Spirit of Bhutan Luxury Tour

THIMPHU - PHOBJIKHA VALLEY - PUNAKHA VALLEY - PARO VALLEY

This tour is specially tailored to provide the best of Bhutan’s timeless culture and traditions. You will experience Bhutan’s unique rich culture with visits to beautiful fortresses, museums and visits to farm houses, experience local cuisine, relaxing hot stone bath after a day out exploring, and hike up to the famous Taktshang Monastery popularly known as Tiger’s nest. Travel between lush green valleys to dense forest. Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries, temples and marvel at the ancient paintings and carvings in fortress and temples.

Trip code : 8DWLNBHU

Duration : 8 days

Destination : Bhutan

Travel Dates : 2021/2022

  • Enjoy world-class treatment at signature luxury 5-star hotels and resorts during your tour (as below or similar):
    • Taj Tashi Bhutan in Thimphu, an epitome of elegant Bhutanese architecture set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley
    • Gangtey Lodge Amankora in Phobjikha, a modern and minimalist lodge hidden in a hillside pine forest with amazing valley views
    • Punakha Lodge Amankora in Punakha, a true piece of art reached by crossing a suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu River
    • Como Uma in Paro, an intimate luxury resort sitting on a breathtaking tree-clad hill overlooking the town of Paro
  • Discover the mysterious Bhutan, lose yourself in a world of quiet spirituality as dramatic snow-capped vistas await at every turn. 
  • Step inside mountaintop monasteries and gain insights into the Buddhist spirituality
  • Trek through tranquil valleys surrounded by soaring peaks and crystal-clear rivers
  • Explore museums, chortens, markets and the world's tallest sitting Buddha in Thimphu
  • Cross the scenic Dochula Pass, witness its fascinating 108 chortens and the world's highest unclimbed mountain of Gangkar Phuensum
  • Hike to the breathtaking Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Interact with the local farmers and Buddhist monks to gain an insight into the local life.
  • Journey through Phobjikha and Punakha Valley, interact with local farmers and Buddhist monks to experience firsthand the local life and culture
  • Complimentary one-way Chauffeur service in Australia*

*Complimentary one-way chauffeur service in Australia is within 35 kms of an international airport and residential address pick up

 

On your arrival in Paro, you will be welcomed and transfered to the capital city Thimphu. 

After chec-in, we will visit the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. Visit a weaving center to understand more about Bhutanese textile.

Later, visit Trashi Chhodzong fortress. The dzong is a patchwork of old and new, with the impressive central utse and chapels dating from the 18th century surrounded by government offices constructed in the 1960s.

In the evening, our tour guide will take you out for a Welcome Dinner. 

Dinner and overnight in Thimphu

After breakfast, start your day with the visit at Hindu Mandir which is newly constructed, then visit the gigantic Buddha Dordenma Statue.

 We start our hike from Buddha Point to Changakha lakhang (1 hour hike) to experience a mesmerizing views of Thimphu city. We end our hike Changangkha Lhakang, the oldest monastery built in the 12th century in the capital city.

After lunch, visit Simply Museum A “living” museum. Simply Bhutan is an initiative of the Bhutan Youth Development Fund that aims to increase young Bhutanese people's engagement with their traditional culture. Housed in a traditional building not far from the center of Thimphu, the museum offers visitors a fun opportunity to learn about Bhutanese traditions, dress up in kiras and ghos (as well as unusual regional costumes), and to try archery or khuru (darts) in the open courtyard.

Later visit National Institute for Zorig Chusum (Painting School). The Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight at 5* Hotel in Thimphu;

After breakfast you will drive to Phobjikha Valley.

On the way we will reach Dochula pass, the highest pass between Thimphu and Punakha. For centuries, people have travelled through this pass while making their way across the country. On a clear day, the views from the top are astonishing with the view of Gangkhar Phuensum, the world's highest unclimbed mountain. Gasa Dzong also appears in the distance.

On arrival in Phobjikha, visit Gangtey Goempa, the oldest Nyingmapa temple in western Bhutan. Then we explore the local small villages and picturesque scenery. Later, we will visit Crane Information Centre to gain an insight about the famous and rare black-necked crane

Overnight at Gangtey Lodge in Phobjikha

After breakfast, we will go on a soft hike (2km) to explore enjoy the valley, interact with the locals and enjoy the fresh lush green vegetation all around Bhutan.

