Balkans cultural vacation

“Overland small group tour of the Balkans spending 2 or 3 nights in each destination so you really get to know the natural and cultural highlights both on and off the tourist trail.”

Highlights

Walk the Dubrovnik walls | gondola ride over Lake Bled | Sarajevo’s Turkish quarter | Bosnian highland village, Lukomir | Ljubljana | Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor | Slovenia’s Skocjan caves | Slovenia’s karst region and vineyards | Bosnia Herzegovina: Dervish houses, crumbling fortresses and stone-built bridges from Ottoman era |

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09 May 2019
€ 3200
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Balkans cultural vacation

Environment

To reduce the amount of driving we use a hub-and-spoke approach. Guests stay in fewer lodging locations that become their 'base' as we run many day trips that are all close by to the base. This means less driving, less emissions and more time everyday spent with local businesses and not sitting in cars. Being in one place for longer than a day helps our guests get to know the regional communities better. We only use modern diesel vehicles that energy efficient and comply to the strict standards of European Union.

All of our invoices, travel information and travel documents to our clients are issued as PDF - not printed on paper. The majority of our brochures are disseminated via PDF downloads and emails rather than printed on paper. In our office we operate mainly with computers. We use emails rather than fax and do print documents but store them on our computers and in online clouds.

Community

We offer our travelers small family-owned hotels, pensions/B&B's to stay in. Overnight in these locally owned lodgings enhances the visitors’ experience, since they get an opportunity to be welcomed by a local host and receive a better insight into the everyday life of local people. It also puts guests in touch with people they would normally not come across while traveling in large cities or without knowing the local roads. We communicate directly to these suppliers so there is no middle man who would get most of the money. Instead, the majority of money generated on our tours goes into the pockets of small wineries, shops, farmhouses and other locally operated businesses.

All of the meals included in our tours are at locally owned and operated restaurants, farmhouses and pensions. In this way our clients have an opportunity to taste some of the typical specialties of the region and at the same time help the local economy. Most of the food served at these places are from the owner's land, though a few items are supplemented from other local farmers and food producers in the region.

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


Driving through the Julian Alps, seeing people (and being inspired by them) living out the next stage of their lives setting up goat cheese farm, cultivating new business ideas in the local community catering to tourists, continuing family legacies in small agriculture farms, eating at small restaurants run by young creative chefs, staying at farmhouse/private lodging provided by locals (and not hotel chains), interacting with locals and hearing their stories.

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


Have some idea of what you want to see and interact actively with your guide to customize an itinerary that fits your budget (varying type of lodging, meals, sights to see) and time.

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


Yes, by staying at lodging and eating at eateries run by locals and visiting and buying organic products of small farmers.

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


Very good. Would definitely recommend Andrew Villone who was very prompt and responsive during the time of planning. Andrew is very knowledgeable and understood what we wanted and was able to help us finalize an itinerary which provided us with local and authentic experiences and at a good pace (we had originally planned for ambitious itinerary that would entail changing lodging everyday which he advised against). There were three of us in the group and he was tour manager, guide (in addition to local guides at the major cities), driver who was with us throughout the 12-day tour through Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia. Very much appreciated his personable service.

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