Safe Travel with A'QTO - a member of Council of Australian Tour Operators

A’qto Cycling has adopted the Covid Safe Travel Protocols released by the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) of which we are a member, and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) to ensure a high level of safety and hygiene on our tours.

The Council of Australian Tour Operators is linked to the World Travel and Tourism Council, and has been instrumental in leading the transition to recovery of travel and tourism with the creation of industry leading, best practice protocols that place the safety, health and security of travellers, operators, guides and suppliers as a priority.

The protocol we have adopted is designed to support the safe, healthy, and responsible restart of our Italian cycling tour experiences, with an increased focus on health, safety, and physical distancing standards which is now seen not as a luxury, but as a standard expectation.

With this in mind we have developed and implemented an action plan and check list in line with the WTTC protocols for infection prevention and a special cleaning and disinfection plan, as well as a process to monitor changing regulations and contingency plans in place in Italy.

The primary need is for all our guests to feel assured of the safety of travel and that they have confidence in the systems in place. These protocols will be shared with you at the time of booking and then again during the tour. There is a shared responsibility between A’qto and all our guests to adhere to the protocols to ensure the best possible experience is had by all parties on tour.

What we are doing to deliver a safer experience on your next Italian Cycling Tour.

As a starting point, no matter where you are going on holiday, it is always a good idea to practice good sanitation so you can stay healthy and enjoy your tour!


1.  Avoid close contact. When physical distancing – remain at least 1.5 metres from others, staggering your entry and exit from vehicles, restaurants and accomodation.

2.  Cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when  coughing and sneezing.

3.  Throw tissues into bin immediately after use and please take all rubbish, including tissues, with you off the vehicle for proper disposal.

4. Wash your hands…
after coughing or sneezing
when caring for the sick
before, during and after you prepare food
before eating
after toilet use
when hands are visibly dirty
after handling animals or animal waste

5.  Clean hands regularly and thoroughly. Wash your hands with soap and running water for 20 seconds when hands are visibly dirty.

If your hands are not visibly dirty, frequently clean them by using alcohol-based hand sanitiser, or soap and water.

If you have fever, cough, sore throat and/or shortness of breath (either pre-tour or when on tour with us), seek medical care early.

A’qto Cycling is not a medical company and cannot provide advice on the safety of any destination or form of travel. We recommend all guests regularly check their local government website.

However, as a professional Tour Operator which operates under the professional industry guidelines, we do have a ‘Safe Travel’ policy in place for all of our tours and we also do have good experience on the ground in Italy, so we do share this experience and recommendations to assist guests in making their decisions with travel.

For our latest ‘Safe Travel’ updates, please visit our blog.

Our Top 10 Tips for Post-Pandemic Travel to Italy in 2022  – Oct 2021

Travel to Italy with Ease – Feb 2022

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