India, Nepal, Bhutan
COAP: The term COAP as used in this section applies to Confirmation of Availability Package. This is the unique (for each reservation) binding and legal electronic contract to which a unique link is e-mailed to each guest when they are ready to finalize their reservation. Once a guest electronically accepts the COAP and pays their initial deposit, all the terms and conditions listed below apply and are the sole terms and conditions that the Contract between Easy Tours and the Guest will be governed by.
Your Payments are Protected - Easy Tours transfers all guest payments into a trust account with Chase Bank. All guest payments go directly to this account. From there, payments are disbursed to the vendors providing different services during your upcoming visit.
Easy Tours Liability Insurance: We maintain a USD $3,000,000 Professional Liability Policy through Zurich (backed by AIG).
Travel Insurance: We offer a variety of policies (to US residents) from one of the largest Travel Insurers in the United States, Allianz Global Assist, and are on their covered suppliers list, a distinction enjoyed by few companies. Allianz Global Assistance can offer you a variety of coverage options and we can guide you in selecting the plan that is best for you. Bear in mind that cancellation of a tour requires a large amount of documentation which covers each hotel, flight, and ground service segment of your tour that got canceled. If you purchase insurance through us we know what Allianz Global Assistance wants, and they are familiar with our documents, thereby saving you time and effort. As with all types of insurance, terms, conditions, and exclusions apply.
Visa Information - there is a visa required to enter India, Nepal, & Bhutan, and most other countries in South Asia. Links to the online visa on arrival process and all the Consulates for India can be found on our information page. We assist our guests in obtaining their Bhutan Visa, and the Nepalese Visa can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. Although Easy Tours’ does its best to provide the most current information on our site and in our correspondence, we do not guarantee the accuracy of such information and it is solely the traveler’s responsibility to acquire their visa(s). Charges for the Visa or a current passport are not included in quoted tour costs.
Applicable Laws during your travels. While traveling you are subject to the laws, customs and regulations of the nation that you are visiting, and the relevant local Governments in the areas where these services are rendered.
Financial Liability of Easy Tours: Easy Tours Inc.'s liability in any and all cases will be limited to a refund of the payments made directly by you to us, subject to our cancellation and refund policies. Your acceptance of our "Confirmation of Availability Package" is also your legal, binding, and unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement.
By accepting the COAP (Confirmation of Availability package) you are guaranteeing that you accept the sole responsibility of the fact that you, and everyone listed as a fellow traveler on your COAP, is in good enough health to participate in the tour/visit. You also accept that you are aware that the infrastructure and other conditions in South Asia are not as advanced as the United States and that you are consciously accepting, for you and everyone listed as a fellow traveler on your COAP, any and all risks associated with traveling in South Asia. Facilities for the handicapped are grossly inadequate, except for in a few select areas.
International Airline Tickets: Easy Tours does not issue tickets for your travel to, and from South Asia, unless the flights are a part of a multi-nation tour that we are facilitating. For you international flights to and from South Asia, we have the expertise to offer you advice on the best combinations of airlines, travel durations, and values, for the regions we offer, and can introduce you to airfare consolidators that offer discounted pricing on international airfare to South Asia in First, Business & Coach class.
Please note that Easy Tours is only providing advice and, upon a guest’s request, introducing you to airfare consolidator(s). We accept no responsibility for the actions and inactions of the consolidator(s) or other service providers we refer you to, or for any changes in quality and/or service schedule by the airlines/flights that we recommend. Easy Tours does not accept commissions from airlines or other service providers. It is the guest's responsibility to confirm, pay for, and process all transactions concerning travel to and from South Asiadirectly with the service provider.
Easy Tours and its affiliates are not responsible, in any sense of the term, for hardship or loss (financial or otherwise) caused by delays, cancellations, and any changes in the international flight or airline requirements, or by a traveler wanting to change or cancel their international travel and being unable to do so. Neither Easy Tours, nor any of its affiliates, are party to, or responsible for, any and all events or circumstances relating to this travel.
