AMAZING SRI LANKA ON BIKE

NEGOMBO - DAMBULLA - POLONNARUWA - KANDY - HATTON - UDAWALAWA - MIRISSA - GALLE - COLOMBO

Enjoy South Asia's best cycling experience and explore the world of spice and splendor on bike. Discover Sri Lanka's landscape combining a great mix of challenging terrain and spectacular scenery. Tackle the hill countryside, cycle through lush highlands, rainforests to the coast to explore a collection of ancient and natural delights that will bedazzle visitors. Spot wildlife in their natural habitat as you peddle through national parks. Along the way, satisfy your tastebuds with delicious cuisine and be charmed by the amazing hospitality and friendliness of the Sri Lankan people. 

  • Tweet World Travel biking tours and packages combine deluxe accommodation with excellent biking programmes and breathtaking sightseeing. 
  • Enjoy world-class biking experience and have a memorable holiday. Our first-class services will ensure your group's specific requirements are well satisfied. 
  • All biking tours and packages are customisable and personalisable to suit your requirements. 

This is a suggested itinerary only, and can be changed to suit each individual group. Tweet World Travel specialises in professionally designing and customising biking tours, ensuring your holiday is tailored to suit your every need.  

Trip code : TWT_LKA-SST

Duration : 13 days

Destination : Sri Lanka

Travel Dates : 2021/2022

  • Discover Sri Lanka's landscape combining a great mix of challenging terrain and spectacular scenery with a total of 575km of cycling distance
  • Explore the rich heritage, history and culture of Sri Lanka
  • Pedal on quiet back roads, estate tracks, and gravel paths through to the heart of Sri Lanka
  • Pedal through green paddy fields, tea plantations, pristine town, hill countryside, forest boundaries and rural villages
  • Tackle the hill country outside of Kandy to reach the tranquil tea estates (train option is available)
  • Ride through the historic sanctuary of Polonnaruwa, the 10th century capital
  • Explore the colonial town of Galle
  • Embrace the breathtaking diversity of landscape, unique cultures and amazing hospitality that will capture your heart and soul
  • Spot a wide range of birds and animals in their natural habitat - a true paradise for wildlife lovers!
  • Cycle through Udawalawe Nationa Park to spot wild elephants, buffalos, deer, monkeys and more!
  • Satisfy your tastebuds with a wide range of Sri Lanka and international cuisines 
 

Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in Negombo. 

In the afternoon, we will have a trip briefing and welcome dinner.

After breakfast, we start riding directly from the hotel along the old coast road. Keeping the sea on our left, we pass the distinct patchwork sails of the Karavas fishing community. Their boats pulled up along the beach or sailing just off the coast make for excellent photos as does the many fish markets you’ll cycle past.

After cycling for 30 km, we will head inland on quiet back roads that give you a flavour of Sri Lanka.

After 50 km, we rack up the bikes and transfer 3 hours to Dambulla, breaking for lunch at Kununegala Lake. Dambulla, the 2nd century Buddhist cave temple, also known as the Golden Temple, is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in the country and contains more than 150 Buddha statues.

Once we have taken in the views from the caves, we have a short transfer or ride to our peaceful hotel situated amongst mango trees and paddy fields.

Riding distance: 54 km
Uphill: 402m
Downhill: 364m

We ride through the countryside on a mix of tarmac and red dirt roads, passing orchards, paddy fields, and elephant grass. Riding along the shores of Kandalama Lake, we have excellent views of the ancient 5th century rock fortress Sigiriya (Lion Rock), our destination.

We park the bikes and walk through the old water gardens before climbing 300 m to the view the ruins of King Kasyapa’s summer palace on the summit. 

After our descent, we head to a local restaurant for lunch. Our afternoon ride follows an old irrigation canal, and we cycle on red dirt roads, framed by long green grass, and see lots of people bathing as we head back to our hotel in Dambulla.

Riding distance: 60km
Uphill: 500m
Downhill: 578m

Riding from the hotel, we have a bit of an ascent over the Kaladuwa Hills. The riding is on a good road surface, but wild elephants have been known to cross the road on the descent. We ride on a tree-lined road that is part of a forest reserve until we reach Polonnaruwa Tank, a very large manmade lake, and lunch at a local hotel.

We then ride through the historic park of Polonnaruwa, the 10th century capital and best preserved of the ancient cities. Abandoned in the 13th century, it was rediscovered in the 18th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas and the chiselled stone monuments show us the glory of the ancient Rajarata Kingdom.

