Eastern provinces tour of Turkey

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Responsible tourism: Eastern provinces tour of Turkey

Environment

Our guides will brief travelers on appropriate behaviour, both cultural and environmental, and we make a point of ensuring that we leave no permanent traces of our stay behind, taking all rubbish with us. We work with our local suppliers to highlight best practice in terms of environmental issues.

The areas of Turkey that we are visiting on this tour do not see the same numbers of visitors that many of the more 'commercial' areas of the country experience and as such some practices which we take for granted may not be found here. We work closely with our suppliers to introduce concepts of environmental responsibility to the communities that we travel through. This can include asking hotels to implement practices such as asking guests if they need fresh cleaned towels each day, and reminding guests to turn off lights when they leave the room – small things that are standard practice in many places in Turkey but not necessarily in the lesser visited areas such as Hasankeyf and Ishak Pasa.

Most of the places that we stay in on this tour will take advantage of the excellent local produce, not only sustaining traditional communities but ensuring that unnecessary food miles are not made.

Community

Far away from cosmopolitan Istanbul lies a land that has long been at the crossroads of civilisations, with each of its visitors leaving their mark. Eastern Turkey couldn’t be more different from its southern coast. The communities here are unaccustomed to tourists and we feel that when we visit, our impact must be as minimal as possible. For that reason, we only offer this tour as a private option, rather than a group tour.

Our local team are working closely with the local community in the village of Harran as this contains the last surviving examples of mud built ‘beehive’ houses that were once common in the area. If this was not such a remote place it would be thronging with tourists and we feel a responsibility to help the local community to preserve their culture and to benefit from the positives that tourism can bring to the region. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.

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