Terms & Conditions

Single Services & 1-day Tours (REGULAR TOURS)

EXPERIENCE TAORMINA is a trade registered mark property of SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s., licensed Travel Agency and Tour Operator in Taormina, Via Bagnoli Croci 58 – 98039, Taormina.

SICILY LIFESTYLE organizes and carries out the excursions and experiences presented in this program on the basis of the administrative authorization of the Regione Sicilia, License Number n° 8/S9 TUR. REA ME – 227699.

The program conforms to the text established according to the D.L. 111/95, approved by EEC regulation no. 90/ 314. Confirming any service with email, fax, or through the concierge and travel agency implies to have read and agreed the terms and commission explained as follows.

  • Notwithstanding any contrary clause, the contract is governed by the provisions of law no. 1084 dated 27.12.77, ratification and enactment of the International Convention relating to the Travel Contract (C.C.V.).
  • Bookings are subject to place and language availability.
  • No minimum number required to start the excursion, unless specified.
  • During our tours, the guide and accompanying service can be performed in various languages.
  • The English language is always guaranteed.
  • There will be no penalty for cancellations of excursion bookings communicated in writing to the organization at least eight days prior to the booked excursion date. Between eight and two days prior to the excursion, 10% of the fare will have to be paid; from two days prior to the excursion departure, the payment of the entire amount will be due and no reimbursement will be granted.
  • No reimbursement will be granted to any client who is not at the place of departure at the time established; similarly, no reimbursement will be granted to clients who lose contact with the guide or who do not complete the excursion.
  • If for any reason the organization cancels the excursion, the client may claim reimbursement only of the sum paid.
  • During the periods of greatest attendance, despite of the reservations, the entry to the museums could be subjected to delays against the prearranged timetable, which are not attributable to the organization staffs responsibility.
  • Where, due to operational difficulties or reasons beyond its control (travel conditions, strikes, changes in opening hours, closure of museums and historical sites, delays or other problems), the organization should be obliged to change the program, then an alternative itinerary and/or visit to other museums will be proposed, without any variation to the established tariff, and the client will be informed prior to departure.
  • Unless otherwise stated, excursions are free for children under the age of six; for children aged between six to twelve there is a 50% reduction. Show a document proving children’s age, upon request.
  • In the case of unexpected increases of individual prices, exceeding 10%, as a result of new taxes or duties, the tariffs will be adjusted and the clients notified in writing.
  • The excursions scheduled in the program are covered by third-party insurance for the risks, the indemnity limits and the guarantees laid down in D.L. 111/95 with UNIPOLSAI policy n. 1/30482/319/112882776.
  • The organization cannot accept responsibility for damage caused by third parties or for reasons beyond their control, and cannot be held responsible for the loss of valuables, luggages, or objects during excursions.
  • Any complaint by the client must be communicated in writing to the organization staff within and no later than 10 business days after the date of the tour.
  • Any disputes will be settled by The Court of Messina.
  • The program and the tariffs indicated are to be considered valid for the period specified and, when not mentioned, from May 1st 2015 and Oct 31st 2015, unless otherwise specified.

 

Multiday Tours, Packages & Customized Tours (SICILY LIFESTYLE PRIVATE TOURS)

1. Introduction. Notion of tourist package

  1. the Legislative Decree no. 111 of 17.03.95, concerning the execution of the Directive 90/314/CE, for consumer protection states that both the organizer and the seller of the tourist package asked by the customer, must be licensed for carrying out their activities (art. 3/1, letter A, 111/95 Legislative Decree).
  2. the customer has the right to receive a copy of the tourist package sale contract (in accordance with article 6 of the 111/95 Legislative Decree), which is the necessary document to apply for the Guarantee Fund in reference to article N. 18 of these general contract terms. The notion of “tourist package” (article 2/1 of 111/95 Legislative Decree) is the following: The objects of tourist packages are journeys, holidays and “all inclusive” circuits, resulting from the pre-established combination of at least two of the following elements, sold or offered for sale at a flat rate, whose length will exceed 24 hours, that is, at least one night:
    1. transportation;
    2. accommodation;
    3. tourist services not additional to transportation or accommodation (omissions)… which are an important part of the “tourist package”.

