Botanical vacations on Karpathos Island, Greece

“An eight day flower filled week of hiking on the island of Karpathos, near Crete, with an expert botanist guide to help identify springtime orchids and other wildflowers. ”


Karpathos Island | Guide to identify Greek wildlflowers | Olympos village | Avlona town | Diafani | Argoni | St.Aikaterini | Saria Island

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Botanical vacations on Karpathos Island, Greece


We believe in a combination of observing & conserving! We donate 10% of our profits to nature organizations. Much needed in a time where the country suffers from an unprecedented financial crisis. Environmental organizations in Greece have very few means left to support their work and that is why tourism can be such an important tool for conservation! This vacation respects wildlife and biodiversity in more ways:

* Wildlife species are not harvested, consumed, displayed, sold, or traded, except as part of a regulated activity that ensures that their utilization is sustainable, and in compliance with local to international laws.

* No captive wildlife is held, except for properly regulated activities, in compliance with local to international law. Living specimens of protected and wildlife species are only kept by those authorized and suitably equipped to house and care for them humanely.

* The trip supports and contributes to biodiversity conservation, including natural protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value.

* Interactions with wildlife, taking into account cumulative impacts, do not produce adverse effects on the viability and behaviour of populations in the wild. Any disturbance of natural ecosystems is minimized, rehabilitated, and there is a compensatory contribution to conservation management.

* Information about and interpretation of the natural surroundings is provided to travelers, as well as explaining appropriate behaviour while visiting natural areas.

* We are at the moment in the process of becoming a Travelife certified partner!

In order to keep our environmental impact as low as possible we use group transportation (minibus) and walk as much as possible.
Furthermore we give the option to offset carbon emissions of this trip.


We have applied to become a certified partner of Travelife, a third party organization that checks and certifies sustainable tour operators.
One of our core values is to celebrate a Diversity of Place & Culture whilst delivering you rich and authentic experiences at an affordable price. It is done because we are 100% local. You will visit an area that is hardly touched by tourism and thus offer you authentic experiences such as local traditional cuisine and local traditional architecture. Karpathos and its inhabitants have been hit very hard by the economic crisis. A mild form of tourism is what keeps people from going to other places with mass tourism, like nearby Crete & Rhodes.

We support the community in the following ways:

* Information about and interpretation of the local culture, and cultural heritage is provided to travelers.

* Local services and goods are purchased and offered, following fair-trade principles.

* Supporting local small entrepreneurs to develop and sell sustainable products that are based on the area’s nature, history and culture (including food and beverages, crafts, performance arts, agricultural products, etc.).

* Purchasing policies favour locally appropriate and ecologically sustainable products, including building materials, capital goods, food, beverages and consumables.

* Use of a small family-owned hotel(s)

Reviews of Botanical vacations on Karpathos Island, Greece

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 05 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Everything! Although the weather in Karpathos island is a bit dry, it has plenty of resources, olive & almond trees, honey, large variety of herbs, dairy and sea food. Majority of the food is homemade. The clear blue sky and sea, the spring breeze, the cleanliness of the island. to make the goats as obedient as dogs :)
The people are so friendly which makes me feel like I am one of them. Hotel room is clean, very good service and cooked me good food everyday. Their love & passion with the island also inspired me.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Don't forget to put sun screen !

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely will benefit the people there. They want more people to know their island and come for vacations. There's a lot of take away for me too: flowers & herbs, to make pasta, to fish the sea urchin .....Tourists have the responsibility to keep the island clean. There's also volunteers to keep the island at the best. A foundation will be set up shortly for the protection of the island.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It's an unexpectedly wonderful vacation. Unfortunately I cannot stay any longer. There's so many trails I didn't hike.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Phyllis, Thanks so much on behalf of the passionate team for your fabulous review
and rating! We enjoyed your company too and hope to welcome you again. All the very best
from Greece!

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