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Introducing au pairs & students to North America for 27 years!
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Responsibilities and Tour Conditions.  Cultural Horizons Unlimited, Inc., which does business as Cultural Hi-Ways, acts only as an agent for the suppliers of lodging, sightseeing, entertainment, transportation and food services, all of which are independent contractors. As an agent, Cultural Hi-Ways has no control over the employees, equipment or operation of its suppliers, and therefore cannot be held liable for personal injuries, property damage, accidents, delays or other inconveniences that result from the acts or omissions of these suppliers, their employees, or vehicles or equipment owned or operated by them. Likewise, Cultural Hi-Ways cannot be held liable for the acts or omissions of any other party who is not under its direct control.

Sleeping arrangements.  The tour prices quoted are based on "quad" occupancy: that is, 4 persons of the same gender sharing a room with 2 double beds. Please contact our office for single, double or triple occupancy prices.

Roommates.  We encourage you to sign up even if you don't know anyone else going on the tour since you are sure to make new friends along the way. In fact, about half our guests are in the same situation when they book. 

When you make your reservation please let us know if you have any particular preferences regarding roommates: for example, you would like to share a room with others from your own country, about your same age, etc. We will do our best to meet your needs and room you with 3 others of the same gender to give you the lowest possible price.

Friends and family.  Our tours are designed for 18-28 year olds. We are happy to make special arrangements for family members, 18 and over, who would like to join our tour but do not fall within the age range we normally serve.

Luggage.  Luggage on our overnight tours is limited to two pieces: a large suitcase plus a carry-on bag.

Travel to Canada by non-U.S. citizens.
a) A number of Au Pair programs require that an au pair send the white form DS-2019 to them for signature by the program's Responsible Officer. (That signature acknowledges that the au pair is in good standing with the program at the time he or she wants to travel.) Please make sure to check with a representative of your program to see whether this policy applies to you. Also, make sure to do this well in advance of the departure date of your tour with Cultural Hi-Ways. Kindly do NOT send your visa to Cultural Hi-Ways. Also, if you're an au pair, make sure that the trip to Canada you're considering doesn't fall within the 13th month of your stay.

b) If you arrived in the U.S. on or after April 30, 2013, you may not have received an I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) since U.S. Customs and Border Protection no longer requires international non-immigrant visitors to fill out that form.  On the other hand, if you were given an I-94 white card then you must bring it with you on the tour.  (If you arrived in the U.S. on or after April 30, 2013 and were not given an I-94 white card then this means the authorities can access your details electronically.) 

c) Citizens of certain countries require a separate Canadian visa to visit Canada.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DETERMINE IF YOU REQUIRE THAT VISA AND TO FOLLOW-UP ACCORDINGLY.  Please note that Cultural Hi-Ways cannot be held responsible for guests who fail to provide required documents.

Travel to Canada by U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens are required to present one of the following documents when returning from Canada: U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License or Trusted Traveler Program Card. Please click here for more information.

Receipt.  Once we receive your reservation we will send you a confirmation receipt by email. You do not have a confirmed seat on the tour until you receive that email. (We reserve the right to cancel your reservation unless we receive payment in full by the applicable due date). Then, no later than one week before departure, we will send you a boarding letter via email. If you do not receive that email please contact Cultural Hi-Ways as soon as possible.

Privacy of your data.  The following outlines our privacy practices and applies solely to information collected by this website. It will notify you of the following:
• What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
• What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
• The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
• How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.

Information collection, use and sharing.  We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.

We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request (for example, to take part in one of our tours).

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about new tour offerings and the like, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your access to and control over information.  You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time.  You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:
• See what data we have about you, if any 
• Change or correct any data we have about you
• Have us delete any data we have about you
• Express any concern you have about our use of your data

Security,  We take precautions to protect your information. For example, tour payments are made via PayPal and that information is encrypted and transmitted in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for "https" at the beginning of the address of the PayPal webpage.

We also protect your information offline. Only employees and service providers who need the information to perform a specific task (for example, guest services) are granted access to personally identifiable information.

Updates.  Our privacy policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page.  If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately via telephone at 800.979.1872 or via email. 

