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- About Us
- Our Heritage
- The Way We Travel
- How many years has Mountain Travel Sobek been in business?
- What kind of trips does MTS offer?
- How does MTS rate the trips in terms of difficulty?
- How do I know if I'm fit enough?
- Who travels with MTS and what is the maximum group size?
- What's included in my MTS trip?
- What kind of accommodations can I expect?
- What is the food like? What if I have special diet requests?
- Who are the trip leaders?
- What do I need to bring?
- Can I create a custom itinerary, and/or book a private trip?
- Does MTS offer any group discounts?
- Does Mountain Travel Sobek offer "Back to Back" Travel Discounts?
- Can I give an MTS trip as a gift?
- Does MTS offer a Wedding Registry?
- How do I sign up for a Mountain Travel Sobek trip?
- Why do I sometimes see more than one price quoted for a trip?
- What kind of deposit is required and how often are payments due?
- What are my rooming options if I'm travelling alone?
- Why should I buy travel insurance?
- What kind of information will I receive to prepare for my trip?
- Will I need a visa?
- Can I change my mind and transfer to another trip?
- What are the penalties for canceling my trip?
- What if MTS cancels a trip?
- Are trip delays and cost increases a possibility?
- What are the responsibilities of the airlines?
- What MTS needs to know about my health situation and why?
- Can MTS take or use my picture?
- What are my responsibilities as a trip member?
- What are Mountain Travel Sobek's limitations of liability?
- Travel Tips & Gear
- About our Activities
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About Mountain Travel Sobek Trips
- How many years has Mountain Travel Sobek been in business?Mountain Travel was founded in 1969 by Leo Le Bon, Allen Steck, and Barry Bishop. Mountain Travel's first-ever trip was a trek to Nepal which took place in January of that year. In 1973 Richard Bangs and John Yost founded Sobek Expeditions. Sobek's first commercial trip was on Ethiopia's Omo River. In 1991, Mountain Travel and Sobek Expeditions combined operations. (That's how we got our name, Mountain Travel Sobek!) For more on our origins, see Mountain Travel Sobek's History.
- What kind of trips does MTS offer?Our roots are in trekking and river rafting, but over the years we have added a variety of other adventures to our program—like safaris, sea kayaking, hiking, wildlife and natural history, cultural journeys, small boat cruising, photo expeditions, and even camel treks! For more information, please go to About Our Activities.
How does MTS rate the trips in terms of difficulty?Each trip is rated within four categories: "Easy," "Strenuous," "Moderate," and "Ultimate Challenge!" Except from a few trips, porters, pack animals, or support vehicles (or other conveyances such as rafts and kayaks) carry all the gear. All you carry is a light daypack. That said, you'll get more enjoyment out of any trip if you are in good physical condition, so the best advice we can offer is to get in shape. Check with your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program.
- Easy Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. River trips involving Class I, II or III rapids would fall under the EASIER level.
- Moderate More active trips involving hiking over moderately strenuous and varied terrain, usually—but not always—with vehicle support and at elevations most often below 10,000 feet, or trips with significant hiking days, wilderness camping, or other mandatory activity. On some trips, you can elect to skip a day’s hike, depending on logistics.
- Strenuous Hiking over steeper or more rugged terrain or where elevations may exceed 10,000 feet. Also includes river rafting trips with more challenging Class IV-V rapids. Strenuous trips also involve trips where there are no options to skip or shorten activities, especially when camping is required.
- Ultimate Challenge! The most demanding trips: hiking over steep, rugged terrain usually at high elevations, without vehicle support, and with substantial altitude gains and losses; trips to remote, extreme wilderness where camping may be required.
- How do I know if I'm fit enough? Besides the destination and the activity, the most important thing about choosing your trip is making sure it best suits your interests and physical abilities. You can find a detailed description of physical requirements for each trip in the detailed itinerary (What to Expect) but we also strongly encourage you to contact our trip consultants and discuss the physical requirements with them. They will be happy to assist you in choosing the trip that's right for you by asking detailed questions about your outdoor background, physical activity, and preferred style of travel. Most people will be able to get in shape for their upcoming adventure—if they start several months before departure and take their training program seriously. When signed up for a trip, we will send you a suggested training program for the trip you have signed up for. These are only guidelines and can of course be adapted to your preferences. Consult a physician before commencing any new workout program. Take your training program seriously—it'll be worth it! We want you to be on the right trip just as much as you do. Therefore, if you have any questions about your (or the trip's) fitness level, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000.
