Around the World by Private Jet
October 29 – November 20, 2013
Faculty: Maurie McInnis, Professor of Art History, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs, University of Virginia
Price: Double Occupancy: $67,950
Single Supplement: $8,500
Registration is Open
Join us for an extraordinary 23-day journey around the world by private jet, to explore the most treasured and legendary places on Earth—places that have inspired and captured the imagination of humankind for centuries. Climb the terraced steps and touch the seamless walls of the ancient Inca citadel, Machu Picchu. Feel the protective gaze of the Easter Island moai statues. Bask in the radiant beauty of lush tropical Samoa. Immerse yourself in the underwater splendor of the Great Barrier Reef. Welcome the sun among Angkor Wat's astoundingly beautiful temples and watch it set amid Africa's greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania. Stand enthralled before the majesty of the Taj Mahal. Come face-to-face with the mysterious Sphinx in the company of the ancient Pyramids. Explore the colorful souks and treasures of Berber kings in the celebrated medina of Fez. Throughout the journey, you will experience the ultimate in convenience, security, and service. Fly from one destination to the next on our specially outfitted Boeing 757 private jet, which gives us the freedom and flexibility to follow our own schedule and adjust the routing if necessary—even while an expedition is in progress. Accompanying you will be a talented team of experts from renowned educational organizations. Travel worry-free with a professional expedition staff and flight crew, including a dedicated physician and an expedition chef. Delight in sumptuous banquets accompanied by traditional entertainment, and unwind in the world's finest accommodations.
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- Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu, Peru
Marvel at how Incan and Spanish cultures intertwine in Cusco, and visit Machu Picchu, the great citadel abandoned by the Inca and rediscovered in 1911.
Enjoy the hospitality and unspoiled beauty of tropical Samoa, considered to be the cradle of Polynesian culture.
- The Great Barrier Reef or Daintree Rain Forest, Australia
Immerse yourself in the colorful world of one of the largest coral reef systems, or explore the Daintree Rain Forest with a member of the Kuku Yalanji tribe.
- Angkor or Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Explore the aweinspiring Angkor Wat temples, or delve into Cambodia's recent history at Phnom Penh.
- Easter Island, Chile
One of the most isolated places on Earth, Easter Island is home to the enormous and mysterious moai statues, silent clues to the island's vanished culture.
- The Taj Mahal & Jaipur, India
Explore the Taj Mahal, one of the greatest architectural works of all time; and visit the palaces, forts, and temples of Jaipur, known as India's "Pink City.
Enjoy a safari adventure in the Serengeti National Park during the annual migration; or visit Ngorongoro Crater and witness a staggering concentration of wildlife.
- Luxor & The Pyramids, Egypt
Venture into the tombs and temples of legendary pharaohs in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings. Then admire the ancient Pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx.
- Fez, Morocco
Wander the colorful souks and explore the treasures of Berber kings in the celebrated medina of Fez.
Fine Accomodations throughout.^ back to top
All meals throughout the trip.^ back to top
Name: Maurie McInnis, Professor of Art History, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs, College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Maurie McInnis has worked extensively on the connections between American and Europe during the colonial and early republic period, with a particular emphasis on the Grand Tour, that is, the educational journey undertaken by young men and women as they traveled in Italy in search of the ancient and Renaissance past. She has authored dozens of articles, and written four books that have won National Book Awards. She works regularly with museums on exhibitions. She teaches large lecture classes including the Art History survey class. She has traveled throughout Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, and North Africa and led many tours for both students and alumni. She also served as the Academic Dean for the University’s Semester at Sea, a study program that sails around the world. Maurie completed her undergraduate work at UVA, later studied at Christie’s in London, and received her doctorate from Yale University.^ back to top
DAY 1 – October 29
Depart your hometown independently on a commercial flight to Orlando, Florida. Meet your fellow travelers and the expedition staff at a welcome dinner at our fine hotel. The Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Sacred Citadels of Vanished Civilizations
Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu or The North Coast, Peru
DAY 2-4 - October 30 – November 1
Fly to Lima, once a thriving capital in Spain's New World empire. Arrive in the evening, and enjoy a fine dinner at our hotel. Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima
We take a local flight to Cusco, center of the Andean world for centuries. See the historic district where Spanish Baroque palaces, a beautiful cathedral, and the grand Plaza de Armas were built directly on foundations laid by the Incas. Marvel at the treasures of the Pre-Colombian Art Museum, where we will meet with master Andean weaver Nilda Callañaupa, who works with traditional weavers throughout Peru to preserve the rich textile arts of this country.
