Terms & Conditions

Visas

Clients are responsible for ensuring they have the correct visas for all countries. With so many clients having varied cultural backgrounds, not all clients are travelling on Australian passports. Please check if you require a visa for the passport you are travelling on for all countries that you will be visiting on your holiday, including stopovers.

Flights / Ferries / Trains / Other travel arrangements

PLEASE DO NOT PAY FOR ANY FLIGHTS OR OTHER ARRANGEMENTS UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED A  “BOOKING CONFIRMATION” EMAIL FROM US. No booking is fully Confirmed until we have received your deposit or full payment in our bank account and we have re-confirmed with the vendor and then sent you a “Booking Confirmation” email noting your payment and telling you that your booking is now “Fully Confirmed”. Until then, all arrangements are offers and quotations only. We take no responsibility for charges incurred by clients for any other arrangements they make on their own behalf around products offered for sale on this website if they book those products before we have sent you a “Booking Confirmation” email. Until then we have no obligation to continue with the offer and the offer may be withdrawn at any time and your deposit refunded.

Availability on our website is an indication only. All products must be double-checked to ensure that the cruise or tour hasn’t been closed off overnight and with the time difference there is always a slight delay. Please do not book arrangements around something that looks like it’s available until, as above, we have fully Confirmed your booking once the deposit or full payment has been received.

Please ensure you arrange travel insurance before you pay your deposit. Deposits are non-refundable.

Product Descriptions

Product descriptions are based on current information provided by end suppliers. Any facilities or services shown as included are subject to change at any time. The standard of accommodation and other services are based on various factors which are generally accepted as indicative of a certain class, however, we do not guarantee the standard, class, or fitness for purpose of that accommodation or service. Hotel ratings are those suggested by relevant local authorities or our representative and may vary from Tourist Office ratings.

Dynamic Pricing Structure (for prices for products based on foreign currency)

Please note that we use dynamic pricing based on current exchange rates. This means that prices can change at any time before your final payment is due. Please contact us for the current amount owing before you make your final payment. Please keep in mind that until full and final payment is received then the final balance may change if the exchange rates fluctuate significantly between when you pay your deposit and when your final payment is due. Price changes do happen. Exchange rates can change very suddenly. We can only notify you after the fact if the price has increased, so please note that this is important for you to be aware of. Only once full payment is received and Travel Documents sent is the price finalised. Thank you.

We can offer a deposit system where you may pay a deposit now and then we calculate the final price based on the exchange rate the day the final payment will be made, or you may pay in full now and the price will be as quoted. Please let us know what you wish to do. We cannot notify you every time the exchange rate changes, so you must be prepared to keep an eye on it yourself. If you choose to take the deposit option, you can pay in full at any time between now and the final payment date (65 days prior) if the exchange rate moves in your favour. Just email us for the current final payment amount at any time.

Prices (all displayed in Australian Dollars A$ unless noted otherwise)

All prices and availability are subject to change without notice. “From” prices quoted are the lowest available as per industry standard, usually adult twin-share, per person for tours and cruises, or per room per night, based on twin-share for accommodation. Discover Croatia’s prices are exclusive of any meals unless specified and are available for the specified travel dates only. “From” prices quoted do not include credit card processing charges as these vary depending on the payment method chosen. All prices are displayed in AUD$. Prices are inclusive of taxes and charges that apply as at the date of publishing, but they do not include any fees that may be imposed directly by third parties. If we have to change any part of your booking for reasons beyond our control, e.g., if a hotelier overbooks hotel accommodation, we will notify you as soon as practicable.

Single supplements apply to most products for solo travellers, though we do endeavour to keep those as low as possible. We don’t think you should be penalised just because you’re travelling on your own, so we do the best we can to keep your costs reasonable.

Pricing Errors

Occasionally, an error may occur and products or services may be either incorrectly priced or described in which case we will not be obliged to supply the product or service at the incorrect price or in accordance with the incorrect description or at all. We reserve the right to correct any errors from time to time. We will (at our discretion) either cancel your order and refund the price you have paid or use reasonable endeavours to contact you and ask you whether you wish to continue with the order at the correct price or correct description. If we are unable to contact you or you do not wish to continue with the order at the correct price or correct description, we will cancel your order and refund the price you have paid.

