Golden Ring vacation in Russia

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07 Dec 2017
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Golden Ring vacation in Russia

Environment

We aim to play a positive role in the communities where we operate and carefully manage the impact of our business socially and environmentally. Providing a responsible trip to Russia is a vital part of our strategy. We are committed to the issues of diversity and creating a positive travel environment for our clients.

For this tour we employ only local guides and they encourage guests to look after local environment by providing them all necessary instructions on how to recycle rubbish and reduce pollution. They motivate travelers to purchase only recyclable products, point to the nearest recycling bins and make sure that everybody understands the recycling procedures.

This tour includes a lot of walking paths and routes in Moscow, Novgorod and St-Petersburg, hence the impact on local environment is minimized by using established trails.

The tour is developed specifically for customers who do care about preserving the local environment as there are a lot of attractions of Russian cultural heritage where visitors have a chance to make a donation and support Russian inheritance. For example, Yuriev Monastery in Novgorod, is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Legend says that it was founded in 1030 by good old Yarloslav the Wise, and is one of Russia's oldest monasteries. By visiting this place and paying entrance fees, travelers help to sustain it in proper conditions.

In our UK office we operate green practises when possible. As part of “Da.Dobro” project in March, 2016 we had “Green Office” day, where we were reducing the normal amount of electricity used in our office, promoting more energy-efficient practices and a more environmentally sustainable approach to our business. We created an eco-game where we collected secondary raw materials and then exchanged them for tree seedling.

Community

Charity activities: our company and its employees take part in a multitude of fundraising activities supporting charities and other organisations. Together with charity organization “Da.Dobro!” we support local charities in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Georgia, the United Kingdom and Finland, such as: Mosvolonter, Doroga v mir, Starost v radost, Svoboda jizni, Biuro Dobrih Del, Zhizn kak chudo, Young people for world without violence, Greenpeace, WWF. Together with Dadobro, we have huge plans for 2016 to promote protecting the community. We have a calendar of charity activities in 2016 which covers community and social responsibilities in our company. The results of our charity activities and campaign are published on our website and distributed it in social network, which encourage our clients to follow us up and join our activities. For example, in February we had an International Day of Equity, where our local DMC suppliers supported by our company have been given clothes and toys to Ukrainian refuges. Our clients could join this initiative and had a chance to make a donation.

Local food: This trip includes breakfasts only, hence travelers have a chance to try local Russian food in local cafes and restaurants. Our guides will suggest the best local restaurants and guests will have a chance to experience the local cuisine, supporting local producers and businesses.

Donation to local communities: There is a chance to make a donation in order to support local communities. Every single church and monastery has a small box where visitors can contribute to local communities and support children from poor families and with development issues. All entrance’s fees to museums are received by Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation. Last year Ministry of Culture spent all money received from museum’s fees for charity trips organized for Russian children from poor families. Thus, every traveler paying entrance fee, takes a significant part in the big charity projects organized by Ministry of Culture.

Local suppliers/DMCs. We employ local guides and work with local freelancers only. They are all from Russia and know the area inside out. As part of every visit to local museum, church or monastery, they offer to make donation to support local charities in St-Petersburg and help to people with disabilities.

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


I really enjoyed talking with the guides, of course the sights are amazing.

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


Make sure the bills are new with no tears or ink marks

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


Travel by train was good. I think using local guides was great

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


Everything went very smoothly picked us up at the right time and help us out if we needed something extra. Some of the hotels are better than the others but all very clean, breakfast very filling and when lunch was provided it was very good all in all my trip was great...

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