April 16, 2021
We are excited to be back on the road again with both single-day and multi-day tours!
Browse this website for all our available tours, with more single-day tours in the works for June and beyond. While the destinations we can visit will remain limited and our occupancy will remain at approximately 50% for the time being, we're excited to be back on the road providing new experiences and creating new memories for those that are ready to join us!
While we don't have plans to mail a catalog just yet, we will continue to update our travelers via our website and via our weekly e-mailer. Be sure you are subscribed to receive our e-mailer in order to stay on top of the latest news and tours as they become available.
As a tour company with 30 years of experience creating amazing travel memories, we have had our fair share of unexpected events and we have dealt with many unforeseen circumstances. However if this past year has taught us anything, it is to assume nothing and expect anything! In this ever-changing environment we now live in, we know there will continue to be uncertainty in our daily lives and certainly in our travel plans. Now more than ever, our 30 years of knowledge and tour planning experience will help us navigate a unique travel environment on behalf of our guests. And more than ever we are hearing from our guests, that this is exactly why they travel with us – so they don’t have to worry about any of it! You can put your trust in us knowing we are experts in travel planning and will continue to keep you informed during a very fluid time. We in turn thank you – our guests – for your continued understanding, patience and flexibility both prior to and while on tour with us. While they are traits always needed while traveling, they are needed now more than ever!
While the last year have been a true challenge and the near future will continue to test our resolve, we're inspired daily by the incredible outpouring of support from our guests. We have seen a steady increase in bookings for our multi-day tours with many guests commenting how refreshing it feels to have something to look forward to – even if it's 6 months away! Combined with our loyal guests that have transferred their funds to a future tour and/or keep their funds on their account as a future tour credit, our guests in overwhelming numbers have demonstrated their support and willingness to help us bridge this gap. Thank you to those who have shared many thoughtful and encouraging comments – they have gone a long way to lift our spirits and provide a positive outlook!
One of the best parts of traveling is the dreaming, the planning and the anticipation of departing. Take a look at our line-up of 2021 and 2022 multi-day tours on this website and start dreaming! We understand that each of you will be ready to return to travel with us at different times depending on your own comfort level, but know that once that time comes, Good Times Travel will be here ready to welcome you back onboard.
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 experience. To ensure a healthy and enjoyable travel experience, we have implementeda number ofadditional health and safety measures while COVID-19 remains widespread including the following:
Wellness Pledge & Release of Liability Agreement
All guests 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 approximately 50% with half of the seats empty. Therefore, at least through May, 2021 solo travelers will be assigned a seat pair to themselves. Traveling companions sharing a hotel room will be sat together. Friends from separate households will be asked to choose which they prefer prior to departure. Occupancy is also limited to approximately 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, bandanas and face shields (without a mask underneath) 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 6 times per hour. 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 Tour Catalogs or Brochures?
At this time we are not mailing out catalogs however our catalog (and our multi-day brochures) are available to view online. Go here to see our catalog in a high-resolution, digital magazine format or view as a low-resolution pdf here. You can also view all of our scheduled 2021 single-day tours and our multi-day tours through May, 2022 on this website. Individual multi-day tour brochures can be viewed and downloaded here.
Is Your Office Open?
Our physical office remains closed to visitors however we are responding to phone calls and e-mails Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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.