Safari to Tanzania & Kenya: Land of The Maasai & The “Big Five”
October 31 to November 15, 2022

Your Professional Naturalist: Fahadh Hariri

Of Somali descent, Fahadh Hariri is well-known in Tanzania for his expertise about the country’s animals, birds and culture. A graduate of the Mt. Meru Tour Guide School, he began his career with UNICEF and has been leading safaris for decades. Fahadh is gifted with an energetic and spontaneous personality and will regale you with delightful interpretations and stories that heighten the safari experience for each and every traveler. As one traveler said, “We have traveled the world, and without a doubt Fahadh is the best guide we have ever had.”

Your Itinerary

Day 1~Monday~October 31: Washington, D.C/En Route

Your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Amsterdam. (Meals aloft)

Day 2~Tuesday~November 1: Amsterdam/Arusha

Upon arrival in Arusha in the evening, you will be met by your Classic Escapes representative and transferred to your hotel.

One of the oldest hotels in East Africa, the Four Points by Sheraton Arusha dates back to 1894 and you can almost feel the history as you walk through its main doors. Rooms are air-conditioned and come equipped with USB chargers, en suite bathrooms with hairdryers, and a queen or two full-size beds. The hotel features an outdoor pool, a 24-hour gym, and numerous dining opportunities.

Overnight at Four Points by Sheraton Arusha. (Meals Aloft) 

Day 3~Wednesday~November 2: Mto Wa Mbu Village/Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Depart this morning for the village of Mto Wa Mbu to learn the true value of ecotourism and how far your dollar goes. During the final years of the 20th century, Western influence coupled with growing economic challenges threatened to erase the cultural heritage still found in many traditional African villages. That’s when the Netherlands Development Organization, or SNV, came up with the concept of “cultural tourism.” Beginning in 1995, the SNV worked with the Tanzania Tourist Board to develop a program whereby local people earn extra income by organizing tours of their own communities. Demonstrating the native crafts, practices, and traditions that have been a part of their tribal heritage for centuries, native Tanzanians were able to retain their culturally rich way of life while offering tourists a unique and fascinating experience. The proceeds are put into a Village Development Levy (VDL) and funneled back into each community for specific development projects, such as construction of schools, irrigation and soil conservation activities, cattle dips, and several income-generating projects by women’s groups.

Mto Wa Mbu village is one of the participating villages, located on the shores of Lake Manyara, and a living example of one of the richest linguistic mixes in Africa. Home to over 90 tribes, Mto Wa Mbu is quite possibly the only place where you can hear Bantu, Nilotic, Khoisan, and Cushitic accents are spoken in the same marketplace together with the diverse lifestyles and heritage that comes with these people. The village, which few tourists visit, is a microcosm of life in rural Tanzania today. Following a lunch of traditional Tanzanian dishes served under banana trees in the heart of the village, explore the area with your village guides. Your leisurely stroll will take you through local homes, farmlands where banana, millet, cassava, and corn are grown, resident bars, a kindergarten, and a church. Afterward, head to the highlands and your stunning accommodation.

Located on a coffee farm and facing the Oldeani Volcano, the Ngorongoro Farm House provides an experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of old times and is comprised of three separate and intimate camps of 9 comfortable bungalows attractively built in the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials. The huge main building with a thatched roof contains the reception, bar, dining area, library, and lounge with a fireplace where you can enjoy a rest during the cool evenings in the highlands. Common areas are completed by a swimming pool with superb views of Oldeani Volcano and a craft shop. There is an organic vegetable and flower garden that covers some acres. You will enjoy excellent homemade cuisine prepared using the dairy and fresh vegetables produced by the farm all year round.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House. (B,L,D)

Day 4~Thursday~November 3: Ngorongoro Conservation Area/Ngorongoro Crater

Today you board your Land Rover for an amazing journey as you descend onto the floor of the crater, a World Heritage site, an extinct volcano, and the largest unbroken caldera in the world.    The cone is believed to have collapsed nearly two million years ago, and while the cone was standing, it could have been as tall, if not taller, than Mount Kilimanjaro. The crater (1,800 feet deep and 102 square miles) is a microcosm of East African scenery with abundant wildlife including more than 25,000 larger animals, mostly zebra and wildebeest. This is also the best place in Tanzania to see magnificent black-maned lions. This area offers an outstanding opportunity to see black rhinos, as they are protected around the clock. Over the years, the floor of this crater has become mostly savannah (grassland), with a soda lake whose size changes depending on the rains that are the lifeline of this amazing land.

On this lake, marvel at the colorful flamingos and   a variety of other water birds – more than 100 species of birds found here that are not found in the Serengeti. Resident Ostrich, Crowned Crane, and Kori Bustard are joined seasonally by migrant flocks of White and Abdim's Storks.  Patience may also reward you with glimpses of leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, warthog, buffalo, impala, buffalo, hartebeest, eland, and many other antelopes. As you descend, you might be able to see the local Maasai as they take their cattle down the steep walls of the crater. It is their right, negotiated with the government and parks authority, to graze their cattle in about 75% of the crater floor. The mix of cattle with the wild animals makes for some terrific photographs, and the interaction between domestic and wild animals is almost unbelievable. At the hippo pool, take a rest and enjoy your picnic lunch. Then resume your game-viewing and look for that special photograph, before returning to the rim of the crater six hours later (regulations now specify that no one can stay longer than six hours daily on the crater floor) and drive to your lodge.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House. (B,L,D)  

Days 5/6~Friday/Saturday~November 4/5: Tarangire National Park

Continue your adventure in Tanzania with your visit to Tarangire National Park, the third-largest national park in Tanzania. The feeling that this is a special, almost magical place strikes you as soon as you enter Tarangire, and you witness your first baobab tree. Here the gently rolling countryside is dotted with these majestic trees, which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them.  Called the “tree of life,” many myths and legends surround Adansonia digitata (Adansonia for the French surgeon Michel Adanson and digitata meaning hand-like, a reference to the shape of the leaves). Your guides regale you with one or two of these tales as you pass through the park.

