1.1 When you make a booking you confirm that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms and conditions set out below. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. You must check this confirmation carefully and raise any queries immediately upon receipt. Your contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions which are governed by English law and any claim or dispute will be subject to the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live in those places and wish to do so.
1.2 All holiday arrangements are subject to availability at the time of booking. No contract shall be made until the deposit (or full price, depending on the date of travel) has been paid, whether or not a booking confirmation has been issued. If the deposit and/or balance is not paid in time, we reserve the right to cancel your holiday and/or retain your deposit.
1.3 A booking can only be made by a person aged 18 years or over. All passengers who, at the time of departure, are under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
2.1 We will inform you of the up to date price of your selected holiday at the time of booking. You will then receive a booking form and pay a deposit or full price depending on what you booked via our site. You will be informed of the total deposit payable at the time of booking.
2.2 We reserve the right to make changes to and correct errors in advertised prices at any time before your holiday is confirmed. We will advise you of any error of which we are aware and then of the applicable price at the time of your booking. Once the price of your chosen holiday has been confirmed at the time of booking we will not increase or decrease the price of your holiday.
2.3 Our prices are correct at the time of quotation based on the Financial Times exchange rate on the day. Should the rate of exchange fluctuate by more than 10% between the time of quotation and the date of travel, we reserve the right to adjust the prices accordingly. The prices given are based on current levels of Government taxation and VAT stipulations. Should these change, we may need to adjust quotations given however we will not make any such adjustments once full payment has been received.
2.4 A flight that is described as direct is one where there is no need to change aircraft during the journey. However, stops may be made en route for re-fuelling or to let passengers on/off if necessary. Details of any stops will be provided on your itinerary.
3.1 If you have any mobility restriction or other disability, health problems or food allergies which may require special treatment or assistance at any time during your holiday, you must advise us at the time of booking. Whilst we will make every effort to accommodate you, we regret that we cannot guarantee to be able to meet any particular special request unless we have specifically confirmed this in writing. If we reasonably feel that we are unable to accommodate the needs of any client who has particular health requirements, we must reserve the right to decline their reservation or, if full details are not given at the time of booking, cancel when we become aware of these details and apply cancellation charges as described in Clause 7 of these conditions.
3.2 Special requests such as room location, flight seating, particular facilities, dietary requirements etc. must be made at the time of booking. We will pass on your request to the hotel or airline but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated. We will also pass on any dietary requests to airlines but we recommend that you check directly with the airline upon the issuing of your tickets.
4.1 A deposit of 20% of the total value of the holiday will be taken at the booking stage plus any advance payments that need to be made to airlines, hotels, etc, unless otherwise advertised. The balance of payment for your holiday is due a minimum of 12 weeks prior to your departure date from the UK. In the event that your booking is made less than 10 weeks prior to arrival, we will require full payment at the time of booking. On occasion, a deposit or earlier payment may be required for certain accommodation or services and we will advise this on confirmation. Unless payment has otherwise been discussed or advertised.
4.2 All payments must be made in pounds sterling and all cheques must be drawn on a UK bank.
5.1 Your holiday contract is with MCA Trave, registered in England (Company no. 12657905) and shall be referred to below as “The Company”.
5.2 All bookings with the Company incorporate the Booking Conditions set out below and are deemed to have been accepted by you in full.
5.3 The Contract is made with the Company upon the Company posting confirmation of your booking to you.
5.4 Your contract with the Company and any matters arising from it shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and is subject to the jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales, unless you are resident in Scotland or Northern Ireland, in which case you may choose those respective jurisdictions.
5.6 Some of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in this brochure/on this website (delete as appropriate) are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed in this brochure/on this website Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to :www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.
“Your Financial Protection”
“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). ATOL protection is supplied by our partners.
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
6.1 (By you / By us) Cancellation can mean the cancellation of all services or part of them, including amendments that result in the release of hotel accommodation either partial or total. For example, if you booked for 14 nights in one hotel originally and then amended to 7 nights, this could be construed as a cancellation. It should also be noted that on such bookings where a “free nights” or a ”buy one get one free” formula was applied to the initial cost, this may affect the costing of the whole holiday which would need to be advised again.
6.2 Cancellation by you
If the holiday is cancelled by you, for any reason, the following charges will apply:
Up to 70 days prior to departure: deposit
70-55 days prior to departure: 10% of remaining holiday cost plus deposit
56-42 days prior to departure: 30% of remaining holiday cost plus deposit
41-32 days prior to departure: 50% of remaining holiday cost plus deposit
31-0 days prior to departure: 100% of remaining holiday cost plus deposit
In all the above cases, the deposit will always be retained by us. Also, any payments or deposits already made to airlines or hotels will also be charged / retained.
