Walking holiday in Crete

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11 Sep 2021
£1383
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18 Sep 2021
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09 Oct 2021
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Throughout this tour to Crete we stay in locally owned accommodation in which you experience hospitatily and food, most of which is sourced locally, as well as some great wine! This not only provides direct employment within the hotel, but also has the effect of percolating money beyond to small businesses that supply the hotel and in this way money is spread throughout the region we visit.

Our Tour Leaders are trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference. Minimising our impact by exploring on foot means that this tour operates in a very eco-friendly way. Donations given on optional sightseeing visits to the monasteries around Zaros means that we are helping maintain these local churches. Taking the optional sea-kayaking at Loutro supports this community situated in a very much out-of-the-way location, the residents of which depend upon tourism.

In addition to the above, 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. As well as this, 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 UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. Cool Earth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
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2 Reviews of Walking holiday in Crete

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Reviewed on 13 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most surprising part was becoming aware that the holiday that Responsible Travel had recommended , far from being gentle walks in the upland meadows of Crete, was a serious walking holiday, suited to seasoned hikers - not elderly women interested in wildlife. This only became clear on receipt of the detailed itinaary after insurance and final payment were already made, and flights booked.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Try if you can actually speak to someone on the phone, ask for information about your concerns. If you live in the UK it might even be possible to go to an office and speak with someone. Internet communicates only superficial information, and may mislead.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our group stayed in hotels owned by local people in Crete.
A Cretan guide would have been good, but we had a (very able, pleasant ) Ukeranian guide.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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Reviewed on 02 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beautiful scenery, excellent guide and amazing Greek food.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The walking can be quite challenging due to the terrain, but there are options and you don't need to do all the walks -
however I'd recommend them if you can.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Stayed in locally run hotels and ate at local restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent!

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