Frequently Asked Questions

Trip Details

Our trips have a maximum group size of 25 people. They are large enough to meet new people with diverse backgrounds, but small enough to be on a first-name basis with everyone.
Yes, absolutely! There is always a good number of solo travelers on our trips, and they are welcomed with open arms. Group meals generally take place at medium to large tables, and our Tour Managers ensure that everyone is included in conversation. Because our trips are priced for doubles sharing a room, there is a supplemental cost for those who choose to have the privacy of their own room.
Our trips are designed to give our travelers special insight and understanding of the places we visit. The talks and commentary by our Historians and local guides are what make our itineraries special, and this kind of curated experience cannot be obtained on one’s own. For this reason, our trips generally do not incorporate long periods of free time during the day, although night times and several dinners will be on your own.
We’ll send you a detailed clothing and equipment list well before your departure, so you’ll know exactly what to bring. We’ll provide the rest: comfortable accommodations, an engaging daily itinerary, expert trip management and access to people and places that will thrill and delight you.

Health & Safety

Travelers should be in good health and able to walk up to 2 miles (with stops) over uneven terrain and be able to navigate stairs unassisted. In city centers, we do try to walk from place to place due to traffic restrictions and also in keeping with our commitment to environmental sustainability.
Every effort will be made to try to accommodate any special dietary requests you may have (e.g., low salt, vegetarian or vegan). Please discuss your requests with us when signing up for a trip.
The safety and security of our travelers and tour staff are of the utmost importance. We have developed extensive policies and procedures for traveling during the pandemic in accordance with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels protocols. We continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19, using many information sources. All trip participants (including staff) 5 years and older must show proof of being up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations — including boosters — at least 14 days prior to the start of the trip.

Rates

Yes! Tips to local guides, restaurant staff, hotel staff and drivers are all included in the trip price. Your Trip Historian and Tour Manager will not accept tips. The only time tips are not included is during free time and meals on your own.

Yes! Non-alcoholic beverages are included in all group meals, and beer or wine are included in all group dinners. Any additional alcoholic beverages are not included in the program price.
Airfare to and from the starting and ending point of the program is not included in the price to give you maximum flexibility in choosing your preferences for air travel. This way, you can use frequent flier upgrades, depart from your airport of choice, or add pre- and post-trip extensions with no constraints. Please refrain from booking your airfare until your Guest Services Advisor reaches out to confirm your departure. Airport transfers to and from starting and ending hotels are generally not included in the tour price.
Yes, absolutely! If you wish to arrive early at the first hotel on the itinerary or stay longer at the last hotel, our Guest Services Advisors will be happy to facilitate the reservation of extra nights. Additional nights will be added to your final invoice and will be subject to the same Terms and Conditions of your main trip. Room upgrades are also available for an additional cost.

Reservations & Cancellations

For trips departing in 2022, we have a flexible booking policy in place that allows you to cancel and receive a full refund of deposits up to 60 days prior to your scheduled departure. For trips departing in 2023, our cancellation policy will return to our pre-pandemic standard. Deposits will be 50% refundable 120 days prior to departure. Cancellation between 119-91 days before departure: 100% of deposit is forfeited. Cancellation between 90-61 days, 50% of the Trip price is forfeited. Cancellation within 60 days of departure: no refund. You always have the option to transfer your deposit to a future History Travel departure up until 90 days prior to departure with no penalty.
We strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance to help protect your investment and provide you with financial recourse should you face trip cancellation or interruption due to sickness or quarantine. When purchasing a policy, please consult with a trip insurance agent to review what COVID-19- related contingencies are covered. We recommend using our partner insurance provider, Travel Insurance Services, which offers three different policies from which to choose.
After you reserve your trip and pay your deposit, you will be sent detailed information about your itinerary and destination, insurance information, a Participant Information Form, a packing list, and other information needed to prepare for your trip. Your Guest Services Advisor will reach out when it’s time to book airfare after the minimum required number of travelers have enrolled on your departure — no later than 60 days prior to departure. Final trip details will be sent roughly 2-3 weeks before departure.

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