At the time I write this (November 2020) one can argue both sides: The glass is half empty, because Covid-19 cases are running rampant in the U.S. and in much of Europe. The glass if half full because of promising initial results from major vaccine companies. We are siding with the glass being half full; but, we are hedging our bets and moving our 2021 tour schedule to September to build in more time for expectations to play out.
On this side of the Atlantic, Covid-19 cases are rising to levels not seen since the early days of the Epidemic. The same is true on the other side of the Atlantic. Given Covid-19 fatigue, upcoming holidays and winter weather, one can certainly build the case that the near-term outlook for international travel remains bleak.
Against that current reality, we believe the approval and distribution of multiple vaccines in the next few months could make the current wave of Covid-19 the last great wave. If that were to happen, we believe travel restrictions will ease significantly beginning in mid-2021.
With this in mind, we will be offering tours in 2021: Our schedule will be finalized by early December. However, we have decided to shift our 2021 tour schedule from July to September; giving a little more time for events to unfold.
We would also stress that the small-group nature of our tours and the rural nature of most battlefield tours provide a much lower Covid-19 risk than a typical European city tour.
We look forward to getting knee deep into history with you in Europe in 2021!
Footnotes: For readers who want to keep an eye on things, we suggest the following websites:
Thanks to Georg Snatzke, 2018 tour participant, for the photo.