Cyclades islands tour
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Finding out exactly how many islands there are is like trying to get your head around the Greek alphabet. To most people it remains a mystery. And in ...
The Cyclades translate as ‘a circle of islands’ and the Greek gods must have had a perfect view from up there on high to see this lovely layout of isl...
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PlanetWe have always been about balancing profit and purpose, and in 2018 this commitment was made official when we became a certified B Corp. This means we’re more dedicated and accountable than ever, to being better – in the ways that matter. This trip is run by our local Greek operator who shares our commitment to responsible travel, from waste and water management to ensuring our travellers are leaving the lightest footprint possible. Our Greek team are trained on our global responsible travel policies and practices.
Where possible we choose to travel by land rather than air. By minimizing the use of flights on our trips, we are making journeys more stimulating and more sustainable for travellers. This trip between several of Greece’s islands does not include any flights, providing all transport by private vehicle and public ferry. We ensure our vehicles are fuel-efficient and well maintained with regular servicing. We use vehicles that are an appropriate size to suit the group size. Public ferries are a great way to travel between Greece’s many islands – a scenic journey, travelling like locals do, and a lower environmental impact.
PeopleThe best folk to show you the heart of a destination are the ones that live there, which is why we work exclusively with local leaders. Our leaders are not only travel experts, they’re teachers, travel gurus and enthusiastic purveyors of grassroots experiences. They’ll just as easily steer you through the laneways of a city as help you strike up a conversation with the locals – and all with a smile. On this trip through the islands of Greece, travellers will also be joined by local guides in several places. In each location these guides will bring to life the destination, its history and what makes it special. That might be the scenic beaches of Paro, the best uses for olive oil in Galini, or island wines in Santorini.
Our trips often include the highlights of a country or region, but we understand that over tourism has a great impact on these popular locations and their local communities. To minimise our effect on the world’s most admired sites we design our itineraries to visit at quieter times of the day, ensure part of the entry costs are allocated to conservation and preservation of the site, and at times we will choose an alternative location that provides the same experience as the more well-known location. On this trip to Greece’s Cyclades Islands, we visit two of the lesser-known islands – Paros and Naxos. Travellers still enjoy the varied scenery, produce and lifestyles of the Greek islands, but spread the economic benefits and environmental impact of their visit beyond the most popular islands.
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