Adventure Tour Terms & Conditions

Adventure Tour Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions

These Terms & Conditions, together with the information set out in the brochures, preparation information and tour itineraries, form part of your contract with Steloona Ltd T/A ARDVENTURES (“We”); we are a Limited Company, registered in England and Wales (registered no. 07383412) with registered offices at 5 Pool Court, Pasture Road, Goole, East Yorkshire, England, DN14 6HD.

You can contact us at Manor House, Chapel Lane, South Duffield, Selby, YO8 6SY or by calling 01757 638479 or at [email protected]

Throughout these Terms and Conditions, a product refers to a tour or trek described on the website.

1. Booking your tour

1.1. Booking can be done:

1.1.1. On the website

1.1.2. Calling ARDVENTURES on 01757 638479.

1.1.3. Emailing ARDVENTURES via [email protected]

1.2. Any deposit paid is non-returnable.

1.2.1. The amount of deposit required is specified in the description of the product being booked on the website, along with the balance due date, which is the date before which the balance must be paid. The booking is only complete once we have received the deposit and all outstanding balances, and the booking form (sent to you by Ardventures) is completed and received by us. Once completed the cancellation policy applies and we will send you a written acknowledgement of the booking and confirmation of the dates and any payment arrangements. If you are booking within eight weeks of the departure, then the full amount is due at the time of booking. We may not be able to give immediate confirmation of your expedition but may need to call you back after contacting our suppliers.

1.3. Special Requests

1.3.1. Special requests should be made at the time of booking and specified on the Booking Form. Every endeavour will be made to accommodate special requests, but we cannot guarantee that they will be, nor will ARDVENTURES, be liable if special requests are not met.

1.4. Correspondence and other communications

1.4.1. All correspondence will be sent to the first person named on the Booking Form using the first email address supplied on the booking form unless you specify otherwise.

1.5. Final Payment

1.5.1. The balance of any monies outstanding for a booking is due eight weeks before the departure date.

1.6. Prices are for a vehicle with two occupants

1.6.1. A driver and one passenger unless specified in the product description page on the website or on the tour itinerary document. Where a hotel is used a double or twin room will be reserved, depending on your preference made on the booking form and availability at the accommodation used by ARDVENTURES.

2. Passengers under 16

2.1. If you have passengers who are under 16 then you must contact ARDVENTURES before making the booking to ensure you are satisfied that the trip is suitable. The decision on suitability is down to you, however, ARDVENTURES reserve the right to refuse bookings if we determine that the trip is unsuitable for any passengers under the age of 16.

3. Amendments and cancellations

3.1. Amendments by you.

3.1.1.ARDVENTURES will make every effort to help you if you wish to alter your arrangements. Requests for an amendment must be in writing and either posted to the ARDVENTURES address on the website or sent using the [email protected] email address. An administration charge of £30 per person is made to amend your booking once booked, plus any additional costs incurred by the change. Cancellation charges may also apply if changes occur within the designated period. (See table below.)

3.2. Cancellation by you.

3.2.1.All cancellations must be advised in writing, signed by the signatory of the Booking Form and sent by post to ARDVENTURES using the address on the website. Cancellations cannot be processed until the written confirmation is received and are effective on the day of receipt by ARDVENTURES. The following cancellation charges will be payable, depending on the number of days before departure when ARDVENTURES received your notice of cancellation.

Days before departure date when written advice of cancellation received as % of tour price payable

56 to 40 days prior 30%*

39 to 20 days prior 60%*

19 to 14 days prior 90%*

Less than 14 days 100%

3.2.2 Special Events Special Events are exempt from the cancellation policy above and carry a non-refundable deposit clause. This means that in the event you pay a deposit for a special event and later cancel, you will forfeit any deposit paid.

3.3. Amendments by ARDVENTURES.

3.3.1. Great care is taken to ensure that the descriptions, information and prices given in our brochures and any of the supplementary information are accurate at the time of publication. Changes can occur, though, and ARDVENTURES reserves the right to advise you of a change, including a change of price, before accepting your booking.

3.3.2. After a Booking Confirmation, ARDVENTURES shall make every effort to ensure that the products are operated as advertised. In very rare circumstances, ARDVENTURES may have to modify an event or an expedition before you depart. If the modification is significant (that is, if it is a change of destination or a change to alternative date) we will notify you as soon as possible. In this situation, you may accept the modification or you may change your booking to another product.

3.3.3. If you choose another product, which is more expensive than the product already booked, you will be charged and must pay the difference. If you choose another product which is cheaper, you will receive an appropriate refund.

