, cruise, coach or any other person or organization selected by the Company to render services to the Tour Participant.
Company’s tours are sold subject to the following Terms and Conditions, and the contract between the Company and the Tour Participant shall be governed by the same. No person including the employee/s and the agent/s of the Company even in writing has the authority to alter, amend, modify or waive any stipulation, representation, term or condition set forth in this document. Also assurance of any service or facility given by any employee/ agent of the Company, which is contrary to what is set forth in the brochure/Website/website, price grid, and invoice, shall not be binding on the Company under any circumstance whatsoever.
All tours are subject to prevailing laws, rules of RBI/GOI.
Rights of admission to the tour expressly reserved.
WEBSITE / BROCHURE ACCURACY
We strive to make the contents of the brochure/Website as accurate as possible and print it much ahead of actual travel period. It describes services/amenities that are available under normal circumstances. However events, circumstances and factors beyond our control like traffic, bad weather, fairs, festivals, strikes, change of management/closure of hotels/restaurants, over booking of hotels/flights, cancellation/ re-routing/rescheduling of flights, rail or roadways, closure of / restricted entry at a place of sightseeing can affect the availability of services and necessitate change of routes/ itineraries. It may even necessitate stay in hotels in alternate city/ies or away from the one mentioned in the brochure/Website. While every effort is made to maintain our services and follow the itinerary in the brochure/Website, in few unavoidable instances we reserve the right to alter, amend, change or modify the Tour Package, Itineraries, Tour Schedule, Travel Plan, Sightseeing and the like . Where we come to know of the changes/events sufficiently in advance we will notify you during booking or prior to departure. Otherwise our representative will inform you of the changes on the spot and we solicit your full co-operation in accepting such circumstantial changes. Therefore no grievance regarding any itinerary/service change which we are constrained to make, will be entertained from the Tour Participant during or after the tour.
SCOPE OF ACTIVITY
The Company is a travel and holiday organizer. We do not own/control/operate any Airline, Cruise lines, Railways, Coach Company, Hotel or any other independent contractor or service provider in relation with services mentioned in this brochure/Website. Though we select all the ingredients, independent contractors, service providers for your holiday with due care we cannot assume responsibility for delay, deficiency or default if any in the services of such independent contractors, service providers, their management or staff leading to any injury/death/loss/damage to property or any such eventuality which do not fall within the scope of our normal selection and inspection process whilst engaging them. We are also not responsible for delay or deficiency in services of all independent contractors/service providers that may be borne out of any act or actions of co-traveler, co-our participant which may result in Tour Participant not availing some or all services on the tour as per brochure/Website.
Hotels selected for each tour is set out in the itinerary provided to the Tour Participant. As you will be outdoors most of the time sightseeing we select hotels which are comfortable whilst keeping cost down. We take extra care to select hotel locations in either the city centre or away from it depending on the tour journey and availability. Hotels do not have air conditioner or fan due to favourable weather condition. As hotel rooms are smaller we recommend maximum 3 persons in a room for your own comfort. Triple rooms are usually no larger than twin rooms, and the third bed is often a rollaway cot put in a twin bedded room for the night.
CHILD ACCOMMODATION (UNDER 12 YRS)
It is expressly stated and it be understood that any child below 12 years paying the special ‘without bed’ rate will not be provided bed in the hotel under any circumstance. In case the Tour Participant on his own makes a change in rooming while on tour the Company will not be bound to refund or pay compensation towards such change/s. If any such change in rooming by the Tour Participant attracts additional charge he/she shall be bound to directly pay the same directly to the hotel concerned.
Breakfast / lunch / dinner wherever provided on tour is on pre-set menus. The meal type is clearly indicated in the itinerary. Unlike an airline, we cannot process request for special meal or specific diet. However if Tour Participant intimates this while booking and if it is feasible we will try to provide them. We however, reserve our right to change the meal arrangement where circumstances compel us to do so. Where meal/s are missed by Tour Participant at his/her own will or due to late/non arrival at announced meal timing no compensation for such missed meal/s is claimable.
Tour Participants traveling by air will be subject to the airline restrictions/limitation on baggage weight/size/pieces. It is currently 20 kg per person on Economy Class for all destinations except on flights to USA and Canada where a person is permitted to carry 2 pieces of checked-in baggage and one hand bag.
All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances the responsibility of the Tour Participant and Company shall not be liable for their loss by airline/cruise/coach or any other carrier whilst on the tour.
