A Travel Update Due to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
01 April 2021
Updated Cancellation Terms to Help with the Difficult Travel Circumstances
Due to the Coronavirus, we have amended our cancellation policies for all new bookings from today (for postponed or previous bookings, see terms at time of booking). We aim to reassure all our guests with new flexible and fair terms to help you make important travel decisions. Our focus is to allow you to:
– Postpone your bike tour to a later date, with no penalty, as described below.
– Eliminate or minimize your risk of facing cancellation fees, if booking a bike tour with us.
We are offering a more relaxed policy with refunds and credits for tours for any COVID related disruption, rather than full cancellation penalties, and options to transfer your bike tour to a later date, if necessary.
Credits are valid for bookings made for 2 years (24 months) from any cancellation date, allowing you to also book for 2022 and 2023 tours, giving you time to successfully postpone a trip (see terms below).
For our self-guided South Spain bike tours we have changed our balance due date and allow cancellation 7 days before the start date with no penalty and a full refund, as described below. A “no quibble, risk free” guarantee.
Our goal is to provide you with the flexibility to make an informed decision in these challenging times.
With the roll-out of the vaccination and PCR testing becoming available, the possibility of traveling safely again and getting back to ‘normality’ is real. Our new policy offers you the chance to plan now.
Being a local tour operator, we appreciate how trying this situation is for everyone with this affecting all communities worldwide, yours and ours. The knock-on consequences to our local communities (family run hotels, restaurants, support staff etc) is difficult and so we are offering these options. We are currently adding extra dates to our tour schedule for this year and 2022 to offer even more options to enjoy cycling in the near future.
The safety of our guests and teams are always our highest concern and we are working hard to react and adapt to this fast-moving situation. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we maintain a policy of being responsive to all concerned.
We have been operating cycling holidays for nearly 20 years and have successfully weathered previous world and financial crises. We look forward to continuing to offer our bike tours in the coming years.
Are Cycling Country Tours Running?
We continue to monitor the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the local government agencies for all countries we visit. We take advice from these sources and act accordingly.
Currently, tours are running, as advertised. Please check current travel regulations with your country of origin. We will contact all booked guests to provide further details about alternative arrangements and options if necessary.
We will make evaluations about additional future tour suspensions as required.
Keeping you Safe on our Tours
We are providing advice to our tour leaders and guides so they can be vigilant about potential exposure to the virus for our guests and themselves. They are aware of the symptoms and the current protective measures.
We will cancel or amend trips if required to ensure your safety, and will contact you to offer alternative options.
What are your Cancellation Terms?
To remain flexible, we have changed our cancellation policies for any new tours booked from today. This reduces your risk and allows you to cancel with relaxed conditions. Different terms apply to different tour types:
FOR SELF GUIDED TOURS IN SOUTH SPAIN (ANDALUCíA)
We have changed our balance due date from 65 to 35 days for increased flexibility, and we are offering the chance to postpone a tour to a later date if notified up to 7 days before start date with no penalty or 100% of the holiday price refunded.
If you wish to cancel your holiday, this must be in writing by the person who signed the booking form and whose name is on the invoice.
The following updated cancellation and booking terms apply as below.
(i) More than 35 days before departure date: deposit can be credited for any future tour booked with us (valid for 24 months from date of cancellation) or deposit 100% refunded. (Custom tours and upgraded hotel routes, please contact us for alternatives).
(ii) Final balance is due 35 days before the departure date.
(iii) 7 to 35 days before the departure date: 100% of holiday price can be credited for any future tour booked with us (valid for 24 months from date of cancellation), or 100% money refunded. (Custom tours and upgraded hotel routes, please contact us for alternatives).
(iv) Less than 7 days before departure date: 100% of the holiday price is non-refundable, or receive a 25% credit for future tours (valid for 24 months from date of cancellation).
FOR OTHER TOURS
If you wish to cancel your holiday, this must be in writing by the person who signed the booking form and whose name is on the invoice. The following updated cancellation and booking terms apply as below.
(i) More than 65 days before departure date: deposit can be credited for any future tour booked with us valid for 24 months from date of cancellation, or deposit is refundable minus an administration fee of €100 (Custom, private, Canada and La Vuelta tours, please contact us for alternatives).
(ii) Final balance is due 65 days before the departure date.
(iii) 35-65 days before departure date: 100% of holiday price can be credited for any future tour booked with us (minus a fee of €150 per person to offset non recoverable local operator expenses) valid for 24 months from date of cancellation, or receive 50% refund of holiday price.
(iv) Less than 35 days before departure date: 100% of the holiday price is non-refundable, or receive a 25% credit for future tours (valid for 24 months from date of cancellation).
Should I Travel?
Our advice is that each guest’s decision on whether to travel is their own. While we are happy to answer questions, inform and share updates from health authorities, we recommend that before you travel:
• consult your own medical doctor if you have any doubts about your health and risk profile
• obtain guidance from your country’s travel advisory service
• check with your travel insurance company to see what is covered regarding travel and medical insurance in respect to Coronavirus. Policies are adapting as the situation develops.
Please contact us to clarify any of our policies or any doubts / questions you may have.
Let’s all keep healthy and we look forward to the open road once again.
Maggi and Geoff
Owners of Cycling Country
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