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COVID-19: Updates & Policies

In July 2021, we slowly re-started our group trips.  First in Greece, followed by Spain in August, then almost all of our destinations through September and beyond.  With very few exceptions, all trips are now proceeding as planned and we're back to the fun and adventures that all of us missed so much.  While the pandemic isn't over, we've worked with our partners in all destinations to ensure that we're able to offer our travelers the fun and safe experience that they've come to expect from Detours.  We can't wait to welcome you back onto your next trip with us!

A New Normal

From a private villa in the Costa Rican jungle, to a century old manor house in the winelands of South Africa, to a small boutique hotel on the quiet island of Milos in Greece, we've always put an emphasis on small properties in unique locations while avoiding crowded big-box resorts.  Even in tourist hot spots like Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, and Mykonos, we've always prioritized smaller boutique properties with plenty of character.  We continue working with all of our local providers to offer enhanced cleaning, alternative dining options, and more spacious transportation with a lower risk of crowding.  We're committed to providing an experience for our travelers that's as safe as possible.  Local regulations regarding mask-wearing, distancing, and entry rules can vary quite significantly, so if you're curious about the current situation in one of our destination, just ask!

Existing Bookings

Travelers with bookings through 2021 have been receiving regular update emails regarding the changing world of travel as it relates to their trip.  Those booked onto a trip that has been cancelled have been contacted directly and have been provided a full credit, minus unrecoveable costs, to use on any Detours trip in the future with no expiry date or date/destination restrictions.  Travelers with existing bookings who would like to cancel or re-schedule their future trip are being handled on a case-by-case situation to ensure we provide as much flexibility as possible and should contact us to discuss available options.  

We're here for you

We'd love to chat with you about your travel plans and help to answer your questions about traveling in the coming months and years.  From Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Pacific time, just click the live-chat button here on our site (we promise we aren't bots), or call us at 1-800-680-8066, or email us any time at travel@detourstravel.com.  

Getting Back to Travel: A Safe Restart

Updated: November 15th, 2021

The rollercoaster that is the Covid-19 pandemic has slowed down enough for travel to resume in many destinations around the world.  In the past few months we've finally begun our new Egypt and Portugal & Morocco itineraries, as well as re-started some of our favorites including Greece, Peru, Spain, South Africa, Costa Rica, and Croatia.  Thailand & Cambodia have recently re-opened to tourism as well, so we're excited to get back there soon too!  It's been so good to reconnect with everyone, and we thank you for your patience and understanding through the worst of the pandemic.

As we set our sights on the approaching new year, we've got plenty to look forward to.  Many trips are already sold out in several of our destinations, proving that you're all just as excited to get back out there as we are!  2022 also marks our 10th birthday and we can't help but want to celebrate it with you!  As part of the celebration, we've launched a couple special-edition "birthday trips", starting with two back-to-back groups on a private 156-foot sailboat in the Caribbean in February, followed by four back-to-back groups at a private 600-year-old, 20-bedroom castle perfectly located in the rolling hills of Tuscany - that's happening in August/September.

As we get excited about travel and all the adventures and social connections that come with it, it's important to remember that the pandemic is not over yet, and there can be plenty of questions.  We're here to help.  Here are some of the most common FAQ's at the moment:

  • Do I need to be vaccinated to join a trip?
    • Yes.  All travelers on Detours trips need to be fully vaccinated to join a group trip.  Specific destinations may require travelers to be vaccinated with certain approved vaccines.  Reach out to us if you've got questions about this.
  • Will the group be required to physically distance or wear masks during the trip?
    • Given the nature of group travel, it is not feasible to ensure distance can be maintained at all times during a trip and will therefore not be required, with the exception of crowded places or those places in which local regulations require.  You will be required to have a mask on-hand during the trip for situations where masks are advised and/or required which may include public transport, crowded situations, or places where masks are enforced.
  • What insurance should I get?
    • All travelers on Detours trips require travel insurance which covers, at a minimum, emergency medical treatment, repatriation, and personal liability for the duration of the trip.  Coverage for Covid-related issues is not required, but is strongly advised, and is available from many (but not all) providers.  We suggest speaking with your insurance provider to ensure you understand your coverage.
  • What if someone in the group becomes sick during the trip?
    • Our number one priority is the health and safety of our travelers as well as the local communities we visit.  As a result, if any of our group members or the trip leader experience symptoms of Covid-19 during the trip, they will be required to visit a doctor to assess the symptoms and receive a clearance to continue the trip.  If Covid-19 is confirmed, the traveler will be required to follow those rules of the destination which may include quarantine and testing.
  • What has been done to improve safety in the destination country?
    • From accommodation to transport providers to local guides, the tourism industry overall has gone to great lengths to improve the cleanliness and safety of their products and services.  While the specifics vary, our partners have committed to rigorous sanitization procedures and follow the safety requirements set out by local authorities.  Many destinations have implements their own local cleanliness certification programs which set a standard based on their cleaning and air purification practices.  For more information about a specific destination please contact us.
  • Is room sharing still available?
    • Yes.  Many of our solo travelers choose to share a room with another solo traveler through the trip and this option will continue to be offered.  Bedding is provided in two separate twin beds.  For solo travelers wishing to travel in their own private room, a private-room upgrade is available on all trips for a reasonable cost.
  • Where can I find out more information about the current situation in a particular country?
    • There are several sources that we use to inform our decisions about traveling in a particular country during this pandemic.  We provide regular updates to our travelers on upcoming trips as part of their 60-day trip update and 30-day trip update, but we also suggest the following sites with regularly updated information:
    • Europe: Re-Open EU
    • World: IATA's Interactive Map

We really appreciate your continued patience as we navigate the changing world of travel, and we can't wait to get back out there with you!  If you have any questions related to traveling with us, please reach out at travel@detourstravel.com or give us a call at 1-800-680-8066.