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Natural Landscapes & Gardens of Madeira & the Azores 2021

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29 May – 16 Jun 2021

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Natural Landscapes & Gardens of Madeira & the Azores 2021
Tour Highlights

  • Led by John Patrick, horticulturalist, garden designer and former presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia, explore the natural flora and fauna of Madeira and Azores.
  • The program includes six moderate nature walks ranging in length from 1.3 to 7.7kms.
  • Visit subtropical Madeira and five volcanic islands from the three geographical groups of the Azores: São Miguel (Eastern Group), Terceira, Faial & Pico (Central Group) & Flores (Western Group).
  • Spend 6 nights based in Funchal, the capital of Madeira; overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the city is framed by a dramatic backdrop of cloud-tipped mountains and features a wealth of historic monuments.
  • Explore Madeira’s abundance of colourful and exotic flora in its parks and gardens including the Quinta do Palheiro and Monte Palace Tropical Gardens; walk some of Madeira’s scenic levada footpaths (man-made irrigation channels); and view the Laurisilva of Madeira, the largest surviving area of laurel forest containing a unique suite of plants and animals, including many endemic species.
  • Visit Santo da Serra Environmental Education Camp and study the recovering of the native Laurisilva forest of Madeira and biodiversity with Raimundo Quintal, Madeira leading environmentalist and author of numerous phytogeography studies.
  • On São Miguel view the spectacular volcanic caldera: Lagoa das Sete Cidades which consists of two lagoons – the Green Lagoon and the Blue Lagoon, and at the historically active volcanic complex of Furnas view the verdant Parque Terra Nostra and the bubbling fumaroles.
  • On Terceira, visit the UNESCO World Heritage port town of Angra do Heroísmo featuring a formidable 16th-century fortress and a pristine Renaissance old town.  We also descend to the island’s core at Algar do Carvão, a 90m-deep volcanic lava tube.
  • Flores, well known for its abundance of flowers, is registered as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. View the Poça da Ribeira do Ferreiro – a lagoon formed by a dozen of waterfalls streaming down lush cliffs.
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Landscape of the Pico Island Vineyard Culture: a remarkable man-made landscape of volcanic walls dating to the 15th century, built to protect the thousands of small, contiguous, rectangular plots from wind and seawater.
  • On Faial view the beautiful ashen landscape of Capelinhos, the last volcano to erupt in the Azores in 1958; visit the lighthouse, now the Volcano Interpretation Centre, which covers the events of this eruption as well as the tectonic forces shaping the Azores’ extraordinary landscape.
  • Join a marine biologist for a 3-hour whale-watching expedition; sperm whales are resident species and live in the waters all year round.

19-day tour of Madeira & the Azores

Overnight Madeira: Funchal (6 nights); Azores: Furnas, São Miguel (2 nights) • Ponta Delgada, São Miguel (2 nights) • Faja Grande, Flores (2 nights) • Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira (2 nights) • Horta, Faial (4 nights)

Itinerary

Itinerary

This draft itinerary provides an outline of the proposed daily program. The daily activities described in this itinerary may be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate changes in museum opening hours, flight schedules and weather conditions. The tour includes breakfast daily, lunches and evening meals indicated in the detailed itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner. The program includes six moderate nature walks ranging in length from 1.3 to 7.7kms.

Funchal, Madeira – 6 nights

Day 1: Saturday 29 May, Arrive Madeira
  • Airport transfer for participants arriving on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
  • Orientation Meeting
  • Light Dinner

(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) D

Day 2: Sunday 30 May, Madeira: Funchal
  • Levada Trail to Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro  (c. 5kms, c 2hrs, rated: easy)
  • Light lunch at the Tea House, Casa Velha do Palheiro
  • Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro
  • Design Center Nini Andrade Silva
  • Welcome Dinner at Restaurant DC Atelier

