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; there are many destinations that can be reached in a day from London, but we can also organise longer journeys which include relaxing stays in such captivating cities as Paris, Munich and Madrid.

Many of our holidays are responsible in other ways, too, as you can find out below.

Responsible holidays

The Tweed & the Scottish Borders walking holiday, UK
Many visitors pass through the Scottish Borders, but few linger to appreciate the area’s beguiling blend of tradition and beauty. Our leisurely walking break in this often-overlooked region made Inntravel history in 2021, when it became our best-selling holiday ever in one year. A pleasing statistic in itself of course, but what we’re really happy about is the boost we’ve been able to give to the local economy: we work exclusively with family-run businesses, who, in turn, employ locally-based staff. Our walking routes also give numerous opportunities to visit local attractions, to dine at local restaurants and to patronise independent local shops.
The High Route walking holiday, Switzerland
This hotel-to-hotel Swiss walking holiday is one of the most sustainable of all our itinerant breaks. It’s possible to travel all the way from the UK to Switzerland by rail, but even if you fly, once you’ve touched down in Zürich, Geneva or Basel, you can rely on the highly efficient Swiss public transport system to take you the rest of the way. The holiday makes use of public transport on the walking routes, too: from scenic gondolas to narrow-gorge cog railways and electrically powered locomotives. Your luggage is transported between the hotels using the transport system, and – in a further bonus – two of the mountain villages where you stay are completely car-free.
Pedalling through Puglia cycling holiday, Italy
Travelling to Italy’s secluded south for our Puglian cycling holiday reveals a deeply rural and half-forgotten landscape that is characterised by rich red earth, carefully tended olive groves and a simple-yet-mouthwatering cuisine. Another of the region’s distinguishing features is its traditional working masserie: Roman villa estates that have been converted into stylish and comfortable ‘farmhouse hotels’ – each quite unique, but united in their commitment to offering a warm welcome and authentic local produce. Our cycling holiday gives you the opportunity to experience all this, and as a result provides an important support to one of Italy’s most rural economies.
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.
The Best of Slovenia rail journey, Slovenia
Although Slovenia is a nation with an impressive array of green initiatives, many locals prefer to travel by car – which makes it all the more important to support the country’s railways. Our three-centre rail journey begins amid the peaks of the Julian Alps, where you’ll find both the iconic glacial lakes of Bled and Bohinj and your extremely sustainable first hotel: Sunrose 7. The current hotel opened its doors in 2019 following a highly sensitive restoration process, during which much thought was given to the products and materials used. Sunrose 7 ensures its day-to-day practices are as environmentally-friendly as possible, and also plays a vital role in the local economy through employment and food provision. Another of the holiday’s stops is Ljubljana, a one-time European Green Capital and a city with an extraordinary amount of green space, as well as a culinary offering that revolves around ingredients that are both seasonal and local.
A winter holiday at Norway’s Hindsæter Hotel
From its tranquil location in the mountains of central Norway, the Hindsæter Hotel offers the perfect introduction to a Nordic winter holiday: cross-country trails lead direct from the hotel door, and there are opportunities to head out on snowshoes to fully experience the silence of the surrounding valley. The hotel has been awarded the Olavsrosa seal of quality in acknowledgement of its work to protect Norwegian cultural heritage, as well as the Norwegian Foodprints badge for its use of regional produce – no small feat considering the rather remote location of Hindsæter. Its speciality is reindeer, one of the oldest and most sustainable meats in Norway, with the meat coming from the local herd. The hotel has also invested in a private power plant, which uses water from the nearby Sjoa river to provide power for both itself and the wider local area.
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 given over to traditional hay and wild meadows where grazing is carefully controlled so as to encourage the appearance of a wide range of wild flowers. In the hotel itself, energy and water consumption are reduced by devices such as energy-saving light bulb and low-flushing toilets, while waste is limited through recycling. To support the local community, the restaurant uses local produce whenever possible.

Travelling by rail

There is almost no corner of Europe we can’t get you to by rail – whether you're wanting the most direct route or to take your time, pausing in some fascinating destinations along the way.

For more information on the wide selection of journeys our rail experts can organise, and what to expect from the experience, read our page on travelling by train.

A selection of holidays accessible by rail in a day

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