I am not a minor and I understand that by being a passenger of Green Tortoise Adventure Travel, Inc. (Green Tortoise) that: A. I will have the opportunity to participate in various activities, including but not limited to hiking, swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, rafting, boating, cave exploration, kayaking, soaking in hot springs, and engaging in other activities in public parklands and in privately-owned facilities such as restaurants, bars, stores, and recreation areas. I further understand that by participating in any of these activities, I may be subjected to a variety of hazards and risks, foreseen or unforeseen, which may cause me to suffer property damage, injury, or death ("DAMAGES"). I know that these DAMAGES can occur due to natural causes, the active or passive negligence of Green Tortoise, its employees and agents, or the negligent or intentional acts of third parties and/or fellow passengers. I further understand that while on the Green Tortoise there will be times where access to rescue or medical facilities or expertise may be several hours or even days away from the location where these DAMAGES may occur. I understand that being exposed to such DAMAGES, risks and hazards are inherent in participating in Green Tortoise Adventure Travel and I understand that I should therefore exercise extra care for my own person. I understand the potential for these DAMAGES to occur, that those hazards and risks associated with Green Tortoise exist, and notwithstanding these factors I choose to take this Green Tortoise journey, agree to pay the required costs therefor and voluntarily assume the risks of such DAMAGES occurring while I am on my Green Tortoise journey. B. Green Tortoise may at times deliver passengers to various third parties who will conduct, supervise, guide, or instruct passengers in various sporting or recreational activities, or conduct entire tours including but not limited to, those activities listed above in section A. Green Tortoise assumes no duty to certify, monitor or verify the qualifications of any third parties involved in these activities. Passengers' concerns regarding the qualifications of any third parties conducting or supervising these activities should be directed to the third parties and passenger agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless Green Tortoise for liability for DAMAGES arising out of the negligence of such third parties. C. I have chosen to be a passenger on an unconventional touring vehicle that differs in design from ordinary commercial buses used for regular transportation or touring purposes. Since the vehicle in which I will be travelling is not a conventional tour bus and therefore involves unique risks of DAMAGES, I understand the need for all passengers to exercise particular caution when on the bus, and especially while moving around the interior of the vehicle while the vehicle is in transit. I voluntarily assume the risks of any and all DAMAGES I may incur on Green Tortoise vehicles unless such DAMAGES are directly related to the negligent operation of the vehicle by Green Tortoise employees. D. In the event that I choose to quit or depart from my Green Tortoise tour prior to the completion of the tour as scheduled, I understand the risk inherent in doing so, and I agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless Green Tortoise, its officers, directors, agents and employees of any liability for DAMAGES arising out of, or occurring after, my departure from the tour. I also understand that by quitting or departing from the tour I will have forfeited and relinquished any remaining value in the ticket purchased for the tour and waive any and all claims for reimbursement from Green Tortoise. The Green Tortoise is not responsible for any passengers expenses arising from delays due to accidents, breakdowns, or adverse traffic and weather conditions
All deposits are non-refundable/ non-transferable. In most cases (exceptions are noted below), if you notify us at least 12 days prior to departure, you may apply your deposit (less 50% for a cancellation fee) to another Green Tortoise trip. If you notify us less than 12 days prior to departure, you forfeit your entire deposit. If you must cancel your reservation, PLEASE PHONE TO CANCEL. Cancellations made by email are not acceptable. We can be reached at 800 TORTOISE or 415-956-7500. For most trips (exceptions are noted below), the balance of your trip, including the food/parks fund, is due at departure. Payment at departure must always be in cash, money order or a cashier's check (in USD funds only).
The full balance of your fare, including the food/parks fund, for the Alaskan Expedition, American Overland, USA Expedition, USA Explorer, and USA Trek are due 21 days prior to departure. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to departure, you may apply your deposit (less 50% for a cancellation fee) to another Green Tortoise trip. The full trip amount also becomes non-refundable/non-transferable 21 days prior to departure. Therefore, if you notify the Green Tortoise of a cancellation less than 21 days prior to departure, you lose the full payment of the trip.
The food/parks fund, which everyone pays, covers about 70% (some exceptions) of meals, all camping fees, as well as U.S. park entrance fees. You are responsible for all other meals.
All Green Tortoise buses are insured as commercial passenger vehicles. You are not covered by this insurance anytime you are off the bus. We recommend that you purchase additional insurance. Federal and state law mandates that the passenger accept responsibility for all carry-on items and that the carrier's liability be limited to $250 per bag that has been checked into the luggage compartment.
I HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THE DEPOSIT AND RESERVATION POLICIES ABOVE. I HAVE READ THE ABOVE ASSUMPTION OF RISK, RELEASE AND BINDING ARBITRATION AGREEMENT AND VOLUNTARILY AGREE TO SIGN THIS DOCUMENT. No oral representations, statements or inducements, apart from this written agreement have been made and the undersigned acknowledges that the terms of this agreement cannot be altered or waived by any Green Tortoise employee or agent except in writing. I have read and agree to sign the assumption of risk, release, and binding arbitration agreement form on the reverse of this page. I agree to confirm my reservation 2 days prior to my departure or I may be moved to a stand-by list. I understand that conditions may be relatively primitive, and not luxurious. I understand that all trip itineraries are flexible and subject to change. I understand, agree and accept that Green Tortoise does not guarantee arrival times. I agree to cooperate with my Green Tortoise drivers' directives and abide by all prevailing laws. I understand that it's my responsibility to return to the bus on time and to catch up with the tour in the event that I am left behind. I understand that the Green Tortoise reserves the right to refuse service at any time, to anyone that they believe to be incompatible with the Green Tortoise way of traveling without any compensation other than their unused portion of the food fund. I understand that the Green Tortoise reserves the right to cancel any trip (very rare) for any reason without any compensation other than the fare and the food/parks fund paid.