French Riviera - sweep of Mediterranean shoreline

Terms & Conditions  

The French Riviera Experience 2015

This program is operated by French Riviera Vacations, a division of Travel to Europe, Lexington, Massachusetts.

Our primary goal is to make sure you have the best possible French Riviera Experience.

Please find the obligatory Terms & Conditions here.


Accommodations in carefully-selected four-star hotels and a four-star apartment-hotel, based on double occupancy; breakfast, transfer arrival and full day Provence Countryside tour as indicated; pre-trip notes and guidelines; service charges and taxes.

Airfare to and from your home; passport photos and fees; visa photos and fees as required; meals other than specified; personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, room service, and valet/laundry charges; expenses incurred by French Riviera Vacations in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour; other items not specifically mentioned as included.

SINGLE/SHARED ROOMS: A limited number of single rooms are available at extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis, but availability cannot be guaranteed.

$300 per person deposit due upon booking.
 Final payment is due six weeks prior to arrival. You may pay by personal check, or by credit card via our Paypal account.

After confirmation on the tour, a non-refundable processing fee of $100 per person will be charged upon written cancellation. Written cancellation between 90-61 days of departure: full refund, minus your deposit (including nonrefundable processing fee). Written cancellation between 60 and 31 days prior to departure: 75% refund of the tour price. Written cancellation within 30 days prior to departure: no refund. Reservations are transferable with the explicit approval of French Riviera Vacations.

Cancellation on day of departure or after departure: no refund. No refund for unused portions of the program, including, but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights and program visits and excursions. Cancellation of program by FRV/TTE: full refund. Cancellation of the program after departure by FRV/: full refund of all land fees, less the cost of service up to the time of the group’s return. NOTE: FRV/TTE accepts no liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable airline ticket to the tour departure city and return. We strongly urge applicants to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

A NOTE ABOUT YOUR FRENCH RIVIERA VACATIONS PROGRAM: While every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned, the itinerary as described is subject to modification and change by FRV/TTE. The program cost is based upon current tariffs, and currency values in effect. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed price, it is subject to change.

Optional excursions and activities can be operated only with a minimum number of participants. They are not guaranteed to operate if the minimum number is not reached. The minimum numbers are different for each type of activity and prices may vary depending on the number of participants.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident.
Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement.

To enjoy your travels to the fullest you should be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diets, or treatment must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. We reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a tour member should such a person’s health, mental condition, physical infirmity, or attitude jeopardize the operation of the tour or the enjoyment of other participants. We suggest to check your medical insurance benefis, and if required, purchase additional coverage.

RESPONSIBILITY: Read Carefully: Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer for inclusive and optional services.

French Riviera Vacation / Travel to Europe (FRV/TTE), a professional tour operator, acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. FRV/TTE shall not be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. FRV/TTE reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants. FRV/TTE also reserves the right, without penalty, to withdraw the program announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a program, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by program staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the French Riviera Experience group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. Participants are encouraged to purchase airline tickets no sooner than 60 days before the tour begins to avoid airline cancellation penalties if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. FRV/TTE accepts no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to the tour departure city and return. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant. Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.


The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour literature, and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and FRV/TTE and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.


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The purchase of any vacation packages and/or travel services, including but not limited to “The French Riviera Experience”, promoted by French Riviera Vacations (FRV), a division of Travel to Europe, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and French Riviera Vacations / Travel to Europe and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions set out herein. Please read carefully and understand these Terms & Conditions prior to booking. Terms and Conditions are subject to change, so please check the website for the latest versions.

Deposit & Final Payment: The following non-refundable, non-transferable deposits are required to reserve space: $100 per person for The French Riviera Experience. Deposit must be sent by check or money order payable to Travel to Europe or your travel agent along with your signed reservation form.

Signing the reservation form and/or payment of your deposit indicates you have read and accept these terms & conditions. The initial deposit must be check or money order; final or full payments may be by check, money order or by credit card via PayPal. Final payment is due 90 days prior to the start of your vacation. If final payment is not received by the due date, your reservation may be canceled and the deposit retained by FRV. Full payment is required at time of booking for reservations made within 90 days of departure.

Cancellations: Cancellations are effective the day written notice is received in our office; email cancellations are not accepted. Fees are determined by the date written notice is received. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. The following per person cancellation fees apply:

  • 91 or more days prior to arrival: $100.
  • 90-61 days prior to arrival: 30% of total price
  • 60-31 days prior to arrival: 50% of total price
  • 30-0 days prior to arrival: no refunds may be available, depending on actual costs to be paid to suppliers.

While it is unlikely, FRV reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any vacation departure for any reason. If a vacation date is canceled, FRV’s only responsibility will be to accommodate the passenger on another date. If an alternative date is not available, a full refund will be issued, except in the case of cancellations due to force majeure. Force majeure: refunds and compensation payments are not liable in circumstances beyond FRV’s control or the supplier’s control. This includes but is not limited to changes due to war, threat of war, acts of terrorism, civil strife, strikes, natural disaster, fire, adverse weather or other Acts of God. In the event that any significant changes are made due to a problem with a supplier, for example a hotel bankruptcy, FRV will advise the participant as soon as is reasonably possible with the alternatives available. Such changes may require that the participant pay a supplement. FRV cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other travel arrangements.

