Baltic Coast small group cycling holiday
Description of Baltic Coast small group cycling holiday
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PlanetThis is a biking tour so the majority of time is spent either on two wheels or two feet helping to keep the emissions produced on the trip down. We also eat locally produced wherever possible to keep food miles in check.
Sourcing locally grown or produced food (with lower food miles) - this tour is organised in agricultural countries, which produce a lot of local food products, especially in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland; and for dinners we always choose menus including more locally grown products and traditional dishes.
Offering vegetarian/plant-based and low dairy foods (which reduce CO2 emissions). We always offer for dinners a vegetarian menu as an option. Tourists should inform us in advance about this choice that we could inform hotels and restaurants (in order not to waste food products if informed too late);
Reducing energy use in our office which is now established in energy efficient building: heating in winter is controlled depending to weather conditions; in summer we don't use air conditioning - instead we use horizontal blinds to close windows from outside; low energy bulbs, etc
Hiring local staff and guides to reduce international travel - For this tour we employ local cycling tour guides from Lithuania or nearby, who live and know her/his own country and neighbouring countries; and who live close to the starting/finishing place of the tour;
Our tour guides travel to the starting place and from the finish place of the tour using the same bus/minibus used for the tour or using ground public transport (buses or trains) instead of using flights;
We aim to minimise water and atmospheric pollution from any specific tourism development we use.
- All these guided groups travel by bus or minibus, while rental bikes are transported in trailer (not by separated motorised vehicle). To decrease the air pollution, we choose to work with transport companies offering newer, energy-efficient vehicles.
- our groups travel by bus or minibus, while rental bikes are transported in trailer (not by separated motorised vehicle). To decrease the air pollution, we choose to work with transport companies offering newer, energy-efficient vehicles.
- our travel routes are designed in the way that a support vehicle is used in the most economical way (following the groups from the back in order there was no need to make driving back to pick up tourists who are tired) and we try to avoid using transport when it is possible, for example, during sightseeing tours in big cities like Gdansk people go walking or cycling;
- our tour guides travel to the starting place and from the finish place of the tour using the same bus/minibus used for the tour or using ground public transport (buses or trains) instead of using flights;
Our staff members are encouraged to use public transport or bikes instead of private cars journeys for commuting and business travels. We even provide company bikes and e-bikes for this purpose, and promote this financially by supplying our employees with monthly public transport tickets or supplement to their salaries for commuting by bikes.
Reducing waste: We aim to achieve zero litter policies everywhere. Therefore we encourage travellers to avoid disposable plastic and to recycle. On this guided cycle tour we provide our customers with reusable plastic bottles for drinking water which we supply free of charge from big bottles re-filled by a local company.
- We recommend going off the beaten track, getting extraordinary travel experiences in the pristine nature and leaving it untouched afterwards.
- Recycling and energy saving in the office: We run our head office in a responsible manner by using fair-trade products, monitoring, and where possible reducing, our energy usage, as well as recycling. We are strict about recycling in our office and garages. We have installed special garbage bins to sort out plastic, paper, glass/plastic bottles (deposit), metal and rubber tires. We challenge our staff old habits and encourage them to recycle printer cartridges and reduce printing (and reusing one-side used paper) and minimize all forms of waste. For example, our staff members are encouraged to drink locally collected herb teas and coffee from reusable cups instead of using plastic cups, and use water from big bottles refilled by a local company instead of buying small plastic bottles.
PeopleOn this tour we employ local cycling tour guides from Lithuania or Latvia, who live and know her/his own country and neighbouring countries; and who live close to the starting/finishing place of the tour;
On this trip we hire local guides/specialists in nature areas like the Curonian Spit and in big cities, for example, Kaliningrad in Russia and Gdansk in Poland, who support our tour leaders with their local knowledge,
On this tour we prefer accommodating our guests at local hotels rather than in international chain hotels. For example: NERIJA Hotel in Nida (Lithuania), KOPERNIK Hotel in Frombork (Poland) and etc.
We offer locally produced food, for example, where it is possible our staff or tour leaders organise picnic meals served by local people in their homesteads, and in general support the travellers' interest in the local cultures;
On guided tours we include visits to museums and galleries of local handicrafts with preference to small family owned places. For example, on this tour we go to Amber mines in Yantarnyj where is a local factory/shop of handicrafts made from amber.