Turquoise coast walking holiday, Turkey

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05 Oct 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Turquoise coast walking holiday, Turkey

Environment

Our Responsible Travel policy ensures that we abide by eco-friendly principles in the running of our holidays. We are passionately committed to ensuring that our holidays are eco-friendly to our local environment and contribute to the local economy and community.

We operate small group holidays that have a low impact on the community. All of the accommodation used for our holidays is managed and maintained by local people and the majority are owned by local people. Our furniture is sourced locally.

We use local transport companies and their drivers for airport transfers and where possible we group guests together, so as not to have unnecessary car journeys to and from the airport for individual passengers. On walking holidays the necessity of driving to the starting point of the walks is reduced to an absolute minimum. We try as much as possible to use one of the most sustainable transport method: our feet.

On all of our holidays we inform all our guests about our policy of leaving absolutely no rubbish behind, including organic remains whether on painting, walking or photography trips. We visit Patara National Park during your trip with its 12km long sandy beach is the breeding ground of the endangered loggerhead turtle. It is a protected area and is rich in birdlife and flowers including some very rare endemic species. The importance of protecting the rich biodiversity of this area is paramount and we ensure that we leave the environment undisturbed.

We recycle plastic, glass and aluminium and support the recycling schemes in the local community, our water is heated by solar panels and we do not heat our swimming pool.

We support local businesses by using local restaurants for our holidays and by buying fresh food from local suppliers to cut down on the use of unnecessary transport. We use suppliers who source organic produce. Our holiday ethos is focussed on creating rather than consuming.

In our office we recycle paper and materials. We do not print brochures but rely on marketing through e mail and the internet.

Community

We work with local people to ensure that our holidays benefit the local economy. Guests eat at local restaurants where the majority of the food is organic and locally sourced. We encourage guests to immerse themselves in the culture of the region and gain an understanding of the culture, history and local people. They are given the opportunity to purchase local products and visit the local cultural and historical sites and art gallery. We have supported the setting up of an art gallery in the town which benefits the local community.

Private transportation is supplied by local operators.

Our group size never exceeds 12 people which provide for a richer experience and minimizes our impact on places we visit and local communities. Travelling in small groups with like- minded people enables closer participation and connection with local people and the culture of the region. It also makes for a more fulfilling experience where lasting friendships and connections are made.

On all of our holidays we respect the privacy of the local people. We will never photograph or paint anyone without their permission and will ensure our guests are sensitive to the values and privacy of the local community. The local people are incredibly welcoming and friendly and as we have been in the area for a long time we know many very well.

1 Reviews of Turquoise coast walking holiday, Turkey

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


The Turkish people were so friendly, welcoming and attentive. The opportunities for homestay was a highlight for me especially the family in Gey. Amazing setting, amazing family and amazing food.

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


Walking poles are always useful.

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


Yes, I really do hope it benefited the families we stayed with.

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


Excellent. The disappointment was the Mara Business Hotel in Fethiye. Initially we were given a dirty and dated room (can supply photos if appropriate). Our guide Zeynep helped us to change our room to one that was much improved. I suggest a change of hotel. We stayed in the Yeniceri Hotel (round the corner from the Mara) for several days before the trip started. It is slightly more expensive that the Mara but the accommodation, breakfast and service were all excellent.

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