There may be circumstances when these conditions do not apply (they could be stricter than the above or more flexible) and we will advise this on a case by case basis.
6.3 If you change your booking:
6.3.1 If, after our confirmation invoice has been forwarded to you, you wish to change your holiday in any way, we will do our best to meet your request but it may not always be possible. Any such request must be in writing from the person who made the booking or from your travel agent. There are no administration charges but any further costs we incur in making the changes, such as extending the number of days or upgrading the hotel(s) will be passed on in the re-costing process. Once airline seats have been paid for, often before your final balance has been paid to us, it may not be possible to change without canceling the seat with full charges and re-booking a new one.
6.3.2 You may also transfer a booking to another person, provided that the new passengers meet the requirements of these booking conditions and provided that we are notified in writing not less than 14 days before the departure date. We will not, however, confirm such a booking transfer until all costs and charges incurred by us (including any charges and costs levied by a supplier) have been paid. Please note that scheduled airlines normally regard name changes as a cancellation and rebooking and any alteration may incur a 100% charge. We reserve the right to require the balance of the holiday price or any other sum due under the contract to be paid before we confirm the booking transfer. Where we do not impose such a condition, both the original passengers and the new passenger shall be responsible for the payment of any sum due to us and both shall also be responsible for obtaining any necessary travel documents.
6.3.3 Please note certain rail/flight tickets may not be transferable after a reservation has been made and any alteration could incur full cancellation charges for that part of the holiday. Most airlines do not permit name changes to tickets once issued and any transfer of a booking to another person may therefore result in a charge equivalent to the full cost of the flight or alternative means of travel.
6.4 Cancellation by us:
6.4.1 If for any reason we are forced to cancel your holiday we will refund any monies paid in full. On top of that, we will pay the following compensation:
Up to 70 days prior to departure: no compensation
70-55 days prior to departure: £50
56-42 days prior to departure: £75
41-30 days prior to departure: £125
29-15 days prior to departure: £150
14-0 days prior to departure: £200
6.5 Force Majeure
6.5.1 Force majeure is defined as unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the company’s control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided by the company even with the exercise of all due care and include, but are not limited to, war or threat of war, riot or civil strife, political unrest, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, alteration to the schedules of flights by airlines, pandemics, disease, changes in aircraft type, natural disaster, fire, sickness, weather conditions such as hurricanes and floods, acts of any port, airport, governmental or public authority, technical problems to transport, aircraft grounding, nuclear disaster, Acts of God or volcanic ash disruption.
6.5.2 In the event that we have to cancel or change your holiday plans due to force majeure (changes will only be made in full consultation with you) then we will do our utmost to reimburse any monies that have been paid, aside to what you can claim from your insurance policy.
6.5.3 Changes will only be made if it is considered unsafe by the Company, or the British Government, to execute those arrangements.
6.5.4 We will do everything we can to keep any alternative arrangements within the same cost boundaries as the original holiday. Rest assured, if force majeure necessitates the curtailment of a holiday, we will do everything in our power to assist you and we or our local representatives will be available to help at all times during any such crisis.
6.5.5. In the event that any country or Government closes their border or prevents travel into a certain city / area for any of the above reasons, we will again do our utmost to assist in claiming back any monies not covered by insurance but there is no compulsion or law that states hotels or ground suppliers are bound to refund monies in these situations (please see clause 11.5.1 in our insurance section)
6.6 Voluntary Curtailment
6.6.1 Should you wish to end your holiday earlier than the booked departure date, the following conditions apply:
a) If the reason is due to illness of you or someone else in the party, you should claim from your travel insurance provider. We will do our utmost to avoid any cancellation charges from accommodation and ground service providers but cannot guaranteed the outcome.
b) If the reason for cutting short your holiday is due to work or family commitments, then you may be able to claim from your travel insurance provider if the policy is very comprehensive.
c) Should you decide to move accommodation or cut short your holiday due to dissatisfaction with the hotel or any other service provided, we insist that you advise us immediately of any criticism that would lead to such a decision so we may have a chance to put it right. If we are not advised of a problem when it arises, we will not refund or offer compensation.
