4. Drinks during mealtime that are not listed on the itinerary
5. Checked luggage for all flights
6. Early check-in, late check-out and hotel extras
7. A Mandatory Service Charge & Tipping of U$180/person is required and payable by Credit Card Before Departure.
8. Municipality taxes that customers will have to pay when checking in/out at the local hotels (approximately U$1/person per day) if applicable
9. Single supplement fee: U$599 (*Our tour price is based on double occupancy and if a single passenger is traveling solo and not sharing room with any roommate for the entire trip, a single supplement fee is charged. If a passenger shares a room with travel partner(s) on the tour, such fee is waived.)
ALL PRICES ARE IN USD
1) Deposit: U$600/person at the time of booking
2) Final Payment: 180 days prior to the trip departure.
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Arrive Lima from your own town. Upon arriving at Lima International Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax.
**depends on your departure city, you may have to depart from your departure city 1 day earlier than the itinerary departure date. You will get your flight schedule information 1 month prior to the departure date.
Optional Program -Water Circuit by Night (Light Show): $89 per person
At 18:00 hrs we will pick you up from your hotel to begin the visit to the "Magic Water Circuit", a complex of green spaces of 180,000 square meters with 13 ornamental fountains and striking lighting effects that have set a Guinness Record to be the largest fountain complex of the world in a public park.
The main pool of this circuit squirts water reaching 80 meters height. A crown of vertical jet creates the fantasy multi-colored laser projections, while the vast central dome water forms the image of a Lily flower. The main attraction is the “Fuente de la Fantasía”, a cybernetic pool 120 meters long that, thanks to technology, turns water into a dance and colour show.
Next, we will move to a touristic restaurant where you will enjoy a folkloric show with typical dances of our country. Return to the hotel and overnight.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will start the panoramic city tour where you can see the Colonial Center, the Major Square, the Government Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, the Archbishop"s Palace and the Municipality of Lima. Likewise, you will visit the convent of San Francisco, a convent with cloisters and catacombs of the Colonial period. The tour will continue through the traditional, residential and commercial areas of Lima to end with a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the beaches of the Miraflores district.
Gastronomic Tour in Lima: $149 per person
After pickup from your hotel, we will start our culinary adventure at a traditional Peruvian market where our guide will introduce you to the natural products and ingredients such as fruits, spices and seasonings that are the base of our famous food. Following, we will go to a recognized restaurant which has a privileged location right on the shore of the Pacific Ocean where you will delight in the culinary pleasures Peru has to offer and you will learn to prepare the famous Pisco Sour and our celebrated ceviche. Then, you will be able to enjoy an exquisite beachfront gourmet lunch.
La Huaca Pucllana Dinner with round trip transfers from hotel: $129 per person
At the arranged time, we will pick you up from the hotel to transfer you to Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, where we will be able to enjoy a fantastic 3-courses dinner with view to the archaeological rest. Return to the hotel.
Lima to Cusco to Sacred Valley
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport in Lima to board your flight to the city of Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel to Sacred Valley. The rest of the day is free to relax.
Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu to Sacred Valley
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. At the indicated time, transfer to the train station to start the excursion to the Sacred City of Machu Picchu, recognized as one of the wonders of the world and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The train takes us to the town of Aguas Calientes, from where we will ascend by bus to the Archaeological Centre and start the guided tour that lasts approximately 2 hours. During the visit you can see temples, squares, terraces, houses, barns, as well as the great biodiversity that exists in the surroundings. It is worth noting that the beauty of Machu Picchu is exalted by the extraordinary scenery where it is located. Around the citadel has been formed a National Reserve that has an area of 32,500 hectares, and that includes a constellation of archaeological monuments, which, in our opinion, were built as part of the Machu Picchu complex and not in isolation. At the indicated time we will return to Sacred Valley.
Note: The baggage policy on board the Expedition train is 1 bag or backpack per person weighing a maximum of max. 5kg / 11lb. * Backpacks or bags taken into Machu Picchu must not exceed 40x35x20cms or have a capacity larger than 20Lts and must not contain single-use plastic bottles or bags. Backpacks or bags that exceed the indicated measurements can be left in storage for approx. $2 per bag.
Upgrade to 360° train to Aguas Calientes: $139 per person
The 360° train to Aguas Calientes has an open-air observatory wagon with bar and higher and wider panoramic windows.
Upgrade to Vistadome train: $89 per person
The Expedition Train has fully panoramic windows and windows in the roof, allowing you to enjoy excellent views of the landscape. Light snack on board is included.
