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Completion of this Registration Form and receipt of your deposit, as well as receipt and recording of a Naturalist Journeys Travel Planner, will secure your space on a Guided Group Tour, Independent Birding Venture or Relaxing Lodge Stay with Naturalist Journeys. By submitting this form you have completed one step in the process; all three are necessary to complete your Registration. Deposits may be paid by check, credit card or electronic payment (ACH or wire transfer). For credit card security please call our office or request that a secure credit card link be sent to you by email.

Please note that tour services begin upon registration. The tour price includes these pre-tour administrative services and for this reason, a portion of your deposit is non-refundable. Your deposit helps fund the intricate work of making sure that all aspects of your tour or travel services are in prime order and that your information will be accurately conveyed to our guides and lodges. Each step of tour preparation requires our staff time. We need you to understand that your tour is not an off-the-shelf product. It is a stream of services that grows in intensity the closer we get to departure date.

It is important that you review our full Conditions, Responsibilities and Assumption of Risk, which includes our Cancellation Policy, and our Terms and Conditions. These have been established to be fair and equitable to our clients, as well as to the very special people we partner with around the globe – our guides, lodges, and transport services who are involved in tour services. Please note that some tours, particularly cruises and safaris, are offered in partnership with other companies and their Terms and Conditions and deposit requirements will be primary. Please note that our terms and conditions have been revised as of July 10, 2020. Completed Registrations prior to that date will keep their original terms.

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Tour Information

Traveler Information

Traveler 1

Name must match traveler’s passport.

Traveler 2

Name must match traveler’s passport.

Contact Information

Dietary Requirements

Room Options

* Smoking is not allowed during group functions or when traveling in vans. Some hotels we use have a strict no-smoking policy so please inquire. We book all non-smoking rooms, a smoking room must be a specific request, and note specialty hotels may not have any smoking rooms available.

Confirm With Deposit

See Deposit Amount, Schedule, Cancellations and Refunds below for details about this section or call us if you have questions.


Pay deposit via check or credit card. For security, we prefer you phone in credit card details or request a secure link.

Diet & Medical Information

This information will help our guides and lodge staff to assist you in the event of an emergency; it will be kept confidential.


  • Please bring your health insurance information with you on the tour.
  • Carry a written list of your current medications with you.
  • Carry contact details for your physician.

Emergency Contact Information

Additional Health & Dietary Information

Please list any medical conditions, special emotional or health needs or dietary needs/requests that we should be aware of. If you carry emergency medications, inhalers, bee-sting pin, glucose, etc., please note this below.

Naturalist Journeys, LLC
Conditions, Responsibilities, & Assumption of Risk


Deposit Amount, Schedule, Cancellations and Refunds

Payment may be made by credit card, check or money order payable to Naturalist Journeys, LLC.

Single Travelers: If you request and are willing to pay the single supplement to have your own room, please be sure to confirm this upon registration. No additional deposit is required; but all single accommodations are subject to availability. If you are willing to share a room with a same gender roommate and we do not find a suitable roommate for you, you will need to pay the single supplement 30 days prior to departure.

Required Deposits for Tours and Independent Birding Ventures, other travel services and extensions are as follows:

  • $500 per person for North, Central and South America
  • $750 per person for International Destinations Beyond the Americas
  • $1000 per person for Safaris and Special Departures (Africa, Pantanal, Guyana, Alaska or when indicated in the tour itinerary). Deposits for these services are higher because either all or a portion of your deposit must be paid immediately to operators or specialty lodges to hold space and will be subject to additional cancellation penalties beyond the administrative fee, unless your space can be filled by a new participant.
  • $ Variable: Cruises (typically $1000 per person – 20% per person) Each cruise is booked with a partner company and subject to their deposit schedule, cancellation policy and Terms and Conditions. Please contact the Naturalist Journeys office or refer to your particular cruise itinerary.
  • $100 per person for Pre-or-Post Tour Extensions if over 3 nights

Balance of Payment Schedule

  • 90 days prior to departure: Tours with deposits of $500-$750, those in the Americas and International Tours and IBV’s other than Safaris and Special Departures
  • 120 days prior to departure : Tours with deposits of $1000 and Variable
  • Payment in full is required when booking within 90 / 120 days prior to departure according to tour or travel service type.

