Traveling with Peace of Mind
Travel With Peace of Mind & Confidently
As the world begins to open up for international travel, we are starting to plan vacations for clients for 2022. At all times, however, the well-being of our guests and team members on tour will continue to be our highest priority. To that end, we will be taking significant steps to maintain a healthy environment for travel, establishing protocols for all facets of our cultural immersion & private tours, as outlined below.
At Travels with Audrey, we are a family. A family company of dedicated employees, guides, hoteliers, partners, and most importantly you, our guests. When you travel with us, you can rest assured that you are in good hands, as our team actively monitors the state of travel throughout Italy and Spain, while taking all necessary precautions and adaptive measures to ensure that you and those you will encounter stay healthy. As we personally host every vacation and private tour, you will have our guidance and the highest level of care in real time during your trip. So when the time is right, we look forward to welcoming you in Europe.
And while we know that travel will look different going forward, we also want to ensure that you still will enjoy an engaging and enlightening experience, with opportunities for spontaneous activities and events.
We appreciate your interest in traveling on one of our tours. Our happy clients continue to be excited about their future trips, even if they might be a little later than they had hoped for. Good things come to those who wait!
All guests traveling with Travels with Audrey will have to sign two important agreements on the first day of their land tour. By signing the Travel Well Pledge, you assume personal responsibility for your own health, to help protect the well-being of fellow travelers, the Travels with Audrey staff, our supplier partners and the places we visit. By signing the Waiver of Liability, you assume all risks in the unlikely event you are exposed to, or infected by, COVID-19. Hard copies of these documents will be provided for your signature by your Tour Manager/driver-guide.
Covid-19 Entry Requirements
In June the European Union reached an agreement to reopen to fully vaccinated Americans and Canadians starting in July. Member countries can opt-out of the program or apply their own entry requirements. The E.U. is also proposing that vaccinated travelers and those who recovered from an infection within the last 180 days be exempt from COVID testing upon arrival. Here below you will find the latest on the European countries we offer tours to. Please read carefully as these guidelines are in addition to Travels with Audrey's requirements. As countries open up we will update this information.
Italy: Italy is currently allowing travelers from the European Union and vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries, including the United States, to enter the country without quarantining. Both Europeans and travelers from other continents — whether quarantine is required or not — must produce a negative PCR test for COVID-19 before entering the country.
American travelers who are unvaccinated can skip the quarantine if they take one of the direct, COVID-free flights from various U.S. hubs (New York, Atlanta, etc.). Right now, Delta Air Lines is operating flights like these, and United Airlines is rolling out similar flights in the coming weeks.
Americans are permitted to enter Italy for tourism if not on a COVID-tested flight with the condition that they present a negative PCR test result less than 72 hours old and quarantine for 10 days. After 10 days, the traveler must take another PCR or antigen test.
France: As of June 9th, France has reopened to fully vaccinated Americans. Travelers will be required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID PCR test conducted within the 72 hours prior to departure OR a negative COVID antigen test performed within the 48 hours prior to departure.
Spain: Spain reopened to foreign travelers from outside the EU on June 7. While initially open to vaccinated travelers, Spain opted to waive the vaccine requirement for American travelers as of the end of June. Now, American travelers just need to fill out a health questionnaire prior to their arrival to Spain.
Portugal: As of now, Americans and EU residents may enter Portugal. Americans must show proof of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of their departure — or an antigen test taken 24 hours before their trip. Other destinations within Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira) may require additional testing.
The Spain/Portugal land border is open, and there are no restrictions on inter-state travel within Portugal. There are currently curfews in effect in Portugal. Stores can stay open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends, and establishments can't serve alcohol after 8 p.m.
Croatia: Croatia has reopened its borders to both EU and non-EU citizens for tourism, including U.S. citizens.Having implemented a traffic light entry system, EU or Schengen area countries on the "green list" are now "allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of the COVID-19 disease," according to the Croatian Ministry of Interior.
All other foreign travelers must show either a completed vaccination course, proof that they've recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days, or a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken either 48 hours before arrival or taken immediately on arrival (with the understanding that they must quarantine until they get a negative result).
Slovenia: Like a number of other European countries, Slovenia is using a color-coded system to determine who is currently allowed into the country. Those coming from "green" countries may enter with reduced restrictions. Travelers allowed into Slovenia must show a vaccination card, a negative PCR test, or COVID-19 antibodies that are less than six months old. Slovenia, as a member of the EU may look to welcome vaccinated travelers this summer.
Switzerland: Switzerland is open to American travelers as of June 28. Vaccinated tourists will not have to test before coming to Switzerland, nor will they have to quarantine. Unvaccinated Americans can enter Switzerland if they can prove they have recovered from COVID-19, or if they test negative for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before traveling. As of April 19, 2021, Swiss restaurants and bars are open for outdoor seating, and cultural venues have reopened.
