Terms & Conditions

The following Terms & Conditions of Booking form the basis of your contract with 'Experience Ardeche Ltd' (Company registered in England and Wales, number 9573940. Registered office - 250 Humberstone Road, Leicester LE5 0EG). All bookings are subject to these Conditions of Bookings.

  1. Once it has confirmed your booking, Experience Ardèche Ltd, will accept responsibility for your package holiday in accordance with these Conditions of Booking as an "organiser" under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992. A "package holiday" is a combination of at least two out of: (a) transport, (b) accommodation or (c) other tourist services (not ancillary to any transport or accommodation and forming a significant part of the arrangements) when booked through Experience Ardèche Ltd, at the same time, for which payment is made to the Experience Ardèche Ltd, and which lasts at least 24 hours or includes overnight accommodation.

  2. To confirm your booking you are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total booking price. Payment of the balance is due no later than 8 weeks (56 days) prior to departure. Bookings made within 8 weeks of departure require full payment. Any balance due that is not received by us within the timescale specified may result in the travel arrangements being liable to cancellation by Experience Ardèche Ltd and subject to the charges as set out in Clause 12.

  3. A binding contract between you and Experience Ardèche Ltd comes into existence when either Experience Ardèche Ltd dispatches its booking confirmation or, for online bookings, when the applicable payment (deposit or full) has been made and a confirmation e-mail sent. The contract and all matters arising out of it are governed by English Law.

  4. All packages are subject to availability and are not always available during busy periods such as School Holidays or Christmas and New Year. Packages may be withdrawn at any time.

  5. The lead passenger must be authorised to make the booking on the basis of these Conditions of Booking by all persons named on the booking and by their parent or guardian for all party members who are under 18 when the booking is made. The lead passenger is responsible for making all payments due to Experience Ardèche Ltd. The party leader must be 18 or over when the booking is made.

  6. When you book online at www.experienceardeche.com, at the end of the booking process you are asked to confirm that you have read and agreed with these Conditions of Booking. If booking by telephone or any other communication channel, Experience Ardèche Ltd will, subject to availability, confirm your holiday by issuing a booking confirmation. Please check any documentation carefully as soon as you receive it. You should contact Experience Ardèche Ltd immediately if any information which appears on the confirmation or any other document appears to be incorrect or incomplete as it may not be possible to make changes later. Experience Ardèche Ltd regrets that it cannot accept any liability if it is not notified of any inaccuracies in any document within ten days of posting.

  7. Experience Ardèche Ltd reserves the right to increase or decrease the prices of unsold holidays at any time. The price of your chosen break will be confirmed at the time of booking.

  8. The information and prices quoted to you from the Experience Ardèche Ltd website - www.experienceardeche.com and any printed brochures may have changed by the time you come to book your package. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the quotation or brochure and prices at the time of printing, regrettably changes and errors do occasionally occur. You must therefore ensure you check all details of your chosen package (including the price) with Experience Ardèche Ltd at the time of booking.

  9. Should you wish to make any changes to your confirmed booking, you must notify Experience Ardèche Ltd (by post, telephone or email) as soon as possible. Whilst Experience Ardèche Ltd will endeavour to assist, it cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet any such requests. Where Experience Ardèche Ltd can assist, an amendment fee of £10 per person per amendment (unless it is to increase the value of the booking) will be payable together with any costs incurred by Experience Ardèche Ltd and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of its suppliers.

  10. If you cannot use the package due to circumstances beyond your control, such as jury service, you may transfer the booking to a person who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the package, provided you give Experience Ardèche Ltd reasonable notice of your intention to transfer before the date when departure is due to take place. The amendment fee specified in Clause 9 will be applicable.

  11. If less than four people are booked on any one trip, within 28 days of departure, Experience Ardèche Ltd reserve the right to cancel the holiday. In this event, customers will be informed as soon as possible and all steps will be taken to offer customers alternative arrangements or a full refund will be given.

