10-Day Borneo Wildlife & Discovery Escorted Tour

SANDAKAN - SEPILOK - SUKAU - KINABATANGAN RIVER - KOTA KINABALU - GERAMA MANGROVE RIVER - MARI MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE - KUCHING - SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE

Discover Borneo, a multicultural state rich with tropical nature and wildlife. Get to observe man's closest relative, "the Orang Utan", and other wildlife such as sun bears, hornbills, and proboscis monkeys. Explore the natural beauty of Borneo, as you observe the feeding and nursing of orangutans and the endangered Malayan Sun bear, as well as jungle trekking safaris to observe wildlife in their natural habitat.

This itinerary goes one step further and includes authentic cultural experiences and the opportunity to visit traditional tribal homes, to truly immerse you in the region. See for yourself the fascinating Gerama mangrove river and dine on a variety of local cuisines.

 This Discovery tour of Borneo is a nature lovers delight!

 

Trip code : BOR03T

Duration : 10 days

Destination : Borneo

Travel Dates : 2021/2022

  • Cruising the Kinabatangan River in search for wildlife in this rich and unique ecosystem
  • Exposure to the unique Borneo wildlife: orangutans, proboscis monkey and sunbear at special sanctuaries
  • If you are lucky, you can see orangutans and pygmy elephant up close
  • Visit award winning cultural villages in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching to experience ethnic tribes lifestyle
  • Enjoy the charms of historic Kuching and discover Kuching’s colonial history
  • Explore the diversity of ethnic groups in Borneo
  • Visit the Palace of Great Happiness”. Built in 1637, it is strategically placed at the confluence of two rivers, the Po Chu and the Mo Chu.
 

Upon arrival at Sandakan Airport, you will be met & transferred to your hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day free at leisure.

Remarks:

- Hotel standard check-in time is 1500hrs

- Early check-in is subject to availability and additional charge

After breakfast, you will be  picked up from your hotel & will depart for a 30 minute drive to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. At this Centre, observe man’s closest relative “the Orang Utan” being rehabilitated to return to their natural habitat in the wild and experience a walk in the Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo. Witness the feeding of Orang Utan at 1000hrs at the feeding platform and proceed to the Orang Utan Nursery.

Later, continue to the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre. The Centre that has managed to improve the living conditions of the rescued sun bear and release their natural behaviour in the 2.5ha enclosed forest.

After lunch, check into the resort, located at one of the oldest tropical rainforest in the world.

This morning we proceed to Sandakan jetty, for a scheduled boat departure at 1200hrs, for an hour boat ride to cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary. This is a wonderful journey of discovery which starts from the waters of Sulu Sea of Sandakan Town through the magnificent scenery of the Mangrove Forest. Lunch is at Abai Jungle Restaurant. 

After lunch, cruise up river to Sukau village in search of primates especially the Endemic Proboscis Monkeys, birds and other wildlife. Arrive at Sukau and check in at Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge.

Late afternoon, enjoy a river cruise to Menanggul River, a small tributary of the Kinabatangan.

Return to lodge for dinner and overnight.

Wake up to the calls of gibbons and hornbills. In the early morning, take a river trip to the Ox Bow Lake to observe wildlife and experience the early morning river ambience. Return to the lodge for breakfast, then the morning is free at leisure.

After lunch, walk around; relax on the sun deck while reading your favorite book from the mini library and enjoy the river view. In the late afternoon, take another river cruise to search for more wildlife.

After breakfast, transfer by boat back to Sandakan.

Upon arrival proceed to the airport with lunch en-route at the local restaurant before your flight departure to Kota Kinabalu.

You'll be met upon arrival at Kota Kinabalu Airport by the local guide and transferred to your hotel to check-in, where you can rest & relax.

This morning meet at the hotel lobby to begin your tour of KOTA KINABALU CITY. We will have lunch en route at a local restaurant.

Malaysia’s “Land Below The Wind”, Sabah, is a vast state yet its capital, Kota Kinabalu is relatively small.

This tour brings you to the defining places clustered in the city including the Atkinson Clock, which is the oldest structure in entire Sabah (since 1903). It survived World War II and still serves to keep time today. Signal Hill is the city’s highest point and observation view on its deck goes as far as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park islands while the City Mosque is very new and is surrounded by a man-made lagoon. You’ll visit the Sabah Museum where plenty of artifacts can be found, the Sabah Foundation building and the local handicraft market to pick up handmade souvenirs (pearls are abundant there) .

After breakfast, we meet at the hotel lobby and travel to the MARI MARI CULTURAL VILLAGE (approx. 04 hours).

As you enter through the suspension bridge, you will be fascinated with the sight of a river flowing. Visit each tribe’s traditional house and do some in house activities and stopover at demo huts.

After the performance, you will be led to the Dining Hall for about 15 minutes to shop, take photos or just relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Enjoy delectable traditional and fusion cuisines for lunch before the end of the tour.

Transfer back to your hotel after the tour.

Check-out from hotel and we transfer to Kota Kinabalu Airport for departure flight to Kuching.

Upon arrival at Kuching Airport, meet and greet by local representative and continue with KUCHING CITY TOUR (approx. 03 hours). 