- Who travels with MTS and what is the maximum group size? You're probably wondering about the people with whom you'll share your adventure. Chances are, they're a lot like you. Our guests include families, couples, friends, and solo travelers from all walks of life. Spirited travelers, they share a passion for our wonderful world. They range in age from their late 20s to mid-70s, reminding us all that you can never be too young or too old to have fun! While you're here, let us dispel any misconceptions you may have about "group travel." Our groups are intentionally kept small—usually less than 15 people—so you will not feel herded around. With such a small number of people, we can take advantage of many unexpected invitations that would be impossible to extend to larger groups. The guides often have very close ties to the local community and we are readily welcomed into the lives of the local folk.
What's included in my MTS trip? The land cost for most trips includes the following:
- Expert leadership
- Accommodations in hotels, inns, or lodges in cities and villages
- Field arrangements, including camp and cook staffs, tents, kitchen and dining tents (on most trips), group camping and commissary equipment, necessary trip equipment (e.g. sea kayaks, rafts, personal floatation devices, etc.)
- All or most meals
- Sightseeing as noted in the trip itinerary
- Group airport transfers
- Ground transportation and support vehicles
- Additional guides and porters if needed
- Entrance fees and permits
- Basic medical and evacuation insurance
- International airfare
- Charter flights or internal airfare
- Park fees
- Meals not noted on itinerary
- Insurance of any kind (other than basic medical and evacuation insurance noted above)
- Optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff
- Excess baggage charges
- Airport taxes (if any)
- Cost of medical immunizations
- Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
What kind of accommodations can I expect?
- Hotels, Lodges & Inns Many of our trips feature accommodations in cozy country lodgings with a delightful ambiance and character. Often family-run, you'll be treated as an honored guest and feel right at home. Lodgings may range from an "eco-lodge" in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon to a delightful renovated farmhouse in the hills of Tuscany. In larger cities, we use first-class hotels with all the amenities. They are often located in the old part of town, away from the main tourist scene but close to local points of interest like small shops and colorful markets.
- Small Boat Cruises Our small boat cruises are just that: adventurous outings on small boats that allow an intimacy with the environment. No formal dinners, gambling casinos, or nightly entertainment (other than the kind we can cook up for ourselves!). All boats feature spacious common areas (dining area, bar, decks) where you can relax and take in the views. All boats are captained by experienced crews. Please see each of our small boat cruising adventures for more information about individual boats, including deckplans.
Camping in Comfort & Style Many of our trips take you to destinations far from well-traveled routes and suitable nearby lodgings. On these trips we stay in our own mobile camps. By their very nature, they feature more rustic accommodations, but you'll be pleasantly surprised by how comfortable we can make you feel. We provide roomy tents, dining tent or canopy, bathing facilities (ranging from "bucket baths" to solar showers), and "toilet" tents or other private toilet facility. African safaris are the most elegant, with spacious tents (the kind you can stand up in), comfortable bedding (cots or beds with foam pads, pillows, blankets and cool, crisp sheets), a dining tent with tables and stools where we share some spirited conversations (and great meals!), bathroom tents, and shower tents so you can rinse off the dust after an exhilarating day of game viewing.
On most of our camping trips, a friendly support crew takes care of all the details while you relax and enjoy yourself. They'll set up tents, prepare tasty, wholesome meals, clean up, and see to it that you stay healthy. However, on most of our rafting, kayaking, exploratory trips (and a few trekking trips) everyone helps with camp chores, which adds to the teamwork required for these trips.
- What is the food like? What if I have special diet requests? One of the nicest things about traveling in foreign lands is discovering fantastic regional cuisine. We include most or all meals on our trips, so when we stay in hotels or inns we dine in intimate restaurants and sample a variety of tempting local dishes, usually topped by a glass or two of the regional wine. (Good thing we have pretty active days, otherwise we'd all put on a few pounds.) Even in more rustic settings, like camping, you'll dine equally well. The camp cooks are experienced professionals who manage to prepare amazing culinary treats in the most remote places. (Imagine feasting on fresh blackened salmon and pesto while sitting on the banks of Alaska's Alsek River.) In some regions the supply of produce may be more limited and consequently the food will be less varied. But you can rest assured that it will always be hearty, healthy, and tasty. We will try to accommodate any special diet requests you may have (e.g. vegetarian and vegan), but ask that you please discuss your requests with us when signing up for a trip. For questions about the cuisine on our trips, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000.