After seeing the main sites, we have a 20-minute transfer to our hotel on the banks of the reservoir.

Riding distance: 78km
Uphill: 538m
Downhill: 655m

A short transfer takes us back to Polonnaruwa, where we ride around the huge lake known as the Sea of Parakrama, named after the great king who built it.

Part of the ride is through Angammedilla National Park, built to protect the water source. This small forest reserve is an elephant corridor linking Minneriya and Wasgomuwa National Parks. Here we retrace part of yesterday’s ride, following the Ambon Ganga (river) back towards its start point in the foothills around Naula, said to be the centre of the Island.

We end the ride here to avoid busy roads and transfer to lunch in Matale, situated in Sri Lanka’s spice-growing region, and on to Kandy, the spiritual and cultural capital of the hill country and Sri Lanka’s second largest city.

Riding distance: 75km
Uphill: 620m
Downhill: 381m

Nestled among hills and centred around a lake, picturesque Kandy has long been an important religious centre of the Sinhalese and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists.

Today, enjoy your free day to explore the town centre’s old shops, antique and gem specialists, or the bustling market. A must see is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic, a tooth of the Buddha.

After a day of rest, we are ready to tackle hill country.

For those who enjoy riding but find hills a bit too challenging, there is the option of taking the train for the final part into Hatton. A short 8-km transfer takes us out of town to Peradeniya, famed for its Botanical Garden and university. Starting the ride from the campus, we wind our way along a river valley with some short climbs opening out to the surrounding vistas, with our first tea stop in Gampola 21 km away; the optional train journey begins here.

From Gampola, we start to see the tea carpeted slopes of the hill country. Riding at a gentle pace, you can stop to take photos of brightly dressed tea pickers and colourful Hindu temples. We regroup at the tea outlets brewing the best tea on the island, fresh from their respective estates. Reaching Hatton, we descend to one of the old colonial tea planter bungalows set in lovely gardens. Those taking the train will be met at the station and shuttled to the bungalow.

Riding distance: 78km
Uphill: 1530m
Downhill: 891m

Today’s ride will be along tea estate tracks, through the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea growing region. You’ll be greeted by the pickers at work and their children as we head towards the Peak Wilderness and the distinctive triangle shaped mountain, known as Adam’s Peak. The long climb with an easy gradient up to Bogowantalawa gets tougher for the last 10 km to a remote pass with dramatic views.

The mountain pass is part of the Peak Forest Reserve; its distinctive stunted forest contains many rare, endemic plants as well as the shy bear monkey more often heard than seen. The reward for the long climb is a stunning 30 km, 1000 m descent through small villages and tea communities, ending close to Banlangoda.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we pack our bikes and transfer to our hotel on the edge of Udawalawe National Park, set on the banks of a lake.

Riding distance: 58km
Uphill: 1040m
Downhill: 1675m

Riding from the hotel, we cycle 21 km to Udawalawe National Park, one of the best parks to see wild elephants in Sri Lanka. The park, centered around a reservoir, has approximately 400 elephants in small herds scattered around the park, and mid-morning is a good time to see them close to the water’s edge.

We may also see wild buffaloes, crocodiles, sambur deer, and monkeys. There are lots of resident waterfowl and hawk eagles to keep the photographers happy. We lunch in a nearby eco lodge and then mount our bicycles to follow an irrigation canal back towards our hotel.

Riding distance: 52km
Uphill: 415m
Downhill: 414m

Riding from the hotel, we use a network of back roads for some fantastic cross-country riding. Here you get to experience southern Sri Lankan charm – lots of smiling faces and a slow pace of life. It’s quite a long, undulating ride, with lots of fruit stops to break up the day. Try one of the 14 varieties of bananas in Sri Lanka, each with its own taste and medicinal qualities, to give you energy.

We try to get to the beach by the early afternoon, leaving you free time to enjoy the beach or a nearby surf camp. We will dine at one of the many nearby restaurants in the evening.

Riding distance: 81km
Uphill: 844m
Downhill: 932m

Cycling through open paddy fields and cinnamon estates, we arrive in Galle mid-morning, giving you plenty of time to explore this historic masterpiece. The Dutch expanded the original fort to its present size, and later the British added the court complex and several other outstanding buildings. The different architectural and cultural influences meld to create a magnificent sight. 

Riding distance: 39km
Uphill: 237m
Downhill: 233m

Today, enjoy your free day at leisure.