The next day, travel on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train through the spectacularly scenic Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu. This sacred citadel was abandoned by the Incas, reclaimed by the jungle, and lost to history until it was rediscovered by the explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Examine the artfully cut stone altars, temples, fountains, staircases, and terraced gardens that make this one of the world's most extraordinary archaeological treasures. Hotel Monasterio, Cusco
Alternative: Instead of visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu, head to Northern Peru to visit the temples of Chiclayo and Trujillo, where the richest burial chambers ever found in the Americas were discovered. See where the ancient Moche and Chimu peoples lived, including Chan Chan, the largest adobe city in the world. Visit Huaca de la Luna and learn more about this extraordinary site at the National University of Trujillo Archeological Museum. At the Museum of the Royal Tombs of Sipán, discover Peru's ancient Mochica culture. Costa Del Sol, Chiclayo; Libertador,Trujillo; and Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima
DAYS 5 and 6 - November 2 – 3
Fly more than 2,300 miles westward across the Pacific Ocean to Easter Island. Scattered with mysterious, colossal stone statues called moai, the island is an open-air museum of the ruins of a lost culture. Since the island was first seen by Europeans on Easter Sunday in 1722, it has been the subject of debate. How did its native people first arrive? What transpired over the centuries? What do the tall, brooding statues mean? Explore many parts of this island—a UNESCO World Heritage site—with renowned archaeologists Claudio Cristino, Edmundo Edwards, and Patricia Vargas, who will reveal the stories behind the moai, ceremonial centers, and petroglyphs. Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
DAY 7 - November 4
Cross the International Date Line
We continue our voyage across the Pacific, crossing the international dateline. We lose a day en route and arrive in Samoa the following afternoon.
Unspoiled Natural Beauty and Traditional Polynesian Culture
DAY 8 – November 5
Samoa's beautiful chain of volcanic islands enchanted Robert Louis Stevenson, who called it home and wrote many stories featuring its people, customs, and beliefs. Visit Vailima, Stevenson's last home, now a museum restored to show the lavish comfort he and his wife enjoyed while they lived in this Polynesian paradise. During dinner at our hotel, enjoy a fia fia—a colorful performance of traditional dance and song. Aggie Grey's Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa, Apia
The Great Barrier Reef or The Daintree Rain Forest, Australia
Natural Wonders and Aboriginal Culture of Australia
DAYS 9 and 10 - November 6 – 7
We land in Cairns and transfer to Port Douglas, on the shores of the South Pacific Ocean. From here, venture out to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest known coral reef in the world and home to an exceptionally rich variety of marine life. Visit the northern reaches of the Reef where the fish and coral are the most diverse, to snorkel among the rainbow variety of corals with schools of triggerfish, unicornfish, bumphead parrot fish, and sea turtles. Sea Temple Resort & Spa, Port Douglas
Alternative: Instead of exploring the Great Barrier Reef, discover the natural wonders of the world's oldest rain forest—the Daintree—approximately 90 million years older than the Amazon rain forest. Go on a Dreamtime walk in Mossman Gorge with an Aboriginal guide, a member of the Kuku Yalanji group, to learn about his people's legends and special relationship with this unique tropical environment.
