Terms & Conditions
Your overall contract is with Flower Travel Pty Ltd registered in the state of Victoria, Australia. Flower Travel is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) and an accredited agency under AFTA’s ATAS scheme.
Flower Travel Pty Ltd act as an agent for other companies and in such cases the contract terms of such companies applies.
1. Registration; booking confirmation
2. Payment; dispatch of travel documents
2.1 Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH is permitted to take payments towards the travel price prior to the end of the trip only against delivery of a risk coverage certificate within the meaning of section 651 k para. 3 of the German Civil Code (Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch). This applies also in respect of deposits.
2.2 After receipt by the customer of the booking confirmation and the invoice, a deposit is due: Deposit amounts may vary dependant on the tour and cabin type. The deposit amounts are indicated for each tour in the pricing section, but may be subject to change.
The full balance must be received by Flower Travel 90 days prior to commencement of the trip. We accept payment by cash, cheques, bankers’ drafts and credit cards. Payment by standard Australian issued Master Card is subject to a 1.3% surcharge. Payment by Australian issued Visa Card is subject to a 1.5% surcharge and payment by American Express is subject to a 2.2% surcharge. The surcharge amounts cover the merchant fees charged to us in order to accept such payments (as set out in the Cost of Acceptance Statement from our payment facilitor) as well as costs associated in managing the risk and occurrences of fraud and also insurance for forward delivery risk. Flower Travel is fully compliant with the Reserve Bank of Australia, Standard No. 3 Of 2016 Scheme Rules Relating to Merchant Pricing for Credit Debit and Prepaid Card Transactions. All our prices are in Australian dollars and credit cards will be debited in that currency. Please note we have no control over exchange rates used by card issuers and any quote made in currencies other than Australian dollars is for comparison purposes only.
3. Travel formalities; responsibility of the traveller
3.2 Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH guarantees that travellers who are citizens of a country belonging to the EU shall have been informed about the relevant passport, visa, customs, foreign exchange and health regulations prior to the contract being entered into. Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH shall notify travellers without delay about any subsequent changes. Any detriment suffered by the traveller as a result of non-compliance with these regulations shall be the traveller’s responsibility unless it is caused intentionally or negligently by Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH through absence of information or deficient information.
3.3 Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH is not responsible for the timely issue and receipt of requisite visas through the relevant diplomatic mission unless Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH is responsible for the delay.
4. Services; price changes
4.2 Changes to tour services Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH does, however, expressly reserve the right to change the brochure information prior to the contract being entered into, but the traveller will, of course, be informed prior to booking. Additional agreements altering the contractual services may be made after the contract has been entered into. They shall be immediately confirmed in writing by Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH. Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH may make variations or changes to individual travel services from what has been contractually agreed in the travel contract as long as the variations are not substantial and are reasonable for the customer.
4.3 Reservation in respect of availability Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH is entitled to decline to perform the travel services wholly or partially if and insofar as the promised service is not available (for example, in the case of overbooking, cancellations by partner service providers etc.). In this event Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH is obliged to inform the customer immediately about the non-availability of the service and refund the travel price for the non-performable service to the customer without delay.
4.4 Price changes Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH can make a subsequent change to the agreed travel price if there is a period of more than 4 months between the booking confirmation and the contractually scheduled date of commencement of the trip and the price increase is due to an increase in transport costs or in the contribution for port or airport charges. A change to the travel price is, however, only permissible if and insofar as the cost increases specified arose after the contract was entered into. The price change shall be made to the extent to which the changes related to the respective trip have an effect per person on the travel price. Changes in the travel price are, however, only permissible if the claim to make a change is received by the customer by the 21st day prior to commencement of the trip; thereafter no claim can be made. Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH undertakes to let the customer know without delay about any changes to the travel price or any substantial change to a material travel service. In the event of a price increase of more than 5 % or of a substantial change to a material travel service, the customer is entitled to withdraw from the contract without having to pay compensation or to ask to participate in another trip of equal value if Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH is in a position to offer this from its range of trips without additional cost. The customer must claim this right from Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH immediately after announcement of the changes by Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH.
5. Cancellation by the customer; cancellation charges
Cancellation up to 90 days prior to date of program: 20%
Up to 42 days prior to date of program: 50% of the total rate
Up to 15 days prior to date of program: 80% of the total rate
Up to 1 day prior to date of program / no show: 100% of the total rate
5.2 The right is reserved to the customer to prove to Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH that the losses arising as a result of his/her cancellation and the associated shortfall in the travel price is less in reality than the flat rate compensation claim or that no loss has occurred at all.
5.3 Up until commencement of the trip the customer can request that a third party takes over the rights and obligations under the contact instead of him/her. Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH can refuse the substitution of the third party if the latter does not satisfy the specific trip requirements or if his/her participation contravenes statutory regulations or official directives. In the event of a substitution the third party and the original customer are jointly liable for the travel price and the additional costs arising as a result of the substitution.