Tour Participants are advised to carry valuables on their person at all times. Wherever Safe Deposit Lockers are available you are advised to avail this facility in safeguarding valuables. In hotels/locations without this facility you should take all the necessary precaution in protecting your valuables. Company or any of the carriers used or its representative/s will not be responsible for loss of valuables or for making good such loss.
HEALTH AND INSURANCE
Tour Participant is bound to inform the Company during booking of the tour if he/she has a medical condition that may affect his/her ability to enjoy and pursue the tour arrangements fully as per the itinerary mentioned in the brochure/Website. The Company reserves the right where ever warranted to insist on medical fitness certificate any time prior to departure.
It is highly recommended that the Tour Participants acquire adequate insurance cover to secure their life, health and property as may be advised by your insurance agent to cover any eventualities associated with your overseas travel including health, accidental injury, loss, liability and the like depending on your assessment of your risk potential. Insurance if any, included in the tour price may be the standard travel care insurance policy provided by a third party insurance service provider and the scope of the cover may be limited in nature, the details of which shall be provided to you at the time of confirmation of your booking. The Tour Participants are advised to discuss your insurance needs directly with your insurance agent before proceeding on the tour and at your own cost procure any additional cover as may be advised. Please note, Insurance is the subject matter of solicitation, please read the terms and conditions of the insurance document carefully before finalizing your desired insurance cover.
Please note that the Tour Participant would have a direct contractual relation with the insurer and the Company is only a facilitator. Tour Participant shall therefore check the accuracy and correctness of the insurance policy and in case of any error or lapse report the same to the Insurer directly and get the same rectified by them, as the Company would not be responsible for the same.
All Tour Participants should hold valid travel documents viz. Passport and visas for travel. It will be the Tour Participant’s responsibility to apply for visa with complete set of documents required by the embassy/consulate within the stipulated period as advised by the Company. In the event the visa application made by Tour Participant or by the Company on his/her behalf is rejected by the consulate due to either inadequate supporting documents or for whatever reason or where the visa could not be processed due to late submission of application by the Tour Participant the Company shall not be liable for the eventuality and lead to forfeiture of booking amount paid and no claim whatsoever shall be entertained for the same. All cost, charges in respect of the said visa application shall be borne by the Tour Participant. Visa fees are non-refundable under any circumstances whatsoever.
However due to rejection of visa or non-processing of visa application due to any circumstances if the Tour Participant is unable to travel on the tour originally booked he/she shall be subject to the Cancellation rules as per the Company policy.
Further the Company should not be held liable in case of loss of documents given by you in support of your visa application to the concerned consulate / embassy.
The position in respect of cancellation of Tour by the Tour Participant due to non-availability of travel documents would not change only by virtue of the Tour Participant having lost such documents. The Company is not a Visa service provider and cannot take any responsibility for visa assistance, information or guidance. All visas required for the Tour including any Transit or Airport Transit visas are the responsibility of the Tour Participant.
In the event of Company exercising its right to amend/alter any tour/holiday published in the itinerary subsequent to booking of the same by the Tour Participant, such Tour Participant shall have the option either to a) Continue with the tour or holiday as amended or altered or b) Accept any alternate tour or holiday which the Company may offer. In either case Company will not be liable to refund or compensate the Tour Participant for any consequential loss, damage or additional cost. In the event that the Company is unable to conduct a particular tour for whatever reason and the Tour Participant is not exercising any of the above two options then it shall at its own discretion refund whatever amount collected towards the total cost of the tour without any interest after deducting actual expenses incurred on the services like visa charges, travel insurance, retention charges of the overseas suppliers and the like. The Tour Participant will not be entitled to raise any grievance in respect of the same.
In the event any Tour Participant misses part / whole of the sightseeing tour or any such tour due to delay / indisposition or any other reason whatsoever on his part, then he will not be entitled to claim any refund.
CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL
The Tour Participant will have to strictly follow the Tour Program and return to India as per the validity of the air ticket. Those Tour Participants not travelling as per the itinerary anytime during the Tour shall under no circumstances be entitled to any refund. It shall be noted that for all purposes, it shall be the responsibility of the Tour Participant to reach the place of commencement of the Tour at the appointed place, date and time. The Company is not responsible or liable if the Tour Participant does not reach the place of commencement of the Tour on time or if prior to his departure he loses his travel documents and / or baggage. In such a case, his booking will be treated as cancellation as in NO SHOW.
Tour Participant shall not behave in a manner which may cause distress or annoyance to co-tour participants or co-travellers or which may endanger or damage property off the Company, co-tour participants, co-travellers or any other/s.
