Venice, Verona and Lake Garda vacation

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Venice, Verona and Lake Garda vacation

Environment

Our aim is to make our Travel Experiences sustainable for the long term: we know that tourism can have both an exceptionally positive and potentially negative impact on local communities. For this reason, we promote responsible travel that means: to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

We start from the beginning, helping our travelers to choose their customized daily experiences based on these sustainable categories:
- Green
- Hand-made
- Eat local
- Live local
- Sport
- Adrenaline

Furthermore, we try to organize Carbon Offset trips and we do it since the design of our Travel Experiences.
For this one, in particular, we minimised carbon emissions making the following considerations:

- LOCAL SERVICES - We choose local suppliers, which had adopted sustainable practices like the company which provides the navigation through Lake Garda, which organizes eco-tours with electric boats: no noise, zero impact on the environment and no CO2 emissions. Or the owner of the stables near Verona which for years has been on first line to promote the horse riding as alternative (and more sustainable) way to travel and discover the territory

- WATER CONSERVATION - We support initiatives that encourage conservative use of water (like refilling water bottles or turning off water when brushing teeth), so we kindly ask to our travelers to read the Responsible Travel Conduct that we will send before departing for Veneto

- LOCAL FOOD AND GOODS - We include and strongly inspire our travelers to eat locally produced food and goods (like organic food, natural local products which come straight from the garden to the kitchen)

- WATER BOTTLES - We encourage our travelers to refill a water bottle from water 'bubblers' where available to avoid unnecessary purchasing of bottled water and the subsequent waste disposal issues

- RECYCLING – Our Local guides also provide travelers with awareness on how they can reduce and recycle in Veneto

- PUBLIC AND ECOLOGICAL TRANSPORT – Since we have a high range of biking tours in our offered experiences, we strongly encourage our travelers to choose ecological and public transportation, like bicycle or traditional rowing boats during their free time (especially in Venice Lagoon where we could arrange both of them)

Community

This Travel Experience is planned to ensure that we support local communities by:

- SMALLER-SCALE LOCALLY-OWNED ACCOMMODATION – Choosing local B&B or agritourism, like the ones of this trip. We wanted for our travelers something different, distant from the chaos and we found it: both in Venice and near Lake Garda, our travelers could relax and have the right gateway from their everyday life. Thus, we usually choose all our accommodations that provide sustainable practices like recycling or changing towels on request.

- LOCAL GUIDES - Hiring local guides for how they tell their territory. In this way we could learn about the culture and way of life directly from those who live it and put money into local hands and economies

- FARE WORKING CONDITIONS - Defining a tariff policy that calls for a clear decision-making freedom of the price by its suppliers, stakeholders, partners and local guides

- TAILOR MADE TOURS - Organizing tailor made tour for the limit size of 8-10 people because we believe that larger group could not join the real experience and could otherwise impact on the local communities

- CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING - Offering real life experiences which promote cross-cultural understanding, like the making glass experience in Venice. Murano glass is famous all around the worlds and millions of tourist every year come to Venice to buy a present made with this particular type of glass. But how many people know how those art crafts are made? We strongly believe the only way to appreciate this ancient tradition is to meet the glass artisan and to take part at one of their workshops

- LOCAL SUPPLIERS - Recommending local eateries and stores to our travelers to engage locally-owned and operated services to support local people (like artisans, wine producers, rowers, organic farmers and so more). We chose them one by one, shaking their hands, learning their stories and feeling the passion they put in their own activities. During all the wanderings, all our travelers will taste traditional food directly from who produce it (gelatos, bakeries, olive oil, fresh appetizers and so more)

- RESIZING SEASONALITY – This Travel Experience emphasize the interesting aspects (events, traditions and natural views) of Veneto in low season as well. Lake Garda, for instance, have a temperate climate all year long. For this reason we suggest our travelers to visit it even in winter time

- ARTISAN AND IMMATERIAL HERITAGE – Helping to keep alive traditions and supporting ancient knowledge, like the Murano glass artisan workshops

- SLOW TOURISM - Promoting slow tourism as an alternative to everything-at-once, which allow travelers the “luxury” of look, taste and feel its final destination even in Venice (UNESCO site), which in these last years has faced a lot of problems due to the mass tourism. For this reason, we kindly ask to our travelers to read the Responsible Travel Conduct what we will send before departing for Veneto

- UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL DAILY EXPERIENCES - Promoting a different way to explore the territory, like in Veneto where, from an historic point of view, the bond between man and the water (the Lake Garda, rivers, the Lagoon of Venice), it has always been strong. For this reason, we promote in this trip the navigation on Lake Garda, the only way to truly appreciate the landscape from a different perspective. Then, promoting the horse riding as a good example of slow tourism

- RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT – Each traveler will receive our Responsible Travel Code of Conduct before arriving in Veneto. In addition, our local guide will explain during each daily experience the right travel code and will answer to whichever question concerning it

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