Angkor Wat or Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ancient Cultural Treasures of Southeast Asia
DAYS 11, 12 and 13 - November 8 – 10
Fly by private jet to Siem Reap, our base for a leisurely exploration of Angkor, the heart of the ancient Khmer Empire and home to one of humankind's greatest architectural triumphs. Visit the stunningly beautiful Angkor Wat temple complex, and survey its massive towers, carved murals, colonnades, and courtyards that exemplify classic Khmer architecture. At Angkor Thom, explore the famous Bayon Temple and the Terrace of the Elephants; and wander among the ruins of Ta Prohm, still tangled in the thick roots of banyan trees. If you wish, you may visit Angkor Wat at sunrise, then join monks for a blessing ceremony at a local temple; and visit the Kok Dong Primary School to meet local children and teachers. On our last evening in Cambodia, enjoy a fine dinner at our historic luxury hotel and see a performance of classical Apsara dance by exquisitely costumed dancers who recall the celestial beings seen in the sculptures of Angkor Wat. Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
Alternative: Instead of visiting Angkor Wat, travel by commercial air to Phnom Penh and spend the day exploring Cambodia's recent history at the Tuol Sleng (Genocide) Museum and Choeung Ek, the infamous "killing fields." You will also have the option to see Khmer dynasty treasures at the Royal Palace, or the National Museum of Cambodia, or wander the lively and labyrinthine Russian Market. Return to Angkor in the afternoon of our third day in Cambodia and enjoy a fine dinner and Apsara performance with fellow travelers. Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
The Taj Mahal and Jaipur, India
Treasured Masterpieces of the Mughal Dynasty
DAYS 14 and 15 – November 11 - 12
Board our private jet and fly to Agra, India, site of the famous Taj Mahal. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned this astoundingly beautiful monument in the 17th century as a tribute to the memory of his second wife Mumtaz Mahal. A masterpiece of the Mughal Empire, the monument soars majestically above the banks of the Yamuna River. Wander this enchanting work of art, which incorporates and expands on Persian, Hindu, and Islamic styles. Admire the Taj Mahal's lovely form among the reflecting pools and gardens that surround it, and examine its intricate mosaics made of precious stones.
Reboard our private jet and fly to Jaipur, the "Pink City," named for the rose color of its prominent buildings that were painted for a citywide makeover to honor a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1876. See the unique Palace of the Winds, an oasis for women of the court who discreetly observed palace activities from behind latticed windows. Visit the sumptuous City Palace and its museum to see royal artworks and artifacts, including exquisite robes, toys from the royal playroom, and antique weaponry. Explore the whimsical Jantar Mantar, an 18th-century observatory with enormous and sculptural astronomical tools. The next day, gather for a gala Rajasthani dinner and traditional entertainment. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
The Serengeti Plain or Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
An Unmatched spectacle of Scenery and Wildlife
DAYS 16 and 17 – November 13-14
Depart India in the morning and fly by private jet to Tanzania, where no other country on Earth has more land devoted to national parks and game reserves. We land in Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will transfer to private local aircraft to venture into one of two different areas of Tanzania.
Take a short flight to the Serengeti National Park, site of the most complex and least disturbed ecosystem on Earth. Begin your safari from the moment you land in the bush with a game drive en route to your lodgings. Later, venture deep into the southern edge of the park, where the annual migration is expected to pass during our visit, and be surrounded by the beauty of the land and the staggering concentration of animals. Africa's densest "big cat" predator populations (lions, cheetahs, and leopards) thrive here. Wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, impala, and giraffe also abound, and although these animals are protected from human hunters, they may not be spared by the "big cats," as we may witness while exploring this area. Bilila Lodge.
Or descend into the Ngorongoro Crater to observe the permanent population of about 25,000 animals in the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Along with great herds of wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra, you may also see the "big five" (rhinoceroses, lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo). Spend your nights here at a lodge perched on the crater's rim. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.
Luxor, The Pyramids and The Sphinx, Egypt
Treasures of the Divine Pharoahs
DAYS 18, 19 and 20 – November 15 - 17
Arrive in Luxor and head to the Luxor Museum to view its stunning collection of statues, bas-reliefs, and mummies.
Spend the next morning in the Valley of the Kings, where we visit the tombs of divine pharaohs, including King Tutankhamun. Stop at the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the longest reigning female pharaoh and one of history's great leaders. See the Colossi of Memnon, two enormous statues that are all that remain of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III, who commissioned many of the monuments and temples in Luxor. Visit Medinet Habu, the best-preserved mortuary temple in the area; and gaze up at colorful reliefs detailing the triumphs of Ramses III, often considered the last great pharaoh. Sail the Nile River in a felucca, a traditional sailboat.
Then visit the Great Hypostyle Hall and temples at Karnak, the largest ancient religious site in the world, described by the ancient Egyptians as "the most perfect of places." In the evening, enjoy a gala dinner. Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa On our last day in Egypt, we board our private jet and fly to Cairo. Transfer to Gîza to visit the Pyramid—including the 4,500-year-old Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). After a luncheon in view of the Sphinx, we reboard our private jet and continue on to Morocco.
Note: We expect to visit Egypt as planned; however, if for any reason we are not able to visit Egypt, we will instead visit the wondrous "lost city" of Petra in Jordan or another destination. In any case, we are prepared to ensure an extraordinary experience.
