We thank you for your interest in Lifestyle Vacations original programs, and for enquiring about a culinary and cultural tour.
You are now ready to sign up by completing and submitting the reservation form. Terms and conditions are listed below, and it’s necessary that you take time to read it. Submitting your reservation form means that you have accepted our terms and conditions. Thank you.
GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- One-day classes and tours: Full payment is required to secure the reservation of a one-day activity. In case of cancellation from your part, this payment cannot be refund, but a cooking class, a wine tasting course or a gourmet tour can be scheduled, if Lifestyle Vacations gets your cancellation at least two weeks in advance. When your payment is completed, you receive a voucher that confirms your reservation and full payment. This document is forwarded by email. Please check you Spam folder in case you do not receive this confirmation.
- Cooking Vacations and Culinary Journeys: A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to secure the booking of a cooking vacation and culinary journey. This is applied for reservations made more than 60 days in advance. The balance is due 60 days before the tour starts. Lifestyle Vacations process the payment once your booking form is completed, signed, and emailed of faxed. Payments are accepted in all currencies through Visa, MasterCard, and Paypal. If you make your initial reservation less than 90 days before your date of travel, the full payment is required.
Lifestyle Vacations do not apply any extra fees for late bookings.
However reservations cannot be guaranteed to last minute enquiries.
Deposits and final payments are non refundable. We strongly recommend you to subscribe a travel insurance in your country. This insurance must cover cancellations due to medical reasons, default or airline strike, and weather conditions. For a cooking vacation, a cancellation cannot be applied to another departure. In case a participant will not use a portion of a tour or a class, no refund nor deduction can be applied.
For one-day classes and tours, Lifestyle Vacations does not refund, but accepts to reschedule the program if the cancellation is forwarded in writing at least two weeks before the class or tour. In this case, you will receive a voucher which is valid one year from the date of application.
Full refunds will be made if Lifestyle Vacations had to cancel a tour, a class or a weekly journey.
GROUND TRANSFERS & EXTRA TOURS
Most of exclusive Lifestyle Vacations culinary and cultural programs include airport or train station transfers. It is the responsibility of each participant to be on time at the meeting point. Lifestyle Vacations do not cover missed transfers, and do not refund it. Excursions or visits which are required, and which are not included in the initial itinerary and program are subject to an extra cost, and must be paid cash or by credit card before you return to your country.
All prices are per person, and based on double occupancy. A supplement is applied to solo travelers who require a single accommodation. Prices mentioned on Lifestyle Vacations website are in US dollars, and subject to change according to the currency rate.
It is the responsibility of each tour participant to obtain and carry a valid passport, visa(s), and any other travel documents required by applicable government regulations. Non-US residents may require special travel visas/documents available at their Embassy or Consulate.
By enrolling a culinary journey and a cooking vacation, the traveler certifies that he or she does not have any disability or condition that would create a hazard for other travelers of the same group. The traveler understands that health care standards, facilities and services in France may be different or inadequate for treatment of certain health conditions. Lifestyle Vacations makes no warranties, and the company disclaims any made regarding special accommodations or handicap accessibility on any program. Lifestyle Vacations reserve the right to decline accepting any traveler whose health or actions trouble the operation of a trip.
FRANCE, PORTUGAL & SWITZERLAND TRAVELING RULES
You are on the way to book a tour in France, Portugal or Switzerland and to stay in one of these countries.
You have to understand cultural differences that can include: late dinners, long lunches, smoking rules, driving speed limits, men or women walking arm in arm, opinions on politics, complimentary aperitif offered by a restaurant before lunch or dinner. At restaurants, please remind that a 15% service is already included in the bill, and there is no reason to leave a big tip, except if you have been granted an exceptional service from the waiter. Shops, banks, and other boutiques may close during the lunch break, from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and up. Except for brasseries, restaurants and bistros are usually closed between 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
When you travel abroad, please take care of your personal belongings at all times. Never leave them in a parked vehicle. In any big cities, you must be more vigilant about people around you, especially in train stations, airports, bus stops and in crowd. Be careful with pick pockets. We strongly recommend to zip your hand bags, and to keep you cash and credit card in a flat purse that you will have under your coat or jacket.