This stretch of Africa is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, eland, and oryx gather to stay in Tarangire until the onset of the rains when they migrate again to good grazing areas. For those who love birds, Tarangire has over 300 bird species. But in addition to all those magnificent trees, birds, and beasts, Tarangire is superlative for another reason—elephants. Tarangire is home to the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, now numbering close to 2,500 individuals.

Your accommodation for the next two nights is a permanent safari camp built close to the shores of Lake Manyara in a wildlife-rich area with impressive views of the Rift Valley and Ngorongoro Highlands and is a 25,000-hectare concession area set aside for conservation by the local Maasai Community. The 26 spacious tents and the ten lodge rooms as well as the public areas of the camp are built on raised decks and have en suite bathrooms with built-in showers and mosquito netting and private verandahs overlooking the valley and Lake Manyara. There is a lovely swimming pool with beautiful views located at the end of the main decking area attached to the bar and dining area, overlooking the plains. Enjoy delicious indoor or outdoor dining at the camp's restaurant, accompanied by lovely wilderness views.

Overnights at Maramboi Tented Camp. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 7/8~Sunday/Monday~November 6/7: Tarangire National Park/Arusha/Amboseli National Park

Today’s drive takes you back to Arusha in time for lunch. Afterward, drive towards the Namanga border where you cross into Kenya and continue to Amboseli National Park, located at the foot of Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rises above a saucer of clouds and dominates every aspect of Amboseli. This Park covers only 150 square miles but despite its small size and its fragile ecosystem, it supports a wide range of mammals (well over 50 of the larger species) and birds (over 400 species). Years ago, this was the locale around which such famous writers as Ernest Hemingway and Robert Ruark spun their stories of big-game hunting in the wilds of Africa. This too is part of Maasailand, and it’s not unusual to see the proud Maasai warrior or small children tending their cattle as you traverse their territory.  In this land, animals and man have learned to coexist and thrive together, despite the harsh conditions. This is also the park that has been made famous by Cynthia Moss, the noted American naturalist, and author who has one of the longest-running studies on elephants. You might have seen some of the elephants that Cynthia has immortalized in her many books and award-winning film Echo of the Elephants.

In the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, beside a copse of giant acacia trees and a gently flowing natural spring, stands Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. With Kilimanjaro's 19,340- foot snow-capped summit presiding over the landscape, the setting is unrivaled. All around the lodge roams the wildlife that has made East Africa legendary – lion, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, baboon, gazelle, and wildebeest. Influenced by native Maasai architecture, the lodge is in perfect harmony with its environment. Beautifully landscaped gardens, unique guest services, and exceptional amenities enhance the distinctive ambiance. The uniquely constructed Ivory Class guest rooms – 96 in total – with en suite bathrooms, individually appointed with authentic Africana and murals painted by a renowned local artist, convey a distinctive Maasai Manyatta mood. Grouped in the manner of a Maasai village, each room enjoys a view of either majestic Mount Kilimanjaro or the expansive Amboseli plains which are home to herds of elephants that feed on the large, feathery acacia trees.  Overlooking the saltlick and floodlit waterhole, the open-air dining room serves guests sumptuous international menus, buffets, and barbecues alongside authentic African dishes. A bar and a refreshing outdoor pool are some of the other luxuries one can expect to find at this lodge.

Overnights at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. (B,L,D Daily) 

Days 9/10/11~Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday~November 8/9/10: Lake Nakuru National Park/Lake Elmenteita/Lake Naivasha/Crescent Island

Travel overland to Nairobi in time for lunch and then continue to the heart of the Great Rift Valley which roughly bisects Kenya North to South, a huge geological fault-line that stretches round one-sixth of the Earth’s circumference and is visible from far out in space. At 2,000 feet deep and 30 miles wide, it runs as far as the eye can see. Its walls are sheer and high, and, along its length, there are many volcanoes mostly dormant. The landscape, with bubbling springs and geysers, is spectacular. Arrive at your spectacular tented camp and relax for the rest of the afternoon.

Spend the next day at Lake Nakuru National Park, a shallow alkaline body of water, once world-renowned for the huge concentration of flamingos. Today, there aren’t many flamingoes left, but the park boasts a huge variety of animals including leopard – often found snoozing on the branches of magnificent yellow-barked acacias – lion, buffalo, hippo, waterbuck, warthog, baboon, and the endangered Rothschild’  s giraffe (Only found in this part of Kenya), white rhino and the rare, protected black rhino. For the bird-watching enthusiast, there are 450 species found in the park vicinity, with a big concentration of water birds including Marabou Stork and pelican.

The next day, you will also be treated to a boat ride on Lake Naivasha, where Hippos and waterbirds abound, en route to Crescent Island, which you can explore on foot. No predators are found on this island, so walking among the free-roaming antelope is sure to be a fun experience. This island, shaped like a quarter moon, is a sanctuary for herds of antelope and many species of birds. Over 350 bird species have been recorded, with Thomson's gazelle, waterbuck, monkeys, and other wildlife to keep them company.  

While here you can enjoy several activities (at an additional cost) such as night game drives in Soysambu Wildlife Conservancy, walking safaris, bush dining, and sundowners. Horse riding, hot springs, and bird watching game drives. Visit the Kariandusi prehistoric site and museum. Enjoy a cultural talk and a traditional dance performance.

Your home for the next two nights, Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp, offers luxurious accommodations nestled in the amazing Rift Valley scenery. Uniquely situated on the shoreline of sapphire-blue Lake Elmenteita where hundreds of thousands of birds congregate, the small and exclusive Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp opened in June 2011. Evocatively styled to echo the area’s rich history, the camp blends aristocratic elegance with modern luxury and offers cuisine and service of fittingly high standards.