Sacred Valley to Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in the Sacred Valley. At the indicated time, transfer back to Cusco.
Cocktails Tour: $89 per person
Cusco at night is an open book, just waiting to offer you experiences that you are sure to carry with you in your heart forever. Explore the city with us on a journey through its creative night-time cocktails. We will start off at Pachapapa restaurant with traditional local cuisine and more, forging a powerful connection with the earth as we learn to prepare a Cholo Sour coca leaf cocktail. Next up is the refined creativity of Cantonese culture at Kion Peruvian-Chinese restaurant, where we will learn to combine pisco with a dose of ginger. After that, we end our tour at Calle del Medio Restaurant, where we will savour a pisco punch with a view of the Plaza de Armas, ready to let ourselves be carried away by the music.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be joining this half-day Cusco tour. You will be picked you up from the hotel to start the tour of the colonial city, built on the bases of Inca palaces. In the tour we will visit the Plaza de Armas, the Temple of the Sun, also known as Qoricancha, and the Cathedral of Cusco, where we can see beautiful paintings and sculptures. Then we will continue to the archaeological centre of Sacsayhuaman, a multipurpose place where the Sun, the Moon and the Earth were worshiped, and which was also used as a military fortress and an astrological centre. Later we arrived at Q"enco, a cult centre related to the fire element. We continue with Puca Pucara, a place used as a supply centre and Inca checkpoint, where wind ceremonies were also held. At the end of the tour we will arrive at Tambomachay, centre of cult to water and fertility.
Optional Program - Gastronomic Tour:$149 per person
At the arranged time, we will pick you up from your hotel to visit some restaurants with its own special personality to match its unique culinary proposal. We will journey through the different cuisines alongside our chef on a personalized private tour. We will discover all of the nuances of Peruvian cooking and its fusions with cuisines from around the world. Learn something new about each of the cultures that have inspired us. We will start with the Nikkei knowhow behind the sushi maki, before continuing with alpaca meat and ceviche, and finishing your trip with chicharroz and a lucuma crema volteada for dessert. We will discover Cusco flavour by flavour, cuisine by cuisine, dish by dish. Don’t miss this unforgettable journey through the tastes of Peru.
Cusco to Lima
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Lima. Arrive, transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Lima.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for the international flight back home.
Arrive home and end your trip.
☆ Regular Flight: We are trying to put you on a direct flight. If this is not possible, you will take flights with moderate layover time: + U$0
☆ Express Flight: You will take a direct flight or flights with limited layover time of less than 6 hours each way (if there is (an) direct flight(s) service already existing between your departure gateway and the arrival gateway of your destination country)
(Early bird price U$199/person)
☆ Swift Flight: You will take a direct flight with no layover guaranteed (if there is (an) direct flight(s) service already existing between your departure gateway and the arrival gateway of your destination country)
(Early bird price U$399/person)
☆Upgrade To Business Class: U$5000/person only between USA and South America International roundtrip
☆Upgrade to Superior category hotel accommodations: U$499/person (Early Bird Price U$299/person)
☆Upgrade to Luxury category hotel accommodations: U$699/person (Early Bird Price U$499/person)
☆Upgrade to Private* Standard category hotel accommodations: U$799/person (Early Bird Price U$699/person)
☆Upgrade to Private* Superior category hotel accommodations: U$999/person (Early Bird Price U$899/person)
☆Upgrade to Private* Luxury category hotel accommodations: U$1199/person (Early Bird Price U$1099/person)
*Private upgrade is ideal for families, friends or couples who want to travel in a private group. A personal expert local tour guide and private transfers are included.
- Day 1 - Water Circuit by Night (Light Show): U$99/person (Early Bird Price U$89/person)
- Day 2 - Gastronomic Tour in Lima: U$169/person (Early Bird Price U$149/person)
- Day 2 - La Huaca Pucllana Dinner with round trip transfers: U$149/person (Early Bird PriceU$129/person)
- Day 4 - Upgrade to 360° train to Aguas Calientes: U$159/person (Early Bird Price U$139/person)
- Day 4 - Upgrade to Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes: U$109/person (Early Bird Price U$89/person)
Yellow fever vaccination is required for the Amazon extension.
More about Travel Documents
*It is your responsibility to ensure that you- and any child travelling with you- have all the valid travel documents necessary to enter in, exit from or transit through, each country/region on your itinerary. Note that the documents required for the outbound portion of your travel may differ from those required for the return.
*Your passport should be valid for six months beyond your date of return. Passport must be in good condition: passport damaged beyond normal wear and tear will not be accepted.
