Barcelona Field Studies Centre Booking Conditions
Provisional bookings may be made by telephone, fax, e-mail or post. These can normally be held for a period of up to three months or longer, depending upon how far in advance the booking is made. An option date is provided at the time of booking. Option dates can usually be extended upon request. We cannot guarantee that a booking will be held beyond the option date without payment of a deposit.
For residential courses with the exception of accommodation at the Hotel Calipolis in Sitges, a 15% deposit is required to confirm a booking. For the Hotel Calipolis, a 50% deposit is required. Until the deposit is received the booking is treated as provisional and subject to cancellation if the option date has expired.
For non-residential courses, full payment is required a minimum of one month in advance to confirm a booking. Until the payment is received the booking is treated as provisional and subject to cancellation if the option date has expired.
The outstanding balance is payable at least 8 days before arrival in Barcelona. We reserve the right to cancel your booking with no refund of deposit if your outstanding balance payment is not received.
Prices are accommodation and itinerary-specific and vary according to the exact numbers of students and staff. The price will be recalculated for any subsequent change in numbers or itinerary.
We guarantee the price of your course will not be subject to any surcharge except for those resulting from government action including changes in Value Added Tax (IVA in Spain and VAT in the UK), changes in Tourist Tax (Catalonia) or drastic increases in the price of fuel. Even in this case, we will absorb an amount equivalent to 2% of the course price. Only amounts in excess of this 2% will be surcharged. If this means you will pay more than 10% on the original course price, you will be entitled to cancel your course with a full refund of all money paid. Should you decide to cancel, you must exercise your right within 14 days from the issue date printed on the revised quote/invoice. Surcharges will not be imposed within 30 days of departure.
CANCELLATION OR REDUCTION IN NUMBERS
7.1 Notice of cancellation for a residential course
Any notice of cancellation must be made by email or fax 40 days or more prior to your visit. The 15% deposit fee is not refundable. If the booking is cancelled less than 40 days before the commencement of the course, the balance of the course fee must be paid in full, a condition that is accepted when the booking is confirmed. Barcelona Field Studies Centre S.L. will not accept any liability to make good any loss or compensate any group resulting from the cancellation of a booking.
There are exceptions to this clause for qualifying COVID-19 related group cancellations (see Clause 8).
7.2 Notice of cancellation or postponement for a non-residential course
If cancellation or request for postponement is made less than 3 days before the commencement of the course, a refund (full or in part) or holding over of funds to a new date would be at our absolute discretion, and not guaranteed.
7.3 Withdrawal of individual students (hotel accommodation)
For individual student withdrawals made up to 8 days before arrival, the total cost for the group would be recalculated using our web site calculator (links: 2023 Course / 2024 Course) and the difference between the old and new totals refunded. This ensures that your free staff places and our fixed transport and staff costs remain covered and enables the group leader to decide his/her own student refund policy.
If the remaining student individual costs per head are not to increase, the withdrawing student cannot be given a full refund. If the group leader decides to make a full refund to the student withdrawing, the remaining students need to pay more to cover the fixed costs of transport, staffing, free staff places etc..
7.4 Withdrawal of individual students (rural lodge accommodation)
The refund policy as per clause 7.3 above applies, with the exception that a subsequent reduction in student and staff numbers is limited to 10% of the original booking total numbers. Refunds cannot be given for student or staff withdrawals that exceed this 10% limit. A group is therefore committed to pay a minimum of 90% of the places reserved for their stay at the time of confirmation of booking through payment of a deposit.
7.5 Charges for withdrawal of individual students made less than 8 days before arrival
For individual withdrawals made less than 8 days before arrival, 100% of the total individual rate invoiced will be charged. There is no refund. An individual cancellation invoice for insurance claim purposes can be provided upon request.
7.6 No Show
No Show of individuals will be charged 100% of the total individual rate invoiced. There is no refund. An individual cancellation invoice for insurance claim purposes can be provided upon request.