The perfect introduction to Sarawak’s historic capital, this tour includes Kuching’s Chinatown, the Cat Statue (Kuching means “Cat” in Malay), the colorful Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple, the Civic Centre Viewing Platform and the world famous Sarawak Museum. Return via the golden-domed City Mosque and passing through Old Kuching, crammed with spice dealers and textile shops. Pass by the heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, the Pavilion, the Square Tower, the Court House, the Charles Brooke Monument and the Post Office. We will view the Astana, the former residence of the White Rajahs from across the river at the Kuching Waterfront.

Transfer to your hotel after the tour, check-in and freshen up. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

After breakfast meet at the hotel lobby and travel to the SARAWAK CULTURAL VILLAGE (approx. 04 hours). 

This award-winning living museum showcases Sarawak’s unique and diverse cultures in an accessible, visitor friendly setting just 35 minutes from Kuching. The seven authentic traditional buildings are set amidst a scenic 17 acre site and are populated by members of Sarawak’s many ethnic groups, going about everyday activities. These include wood and bamboo carving, beadwork, weaving, sago-making, sugar-cane crushing, pepper-growing and the preparation of bird’s nests. Visitors can learn how to throw a Malay spinning top, shoot a Penan blowpipe or pick out a tune on an Orang Ulusape. The tour concludes with a colorful multi-ethnic cultural performance in the village’s air-conditioned mini-theatre. 

Transfer back to hotel after tour. The rest of the day free at leisure.

Check out from the resort and transfer to the airport for your departure flight o your next destination 

***Important Note***

For operational reasons and passenger safety, Tweet World Travel and its suppliers reserve the right to change, vary, modify or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour/cruise as considered necessary.

This itinerary is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

All of our tours require a reasonable level of fitness. Every traveller on our tours is required the ability to walk around sights on uneven surfaces in both urban and rural / mountainous areas unaided. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps.

Please read our itinerary carefully for outline of fitness level to help you select the right holiday for you.

Important notes:

• All persons must be fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.

• All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
Our Small Group Tours are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of just two guests.

Our group size ranges from only 2 to 16 people. This means less of your precious time is wasted waiting for others, allowing you to have more time to enjoy your holiday.

For group tours with 10 travellers or more, in addition to the tour guide, we will provide a dedicated tour director (free of charge) who will escort the tour from the beginning to the end.
We provide a wealth of dining experiences and venues. Most meals during the tour are at famous restaurants, with the menus handpicked and planned to highlight a perfect mix of Local and Western cuisines.

Our itinerary features sumptuous Welcome and Farewell Dinners for a delightful, authentic culinary experience, whereas the special Chef’s Table experience will take you on an unparalleled culinary demonstration and beautiful menu to feast on.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.
When travelling with Tweet World Travel, you will indulge in a seamlessly opulence travel experience. We hand-pick the premium quality resorts, hotels or lodges, ensuring that each night of your itinerary finds you welcomed and comfortably settled in either historically iconic, culturally rich, or coveted high-design hotels full of authentic local charms. You will stay at the heart of each destination, adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness.

• Room Information: All rooms are air-conditioned, Fridge/ Mini Bar in room, Safe box in room
• Triple Share: Available upon request
• Bedding Configuration: Double or twin bedding (subject to availability).
• Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms: Available upon request (subject to availability).
• Laundry service is available at hotels/resorts where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used
• Massage service is available at hotels where you will stay during the tour and will incur additional charges if used.
After purchase, you will receive a Booking Confirmation and Passenger Information Form by email. Within 24 hours of purchase you need to send us a copy of your passport together with your Passenger Information Form.

After purchase, you are required to make a deposit or full payment for your order. Please note most of our deposit is non-refundable. Please check your booking and your invoice for the Terms and Conditions which apply specifically to your booking.

If you would like to cancel your booking, please refer to our cancellation terms.

Please notes:
• Any special requests, preferences MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form
• Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges
Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $105 per person will be incurred. This is only valid for a one-time use (claim).

Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 15 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise to the same destination, departing in the same year (once only) without any applicable cancellation charges or penalties.

The new tour/cruise must be at the same cost or higher but cannot be at lower cost than the initial cruise/ tour booked. If the passenger chooses the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 15 days prior to departure.

Importance notes:
• Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making the deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable
• Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares or third-party fees and charges.
• Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.
• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours. It is your responsibility to make sure your room is secure.
Tipping is not compulsory and is not included in this package. We believe that if you choose to tip, you should only pay for the service you receive.

In general, tipping is widely accepted as a way to show your appreciation of good service but is not compulsory. Tipping is expected and often makes up a large part of people's wages.

• If you are happy with services provided by your tour guides and drivers, a tip is appreciated. Recommended tips - For the guides and drivers - $6US per day per passenger.

• If travel on a river cruises and happy with the services provided by your crews and service onboard. Recommended tips - For the crews and guides - $10US per day per passenger.
You must carry your own luggage from/to the coach and to/from the hotel or cruise. The driver and his assistance will assist with the uploading/off-loading of your luggage.

All of our tours will include internal flights within the tour, which allow 20kg of check-in luggage and 7kg of carry-on luggage per passenger. A surcharge may apply for oversized/overweight luggage subject to the airline's policy.