Overnights at the Lake Elmenteita Serena. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 12/13/14~Friday/Saturday/Sunday~November 11/12/13: Maasai Mara /Northern Serengeti

Drive to the Maasai Mara, Kenya’s most famous wildlife reserve. It is classic savannah – grasslands, where animals are plentiful and the vistas spectacular. In this dreamlike land, animals live in freedom, and the Maasai care for their herds, all sharing the same land   with minimal conflict. You will have three days of wildlife-viewing opportunities in the Maasai Mara Reserve, also known as the “Jewel of Africa,” a site with one of the largest and the most spectacular animal migrations in the world. The reserve is inhabited by many of Africa's most popular wild animals, including lion, cheetah, elephant, leopard, black rhino and hippo. There are also over 500 resident species of birds in the park including ostrich, larks and sunbirds as well as the lovely Lilac-breasted Roller.

The area is famous for rolling grassland and for the Mara River, which runs through the reserve from north to south. The reserve covers an area of 700 square miles and forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem, hosting the world-famous spectacle of the annual migration of up to two million wildebeest, thousands of zebras and an escort of carnivores from the Serengeti plains that follow the rains and succulent new grass. A costly trek as many of the lame, laggard and sick will fall prey to the ravaging pack of predators and many more will die in the swirling flood waters of the Mara River as they try to cross it. While there are no guarantees in nature, this is the time of the year that one can see the crossings and your guides will do their best to try to get you to see one. The Mara also has one of the highest concentrations of cheetah on the continent, as well as many magnificent black-maned lions.

While in the Mara, you will visit a Maasai Village to experience this nomadic tribe’s way of life and see their colorful culture. You may also have another opportunity to enjoy a hot air balloon ride.

The Mara Serena Safari Lodge is an interpretation of a traditional Maasai Manyatta village of domed huts. Accommodation is offered in 73 guestrooms, all of which have been styled to mirror the circular motif of a traditional Maasai Manyatta village of domed huts. The wide-spaced and secluded rooms have been individually styled in exuberant bush colors and feature large spacious en-suite bathrooms. It is set on the saddle of a hill where it overlooks the 695 square miles of rolling plains, woodlands and rivers that make up the Maasai Mara Triangle – one of the world's richest wildlife sanctuaries. No other lodge has such a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape or the wildlife and birdlife that inhabit it. It is on this very terrain stretching endlessly before the lodge where the annual migration takes place, where millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse the landscape to feed on the rich new grass and give birth to their young.

Overnights at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge. (B,L,D Daily) 

Day 15~Monday~November 14: Maasai Mara/Nairobi/En Route

Enjoy a last chance to photograph that awesome sunrise before driving back to Nairobi. (An optional flight between Maasai Mara and Nairobi is available at an additional cost of $350 per person). A dayroom will be supplied for you at the Crowne Plaza Hotel before your transfer to the airport for your late evening flight to Amsterdam, connecting to your return flights home. As your journey comes to a close, you say a fond farewell to your driver/guides and promise to come back in the not-too-distant future. (B,L Meals Aloft)

Day 16~Tuesday~November 15: Amsterdam/Washington, D.C

This morning your jet lands in Amsterdam. From here connect with your flight back home to Washington, DC, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of East Africa. (Meals Aloft)

Optional Post-Extension to Samburu National Park

Day 15~Monday~November 14: Maasai Mara/Nairobi

Enjoy a last chance to photograph that awesome sunrise before driving back to Nairobi. A room will be supplied for you at the Residences at Karen for the evening. Bid farewell to the members of your group returning to the US this evening and rest up for the next part of your adventure!

Overnight Residences at Karen. (B,L)

Days 16/17/18~Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday~November 15/16/17: Samburu National Park

Continue your exploration of this magnificent country as you fly to Samburu Reserve. Samburu lies on the hot and arid fringes of Kenya’s vast northern region. The Reserve is within the lands of the colorful Samburu people, close relatives of the Maasai, and home to a number of wildlife species rarely found elsewhere in Kenya: Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, and Beisa oryx, all found only north of the equator. The graceful antelope, gerenuk with its characteristic long neck, spends much of its time in a bipedal stance seeking relaxation in the sparse scrub that grows in this harsh terrain. This dramatic landscape is blanketed by the hot equatorial sun for most of the year. Relief comes from the cool waters of the Uaso Nyiro ("Brown") River, who rises to the west on the foothills of the Aberdares and which vanishes beyond Samburu in the soggy expanse known as the Lorian swamp. The scenery in Samburu is magnificent and the birdlife awesome. 

The Sarova Shaba Lodge is situated in the Shaba National Reserve, part of a conglomeration of reserves in the Eastern Province. Descending from Mt. Kenya, at the entrance to the vast scrub desert that reaches beyond Lake Turkana, are situated Samburu National Reserve, Buffalo Springs National Reserve and the third contiguous National Reserve, Shaba. Spring water flows throughout the lodge to form beautiful water cascades that sparkle into the Uaso Nyiro River, which is famous for the crocodiles that live within it. Guests have the opportunity to see the crocodiles from the safety of a viewing platform overlooking the river within the lodge's grounds. The lodge is a unique African experience for those with a true sense of adventure. A total of 85 luxury thatch-roofed bedrooms, all tastefully furnished with local material of Mazera Stone and timber off-cut walls, face the river – each with sumptuous en-suite bathrooms. Lodge facilities include an open-air restaurant overlooking the river, uniquely designed swimming pool, two bars, and a curio shop. Along with free Wi-Fi, the 85 guestrooms offer room service and premium bedding. Free bottled water, ceiling fans, and hair dryers are also available.

