Italian Riviera walking holiday, self guided

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Responsible tourism: Italian Riviera walking holiday, self guided

UK Office:
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:
Liguria, also known as the Italian Riviera has long attracted the rich and famous who favour the luxury hotels of the chic resorts such as Rapallo and Portofino. Travel with us, however, and you’ll also discover and contribute to the much lesser known side of the region: sheltered coves, cliff-hanging terraces, quaint little fishing towns and secluded beaches.

One of the real gems is the Cinque Terre: five formerly isolated villages linked by a network of coastal paths passing through cultivated terraces of olives, vines and citrus fruits. This was once the only method of getting from one village to another.

Staff will suggest places to see and visit locally.

Group size:
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.

Reviews of Italian Riviera walking holiday, self guided

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Swimming in the sea below the ancient monastery at San Fruttuoso after a hot walk was just magical!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The walks look short, but involve a lot of up and down so are more challenging than they initially appear. But the views make them absolutely worthwhile.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It appeared there was a big effort to preserve the natural areas that were part of the walk.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was wonderful

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