Biking vacation in Italy and Switzerland

“Cycling through two incredible countries, this small group trip combines physical effort, sensational scenery, fascinating history and 100 percent support”

Highlights

Lake Orta | Angera | Lake Maggiore | Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso | Porto Valtravaglia | Borromeo Islands | Caslano | Lugano | Lake Como | Menaggio | Colico | Villa del Balbianello | Como city

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Responsible tourism

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Environment
Accommodation and Meals:
On this tour we will spend 7 nights in small hotels. All accommodation is locally owned and staffed, which provides employment and income alternatives for many locals. Where meals are provided, there is a focus on using locally sourced produce and traditional ingredients in locally-run establishments. For meals that are not included, clients are encouraged to eat in authentic, family-run restaurants that showcase the best of Italian cuisine prepared from local produce and to ensure the local communities benefit from our visit.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital to provide water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We advise our clients to take water bottle they can refill at the hotels and/or at fountains along the way.

Traveling with respect:
Cycling trips in general have a minimal impact on the environment; clients are briefed on managing food waste on cycling days- litter can be collected by guide in support vehicle and disposed of appropriately, in respect of local recycling policies. As this is a cycling trip, clients will interact with locals on scheduled stops, but also on the roads while cycling.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, 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.

Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Local Craft and Culture:
This tour is packed with culture: we visit the cities of Como and Luganoand also a number of interesting sights along the way. In particular we will visit the Santa Caterina del Sasso Hermitage, the Cistercian Santa Maria di Piona Abbey and the Borromeo Island. We will use public ferries, as well as group transfers to reach the destinations, to minimise our impact on the territory.

Community:
This trip is designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; we buy local produce, eat local food including gelato made from artisans parlours. Throughout the trip clients get to do a Grappa and a wine tasting. Both are organised with small local procedures to support their businesses. There will also be a stop in a traditional “locanda” (cosy typical restaurant) to enjoy a tasting of local produce.

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