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These General Terms and Conditions are subdivided into:
II. General Terms and Conditions of SCIPIO Global GmbH (intermediary)
III. General Terms and Conditions of the Supplier of experiences and other tourist services e.g. charter (referred company)
Within the scope of an intermediary service, SCIPIO Global GmbH shall provide the visitors and Suppliers of tours or tourist services with this booking Platform.
Furthermore, SCIPIO Global GmbH shall also provide this booking Platform to certain cooperating partners (sub-agent/ distribution partner) for the booking of the Supplier’s tourist services. The use of this Platform by sub-agents or distribution partner requires a separate contractual agreement and is not permitted without the prior written authorization of SCIPIO Global GmbH.
Contracts for tourist services are to be concluded directly between the users of this booking Platform and the Suppliers of experiences or other tourist services. If users book services via a linked partner Platform or if a sub-intermediary makes a booking on behalf of a user of a connected partner Platform, a corresponding contract shall be concluded directly between this user and the Supplier. SCIPIO Global GmbH is not a contract party with regards to the tourist services offered on this booking Platform.
1. Who operates this website?
This website (including sub-sites and including text, images, videos, software, products, services and other information contained in or presented on the website; all together the "Website") is provided by SCIPIO Global GmbH, Schliemannstrasse 46, 10437 Berlin, Germany. You can contact us by email (https://www.scipioglobal.com/contact)
Bookings through the Platform are subject to the General Terms and Conditions of SCIPIO Global GmbH as well as the General Terms and Conditions of the Supplier of tours and other tourist services.
3. No offer
The information on this Website is for general informational purposes only. Information on this Website does not constitute an offer binding to us. Binding agreements with suppliers of activities available on the Website require a booking request through the SCIPIO Platform and the supplier's acceptance of the booking request according to the General Terms and Conditions of SCIPIO Global GmbH.
4. No warranty
While SCIPIO Global GmbH tries to ensure that the information in or through the Website is accurate, it does not provide any warranties, express or implied, in relation to its correctness, completeness, current, reliability, suitability for any purpose or otherwise (including for any information provided by third parties). SCIPIO Global GmbH may change, add or remove information on the Website and its structure and functions at any time at its sole discretion, without specifically informing of any such change, and without removing outdated information or characterizing it as such. SCIPIO Global GmbH may also block Users from accessing the Website or parts of it, or requires certain conditions to be fulfilled for such access. SCIPIO Global GmbH does not provide any warranties, express or implied, in relation to the availability of the Website or its functions, that the Website is free from defects, or that the Website and the infrastructure on which it runs is free from viruses and other harmful software. Moreover, SCIPIO Global GmbH does not guarantee that information available on the Website has not been altered through technical defects or by unauthorized third parties.
5. Limitation of liability
SCIPIO Global GmbH excludes its liability, and that of its partners and independent contractors, and its and their employees and officers, and its sub-agents or distribution partners for damages relating to your access to (or inability to access) the Website, or to any errors or omissions, or the results obtained from the use, of the Website, whatever the legal basis of such liability would be, except liability for damages caused willfully or through gross negligence, and only to the extent permitted by applicable law. Restrictions of liability do not apply within the scope of guarantees issued, in the event of an injury to life, limb or health or for claims based on product liability regulation.
6. Third party content, links to other websites
SCIPIO Global GmbH does not assume any responsibility for third party content (including any activities available for booking requests, and information relating to such activities) that may be available through the Website, and for content linked to the Website or which are linked to from it or referred to. SCIPIO Global GmbH does not recommend or endorse such content, and will not have any liability relating to it. Where SCIPIO Global GmbH links to third party websites, you use such websites at your own risk. We recommend reading the policies of these websites and review how these websites may process personally identifiable data relating to you. If you think we have illicit content on the Website, please contact us at https://www.scipiogloabl.com/contact.