After the hike, we bid farewell to Phobijkha valley and drive towards Punakha Valley. Upon reaching Punakha valley visit the impressive Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. 

Then, take a leisurely walk for 5 to 10 minutes to reach famous Punakha Suspension Bridge.

Overnight at Dhensa Boutique Hotel and Spa in Punakha.

After breakfast, drive to Yabesa village and hike to through rice fields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk.

Then return to the Punakha Valley for a short walk to Chimi Lhakhang, temple of the Drukpa Kuenly who was known as the Divine Madman. 

Later, enjoying rafting in the Mo Chu River for about 1 hour, then return to hotel for relaxing stay and enjoying spa-treatments.

Overnight at Dhensa Boutique Hotel and Spa in Punakha.

After early breakfast, we will drive back to Paro. On arrival, visit the National Museum and the Ringpung Dzong, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century. In the evening, stroll around the main street for some interesting Himalayan artifacts or textiles or have a relaxing stay in the hotel.

Overnight at Zhiwaling Hotel in Paro.

Today, we will hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometer above the Paro Valley floor (horse transfer up to the cafeteria is available for those who cannot hike for too long). From a distance, Bhutan's most iconic building seems to float, weightless, halfway up a sheer cliff-face. 

The Bhutanese believe that the original construction of Taktsang in 1692 was assisted by dakinis - angels - who transported building materials up the cliff on their backs and lent their hair to hold the structure in place. Sadly the dakini were unable to help when Taktsang was razed in a major fire in April 1998, and the temple took five years to reconstruct with the help of a rudimentary cableway that has since been removed.

Visitors should note that the final approach to the lhakhang must be made on foot - horses must turn around at the busy canteen roughly halfway up the mountain. Later in the evening enjoy a relaxing hot stone bath to relax your sore muscles after the hike.

In the evening, join us in a sumptuous Farewell Dinner. 

Overnight at Zhiwaling Hotel in Paro.

Today, depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight home. 

Tashi Delek!

***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.

Spirit of Bhutan Luxury Tour

FIRST-CLASS SERVICE

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

ACCOMMODATION

  • Stay in excellent 5-star hotels in Bhutan as below (or similar) with daily breakfasts:
    • Thimphu: Taj Tashi Bhutan (5-star)
    • Phobjikha: Gangtey Lodge Amankora (5-star)
    • Punakha Valley: Punakha Lodge Amankora (5-star)
    • Paro: Como Uma Paro (5-star)

SIGHTSEEING

  • Entrance fees at monuments
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
    • Thimphu City Tour
    • Thimphu Valley Sightseeing
    • Dochula pass & Gangtey
    • Nature trail hike in Phobjikha valley
    • Punakha valley tour
    • Paro valley tour
    • Hike to Tiger's Nest
    • Relaxing hot stone bath after your hike to Tiger's Nest 
  • All local government fees & taxes

TRANSPORTATION

  • Arrival and departure airport transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles 
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 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
  • For group of more than 10 people, on top of local tour guides, we will provide an experienced tour director. He or she will oversee your entire journey, accompany you every day and connect you to the people, places and encounter in a way you’ll never forget.

MEALS

  • Welcome & Farewell Dinner
  • A Unique & Varied Dining Experience
  • All meals as per itinerary (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners)

VISA

  • Bhutan tourist visa fees 

Please contact us for alternative travel dates, if our travel date above does not suit you.

Tweet World Travel specialises in professionally designing and customising private tours, ensuring your holiday is tailored to suit your every need.

Your Bhutan visa is included in our tour 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 90 days before your departure. If you fail to provide the necessary documents before 90 days prior to your departure, we will not be held liable for your visa application. 

The visa fee included in our tour is not refundable in any circumstances. 

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.

·       If you provide all necessary documents relating to your visa application in less than 90 day before departure, an additional fee of $120 per person will incur. 

·       It is your sole responsibility for any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not satisfying the requirements of those authorities

·       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 term and condition for a ‘’No-show” penalty.

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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