Booking Terms and conditions



BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS : These Terms and Conditions (“Terms”) govern your relationship with LaPont French Immersion Tours (“LaPont”) and form a binding contractual agreement between you and LaPont. For this reason, these Terms are important and you should ensure that you read and understand them before proceeding to make a booking. These Terms are published on LaPont’s website. You accept the Terms by instructing LaPont to proceed with your booking (whether orally or in writing) or by making part or full payment of the total cost of the tour.

MODIFICATION OF THESE BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS : LaPont reserves the right to modify any of these Terms at any time without prior notice. The Terms which apply are those which are published on LaPont’s website at the time you make a booking or the time you use any Travel Credit for a new booking.

PRICING POLICY : All prices quoted are subject to currency fluctuations. Accordingly, LaPont reserves the right to alter the price until paid in full. Once the full price is paid LaPont shall not charge you any extra or give you a refund for reasons of currency fluctuations.

INSURANCE : It is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance which must cover for all cancellations; accidents, injury, illness, death, medical expenses, travel delays, emergency evacuation and repatriation. You must provide evidence of your insurance cover when requested by LaPont.

PAYMENT TERMS : A non-refundable deposit of € 850 will secure your booking. You are required to pay the total price upon invoicing. Failure to abide by the Payment Terms allows LaPont to cancel your booking.

Travel credits are not applicable. Bookings are not transferable – Additional fees might apply for any changes.

If you have accepted a Travel Credit or cancelled your booking by email, you release LaPont for any claims in relation to your travel booking.

Note: Cancellations cannot be reversed.

CANCELLATION POLICY : You may cancel a booking in writing by email. The email address is: lapontlanguages@bigpond.com 

There is a lot of coordination required in arranging Immersion Tours. You may cancel your booking but you may have to pay cancellation fees. The Initial deposit is non-refundable.

Cancellation notified more that 180 days prior to commencement of tour incurs a penalty of 50% of the total price of the tour and forfeiture of the initial deposit.

Cancellations notified between 180 and 90 days prior to commencement of tour incurs a penalty of 80% of the total price of the tour and forfeiture of the initial deposit.

Cancellation notified less than 90 days prior to commencement of tour incurs a penalty of 100% of the total price of the tour and forfeiture of the initial deposit.

LaPont reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a tour at its discretion. If LaPont cancels a tour, you will receive a full refund. If a tour is cancelled for reasons beyond the control of LaPont, e.g. due to a Force Majeure event, then you may not receive a refund.

EXCLUSIONS AND INDEMNITY : Occasionally circumstances beyond the reasonable control of LaPont and service providers will force changes, amendments or modifications to the itinerary and its inclusions. You may not make a claim for expenses or compensation for such changes, amendments or modifications. 

FORCE MAJEURE : LaPont is not liable for any cancellations or changes affecting a tour due to Force Majeure events which include acts of God, accident, riots, war, terrorism, epidemic, pandemic, quarantine, natural catastrophes, governmental acts, prohibitions, changes in laws and national strikes.

LaPont and service providers are not responsible for any injury, damage, or loss in respect of any person or property for any reason, whatsoever. Service Provider means and includes any carrier, tour operator, tour escort and providers of any service in respect of a tour.

You indemnify LaPont against any claim made against it which arise as a result of your actions. LaPont and service providers are not responsible or liable for your breach of any law or regulation.

LaPont acts as an intermediary to facilitate a comprehensive language program combined with educational tours; 

Airfares, travel insurance, meals and other travel arrangements not included in the itinerary are the responsibility of the participant.

ELIGIBILITY : Immersion Tours participants have to be a minimum of 21 years of age on the commencement day of the tour. Younger participants must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. LaPont has unfettered rights to exclude a participant, decline a booking request or refuse participation during the tour, if it considers that a participant is disruptive or affects the enjoyment of other participants.

Photographic Images: Our team may video or photograph students/guests on courses or during activities and use theses videos or photographs on its promotional material (websites, videos etc). By accepting our terms and conditions, you expressly authorizes LaPont to publish images. If you do not wish to be included in any photographs or videos; please inform us in writing, before arrival.

Data Protection: LaPont collects and processes data to manage all guest’s registration and follow up. This data is strictly private and reserved for internal use only. 

HEALTH: Many countries require inoculations and/or other health tests as a requirement for entering the country. While it is everyone’s right to decide whether or not they want to receive a vaccination or perform any other required health-related procedure, whether it’s for Covid-19 or any other contagious disease, the failure to or decision not to meet the entry requirements of a country does not qualify you for a refund. Further, if you get sick yourself or a family member does from Covid or any other disease, before the trip departs or during it; you will need to have your own medical and trip cancellation insurance to cover for any costs incurred.

You must ensure that you are aware of any health requirements and recommended precautions relevant to your travel booking and carry all necessary vaccination documentation.

Illicit drug use and alcohol abuse is not permitted. LaPont reserves the right to eject a participant if it considers, at its sole discretion, that a participant has breached acceptable codes of conduct. In the unlikely event of a complaint, the participant shall make a LaPont representative, teacher or host aware of such problems immediately.