Walking and yoga holiday in the French Alps

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23 Jun 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Walking and yoga holiday in the French Alps

Accommodation and Meals:
We base ourselves in the picturesque alpine village of Vercors spending 7 nights in the family-run Hotel Tilleul. The hotel employs local staff helping benefit the community and they work hard to reduce their environmental impact by recycling, composting and implementing energy saving policies throughout the hotel. The hotel food is homemade from locally produced and sourced goods (found in and around the Vercors plateaux) and meals are accompanied by a good selection of local and other regional French wines. The area is famous for a number of gastronomic specialities which are specific to the farming in Vercors itself, including the ‘Bleu de Vercors-Sassenag’, which is produced on 167 local farms. It is well known that food is a large focus in French culture, so where meals are provided, our local hotel staff are enthusiastic about showcasing fresh produce from the area. Your guide will ensure you’re acquainted with local restaurants and cafes, which is a great chance to both support the community and to get an authentic experience.

Activity/Environment:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage you to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. Our leaders also ensure nothing is left but footprints, actively encouraging guests not to leave any litter whilst out on walks. This itinerary offers the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and pristine natural environments France has to offer and we wish to ensure they remain in this state. Brimming with wildlife such as wild boar, ibex, chamois and over 140 species of birds, along with a variety of flora including 80 protected species including the ‘Sabot de Venus’, and wild tulips, we are extremely aware of our roles as stewards of this area and are dedicated to the maintenance of the environment.

Water:
Water is an important issue with active trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Our guides can advise where to fill them and where to recycle any litter.

Community:
We support the community by using local businesses in the region. We use a locally-owned transport company for transfers and we stay in a relatively unknown area of France, providing income to an area that would usually not benefit from tourism. This tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes, use small businesses to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of the region. We have the chance to explore several towns and villages

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.


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