Greece walking vacation, Zagorohoria and Lefkada island

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2020: 2 May, 9 May, 16 May, 23 May, 13 Jun, 20 Jun, 27 Jun, 4 Jul, 11 Jul, 18 Jul, 25 Jul, 1 Aug, 8 Aug, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 29 Aug, 5 Sep, 12 Sep, 19 Sep, 26 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct, 31 Oct
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Greece walking vacation, Zagorohoria and Lefkada island

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 dedicated to encouraging low-impact activity vacations, such as hiking, and minimising our negative impact on the environment and people.

This hiking adventure in Zagori area in Northern Greece and Lefkada in the Ionian islands, has an eco focus. We will inform our guests about the unique flora and endemic and common species they will encounter while hiking. We give guidelines on where to look for them, how to approach them in order not to scare them and disrupt their life, how to observe their behaviours or even capture a unique picture showing to the rest of the world their magic. Guests leave aware of the environmental dangers faced and what they can do to minimise them.

We encourage our guests to behave in an environmentally responsible manner. We walk on designated paths and make sure no litter is left behind. We often arrange clean ups of paths and beaches during the week. We report on paths that are falling out of use and help to clear them.

We encourage our guests and the owners of the accommodations we use to be aware of the threats to the environment (i.e. water waste, plastic bags and bottles) and suggest ways in which they can minimise their negative footprint. We explain our guests the need for water conservation in the Greek islands and advise them on how to minimise their water waste. We encourage our guests to bring refillable water bottles and/or recycle them in designated areas. All our business waste is recycled. All communication is done electronically where possible, saving on paper.

We organise our walking vacations in Greece only for small groups of up to 6 people, outside the high season months of July-August. We thus try as much as we can to reduce negative impacts to the environment and its people and to benefit the local community.

Community

We have the greatest respect for the local people and their customs and are anxious to share our knowledge of the mountainous tries and Greek culture with our guests. In order to limit the social impact of tourism all are guests are introduced to the local customs, religion, politics and history during our walks. We take our clients to local festivals, artists' workshops, and other locals celebrations trying to get them to experience the local way of life. We encourage our guests to mix and interact with the local people which are particularly friendly and hospitable.

Through our hiking and alpine lake hopping adventure in Northern Greece we support small businesses by supporting locally owned shops, guesthouses, mini-markets, bakeries and taverns. As our vacations take place in spring, early summer and autumn, we bring customers and income to establishments which would otherwise only have visitors in high summer. Guests are advised to visit the local market and purchase locally-produced and home-made products such olive oil, wine, honey, capers and herbs, sun dried fruits and tomatoes, “louza” the local proscuito and other goods.

We buy food for our picnics from the local markets and prefer items locally grown according to the season, thus supporting the local agricultural community. Evening meals are taken in typical Greek restaurants serving local dishes.

Our guests stay at local, family owned guesthouses, staffed by locals with their food being sourced locally. These accommodations have been restored by local workers and retained their unique local character whilst providing all necessary comforts. The guesthouses recently installed solar panels which provide hot water for all rooms all year round.

Pindos mountains and Northern Greece have a unique network of hiking paths and Daphne and Yannis who will be your guides know them very well. They live and work in the area. They are passionate about Northern Greece as a walking vacation destination, about the survival and conservation of the paths and local wildlife and sustainable tourism in general.

In general, with all walking vacations in Northern Greece, we’re trying through our activities to encourage travelers to approach places they visits with greater understanding and respect.

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


It has to be the walk down the Vikos Gorge. The talk buy the herbalist on Lefkada was also fantastic.

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


Expect paths to be often in poor condition, but don't rush and you'll be OK.
In September expect some rain in Zagoria. It rained after 4.0pm most days.

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


Tricky one. Obviously our spend was of benefit to local people, especially as we extended by 3 days. If this helps reduce environmental damage then that would be good but some continuing damage is still evident. For example cattle grazing around Drakolimni (Alpine lake) which we reached during our extension. The amount of bird life was disappointing but there was some (unconfirmed) evidence of bear presence. Clearly and somewhat amazingly the absence of construction activity outside of the existing villages is a key to the attraction of this area, together with traditional construction designs. We did shockingly learn however that the Government has granted a licence to explore for frackable hydrocarbons in the area.

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


Excellent. Everything went well and was enjoyed.

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