BOOKING AND DEPOSIT
The booking form and deposit must be sent to: Finesse Travel Ltd, Canyon House, 38 California Drive, Catcliffe, Rotherham S60 5TX. Tel: 01709 367663. Any deposit is non-refundable.
When you confirm a booking you accept on behalf of yourself and all your party, the terms and conditions.
2. BALANCE OF THE FARE
You must pay your outstanding balance not later than 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This due by date is clearly shown on your holiday invoice and no further reminder will be issued. Your travel documents will be dispatched not later than 7 days prior to your departure date and will confirm all the details of your holiday including pick-up point and time, excursions as well as your accommodation details and full holiday itinerary.
It is a condition of the acceptance of the booking by Finesse Travel Ltd that all passengers travelling outside the UK for part or all of their holiday have Travel Insurance. You must forward a copy of the policy to Finesse Travel Ltd at least 14 days prior to departure. Finesse Travel Ltd cannot be held responsible for any insurance premiums paid to any other party should a tour be cancelled for whatever reason by either party.
4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING
If you wish to change to another holiday (eg change of Date of Travel, Destination or otherwise ) after a holiday invoice has been issued then the Company shall not be under any obligation to meet your request. The Company shall use its best efforts to make such changes provided that to do so would not necessitate cancellation of the original holiday booked for, in the interests of other customers and providing you notify the company or its appointed Agents at least eight weeks prior to the departure date of the original holiday booked for. Any such notification in writing to the Company or Agent must pay a further £10 so as to cover the administration cost of the company. Requests received less than eight weeks prior to the original date of departure shall be treated as a cancellation in accordance with these conditions.
5. CANCELLATION AND CHARGES
If you have to cancel your holiday you must inform the agent at which your booking was made immediately. Verbal cancellations will not be accepted, Written confirmation cancellation must then be sent without delay. In many cases your Holiday Insurance will provide for cancellation. If the reason for cancellation is NOT covered by the policy or the party is uninsured then the following charges will be made: In the event of Finesse Travel making a refund please allow up to 7 working days as any refunds have to be authorised by the trustees and Worldpay
Deposits and Insurance Premiums are non-refundable.
More than 70 Days Deposit Only
42 – 69 Days 60%
28 – 41 Days 75%
Less Than 28 Days 100%
6. STATUTORY AUTHORITIES
We reserve the right to alter any information given within any publicity material in order to conform with requests from the Traffic Commissioners, Civil Aviation Authority and any competent authority in the United Kingdom and any other sovereign state through which the tour runs.
7. CONDITIONS OF CARRIAGE
You are advised that overland carriage may be in vehicles, other than those owned or operated by the Company and that no air, rail or sea transport is owned by the Company. Such transport is subject to the national and international conditions which may limit or exclude liability. Your contract is subject to English law and jurisdiction.
8. RIGHTS OF REFUSAL
The Company reserves the unconditional right to refuse a booking or terminate a passengers holiday in the event of conduct considered to be unreasonable by the driver or courier or other representative of the Company.
9. AMENDMENTS TO YOUR HOLIDAY BY THE COMPANY
The arrangements for holidays in our publicity material are made many months in advance and changes are sometimes unavoidable. Most of these changes are minor but where they are significant we will notify you as soon as it is reasonably possible before your departure.
A ‘significant’ change is one that involves changing your departure date ( but not time) resort area, reducing the quality of your main hotel or changing your tour itinerary which involves a destination being totally eliminated from the revised itinerary.
In the event of a significant change you may decide to:
i)Continue with the holiday as amended or
ii) Accept an alternative holiday offered to you or
iii) Cancel your booking
If you choose to cancel your booking the Company will refund all the money you have paid and the Company will have no further liability to you.
10. IF WE CANCEL YOUR HOLIDAY
In certain circumstances other than force majeure ie. insufficient numbers booked, we may have to cancel your holiday. If this should occur we will return to you all the money you have paid to us, or offer you a suitable alternative. We will not, however, cancel your holiday:
a) 7 days prior to the departure date unless you have not paid for your holiday in full.
b) Unless your holiday is influenced by events beyond our control amounting to force majeure and we have to cancel your holiday at any time we are liable only for any monies you may have paid to us at the time of cancellation
c) Finesse Travel Ltd will not refund any other monies paid out for incidentals such as passports, insurance premiums or tickets which are not part of the tour package.