All orders placed by you and purchases from us (whether in-store, by telephone, via our website or by such other means as we may permit) are on the basis of these Terms and Conditions and are subject to acceptance by us: (i) acceptance by us means us delivering the Vouchers (whether printed or electronic) for products and services to you; at which point a legally binding contract is constituted between you and us.

The processing of your payment and acknowledgment of your order (including sending you an email confirming your order is being processed, any Quotes or Provisional Booking emails included) does not constitute legal acceptance of your order.

Security Deposits (Minimum $400 per person for all cruises, tours and other arrangements)

You will be required to pay a deposit or deposits when booking. Your consultant will advise you of how much that will be. All deposits are non-refundable for changes of mind or cancellations by you (subject to your rights under the Australian Consumer Law). Final payment is required no later than 60 days prior to departure unless otherwise stated. Some products and services must be paid in full at the time of booking.

In order to secure a booking, a non-refundable, non-transferable security deposit must be received by us in our bank account within the terms (usually 5 days, some are less) on your Provisional Booking offer. The security deposit is minimum $400 per adult, or 10% of the booking, whichever is greater ($100 per child 15yrs and under). If your booking is less than $200 per person, full payment is required immediately and in the event of a cancellation by you, the entire booking is non-refundable. If you choose to pay the booking in full immediately, in the event of a cancellation by you prior to 60 days before the start date, you will still be charged a Cancellation Fee of minimum $400 per person as below, or up to 50% of your booking for yacht charter, gulet charter, bespoke tours, chauffeur driven tours or anything else where you were required to pay a larger deposit and you agreed to those terms by paying the deposit.

Some products, such as our Small Group Tours and Yacht Charter, Gulet Charter, Bespoke/Custom Tours and Chaffeur-driven Tours require deposits of up to 50-60% up front. You will be advised of this requirement at the time your booking is made. This deposit is also non-refundable.  Failure to pay the deposit by the due date will lead to cancellation of your booking.

Please ensure you arrange travel insurance before you pay your deposit. Deposits are non-refundable.

Final Balance Payments (Due 65 days prior to Departure)

The balance of the full itinerary price must be received by us not less than 65 days prior to your departure from Australia. Final balance for certain products is required at least 100 days before departure. You will be advised of the final payment date at the time your booking is made. Late payment may lead to cancellation and/or late documentation. No documentation or travel vouchers will be issued until payment is received in full in our bank account.

Payment Methods Accepted

Credit cards securely online (fees apply), bank transfer / direct deposit / EFT.

Cancellation Charges if cancelled by client (Minimum $400 per person for cruises/tours or up to 50% per booking for other products)

1) Land and Cruise Arrangements (anything except airfares)

(a) Bookings cancelled by the client at any time after confirmation are subject to the forfeit of the security deposit as above (minimum $400 per person), including any additional deposits required at the time by suppliers (up to 50% as above for bespoke, boat charters, or private tours), or of the full payment if the booking is under $200 per person.

(b) In addition to this fee are any charges made by the hotel, tour operator, cruise line or other principal. This can amount to up to 100% of total land arrangement costs, particularly when cancelling tours and other arrangements within 60 days of departure. Some provider cancellation charges may also incur GST. You should check what additional cancellation fees apply BEFORE paying your deposit.

We highly recommend that you obtain Travel Insurance to cover yourself in the event of a cancellation. Good travel insurance always covers for any airline or tour operator default as well as for medical coverage, car hire excess, loss of belongings and transport delay. Some things are beyond our control and we are not the end supplier, we are an agent only.

Consumer Claims

In the unlikely event you might experience a problem whilst you are travelling, you should immediately contact the company responsible for the provision of that service (transfer/hotel/tour etc.) whose phone number will be printed on your voucher. If you are not satisfied with their response and should you wish to make a claim, your claim should be made in writing to us no later than 5 days after the event. Discover Croatia Holidays cannot be held responsible for any action or non-provision of product by any wholesaler. For cruises and most tours we are a re-seller only and we cannot be held liable for any non-provision of services by another party. We will do our best to act as intermediary on your behalf, but we have no legal liability for any company other than our own. Please see below for further detail.

