Cooking Vacation Terms and Conditions

The Booking Form is a legal and binding contract; once submitted and confirmed, all provisions in the Terms and Conditions apply.

Deposit

Cooking vacations: A non-refundable deposit of $550 per person is required to secure a booking of a cooking vacation. Reservations will be confirmed upon receipt of a signed booking form and deposit. If you make the initial reservations less than 60 days before the date of travel, full payment is due.

Final Payment

Final payment for cooking vacations is due 60 days prior to the first day of travel. If final payment is not paid within 7 days of the due date, you will be subject to a $100 penalty fee per booking. Late payment may result in the cancellation of the program and forfeiture of your deposit.

Late Bookings

Cooking vacations: There will be a US$100 late fee if the program start date is 14 days or less from the date the booking form is submitted. There will be a $200 late fee if the program start date is 7 days or less from the date the booking form is submitted.

Travel Protection

We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

Cancellations

Deposits are nonrefundable, but they can be applied to another departure. Final payments are fully refundable when a trip is cancelled up to 30 days prior to the first date of travel.  50% refunds for final payments are offered if a tour if canceled between 30 and 15 days prior to the start of the tour.  Refunds for final payments are not available within 14 days of the start of the program.  

Full refunds will be made if Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator or tipsycooks cancels a tour. Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks may cancel any program at any time before departure for any reason, including insufficient participants to operate the program. Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks will make every effort to follow any published itinerary, but variances may occur due to availability and factors beyond the control of said operator. Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks may in its sole discretion substitute a service or good of similar quality for any stated in any itinerary.

Certification of Health:

By making payment, traveler certifies that he or she does not have any condition or disability that would create a hazard or hardship for other travelers participating in the program and the traveler understands that health care standards, facilities and services in Europe may be different or inadequate for treatment of certain health conditions. Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks makes no representations or warranties and disclaims any made regarding special accommodations or handicap accessibility on any program. Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks reserves the right to decline accepting or retaining any traveler whose health or actions in Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator’s and tipsycook’s sole judgment impede the operation of a trip or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow travelers.

Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks cannot accommodate any allergies, dietary needs or restrictions. It is the sole responsibility of the traveler to take care of their own dietary needs.

Meals

Meals included in the program are not “a la carte” and will be a carefully selected fixed menu reflecting the food of the region. If you have a food allergy, please advise, although we cannot make any guarantees for changes or modifications to meals to accommodate allergies or dislikes. There is always an abundance of food, so it is generally never a problem to avoid the foods that may cause an allergic reaction or that you do not like.

Refunds and Adjustments

There will be no refunds for any unused portion of the tour.  We hope that your program or class will be perfect! However, should there be any problems, your first recourse is your local contact at Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator.

Transfers

Where transfers are included, there is one scheduled group transfer for arrival and departure at a designated time and place. It is the responsibility of the tour participant to be at the transfer point at the designated time. Private transfers can be arranged for an additional fee. Please be advised that if you are arriving and/or departing on the dates of the program, a late arrival or very early departure may necessitate a special transfer at an additional fee. We would be happy to confirm transfers with you before you finalize your travel arrangements. Neither Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator nor tipsycooks or its providers are responsible for late arrivals due to flight delays or any other reason. If you are delayed, we will do our best to transfer you to the program whenever you arrive, but please be prepared to pay an additional fee in Euros direct to the driver.

Tour Prices

All prices are per person. Price is subject to change without notice as a result of adverse economic changes or currency fluctuations that may affect air/land transportation, hotels, or other related service providers.

Travel Documents

It is the responsibility of each tour participant to obtain and carry a valid passport, visa(s), and any other documents required by applicable government regulations. Non US residents may require special travel documents. Check with your local embassy or consulate.

Responsibility

Neither Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator nor tipsycooks own or operate all of the suppliers of services or any of the accommodations for your trip. As a result, it is not responsible for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such supplier or of any third party over whom Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks has no control. The individual tour participant agrees that Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator, tipsycooks and its representatives shall not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity, liability or expense to person or property due to any act of default of hotel, air/land transportation carrier, restaurant supplier or other contractor rendering or providing services. Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator, tipsycooks and its representatives shall not be responsible for any expense or liability resulting from labor disputes, war, acts of terrorism, government restraints, weather conditions, sickness, pilferage or any other cause beyond their control. Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator, tipsycooks and its representatives reserve the right to accept, or to retain or refuse any person as a participant of any tour or to cancel any program of a tour if circumstances so demand. Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator, tipsycooks and its representatives reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason (including insufficient number of participants) or to change itineraries and/or substitute services or hotels of equal quality without prior notification.

Participant Agreement Release and Acknowledgment of Risk

Waiver and Release of Liability

In consideration of Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks furnishing services to enable me to participate in one of its programs, I agree as follows:

I fully understand and acknowledge that culinary and travel activities have: (a) inherent risks, dangers and hazards and such exists in my participation in Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator or tipsycooks sponsored activities; (b) my participation in such activities may result in injury or illness; (c) these risks and dangers may be caused by the negligence of the owners, employees, officers or agents of Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator or tipsycooks, the negligence of the participants, the negligence of others, accidents, breaches of contract, the forces of nature or other causes; and (d) by my participation in these activities, I hereby assume all risks and dangers and all responsibility for any losses and/or damages, whether caused in whole or in part by the negligence or other conduct of the owners, agents, officers, or employees of Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator or tipsycooks, or by any other person.

I, on behalf of myself, my personal representatives and my heirs hereby voluntarily agree to release, waive, discharge, hold harmless, defend and indemnify Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator, tipsycooks and its agents, officers and employees from any and all claims, actions or losses for bodily injury, property damage, wrongful death, loss of services or otherwise which may arise out of my participation in Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator or tipsycooks’ activities. Travelers further agree that they will indemnify and hold Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks harmless in respect of any claims arising in connection with the trip made by: a) third parties, which arise from the misconduct of the travelers; b) the traveler’s family members, dependants of heirs, c) third parties, which the traveler, their estate, their family member, dependants of heirs have sued, if damages are recovered from such third parties, to the extent the third party obtains any indemnification from Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks; except where the loss, injury, death or damage is caused by the reckless or fraudulent conduct on the part of Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator or tipsycooks, or their employees, guides, shareholders, officers or directors.

I understand that Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks reserve the right to take photographic or film records of any of its programs, and hereby agree that Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks may use any such photographic or film records for promotional and/or commercial purposes without any remuneration to the traveler. The traveler agrees to assign all right, title and interest they may have in or to any media in which their name or likeness might be used to Cooking in Tuscany powered by Tuscany 4 Me Tour Operator and tipsycooks.