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Health & Safety Protocols

TRAVELER REQUIREMENTS: We require that all of our travelers submit proof of full vaccination including a booster to us 10 days before departure, AND present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure for our trips. These prerequisites meet or exceed the standard required by any country we are visiting.

BUILT-IN SAFETY IN THE ITINERARY: Here the health and safety advantages of our small-group concept come to bear. Specifically, we will be able to travel often within a bubble that is not possible with individual or couples’ travel. Throughout the trip, we will be in private dining rooms if we are eating indoors. We are buying certain small osterias out entirely so that only our group is present. We have specifically sought out extraordinary outdoor experiences with private dining options if the weather requires us to be indoors. All our transport will be done with private transportation reserved just for our group. 

All of our core hosts will also be fully vaccinated and boosted. Our trip guides are fully vaccinated and boosted and will be additionally required to test negative within 48 hours of the commencement of the trip.

For additional peace of mind, we are implementing a League refund policy. You may receive a refund of your payment, minus a nonrefundable $1500 deposit, as late as 30 days before the trip commences. 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IF A NEW WAVE OR VARIANT APPEARS, AND WE DECIDE NOT TO TRAVEL?

Although we are very confident in our health and safety protocols, we are offering a refund of your payment, minus a nonrefundable $1500 deposit, up to 30 days before the trip begins if for any reason you decide not to travel.

WHAT ARE THE VACCINATION AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS OF THE COUNTRIES YOU’RE VISITING?

We will keep you informed of current vaccination requirements of any countries we are visiting, but . Our standards for our travelers—full vaccination (including booster) WITH a negative PCR test—meet or exceed entry requirements for any of our visited countries, as well as any transit countries you may travel through.

WHAT PROOF OR DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO SHOW THE EU UPON ENTRY?

Italy requires that travelers arriving from the U.S. have a negative Covid-19 test, regardless of vaccination status. 

All travelers to Spain regardless of age must fill in a health form and upon arrival in Spain present the QR code this generates through the Spain Travel Health portal, or by downloading the “SpTH app” in the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store. The QR code can be obtained from 48 hours before arrival into Spain.

This applies to U.S. citizens traveling to Spain from the United States, including if they transit through a third country.

DO WE NEED COUNTRY-SPECIFIC VACCINATION PASSES?

If a certain trip requires it, we will assist you in obtaining a EU vaccination green pass, Georgia e-Health app or similar in the relevant countries. By coordinating the groups’ vaccination passes ahead of time, we almost always obviate the need to present your individual pass or proof vaccination.

WHAT IF THE COUNTRY WE ARE PLANNING TO VISIT CLOSES TO TOURISM?

The countries we are visiting in the EU, as well as Georgia, are showing increased and unwavering commitment to open access for vaccinated tourists. Thailand is trending in that direction, and experts are confident that Japan will be open for business by this fall. In the unlikely event that a trip must be postponed because of countrywide restrictions, we will work on finding a new trip date for you or offering a refund, minus deposit, if a new date is not possible for you.

WHAT IF I RECOVERED FROM COVID-19:

The C.D.C. offers one alternative to a negative test result. People who can prove they have already recovered from a coronavirus infection and can present a past positive test result, received within the last three months, paired with a letter from a health care provider that states they are clear to travel.

HOW WILL WE GET OUR COVID-19 TEST THAT WE NEED TO RETURN HOME?

If you are returning to the U.S. on the day our trip ends, we will arrange COVID-19 testing through a concierge service that will come to our lodging to perform the tests. For entry, the U.S. requires that all travelers, vaccinated or not, provide a negative test (antigen or NAAT) result taken no more than 3 days before the flight’s departure. 

WHAT IF, DESPITE THESE PRECAUTIONS, I TEST POSITIVE BEFORE RETURNING TO THE U.S?

We understand that there is a non-zero chance that, despite all our precautions, you may test positive before you return home. In that case, we will arrange a suitable hotel for you to wait out your mandated isolation period.