- Who are the trip leaders? We know well that it's more than just a matter of the destination, state-of-the-art equipment, or gourmet food that gives a trip its greatness. That greatness, without a doubt, comes from the trip leaders—and we are proud to offer you the best of the best. Your trip leaders are your link to other places and other cultures and are often the key to an unforgettable experience (as evidenced by the thousands of glowing reviews we receive each year about them!). You'll learn more from them than from any guidebook and their expertise, undying enthusiasm, language skills, environmental appreciation, cultural understanding, and safety training are unparalleled. Besides showing you wonders you'd never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. Please go to Trip Leaders for a sampling of the MTS trip leader crew. For questions about your trip leaders, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000.
- What do I need to bring? All you need to bring—besides your spirit of adventure—is your personal gear. Don't worry, we'll send you a detailed clothing and equipment list in your pre-departure information package so you know what you'll need. We provide the rest: top-quality, state-of-the-art tents, rafting and sea kayaking gear, camping and commissary equipment, and vehicles.
- Can I create a custom itinerary, and/or book a private trip? Yes! Our trips are a perfect way to share and celebrate special occasions with friends and family and ideal for special-interest groups and corporate training programs. You can reserve an entire trip departure just for your group or let us create a special trip tailored to your specific needs and wishes. If you can imagine it, we can make it happen! We take care of all the details: guides, accommodations, meal arrangements, transportation, and equipment. For more information please go to Private Adventures, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000 for details.
- Does MTS offer any group discounts? We offer a group travel discount for seven or more people traveling together (not valid for private trips). Please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000 for details.
- Does Mountain Travel Sobek offer "Back to Back" Travel Discounts? Yes, we offer a discount if you take two or more trips "back-to-back." In fact, some of our trips are specifically timed to help you do this! Please call us for the details. Some exceptions apply. 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235)
- Can I give an MTS trip as a gift? Want to make someone really happy? Give them a Mountain Travel Sobek adventure for the best birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding (we also offer bridal registry!), or other special occasion gift ever! Also makes a great reward for that top salesperson in your company or other incentive gift. We'll even provide a gift certificate. Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000 for the details.
- Does MTS offer a Wedding Registry? Yes! Instead of wedding presents that will gather dust on the shelves, you can now get honeymoon memories that will last a lifetime with our Wedding Registry Program. Whether your dream is to sail the Galapagos Islands on a deluxe yacht or safari through Botswana while staying in luxury tented camps, we have the perfect honeymoon for adventurous couples. For more information, please go to MTS Wedding Registry (PDF file) or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000.
Ready To Go? What You Should Know.
- How do I sign up for a Mountain Travel Sobek trip? Signing up is easy! Please go to Reserve a Trip, email us at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000 and reserve a space with a deposit on your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card.If you have a favorite travel agent, he or she can book your trip at no extra cost and provide other helpful assistance (some trips may be excluded).
- Why do I sometimes see more than one price quoted for a trip? Adventure travel works best with a small group of people. In order to operate these small groups, our trips are priced according to the number of full-price travelers on the trip. Mountain Travel Sobek staff, trip doctors, and other discounted travelers are excluded from the count for this purpose. We invoice you at the highest tier price (the smallest group size we can operate) until final payment is due. If the price drops due to an increase in group size before your trip departs, you will be refunded the difference.
What kind of deposit is required and how often are payments due?
At time of reservation $400 120 days prior to departure $800 60 days prior to departure Balance
Galápagos, Greece, Turkey & Patagonia Explorer Cruise Departures
At time of reservation $400 120 days prior to departure $1200 90 days prior to departure Balance
Antarctica, Svalbard, & High Arctic Explorer Cruise Departures; Bears of Katmai, Arctic Refuge Hiking, Kongakut, & Hulahula Departures
At time of reservation $750 120 days prior to departure $1200 90 days prior to departure Balance
Private Adventures, Custom Adventures, Iceland & Greenland Adventure, John Muir Trail, & Special Departures
At time of reservation $800 or 25% of Land Cost, whichever is greater 120 days prior to departure 25% of Land Cost 90 days prior to departure Balance
Extensions & Extra Services (including extra hotel nights)
At time of reservation $100 (non-refundable)
*Some exceptions apply All payments may be made by check or major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). Prices are in US dollars and all payments are to be made in US dollars. Immediately after we receive your deposit, you will be emailed or faxed a Booking Verification Form that must be completed and faxed to us within 24 hours. You will then receive a detailed pre-trip packet with a clothing and equipment list, visa kit (if required), invoice, insurance information, Medical History and Certificate, a trip Participant Information Form (including a Release From Liability Agreement that you must sign and return to us), and other information needed to prepare for your trip. Rendezvous instructions and final trip details will be sent about three weeks prior to trip departure. For questions about deposits and payments please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000.
