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Updated 23/03/2020 - 13:00

 

Tours Cancelled until the end of April

 

It is with great disappointment that we must inform you that due to the current outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19 we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all our planned tour departures until the end of April 2020. If your tour is scheduled to depart in that time you will be contacted by letter or by email in the next days to confirm the cancellation. If you are expecting an email and haven't received one, please check your spam and junk folders in your user's inbox.  As a family concern everything we do is done with genuine consideration and the best interest of our clients at heart, which is why we have taken this decision now. We hope that this clear and decisive action will offer you some peace of mind in these challenging times we now find ourselves facing. If your tour is scheduled to depart in May or beyond, we will also be in touch soon. All monies paid are currently held in our ‘Trustee of Clients’ account at Lloyds Bank, an account which cannot be accessed by anyone other than the Trustee. So please bear with us while we work through this difficult period and rest assured that your money is 100% safe, and that should your tour be cancelled we will of course offer you a full refund, although we very much hope that once things return to normal you will still choose to travel with Railtrail.

 

Updated 17/03/2020 - 12:30

 

Our phones lines are very busy as we take care of customers on a tour by tour basis; We are looking at tours departing in March and April at the moment; if you have a tour booked in May and onwards you will receive communication from our office team very soon.

 

We thank you for your patience, at this difficult time, if you are having difficulty contacting us.

 

Updated 12/03/2020 - 15:30

 

How can I protect myself from Covid 19 (Coronavirus)?

 

We advise you to follow all applicable travel advice, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and World Health Organisation:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water or a disinfectant, especially after coughing and sneezing, before handling and consuming food.

  • Use disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and dispose of used tissues carefully and promptly.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and avoid sharing personal items.

  • Public Health England (PHE) recommends against using masks outside clinical settings. Should you decide to use a mask, you should ensure you continue to use all the recommended precautions in order to minimise the risk of transmission.

  • Avoid unnecessary, unprotected contact with live animals and make sure you wash hands thoroughly after contact with an animal.

 

Should I be worried about booking a holiday?

 

We know that coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing uncertainty and the situation is changing daily.

 

We’re monitoring things closely and our experienced team is in contact with health authorities and government agencies around the world to ensure we are following all the very latest advice.

 

We would never operate a holiday unless it was safe to do so and if travel restrictions are implemented to the destination you’re travelling to, rest assured we’ll offer you a free amendment or a full refund. You can confidently book your holiday with Railtrail in the knowledge that all customer payments are retained in our Trustee of Clients account at Lloyds Bank, to which Railtrail has no access until your holiday is completed. This means that your money is 100% safe, and in the unlikely event that we are forced to cancel your holiday for any reason your payment will be returned to you automatically with no forms to fill in.

 

Should I cancel my holiday?

 

We are currently operating our holiday programme as usual and unless the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice changes we’ll continue to do so. If there are no FCO restrictions stopping you travelling there is no reason to cancel.

 

We really hope you don’t cancel but please note that normal terms and conditions apply for any amendments or cancellations unless the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against travel to the country you are visiting or due to visit.

 

What will happen if my holiday is affected?

 

You should check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice for the country you are travelling to. Should the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice change to advise against travelling to your destination and your holiday is affected, we will contact you to discuss your options.

 

Temporary Amendment to Booking Conditions

 

To alleviate our clients' concerns we have decided to make a temporary amendment to our booking conditions for tours departing on or before 31st August 2020.  For UK tours the balance payment is now due not less than 5 weeks prior to departure (usually 9 weeks). For all Grand Tours and European Tours the balance of payment is now due not less than 9 weeks prior to departure (usually 13 weeks).  If we do not receive this balance in full and on time, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled by you in which case the cancellation charges set out in the Terms & Conditions will become payable.

 

Here are some useful links regarding Covid - 19 (Coronavirus)

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak

 

 

 

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