The following terms and conditions (hereafter “Terms and Conditions”) apply to all organized trips and related services (hereafter “Encounters”) offered by CountryBred LLC, its agents, employees, officers, affiliated companies, overseas partners, independent contractors, or subcontractors (hereafter jointly referred to as “CountryBred,” “we,” or “us”). References herein to “Participant,” “you,” or “your” shall apply to each and any of the following: the party participating in the offered Encounter, their Parent or Legal Guardian who accepts these Terms and Conditions on their behalf if the party participating is not of legal age to enter into a binding legal contract on their own behalf, and/or the party who purchases the Encounter or submits a Traveler Agreement Form for said Encounter. The term “Itinerary” refers to the particularized schedule for a CountryBred Encounter.
Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully and ask us any related questions before you agree to be bound by them. All Participants acknowledge that they have taken note of these Terms and Conditions before making a booking. All purchasing Participants warrant that they have provided these Terms and Conditions to any other Participant whom they are purchasing an Encounter for. All purchasing Participants warrant that they have provided these Terms and Conditions to any other Participant whom they are purchasing an Encounter for as well as all Participants who are not of legal age to accept these Terms and Conditions on their own behalf. By placing an order with CountryBred, all Participants agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions without reservation, and to be bound by the limitations herein.
All bookings of Encounters are also subject to any Terms and Conditions of the third-party suppliers of the travel services which are incorporated in a particular Encounter. By placing an order with CountryBred, you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions of the applicable suppliers without reservation, and to be bound by the limitations therein. If the supplier’s Terms and Conditions are ever in conflict with the Terms and Conditions of CountryBred, CountryBred’s will control all issues relating to the liabilities and responsibilities of CountryBred.
List of Contents
2. Area of Application
5. Cancellations and Refunds
6. Cancellations by CountryBred
7. Modifications to Encounter Itinerary by CountryBred or Participant.
8. Health and Fitness
9. Travel and Cancellation Insurance
10. Passports, Visas, Health Requirements, and Travel Risks
12. Local Customs and Laws
13. Legal Compliance and Proper Conduct
14. Marketing Materials.
15. Disputes: Binding Arbitration, Governing Law, Jurisdiction, etc.
17. Severability and Survivability
19. Attorney’s Fees, Costs, and Expenses
21. Limitation of Liability
22. Force Majeure
23. Baggage and Personal Effects
24. Representations and Warranties
26. Medical and Physical Conditions; Medical Emergencies
27. Entire Agreement; Waiver; Modification
1. Eligibility. The Encounters offered by CountryBred are only available for purchase by residents of the United States (excluding Hawaii and or Iowa) and Canada while in the United States and Canada, its territories, possessions, and protectorates.
CountryBred’s Encounters are available to all persons who successfully comply with the “Health and Fitness” requirements described below. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied on their Encounter by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.
2. Area of Application. The Terms and Conditions may be amended or modified at any time, without notice, on the understanding that such changes will not apply to Encounters booked prior to the amendment or modification. It is therefore essential that you consult and accept the Terms and Conditions at the time of making a booking, particularly in order to determine which provisions are in operation at that time in case they have changed since the last time you placed an order with CountryBred or reviewed our Terms and Conditions.
Booking an Encounter with us of using our website is reserved only for Participants who have first taken note of these Terms and Conditions in their entirety, and who have accepted the same by either:
Without this acceptance the processing of an order is not technically possible.
3. Booking. To book a CountryBred Encounter, each Participant must submit:
i. A Deposit of $500 per person.
*The deposit will be applied to the final Encounter trip price unless the Encounter trip is canceled by the traveler in which case the deposit becomes non-refundable and non-transferable.
ii. The balance of the Encounter Price (the “Balance”) is due 90 days prior to departure.
iii. Fees, Payment and Refund: Payments may be made by either: Credit Card, Check, or Money Order.
