Terms & Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions contained herein very carefully.  They outline the terms under which Global Gourmands LLC, tours will operate and they limit our liabilities.

These booking conditions will form part of your contract with Global Gourmands LLC, located at #265, 4700 Gilbert Ave, Suite 47, Western Springs, IL 60558. Different terms and conditions may apply between you and any one of the hotels, car rental companies, cruise companies, trains, and airlines etc., associated with your itinerary.

RESERVATIONS, DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS: 

A deposit of US$ 500 per person is required together with Global Gourmands LLC booking form to proceed with your reservation. The balance of payment must be received no later than 90 days before you commence your tour.  If a reservation is made within 60 days of departure, full payment is due at the time of confirmation of services. Global Gourmands LLC reserves the right to cancel your bookings if full payment has not been received by the due date and apply cancellation charges as specified in our cancellation policy.

CANCELLATION & REFUNDS: 

All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing.  All confirmed bookings may be subject to an administrative fee in addition to a cancellation fee, depending on days remaining before travel commences.

A refund less US$ 500 per person handling charges plus any cancellations which may be levied by service providers such as cruise ships, luxury trains, hotels etc., will be made, provided that the cancellation has been received by us in writing no less than 60 days prior to departure.

Thereafter the following fees will be imposed based on the number of days prior to departure plus any cancellation charges levied by service providers.

89 – 50 days 25% of the tour price

49 – 30 days 50% of the tour price

Cancellation less than 30 days will have no refunds.

If written notice of cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to commencement no refund will be made.

No refund can be made for any tour accommodations, tour services or tour feature that you do not utilize. If you should cancel whilst the tour is in progress no refund will be made for unused portions. Global Gourmands LLC must receive all claims for refunds in writing, within 30 days from the date of the termination of the tour. Global Gourmands LLC will not accept any liability for any claims received after 30 days of the termination of the tour.

Global Gourmands LLC subcontractors’ or service providers must endorse all complaints and claims in writing.

Global Gourmands LLC may be forced to curtail the holiday after departure where circumstances amounting to ‘force majeure” arise. In this situation Global Gourmands LLC will not make any refunds or pay any compensation or be responsible for any costs or expenses incurred by you as a result.

TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN: 

We strongly recommend that you take a travel protection policy should there be any unforeseen circumstances which may lead to the cancellation of your tour. Global Gourmands LLC offers travel protection plans on our packages for an additional cost, as such check with us at the time of booking, and before making your initial deposit to qualify for waivers.

PRICES, RATES & FARES:

Unless otherwise indicated, all prices shown are in United States dollars and are per person sharing a double–bedded room. These prices are in effect and the time of providing you our proposal and are subject to change at any time prior to departure. Quoted tour prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as at the time of preparing your proposal. Global Gourmands LLC reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs of tariffs, entrance fees, air fares, taxes and fluctuations in foreign exchange markets.

Once a customized itinerary is finalized and deposit has been received, a $300 revision fee will be charged if the itinerary is changed.

The tour price includes planning, handling, documentation and operational charges.  Global Gourmands, LLC reserves the right to vary itineraries due to operational reasons beyond our control. Global Gourmands is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any of our culinary programs.

Additional expenses incurred due to change, delay or cancellation of any flights, or any delays or events beyond Global Gourmands’ control, will be the responsibility of the client. Flights are occasionally subject to overbooking or cancellation. If this occurs, Global Gourmands  correspondent companies will do all possible to assist clients in boarding or finding alternate arrangements. IT MUST BE STRESSED THAT THIS IS DONE AS A COURTESY TO CLIENTS, AND GLOBAL GOURMANDS LLC CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR DENIED BOARDING, NOR FOR THE ADDITIONAL COSTS THUS INCURRED, NOR FOR MONIES NOT RECOVERED FOR MISSED LAND ARRANGEMENTS DUE TO AIRLINE DELAYS.

TOUR PRICE EXCLUSIONS: 

Your tour price does not include:

  • Air transportation to, from or internally (unless specifically stated as included)
  • Travel insurance
  • Cost and fees to obtain or extend your passport/s or visa fees and processing fees
  • Any vaccinations or health certificate (if required)
  • Airport taxes and country departure taxes (if applicable)
  • All terms of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages
  • Meals not specified
  • Gratuity to escorts, drivers and guides
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Insurance, airport facility charges
  • Sightseeing tours not included in the itinerary
  • Private non group transfers
  • Laundry or room service and
  • Any items not specifically listed as included.

TAXES, TIPS AND GRATUITIES: 

All normal room taxes and service charges as levied by hotels are included. Gratuity to drivers and guides are not included and left to individual discretion.

ACCOMMODATION: 

Room accommodation is provided at the hotels as indicated in your itinerary or of comparable categories.

Accommodation is based on two persons sharing a room. Single rooms are available upon payment of a single room  supplement.

Quoted single room rate does not necessarily mean single occupancy of a double room, as some of the properties have specially designed single occupancy units.

