I just received an email from Rick Steves and Company. They have booked 7000 tours so far since yesterday. Far more than expected with the 'quiet' opening. Thus they are a wee bit behind in getting the paperwork done (understatement) but they are working hard at the Confirmations and ALL Hands Are On Deck!
RS indicated they MAY have 2021 tours later in the year depending upon how things are looking, but NO promises etc.
EDIT: parts of the email are set forth below-- NOTE the early notice expires on June 1st when they will announce big time they are opening for bookings ...SO we all need to stay real quiet, this info is Hush Hush...don't tell anyone...LOL! 7000 in 2 days, yeah, this stayed quiet long. Happy Traveling!
From RS and Company: "We are humbled by the support you have shown us throughout the pandemic — and by your determination to keep on traveling with us. On behalf of our entire team in Edmonds, and our guides in Europe, we appreciate your trust. Thank you! We are so excited to be traveling together again soon.
In the meantime, I wanted to share a few points about our tour booking process, and what our post-COVID tours will look like:
With so many travelers signing up all at once, you can imagine we are quite busy confirming everyone. Please be confident that if you signed up, you are on board, and we will be in touch in the next few days with your confirmation. Our systems are working wonderfully and it is all-hands-on-deck here at Rick Steves’ Europe to ensure that each and every traveler is being taken care of.
If you want to travel with us in 2022 but have yet to grab a seat — and would like the best selection of dates — you would be wise to book as soon as possible. Tours in certain popular destinations (including Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and our new Poland tour) are already filling fast. And remember: Deposits are 100 percent refundable, for any reason, until the end of 2021.
If you are receiving this email, you are on our priority list. This “insider status” expires next Tuesday, June 1, when we will announce our 2022 tours to the general public. On that date, we will notify our entire mailing list, begin our general announcements...and expect to see a lot more bookings."