If you choose to arrange your own international air travel, we recommend that you arrive at least a day before your tour begins, and leave at least a day after the tour ends. This protects you in case of flight delays and cancellations and also allows you to spend additional time in Delhi (or your port of embarkation/disembarkation), giving you a chance to absorb the local culture and other attractions without the constraints of a fixed itinerary. We can offer you our pre-negotiated rates on your choice of accommodation for the extra days upon request.
Flights Delays and Cancellations: We strongly recommend that you secure travel insurance for your time in South Asia. If your international arrival is delayed, there are no last minute refunds for missed hotel nights. Guests that feel that they can pressure a hotelier into issuing a refund or credit for a missed night need to understand that the contract for their hotel reservations is between Easy Tours and the Hotelier and we do not wish to harm our relationships with the Hoteliers.
If you miss any domestic flights due to this delay, the Smart Fares we book are refundable with minimal cancellation charges but the new tickets that you will need to book are going to be significantly higher as they will be secured at the last minute. Although Easy Tours only uses South Asia’s best airlines and makes every effort to use domestic flights that offer back-ups with later flights in case of a cancellation or significant delay, this is not always possible in every itinerary. If a domestic flight is cancelled and re-booking alternative flights (or using alternate means of transportation) is more or less expensive, a debit or credit will be issued to the guest. Hotel nights lost due to domestic travel cancellations have no last minute refunds for missed hotel nights.
Tour Availability & Modifications: Easy Tours receives requests for tour reservations from many time zones and parts of the world. To preserve the quality of our tours and the level of service provided, we limit the number of guests per tour to what the available facilities can easily withstand. We do not ask for any payment until your acceptance of our " Confirmation of Availability Package "(C.O.A.P.). If we are unable to satisfy you on the dates you've requested, we'll offer you some alternate dates.
Hotels and flights can get over-booked or fail to provide contracted services for other reasons. Easy Tours reserves the right to substitute equivalent grades of accommodations and switch travel itineraries around to respond to these situations, although for our Hotel reservations this is highly unusual and occurs less than 0.01% of the time. Weather related issues and technical problems with airlines do occur on occasion.
Tours begin & end on the days specified. Airline & hotel reservations are made well in advance by Easy Tours. Please make sure that you make room for delays, both at the START, and the END of your tour. You can lose out on part, or all, of your tour (depending on how tardy you are). Any guest that is not at their chosen starting point (airport, hotel or similar location) at the scheduled time, is considered a "no show"*.
Easy Tours will do it's best to keep to the itinerary you choose. If circumstances beyond our control force us to deviate from the original plans, we will provide you with a choice between comparable values and a refund of the relevant fees.
Prices: All rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and in US dollars. If not listed, single supplements are available upon request. All prices, except for when a guest has accepted their electronic contract and paid their initial deposit, are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Easy Tours.
Unlike some tour operators, tour costs include accommodations and all taxes and surcharges on them, meals as listed in the inclusions of your itinerary (in some tours, such as the Indian Cuisines Tours, all 3 meals are included) tours of all the sights and monuments as per your itinerary, safe bottled water as per your needs, as well as the best English speaking guides and visit facilitators during your visit. All our tours include entrance fees to all the monuments on your itinerary. They also include THREE EXCURSIONS (subject to park schedules) if you have chosen a wildlife tour on your itinerary. Additional visits certain ancillary charges (including video and movie cameras) will incur additional charges that guests are responsible for.
Quoted tour costs do not include hotel stays before and after your tour, unless specified on your itinerary. Those costs can be quoted on request. Except for specified meals and snacks between destinations, most meals are not included in private tour costs. Small Group Tours usually include all breakfasts and lunches. Excess baggage charges are not included - it is the guests’ responsibility to ascertain that their baggage dimensions and weight comply with the airline requirements. Gratuities to guides, staff belonging to airlines, chauffeurs, or hotels and restaurants (none of which are mandatory if the availed services are part of the tour) are not included. The cost of personal items such as laundry and dry cleaning, drinks, and incidentals are not included. Cost of Visas and Passports is not included.
