Our responsible travel policy

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How we walk towards “nofootprint”…

We are dedicated towards encouraging low-impact tourism and activity holidays, such as walking, and minimising our negative impact on the environment and people.

We are committed to building a sustainable future for our community, and believe that the best way to protect our natural environment is by educating people about the unique flora, fauna and culture of our region.

All our walking holidays in Greece have an eco focus

We will inform our guests about the unique flora and endemic and common species they will encounter while walking around the Greek islands using presentations, photos and observations. We give guidelines on where to look for them, how to approach them in order not to scare them and disrupt their life, how to observe their behaviours or even capture a unique picture showing the rest of the world their magic. Guests leave aware of the environmental issues faced and how to minimise them. They take home memories and knowledge that stays with them for a lifetime.

ALL OUR WALKING HOLIDAYS arE EnvironmEntally rEsponsiblE

We encourage our guests to behave in an environmentally responsible manner. We walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind. We often arrange clean ups of paths and beaches during the week. We report on paths that are falling out of use and help to clear them.

We encourage our guests and the owners of the accommodations we use to be aware of the threats to the environment (i.e. water waste, plastic bags and bottles) and suggest ways in which they can minimise their negative footprint. We explain our guests the need for water conservation in the Greek islands and advise them on how to minimise their water waste. We encourage our guests to bring refillable water bottles and recycle plastic bottles in designated areas. All our business waste is recycled. All communication is done electronically where possible, saving on paper.

ALL OUR WALKING HOLIDAYS support thE local Economy

We organise our walking holidays in Greece only for small groups of up to 8 guests, outside the high season period (mid-July till August). We thus try as much as possible not to overstrain the environment and benefit the local community.

We have the greatest respect for the local people and their customs and are anxious to share our knowledge of island lifestyle with our guests. In order to limit the social impact of tourism all are guests are introduced to the local customs, religion, politics and history during our walks. We also take our guests to local festivals, artists’ workshops, cheese factories, wineries and so on. We encourage our guests to mix and interact with the local people which are particularly friendly and hospitable.

Through our walking trail holidays in Greece we support small businesses by supporting locally owned shops, guesthouses, mini-markets, bakeries and taverns. As our holidays take place in spring, early summer and autumn, we bring customers and income to establishments which would otherwise only have visitors in high season. Guests are advised to visit the local market and purchase locally-produced and home-made products such olive oil, wine, honey, capers and herbs, sun dried fruits and tomatoes, louza and other goods.

We buy food for our picnics from the local markets and prefer items locally grown according to the season, thus supporting the local agricultural community. Evening meals are taken in family-run Greek taverns serving local dishes.

Our guests stay at local, family owned guesthouses, staffed by locals. They serve food which is sourced and produced locally. These accommodations have been restored by local workers and have retained their unique local character whilst providing all the necessary comforts. The guesthouses have solar panels installed which provide hot water for all rooms all year round.

ALL OUR GUIDES ARE NATURALISTS

All the destinations we’ve selected for you have a unique network of traditional walking paths and Annie, Sotiris, Andreas or Daphne who will be your guides know them very well. All the members of our team are naturalists and aim to introduce you to the unique nature and culture of our land. They are passionate about promoting Greece as a walking holiday destination, about the survival and conservation of the paths and local wildlife and sustainable tourism in general.

We are trying, through all our walking holidays in Greece, to encourage travellers to approach places they visit with greater understanding and respect.

We offer a series of eco-friendly walking holidays whether you are travelling solo, in a group or with your family. All our holidays, guides and businesses we cooperate and recommend (for example, guesthouses and taverns) share the following:

green_bullet Respect the local community and character of the area,

green_bullet Benefit the local community,

green_bullet Respect and contribute to the conservation of the environment.

Βy supporting our network you are supporting our and our partners’ efforts towards the evolution of the tourist industry in Greece to a more humane and sustainable model.

We wish to give our guests a unique and memorable experience that they could not obtain from a global tour operator or experience by themselves.

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