Bavaria winter tour in Germany

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26 Nov 2017
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10 Dec 2017
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21 Jan 2018
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04 Feb 2018
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25 Nov 2018
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09 Dec 2018
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20 Jan 2019
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03 Feb 2019
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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bavaria winter tour in Germany

Accommodation and Meals:
Throughout the trip we will be accommodated in 2 comfortable hotels (in Bucharest and Tulcea) that employ local staff and 3 nights in the family-run villa, Pensiunea Eden, in Crisan on the Danube Delta. In our accommodation in Crisan, the owners employ locals from the village, where unemployment is high and therefore benefits the local community. Crisan is one of the main fishing villages in the Delta that was settled over 100 years ago and today has only 500 inhabitants. Pensiunea Eden is well known for its fish specialties as we as other traditional dishes made from locally produced ingredients where possible.

Association for Ecotourism in Romania:
Our local tour operator is one of the founding members of the Association for Ecotourism in Romania (AER). The Association is involved in promotion and marketing of sustainable tourism activity and accreditation of ecotourism tours and green accommodation. In a place where ecotourism is still in its infancy, this group is significant in raising public awareness of responsible ways to travel and this is reflected in the nature of this trip.

Activity:
Being a wildlife based tour, we are very conscious of our effects on the environment and how we can reduce negative impact and aid conservation of the bird and wild life in the Danube Delta. On this trip we contribute to the conservation of the Danube Delta by paying a fee to enter this Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO world heritage site. We use small-sized motorised and non-motorised boats to travel around the Danube Delta and the smaller canals and waterways to ensure we do not cause damage to this fragile area that is comprised of 33 different eco systems. We also keep the group size to a maximum of 10 to minimise disturbance on all wildlife and nature.

Conservation:
Our local operator is involved in various social and preservation projects in the Danube Delta, is a founding member of the Romanian Friends of Nature, a consultant on issues of ecotourism under CJ Tulcea and is a collaborator at the Danube Delta Biosphere Administration (ARBDD) and the National Institute of Research INCDD.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, 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.

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