Legacies of Berber Kings
DAYS 20 (continued) and 21 – November 17-18
After seeing Gîza's legendary monuments, we reboard our private jet and fly to Fez, Morocco. Bounded in the ninth century, Fez is the most complete medieval Islamic city in the world and continues to be considered the spiritual, cultural, and intellectual capital of Morocco. Visit Fez-el-Bali, a colorful medina and the oldest part of town. Wander this UNESCO World Heritage site, a maze of narrow streets filled with fountains, restored medieval-period madrassas, and mosques, most notably the exquisite Kairouyine Mosque. Peruse the fine wares at bustling souks and hidden fondouks, where Morocco's traditional arts and crafts flourish. Observe tanners, silk dyers, brass workers, and other skilled artisans who carry on with fascinating centuries-old traditions. Near the medina, at Fez el J'did, view the imposing gates of the Royal Palace that are covered with rich zellige tile work. Enjoy a farewell cocktail party followed by a fine meal of traditional Moroccan delicacies. Palais Jamai Fes
DAY 22 – November 19
Morocco / Orlando, Florida
In the morning, our private jet departs Morocco and returns to Orlando, Florida where we can enjoy a casual meal and a night's rest before returning home. Hyatt Regency International Airport, Orlando
DAY 23 – November 20
Orlando, Florida / Homeward
Following breakfast, connect with your regularly scheduled commercial flight home.
$67,950 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $8,500 per person, double occupancy rates.
- All private jet flights
- Meals for the entirety of the trip
- Educational program
- Philanthropic contributions
- For your protection and peace of mind, all payments are secured in a bank escrow account that is fully insured by the U.S. Federal Government.
Does not include:
- Commercial airfare to and from Orlando, Florida is not included.
How To Register
Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and the best time to reach you.
A deposit of $2,500 per person is required to reserve your spot.
The deposit may be made by check; wire transfer; or by a major credit card such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. If you pay your initial deposit by credit card, it is fully refundable until you sign the Reservation Form. The second and final payments are payable by check or wire transfer only
Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.^ back to top
General Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions & Operator-Participant Contract
TCS & Starquest Expeditions, Inc. (Operator), 3131 Elliott Avenue, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98121, a qualified tour operator, will organize and administer the Around the World by Private Jet expedition (Expedition). Operator, as the principal, is responsible to you for arranging and providing all of the services and accommodations offered in connection with the tour, provided, however, that in the absence of gross negligence on our part, we are not responsible for personal injury or property damage caused by the air carrier, hotel, or other suppliers of any of the services being offered in connection with this expedition. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger; the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time expedition participants are not aboard their conveyance. Operator shall not be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider, and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause(s) beyond their control. The participant waives any claim against Operator for any such loss, damage, injury, or death. By registering for this expedition, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants. Operator reserves the right in their sole discretion to accept, decline to accept, or remove any participant on this expedition and reserves the right, subject to the terms of this Contract, to withdraw any part or all of the trip and to make such changes as may be necessary. Operator shall not be liable for any air carrier’s cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket to or from the participant’s departure city of the Around the World by Private Jet expedition.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Reservations and Payment: To reserve your place on the Expedition, complete the Reservation Form and return it with your deposit of $2,500 per person. The deposit may be made by check; wire transfer; or by a major credit card such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. If you pay your initial deposit by credit card, it is fully refundable until you sign the Reservation Form. The second and final payments are payable by check or wire transfer only, made out to a secure escrow account according to the following schedule:
February 3, 2013 departure: Make checks payable to “ATW1-13 Escrow.” The second payment is due June 4, 2012. Final payment is due October 3, 2012.
October 29, 2013 departure: Make checks payable to “ATW4-13 Escrow.” The second payment is due March 1, 2013. Final payment is due June 28, 2013.
Fax or mail to TCS & Starquest Expeditions, 3131 Elliott Avenue, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98121; fax to 206-447-7717. Or call 800-454-4149 or 206-254-0228. If the expedition is fully booked when your reservation is received, your payment will be returned within 7 days, or with your authorization, we can retain the deposit and place your name on a waiting list in the event other passengers cancel their reservations. Even if you authorize us to put your name on a waiting list and retain your deposit, we will notify you within 7 days that the expedition is fully booked.
