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This program is a wonderful opportunity for those who have a serious interest in tea production, like adventure and want to experience real tea culture in its native environment. Many of the places and people with whom we visit are not available to average tourists. We have a unique privilege of access to these people and resources. Courtesy and flexibility for change are valuable qualities, as travel can occasionally be unpredictable. Hiking up hills, traveling bumpy roads and getting a toe wet walking through tea gardens are ordinary events. Drives can be long and bumpy. Days are full and we may occasionally arrive at hotels later in the evening. Participants should also be able to handle cultural differences with grace and respect and conduct themselves as visiting guests. Tour members should be in appropriate physical condition.
Tuition for the base tour is US$3,995. Cost for the optional Calcutta pre-tour and Delhi/Agra/Jaipur post-tour extensions are US$795 and US$995 respectively. Price is per person based on double occupancy and ten or more tour members. For single room supplement on the base tour add US$1,500. Single supplements for the pre- and post-tours are US$295 and US$495 respectively. Individuals will be paired up on a first come first served basis according to the date the deposit and registration are received. If a roommate is not available, you will be charged the single rate. Assistance with international flight ticketing is available. Schedule, locations, conditions and prices are subject to change without notice.
Base tour cost includes all hotels (including the night before the tour starts), all travel within India, all meals and banquets (unless otherwise specified), entrance, enrollment and program fees, guides for scheduled activities, domestic airport taxes, and Tea-Shirt. One group airport/hotel transfer will be provided the day before the program begins and the day after the program ends. Tour extension costs include all hotels, all meals (unless otherwise specified), guides for scheduled activities, entrance fees, transportation to/from scheduled locations and airport transfer.
Tour cost does not include international airfare, private airport/hotel transfers, passport and visa fees, guide and driver gratuities, overweight baggage fees, international airport taxes, charges due to cancellation or re-ticketing, or other personal expenses.
Deposit of $1000 per person and completed Reservation Form are required to reserve your space on the tour. To optimize the unique opportunities, group size is limited at the organizers discretion to 10 people. Deposits are refundable, less a $250 per person cancellation fee, until 75 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can only be made if the trip is full and your place can be resold. Final payment is due no later than 60 days before departure.
World Tea Tours, or any of its agents or associates can assume no liability for illness, injury, damage, loss or expense. Tour members are advised to obtain their own travel and medical insurance. All participants must sign the release on the RESERVATION FORM before departure. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure, in which case the entire payment will be refunded with no further obligation. Additionally, the right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour. This agreement is made in the state of Illinois, USA and shall be adjudicated solely under the laws of that state. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour.