South Eastern Europe motorcycle tours
Description from the holiday company
Responsible tourism: South Eastern Europe motorcycle tours
First of all the motorbikes are a more economical way of travelling than by car. Every time you see a 5 or 7 seats car that accommodate only one or two passengers you should think that this is a waste of fuel. If they were to travel with a motorcycle the fuel consumption will be half. Using motorcycles we reduce the fuel consumption in order to obtain low carbon transport.
We encourage our guests do a little reading before coming to find out more about the environment problems in Eastern Europe: deforestation, pollution of waters, soils and atmosphere, soils degradation, soils erosion. We provide suggestions on how best to protect the surrounding environment.
Industrial logging that creates building materials from wood, and consumer products like office paper, magazines and packaging is the main driver for deforestation in Eastern Europe. Guests will receive a pre-trip information pack via e-mail, to minimize the use of paper, which will inform them about issues relating to the place they will travel.
Furthermore, our tour guides are well-educated multilingual people who can offer guests their advice about what each of our guest can do, during their trip, in order to minimize the impact for the environment and as an interpreter and offer insights on current regional issues. We will debate with our guests the main environmental accidents that occurred in Eastern Europe during communism and post communist time. There are many things that we can do individually to prevent water pollution, like: refrain from throwing litter into streams, lakes, rivers, or seas. Or if you do spot litter on beaches or in water systems, after ascertaining that it is safe, collect them and dispose off them in any nearby waste disposal system. Or actively conserve water by turning the tap off when you do not need running water, such as while brushing teeth.
Have a recyclable garbage bag and that the waste will be disposed only on the special arranged areas.
In some of the days we stay at local county inns where organic food is made by the hosts.
Pay a fair price for goods and services. Bear in mind that most of the crafts, clothing and carpets on a sale are hand made using lengthy traditional processes. Expect to pay a high price, they are superb in quality and help to preserve local traditions and economies supporting are long list of people in their community.
Follow the route design by us especially when we are in a rural area, stay stick with the group. We use accommodations that match our environmental values.
Being small group tours, these trips not only minimize the negative impact on the environment but also allow you to interact more easily with the locals, giving you the possibility to learn about culture and traditions straight from the source.
These tours offer you a well rounded Eastern European experience, introducing you to finest scenery and folklore and providing you with the possibility of getting in contact with the genuine peasant culture by exploring rural areas, the work shops of famous artists and craftsmen, visiting museums.
Besides the economic aspect – we use only local suppliers - your visit is of great importance for the artist, craftsmen, museums, castles or the small rural communities you’ll visit as it provides them with the a motivation, a reason to carry on the traditions. You’ll be able to purchase locally goods starting with food and ending with souvenirs, handicrafts.
To give you a full taste of the local culture you’ll delight yourself with traditional meals in each county visited.
To make sure the money stays where needed we only use local suppliers and where the itinerary allows us we also use small family run businesses.
This is actually an ideal opportunity to spend more time with the locals but also ensure that the financial benefits of your visit reach the people of the area and not some large companies based outside the region.
The entry fees will help maintain and even restore the precious tourist attractions visited throughout the tour. When in a museum first ask if it is permitted to take photographs. Many museums or heritage sites also ask for a small fee if you use your camera or video-recorder.
Ask for permission before you take photographs of people.
Always keep an open mind and try to reserve making any hasty judgements.
Don’t make promises you can’t or are not likely to keep, like sending photographs or letters.
We provide guests with a short local language lesson to ensure that they get the warmest welcome locally.
We’re also making financial contributions for every persons who books one of our tours, in the amount of £1
per person to support Saint Daniel’s Foundation programme entitled 'A grand father for a nephew – A nephew for a grandfather', helping elderly and orphans, people most in need.