//Intrepid launches sustainable travel experiences

Intrepid launches sustainable travel experiences

Tours will benefit local communities and take visitors to lesser-known destinations

Intrepid Travel is introducing sustainable travel experiences in Europe to show that “tourism really can be a force for good”.

The tour operator has joined forces with MEET Network Association which supports protected areas of the Mediterranean to create ecotourism experiences that benefits nature conservation and local communities.

MEET experiences have been added to two of Intrepid’s new tours to lesser-visited regions of Croatia and Crete.

The tours will take visitors away from tourist hotspots and uncover a more unspoiled side of popular destinations.

Highlights of the Croatia tour include a visit to the under-the-radar historic city of Sibenik where travellers will be taken to a little-known tavern to experience marenda, the meal between breakfast and lunch, a major part of Sibenik’s culture.

On the Crete tour, travellers will explore the charming villages of Sougia and Agios Ioannis where they will dine on local specialities and enjoy a performance of traditional music.

Intrepid plans to launch more MEET experiences across Europe and Mediterranean in the next few months.

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Zina Bencheikh, Intrepid Travel managing director EMEA, said: “We are very excited to work with MEET Network to bring these fantastic experiences to our travellers.

“These projects will bring visitors to areas away from the usual tourist trail, while protecting their cultural heritage and preserving their ecosystem. These are genuinely authentic and unique experiences for our travellers and they demonstrate that tourism really can be a force for good.”

The partnership is part of Intrepid’s focus on helping travellers ensure their trip has a positive impact on local communities.

Nizar Hani, Shouf Biosphere reserve director and MEET president, said that the partnership was a “great step to highlight the priceless value of the Mediterranean parks to responsible travellers”.

Antonios Barnias, from Samaria National Park in Crete, said: “Tourism has the power to create, sustain, modify and in some cases destroy entire protected landscapes and economies. MEET is all about implementing framework for managing tourism in protected areas.”

The five-day Croatia: Sibenik and the Kornati Islands tour costs from £790 per person and departs from August 14, 2021.

The seven-day Highlights of Crete tour costs from £995 per person, departing from August 14, 2021.