Expressions Holidays booking conditions

These booking conditions govern all holidays booked with Expressions Holidays. Please read carefully before making your holiday booking.

Your holiday contract is with Garland Hoff Ltd of Lynx House, Pynes Hill, Exeter EX2 5JL, registered in England no 2328857 (“the Company”). All bookings with the Company incorporate the Booking Conditions set out below and are deemed to have been accepted in full by you and all members of your party on whose behalf a booking is made. The person making the booking warrants that he/she has the authority of all other persons included in the holiday to make the booking on their behalf. A contract is made when we send our Confirmation of your booking with Confirmation Invoice to you. We may not be able to confirm some arrangements immediately (e.g. Spa treatments or rail journeys). Although, we may issue a Confirmation Invoice, a contract for any arrangements which have not been confirmed on that invoice will only be made when we confirm that those additional arrangements have been completed. If there are any changes to details discussed at the time of booking, before the Confirmation Invoice is issued, we will notify you. If anything on your Confirmation Invoice is incorrect you must immediately tell us or your travel agent. If there is an obvious error on the Confirmation Invoice we reserve the right to correct it as soon as we become aware of it. If this is unacceptable to you, you will be entitled to cancel your arrangements and receive a full refund provided you have not yet travelled. Your contract with the Company and any matters arising from it will be governed by English law and subject to the jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales, unless you are resident in Scotland or Northern Ireland, in which case you may choose to bring your claim in those respective jurisdictions and be governed by their respective laws (but if you do not so choose, English law will apply.

We provide full financial protection for our package holidays.
We hold an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL number 3076) of 45-59 Kingsway, London WC2B 6TE, . When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday* from us, you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit, you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent or your credit card issuer where applicable. You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.
*The flights and flight-inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected providing they are made available in the UK. For further information visit the ATOL website at
When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 for Expressions Holidays, and in the event of our insolvency, protection is provided for the following:
1. non-flight packages and
2. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the EU, which are sold to customers outside of the EU.  
ABTOT cover provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled or repatriation if you are abroad.  Please note that bookings made outside the EU are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Expressions Holidays.  
In the unlikely event that you require assistance whilst abroad due to our financial failure, please call our 24/7 helpline on 01702 811397 and advise you are a customer of an ABTOT protected travel company. You can access The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here:

We are also members of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) and of ABTA (ABTA number W1080). We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.  For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint (see clause 12), contact ABTA at

All prices in our written quotations, in our brochure and on our website are per person in £ sterling unless otherwise stated. We reserve the right to alter our prices and/or other particulars shown in our brochure or on our website. You will be advised of the current price of the holiday that you wish to take before your contract is confirmed.
When you make a booking with us you must pay a non-refundable deposit (usually 10% of the holiday price with a minimum of £300 per person for holidays costing up to £6000). This must be received by the Company within 5 days of the booking application but if a booking is made within twelve weeks of departure the total cost of the holiday must be sent to the Company. Holidays including flights or travel arrangements with advance ticketing deadlines and holidays to some hotels for certain times of the year or touring holidays may require a higher initial deposit level or staggered deposits or even an earlier date for the balance payment - this will be made known to you at the time of booking. The deposit is accepted as part payment and the balance is due to the Company at least twelve weeks before the date of your departure from the United Kingdom. However, before your balance payment is due you may receive a revised invoice taking into account any variations (such as an increase) in transportation costs or local dues or taxes. If, for any reason, the balance is not received by us by the date due, we reserve the right to cancel your holiday at that date, in which case you will forfeit your deposit payment.
Except for flight inclusive bookings, all monies you pay to one of our authorised travel agents for your holiday with us will be held by the agent on your behalf until a contract between us comes into existence. After that point, your agent will hold the monies on our behalf until they are obliged by our conditions to be paid to us. For flight-inclusive bookings, all monies paid to one of our authorised travel agents for your holiday with us will be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust subject to the travel agent’s obligation to pay such monies to us in accordance with our trading terms unless we fail. In the unlikely event of our financial failure, all monies then held by the travel agent or subsequently paid by you to the travel agent will be held by the agent on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation on the agent to pay such monies to us.
Payment by American Express and Diners is not accepted.
Once you have paid your deposit and booked your holiday we can change the price of your holiday, only in certain circumstances. Changes in the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from changes to the cost of fuel or other power sources, the level of taxes or fees imposed by third parties including tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 20 days of your departure. We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 8% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within the time period shown on your final invoice. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place.  