We transfer 1.5 hours to Colombo where we can drop you at the airport or to a hotel if you are extending your stay in Sri Lanka. 

***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.

AMAZING SRI LANKA ON BIKE

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

  • Accommodation in excellent 4-star hotels with daily breakfasts, as below or similar:
     
    • Negombo: Suriya Resort (4-star)
    • Dambulla: Thilanka Spa & Resort (4-star)
    • Polonnaruwa: Deer Park Hotel (4-star)
    • Kandy: Thilanka Hotel Kandy (4-star)
    • Hatton: The Argyle Hotel (4-star)
    • Udawalawa: Grand Udawalawe (4-star)
    • Mirissa: Mandara Mirissa Resort (4-star)

BIKE & EQUIPMENT

  • Lightweight 24 to 27-speed gearing, disc-brakes mountain bikes
  • Biking equipment: helmet, first aid kit, bike repairs kit 
  • Support vehicle throughout the tour

SIGHTSEEING

  • Entrance fees at monuments
  • Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary 
  • All government royalties, taxes

TRANSPORTATION

  • All airport transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All land transfers during the tour in air-conditioned vehicles

TOUR GUIDE & TOUR LEADER

  • Locally based professional driver 
  • English-speaking tour guide who is an experienced cyclist
  • For group more than 10 people, a tour leader will accompany the group

MEALS

  • Meals as per itinerary: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Water and snack during the tour
  • A Unique & Varied Dining experience
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners

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 Cycling Tours, ensuring your holiday is tailored to suit your every need. 

For Enquiry:

  • Please contact us on 1300 739 652 or email contact@tweetworldtravel.com.au for any enquiry or booking. Our cycling travel experts will get back to you shortly.
  • Alternatively, click on the "Enquire Now" button in the Tour Summary session and send us a message

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.

SRI LANKA

You need a visa to travel to Sri Lanka. 

Visitors to Sri Lanka for tourism purposes must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA), unless they are exempt, prior to arrival to Sri Lanka. There is a non-refundable processing fee for some categories of the ETA. Make sure you select the correct visa category for your circumstances. 

Citizens of Maldives, Seychelles and Singapore are exempt from the requirement to obtain an ETA for visa. They may obtain a visa on arrival to Sri Lanka at any port of entry without charge. 

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, 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.
    • Tweet World Travel acts as a co-ordinator and books your holidays with one or several Third-party providers (Airlines, Cruise Company, Transfers, Third-Party Providers). Once booked with Tweet World Travel to utilise Third Party Provider’ service, you also agree and are bound to their terms and conditions.
    • 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 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 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 US 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 Enett 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. If your package includes international/domestic flights the airlines, their cancellation policies will be applied.

 

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. If your package includes international/domestic flights the airlines, their cancellation policies will be applied.

 

3.1.3 SHORT PACKAGES, SHORE EXCURSIONS, HOTEL

  • For Short Packages, Shore Excursions, Hotel bookings, 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, Hotels 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. If your package includes international/domestic flights the airlines, their cancellation policies will be applied.

 

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: $250 per person is non-refundable
  • From 114 days to 91 days prior to departure: 50% of total price
  • Between 90 and 61 days prior to departure: 60% of total price
  • Between 61 and 45 days prior to departure: 70% of total price
  • Between 45 and 35 days prior to departure: 80% of total price
  • Within 35 days prior to departure: 100% of total price
  • Any 'no show': 100% of total price

 

Amazon River, Volga River, Mekong River, African River Cruise Cancellation Fee:

  • More than 130 days prior to departure: $450 per person is non-refundable
  • From 129 days to 91 days prior to departure: 60% of total price
  • Between 90 and 61 days prior to departure: 70% of total price
  • Between 61 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

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. If your cruise package includes international/domestic flights the airlines, their cancellation policies will be applied.

 

3.3 AIRFARES

For all airfares, including domestic and international flights, full payment is required at the time of booking confirmation.

Each airline may have a separate set of terms & conditions and will be advised, or specified in the booking confirmation. 

In case of CANCELLATION made by customers, before the travel date, a cancellation fee will apply. The cancellation fee comprises of the airlines cancellation fee, plus any applicable fee charged by Tweet World Travel.         

 

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 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.