Please note:

• You will be responsible for all your personal belongings while on the tours/cruises. It is your responsibility to make sure your room/cabin is secure.

• Tweet World Travel will not be liable for any loss or damage to your luggage or other personal belongings.
Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure.

If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.
10-Day Borneo Wildlife & Discovery Escorted Tour

 

FIRST-CLASS SERVICE

  • 24/7 local assistance and travel guidance
  • Airport Meet-and-Greet welcome service with local tour guide
  • Professional Tweet World Travel tour director
  • Small group with a maximum of 16 guests
  • A unique "local-host" experience exclusively offered by Tweet World Travel

ACCOMMODATION

  • Stay at excellent hand-selected high-quality 4-star plus accommodation in central location or adjacent to monuments or strategically at the edge of a wilderness. 

SIGHTSEEING

  • Entrance fees at monuments
  • All local government fees & taxes
  • Cruising excursions
  • Wildlife safari on Kinabatangan River
  • Localhost experience
  • Visit Sandakan memorial to pay tribute to the fallen Allied soldiers during World War 2   
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary

TRANSPORTATION

  • Internal flights within the tour in the economy cabin
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles 
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • A sit-in-coach transfer from Sandakan pier to the airport
  • Locally based professional drivers 

TOUR GUIDE & TOUR LEADER

  • English-speaking local tour guides who live and breathe the destination – they will bring your itinerary to life
  • On top of local tour guides, this tour will be escorted by an experienced tour director. He or she will oversee your entire journey, accompany you every day and connect you to the people, places and encounters in a way you’ll never forget.

MEALS

  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner
  • A Unique & Varied Dining Experience 
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners (B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner)

 

Please note this is an Escorted Tour, we only guaranteed departure if have 10 passengers or more. 

Please note:  this tour doesn’t include the entry visa for the country it travels to. Make sure you have acquired a valid visa before travelling and joining the tour. Check whether a single entry or multiple entry visa is required/ available.

When assisting with an international travel booking, we assume that all travellers in the booking have a valid  passport. Passports must be valid for the countries through which a ship or tour passes. It is the responsibility of each passenger to ensure the validity and conformity of their passport. 

It is the customer’s responsibility to make sure that the travellers have the valid visas and/or correct visa type to enter the destination country they are travelling to. Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such an event occurs, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. Please check our Terms & Conditions for penalty for “no-show”.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information.

If you require us to assist with visa application in less than 60 days before your departure date, an additional fee of $120 per person will be required for visa processing, on top of the visa fee. 

Important Note:

  • All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and most countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine‐readable passport.
  • Some countries require visas and re‐entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities.
  • It is your sole responsibility if any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not satisfying the requirements of those authorities.

BORNEO

Travellers visiting Malaysia for tourism can obtain a visa on arrival for stays of up to 90 days. If you violate your visa conditions or overstay your visa, you could face penalties including fines, detention and/or deportation. Always check the dates on the visa stamp placed in your passport are correct.

Foreigners need to provide biometric fingerprints of both thumbs and index fingers on arrival. Children under 12 years of age and visitors with finger disabilities are exempt from this procedure.  Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date you intend to return to Australia. 

If you arrive with less than six months validity remaining on your passport, you could be denied entry and deported – even if you intended staying for just a few days. Carry photo identification with you at all times. You'll need your passport to travel between Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak).

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

I. DEFINITIONS

These Terms & Conditions set out the terms on which you contract with Tweet World Travel Pty. Ltd (ACN 608 371 277), its subsidiaries and brands, including but not limited to Tweet World Travel, Tweet World Cruises, Worldwide River Cruises, Asia School Tours, Tweet World Tours, Asia Online Tours, CroisiCruises, (collectively referred to in this document as “Tweet World Travel”, “we”, “our” or “us”) for the delivery of travel arrangements for your trip.

These terms and conditions apply to bookings you make with our consultants (in-store, on our websites, over phone or by email); with your own travel agents, as well as online bookings you make on our websites. Please make sure your travel agent or our consultant advise you of our terms and conditions.

Please read the following terms and conditions carefully. You must not make any bookings unless you understand and agree with the following terms and conditions.

II. AGREEMENT BETWEEN USER AND TWEET WORLD TRAVEL

The services of Tweet World Travel are offered to you on the condition of your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein. Your use of the Tweet World Travel constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions, and notices.

III. MODIFICATION OF THESE TERMS OF USE

Tweet World Travel reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices under which the services of Tweet World Travel are offered, including but not limited to the charges associated with the use of the Tweet World Travel service, without notice.

