Many of our tours feature visits to towns and villages off the beaten tourist trail, enabling you to experience local traditions and practices, such as artisan pasta-making and cheese production on our gastronomic tours to Italy.
In the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and certain European countries, we employ local agents who take care of many of the logistical tour arrangements on our behalf. Most of our current relationships have been built up over the course of many years of business.
In addition to supporting the communities and local economies of the places we visit, we also strive to limit our impact on the environment. Our itineraries are designed to spend more time in places visited than on conventional tours; this often means there are days without travel, allowing ample opportunity to explore more thoroughly and assimilate at leisure.
Like us, you can also choose to donate to the local heritage sites we visit, such as York Minster (visited on The Cathedrals of England tour), where donations contribute to restoration and conservation of the buildings.
Martin Randall Travel donates to Beyond Carbon, a travel industry scheme that contributes to development projects that encourage carbon savings.
Our recent donations to the Alba Forest Solar Energy Project contributed to the purchase, transportation and installation of four solar panels in the Porto-Palermo eco-tourist village in Llogara National Park in Tirana, Albania, resulting in a 25% decrease in the production of carbon gas emissions.
Further funding will enable restaurants, hotels and activity centres in the region to install solar water heaters and energy panels to replace coal, gas and electricity usage.
From 2014 onwards, Martin Randall Travel will increase carbon-offset donations to include flights taken by lecturers and tour managers (in addition to staff flights), generating an additional £2,000 per year for the Alba Forest Solar Energy Project.
You can donate to Beyond Carbon as part of the booking process. If you have already booked, please contact us to make a contribution.
In 2013 Martin Randall Travel recycled 6100kg, which is the equivalent of 78 trees and 8390kg of Co2.
With our help, Paper Round have been able to donate £17,000 to charity this year to their charity partners Trees for Cities, London Zoological Society, Fareshare (food charity) and Friends of the Earth.
If you have any questions about our Responsible Tourism policy or would like to provide feedback, please contact us.