(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) BLD

Day 3: Monday 31 May, Madeira: Funchal
  • Quinta da Boa Vista Orchid Gardens
  • Quinta Bom Sucesso (Madeira Botanical Garden)
  • Botanical Garden Cable Car to Monte Parish
  • Monte Palace Gardens
  • Wine-tasting at Blandy’s Wine Lodge
(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) B
Day 4: Tuesday 1 June, Madeira: Funchal – Ponta do São Lourenço – Funchal
  • Optional walking tour of Ponta do São Lourenço (c.6kms, c. 3hrs, rated: moderate)
  • Orientation walking tour of Funchal incl. its city gardens, museums and main monuments
(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) B
Day 5: Wednesday 2 June, Madeira: Funchal – Ribeiro Frio – Santana – Arco de São Jorge – Funchal
  • Ribeiro Frio Levada Trail (c. 3kms, c. 1hr, rated: easy)
  • Vereda dos Balcoes
  • Thatched Houses of Santana
  • Lunch at Quinta do Furão
  • Quinta do Arco Rose Garden
(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) BL
Day 6: Thursday 3 June, Madeira: Funchal – Curral das Freiras – Câmara de Lobos – Funchal
  • Eira do Serrado Viewpoint
  • Curral das Freiras (Valley of Nuns)
  • Lunch in Câmara de Lobos
  • Gardens of The Suites at Cliff Bay
(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) BL
Day 1: Saturday 29 May, Arrive Madeira
  • Airport transfer for participants arriving on the ASA ‘designated’ flight
  • Orientation Meeting
  • Light Dinner

(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) D

Day 2: Sunday 30 May, Madeira: Funchal
  • Levada Trail to Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro  (c. 5kms, c 2hrs, rated: easy)
  • Light lunch at the Tea House, Casa Velha do Palheiro
  • Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro
  • Design Center Nini Andrade Silva
  • Welcome Dinner at Restaurant DC Atelier

(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) BLD

Day 3: Monday 31 May, Madeira: Funchal
  • Quinta da Boa Vista Orchid Gardens
  • Quinta Bom Sucesso (Madeira Botanical Garden)
  • Botanical Garden Cable Car to Monte Parish
  • Monte Palace Gardens
  • Wine-tasting at Blandy’s Wine Lodge
(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) B
Day 4: Tuesday 1 June, Madeira: Funchal – Ponta do São Lourenço – Funchal
  • Optional walking tour of Ponta do São Lourenço (c.6kms, c. 3hrs, rated: moderate)
  • Orientation walking tour of Funchal incl. its city gardens, museums and main monuments
  • Garden Magic, Funchal
(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) B
Day 5: Wednesday 2 June, Madeira: Funchal – Ribeiro Frio – Santana – Arco de São Jorge – Funchal
  • Ribeiro Frio Levada Trail (c. 3kms, c. 1hr, rated: easy)
  • Vereda dos Balcoes
  • Thatched Houses of Santana
  • Lunch at Quinta do Furão
  • Quinta do Arco Rose Garden
(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) BL
Day 6: Thursday 3 June, Madeira: Funchal – Curral das Freiras – Câmara de Lobos – Funchal
  • Eira do Serrado Viewpoint
  • Curral das Freiras (Valley of Nuns)
  • Lunch in Câmara de Lobos
  • Gardens of The Suites at Cliff Bay
(Overnight Funchal, Madeira) BL

Furnas, São Miguel Island, Azores – 2 nights

Day 7: Friday 4 June, Madeira – São Miguel
  • Santa da Serra Environmental Education Camp with Raimundo Quintal
  • Fly Madeira to São Miguel (1250-1355)
  • Transfer Ponta Delgada to Furnas

(Overnight Furnas, São Miguel) BD

Day 8: Saturday 5 June, São Miguel: Furnas
  • Terra Nostra Gardens & Thermal Water Pool with head gardener’s daughter Carina Costa
  • Picnic lunch on the banks of Lagoa das Furnas
  • José do Canto Woodland Garden
  • Centro de Monitorização e Investigação SIARAM (time-permitting)