IV. BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. BOOKING

  • Passenger names must be provided exactly as per passport at the time of booking. Any spelling corrections made after a deposit is paid must be sent in writing and will incur additional fees, including any ticket/voucher re‐issue fees and any suppliers’ re-issue fees.
  • After a booking is made, customers / travel agents need to send a scan copy of the travellers/passengers’ passport together with a Passenger Information Form. If these required documents are not received within 3 working days, the respective booking will be void.
  • Tweet World Travel reserves the right to correct any errors in rates quoted/invoice or calculated, or any omissions made at any time during your booking. Any verbal quote given is an indication only of the final price and is subject to confirmation in writing. Even once payment has been paid in full but an error in price has been found, Tweet World Travel reserve the right to correct any error.
  • Tweet World Travel reserves the right to modify the price in case of exchange rate fluctuation while we provide a quote or make a booking for you. We continue to modify exchange rate even after your booking is made. The price is only guaranteed only when a booking is confirmed and a deposit is already paid.
  • Tweet World Travel’s online websites, including but not limited to its online B2B Agent Portal, its distribution system, and its websites listed below, show live availability of its tour and cruises, and the price is updated daily according to the exchange rate. The price is only guaranteed only when a booking is confirmed, and a deposit is already paid.
    • By sending/paying a deposit the customers/ travel agents acknowledge that the terms and conditions are fully understood, and agree to be bound by the terms, conditions and responsibilities set forth.
    • The customers/travel agents also acknowledge and agree that:
      • All persons are fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise operated by Tweet World Travel as outlined in the itinerary.
      • All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
      • It is the traveller and the travel agents’ responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. We will do our best to meet these requests/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that they can always be accommodated.
      • All parties understand that any medical or dietary information provided to us does NOT, under any circumstances, make Tweet World Travel liable if a particular condition exacerbates while on tour or cruise which might affect their ability to participate in any portion of the tour or cruise.
      • Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip.
      • You need to provide us the travellers’ Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to the departure. If the travellers do not have travel insurance prior to their departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund/provide travel credits, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.

 

2. RESERVATION

Travellers can enquire and make bookings via Tweet World Travel’s websites, or via email to Reservation at contact@tweetworldtravel.com.au. Travellers can also make bookings via their local travel agents.

For deposit and final balance policies, please refer to section 3 (Payment & Cancellation)

Payment Method

All payment and fee mentioned in this Terms & Conditions is in Australia Dollar. 

Travellers can make a payment via Bank Transfer, Credit Card, PayPal or Payment Gateway.

If you make payment by credit card, the following Card Fees apply:

  • Visa Credit Card - 1.8% fee and MasterCard Credit Card ‐ 1.76% fee applies.
  • American Express (Amex) ‐ 2.8% fee applies.
  • PayPal – 2.6%
  • For late payment or urgent bookings, please notify us via email at payments@tweetworldtravel.com.au

Payment via TravelPay is an available option to travel agents.

 

3. PAYMENT & CANCELLATION

3.1 ASIA TOUR

3.1.1 FIT (INDIVIDUAL) & PRIVATE TOUR

  • For FIT bookings and Private Tour bookings, you will be required to pay a deposit of $500 per person after your booking is confirmed.
  • The final balance is due 65 days prior to departure.

Any booking valued at or less than $1,000 must be paid in full amount after booking confirmation. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Deposit and Final Balance due dates are specified within your invoice / booking confirmation. If the deposit payment is not made by the specified due date, your booking will be automatically cancelled. If the final balance payment is not made by the specified due date, your booking will be automatically cancelled and the deposit is non-refundable.

If you cancel your booking more than 65 days prior to departure, your deposit is non-refundable, or depends on each package’s terms & conditions.

In case of CANCELLATION made by the travellers before the travel date, a cancellation fee will apply. Each tour package may have a separate set of terms & conditions and will be advised or specified in the booking confirmation. In case a separate set of terms & conditions is not expressly stated, the below booking general cancellation policy will apply:

FIT & Private Tour bookings Cancellation Fee:

  • More than 65 days prior to departure: loss of deposit
  • Between 64 days to 40 days prior to departure: 55% of total price
  • Between 39 days to 31 days prior to departure: 75% of total price
  • Within 30 days of departure: 100% of total price
  • Any ‘no show’: $100% of total price

 

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your unwillingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on cruise/tour. 

 

3.1.2 LARGE GROUP & SCHOOL TOUR (from 15 pax and more)

For Large Group & School booking, you will be required to pay according to the below payment schedule:

  • $700 deposit per person upon signing the Agreement
  • $1500 second deposit per person due 115 days prior to the departure
  • Remaining Balance due 65 days prior to the departure

Deposit and Final Balance due dates are specified within your invoice / booking confirmation:

  • If the first deposit payment is not made by the specified due date, your booking will be automatically cancelled.
  • If the second deposit payment is not made by the specified due date, your booking will be automatically cancelled and the first deposit is non-refundable
  • If the final balance payment is not made by the specified due date, your booking will be automatically cancelled, and all paid deposit is non-refundable.

 

If you cancel your booking more than 65 days prior to departure, your deposits are non-refundable, or depends on each package’s terms & conditions.

In case of CANCELLATION made by the travellers before the travel date, a cancellation fee will apply. Each tour package may have a separate set of terms & conditions and will be advised or specified in the booking confirmation. In case a separate set of terms & conditions is not expressly stated, the below booking general cancellation policy will apply:

                        Large Group Tours & School Tours Cancellation Fee:

  • More than 115 days prior to departure: loss of first deposit
  • Between 115 days to 65 days prior to departure: loss of all deposit
  • Between 64 days to 54 days prior to departure: 85% of total group price
  • Within 55 days of departure: 100% of total group price
  • Any ‘no show’: $100% of total group price
     

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your unwillingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on cruise/tour.

