Dolomites winter activity vacation in Italy

“A small group guided vacation, cycling from Amalfi to Sorrento in six days. Not quite the Giro d’Italia, but very darn gorgeous Italia.”

Highlights

Polignano | Matera | Salerno | Castelmezzano | National Park of the Basilicata Apennines | Cilento National Park | Paestum | Salerno | Cycling on Amalfi Coast | Sorrento

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Dolomites winter activity vacation in Italy

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Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Accommodation & meals:
On this trip we spend the week in a variety of hotels, most of which are locally owned and employ local staff. The group eats dinners and lunches in independents restaurants and cafes in each town visited thus providing income to a variety of small local communities. When picnics are organised, the food is purchased at small shops and supermarkets. The majority of local cafes and restaurants are family run business and use ingredients which are all sourced locally. The itinerary covers a few remote rural locations of Southern Italy which are normally not on the tourism map. This allows us to bring some income to small communities which don't normally benefit from the same tourism influxes as other more popular destinations like Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast. On day 5 of the itinerary we spend a night in a traditional agriturismo (converted farmhouse) which is known for their delicious homemade dishes, all prepared using locally-grown organic produce.

Community& Culture:
This cycling tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like in that part of Italy. The itinerary crosses some parts of Southern Italy which are off the classic tourist trail and a lot of refreshment stops will be planned in the lesser known towns thus allowing a high degree of economic benefit to these local communities. This tour is also packed with culture and a lot of valuable heritage sights and UNESCO towns are visited during the trip including Matera, Padula’s monastery and Paestum.

Social responsibility:
Our local partner actively promotes sustainable tourism practices by incorporating social or environmental projects in their itineraries.

Environment:
Buying bottled water has detrimental impacts on the environment; we can make a conscience effort to reduce plastic waste by not buying water. On this trip, water in all the accommodation we stopover in is drinkable. Clients who bring their own water bottles will be able to refill them daily, when out and about the local guide will be able to point out places where they can top up their water bottles, for example, this is possible in a lot of the main squares. Regional cooking in Italy has strong links to the land and sea; very little is imported from abroad therefore having a positive impact on the environment.

Activity:
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. We try to operate on a ‘leave no trace’ basis, which involves being vigilant with proper disposal of waste and being sure to leave any flora, fauna and historical sites undamaged. Most rides will be point to point which means transport is barely needed during the week thus reducing carbon footprints even further.

Group size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
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.

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Reviewed on 08 Jul 2019 by

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


It was very exciting to see the western coast after beginning on the eastern coast and cycling for several days. It felt like a great accomplishment, and our guides were great at helping us see the different cultures and feel proud of our progress.

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


Be mindful of the heat when booking a trip and prepare yourself for cycling long days in hilly terrain.

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


I feel that the trip benefited local people. We ate at family-run restaurants that our local guide selected and stayed at small hotels.

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


The vacation was wonderful. It was a fantastic combination of exertion and relaxation, not to mention stunning views and great company. This was my first
cycling tour, and I am looking forward to when I might be able to schedule another tour like this one in the future.

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2017 by

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


No one particular part because the whole vacation was a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable experience. The cycling guide, Pedro, and the back-up transport driver, Jaoao, could not have been more enthusiastic or attentive to ensure that we all enjoyed the vacation to the full: which we all did. It was a very interesting and varied vacation with the contrasts of Porto, Atlantic coast, villages, Obidos and ending up in Lisbon.

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


Plenty of sunscreen required and a reasonable level of fitness. Most of the route is easy but there are one or two inclines that catch you out but, as most of our group did, you can walk up them.

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


The vacation certainly benefitted local people and there must have been an almost zero impact on local environment.

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


Simply - first class. Any glitches, which is bound to happen, were of a minir nature and quickly sorted out.

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