Intrepid launches sustainable travel experiences
Tours will benefit local communities and take visitors to lesser-known destinations
Intrepid Travel introduces sustainable travel experiences in Europe to show that “tourism can truly be a force for good”.
The tour operator has partnered with MEET Network Association which supports Mediterranean protected areas to create ecotourism experiences that benefit nature conservation and local communities.
MEET experiences have been added to two of Intrepid’s new tours to less visited areas of Croatia and Crete.
Tours will take visitors away from tourist hot spots and discover a more unspoiled side of popular destinations.
Highlights of the Croatia tour include a visit to the historic town of Sibenik, under the radar, where travelers will be taken to a little-known tavern to experience the marenda, the meal between breakfast and lunch, a party important to the culture of Sibenik.
While visiting Crete, travelers will explore the charming villages of Sougia and Agios Ioannis where they will taste local delicacies and enjoy a traditional music show.
Intrepid plans to launch more MEET experiments across Europe and the Mediterranean in the coming months.
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Zina Bencheikh, Managing Director of Intrepid Travel EMEA, said: “We are very happy to be working with MEET Network to provide these fantastic experiences to our travelers.
“These projects will take visitors to areas far from the usual tourist trails, while protecting their cultural heritage and preserving their ecosystem. These are truly authentic and unique experiences for our travelers and demonstrate that tourism can truly be a force for good.
The partnership is part of Intrepid’s goal to help travelers ensure their travel has a positive impact on local communities.
Nizar Hani, Director of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve and President of MEET, said the partnership was “an important step in highlighting the invaluable value of Mediterranean parks for responsible travelers”.
Antonios Barnias, from Samaria National Park in Crete, said: “Tourism has the power to create, maintain, modify and in some cases destroy entire protected landscapes and economies. MEET consists of implementing a framework for the management of tourism in protected areas.
The 5-Day Croatia: Sibenik and Kornati Islands Tour costs from £ 790 per person and departs August 14, 2021.
The seven-day highlights of Crete tour costs from £ 995 per person, starting August 14, 2021.