(Overnight Furnas, São Miguel) BLD

Day 7: Friday 4 June, Madeira – São Miguel
  • Santa da Serra Environmental Education Camp with Raimundo Quintal
  • Fly Madeira to São Miguel (1250-1355)
  • Transfer Ponta Delgada to Furnas

(Overnight Furnas, São Miguel) BD

Day 8: Saturday 5 June, São Miguel: Furnas
  • Terra Nostra Gardens & Thermal Water Pool with head gardener Fernando Costa
  • Picnic lunch on the banks of Lagoa das Furnas
  • José do Canto Woodland Garden
  • Centro de Monitorização e Investigação SIARAM (time-permitting)

(Overnight Furnas, São Miguel) BLD

Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island, Azores – 2 nights

Day 9: Sunday 6 June, São Miguel: Furnas – Caldeira das Sete Cidades – Ponta Delgada
  • Gorreana Tea Plantation
  • Vista do Rei – Caldeira das Sete Cidades Trail (c7.7kms, c. 2hrs, rated: easy)
  • Scenic drive to view Cerrado das Freira, Miradouro Visa do Rei, Miradouro do Carvao & Canario Lake

(Overnight Ponta Delgada, São Miguel) BL

Day 10: Monday 7 June, São Miguel: Ponta Delgada
  • José do Canto Botanical Garden
  • Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperança
  • Ponta Delgada Walking tour incl. harbour, Igreja São Sebastião & market
  • Dinner at local restaurant

(Overnight Ponta Delgada, São Miguel) BD

Day 9: Sunday 6 June, São Miguel: Furnas – Caldeira das Sete Cidades – Ponta Delgada
  • Gorreana Tea Plantation
  • Vista do Rei – Caldeira das Sete Cidades Trail (c7.7kms, c. 2hrs, rated: easy)
  • Scenic drive to view Cerrado das Freira, Miradouro Visa do Rei, Miradouro do Carvao & Canario Lake

(Overnight Ponta Delgada, São Miguel) BL

Day 10: Monday 7 June, São Miguel: Ponta Delgada
  • José do Canto Botanical Garden
  • Convento e Capela de Nossa Senhora da Esperança
  • Ponta Delgada Walking tour incl. harbour, Igreja São Sebastião & market
  • Dinner at local restaurant

(Overnight Ponta Delgada, São Miguel) BD

Flores Island, Azores – 2 nights

Day 11: Tuesday 8 June, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island – Flores Island
  • Fly São Miguel to Flores (0900-1110)
  • Lunch at Aldeia da Cuada
  • Orientation coach tour of Flores

(Overnight Farmstay: Aldeia da Cuada, Flores) BLD

Day 12: Wednesday 9 June, Flores Island
  • Poça da Ribeira do Ferreiro Waterfall Trail (c. 1.3km, rated: easy)
  • Coach tour of Flores including Lagoa Rasa, Funda, Negra and Comprida

(Overnight Farmstay: Aldeia da Cuada, Flores) BLD

Day 11: Tuesday 8 June, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel Island – Flores Island
  • Fly São Miguel to Flores (0900-1110)
  • Lunch at Aldeia da Cuada
  • Orientation coach tour of Flores

(Overnight Farmstay: Aldeia da Cuada, Flores) BLD

Day 12: Wednesday 9 June, Flores Island
  • Poça da Ribeira do Ferreiro Waterfall Trail (c. 1.3km, rated: easy)
  • Coach tour of Flores including Lagoa Rasa, Funda, Negra and Comprida

(Overnight Farmstay: Aldeia da Cuada, Flores) BLD

Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira Island, Azores – 2 nights

Day 13: Thursday 10 June, Flores – Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira
  • Fly Flores to Terceira (1130-1235)
  • Lunch at Restaurante O Pescador
  • Birdwatching at Paul da Praia da Vitória
  • Drive to Miradouro da Serra do Cume: views over Lagoa do Ginjal

