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: September 7, 2023
Tours completed and on the road: 863
Total travelers: 22,614
Total travelers testing positive for Covid: 537 (2.3%)

General News

September is our busiest month of the year and it's off to a great start! Through August, our percentage of Covid cases remains consistent at about 2.3%. Although, it's still possible to catch Covid, the health and safety measures we have in place are keeping our rates low.

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!