French and Portuguese can be friendly. So do not be offended by someone who can touch your arm when speaking to you.
Hotel rooms, especially in charming small hotels in Paris, Lisbon or Porto located in the historic districts, are smaller in size than in your country. It’s the same for bathrooms. We recommend to choose at least deluxe rooms or suites, not standard ones.
Also, on entering a religious monument (church, cathedral) you must dress properly with a long dress or skirt, or a pant, and a top that covers your shoulders. It’s also required for museums and chateaux.
Lifestyle Vacations does not own or operate any of the locations, hotels, guesthouses, and private properties, restaurants, cooking and wine tasting schools, drivers, suppliers of services or accommodations for your trip. As a result, Lifestyle Vacations is not responsible for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such supplier or of any third party. Lifestyle Vacations and its representatives act only in the capacity of an agent and tour operator, and the company will not be liable for any jury, loss, accident, allergic reaction, delay, damage, irregularity, injury, or expense to person or property due to any act of default of hotel, guesthouses, land transporter, restaurant, cooking school or other contractor rending or providing services. Weekly tours are all-inclusive, except for the drinks at the restaurants, minibar and other extras in hotels or guest houses which are in supplement.
On completing a reservation form, each participant must mention his/her food allergies that Lifestyle Vacations and its partners and suppliers will consider. It’s also the traveler duty to ask additional information about the accommodation and its surrounding.
Each property or hotel that Lifestyle Vacations recommend or include in a program has been carefully visited and inspected, and is of a high quality level. Suppliers that Lifestyle Vacations work with are Corinne Preteur’s long term relationship. All programs (except Taste of Provence, and Cooking at the Farm) have been designed by Corinne A. Preteur, owner and director of Lifestyle Vacations.
Lifestyle Vacations and its representatives is not responsible for any expense or liability resulting from labor disputes, war, acts of terrorism, government restraints, weather conditions, airline and airport cancellations, sickness, pilferage or any other cause beyond their control. Lifestyle Vacations 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 demand. Lifestyle Vacations reserve the right to change an itinerary but will inform the participants after they book, and before they arrive in France or in Portugal. It can be due to weather conditions, uncontrollable strike, and labor walk out.
Lifestyle Vacations is very picky with its partners and suppliers, and Corinne A. Preteur always offers a high-quality service when she escorts personally the tours she has designed. However if the traveler has something to declare, and consider that what he or she signed for is not what he or she expected, the complaint must be reported immediately in writing to the supplier and to Lifestyle Vacations by email. A complaint that is received after the tour, and when the traveler is back home, cannot be resolved nor refunded.
PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT RELEASE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RISK WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
In consideration of Lifestyle Vacations providing services to enable me to participate in one of its tour or journey, I agree as follows:
I fully understand and acknowledge that :
- culinary and travel activities have inherent risks, dangers and hazards and such exists in my participation in Lifestyle Vacations sponsored activities;
- my participation in such activities may result in injury, illness, allergic reactions or personal non satisfaction;
- these risks and dangers may be caused by the negligence of the owners, employees, officers or agents of Lifestyle Vacations and the negligence of the participants, the negligence of others, accidents, breaches of contract, the forces of nature or other causes;
- 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 Lifestyle Vacations 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 Lifestyle Vacations 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 Lifestyle Vacations’ activities. The venue of any dispute between the parties that may arise out of this agreement or otherwise shall be in disputed in a court of law in Paris, France. Any legal fees incurred from a dispute will be the responsibility of the client.
I understand that Lifestyle Vacations reserves the right to take photographic material of any of its programs, and I hereby agree that Lifestyle Vacations may use any such photographic material for promotional and/or commercial purposes. By signing this agreement, you hereby accept the Terms & Conditions contained herein.
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