(Overnight Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira) BL

Day 14: Friday 11 June, Terceira: Angra do Heroísmo – Algar do Carvão – Angra do Heroísmo
  • Orientation walk of Angra do Heroísmo UNESCO World Heritage town
  • Palácio dos Capitães-Generais: Guided tour of Palace & Gardens
  • Furnas do Enxofre fumaroles
  • Algar de Carvão Reserve (Volcanic cone incl. 300 steps, duration: 60 min)

(Overnight Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira) BL

Day 13: Thursday 10 June, Flores – Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira
  • Fly Flores to Terceira (1130-1235)
  • Lunch at Restaurante O Pescador
  • Birdwatching at Paul da Praia da Vitória
  • Drive to Miradouro da Serra do Cume: views over Lagoa do Ginjal

(Overnight Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira) BL

Day 14: Friday 11 June, Terceira: Angra do Heroísmo – Algar do Carvão – Angra do Heroísmo
  • Orientation walk of Angra do Heroísmo UNESCO World Heritage town
  • Palácio dos Capitães-Generais: Guided tour of Palace & Gardens
  • Furnas do Enxofre fumaroles
  • Algar de Carvão Reserve (Volcanic cone incl. 300 steps, duration: 60 min)

(Overnight Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira) BL

Horta, Faial Island, Azores – 4 nights

Day 15: Saturday 12 June, Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira – Horta, Faial Island
  • Monte Brasil Trail (c. 7.5kms, c 2.5hrs, rated: easy)
  • Time at leisure in Angra do Heroísmo
  • Fly Terceira to Faial (1645-1720)

(Overnight Horta, Faial) B

Day 16: Sunday 13 June, Full Day excursion to Pico Island
  • Return Ferry from Horta (Faial Island) to Madalena (Pico Island)
  • Full day excursion visiting the South Coast and Pico’s UNESCO Vineyards
  • Cella Bar
  • Museo do Vinho incl. boardwalk over the vineyards

(Overnight Horta, Faial) BL

Day 17: Monday 14 June,  Faial: Caldeira & the Capelinhos
  • Monte da Guia (photostop)
  • Faial Caldera
  • Miradouro da Ribeiro das Cabras
  • Praia do Norte
  • Calderas at Capelinhos & the Volcano Interpretation Centre

(Overnight Horta, Faial) BL

Day 18: Tuesday 15 June,  Faial Island: Horta
  • Horta Cetaceos Whale Watching (3hrs)
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant

(Overnight Horta, Faial) BD

Day 19: Wednesday 16 June, Faial Island: Depart Horta
  • Airport transfer for participants departing on the ASA ‘designated’ flight

Our tour ends in Horta. If you are travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flight you will be transferred to the airport. If not, you may take a taxi or arrange a transfer with ASA, or stay on to see more of this fascinating island. Please contact ASA if you require further assistance. B

Day 15: Saturday 12 June, Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira – Horta, Faial Island
  • Monte Brasil Trail (c. 7.5kms, c 2.5hrs, rated: easy)
  • Time at leisure in Angra do Heroísmo
  • Fly Terceira to Faial (1645-1720)

(Overnight Horta, Faial) B

Day 16: Sunday 13 June, Full Day excursion to Pico Island
  • Return Ferry from Horta (Faial Island) to Madalena (Pico Island)
  • Full day excursion visiting the South Coast and Pico’s UNESCO Vineyards
  • Cella Bar
  • Museo do Vinho incl. boardwalk over the vineyards

(Overnight Horta, Faial) BL

Day 17: Monday 14 June,  Faial: Caldeira & the Capelinhos
  • Monte da Guia (photostop)
  • Faial Caldera
  • Miradouro da Ribeiro das Cabras
  • Praia do Norte
  • Calderas at Capelinhos & the Volcano Interpretation Centre

