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Our responsible holidays

 

Travelling well

‘Travelling responsibly’ in no way means having to compromise the quality or enjoyment of your precious time away, as the fantastic holidays below prove.

Journeying by rail is an excellent way to minimise the environmental impact of your holiday, and improving and faster rail links mean more destinations than ever can be reached in a day from London. Many of our holidays are responsible in other ways, too, as you can find out below.
 

Responsible holidays

Life in an Alpujarran Village walking holiday, Spain
Hosts David and Emma Illsley care deeply about the long-term sustainability of the Alpujarras region and a few days at the delightful Casa las Chimeneas will give you a real insight into some of the ongoing projects on their organic farm. From the start they have used traditional farming methods, learning from the locals, working in tune with nature and the seasons, and eschewing herbicides and pesticides. The result is a variety of delicious organic produce that is used by the hotel kitchen, and an abundance of wild flowers, which in turn allow insects and birdlife to flourish.

 
Slovenia's Enchanted Valley walking holiday, Slovenia
The only hotel to be located within the Logar Valley, a protected nature park, the Hotel Plesnik is passionately dedicated to sustainable tourism. The hotel was desgined with the environment in mind – the rooms let in plenty of natural light, and natural materials feature throughout – and manager Nina Plesnik and her team champion an ever-growing list of sustainable initiatives. They have installed a biosmass heat system, using wood chips as a source of energy, as well as a rainwater system, which is in use in the wellness centre. The presence of chlorine in the water is minimal, meaning it is skin-friendly, and it is treated using UV-light rather than chemical solutions.

Nina also tries to employ as many young local staff as possible, so that they don't have to move away to find work, and she collaborates with local farms to procure fresh, local produce for use on the hotel menus.
The High Route, Bernese Oberland, Lake Lucerne & Villages of the Engadine walking holidays, Switzerland
Your luggage is transported between the hotels along the walking route using the highly efficient Swiss public transport system. If you take the train, too (which is an option for all four holidays), you will thereby remove the need for car journeys completely on your holiday.
Golden Hills of the South walking holiday, France
You spend two nights of this holiday in the Cevennes at the Ferme Auberge le Merlet, a charming 16th-century working farm owned and run by Philippe and Catherine Galzin. So sympathetic was the conversion of the farm to the local culture and environment that the guesthouse has won a number of awards, including one from WWF. The various agricultural enterprises around the guesthouse (bee-keeping, orchard, herb garden) mean that home-grown produce features on the menu all year round, along with other local ingredients such as mushrooms, sausages, and strawberries. They have a flock of local sheep that live outside all summer but for the rest of the year they are called home to the bergerie every evening.
Rugged Hills & Coast of Asturias walking holiday, Spain
Your base for this holiday, the Posada del Valle, is located in its own 18-acre organic farm which is managed so as to maintain and increase the diversity of flora and fauna and preserve traditional farming practices. Part of the farm is devoted to apple orchards planted with traditional Asturian varieties (the apples are sold to local cider producers), while the rest is dedicated to traditional hay meadows and wild meadows in which grazing is carefully controlled so as to encourage the appearance of a wide range of wild flowers. The farm owns a flock of Xalda sheep, an indigenous Asturian breed that nearly became extinct in the 1980s. To ensure a mixed grazing system, in keeping with the principles of organic farming, there are also a couple of Asturcon ponies (another indigenous breed) on the farm. There are free-range hens roaming the meadows, including an Asturian breed known as Pita Pinta.

In the hotel itself, energy consumption is reduced through the use of energy-saving light bulbs, lighting systems operated by a timer or sensor, and individual temperature controls in each bedroom. Waste is reduced through the recycling of paper, glass and plastic, and the avoidance of disposable items or items with excessive packaging. As for water consumption, every bathroom has a low-flushing toilet, and the water flow on showers and hand basins is limited. To support the local community, the restaurant uses local produce whenever possible, and guests are given a list of establishments which sell local crafts and foodstuffs.
Holidays in India and Nepal
Our holidays in India and Nepal are without doubt the most sustainable holidays that we offer, as they explore remote rural communities in need of new income streams to stop the migration of workers. The village guesthouses in which you stay are owned and run by the community, and you are accompanied by local guides as you walk and/or explore. Thus, the villages benefit directly from your visit, and you in turn gain privileged insights into village life and local traditions by staying in the heart of the community.
 

Walking holidays accessible by rail in a day

 

Cycling holidays accessible by rail in a day

 

Journeys & touring holidays accessible by rail in a day

 

Snow holidays accessible by rail in a day

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