*Consult with the appropriate embassy, high commission or consulate about the travel document requirement for any country that you plan to enter in, exit from or transit through.
*Some country no longer issue paper visas but rather electronic visas. E-Visa holders must present the printed e-Visa and valid passport at the checkpoint.
*International travel with infants and children may be required to show documentary evidence of your relationship and a Letter Consent or permission for the child’s travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present.
*Americans holding dual citizenship must travel to the United States with a valid U.S. passport. American permanent residents returning to the United States from abroad must carry a valid passport and a valid U.S. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).
*Canadians holding dual citizenship must travel to Canada with a valid Canadian passport. Canadian permanent residents returning Canada from abroad must carry a valid passport and a valid Canadian Permanent Resident Card (PR Card).
Before You Go
It is recommended you consult your doctor regarding the possible effects of altitude sickness.
Peru is a country with more than 10,000 years of history. It was the seat of the fabulous Inca Empire, but long before that, ancient civilizations bequeathed to the world superb samples of a glorious past like Caral; the royal tombs of Sipan, the most lavish burial of America; the enigmatic Nasca lines; or the portentous Kuelap fortress.
An exquisite territory, with a cuisine positioned as one of the best in the world. A rainbow of sounds, flavors and colors that are manifested in more than 50 native languages still in use, thousands of dances and ancestral musical instruments that can be seen and heard in large festivals and processions. Peru is a country that encompasses infinite destinations and is home to millions of people who are waiting for it with open arms.
Peru is located in the western part of South America. It borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast and Chile to the south. Its territory is made up of diverse landscapes: the valleys, altiplano and high peaks of the Andes Mountains spread out towards the desert coast in the west and the Amazon in the east.
The extension of the Peruvian territory reaches 1,285,215 km². Peru is determined by the presence of the Andes Mountain Range, which crosses the territory from the South to the North, configuring three clearly differentiated areas: The Coast, the Highlands and the Jungle.
Peru's climate is very varied due to its size and the difference in altitude between different parts of the country. In general, we can say that there are three types of climate, according to the area of the country:
Coast: Humid climate. Temperatures range from 12ºC to 30ºC in summer. The north coast is always sunny and has warm temperatures all year round.
Andes: Two seasons: dry season (April to October), with sunny days, cold nights and lack of rain; and rainy season (November to March), when there are frequent rains. Temperatures change a lot between day and night.
Jungle: Humidity all year round. The climate is divided into two areas: the forest (subtropical climate, with lots of rain between November and March and sunny days from April to October); and the lowland jungle (where the dry season extends from April to October and is ideal for tourism, with sunshine and very pleasant temperatures).
The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol divided into 100 cents. It circulates in coins of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents, 1, 2 and 5 Nuevos Soles and in bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 Nuevos Soles.
VOLTAGE, FREQUENCY AND PLUG/OUTLET TYPE IN PERU
Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts. Standard outlets accept round prongs; some have dual-voltage outlets which take flat prongs. Even so, your adapter may need a built-in surge protector.
The official language is Spanish. In some areas, Quechua, Aymara and the other indigenous languages are also predominant. Spanish is spoken by 80.3 per cent of the population, Quechua by 16.2 per cent, other indigenous languages by 3 per cent and foreign languages by 0.2 per cent of the population.
Peru's mineral wealth is the country's most important resource and largest source of income. Gold, silver, iron, lead, coal and copper, among others, abound in the various regions. Peru also has oil resources. Agriculture also occupies a significant role in the country's economy and the production of corn, cereals, cotton, potatoes, rice and sugar cane are important, as well as coffee, onions, garlic and tropical fruits. Other important sectors for the country's economy are tourism, fishing and manufacturing.
Travel tips and suggestions
1. Best Time to Travel
The best season to travel to Peru will depend on the activity you want to do. If your plan is to travel to Peruvian beaches, many of which are near valleys and deserts, the climate is generally quite good throughout the year without being too extreme for heat or cold, however, the ideal months to visit this destination are between December to March.
On the other hand, if you want to visit the mountain area, in the famous Andes, the climate is very varied and is dominated by its different heights. In the months of June, July, August and September you can enjoy more days of sunshine in this area.
In the Amazon area of Peru, you will find two outstanding seasons. The months of heavy rain between November to March, then the season of low rainfall from April to October, without leaving the high humidity that has the area throughout the year.
2. What to wear
The country has many places of tourist interest, so it will be like making several trips in one. Depending on your tastes and preferences you will pack different things, it all depends on the places you want to visit and the activities you want to do there.
