September 18, 2020
We are excited to unveil new single-day tours for October and November with the resumption of tours beginning on October 1. This hand-picked collection of tours available to browse here were selected because they provide maximum time outdoors and ample time at leisure to explore a destination. They've been carefully designed to not only provide a fun and memorable experience, but do it in a responsible and thoughtful manner.
We've been hearing daily from many of our travelers that are ready to get on the road again. If you are not ready to travel with us, we understand. We will certainly miss you. Stay safe! For those that are ready to travel with us, we know that good times begins with peace of mind.
Along with all other tour operators and most travel-providers, we have been in "hibernation" since March 16, actively canceling, rescheduling and reworking our business model preparing to resume tours at some point. While many other domestic tour operators resumed tours as early as August, we needed additional time to work with our partners and put the proper protocols in place.
Your health, well-being, and enjoyment remain our top focus. Each guest that travels with us deserves a memorable and fulfilling travel experience. And we intend to continue to deliver on that promise we made almost 30 years ago. To ensure a healthy and enjoyable travel experience, we have implemented a number of additional health and safety measures outlined below.
While the last 6 months have been a rollercoaster and true challenge, we've been inspired daily by the incredible outpouring of support from our guests who have shared many thoughtful and encouraging comments that have gone a long way to lift our spirits and provide a positive outlook. By transferring their funds to a future tour or keeping the funds on their account as a future tour credit, our clients in overwhelming numbers have demonstrated their support and willingness to help us bridge the gap until we can resume our normal operations.
One of the best parts of traveling is the dreaming, the planning and the anticipation of departing. Take a look at entire line-up of 2021 multi-day tours through October, 2021 on this website now and start dreaming! And if you're not ready to join us until 2021, that's ok. We look forward to welcoming you back onboard when the time is right for you. And we'll be ready to help you fulfill your travel dreams.
To all our friends, we send our well wishes. We hope you and yours are well!
Good Times Travel
Health & Safety Protocols
Each guest that travels with us deserves a memorable and fulfilling travel experience. To ensure a healthy and enjoyable travel experience we have implemented a number of additional health and safety measures including the following:
Wellness Pledge & Release of Liability Agreement
All guests and staff are required to sign our Wellness Pledge & Release of Liability Agreement prior to boarding the motorcoach each day. This form will be sent to all registered guests prior to departure. Please do not return the form to our office. Instead, print it, sign it and give it to your Tour Director prior to boarding the motorcoach. If you cannot print it or forget it, your Tour Director will have extras available.
Your Tour Director will use a touchless infrared thermometer to take your forehead temperature prior to boarding the motorcoach each day. Any guest with a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees (per CDC guidelines) will not be allowed to board the motorcoach.
Hand sanitation is required each time you board the motorcoach. Your Tour Director will have a supply or you may use your own in the presence of the Tour Director.
As always, seats are assigned based on the date payment was received. Because guests will be distanced as much as possible, please do not change from your assigned seat without approval from the Tour Director. The first row of seats on the motorcoach will be unoccupied to provide for social distancing during the boarding and disembarkation process. We have temporarily suspended our customary daily seat rotation on multi-day tours.
Occupancy onboard the motorcoach will be less than 50% (15-27 guests). Therefore, solo travelers will be assigned a seat pair to themselves. Traveling companions from the same household will be sat together. Friends from separate households will be asked to choose which they prefer prior to departure. Occupancy is also limited to 50% onboard other forms of transportation we may use including boats, trains, covered wagons, etc.
Face masks must be worn by all guests and staff onboard the motorcoach and whenever the group is gathered. In addition, a face mask may be required by some destinations we visit, even when outdoors. If you must eat a snack or drink water, please do it as quickly as possible and then put the mask back on. Masks with ventilators, neck gaiters or bandanas are not acceptable.
Air Filtration & Additional Cleaning
Our local coach operator, Lux Bus America, has installed new air filters (MERV 13) which remove respiratory droplets while the entire cabin is exchanged with fresh, outside air approximately every 5 minutes. Electrostatic sprayers are being used to disinfect ALL surface areas inside the motorcoach prior to guests boarding. Throughout the tour, your driver or Tour Director will wipe down common high-touch surfaces on the motorcoach.
Specific protocols will vary from hotel to hotel but in general, rooms, restaurants and other guest areas will be deep-cleaned regularly, with rooms disinfected thoroughly between guests. High-traffic areas like lobbies and elevators will be cleaned hourly.
Attractions & Restaurants
We are working closely with our vendors to ensure adequate physical distancing during meals, experiences, and sightseeing. Guests may be rotated in smaller sub-groups when necessary.
We have enhanced our already high levels of training for our Tour Directors. These highly trained and knowledgeable individuals have the ability to handle a variety of unexpected situations - including illnesses and emergencies. As always, your Tour Director is there to remove many of the "touch points" involved in travel including the hotel check-in and expedited entry into restaurants, museums and attractions.
In this ever-changing climate these protocols could require adjustment. Your Tour Director will advise you of any changes or additions. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. And thank you for your time and commitment to these collective efforts needed to travel together safely and securely.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are You Mailing Out a New Tour Catalog?
At this time, we are not creating or mailing out a new catalog due to the expense and limited staff to put it together. This website is your best resource to browse our scheduled tours including upcoming single-day tours and our entire line-up of multi-day tours through October, 2021.
Is Your Office Open?
Our physical office is staffed and open for phone calls only, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Our office remains closed for in-person visits.
How Are You Deciding Whether to Operate an Upcoming Multi-Day Tour?
The ability to deliver our unique multi-day tours in this rapidly changing environment is evolving on an ongoing basis. We continue to assess tours and the regions they operate on a daily basis and communicate decisions to affected guests as quickly as possible. We are committed to staying up to date with all public health and local government rules and regulations. Therefore, we will make decisions to either operate or cancel/reschedule our multi-day tours 30-60 days prior to departure and communicate any decisions to those guests booked on the tour. And after that, we will continue to proactively contact guests on those tours with any updates to the status of their tour.