What an interesting few months we’ve had, I hope you’re all OK and coping with the changes. There’s been some “interesting” things going on, quite frankly, it seems the world and society as we know it, is changing and we will no doubt all have to adapt in some way. Guided Motorbike Tours Ltd is still very much wriggling and kicking and ready to run tours, despite the situation that has affected so many.
Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this terrible situation.
Having been monitoring the FCO website, we have learnt just now that France have announced that they are lifting the quarantine requirements for UK citizens entering the country. This, if we’ve read it correctly, also applies to European countries. This is great news on the whole and a step in the right direction but let’s not grab our Euros just yet.
Unfortunately, the tours due to run in July have all been cancelled due to deadlines with hotel bookings and Eurotunnel, these have now been transferred to 2021 with the amazing support of our customers, or they have been transferred onto another tour of their choosing (full details on the website).
What it does mean for us is that we now have to make enquiries and decide as to whether or not it will be possible resuming tours in Europe this summer, albeit, they may not be the tours advertised on the website booking pages.
We are considering, once we have done more research, running a couple of shorter tours, Vosges Mountains, Black Forest, Luxembourg etc. However, there are several considerations that need to be fully investigated, which, we are in the process of.
Our main hurdles are pricing. Eurotunnel fares have increased somewhat. We also need to consider the availability of food and refreshments whilst riding during the day, due to limited opening of cafes and restaurants, as well as the restrictions in place with hotels in relation to social distancing measures. There are many questions we need answers to before we can let the flood gates open or even consider leading customers on tours. We have to be certain we are providing the safest environment possible.
Understandably, there will be a sudden surge of holiday makers heading for France, we want to try and avoid this surge by allowing some time to let this settle and see of course how things develop.
Other considerations include, insurance cover and the possibility of quarantine for 14 days if anyone in the group shows any symptoms as well as other complications this would have on the rest of the group, as well as the tour leader.
So as you can see from the examples above, it’s not going to be simply a case of jumping on the bikes and heading off. There are many factors that need very careful consideration and delicate detailed planning. In addition, every customer will need to be fully aware of this, as well as be fully aware and comfortable accepting the potential risks.
In the meantime, we are looking into the feasibility of running tours again for this summer and will update everyone in due course. We cannot say for certain if we will be providing tours as yet, but our research and risk assessments will hopefully provide the information we need to make that decision.
We can assure you however, that any decision to run tours in the next couple of months will not be taken lightly.
If you are interested in joining us on a tour that may go ahead during the remaining summer months, please email us to register your interest, this will help us to also gauge how many riders are keen to go.
In the meantime, thank you for your time and support. Stay safe and keep it shiny side up!