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Our Responsible Tourism Policy

cyclists003We're committed to our Responsible Tourism Policy. Tourists will always want to visit the places where we take charity groups. We want to preserve them for future generations.

  • Where possible we use locally owned and run accommodation.
  • We use local equipment and vehicles when we can and hire them from local qualified agencies.
  • In most destinations we aim to purchase our food from locally produced sources.
  • We employ local guides and whenever possible arrange for them to give cultural talks about the area to promote inter-cultural understanding and encourage people to respect the society they are visiting.
  • We encourage participants through our Tour Managers, pre-event literature and daily briefings to act in a responsible way and respect the local customs e.g. appropriate dress code, use water sparingly, ask permission to take photographs etc.
  • We always bear in mind environmental and cultural issues when looking at the charity challenges we develop.
  • We ensure that our events are appropriate to local conditions and operate within the limits set by local infrastructure. 
  • We regularly review our suggested packing lists to make sure they contain equipment which help prevent potential damage to the local environment. 
  • We take responsibility for maintaining the environment and not leaving litter behind. We take our own bin bags to destinations where they are difficult to procure. 
  • We take note of any changes to the local environment through our Tour Manager event reports and act accordingly. 
  • In the office we recycle our printer cartridges, paper is always reused where possible before recycling and we use recycled paper for the majority of our mailings, brochures and registration packs. We provide fair trade tea and coffee for staff and visitors.

Climate care

We support Climate Care   a service that helps you off-set the carbon emission created from your charity challenge flight. It does this by ‘offsetting’ the greenhouse gas emissions, such as CO2, from your activities by reducing an equivalent amount of CO2 on your behalf.

Click here  to calculate and offset your carbon footprint.

Low carbon events

Classic Tours are proud to operate charity challenge events where no flights are involved to keep the carbon footprint for individuals as low as possible. Examples of our low carbon events include Nightrider™ London and Paris, London to Amsterdam Bike Ride and Cycle London to Paris.

Responsible tourism links

Carbon Trust offers support for businesses on how to cut carbon usage.

Cyclescheme is the UK's number one provider of tax free bikes. 

Energy Linx  is the cost comparison website we used when we changed to a greener electricity supplier.

Energy Saving Trust  is full of ideas on how to save energy at work and home. 

HM Government  website on how the government is adapting to the effects of climate change.

The Travel Foundation offers lots of ideas for in the office and when travelling.