In the event of cancellation, abandonment, postponement, curtailment or relocation in whole or part of the ticketed event, after departure of the coach or flight the passenger will be entitled only to a refund of the ticket value and not the additional cost of the coach/air travel incorporated within the cost. ( This does not apply to any Theme Parks where any rides may not be operational or firework displays being cancelled due to Force Majeure)
Important note - changes beyond our control
Compensation or refunds will not apply if a significant change is made for reasons beyond our control. These include: war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks, changes due to rescheduling or cancellation of flights by an airline or alteration of the airline or aircraft type; closed or congested airports or ports, hurricanes or other potential severe weather conditions, and any other similar event. Any airline or other transport supplier may however pay for or provide refreshments and/or appropriate accommodation and you should make a claim directly to them. Subject to the other terms of these conditions, we will not be liable for any costs, fees or charges you incur in the above circumstances, if you fail to obtain our prior authorisation before making your own travel arrangements.
In February 2005 a new Europe-wide law relating to denied boarding, delays and cancellation of flights came into force, applicable to all EU carriers. This law granted rights to passengers including in certain circumstances the right to cancel their flight and receive reimbursement of the cost of the flight from their airline. Full details of these rights are publicised at EU airports and are also available from affected airlines. However, you should note that reimbursement of the cost of a flight that forms part of your holiday is the responsibility of your holiday airline and will not entitle you to reimbursement of the cost of your holiday from us. If your airline does not comply with these rules you should complain to the Civil Aviation Authority www.caa.org.uk
Where acts of third parties are involved, Finesse Travel shall in no circumstances be required to institute any form of legal process
You are obliged to communicate at the earliest opportunity any failure in services which you perceive at the place where these services are provided and whenever possible with the driver present. Any complaint associated with the transport element, the driver must be given the opportunity the rectify the problem. If you are still dissatisfied you must notify us in writing within 10 days of the completion of your holiday. Please quote your name, tour code, departure date and forward any relevant information.
All complaints received are thoroughly investigated and customers kept informed at each stage of the investigation. Sometimes the investigations can take time awaiting response from hoteliers etc.
12. YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE
Holiday prices include all coach travel, hotel accommodation and meals as specified in the itinerary and VAT where applicable. Some hotels may make a small additional charge for tea or coffee served after lunch or dinner. Unless specifically indicated in the itinerary or description, entrance fees, guide fees, city sightseeing tours are not included in the holiday cost. Some excursions are included in the price of most holidays and refunds cannot be made for passengers not wishing to go on the excursions.
We guarantee that the price of your holiday will not be subject to any surcharge except in the case of variations in: transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes (including the rate of VAT) or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports or airports; exchange rates applied to the particular package. Even in this case, we will absorb an amount equivalent to 2% of the holiday price which excludes any insurance premium.
Surcharges will not be imposed within 30 days of departure. If this means paying more than 10% on the holiday price, you will be entitled to cancel your holiday with a full refund of all money paid except for any premium paid for holiday insurance, credit card charges and amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel because of this, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your invoice
For all continental holidays you will require a full 10 year British Passport with at least 6 months validity at the time of arriving back into the UK. If you have any doubts about your status as a resident British subject or you do not hold a British Passport, you must check with the Embassies or Consulates of the countries to be visited to confirm the passport or visa requirements needed in your particular circumstances. We cannot accept responsibility if passengers are not in possession of the correct travel documents.
14. PROTECTION OF CUSTOMER FUNDS:-
In accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992” all passengers booking with Finesse Travel Ltd (ATOL T7489) are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to insolvency of Finesse Travel Ltd.
All monies for holidays which include an overnight stay are held in a Trust account held through NatWest and operated by the TTA (Travel Trust Association) The Travel Trust Association is a trade association of Travel Agents, Tour Operators and Travel Organisers, that operate trust accounts, in order to provide financial protection for the consumer. The TTA lays down strict guidelines on how customer funds may be handled and each member must adhere to these guidelines. Every TTA member puts customer’s funds into a designated trust account, which is supervised by an independent trustee.The trustee is a Banker, Chartered or Certified Accountant, or Solicitor. Your funds are held in this account and may not be released unless you receive
your holiday or your funds are released to another company that becomes responsible and provides for your financial protection.