4. Prices. The CountryBred Encounter “beginning from price” is the price charged for Encounters with pre-selected: activities, excursions, guided services, meals and transportation to and from recommended airports, as indicated in the recommended Encounter sample itinerary. The “beginning from price” does not include any additional signature CountryBred activities or excursions added by Participant, special requests or deviations to cities and/or airports from the recommended Encounter itinerary. The “beginning from price” is estimated per person and includes (unless explicitly stated otherwise):
During our “Enriched Booking” process for designing customized Encounters, we will work with you to understand your personal interests and travel motivations. As part of the process, we will then recommend signature CountryBred activities and excursions, and you will have the option of adding the ones which interest you. Your finalized CountryBred Encounter will not be confirmed until you approve the final itinerary and your balance has been received.
Unless otherwise explicitly stated, the following will NOT be included in the Encounter trip price:
5. Cancellation by Participant. At the time we receive written notice that you wish to cancel your Encounter trip, the following fees will apply (all dates are from the start date of your CountryBred Encounter). Please note that a no show passenger forfeits all deposits and payments made to CountryBred.
|Date of Cancellation for Encounter||Charge|
|61-90 days prior to departure||25% of final Encounter Price|
|31-60 days prior to departure||50% of final Encounter Price|
|0-30 days prior to departure||100% of final Encounter Price|
6. Cancellation by CountryBred. CountryBred reserves the right to cancel any Encounter trip prior to the date of departure. If this happens, a full refund of the Encounter will be provided to all Participants. However, CountryBred is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by Participants in preparation or anticipation of the Encounter trip (i.e. non refundable “Advance Purchase” air tickets, equipment, medical expenses, etc.).
7. Modifications to Encounter Itinerary by CountryBred or Participant. CountryBred reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to make changes or substitutions to your scheduled Encounter trip Itinerary due to emergency, changed conditions, or based upon other circumstances which may affect the Encounter trip. Participant understands that any expenses incurred due to these alterations, modification, or substitutions are Participant’s responsibility, including travel arrangements, change in accommodations, or otherwise. If Participant chooses to leave the Encounter trip as a result of these changes, Participant understands there will be no refund of fees or of any expenses already paid. Once the Itinerary is confirmed, there will be no refund of Encounter trip fees or expenses should Participant elect to vary his or her participation in the agreed upon Encounter. Additionally, Participant understands that any additional fees incurred due to their election to vary their participation in the Encounter is Participant’s responsibility, and need to be paid on the date specified by CountryBred.
8. Health and Fitness. CountryBred’s itineraries may at times be physically active and interactive, so you must be in good health to participate. If you have any physical, mental, visual, or other medical impairment that may hinder your ability to successfully complete a CountryBred Encounter, you must submit a letter from your physician stating that you are able to safely participate in the Encounter at least 90 days prior to departure. CountryBred reserves the right to decline any Participant whose condition, in CountryBred’s opinion, may negatively affect the health or safety of that Participant, other Participants, our staff/agents, or third parties.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH, AND COSTS, OF ANY AND ALL MEDICAL TREATMENTS YOU MAY REQUIRE OR RECEIVE DURING THE JOURNEY. No medical personnel travel with, or as part of, CountryBred’s staff. The quality of medical personnel and facilities vary from region to region and cannot be controlled by CountryBred. In some parts of the world, substandard medical care is common and unavoidable. Hospital facilities are often unavailable and evacuation can be prolonged, difficult and expensive. CountryBred is not responsible for the costs of any medical treatment you may require during the Encounter and assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care or lack thereof that you may receive while on the Encounter trip.
9. Travel and Cancellation Insurance. Travel and Cancellation Insurance is strongly recommended for all CountryBred Encounters. Travel Guard® is our recommended provider, and can be purchased through CountryBred with your Encounter for an additional cost.
Participant acknowledges that it is Participant’s responsibility to understand the limitations of the Travel Insurance coverage and purchase additional insurance as needed. It is the Participant’s sole responsibility to research, evaluate and purchase appropriate coverage. Participant agrees that CountryBred is not responsible for any uninsured losses.