- Regular Departures
- What are my rooming options if I'm travelling alone? Accommodations (hotels, tents, and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed in the Trip Itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, you are required to pay a "forced" single supplement fee, which is usually half of the regular single supplement (shared accommodations are guaranteed on some trips). On a few trips, single accommodations are not available. For questions about single supplement please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000.
- Why should I buy travel insurance? Although Mountain Travel Sobek purchases the Medical Protection Plan (Policy Number F485M) on behalf of all Mountain Travel Sobek travelers to provide coverage for medical expenses or evacuation services while on your trip, we recommend the purchase of our Optional Travel Insurance Plan (Optional Plan F485S) which enhances the coverage limits under the Medical Protection Plan protects but, more importantly, also protects your travel investment should you need to cancel for a reason covered by the Optional Travel Plan. Click here for details of the Medical Protection Plan and click here for details of the Optional Travel Insurance Plan.
- What kind of information will I receive to prepare for my trip? After we receive your deposit, we'll send you a detailed document with a clothing and equipment list, visa kit (if required), invoice, insurance information, a Participant Information Form, a Medical History and Certificate, and other information needed to prepare for your trip. Final trip details and rendezvous instructions are sent about three weeks before departure.
- Will I need a visa? Visas may be required for your destination and are not included in the Land Cost of your trip. You can avoid the potential hassles of getting your own visas and let VisaCentral purchase them for you. We will send you the necessary forms (if your trip requires a visa) to help you obtain visas through VisaCentral in your pre-departure package. If calling VisaCentral mention code 73077. You must apply 45 to 90 days before departure because the process takes time. For questions about visas, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000.
- Can I change my mind and transfer to another trip? You may transfer to another trip without a fee up to 90 days before departure. If you transfer from one trip to another within 89 days of departure, however, you are subject to the usual Cancellation Fees (appropriate to the date you notify us of your wish to transfer). No transfers are allowed on Galápagos, Fiji, Turkey, Antarctica, Svalbard, High Arctic Explorer Cruises, Private Trips, Special Departures, Explorations Trips, and Allen Bechky Departures. We recommend that you purchase the travel insurance package to protect yourself. For questions about transfers, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000.
What are the penalties for canceling my trip? At the time we receive written notice that you must cancel your trip, the following fees will apply (all dates are from departure date):
From time of reservation
until 90 days prior to departure
$150 89 to 60 days prior to departure $400 59 to 30 days prior to departure 50% of Land Cost 29 days or less prior to departure 100% of Land Cost
Galápagos, Fiji, Greece, Turkey & Patagonia Explorer Cruise Departures
From time of reservation
until 120 days prior to departure
$400 119 to 90 days prior to departure 25% of Land/Cruise Cost 89 to 60 days prior to departure 50% of Land/Cruise Cost 59 days or less prior to departure 100% of Land/Cruise Cost
Antarctica, Svalbard, & High Arctic Explorer Cruise Departures; Arctic Refuge Hiking, Kongakut & Hulahula Departures
At time of reservation until
120 days prior to departure
$750 119 to 90 days prior to departure 25% of Land/Cruise Cost 89 days or less prior to departure 100% of Land/Cruise Cost
Private Adventures, Custom Adventures & Special Departures
From time of reservation
until 90 days prior to departure
$800 or 25% of Land Cost, whichever is greater 89 to 60 days prior to departure 50% of Land Cost 59 days or less prior to departure 100% of Land Cost
Extensions & Extra Services (including extra hotel nights)
At time of reservation until 60 days prior to departure $100* 59 to 30 days 50% of Extension Cost 29 days or less 100% of Extension Cost
*Some exceptions apply. For questions about cancellation policy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235) or 1-510-594-6000.
- Regular Departures
- What if MTS cancels a trip? Mountain Travel Sobek reserves the right to cancel any trip due to inadequate sign-up or other cause that makes the trip unfeasible for us to operate, but will inform you at least 45 days prior to departure. In such a case, a full refund of Land Cost is given, but Mountain Travel Sobek is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by members preparing for the trip (e.g. nonrefundable "Advance Purchase" air tickets, visa fees if applicable, clothing, equipment, medical expenses). Do not purchase your air tickets before speaking with your Adventure Coordinator.
- Are trip delays and cost increases a possibility? The cost of delays is not included if any trip is delayed due to bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, sickness or other contingency for which Mountain Travel Sobek or its agents cannot make provision. Trip Costs and/or Land Costs are subject to increase without prior notice, even after you have signed up on the trip. We often publish our prices more than a year in advance. Between that time and the time of the trip's actual departure, we are occasionally faced with significant cost increases that we cannot absorb, i.e. international currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or increases in cost of services. We regret this situation, and we do everything we can to avoid raising prices, but sometimes it is unavoidable. We will do our best to limit such increases and will notify you at least two months before departure.
