Ukraine and Moldova cultural tour

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17 Sep 2017
£ 2095
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29 Jul 2018
£ 2245
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19 Aug 2018
£ 2245
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ukraine and Moldova cultural tour

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip and as tour operators, it is something we are careful to promote. Your guide on this trip will have been trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through this region can have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly and as such, on all of our trips we go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive - after all, there are also many good things that the traveller can bring. By having lunch in a local guesthouse on day 9 whilst we explore the Nitstru river area including the Tipova canyon we are not only supporting local communities, but also by eating locally we are also gaining educational opportunities into the ways in which those that live in the regions eat and live, without changing those habits by bringing in bus-loads of tourists.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some delicate ecosystems. An example of where this will be particularly relevant on this trip can be seen on days 5 and 6 when we spend 2 nights in Sheshory, deep in the heart of the Carpathians amongst beautiful but delicate mountain scenery. In meeting local shepherds we will have the opportunity to learn about the ways in which these people have cared for this land.

The nature of small group travel is much more environmentally friendly than private travel. The fact that we will have up to 12 clients in one minibus reduces fuel consumption. We also use local trains on this trip which reduces the environmental impact of the trip further.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration.

Community

In Ukraine & Moldova we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.
On day 5 of this trip we have the opportunity to join our host family in making a traditional Hutsul dinner which is an example of direct support of and engagement with local communities on this trip.

We believe it is important to show respect for local traditions, cultures and history. For this reason we are sure to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of St Sofia Cathedral on day 2 in Kiev and the UNESCO historic centre of Lviv on day 3 of this trip.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can directly channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities.

We also support several other Aid agencies and NGOs around the world which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

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