Local Craft and Culture:
There is a heavy influence of culture on our itinerary throughout the trip, from Prague Castle and Renaissance architecture in Telc, to the Mozart Museum in Vienna and Krakow Jewish Quarter. Our entrance fees for the duration contribute to the upkeep of these important historical, artistic and cultural resources. In terms of local production, we are able to visit a former Franciscan monastery to see how traditional Trdelnik cake is made. At the Plze wine cellars, we are also able to sample locally made wine.
Accommodation and Meals:
Outside of big cities we stay in locally-run and locally staffed accommodation. The main destinations on the tour are well known to international tourism; however the more rural areas, particularly of Slovakia and Hungary, are not on the regular tourist map. Supporting these smaller businesses in rural locations not only boosts economy by gives the client a more authentic experience. All breakfasts are provided and ingredients will be locally sourced where possible. Where meals are not provided, your guide will be able to point out some independent cafes and restaurants serving delicious cuisine typical of that area.
A Fair Deal:
We have established a long term partnership with a local operator, who is committed to promoting tourism as a means of income throughout Central Europe, in particular to the rural communities of Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Your guides are native Central Europeans and in exchange for their local expertise, they are paid and treated fairly. The leaders will give a briefing on responsible tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.
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.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and 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 unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.