Balkans vacation, journey through four countries

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Balkans vacation, journey through four countries

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 are proud to announce that Elite Travel is the first travel agency in Croatia that meets the standards of socially responsible and sustainable business and received the TRAVELIFE CERTIFIED certificate!

We ask our guests not to feed, fish, hunt and disturb animals (especially in national parks). While walking around Plitvice Lakes National Park our guides always explain the rules of behaviour (swimming in the lakes is forbiden as well ad finding fish!).

Our guides encourage the guests not to buy bottles of water but to refill ones they already have.

For this coach tour maximum number of people is 16 as we aim to avoid mass coach tour trips.

We pay a lot of attention to office recycling:
- Duplex printing
- Investing in good bins and labelling
- Have a recycling awareness day
- Turning off our computers when we are going home

SUSTAINABLE ACCOMMODATION POLICY

This Environmental Sustainability Policy aims to integrate a philosophy of sustainable development into all the organisation’s activities and to establish and promote sound environmental practice in our operations.
Elite Travel want to contribute to a sustainable development that satisfies current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We will meet the expectations of our sector, both by providing knowledge that contributes to an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable future and by supporting the development of sustainable regions, cities, infrastructure, transport and industrial processes. We consider this to be essential to our success in growing our business and creating lasting value that meets the future challenges of all our stakeholders.


Within the scope of our business activities Elite Travel will emphasize our preferences to partner with accommodation suppliers at the great level of awareness for sustainable business conduct. Elite Travel will strive through the accommodation sustainabilty evaluation to make a significant contribution to the conservation and preservation of natural resources actively taking steps to encourage accommodation providers to increase their environmentally consciousness, sustainability and recognize how their actions affect the lives of their employees, owners, guests and whole community.
We believe such an approach ensures progress towards a sustainable environment, employment and other benefits for local communities, and a high-quality vacation for clients.
Elite Travel will especially promote small family hotels in rural areas as a great contributors to their development and agritourism households as perfect example of traditional agriculture, gastronomy and heritage preservation.


We appreciate and recomend:

Providing a safe and healthful workplace;
Having an environmentally sustainable aware culture, where responsibility is assigned and understood;
Being an environmentally responsible neighbour in community;
Conserving natural resources by reusing and recycling;
Using operational processes that do not adversely affect the environment;
Responsible use of energy;
Participating in efforts to improve environmental protection and understanding;
Taking steps to improve environmental performance continually;
Evaluations and self-assessments of the implementation of sustainability policy;
Suppliers who promote sound environmental practices;
Enhancing awareness among employees,
Utilization from local sources and production
Promote sustainabolity prinicples to third parties,

We require and particularly focus on:

Non-discrimination
Equality
No child labor
No forced/bonded/compulsory labour
Freedom of association/collective bargaining
Health and safety
Working conditions - including working hours
Fair wages/compensation
No harsh or degrading treatment/harassment
Accessibility for persons with disabilities
Maternity protection
Right to strike
Law compliance
Community support

We are committed to partner with accommodation providers who comply with effective law and the best social and human rights protection standards and practices.
Elite Travel will preferably partner with accommodation providers who recognize and respect the importance of indigenous peoples’ culture, heritage and traditional rights and supports the identification, recording, management and protection of indigenous cultural heritage sites.

We will continue to develop our waste management policy, incorporating the three principles of reducing, reusing and recycling and we will strive to improve our environmental performance by expanding the range of current environmental initiatives.

Sustainable tourism is our goal and we proud to have managers with this certificate. Learning about the impacts of tourism has led many people to seek more responsible vacations and we are here to provide them with this. Take only pictures, steal only time, leave only footprints.

Community

We are proud to announce that Elite Travel is the first travel agency in Croatia that meets the standards of socially responsible and sustainable business and received the TRAVELIFE CERTIFIED certificate!

On this tour we are visiting towns that were damaged in war as we aim to bring tourists back to this beautiful area. For example Dubrovnik, Mostar, Sarajevo and Vukovar (also known as a symbol of the Croatian war for independence).

This tour take us to the Ethno Village of Stara Kapela where we can taste products of the Panonian soil (and also buy these products from local people!).

We encourage sustainable tourism within our country and beyond, so we hire local people throughout (managers, guides, drivers etc.) and local people are able to benefit from our guests. We employ over 75 enthusiastic and well-experienced local tourism personnel.

We are also using local guides in Ljubljana, Mostar, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Osijek, Sarajevo, Postojna cave, Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik - so the guests can have a local insight in every city!

Every month we donate money to charity (we pick one cause every month) and all employees give 3 euros (per person) to that cause.

We support local community by providing vehicles and boats for schools and kindergartens – their day trips in nature (promoting outdoor way of life).

We encourage our guests to buy local hand made souvenirs (like at Ethno Village of Stara Kapela).

We also support eco organisation Eko Omblici, Lions Club, swimming club “JUG”, National Park Krka and Dva skalina association (for children with special needs).

Our aim is to help our community as much as we can as we are based in small town where everybody knows our name. We are proud of being a part of every charity event in Dubrovnik and around.

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


My surprise! The cities we visited were so vibrant and beautiful (except Dubrovnik that was ruined by the thousands of tourists) and the beauty of the scenery in Slovenia, Bosnia and parts of Croatia.

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


Be prepared for a packed programme and long coach rides. 500 miles are covered in 11 days!

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


Local guides were used at each location visited. Hotels were touristy by neccessity, there was certainly an awareness of the importance of conservation, especially the need to control tourist numbers in sensitive areas like the southern area of Croatia.

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


Excellent. Our tour manager was exceptional and the whole organisation of the trip was faultless.

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