☆ Explore Colonial Quito: Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Quito"s colonial center, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site with narrow cobblestone streets, historic churches, and beautifully preserved architecture
☆ Experience the Amazon Rainforest: Journey from Quito to Tena, located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Enjoy a night-walk to witness the vibrant nocturnal wildlife and embark on a wildlife walk through the primary and secondary rainforest, surrounded by lush greenery and diverse tropical wildlife
☆ Visit the Middle of the World: Stand in two hemispheres simultaneously at the Middle of the World Monument, situated right on the equator. Explore the significance of this unique site and capture memorable photos
☆ Discover San Cristobal Island, Galapagos: Fly to the enchanting Galapagos Islands and begin your exploration on San Cristobal Island. Take a tour of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos province, and witness the local community"s daily life
☆ Explore Highland San Cristobal: Visit Cerro Colorado Reserve, where you can walk to Puerto Chino beach and observe endemic plant species and colonies of seals. Take a relaxed walk around El Junco lagoon, the largest source of fresh water on the island
Tour Code: USAGE11
Optional Features and Upgrades: Since the seats are limited, we recommend you to choose optional and extension programs at the time of booking:
5. A Mandatory Service Charge & Tipping (land and cruise) U$275/person is required and payable by Credit Card Before Departure.
6. Single supplement fee: U$899 (*Our tour price is based on double occupancy and if a single passenger is travelling 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.)
7. Galapagos National Park entrance fee U$100/adult or U$50/child under 12 (subject to change), Tourist transit card U$20/person (subject to change) paid and purchased upon entering the park.
ALL PRICES ARE IN USD
1. Deposit: U$900/person at the time of booking
2. Final Payment: 180 days prior to the trip departure
Optional program and Upgrades:
* Since the seats are limited, we recommend you to choose optional and extension programs at the time of booking
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Transfer in Quito
English speaking assistance
Overnight in Quito
Included: transportation, English speaking guide, accommodation
Quito - Colonial Center - Tena
Colonial City Tour - Tena
Ecuador has history, fascinating indigenous cultures, slow winding rivers and lush tropical forests, spectacular snowcapped volcanoes and some of the most exciting wildlife on earth.
The place to start is Colonial Quito: a city of narrow cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed walls and, rising above, the steeples and cupolas of the city´s many spectacularly decorated historic churches. The city has one of the best preserved colonial centers in all South America and its integrity was assured in 1978 when the United Nations declared Quito a World Cultural Heritage site.
We will walk through the Main Plaza, where you will see the Government Palace and some of the most important churches built around the XVI and XVII centuries, including the La Compañía, and the San Francisco Monastery which was begun 5 days after the founding of the city in 1534.
Our transportation will be waiting for us to be transfered to Tena. Set off into the Ecuadorian highlands and down into the rainforest, headed for Tena, in the Amazon. Continue through verdant landscapes towards the lodge. Arrive in time for dinner and enjoy a night-walk to admire the nocturnal wildlife as the rainforest comes to life after sundown.
Overnight stay in the Amazon.
Included: breakfast, English speaking guide, transportation, excursion, accommodation, dinner
Enjoy an early breakfast before setting off for a wildlife walk through the primary and secondary rainforest of the Amazon. Look out for tropical wildlife and appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of the jungle.
Return to the lodge for lunch before enjoying the afternoon at your leisure with the opportunity to join in optional Amazon activities organised at the lodge. However you choose to spend the remainder of the day, simply taking in the amazing natural environment and listening to the cacophony of wildlife sounds is sure to be a memorable experience.
Overnight stay in the Amazon.
Included: breakfast, Local guide, excursion, lunch, accommodation, dinner
Tena - Middle of the World - Quito
Tena - Middle of the World
After breakfast, drive to Tena and continue your journey to Quito.
In the way, we can visit the Middle of the World Monument, in the “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo” a group of buildings designed to explain the significance of the site, sited right on the Equator. Here you will have the chance to be in two hemispheres at the same time.
Continue to Quito and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight stay in Quito
Included: breakfast, transportation, excursion, English speaking guide, accommodation
Leisure day to enjoy the city by your own.