2. Legislative sources

Besides these general conditions, the sale contract of a tourist package is also regulated by the clauses pointed out in the journey documentation, given to the customer. This contract, concerning the arrangement of travel, holiday and single tourist service sales, is also regulated by the Law of 27th Dec.1977 no. 1084, ratified and executed by the Travel Contract International Convention (CCV), subscribed on the 23rd April1970 in Bruxelles. In addition to the above mentioned CCV, the sale contract of a tourist package is also regulated by Legislative Decree n.111/95, emanated as an enforcement of the Directive n.90/314/CE concerning the journey, holidays and “all-inclusive” circuits. Furthermore, the contract at distance signed by the consumer, for all the applications to the contracts for free time services, is subject to the Legislative Decree n. 185 of the 22nd of May 1999, concerning the “Implementation of the 97/7/CE directive about the consumer protection in regard contract at distance”, and to the Legislative Decree n.70 of the 9th of April 2003 concerning the “Implementation of the 2000/31/CE directive about some juridical aspects of the information society in the home market, particularly referred to the e-commerce”.

3. Technical data

SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator, Licence Number 8/S9 – TUR on the regional register of travel and tourism agencies with license DIA of 16jan15 released by the Regione Sicilia, Insurance Policy R.C. UNIPOLSAI policy n. n. 1/30482/319/112882776. The validity of the tourist package offered by SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator is shown inside each tourist package’s informative card published on-line at www.experiencetaormina.com site. As for the tourist packages created by SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator, the change of reference in regard of currency adjustments is shown inside every information card published on the booklet (electronic or in paper), or outside the catalogue.

4. Booking

Booking can only be effected following the consumer acceptance of the general conditions of this contract. The contract is to be considered when SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator has confirmed the booking, with the relevant information, via e-mail, fax or by telephone. Specifications about the package or about a single tourist service are included in the notes and details of the offer (displayed before the contract subscription), or in other communication tools, as provided by the law in force. In case the tourist product created by SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator and published on a brochure requires a minimum number of participants, SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator reserves the right not to carry out the trip if the requested minimum number of participants has not been achieved.

5.  Payments

A partial payment of the 30% of the entire participation fee must be deposited at the booking time. The balance must be paid within 30 days prior departure. Bookings made in the 30 days before the beginning of the Tour/Experience must be paid by lump-sum settlement.

The payments can be made by either of this:

  • Credit card
  • Bank transfer: Account number 000103153227 Account name:SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s., Bank Name: Banca Unicredit, Taormina -IBAN:IT91R0200882590000103153227, BIC-SWIFT CODE: UNCRITM1K60. In case of bank transfer payment, it is necessary to send the copy stamped by the bank of the bank transfer through fax/tel. +39 0942 23730 before h.5 pm of the booking day, or the following day in case the booking has been done after that time.

It’s established that in the cases in which rescission penalties of consumer are enforced, as per the following art.8, the organizer is legally entitled by the consumer to hold the amount received as partial payment as valid for the due penalty. The non-payment of the above-mentioned sums at fixed dates is an explicit resolutory clause, which would determine the rescission of the tourist package sale contract, set apart the compensation for further damages suffered by the organizer.

6. Price

The price of the tourist package is fixed in the contract, in accordance with what has been written in the catalogue or brochure (on paper or electronic), or out-of-catalogue program, or possible updates of the catalogues or the extra catalogue programs which might have been done afterwards. Extra expenses, such as compulsory fee to pay in loco, are always specified in the notes and details of the offer. The price can be changed until 20 days before departure and only in case of variations of the following: transportation costs, including the fuel cost; taxes and fees on some kinds of tourist services, such as landing and embarkation or disembarkation fees, in ports and airports; exchange rates applied to the package itself. As for such variations, these will be referred to the exchange rates and to the above-mentioned costs, as well as to the relevant prices quoted at the moment of the booking application.

7. Customer rescission without penalty

The customer can withdraw from the Contract, without paying penalties, in the following cases:

  • Price increases over 10 percent, due to the reasons specified in the above-mentioned art. 6;
  • Significant modification of one or more material elements of the contract, which can objectively be defined fundamental for the fruition of the tourist package taken as a whole, and proposed by the organizer after the contract itself stipulation, but before the departure, not accepted by the customer. In the above-mentioned cases, the customer has, alternatively, the right to:
    • Take advantage of an alternative tourist package, without extra cost or with the return of the overcharge in case the second tourist package is of inferior value than the first one.
    • Get the return of the only amount of money already given. The refund must be effected within seven working days from receiving the refund written application form. The customer will have to submit his decision (to accept the modification or to recede) within and no longer then two working days from the moment in which he has being given the notice of the rise or variation in price. In case of lack of explicit official announcement within the above-mentioned term, the proposal formulated by the organizer is considered accepted.

8. Renunciation prior departure

In case a registered participant would withdraw from the contract before departure for different reasons than those of art. 7., the tour operator will apply the following penalties, beside the burdens and costs of the services cancellation:

  • 30% of the total amount if the renunciation is given to the tour operator until 30days before the starting of the booked services
  • 50% of the total amount if the renunciation is given to the tour operator until 20 days before the starting of the booked services
  • 75% of the total amount if the renunciation is given to the tour operator until 15 days before the starting of the booked services
  • 100% after the above-mentioned terms.

