Keri K review 24 Apr 2017
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Beautiful views. Very relaxed. Times were respected.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Don't pack as if you were trekking but as if you were going to walk in the park
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, just a little.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Read the operator's response here:
Thank you for your comments and kind words. We are delighted that overall you enjoyed our walking vacation. We really enjoyed your company and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Cyclades islands.
If you have any feedback on how we can improve, please do write to us directly we’d really like to know how we can improve the way we operate. We realise it is a continuous process.
As you joined a small group during the out of season months it was really beneficial for the local community. Both accommodations you stayed are owned by local families who live permanently at the islands. As you experienced they only had a few other guests. All the taverns that were selected by our guide are also run by local families and are open throughout the year and not seasonally as is the case with most. Our guide introduced you to the local culture, easter celebrations and food. You were introduced to locals and you were invited to locals' easter feast and house.
Regarding the environmental impact of our business we do all we can to reduce our impacts throughout the year. We do try to introduce our guests to the local biodiversity and uniqueness of the Aegean ecosystems and we believe our guides offer interesting information. We do try to walk in designated paths, collect garbage, arrange clean ups on our own or in collaboration with other local firms several times. Finally we’d like to think that we create awareness of the main environmental issues. We do report on sightings of mammals and birds and members of our team take part in NGO events and seminars every year. Creating awareness is a step but it is not enough of course.
These are just a few thoughts for further discussion. We look forward to hearing from you and work on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible.
We hope to welcome you back to the Cyclades soon.