You, or any member of your party, may cancel your holiday arrangements at any time. Any cancellation by you of your holiday may be notified to us by telephone but must be followed in writing by letter or email from the person who made the booking or from your travel agent. Cancellation will take effect from the date it is received at the Company’s offices. Cancellation only by telephone is not acceptable. Since we incur costs in cancelling your holiday arrangements, all cancellations are subject to cancellation charges as follows:

Amount of notice you give the Company before the scheduled departure date:  Amount of cancellation fee expressed as a % of total holiday price:
More than 84 days Deposit monies paid
83-64 days 40% or loss of deposit monies paid (whichever is greater) 
63-49 days  50% or loss of deposit monies paid (whichever is greater)
48-32 days  60% or loss of deposit monies paid (whichever is greater) 
31 days and less  100%

Note: If the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges.

If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example your chosen departure date or accommodation, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes must be in writing from the person who made the booking or your travel agent. You will be asked to pay an administrative charge of £100 per person, and any further costs we incur in making this alteration. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Certain arrangements (e.g. some flight and transport tickets, opera or theatre tickets, or prepayments made to hotels) cannot be changed after a reservation has been made and any alteration, even a name change, may incur a 100% cancellation charge of the cost of that part of the arrangements.
You can transfer your booking to another person, who satisfies all the conditions that apply to this booking, by giving us notice in writing at least 7 days before departure. Both you and the new traveller are responsible for paying all costs we incur in making the transfer.

If you choose to abandon the arrangements made by us on your behalf and instead to make your own arrangements, the Company accepts no liability and no refunds will be made for the services you choose not to take unless the Company is at fault. Abandonment of your holiday may also be deemed to have taken place if you miss your outward means of transportation through no fault of the Company although the Company will assist in whatever way it can to make new arrangements for you. You would have to pay for any costs incurred. Travel tickets and hotel or car-hire vouchers are only valid for the dates shown and cannot be transferred to different dates.

When you have made your contract with the Company, the Company will use its best
endeavours to ensure that none of the components of your holiday arrangements have to be altered. However, it is a term of your booking that we are able to make changes to any aspect of your booking. If the change is insignificant, we will ensure that you are notified about it. Examples of insignificant changes include alteration of your outward/return flights by less than 12 hours for a holiday of 13 nights or less, or a change of up to 24 hours for a holiday of 14 nights or more, changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same or higher standard, changes of carriers.
If we are constrained by circumstances beyond our control to alter significantly any of the main characteristics of the travel services that make up your package, you will have the rights set out below.
We will contact you and you will have the choice of accepting the change or having a refund of all monies paid. You can also accept an alternative holiday, where we offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). We will tell you the procedure for making your choice. Please read any notification of changes carefully and respond promptly as if you do not respond to us within the timescale given your booking may be cancelled.
If you choose to accept a refund:
1.    We will provide a full refund of your travel insurance premiums if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy.
2.    We will pay compensation as detailed below except where the significant change is due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, which means a situation beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken.
The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.

Notification period Compensation per person
More than 12 weeks Nil
Between 4 and 12 weeks     £50
Between 2 and 4 weeks £75
Less than 2 weeks     £100

Compensation will not be paid where the change is caused because the minimum number of persons, on the basis of which your holiday arrangements are costed, fail to make bookings and the Company advises you in writing 84 days before your intended departure or where the company is forced to make changes because of unusual and unforeseeable events beyond the Company’s control. Infants (under 2 years of age) do not receive compensation.
You are obliged to inform the Company within 48 hours of receiving notification of the proposed changes of your decision.

The Company reserves the right to cancel your holiday arrangements but will not do so less than twelve weeks before your departure date except for unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, or failure by you to pay the final balance, or because the4 minimum number required for the package to go ahead hasn’t been reached. Unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances mean a situation beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken.
If your holiday is cancelled, you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an alternative holiday of comparable standard from us if we offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value. In the event a refund is paid to you, we will
1.    Provide a full refund of your travel insurance premiums if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy.
2.    Pay compensation as detailed in Clause 6 except where the cancellation is due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances.
This does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.

The Company reserves the right to terminate your holiday without any obligation to refund or make alternative arrangements where, in our reasonable opinion or that of someone in authority such as the captain of your aircraft or the manager at your hotel, your behaviour is likely to cause danger or annoyance to others or where the Company does not receive your payment in accordance with Clause 3.

You must inform us without undue delay of any failure to perform or improper performance of the travel services included in this package. If any of the travel services included in your package are not performed in accordance with the contract, or are improperly performed, by us or the travel service suppliers, and this has affected the enjoyment of your travel arrangements, you may be entitled to an appropriate price reduction or compensation or both. We will not be liable where any failure to perform or improper performance of the travel services is due to: you or another member of your party; or a third party unconnected with the provision of the travel services in the package and is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, which means a situation beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken.
Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of three times the cost of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to
a)    The contractual terms of the companies that provide the travel services that make up your package. These terms are incorporated into this booking; and
b)    Any relevant international convention, for example the Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne Convention in respect of travel by rail and the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, which limit the amount of and conditions under which compensation can be claimed for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of the extent of or the conditions under which compensation is to be paid under these or any conventions.

