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:
Little known even by the French, this dramatic region boasts some truly spectacular scenery and many areas of great natural beauty with limestone causses, plunging gorges, and fantastically eroded rick formations and caverns. With over 4000 species of wild flowers, not to mention the outstanding wildlife – beavers, vultures, numerous species of butterflies – it really is a nature lovers paradise.
On this unique holiday, we have added a further twist: French gastronomic dining at its finest! (And probably not something you’d expect in this part of the country!) During your week at the Grand Hotel de la Muse et du Rozier Hotel, you will sample all regional menus including the 7-course Balade Gastronomique which is based around locally sourced produce from suppliers passionate about their area of expertise. So you’ll be offered rich blue cheeses from the high pastures, prized hams from Laguiole, Aubrac beef, trout from river that runs alongside the hotel and wild mushrooms picked from the fields that morning.
A car is essential for this holiday.
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.
Classic Tour, using small inns and guesthouses
From £2199 - £2299 15 days including UK flights