Terms & Conditions Photography Holidays 

Our Contract

Upon making a booking you are required to complete the reservation form and accept on behalf of yourself and any others in your party the terms of these booking conditions. 

Payment

Upon of receipt of confirmation of your booking and pro-forma invoice you are required to pay a deposit equal to 25% of the total amount payable in euro within 7 days .The balance of the amount payable must be paid upon receipt of the final invoice at least 8 weeks before departure. For any bookings within 8 weeks of departure, you are required to pay the entire amount payable in euro within 3 days of confirmation. If the total amount payable is not paid in time, we reserve the right to cancel the booking, retain the deposit and apply any cancellation charges, as per schedule below. All payment options are subject to a 2.5% booking fee.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

You, or any other person in your party, may cancel your/his/her booking at any time, on the condition that the cancellation is made, by email to info@focusinsicilia.com, by the person who signed the reservation form.

 

The following cancellation charges will be applicable:

  • More than 56 days before departure             loss of deposit

  • 29–56 days before departure                         60% of total trip cost, loss of deposit

  • 1–28 days before departure                           100% of total trip cost, loss of deposit

If the maximum number of participants for the photography holiday has been reached and we manage to re-sell the cancelled spots on this holiday, you will be refunded the deposit minus euro 300 administration charges. We strongly advise you to take a travel insurance that includes cancellation coverage.

 

Refunds will be made in euro at the currency exchange rate of the refund transaction day.

Changes to Prices

All prices, deposits and balance payments are in euro only. Any other currencies mentioned are for reference only and subject to currency exchange fluctuations and can therefore not be taken in to consideration for payment.  

The price of your photography holiday is subject to surcharges if there are changes to taxes and or fees imposed by the local, regional and/or national authorities.

If We Have to Cancel or Change Your Booking

Your photography holiday participation will only be cancelled if you did not make any of the payments by the scheduled date, we are forced to do so because of ‘Force Majeur’ including, but not limited to, war, threat of war, riots, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural disaster and adverse weather conditions or the minimum number of participants to run a photography holiday has not been reached. In the case the minimum number of participants has not been reached you will be advised of the cancellation not less than four weeks before departure. In case of 'Force Majeur' and minimum number of participants not reach you will have the choice of an alternative photography holiday on different dates with Focus on Sicilia or receive a full refund. We will not be liable for any expenses incurred before receipt of our final invoice, such as, own flights, visas, vaccinations, etc., or for any compensation.

In the event that we will have to make any changes to the program of the photography holiday, we reserve the right to do so. If locations are not accessible for any reason, we will endeavor to replace them with a valid alternative. Minor changes to the program are not acceptable as grounds for cancellation. In the event of a significant change. prior to the start of the photography holiday, to more than 30% of the itinerary, you will have the choice of accepting the alternative arrangements, taking another available tour on different dates or cancelling and receiving a full refund. No further compensation will be payable and no further liability beyond any deposit paid can be accepted, in cases where we are forced to make a change or cancel as a result of uncommon and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the outcomes of which could not have been avoided even with all due diligence done, or in case of cancellation for lack of participants, providing we notify you no less than four weeks before departure.

Insurance

You are required to provide us with proof of adequate medical insurance coverage, which includes Italy and includes repatriation. We strongly advise you that you have an adequate travel insurance to cover any losses, thefts, delays, cancellation, etc. In the case your travel or home insurance does not cover photographic- and other technical equipment, we highly recommend you insure this separately. It is the participant’s responsibility to ensure that the insurance coverage is sufficient for all eventualities.

 

Travel Documents

It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that all necessary travel documents are obtained to enter Italy. Travel Documents should be carried with you at all times. 

The Photography Holiday

Our photography holidays might take us to remote places where the risk of injury, accident, loss of property, discomfort and delay is higher. Your booking is therefore accepted on the condition that you are fully aware of this and accept all these elements of adventure travel. At any time during the photography holiday, the photography mentor can decide to change the itinerary or other aspects of the trip if this is required due to circumstances beyond his/her control. Whilst every effort will be made to make suitable alternative arrangements, we cannot be held responsible for such changes, nor for any refunds.


Focus on Sicilia or any of its suppliers cannot be made liable for the consequences of but not limited to weather conditions, flight cancellations, strikes, lost luggage, industrial action, wars, riots, sickness, quarantine, government intervention or other untoward occurrences. Any extra costs that may be incurred as a result, will be your responsibility and must be paid for accordingly. Travel and/or Medical insurance may cover such occurrences, depending on the circumstances.

 

Fitness & Health

The photography holidays are not strenuous and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. There may be general fatigue due to long flights and changes in time zones. The participants will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage their own equipment. We will be walking on uneven, unpaved surfaces and there will be short up- and down-hill hikes to the more remote locations.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Focus on Sicilia prior to booking on info@focusonsicilia.com.

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Photography Mentor

By signing our reservation form, you agree to accept the decisions of the photography mentor who represents Focus on Sicilia, during the photography holiday. If in his/her opinion the behaviour, functioning or attendance of one of the participants is harmful to the safety and welfare of the group, or hinders the fulfilment of the itinerary, the photography mentor may ask you to leave at any time without option to any refunds.

Our Commitment to the Participants

Focus on Sicilia always endeavours to make sure that the arrangements during for photography holiday arrangements are fully satisfactory. It also accepts responsibility for both the actions of its own employees, and for those of its agents, suppliers and contractors if they were acting within the scope or contract of their employment, with exception of any action or event which was unforeseeable or unavoidable even with all due care or caused by any improper act or omission by the participant or any third party.

Complaints

Any complaints about services provided during the photography holiday, should be made known as soon as possible to the photography mentor. If this doesn’t result in a, for the participant, satisfactory outcome, the participant must notify Focus on Sicilia in writing to info@focusonsicilia.com within 7 days after the last day of the photography holiday.

Your Contract

This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions and is subject to Italian law and the exclusive jurisdiction of Italian courts at all times.

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