What does isango! mean?
isango! Is a Zulu word meaning 'the Gateway'. We like to think of isango! as the gateway to the world.
How is isango! different from other travel sites?
isango! brings you the richest collection of experience-led activities from around the world. Our dedicated focus on tours and excursions makes not only our product offering unique, but also provides a consultative experience in helping you choose and plan your holiday activities.
What's the benefit of booking destination activities and excursions prior to departure?
There are several very good reasons why you should book these trips and activities in advance:
- Make sure you don't miss out on anything worthwhile. You will not, perhaps, visit your destination again in the near future.
- Avoid disappointment: popular tours are popular for a reason and they sell out well in advance.
- Relax while on holiday: don't turn it into a stressful planning and negotiation exercise.
- Sign language does not always work! Getting the best advice and organizing your tours and activities at the destination is not always easy... Especially if your language skills are limited.
- Book conveniently online from your computer at home and in your currency. No frustrating moments trying to navigate a call centre.
- Spread the costs and budget before your travel. Your holiday cash is now freed up for treats and shopping.
You can read more on our Why isango! ? section
Sometimes people prefer booking tours and activities directly at the destination because they want to:
- Maintain flexibility. If this is one reason keeping you from hitting the 'buy now' button, fear not - we have taken care of it. Please see our Cancellation Policy.
- Get the best prices. We provide you the Isango Price Guarantee on all products that you buy from us.
- Get adequate protection for your booking: We are adequately bonded for the relevant business providing you the financial protection otherwise not available to you - your money is safe with us should anything go wrong. With isango! you can pre-book your tours and activities and enjoy your vacation.
Do we pay a lower price when booking online through isango! ?
isango! sources products directly from local suppliers in a destination, and does not have several intermediaries unlike traditional tour operators and agents. This makes us much cheaper than other travel agents and tour operators, and allows us to provide you with a 'Best price guarantee' that ensures that you always end up paying the lowest price on the web for a particular travel product. If you are able to find the same product at a lower price on another website within 24 hours of booking, we will refund the difference.
What is the contact address for isango! ?
You can find all isango contact addresses in the Contact Us section.
Who are the key partners / affiliates of isango! ?
We source our products through local destination management companies (DMCs) for the countries that we cover. These DMCs are our main partners on the supply side. On the demand side, we partner with a variety of online and offline players in the travel industry where our products are complementary to the services they provide.
How can we partner with isango! ?
We would be pleased to hear from you and explore partnership opportunities. Please email us at email@example.com and someone from our partnerships team will get in touch with you shortly.
Can travel agents book activities and excursions through isango! ?
Yes, travel agents can book on behalf of customers. If you are a travel agent, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the terms of booking with isango! ?
Please see Booking Terms & Conditions.
What kind of products does isango! offer?
isango! is all about exciting experiences. We help you find activities, tours, excursions and some resort experiences, from all over the world. Our products range from half-day activities such as a Versailles Palace Tour from Paris, to extended tours of 5-7 days exploring a region or country. We strive to offer the widest range of products to meet all interest and budgets. Do you like penguins? Biking? Star Wars? Wine? Try our keyword search, you are sure to find something to tickle your fancy!
I have a specific question about an excursion or activity itinerary.
Don't hesitate to ask any specific questions. On each product description page you can find a link "Ask a question". Type in your question (and your email if you want a reply!) and submit it: we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Why can't I book flight tickets on isango! ?
We believe there are a number of websites out there offering great deals and great service on flight bookings. In contrast, there is very little online when it comes to activities and excursions. Providing a good online service in this area requires a dedicated focus which we do not want to compromise.
How do I find out about special offers?
Please subscribe to our newsletter and stay tuned for special offers.
How do I access Customer Service at isango! ?
isango! Provides 24/7 support where you can email us with your queries / complaints at email@example.com. Our customer care team will revert to you within a working day. You can also reach us at UK: 0203 355 1240, US: 1-866-633-7017, International: +44 (0)203 355 1240.