7. Limited SCIPIO App license
8. Intellectual property rights
As between you and SCIPIO Global GmbH, the Website/App is and remains protected by copyright and/or any other intellectual property rights (including protection granted through unfair competition law). You acquire no rights in the Website/App, and in any names, trade names, and distinctive signs of any nature (including trademarks) published on the Website/App. You may access and view the Website, but not incorporate it into other websites, and not copy, present, license, publish, download, upload, send or make it perceptible in any other way without our prior written consent.
10. Applicable law and jurisdiction
The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply, excluding the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. If you have placed the order, as the consumer, and at the time of the order your normal place of residence is in another country, the application of the mandatory legal provisions of this country remain unaffected by the choice of law in clause 1. The exclusive place of jurisdiction is Berlin, provided the user is a tradesperson as per the German Commercial Code or does not have a permanent place of residence in Germany when the suit is filed. The legally-binding places of jurisdiction remain unaffected by this.
II. SCIPIO Global GmbH – User Terms and Conditions for the online offer of SCIPIO Platform
1.1 SCIPIO Global GmbH, Schliemannstrasse 46, 10437 Berlin, Germany runs an intermediary Platform for tourist and sport offers in the form of an online offer via the internet and apps (hereinafter jointly referred to as the “SCIPIO Platform”). On the SCIPIO Platform users have the chance to find and book tours, activities and experiences all over the world. The online offer comprises guided tours, cooking courses, sightseeing tours by bus, river barge trips, tickets for entry to sightseeing locations and other services. The offers are placed online by a range of local Suppliers around the world (hereinafter referred to as “Suppliers”) with whom the respective contract for tourist services is concluded (“service agreement”). The Suppliers’ services can be accessed via the SCIPIO Platform and bookings can be made.
1.2 SCIPIO Global GmbH approaches both, consumers and companies. For the purposes of these General Terms and Conditions, the following applies:
a. A “consumer” is any individual person who has concluded a contract for purposes which cannot be predominantly assigned to commercial or independent work activities (Section 13 German Civil Code – “BGB”).
b. A “company” is a natural person or legal entity, or a partnership, which is performing its commercial or independent activities by concluding this contract (Section 14, paragraph 1, BGB).
c. The “user” denotes a natural person, unless this person has been explicitly registered with SCIPIO Global GmbH as a legal entity. The actions and omissions that take place during the registration of a legal entity are allocated to a natural individual, unless they are carried out within the framework of their power of attorney for the legal entity. The “user” subsequently also includes users referred by sub-agent or distribution partners.
2. Subject matter of part II of these General Terms and Conditions
These General Terms and Conditions apply to any use of the SCIPIO Platform, such as via the internet and apps. The contractual relationship between the user and SCIPIO Global GmbH generally only comprises the proper referral of users to the respective Supplier, or the transfer of data via users who are provided by a sub-agent . SCIPIO Global GmbH does not appear itself as the organizer, lessor, seller or other contract partner with regards to the tourist service agreement with the user. Consequently, part II of the General Terms and Conditions of SCIPIO Global GmbH shall apply to offers on the SCIPIO Platform and the provision of users to the Supplier. Part II of the General Terms and Conditions applies to the use of SCIPIO Platform by cooperating partners (sub-agents or distribution partners), subject to special contractual agreements concluded with the respective cooperating partner. The contractual conditions of the Supplier, as per part III of these General Terms and Conditions, apply to the respective tourist service agreement between the user and the Supplier.
3.1 The use of SCIPIO Platform’s offer can generally be done anonymously.
3.2 Certain types of use of SCIPIO Platform, such as the making of bookings, require registration. During registration, the user sends an electronic registration form and consents to the General Terms and Conditions. The registration with SCIPIO Global GmbH is only concluded once a confirmation is sent to the e-mail address specified by the user. Natural individuals must be over the age of 18 in order to register. The user has to keep the password he/she sets secret and take suitable precautions to prevent third parties becoming aware of it.
3.3 The creation of more than one user account for the same natural individual or legal entity is not permitted. The user account cannot be transferred.
