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Grizzlies and Wildlife of British Columbia – Terms & Conditions

Questions? Please call WWF Travel at 888-WWF-TOUR (993-8687).

Cost: $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement: $895.

Number of participants: Limited to approximately 9.

Included: Accommodations, meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, bottled water, services of an expedition leader, local guides and lodge staff, most gratuities, airport transfers in Bella Coola on Day 1 and final day, permits and entrance fees, all taxes.

Not included: Travel to and from start and end point of trip (Bella Coola), alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance, anything else not specifically mention as included.

Deposit: A deposit of $500 per person, payable by credit card or check made out to WWF, confirms your space. A signed waiver of liability is due within two weeks. The final balance is due 90 days prior to departure. For those who paid their deposits by credit card, the final balance will be charged automatically on that date to the credit card on file for you. For those who wish to pay the final payment by check, the check is due on or before 90 days prior to departure and should be made out to Natural Habitat Adventures, WWF’s tour operator for this program. If your payment is not received by the due date, the reservation is subject to cancellation.

Cancellations & refunds: Cancellation must be received in writing at WWF, by postal mail, email or fax. Cancellations processed 90 or more calendar days prior to departure will result in a $100 cancellation fee per person (though some trips have non-refundable deposits, as noted in your confirmation letter). Cancellations made within 45 to 89 calendar days prior to departure will result in a loss of 50% of the entire program fee, including extensions. Cancellations made within 44 calendar days prior to departure will result in a loss of the entire program fee.

Singles & shares: Travelers who would prefer a single room (not available on some trips or portions of some trips) may have one at a single-room surcharge. We cannot always guarantee single accommodations even after reservations and confirmations have been made. We will be happy to attempt to make a roommate match for those who choose. If we cannot arrange a match, only 50% of the single supplement fee will apply.

What to expect: Rating: Easy and flexible. This adventure travel opportunity does not require a high degree of physical fitness although some short walks may be required should you wish to participate in every activity. Our tour operator has prepared for a variety of ways to view bears but cannot guarantee which manner will be used due to the permit requirements at any given time. Also, be aware that since the area we are visiting is full of bears, natural dangers do exist. We try to be as careful as possible, but we can never fully predict the behavior of wild animals.

Getting there & getting home: Natural Habitat Adventures has pre-booked spaces for travelers on roundtrip flights between Vancouver and Bella Coola. The flight times will be determined in late spring 2011. You will be notified when these times are determined so you may book your arrival and departure flights in and out of Vancouver. You will be invoiced for these flights upon booking. Should you need assistance booking your flights between your hometown and Vancouver, air specialists at Natural Habitat Adventures would be happy to help you; a booking fee may apply. Please call 800-543-8917.

Trip insurance: We highly recommend that travelers protect themselves by participating in an accredited travel insurance protection plan. Natural Habitat Adventures will include a quote for a non-refundable, full coverage travel protection plan on the invoice you receive immediately after booking your trip; you may decline this insurance, if desired. More information will be sent to registrants.

Terms & conditions: Click here to review Natural Habitat Adventures' terms and conditions.

Understandings & responsibilities: In order to offer wildlife-oriented travel experiences to its members, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has arranged for an independent Tour Operator(s) to organize this tour and procure carriage, accommodations, and other tour services from other parties. WWF serves only to assist in making necessary travel arrangements and in no way represents, or acts as agent for, transportation carriers, hotels, or any other suppliers of services connected with this tour. Travel and services are subject only to the terms and conditions under which such accommodations, services, and transportation are offered or provided, and WWF and its employees accept no responsibility or liability therefore. WWF and the Tour Operator(s) accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, accident, injury, delay, or other irregularity which may be caused by the defect of any vehicle or the negligence or default of any company or person engaged in carrying out or performing any of the services involved in this tour. Nor do WWF or the Tour Operator(s) accept responsibility for losses or expenses due to sickness, weather, strikes, political unrest, wars, or other such causes. Any such losses or expenses must be borne by the participant, since tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. WWF and the Tour Operator(s) reserve the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or the safety of the tour. They reserve the right to withdraw without penalty any tour announced. WWF and the Tour Operator(s) also reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour, at any time, if such action is determined by the appropriate staff member to be in the best interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant. Under such circumstances, no refund will be made. Baggage and personal effects are solely the responsibility of the owners at all times. Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, given in good faith, based on information available and in force in August 2010, are subject to change and revision. As a condition to acceptance of enrollment, please read, agree to, and sign, the Waiver of Liability forms that will be sent upon registration.

A portion of your tour cost (between 5 and 10%) is directly contributed to WWF’s general fund, to support conservation work around the world.