(Overnight Horta, Faial) BL

Day 18: Tuesday 15 June,  Faial Island: Horta
  • Horta Cetaceos Whale Watching (3hrs)
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant

(Overnight Horta, Faial) BD

Day 19: Wednesday 16 June, Faial Island: Depart Horta
  • Airport transfer for participants departing on the ASA ‘designated’ flight

Our tour ends in Horta. If you are travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flight you will be transferred to the airport. If not, you may take a taxi or arrange a transfer with ASA, or stay on to see more of this fascinating island. Please contact ASA if you require further assistance. B

Accommodation

Accommodation

19-day Tour of Madeira & the Azores

Accommodation is in 4-star hotels, in twin-share rooms with en suite bathroom, except on Flores Island where we will be based in a farmstay for 2 nights. Rooms for single occupancy may be requested and are subject to availability and payment of the Single Supplement.

Madeira

  • Funchal, Madeira (6 nights): 4-star Vila Porto Mare – a resort hotel surrounded by tropical gardens and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is located 2.6km from the old town of Funchal. www.portobay.com

The Azores

  • Furnas, São Miguel (2 nights): 4-star Terra Nostra Garden Hotel – decorated in the Art Deco style, the hotel is located next to the Terra Nostra Botanical Park, surrounded by calderas, mineral and thermal springs. terranostra-gardenhotel.com
  • Ponta Delgada, São Miguel (2 nights): 4-star Hotel Marina Atlântico – a modern hotel located in the town centre, overlooking the marina. www.bensaudehotels.com
  • Faja Grande, Flores (2 nights): FARMSTAY Aldeia da Cueda – the abandoned 17th-century village of Cueda has been renovated and now offers accommodation in a range of small 1 – 3 bedroom stone houses. There is usually 1 or 2 bathrooms per house. aldeiadacuada.com
  • Angra do Heroísmo, Terceira (2 nights): 4-star Azoris Angra Garden-Plaza Hotel – housed in a historic building, and located on the main square of the UNESCO world heritage town of Angra. www.azorishotels.com
  • Horta, Faial (3 nights): 4-star Pousada Forte da Horta – housed in a 16th-century fortress overlooking Horta Bay and Pico Island and located 650m from the town centre. www.pousadas.pt

Note: hotels are subject to change, in which case a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation in a single-occupancy room throughout the tour. In most hotels, this will be a double/twin room for single occupancy. The number of rooms available for single occupancy is extremely limited. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

How to book

How to Book

Making a Tentative Reservation before the tour price has been published

ASA INTENTION TO TRAVEL APPLICATION FORM

Some ASA tours fill almost immediately. Don’t miss out! You can register your ‘Intention to Travel’ by completing this application and returning this to ASA with a AUD $100.00 per person deposit. Once the tour price has been published, the itinerary and ASA Reservation Application Form will be sent to you. From the time you receive the itinerary you will have two weeks to either:

  • Send us a completed ASA Reservation Application Form together with an additional deposit of AUD $400.00 per person. On receipt of this Reservation Application and deposit, ASA will process your booking and if approved, send you a tour confirmation. At this time your deposit of AUD $500.00 is subject to the tour’s Booking Conditions.

Or

  • CANCEL your Intention to Travel in writing. ASA will refund your AUD $100.00 per person deposit, less a $33.00 service fee (including GST).

Participation Criteria

To participate in an ASA tour, you must be reasonably fit, in good health and able to participate in all activities without assistance from Tour Leaders or other tour members. If you require assistance, a fit and able travel companion must undertake to accompany and assist you with all tasks for the duration of the whole tour. ASA’s ability to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your specific needs, your health and safety and the health and safety of other tour members, is of paramount importance to us. For this reason the ASA Reservation Application includes a Medical Information section. As a general guideline, you must be able to accomplish each of these activities without assistance or support:

