Dubrovnik to Venice tour
Description of Dubrovnik to Venice tour
This ten day tour takes you to three of southern Europeís most fashionable and attractive countries on what promises to be an action-packed cultural adventure for small groups.
Starting in the walled city of Dubrovnik youíll be free to enjoy the sunshine and the sights as well as exploring the Adriatic coastline to Split and the picturesque seaside town of Trogir.
Continuing north and heading further inland youíll be invited to make the most of Plitvice Lakes National Park before heading north to the Croatian capital city of Zagreb, famed for its huge town square, handicraft markets and off the wall museums.
From Zagreb youíll travel by train over the border and into Slovenia where a couple of nights in Ljubljana provide ample excuses to stroll around the old town district and enjoy a spot of people watching from over a Bled cream cake and coffee, or two.
Last stop on this tour is the extra special Italian city of Venice where youíll find a cacophony of canals, cathedrals and courtyards from where you'll complete your ten days of cultural bliss.
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PlanetIn an attempt to tackle over tourism, we travel in groups of 16 or less on this trip. These small group sizes allow us to explore in such a way that we have the least impact on the nature of our destination. During this tour, we visit Plitvice Lakes National Park which was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status 20 years ago. Itís an area spanning 19 hectares of wooded hills, encircling 16 turquoise lakes and connected by a network of waterfalls Ė itís a very sensitive ecosystem that needs to be protected. The park is home to deer, bears, wolves, boars and over 120 species of birds, including hawks and eagles. On top of that youíll also find thick, primeval forests of beech trees, fir spruces and white pines. Everyday lots of tourists walk along the paths to admire the beauty of nature, and in order to maintain this itís important to follow the parkís rules. For example, youíre not allowed to swim in the lakes especially during summer.
Itís always important to us that nature is treated with care and consideration. So, a series of wooden walkways have been built across the landscape to keep the impact as low as possible and our guides are sure to stick to the signposted tracks. When visiting fragile environments, remote areas and national parks, we operate a Ďtake in, take back outí system. Meaning our travellers gather any rubbish they create whilst hiking and to ensure no litter is left behind.
PeopleThe running of this trip supports local people and the local economy, by using a wide range of different local accommodations, in particular hotels, hostels, pensions and guesthouses. This is a perfect example of how we counteract over tourism by supporting small, locally-owned businesses.
Eastern Europe is a lesser-visited part of Europe and tourism is still under construction here, meaning that there are structural weaknesses here and there. Understanding local life is another important part of travel and so we source local activities which we believe are sustainable to the economy by allowing the flow of income from visitors to be distributed to a greater audience rather than remaining concentrated with tourism providers.
Our company strives to create employment opportunities in the countries that we travel to and our staff is made up of many different people from all over the world. We offer local people good working conditions, a fair wage, and empower them through training opportunities. We work to maximise the benefits generated by tourism for local economies and communities. We want our customers to get into contact with the locals wherever possible. On this journey we travel through three different countries across Southern and Eastern Europe and have made it our goal to give the travellers a deep and authentic insight into the different cultures. This tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like in this region. For example, by visiting the fish market in Split, we support the local fishing community. In Venice we will sample some fresh lobster and squid ink spaghetti dishes, both specialties of the region.
With our small group 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. Our travellers get an insight into the everyday life of the locals without influencing it in any way at the same time. Our passionate local guides can also tell travellers a lot about the culture, traditions and history of the countries they visit. Our goal is to promote intercultural communication and understanding.