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.
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The Lupic’s family-run olive oil farm is situated in the centre of Bale on your cycling route from Fazana to Rovinj. With 1200 trees spanning 8 hectares, it’s an impressive site and we recommend that you take time to pop in – our hotelier in Fazana is happy to make personal appointments for you before you leave. The owners of the farm, Elena and Vedran, have been producing olive oil for the last decade although they only set this farm up in 2009. They will happily talk you through the harvest and production techniques employed, and you can enjoy a spot of tasting. We particularly recommend the Extra Virgin Bembo, which is an intense limpid golden yellow colour, with hints of aromatic herbs, especially mint, rosemary and black pepper, together with vegetal notes of freshly mown grass, chicory and artichoke. It would make a lovely souvenir to take home to dress those winter salads!
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.
Cycling along the green inland of Istrian Peninsula
From €570 8 days excluding flights