Laconia cycling holiday in Greece

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Responsible tourism: Laconia cycling holiday in Greece

Environment

On this tour you will cycle through an area and discover it on your own, becoming aware of its environmental sensitivity. Famous Sparta, the amazing beach of Elafonissos and the tremendous medieval town of Monemvassia all rely on environmental cleanliness and purity to preserve their beauty and uniqueness.

We believe that it is a matter of high importance to preserve what we have and not take advantage of it by any cost. We have adopted a sustainable tourism policy to protect the environment and the society. To all our clients we provide guidelines about how to show maximum responsibility and respect the area. At the same time we organize a reforestation project and we donate 5 euros for each participant of the tour to plant trees in areas hit by the fires of the summer. We also ask clients to donate any amount they can afford for the same project.

Community

Laconia is a very picturesque area and has its own unique social characteristics. The local community needs to be supported but also wants to prove that they can survive without the mass tourism that negatively affects those characteristics.

Following our sustainable tourism policy, we cooperate with hotels owned by locals, mainly family businesses with local employees. We designed our cycling tour to pass through locations that are still pure, away from mass tourism, and that will benefit locals instead of causing problems. We are locals too and we recruit only locals in our business. In addition, we have a plan for the cycling development of the area of Laconia. Your presence here will help us negotiate with the local authorities the development of a cycling net which will also be used by the locals.

In this way we make sure that the Laconian community receives the maximum benefit from your visit here, but also that you will gain the maximum that you can from them. We believe that coming as close as possible to the locals is the only way to get to know a new place in depth. After all, it's the people that make the difference.

Reviews of Laconia cycling holiday in Greece

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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 11 May 2016 by

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


We had a fantastic holiday although weather was not the best, the cycling was great and accommodation also very good. We amended the last 2 days cycling as simply to short, we cycled all the way around the island on the new road and then across the island as well, the last day we cycled the whole way from the hotel , it was hilly but not to bad , the hardest day was still the first day. The Sat Nav was brilliant and bikes very good with no problems, the locals where all vey friendly and hosts very good. Journeys all went well and a great holiday had by all. Thank you for a great experience.

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


The distances on the last 2 days can be extended and are worth it or the biking is a bit short, as usual get some biking done before going.

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


The trip would of certainly benefited the local people who were very friendly and great hosts, environmental impact not sure as a flight to Athens the 3 hours in a mini bus.

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


Great holiday, wonderful accommodation with sea views, would highly recommend, this was our eleventh biking trip around Europe, we go same time each year, the first week in May, the group (seven mates) have rated this in the top three.

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2015 by

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


Nothing particularly stands out - all good

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


The Garmin device is OK providing you stay on track but does not show other roads - detailed maps would be a useful addition.
Take a slip on gel saddle cover if you're not wearing cycling shorts.

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


Yes re local people, reduced environmental Impact - probably not. No evidence of supporting conservation.

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


Good fun - relatively strenuous at times even for regular commuter cyclists. People were very friendly and helpful - we felt we were well off the beaten tourist track at times. Scenery impressive. Accommodation always good but Kavos Hostel at Elia was very pleasant.

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2014 by

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


I recently completed the Discover Peloponnese cycling tour in Messinia. It was a fantastic trip and this question took some thought -- quite a few memorable and exciting aspects within the six days of cycling in some beautiful and historic locales. If I had to highlight one part, my choice would be the day I cycled from Petalidi, on the Gulf of Messini, south to the town of Koroni with its charming waterfront and impressive Venetian castle. The course then took me back inland over a range of mountains and through several small towns. The cycling became quite steep at this point, but the views of the Gulf of Messini and the surrounding area were fantastic. The day ended with a steep descent down the mountain to the Mediterranean and the beautiful beach town of Finikounda - a perfect place to end the day, and a magnificent sunset made it complete.

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


This trip is ideal for someone who is comfortable on bike, in good shape, and comfortable with different types of cycling - some long straightaways on the road, but also some significant mountain roads - as you would expect in Greece, also a good deal of off-road, but not technical, riding next to the coast and through olive groves made this trip a unique experience. The one other tip I can give is to try to get as early a start each day as you can. The cycling averages 23 miles a day and there is a lot to stop and see along the way!

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


One of the nicest aspects of the trip was that there was always a clean, accessible and pleasant hotel at the end of each day. The hotels were locally run - in some cases, family run - and very hospitable.

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


Everything about the trip was excellent. The operator has done meticulous research to map out the cycling routes and provides directions that are informative and easy to follow. The equipment provided - the bike and the GPS - were top notch. This trip would appeal most to an active person, with a strong interest in history and an interest in seeing a magnificent part of Greece that is somewhat off the tourist track, though hardly isolated or forgotten.

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