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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Under the expert eye of our expert local agent, Miro and Miroslav from locally-based M Tours, this 8-night walking holiday introduces you to Slovenia’s lush wooded valleys and untouched mountains of the Julian Alps. During your time with us, you’ll spot a bewildering variety of flora – of the 2,900 species that grow here, over 70 are endemic. The countryside is also home to a rich variety of birds and animals. You’ll find marmots, roe deer and chamois in the limestone peaks, and may even spot rare species such as lynx and cave hedgehogs. A number of birds of prey, including golden and short-toed eagles, live in the mountains, and in the lowlands you may spot grouse or caipercailli. In order to minimise any impact to the local environment, we ask customers to keep their distance from all wildlife, refraining from feeding them, and to make sure that any picnic waste is collected and taken back to the hotel’s rubbish bins for re-cycling.
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.