6.7 Accidental Curtailment/Cancellation
6.7.1 In the event that you miss a flight we will do all we can to make alternative arrangements for you although you would have to pay for any costs incurred unless the Company was liable for the transportation involved in getting you to the airport.
6.7.2 Travel tickets and hotel, car hire or other service vouchers are only valid for the dates shown and it may not be possible to transfer to different dates.
6.7.3 Under EU Law, you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from an airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delays. Full details of these rights will be available at EU airports and from the airline concerned. Please note however, that reimbursement is the responsibility of the airline and does not entitle you to a refund of your holiday price from us: you must make a claim with your travel insurance provider for this.
6.8 Forced Curtailment by Us
6.8.1The Company reserves the right to cancel your holiday without any obligation to refund or make alternative arrangements where in our reasonable opinion your behaviour brings the holiday to an end or where the Company does not receive your payment on time in accordance with Condition 1.
7.1 Amendments by you:
7.1.1 If amendments to the program mean the cancellation of services already booked, the cancellation conditions stipulated in clause 3.1 apply.
7.1.2 If additional services are added at any point after the final invoice has been settled we will be delighted to accommodate any requests you have. Certain services, particularly flights, domestic or otherwise, and specialist activities such as hot air balloon rides may not be available at the time you request them so the longer the period of notice you give us, the more chance you will have of getting what you want, when you want it.
7.1.3 Amendments on timings of services such as pick up times from hotel for sightseeing are not normally a problem. On occasion, it may not prove possible. Most such changes can be made on the spot but if you are having any issues, please contact our representative or us.
7.1.4 If you want to amend the name of someone in your party travelling, it is possible that the airline will charge 100% to change the booking (i.e. you pay twice for the flight) unless you are exercising your rights under Regulation 10 of the Package Travel Regulations 1992 to transfer your booking to another person when you are prevented from travelling.
7.2 Amendments by us:
7.2.1 On occasion, it may be necessary to make changes to your itinerary, particularly in the more remote parts of the world where the places you are visiting either have limited access due to infrastructure/climate or the governments of those countries have full control of tourist attractions and areas and can decide to close/amend opening times at will.
7.2.2 On occasion, it may be necessary to make changes to flight times. We only use scheduled airlines so these are minimal, but where a booking is made a long time in advance (10 months or more prior to departure), flight schedules and departure/arrival airports can change. Where this happens, we will do whatever we can to limit the inconvenience caused.
8. HEALTH AND SAFETY – Liability
8.1 We have taken precautions to ensure the hotels and services that we provide for our clients have been checked with regard to compliance with local insurance requirements and vehicle safety checks. Hotels have been checked and largely comply with the highest standards set down by European law.
8.2 In some instances, because of the nature of the construction or other unavoidable issues, a hotel may not be able to comply with certain conditions of the EU health and safety recommendations, despite being of a superior standard. In such cases we will inform you of anything we feel is poignant.
8.3 Our commitments to you:-
8.3.1 Where you do not suffer personal injury or death, the Company accepts liability should any part of your holiday arrangements booked with us not be as described in the website or not be of a reasonable standard. Subject to 8.3.3 below, the Company will pay you compensation. Our liability in all cases shall be limited to a maximum of 2 times the original costs of your travel arrangements.
8.3.2 Where you suffer death or personal injury as a result of an activity forming part of your holiday arrangements with the Company, we accept responsibility subject to 8.3.3 below. Where such death or personal injury arises in the course of air travel, sea travel or hotel accommodation, the Company’s liability and/or the amount of compensation you will receive will be limited in accordance with the provisions of any relevant International Conventions, copies of which are available upon request.
8.3.3 The Company accepts liability in accordance with 8.3.1 and 8.3.2 above except where the cause of the failure in your holiday arrangements or any death or personal injury you may suffer is not due to any fault on the part of the Company or its servants, agents or suppliers, and was your own fault, or the actions of someone unconnected with your holiday arrangements or due to unusual or unforeseeable circumstances or events which could not have been anticipated or avoided by the Company or its servants, agents or suppliers, even with the exercise of all due care.
8.3.4 It should be noted that the acceptance of liability on the part of the Company referred to in 8.3.1, 8.3.2 and 8.3.3 above is subject to assignment by you of your rights against any servant, agent or supplier of the Company which is in any way responsible for the failure of your holiday arrangements or any death or personal injury you may suffer.
8.3.5 It should be noted that the acceptance of liability on the part of the Company referred to in 8.3.1 and 8.3.2 above is subject to Condition 8.3.6 below.
