Cycling vacation in Umbria, Italy

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Responsible tourism: Cycling vacation in Umbria, Italy

Environment

A cycling vacation such as this cycling vacation in Italy is the ideal way to explore the natural and cultural highlights of a region, travel under your own steam and minimise the impact on the environment.

The natural landscapes we explore on this cycling vacation in Italy are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.

Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.

Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!

Community

After a thoroughly rewarding day’s cycling you will be warmly welcomed into a small, locally owned pension, hotel or B&B which has been chosen for it’s charm and local character. A delicious and hearty evening meal is definitely the order of the day and you’ll be introduced to small, locally owned provincial restaurants. All meals provided use locally-grown produce from neighbouring farms and vineyards, such is the way of small businesses supporting other small businesses within the rural communities you’ll visit.

Friendly local staff are ideally placed to give you a knowledgeable insight into the local terrain, flora and fauna and an authentic account of the history of the region.

Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.

We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.

We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.

We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travelers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.

We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.

No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

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


Cycling through some beautiful areas of Italy with a great, mixed group.

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


Get some cycling practice in - most of the riding is on quiet roads, so worth getting used to traffic.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Not sure it particularly benefited local people, although meals were often in local restaurants.

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


Absolutely fantastic and memorable.

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