August 5, 2020 – It is with great sadness that Great Bike Tours has decided to cancel all of our remaining bike tours for this year, including:
- New York’s Adirondacks
- Nantucket & Martha’s Vineyard
- New Hampshire — Mountains to the Sea
- Vermont Fall Foliage
- Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg
We have thought long and hard about this decision, and it was a very difficult one for us. We held out for as long as we could, but in the end, it seemed to be the only sensible option.
We just returned from a dry-run of one of our bike tours in New England – we slept in the hotels, ate at the restaurants, and visited some tourist sites (although many were closed because of COVID) – and the experience did not live up to our normal high standards of excellence. The hotels, restaurants, etc. were scrambling to appear normal, but the experience was anything but. The hotels and restaurants were short-staffed, and we felt uneasy being in such close proximity to strangers, many of whom were not wearing masks (or did not care to wear them properly). As hard as we tried, it was very difficult to feel relaxed while vacationing during a pandemic, and we missed the easy-flowing camaraderie from the “old days.”
Lastly, there was also the issue of quarantines. In an attempt to keep the COVID numbers low, all of the New England states have very strict rules that require you to quarantine for 14 days prior to starting your bike tour with us. And quite often this meant quarantining for 14 days after you had arrived in the state (and before the bike tour). Clearly this situation was not tenable – we couldn’t expect all our guests to quarantine, and as a company, we felt the moral thing to do was to cancel all of our trips, rather than encouraging folks to travel across state lines to join our tours.
We are refunding everyone in full. If you’d like us to transfer your deposit to one of our trips in 2021, then please let us know, and we’ll honor our 2020 prices.
Please keep yourselves safe, and we look forward to traveling with you next year.
Jessica Lacroix, Simon Burrows, and all the Great Bike Tour family