For example, in the Amazon it is hot and humid, while at the highest points of the Andes it is freezing cold. You will also need mountain equipment for your hiking routes, especially comfortable shoes. So, make a good planning considering the weather and the activities to be done.
3. What to do
The most visited places by tourists are: the city of Lima and its historical center; Cuzco which is characterized by its Inca and colonial architecture; the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu; Arequipa for its historical center; and finally Puno by Lake Titicaca. The main tourist circuit of the country is the southern circuit, which includes cities like; Ica, Nazca, Pisco, Paracas, Arequipa, Chivay, Puno, Cuzco, Ayacucho and Puerto Maldonado. All these places have architectural, cultural and natural attractions of great importance.
4. Other facts and tips
Most establishments (such as restaurants, hotels, shops) accept credit cards. There are ATMs, although it is useful to arrive with US dollars.
Public transport has multiple options to reach the different places. It is adapted for everyone so it is a good alternative to get to know the different cities.
Traveling to Peru is totally safe. It is also important to take precautions. For example, try not to carry too many valuable things in sight, not to walk around places you don't know at night or ask at your accommodation if there are any unsafe areas in the city.
In some tourist places you can suffer from altitude sickness. In these cases, it is advisable to take precautions, observing your body and not making any unnecessary effort. If you experience any unusual symptoms, it is recommended that you consult a doctor.
Best things to do in the area
1. Visit The Uros Island
The Uros Island is a group of artificial islands that are located in Lake Titicaca. These were created by the Uros, who were an ethnic group before the Incas, originally from Bolivia. To escape from the wars, they built these islands and took refuge in them.
Nowadays, these lands are inhabited by families and each one owns its own plot of land. You can visit them by taking a tour and meet the families living there. These families currently live from handicrafts and tourism.
2. Visit Moray Ruins
They are an impressive archaeological complex located 74 kilometers from the city of Cusco and 3,500 meters above sea level. This area stands out for showing a series of unique circular platforms that look like amphitheaters. The ruins of Moray were built on retaining walls and it is believed that they were used by the Indians as an agricultural research center and for astronomical observation.
3. Visit The Nazca Lines
The Nazca Lines are geoglyphs (figures built on hillsides or plains) located in the Nazca Desert. They were created by an ancient culture. These designs stand out for the perfection with which they were made. They are wonderful to look at and impressive for their dimensions. These sculptures were declared a world heritage site.
Main Atractions and Destinations
It is the capital and largest city of Peru. With a population of 9 million, Lima has become a bustling metropolis with a mix of colonial mansions and modern buildings, beautiful parks and bohemian bars. The historic centre of Lima was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 due to the large number of historic buildings dating from the Spanish colonial period.
One of the most fascinating tourist places in Peru, home to invaluable historical and cultural treasures, ruins that still allow us to visualize the splendor of what was the capital of the Inca Empire, and magnificent civil and religious buildings that show the richness of its colonial era.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it allows you to go back in time, walking through narrow streets that make their way among beautiful colonial buildings built on the base of ancient Inca palaces, or among small squares full of history surrounded by cafes, restaurants and bars.
3- Sacred Valley of the Incas
A magical area of ravines, archaeological sites and picturesque colonial villages, which follow one another, inhabited by indigenous communities, who have kept their traditions and customs alive over time.
Its main enclaves correspond to the archaeological complex and town of Pisac, the town of Chinchero with its famous weavers and the archaeological zone of Ollantaytambo, the only
Inca city that is practically intact, and whose constructions today are inhabited by their descendants.
4- Machu Picchu
An impressive Inca city built at an altitude of 2360 meters above sea level, a breathtaking landscape of walls, terraces and ramps that seem to be carved into the rock itself, immersed among majestic mountain peaks, cliffs and the greenery of the Amazon forest.
It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It is a place that allows to recreate through its temples, palaces and staircases, what once was the most splendid construction built by the Inca Empire.
Known as the White City, a city that enchants by its colonial appearance, with a display of white volcanic stone architecture and a beautiful historic center that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
6- Titicaca Lake
It is located at 3,812 meters above sea level on the border of Peru and Bolivia and is the highest navigable lake in the world.
The greatest attraction are its islands, home to various indigenous communities that keep their ancestral traditions alive.
It is one of the best tourist places in Peru to rest. Among kilometers of white sand beaches and warm waters surrounded by lush vegetation there are exceptional waves for surfing and a privileged climate, with summer temperatures almost all year round.