8.3.6 Where you book an optional excursion whilst on your holiday, or where the Company makes excursion arrangements on your behalf, whether before departure or whilst in resort, and you make payment for this directly to the relevant supplier, we accept no liability for any consequential failure in your excursion arrangements, or any death or personal injury you may suffer. If you, or any member of your party, suffer death, illness or injury whilst overseas arising out of an activity which does not form part of your package travel arrangements or an excursion arranged through us, we shall at our discretion, offer advice, guidance and assistance. Where legal action is contemplated and you want our assistance, you must obtain our written consent prior to commencement of proceedings. Our consent will be given subject to you undertaking to assign any costs or benefits received under any relevant insurance policy to ourselves. We limit the cost of our assistance to you or any member of your party to £5,000 if indeed we are proven to be liable.
8.3.7 We cannot be held responsible for any adverse effects felt during or after Spa or Ayurvedic treatments. Minor side effects are sometimes part and parcel of treatment plans, particularly with Ayurvedic treatments. If you are in any doubt as to whether a treatment may adversely affect you, please consult you GP prior to departure. You must also advise us and/or the Spa/Ayurvedic centre of any pre-existing medical conditions as they may prohibit certain treatments.
9.1 The price of your travel arrangements is subject at all times to surcharges for increases in transportation costs such as fuel, scheduled airfares and any other airline surcharges which are part of our contract between airlines (and their agents) and any other transport provider. The price is also subject to cost changes arising from government action such as increases in VAT or any other imposed increases and changes to currency exchange rates, any or all of which may result in a variation of your holiday price.
9.2 In the case of price increases, we will absorb an amount equal to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. Only amounts in excess of 2% will be surcharged. If this means that you have to pay more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you may cancel your travel arrangements and receive a full refund of all monies paid.
9.3 Decreases will be calculated on the same principles. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice.
10.1 The information contained on our website is given in good faith and believed to be correct at the time it is given.
10.2 If any facilities referred to therein are withdrawn, altered or restricted, the Company will advise you at the time of booking or as soon as the Company is notified by the supplier of the changes. It may be that facilities are withdrawn for maintenance purposes at short notice and therefore the Company will not be informed by the supplier. The Company does not accept liability for this.
11.1 The Company is fully insured in case of liability connected with injury or death where the Company or any of its suppliers are found liable for an incident.
11.2 It is a condition of booking a holiday with the Company that a comprehensive travel insurance policy is taken out, particularly in order to meet any cancellation fees, medical bills, repatriation costs or legal fees, which are usually the most costly aspects of any serious claim. We would recommend a policy that covers a minimum £25,000 of legal fees and £1 million in medical costs and repatriation.
11.3 It is imperative that you take out your insurance at the time of booking to cover that holiday period and you ensure that the policy will pay out the full cost of the holiday. Please note that it is not safe to assume that this would be automatic since the cost of some holidays is much higher than some insurance policies would cover.
11.4 By choosing not to be insured you agree to indemnify the Company against all costs, losses and liabilities which we may incur and which are not our liability under this contract and which would have been avoided had suitable insurance cover been taken by you. In particular we bring your attention to the issue of holidays which cannot be taken due to flights being cancelled, for any reason.
11.5 When you book your insurance policy please ensure that the following points are covered:-
11.5.1 If the airline cancels the flight for any reason at all, but particularly adverse conditions (including ash clouds), the insurance will pay out the total cost of the holiday should the insured not travel at all (that is total cost, minus what the airline are bound to refund in the event they cancel the flight). A key point here is that the insurance does not have a cap that is less than the total cost of ground services, accommodation and internal flights combined. It should also cover the cancellation and reimbursement of any specialist arrangements booked in the country of destination such as cruises.
11.5.2 You are covered for recovering the partial cost of holiday, e.g. if you were delayed by 2 days due to snow and needed to recover the cost of the first 2 nights of accommodation and services.
11.5.3 You are covered for extending your stay should you get stranded in your holiday destination for any reason (e.g. ash cloud or snow at home preventing flights from landing). It is all insurable. Try also to get associated expenses for food and drink as this can also add up over a long delay.
11.5.4 Please ensure that your insurance policy covers refunds for all passengers should the holiday need to be cancelled in the event that one just person cannot travel, e.g. assuming that 2 adults and 2 children are travelling: if one person is unfit to travel resulting in all passengers being unable to travel, you must ensure that your insurance policy will refund the costs for all 4 passengers, not just the one person who cannot travel.
