Baltic cycling vacation

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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Baltic cycling vacation

Environment

Wildlife



We visit Ventes Ragas Ornithological Station, an important place for the scientific study of bird migration. The scientific station helps to promote the learning, understanding and preservation of birdlife and their habitats. Entrance fees help to sustain their work and it is the same case when we visit Curonian Spit National Park and Lahemaa National Park.



Waste

We help to support the Beaver Ben ecological project, where disadvantaged children (orphans and children living in poverty in rural Lithuania) participate in environmental protection - helping to remove waste and clean up the shores of the Baltic Sea to improve the habitat for wildlife. Our local partners dedicate one weekend each year where all staff assist in this clean up.









Transport



Cycle tourism helps to reduce the impact on the local environment of the places we visit and reduces the pressure placed on sites that are visited by motorised transport – particularly Trakai and Nida National Parks. Cycling is a quiet and sustainable way to travel that also promotes interaction with local people encountered along the way.

We run a Toubkal litter programme for all our trekking trips in Morroco; we pay for an additional donkey to accompany the group to carry both our litter and also litter picked along the mountain trails to take this away to be properly disposed of.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

Community

Friends & neighbours



We encourage visitors to eat in local eateries and to try local dishes, specialities and the local beers and spirits of which there are plenty and of great quality. On our cycle routes wherever possible we stop in local shops to buy drinks and supplies, helping to spread the spending. The hotels we use are locally owned, employ people form the local area and use local produce for the included breakfasts.





A fair deal



We work with a locally-owned Lithuanian partner and all of our Tour Leaders are local to the Baltics. Our client feedback shows the value added by our local Leaders as they share with passion the cultural and historical points of interest. We provide expert training and ongoing feedback through our operations managers. We stay in locally run hotels that employ people from the local region and in more rural and less visited areas this helps provide alternative employment opportunities away from agriculture and industry.



Local crafts and culture



We visit various sites of cultural importance such as Trakai Historical National Park that help to understand the local history, culture and traditions. Amber is an important local product and there are opportunities to buy handcrafted amber goods in small shops that work directly with the makers.



Volunteering and charity



We help to support the Beaver Ben ecological project, where disadvantaged children (orphans and children living in poverty in rural Lithuania) participate in ecological summer camps – giving them a sociable summer break, something they would never normally be able to experience, that that helps with their personal development and raises their awareness of environmental issues.

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