3.3.4. If there is a minor modification before you depart (that is, any change not included in the definition of a significant modification set out above), ARDVENTURES will try to notify you, although it is not obliged to do so, nor is it obliged to pay any compensation.

3.3.5. If ARDVENTURES becomes unable to provide a significant proportion of your expedition after it has commenced, suitable alternative arrangements will be made for you at no extra charge to you or, if this is not possible, you will be returned to your point of departure and given a prorated refund the proportion of the product not received.

3.3.6. This section – Amendments by ARDVENTURES – does not apply in the case of force majeur. Force Majeur means unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond ARDVENTURES control, the consequences of which neither ARDVENTURES nor its suppliers or agents could reasonably be expected to avoid, including, but not limited to, war, threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity (actual or threatened), industrial dispute, technical problems with transport, machinery or equipment, power failure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, drought, adverse weather conditions and level of water in rivers.

3.3.7. Cancellation by ARDVENTURES If you fail to pay the balance of the price for your chosen event or expedition at least eight weeks before departure ARDVENTURES will treat your booking as cancelled and levy the cancellation charges set out in the paragraph above. If ARDVENTURES or any of its authorised representatives is obliged to cancel your expedition in any other circumstances before departure, for example, if insufficient numbers book, ARDVENTURES will use its best endeavours to ensure that you are offered alternative arrangements of a comparable standard or will ensure that you are given a full and prompt refund. ‘Insufficient numbers’ is defined as too few bookings being taken to make the product viable in the advertised form.

3.3.8. Passports and Visas Where relevant, general information concerning passport, visa and health requirements will be sent to you with the Booking Form. Please note, however, that such requirements are subject to change and you must check current requirements before departure. It is your responsibility to obtain all documents required for your expedition. ARDVENTURES cannot be liable if you fail to do so and you will be responsible for meeting any further costs incurred as a result of such failure. No exception will be made from cancellation charges affected as a result of cancellations due to incorrect passport or visa documentation.

3.3.9. Travel insurance You are responsible for arranging your own travel insurance, which should be a comprehensive policy and cover all risks. If you do not already have your own policy, we will be happy to assist you with obtaining suitable insurance cover. Details of your insurance cover must be detailed on the Booking Form or handed to the tour leaders at the meeting. We will require a photocopy of your insurance. We will not accept Bookings without suitable insurance cover that does not include emergency air rescue and medical repatriation.

3.3.10. Travel to and from departure points Costs of travel to and from UK departure points and across other countries to departure points is not included as part of our itineraries unless specified.

3.3.11. Currency fluctuations and guide prices All prices and the detailed itineraries are quoted in Pounds Sterling and include VAT where applicable. For events taking place outside the UK, for which we may have paid local suppliers in their local currency, the Sterling equivalent will have been based on the current rate of exchange. Prices are rounded to the nearest whole GBP. Rates of exchange may be subject to considerable fluctuation during the long validity of our programs. In the event that any such fluctuation causes us to increase any of the quoted prices, we will inform you of such increases at the time of booking. If any price increases become necessary between the time of booking and final payment then the following will occur: If the price increase is 2% or less, we will absorb the increase and there will be no alteration to the price of your expedition. If the price increase is more than 2% you will have the right to choose another product (subject to availability) which is at a more acceptable price or to accept a full refund, should you wish to do so.

3.4. Authority on tour

3.4.1. By completing the booking form you agree to accept the authority and decisions of our staff, tour leaders, agents or suppliers during the expedition. We reserve the right to expel people from a tour if they act in a manner which ARDVENTURES staff, tour leaders, agents or suppliers feel threatens the atmosphere and safety of other clients.

3.5. Acceptance of Risk

3.5.1. Your booking is accepted on the condition that:

3.5.2. You are aware of that the product, in addition to the usual dangers and risk inherent with motor-sport activities, has certain additional dangers and risks including, but not limited to: physical exertion for which you may not be prepared, weather extremes subject to sudden and unexpected change, remoteness from the normal medical services and evacuation difficulties if you are disabled.

3.5.3. You acknowledge that the enjoyment and excitement of adventure travel is derived in part from the inherent risks associated with travelling and undertaking activities beyond the levels of safety at home or work and that these inherent risks contribute to such enjoyment and excitement, being a reason for your participation.

3.5.4. You acknowledge that the nature of this type of activity requires considerable flexibility and you must allow for alternatives. The outline itinerary provided for each expedition is only an indication of what each group may accomplish and does not form a contractual obligation on the part of ARDVENTURES.