The Management at The Blueberry Trails reserves the right to refuse admission or removal from an existing trip due to misconduct of any sort by a traveller who may have paid for a trip. This can be with reference to any of the other travellers or the coordinator in charge of the trip. Misconduct can be classified as either physical violence, verbally abusive behaviour or any other sort of harassment. We strictly DO NOT condone it and have a zero tolerance policy for the same.
Each of the booking conditions shall be severable from the other and if any provision be invalid, illegal or unenforceable the remaining provisions shall nevertheless have full force and effect.
The prices quoted in the itinerary/Website are calculated based on rates prevailing at the time of printing the itinerary/Website. The Company reserves the right to amend before the date of departure any tour price published in the itinerary/Website and accordingly recover applicable surcharges to make up for foreign currency fluctuations, changes in the various cross rate of exchange, fuel costs, interest rate on holiday loans and the like. All such increases in price must be paid for in full before departure by the Tour Participant
Tour Participant is supplied the itinerary narrating the tour details. The tour participant or his Travel agent by agreeing to the itinerary via email or verbal confirmation accepts the booking conditions mentioned overleaf, not only on his behalf but on behalf of the all the Tour Participants travelling on the Tour Confirmation for the Tour form shall mean acceptance by the Tour Participant in totality of the terms and conditions contained herein. The Company reserves the right to decline to book any person/s as tour participant/s for any tour without assigning any reason whatsoever.
There is no contract between the Company and the Tour Participant until the Company has received the specified non-refundable interest free booking amount. The full payment must be received in accordance with the procedure laid down in the itinerary/payment schedule. If not paid in accordance with the payment schedule the company reserves the right to cancel the booking with consequent forfeiture of booking amount and apply scale of cancellation charges as mentioned in the itinerary/Website. Any payment made to the Tour participant’s travel agent by the Tour Participant would not constitute payment to the Company until the same is remitted to the account of the Company.
The Company reserves the right at any time and/or for any reason whatsoever to a) Terminate the contract after acceptance of booking amount but prior to the commencement of tour. In the event, the Company terminates the contract; it may refund the booking amount to the Tour Participant without payment of any interest thereon after deducting actual expenses incurred on the booking like visa charges, travel insurance, retention charges of overseas suppliers and the like b) Amend, alter, vary or withdraw any tour, holiday, excursion or facility it has advertised or published or to substitute an independent contractor of similar class if it is deemed advisable or necessary. In either case, the Company shall not be liable towards any consequential damage, loss or extra cost suffered by the Tour Participant or to pay any compensation to Tour Participant.
It is hereby declared that the immunities provided under this contract shall be available to the Company’s Managers, including Tour Managers, Employees, Servants and Agents but not to the Independent Contractors selected by the Company.
FORFEITURE OF BOOKING AMOUNT
The Company shall be within its rights to forfeit the non-refundable interest free booking amount paid by Tour Participant for confirmation of the seat(s) on the booked tour and also to recover scale of cancellation charges set out on the website. a) In the event the Tour Participant either cancels the booking or fails to adhere to the tour payment schedule set-out to the Tour Participant after booking b) In the event his/her visa of any country(ies) is not granted or c) In the event Tour Participant is unable to travel on the tour booked due to any reason whatsoever, including medical grounds.
The Company reserves the right to determine the quantum of refund payable in case of cancellation or amendment of a Tour due to Force Majeure or Vis Majeure. Such refund would be based on various factors like the number of participants, the cancellation policies of suppliers like hoteliers, coach operators and the like. and the decision of the Company on the quantum of refund shall be final and binding on the Tour Participants.
In case the Company exercises its discretion to alter, amend or cancel any tour advertised in the itinerary/Website and the Tour Participant who has registered for such tour exercising the option to continue with the tour as altered or amended, the Company shall not be liable for any compensation, damage, additional expense or consequential loss suffered by him/her or to pay any amount as refund to the Tour Participant.
Even in case of a Tour for which the payment was made in Foreign Currency if any, with or without part payment in Indian Rupees the said refund shall be made only in Indian Rupees at prevailing rate on date of refund as per existing Rules and Regulations.
Refund (if any) for amendments and/or cancellation will be paid directly by cheque to Tour Participants by the company. It would take 45 days to process refund and 60 days if tickets are already issued.
There shall be no refund if the Tour Participant fails to join the Group at the commencement of the Tour, or joins the Group late or leaves the Group before culmination of the Tour. If the Tour Participant along with his family is compelled to discontinue the tour due to any reason such as illness, death, loss of passport, no claim shall be entertained for refund of unutilized services.
