Highlights of Provence walking vacation, France

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Highlights of Provence walking vacation, France

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

Activity:
Walking trips in general have a minimal impact on the environment as we use our own power to get around. Clients are briefed on managing food waste and other litter, which should be disposed of appropriately in respect of local recycling policies. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts.The trip takes the group through small villages and towns in Provence, with many small local businesses and artisans that are dependent on tourism for their livelihood; clients are encouraged to sample local wares when possible.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with walking trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Water can be provided for clients on all walking trips and water receptacles are recycled or reused where applicable. As tap water in the region is drinkable, clients will be encouraged to use tap water and to reuse plastic bottles, rather than buying bottled water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
The Hotel des Alpes is a family-run hotel is ideally located in the pretty Provencal village of Greoux-les-Bains. The hotel is also locally staffed, providing valuable employment in the tourism industry on which the region depends. Fresh produce is sourced locally as much as possible in the adjacent restaurant which sells regional specialties. Clients are encouraged to stop at local cafés on breaks, - local cafés are often seasonal and dependant on tourism for their livelihood, while providing valuable employment in areas where tourism is the principal, or only, employment option, particularly for younger people. Picnic lunches are sourced at local stores, and evening meals are taken in the family-run restaurants or at the hotels. We visit Forcalquier market, where locally produced French goods like olive oil, bread and cheese are on sale- a great insight into typical Provençal culture and daily life.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 15 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 03 Jul 2018 by

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


Seeing the lavender fields! It was surreal. Also the hike from the beautiful village Moustiers was wonderful

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


The trip outline indicated that the difficulty level was easy but in my assessment it was of intermediate level of difficulty.

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


Yes we supported local businesses

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


Excellent. I am completely satisfied

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by

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


The Verdon gorges. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.

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


You have to be able to walk around 15 km a day, and climb up to 500 m a day. Note that the trip notes do not include getting to the starts of the walks. Some of the descents are a little slippy, because of loose stones. You need to be able to carry around 2 litres of water (it gets hot), and you have to buy your own food in the mornings, for picnic lunches.

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


Yes, the guide is local, as are the bus drivers. We bought from local shops.

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


Very good, mostly due to the outstanding guide.

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