We are well aware of the impact tourism has at home and abroad, and we make every effort to balance the environmental impact of travelling with the immense benefits sustainable tourism can bring to destinations and the people who live there. So we start in the office: we turn off all electrical equipment every night; we use energy-efficient bulbs; we measure print and paper consumption, and re-cycle wherever possible; we print our brochures on paper from sustainable sources, and send them out in bio-degradable packaging.
Leaders & local suppliers:
Base for this weeks’ walking & sightseeing holiday is the family-run Relais Villa Acquaviva, a haven of relaxation nestled in the shadow of the Southern Tuscan village of Montemerano. Owners Valentina and Serafino di Virginio have spent the last 20 years renovating the property into what is today an immaculate hotel, and sons Fabrizio and Michele are now part of the hosting team. The surrounding vineyards, fruit orchards and olive groves all belong to the hotel, and you will be invited to sample much home grown produce during your stay here.
Having no minimum number means that groups sizes can be small and therefore the trips have less impact on the environment.
Walking has minimal impact on the environment as you provide most of the energy yourself and, when you’re strolling from village to village, you can enjoy a relationship with locals in a way motorists passing through never can. On foot, you get off the beaten track, and you’ll find that people treat you as a visitor rather than a tourist. Also, by walking independently, and not having to worry about keeping up with a group, you set the pace so you can soak up the sights, sounds and scents of your surrounds and really get under the skin of the place you’re visiting.
We proactively encourage walking clients to think about travelling responsibly too: packing light, saving water, buying locally and re-cycling all maps and route notes at the end of their trip.