  • walk and stand unassisted for at least 2-3 hours a day in hot, humid conditions
  • walk confidently on and over uneven surfaces
  • climb at least 3 flights of stairs
  • embark and disembark from ferries, buses and trains
  • walk up and down steep slopes
  • walk at a steady pace and no less than 1km every 15-20 minutes
  • organise, manage and carry your own luggage
  • follow and remember tour instructions
  • meet punctually at designated times and places
  • administer your own medication

Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation is for sole occupancy throughout the tour. The number of spaces available for single occupancy is extremely limited. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

Practical Information

Practical Information

The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless, all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

This 19-day tour of Madeira and the Azores Archipelago involves:
  • The majority of sites visited are over rough or uneven ground and require reasonable fitness levels.
  • The program includes six moderate nature walks ranging in length from 1.3 to 7.7kms. Refer to the itinerary for further details.
  • 4-star hotels with five accommodation changes in all towns, except in Flores where we spend 2 nights at the Aldeia da Cueda farmstay.
  • 4 internal flights: Madeira-São Miguel, São Miguel-Flores, Flores-Terceira, Terceira-Faial
  • Return ferry excursion from Faial to Pico.
  • 3-hour zodiac whale watching tour
  • You must be able to carry your own hand luggage. Hotel porterage includes 1 piece of luggage per person.

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on visa requirements, health, photography, weather, clothing and what to pack, custom regulations, bank hours, currency regulations, electrical appliances and food. The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website has advice for travellers: www.smartraveller.gov.au

Tour Price & Inclusions

Tour Price & Inclusions

AUD $TBA Land Content Only – Early-Bird Special: Book before 30 September 2020

AUD $TBA Land Content Only

AUD $TBA Single Supplement

For competitive Economy, Business or First Class airfares please contact ASA for further information.

Tour Price (Land Content Only) includes:
  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms with en suite bathroom in 4-star hotels, except in Flores where we are based in a farmstay.
  • Lunches and evening meals indicated in the tour itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch & D=evening meal
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals include bottled water only.
  • Airport-hotel transfers if travelling on the ASA  ‘designated’ flights
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • 4 internal flights: Madeira-São Miguel, São Miguel-Flores, Flores-Terceira, Terceira-Faial
  • Return ferry excursion from Faial to Pico.
  • 3-hour zodiac whale watching tour
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at hotels. No porterage is available at the farmstay.
  • Lecture and site-visit program
  • Tour handbook
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of audio headsets during site visits
  • Tips for the coach driver, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tour Price (Land Content Only) does not include:
  • Airfare: Australia-Funchal, Horta-Australia
  • Personal spending money
  • Airport-hotel transfers if not travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Luggage in excess of 20kg (44lbs)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
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Deposits

A deposit of $500.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on an ASA tour.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 75 days before departure: $500.00**
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

**This amount may be credited to another ASA tour departing within 12 months of the original tour you booked. We regret, in this case early-bird discounts will not apply. We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation.

Unused Portions of the Tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Will the Tour Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. If an ASA tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all tour monies paid. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

Limitation of Liability

ASA is not a carrier, event or tourist attraction host, accommodation or dining service provider. All bookings made and tickets or coupons issued by ASA for transport, event, accommodation, dining and the like are issued as an agent for various service providers and are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by each service provider. ASA is not responsible for their products or services. If a service provider does not deliver the product or service for which you have contracted, your remedy lies with the service provider, not ASA. ASA will not be liable for any claim (eg. sickness, injury, death, damage or loss) arising from any change, delay, detention, breakdown, cancellation, failure, accident, act, omission or negligence of any such service provider however caused (contingencies). You must take out adequate travel insurance against such contingencies. ASA’s liability in respect of any tour will be limited to the refund of amounts received from you less all non-refundable costs and charges and the costs of any substituted event or alternate services provided. The terms and conditions of the relevant service provider from time to time comprise the sole agreement between you and that service provider. ASA reserves the sole discretion to cancel any tour or to modify itineraries in any way it considers appropriate. Tour costs may be revised, subject to unexpected price increases or exchange rate fluctuations.

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