You can ask for copies of the travel service contractual terms, or the international conventions, from us. Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details will be publicised at EU airports and are available from airlines. However, reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in these booking conditions. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline or any service made to you by the airline or any other service provider will be deducted.
If it is impossible to ensure your return as scheduled due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, we will bear the cost of necessary accommodation, if possible of equivalent category, for a maximum of three nights. The limit doesn’t apply to persons with reduced mobility and any person accompanying them, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors, or persons in need of specific medical assistance, provided that you notified us of these needs at least 48 hours before the start of your holiday.
N.B. This entire clause does not apply to any separate contracts that you may enter into for excursions or activities whilst on holiday.

Where you do not buy a package holiday from us but book only one element of your holiday arrangements, such as accommodation or transport, our responsibility is solely to ensure that the element booked with us is as described by us and is of a reasonable standard. We shall have no responsibility for any arrangements which you make yourself.

Excursions, activities or other tours that you may choose to book and pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your package holiday provided by us. For any excursions, activities or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator.
Some excursions/activities may contain an element of risk or require a good level of physical fitness and, if in doubt, you should make direct enquiries of the local supplier before deciding to buy and check that you are covered by your travel insurance policy.

The Company confirms that information contained in our brochures and on our website is given in good faith and believed correct at the time it is given. If any facilities referred to are withdrawn, altered or restricted we will advise you before you book or as soon as the Company is notified by the supplier of the changes. Facilities may be withdrawn for maintenance purposes or because of public holidays or adverse weather conditions, without notice to us, and the Company does not accept liability for this.

If you have a complaint about any of the services included in your holiday, you must inform us (a 24-hour emergency number is provided with your holiday documentation) without undue delay and at the same time, you should also report the complaint to the supplier of the services. This is so that all reasonable steps can be taken to resolve the matter during your holiday. (Please note that overseas representatives are not employees of the Company and you should not merely report your complaint to them without informing the Company in London at the same time). The Company’s right to be able to try to remedy the situation and put things right during your holiday forms part of this contract and it is therefore your obligation to inform us of any problem during your holiday and to continue to inform us so that we can remedy the situation for you. If you fail to follow this simple procedure, we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you were in resort and this may affect your rights under this contract. If your complaint is still not resolved locally, notification should be made to the Company in writing and for your own peace of mind by pre-paid recorded delivery within 28 days of the date scheduled for the end of your holiday. Disputes arising out of, or in connection with your booking which cannot be amicably settled may be referred to arbitration if you so wish under a special scheme arranged by ABTA Ltd and administered independently. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website (

If you are in difficulty whilst on holiday and ask us to help, we will provide appropriate assistance, in particular by providing you information on health services, local authorities and consular assistance; and helping you to find alternative arrangements and any necessary phone calls/emails. You must pay any costs we incur, if the difficulty is your fault.

For the purpose of this clause, Data Protection Legislation means: (i) unless and until the GDPR is no longer directly applicable in the UK, the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679) and any national implementing laws, regulations and secondary legislation, as amended or updated from time to time, in the UK and then (ii) any successor legislation to the GDPR or the Data Protection Act 1998. We acknowledge that for the purposes of the Data Protection Legislation, the Company is the data controller with respect to personal data which you provide to us or we collect from you. Where we process such personal data we shall do so in accordance with our Privacy Policy and in compliance with the Data Protection Legislation. We may process your personal data (i) as a legitimate interest of our business to provide our services to you through the Website; (ii) in order to perform the contract for services entered into with you under these Terms and Conditions. We may send you electronic or printed communications where we have received your consent to do so and such consent may be withdrawn at any time by contacting us. Our Privacy Notice sets out in further detail the categories of your personal data which we may process and our legal basis for processing it. We may process your personal data, which is either sensitive personal data or special category personal data where you have given explicit consent to the processing of such personal data for one or more specified purposes. Our Privacy Notice sets out in further detail the special categories of personal data which we may process and our legal basis for processing it. Where we use data processors we shall ensure that we enter into contracts with such data processors which are compliant with the Data Protection Legislation.

If you have any special requests, (e.g. vegetarian meals) please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass these on to the relevant supplier(s) but cannot guarantee your special request will be met as we do not have any direct control over the manner in which services are provided.

Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements (and any associated costs) are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements.
It is the responsibility of the party leader to ensure you are aware of all recommended vaccinations and health precautions in good time before departure and these recommendations are subject to change at any time. Details are available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre
Information on health abroad is also available on
You are advised most strongly to consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before booking your holiday and to check regularly its updated travel information including visa, health and security details, on its website

It is absolutely essential that you and all members of your party are adequately insured (in case of illness abroad or cancellation/curtailment). If, however, you choose not to be insured you agree to indemnify the Company against all costs, losses and liabilities which the Company may incur and which are not the Company’s liability under this contract and which would have been avoided had suitable insurance cover been taken by you.