We look forward to welcoming you on tour soon! We understand that traveling during these times requires additional preparation and planning in order to foster a healthy and safe on-tour experience for you and others on your tour. In addition to the standard Wellness Protocols that meet or exceed CDC recommendations and international travel industry guidelines in place for all Orbridge tours, the following are what you can expect on this tour.
This page is updated as new information becomes available from local, state, and international agencies. The environment for travel is constantly evolving, and as such, it is advised that you check this page regularly to be aware of the most current information for your tour.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements
We are requiring all guests to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 at least 14-days prior to arrival on tour. By being vaccinated, individuals can help promote the overall health and wellness of all guests, staff, and the local residents with whom we interact on this group tour. Please ensure you have a paper copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card, which will be verified by your on-tour travel leader. All travelers, including your Orbridge Travel Leaders, will be required to follow this protocol.
- Guests will be kindly expected to attend the tour group welcome event, during which guests will be asked to complete a brief health questionnaire. If guests arrive to a tour exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or indicate anything on the health questionnaire of concern, guests will be asked to remove themselves from the group and unfortunately will not be able to participate.
- Your small travel group will remain together for all sightseeing and included excursions. During your independent exploration time, it is recommended that you minimize contact with those not in your tour group.
- It is important for you to review your state’s COVID-19 testing requirements to determine any state-specific protocol upon your return.
- Some sites visited on the itinerary may have modified service or hours of operation. Your Orbridge Expedition Leader will share any updates each day with guests.
Destination Specific Wellness Protocols
- Many local municipalities require face coverings to be worn while in public. Guests are expected to follow local policies.
- Some sites visited during your itinerary have restrictions regarding the size of vehicles that can be used. Orbridge has arranged for vehicles that meet these requirements.
- Businesses such as restaurants and cafés may be operating at limited capacity. Your Orbridge Expedition Leader will advise you of any local restrictions so that you can best plan your time allotted for independent exploration.
- The motor coach company we use has enacted the following protocols, guided by current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Public Transportation Association, the United Motorcoach Association, and the American Bus Association. Additionally, they have implemented an enhanced Contagious Illness Response Plan (CIRP) that specifically addresses actions to be taken for the fleet, facilities, team members, and passengers. HVAC systems will be specially filtered and running to continually refresh cabin air. The air system renews all of the air in the bus every 3 – 5 minutes and filters are cleaned every 3,000 - 4,500 miles and replaced every 3 months. In addition to the common disinfectants that have always been used to provide for passenger safety, the motor coach company has incorporated Vital Oxide, an EPA registered hospital disinfectant. Drivers will sanitize all common areas via electrostatic sprayers that will allow disinfection of all surface areas inside the vehicle utilizing the same chemical as mentioned above every evening, and drivers will wipe down common surfaces each time guests are absent from vehicles. Seats between the driver and guests will be separated by plastic partition.
In addition to these Destination Specific Wellness Protocols, Orbridge wellness protocols will be followed on all tours. We invite you to familiarize yourself with what Orbridge is doing, and what is expected by guests while on tour, by visiting orbridge.com/wellness.
- Specific protocols and expectations for air travel vary by airline. Click here and scroll to the Air Travel Protocol section to learn more about airline protocols.
If you have additional questions, please contact our dedicated Guest Services team at (866) 639-0079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information is up-to-date as of August 30, 2021.