4. Services of SCIPIO Global GmbH /Conclusion of contract
4.1 Once the user has entered his/her desired service on the SCIPIOPlatform (e.g. travel destination, type of tour, start time, number of participants & price options), SCIPIO Global GmbH shall show the user the information about the Suppliers’ services (“service information“). Based on this information, the user can, where applicable after checking availability, make a contractual offer, by placing an offer, to be sent to the respective Supplier, whereby the sub-intermediates act on behalf of the referred user. This happens, after the selection and transfer to the shopping basket, by clicking on the button “confirm and book”.
4.2 The user is bound to his/her binding offer for five working days. For more information see Section 5 of the General Terms and Conditions of the Supplier of tours and other tourist services in Part III.
4.3 SCIPIO Global GmbH shall notify the user of the conditions of transport and business of the Supplier for their contractual relationship with the user and for their services. They can be found in the respective tenders. The user is responsible for meeting and complying with these conditions. The Supplier reserves the right to not allow the user to undertake an action, or to exclude it, if they do not meet the conditions. In this case the paid price shall not be refunded.
4.4 SCIPIO Global GmbH shall provide the user with a booking confirmation issued in the name of, and on behalf of, the Supplier, as well as a payment confirmation. The use of the SCIPIO Platform itself is essentially free of charge for the user. The costs for the technical access to the SCIPIO Platform (e.g. internet access) are to be borne by the user. SCIPIO Global GmbH is permitted to collect the invoiced amounts in the name of, and behalf of the Supplier.
4.5 SCIPIO Global GmbH shall forward the user any data for the use of a Supplier’s service according to the applicable conditions (such as ticket data), once they have been received by the Supplier.
4.6 SCIPIO Global GmbH assumes no guarantee for the accuracy of forwarded data, or for the performance of services by the Supplier, as all the information indicated and forwarded is based on data from Suppliers or third parties, which SCIPIO Global GmbH cannot check in detail.
5. Payments on SCIPIO
5.1 The service agreement concluded with the Supplier shall apply to the fees to be paid by the user for the services of the Supplier.
5.2 SCIPIO Global GmbH is permitted to collect the invoiced amounts in the name of and on behalf of the Supplier, provided nothing else has been explicitly stated in the Supplier’s invoice. If claims have to be paid by the user in a different currency than its national currency (claims for payment in foreign currencies), SCIPIO Global GmbH can demand payment in the national currency of the user and the foreign currency claim can be converted based on the current exchange rate at the time the contract is concluded. SCIPIO Global GmbH can charge the user a suitable conversion charge for this.
5.3 To use the payment functions of SCIPIO Global GmbH, the user has to register. The user has to enter correct payment information and update the details immediately in the event of changes. SCIPIO Global GmbH can reject the payment method specified by the user. The user will be notified of the payment methods permitted for the respective service during the order process.
5.4 Upon the authorization of the payment, the user consents to his/her payment information being used for the collection of payments by the creditor. SCIPIO Global GmbH reserves the right to make the use of the payment function of SCIPIO Global GmbH dependent on a check of the credit rating of the user.
6. Pricing of SCIPIO Global GmbH
6.1 All prices on SCIPIO are quoted per person, product or slot, include VAT and all other taxes. Local taxes may be charged on site.
6.2 These prices specified by the Suppliers may be subjected to special conditions, for example with regards to cancellation and the refunding of payments made. Before making the booking, please check precisely whether the respective service agreement is subject to separate conditions.
7. Duties and obligations of the user
7.1 The user shall keep the registration data (user login and password) secret and not allow third parties access to SCIPIO Portal using his/her registration data. The user shall be accountable for all use of his/her user account on SCIPIO Portal.
7.2 After receiving the service information, the user can send any orders to SCIPIO Global GmbH for forwarding to the Supplier.
7.3 The user shall exempt SCIPIO Global GmbH from third-party claims based on his/her use of the SCIPIO Platform, unless they are the fault of SCIPIO Global GmbH.
9. Availability and warranty
9.1 There is no claim for availability, quality or service features, or technical support for the SCIPIO Platform. SCIPIO Global GmbH can redesign, reduce or suspend their online portal SCIPIO at any time, at its discretion. Existing agreements of the user with a Supplier, as well as the execution of these agreements, remain unaffected by these changes.