 

3.1.3 SHORT PACKAGES & SHORE EXCURSIONS

  • For Short Packages & Shore Excursions you will be required to pay a deposit of $250 per person after your booking is confirmed.
  • The final balance is due 65 days prior to departure.

Deposit and Final Balance due dates are specified within your invoice / booking confirmation. If the deposit payment is not made by the specified due date, your booking will be automatically cancelled. If the final balance payment is not made by the specified due date, your booking will be automatically cancelled and the deposit is non-refundable.

If you cancel your booking more than 65 days prior to departure, your deposit is non-refundable, or depends on each package’s terms & conditions.

In case of CANCELLATION made by the travellers before the travel date, a cancellation fee will apply. Each tour package may have a separate set of terms & conditions and will be advised or specified in the booking confirmation. In case a separate set of terms & conditions is not expressly stated, the below booking general cancellation policy will apply:

Short Packages, Shore Excursions Cancellation Fee:

  • More than 65 days prior to departure: loss of deposit
  • Between 64 days to 40 days prior to departure: 55% of total price
  • Between 39 days to 31 days prior to departure: 75% of total price
  • Within 30 days of departure: 100% of total price
  • Any ‘no show’: $100% of total price

After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your unwillingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on cruise/tour. 

 

3.2 WORLDWIDE RIVER CRUISES

FIT (INDIVIDUAL) BOOKINGS
 

  • For FIT booking, you will be required to pay deposit of 30% total price after booking is confirmed.
  • The final balance is due 115 days prior to departure

Deposit and Final Balance due dates are specified within your invoice / booking confirmation. If the deposit payment is not made by the specified due date, your booking will be automatically cancelled. If the final balance payment is not made by the specified due date, your booking will be automatically cancelled and the deposit is non-refundable.

Any booking valued at or less than $1,900 must be paid in full amount after booking is made. All airfares must be paid in full at the time of booking.

In case of CANCELLATION made by customers, before the travel date, a cancellation fee will apply. Each cruise package may have a separate set of terms & conditions and will be advised, or specified in the booking confirmation.  In case a separate set of terms & conditions is not expressly stated, the below booking general cancellation policy will apply:

EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE CANCELLATION FEE:

  • More than 115 days prior to departure: $450 per person is non-refundable
  • From 114 days to 91 days prior to departure: 30% of total price
  • Between 90 and 59 days prior to departure: 50% of total price
  • Between 58 and 45 days prior to departure: 60% of total price
  • Between 44 and 31 days prior to departure: 85% of total price
  • Within 30 days prior to departure: 100% of total price
  • Any 'no show': 100% of total price

Additional charges per booking cancellation

  • Administration fees: $50 per person
  • Additional $150 per person charges for themed-weekend and Christmas-market cruises are required.

AMAZON RIVER, VOLGA RIVER, MEKONG RIVER, AFRICAN RIVER CRUISE CANCELLATION FEE: 

  • More than 130 days prior to departure: $750 per person is non-refundable
  • From 129 days to 91 days prior to departure: 60% of total price
  • Between 90 and 59 days prior to departure: 70% of total price
  • Between 58 and 45 days prior to departure: 80% of total price
  • Between 45 and 35 days prior to departure: 90% of total price
  • Within 35 days prior to departure: 100% of total price
  • Any 'no show': 100% of total price

Additional charges per booking cancellation

  • Administration fees: $50 per person
  • Additional $150 per person charges for Christmas cruises, New Year Cruises and themed cruises (Family Cruise, Golf Cruise, Biking cruise etc.)

For all cruises, after the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your unwillingness, early departure, late arrival, or missed days on cruise.

 

4. LATE OR URGENT BOOKING

Any booking made within 115 days before departure will require payment in full immediately when the booking is confirmed.

Bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure will incur a late booking fee of $120 per person and must be paid along with the final payment at the time of booking.

5. AMENDMENTS FEES

After bookings are deposited, any amendment has to be requested in writing and incurs $99 fee per person, plus any additional costs and administrative expenses incurred in arranging the alteration.

Alterations will be made at our discretion and may not always be possible.

6. SAFETY NET PROTECTION 

  • Safety Net Protection is not included in our tour/cruise packages. If you wish to purchase safety net protection, an additional fee of $95 per person will occur. This is only valid for one-time use (claim).
  • Safety Net Protection enables passengers to amend their tour and/or river cruise 30 days prior to departure, to another tour/cruise on the same destination departing in the same year (once only) without incurring cancellation charges or penalties from Tweet World Travel. The new tour must be at the same cost or higher, but cannot be at lower cost than the initial tour booked. If the passengers choose the higher cost option, then the additional difference amount must be paid. However, no modifications shall be accepted less than 30 days prior to departure.
  • Safety Net Protection is payable immediately at the time of making deposit payment. Once purchased, Safety Net Protection is not refundable  
  • Safety Net Protection does not apply for airfares, or third-party fees and charges.
  • Safety Net Protection allows for amendment ONLY, not cancellation.

 

7. TRAVEL VOUCHER

Travel voucher will be issued by Tweet World Travel and sent to customers/travel agents from 15 -30 days prior to departure. Make sure the travellers have obtained our travel voucher before travelling.