- What are the responsibilities of the airlines? The airlines are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their planes or conveyance. The passage contract in use by the airlines concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and such purchasers of these tours and/or passenger. Such conveyance, etc. is subject to the laws of the countries involved. Airlines used vary in degree of safety and risk. Many air carriers have an unknown safety and maintenance record. Mountain Travel is not liable for incidents involving airline safety, cancellations, service, risk, delays, etc., or incidents that result in injury or death as a result. Please read the conditions on the back of your airline tickets. If Mountain Travel is handling your air, please read the back of your air itinerary
- What MTS needs to know about my health situation and why? It is vital that persons with medical problems make them known to us well before departure. The trip leader has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during the trip if he or she feels the trip member is physically or mentally incapable or if a trip member's continued participation will jeopardize the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances. Hospital facilities for serious problems are often unavailable and evacuation can be prolonged, difficult, and expensive. Mountain Travel Sobek assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care. Trip members will receive appropriate health information and a Medical History and Certificate to be filled out and returned to us. You will need to provide us with your accurate and complete medical information history for the last three years, as well as any special dietary needs. If you are age 65 or older (or on certain designated trips, including those with the Activity Level of "Ultimate Challenge"), the Medical History and Certificate must be signed by your physician. Once you have been confirmed on a trip, normal cancellation fees apply if your doctor does not approve the Medical History and Certificate. We can send you this form prior to making your reservation so your doctor can pre-approve you.
- Can MTS take or use my picture? Mountain Travel may take photographs and/or video of its trips and trip participants and participant grants Mountain Travel permission to do so and for it to use such for promotional or commercial use without payment of any compensation to participant.
- What are my responsibilities as a trip member? Trip members have certain responsibilities to Mountain Travel Sobek and to other trip members. Trip members are responsible for understanding the conditions implied in the Trip Itinerary and selecting a trip in consultation with Mountain Travel Sobek that is appropriate to their interests and abilities, and for preparing for the trip by studying the trip itinerary and supplemental trip information sent by Mountain Travel Sobek. Screening for fitness (for trips rated "Strenuous" or "Ultimate Challenge") is made by our Adventure Sales consultants at the time of booking. At the trip leader's discretion, a member may be asked to leave the trip if the leader feels that the person's further participation may be detrimental to the individual or to other trip members.
What are Mountain Travel Sobek's limitations of liability? "Mountain Travel Sobek" is defined to include its owners, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives and affiliates (collectively “Mountain Travel”). Except for the Alaska Discovery Inn, some small craft and some vans in Alaska, Mountain Travel does not own or operate any entity that provides goods or services for your trip including, for example, ownership or control over hotels or other lodging facilities, airline, vessel, bus, van or other transportation companies, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Mountain Travel is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity, or of any other third party. Without limitation, Mountain Travel Sobek is not responsible for any injury, loss, or damage to person or property, death, delay or inconvenience in connection with the provision of any goods or services occasioned by or resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God, force majeure, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, structural or other defective conditions in hotels or other lodging facilities, mechanical or other failure of airplanes or other means of transportation or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely, dangers associated with animals, marine life or vegetation of any sort, dangers incident to recreational activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, rafting, hiking, bicycling, rock climbing, etc., sanitation problems, food poisoning, lack of, access to or quality of medical care, difficulty in evacuation in case of a medical or other emergency, or for any other cause beyond the direct control of Mountain Travel. In addition, participants release Mountain Travel from its own negligence and assume all risk thereof. On advancement of deposit to Mountain Travel, the depositor therefore agrees to be bound by the above recited terms and conditions. These are partial conditions. Your participation is contingent on your signature on the full list of terms specified in the four-page Participant Information Form.
- ArbitrationAny dispute concerning, relating or referring to these Terms and Conditions, to any literature concerning this trip, or the trip itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration in San Francisco, California, according to the then existing rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such proceedings will be governed by substantive California law without regard to the California Arbitration Act.
- Conditions of ParticipationYour participation on a Mountain Travel Sobek trip is subject to the conditions stated in the four-page Participant Information Form, which includes the Agreement and Release from Liability and the Booking Conditions. Specific information on payment and cancellation policies is also contained within this document, as well as in our current catalog and here on our website. We urge you to read this information carefully, and to call us if you have any questions at 1-888-MTSOBEK (687-6235).
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