Part, or all of your travel dates fall during Peak Season, as defined by India’s leading Hotels. The deposit and cancellation terms are different from our regular terms, and are outlined below. Peak Season Includes:
Dec. 20th - Jan. 5th every year
Pushkar Festival Dates:
2017: 22nd Oct - 12th Nov
2018: 9th - 30th Nov
2019: 29th Oct - 19th Nov
Payments: ALL PAYMENTS, DEPOSITS & OTHER MONETARY SUMS ARE QUOTED PER PERSON IN ALL STATEMENTS THAT FOLLOW. We require a payment of $1000.00 per person + Domestic flight supplement (per small group tour & vacation packages) as an initial deposit for most tours, but this changes due to seasonal and other special circumstances.
For online reservations the initial deposit can be made by credit card only. If you would rather use another form of payment for the initial deposit, please call us or use the contact us form.
Deposit Details for Peak Season -
If the total tour cost (including domestic flights) is between $5000 to $7500 per person, then the deposit will be $1500 per person (Plus domestic flights per above).
If the total tour cost (including domestic flights) is between $7500 to $10,000 per person, then the deposit will be $2000 per person (Plus domestic flights per above).
If the total tour cost (including domestic flights) is above 10,000 per person, then the deposit will be 20% of the total tour cost (Plus domestic flights per above).
Reservations that include a hotel stay during the period between Dec 20th and Jan 5th, the month of February, and the 3 week period surrounding the Pushkar Camel Festival (from mid-October to mid November, varies yearly), 100% of the cost of your tour is due 120 days before your tour begins.
For all other travel dates, the balance of the cost of your tour (after subtracting your initial deposit) is required at least 95 days prior to the start of your tour. Reservations made with less than 95 days remaining will require immediate payment of all dues.
Prices: All rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and in US dollars. If not listed, single supplements are available upon request in the 'Comments" section in each 'Reservation Inquiry Form'. All prices, except for when a deposit has been accepted by Easy Tours, Inc., on a C.O.A.P. submitted to the guest, are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Easy Tours, Inc.
On-Tour Flight Non-Refundable charges: Airline tickets (purchased by Easy Tours, for travel within Southeast Asia) cancellations will incur charges as levied by the airline. Restricted fares will have higher costs while smart fares have a charge of $20 to $35 per segment.
Cancellations are processed as detailed below. If Easy Tours does not receive, or is unable to process any of your payments within as per the schedule outlined above, we will cancel your reservation and process a refund of your total payments, after adjusting for the agreed upon Cancellation Costs. We use secure servers to process your electronic payments.
Cancellations - A request for cancellation will only be considered valid if it is processed by either of the following two means-
(a) Received by our web site (easytoursofindia.com), submitted on the appropriate form (link provided as part of the C.O.A.P. at the time of initial confirmation of your order).
(b) by registered mail or delivery service (with proof of in-person delivery) at our US mailing address - Easy Tours, Inc., Ste 180, 16238 RR, 620 North #F Austin, TX 78717.
Within 2 business days of receiving your request for cancellation request, Easy Tours will send you a link to your Cancellation Agreement which details the exact amount refundable to you, if any, as per your original contract (COAP). Once we receive your acceptance of this agreement, Easy Tours will process your refund promptly as described in the Refund section below.
Discount Airfares to & from South Asia are usually not cancelable. If you asked Easy Tours to refer you to a consolidator or airline, we cannot refund any charges you paid for the airline tickets or any other fees tendered to them. For the payments made to Easy Tours, and only for those payments, the following cancellation terms and charges apply:
Air Travel Cancellation Costs
Airline ticket (purchased by Easy Tours, for travel within South Asia) cancellations will incur charges as levied by the airline. Restricted fares will have higher costs while smart fares have a charge of $30 to $45 per segment.
Land Cancellation Costs (except for Dec 20th to Jan 5th & 3 weeks surrounding Pushkar Fair, mid Oct. to Mid Nov, varies yearly):
Land Cancellation Costs for Dec 20th to Jan 5th & 3 weeks surrounding Pushkar Fair in Mid Oct. to Mid Nov. – varies yearly:
(a) Cancellations received by us with more than 105 days remaining until your visit begins are charged 20% of the total cost of your visit.