Overnights at the Sarova Shaba Lodge. (B, L, D Daily) 

Day 19~Friday~November 18: Samburu/Nairobi/En Route

Enjoy a last chance to photograph that awesome sunrise before flying back to Nairobi. A dayroom will be supplied for you at the Crowne Plaza Hotel before your transfer to the airport for your late evening flight to Amsterdam, connecting to your return flights home. As your journey comes to a close, you say a fond farewell to your driver/guides and promise to come back in the not-too-distant future. (B, Meals Aloft)

Day 20~Saturday~November 19: Amsterdam/Washington, D.C

This morning your jet lands in Amsterdam. From here connect with your flight back home to Washington, DC, bringing with you the memories of all the wonderful sights of East Africa. (Meals Aloft)

Optional Balloon Safari Options in Tanzania & Kenya

Experience an exhilarating balloon safari for the most incredible way of viewing wildlife. It begins in the early morning and you have an hour of uninterrupted views of wildlife from the air the best way to see the incessant movement of animals and the fabulous vistas of Tanzania and Kenya. During the flight, you will ascend to a high altitude to take in an amazing panoramic view and then descend to treetop level and silently glide above the wildlife below. Upon landing, enjoy a “bubbly” brunch, set especially for you in the middle of the plains. Zebra and wildebeest may be your dining guests, and Africa’s colorful birds may vie for a crumb of your bread. You then meet with your driver/guide and continue your safari. Many consider this one of the most memorable experiences of their safari. We suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

At present, the cost is as follows:

  • Tarangire with collection from your lodge – Maramboi Tented Lodge: $551 per person (currently, subject to change)
  • Masai Mara with collection from your lodge – Mara Serena Camp: $500 per person (currently, subject to change)

Reservations for this excursion are necessary before departure from the USA, if you wish to be guaranteed a seat. Full payment must be forwarded to Classic Escapes, 191 W Poplar Street, Floral Park, NY 11001, to be received at least three weeks prior to departure. If your trip does not materialize due to weather or other reasons, your payment will be refunded upon returning to the U.S.A. However, if you should cancel for any reason, payment is non-refundable. 

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip-flight between Nairobi and Samburu on the post-extension.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • All meals on safari in Kenya and Tanzania; all other meals as specified.
  • All wildlife viewing by 4X4 vehicle with photo roof, driven by a naturalist guide. A window seat is guaranteed.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and during meals.
  • Your specialist guide, Fahadh Hariri the group with 10 travelers.
  • A host from Washington & Lee with a minimum of 15 travelers on the main program and 10 on the extension.
  • All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities.
  • All Park entry fees.
  • Complimentary luggage tags and water bottle.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.

Exclusions

  • Round trip air transportation from Washington, DC to Arusha returning from Nairobi including taxes and fuel surcharges (quoted separately).
  • Optional flight from Mara to Nairobi (quoted separately).
  • Gratuities to driver/  guides and other conveyance attendants. Gratuities should only be given as a reward for exceptional service and is at your discretion. We estimate $12 per person/per day for the specialist guide, $12 per person/per day for the safari driver, $5 per person/per day for the camp staff, and $3 per person for each arrival and departure transfer from the airport/ hotel. These are daily per service estimates and an exact tipping chart will be detailed on your final itinerary.
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas. Visas are required for US citizens traveling to Tanzania and Kenya.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  • Meals and beverages, other than specified.
  • Laundry and other items of a personal nature.
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Cost for anything not specifically mentioned in the listing above.

Please note the itinerary sequence is correct at the time of writing, but is subject to change.

Safari Air Luggage Restrictions

It is of vital importance that all guests traveling to Tanzania and Kenya strictly adhere to the luggage limits and regulations as stipulated below.

  • Luggage Weight Limit Per Person* - 33 lbs. (15 kg) –total weight inclusive of luggage and hand luggage/camera equipment. Carryon’s may not weigh more than 4 lbs. (2 kg).
  • Luggage Type - Soft sided (all sides) bags –no hard-shelled bags or frames allowed. Wheels should be avoided.
  • Luggage Dimensions** - 12 inches wide x 10 inches high x 24 inches long.

Please note:
*This is the total weight including both luggage and hand luggage/camera equipment.
**Please keep in mind that the baggage compartments on most of the light aircraft are only 25cm (10 inches) high, so the pilots must have the ability to manipulate the bag into the compartment.

This is a safety requirement due to the sensitive weight and balance checks on the small aircraft and must be strictly adhered to. Travelers who require additional luggage must pre-book and pay for this on confirmation of the reservation. We would like to remind you that laundry services are available in all camps and lodges.

Handling of Incorrect Luggage on Arrival

The carriage of excess baggage is at the sole discretion of the Company after taking into consideration the aircraft being used and the number of passengers booked. When excess baggage is carried it will be charged at the prevailing rate. Excess luggage is charged at USD $3.00 per kilogram. Guests who are unable to depart on the scheduled charter will be given the option to book a private charter at additional costs to be paid directly prior to departure and subject to the availability of aircraft at the time of booking these flights. No refunds on the costs paid for scheduled charters which were missed due to their incorrect luggage and or accommodation not provided due to this delay will be provided. In all cases, additional arrangements for transfers, overnight accommodation in the Serengeti or Arusha and meals are on the guests’ own account.

Assistance with Baggage Prior to Arrival

Should guests be travelling with the incorrect luggage and require assistance with storage (which we offer at no additional cost) or transportation to their point of departure from Tanzania or Uganda (transportation costs apply), this can be arranged provided this has been bought to our attention prior to their arrival in Tanzania/Uganda, preferably at the time of final booking confirmation.

Bring-A-Book Foundation

Your safari may include a visit to a local school. We encourage you to bring colorful books and magazines, as well as schools supplies such as pens, paper, crayons, soccer balls, etc., which you can present to the children during your visit. Many of these children have never owned a book in their life and the connection you’ll make with them is invaluable. You’ll find that children in the schools are eager to meet with visitors, practice their English, learn about your culture and proudly share their own. You are often welcomed with a local song or dance.

After seeing schools firsthand, meeting the dedicated teachers working under the most difficult conditions and children hungry for knowledge, many travelers have wanted to help the schools they visited or continue to support a child’s learning opportunities after they return to their homes. Bring-A-Book is an innovative effort adopted by Classic Escapes to expand education opportunities for school children. The Bring-A-Book Foundation is a registered Kenyan Charitable Trust that was created as a way to facilitate travelers’ wishes to help the schools and is used to get books into the hands of children as quickly and economically as possible. With compassionate ground operators such as Rangers Safaris, Wilderness Safaris and &Beyond, Classic Escapes has expanded the reach of BAB to Tanzania, South Africa and Zambia, and to other countries our travelers visit around the world. Information will be given to you with your final documents, but if you wish to help further, feel free to call Classic Escapes at 800-627-1244 for details.