Revision fees: A $25 per person fee will be charged for any alteration or revision made to a reservation vacation date.

Refunds: All refund requests are subject to these terms & conditions; no refund will be made for voluntary modifications made by the traveler. Travelers not using the transfers, meals, passes or other included services will not be given a cash equivalent or vacation price reduction.

Price Policy: All vacation prices are based on the exchange rate of the euro at time of publication. When deemed necessary due to currency fluctuations, prices may be changed without advance notice prior to deposit. Once your deposit has been received, your vacation price is guaranteed and you are protected against any further increases due to currency fluctuation.

Accommodations: Hotels, apartment hotels and apartments listed on our website are intended to be used on all departures; however, if a change becomes necessary for any reason, accommodations substituted will be equivalent to those shown.

Not Included In Vacation Price: Flights, baggage fees, airport transfers except upon arrival, meals and drinks, or any item not specifically mentioned as included on our website; optional excursions, porterage of luggage, travel protection insurance, tips, local city taxes and all items of a personal nature.

Visas & Passports: Participants are responsible for obtaining and paying for all visas and entry documents, for meeting all health and other requirements, and for any documents required by the laws, regulations, orders, and/or requirements of the countries to be visited. Non-U.S. citizens must consult with appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed and are responsible for obtaining all visas and entry documents independently. FRV is not responsible for providing you with specific visa and passport information or documentation, and FRV cannot accept liability for any passenger refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure of the passenger to carry correct documentation. All passengers traveling internationally are required to have a valid passport. Many countries require that the passport be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the conclusion of your trip. It is your responsibility to verify all visa and passport requirements.

Safety: Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by FRV, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling by boat, train, automobile, bus, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; transportation or hotel strikes, and accident or illness. FRV will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While FRV will use its best efforts to ensure that the adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a tour and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold FRV harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered.

Trip Insurance: Due to the nature of our vacations, FRV strongly recommends that you have medical/health insurance coverage while participating in our trips. It is possible that you may already have medical/health insurance that will cover you while you are abroad but it is your responsibility to find out in advance of the departure date. Short-term travel protection insurance is not included in the tour price. In the event you find it necessary to cancel prior to or during a trip due to injury, personal or family illness or emergencies, or other covered reasons; travel insurance will usually reimburse non-refundable airfares and non-refundable costs. Additional coverage may include trip interruption, missed connections, lost or delayed baggage, emergency medical transportation, necessary medical care if sick or injured, and emergency evacuation. You can purchase it on your own or via your travel agent. Whichever company you choose, be sure to confirm the specifics directly with the insurance agent or company (i.e., what is covered, deductibles and limits of coverage, etc.)

Optional Excursions & Activities: The air carriers, accommodations, and other suppliers (including but not limited to trains, ferries, hotels, and restaurants) providing optional activities and excursions in the area of the vacation itinerary that are available for booking are not run, supervised, or controlled in any way by FRV. These services are provided by local operators or other third parties that are entirely independent of FRV, which has no control and has no right of control over the operations of these independent contractors. Such activities and excursions do not form any part of the product or services sold to you by FRV or of these terms & conditions, even where FRV suggests particular operators/other third parties and/or assists you in booking such activities or excursions. Your contract for such activity or excursion will be with the organizer or operator of that activity or excursion and will be subject to its terms & conditions, which may contain exclusions or limitations of liability. FRV has no liability for any such activity or excursion or for any act(s) or omission(s) of the organizer or operator or for any of its employees or agents or any other person(s) connected with the activity or excursion. Any advice or assistance on or with any activity or excursion provided by any local representative does not mean or imply that the activity or excursion is sold, supervised, or controlled by FRV or that any such advice or assistance is given on behalf of FRV. Vacation participants are asked to check with the operator of any activity and the applicable terms & conditions before booking.


Responsibility: French Riviera Vacations, a division of Travel to Europe, Lexington, Massachusetts, acts only as agents for other suppliers, including but not limited to hotels, trains, buses, ferries, restaurants, contractors or any other suppliers providing accommodations, transportation, sightseeing arrangements or any other services as independent contractors, and are not agents, employees, servants, or joint venturers of FRV or its affiliates. All confirmations, tickets, vouchers, transfers or coupons issued by FRV are made under the express condition that FRV shall not be liable or responsible for any loss, injury, accident, delay, irregularity, inconvenience or damage to you or those traveling with you, from any, including but not limited to, defects in vehicles, breakdown in equipment, strikes, theft, Acts of God, weather, civil disturbances, terrorism, cancellations or changes in itineraries or schedules, etc. All certificates and other travel documents for services issued by FRV are subject to the terms & conditions specified by the supplier. After departure, if the services included in the vacation cannot be supplied or there are changes in an itinerary for reasons beyond the control of FRV, FRV will arrange for the provision of comparable services. Any resulting additional expense will be the responsibility of vacation participants. Vacation participant agrees that neither FRV nor its affiliates shall be liable for any damage, loss (including personal injury, death, and property loss), or expense occasioned by any act or omission of any supplier providing services, any insurer or insurance administrator under the travel protection plan, or any other person. No person, other than an authorized representative of FRV by a document in writing, is authorized to vary, add, or waive any term or condition on its web site, including any term or condition set forth in the preceding provisions.