The air holidays shown are ATOL Protected by the Civil Aviation Authority, (ATOL T7489)
15. BREXIT IMPLICATIONS: please note that certain travel arrangements may be affected as a result of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. This could include an unavailability of certain flight routes, access to certain ports and airports and changes to the visa requirements of British citizens travelling to, within or through the EU. Please rest assured that this is something we will continue to monitor and will advise our customers as soon as possible if we become aware of any confirmed bookings that will be affected. However, since this is something which is completely unprecedented and outside our control, we would treat any such changes as Force Majeure, and whilst we will endeavour to provide suitable alternative arrangements or refunds where possible, we will not be liable to pay you any compensation.
As with most other operators we have no intention of applying a Brexit surcharge on holidays booked before 29 March 2019. However, this is not guaranteed and conditions apply as Section 12 (Your Holiday Price)
When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong."
“We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).”
“If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.”
All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme.
When you pay youwill be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it.
Departure Points: You are responsible for ensuring that you are at the correct departure point at the time stated. It is important that you make yourself conspicuous at the departure point as occasionally we may use other companies vehicles on transfer services ie. taxis, feeder coaches etc.
On holiday you may not
a) Smoke at any time on the coach
b) Behave in an unreasonable manner which may upset or
jeopardise the safety of other passengers
c) Bring a pet or any other animal (other than a guide dog by prior arrangement)
d) Disturb other passengers
We strongly advise that you ensure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport from the time of travel and in some cases you may need to renew up to 15 months before the expiry date
If you renewed a passport before it expired, up to nine extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date.
“Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the six months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.”
This means, if you renew your passport before it has actually expired, you no longer get an extra nine months added on there as you did before.
We ask you to keep luggage down to one medium sized suitcase per person, but a small holdall can also be taken on board the coach. For air holidays please refer to the specific holiday.
Seat Allocation and Specification
Requests for particular seats can be made on most holidays when booking, but since allocations are made on a first come first served basis, early booking is advisable.
Loss of Personal Property
Any loss or theft must be reported to the local police within 24 hours. Keep a note of where you reported the loss or theft and obtain a written report from the local police. This will be required by your insurance company.
Although all special requests are noted and passed on to the relevant supplier ie. hotel, coach operator etc. we regret that such requests cannot be guaranteed. All special requests must be noted on your booking form and in no circumstances will special requests be accepted by us to form part of our contractual obligations and we will not have any liability if they are not met.
Passengers with a Disability
Please note, our holidays may not be suitable for people with certain disabilities or medical conditions. Coaches can be difficult to get on and off and not all hotels offer ground or first floor accommodation. Should any member of your party suffer from any disability or medical condition which may affect their or other people’s holidays you must provide full written details at the time of booking including any specific requirements that person may have. In view of the nature of our holidays we regret we must reserve the right to decline any booking whenever we feel unable to accommodate the needs of any particular client.
Please note we are not made aware of delays on scheduled departures. In the event of a delay the transport supplier will endeavour to make welfare arrangements though this cannot be guaranteed.
We do not offer compensation for inconvenience or loss of holiday time caused by transport delays. Similarly, it is not possible to obtain refunds for any unused accommodation or facilities in the event of an extended delay.
Finesse Travel Ltd cannot accept any liability for theatre or any other tickets, insurance premiums or passport costs purchased by the client, unless included within the original advertised package, should a tour be cancelled for whatever reason by either parties.
Injury or Illness
Any illness or injury that occurs whilst you are on your holiday must be reported to Finesse Travel Ltd within 28 days of you returning or we will be unable to assist you with any action.
If you make a false or fraudulent claim, you may face legal proceedings in the UK or Spain.
Booking Terms & Conditions –
Please note that the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) currently advises against all but essential travel to a number of overseas destinations, including popular holiday destinations in which we operate. However, many of these destinations remain open and welcoming to UK tourists and flights to and from these destinations continue to operate. Whilst holiday destinations remain open to UK tourists, flights continue to operate and holiday services can be performed, we will continue to offer holidays to our customers who wish to travel.
If you book a holiday with us during the Covid-19 pandemic, you confirm that you have checked, understand and accept the FCDO travel advice relating to your chosen destination, including where there may be a requirement on you to quarantine upon your return to the UK (or in destination), and understand and accept that there is a heightened risk of travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic, beyond that associated with travel during ordinary times. You are also required to purchase a specialist travel insurance which includes certain cover for Covid-19.
You are required to read and accept this Acknowledgment of Risk [INCLUDE LINK TO WAIVER] which hereby forms part of your contract with us.
