By Katherine Setness
For 22 years Setness Tours has helped travelers explore the world and we remain committed to doing so again after America and the world reach a semblance of new normal. We have successfully dealt with 9/11, SARS, and the Great Recession and we fully expect to rebound from this crisis as well.
Setness Tours, like so many other companies, is closed during this COVID 19 crisis. We are returning phone calls and emails once a week or so.
All is well with our family and staff and we are looking forward to this isolation being over. When will we be open again? We will look to governmental guidance for that, but we welcome the day we will be up and running again.
In the meantime, we are moving many of our spring trips to the fall or to next year, We will also have a new lineup of trips for next spring.
If you have trip credit because of COVID 19 or for any other reason, that credit is good for your lifetime and is transferable to your family or friends.
The terms and conditions on the back of our trip confirmation letters contains the following verbiage “Exclusions: Setness Tours reserves the right to alter its refund and cancellation policy when a substantial amount of cancellation or postponement of travel is attributable to conditions resulting from an act of God, natural or man-made disaster, fire, government action, civil disorder, war, hostilities between nations, or unavailability of transportation through no fault of Setness Tours.”
COVID 19 definitely falls under those circumstances. We are proud of the fact that we are giving 100% trip credit even though in many cases we have received neither a cash nor trip credit from our suppliers.
After this period is over, we know people will be anxious to travel again, whether for a short getaway or an extended trip. Here are a few things we have coming up this fall.
October 4-11 – Autumn in the Canyons – Visit some of America’s most spectacular national parks, included Bryce, Zion, Canyonlands, Arches and the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. Cruise Lake Powell, travel through Monument Valley and take a jet boat ride on the Grand Canyon.
October 4 - The Diamonds - Rescheduled from Spring. Performance at Antioch’s historic El Campanil Theater, Brunch at Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill.
October 20 - Underground Old Town Sacramento & a River Cruise - Rescheduled from Spring – In the 1860s Sacramento took drastic measures to avoid floods, sealing off the first floors of buildings and raising the street by one story. Discover the gambling dens and speakeasies left behind. Lunch is at Rio City Café followed by a Hornblower cruise on the Sacramento River
October 28-30 - Hearst Castle or Pismo Playtime? -Tour Hearst Castle or enjoy a free day in Pismo. It also features the Oceano melodrama, two nights as a Shell Beach cliffside resort and lunch at our favorite, McPhees in Templeton.
November 4-13 – The Galapagos Islands - It was Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands that inspired the theory of evolution. On these islands there are no natural predators so giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea lions and more have fear of mankind allowing up-close viewing.
December 3-5 – A Cambria Christmas - Highlighted by the Cambria Christmas Marketplace this coastal holiday includes your choice of the Oceano Melodrama or a second night at the marketplace, time in Morro Bay, viewing of elephant seals. All but one meal included.