Tour participation requests.  We request information from you when you choose to participate in one of our tours.  In that case, you must provide contact information (for example, your name and address).  This information is used to process your participation request.  If we have trouble processing your request, we'll use this information to contact you.

Links.  This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites.  We encourage our visitors to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Returned checks.  If you pay by check please note that we impose a charge of $15.00 for each item returned to us unpaid.

Booking a tour via the Internet.  If you intend to pay with a credit or debit card, we encourage you to book your tour via our website. Your booking over the Internet signifies that you've read and accepted all the material appearing as part of this “Important Information/Cancellation Policy". You are not guaranteed a place on the tour until you have received a receipt letter via email.

Booking a tour at the last minute.  While early registration is advised to guarantee a seat, reservations accompanied by full payment will be accepted until the day of departure (if space is still available).

Travel insurance.  We strongly recommend you consider the purchase of travel insurance for any tour you select. Travel insurance is a combination of trip cancellation insurance and 24 hour emergency assistance.  Please click here for more information regarding travel insurance.  

Important: If you must cancel a trip after the cancellation/transfer deadline has gone by, the only way you can get back any of the money you’ve paid is with proper trip insurance or by finding a suitable person to take your place on the tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY
If you request to cancel your booking:




















If you cancel.  To cancel your booking you MUST CALL US IMMEDIATELY and send us written notice of cancellation via email.

If you change your overnight tour booking.  You will be charged a fee of $25 should you transfer your booking to an alternate departure date or different Cultural Hi-Ways trip. Transfers may take place 15 days or more before the departure date you originally booked. Any change made to a booking less than 15 days before departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply.

If you cancel a booking for a day trip or event. If you cancel a booking for a day trip or event you will forfeit 100% of the amount you paid. You may, however, transfer your booking to another person age 18 or over.

If you miss your tour's departure. If you fail to join a tour, join it after it has departed or leave it prior to completion, no refund can be made.

Refund for individual tour elements. There can be no refund related to the cost of any individual element of the tour, such as an included excursion, that you do not take.

If we must change or cancel.  On rare occasions it may be necessary to change or cancel your booking and we must reserve the right to do so. If it is necessary to cancel, we will try to give you as much notice as possible and offer a comparable alternative (if available). If the alternative is not available or acceptable, we will offer you a full refund of the monies you have paid, or you may transfer to another trip without paying any transfer fee. If the cancellation of a tour is due to circumstances beyond our control (circumstances like Acts of God and closure of roads or other circumstances beyond the control of Cultural Hi-Ways), we will give you a full refund less reasonable expenses incurred by us.

Arbitration and waiver of trial by jury, You agree to present any claims against us within ninety (90) days after your tour ends and to file any suit within one (1) year of the incident, and you acknowledge that this expressly limits the applicable statute of limitations to one (1) year. In lieu of litigation and jury trials, each of which is expressly waived, any dispute concerning, relating or referring to these Tour Conditions or any literature concerning your trip or the tour shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration in Jensen Beach, Florida, according to the then existing commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association. Such proceeding will be governed by the substantive law of the State of Florida. The arbitrator(s) and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of these Tour Conditions, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of these Tour Conditions are void or voidable.

General.  You hereby consent to our use of pictures or video of you in our marketing materials without compensation. Facsimile or scanned transmission of any signed document shall be deemed delivery of an original.

Cultural Hi-Ways reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time who presents a significant risk to the health or safety of himself/herself or others which cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by Cultural Hi-Way's reasonable accommodation.
Tour Conditions
You must read and accept the following important information before completing your booking request.
If you cancel...
You will forfeit...
42 days or more before departure
41-35 days before departure
34-29 days before departure
28-22 days before departure
21-15 days before departure
14 days or less before departure
$50
50% of tour price
70% of tour price
80% of tour price
90% of tour price
100% of tour price
IMPORTANT:
• If you must cancel and you find a suitable person to take your place on the tour,
we will allow you to transfer your place to that individual without penalty.

• If you're participating in a Cultural Hi-Ways tour as part of an educational course
offered by the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC),
then BMCC's cancellation policy will apply.