COVID-19 Update (August 4, 2020)
As you know, Sights and Soul Travels has always put the safety of our travelers first. Like everyone, we are very concerned about the unprecedented spread of Coronavirus / COVID-19, and are continuing to monitor travel conditions around the world. We have been evaluating the conditions on a daily basis, and will continue to assess the situation as it unfolds.
Our decisions are guided by information provided by:
which provides information about travel restrictions and other related guidance. We recommend checking these trustworthy sites for the latest updates.
So far, we have cancelled all tours scheduled to depart before mid-October of 2020. We may also be forced to cancel other tours through the rest of 2020. If travel warnings remain in effect and/or the tour cannot be operated as planned, we will cancel an affected tour before its final payment is due, and if this happens, we will contact each registered tour guest. Should your tour be cancelled, you will be refunded 100% of all payments that you made to Sights and Soul Travels. If you want to transfer out of a tour before our decision, you can transfer your payments to another tour that is currently available for registrations. If you want to fully cancel a tour before our decision, the regular Terms and Conditions regarding the cancellation will apply.
If you are scheduled to travel with us, please check this page for further updates, as the situation is still very much unpredictable. We are working from our home offices with limited hours, so we appreciate your patience and will respond to your messages as soon as we are able.
It is you, our clients, that make these trips so special, and without lowering our standards, we will do our very best to make sure all precautions are in place before we begin operating our tours again. Based on the number of registrations we have been receiving for 2021 tours, we expect that the demand for travel will rebound quickly once we can travel safely. This could mean a vaccine, a treatment or a significantly lower number of new cases, both in the US / Canada and in the countries, where we plan to travel.
Once the borders reopen and we are allowed to travel, we will be implementing new standards on our future tours that will assure the safety of our travelers. In accordance with the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel Protocols, guidance from leading experts, including the CDC and WHO, and, most importantly, with feedback from our guests, we have redefined how we will conduct our experiences as we resume travel. We will implement the following across all our tours:
- Larger buses will be provided to offer enough space for social distancing.
- Not using public transportation.
- Restaurant dining will be outside if available, otherwise inside dining will be at two or three tables.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided on buses and in hotels, and every tour participant will be provided with a hand sanitizer, as well.
- If required, tour guides, drivers and other subcontractors coming into contact with the tour guests will wear masks.
- When visiting sights, especially indoor sights, that require masks, we will be asking all tour guests to wear a mask.
- If deemed necessary, tour guests’ temperature will be taken to make sure that everyone is healthy and can proceed with the planned day’s activities.
In addition, we are asking you to travel only if you are comfortable. If you are in a higher risk category, have shown any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone showing flu like symptoms recently, we strongly recommend that you choose not to travel at this time.