Or you can choose one of the following optional tours:
1.- Quilotoa Lagoon:
Today we’ll visit the Quilotoa volcano crater, where we will be able to appreciate the crater’s serene mysterious green lake. We’ll have the option of a short walk of about 1.7 kilometers / 1.1 mile along the crater"s rim.
On the way back, we will stop to visit an art gallery in the community of Tigua, where we will be able to appreciate paintings representative of the folklore of this part of the Andes. The brightly colored style of the area’s artists, currently the third generation, has transcended local boundaries and is now internationally renowned.
2.- Cotopaxi National Park:
We will visit Cotopaxi National Park where, weather permitting, you will be able to see the snowcapped summits of the Cotopaxi and Antisana volcanoes.
We will also visit the Interpretation center to learn about the history of this spectacular volcano’s major eruptions, as well as the local flora and fauna. We will then visit Lake Limpiopungo and explore the surrounding area on foot.
If you feel like a longer walk, a 2 hour hike will take us to Mt. Cotopaxi’s J. Ribas refuge (4,800 m) where you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the volcano and the surrounding Andean peaks.
Note: You only can book one of these excursions, lunch not included
Overnight stay in Quito
Included: breakfast, accommodation
Quito - Galapagos / San Cristóbal Island
Transfer out Quito
English speaking assistance
Flight to Galapagos (no included)
Arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in.
In the afternoon we will make a brief tour of the city Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galápagos province, a coastal city that will give us the opportunity to experience the daily life of its community as well as to know the most important places.
Overnight in San Cristobal
Included: breakfast, transportation, English assistance, arrival transfer with English speaking guide, excursion, accommodation
San Cristóbal Island
Highland San Cristobal
In the morning we will visit Cerro Colorado Reserve. From the entrance of the Reserve we will walk slightly more than a kilometer to Puerto Chino beach. This is a spectacular beach where you can find endemic plant species and colonies of seals and other animals, and where we will have time to snorkel.
After lunch (no included) we will drive to the highest part of the island where we will visit and take a relaxed walk around El Junco lagoon. This body of water is the largest source of fresh water on the island.
Back to the city. Overnight in San Cristobal
Included: breakfast, transportation, English speaking guide, excursion, accommodation
San Cristóbal Island
Leisure day to enjoy the city by your own.
Or you can take an optional tours:
* Navigable Tour to neighbor islands
Embark our motor yacht and enjoy of a daily excursion with a welcoming crew members and knowledgeable naturalist guide as you experience the remote islands in comfort and style.
Our daily excursions will take you to experience the Galapagos Islands in a safe and comfortable manner. We can visit Española, Punta Pitt or Kicker Rock.
Note: You only can book one of these excursions, lunch, boat ticket included
Overnight in San Cristobal
Included: accommodation and breakfast
San Cristóbal Island - Guayaquil
Transfer out San Cristobal
Local flight to Guayaquil (no included)
Transfer in Guayaquil
Walking Guayaquil City tour
Ones we arrive to the city we will have a walking for the most important places.
Situated on the impressive, slow moving, River Guayas, this bustling city has an endearing, tropical atmosphere. On this time we will visit Malecon 2000 Boardwalk, Seminario Park, the Moorish Tower, and the Governor’s Office Building.
Overnight in Guayaquil.
Included: breakfast, transportation, local guide, accommodation
Leisure day to enjoy the city by your own.
Or you can choose one of the following optional tours:
1.- HD Visit to the Historic Park
We will get a taste of the geopolitical context of Guayaquil´s old days; since the park recreates different habitats in which the people of the old province of Guayaquil used to develop their activities, such as the woods, the countryside and the city, which is closely related to the so called “Golden Age” of the main port of Ecuador, whose principal activity was the commercialization of cocoa.
2.- Manglares Churute
We will pick you up from your hotel at Guayaquil and after a 45 minutes drive southward along the coastal road we arrive at the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve where your guide will give you an idea of why this area and its mangroves are so important for the life of the coast and the local fishing grounds.