The same amounts have to be paid also by those who cannot take part to the travel because of missing or irregular personal emigration documents. No refund is due to travelers who decide to interrupt the travel or their stay already started.

9. Modification or cancellation prior departure

In case in which SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator, before the departure, gives written communication of its impossibility to supply one or more services of the tourist package , the consumer will have the right to choose another tourist package of the same quality or superior without any additional costs or an inferior tourist package with the restitution of the difference in price, or the customer will be refunded the sum already paid within 7 working days from the moment of the rescission or cancellation, if the cancellation is depending on circumstances not imputable to the customer. The organization can void the contract if the minimum number of participants has not been reached, and on condition that the organizer has given this information before the start of the tourist services. In this case the organizer will have to refund only the amounts perceived within 7 working days from the moment of rescission or cancellation, any other refund excluded.

10. Modification after departure

In the case that after the departure the organizer cannot supply, for any reason (apart from circumstances depending on the customer) an essential part of the services included in the contract, alternative solutions will have to be provided to the consumer without extra-charges. If the value of the supplied services is lower than the value of the estimated ones, the value of the difference must be refund. In case no alternative solution is possible, or the solution offered by the organizer has been refused by the customer for serious and justified reasons, the organizer will provide free-of-charge a means of transport equivalent to the original one, which should have also been used for going back to the initial departure point, or to another possibly pre-established place, compatible with availability. The customer will be refunded in accordance with the difference between the cost of the estimated services and the cost of the services granted up to the moment of anticipated return.

11. Transfer of bookings

The customer has the right to be replaced by a different person by giving written notice to SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator. The renouncing client can be replaced by another person always if: a) the organizer has been informed in writing at least 4 working days before the fixed departure date, receiving at the same time a notice concerning the name and address of the assignee; b) the substitute meets all the conditions for the fruition of the service (ex article 10 of Leg. Decree 111/95), requirements relating to the passport, visas, health certificates, hotel accommodation, and transport services ; c) – the replacing person has to pay a substitution fee of €50 which is to cover all the expenses concerning the substitution. The renouncing customer is severely responsible for the payment of the settlement by the assignor, as well as for the costs under letter c) of this article. As for some kinds of services, it may happen that a third party service supplier does not accept the modification of the assignee name, even if it has been carried out within the terms  under letter a) of the present article. SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator will not be responsible for the possible non-acceptance of the modification by third party service suppliers. This non-acceptance will be immediately communicated by SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator to the parties before departure.

12. Participants obligations

The participants have to be equipped with personal passports or other documents valid for the destination Country, with the health certificate if required. Furthermore, the tourist will have to follow ordinary cautiousness and diligence rules, and specific rules effective in the destination countries, all the information supplied by the organizer, as well as the regulations and administrative and/or legislative provisions regarding the tourist package. The participants will be asked to answer for all the damage suffered by the organizer because of their incapacity to follow the above-mentioned obligations. The customer must provide the organizer with all the documents, the information and the elements owned by himself, which might be useful for exercising the subrogation right of the latest towards third parties, responsible for the damage. The customer is held responsible by the organizer for the detriment of the subrogation right. At the moment of the booking, the customer will also communicate, in writing, to the organizer the details needed which might possibly be part of specific agreements, such as journey instructions, provided their accomplishment is possible.

13. Hotel classification

The official classification of hotel structures is given in the catalogue (in paper or electronic) or in other information material, in case it will be explicitly and formally pointed out by the competent authorities of the country in which the service is supplied. In absence of official classifications recognized by the competent Public Authorities of the countries members of the European Union, to which the service refers – with the aim of pointing out in detail the quality characteristics of the hotel accommodations offered and making the customer well aware of his choice – SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator reserves the right to supply, in catalogue or leaflet, its own quality evaluation of the receptive structure.

14. Responsibility

The organizer is responsible for the damage caused to the customer because of the total or partial default of the services described in the contract, either if these are performed by himself or third-party suppliers, unless he proves that the event depends on the customer (including initiatives taken by himself independently, during the execution of tourist services), or on events not linked with the supply of the services described in the contract, fortuitous events, act of God, or by circumstances that the organizer itself might not reasonably foresee or solve, on the basis of a principle of professional care. Under no circumstances will the seller receiving the booking of the tourist package answer for the obligations coming from the travel organization. However, the seller is solely responsible for the obligations coming from its intermediary activity, in conformity with the responsibility limits fixed by the above-mentioned laws or conventions. SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator, is also responsible for the privacy of the consumer data, exclusively when these arrive on the database and not during their transmission.

