The following terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our regularly scheduled trips listed in our catalog or on our website*.  If you are joining a private journey, please click here for the terms and conditions unique to private journeys.

Deposit Payments

A deposit of $300 per person, per tour is required to confirm a reservation (with the exception of India and Zambia where the deposit is $600 per person). This may be paid with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or personal check. (Please note that if you are also joining us on one of our extensions to a tour, there is an additional deposit of $300 per person for the extension. This is applicable to all regularly scheduled extensions with the exception of India, where the extension deposit is $600 per person.)

Confirmation Package

As soon as we receive your reservation and deposit, we will send you detailed information on what to bring, how to prepare for your trip, travel directions, detailed itinerary, trip cancellation insurance application, pre- and post-tour hotel information and Classic Journeys' policies.

Balance Payments

The balance of the trip price is due 60 days prior to departure, payable by check or credit card. If you pay your deposit by credit card, we will assume that you would like your balance also paid by credit card and we will charge your card for the balance due 60 days prior to departure, unless you instruct us otherwise in writing. If the balance is not paid when due, Classic Journeys reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations and Refunds

If you must cancel your reservation for a tour and/or its extension, we will refund your deposit, less the following fees per tour and/or extension:

Days Prior to Trip Start Date Trip Cancellation Fee Per Person
91+ days $50
61-90 days $300
46-60 days 50% of trip price
31-45 days 75% of trip price
0-30 days 100% of trip price
When you cancel a trip, we must ask you to notify us in writing. Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. We are also happy to assist you in transferring from one trip to another in the same calendar year up to 70 days prior to the trip date at no charge, after which our cancellation policy applies. If unforeseen circumstances require a change to the trip itinerary, Classic Journeys will make every effort to select alternative hotels of the same standard and to keep modifications to a minimum. Classic Journeys reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will constitute full settlement.

Arrival and Departure

Each trip begins and ends in a town accessible by plane, train, boat or bus. Meeting and ending locations are listed on each of the individual trip pages in the catalog, as well as in your pre-departure information. For some tours, it may be preferable to arrive at the starting point the night prior to the trip departure date. We will be happy to provide you with instructions on how to phone or fax the hotels yourself, or to make these reservations for you. If you elect to have Classic Journeys make these reservations for you, the hotels require that we provide them with a credit card number to hold these reservations or, in rare occasions, to send them a check in advance of arrival. We will advise you of specific hotel payment policies.


Trip prices are based on two people per room. If you are traveling alone, we will assign you a roommate of the same gender, or you can choose to room alone, paying the single supplement. There are a limited number of single rooms available on all trips. If you choose to be paired with a roommate and we are unable to pair you, we will invoice you for the single supplement 60 days prior to the trip. If we are subsequently able to find you a roommate, we will gladly refund the single supplement.


We include in all Deposit and Final Confirmation Packages an application form for short-term travel insurance that offers you options to cover baggage, accident/ life and/or trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance reimburses you for non-refundable air and land costs, if you have to cancel a trip due to personal or family illness or accident. The insurance that we recommend also provides coverage for all pre-existing conditions if you complete your insurance form and postmark it within seven calendar days of our receipt of your deposit. We highly recommend that you obtain this insurance.

We suggest Travel Guard International, as it is America's leading travel insurance company protecting more than 4 million travelers each year. There are two ways to purchase your insurance from Travel Guard. The fastest and easiest way is to purchase your insurance on-line by clicking the Travel Guard link after you have completed your reservation with Classic Journeys. The link will take you directly to the Travel Guard web site, where in minutes you can be insured in full for your trip with us. Travel Guard will send you an insurance certificate. If you prefer to wait for your deposit confirmation package from us, we'll include with it Travel Guard's insurance application. Please keep in mind that Travel Guard makes additional benefits available to you if you take out the insurance within 15* days of making your reservation with us.
*For guests who live in Washington state or Oregon, TravelGuard must be purchased within 7 days to receive these additional benefits.

Trip Price Includes

• First class accommodations that reflect the region visited (double occupancy)
• Breakfasts and most dinners daily, along with some lunches (please see specific trip information)
• All park entry fees (unless noted)
• Scheduled admission fees to historic sites
• Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
• Trip literature
• Experienced guides
• Support vehicles
• All transportation during the trip, whether by bus, boat, train, plane, cable car or funicular (unless otherwise noted)

Trip Price Does Not Include

• Air and land transportation to and from the trip
• Beverages
• Personal Expenses
• Non-scheduled visits and activities

Children's Rates

All minors must be accompanied by an adult. On our Classic Journeys scheduled departures, kids get a break even before you leave home. Click here for kid's discounts

Responsibility and Release

You are responsible for choosing a trip that fits your abilities, level of fitness and health. If you need any assistance in selecting the right trip for you, please contact a Classic Journeys Guest Services Coordinator at 1-800-200-3887. You are also responsible for reading the pre-trip information material and bringing with you all of the appropriate clothing and equipment, as well as acting in accordance with the customs and laws of the regions visited. Classic Journeys reserves the right to accept, remove, retain or decline any trip member at any time for any reason. In such case, a refund equal to the actual cost of the unused services is the limit of Classic Journeys’ responsibility.

Payment of your deposit represents your acceptance of the following terms and conditions, as well as all general information listed in the catalog, online at and subsequent trip departure material: Classic Journeys, LLC; its members; employees and agents, give notice that all services and arrangements related to this tour have been made by Classic Journeys, LLC only as agents upon the express condition that Classic Journeys, LLC shall not be liable and does not assume responsibility for any claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss whether to person or property arising out of any injury, accident, death, cancellation, delay, alteration, or inconvenience resulting from any act of omission, commission or inadvertence of any hotel, carrier, restaurant or other company or person rendering any of the services included in the tour or its pre and post tour arrangements, or caused by weather, sickness, strikes, quarantines or the willful or negligent acts of any other tour members or any cause whatsoever beyond the control of Classic Journeys.

Some days or activities and certain trips are operated by local tour operators contracted with Classic Journeys, LLC. These operators have been selected for the quality of the services and tours they offer as well as the desirability of the destinations.

Classic Journeys, LLC reserves the right and trip participants agree to allow Classic Journeys to take photographic or film records of any of our trips and trip participants, and may use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purpose.

*Certain tours such as those in New Zealand and India have slightly modified terms and conditions. Please click the following links to view the terms and conditions for New Zealand or India