Coronavirus Travel Updates

Coronavirus Travel Updates

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
UPDATES & INFORMATION

We understand. You have concerns.
As always, we want you to Travel with Confidence.

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak worldwide. Your safety and well-being is our top priority. As the situation continues to evolve, we understand that you may have concerns about your current and future travel plans. Whether it’s a reservation you already have or one you make right now, contact us today and we will help you find the most up-to-date information.

There is no shortage of news articles and coverage on Coronavirus, however Riverdale Travel recommends the following resources for the most credible information.


COVID-19 INFORMATION SOURCES



TRUSTED TRAVEL UPDATES

For the most up to date COVID-19 information, we encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website:

Global Map: Locations with confirmed COVID-19 Cases

CDC in Action: Document providing details on the CDC’s response initiatives to COVID-19

What You Should Know Fact Sheet: Informative document that provides the following:

Transmission
Symptoms
Prevention & Treatment
Testing

FAQ’s: Includes answers to the following:

Disease Basics
Prevention
Medical Information
Public Health Response and Current Situation
COVID-19 & Animals

UPDATE: March 19,2020

Global Level 4 Heath Advisory – DO NOT TRAVEL

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.  Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.  Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips.  If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe. LEARN MORE HERE

 

March 12, 2020

Fellow travelers;

The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind of information so I wanted to write to you today to share further information and some suggestions as you map out your travel plans for the next few months. While the decision to travel by any means during the Coronavirus epidemic is a very personal one, I wanted you to understand where the industry stands at this time and provide you with information (much of which is changing daily) to help you make your own decisions.

On March 11th, the US State Department issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory advising all US citizens to reconsider travel abroad as many areas of the world are now experiencing COVID 19 outbreaks and taking steps to limit traveler mobility including quarantines and border restrictions. Countries that currently do not have restrictions in place MAY restrict travel without notice.

FLIGHTS: President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European Countries at any point during 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival into the US. The travel ban will last 30 days beginning Friday.

US citizens, legal permanent residents and (generally) immediate family members of US citizens will be allowed to enter the US through one of 11 CDC approved airports including Atlanta, Dallas Fort Worth, Detroit, Newark, Honolulu, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington Dulles.

Many of our airline partners have instituted flexible change policies for new and existing reservations.  But please note, unless a flight has been “cancelled” there is no option for a refund (unless it was a fully refundable ticket) so please get in touch so we can help you understand your options.

CRUISES: Several large cruise lines including Princess and Viking cruise lines have halted their sailings for the next 60 days.  Most cruise lines are offering a 100% FCC (Future Cruise Credit) if you cancel up to 48 hours prior to departure. Please note that in most cases, this FCC is good through the end of 2022. This is a unique offer we have never seen before, but certainly apropos for these times in that it offers the traveler a high level of flexibility and time to watch as the situation evolves. If you do have a current cruise booked and choose to cancel, please understand that each individual cruise line’s cancellation and refund policy will apply. We are here to help you ascertain what those policies are for your specific cruise.

A final note on cancellations. If you have paid in full for a trip (cruise, land or air) and have decided to cancel, in many cases, it is best to wait until closer to departure, even up to 14 days prior. Many cruise lines and airlines may choose to cancel departures or may modify their cancellation and refund policies further as this situation progresses.  Travel Protection (unless it is Cancel for Any Reason) does not cover cancellations due to travel advisories, fear of travel etc…

We all hope the situation stabilizes soon, but while it is evolving it is important to refer to verified information sources. In addition to the US Department of State advisory referenced above, we also recommend the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) as the best resources at this time.

Above all, know that while it is wonderful planning all your travel dreams in good times, I am also here in these more challenging travel times, to ensure your best interests are served.  Thank you for your trust and support.

Travel Well,
Your Riverdale Travel Team

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Minneapolis to France: Always a Good Idea

Minneapolis to France: Always a Good Idea

Having traveled from Minneapolis to Europe, it seems odd to have never stepped into France. When the opportunity presented itself, I signed up for the journey.

This tale is of my motor coach tour through France that begins and ends in Paris.

Day 1

I arrived in Paris on a chilly, wet November morning and met up with my group; a group of 28 mostly women from all over the United States. That evening our #csmyway tour had arranged a fabulous welcome dinner for us just off the Champs Elysees at Le Sud. I can tell this week will be about baguettes, croissants, wine, and more wine.

Day 2

We woke up early to board the bus and head to Rouen, this day being November 11th is a holiday in France and locals are out enjoying themselves with their families instead of working. The town of Rouen is lovely with a fabulous cathedral where the sound of the bells draw you towards its entry. This town is also where Patron Saint Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, and the new church that occupies the land pays homage to Joan with beautiful gardens and stained-glass windows. Our motor coach tour is a highlights tour, so our visits are short, and we head back to the bus to travel to Honfleur. Honfluer is a small fishing town where the Seine meets the English Channel, we stop for crepes and wine, a walk around town and of course visit the storefronts for a little shopping. It’s rainy cats and dogs and sleeting as we head to Deauville, another seaside resort on the Cote Fleurie of the Normandy region. Deauville is known for its horse racing and film festival and has the closest beaches to Paris making this a holiday destination.

Day 3

The sun is peaking through the clouds on the Normandy Beaches, this seems so fitting to warm the sands for our fallen soldiers. The museum and graveyards are a must for anyone visiting this country and everyone on our tour wishes our visit here would be much longer. Our guide Patricia, who has a lovely British accent reminds us we are on a highlights tour visiting the “Gems of France” and we did get to stay longer than the other tourists. This spot will be forever engraved in my mind, not only for the sorrow and beauty, but also its peacefulness. A visit to Le Mont-St. Michel, before we leave for the walled city of St. Malo in the Brittany region, and once again quickly after we arrive it is hailing! Thank goodness it is always a good time for wine and French fries. France is all about the wine and food!

Day 4

As we head toward the Loire Valley, we make a stop in Angers. Three of us decided we needed to do a quick run through the Chateau d’Angers and headed across the mote, through the drawbridge and up the many, many, steps to the top. Here, we can see across the land and down the river Maine, thankfully we have no enemies in site.

As the sun continues to shine, we make our way down the Loire River. Note to self: Comeback with my husband, rent a convertible, wear a scarf and sunglasses.

I watch too many Hallmark movies. We have a lunch break in Saumur, where I will forever remember our cafe had a bathtub for the bathroom sink and back across the Loire River to Tours. This town of Tours rocks, lots of nightlife, people out walking, many shops and cafes. I love how everyone still sits outside even when it is 40 degrees, or should I say 4.444 Celsius.?

Day 5

This morning we are off to Amboise to visit the Chateau de Chenonceau spanning the river Cher. A gift from Henry ii for his mistress Diane de Poitiers, she lived here until his death, when the wife of Henry II, Catherine de’ Medici, kicked her out. I love history.

We have a surprise treasure on our journey and stop at a vineyard for wine tasting. Many cheers from the motor coach as we head to the Plou and Gils family winemaking since 1504. Very fruitful stop since the wine tasting turned into many purchased bottles of wine and shared by us all later in the evening.

Day 6 

Free day in Paris!

Day 7

Morning tour of Paris, with the afternoon spent shopping in Galeries Lafayette next to the Opera. An evening dinner on the Champs Elysees (talk about best Creme Brûlée EVER) followed by a cruise down the river Seine. The fact the city is filled with riots and the police are out in full force carrying teargas and other massive weapons, somehow disappears as our boat floats down the river Seine and the full moon shines upon the Eiffel Towers twinkling lights in triumphant beauty. 

Yes, indeed. France will always be a good idea.

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Article Written By: Kay George

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