Accommodation & meals:
On this trip we stay in the lesser-known parts of the islands in the Bay of Naples and Sorrento Peninsula, mainly in family-run or locally owned hotels. By choosing our accommodation in small towns such as Massa Lubrense and Anacapri, guests are providing income to areas which don't normally receive the same tourism influxes as other popular tourism destinations in the region. All the hotel food is homemade, using locally produced and sourced goods where possible. When picnic lunches are arranged, the produce and ingredients are purchased from small local bakeries thus helping to sustain small family-run businesses.
We support the community by using businesses in the village. By using local restaurants, family-run hotels and buying from local shops and using local transfers, we directly contribute to income for many people here. During the trip there will be many opportunities to interact with local people, purchase locally produced handicrafts and to support small street vendors by trying authentic food.
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. The small number also allows us to stay in a unique, family-run hotel that cannot benefit from big coach tours and other mass tourism due to its limited size.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We do believe in leaving more than just footprints, however; this walking tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts. By walking the clients have the opportunity to get off the classic tourist trails and discover the most authentic parts of the islands.
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.