It is the gateway to the extraordinary beauty of the Amazon rainforest, the largest tropical forest on the planet, declared in 2011 as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. From the city, most of the exploration routes that allow you to go deep into its virgin forests start, either by sailing on the mighty Amazon River or by hiking through its impressive reserves.
Traditional gastronomy of the region
Peruvian cuisine is considered one of the most important in the world. Its variety and influence of other cultures (Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic) make its meals really special. Lima, its capital, is considered as "The Gastronomical Capital of the Americas". The famous dishes and typical drinks that are distinguished in the country are:
1- Ceviche: this dish consists of a combination of fresh fish and seafood marinated in lemon juice.
2- Lomo saltado: The lomo saltado was born thanks to the fusion of Peruvian and Chinese cuisine and consists of fried pieces of meat with onion and tomato.
3- Pachamanca: This is a typical Peruvian dish, made by cooking beef, pork, chicken and guinea pig, as well as other ingredients. Everything is cooked under the heat of the stones that are heated with the combustion of wood.
4- Potato "a la huancaína": The dish consists of boiled potatoes covered with a cream of cheese, oil, salt, yellow pepper and milk so that it has consistency.
5- Juane: It is a typical dish made with rice, chicken meat, olives, boiled egg, among other spices that are wrapped in a leaf and boiled for an hour and a half.
6- Picarones: they are traditional sweets in Peruvian gastronomy and their presentation consists of rings made of wheat flour dough, pumpkin and sweet potato bathed with the sugar cane sweet called chancaca.
7- Suspiro limeño: is a traditional dessert consisting of a sweet cream made from milk, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla essence, covered with meringue made from egg whites, port wine and sugar.
8- Mazamorra morada: it is made with concentrated purple corn with cornstarch. The dessert is usually accompanied by rice pudding and called "classic" or "combined". This is a quite nutritious dessert since it contains a great amount of fiber in its nuts.
9- Pisco Sur: It is the most important drink in Peru. It is a cocktail made with pisco (derived from grapes), lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white and ice.
10- Chicha Morada: It is a drink prepared with boiled purple corn. When the corn is cold, pineapple peel, cinnamon, a little lemon juice and sugar are added.
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Cancellation Penalty (Per Person)
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91 - 179 days
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31 - 90 days
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No refund will be available on departure date and/or after the tour has commenced (Including denied and/or rejected by Immigration Department or Custom of destination or Cruise port terminal officer). No refund or reimbursement will be available to passengers who voluntarily forego meals, cruise, tours and/or accommodations. A surcharge may apply should there be any additional fees occurred from services refused by the passengers. i.e. Since air ticket, cruise ticket, transportation, accommodation, and meals have to be arranged in advance during high season (i.e.Holidays, Special Events, and other important activities and conventions), no departure date changed is allowed. No refund will be available on departure date change and/or booking cancellation. Any other charges, refunds or rebates caused by the acts of God, Force Majeure, natural disasters, fire, weather, governmental and local authority"s order, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or inquiry caused by accident is beyond the responsibility of UTOvacation and therefore, you agree to hold UTOvacation harmless and non-liable for any refunds or compensation outside of the previously defined refund structure. Furthermore, should the traveller violate any local/provincial or national laws during their travels, UTOvacation is not responsible or liable. By this signing the agreement the client agrees to any offer of a voucher, future company credit, or alternative arrangements as determined by management at that time. Should an outright travel ban be implemented by the departing or destination country/city, a full travel credit will be offered. Refunds will not be granted for pre-existing situations at the destination country at the time of the booking. Please note, should UTOvacation incur any unexpected costs from its suppliers, these costs would be subtracted from and balance/travel credit issued to the passenger. Please note, any refundable amount will not include fees associated with Travel Visa’s which have already been issued or any services that have already been delivered or any incurred fees already charged by suppliers and such final refundable amount will be returned in the form of the original payment to the payer. All reschedule tours are considered non-refundable; regular cancellation policy does not apply.
Optional programs and trip extensions The pre-paid deposit/tour fare for any of the early bird deals or promotional packages is not refundable.
