It is not long ago from our last update, when we were pretty confident that we will run our tours in the Balkans and Poland. Unfortunately, the situation has changed dramatically, forcing us to change our plans for one more time.
You can read below what we plan to do with our torus and why we have to make these changes.
Charts show the number of new cases per 1 million people
The rise of new cases in the west Balkans was extreme, causing the E.U. to change it's decision to include Serbia and Monrenegro in the list of "safe" countries - a list that Bosnia and Albania were not included.
Except from the increased infection possibility, complicated and strict border crossing measures do not allow for any possible alternatives in the area.
The situation in Poland is not that bad - the problem is how to get there... After the big increase in new cases over the last weeks in Bulgaria and Romania, Slovakia and Hungary have adopted very strict rules for people coming from these 2 countries ( e.g. 2 negative test in the last 5 days to enter Hungary ). These rules make it almost impossible to reach Poland as the alternative of riding through Serbia is also not possible. We have tried to find other alternatives, but we would then have a completely different tour.
Except from the recent cases rise in Bulgaria and Romania, Moldova is a big issue as there are no signs of control or improvement of the disease spread.
Furthermore, Moldova and Ukraine are not considered "safe" countries for the E.U. so it is rather impossible to be able to operate a tour without border crossing and bureaucratic issues in the near future.
As we mentioned in previous updates, Tunisia has done a great job keeping the infection numbers very low.
It is also included in the E.U.'s list of "safe" countries, so we are confident that we will be able to run the tour as scheduled.
Any other tours ?
In the following days we will announce our plans for August, September and October.
Having health and safety as first priority we will focus in our country and in the west :)
Our plans include a short tour in Central / West Greece, and our postponed tours in Sicily and the Dolomites - perhaps with an extension to Slovenia and Austria. And if "Italy" sounds scary, except from the chart above, please take a good look in the following chart as well - it shows the number of active cases per million people :
Stay tuned for details about the situation in the regions of Italy we plan to visit and do not hesitate to contact us for any information about tours in Greece
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