11.5.5 The Company will not be responsible for any losses incurred due to a holiday being unable to take place because of force majeure forcing the cancellation or curtailment of a holiday. Force majeure includes, but is not limited to, war (or threat of war), riots or civil strife, political unrest, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, alteration to the schedules of flights by airlines, pandemics, disease, changes in aircraft type, natural disaster, fire, sickness, weather conditions such as hurricanes and floods, the action of any port, airport, governmental or public authority, technical problems to transport, aircraft grounding, nuclear disaster, Acts of God or volcanic ash disruption.
In the event of force majeure occurring we will do our utmost to recover monies from suppliers if it is appropriate. The remainder must be covered by your insurance policy or you agree to cover these losses.
12.1 The carrier companies that provide the transportation for your travel arrangements produce conditions of carriage which form part of your contract both with us and with the carrier companies. You may ask for copies of the relevant conditions of carriage from our offices.
13.1.1 Passport names: you will require a passport to travel to countries featured on our website. It is your responsibility to provide us with the full names of all passengers exactly as they appear in their passports. Once flights have been ticketed, should amendments to flight tickets have to be made due to spelling mistakes which are not our fault, you may incur additional fees and possibly even the cost of a new flight. We will not be liable for any additional fees, charges or ticket purchases.
13.1.2 Passport expiry date: it is your responsibility to ensure that the passport expiry date(s) for each person travelling are at least six months after your return date.
13.1.3 Visas: we strongly recommend that you double check your personal visa requirements in sufficient time before travelling.
13.1.4 Inoculations: we highly recommend that you speak to your GP or other health professional regarding inoculations and ensure that these are procured in sufficient time before travelling. Please note that some countries require you to carry a copy of proof that you have received inoculations before allowing you entry/exit.
13.1.5 It is your responsibility to check with the UK government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office for entry requirements to the country that you are visiting.
13.1.6 Travelling with children: please check any specific entry requirements if you are travelling with children that are not your own or if only one parent of the child is travelling. Anti child-trafficking regulations in South Africa and surrounding countries are particularly strict and may require an affidavit from the non-travelling parent. This is your responsibility to arrange: we will assist you wherever possible.
15.1 For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, MCA Travel are a data controller. In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements we need to collect certain personal details from you. These will include, where applicable, the names and addresses of party’s members, credit/debit card or other payment details and special requirements such as those relating to any disability or medical condition which may affect the chosen holiday arrangements and any dietary restrictions which may disclose your religious beliefs. If we need any other personal details, we will tell you before we obtain them from you.
15.2 We are obliged to pass on some of your personal details to the companies and organisations who need to know them so that your holiday can be provided (for example your airline, hotels, transport companies, credit/debit company or bank). The information may also be provided to security or credit checking companies, public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them, or as required by law.
15.3 We have appropriate security measures in place to protect the personal details you give us.
15.4 Where your travel arrangements are to take place outside the European Economic Area (EEA), controls on data protection in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will not, however, pass any information on to any company and/or organisation not responsible for providing any part of your travel arrangements.
15.5 Where you provide us with personal details relating to any special requirements such as those mentioned above, you consent to this information being passed onto any organisation or companies responsible for any part of your travel arrangements whether in the EEA or not. If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, we cannot provide your travel arrangements.
15.6 We are entitled to assume you do not object to our doing any of the things mentioned above unless you tell us otherwise in writing.
15.7 You are generally entitled to ask us (by letter or e-mail) what details of yours are being held or processed, for what purpose and to whom they may be or have been disclosed. We may charge a fee to respond to such a request. In limited circumstances we are entitled to refuse your request.
15.8 Except where expressly permitted by the Data Protection Act 1988, we will only deal with the personal details you give us as set out above unless you agree otherwise. For example, if we wish to use any of your personal details for marketing purposes, we will tell you this when we ask for your details and give you the opportunity to say no if you do not wish us to do so.
16.1 The published prices offered for our group tours are an estimate based on current airfares available. As we approach the date of departure it is likely that these fares will rise.
16.2 Likewise, airlines and timings are subject to change depending on what is available at the time you book. Departures from regional airports may also become restricted.
16.3 The prices offered assume a group of 10 or more travelling together. Should the number of passengers on any departure not reach 8 then we will offer the booking members the chance to take a trip using a new price based upon actual numbers booked or cancel with a full refund. The decision will be made 10 weeks prior to departure.
17.1 We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties.
18.1 Payment by you of deposit and/or balance confirms your acceptance of our terms and conditions.