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Travel Safely

Over the past 44 years, we have weathered many storms, and have pulled through each time by putting our travelers' interests first. In the past few months, the travel industry has been fundamentally challenged, but our commitment to our core principles and to you, our intrepid travelers, remains unchanged. Our veteran team in Berkeley, CA, and our extended family of Trip Leaders and partners around the world are truly the best in the business, ready to help you navigate this new travel landscape.

To prepare for the new realities of travel, we have worked diligently to set in place extra safety protocols. We will continue to evaluate and enhance these policies as time goes on and as public health recommendations are updated. When you are ready to travel again, we will be ready for you.

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Social Distancing

Smaller Group Sizes - We pride ourselves on having some of the smallest group sizes in the industry, with an average of 8.2 travelers per Small Group Adventure in 2019. In 2021, we are reducing the maximum size of many of our trips to bring this average down even lower.

More Space in Vehicles - We are increasing the number of vehicles on many of our adventures around the world, so our travelers have plenty of space. For example, on our Europe trips, 9 passenger vans are now capped at 5 clients so that everyone is guaranteed a window seat.

Dining Flexibility - We are making our meals as flexible as possible, providing options for larger or separate tables whenever we can, and dining al fresco if possible!

Travel Solo - If you prefer your own private room, we have reduced the pricing of our single supplements.

Travel Private – Have your own “social bubble” of friends or family that you want to travel with? We have made it easier to book one of our small group itineraries exclusive to your group and have expanded our catalog of Private Journeys. Just choose your dates, and your travel companions!

We Take You Far from the Crowds - We’ve always specialized in taking our guests far away from the tourist crowds, but we are now tweaking many itineraries to put an even greater emphasis on solitude and nature.

Travel with the Experts

Our Team is Here to Help you Prepare - Our expert staff in our Berkeley office is here to provide advice and answer any questions you have as you prepare for your adventure. They are in constant communication with our teams on the ground and stay up to date on local regulations and restrictions.

You’ll be Well Supported and Looked After on the Ground - Our world-class Trip Leaders are highly trained and experienced professionals adept at navigating any potential challenges on the ground. Unlike some companies which may send young, enthusiastic American guides with a detailed trip manual to lead the tour, our Trip Leaders are local, well-connected, and experts in their regions. They will be sure you are taken care of from start to finish.

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Enhanced Sanitation and Safety Measures

Face Masks and Hand Sanitizer - We recommend that all guests bring their preferred face coverings and hand sanitizer. We’ll have a small supply on hand as a backup as well, but you should have these items in your carry on for your international flights.

Sanitation Measures - Leaders will perform a thorough sanitation of vehicles and communal spaces daily. We are reviewing and enhancing cleaning protocols with our staff and accommodation providers around the world on a regular basis to ensure they comply with the most current safety guidelines.

Book with Confidence

Flexible Booking Policies - We have always prided ourselves on having the most generous cancellation policies in the industry, but in order to give you more peace of mind during this time we have worked with our partners around the world to offer an even more flexible cancellation policy. For new sign ups on our Small Group Adventures, we are now offering a 100% refund up until 75 days before departure. *Some exceptions apply.

Travel Insurance - We strongly recommend you protect your trip with Travelex Travel Protection Plan. You may also want to look into an insurance policy that offers a “cancel for any reason” provision.

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