Macedonia Experience

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Macedonia Experience is tour outfitter that works closely with You to fulfill Your needs and wishes for creating unforgettable experiences for adventure, leisure and special interest travel, trips that always immerse Macedonia’s rich culture and gastronomy. We are locals, living and working in Macedonia, whose knowledge and passion for all things in Macedonia is unsurpassed. We can organize everything: the accommodation, the transportation, activities and so much more, we are here to help out. Our services - Accommodation, guidance and activities - Day / multiday itineraries around Macedonia
Member since: 29 Nov 2018

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

How we operate:
Guided trips
Please note that all group sizes for most of our guided tours are between 2 and maximum of 12 persons.
Contribution to local economies:
Operations & Administration
Macedonia Experience holds tour operating license in Macedonia as branch office of Magelan Travel Service. The
partners, as well our entire eco-system is run by Macedonia residents only.
All of our tour leaders are either native to the areas of activity, or have lived, traveled or worked in Macedonia for long
periods.
Our local guides are trained and licensed (locally). We always aim to recruit (support) guides from the specific areas of
operation, and these areas of Macedonia (without Skopje and Ohrid) provide very few or no opportunities for
employment.
Accommodation
We include home-stays in some of our itineraries, depending on the target groups.
Food
The local cuisine is an integral part of real understanding and enjoyment of a region or a country in the Western
Balkans.
Local products
By facilitating usage of products and services of local origin, Macedonia Experience ensures the local producers to
see how valuable their products are, in terms of keeping the traditions alive, which on one side ensures a maintained
landscape, and on the other side forms solid basis for sustainable tourism development in Macedonia.
Transport
For transport we use local charter bus providers, the train or public buses. Depending from the activity and area
covered, we attempt to reduce the mileage and the fuel consumption.
Marketing materials
We don’t use printed promotion materials. The promotion of the company is done through our website and different
social media and travel platforms. The design works for our website is done in-house.

Environmental responsibility

Ecological responsibility:
Most of our tours include the three National parks of Macedonia. Each of them features unique environments and rich
ecological values, which require corresponding attitude from visitors.
Examples:
- Lake Prespa, the highest tectonic lake of the Balkans, features abundance of endemic flora and fauna. In this unique
area we offer rural discovery trips. These tours are guided by locals passionate about the Prespa region
- Our natural tours in different regions of Macedonia are guided by local wildlife protection activists
- We encourage our guests to use re-fillable water bottles, since tap water is drinkable around Macedonia
- Wherever possible, instead of taking packed lunch, most of our adventure tours are designed in that way that we
have lunch breaks on-site, with involvement of local residents
- In order to avoid extra transfer mileage, we cooperate with transport providers, who are closest to the starting or pick
up point of our tours
- We include public transport in our tours where applicable

Almost all office administration is run on cloud (Drive), we try to avoid printing as much as possible. We use alternative modes of transport (biking) most of the time. On the trips we use newer vehicles with reduced carbon emmisions.

We adhere to the rules od conduct in the national parks (moving in designated trails/areas; reporting our group movements; hiring support guides from the national park (depending on the trip).

Social responsibility

Social responsibility
While including as many local people to our tours as possible, we hope to build a bridge between the visitors and the
locals, so that we create better understanding of daily life challenges in Macedonia. Eventhough most of the time there
is the language barrier, both sides enjoy the direct interaction.
Examples:
- We cooperate with village communities in the rural areas of Macedonia (mostly the Western regions of Shar Planina,
Mavrovo, Makedonski Brod and Debarca), which noticed that providing an insight to their daily life up in the mountains
is a special experience for guests. In return, this interest in their lifestyle and the generated additional income
contributes for these people to preserve their way of life in these areas, by producing traditional dairy products and
maintaining the landscape.
- We encourage our guests to buy locally produced products, eg. Home made Rakija (spirit), honey products, artisan
wines, wood crafts, etc.
- Some of our tours do have a strong focus on the life of isolated indigenous communities of Macedonia, such as the
Juruk people, which have unique culture and traditions
- Providing pre-trip information on Macedonia in general–and current–day issues topics during the trip

The interaction with locals in each area is a highlight on all of our trips, and there is no negative impact as the locals are eager to welcome foreigners (also, we hire them to cook for us, or arrange some activities for our guests, so it's beneficial for both sides), Macedonia in general welcomes very few visitors (and we hope it will remain like that:). The groups we work with are small, always escorted by one of our guides.

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