V. CANCELLATION

  1. CANCELLATION BY CUSTOMER
  • Please check with your travel agents / our consultant before cancelling or amending a Travel Product. In certain circumstances, some Cruise Company, Airlines or Third-Party Travel Provider may charge cancellation fees up to 100% of the Travel Product’s prices as per their terms and conditions.
  • Tweet World Travel acts as a co-ordinator and book your holidays with one or several Third-party providers, and you are subjected to their terms and conditions specified.
  • 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 the 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 levied by airlines and other third parties.
  • 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 CRUISE COMPANY OR THIRD-PARTY PROVIDER
     
  • Tweet World Travel acts as a coordinator and books your holiday with Third Party Travel Providers (Cruise company, airlines, local supplier, transfer service etc.) and is subjected to their particular terms and conditions.
  • If the Cruise Company, Airlines, Local Supplier or Third Party Travel Provider changes any part of your booking for reasons beyond its control, for example, if a Cruise Company or Third Party Travel Provider changes its schedules, overbooks, or if there are any changes in applicable surcharges, fees or taxes, 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. Depending on each particular suppliers’ policies and terms & conditions, it may results in a monetary refund to you or travel credits to use in the future. The refund/credits will less any fees charged by us under our terms and conditions, and by the Cruise Company, airlines, local suppliers or Third party travel provider’s terms and conditions that you agreed with.
  • Our fee may cost up to 10% of the total price that you have paid for your Travel Product to Cruise Company, Airlines, or Third Party Travel Provider.
  • Please check with your travel agents/ our consultant before cancelling or amending a Travel Product in these circumstances as some Cruise Company, Airlines, Local Suppliers or Third Party Travel Providers may charge cancellation fees up to 100% of the Travel Product’s prices as per their terms and conditions.

 

VI. RESPONSIBILITY

Tweet World Travel only acts as an agent for the Suppliers, and sell various travel related products as agent on behalf of, numerous transports, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, coach, rail and cruise line operators, as well as all other wholesalers.

Tweet World Travel acts as a co-ordinator for all persons taking these tours in the making of all arrangements for transportation, cruising, touring, sightseeing and hotel accommodation. Our obligation to you is to make travel bookings as your agent on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. All bookings are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by each Supplier. It is important for you to obtain and read the applicable Supplier’s terms and conditions as they may limit or exclude their liability to you.

Tweet World Travel does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant or any other supplier of services. All receipts, vouchers and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by the Supplier and all services are subject to the laws of the country where the services are provided.

Tweet World Travel has no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. We do not control the manner of the Suppliers. We disclaim and will be exempt from liability for anything to do with the supply of such Products.

All bookings are made on your behalf subject to the terms and conditions, including conditions of carriage and limitations of liability, imposed by these service providers. Your legal rights in connection with the provision of travel services are against the specific provider and, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part, are not against us. Specifically, if for any reason any travel service provider is unable to provide the services for which you have contracted; your rights are against that provider and not against us.

VII. LIABILITIES

Tweet World Travel (herewith called the Company) acts as a co-ordinator for all persons taking these tours in the making of all arrangements for transportation, cruising, touring, sightseeing and hotel accommodation. The Company does not own, manage, control or operate any transportation vehicle, any hotel or restaurant, any ship or any other supplier of services. All vouchers and tickets issued are subjected to the terms and conditions specified by the supplier and all services are subjected to the laws of the country where the services are provided.

Unforeseeable circumstances such as force majeure, adverse weather, flight rescheduling, hotel overbooking and faults with transportation or road conditions may also have an effect on the tour itinerary after the commencement date. Any decision made in respect of cruise/tour services by independent suppliers, cruiseline operators or airlines to re-route or amend the itinerary due to any of the above or similar circumstances is at the discretion of the cruise/tour service provider. Tweet World Travel shall not be liable for any claim whatsoever arising from such events. 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 we or our service providers 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.

Each service provider is responsible for the part of the cruise/tour and activities it conducts. 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

If your domestic and international flights are not arranged by Tweet World Travel, 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. We are an authorised representative of CoverMore Travel Insurance Services.

We can provide you with general information about the travel insurance options available to you. If you decline travel insurance, you will be required to sign an indemnity statement/disclaimer.

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 include, but are not limited to, airline tickets, visas, hotel vouchers, tour vouchers or any other document used to confirm an arrangement with a service provider. Travel documents may be subject to certain conditions and/or restrictions including (without limitation being non-refundable, no-date changeable and subject to cancellation and/or amendment fees.

Travel documents cannot be transferred to another person to use. All airline tickets must be issued in the name of the passport/photo identify holder. 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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