Amendment Charges

(1) No Discover Croatia fee applies for the first amendment or to extend an existing booking before documentation is issued, dependent upon supplier policy. Please check with us first.

(2) Second and subsequent alterations, excluding extensions or additions after confirmations, will incur a $40 fee per booking and per sector or segment.

(3) After documentation (vouchers) are issued a $40 fee will be charged for any changes.

Refunds

No refund is available for client cancellations after travel has commenced or in respect of any tours, accommodation, meals or any other services not utilised. Any valid refund payable will be made nett of any applicable fees and charges, including but not limited to merchant transaction fees and cancellation charges (as above) levied by either Discover Croatia Holidays or third parties.

Unused Services

Discover Croatia Holidays does not authorise the employees of any overseas supplier to promise refunds to clients. We are not held liable for any decisions made by companies other than our own.

Extra Service

Discover Croatia Holidays and associated representatives overseas will not accept responsibility nor approve requests to pay for additional charges for extra services requested by clients and not included in the basic prices stated on this website. It is your responsibility to settle these charges, if any, before departure including parking fines or parking fees incurred when a rental vehicle is used, or any additional meals requested.

Prices and Itinerary Changes

(1) Prices are based on fluctuating currency exchange rates and are therefore an indication only. They are quoted in Australian dollars and are GST free unless otherwise indicated.

(2) Details of particular hotels and holidays described on this website may have changed since its release.

(3) Special offers can be withdrawn at any time.

(4) Changes in exchange rates or airline fares and other changes may also affect the price of particular holidays. You should check with us whether such changes have occurred in the price or itinerary BEFORE YOU BOOK and WHEN YOUR BALANCE IS DUE. Every endeavour will be made to advise you of any changes after you book, but we can only notify you after the fact.

(5) The prices quoted by Discover Croatia Holidays are subject to change without notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances such as fluctuation in exchange rates and/or increases in land and airfare costs, airport charges or government taxes. No surcharges in respect of cost or currency deterioration will be made once full payment for your arrangements has been received in our bank account. This guarantee does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies or to errors or omissions. In exchange for these guarantees no refund will be made if costs are reduced. The entire range of products featured is offered at the selling prices shown on each page but prices printed do not imply that similar product may or may not be available at a lower price if obtained direct. However, payments sent overseas by travellers are excluded from the protection provided by Australian Government Consumer Protection bodies. Itineraries are subject to alteration if airline schedules are amended, a tour is cancelled by the operator for any reason, or other conditions require it. If, in the unlikely event that we have to cancel your booking because of insufficient numbers booked or because of events outside our control we will, if we are able to, offer you an alternative tour or arrangements of a similar standard. If you do not accept the alternative we will refund for that particular tour or arrangement.

Hotel and Cruise ship Information

Whilst Discover Croatia Holidays makes every effort to ensure accuracy in hotel information and descriptions, we are reliant on the suppliers and hotels giving us accurate data. Since hotels are constantly changing facilities and services, we cannot be liable for any errors or omissions herein or for any disruption caused by hotel or apartment renovations. If any feature is of critical importance to your holiday, it is the passenger’s responsibility to ask Discover Croatia Holidays to check whether such features will be available at the time of occupancy at the given hotel.

Changes of Hotels or Cruise ship or any other accommodation or service

If for any reason the hotel(s) nominated herein is/are unavailable, an alternative will be sought/offered. If, after confirmation, the hotel becomes unavailable, you will be assigned to a hotel of similar or superior standard.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is STRONGLY recommended to cover you against loss of deposit or final monies paid because of unavoidable cancellation due to illness or other causes, personal baggage loss, medical expenses and other complications. Cancellation charges are minimum $400 per person, and sometimes up to 50% deposit for certain products, as above in ‘Security Deposits’.

We highly recommend that you obtain Travel Insurance to cover yourself in the event of a cancellation. Good travel insurance always covers for any airline or tour operator default as well as for medical coverage, car hire excess, loss of belongings and transport delays. Some things are beyond our control and we are not the end supplier. Click here for some extra info on travel insurance.