Security Agreement: Your payments are held in an escrow account at The Commerce Bank of Washington, 601 Union Street, Suite 3600, Seattle, WA, 98101-1342. Participants are protected by a Letter of Credit #592 issued by The Commerce Bank of Washington. Any claims against this letter of credit must be filed with TCS & Starquest Expeditions, Inc. or The Commerce Bank of Washington within 60 days of the termination of the expedition. After that time, TCS & Starquest Expeditions, Inc. and The Commerce Bank of Washington will be released from liability under the security agreement.
Expedition Price: The expedition price of $67,950 per person (double occupancy) with a $8,500 single supplement includes a privately chartered Boeing 757 that departs from and returns to Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. Included in the price are deluxe or best available accommodations and all applicable taxes in the destinations and options as indicated in the brochure, from arrival at the first destination through departure from the final destination, according to the itinerary. All meals beginning with dinner on the first night of the expedition and ending with the last day of the expedition are included. Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the expedition; all taxes; group transportation; excursions; complete program of special events and activities, including an extensive program of customized options at most destinations; enrichment program including lectures by a team of experts; services of professional staff, including an expedition physician, to assist you throughout the trip; cost of philanthropic activities; amenities package; $100,000 medical evacuation insurance for covered reasons; bottled water throughout the program (during sightseeing, at scheduled meals, and in your room); Internet access, where available; all beverages, including liquor, aboard the private jet; liquor during special events and cocktail parties on land; house wine and/or beer at lunch and dinner, and coffee, tea, milk, and soft drinks at all scheduled meals on land; baggage handling during the expedition; and tips or gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, and waitstaff are included. Any tips or gratuities not specifically mentioned as included in the total expedition price will be at your discretion. Not included in the price is commercial airfare between your home city and Orlando, Florida; optional and additional accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; passport and visa fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, and fax charges; all beverages not mentioned above as included; hotel mini-bar charges; meals not scheduled by the Operator; and inoculation and medication costs of any kind. Except for “major changes” as described below, no refund will be made for any accommodations or services included in the expedition price that you voluntarily do not use.
Airfare: We are happy to assist you in reserving commercial flights from your home city to Orlando, Florida, and from Orlando, Florida to your home city, in the class of service that you prefer. Please ask for details.
Insurance: Trip cancellation, health, and accident insurance are available for purchase; we will send you more information upon registration. These important protections can save you money if you are forced to cancel or alter your trip. Insurance premium payments are subject to the policies of the insurance carrier.
Baggage: On the private jet, each passenger is limited to 90 pounds of checked baggage in 2 bags (one limited to 50 pounds and the other limited to 40), plus a few smaller carry-on items such as a backpack, purse, camera, and/or laptop. For international flights, the air carrier’s liability is limited to the actual value of the baggage but not more than 1,000 Special Drawing Rights, approximately $1,250 per passenger, unless a higher value is declared at the time of check-in and an appropriate excess valuation charge is paid. Baggage, when not handled by the Operator, and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.
Aircraft: The private jet flights will be performed using a Boeing 757 jet with 80 VIP-style seats operated by Thomson Airways, Wigmore House/Wigmore Place, Wigmore Lane, Bedfordshire, Luton LU2 9TN England. One of the departures will be operated by Loftleidir Icelandic, 101 Reykjavik Airport, Iceland. Operator and air carrier reserve the right to substitute equivalent aircraft if necessary.
Cancellations & Refunds: If you cancel your reservation, your right to receive a refund is limited, as set forth in the following schedules. All cancellations will become effective as of the date of the postmark or email receipt. All requests for refunds must be sent to us in writing via mail, fax, or e-mail.
For the October 29, 2013 departure:
If your notice is received...
You will receive a refund of all deposits less a...
On or before March 1, 2013 $1,000 per-person cancellation fee.
From March 2 to April 29, 2013 $5,000 per-person cancellation fee.
From April 30 to June 28, 2013 $ 15,000 per-person cancellation fee.
After June 28, 2013 No refund.
Refunds will be made within 14 days of receipt of your notice of cancellation.
Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. If you cancel and provide a substitute participant for this trip, you will receive a full refund of money paid toward the price less an administrative charge of $25 for effecting the substitution once the substitute participant has paid in full. Please note that the costs for visas, commercial air tickets, insurance, suite upgrades, and pre- or post-expedition independent arrangements may not be refundable. If we make major changes prior to departure, you have the right to cancel and receive a full refund. The following are major changes: (1) a change in the departure or return date, unless the change results from a flight delay experienced by the air carrier (If, however, the delay is longer than 48 hours, it will be considered a major change.); (2) a change in the origin or destination city for any flight leg, unless the change affects only the order in which cities named in a tour package are visited; (3) a substitute of any hotel of lower standard; (4) a price increase of more than 10 percent occurring 10 or more days before departure. In no event can we increase your price less than 10 days before departure. If a major change must be made in the program, we will notify you within 7 days after first learning of the change, but in any event at least 10 days prior to the scheduled departure. If, less than 10 days before scheduled departure, we become aware that a major change must be made, we will notify you as soon as possible. Within 7 days after receiving notification of a major change, but in no event later than departure, you may cancel your reservation and you will receive a full refund within 14 days after canceling. If a major change occurs after the departure of the flight, which you are unwilling to accept, we will refund, within 14 days after your scheduled return date, that portion of your payment, which applies to the services not accepted. If we must cancel the expedition, we will notify you in writing within 7 days of the cancellation, but in no event later than 10 days before the scheduled departure date. We have no right to cancel the tour less than 10 days before departure, except for circumstances that make it physically impossible to perform the tour. If that occurs, we will notify you as soon as possible, but not later than the scheduled departure date. If the expedition is canceled, we will make a full refund to you within 14 days after cancellation. The rights and remedies made available under this contract are in addition to any other rights or remedies available under applicable law. However, we offer refunds under this contract with the express understanding that the receipt of that refund by a traveler waives the additional remedies.
Itinerary Changes: The itineraries and staff presented in this brochure are subject to modification and change by Operator. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate the program as planned; however, should unforeseen world events and conditions require our itinerary to be altered, we reserve the right to do so for the safety and best interest of the group.
International Flights: The operation of these flights is subject to the foreign governments involved granting landing rights for the flight. If the air carrier cannot obtain these rights for any particular flight leg of the expedition, that flight leg will be canceled and alternative arrangements may be made, at the discretion of Operator.
Health Requirements: This is an active program, which requires you to make a realistic assessment of your health. All participants are expected to be in active good health, to enjoy traveling as part of a group, and to be ready to experience cultural differences with grace. Walking and climbing stairs are required in many hotels and airports, to board the aircraft, and are part of many excursions. Prior to traveling, we highly recommend visiting your personal physician for a check-up, so that you may discuss your ability to participate in this type of journey. To go to certain destinations or participate in certain activities, such as visiting a high-altitude area (7,500 feet above sea level and higher) including Cusco and Machu Picchu in Peru, you will need to obtain your physician’s approval. A form will be sent to you for your physician to sign. An alternate destination or activity can be arranged, if your physician recommends it. Malaria and other diseases are present in some of the countries featured in this itinerary; proof of yellow fever inoculation is required. For the latest recommendations on specific health precautions for the areas you will visit, consult your physician and the Centers for Disease Control. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment should be reported in writing when the reservation is made. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate travelers with special needs; however, we regret that we cannot accommodate wheelchairs. If you require a slower pace, extra assistance, or the use of a cane or walking stick, arrangements will be made for private touring at each destination, if necessary, at the discretion of our tour staff. Any extra cost for such arrangements will be the responsibility of the traveler. If you would like to forego some of the scheduled sightseeing to rejuvenate and relax, please feel free to do so at any time.
Photography & Video: We reserve the right to take photographs and/or videos (the “Photography”) during the Expedition and to use the Photography for promotional purposes. Participants who prefer their images not be used should notify us in writing before the commencement of the Expedition.
Single/Shared Accommodations & Suite Upgrades: A limited number of single rooms are available at extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis. We will do everything possible to assist persons requesting a roommate. If one is not confirmed, the single rate will be charged. Suite rooms are available in some destinations; more information about them, including their extra costs, will be sent to you in the months before departure.
Foreign Visa Documents: To participate in Expedition, entry visas may be required for some countries. Acquiring necessary visas is the responsibility of the participant. Failure to receive visas does not negate the terms and conditions. Any extra costs for rerouting participants without visas will be the responsibility of the participant.
Basis of Rates: All prices are based on two persons sharing a room. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars. The rates are based on current tariffs and are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, if it is necessary to levy a surcharge, we reserve the right to do so and will notify you at the time of final invoicing. Operator reserves the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate. In such a case, a full refund of the expedition cost will be made.
By registering for the Around the World by Private Jet expedition, the participant agrees to the Operator-
Participant Contract, Responsibility Statement, and Terms and Conditions herein.
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