3.5.5. You understand that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities, accommodation and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without notice due to local circumstances or events, such as sickness, mechanical breakdown, flight/ferry cancellations, strikes, events emanating from political disputes, entry or border difficulties, climate, blocked routes and other unpredictable or unforeseen circumstances. No refunds will be given for services not utilised. Any additional costs such as flights, additional hotel accommodation, ground transportation or shipment, will be your responsibility and must be paid for directly at the time.

3.5.6. Activities associated with some products carry inherent risks and if you are participating in such activities you may be asked to sign an additional form.

3.6. Passengers under the age of 16

3.6.1. Passengers who travel with you and are under the age of 16 are your sole responsibility for the duration of the tour. You must make sure they are accompanied and are supervised at all times. Under no circumstances can your passengers under the age of 16 be left alone, in the care of other clients on the tour or with ARDVENTURES staff.

3.7. Ferries and other suppliers

3.7.1. Between you and the suppliers of the transport, accommodation and other components making up your event or expedition, the conditions of the Supplier will apply. These conditions may (where relevant) be subject to International Conventions, which may limit, and/or restrict the suppliers’ liability.

3.7.2. Transport timings are provided by the carrier concerned and are subject to such matters as weather conditions, maintenance requirements, the ability of passengers to check in on time. Accordingly, the times of ferries at some locations are estimates only and cannot be guaranteed. ARDVENTURES is not liable for any delay and cannot itself make any special arrangement in the event of a delay.

3.8. If you have a problem

3.8.1. All of the expeditions are hosted by a staff or employees of ARDVENTURES, who are also trained and/or certificated off-road instructors.

3.8.2. If you are unhappy with any aspect of the arrangements while you are on an expedition, you should address your complaint immediately in the first instance to the ARDVENTURES representative and, if appropriate, to the management of the hotel or other supplier whose services are involved, so that ARDVENTURES will have an opportunity to correct the matter during your stay.

3.8.3. Failure to immediately raise the complaint with the ARDVENTURES representative will mean that any rights you may have will be reduced or even extinguished.

3.8.4. If the problem cannot be resolved locally and you wish to complain, full details must be sent to ARDVENTURES in writing by Registered Post to arrive within 30 days of your return from your event or expedition at the address on the website.

4. Purchasing and use of GPX

4.1. All GPX files are verified and the route legal at the time of publishing.

4.2. The status of green lanes can change without notice; it is your responsibility to ensure the lanes included in our GPX files are legal when you drive them.

4.3. No presumption can be made that any lane included in our GPX files are legal beyond the date of publishing.

4.4. Some of the lanes included in our GPX files include river crossings. River crossings can be potentially dangerous and should only be attempted after making the appropriate checks to ensure it is safe.

4.5. Weather conditions must be considered prior to driving a GPX route purchased from our website. A route driven in summer can be pleasant and enjoyable; in winter, the same route can be a much more challenging experience requiring an elevated driver skill level.

4.6. Our routes are not suitable for drivers inexperienced in green lane driving.

4.7. Our routes should never be driven alone.

4.8. Our GPX routes are intended for use by drivers of vehicles with low-box, a minimum of all-terrain tyres with full-size spare and appropriately experienced drivers.

4.9. By purchasing a GPX route, you do so entirely at your own risk and indemnify Ardventures from any liability of whatsoever for any loss arising from the use of any GPX route you have purchased from Ardventures.

5. Coronavirus

5.1 It is your responsibility to ensure you are Coronavirus legislation compliant when travelling with us.

5.2 You shall ensure you are fully vaccinated, have a record of your vaccinations on the NHS app, and are able to present proof of vaccination and photo id upon request.

5.3 We can offer general advice in respect of Coronovirus in terms of what we expect may be required when travelling with us, but any advice offered by any employee of Ardventures is provided purely on an informal basis and shall not be considered final or accurate.

5.4 You shall, for example, if travelling throughout the UK, Europe and/or Morocco, or any other region or country we visit, research the Coronovirus legislation requirements applicable to that region or country and ensure you are compliant.

5.5 If you fail to meet the Coronavirus entry requirement of any region or country we visit and are denied entry, Ardventures shall not be liable for any losses incurred and will not offer refunds in part or full.

5.6 Ardventures’ employees are fully vaccinated and prepared to be challenged for proof of Coronavirus vaccination. However, should your tour guide be denied entry to any region or country, Ardventures shall not be liable for any losses incurred and will not offer refunds in part or full.

5.7 Should the Coronovirus legislation re-entry requirements of the UK change while you are overseas and you are forced to quarantine on return to the UK, Ardventures shall not be liable for any costs and/or losses incurred.

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