  12. Should you or any member of your party need to cancel your booking once it has been confirmed, the lead passenger on your booking must immediately advise Experience Ardèche Ltd (by post or email). Cancellations made directly with the hotel will not be considered acceptable. The following cancellation charges will be payable. Where the cancellation charge is shown as a percentage, this is calculated on the basis of the total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling.

               Period before departure within which written notification of       cancellation is received by Experience Ardèche Ltd.
    Cancellation charge per person cancelling
    More than 56 days
    Loss of deposit only
    28-56 days
    30% of total booking price
    15-27 days
    50% of total booking price
    7-14 days
    70% of total booking price
    0-6 days
    100% of total booking price

    Depending on the reason for your cancellation, you may be able to reclaim these charges under the terms of your travel insurance policy. Claims must be made directly to the insurance company concerned.

  13. We are covered by Public Liability insurance. It is however a condition of booking that you hold adequate Travel Insurance (valid at time of travel) which provides curtailment; cancellation; and repatriation cover as well as cover for the activities included as part of your holiday. Experience Ardèche Ltd can in no way be held liable in the event that your cover is not sufficient. Please note that many policies (including annual policies) do not offer cover for some of the activities that you may take part in during your holiday. Please read any policy carefully and take them with you on holiday.

  14. You will receive Fidelity Insurance cover referred to as 'The Safe Seat Plan' as part of your booking. This ensures that all monies which have been paid are safely protected and available to pay for the services which you have booked. We do not charge for this service.

  15. Occasionally, Experience Ardèche Ltd may be obliged to make changes to the advertised package both before and/or after bookings have been confirmed or to cancel confirmed bookings and it must reserve the right to do so.

  16. Occasionally Experience Ardèche Ltd has to make a "significant alteration" before departure, such as a change of accommodation to that of a lower or higher official classification or standard for the whole or a major part of the time you are away. If Experience Ardèche Ltd has to make a significant alteration or cancel your package, it will tell you as soon as possible. If there is time to do so before departure, Experience Ardèche Ltd will offer you the choice of the following options:

                                          i. Accepting the changed arrangements or
                                         ii. Transferring to an alternative holiday offered by Experience Ardèche Ltd or
                                        iii. Receive a full refund of all monies you have paid to Experience Ardèche Ltd.

  17. No liability beyond offering the above mentioned choices can be accepted where Experience Ardèche Ltd is forced to make a change or cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond its control, the consequences of which it could not have avoided even with all due care.

  18. The above options (Clause 16 i,ii,iii) will not be available if Experience Ardèche Ltd cancels as a result of your failure to comply with any requirement of these booking conditions entitling Experience Ardèche Ltd to cancel (such as paying on time).

  19. In all cases, Experience Ardèche Ltd liability for significant changes and cancellations is limited to offering you the above mentioned options (Clause 16). We regret we cannot pay any expenses, costs or losses incurred by you as a result of any change or cancellation.

  20. Experience Ardèche Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any services which do not form part of the contract. This includes, for example, any additional services or facilities which your accommodation provider or any other supplier agrees to provide for you where the services or facilities are not advertised in the Experience Ardèche Ltd publicity material and where Experience Ardèche Ltd has not agreed to arrange them.

  21. Where any claim or part of a claim concerns or is based on any stay in any accommodation, the maximum amount of compensation Experience Ardèche Ltd will have to pay you will be limited. The most Experience Ardèche Ltd will have to pay you for that claim, or that part of a claim, if it is found liable to you on any basis, is the most the accommodation provider concerned would have to pay under the international convention which applies to the accommodation stay in question. When making any payment, Experience Ardèche Ltd is entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the accommodation provider for the complaint or claim in question.

