DEPOSIT and PAYMENT: A deposit of USD $1000 per person is required when you want to reserve a space on an international photography tour and $500 for a U.S. domestic tour. The balance is due 120 days prior to departure. If you want to sign up for a tour within 120 days of departure, then the full amount will be due.
TRIP CANCELLATION: In all of the photo tours led by Jim Zuckerman, the hotels and tour operators require a deposit at the time he reserves a group of rooms. This is usually done a year in advance. In almost all cases, this is either non-refundable or partially refundable. Therefore, if you sign up for a photo tour and have to cancel for any reason, you will receive an amount of money back per the schedule below. If Jim can re-sell your place on the tour, you can expect a full refund. Keep in mind, though, that most people make their travel plans six to twelve months in advance. If you cancel close to the departure date, there is little chance this space can be sold. This is why Jim strongly recommends that you get trip cancellation insurance.
REFUND SCHEDULE INTERNATIONAL TOURS:
If you cancel 150 days before the tour departure, you will get a full 100% refund.
If you cancel from 149 to 120 days before departure, you will get 70% of your deposit/tour cost refunded.
If you cancel from 119 to 90 days days before departure, you will receive 50% of the tour cost refunded.
If you can cancel less than 90 days before departure, you will not receive a refund.
REFUND SCHEDULE U.S. DOMESTIC TOURS:
If you cancel 90 days before the tour departure, you will get a full 100% refund.
If you cancel from 60 to 89 days before departure, you will get 70% of your deposit/tour cost refunded.
If you can cancel less than 60 days before departure, you will not receive a refund.
Our itineraries are designed to take advantage of the best light and the best photographic opportunities. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, traffic, local governmental policy changes, cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by Jim Zuckerman.
Whenever possible, our groups stay in comfortable, modern hotels. We select among the best available accommodations, but refrain from extravagance to keep the cost of the tour reasonable. Many wonderful photographic destinations are far removed from modern amenities, however, and where necessary we will be accommodated in rustic country inns, cabins or tented camps.
Jim Zuckerman and Killer Stock, Inc., act only as an agent for the passenger in regard to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, ship or aircraft and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip.
They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provide for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.
All tour participants are strongly encouraged to carry trip cancellation insurance as well as medical emergency evacuation insurance. No one likes paying for insurance … until you need it. For example, if you sprain your ankle two days before departure and you can’t walk without pain (or can’t walk at all), you would lose your entire investment in the photo tour if you ddn’t have insurance. Many things happen in life that we don’t expect, and it’s nice to know you have a safety net to protect you, just in case.
Likewise, if you get injured in a remote place and you have emergency evacuation insurance, help will be on the way immediately and it won’t cost an arm and a leg to transport you to a hospital.