Classic Escapes Conservation Fund

In keeping with our mission to provide exciting, educational, and fun-filled experiences that nurture and directly support the diverse wildlife and cultures we visit around the world, Classic Escapes has established the Classic Escapes Conservation Fund to ensure that a percentage of all profits go to support conservation and wildlife researchers performing their critical work in the field. Project support has included wild dog, elephant, rhino and cheetah conservation in Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia, penguins in Punta San Juan Peru, tiger preservation in India, and sponsoring school children in Kenya, among many other projects around the world. By traveling with Classic Escapes, you are supporting travel as a tool for building the mutual respect, awareness and understanding that are vital to preserving this planet for future generations.

Things You Need to Know About Kenya & Tanzania

Participants:

  • Must be able to climb in and out of, as well as move around in confined quarters within safari 4 x 4 vehicles, minibuses, and small aircrafts unassisted. People need to be willing to rotate seats.
  • Must be able to tolerate riding on uncomfortably uneven, bumpy roads (some with many potholes) for long periods of time (3-6 hours maximum), as well as some off-road experiences when opportunities allow.
  • Must be able to stand and/or walk moderate distances when visiting villages, towns, or other sites. This walking will be on uneven ground or uphill, often at altitudes many people are not used to.
  • Should generally be in good health and prepared to travel in locations without medical facilities.

In general, this trip requires:

  • Flexibility and good humor – unexpected changes and/or glitches will occur.
  • A spirit of adventure and curiosity.
  • Interest in and willingness to appreciate a destination with a modest infrastructure and a bending definition of comfort. That being said, some locations are nestled in absolute luxury where pampering is the norm.

Air Schedules:

Choosing the best possible air arrangements for our travelers is always a challenge. We work with many airlines that offer the best level of service, routings, and value for our programs. While there may indeed be more direct routings available with another airline, the cost of these flights may not be within the budget that allows us to give you the best value possible. If you prefer to purchase your own international air, please feel free to choose the “land only” rate for this program. The start city for this program is Arusha, Tanzania and the end city is Nairobi, Kenya.

Upon registration, you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with reissuing the ticket.  

Your Journey at a Glance

Destination: Tanzania including Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, & Ngorogoro Crater; Kenya including Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Elementeita, Hell’s Gate, Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island, the Masai Mara, & Nairobi; Optional Post Extension to Samburu National Park.

Sponsoring Organization: Washington & Lee Traveller

Escorted By: A host from Washington & Lee University

Dates: October 31 to November 15, 2022

Cost Per Person, Based on Double Occupancy:

Item Main Program Post Extension to Samburu
Land Only Cost $8,795 Per Person $3,695 Per Person, Including Flight Nairobi/Samburu/Nairobi
Single Room Supplement $1,695 Per Person Additional $895 Per Person Additional
Estimated Economy International Air From Washington, D.C Roundtrip, Including Estimated Taxes & Fuel Surcharges (Currently, Subject to Change)** $2,190 Per Person  N/A

*Single Supplement: Rate is valid for first two single rooms booked. If more than two single rooms, additional supplement will apply. Singles are assigned on a first come/first serve basis.
**All international airfares are subject to change and based on minimum of 10 travelers. Taxes are subject to change until ticketed. If less than 10 travelers the fare will increase & given to the travelers prior to issuing the tickets, approximately two months prior to departure.

Departure City: Washington, D.C (other departure cities available upon request)

Conditions of Travel

The purchase of your travel booking constitutes a contractual agreement between the traveler(s), customer(s), and/or purchaser(s) (collectively as "You" and "Traveler"), and Classic Escapes ("Classic Escapes", "We", "Us") pursuant to the following terms and conditions ("Terms", "Agreement")

Registration & Payments

HOW TO BOOK: You may fill out the reservation form below and send it to Office of Lifelong Learning, Washington and Lee University, 204 W. Washington St., Lexington, VA 24450 together with a deposit  of $1,800 per person for the main trip and $750 for the post-extension. Upon receipt of your signed reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your spot on the tour. You may consider your booking confirmed when you receive a confirmation notice and invoice from us.

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT: You will be required to pay the following per person deposits when booking. Those amounts are:

  • $1,800 for the main trip
  • $750 for the post-extension

All deposits are subject to the Cancellation policy herein. Final payment is required no less than 95 days prior to departure (August 1, 2022) unless otherwise stated. Some airfares or services must be paid in full at the time of booking. Deposits may be paid by check or with credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Final payment is payable by check, wire transfer, or money order ONLY. Conditioned on receipt of final payment in full, all final documents and air tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure.

CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONS: If for any reason, any travel service provider is unable to provide the services for which you have contracted, your remedy lies against the provider, and not against Classic Escapes, and in the event that payment has been made to Classic Escapes by credit card, you agree that you will not seek to chargeback your payment to Classic Escapes. If the credit card is passed through to the travel service provider and you seek to chargeback your payment from the provider, you agree to be held liable and indemnify Classic Escapes against this chargeback from the provider, including without limitation any air debit memos charged to Classic Escapes. If the credit card is declined, you guarantee that you will settle any amounts owing to Classic Escapes via money order or cash immediately. Except in cases of fraud, you agree not to file any dispute with your bank or credit card company to avoid or violate any booking terms and conditions of Classic Escapes or its suppliers, including cancellations or changes of itinerary or arrangements for reasons beyond the control of Classic Escapes or its suppliers. If you attempt to chargeback, reverse or recollect a previously authorized trip payment, Classic Escapes reserves the right to collect all additional costs, fees and expenses associated with such chargeback, reversal or recollection, including, without limitation, attorney fees.

IMPORTANT CONDITIONS: Prices are subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Prices are not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. By signing the reservation form, you expressly acknowledge your acceptance of these conditions (i.e., increases before full payment and increases attributable to government-imposed taxes or fees after full payment will be your responsibility) applicable to your purchase.

