On the Road with Rick Steves Tours

We're providing year-to-date information on the number of positive Covid cases we're experiencing on our 2023 tours. This report is updated monthly.

Report date: November 4, 2023
Tours completed and on the road: 1,222
Total travelers: 31,964
Total travelers testing positive for Covid: 971 (3%)

General News

As our 2023 tour season winds down, our Covid rates on tour through October have remained steady at 3 percent. We'll continue to maintain our health and safety measures through the end of this year.

Here is a summary of this year's policies:

  • All tour members agree to and sign our Health and Safety pledge.
  • All tour members, guides, and drivers are vaccinated.
  • Guides check tour member vaccination status at the Welcome Meeting.
  • During the tour, if someone displays Covid-like symptoms, they are required to take a Covid test.
    • If they test positive, they must leave the tour. We provide a $200/day refund for the number of tour days missed due to Covid.
    • If they test negative, they may stay on the tour but are required to mask as long as they are displaying symptoms.

Covid protocols vary by country but in general much of Europe no longer requires masking, testing, or quarantines. Due to these changes, we are asking our travelers to bring from home their own self-tests and masks as these items may not be readily available in some European countries.

Thankfully, the vast majority of our Covid cases have been mild and our travelers have been able to continue on independently. It’s always a good idea to be prepared with a Plan B!