We will then make our way by boat through this intriguing and little known world, stopping along the way to observe the local wildlife and points of interest and crab pickers that work here in the mangrove. Here you will have a chance to get close to a wide array of birds, howler monkeys, and sometimes even dolphins!
Later and after a well-deserved boxed lunch and a chance to explore more of the area on foot. So put on your hiking boots and experience the coastal rain forest as your guide points out fascinating plants and wildlife. A highlight of this hike is the unforgettable experience of the howler monkeys frolicking up in the trees above. By mid afternoon we back to Guayaquil hotel.
Included: box lunch
Overnight in Guayaquil
Included: accommodation and breakfast
Transfer out Guayaquil
English Speaking Assistance
Included: transportation, English assistance
☆ 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: We are trying to put you on a direct flight. If this is not possible, you will take flights with limited layover time of less than 6 hours each way
☆ 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)
☆ Business Class Flight Upgrade: U$4000/person
OPTIONAL PROGRAMS (CHOOSE BEFORE THE TRIP STARTS):
*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
Ecuador: General facts
Official name: Republic of Ecuador
Area: 110,000 square miles (256,370 Km2)
Capital city: Quito 1.841.452 inhabitants (estimated 2008)
Government: Democratic based on 3 powers: Executive, Legislative and Judicial
President: Lenin Moreno
Main Cities: Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca
Official languages: Spanish and Kichwa. English is widely spoken
Independence date: August, 10th
Currency: U.S. Dollars (Euros can be easily changed)
Although covering just 256,370 sq. km. (110,000 sq. miles) Ecuador contains one of the most varied geographies in South America. There are four distinct regions: the Andean highlands, the coastal tropical plains, the Amazon Basin and the Galapagos Islands, located 1,000 km. (600 miles) off the coast in the Pacific Ocean. Quito, on the highlands, is the capital city; Guayaquil, on the coast, is the main port and the largest city in the country.
Of Ecuador's close to 14 million inhabitants, those in the highlands are mainly mestizo, a mixture of European and Native South American extractions. Indigenous peoples live mainly in the Andean highlands and in the Amazon regions. Coastal dwellers are descendants of Native South Americans, Europeans and Africans.
Banks And Businesses
Most city offices and shops open from 9:00 to 18:00 Monday through Friday. Currency exchange facilities are open week days and Saturday morning in major hotels. Banking facilities are not available in remote areas. U.S. dollars are accepted throughout the country. ATM's are easily found throughout the main cities. Cash advances can be made at most banks or ATM's.
Ecuador's currency is the Dollar of the United States of America. U.S. dollars are used for all transactions. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency or travelers cheques brought into Ecuador.
Each passenger is allowed two bags of up to 70 pounds (31.8 kilos) each, plus carry-on luggage, photo or video camera, and binoculars. Professional filming equipment, diving and climbing gear require special permits.
110 volts, 60 cycles AC is used. Most outlets are for two flat prongs. It is useful to carry a small flashlight. For TV and video equipment, Ecuador uses the NTSC system.
Ecuador's official language is Spanish, but Kichwa, the lingua franca of the Inca Empire, is the tongue of the majority of the Indian population. English is spoken in major visitor centers.
Passports And Visas
Valid passports are required for entry into Ecuador. No visas are needed for stays of up to 90 days. Before landing, your airline will give you an embarkation/disembarkation card to be filled out and presented to the Immigration officer.
There is a sales tax added to purchases; hotels and restaurants charge sales tax and service. There is also an international departure tax is to be paid in U.S. Dollars at the airport.
Ecuador has a land area similar in size to England or the State of Colorado (USA) and is divided into four different geographic zones: the Amazon, the highlands, the Pacific lowlands and the Galapagos Islands. Since Ecuador is located right on the equator, the country as a whole experiences no extreme weather changes. Rainy seasons vary in each zone. See our specific brochures for information on each area.
International cuisine is available throughout the country, but try some of the Ecuadorian specialties: humitas and tamales (made of corn and wrapped in leaves), llapingachos (fried mashed potato patties with cheese), ceviche (a saucy shrimp cocktail), and locro (a soup of stewed potatoes and cheese topped with an avocado). There are many excellent restaurants in the main cities and a restaurant guide is distributed free to all visitors upon arrival in Ecuador.
As in many places, gratuities are customary, but entirely at guest's discretion. Guidelines for tipping will be found in the "Welcome Kit" you receive upon arrival.
Local time on the mainland is Greenwich Meridian Time minus 5 hours (Eastern Standard Time in the United States). Galapagos time is GMT minus 6 hours.
Visitors to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon rain forest, the Cotopaxi National Park and other National Parks and Natural Reserves must pay entrance fees. Such prices vary and are not included in tour rates.
No inoculations are required for entry. Travelers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should check with their physicians about high-altitude travel, as well as preventive measures for visiting tropical areas. Bottled water is advised and available everywhere. For guests traveling to Ecuador's Amazon Region, a yellow fever vaccination is required.
Drinking Water And Drinks
Bottled mineral water, with or without carbonation, is available at all hotels, ships and lodges. Ecuadorian beer is excellent, and bottled soft drinks are available everywhere. Coffee and tea are usually served at the end of meals.
Lightweight woolens are ideal for the highlands; and warm jackets are essential after dusk at high altitudes. Cottons for the Amazon, Pacific lowlands and Galapagos. Dress is informal. Dressing in layers is ideal. Do not forget swimming wear and comfortable walking shoes.
Some tours and programs are not suitable for smaller children, and thus not recommended for them. Children over eight will have no problem in the mainland or in Galapagos. Hotels in the major cities cater to children of all ages, providing children's menus, baby sitters and extra beds/cribs.
Terms and Conditions
Any of travel products or services that you purchase from UTOvacation contains a contractual agreement between you and UTOvacation and it represents that you have agreed to UTOvacation Terms and Conditions. Please make sure that you read carefully before making any payment. Reservation Online Reservations Step 1. Visit UTOvacation website: www.utovacation.com, login or Register your account. (Learn how to book online Click Here) Step 2. Choose your desired departure date and departure city Step 3. Enter the travellers’ information according to their passport. Please identify and provide the contact information for the main passenger. All communication from UTOvacation will be sent to the main passenger only. Step 4. Make a deposit to complete the reservation. A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $900/person is required to secure the space. A full payment is required when the booking is created within the final payment period (180 days before the departure date). Step 5. Finalize the booking. Final Payment Balance payment of any regular products or services is due 180 days prior to departure unless specified. If the full payment is not obtained by the due date, UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel such reservation and retain the pre-paid deposit to cover any expenses occurred.
* In addition, some products may require a second deposit before final payment. Please carefully review your product pages for reference.
Please note: Your timely payment is important to guarantee your seat/cabin and ensure the overall tour package price. Your 2nd deposit and final payment will NOT be charged automatically by UTOvacation and payment reconciliation in time on your side is necessary to confirm your booking.
The full or final payment is required 180 days prior to the tour departure date. For all packages, all essential travel documents, which include but are not limited to a Valid Passport Copy, should be submitted by this date. Additionally, for land-only packages, any flight information should also be provided by the final payment due date.