Cancellation Policy – When You Cancel Services

Refunds for Tours and IBV’s will be made according to the following schedule:

  • If cancellation is made in writing more than 91 /121 days according to the deposit stipulations stated above, your deposit will be refunded less a $300 required administrative fee. $100 of this administrative fee may be transferred to another tour or travel service booked within two years from the date of cancellation. Please note that Cruise and Special Departure deposits are subject to terms of the cruise company or specialty lodges we contract with and often fully non-refundable and are primary over those of Naturalist Journeys.
  • Upon final payment, the remaining amount of your deposit, and other tour fees due as outlined in the itinerary, will be refundable only as follows:
    • For tours and travel services with final payment due at 90 days:
      • Cancellation made in writing 90 to 60 days prior to departure: 50% of your tour fee is non-refundable, plus any additional, non-refundable payments made to providers. Cruise and Special Departure deposits are subject to terms of the cruise company or specialty lodges we contract with and are primary over those of Naturalist Journeys.
      • Cancellation made in writing within 60 days of departure: All payments are non-refundable. There is NO REFUND FOR ANY REASON.
    • For tours and travel services with final payment due at 120 days:
      • Cancellation made in writing 120-90 days prior to departure: 50% of your tour fee is non-refundable, plus any additional, non-refundable payments made to providers. Cruise and Special Departure deposits are subject to terms of the cruise company or specialty lodges we contract with and are primary over those of Naturalist Journeys.
      • Cancellation made in writing within 90 days of departure: All payments are non-refundable. There is NO REFUND FOR ANY REASON.
  • NO REFUND will be made for lost nights or services due to flight delays or cancellation, including weather delays.
  • NO REFUND will be made for portions of your tour or travel services that you choose to opt out of such as guided walks or meals.
  • NO REFUND will be made for any unused portion of the tour or for “no shows.”

We strongly recommend that you purchase Trip Insurance to protect yourself. Many policies require this purchase with 10-14 days of registration for pre-existing conditions to be covered. Some destinations, particularly cruises, require medical and evacuation insurance. For non-pre-existing conditions there is no time frame required but we recommend you have in in place by final payment at 90 days. Insurance is based on your age bracket and trip cost, you choose the amount to insure (it does not have to be to the penny of your trip cost, it’s a bracket). Please contact your insurance provider for questions. Our agency identification number with Allianz is F028775.
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Cancellation Policy – When We Cancel Services

It is extremely rare that we cancel services. If we cancel for administrative reasons such as low enrollment we will notify you as soon as reasonably possible and all of your tour fees will be fully refundable or transferable to another tour. There will also be the option to continue with your plans for an additional small group or private travel fee.

Force Majeure and acts of God: If we cancel services for Events Outside of Our Control such as a war, strike, riot, crime, epidemic, global pandemic, act of God, natural disaster, government restriction, political or military action, terrorist threat or action, transportation delay or restriction, or other extraordinary event or circumstance beyond our control that affect your safety and our ability to operate a tour or travel services, we will contact you as soon as reasonably possible to notify you. We will reschedule your tour or services for dates after the Event Outside of Our Control is over and we suspend our obligation by agreement with you until such time the Event Beyond Our Control is over. If you are not able to use the rescheduled services, you may opt to cancel. We will then refund the price you have paid less our standard administrative fee and less the charges reasonably and actually incurred by us or by our local operators to set up or to operate your tour or travel services. Please note that any such occurrence will have significant penalties when funds are distributed to our operators and lodges and in such circumstances only rebooking rescheduled options will retain your highest payment value.

Participant Responsibility

Participants must review, understand and upon registration, sign and agree to Naturalist Journeys, LLC Terms and Conditions, Assumption or Risk, and Waiver and Liability.

Participants should choose a tour that best fits their abilities, fitness level and interests. Though these trips are not strenuous, participants should be in good health and able to handle several hours of walking per day and adjusting to differences in altitude, time changes and other factors relating to a tour. Ask your tour planner about pace for any pre-tour concerns.

Participants are responsible to meet all legal requirements for destinations visited on the tour or travel service including Visas, Passports or other photo identification, proof of vaccination, evacuation insurance or other as required in countries visited, or by our tour operator partners and cruise companies.

Participants must respect the environmental and cultural laws and customs of countries visited.

Participants must respect guidelines and regulations given by tour leaders to ensure group safety and comfort.

Participants must respect the rights and privacy of other tour members, local guides, drivers and staff.