If the traveller travel without our provided travel voucher, they might be denied embarking/joining our services. It is your responsibility to contact us or your travel agents to obtain all necessary travel documents. If our services are booked by the travel agents, it is the travel agents’ responsibility to collect travel vouchers and any necessary documents and provide that to the travellers.

Please make sure you read and understand the travel vouchers, and that the travel voucher matches your booking/your customers’ booking. If there is any unbooked services / mistakes, you have to contact us or your travel agents immediately to rectify. Once the traveller already embark our cruise or join our tour at the destination, we are not liable for any unbooked services / mistakes.

It is the customers/travel agents’ responsibility to make sure that the travellers have the valid visas and/or correct visa type to enter the destination country they are travelling to. Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such event occur, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deem as “no-show”. The respective tour/cruise booking will be cancelled with the applicable cancellation charge.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information.

 

8. SURCHARGE

We reserve the right to surcharge the cost of your booked travel arrangements prior to commencement for circumstances beyond our control such as currency devaluation, fuel or air fare surcharges, airline schedule changes, minimum passengers requirements or the imposition of new or amended Government charges.

 

 

V. CANCELLATION

  1. CANCELLATION BY CUSTOMER
  • Please check with your travel agents / our consultant before cancelling or amending a Travel Product.
  • For a specific tour / cruise package, a separate cancellation policy might be set out and applied to your booking.
  • For specific cancellation terms made by customers, please refer to section 3 (Payments & Cancellation). Each cruise and tour package may have a separate set of terms & conditions and will be advised, or specified in the booking confirmation. In case a separate set of terms & conditions is not expressly stated, the above general cancellation policy will apply.

 

  1. CANCELLATION BY TWEET WORLD TRAVEL
     
  • For group set departure, if the minimum number of the group is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel or vary our tour & cruise 110 days prior to departure. If this event occurs, an alternative guaranteed travel date will be offered. Should these options not be acceptable by you, Tweet World Travel will offer travel credits to be used up to 24 months less visa cost, fuel surcharge and any other cancellation fees.
  • If a booking is cancelled or varied prior to departure due to unforeseeable circumstances such as, but not restricted to, severe weather conditions or force majeure, Tweet World Travel will either change your travel arrangements as reasonably practicable to ensure your safety and invoice you for any additional costs. Tweet World Travel will offer credits to any unused part of your holiday package for future travel up to 24 months.
  • During your cruise, in the event of strike, bad weather, or force majeure conditions endangering the operation of the vessel safely or extraordinary circumstances, Tweet World Travel may at all times and without notice, advance or delay a departure or a stopover or, if need be, change ports of call, and may not be held responsible in the event of cancellation, earlier or later departure or arrival, modification or substitution. Tweet World Travel will offer credits to any unused part of your holiday package for future travel up to 24 months. Tweet World Travel will not be liable to any additional associated costs incurred to the travellers whatsoever.
  • Force majeure events are beyond our control, including but not limited to war, civil disobedience, terrorism, insurrection, accident, explosion, sickness, epidemic, pandemic, fire, floods, severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government, alteration or cancellation of scheduled air services, accidents to or failure of machinery or equipment or industrial action.

 

  1. CANCELLATION BY THIRD-PARTY PROVIDER
     

Tweet World Travel acts as a principal who organises your tour & cruise. Tweet World Travel may contract with a third-party provider to assist in the running of our trips.

If the Third-Party Providers change its schedules, or cancel their service for reasons beyond our control, we will use our reasonable endeavours to notify you.

If any such changes result in your Travel Product costing more or otherwise being materially different, then you may cancel the Travel Product. This may result in a monetary refund to you or travel credits to use in the future. The refund/credits may subject to cancellation and admin fees charged by us. Please check with your travel agents/ our consultant before cancelling or amending a Travel Product in these circumstances.

VI. RESPONSIBILITY

Only when we are the principal supplier to you of travel arrangements or other services which we control, then we will provide those travel arrangements and services with reasonable skill and care. 

We will not be responsible for any loss, damage, claim or expense caused by the acts or omissions of yourself, of any other third party who might be contracted with the provision of the travel arrangements or services, or due to an event of Force Majeure.

 

Tweet World Travel has no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. We disclaim and will be exempt from liability for anything to do with the supply of third parties' services.

 

VII. LIABILITIES

Unforeseeable circumstances such as force majeure, adverse weather, flight rescheduling and faults with transportation or road conditions may also have an effect on the tour itinerary after the commencement date. We strongly urge all customers to undertake a high level of personal responsibility in order to ensure that possessions, equipment and personal documents are closely monitored and protected at all times. We also strongly advise all customers to purchase appropriate travel insurance to protect you from financial loss and personal injuries in the event of an emergency.

You acknowledge and agree that there are inherent risks involved in participating in the cruise/tour and other activities, including without limitation of possible contact with native flora/fauna, local residents, unforeseen events (force majeure) and travel in remote locations.