Step 6. Trip Confirmation. A final trip confirmation by email including day by day itinerary, hotel information, and flight information will be sent to the main contact passenger approximately one month before departure. By booking your tour online with UTOvacation.com you acknowledge and agree total three terms and conditions including the Internet Sales & Deposit Policy and the Sales and Cancellation Policy. You also confirm and agree that you understand that the deposit is non-refundable. Offline Reservations Step 1. Complete the reservation. Call 1-855-526-1286 to request Booking Form. Fill out all the information on the Booking Form with an authentic signature and date on the bottom of the second page. It is the passenger"s responsibility to ensure documentation accuracy and travel documents validity. You will be liable for the full loss caused by incorrect information. By the time you full-fill the booking form, you have agreed to receive correspondence from UTOvacation which might include newsflash, email blast or any other promotions in the future. Email/Fax your current and valid Passport Copy with the Booking Form together to firstname.lastname@example.org/416-251-7778 Step 2. Finalize the booking. Balance payment of any regular products or services is due 180 days prior to departure unless specified. If the full payment is not obtained by the due date, UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel such reservation and retain the pre-paid deposit to cover any expenses occurred. * In addition, some products may require a second deposit before final payment. Please carefully review your product pages for your reference. Step 3. Trip Confirmation. A final trip confirmation by email including day by day itinerary, hotel information, and flight information will be sent to the main contact passenger one month prior to departure. Make the reservations. A Non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to secure the space. We accept cash, cheque, money order, debit card, credit card, email transfer, TD transfer. A full payment is required when booking if the package is a special on-sale product. By booking your tour offline with UTOvacation.com, you acknowledge and agree total three terms and conditions including the Internet Sales & Deposit Policy and the Sales and Cancellation Policy. You also confirm and agree that you understand that the deposit is non-refundable. Travel Visa The following documents from the passenger are required if travel visa is applied through UTOvacation’s Visa Center:
Original Passport (Make sure your actual passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your expected departure time)
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Visa Application Form (Complete with signature and date)
*Remarks: If acquiring a visa on your own, the supporting documents will be provided from UTOvacation One Month prior to the trip departure date. Supporting documents requested early are subject to a $100 administration fee.
A Word About Tipping
For the on-tour convenience of some itineraries, we will collect all gratuities which is to be shared by our local team. This may include tour leaders, guides, drivers, baggage porters, airport coordinators, restaurant waiters for all included meals and other staff in the team behind the scenes. Please remember that these gratuities are appreciated as recognition for excellent service and we thank you for your encouragement and generocity.
Infant/Baby We don"t take any infants or babies under 2 years old for any of our tours. Trip Cancellation and Eligible Refunds Please ensure you have read the Trip Cancellation Policy in full and have not scrolled past or by-passed this section. UTOvacation reserves the right to cancel or modify a tour prior to departure date. An alternative departure date will be offered for no extra charge should there be any travel restrictions, lock-downs imposed by governments, health organizations, travel bureaus. A full travel credit will be offered for future trip rebooking or rescheduling if there are extreme cases happening which are all beyond our control including but not limited to any global pandemics, regional epidemics, wars, or any other acts of god. All passenger cancellation or change requests must be confirmed in written form by email or fax including your reservation number, full name and date of travel, cancellations will only be accepted in writing. Any cancellation of issued flight tickets before outbound departure (all the segments are unused) at the originally issued place would incur a penalty charge of CAD/USD 350.00 per ticket. No refund will be issued once travel has begun. Cancellation terms will be applied based on the date that the written cancellation is received and based on the following dates prior to departure. All reservations, except where specified:
Number of Days Prior to Departure
Cancellation Penalty (Per Person)
180 days or above
$900 as penalty
90 - 179 days
$900 + 30% of tour fare as penalty
30 - 89 days
$900 + 50% of tour fare as penalty
0 - 29 days
100% of the tour fare as the penalty
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 meal shave 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 traveler 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 companycredit, or alternative arrangements as determined by management at that time. No refunds will be offered for Travel notices except for complete travel bans(Canada Travel Advisory Level 4) (USA Travel Advisory Level 4) which have occurred after the date of booking. 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 situation sat 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 federalauthorities. 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. destination
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.
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 govisit the airline company official website. Please note, some destinations baggage is not included in the fare. 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 $275 per person. This includes tipping and fees associated with the local services team that includes the tour guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff.
Single supplement: $899
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.
- Please be advised that the vaccination requirements are subject to change in each country and that it is the responsibility of the traveler and not UTOvacation to check about the requirements before the arrival of your destination.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes that all travelers should be up to date with routine vaccinations. Following that, travelers 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 travelers 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 travelers 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 travelers, based on their specific itinerary. It is possible to find further details on the WHO website.
Additional Notes 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 NorthAmerican 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 tipping 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. For children under 18 who will be occupying a bed, there will be an additional$100 supplement per child. Please note, this is only applicable China discounted tours or any trip that includes China discounter tours.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.