Bulgaria self-guided hiking and spa vacation

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bulgaria self-guided hiking and spa vacation

Environment

Our aim is to operate in the most ecologically responsible manner possible. And we think this should be the essence of the ‘self-guided’ concept. We choose to offer and present our vacations in a way that offers walkers the opportunity to enjoy everything that this beautiful region offers while leaving the smallest discernible footprint on the environment.

To minimize environmental footprint, we limit the size of our parties to maximum 6 people for this vacation. Our detailed tour information packs include a section on environmental responsibility and detailed instructions related to the ‘leave no trace’ policy, protected animals and plants in the area, etc. We encourage our clients to use the info packs and maps in electronic format and not print them out.

This specific vacation is particularly good for wildlife lovers. In the Rhodopes we work closely with and support the Madjarovo section of the Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds and the Trigrad Bear Museum.

On this itinerary, we have arranged most walks to be hotel to hotel, so that environmental impact related to car transfers is minimized. Connecting travel (airport transfers) are not included in the trip price, so clients must use public transport (train or bus). We encourage our clients to use public transport where possible and offer private car transfers only where there are no alternatives, or as additionally charged options.

Community

All our accommodation in each destination is hand-picked and regularly tested by us. In remote locations like this where we believe the hiking includes spectacular views and nature we stay in locally (family) owned 3-star hotels or local guesthouses. We encourage our accommodation suppliers to prepare locally sourced fresh food, keeping the income locally rather than channeling it to big chains and providing to them additional streams of revenue apart from the accommodation. We also encourage them to be creative and offer to our clients additional activities (eg homemade wine and honey testing, crafts courses, spices foraging, horse riding, short guided excursions) which are paid locally and entire revenue from them goes to the local supplier.

We try to pay fairly to local suppliers (guesthouse owners, drivers, guides) and at or above market levels even in a poor region like this. In many cases, we do not ask for discounts from local accommodation suppliers but instead, try to motivate them to pay extra attention and better service to our customers. We want to build long-term relationships with them and be trusted partners. Baggage transfers between hotels are typically made by local drivers and not by taxi companies. By using local transport services we support the local economy in the regions where we operate.

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