RATES: Rates are based on the minimum number of guests outlined in this document, plus airfare costs, currency exchange rates and other factors and are subject to change. Though it is rare for Classic Escapes to make a price adjustment after promotion of an itinerary, we do reserve the right to assess a surcharge if the minimum is not met, or if increases are forced upon us by airlines or other partners or because of changes in currency exchange rates.

ADDITIONAL FEES: Additional taxes and surcharges that cannot be pre-collected may be charged locally. Cost of passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visa fees; excess baggage charges levied by airlines; laundry and other items of personal nature; optional travel insurance policy(s); or any other costs incurred that cannot be pre-collected are NOT included and are the sole responsibility of the Traveler.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: The quoted rate is valid for the first two single rooms booked and on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than two single rooms are needed, an additional supplement may apply. Single accommodations are not guaranteed but will   be provided at additional cost if available (see your “Journey at a Glance” for cost.) The single room supplement pays for privacy, not better accommodations. For passengers who are traveling alone and wish to share a room with another tour member, we will do our best to provide a roommate. However, if this is not possible, you will be required to pay the single room supplement prior to your departure from the USA.

GRATUITIES, ENTRANCE FEES & TAXES: Gratuities for baggage handling, service charges and taxes imposed by hotels, and entrance fees to all points of interest as outlined in the itinerary are included in the final cost. U.S. and foreign airport taxes are included in air costs. Tips to drivers and specialist guide(s) are not included and are the sole responsibility of the Traveler.

Cancellations, Deviations & Changes

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We recommend travel insurance. Travel insurance can provide financial reimbursement should the unexpected occur.

CANCELLATION: Please be aware that most travel bookings are non-refundable and cancelled   bookings will incur charges. These charges can be up to 100% of the cost of the booking, regardless of whether travel has commenced. Where we incur any liability for a cancellation fee or charge for any booking that you cancel, you agree to indemnify us for the amount of that fee or charge. Cancellations are only effective upon receipt of written notification. The following per-person fees are applicable; however, depending on the specific itinerary or other factors, we may require a non-refundable deposit:

  • Up to 6 months prior to departure (May 4, 2022),  we will happily refund the full deposit.
  • May 5, 2022, to July 27, 2022, $300 per person administrative fee, plus $300 non-refundable deposits given to suppliers.
  • July 28, 2022, to August 16, 2022, deposit is forfeited.
  • August 17, 2022, to September 1, 2022, 50% refund is possible.
  • 59 days or less prior to departure (September 2, 2022), no refund is possible.

These cancellation fees are also in addition to any fees imposed by airlines.

REFUNDS: While Classic Escapes uses its best endeavors to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there is no claim of any nature whatsoever against Classic Escapes for a refund, in whole or in part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable and a reasonable alternative is not found, or if the Traveler is unable to use any service provided in the itinerary.

CHANGES: Once your tour is reserved, changes to the itinerary are possible subject to the availability of air or land space at the time of  your request. Should there be any change fees imposed   by any airlines or ground operators, or additional costs incurred due to the availability of any space, these costs will be invoiced to you and you will be responsible for payment thereof.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Should you wish to make additional travel plans, including specially arranged pre-  or post-tour extensions different than those offered in conjunction with your tour, a service charge of $150 per person (over and above the cost of the services required) will be assessed.

Documents

PASSPORTS: All individuals departing from the United States of America must be in possession of a valid passport. Please check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended return date. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid travel documentation, including but not limited to passports and visas, which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities at every destination. You are responsible for confirming with the United States Department of State or the representative government agency of the country to which you are traveling to confirm the requirements for visas and/or other requirements for admission to your destination. Any fines, penalties, payments, or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility.

REAL ID: Beginning October 1, 2021, if you plan to use your state-issued ID or license to fly within the U.S., it is your responsibility to make sure it is REAL ID compliant. If you are not sure if your ID complies, please check with your local state Department of Motor Vehicles or visit tsa.gov.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: It is the responsibility of each Traveler to obtain and carry a valid passport, visa(s), and all other documents required by applicable government regulations. When traveling domestically or internationally, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advise that everyone carry acceptable identification in order to board a flight. Acceptable identification can be found at tsa.gov/traveler-info. The name, date of birth and gender that appears on the identification card must exactly match the same such data that is listed on airline ticket(s) and booking records. You acknowledge any failure to strictly comply with these requirements may result in denied boarding or an undue delay at an airport security checkpoint causing Traveler to miss flight(s), and subsequent scheduled travel bookings on cruises and tours. Travel documents include, without limitation, airline tickets, hotel vouchers, tour vouchers, or any other document (whether in electronic form or otherwise) used to confirm an arrangement with a service provider.

Travel documents may be subject to certain conditions and/or restrictions such as, but not limited to, being non-refundable, non-date-changeable, and subject to cancellation and/or amendment fees. Travel documents cannot be transferred to another person to use. All airline tickets must be issued in the name of the passport/photo identity holder. An incorrect name on a booking may result in an inability to use that booking and the booking being cancelled. Any errors in names, dates, and timings may result in an inability to use that booking and the booking being cancelled. Any errors in names, dates, and timings on your documentation will be your responsibility if we are not advised at the time of booking. Please reconfirm your flights at least 24 hours prior to departure.

PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Upon receipt of your registration and deposit, we will send you an electronic pre-departure packet containing all the information you need to prepare for your tour, including the complete itinerary, packing checklist, required documents, insurance information, etc. 

FINAL DOCUMENTS: Electronic final documents and air e-tickets will be sent to you approximately two weeks prior to departure, provided all monies have been paid in full.

Transportation

AIR TRANSPORTATION: Your program offers the ability to purchase at additional cost roundtrip, economy-class flights between (WASHINGTON D.C.), and the destination city noted in the itinerary. Rates are based on special promotional fares; cancellation fees apply once tickets are issued. Departures from other cities in the USA are possible at additional cost; inquire at the time of reservation. Please note that these promotional fares are subject to 10 passengers traveling together on the same airline routing and itinerary. If this minimum is not met, the special group rates are not applicable and it might become necessary to issue instant purchase tickets earlier than when final payment is due in order to take advantage of airfares that are similar to the group rates. Should this occur, you will be contacted with the details.