Can I get dropped off after my tour to my hotel or a particular spot in the city?
Most travel service providers can drop you off at a major hotel or city location, depending on their schedule on the day. Check the inclusions section on the product description page. If drop off is not part of the standard service, try to ask for a special arrangement, but please keep in mind it might involve extra cost.
What languages are available for this tour?
The majority of the tours and services provided by isango! are available in English. If another language besides English is available, this will be mentioned in the Inclusions section of the product description.
Can you send me a brochure?
Our activity pages are electronic and are only displayed on the web. You can print or email them to you friends, or share them through the most popular bookmarking sites. You should find all the information you need about your desired travel product on these pages. If there are other details you would like to know that are not specified anywhere, don't hesitate to type a question directly on the product page or contact the isango! Customer Service team via email.
Can you tell me what hotels are close to the departure point?
If you require information about services outside of what is provided by isango! (such as hotel accommodation near the departure point of a tour), we advise that you contact your local licensed travel agent, or the local tourist bureau of your destination. Most tourist offices have a website that can be found by using a web search engine.
Can you provide a customized tour for myself and/or my group?
isango! offers a wide range of individual tours, events and attractions, with several sub-options. Should you require more specific and customized services we can certainly help you – contact our Customer Service team via email or phone.
Does this tour include a pickup service from the airport?
Most day tours and sightseeing tours do not offer airport pickups. If a tour does offer an airport pickup, this information will be listed on the activity page in the Inclusions section.
Can you give me directions or maps from one place to another?
isango! is able to assist you with any questions specifically relating to our products. For generic maps or directions, you can check out one of several map provider web sites specializing in this service.
Do I require any sort of photo identification?
Yes, the tour operator who is providing the service requires valid photo ID such as a passport, driver's license or any other form of identification displaying a current photo of the lead traveller of the booking. This is required to protect your purchase.
What payment options does isango! have?
Currently we accept payments using Maestro, Master, VISA credit cards and VISA debit cards only.
How do I know that my credit card information is safe on your site?
isango! is a VeriSign Secure Site. Any information you enter when transacting over isango! is sent in a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) session and is encrypted to protect you against unintentional information disclosure to third parties. You will notice that when you move from the passenger information page to the payment page, the URL changes from http:// to https://. This shows that you are on a secure channel.
What is the Card Verification Number (CVV) on my credit card?
The card security code is a unique three-digit number printed on your debit/credit card. This number is not embossed on the card and not printed on sales receipts - making it difficult for anyone other than the genuine cardholder to know it. Some card issuers refer to this number as the 'Card Security Code' others as the 'Personal Security Code' and others as 'Card Verification Value'.
Where is the Card Verification Number (CVV) located on my credit card?
Visa/MasterCard: Three-digit code at the back of the card within the signature field.
Under what name will my purchase be charged on the credit card statement?
Your purchase will be charged under isango!
What currencies can I buy in?
You can buy in all major world currencies, including UK Pound Sterling (GBP), US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR) and several others. You can see the full list and change currency by using the list on the top of each page.
I keep getting a credit card error whilst trying to book, what do I do?
If you are receiving an error message, here are some potential reasons why:
- There might be a small error on the card number, the expiration date or the CVV security code.
- You entered an address not matching the billing address stored by the issuing credit card company. Try to verify and change your billing address.
- Some information may be missing, such as zip code, state (for USA), telephone number, etc.
- Your account does not have sufficient funds to cover the transaction.
Please check the entered details on the booking form and try again. If still unsuccessful, please contact Isango's Customer Service.
Is there another way to book than online?
isango! is a complete online travel company and uses a completely secure and automated booking system, therefore we can only accept bookings made online, using an authorized and valid credit card. Fax, or other booking methods are not accepted. Should you encounter any difficulties with your online booking, don't hesitate to contact our Customer Service team for help.
What is an "On Request" booking?
