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  • 9 Day Discover Laos

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  • Elephant Village Sanctuary Luang Prabang

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  • Pha That Luang Stupa, Vientiane

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  • Patuxai Monument, Vientiane

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  • Nam Song River

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  • Buddha Park, Vientiane

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  • Blue Lagoon, Vang Vieng

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  • Buddhist ‘Almsgiving Ceremony’

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  • Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang

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  • Pak Ou Cave, Mekong River

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  • 9 Day Discover Laos

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  • Elephant Village Sanctuary Luang Prabang

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  • Pha That Luang Stupa, Vientiane

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  • Patuxai Monument, Vientiane

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  • Nam Song River

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  • Buddha Park, Vientiane

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  • Blue Lagoon, Vang Vieng

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  • Buddhist ‘Almsgiving Ceremony’

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  • Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang

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  • Pak Ou Cave, Mekong River

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  • Asian Buffalo

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9 Day Discover Laos

  • Experience ‘The Land of a Million Elephants’
  • Visit Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Falls & More
Includes Return International Flights

Enjoy the slower side of the Southeast Asian continent on this remarkable journey through the highlights of Laos. This beautiful little country combines authentic Asian culture, great food and iconic smiling faces, with an ageless and relaxed atmosphere. This unmissable tour will take you from UNESCO-listed cities, to historic monuments, and breathtaking scenery - Laos will truly having you saying ‘wow’.

Visit the beauty and history of Luang Prabang; enjoy a cruise along the Mekong River to the looming Pak Ou Caves; indulge with a refreshing dip in the three-tiered cascades of Kuang Si Falls, and spend an afternoon amongst gentle giants at the Elephant Village Sanctuary in Luang Prabang. Experience a very special Buddhist ‘Almsgiving Ceremony’; enjoy a sunset long-tail boat ride on the Nam Song River; witness the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon, and marvel at the looming statues of Buddha Park in Vientiane.

Fall in love with remarkable Laos on this nine day discovery tour including return international flights, seven nights 4-star hotel accommodation, 10 meals, English-speaking guides and much more.

ITINERARY

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Depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth for Luang Prabang, Laos! Fly with airlines such as Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Qantas to name a few (subject to availability).

Welcome to Luang Prabang! Upon arrival, be met and transferred to the hotel. This evening those who are feeling energetic can join a tour of Mount Phousi and visit a night market.

In the afternoon be picked up by the tour guide, to visit Mount Phousi. Rising 150m above the centre of town, Mount Phousi cuts a distinctive figure on the Luang Prabang skyline. The hill is a popular place to watch the sunset over the Mekong River. From the summit enjoy a spectacular 360 degree outlook across the city and its many temples, and out over the surrounding landscape to the mountains in the distance. Count on spending a couple of hours for the climb and descent, with several stops to see the temples, rest under shady trees and admire the magical views. After visiting Mount Phousi, enjoy a visit to the night market which has a few hundred stalls.

For those who want to skip the hike and just explore the markets, another guide will meet you at the hotel early in the evening for a short walking tour of the night market. Both tours will finish in the main street of Luang Prabang, where there are many dinner options (not included).

Please note: due to flight scheduling and availability, some departures may occur on day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documents at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Overnight: Villa Santi resort & Spa/ Sada hotel/Villa Maly Boutique hotel, Luang Prabang, Laos
Meals included: None

Early this morning be met by the tour guide and embark on a private boat cruise along the Mekong River (approx. 1.5 hours) with a brief stop in a rice wine making village. After the cruise, arrive at the Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou is a place that not only shelters historic cultural values, but is also home to thousands of Buddhist statues. After visiting the cave by boat, arrive back into Luang Prabang, before travelling by bus to experience the Lao Buffalo Dairy Farm, an inspiring non-profit organisation.

Led by the tour guide, you will have the chance to feed chickens, pigs and buffalo. You will even have an opportunity to milk a buffalo! After the tour enjoy lunch while basking in the glorious mountain views. Lunch will include a dessert of buffalo ice cream and a choice of a delicious cake! Following lunch, continue to the breathtaking Kuang Si waterfalls, the largest in Luang Prabang. Here you can take a refreshing swim while taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Afterwards, transfer back to Luang Prabang.

Overnight: Villa Santi resort & Spa/ Sada hotel/Villa Maly Boutique hotel, Luang Prabang, Laos
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast, take the opportunity to join an optional Morning Bicycle Tour (not included).