15. Compensation limits

Under no circumstances, the organizer compensation will be higher than the compensation indemnities described by international conventions, with reference to the performances whose non-fulfillment caused the responsibility, that is the Warsaw Convention of 1929 about international air transportation, the text modified at The Hague in 1955; the Berna Convention (CIV) about railway transportation; the Bruxelles Convention of 1970 (CCV) about the organizer responsibility . In any case, the compensation limit cannot exceed the sum of 2,000 Germinal gold francs for property damage, fixed in article 13 no. 2 CCV, and 5,000 Germinal gold francs for any other damage”, as well as for those fixed in art.1783 of Civil Code. In case of the change of these conventions, or formulation of international new ones concerning the services objects of the tourist package, the indemnity limits will be applied according to the law in force at the moment of the unfortunate event.

16. Obligation of assistance

The organizer is obliged to perform assistance to the customer, on the basis of a professional diligence principle, solely with reference to its obligations, or by contract or law regulation. The organizer and the seller are exempted from their responsibilities (art. 13 and 14), when the unsuccessful or wrong execution of the contract depends on the customer or depends on an inevitable or unforeseeable third-party event, or a fortuitous act of God event.

17. Complaints and charges

Every unsuccessful execution of the contract must be notified by the customer on the very moment of its happening. In this way, the organizer or its local representative can immediately find a remedy for it. The customer can make a complaint by sending a registered letter, with receipt note, to the organizer, within 10 working days from the date of the return to the place of the departure. If complaints happen in the execution place of the tourist services, the organizer has to assist the costumer according to art.13 in order to find a prompt and equal solution. In the same way, even in case of complaints reported at the end of the service, the organizer will have to provide and guarantee in any case a prompt answer to the customer request.

18. Insurance

In case an insurance is not explicitly included in the price, it is possible before departure, and it is recommended to take out special insurance policies covering expenses deriving from the cancellation of the tourist package, illnesses, accidents, and lost luggage.

19. Guarantee Fund

In case of insolvency or bankruptcy of the organizer, the customer can turn to the “National Guarantee Fund For the Consumer of the Tourist Package”, in accordance with the Ministerial Regulation n.349 of the 23 July 1999 for the achievement of the following needs:

  1. refund of the price paid for services entirely or partially not enjoyed;
  2. repatriation, in case of journeys to foreign countries.
  3. an immediate economic availability in case of forced return of tourists from non-EC members, on occasion of emergencies due or not due to the organizer’s behaviour.

Apart from urgent circumstances, when it is possible to address directly to the competent diplomatic representations, to obtain the Found intervention a written demand must be presented describing the situation, expenses, and including the original travel contract and all the payments made, to the following address: Ministero delle Attività Produttive, Direzione Generale per il Turismo , Ufficio C1 – Tutela del Turista, Via della Ferratella, 51 00184 Roma. e-mail: fondodigaranzia@tin.it – fax n. 06 773 – 626
The procedure to make use of the Fund are fixed by means of the President of the Council of Ministers Decree , in conformity with art. 21 no. 5, Legislative Decree 111/95).

20. Place of jurisdiction / arbitration clause

All disputes between the two parties in connection with this Contract shall take place in the Court in which the organizer is located. With one accord it could be foreseen that the controversies from the application, interpretation, contract execution, will be up to an Arbitration Tribunal, composed by the same amount of designed arbiters as the number of parties in cause plus one as President nominated by the  designed arbiters, that is, in absence of the Tribunal President, where the organizer is legally located. The Arbitration Board located in the organizer legal office will ritually decide according to the law, prior to an eventual tentative of reconciliation.


 

ADDENDUM

Single tourist service general regulation

  1. Regulations
    The contracts concerning the transportation and accommodation only, or any other separate tourist service, since they cannot be considered contractual cases of travel organization, which is the tourist package, are ruled by the CCV provisions: according to these, SICILY LIFESTYLE S.a.s. Tour Operator in quality of travels intermediary, stipulates with the consumer a contract through which it commits itself to supply the customer with a service allowing a travel or a stay at a given global price.
  2. Contract conditions to the sale contract of the single tourist services are applicable to the general sale-contract conditions, even if the application of these articles does not absolutely determine the configuration of the relative contracts as the presented tourist package. The terminology of the mentioned clauses relating to the tourist package agreement (organizer, travel, etc.) has to be seen with reference to the correspondent figures of the sale contract of the single tourist services (seller, stay, etc). Compulsory note according to the Italian Law n.269/98, article.

This English translation of our Italian Terms & Conditions is provided to our customers for information purposes only. Only the Italian Terms & Conditions are legally binding and authoritative.