Generally we are keen on confirming your bookings instantly – we know you are too! However, for some products we need to revert to our supplier to check for up-to-the-minute availability status. For such 'On Request' products we take a maximum of two working days to confirm availability to you.
When you make an 'On Request' booking, you are confirming your intent of purchase, subject to availability. You authorise payment towards the product, but your card will only be charged if the product is confirmed. We will not charge you if the product is not available.
Whether the activity or tour is confirmed or not, you will receive an email from us within two working days updating you on the status.
How do I know my activity has been booked?
Your confirmation voucher contains a booking reference number and gives you the status of your reservation. Most activities are confirmed immediately while others require a special request to be sent to the local provider. In the latter case, you will also receive an email when final confirmation has been provided. The latest status of your reservations can be seen on your My bookings! account page.
Do I need to confirm my bookings with the tour operator?
Once booked online, your reservation is confirmed. In some cases, the local service provider might ask you to reconfirm that you arrived safely at the destination by calling them at least 48 hours before the start of the excursion. The supplier email and phone number are provided on your confirmation voucher.
Can I book this when I get there?
isango! products can only be booked online or over the phone with our customer service agents. It is recommended you pre-book your travel service to avoid disappointment as many of the isango! tours and products can be sold out early.
When will I get confirmation of my booking?
Many of our products can be booked and confirmed instantly on the website. For these, you get a confirmation voucher, which is effectively a proof of booking as well as a useful reminder of all key facts that you need to know about the booked product(s). The voucher is sent to you as email on completion of the booking. You must print the voucher and carry it with you. For some products, we need to check back with our suppliers before confirming availability. In these cases we will email you the confirmation as soon as it is confirmed, or inform you of non-availability if the product could not be confirmed.
Can I cancel booked products? What is Isango's cancellation policy?
We understand that sometimes even the best laid plans go awry. Our cancellation policy is designed to minimise penalties to you in case you need to change your plans. You can cancel the booking online through your isango! account.
In case you prefer to write an email to cancel the booking, please note that we will be able to do so only on the next working day - and higher cancellation charges may apply if it falls on a different band as explained below. ‘On request’ products can be cancelled only after our supplier has confirmed the reservation. In other words, the online cancellation facility will not be available to you while your request is being processed.
For most tours and activities, there is no penalty for bookings cancelled a week in advance.
- More than 7 days prior to time of departure No cancellation charge
- Between 4 and 7 days prior to time of departure 30% cancellation charge
- Less than 3 days prior to time of departure 100 % cancellation charge
However, there are a few products which have cancellation policies different from the above. You should refer to the product details page for product specific cancellation policy.
I need to make a correction to the names, titles, ages in the booking and get a new voucher.
If you have misspelled the lead traveller name, or mismatched children ages, you can send the isango! Customer Service an email or you call them. Our team will send you amended vouchers.
Can I change the number of travellers on an existing booking?
If you wish to increase the number travellers in your already completed booking, then book again the same product online for additional passengers, subject to availability, or contact our customer service team by email or phone. If they have availability they will ask for your credit card details so that they can charge the extra amount and after your card has been charged, amended vouchers will be sent to you!
If you wish to reduce the number of travellers in your already completed booking, contact our Customer Service team by email or phone, with your booking reference number. Please note that cancellation charges may apply.
Can I change the dates of my reservation?
Yes you can for most of the tours. We understand that plans change and we're not going to penalise you for that, we'll give as much flexibility as we can before or even during your trip. Feel free to call the isango! Customer Service before you travel. If you need any last minute changes once you're at your destination, just call your tour operator – you will find their contact details on your booking voucher. All changes are subject to availability.
What happens if there is a rate change between my time of booking and the start date of the tour?
Managing such revisions would be Isango's responsibility. You would not be required to pay any extra.
What is my proof of purchase?
You can use the isango! confirmation voucher as proof of purchase.
How soon will I get my 'On request' booking confirmed?
For all your bookings that are 'On request', you will be receiving a confirmation (or non-availability) within 3 business days. Your credit card will only be charged in case of confirmed booking.