Responsibilities

OTSW Pty Ltd trading as Discover Croatia Holidays (A.B.N. 16 126 189 375) itself or through entities that are related or affiliated to it (all of whom are included in the expressions “Discover Croatia Holidays”, “DCH” or the “Operator” on our website) provide the service of selling holidays/tours and ancillary services such as bookings, arrangements and ticketing. The Operator does not itself provide the transport, accommodation, meals or other facilities described on this website (collectively the “services”) that may be received by any person taking advantage thereof, all of which are provided by air carriers, land carriers, cruise operators, hoteliers or other service providers as principal.

Discover Croatia Holidays agrees to make the reservations with the principals offering the described services on the terms and conditions set out on this website. All coupons, exchange orders, contracts, tickets or vouchers issued by Discover Croatia Holidays (collectively “vouchers”) are issued subject to all tariffs, terms and conditions contained in the contracts in use by the principals when used and constitute the sole contract between the principal and any person taking advantage of the services. Acceptance of such contracts constitutes acceptance of the foregoing.

Discover Croatia Holidays is responsible only for the services it provides and it accepts no responsibility for any loss or injury to persons or property caused by any act or omission, whether negligent or otherwise, on the part of any principal providing any services to any person taking advantage thereof, including but not limited to any loss or damage in respect of luggage or other property or inconvenience in respect of the handling thereof nor for any dissatisfaction with the properties or services provided by the principals.

We act as an agent for, and sell various travel related products as agent on behalf of, numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as airlines, coach, rail and cruise line operators, as well as all of our wholesalers. Any services we provide to you are collateral to that agency relationship. Our obligation to you is to (and you expressly authorise us to) make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. We exercise care in the selection of reputable service providers, but we are not ourselves a provider of travel services and have no control over, or liability for, the services provided by third parties. All bookings are made on your behalf subject to the terms and conditions, including conditions of carriage and limitations of liability, imposed by these service providers. We can provide you with copies of the relevant service provider terms and conditions on request. Your legal rights in connection with the provision of travel services are against the specific provider and, except to the extent a problem is caused by fault on our part, are not against us. Specifically, if for any reason (excluding fault on our part) any travel service provider is unable to provide the services for which you have contracted, your rights are against that provider and not against us.

Discover Croatia Holidays is not liable in contract or tort for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expense or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or other events which are beyond the control of Discover Croatia Holidays or are not preventable including, without limitation, the acts or omissions of any person taking advantage of the services, dangers incident to the air or sea, delays, change of or alteration in any aircraft, itinerary, schedule or other travel service, illness, injury, strikes, war whether declared or not, failure of equipment, civil disturbance, medical or customs regulations, quarantines, floods, severe weather, acts of God, acts of government or other authority de jure or de facto or other disturbance of any nature, thefts, pilferage, improper or insufficient passport, visa or other documentation or anything else that interferes with, alters or adds to the cost of the services requested or booked.

The foregoing exclusions of liability are subject to all Australian and State laws, such as the Trade Practices Act and Fair Trading legislation which prohibits the exclusion of certain liability, but remain effective to the full extent permitted by such laws. Discover Croatia Holidays will take due care to ensure the services provided by the principals are as described on this website subject to the qualifications and exceptions stated, but accepts liability for and only to the extent that loss or damage results directly from its own negligence or that of its employees. The making of a booking constitutes acceptance by all persons taking advantage of the services described on this website that the terms and conditions contained on this website constitute the entire agreement between them and Discover Croatia Holidays and that the agreement only be varied by an officer of Discover Croatia Holidays in writing.

Consumer Protection

OTSW Pty Ltd trading as Discover Croatia Holidays and Croatia Yacht Charter holds an IATA TIDS Code 96-8 4638 5. Please ensure you are covered by your travel insurance, as we have no control over the end suppliers such as cruise companies, tour operators, hotels and transport companies.

New South Wales Law

The agreement constituted by the terms and conditions contained on this website are governed by the laws of New South Wales, Australia.

Website Errors and Omissions

Any errors and omissions made during the development of this website is not the responsibility of Discover Croatia Holidays or any of its affiliates, suppliers or webmasters. Some errors may have occurred during the development of the website, we endeavour to correct them as soon as noted. However, Discover Croatia Holidays, its affiliates and suppliers will not be responsible for any damages caused by such errors and omissions.

Smart Traveller 

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These terms were last updated on 31 March 2017.