Egypt is in the midst of a great political transition from a
repressive totalitarian state to a new and still to be determined form
of democracy. This has been a bumpy process and demonstrations are
frequent, and on occasion become violent. This may continue for the
near future. It is very important that foreigners not go near such
demonstrations, for there own safety and because for most Egyptians
self determination is the intention, and foreign interference or
influence is not welcomed. Foreigners who have attended demonstrations
have been targeted for attack or arrested.
From the state department website:
“The U.S. Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid
all demonstrations in Egypt, as even peaceful ones can quickly become
violent and a foreigner could become a target of harassment or worse.
Several U.S. citizens have been arrested during demonstrations.” link
The tourist areas we will be visiting are calm. It is important that
all participants of THE GREAT CONVERGENCE remain within our
recommended tours and avoid areas of unrest.
Cancelled trips: The Great Convergence, LLC reserves the right to cancel the event due to inadequate registration and package sales that make the trip economically infeasible to operate. While we will make every effort to fill the trip to the point of maximum economy for everyone and do all possible to avoid canceling the trip, we cannot operate the trip unless a certain number of registrations have been reached. If trip cancellation becomes necessary we will refund your payment in full, minus any ticketing and processing fees. The refund of all payments received shall release The Great Convergence, LLC from any further liability. The Great Convergence, LLC is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred by members in preparing for the trip, such as non-refundable advance purchase airline tickets, visa and passport fees, equipment or medical costs. In circumstances where trip cancellations resulting from the inability for trip to depart as scheduled, such as cancellations due to acts of war and/or terrorism, war, God, or nature takes place, The Great Convergence, LLC is not liable for restitution.
Cancellation and refunds: All cancellations must be in writing, and are effective based on the date received in our office. Refunds will be granted based on the following schedule:
Up to 90 days days prior to Dec. 19th: Full refund minus all ticketing, processing and other fees.
89 – 65 days prior to Dec. 19th: 50% refund of payments minus all ticketing, processing and other fees as well as any non-refundable expenses pre-paid to Travel Suppliers. (As payments are made according to the schedule, the money is sent on to secure hotels, air travel and other services for your journey).
Less than 64 days: No refund of payments received.
No refunds will be issued for unused portions of the trip. We strongly recommend trip cancellation insurance.
Responsibility: The Great Convergence, LLC is a California Corporation with its principal place of business in Los Angeles, Ca and it’s associates, act only as an agent for the Tour Operator(s). The various hotels, airlines, bus companies, railroads, ship lines, and sightseeing companies are called Travel Suppliers. They are independent agents who supply the accommodations, transportation, and other services described in this brochure. All coupons, exchange orders, receipts, contracts, tickets, etc. issued through The Great Convergence, LLC are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the Suppliers. Acceptance of The Great Convergence, LLC travel program membership and/or such coupons, exchange orders, receipts, contracts, tickets, etc. acknowledges that The Great Convergence, LLC and the traveling member are subject to any and all tariffs, terms and conditions under which any such Travel Suppliers, their owners or contractors or any persons in their employ may have established.
By utilizing the service of the Suppliers you agree that neither The Great Convergence, LLC nor any of their agents or employees shall be liable for any delay or change in flight or itinerary schedule, strikes, loss, damage, or injury to your property or person or that of those traveling with you including death caused by reason of others’ negligence, wrongful or intentional acts, acts of God, terrorist acts, governmental or political actions, civil unrest or hostilities, fires, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantine, medical or customs regulations, accidents not withstanding any travel advisories or warnings, or for defects of equipment of any Travel Supplier, for any expense or inconvenience caused by late arrivals of any conveyances of such Travel Suppliers or any changes of schedules, conveyances or accommodations determined by any Tour Operator, or for any cancellation or disruption of any such services provided by any such Travel Suppliers; or for any failure on the part of any such Tour Operator or Travel Supplier to perform by reason of financial difficulty or default, suspension of operation, or other reason; or for any refunds for Tour Operator or Travel Supplier, or not paid over by The Great Convergence, LLC to any such Tour Operator or Travel Supplier.
Neither The Great Convergence, LLC, nor any of their associates, agents, or employees shall be financially responsible to any tour member in the event of cancellation of all or part of any tour due to acts of war, nature, governmental action; civil unrest or hostilities, or acts of terrorism, or for the default of any Tour Operator or Travel Supplier, or for any reason beyond control of The Great Convergence, LLC.
Travel Supplier(s)/Tour Operator(s) provide the travel services identified with this travel program, and the travel program member agrees to look solely to such Travel Supplier(s)/Tour Operator(s) for the provision to such travel services; the Tour Operator or Tour Director/Manager/Escort shall have the right to decline to accept or to retain any person as a travel program member should such travel program member’s health, mental condition, physical infirmity or general deportment impede the operation of the travel program or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other travel program members, and no refund can be given in such cases. The right is reserved to substitute tours or alter itineraries, and either the Tour Operator or The Great Convergence, LLC. shall have the right to cancel any travel program prior to departure or to increase prices where the costs shall rise.
The Great Convergence, LLC is not responsible for any refunds should a presenter or performer advertised as attending or leading a tour, conference or performance cancel for any reason whatsoever. The Great Convergence, LLC is not responsible for any physical, mental, emotional, or other reaction, trauma, or ailment during the trip or occurring afterwards, that participants may experience at the sites or from any leaders, workshops, or sessions of any kind, including private sessions with presenters. Attendance on the trip indicates acceptance of this and all other provisions of this responsibility clause.
The Great Convergence, LLC has recommended the purchase of appropriate travel accident insurance, baggage insurance, tour operation carrier default protection insurance, and trip cancellation insurance, and has made available explanatory information and policies, and the travel program member has had the opportunity to purchase such insurance as protection against certain risks of travel to the planned destination. Travel program members are advised that travel insurance covers only what is included as stated as covered in the travel insurance brochure you receive from your personal agent.
Neither The Great Convergence, LLC nor the airlines or transportation companies concerned are to be held responsible for the late arrival of passengers at airports or resorts due to inclement weather, nor are they to be held liable for payment of, or any refund for, transfers or unused hotel accommodations or meals occasioned by such late arrival at the hotels holding rooms as confirmed itineraries. The airlines or transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible any acts, omissions or events during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyances. The passenger contract in use by the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines or transportation companies and the purchaser of this travel program and/or passengers.