Austria: Austria is currently allowing EU residents and other select nearby countries (Monaco, Switzerland, and the EEA, for example) to visit the country. Americans are not currently allowed into Austria. Seventy-two hours prior to entering Austria, travelers must fill out entry forms to obtain pre-travel clearance
Germany: Germany is welcoming American travelers who are fully vaccinated as of June 21. Travelers must have been vaccinated (with a EMA-accepted vaccine), must show that they've recovered from COVID-19 between 28 days and six months ago, or have to test negative for COVID-19 72 hours prior to travel.
Small, local, well-connected mean more than ever
Many of the companies in the tour business are stating that they will limit the size of their groups and visit less crowded destinations as a reaction to Covid-19. That is great, but our company has always conducted small group tours, and private tours, for groups of 4 to 12 guests, so we are already smaller than those new “smaller groups”.
In a time period when you are probably looking for a genuine, authentic, experience, our fully private guided tours are truly the most boutique in the industry. Many companies tell you that they are well-connected and then they hand off the operations of your trip to another company they pay to operate your vacation. That’s one way to operate a tour company, certainly, but it’s not the way we like to travel. Audrey, your tour leader, is a LOCAL. We only work with vendors who follow health and safety COVID-19 protocols. The hotels we book, the local guides we use, the drivers we hire – and more – are all people and organizations we have had relationships with for years.
Travel in the "new normal" - Our Safety Protocols
We are committed to following the guidelines of the State Department, CDC, WHO, and authorities of respective countries regarding travel to a particular destination.
Prior to your Tour
We strongly recommend that guests purchase a travel protection plan to protect themselves in the event they fall ill prior to the tour and need to cancel, for medical coverage while on tour, and for trip interruption should it be necessary to miss part of the tour because of illness.
Travels with Audrey requires all guests to bring a government-issued certificate indicating that you are fully vaccinated or proof of a negative result from a PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to the start of your Tour.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and most airlines are implementing their own health and safety precautions, including conducting physical distancing plans, health screenings and temperature checks prior to boarding, and mandatory face coverings. You can learn more about individual airlines’ details on their websites.
Upon Arrival at Your Destination
As Audrey personally hosts every small group tour, cultural vacation and private tour, you will have her guidance and the highest level of care in real time during your trip. The first person you’ll meet to start your trip is Audrey, your expert local leader. She makes sure everyone feels welcomed, cared for and safe. Audrey has always been responsible for keeping her guests safe and providing maximum peace of mind. During the tour, she will relay critical information regarding health and safety requirements, advise when protocols are mandatory, and help facilitate guest care through communication with appropriate parties should a guest become ill on tour.
Travels with Audrey's local suppliers share our commitment to take care of you throughout your journey. We have worked together diligently to be prepared to welcome you back when the time is right.
During your Tour: Compliance with local guidelines
While local conditions may vary based on the destination, the timing, and nature of the tour, the protocols below will be followed (with additional safety protocols implemented where necessary):
- Guests are expected to wash and sanitize their hands frequently and adhere to supplier and government regulations regarding the use of face coverings. While supplies of face coverings, gloves and hand sanitizer will be available, guests should bring such personal items for their own comfort.
- Where required by local and supplier regulations, we will limit guest numbers with an expanded offering of small group experiences, smaller ships, staggered activities and excursion choices to enable guests to safely enjoy their time together.
- On tours that utilize headsets (“Whispers”), your individual headset will be thoroughly sanitized prior to the tour and sanitizer will be provided to allow for regular cleaning
- Visits to tourist venues will be planned to assure proper distancing; your tour manager and local host will assess local conditions (and possible crowds) to adjust both time and length of visits
- Daily vehicle cleaning. Every evening, so that each day you start your morning in a fresh clean environment, your vehicle is cleaned thoroughly using products and disinfectants that meet requirements for effectiveness against COVID-19.
- Like you, we love hotels that are small boutique properties that are locally owned and operated. Countries around the world are requiring a new set of strict guidelines for hotels to follow. Enhanced safety measures include new safety training for all staff that complies with current safety guidelines, and cleaning regimens of public spaces throughout the hotel as well as guest rooms and suites. Our hoteliers follow the local requirements of their state and country.
- For dining, small intimate tables have always been our preference during meals. That will continue and you can expect to have additional options as well. We are also known for memorable outdoor picnics and al fresco dining experiences, so expect a number of these during your trip.
- Guests who develop cold or flu symptoms while on tour will be required to immediately seek professional medical care. Whether it is a pharmacy, a doctor visit, or a hospital stay, one of us is there, period. We are there to translate, to help, to communicate with family back home, and help our guest get whatever care they need. We believe to leave a guest to figure out how to deal with that kind of thing in a foreign country is unconscionable, period.
Travels with Audrey Tour Guests
In order to provide a safe travel experience for our guests, we need your help, as well. Hand hygiene, physical distancing, the wearing of face masks, and monitoring your own health symptoms will go a long way toward creating a healthy environment on tour.
Before returning home from your vacation
Effective January 26, and until further notice, the CDC requires that anyone flying into the U.S. by air from any foreign destination has to show a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test result taken within 72 hours of their flight. Travels with Audrey will assist with incorporating testing into the last few days of each tour at an additional cost to guests. In most cases, tests will be conducted in the comfort of your hotel room, and results fast-tracked. And it will be in your hands, well in advance of boarding your flight home.
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