By making a booking, you agree to accept all risks associated with the cruise/tour and other activities. You agree to unconditionally release us from all liability, including without limitation in contract and in tort, for any cause or action, including any injury, damage, loss, cost, delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly as a result of the inherent risks associated with the tour, or any force majeure events or other events which are beyond our control, including but not limited to war, civil disobedience, terrorism, insurrection, accident, explosion, sickness, epidemic, pandemic, fire, floods, severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government, alteration or cancellation of scheduled air services, accidents to or failure of machinery or equipment or industrial action.

If our tours and cruises are affected in any way by a force majeure event, we may in our discretion vary or cancel any itinerary or arrangement in relation to the tour as we consider necessary, without incurring any liability to you.

Third-party service providers are not our agents or employees and are not under our direct control. We therefore do not warrant the performance of any service provider. We do not accept, and you release us from, all liability for any injury, loss, damage, costs or expenses, including without limitation any property damage or personal injury, that you may suffer which arises out of any act or omission of a service provider or operator who provides services in connection with your tour. Any claim that you may have in relation to a service provider should be raised directly with that service provider.

You are responsible for any injury, loss, damage, costs or expenses arising through your own fault. You agree to indemnify us against all actions, proceedings, claims, demands, expenses and costs (including legal costs on a full indemnity basis and whether incurred by or awarded against us) as a result of, or arising in relation to, whether directly or indirectly, your participation in the tour or any act or omission by you in relation to the tour.

To the extent permitted by law, we do not accept any liability in contract, or otherwise for any injury, damage, loss (including consequential loss), delay, additional expenses or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by the acts, omissions or default, whether negligent or otherwise, of third party providers over which we have no direct control. We do not accept any liability for any loss (including consequential loss or any associated costs) caused in case a third party provider becomes insolvent and goes out of business. Any payment already made to the third party provider in such case might be unrecoverable, and no refund will be made.

Under circumstances where our liability cannot be excluded and where liability may be lawfully limited, such liability is limited to the remedies required of us under applicable law (including the Australian Consumer Law). This liability clause is subject to your rights under the Australian Consumer Law and nothing in these terms and conditions is intended to limit any rights you may have under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).

VIII. AGENT RESPONSIBILITIES

It is the travel agents’ responsibility to ensure that all invoice, itinerary details and documentation issued by Tweet World Travel are received and correct and that the customer is aware of amendment and cancellation conditions and other clauses in these Booking Terms & Conditions. Travel agents are also responsible to pass on Tweet World Travel’s Terms & Conditions by the time clients make the booking.

After a booking is made, travel agents need to send a scan copy of the travellers/passengers’ passport together with a Passenger Information Form. If these required documents are not received within 3 working days, the respective booking will be void.

Travel voucher will be issued and sent to travel agents from 15 -30 days prior to departure. Make sure the travellers have obtained our travel voucher before travelling.

If the traveller travels without our provided travel voucher, they might be denied embarking/joining our services. It is your responsibility to contact us or your travel agents to obtain all necessary travel documents. It is the travel agents’ responsibility to collect our travel vouchers and any necessary documents and provide that to the travellers.

Please make sure you read and understand the travel vouchers, and that the travel voucher matches your booking/your customers’ booking. If there are any unbooked services / mistakes, you have to contact us or your travel agents immediately to rectify. Once the traveller already embarks our cruise or join our tour at the destination, we are not liable for any unbooked services / mistakes.

It is the travel agents’ responsibility to make sure that the travellers have the valid visas and/or correct visa type to enter the destination country they are travelling to. Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such event occurs, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. The respective tour/cruise booking will be cancelled with the applicable cancellation charge.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information.

IX. CLIENT RESPONSIBILITIES

it is your responsibility to advise us your departure and arrival time, or any changes or delays you might encounter.

If you do not notify us in a timely manner, your arranged Airport Transfer Service is not responsible for any missed pick up in those circumstances. If you arrive on a delayed flight and miss your allocated pick up, you will need to make alternative arrangements at your own expense.

If no notification is received from you or your agent, your arranged Airport Transfer Service will pick you up as scheduled and attempt to wait for your scheduled arrival up to 2 hours. If your delay is longer than this waiting period you will have to make alternative arrangements at your own expense.

If you book our services through a travel agent, make sure you collect your travel voucher and any other necessary documentations included (e.g. visa) 7 day prior to departure. You are responsible to check all details and documents are correct for your booking.

It is the customers’ responsibility to ensure that all invoice, itinerary details and documentation issued by Tweet World Travel are received and correct and that the customer is aware of amendment and cancellation conditions and other clauses in these Booking Terms & Conditions. You acknowledge that you fully understand and agree to Tweet World Travel’s Terms & Conditions by the time of booking.

After a booking is made, customers need to send a scanned copy of the travellers/passengers’ passport together with a Passenger Information Form. If these required documents are not received within 3 working days, the respective booking will be void.

Travel voucher will be issued and sent to the customers from 15 -30 days prior to departure. Make sure all travellers have obtained our travel voucher before travelling.

If the traveller travels without our provided travel voucher, they might be denied embarking/joining our services. It is your responsibility to contact to obtain all necessary travel documents.

Please make sure you read and understand the travel vouchers, and that the travel voucher matches your booking. If there is any unbooked services / mistakes, you have to contact us or your travel agents immediately to rectify. Once the traveller already embarks our cruise or join our tour at the destination, we are not liable for any unbooked services / mistakes.