6. Cancellation and termination by the tour operator
6.1 Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH can terminate the travel contract for good cause without observing a notice period prior to commencement of the trip and also during the trip. Tour leaders and local representatives of Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH are authorised to declare that the contract is terminated. Good cause exists in particular if the participant does not satisfy previously notified special travel requirements or if the participant’s behaviour continually disrupts or jeopardises the trip and despite warning the customer’s behaviour is not remedied or cannot be remedied. In the event of termination in these circumstances Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH retains a claim to the travel price, but must credit the value of savings on services and of benefits achieved by third party use of the travel services not utilised.
6.2 Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH is entitled to withdraw from the contract if the customer has not paid the travel price 10 days prior to commencement of the trip at the latest, contrary to his/her obligations under No. 2. In this case the customer is obliged to pay Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH a sum in accordance with the provision contained in No. 5.1 as compensation unless at this point in time a significant deficiency in the trip already exists. The provision contained in No. 5.2 is applicable.
6.3 Minimum number of participants
A minimum number of participants, which is stated in each case in the trip description and which is to be notified again to the customer in the booking confirmation, is necessary for the running of group trips. If this number should not be achieved, Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH can withdraw from the contract up to 2 weeks prior to commencement of the trip. As soon as this circumstance exists, Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH shall inform the customer without delay. The travel price paid shall then be immediately repaid by Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH.
7. Unavoidable & Extraordinary Circumstances (FORCE MAJEURE)
Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions we will not be liable or pay you compensation if our contractual obligations to you are affected by unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances which we or the supplier(s) of the service(s) in question could not avoid even taking all reasonable measures. These events can include but are not limited to war, threat of war, civil strife, terrorist activity and its consequences or the threat of such activity, riot, diseases and pandemics, the act of any government or other national or local authority including port or river authorities, industrial dispute, lock closure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, chemical or biological disaster and adverse weather, sea, ice and river conditions and all similar events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned control. Advice from the Department/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs to avoid or leave a particular country may constitute unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances.
Flower Travel will advise all parties concerned of the cancellation of a tour due to unavoidable, extraordinary circumstances as soon as practically possible.
8. Liability for deficiencies
8.2 If the customer terminates the travel contract because of a deficiency and it later emerges that the termination was unlawful, he/she has to bear the additional costs occasioned by the termination, in particular for the necessary transport measures.
8.3 Duty to co-operate In the event of problems with the provision of services, the traveller is obliged within the scope of the applicable statutory provisions (section 254 German Civil Code) to co-operate in order to prevent or to minimise possible losses. In this connection the traveller is, in particular, obliged to bring any risk of loss to the attention of the local tour management or Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH using the contact address given to him/her and to do everything necessary and reasonable for him/her in order to prevent a loss occurring or to minimise its effects. The expenses necessary in this regard shall be immediately reimbursed to him/her by Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH. A breach of the traveller’s obligation to minimise losses shall result in the loss of his/her claims in respect of deficiencies to the extent that the breach was the cause or a contributory cause of the loss occurring.
9. Restrict ions on liability
9.2 For all compensation claims brought against the tour operator on the grounds of actionable tort which are not based on intentional acts or gross negligence, the tour operator is liable only up to the sum of € 4.100 for damage to property; if this sum exceeds three times the amount of the travel price, liability for damage to property is limited to three times the amount of the travel price. This maximum liability sum applies in each case per traveller and trip.
9.3 If international agreements or legal regulations based on such international agreements apply in respect of a travel service to be provided by a service provider in accordance with which a claim for compensation only arises or can only be asserted under certain conditions or restrictions or is excluded under certain conditions, Lernidee Erlebnisreisen GmbH can also plead this in relation to the customer.
9.4 If the tour operator is in the capacity of a contractual air carrier, liability is regulated in accordance with the provisions of the civil aviation law in conjunction with international treaties, specifically the Warsaw, The Hague, Guadalajara and Montreal Agreements (the latter only in respect of flights to the USA and Canada). As a rule these treaties limit the liability of the air carrier in respect of death or personal injury, as well as in respect of baggage losses or damage. Insofar as the tour operator is the service provider in other cases, it is liable in accordance with the applicable regulations. If, in relation to sea voyages, the tour operator is in the capacity of a contractual shipowner, liability is also regulated in accordance with the provisions of the German Commercial Code (Handelsgesetzbuch) and the German Inland Waterways Law (Binnenschifffahrtgesetz).
9.5 Outside services The tour operator is not liable for service problems involving services which it has merely negotiated as outside services. In general, outside services are those services that the traveller books and pays for directly with another operator locally and also those services that are specifically indicated in the travel documentation as being outside services and which are actually provided as such. The exclusion of liability in no event relates to the central travel services due in accordance with the contract, such as transport to the individual travel destinations and accommodation.
9.6 Exclusion of claims and limitation of actions Contractual claims on account of deficiencies in the provision of the travel services must be asserted by the traveller against the tour operator within one month of the contractually stipulated date for the end of the trip. Once this time limit has expired, the traveller can only assert claims if he/she was prevented from complying with the time limit through no fault of his/ her own. Contractual claims by the traveller on account of defective travel services (sections 651 c to 651 f German Civil Code) become time-barred within one year. The period of limitation commences on the next working day following the day on which the trip should have ended.