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Terms and Conditions
Included: Price includes air fare from New York, deluxe hotels and cruise ship in Egypt, all meals during Nile cruise, domestic travel between Cairo/Aswan and Luxor/Cairo, breakfast daily, welcome and farewell meals, and at least two extra lunches and dinners as listed in the itinerary, extensive sightseeing as mentioned in itinerary, including entrance fees and English speaking guides, all transfers and luggage handling, and miscellaneous gratuities.
Not included: Any airfare from your home city to/from New York, visa and passport fees. Any meal not mentioned in the itinerary. All beverages and items of a personal nature, such as laundry, will be your responsibility. If you plan to purchase gifts and souvenirs, you will want to bring extra money. If you arrive or depart other than with the group there will be additional transfer fees for being met at the airport, brought through customs and to the hotel, and for any extra accommodations beyond the duration of the tour. Extra transfers to or from the airport cost $45 per person each way. For couples it is $40 for each person. Tips for the cruise ship staff and our Egyptian guides (see tipping below). Trip cancellation and medical insurance is not included. Please see our trip and travel insurance page.
Tipping: We take care of most of the tipping needs in Egypt, including the temple guards, bell captains, bus drivers, land many others. The cruise ship has a system of tipping that works out so that the boat crew gets approximately $30-$43 per person, depending upon length of cruise (see individual trip itinerary). This covers the entire crew for the whole cruise. This money will be collected at the end of the cruise and presented on behalf of the participants, so make sure you set it aside. Usually each person tips the Egyptologist guide and our transfer agent, also by group presentation, approximately $125 - $150 (or whatever represents your appreciation) to be to be divided and shared for the both of them.
Payment: Personal checks, money orders, bank transfers and cashier's checks are welcomed. Please make checks payable to Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. Arrangements can be made to pay the balance of the trip cost after the $1,200 deposit with a credit card, however, there is a 5% fee to cover our costs for that service and you must supply proof of sufficient travel insurance to cover the cost of the trip in case of cancellation or medical emergency. The full and fiinal payment for the trip is due 90 days prior to the scheduled departure. If the final payment is one week late without prior arrangements, a late fee of $200 will be assessed. We reserve the right to drop anyone who does not complete their final payment two weeks after the due date without a refund.
Cost increases: Tour costs are printed well in advance of our actual travel dates. In exceptional circumstances, the cost of your international trip may be subject to increases which we cannot absorb, due to reasons such as currency fluctuations, fuel costs, tariffs, dues, taxes and fees overseas, the costs of services overseas, additions/adjustments to the tour program, or developments beyond our control. We regret this situation and we do everything possible to avoid surcharges, but sometimes it is unavoidable. We reserve the right to adjust prices before the tour as these changes are made known to us. An increase in tour prices shall not be grounds for refund of all or any part of payments made towards a tour, and completing the tour registration form constitutes your acceptance of this provision.
Cancelled trips: Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. reserves the right to cancel any trip due to inadequate sign-ups that make the trip economically infeasible to operate. While we make every effort to fill each trip to the point of maximum economy for everyone and do all possible to avoid canceling trips with low sign-up; we can adjust the price of our journeys in order to guarantee departure with a smaller number of participants. The price adjustments imposed by a smaller number of participants are kept as low as possible, normally as little as 5%, and not more than 15% increase over the stated price. If trip cancellation becomes necessary, we will transfer you to another trip, offer you future trip credit, or refund your payment in full. The refund of all payments received shall release Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. from any further liability. Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred by members in preparing for the trip, such as non-refundable advance purchase airline tickets, visa and passport fees, equipment or medical costs. In circumstances where trip cancellations resulting from the inability for trip to depart as scheduled, such as cancellations due to acts of war and/or terrorism, war, God, or nature takes place, Shamanic Journeys Ltd. is not liable for restitution.
Cancellation and refunds: All cancellations must be in writing, and are effective based on the date received in our office. Refunds will be granted based on the following schedule:
Deposits are non-refundable after 30 days. Partial refunds may be given prior to 90 days before departure in accordance with the situation.
Up to 90 days days prior to departure: Full refund (or credit) minus original $1200 deposit.
89 – 65 days prior to departure: 50% refund of payments (or credit) over $1,200 (non-refundable) deposit minus any non-refundable expenses pre-paid to Travel Suppliers. (As payments are made according to the schedule, the money is sent on to secure hotels, air travel andother services for your journey).
Less than 64 days: No refund of payments received.
No refunds will be issued for unused portions of the trip. We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance. Any refund request must be made in writing to Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. within 30 days from return date.
Responsibility: Shamanic Journeys, Ltd., an Oregon Corporation with its principal place of business in Eugene, OR and it's associates, act only as agent for the Tour Operator(s). The various hotels, airlines, bus companies, railroads, ship lines, and sightseeing companies are called Travel Suppliers. They are independent agents who supply the accommodations, transportation, and other services described in this brochure. All coupons, exchange orders, receipts, contracts, tickets, etc. issued through Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the Suppliers. Acceptance of Shamanic Journey's, Ltd travel program membership and/or such coupons, exchange orders, receipts, contracts, tickets, etc. acknowledges that Shamanic Journey's Ltd. and the traveling member are subject to any and all tariffs, terms and conditions under which any such Travel Suppliers, their owners or contractors or any persons in their employ may have established.
By utilizing the service of the Suppliers you agree that neither Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. nor any of their agents or employees shall be liable for any delay or change in flight or itinerary schedule, strikes, loss, damage, or injury to your property or person or that of those traveling with you including death caused by reason of others' negligence, wrongful or intentional acts, acts of God, terrorist acts, governmental or political actions, civil unrest or hostilities, fires, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantine, medical or customs regulations, accidents not withstanding any travel advisories or warnings, or for defects of equipment of any Travel Supplier, for any expense or inconvenience caused by late arrivals of any conveyances of such Travel Suppliers or any changes of schedules, conveyances or accommodations determined by any Tour Operator, or for any cancellation or disruption of any such services provided by any such Travel Suppliers; or for any failure on the part of any such Tour Operator or Travel Supplier to perform by reason of financial difficulty or default, suspension of operation, or other reason; or for any refunds for Tour Operator or Travel Supplier, or not paid over by Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. to any such Tour Operator or Travel Supplier.
Neither Shamanic Journeys, Ltd., nor any of their associates, agents, or employees shall be financially responsible to any tour member in the event of cancellation of all or part of any tour due to acts of war, nature, governmental action; civil unrest or hostilities, or acts of terrorism, or for the default of any Tour Operator or Travel Supplier, or for any reason beyond control of Shamanic Journeys, Ltd.
Travel Supplier(s)/Tour Operator(s) provide the travel services identified with this travel program, and the travel program member agrees to look solely to such Travel Supplier(s)/Tour Operator(s) for the provision to such travel services; the Tour Operator or Tour Director/Manager/Escort shall have the right to decline to accept or to retain any person as a travel program member should such travel program member's health, mental condition, physical infirmity or general deportment impede the operation of the travel program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other travel program members, and no refund can be given in such cases. The right is reserved to substitute tours or alter itineraries, and either the Tour Operator or Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. shall have the right to cancel any travel program prior to departure or to increase prices where the costs shall rise.
Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. is not responsible for any refunds should a presenter advertised as attending or leading a tour or conference cancel for any reason whatsoever. Shamanic Journeys Ltd. is not responsible for any physical, mental, emotional, or other reaction, trauma, or ailment during the trip or occurring afterwards, that participants may experience at the sites or from any leaders, workshops, or sessions of any kind, including private sessions with presenters. Attendance on the trip indicates acceptance of this and all other provisions of this responsibility clause.
Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. has recommended the purchase of appropriate travel accident insurance, baggage insurance, tour operation carrier default protection insurance, and trip cancellation insurance, and has made available explanatory information and policies, and the travel program member has had the opportunity to purchase such insurance as protection against certain risks of travel to the planned destination. Travel program members are advised that travel insurance covers only what is included as stated as covered in the travel insurance brochure you receive from your personal agent.
Neither Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. nor the airlines or transportation companies concerned are to be held responsible for the late arrival of passengers at airports or resorts due to inclement weather, nor are they to be held liable for payment of, or any refund for, transfers or unused hotel accommodations or meals occasioned by such late arrival at the hotels holding rooms as confirmed itineraries. The airlines or transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible any acts, omissions or events during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passenger contract in use by the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines or transportation companies and the purchaser of this travel program and/or passengers.