Family Slovakia winter holiday
Description of Family Slovakia winter holiday
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Small group family adventure:
This is a small group family adventure - typically you will join several other families and travel in a group of approx. 16 people. The trips are great value and a great way for you and your children to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of time to yourselves.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe Tatra National Park authority publishes and enforces strict measures within the borders of the national park to minimize the impact on the environment. In practical terms this means that access to most of the park's paths is prohibited from November to mid June. We fully adhere to these guidelines, ensuring we play our part in helping to preserve the park for future generations.
In terms of waste management, our tour leaders brief guests to carry their waste down to the village. Under the ski reception areas and in the villages, there are numerous recycling bins (blue - paper, yellow - plastic and TetraPack, green - glass, red - metal) where guests can drop their waste. Our tour leaders will offer assistance and lead by example by collecting the occasional rubbish found in the area and recycling where possible.
Water. The tap water in all the hotels is drinkable and of high quality. We encourage our guests not to buy bottled water but rather to refill their bottles and to use reusable cups when buying hot drinks.
Transport. The villages under the Slovak side of the Tatras are very well connected by public transport. There is an efficient narrow-gauge railway system which offers reliable connection (at least once an hour from every station) along the mountain settlements. Those few villages which are not connected by rail get connected by buses. Guests receive railway travel cards which are used for transport to join the included activities and also for their individual free time travel. Most of the travel during the tour is conducted by train, minor part by public buses. We use private transfers only when the public transport connection is not available or too tricky.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleA challenge of operating in the Tatras is that a large number of properties and businesses are owned by one holding company which has a very dominant position on the local tourism market. We have endeavoured to chose providers where we can that are locally owned and operated thereby keeping tourist income with in the communities we visit. Our transport provider, whom we use for transfers with luggage, is a local family company. All the restaurants we use on the tour are small and family owned.
There is a considerable local workforce employed in the winter sports. All the people we hire directly for this trip are local to the area, for each group we have a minimum of five people who at some point interact with our guests. We make sure we pay them fair and competitive salary.
Any new tour leader receive full reimbursement of any training costs required by law in Slovakia. The training certificate has a lifelong validity, so they can start their own independent business anytime in future.
We encourage guests to buy local and responsibly sourced products, an example of this is the support of the local branch of ULUV (The Union of Folk Art Masters) which offers both traditional and modern handmade products 100% made in Slovakia including ceramic, clothes and toys to take home. Whilst our tour leaders are always happy to make recommendations they are not incentivized in any way and are therefore able to provide impartial advice.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.