10. Passports, Visas, Health Requirements, and Travel Risks. We will try our best to provide you with information regarding the necessary visas, passport, and vaccination requirements for your Encounter trip, but it is ultimately Participant’s responsibility that to verify they have all the proper documents prior to travel.
A full and valid passport is required for all persons traveling to any of the destinations outside the U.S. that we feature. You must obtain and have possession of a valid passport, all visas, permits and certificates, and vaccination certificates required for your entire Encounter.
Most out of country Encounters trips require a passport valid until at least six (6) months beyond the scheduled end of your Itinerary. Non-U.S. citizens should contact the appropriate consular office for any requirements pertaining to their Encounter trip.
If you try to enter a country where visa is required, and you do not have the visa, it is possible that you will be imprisoned until there is an available flight to return you to your point of origin. Some countries require you to be in possession of a return ticket or exit ticket and have sufficient funds, etc. Similarly, certain countries require that the passenger produces evidence of insurance/repatriation coverage before it will issue a visa.
You must carefully observe all applicable formalities and ensure that the surnames and forenames used for all passengers when making a booking and appearing in your travel documents (booking forms, travel tickets, vouchers, etc.), correspond exactly with those appearing on your passport, visas, etc.
Further information on entry requirements can be obtained from the State Department, by phone (202) 647-5335 or access online at http://travel.state.gov/travel or directly from the destination country’s website. We recommend that you check these before booking and also shortly before departure as requirements may change.
Immunization requirements vary from country to country and even region to region. Up-to date information should be obtained from your local health department and consulate. You assume complete and full responsibility for, and hereby release CountryBred from, any duty of checking and verifying vaccination or other entry requirements of each destination, as well as all safety and security conditions of such destinations during the length of the proposed travel or extensions expected or unexpected. For State Department information about conditions abroad that may affect travel safety and security, go to http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html, or contact them by phone at (202) 647-5335. For foreign health requirements and dangers, contact the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at (404) 332-4559, use their fax information service at (404) 332-4565, or go to http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you hold the correct, valid documents for the countries you are visiting and have obtained the necessary vaccinations, clearance to travel, and hold the necessary confirmations for medications required as we cannot be held liable for any illness, delays, compensation, claims and costs resulting from your failure to meet these requirements.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU ARE REFUSED PASSAGE ON ANY AIRLINE, TRANSPORT OR ENTRY INTO ANY COUNTRY DUE TO THE FAILURE ON YOUR PART TO CARRY OR OBTAIN THE CORRECT DOCUMENTATION. IF FAILURE TO DO SO RESULTS IN FINES, SURCHARGES, CLAIMS, FINANCIAL DEMANDS OR OTHER FINANCIAL PENALTIES BEING IMPOSED ON US, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR INDEMNIFYING AND REIMBURSING US ACCORDINGLY.
Although most travel to participating destinations is completed without incident, travel to certain areas may involve greater risk than others. You assume sole responsibility for your own safety at any destination traveled to. CountryBred does not guarantee your safety at any time, and assumes no responsibility for gathering and/or disseminating information for you relating to risks associated with your destinations. BY OFFERING OR FACILITATING TRAVEL TO CERTAIN DESTINATIONS, WE DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT TRAVEL TO SUCH POINTS IS ADVISABLE OR WITHOUT RISK, AND WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OR LOSSES THAT MAY RESULT FROM TRAVEL TO SUCH DESTINATIONS.
11. Accommodations. “Accommodations” are any lodgings in a dwelling or similar living quarters afforded to Participants including, but not limited to hotels, agriturisms, residences, motels, and resorts. CountryBred provides the accommodations for its Encounters through third-party vendors. CountryBred does not guarantee the location or the amenities of the accommodations nor the performance of the third-party vendors. Accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee which will vary depending on the accommodation. Please contact us for specifics on the single supplement fees for each Encounter.