Optional Tour: Luang Prabang Bicycle Tour - $30 AUD(moderate level of fitness required)
Meet the tour guide early this morning and go to the bike shop where you can choose a bike. The first stop is Wat Xieng Thong - called "Golden City Temple" and is one of the most beautiful in town. Next, bike to an amazing viewpoint, where two rivers; Nam Khan and Mekong intersect. Following this, ride along the Mekong River bank enjoying the fresh air and scenery before stopping at Saffron Coffee. Saffron Coffee is a social or 'profit for purpose' business where profits are reinvested for the benefit of the Laos people. After enjoying a cup of coffee and some stories about the business and locals, the tour heads to the 'Old Town' to see the peaceful lifestyle. Return via the beautiful road by the Nam Khan river bank, arriving back at the hotel to join the remainder of the group.

Later, enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Elephant village Sanctuary. Upon arrival at the Elephant Village Camp be greeted by the guide who will give you a short briefing about the elephants and their special relationship to the people of Laos. Afterwards have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants, as well as feed them. Next, visit elephant museum and elephant hospital. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Elephant Camp restaurant served with coffee, tea and drinking water (vegetarian options are available). After lunch, we will see the elephants bathing in the river before walking with them to the forest. Transfer back to the hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight: Villa Santi resort & Spa/ Sada hotel/Villa Maly Boutique hotel, Luang Prabang, Laos
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Rise early this morning to the sound of the temple gong, before joining your guide for a walk through the quiet streets to watch the daily processions of three hundred young monks walking silently by, collecting sticky rice and other foods in their bronze bowls. The ritual is linked to a Buddhist tradition in which monks beg for their daily food as a way to demonstrate humility.

Almsgiving is an important religious act in Buddhism and must be carried out respectfully by locals and tourists alike. If you would like to be involved in the offering of food, the guide will be more than happy to show you the best way to interact with the monks. After this wonderful experience be transferred back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, travel to Vang Vieng. Arriving around midday, check-in to the hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, join an optional ‘Kayaking on Nam Song River’ tour (not included).

Optional Activity: Kayaking on Nam Song River - $30 AUD
Enjoy the quick drive 10km North to the ethnic Khmu village of Vieng Samay. After an introduction to the basics of kayaking, set off down the beautiful Nam Song River. From here continue travelling downstream to Tham None (Sleeping cave), which is one of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng and served as a rescue shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War. Today it is home to a family of bats and the ‘Magic Stone’ of Vang Vieng. The final leg of the journey is a gentle paddle which will return you back to Vang Vieng, hopefully just in time to catch the sunset.

Overnight: Amari Vang Vieng/ Eden De Vang Vieng/Vang Vieng Plaza, Vang Vieng
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure. Alternatively, choose to join an optional ‘Half Day Trekking to Pha Ngern View Point’ tour.

Optional Activity: Half Day Trekking to Pha Ngern Viewpoint - $30 AUD (high level of fitness required)
After breakfast be picked up by the tour guide in a tuk tuk. On arrival in Pha Ngern, start the climb to the Pha Ngern viewpoint - 650m (approx. 45-60mins). Once at the top be met by some spectacular views, with picturesque landscapes over the paddy fields that “pop” out in clear view from their flat surroundings. From the top you might even spot a sea of clouds cuddling the rocky mountain peaks. After the trek back down the mountain, be transferred back to the hotel.

This afternoon travel to Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon. Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon is an improvised eco-water park in a scenic village close to Vang Vieng. Observe sharp stalactites and stalagmites as you descend down steep walls to reach the largest hall of the cave, which holds the bronze statue of a reclining Buddha, with several other smaller Buddha images revered by locals. The green-blue waters of the lagoon outside the cave provide a beautiful relaxation spot. You can also try your hand at abseiling one of the water slides.

Around dusk take a long tail boat for an hour long cruise on Nam Song River. See the beautiful sunset over the river with picturesque scenery of Vang Vieng. After docking at the boat station be transferred back to the hotel.

Overnight: Amari Vang Vieng/ Eden De Vang Vieng/Vang Vieng Plaza, Vang Vieng
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, be transferred to Vientiane. Upon arrival check-in to the hotel and enjoy free time for lunch (not included). Later this evening, the tour guide and driver will transfer you to the night market. Here enjoy time to explore at leisure, and maybe grab a bite for dinner (not included). The tour guide will be available to assist you with bartering and can suggest a souvenir and good restaurant nearby. After the night market, be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: S Park Design hotel/ Leuxay Hotel, Azalea Park View hotel, Vientiane
Meals included: Breakfast

In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan). Take a stroll around the park, filled with more than 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The tranquil setting along the Mekong River is a contrast to the slightly eccentric sculptures built in 1958 by a Laos shaman. The concrete sculptures are unique and intriguing, sitting majestically in the peaceful park.

