Responsible Travel Pledge

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Responsible Travel Ltd recognises Pyrenean Experience for its responsible travel policy.

Company
name
 Pyrenean
Experience Ltd
Company
URL
(website)
 https://www.pyreneanexperience.com
Company
description

(approx 100 words max)
 We are a family-run company with over 20 years’ experience and international reviews and we have always been conscientious of our responsible travel obligations. In the summer we invite guests into our family home in the Basque Pyrenees (Spain) and run ‘Total Basque Mountain Experience’ walking weeks for a maximum 10 guests at one time.  Our walking weeks can be either guided or self-guided but always include an evening programme of private dinner parties, cooking demonstrations, music concerts, history talks and wine seminars. We include visits to our neighbours’ farms and to the ancient festivals in the Basque villages nearby. We also offer specialised guided walks along the WW2 Comet Escape Lines over the Pyrenees.  

Contact’s
name
 
 Georgina
Howard
 
Contact’s
email address
 
 info@pyreneanexperience.com  
Contact’s
telephone number
(inc country code)
 
 00
44 121 7113428  or 00 34 650 713 759
 
Full
company address
 
 Pyrenean
Experience Ltd
Ledbury,
Willow St, Oswestry
SY11
1AJ
United
Kingdom.
 
 
Bookings
telephone number
(inc country code)
 
 00
34 650713759
 
Email
address for Responsible Travel enquiries
 
 Info@pyreneanexperience.com  
Details of your financial bonding / how you protect your clients money? Held for clients until after the holiday period is finished.
Charity
registration number
(if applicable)
VAT
number
(EU only) Turnover below minimum required amount.
Responsible
Travel membership fee category A (under £200.000 annual turnover)

Responsible
Travel Policy

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you prefer, you can send this as an attachment)

Policy aims – overall aims of your policy and the company’s
ethos / mission statement
 Our mission is to run a responsible travel organisation by bringing together people of all different cultures and linguistic backgrounds to promote cultural awareness and inter-cultural sensitivity through a series of activities such as walking, communal dinning, seminars etc. Firstly, we offer our guests a deeper understanding of the minority culture and language of the Basque mountain people. Secondly, through trained cross-cultural facilitators and linguists, we aim to overcome any cultural or linguistic barriers between our guests themselves.
Economic responsibility – e.g. details
of: donations to charities, employing local people, etc
All
our employees are local Basque and Spanish people who live within a 10km
radius of the Pyrenean Experience base. Their families and friends are
encouraged to join our activities (wine tastings, music concerts, lectures
etc.) free of charge and to become an extended part of the family. Our
neighbours in our mountain hamlet also have an open offer to join in all
cultural events that take place at our house during the summer.
Environmental responsibility – e.g. details
of: recycling, protecting wildlife / national parks, etc
 
 
 
 
We
have recuperated many of the old shepherding paths around our home which
means that 90% of our walks start at the farmhouse door and return to the
farmhouse door. This means that our guests’ walking programme requires either
zero or virtually zero use of a car throughout the week. However, if there is
a special fiesta nearby we may then use the car but distances remain at a
minimum. We recycle our waste and, whenever possible, we use produce (eggs,
courgettes, lettuces, onions, tomatoes, chestnuts, walnuts, figs) from our
own vegetable garden and orchards - or from those on our neighbouring farms.
We
are currently adapting the woods on our land to encourage local birds so that
we can commence photography courses later on in the year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Social responsibility – e.g. details
of: preserving local culture, visits to local projects, etc
We visit many local cultural festivals and farming projects in the area – paying our entry fees or donating small amounts to local village committees. We buy our sheep’s and cow’s cheeses, jams and liqueurs from local farmers or specialist butchers in the area. On most weeks we offer our guests a private organic wine seminar married with local organic tapas (cheeses, pates and chocolates etc.) sourced from small artisans within the immediate vicinity. We have written a cultural booklet for each guest and give seminars on local traditions so that our guests can understand and hence respect the values within the Basque community – a minority group of people. Finally, we feel it extremely important that our guests learn a few words or sentences of the local languages (Spanish and Basque) as a token of respect and a communication tool to build bridges within themselves and the local people. This facilitates our integration within the local community and reduces the social impact of our presence. Our groups are never more than 8 – 10 people at one time.

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