Ukraine tour, echoes of the Cold War
Description of Ukraine tour, echoes of the Cold War
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Travelling by train:
For most journeys from the UK to Eastern Europe you can expect a 2 or 3 day adventure travelling by combination of high-speed daytime trains and overnight services. Indeed, if time is a factor taking one or two overnight trains is a great option. It also means you can avoid the cost of hotels. One option is to travel via Brussels, Cologne and Vienna, however other routes are available so please do enquire for further details.
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PlanetOn this tour we stay in smaller villages and towns, some of which are rarely visited by tourists. We visit a lot of abandoned sites and museums linked to the country's dark history and talking about this period may be sensitive to the local people. Our guides will brief travellers on appropriate behaviour, both culturally and environmentally, as to not offend or upset the local population. When travelling and staying in towns and in particular, the smaller villages, we make a point of ensuring that we leave no permanent traces of our stay behind, taking all rubbish with us to protect the villages and valuable tourist attractions.
Where appropriate and feasible we will always incorporate walking tours of cities rather than being reliant on private transportation - not only reducing our carbon footprint but we believe leading to a more enjoyable and intimate experience for our clients. Furthermore all vehicles used on the tour have low carbon emissions. We work closely with our local suppliers to highlight the best practice in terms of environmental issues.
Ukraine does not see the same numbers of visitors that many other countries experience and as such some practices which we take for granted in other parts of the world may not be found here. We work closely with our suppliers to introduce concepts of environmental responsibility to the communities that we travel through. This can include asking hotels to implement practices such as asking guests if they need fresh cleaned towels each day, and reminding guests to turn off lights when they leave the room small things that are standard practice in many places in the western world but not necessarily elsewhere. Most of the places that we stay in on this tour will take advantage of the excellent local produce, not only sustaining traditional communities but ensuring that unnecessary food miles are not made.
Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travellers. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasize our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travellers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.
We do not send a tour leader from the UK to accompany our tours. We believe that to send a foreign tour leader along to accompany the group is unnecessary and increases the carbon footprint.
we use smaller locally owned properties and avoid larger chain hotels. In our experience, we believe that most properties rely on locally sourced food which helps to cut down on transport miles. Most of our tours include daily breakfast and one main meal only, normally lunch. For dinner we encourage clients to choose their own places to eat and the guide will always be happy to suggest local restaurants which specialize in local dishes.
If you would like to avoid taking flight, we are happy to book trains for you - reaching the start point by train is an enjoyable option and a real alternative to flying.
PeopleOn this tour we visit sites and locations of former secret nuclear sites and structures, as well as several museums dedicated to the history of Ukraine. This period is an important part of Ukraine's history and of significant importance to the local people and how the country has developed. Visiting these sites and attractions allows our clients to learn about the strong culture and troubled history of this once closed-off country.
Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced. We also try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis getting the lowest possible price usually isnt the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an ongoing relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved.
We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.
We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.
We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.