What does the price guarantee mean and how is isango! able to guarantee the lowest prices?
We are committed to offering you the best value at all times and we work very hard to achieve this by keeping an eagle eye on the market prices. We guarantee that we will always provide you with the lowest cost, highest quality experiences.
We are not infallible though, and in cases where you find the same product cheaper anywhere else within 24 hours of booking with us (online), we will refund you the difference.
All you need to do is to send us the proof of the lower price by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking reference number. We may call upon the supplier who did beat our price to verify the details of their lower prices. We reserve the right to do so.
The refund would be made on the same credit/debit card which was used at the time of original booking.
Can I book over the telephone?
Yes you can! You can call UK: 0203 355 1240, US: 0203 355 1240, India 0124 4148173
Australia 1-800 008 739, Canada 1-866 682 9791, Germany 089 6667 9194, International: +44 0203 355 1240 in case of urgent reservations, any questions, claim resolution or suggestions.
Can I book flights / hotels / car rentals through you?
isango! does not offer bookings for flights, cars or hotels. We believe there are a number of websites out there offering great deals and great service on flight, hotels and car rental services. On the other hand, there is a lot we find missing when it comes to activities and excursions. Providing a good online service in this area requires a dedicated focus which we do not want to compromise.
Where can I get a travel insurance?
isango! does not sell travel insurance but we strongly recommend you to purchase a policy. Medical expenses in remote countries can cost several tens of thousands of dollars/euros/pounds. Before you purchase a policy check if you are not already covered thanks to your personal medical insurance or your credit card service. If that is not the case, you should seek the advice of a local insurance company for a quotation.
I don't have a printer to print the voucher, what do I do?
You can forward the email containing your voucher link to another email address, where that computer has access to a printer (for example a work email address or hotel’s email address). If you do not have this alternative available to you, contact isango! Customer Service. It is essential that you travel with a printout of your voucher, which is unique to your booking and is your proof of purchase. The voucher must be presented together with valid photo ID upon commencement of your selected tour, and you may not be permitted to join the tour without the voucher. There may also be separate instructions on your voucher, under the Important Notes field, which you will need to read in advance of your tour.
Do my browser's privacy settings affect my Isango.com experience?
isango! works with most levels of your browser's privacy settings, so your experience will not change.
Can I book on isango! if I'm using Mac OS?
We love Apple and we love the Mac - isango! fully supports the Mac OS.
Some areas of the site look messed up or dated.
We do our best to serve you hot, fresh content. If you still see things that seem outdated, try clearing your browser cached data as follows:
- On Internet Explorer: Tools > Internet Options> click Delete on the Browsing History section.
- On Thunderbird : Tools > Clear Private data (Ctrl+Shift+Del).
The speed of the website is slow.
Please check your connection with your Internet Service Provider.
What do I do if my booking is not completed?
We are sorry for this unlikely inconvenience. Please try again or contact our Customer Service team by email or phone. If your booking process fails during a payment process, we will notify you if any erroneous charges have incurred.
I have not received an email I was expecting from isango!
Some email internet providers can mark general booking emails such as those sent from isango! as 'spam' - please check your spam folder.
If you have your spam filter set on the highest ranking, only emails from senders in your address box will go into your inbox. Any other emails (such as replies from internet sites you have booked on) will go into a spam folder. These emails can sit in this folder for up to 7 days and then your email system will automatically delete them.
I'm getting errors / blank pages when I am trying to book, what is the problem?
Errors can sometimes occur as pages can be 'cached'. We recommend you refresh or reload your pages and try again. If you are still experiencing difficulty, please contact isango! Customer Service via email or phone with the problem details, including the page you are viewing, the exact error message you are receiving, and the date and time the problem occurred.
I am receiving an error message I don't understand.
There could be many reasons for this. Please contact the 24/7 isango! Customer Service via email, with details of the page you are viewing, the exact error message you are receiving, and the date and time the problem occurred.