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.