9.2 SCIPIO Global GmbH makes no guarantee or warranty for the accuracy or completeness of data provided by third parties (such as Suppliers).
9.3 SCIPIO Global GmbH makes no guarantee or warranty for the services provided by the Suppliers. The contact partner of the user in the event of questions and claims in connection with a service agreement and its execution is the respective Supplier.
9.4 Provided SCIPIO Global GmbH does not have any obligation to the user, SCIPIO Global GmbH also provides no guarantee.
10. Liability of SCIPIO Global GmbH
10.1 If SCIPIO Global GmbH has not assumed a corresponding contractual obligation by means of an explicit agreement with the user, it is not liable for the realization of corresponding agreements with Suppliers in line with the booking request of the user.
10.2 Without explicit agreement or an assurance of this kind, SCIPIO Global GmbH is not liable for defects in the performance of the service and personal or material damage incurred by the user in connection with the travel service provided, concerning the services provided. If several tourist services are provided (in accordance with the legal terms) this does not apply, unless SCIPIO Global GmbH gives the impression, as per Section 651a, paragraph 2, BGB that it performs the intended travel services under its own responsibility.
10.3 Any liability of SCIPIO Global GmbH due to the culpable violation of obligations in the brokering of contracts remains unaffected by the aforementioned conditions.
10.4 The liability of SCIPIO Global GmbH for contractual claims of the user is limited to three-times the price of the tourist services procured, except for
any violation of a key obligation, which needs to be fulfilled in order to allow the proper execution of the brokering agreement or the violation of which endangers the fulfilment of the contractual purpose
liability for damage incurred by the user due to the injury to life, limb or health, which is based on a negligent breach of duty by SCIPIO Global GmbH or a vicarious agent of SCIPIO Global GmbH
liability of SCIPIO Global GmbH for other damage incurred by the user due to a grossly-negligent breach of duty by SCIPIO Global GmbH or a willful or grossly-negligent breach of duty by a legal representative or vicarious agent of SCIPIO Global GmbH.
10.5 For ordinary negligence, SCIPIO Global GmbH is only liable for the violation of a key contractual obligation and only for foreseeable and typical damage. Key contractual obligations are obligations which need to be fulfilled to make the proper execution of the contract possible and whereby the user can regularly rely on them being met.
10.6 Restrictions of liability do not apply within the scope of guarantees issued, in the event of an injury to life, limb or health or for claims based on the product liability law.
Users can cancel their registration on SCIPIO Portal at any time by blocking their user account. SCIPIO Global GmbH can cancel a registration unilaterally with one week’s notice. Claims which have arisen before this is done, remain unaffected. The right to extraordinary cancellation remains unaffected.
12. Evaluation function of SCIPIO Global GmbH
12.1 Users have the opportunity to have personal influence on the content of SCIPIO Platform by writing travel reports in the form of evaluations, or uploading pictures (“user content”). Users are fully responsible for the user content they provide. They ensure that the content is correct and guarantee that the content does not contain any misleading or illegal statements or details. Furthermore, the users guarantee that the content does not violate third-party rights. Under no circumstance and in no way does SCIPIO Global GmbH make user content its own, it merely provides a Platform.
12.2 SCIPIO Global GmbH can use the user content in various ways. This includes displaying it on the website, reformatting, editing for more clarity or better grammar, incorporation into adverts or other work.
12.3 SCIPIO Global GmbH can remove or report user content where necessary and at its own discretion. For example, SCIPIO Global GmbH can remove user content if it violates the SCIPIO Global GmbH principles for content, in the opinion of SCIPIO Global GmbH. SCIPIO Global GmbH is not obliged to store copies of user content or provide copies thereof. SCIPIO Global GmbH does not guarantee the confidentiality of user content.
12.4 SCIPIO Global GmbH and its distribution partners or sub-agents can display adverts and other information together or next to the user content on the website and other media. Users have no claim to remuneration for these adverts. Subject to changes regarding the type and scope of these advertising measures. The user does not need to be especially notified of this.