No Show If for any reason, a passenger does not attend the scheduled daily activities during the tour, an additional supplement fee of 100USD per day will be applied. (Only applicable for China discounted tours) Shopping During your Tour Although we would be happy to assist your shopping needs, UTOvacation would not be responsible for price, quality, and service of any goods purchased during the tour. Price Adjustments After the booking is confirmed, if the price increased following the imposition of a surcharge on fuel by the carrier or an increase in the exchange rate, insofar as the exchange rate applicable before the date on which the services are provided has increased by more than 5% since the date on which the contract was entered into; and/or if the increase, without taking into account any increase in the provincial sales tax or USA Canada"s goods and services tax, raising taxes, royalties or reauthorized charges by a competent public authority, is equal to or greater than 7% of the price of services, you may choose between a full and immediate reimbursement of the services or the provision of similar services.(except for acts of God, wars, national strikes, travel restrictions, significant inflations, global pandemic or anything beyond our control) Tour Adjustments UTOvacation retains the right to adjust, modify or reschedule tours if deemed necessary. UTOvacation also reserves the right to adjust your tour date or itinerary if it feels it is in the best interest of its passengers especially in cases that involve the health and safety. This may include minor adjustments like the timing of a scheduled tour attraction visit to a complete date modification. UTOvacation will do its best to notify you of any such changes before your departure (Or as soon as possible if you have already departed). Stipulations. Please note, UTOvacation does its’ best to fulfill its tour obligations. However, UTOvacation is not liable for scenarios which impact room availability, tour execution, separate fees or other elements of the tour that is enforced by third party entities such as local and federal authorities. Tour Credits UTOvacation on some occasions may issue Travel Credits as either a reward or because of trip suspension. Travel Credits may be used on any UTOvacation product except for Travel Visa’s or Flight ticket/First-class flight fare upgrades
Travel Credits are not redeemable for cash
Travel Credits will expire within a certain period. Please refer to the expiration date on your Travel Credit Invoice.
Travel Credits may be used for more than one tour or destination
Please note: Travel credit will be applied should there be any cancellation/refund occurs if the tour/service has been paid by travel credit in the initial transaction.
Travel Seat Arrangements Seating/Cabin assignment: UTOvacation has no power to control the seating selection on the aircraft or cabin location on the cruise (unless where specified). All the spots are arranged by the airline/cruise line group department or randomly selected by the computer system. Therefore, UTO vacation cannot help the customers to change, reserve, pre-assign seats/cabins. Preferred Seat Upgrade: UTOvacation will not be responsible for any preferred seat upgrade on aircraft (except for business or first class seats). Some cruise packages allow the selection of cabins at the time of booking for an upgraded price; please refer to the product page for details.
Reservation Adjustments Changes to an existing reservation by the passenger for whatever the cause, will incur a $299 per person charge plus any additional supplier fees. This includes name changes and removal of any services such as optional tours and transfers. The deposit and/or full payment for any optional feature that is on an early bird or special sale promotion is non-refundable and non-transferable. *Please note that name changes to airline or cruise line reservations are subject to full cancellation or re-booking. See Airline Name Changes section for specific regulations. Replacing a travelling passenger is subject to cancellation penalties and is not covered by this Reservation Changes policy. Changes or additional requests after departure are subject to local rates at the time of amendment and must be paid directly by the passenger to the service provider. UTOvacation will make its best effort to minimize these costs, however, all payment will be payable by request of the local service providers. There are no refunds for unused services.
Please be advised that the vaccinations requirements are subject to change in each country and that it is the responsibility of the traveller and not UTOvacation to check about the requirements before the arrival of your destination.
The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes that all travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations. Following to that, travellers should check that they have been fully vaccinated against measles, rubella, mumps, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis and COVID-19 before starting their travel. Non-immunized or incompletely immunized travellers should be offered the routine vaccinations recommended in their national immunization schedules, in addition to those needed for international travel (e.g. yellow fever vaccine).
The WHO recommends the following vaccinations for travellers to South America: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever and rabies. Some routine vaccinations are also recommended, such as: measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap), influenza, chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, meningitis and polio.
Proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required for some travellers, based on their specific itinerary. It is possible to find further details in the WHO website.
Travel Insurance UTOvacation strongly recommends all tour members to purchase travel insurance at the time of booking. UTOvacation does not directly offer Travel Insurance. The Travel Insurance recommended by UTOvacation are facilitated and owned by third party operators. Any Travel Insurance purchased by the passenger is governed by the third party and UTOvacation is not liable or responsible for said insurance.
Flight upgrade Once we are done issuing your flight tickets, our ticketing department will send you an email to confirm the details in time. UTOvacation shall take no responsibilities if airlines change schedules or change routings afterwards and no refunds shall be commenced because of such alterations.
Baggage Each airline company has its own rules and regulations with the baggage weight, size, and number. The best way to find out the rules and regulations is to go visit the airline company official website. Please note, some destinations baggage is not included in the fair. Refer to your specific tour product page’s terms & conditions for specific baggage allowances.