It is the customer’s responsibility to make sure that the travellers have the valid visas and/or correct visa type to enter the destination country they are travelling to. Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such event occurs, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. The respective tour/cruise booking will be cancelled with the applicable cancellation charge.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information.

X. PASSPORTS & VISAS

All travellers must have a valid passport for international travel and most countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. When assisting with an international travel booking, we will assume that all travellers on the booking have a valid Australian passport. It is important that you ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. It is your sole responsibility if any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not satisfying the requirements of those authorities.

If your visas are included in our package and we act on your behalf to apply for the visas, all necessary documents relating to your visa application will have to be provided to us at least 30 days before your departure. If you fail to provide the necessary documents before 30 days prior to your departure, we will not be held liable for your visa application. And the visa fee included in our package is not refundable in any circumstances.

If you still require us to assist with visa application in less than 30 days before your departure date, an additional fee will be required for urgent visa processing.

It is the customer’s/travel agent’s responsibility to make sure that the travellers have the valid visas and/or correct visa type to enter the destination country they are travelling to. Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such event occurs, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. The respective tour/cruise booking will be cancelled with the applicable cancellation charge.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate for up-to-date information.

XI. HEALTH

Please ensure that you are aware of any health requirements and recommended precautions relevant to your travel, and ensure that you carry all necessary vaccination documentation. In some cases, failure to present required vaccination documentation may deny your entry into a country. We recommend that you consult with your local doctor or health specialist before commencing your travel. General health advice for the destination you wish to visit is also available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The customers/travel agents also acknowledge and agree that:

  • All persons are fit and physically able to partake unaided in their chosen activities/packages/tours /cruise etc. as outlined in the itinerary.
  • All parties acknowledge the physical demands and hazards involved in the tour or cruise they will be undertaking and have chosen to participate at their own risk.
  • It is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requests/requirements. we will do our best to meet your request/requirements, however, cannot guarantee that it can always be accommodated.
  • All parties understand that any medical or dietary information provided to us does NOT, under any circumstances, make Tweet World Travel liable if a particular condition exacerbates while on tour or cruise which might affect their ability to participate in any portion of the tour or cruise
  • Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip.
  • You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure. If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.

 

XII. TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our products DO NOT include Travel Insurance. Travel insurance is not included in our tours, cruises, day tours, private tours, group tours, transfers, and any of our packages.

For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase comprehensive travel insurance for your travel arrangements (without limitation) that include coverage for medical expenses, loss of luggage, cruise, land content and airfare charges that may occur.

You need to provide us your Travel Insurance details upon booking, or at least before 30 days prior to your departure. If you do not have travel insurance prior to your departure, we retain the rights to refuse boarding/joining our tours or cruises. We might refund / provide travel credits for you, less any unrecoverable fees including but not limited to admin fees, visas fees, other suppliers’ cancellation fees. We won’t be held liable for any costs associated with this matter.

XIII. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Travel documents isssued by us cannot be transferred to another person to use.  An incorrect name on a booking may result in an inability to use that booking and the booking being cancelled. Please review your travel documentation carefully and advise us immediately of any errors in names, dates or timings.

Travel voucher will be issued and sent to customers/travel agents from 15 -30 days prior to departure. Make sure the travellers have obtained our travel voucher before travelling.

If the travellers travel without our provided travel voucher, they might be denied embarking/joining our services. It is your responsibility to contact us or your travel agents to obtain all necessary travel documents. If our services are booked by the travel agents, it is the travel agents’ responsibility to collect travel vouchers and any necessary documents and provide that to the travellers.

Please make sure you read and understand the travel vouchers, and that the travel voucher matches your booking/your customers’ booking. If there is any unbooked services / mistakes, you have to contact us or your travel agents immediately to rectify. Once the traveller already embarks our cruise or join our tour at the destination, we are not liable for any unbooked services / mistakes.

It is the customers/travel agents’ responsibility to make sure that the travellers have the valid visas and/or correct visa type to enter the destination country they are travelling to. Travellers might need to present the visas at multiple checkpoints and may be refused to fly out of their countries, if the visa documents cannot be presented. If such event occurs, we won’t be liable and the travellers will be deemed as “no-show”. The respective tour/cruise booking will be cancelled with the applicable cancellation charge.

XIV. PUBLICITY

When you book with Tweet World Travel, you agree that we may use images of you taken during the trip and any comments made in writing or in video by you regarding the trip, without recourse to you and without compensation to you, for publicity and promotion purposes only through whatever medium we choose.

If you do not want your images to be displayed, you have to advise us in writing at the time of booking, or when you collect your travel documents.

XV. PRIVACY

Tweet World Travel collects information about you (including health information where necessary) to process your travel arrangements, facilitate your participation in loyalty programs and conduct marketing activities and market research. If the information is not provided, we may not be able to make travel arrangements for you. We may disclose your personal information to our related companies, carriers, travel service providers, organisations which provide services to you.

For our full Privacy Policy, see link: https://b2b.tweetworldtravel.com.au/privacy-policy

XVI. GOVERNING LAWS

If any dispute arises between you and Tweet World Travel, the laws of Australia will apply.

 

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