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Travel Alert Updates

Travel & the Coronavirus

Today’s Date:

As we approach our 50th year of offering active trips, VBT has remained resilient and takes the safety of our guests seriously— it’s a top priority. We continue to monitor trusted authorities for travel and safety updates for making decisions about running our tours.

We know that the discovery in travel is timeless, and that’s why we are all hard at work from our home offices and staying in close contact with our valued local partners in the US and abroad. When the time is right, we are prepared to run trips in 2020. And we’re putting the finishing touches on our 2021 trips, staying inspired, and tuning our bikes for future adventures.

To ensure an effective and timely response to any new developments, we’ve updated a few key policies. We will update this page as we continue to adapt to this fluid situation.

Policy Last updated: 6/12/20. Made changes to “No-Risk Cancellation Policy”

Will VBT Run Tours?

Due to COVID-19 trends currently being reported by our trusted sources, we are canceling all tours which start on or before July 18, 2020. We are currently contacting all booked guests to provide further details, including refund options. In our decision to provide refunds to all our canceled guests instead of credits like many in our industry, we are experiencing high volume. Our guest services and accounting staff are working with precision and expediency to process refunds, which can be expected 45-60 days from initial cancellation. For more information on how refunds are processed, click here.

We will make evaluations about additional cancellations in the coming days and weeks.

Our goal is to keep guests safe while still enabling as many people as possible to travel. For tours departing after July 18, 2020, our plan will be to cancel tours 45 days prior to departure if our trusted sources advise against travel to the region, or if government restrictions make travel difficult or impossible. In that event, guests will receive a refund (minus any applicable third-party fees).

Of course, all guests must make their own evaluations about what feels safe to them. We respect and value that, so we’ve updated our tour cancellation policy to give our travelers more options.

No-Risk Cancellation Policy

Non-Waterways

  • Effective immediately, we are modifying the $150 administrative fee for all 2020 cancellations made up to 91 days prior to departure.  Guests will instead receive a $150 credit valid for travel completed by December 31, 2021. Guests are still responsible for any nonrefundable fees agreed to ahead of time.
  • For all 2020 destinations and departures through December 31, 2020, guests may cancel up to 61 days prior to departure and receive a 75% refund (minus any nonrefundable fees agreed to ahead of time). The 25% balance will be made available as a credit valid for travel completed by December 31, 2021.
  • For ALL 2020 destinations and departures through December 31, 2020, guests may cancel from 60 days up to 45 days prior to departure and receive a 100% future travel credit (minus a $500 administrative fee per person and any nonrefundable fees agreed to ahead of time) valid for travel completed by December 31, 2021.

Waterways

  • Effective immediately, we are modifying the $250 administrative fee for all 2020 cancellations made up to 121 days prior to departure. Guests will instead receive a $250 credit valid for travel completed by December 31, 2021. Guests are still responsible for any nonrefundable fees agreed to ahead of time.
  • For all 2020 Waterways tours departing through December 31, 2020, guests may cancel up to 61 days prior to departure and receive a 50% refund (minus a $950 administrative fee per person and any nonrefundable fees agreed to ahead of time). The 50% balance will be made available as a credit valid for travel completed by December 31, 2021.
  • For ALL 2020 destinations and departures through December 31, 2020, guests may cancel from 60 days up to 45 days prior to departure and receive a 100% future travel credit (minus a $1,750 administrative fee per person and any nonrefundable fees agreed to ahead of time) valid for travel completed by December 31, 2021.

Deciding Whether or Not to Cancel

Ultimately, each guest’s decision on whether to travel is their own. While we are happy to share information from health authorities and clarify our policies, no one knows better than you what your personal priorities, health needs, and feelings about risk might be.

Currently, the U.S. government is advising against all international travel. We have canceled all tours leaving on or before July 18, 2020.

Our Trusted Sources

 

View Our Changes and Cancellations Page

 

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