Accommodation & meals:
On this trip we spend the week in a variety of hotels, most of which are locally owned and employ local staff. The group eats dinners and lunches in independents restaurants and cafes in each town visited thus providing income to a variety of small local communities. When picnics are organised, the food is purchased at small shops and supermarkets. The majority of local cafes and restaurants are family run business and use ingredients which are all sourced locally. The itinerary covers a few remote rural locations of Southern Italy which are normally not on the tourism map. This allows us to bring some income to small communities which don't normally benefit from the same tourism influxes as other more popular destinations like Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast. On day 5 of the itinerary we spend a night in a traditional agriturismo (converted farmhouse) which is known for their delicious homemade dishes, all prepared using locally-grown organic produce.
This cycling tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like in that part of Italy. The itinerary crosses some parts of Southern Italy which are off the classic tourist trail and a lot of refreshment stops will be planned in the lesser known towns thus allowing a high degree of economic benefit to these local communities. This tour is also packed with culture and a lot of valuable heritage sights and UNESCO towns are visited during the trip including Matera, Padula’s monastery and Paestum.
Our local partner actively promotes sustainable tourism practices by incorporating social or environmental projects in their itineraries.
Buying bottled water has detrimental impacts on the environment; we can make a conscience effort to reduce plastic waste by not buying water. On this trip, water in all the accommodation we stopover in is drinkable. Clients who bring their own water bottles will be able to refill them daily, when out and about the local guide will be able to point out places where they can top up their water bottles, for example, this is possible in a lot of the main squares. Regional cooking in Italy has strong links to the land and sea; very little is imported from abroad therefore having a positive impact on the environment.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. We try to operate on a ‘leave no trace’ basis, which involves being vigilant with proper disposal of waste and being sure to leave any flora, fauna and historical sites undamaged. Most rides will be point to point which means transport is barely needed during the week thus reducing carbon footprints even further.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.