AIRLINE SEATING: We request seats together for the group wherever possible. All planes are non-smoking. We can request a seating preference on your behalf, however requested seats cannot be guaranteed. Requests should be made in writing no later than 60 days prior to departure. Bulkhead and/or emergency row seats can only be requested at airport check-in on the day of departure. Classic Escapes cannot provide the Comfort Seating Service as this is available on specific flights   subject to availability and commercial laws as determined by each airline and at their own discretion.  Boarding passes are generally issued at the airport on the day of departure, or in some cases if you pre-check yourself 24 hours prior to departure.  You may inquire about seat changes during check in at the airport, based on availability and is at the sole discretion of airline staff.

FREQUENT FLYER MILEAGE: Check on the airline’s website to enquire who their partners are. Obtain frequent flyer mileage on any of these carriers. Present your frequent flyer card for all flight check-ins and keep the boarding passes until you receive a statement with the mileage credit.

TRANSFERS: Roundtrip airport transfers are included in the tour for guests arriving on group flights. If travelers make their own air arrangements, they will be subject to extra transfer fees.

FLIGHT CONFIRMATION: We strongly suggest that you reconfirm exact flight times with the carrier prior to departure. Air travelers are required to check in at least 2 hours prior to departure time for domestic flights and 3 hours for international flights and must report to the gate at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. Failure to comply may result in the loss of the seat to another passenger.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: Federal law prohibits passengers from bringing hazardous materials on the aircraft. Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in the passenger’s luggage or on the passenger’s person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radiopharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in the passenger’s luggage and certain smoking materials carried on the passenger’s person. For further information, each passenger should contact the relevant airline representative(s) on their itinerary. Restrictions on hazardous materials are listed tsa.gov/prohibited-items.

INSECTICIDE NOTICE: Some countries require insecticide spraying of aircraft prior to a flight or while you are on the aircraft. We recommend that you refer to the Department of Transportation’s    list of airports in countries that require airlines to treat the passenger cabin with insecticides prior to the flight or while on the aircraft available at dot.gov/disinsection-requirements.

BAGGAGE & FEES: Additional fees for baggage may apply. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding its checked baggage policies. On average, international flights from the USA allow one piece of checked luggage, not exceeding 50 pounds, plus a carry-on piece not exceeding 15 pounds; however, we always recommend that you check your airline’s policy just before departure, as luggage limitations are always subject to change. There may also be luggage and weight restrictions for your destination and that information will be forwarded to you with your pre-departure material and also be listed on your final documents.  

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCES ON INTERNAL FLIGHTS: Your journey includes an optional internal flight aboard light aircraft which are designed with a maximum luggage allowance; this is closely monitored by the flight operators for safety reasons. You are allowed one carry-on and one piece of luggage, total weight: 33 lbs. (15 kg.)  per person including the camera equipment. Further, only soft-sided duffel bags are accepted, without wheels, as they stow best in vehicles and airplanes with limited space.

PERSONAL WEIGHT ALLOWANCES ON INTERNAL FLIGHTS: Your journey includes internal flights aboard light aircraft which are designed with a maximum body weight and luggage allowance; this is closely monitored by the flight operators for safety reasons. If your personal weight exceeds 85 kilos (187 lbs.) it may be required to purchase an extra seat and your Classic Escapes Journey Manager will contact you should this be necessary.

AIRLINE CLAUSE: The airlines concerned are not to be held liable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passengers’ tickets in use by the airline or by other carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and the purchaser of these tickets and/or passengers.

DELAYS: We cannot be held liable for any delays or additional costs incurred as a result of airlines not running to schedule. Any additional land or air fees imposed on account of airline delays will be borne by the traveler.

Trip Details

ACCOMMODATIONS: You will marvel at the wonderful accommodations provided throughout your tour. All rooms have private bathroom facilities and air conditioning and/or fans, unless otherwise specified. All rates are based on double occupancy. Most rooms are twin-bedded, but king-size beds are occasionally available and should be requested in advance.  Accommodations listed in this itinerary are correct at time of writing, but on rare occasions may be substituted for a different property of comparable quality.

MEALS: All meals as specified in the itinerary. Please notify us if you have special dietary needs or requests, and we will do our best to accommodate.

WATER: It is always advisable to drink bottled and/or filtered water when traveling overseas. Safe drinking water will be provided to travelers free of charge in the vehicles and during meals. A water bottle will be required and Classic Escapes will provide it.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The Company reserves the right without further notice to make use of any photograph or video taken on the tour by our photographers without payment or permission. We guarantee that no photographs of a compromising nature will be used.

GUIDES: If one of Classic Escapes’ guides are unable to take a trip due to circumstances out of our control (i.e., illness, etc.), we reserve the right to substitute with another guide.

TOUR ITINERARY: To the best of our knowledge the itinerary is correct at the time of printing. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies or changes that may occur after printing.

HEALTH AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: You must have the proper immunizations and health screenings and required documentation of such immunizations and screenings before travel. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of any health requirements, health advisories, or health travel restrictions applicable to your travel destinations and to ensure that you carry all necessary vaccination documentation. Classic Escapes is not responsible for providing you with this information. Travel carriers and local authorities at travel destinations may require specific testing prior to boarding and/or upon arrival at your destination, including, but not limited to, a temperature check as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be denied entry onto your carrier and/or entry upon arrival at your destination or be required to self-quarantine at your destination and upon your return to the United States. You must comply with local government regulations. Any additional costs are your responsibility. Check the State Department Web site travel.state.gov, for relevant information relating to travel to specific destinations, and the Center for Disease Control cdc.gov relating to health issues related to travel.

You must be in good physical and mental health. It shall be your duty to inform us in case you have any medical condition that may affect your ability to enjoy and pursue fully the services of Classic Escapes. By registering for a Classic Escapes service/program, you certify that you do not have any mental, physical, or other condition or disability that would create a hazard for yourself or others.

