I hope you are all as well as can be, it’s been an arduous year to say the least for us all and I am sure many of you are keen to get on your bikes and begin exploring once again.
We want to take this opportunity to provide some form of update on future tours with GMT but first of all can we once again say a huge thank you to all those who have been immensely supportive and understanding of this situation, which, has been completely taken out of our control. With the exception of one or two, all our customers have been so understanding and cooperative. It has been a very humbling to experience and made managing this whole situation a lot smoother.
This update is to hopefully put some clarity to the position we are currently in and how we are going to manage future tours.
As it stands, the government are being somewhat vague when it comes to international travel in terms of their roadmap. We are unable to get a definitive answer on anything from them at present, which, in itself is frustrating to say the least and we’re sure we are not the only ones frustrated by the management at No. 10.
We do not have any more information than you. We wish we had access to information that could provide us with better support and assistance for our clients but that simply isn’t the case. We are still acting upon the travel industry and government guidance, and that is to work within the 21 days timeframe. However, this obviously presents difficulties in itself due to logistics, ferries, planes and trains. It also makes it somewhat challenging when it comes to re-booking and booking new hotel accommodation.
We are obviously monitoring the situation very closely, daily in fact, for any changes that would provide us with more certainty, for example with regards to travelling between countries within Europe. Checking these details, is in itself is a difficult and time consuming operation as we have to ensure that for each upcoming tour, we are allowed unfettered access into the countries on the itinerary. However, like the UK government, this is also proving a challenge to get any definitive answers.
The following tours have already, or will be rescheduled depending on the Roadmap:
- Morocco Adventure Tour – April 2021 (rescheduled to October 2021 / April 2022
- New to Touring Tour – April 2021 (rescheduled to September 2021 / April/May 2022
- Black Forest Tour – May 2021 (It is highly probable this will be rescheduled to 2022 or choose an alternative later in the year.)
- Vosges B500 – May 2021 (Rescheduled to later in the year 2021 and 2022 at the customers agreement)
- Luxembourg – May 2021 (Rescheduled to 2022 – customers happy to transfer or choose an alternative later in the year)
- Ireland – We are awaiting information relating to Ireland to confirm if it is possible to move forward to a new date as this falls two days behind the Roadmap easing of international travel phase 1. We will update shortly.
- Black Forest 12.05.21 – may have to be rescheduled due to the government Roadmap date.
- Mini Alps Tour – 19.06.21 – may have to be postponed or rescheduled
- Romania – June 2021 – We are waiting back to see if travel through Europe will be possible on these dates and will update the status of this tour as soon as we know more.
For all other tours beyond the month of June, as it stands we expect them to continue as planned as long as there is no restrictions on European travel.
When borders reopen in Vietnam we will be arranging a number of tours to go ahead as planned over there. This is a great option to get away from it all and explore this amazing country.
In the meantime, all we can do is keep checking the details on the FCO website.
As stated previously, our office and availability hours have been significantly reduced these past few months in order to concentrate on earning an income, however, we are still picking up emails and calls, whenever it is convenient.
We have had some issues with our emails and we sincerely apologise. We are still working on the situation as it is an ongoing one that relates to a spam management service on our internet provider. We are unable to change providers so are managing it the best we can. We do however feel that we are now over the worst of the issues and appear to sending and receiving emails as normal. (fingers crossed). We ask that you continue to use email as the main method of contact.
It was unfortunate, that we too have experienced illness during the lockdown, as have many I am sure. Despite this and the challenges we have had to deal with, our objective has always been, and will remain, to ensure our customers get to go on a motorcycle tour, so we are doing all we can to ensure that that day comes sooner rather than later.
Once again, we thank you very kindly for your messages of encouragement, support and cooperation, you have all been amazing in supporting us through this. We will continue, determined and positive as ever to get through this and to once again meet, ride, be merry and gain new memories.
For more information please see the Coronavirus update blog here