SPECIAL REQUESTS: 

Any special requests (e.g. for a single room or a special diet) must be notified in writing when the booking is made. While Global Gourmands LLC will endeavor to meet such requests, they cannot be guaranteed and any failure to comply will not be a breach of contract.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: 

It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that all of his or her visa and passport requirements are met. All participants must be in a position of a passport valid for at least six months beyond the re-entry date in to the United States.

Visas and necessary vaccinations may be required for some or all of the countries visited on your tour. Please check the visa requirement/s at the time of booking. Global Gourmands LLC will assist you with visa formalities and we do recommend that you use the services of a reliable visa service to obtain your visas. Additional fees will be applicable. Non U.S citizen/s may have different requirements and it is recommended that you consult your local consulate/embassy on visa requirements.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS: 

Global Gourmands LLC reserves the right to: (1) cancel any itinerary any part of it (2) make any alteration to the itinerary (including but not limited to, alteration to substitution of hotels): and (3) decline to accept to retain any person as a tour passenger should such person’s health, mental or physical condition, in the sole opinion of Global Gourmands LLC, impede the operation of the tour of the other passengers.

Tour members are held responsible for being insufficient good health to undertake the tour.  If a passenger is asked to leave while the tour is in progress, that person will be responsible for charges incurred on account of such departure from the tour and/or their return to the U.S.A. In such a case Global Gourmands LLC, will refund any monies that can be recovered from the unused portion of the tour, taking into account additional charges incurred by Global Gourmands LLC other than to refund such sum, Global Gourmands LLC will accept no further liability or obligation toward that person or third party.

Every effort will be made to ensure that each package follows the contents of the itinerary. However on occasion, conditions or situations beyond our control may require a revision, offer substitutes or cancel the whole or any portion of a tour, should conditions necessitate. The right is also reserved to decline the acceptance of any person as a member of a tour should the presence of that person be prejudicial to the good conduct of the tour or be contrary to the laws of the country visited.

RESPONSIBILITY – LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY:

Global Gourmands LLC located at #265 4700 Gilbert Avenue, Suite 47 Western Springs, IL 60558 and its associates act only as agents for the owners and contractors providing means of transportation and other related services and shall not be or become liable or responsible in any way in connection with such means of transportation or other services, or for any loss, injury or damage to or in respect of any person or property howsoever caused or arising. Global Gourmands LLC does not control the operations of these agents and as a result CANNOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR OTHER CLAIM which may occur as the result of any and/or all of the following 

  • The wrongful, the negligent or arbitrary acts or omissions on the part of the independent supplier, agent, its employees or others who are not under the direct control or supervision of Global Gourmands LLC
  • Defects or failures of any vessel, air craft, vehicle or other instrumentality which is under the control of an independent supplier; or
  • Loss, injury or damage to person, property or otherwise, resulting directly or indirectly from any Acts of God, dangers incident to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, or wars (whether declared or not), hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, theft, pilferage, medical epidemics, quarantines or customs regulation, defaults, delays or cancellations or alterations in itinerary due to schedule changes, or from any causes beyond Global Gourmands LLC control.

Further Global Gourmands LLC is not liable for any loss or damage resulting from insufficient or improperly issued passports, visas or other legal documents. All coupons, vouchers, invoices, contracts and tickets issued by Global Gourmands LLC are issued subject to any and all tariffs, terms, and conditions and which any services are provided by such hotels, airlines, bus companies, rail roads, ship lines or owners or contractors or by their person in employ.

DISCLAIMER: 

Global Gourmands LLC is not responsible for any errors, omissions or misquotes in our tour proposal or any other accompanying documents. The contents maybe changed at any time (including, but not limited to, rates and itinerary) without notice and at Global Gourmands LLC sole discretion.

Please note that the tour information shown in your final itinerary may have changed by the time you actually travel. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the itinerary at the time of finalizing your tour, errors do occasionally occur. You must therefore check all details of your chosen holiday arrangements, including price at the time the booking.

Global Gourmands LLC cannot be held responsible should airlines discontinue flights on certain routings or change scheduled timetables resulting in missed connections etc.

VENUE:

It is specifically agreed that this agreement is entered into in the State of Illinois, county of DuPage, in the event any legal or equitable action is brought against Global Gourmands LLC concerning the interpretation, enforcement or breach of any term, obligation or duty as contained or related to the terms and conditions set forth in this document or pursuant to federal law, statute or treaty to which the United States is a signatory, the venue of such action shall lie exclusively in the State of Illinois, county of DuPage.

CHOICE OF LAW:

It is specifically agreed and stipulated that the law of the State of Illinois shall govern and apply to any legal or equitable action brought against Global Gourmands LLC., doing business under the name of Global Gourmands LLC concerning in the interpretation, enforcement or breach of any term, obligation or duty contained in this document or pursuant to any to federal law, statute or treaty to which the United States of America is a signatory.

Global Gourmands LLC #265, 4700 Gilbert Avenue, Suite 47, Western Springs, IL 60558.

Phone: 312.724.6985

Email: info@globalgourmands.com