12.5 The users shall fully indemnify SCIPIO Global GmbH and its distribution partner or sub-agents from all third-party claims (incl. suitable costs for legal prosecution and defense) at first request, which these third parties assert against SCIPIO Global GmbH concerning the user content provided by the user. This also applies if the contested content can no longer be accessed on SCIPIO Platform. This does not apply if SCIPIO Global GmbH is responsible for the legal violation. In the event of recourse by third parties, users have to immediately, truthfully and completely provide SCIPIO Global GmbH with all the information necessary to verify the claims and defend them.
13. Data protection
13.1 SCIPIO Global GmbH collects and uses personal data of users to the extent that is necessary for the creation, design of content or modification of the contractual conditions for SCIPIO Global GmbH between the user and SCIPIO Global GmbH.
13.2 If SCIPIO Global GmbH is involved in the communication for a service agreement between the user and the respective Supplier, it shall transfer the data required for this agreement to the respective Supplier. This Supplier processes and uses the data to initiate, conclude and execute the contract on its own responsibility. The identity of the respective Supplier can be taken from the booking dialogue.
13.3 Further information can be found in the data protection conditions of SCIPIO Global GmbH at https://www.scipioglobal.com/privacy_policy.
14. Changes to these General Terms and Conditions
14.1 SCIPIO Global GmbH reserves the right to change these General Terms and Conditions at any time and without stating the reasons. SCIPIO Global GmbH will only make changes affecting the user, which the user must agree to in consideration of mutual interests. This concerns, for example, cases where the equivalence principle has been disturbed, as well as loopholes and changes in legislation. The amended conditions will be sent to the users by e-mail at the latest two weeks before they come into effect. If a user does not reject the validity of the new General Terms and Conditions within two weeks of the receipt of the e-mail, the amended General Terms and Conditions are deemed to have been accepted. SCIPIO Global GmbH will notify the user, in the e-mail containing the amended conditions, of the importance of this two-week deadline.
14.2 These Terms and Conditions can be amended at any time and without notice for future intermediation of contracts with Supplier. The respective conditions valid for each individual contract conclusion shall apply.
15. Other provisions
15.1 These General Terms and Conditions represent the whole agreement between SCIPIO Global GmbH and the user. No additional agreements exist.
15.2 The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply, excluding the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. If you have placed the order, as the consumer, and at the time of the order your normal place of residence is in another country, the application of the mandatory legal provisions of this country remain unaffected by the choice of law in clause 1. The exclusive place of jurisdiction is Berlin, provided the user is a tradesperson as per the German Commercial Code or does not have a permanent place of residence in Germany when the suit is filed. The legally-binding places of jurisdiction remain unaffected by this.
15.3 If provisions of these General Terms and Conditions are or become invalid, this shall not affect the validity of the rest of the provisions.
SCIPIO Global GmbH
Schliemannstrasse 46, 10437 Berlin
III. General Terms and Conditions of the Supplier of experiences and other tourist services e.g. charter
Part III of these General Terms and Conditions applies to all contracts concluded between the Suppliers and the users via the SCIPIO Platform. This also applies, if access to the SCIPIO Platform is provided via a cooperating partner (sub- agent, distribution partner).
2. Truthful details
The details transferred via the SCIPIO Platform must be truthful. The Supplier reserves the right to withdraw from the contract or to exclude users from participating in the service and to demand compensation amounting to the cancellation costs as per Section 11 of part III of the General Terms and Conditions of Supplier of tours and other tourist services, if defective details are provided by the user.
3. Arrival at meeting point and compliance with conditions
You are responsible for arriving on time at the notified meeting point. If you are travelling to an activity from abroad, you are responsible for having the necessary travel documents (passport etc.), and for observing the health regulations etc.
4. Additional terms and conditions
If Supplier includes in addition to these General Terms and Conditions of Supplier of tours and other tourist services of Part III further participation or transport or other terms in a contract with you, you are responsible for observing these additional terms. The Supplier reserves the right to exclude participants from the activity if they do not meet these conditions.