  22. In the event of a complaint, you must provide Experience Ardèche Ltd and its insurers with all assistance it may reasonably require. You must also tell Experience Ardèche Ltd and the supplier concerned about your claim or complaint as set out in Clause 23 below. If asked to do so, you must transfer to Experience Ardèche Ltd or its insurers any rights you have against the supplier or whoever else is responsible for your claim or complaint (if the person concerned is under 18, their parent or guardian must do so). You must also agree to cooperate fully with Experience Ardèche Ltd and its insurers if Experience Ardèche Ltd and its insurers want to enforce any rights which are transferred.

  23. The accommodation and activity providers used by Experience Ardèche Ltd have been assessed by the management of Experience Ardèche Ltd. However, in the unlikely event that you have any reason to complain or experience any problems with your accommodation or other aspect of the package whilst away, you must immediately inform the supplier of the service(s) in question and our local representative at the time. Any notification must be put in writing and given to the supplier as soon as possible in order for the supplier to have an opportunity to rectify the problem during your stay. If you are still dissatisfied, you must notify Experience Ardèche Ltd at the earliest opportunity. Until Experience Ardèche Ltd knows about a problem or complaint, it cannot begin to resolve it. If you remain dissatisfied, however, you must write to the Managing Director of Experience Ardèche Ltd within 28 days of the end of the your package break giving full details of your complaint. For all complaints and claims which do not involve death, personal injury or illness, Experience Ardèche Ltd regrets that it cannot accept liability if you fail to notify the complaint or claim entirely in accordance with this clause.

  24. Experience Ardèche Ltd reserves the right to exclude from activities or (if necessary) the remainder of the holiday, including any accomodation, any person(s) whose behaviour causes or is likely to cause danger, upset or distress to themselves or others, damage to property or is deemed inappropriate.We will have no further responsibility towards such person(s) including any return travel arrangements. No refunds will be made and we will not pay any expenses or cost incurred as a result of the exclusion from the activity concerned or from the termination of the holiday.

  25. When you book with Experience Ardèche Ltd, you accept that you have read and agreed to the Acknowledgement of Risk and accept responsibility for any damage or loss to property caused by you or any member of your party. Full payment for any such damage or loss must be paid direct at the time to the accommodation owner or manager or other supplier. If you fail to do so, you will be responsible for meeting any claims subsequently made against Experience Ardèche Ltd (together with its own and the other party's full legal costs) as a result of your actions.

  26. Many of the services which make up your package are provided by independent suppliers (for example, accommodation providers). Those suppliers provide these services in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Some of these terms and conditions may limit or exclude the supplier's liability to you. Copies of the relevant parts of these terms and conditions are available on request from the supplier concerned.

  27. If you have any special request, or a medical problem or disability which may affect your holiday, you must advise Experience Ardèche Ltd at the time of booking. Although it will endeavour to pass any reasonable requests on to the relevant supplier, Experience Ardèche Ltd regrets that it cannot guarantee any request will be met. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on the part of Experience Ardèche Ltd. Confirmation that a special request has been noted or passed on to the supplier or the inclusion of the special request on your confirmation invoice or any other documentation is not confirmation that the request will be met. Unless and until specifically confirmed, all special requests are subject to availability.

  28. In order to take part in sporting activities, all persons should be in good health and possess a basic level of fitness. For waterbased activities, it is also necessary to be able to swim 25m and be comfortable and confident in the water. You must advise us prior to travel of any disability, medical or behavioral problems experienced by any member of your party (including yourself) which may affect that person or any other guests on the holiday. If we reasonably feel that we are unable to properly accommodate the particular needs of the person concerned, Experience Ardèche Ltd reserves the right to decline their reservation or if full details were not provided at time of booking, cancel when we become aware of these details.

  29. A full British passport takes approximately 4 weeks to obtain. If you or any member of your party that is 16 or over has not already got a passport, we recommend that you apply for one at least 6 weeks prior to departure. Information on health is contained within the Department for Health leaflet T6 (Health advice for Travellers) and is available from your local Department of Health and most Post Offices. It is your responsibility to take any necessary precautions/ action that are recommended by this document. You should also obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) prior to travel which replaced the old E111 forms since Jan 2006.