For up-to-date travel advice from the UK government, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk. We recommend that you consult these websites before booking in order to make an informed decision about your chosen destination, and again before departure.
You must purchase specialist travel insurance policy available which includes specific cover for Covid-19 related issues and incidents which may affect your travel arrangements [and travelling to a destination subject to a FCDO advisory against travel], You can choose to purchase the travel insurance offered by us on our website or a comparable alternative. It remains your responsibility to read and understand the insurance policy and ensure that it is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses suffered by you in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.
Cancellation – the following clauses are in addition to our standard cancellation terms and charges:
Where you are choosing to travel to a destination subject to the FCDO advisory against non-essential travel, you accept that once your booking has been confirmed, if you decide not to travel due to the FCDO advisory, you will have to pay our standard cancellation charges as shown in section 5 of these booking conditions – you are not entitled to cancel and receive a full refund in these circumstances, as it is assumed and you confirm that you have made your booking with full knowledge of the FCDO advisory against non-essential travel.
Where your chosen destination is exempt from the FCDO advisory against non-essential travel at the time of booking but is subsequently removed from the FCDO exemption list and at that point becomes subject to the FCDO advisory against non-essential travel, you accept that you will not have the right to cancel your booking and receive a full refund. If you choose to no longer travel in these circumstances, you will have to pay our standard cancellation charges as shown in section 5 of these booking conditions, as you made your booking with full knowledge of the risks of travelling during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Please note that we will have no liability for any refunds, compensation, costs, expenses or other losses of any kind incurred by you (including, where applicable, the cost of medical treatment), in the following circumstances:
- If you, or anyone in your booking party, test positive for Covid-19, or are notified or otherwise become aware that you have, or suspect you may have, come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 (or where they otherwise suspect they may have Covid-19) and have to self-isolate for a period of time.
If this happens within 14 days of your departure date, you must contact us immediately as you may no longer be able to travel. We will offer you the following options where possible and subject to availability:
- Postponing your holiday to a later date. We will notify you of any impact on the price the postponement may have (please note that you may have to pay full cancellation charges on some elements of your holiday, such as the flight, as well any increase in cost imposed by suppliers);
- If not everyone on the booking is affected, you will have the right to transfer your place on the holiday to another person nominated by you, subject always to compliance with the requirements within our booking conditions;
- Cancelling your booking, in which case we will impose our standard cancellation charges as at the date of cancellation by you. You may be able to claim these costs back from your travel insurance – please check your policy wording.
If this happens whilst you are on your holiday, please notify us immediately and we will provide such reasonable assistance as we can in the circumstances. However, we will not be responsible for covering the cost of any curtailment of your holiday, missed transport arrangements, additional accommodation required, or other associated costs incurred by you. Your travel insurance may cover some of these costs for you – please check the policy wording.
- You fail any tests, checks or other measures imposed by a supplier, airline, port or airport, border control authority or other government body or local authority or fail to submit for testing or assessment when requested to do so, and as such you are denied boarding, entry to the destination, access to the travel services or you are otherwise unable to proceed with your holiday, or any part of the holiday, or you are required to self-isolate within the destination. Your travel insurance may cover some of these costs for you – please check the policy wording.
Your holiday experience
You acknowledge that the suppliers providing your holiday will need to comply with national and/or local guidance and requirements relating to Covid-19 and have implemented certain measures as a result. This will likely include specific requirements regarding personal protective equipment, such as use of face-masks by staff (and you may be required to wear a face-mask as well), social distancing, maximum number restrictions on the use of certain facilities, designated alternative entrance and exit routes, mandatory hand sanitisation, limited entertainment options and limited food/drink availability and temperature testing. We do not expect these measures to have a significant impact on your enjoyment of your holiday and all measures will be taken with the purpose of securing your safety and those around you.
Events Beyond Our Control
In these booking conditions, “Events Beyond Our Control” means a situation which is beyond our or the supplier’s control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. Such situations are likely to include, whether actual or threatened, war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, adverse weather conditions, flood, epidemics and pandemics, fire, airport, port or airspace closures, restrictions or congestion, flight or entry restrictions imposed by any regulatory authority or other third party, an FCDO advisory against travel to a particular destination and any other government restrictions on travel. Except where otherwise stated in these booking conditions, we have no liability including for compensation, costs and expenses in such situations.