Tour Fare Includes Please refer to your tour itinerary for the most updated information
Tour Fare Excludes
Visa Application Fee
Any personal charges, such as phone bills, laundry, postage, and baggage over-weight charge, insurance, beverages, water, etc
There is a compulsory service fee of $180 per person. This includes tipping and fees associated with the local services team that includes the Tour Guides, Drivers, hotel and restaurant staff.
Any Items not listed in the itinerary
Any other charges or incremental costs caused by the acts of God, Force Majeure, natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority"s order, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or inquiry caused by the accident beyond the responsibilities of travel agents and incurred due to the tourist action violating the law.
In the event of an “Act of God” and or Force Majeure, UTOvacation is not liable and reserves the right to remedy the situation as it sees fit.
The extra cost of schedule delay caused by Air Flight cancellation or change will be undertaken by passengers themselves. The missed itineraries will not be re-arranged. During the tour or cruise, it will be considered as surrendering application automatically if you do not attend the pre-arranged tour or check in the prearranged hotel or cruise. All the extra cost will be undertaken by the client voluntarily. UTOvacation reserves the right to abandon any clients if such clients violate the law or damage the interest of tour groups If a travel visa is denied for any reason either applied through UTOvacation Visa Service Center or applied on your own, the tour cancellation policy applies when cancellation of the tour is requested. UTOvacation holds no responsibilities for any denied Travel Visa application. If a child, 18 years old or younger, is travelling abroad with only one parent/guardian, children MUST carry a notarized consent letter signed by non-accompanying parent/guardian. If a child, 18 years old or younger is travelling alone, children MUST carry a notarized consent letter signed by both parents/guardian. Such a consent letter may be requested by immigration authorities when entering or leaving from a foreign country or by North American officials when re-entering into USA or Canada. Failure of presenting such document may result in the rejection of boarding aircraft or vessel for the children concerned. UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel any booking/accommodation/flight arrangement if the customer fails to pay the compulsory service fee for the entire trip prior to departure date or the 1st day of arrival to the destination. (Please note, the tip is an industry-standard and is provided to the tour guides and bus drivers of the designated tours, to ensure our customers receive the best and high-quality service during the trip.) Cruise lines reserve the right to cancel, modify or substitute any scheduled port of calls and the schedule at any time and for any reason whatsoever without prior notice due to the navigation authority and water conditions. Any additional expenses caused by the trip interruption should be paid by the customers, which includes but not limited to meals, transportation, hotel accommodations, personal expense, and lost baggage. UTOvacation shall not be liable for any loss to guests.
Please note, there is a minimum attendant requirement (10 participants) for optional programs and Pre and Post tour extensions, UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel or modify optional programs and Pre and Post tour extensions prior to departure date.
Important Passengers are required to settle the final payment and submit valid passport copies/ necessary documents before the deadline or immediately when the suppliers, airlines, hotels will be or are at a stop sale. Please note, after confirming such bookings, any cancellation, tour change, name change or travel credit converting are not allowed.
Safeguarding your payment(s) is our top priority. In order to prevent any rampant fraudulence or deception, we ask our customers to settle payment(s) through your account on UTOvacation official website at www.utovacation.com. Should you choose offline payment submission, Cheque/Money order/Bank draft/Credit card (with credit card authorization form filled out and signed) are accepted and the payee must be UTOvacation. Please be advised that UTOvacation has never been allowing Bank transfer/Email transfer for transactions and Cash is not recommended. If you find something suspicious regarding your payment, please call 1-855.526.1286 before any further actions. Please note that the airline company provides all flight schedules. UTOvacation would not be held responsible or liable for any heavy layovers or arrival times that may affect your tour schedule. For example, if your flight arrives earlier than expected, your hotel accommodation may not be available for check-in. Likewise, you may arrive later than scheduled and early morning the next day. If you request a better flight schedule, please check out the flight upgrade services we provide.
Dispute Penalty Please note, if a customer requires cancellation of a product or service, kindly reach out to UTOvcation customer service. If a customer files a dispute/chargeback directly with their bank, the order will be automatically canceled and suspended in your account.If a customer wishes to reinstate their purchase or credit, they must pay a disputed penalty of $299 per transaction if the total payment amount exceeds $299; 50% of the total invoice amount if the amount is less than $299; all dispute penalties are per transaction. Chargeback fees, transaction fees, administration expenses, marketing/acquisition costs, and operations charges are all part of the disputed penalty. After you have reinstated your order and paid the disputed penalty, you will receive the travel credit. The travel credit can be used to book the same or different tours on our website. You will not be reinstated to your original order, and the amount you paid for that excursion will not be guaranteed.