5. Binding nature of the request
The contract between you or the user you have referred, and the Supplier comes into effect upon the acceptance of your binding request by the Supplier. When you book a tour or another activity, you make the Supplier a binding offer which you, or the user you have referred, are bound to for five working days. If the Supplier accepts your offer within this period of time, the contract comes into binding effect. You, or the user referred by you, receives notification of this by e-mail.
The agreed total price for the service we have provided is due upon the conclusion of the contract.
7. Notes on the right of revocation
The Supplier points out that according to legal provisions (section 312, paragraph (2), no. 4, 312g, paragraph 2, clause 1, no. 9, BGB), contracts for tourism services which are concluded as remote selling (i.e. via the SCIPIO Platform) do not have a right of revocation, but merely the legal rights to withdraw and cancel the contract.
8. Self-responsibility for insurance
The price of the services does not include insurance. You are responsible for providing sufficient insurance protection. The requirement for insurance depends on the activity booked.
9. Unpaid services
If you or the user you have referred do not pay for the booked service according to the agreed due date of payment, although the Supplier is prepared, and able, to perform the contractual service and there is no legal or contractual right of retention for you or the user you have provided, the Supplier is permitted to withdraw from the contract and charge you, or the user you have referred, for the withdrawal costs as per point 11.
10. Exchange of messages
All messages between you, or the user you have referred, and the Supplier shall be done via the SCIPIO Platform. In the interest of quick processing, it is recommended to exclusively use the forms provided by SCIPIO Global GmbH.
11. Cancellation guidelines
11.1 If you reject (cancel) the activity, the cancellation conditions stated in the product description as well as on your voucher apply. SCIPIO Global GmbH advises the user to carefully read the information in the product description/cancelation policy.
11.2 Provided there are no deviating cancellation conditions in the product description of your Supplier, the following cancellation fees will be charged by the Supplier of the tourist services:
a. Up to 24 hours before the start of the activity: full refund
b. Less than 24 hours before the start of the activity or in the event of a no-show: no refund
11.3 You, or the user you have referred, are free to prove to the Supplier that they have not incurred any damage, or substantially less damage than the fee charged by the Supplier.
11.4 The Supplier reserves the right to request higher, specific compensation instead of the aforementioned flat-rate fees, if the Supplier can prove that it has incurred much higher expenses than the respectively applicable flat-rate fee. In this case the Supplier is obliged to provide specific figures and evidence of the compensation requested, taking into account the saved expenses and any other use of the services.
11.5 The refund is done using the same payment method. In the event of credit cards which are charged monthly, the amount shall be credited at the end of the current invoicing period. The exact time of the refund depends on the user’s credit card agreement. The refund by bank transfer shall be done within seven bank working days.
12. Extraordinary cancellation
The Supplier can cancel the activity on the agreed date without observing a period of notice, if weather conditions, official measures, strikes or other unforeseeable or unavoidable external conditions (in particular force majeure) make the execution of the activity impossible, make it considerably more difficult or endanger it. In this case the paid price is refunded.
13. Exclusion of participation
The Supplier is permitted not to allow you to join an activity, or to exclude you from one, if you do not meet the personal participation requirements, your participation would endanger you or someone else or in any other way make the activity impossible in the long-term. This applies accordingly to a user you have referred. In these cases, the paid price cannot be refunded.
14. Changes to the program
Furthermore, the Supplier reserves the right to make non-essential changes to the program, if this is necessary due to unforeseeable or unavoidable conditions.
15. Further conditions
Further conditions or deviating conditions can be found in the respective tenders.
16. Time zone
For calculations of the time and deadlines, the time zone of the Supplier is authoritative.
17. Liability of the Supplier of the tour or the tourism service
The Supplier is liable in accordance with the applicable law for its services, whereby the liability, if permitted according to the applicable law, is excluded.
18. Change to these General Terms and Conditions
These Terms and Conditions of the Supplier of tours and other tourist services of Part III can be amended at any time and without notice for future bookings. The respective conditions valid for each individual booking shall apply. The user has no claim for future bookings based on the existing conditions.