Participants recognize and accept the fact that the tour is conducted in natural areas where dangerous and venomous wild animals might be encountered over which the Naturalist Journeys or its operators or agents have no control or responsibility.

The health and safety of our clients is our main concern. It is the participant’s responsibility not to expose others on the tour to contagions. We ask that participants not attend the tour if they are in poor health or have been exposed to a contagious illness such as COVID-19 prior to the tour. If you become sick while on tour you may be asked to seek local medical help and to isolate from the group until you are not contagious and to take all precautionary measures not to spread contagions.

Naturalist Journeys Responsibility Statement

Naturalist Journeys, LLC, its owners, agents, employees, and affiliated companies (collectively, Naturalist Journeys) responsibility is limited. Naturalist Journeys designs, organizes, promotes and sells group and independent travel services. While we endeavor to make travel arrangements with reputable suppliers, Naturalist Journeys acts only as an agent for booking third-party suppliers for land, air and water transportation, hotel/cruise accommodations, restaurants, land operators, excursions, and other tour services for the passenger in regard to travel. Naturalist Journeys neither owns nor operates any of these third-party suppliers; they are independent contractors and are not Naturalist Journeys agents or employees. Therefore, Naturalist Journeys assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the willful or negligent acts and/or omissions of such suppliers or any other third party.

Without limitation, Naturalist Journeys is not responsible for any accident, injury, loss or damage to person or property, death, delay, misrepresentation, irregularity or inconvenience for any reason whatsoever in connection with the provision of, or failure to provide, any goods or services by third-party services. Naturalist Journeys assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever any accident, injury, loss or damage to person or property, death, delay, misrepresentation, irregularity or inconvenience occasioned by or resulting from – but not limited to – acts of God or force majeure (Event Outside Our Control), acts of government such as closure of International borders, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, sickness, quarantine, pandemic restrictions or border or other closures, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, mechanical or other failure of land, water or air transportation, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, structural or other defective conditions in accommodation facilities, the failure of any transport mechanism to arrive or depart on time, financial insolvency or cessation of services by suppliers, or for any other cause beyond the direct control of Naturalist Journeys including dangers inherent to flora and fauna, dangers associated with recreational activities, sanitation problems, food poisoning, remote evacuation difficulty or lack of access to medical professionals and facilities. Naturalist Journeys accepts no responsibility for resulting loss or expenses beyond those services booked originally for the tour; the tour participant shall bear all such additional losses and expenses.

Naturalist Journeys assumes no responsibility for loss, theft, damage or accident to participant's baggage or personal effects.

Changes in Services

Naturalist Journeys, LLC, its owners, agents, employees, and affiliated companies (collectively, Naturalist Journeys) reserves the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in its good faith discretion and judgment, conditions warrant. Naturalist Journeys shall, however, use its best efforts to obtain comparable services and accommodations as soon as possible. Naturalist Journeys reserves the right to substitute hotels of similar quality, to make changes in the itinerary where deemed necessary for client safety and comfort, or to cope with changes or delays in transport or other third-party services. Naturalist Journeys reserves the right to substitute tour leaders and will provide notification of this ahead of departure when possible. While rarely necessary, tour and travel service prices are subject to change due to changes in airfares, currency fluctuations, park fees, or other cost increases. Naturalist Journeys reserves the right to withdraw without penalty any tour that it has scheduled and announced. Naturalist Journeys is not responsible for expenses incurred by trip members in preparation for the trip (for example, non-refundable air tickets, visa fees, equipment, medical expenses, etc.) or for any necessary additional travel arrangements.

The right is reserved 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, when such action is determined by the tour director or supplier to be in the best interests of the health, safety, or general welfare of the tour group or of the individual participant.

Assumption of Risk

Waiver and Release of Liability

Photo Release and Sharing

Completion of this document and receipt of your deposit, with receipt and recording of a Naturalist Journeys Travel Planner, will secure your space on a Guided Group Tour, Independent Birding Venture or Relaxing Lodge Stay.


I have read and accept Naturalist Journeys, LLC, Responsibilities, Changes in Service, Cancellation/Refund policy as stated, and the Assumption of Risk Waiver and Release as stated in the enclosed Conditions and Responsibilities information.
Please type your names into the signature fields below to agree.



Photo credit: Cape May birders at dawn by Dan Donaldson.

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