Great Explorations style of travel, specializing in biking and hiking trips, is a great way to travel in these times. Lots of guests have traveled with us in 2021 and their experiences and positive feedback have confirmed that travel can be safe and is immensely rewarding in ways that we know well.
Great Explorations requires guests on our guided trips to be fully vaccinated or receive a negative PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of trip start. If you are not able to provide adequate proof, we will be unable to welcome you on the trip.
- Guests are required to bring a digital copy or picture of their vaccine card or negative COVID test result. A medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID-19 dated no more than 90 days before departure is also acceptable. Please note that many regions (including most international destinations) have additional requirements and/or documents needed for entry.
- You are considered vaccinated two weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. See here for CDC vaccine guidance.
Where can I test in Canada?
British Columbia – LifeLabs PCR test; Iridia Medical
Alberta – DynaLIFE PCR test l Numi Health l Ichor Blood Services
Ontario – LifeLabs PCR Test l Ichor Blood Services
Where can I test in the United States?
See here for the testing site nearest you. At-home testing options will suffice only if they include a telehealth component (video call with a doctor); over-the-counter tests will not be accepted. Great Explorations recommends this self-administered antigen test.
Will my Guide(s) be vaccinated?
Great Explorations is mandating vaccines for all guides where local/international jurisdictions allow. The majority of our guides are already vaccinated. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated are required to test and complete a health screening before each trip.
Great Explorations recommends all eligible clients to be vaccinated.
Regional requirements are constantly evolving, often with very little notice, so traveling unvaccinated may cause trip disruption.
Masks will be required during group van transfers on open departures. We expect guests to comply with local mask protocols in hotels, restaurants etc. where required.
Staying Informed & Keeping You Up to Date
We continue to monitor the latest health advisories and how these may impact tour operations. The latest recommendations from the CDC and WHO, along with local authorities where we travel, are guiding our decisions.
Enhanced Training for Guides
We have initiated additional health and training protocols to handle issues that may arise. Our guides are prepared to proactively manage logistics around any adjustments that may be necessary during your trip.
We have always promoted the benefits of small group travel – our group sizes have always been limited because we believe smaller groups allowed for a more intimate and genuine trip experience. In these times, there are even more reasons to keep group sizes to a reasonable number. For those booking private/custom trips, you will decide on the appropriate number that you are comfortable with.
Flexibility for Meals
As always, we plan flexibility into our dining plans. Should you wish to dine at a ‘table for two’, this is an option. Prefer outdoor picnic style lunch or dinner? We’ll make this happen. Room service? If that’s your preference, we can arrange.
Group Activities – Your choice
Group activities, including cultural events are always optional, with no pressure to join but with precautions taken should you choose to partake. We continue to provide guests with GPS routes and detailed route instructions so you have the flexibility to ride on your own and at your own pace with support never far away.
Our sister company Randonnée Tours offers self-guided tours, which is also a great option for travelers hoping to stick strictly with their own bubble but are itching to get back out on the road adventuring.
As the world reopens, destinations around the globe are requiring proof of vaccination or other documentation for entry. We have listed countries that Great Explorations operates trips in.
Since these requirements are changing frequently, we recommend checking back regularly as your trip approaches for any updates. This information was last updated on November 12, 2021.
All regions of Canada are currently open to vaccinated travelers from the US. See full entry requirements below.
US trips that do have regional entry requirements are listed below.
Last updated: Dec 3, 2021
Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
Most European countries where we operate have reopened to travelers from the US & Canada. Most European countries require that travelers from the US & Canada show proof of vaccination for entry. See details by country below.