Route St Jacques walking holiday
Description of Route St Jacques walking holiday
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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.
PlanetAlthough the water in France is safe to drink for our customers, we offer the opportunity to purchase a water filter bottle, at a discounted price, that combines three different technologies to remove over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants in water. This prevents the need for single use plastic bottles.
We operate a ‘leave no trace’ policy on all activity days to help maintain them for future generations. Our tour leader and local guide are trained to promote this message to our customers whilst on this trip. Lunches can be purchased from local supermarkets and shops and you are encouraged to bring a water bottle, Tupperware container and cutlery to avoid using a plastic bags and plastic knives and forks.
The focus of this trip is walking where we aim to leave minimal impact. This includes sticking to the trails to avoid upsetting the delicate balance for plants and animals, as well as not feeding wildlife as they become reliant on tourists, plus maintaining a safe and respectful distance from wildlife.
PeopleThis tour operates during the quieter months of the year for visitors and in areas typically away from the main tourist resorts. It helps to reduce the decline in visitor numbers outside of the summer months when tourism drops off.
All our walks are led by one of our walks leaders who shares our commitment to responsible travel where possible. It is important for us that we work with locals to ensure they benefit from tourism, and at the same time ensure our travellers benefit from a more local way of life.
On this tour we use local pensions, small hotels along the route which are typically family owned and operated by local people. Each evening meals are taken at the hotels which is provided from local ingredients however packed lunches are popular and sourced fresh in the morning from local bakeries or cafes, sometimes along the days route.
We ensure that our staff are equipped with suitable footwear and clothing to cater for the environment in which they are working on.