Belarus tour, Forgotten Europe

“Ten day small group tour of Belarus featuring guided city sightseeing and nature walks in one of Europe's largest forests. Cultural history buffs will be fascinated to dispel the myths from inside the Iron Curtain.”

Highlights

Minsk | Vitebsk | Polotsk | Mir Fortress | Brest | Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park | Nesvizh |

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15 May 2020
£2025
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14 Aug 2020
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14 May 2021
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13 Aug 2021
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Responsible tourism

Belarus tour, Forgotten Europe

Carbon reduction

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

We spend time exploring the Braslau Lakes National Park, and our guides are careful to brief travelers on appropriate behaviour and the importance of taking all rubbish with us. Belarus contains some of the last wilderness areas within Europe and is home to rare wildlife that cannot easily be found elsewhere, and as such the fees that we pay for visiting the park contribute towards conservation measures aimed at maintaining this important habitat.

We work with our local partners to ensure that they operate in an environmentally friendly manner as much as possible - tourism is in its infancy in countries such as Belarus and thus it is important to introduce such ideas from the very start to ensure that the local industry is based as much as possible on solid ethical foundations.

The village guesthouse that we stay in uses predominantly local produce in the preparation of meals, avoiding as much as possible bringing food from far away and thus reducing carbon footprints.

Most of our tours include daily breakfast and one main meal only, normally lunch. For dinner we encourage clients to choose their own places to eat and the guide will always be happy to suggest local restaurants which specialize in local dishes.

We do not send a tour leader from the UK to accompany our tours. We believe that to send a foreign tour leader along to accompany the group is unnecessary and increases the carbon footprint.

If you would like to avoid taking flight, we are happy to book trains for you - reaching the start point by train is an enjoyable option and a real alternative to flying.

Community

This trip spends a night staying as guests of a family in the village of Disna. We believe that staying small village guesthouses and family homes not only gives travelers an authentic and very special insight into the lives of Belarusian people, but brings tangible benefits to small communities that may otherwise be overlooked by the tourism industry. Spending time with local hosts enables far more cultural interaction than travelers would experience when staying in large hotels.

Our philosophy is to only use small and locally owned suppliers, meaning that the income remains within the country and creates a real economic contribution. We also feel that the passion inherent within such suppliers means that your experience will be enhanced. We also try to engage with our suppliers on an equal basis – getting the lowest possible price usually isn’t the best outcome for local communities and is ultimately unsustainable. We aim to always treat our suppliers fairly and with respect; they are after all part of the key to our success and to us working together is much more than just a business arrangement, but an ongoing relationship that we aim to ensure truly benefits everyone involved.

We believe that tourism is a double edged sword that needs to be wielded very carefully. Our philosophy is to have a limited amount of departures – usually between one and three a year - for each of our itineraries. By limiting our presence in areas where local culture can be quite fragile, we hope to avoid as much as possible the phenomenon whereby an area changes in character due to repeated and prolonged exposure to tourism. We want to visit an area as friends, not intruders and to ensure that what we see will also be there for others to enjoy for many years to come.

We only employ local staff and unlike many operators we believe that to send a foreign Tour Leader along to accompany your trip is an unnecessary burden on your wallet and our carbon footprint. We believe that locals know best. Our local operators only use locally owned accommodation. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community. When possible we use local transport, (i.e. rail or bus) and we always use local restaurants, markets and shops and encourage our clients to interact both financially and socially with the communities that they are passing through. In doing this your travels are supporting and encouraging the development of local services.

We only work with operators who are as committed as we are to putting something back into the communities we visit. This may include giving a percentage of the profits from each tour to a foundation to help street children or local conservation projects. Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible. Local restaurants and cafes then benefit.

Our groups average only six clients, and many tours operate on a private basis with just two travelers. This has much less impact when traveling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects. Finally to emphasis our commitment to Responsible Tourism all clients will receive a copy of our Travelers Code of Conduct with their travel documents.

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


Farmstead stay and forest overnight

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




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


Some of the animals kept at the reserve were kept in enclosures that were too small.

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


Great

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Thank you for your comments and we are glad that you enjoyed Belarus.

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