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Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer

The below Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer is supplemented by tour-specific terms and conditions.  To read these tour operator terms and conditions, please follow the link that is provided in the PDF version of the brochure for each tour and on the individual destination details pages of this website.


Read Carefully: Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer

Architectural Adventures tours are managed by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors by The American Institute of Architects. The use of tour operators allows The American Institute of Architects to offer its customers a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. The American Institute of Architects and the tour operator seek to select reliable suppliers and contractors to provide air and other transportation, hotels, guides, and other travel-related services. We do not assume responsibility, directly or indirectly, for any loss, damage, or injury to property or person in connection with such services. Each participant agrees not to hold The American Institute of Architects and the tour operator, their owners, employees, agents and representatives liable, in the absence of their own gross negligence, for any loss or injury, expense or damage that results directly or indirectly from any act or omission to any person or firm that is to, or does provide, goods or services in connection with the trip, or any available optional excursion. 

The American Institute of Architects ("AIA") and the tour operator, their officers, directors, employees, shareholders and affiliates do not own, operate, or control any entity that provides, or is to provide any goods or services for your trip or expedition, including, without limitation, own or control any lodging facilities, airline, bus, vessel or other transportation companies, food service providers, local ground operators, outfitters or guides, equipment suppliers, organizers of optional excursions, entertainment providers, etc., including, without limitation, various entities that may utilize the AIA name or logos.

The American Institute of Architects and the tour operator are not responsible for any negligent or willful act, or failure to act, of any such person or entity, or of any other third party not under their control.  Neither The American Institute of Architects nor the tour operator shall be held liable for direct, indirect, consequential or incidental damage; injury, loss, or damage to person or property, illness, death, delay, inconvenience or irregularity of any kind in connection with the trip or expedition that may be occasioned by or resulting from any act or omission beyond its control, including, but not limited to, any willful or negligent act, failure to act or breach of contract of any third party, acts of God, force majeure, acts of war or civil unrest, acts of government, insurrection or revolt, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, climate conditions, high altitude, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations or structural or other defective conditions in hotels or other lodging facilities, the operation of and/or mechanical or other failure of any means of transportation or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart in a timely or safe manner, dangers associated with or bites from animals, pests or insects, marine life or vegetation of any sort, dangers incident to any recreational activities, epidemics or the threat thereof, sanitation problems, including, without limitation, risks associated with food or impure water, lack of access to or quality of medical care, difficulty in evacuation in case of a medical or other emergency, stolen, lost, or misplaced luggage or property, theft or break-ins into vehicles, lodging rooms or elsewhere, or for any other action or omissions of third parties, or conditions beyond the control of The American Institute of Architects or the tour operator. The American Institute of Architects and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The American Institute of Architects and the tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant. The American Institute of Architects and the tour operator accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to/from the tour departure city if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Immunization requirements vary from country to country and even region to region (up-to-date information should be obtained from local health departments and consulates).  Participants on Architectural Adventures tours are completely and fully responsible for any duty to check and verify vaccination, Travel Health Warnings, and other entry requirements of each destination, as well as all safety and security conditions of such destinations during the length of the proposed travel or extensions expected or unexpected.  For information concerning possible dangers at international destinations, contact the Travel Advisory Section provided by the government of your country.  In the United  States of America, contact the State Department, by phone at 202-647-5335 or access online at For medical information and Travel Health Warnings, call the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at 404-332-4559, use its fax information service at 404-332-4565, or access online at

Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.

The American Institute of Architects strongly recommends the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, baggage insurance, and insurance for other unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to medical expenses and death. Coverage may be available for purchase from the tour operator.