Responsible tourism: Family activity vacation in Croatia and Slovenia
Tourism is the world's fastest growing industry. Traveling to far flung places gives us a wonderful opportunity to experience cultures that are so different from our own. But with the wondrous joy of travel comes the responsibility of ensuring that we do not adversely affect those countries that we visit. In a nutshell, Responsible Travel is about ensuring that you, as travelers, and we, as a promoter of travel:
-respect the local culture -do not inadvertently introduce new social ills and -promote & practice environmental responsibility in the places that we visit.
That way, you enjoy a unique and memorable experience as well as authentic cross-cultural exchange and our local resources, cultures and customs are protected. Our environmental policy: We recycle all our waste paper. Our correspondence and promotion is carried out via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities. We use established, locally-owned and run accommodation wherever possible and aim to leave sites in better condition than we find them. Our vehicle fleet is managed to minimise environmental impact. Our group sizes are small, helping minimise cultural and environmental impact. We monitor our impact, and where necessary alter our programmes accordingly. We always abide by site-specific guidelines pertaining to flora and fauna.
In the Palud swamp, located eight kilometers southwest of Rovinj, there is the first, and so far, the only 'special ornithological reserve' in Istria. Ornithologists have recorded here more than 200 bird species. Since hunters are not allowed into the park, there are also a lot of pheasants, partridges and quails here. Various types of wild duck, water-hens, grebes and common snipes, garden warblers, golden orioles, woodpeckers, tawny pipits and shrieks live and nest here continuously. Besides thick authentic forests with beautiful specimens of pubescent and holm oak, the northernpart of the wetlands includes a real rainforest with huge willow trees. We will stop in one of the best olive oil mill where you will be aquainted with olive oil production and have opportunity to taste one of the best Istrian olive oil.
All our staff are locally employed and all our guides will ensure more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and culture in Croatia and Slovenia. Guides are part of local sports clubs and except at the guiding job they are active in free time. On our biking and hiking trips we are helping local community with the marking bike trails and hiking paths to make more secure trips. Also all our guides have mission to take the garbage where ever they see it (on the sea, river, mountain...). We also involve local communities in remote areas that we travel to. Our accommodation is mostly provided in small hotels, guest houses or apartments.From "Villa Tuttorotto" in old part of Rovinj our customers can enjoy in charming Venetian medieval fortifications and architecturally stunning Baroque cathedral, which dominates this tiny Adriatic Sea peninsula with its beauty and splendor. On all our tours we use local producers and provide local-style meals.We encourage our guests to try local dishes and delicacies and for that reason our guest will be located in family agroturism in Slovenia where they will try most of the Slovenian traditional food. That way we support local economy and small business. On our tour we will stop in Gronjan and Motovun where our guest can buy many local souvenirs and products made by local producers.