There shall be no refund if the Tour Participants does not or cannot utilize any service included in cost of tour like meals, rooms, excursions and the like nor can any refund be made for lost, mislaid or destroyed travel tickets or vouchers.
As the services to be provided are booked several months in advance, cancellation of such services earmarked for a particular departure results in the Company losing money depending upon the time of cancellation to the Supplier. Therefore any cancellation of tour/services booked will attract cancellation charges as specified by the company. If we book a third party product or service on your behalf (such as accommodation, tours and activities), the Terms and Conditions and cancellation policy of such third party would be applicable in addition to the Company's Terms and Conditions. Any cancellation of tour/services has to be in writing clearly stating the reasons for cancellation. You expressly agree to the foregoing terms.
The following cancellation charges shall apply irrespective of the reason for cancellation. You understand and acknowledge that these charges are a genuine pre-estimate of the damages that we will suffer on account of cancellation. You understand that these damages are called liquidated damages in legal language, which are payable without proof of actual damages. You agree not to dispute such deductions or to demand proof of actual damages.
- You must pay the balance off your holiday cost by the due date, as per the payment schedule, else it may be cancelled.
- You will be required to pay a deposit or make full payment for your trip at the time of booking depending on the date of departure
- Where you only pay a deposit you must pay the full balance on the stipulated due date notified to you in the payment schedule
- If full payment is not received by the set due date, all your bookings may be cancelled.
- In the case of flight tickets, the cancellation charges of the airlines would be applicable.
In the case of land package cancellation, fees will be payable by you as follows:
45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE
25% OF INVOICE PRICE
30- 44 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE
50% OF INVOICE PRICE
15 -29 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE
75% OF INVOICE PRICE
LESS THAN 15 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE
100% OF INVOICE PRICE
Note: Cancellation levy of hotel/airline/cruise line/ railway/transporter will also apply in addition to above. In case of any bookings being non-refundable, the cost of the booking amount will be added to the cancellation fee.
Company shall under no circumstance whatsoever be liable to the Tour Participant or his co-traveller for: 1) Personal injury, sickness, accident, loss, death, delay, discomfort, increased expense, consequential loss and/or damage on account of theft howsoever caused. 2) Temporary or permanent loss/damage to baggage/personal effects howsoever caused. In this condition the expression “howsoever caused” includes willful negligence on the part of any person. 3) Loss of baggage by the Airline/Cruise line/Surface transportation. 4) Failure on the part of airline to accommodate Tour Participant/s despite having confirmed tickets. 5) Airline not allowing Tour Participant to board the flight for reasons beyond the control of the Company. 6) Damage or loss caused due to reasons beyond the control of the Company (Force Majeure Vis Majeure). 7) Refusal to grant Visa by the consulate / embassy.
No liability on the part of the Company arising in any way out of this contract in respect of any tour, holiday, excursion facility shall exceed the total amount paid or agreed to be paid for the same and shall in no case include any consequential loss or additional expense whatsoever.
If the Tour Participant has any complaint in respect of services of any independent contractor, he/she shall immediately notify the same in writing to the independent contractor and hand over copy thereof to the Tour Manager in order to enable the Company to take up the matter with the independent contractor.
Any claim or complaint by the Tour Participant must be notified to the Company in writing within 28 calendar days of the end of the Tour. No complaint or claim notified after this period will be entertained and the Company shall not incur any liability in respect thereof.
For all claims, disputes of whatsoever nature relating to the tours marketed / coordinated by The Blueberry Trails the courts, forums and tribunals in Mumbai alone shall have exclusive jurisdiction.
BASIC TRAVEL QUOTA
As per the current guidelines of RBI, all residents holding Indian Passport are entitled to avail an amount not exceeding US$ 2, 50, 000 or its equivalent in one financial year for one or more private/leisure visits under the Basic Travel Quota (BTQ). However, the traveler cannot avail in excess of US $ 3,000 per visit or its equivalent in cash, except as specified in the exceptions provided by the RBI guidelines.
It is mandatory for you to avail the foreign exchange component of the tour cost from under your BTQ entitlement from an authorized dealer licensed to provide such services as per the guidelines issued by RBI from time to time. You shall pay the foreign exchange component of the total tour cost at the prevailing rate to the dealer along with signed BTQ form & A2 form. You can draw foreign exchange for your personal use on tour from the same authorized dealer from your balance BTQ entitlement. This is as per GOI rules & regulations. You may carry this partly in currency, partly in traveler cheques (TC) which are safer and easily encashed for a small service fee. They can also be replaced if they are stolen or lost, if you record TC numbers and retain counterfoil subject to the rules applicable.