Next, see the golden Pha That Luang Stupa, before visiting the Patuxai Monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Next, enjoy the sunset and night markets situated on the Mekong river bank, which is the natural border between Laos and Thailand. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dinner with live music at the famous Khop Chai Deu Restaurant.

Overnight: S Park Design hotel/ Leuxay Hotel, Azalea Park View hotel, Vientiane
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today at the appropriate time be transferred to the airport for the flight back to Australia.


Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Experience Laos, ‘the Land of a Million Elephants’
  • Fall in love with UNESCO listed Luang Prabang
  • Cruise along the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves
  • Witness numerous Buddha statues at Pak Ou Cave
  • Visit the Buffalo Dairy Farm and have an opportunity to milk a buffalo
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim at the beautiful Kuang Si Falls
  • Spend an afternoon at the Elephant Village Sanctuary Luang Prabang
  • Experience a Buddhist ‘Almsgiving Ceremony’
  • Explore Vang Vieng’s famous Tham Kham Cave
  • Witness the bronze reclining Buddha in Tham Phu Cave
  • Swim in the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon
  • Experience the sunset aboard a long tail boat cruise on Nam Song River
  • See the Pha That Luang Stupa on a tour of Vientiane
  • Marvel at the statues of Buddha Park in Vientiane
  • Shop for wares at the Vientiane night market.
  • Visit the Patuxai Monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE/PER
  • 7 nights 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 10 meals including a traditional dinner
  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Airline taxes and surcharges
  • Sightseeing and monument entry fees
  • Transportation by private A/C Vehicles
  • Return airport transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information. 
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).
 

Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 3rd December 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement of $600 applies.
 
Departure Dates (2020)
May: 14, 21
June: 11
July: 23, 30
August: 13, *20
September: *10
^ October: 22
^ November: 5
^ December: *3
 
Surcharges
- dates/months with a * incur a land high season surcharge of $150 per person.
- dates/months with a ^ incur a land high season surcharge of $200 per person.
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth
 


Full Service Airline(s) Used


Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas Airways, Emirates, Virgin Australia, Malindo Air, Korean Airlines, Japan Airlines, China Airlines, Bangkok Airways, Lao Airlines and airline partners (subject to availability).

 

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation. 

 

Arrive early in Luang Prabang, Laos 
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates:
* 28 March 2020 - 27 April 2020
* 20 June 2020 - 19 July 2020
* 17 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
* 10 December 2020 - 20 January 2020
 
Stay behind in Vientiane, Laos 
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout dates:
* 28 March 2020 - 27 April 2020
* 20 June 2020 - 19 July 2020
* 17 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
* 10 December 2020 - 20 January 2020
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $450 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $700 one way
Locations:
* Singapore
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- A pre and post-tour stopover may be chosen; however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy : Not Available
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): Starting From $3999 per person
Please note: 
- *Starting from quotes will be processed and returned for your consideration.
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Accommodation Used


4 Star (self-rated)

- Luang Prabang, Laos: Santi Resort and Spa, Sada Hotel or Villa Maly Boutique Hotel or similar

- Vang Vieng, Laos: Amari Vang Vieng, Eden De Vang Vieng or similar

- Vientiane, Laos: Crowne Plaza Vientiane, S Park Design Hotel or Leuxay Hotel or similar

 

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not Available
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 People (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.


Minimum group size 10, maximum group size 20 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Day 4: Morning Bicycle Tour - $30 AUD per person
Day 5: Kayaking on Nam Song River - $30 AUD per person
Day 6: Half Day Trekking to Pha Ngern Viewpoint – $30 AUD per person
 
Please note:
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability) 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.


- Visa fees and requirements (A visa is a strict requirement if travelling on an Australian passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
- Recommended gratuities/tipping: 30,000 Laotian Kip (approx. $5 AUD) per person/ per day.
- Optional activities/tours 
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.


TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Laos:
Laos has a tropical monsoon climate, with an afternoon shower common between May and October. A cool dry season from November through February, and a hot dry season in March and April.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily Breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements.
Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
 
It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is 30,000 Laotian Kip per person per day. This covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
 
Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or an similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.


If you're visiting Laos for tourism, you can get a 30-day tourist visa when you arrive at:
- the International Airport in Vientiane 
- the International Airport in Luang Prabang
 
The visa cost is $35 USD.
 
To apply, you need:
- 2 blank pages in your passport
- 2 recent passport-size photos
 
Please note: visa information is subject to change. Please check http://immigration.gov.la/ for up to date information.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.


We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

 

·    1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·    2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·    Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·    Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

·    Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·    If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.