This small group operator is just celebrating its 30th year and its activity holidays are very popular. Arriving at a village by bike or on foot immediately fascinates the locals and offers you an opportunity to interact as well as being great exercise and allowing you to reach far flung areas. Activity holidays are a great way to escape, get some fresh air and take life at a slower pace, allowing time for thought and reflection. In completing an active holiday, there is an element of personal development and improvement which can really help travellers focus on doing things differently or better.
Small group travel has been recognised as the future of sustainable tourism by many leading organisations. We are at the forefront of small groups travel and have been for more than 20 years. This is aptly demonstrated on this tour in Cyprus, where group's size is limited to just 16 walkers, thus limiting the impact we make. Our Tour Leaders are trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference.
All accommodation is locally owned and in which you experience great food, most of which is sourced locally. This not only provides direct employment within the hotel, but also has the effect of percolating money beyond to small businesses that supply the hotel and in this way money is spread throughout the region we visit. In addition by eating in family-owned restaurants and using the services of a Cypriot local agent we ensure that nearly all the money we spend reaches as wide a range of local people as possible.
As a walking tour our main method of transport is about as environmentally friendly as one can get! Visits to important archaeological sites provides vital revenue allowing for continued and developing preservation work to be carried out.
As well as the above, we support a variety of charities and projects worldwide which support vulnerable communities and habitats including Friends of Conservation, Hope Worldwide and Send A Cow. We are also actively engaged with UK travel industry bodies which promote best practice in responsible tourism, such as Tourism Concern, The Travel Foundation and AITO. Our commitment to responsible tourism is not limited to our overseas operation and we have measures to ensure our UK office operates according to our responsible tourism policy. Carbon offsets for all flights booked with us are included in the tour cost.
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