(b) Cancellations received by us between 105 days and 65 days remaining until your visit begins are charged (per person) 75% of the total cost of your visit.
(c) Cancellations received after 65 days remaining until your visit begins are 100% Non-Refundable.
Please note that International Airline tickets will incur Cancellation & Change Charges as specified by the Airlines & Consolidators. Please bear in mind that certain airfares cannot be cancelled. Domestic airfare purchased by Easy Tours as part of your tour with us will be subject to the following Cancellation & Change terms: Prior to 7 Business Days before the beginning of your tour you will incur charges as levied by the airline + a $10 Service Fee per segment. If less than 7 Business Days remain till the beginning of your tour all domestic fares are non-refundable & cannot be changed.
Changes - Changes to your tour package after your acceptance of the "Confirmation of Availability Package" are done at the sole discretion of Easy Tours. You can request them by mail or by accessing our Alter Plans Form. If we are unable to make your desired changes, we'll offer you the option for a refund as defined in our "Cancellations" section.
Very infrequently, small changes may be made to your travel arrangements which we reserve the right to do so at any time, and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. These changes may be the result of Force Majeure or other similar reasons that are beyond our control, such as weather conditions, delays in departures, strikes or riots, overbooking's or closure of a hotel, decisions taken by Tourist Organizations and/or State Governments, etc. This may result in an alteration of the itinerary, omission of a destination, or changing the time spent in a particular destination. If it is possible we will provide you with alternative arrangements, and if not, give you a refund as per our policies defined in the "refund section".
Refunds: - All payments for transportation, or travel service, not provided to the passenger shall be promptly refunded, in accordance with the agreed-to terms and conditions, unless the passenger otherwise instructs the Easy Tours in writing.
If you cancel your tour, or do not make payments as per the agreed upon schedule, Easy Tours shall process your refund (after deducting the agreed upon cancellation costs) in less than thirty days from the earliest of the following dates:
(1) The scheduled date of departure.
(2) The day the passenger requests a refund by cancelling as per the policy defined in the cancellation section.
(3) The day of cancellation by Easy Tours.
In the unlikely event that we are unable to provide the tour package, we will process the refund of all your payments within three days from the day that we become aware of this inability.
In the event of cancellation due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond Easy Tours's control (such as a natural disaster), Easy Tours will refund all your money within 30 days of cancellation, after adjusting for any unrecoverable payments already tendered to our suppliers, of which we will provide you with concrete evidence. In over 10 years of operations, we have never had to take such a step.
Release of liability - Besides looking after your comfort and enjoyment, we do our best to ensure that you travel, explore, and reside in a safe and risk free environment. However, Easy Tours is not responsible, in any sense of the term, for the safety, health, and/or condition, of any guests person, their wards, or their property. Your acceptance of our "Confirmation Of Availability Package" is also your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement.
You, and each party traveling in your tour expressly acknowledge that you are cognizant of all risks of travel and arrangements for trips of this nature and fully disclaim, waive and discharge Easy Tours, Inc. (including it's shareholders, management, directors, and employees) from any and all liability, claims. damages, loss, or responsibilities (including damage to or loss of your property, or your injury or death) with regard to the proposed tour and/or visit, and arrangements made with respect there to, even if caused by the negligence of any airlines, transportation companies, hotels, restaurants, or any other party providing services or accommodations included in the tour/visit.
Easy Tours will similarly not be liable for any claims, losses, damages for delayed or lost baggage or other property, or any loss of intangibles such as pleasure, or feelings of disappointment, distress, or frustration, whether mental or physical, which may have resulted from any act or omission of any other party providing services to you during your tour/visit.
About shopping in India -
India offers remarkable values on a large variety of hand crafted items, ranging from exquisite jewelry to fine apparel woven from the highest quality fabrics; from beautiful carpets to inlayed treasures in marble, wood, and various other materials; as well as a multitude of other unique and high quality products.
Along with innumerable choices on where to shop, you will be offered a plethora of unsolicited advice about how to shop and how to avoid commissions. Easy Tours encourages you to use your best judgment on how and where you shop, but we would like to offer you some basic information.