No Show of the group will be charged 100% of the total invoiced. There is no refund.
Please note that a substitute person may attend. Airlines will charge a fee for name changes.
Please check that your insurance policy covers for withdrawals or no show due to any reason.
COVID-19 RELATED* GROUP CANCELLATION
For groups accommodated at the Hotel Piccadilly, Hotel Subur and Hotel Subur Maritim, we offer a COVID-19 related* group cancellation guarantee of immediate full refund of all funds paid up to 8 days before arrival. This clause does not apply to those groups booking residential courses with accommodation at our other providers.
For groups booking a non-residential course, we offer a COVID-19 related* group cancellation guarantee of immediate full refund of all funds paid up to 8 days before arrival.
For groups accommodated at the Hotel Piccadilly, Hotel Subur and Hotel Subur Maritim, if cancellation is COVID-19 related* and less than 8 days but more than 3 days before arrival, there would be immediate full refund of your 75% final balance. Your 15% deposit would not be refunded, but at our absolute discretion and that of the hotel, it may be held over to new dates.
For groups accommodated at the Hotel Piccadilly, Hotel Subur and Hotel Subur Maritim, if cancellation is COVID-19 related* and less than 4 days before arrival, there would be no refunds or holding over to new dates except at our absolute discretion and that of the hotel.
*Definition of COVID-19 related reasons
A COVID-19 related reason will be determined by us at our absolute discretion, but can include any of the following, if these scenarios affect the courses and/or experiences you have booked with us prior to your arrival date:
- If your Government advise against travel (including non-essential travel) to Spain.
- If your Government pass laws or impose restrictions that prevent you from travelling to the destination. E.g. advise against travel within your country due to the implementation of a local or national lockdown, or the restriction of travel between tiers.
- If the Spanish Government and/or Spanish regional authority pass laws or impose restrictions that prevent you from travelling to the destination. E.g. advise against travel within Spain due to the implementation of a local or national lockdown, or the restriction of travel between municipalities.
- The implementation of your Government or Spanish Government policy advising against educational visits and/or school closures.
- If the group is required by law to self-isolate/quarantine preventing travel.
- If the group is required by law to self-isolate/quarantine after returning from Spain, preventing travel.
There is no refund for missed meals.
There is no refund for early departures.
AIRPORT ARRIVAL TIMES FOR DEPARTURE
The timing of your airport transfer on your departure day will get you to the departure hall in good time for all check-in formalities and security screening before boarding.
European Flights: check-in at least 2 hours before departure.
International Flights: check-in at least 3 hours before departure.
Additional time needs to be allowed for large groups. Reducing these times would be at your own risk and may result in you missing your flight.
If you have a problem during your visit, you must us inform as soon as is reasonably possible and we will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint cannot be completely resolved, you must complete a report form. Please follow this up within 28 days of your return home by writing to us giving all other relevant information. Send the letter by recorded delivery and keep a copy. We must acknowledge receipt within 14 days and then provide you with a detailed reply within 28 days.
It is a condition of booking that you communicate any problem to the supplier of the services in question AND to us whilst in Spain and obtain a written report form. If you fail to follow this procedure your entitlement to compensation, if any, will be prejudiced because you will not have taken reasonable steps to mitigate your loss and we will not have been given a full opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem.
Room distribution will be provided in the week before arrival. Room allocation is at the discretion of the hotel, dependent upon availability. There is no refund for individual student or staff withdrawals once specific rooms are allocated. (See student withdrawal refund policy).
Party leaders are responsible for ensuring all members of the party have appropriate travel documentation and adequate travel insurance, including emergency medical repatriation.
Party leaders accompanying groups are responsible for the good conduct, health, safety and discipline of all members of their party throughout their stay.
Should damage occur to the hotel during your stay, the individual(s) responsible may be asked to meet the cost of replacement or repairs. An open credit card security deposit signed by the group leader is normally required upon arrival, and is returnable on departure.