Remarks: 1) UTOvacation reserves the right to impose relevant fuel/inflation surcharge if Brent Crude Oil Price Index or US/Canada Official CPI has jumped over 4% between your booking date and tour departure date. 2) UTOvacation usually sends out important notifications including but not limited to destination health protocols, travel industry policies, tour updates and safety alerts to our agents/customers by newsletter through email. We are not responsible for trip delay, service cancellation, price increase or any other types of loss caused by unsubscribing from our email list, wrong email address or a lack of checking email box/spam folder/junk folder on a regular basis. If you have not received our newsletter for a long time, make sure your email address is effective/valid and you are on our email list. OR contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
UTO Worry-Free Plan
1. By making an initial deposit in a timely manner, you will secure a vacation spot and avoid any future package/service price increase. Within the first 15 days after you put down the deposit, you may cancel at any time without a question asked and receive a full refund in the form of your payment less any incurred fees. (Only applicable 150/180 days before trip departure)
2. After 15 days of your deposit payment, you may still cancel your trip for any reason up to 150/180 days prior to your departure date and your deposit (non-refundable) will be converted to UTO future travel credit in full amount for 24 months. (If you cancel within 150/180 days before tour departure date, your deposit will be lost plus penalty as per terms and conditions.)
3. No administration fee is charged for name change / tour change / minor correction one time up to 150/180 days prior to your departure date (except for any additional cost / surcharge already occurred, if any, imposed by any third party. i.e., airline, cruise line)
4. There is an administration fee of $100-$299/person for any name change/tour change plus any additional cost / surcharge already occurred, if any, imposed by any third party. i.e., airline, cruise line, hotel, ground operator if you wish to make such change within 150/180 days before the tour starts.
5. If there are any force majeure events happening beyond the control of UTOvacation (Global pandemics, natural disasters, acts of terrorism, wars, strikes or travel restrictions etc.), your payment less any expenses already occurred will be converted to UTO future travel credit for 24 months.
6. If full payment is not received on the due date as per terms and conditions on our end, we will offer guests an extra 24 hours’ period before cancelling the reservation and imposing any penalties after the deadline time.
- UTO Worry-Free Plan is complimentary for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other similar promotions. The existing reservations are not applicable for the plan.
- Only itinerates with such icon UTO WorryFreePlan are applicable for UTO Worry-Free Plan.
- By purchasing UTO Worry-Free Plan, you understand that this program is non-refundable and non-transferable. Payments made by the customer will first be applied to UTO Worry-Free Plan and then to the remainder of the tour package.
- Value: reg $199-$999/person
In addition to the clauses above, extra benefits include the followings:
7. You are able to enjoy an extra 15 days period on top of the regular 15 days (total of 30 days) to cancel your tour without penalty after the initial deposit and receive a full refund in the form of your payment less any incurred fees. (Only applicable 150/180 days before trip departure)
8. If you sign up for any optional features, we guarantee you the early bird price even after the promotion is over (up to 150/180 days prior to departure date).
9. A complimentary $50/person credit will be deposited in your UTO Cash Back Program account for your next vacation journey.
10. Under the same category/type/price point/season, your hotel room or cruise cabin will be first assigned in your group for the selection of floor, location or view.
In addition to the clauses above, extra benefits include the followings:
11. You are able to enjoy an extra 30 days period on top of the regular 15 days (total of 45 days) to cancel your tour without penalty after the initial deposit and receive a full refund in the form of your payment less any incurred fees. (Only applicable 150/180 days before trip departure)
12. A complimentary $50/person cash rebate will be granted if you have purchased travel insurance from John Hancock or Manulife through our website.Remarks: Claim travel insurance cash rebate any time after your tour is finished with your full name and policy number at 1(855) 526-1286.
13. Able to extend our promotions for an extra 2 days (48 hours) after the campaigns are over. You may sit back and reserve discounted deals for your friends and family at your own pace.
14. Supporting document for visa application is provided for free of charge.
UTOvacation strongly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for any future travel plans.
We have curated two reputable partners one in the USA and one for Canada. Once you have made your trip selection, please select the option of purchasing travel insurance.
For USA patrons, in order to qualify for the “Cancel For Any Reason” Option offered by John Hancock, you will need to purchase your insurance within 14 days of your initial deposit. Other insurance policies may be purchased later.
Please note, the travel insurance that is available for purchase is with our affiliate partners and not a direct product or offering of UTOvacation. For any questions or concerns, please contact the vendor directly.