You are usually best of letting someone make a small commission, especially if you are shopping for items other then casual and inexpensive souvenirs. If you arrive unescorted and without a referral, almost all stores will quote you absurdly high pricing (many items are not visibly marked with the price). You will then go through a negotiating process that would put used car dealers in the United States to shame.
The Luxury hotels will tell you not to follow your guide’s or escorts recommendations and cite the fact that they get commissions from the stores. They will not mention (and may even deny) the fact that the hoteliers themselves get the largest financial kickbacks from the stores that they recommend, and the prices you will pay at their recommended or in-house stores are usually among the highest you will find. This may be in the form of contracted commission structures, expensive gifts to their management/owners, or in the shape of the exorbitant lease charges the store owners pay to exhibit their wares in the hotels in-house stores. It is usually a combination of the above.
Easy Tours has established a relationship with a couple of large and reputable stores in most cities on your itinerary. These stores have committed to us that will offer a quality product and a low-pressure environment. They have also agreed to do their best to ensure guest satisfaction by offering reasonable pricing (albeit with some room for negotiation) and secure, timely shipping if the guest requires those services. They also will offer refund and exchange options, but bear in mind that itinerary logistics dictate that these options are usually constrained to the short period that you will spend at that particular destination.
Your guides, escorts, or chauffeurs are often paid commissions by these stores, and this will usually provide you with a less stressful shopping environment. In the majority of instances, the final price that you end up with will be better then what you would have negotiated if you had gone through the process by yourself.
Easy Tours will perform no functions, or accept any responsibility for, purchases made at any store not on our recommended list. In case of a disagreement between one of our clients and one of our recommended stores, we will do our best to ensure a timely and equitable resolution.
These efforts do not obligate us to offer any compensation for a real or perceived loss (of any kind) that a guest may experience in their dealings with our recommended stores. We also do not expressly warranty the products or services of our recommended stores. However, our past experience with them tells us that they offer you the safest option of acquiring a quality product.
Financial Liability: Easy Tours Inc.'s liability in any and all cases will be limited to a refund of the payments made directly by you to us,
subject to our cancellation and refund policies. Your acceptance of our "Confirmation of Availability Package" is also your legal, binding, and unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement.
GUARANTEED DEPARTURES & CANCELLATION OF A TOUR BY THE TOUR OPERATOR
A departure date for a Tour offered by the Easy Tours will become a guaranteed departure when at least one booking secured by a valid deposit has been made on that departure.
Easy Tours has No Minimum Group Size Requirements for our Guaranteed Departures. You may be the Only Travelers on your Group Tour Departure Date. Easy Tours does not cancel their guaranteed departures once a booking has been secured and payments made for any Group Departure date.
Easy Tours guarantees that all scheduled Tour departures booked and secured with a valid deposit will depart as indicated on the applicable confirmation, subject to reasonably itinerary changes as described in these Terms or good faith health and safety concerns. This guarantee is not applicable in the case of Force Majeure. Up to date Tour and itinerary information is available on the Easy Tours’ website or by contacting Easy Tours. Brochures and other printed materials displaying Tour information and departure dates are subject to change may not be relied upon for purposes of this guarantee.
If a Tour is cancelled by Easy Tours before the date of departure for reasons other than Force Majeure and the cancellation is not caused by your fault or negligence, you will have the choice of accepting from Easy Tours:
(a) a substitute Tour of equivalent or superior value; or
(b) a substitute Tour of lesser value if no Tour of equivalent or superior value is reasonably available and to recover from Easy Tours the difference in price between the price of the Tour originally purchased and the substitute Tour; or
(c) a full refund of all monies paid for the cancelled Tour.
Easy Tours is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that you incur as a result of the cancelled booking including visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, nonrefundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, Easy Tours reserves the right to issue a full refund in lieu of the choices above, in its sole discretion. Where a significant element of a Tour as described cannot be provided after departure, Easy Tours will make suitable alternative arrangements where possible. If it is not possible to provide a suitable alternative or if you reasonably reject any suitable alternatives, Easy Tours may provide you with a refund for unused products or services as determined in its discretion.