Party leaders are responsible for ensuring that all members of their group are in good health and able to participate in the programme.
Our website cost calculator is programmed to provide free places for all accompanying staff, including drivers if travelling by coach.
Requested changes to the coach itinerary on the actual day of use may not always be possible and may incur additional costs.
A minimum driver rest break of 30 minutes is required on a field study day. This must be taken at a location with toilet and refreshment facilities.
Fieldwork or sight-seeing activities on the arrival and departure days must be based in the local area.
A small supplement may be payable depending upon the hotel accommodation used.
Peak Season Supplement
A small supplement is payable for June-September peak season bookings.
Any person creating a nuisance at the hotel, and who ignores appropriate advice and warning, may be required to leave. Prior notice may not be given in cases of serious misbehaviour.
Any student who is deemed to be behaving in a manner which endangers him/herself or others in the group may be asked to leave the party in consultation with the party leader.
All members of the party will be required to adhere to the hotel rules and the Barcelona Field Studies Centre S.L. Code of Conduct.
A health and safety briefing will be given on arrival.
Barcelona Field Study Centre S.L., its servants, agents and employees are not under any liability whatsoever in respect of loss or damage to personal belongings or property however caused whilst attending a Centre programme.
Barcelona Field Studies Centre S.L. is not under any liability whatsoever in respect of damage to personal belongings, property or personal injury incurred by, or caused by members of the party in the time outside of fieldwork supervised or led by its servants, agents and employees.
Dangerous drugs and weapons are strictly forbidden.
It is illegal to purchase and consume alcohol below the age of 18.
It illegal to purchase cigarettes below the age of 18.
Students should not undertake tattooing or ear/body piercing procedures during their stay.
A full list of names of the group, together with dates of birth and passport numbers must be handed in to the Director on arrival.
Where two groups choose to combine to reduce fixed tuition, transport and other costs, both groups will have the same itinerary, arriving and leaving together, sharing accommodation, meals, tuition and transport.
The total price for each group will be calculated according to the total student and staff numbers of both groups combined as well as the student-teacher ratio for that (uncombined) group. A higher student-teacher ratio for one uncombined group would lead to a lower cost per student for that group, as a larger number of students are covering the cost of their free teacher places.
This policy means that any change in numbers in either group alters the overall combined group size and affects the total price (and price per student) for both groups. Please see our student withdrawal refund policy.
Group leaders may prefer to formulate their own payment policy, for example liaising to split the total (combined) cost evenly between both groups and making one combined payment to us.
Combined group calculations can be made online through our Combined Groups Itinerary Pricing Calculator.
Additional conditions apply to a small group joining a larger pre-booked group. See geographyfieldwork.com/SmallGroups.htm
Exchange Rate and Fuel surcharge policies may apply. See our Pricing Policy.
Cheques should be made payable to Barcelona Field Studies Centre.
IF WE ARE FORCED TO CHANGE THINGS
Occasionally we have to make changes to itineraries and accommodation and we reserve the right to do so at any time. Most changes will be minor and all will be advised at the earliest possible date. If a change of accommodation is required after you have paid your deposit, this will be at no extra cost. If accommodation is changed to that of a lower official classification, we will automate an element of refund using our online costs calculator.
We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by, or you otherwise suffer any damage, loss or expense of any nature whatsoever as a result of 'force majeure'. In these Booking Conditions, 'force majeure' means any event which we or the supplier of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events may include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, actual or threatened terrorist activity, industrial dispute, natural or nuclear disaster, pandemic or epidemic, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events outside our control.
The clicking of the 'I have read and accept the booking conditions' button when making a booking and/or the signing of the booking form by the group leader signifies the willingness to comply with the regulations set down by the Director and employees of Barcelona Field Studies Centre S.L..
Previous Booking Conditions (valid to 18 November 2021)