Family vacation in Croatia

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25 May 2019
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20 Jul 2019
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Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family vacation in Croatia

Accommodation and Meals:
On this trip, we will spend most nights in a small family run hotel otherwise, accommodations used will employ local staff from both the island and continental parts of Croatia. Tourism greatly benefits the area especially in Dubrovnik as it provides job opportunities for the locals and contributes to the local economy. Whenever meals are provided, ingredients used are locally produced and sourced. Alternatively, our local guides will encourage and recommend clients to visit local restaurants and cafes to try local specialties. Along the Dalmatian coast are plenty of mussel farms and fishing boats hence, seafood is a must try on this trip. Grilled lamb, pizza, pasta and salads are also some typical dishes influenced from central Europe, Italy and the Balkans. On one of the days, we will visit a locally owned and run agritourism in Simunovo where clients get to try a traditional Croatian dish called a ‘Peka’.

Local craft and cultures:
In Croatia, every town or village has an open market and on this trip, we will pass by some. Clients can visit these markets, experience the life of Croatians and even consider buying some local produce. Additionally, we will also have some walks by the vineyard or olive growth where clients can learn from our leaders on how the wine or olive oil is made. On our way to Korcula, we will stop by Ston where enormous city walls were built to defend the city centuries ago. This massive wall is sometimes referred to as Europe’s answer to the Great Wall of China. When in Korcula and Dubrovnik, there are plenty of opportunities for clients to support local craft while we explore the small streets of polished stones.

Activity:
As a family adventure trip, there are plenty of exciting activities arranged for both adults and children. We will visit the Mljet National Park where the group can engage in a number of activities such as canoeing, cycling or just simply to have a swim. In the small village of Zmovo, we will visit a donkey safari founded by an Australian who returned to the island where his ancestors used to live. Over there, children will get to hop on a donkey trek to reprise the traditional form of transport. While trekking, clients will learn how donkeys played a key part in the island transporting goods for many years before ending the trek at a locally-owned and run agritourism in Simunovo. Activities like this as well as scavenger hunts throughout the trip adds in a fun element for families to learn about the cities. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all waste back to a proper disposal place.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose. ?

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, 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.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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