COVID-19 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: In order to participate in one of our tours, travelers must certify that they have not recently been treated for, nor are aware of any physical or other condition or liability that would create a hazard to themselves or other members of the tour and   agree to comply with all health protocols as directed by Classic Escapes and their representatives during their journey. Travelers must maintain suitable physical distancing and frequently wash or sanitize hands throughout their journey. Travelers are required to wear masks in vehicles, indoor areas, any outdoor areas where physical distancing is not possible and in accordance with local regulations. Noncompliance with these procedures will result in the suspension of the journey. Travelers voluntarily assume all risks and related expenses in the event that they or any member of their travelling party require testing, quarantine or become infected with COVID-19.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: For your protection, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation and travel accident insurance. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by Classic Escapes to you constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance. Classic Escapes is not an insurance company and has no responsibility for the submission, payment, or adjustment of any insurance claims. Any insurance claims that may fall under the relevant travel insurance policy must be submitted to the insurance company identified in the policy. We recommend the following service – please visit the website to enroll: http://www.travelguard.com/classicescapes/. Any questions about what travel insurance does or does not cover should be addressed directly to the travel insurance company, Travel Guard at 1-866-385-4839 and reference ARC #71298. If you decline insurance coverage, you will personally assume full responsibility for any financial loss associated with your travel arrangements, and you could lose your travel investment and/or have to pay more money to correct the situation. THE PURCHASE OF TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ON ALL TRIPS.

EMERGENCY EVACUATION COVERAGE: For the convenience of our travelers, Classic Escapes provides a complimentary Medical Insurance Plan during your trip via Travel Guard Group, Inc. This includes:

  • Emergency evacuation insurance up to $100,000.
  • Up to $25,000 medical expense and up to $500 dental expense coverage subject to the terms and limitations of the insurance policy.
  • 24-h our worldwide travel and medical assistance.

Medical Plan (926801).

View the complete coverage of details at travelguard.com 

Terms & Conditions

TOUR OPERATOR: Classic Escapes acts as a tour operator/travel agent only. Classic Escapes does not own, operate, manage, or control any independent suppliers of services and is not liable for their acts or omissions. Classic Escapes’ obligations to you are to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and other travel service providers. We have no responsibility for these services, nor do we have the authority to make any warranty or representation regarding their standard. Requests cannot be guaranteed. All bookings are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these travel service providers. You understand   that your legal recourse is against the specific provider, not Classic Escapes. Conditions can change rapidly in a country at any time. It is your responsibility to check the USA Government Travel advisories for your intended destination at travel.state.gov.

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE COMPANY: We always do our best to make sure your travel arrangements are satisfactory. However, Classic Escapes and its employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, successors, agents, and assigns do not own or operate any third-party entity that provides goods and services for your travel, including without limitation lodging facilities, airline, vessel, motorcoach, or other transportation companies, local ground operators, providers, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors and are in no way affiliated to Classic Escapes. We are not liable for any delays or additional costs incurred by the Traveler as a result of any actions or occurrences by any of the foregoing third party entities.

LIABILITY: Classic Escapes is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any travel service provider or of any third party. Because Classic Escapes does not have the right to control the operations of such travel service provider or any third party, you agree that Classic Escapes is not liable for any personal injury or property damage which may arise out of these services. Classic Escapes hereby disclaims any liability whether based on contract, tort, strict liability or otherwise, including without limitation liability for any direct, punitive, special consequential, incidental or indirect damages, in connection with the goods or services provided by any supplier booking through Classic Escapes, including without limitation liability for any act, error, omission, injury, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be incurred through the fault, negligence, willful acts, omissions or otherwise of such travel service provider or any third party, or their respective employees, agents, servants, or representatives, including, without limitation, their failure to deliver or their partial or inadequate delivery of services, their cancellation and refund policies, fuel increases, bankruptcy or cessation of operations and other matters outside of Classic Escapes’ control, and you hereby exonerate Classic Escapes from any liability with respect to the same.

FORCE MAJEURE: Classic Escapes will not be in breach of these terms and conditions or otherwise be liable to you, for any failure or delay in performing an obligation under this Agreement that is due to any of the following causes, to the extent beyond its reasonable control: acts of God, accident, riots, war, terrorist act, illness, disease, epidemic, pandemic, quarantine, civil commotion, breakdown of communication facilities, including web host and internet service provider, breakdown or malfunction of equipment, destruction of or serious damage to facilities, natural catastrophes including, but not limited to extreme weather events, floods and volcanic eruptions, governmental acts or omissions, changes in laws or regulations, national strikes, fire, explosion, generalized lack of availability of raw materials or energy, and any other unforeseen circumstance which is beyond the control of Classic Escapes. THE PURCHASE OF TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ON ALL TRIPS.

REFUSAL OF SERVICE: Service providers reserve the right to refuse service to travelers at their sole discretion, including, without limitation, if the traveler: (i) lacks proper documentation for the country of destination; (ii) has a contagious disease; (iii) is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or narcotics; and/or (iv) manifests disruptive and/or unruly behavior. Classic Escapes assumes no liability for the acts of the service provider in refusing service.

ELECTRONIC OR HANDWRITTEN SIGNATURE: Both parties agree that you may acknowledge and agree to these Terms: (i) electronically; (ii) by handwritten signature; (iii) by any other electronic means, including, without limitation, via email acceptance of these Terms; or (iv) by your implied consent deemed via your actions, which shall include without limitation the payment of the invoice in part or in full or your use of the services provided by Classic Escapes or any other travel supplier related to your booking. All such means will be deemed to constitute effective acknowledgement and execution of this Agreement and shall be sufficient to bind the parties to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS: We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to change these Terms and Conditions at any time. Updated versions of the Terms will be provided to you, will be posted on our website, and are effective immediately on posting.

GOVERNING LAW: The construction, validity, and performance of these Terms and any disputes between the parties shall be governed by and construed according to the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to its conflict of law principles, and any federal laws applicable therein. Both parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York with respect to any legal proceedings relating to these Terms.