12. Local Customs and Laws. Participant will be traveling to a foreign country, with different customs, standards, laws and risks than those they are accustomed to in the US or any other country in the world. Participant understands that he or she must be prepared to cope with the unexpected, with local customs and shortages, with the vagaries of weather, travel and mankind in general. As such, Participant acknowledges and accepts the risks associated with travel in a foreign country and agrees to release and hold CountryBred harmless for any such problems encountered while participating in their Encounter.
All Participants must obey the local laws and regulations of the countries they visit on their Encounter trip. CountryBred is not liable or responsible for any damages, costs and/or added expenses incurred as a result of Participant’s failure to obey any local, provincial or federal laws.
13. Legal Compliance and Proper Conduct. Participant understands that their participation in an Encounter may be terminated if Participant is disciplined by any civil or criminal authorities, or if CountryBred, in its sole discretion, determines that Participant’s conduct is incompatible with the interests, safety or welfare of other Participants, CountryBred regional ambassadors or other CountryBred agents, employees, or independent contractors. In this event, Participant is responsible for arranging and paying for substitute travel and accommodations. If the guardian or parent of a Participant minor’s conduct is determined to be incompatible with the interests, safety or welfare of other Participants, or vice-versa, all parties may be required to leave their Encounter trip at the sole discretion of CountryBred.
14. Marketing Materials. CountryBred may occasionally use statements made by its Participants and/or their photographs in various marketing materials. Participant consents to such use of Participant’s statements or photographs for marketing or promotional purposes without the payment of any compensation to Participant.
Participant and CountryBred agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in Los Angeles, California with respect to any legal proceedings that may arise in connection with, or relate to, this Binding Arbitration clause, these Terms and Conditions. Participant and CountryBred agree to irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of any such court in any such action, suit or proceeding and hereby agrees not to assert, by way of motion, as a defense or otherwise, in any such action, suit or proceeding, any claim that (i) he, she or it is not subject personally to the jurisdiction of such court, (ii) the venue is improper, or (iii) this agreement or the subject matter hereof may not be enforced in or by such court. YOU RECOGNIZE AND AGREE THAT, BY PLACING AN ORDER WITH COUNTRYBRED, YOU AND COUNTRYBRED ARE EACH WAIVING THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE IN A CLASS ACTION WITH RESPECT TO THE CLAIMS COVERED BY THIS MANDATORY BINDING ARBITRATION PROVISION.
16. Assignment. Participant may not assign his rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of CountryBred. These Terms and Conditions shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective heirs, personal representatives, successors and assigns.
17. Severability and Survivability. If any provision, or portion of a provision, in these Terms and Conditions shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. The parties agree to substitute for such provision a valid provision which most closely approximates the intent and economic effect of such severed provision.
18. Notices. Any notices required or permitted hereunder shall be given to the appropriate party at the address specified on the application. Such notice shall be deemed given: upon personal delivery; if sent by telephone facsimile, upon confirmation of receipt; if sent by electronic mail, upon confirmation of receipt; or if sent by certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, three (3) days after the date of mailing.
19. Attorney’s Fees, Costs, and Expenses of Suit. If any act of law or equity, including an action for declaratory relief or any arbitration proceeding, is brought to enforce, interpret or construe the provisions of these Terms and Conditions, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover actual attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses.
20. Counterparts. The entire Agreement between Participant and CountryBred may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, and all of which together shall constitute one and the same Agreement.
21. Limitation of Liability. IN NO EVENT SHALL COUNTRYBRED BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR ANY LOSS OF OPPORTUNITY OR OTHER PECUNIARY LOSS, EVEN IF COUNTRYBRED HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OR PROBABILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES OR LOSSES, WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY IS BASED UPON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY. IN NO EVENT SHALL COUNTRYBRED’S TOTAL AGGREGATE LIABILITY TO THE PARTICIPANT UNDER CLAIMS ARISING UNDER THIS AGREEMENT EXCEED THE TOTAL AMOUNTS PAID BY THE PARTICIPANT TO COUNTRYBRED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT.
TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, COUNTRYBRED DOES NOT ASSUME LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURY, DAMAGE, DEATH, LOSS, ACCIDENT OR DELAY DUE TO AN ACT OR OMISSION OF ANY THIRD PARTIES, GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITY, OR ACTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO YOU YOURSELF, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, NEGLIGENT OR RECKLESS ACTS, EVEN IF COUNTRYBRED HAS BEEN ADVISED THAT SUCH DAMAGES WERE POSSIBLE OR PROBABLE.
22. Force Majeure. CountryBred shall not be responsible for failure to perform any of its obligations under this Agreement during any period in which such performance is prevented or delayed due to Force Majeure. “Force Majeure” refers to any event beyond CountryBred’s reasonable control, including but not limited to severe weather, fire, flood, mudslides, earthquakes, war, labor disputes, strikes, epidemics, World Health Organization’s advisories and/or alerts, Center for Disease Control’s advisories and/or alerts, U.S. State Department’s advisories and/or alerts, any order of any local, provincial or federal government authority, interruption of power services, terrorism or any other causes beyond the control of CountryBred or deemed by CountryBred to constitute a danger to the safety and well-being of the participants. CountryBred reserves the right to cancel any services relating to the Itinerary due to Force Majeure.
23. Baggage and Personal Effects. CountryBred assumes no liability for any loss or damage to baggage or personal effects, whether in transit to or from a CountryBred Encounter trip, or during a CountryBred Encounter trip.
24. Representations and Warranties. Participant represents and warrants that Participant: (i) has all requisite power and authority to enter into and perform the obligations under these Terms and Conditions; (ii) will abide by all laws, rules and regulations and will endeavor to comply with all local customs; and (iii) all of the information provided to CountryBred to facilitate Participant’s Encounter trip is true and accurate. Participant authorizes CountryBred to make such investigations as necessary to determine Participants eligibility, including without limitation, contacting any physicians who provides a reference as to the fitness of a Participant.
25. Indemnification and Release. Except as otherwise set forth herein, Participant hereby releases CountryBred from any and all liability, loss, expense, damages, or claims arising out of or resulting from Participant’s participation in a CountryBred Encounter, whether caused by the negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct of Participant, CountryBred, or otherwise.
Participant hereby also agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless CountryBred from and against any and all damages, losses, claims, liabilities, deficiencies, costs, fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and expenses, arising out of any claim brought against CountryBred regarding, resulting, or arising from Participant’s participation in a CountryBred Encounter or Participant’s performance of this Agreement.
26. Medical and Physical Conditions; Medical Emergencies. Participant certifies that they are responsible for managing their own medication and medical, physical, or allergic conditions during the Encounter. Participant understands that in the event of injury to Participant, or exacerbation of Participant’s medical condition, CountryBred may not be held responsible. If a serious emergency arises, it may be necessary for a physician to attend to Participant, but Participant recognizes that CountryBred is not obligated to take any action to facilitate or assist that treatment. Participant releases CountryBred from any liability relating to any such medical care, whether secured by CountryBred on behalf of Participant or otherwise, and agrees to be responsible for any and all expenses incurred for said medical care.
27. Entire Agreement; Waiver; Modification: These Terms and Conditions, as well as Participant’s Application, constitute the entire understanding and agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter covered by them, and supersede all prior and contemporaneous understandings and agreements, whether written or oral, with respect to such subject matter. No terms contained on any proposal, purchase order, acknowledgment or other document will be effective with respect to affecting the terms hereof. No delay or failure by either party to exercise or enforce at any time any right or provision hereof will be considered a waiver thereof of such party’s rights thereafter to exercise or enforce each and every right and provision hereof. No single waiver will constitute a continuing or subsequent waiver. CountryBred does not guarantee it will take action against all breaches of this these Terms and Conditions. No waiver, modification or amendment of any provision hereof will be effective unless it is in a writing signed by both the parties.
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