Vamos Travel aim to ensure that
our holidays benefit the communities & environments
See below our responsible travel policies in Tolmin,
holiday bookings make a big
contribution to economic state of Tolmin, as the
people working in tourism & local shops all benefit
from the customers we send there - from hotels,
camps, restaurants, bars & shops etc.
All our programmes involve variety of different
local suppliers, from transport companies & guides
to historical museums & local restaurants. This
helps to maintain a high level employment in our
Our company arranges extreme sport programmes, where
special equipment is needed. Some of this equipment
is made in Slovenia (rafts, mini rafts, life
jackets, wind breakers...); other is imported from
abroad (helmets, paddles, kayaks, ropes...). All
other things, which are possible to find in
Slovenia, we buy here.
Care of the environment is one of our main concerns,
as we want our descendants to enjoy unspoiled nature
as we do today.
Every year, we organize 'free cleaning action day',
on the Soca & Tolminka river & it's banks.
On average, we gain the support of 100 volunteers in
co-operation with the tourist, youth and fishing
society, scouts and locals.
We do our very best to make our guests respect and enjoy
our unspoiled nature. One of our most passionate
statements is: Please respect nature and do not
pollute it. Let your children's children
enjoy it too.
We offer information about waste disposal, recycling
and how to treat the nature that surrounds Tolmin.
We oppose the development of mass tourism in our
small town. We have limited number of people per
activities per day and per stay. Our thoughts are
with 'quality not quantity.'
We always try to minimize the impact of our tours.
For example: we
hike only on marked paths, we don't disturb the wild
animals or pick mountain flowers.
We have a green policy in our office. Bookings are
doing electronically. Receipts/invoices also sent by
e-mail. We use re-cycled paper, return our ink
cartridges and transmit data as much as possible on
USB keys. In our staff kitchen - we re-cycle
plastics, tins, bottles.
We treat our 'guests' as our friends and not as numbers.
Our passion's of the outdoors are shared between
like minded people.
We offer work and employment to the local people
and help minimize the brain-drain from small towns to
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At Vamos Travel we pride ourselves on offering
unrivalled service, ensuring our clients
experience every destination up close and
personal. Our family run business is
passionately behind Responsible Tourism, and is
always striving to offer more ‘green’
alternative holiday programs – that really
consider the impact of our tourism on local
communities. We always aim for the most
eco-friendly solution, eco-education and green
passion where possible. We are guests of mother
earth, and we should treat her home with
For an example of our commitment to finding
green holidays: Currently we are representing
the ‘World’s greenest spa resort’ – Aqua City,
based in Poprad – as one of their main UK sales
representatives. We are very proud of this.
Since the birth of Vamos Travel (a family
business), we have always understood the two
major positive aspects of out going tourism.
Firstly, our clients get to experience something
culturally new and exciting. We get to share our
travel passions with other like minded people,
which is extremely satisfying. Secondly, and
equally as important (but often forgotten) -
our incoming guests we send are helping to
benefit the local economy. Vamos Travel works
with local agencies – that all source services
from local providers – whether this is for
private transportation, accommodation or
excursions. Over the years Vamos Travel has been
operating, we have seen economies boom,
especially in our markets in Eastern Europe.
It’s a gratifying feeling knowing we have
contributed positively to employment & income
levels across less wealthy cities, towns &
villages in Europe.
We are the only sports agency in the area of
Tolmin which organises and provides active
holidays. Our work is a big contribution to
economic state of Tolmin, as we offer
cooperation and income to everybody, working in
tourism in close or distant surroundings (hotel,
rooms, apartments, pension, camps, restaurants,
There are 30 persons employed in our agency
(guides, drivers, office girls), 90% from local
surroundings (four of them are full employed,
other are students and they work through Student
agency). On this way we help minimizing brain-
drain from small towns to the capital. We are
giving an opportunity to the youth for study and
later work in tourism.
We always recommend to our guests to stay at
local suppliers (private rooms, apartments,
pensions…) and eat food in local restaurants. In
this way they try traditional food from this
region and help to increase their profit.
All our programmes involve variety of different
local suppliers as transport companies,
historical museums, natural and cultural
heritage, local guiding, other companies which
provide different sports in the area, eco
products from local farmers, insurance
We also own a local shop – souvenir shop, where
we sell local products made of glass, stone and
wood, different types of brandy, honey…
Our company arranges extreme sport programmes,
where special equipment is needed. Some of this
equipment is made in Slovenia (rafts, mini
rafts, life jackets, wind breakers...); other is
imported from abroad (helmets, paddles, kayaks,
ropes...). All other things, which are possible
to find in Slovenia, we buy here.
The key is to be aware of all impacts of
incoming tourism – positive & negative. We
demand from the whole team at Vamos Travel – to
find the most positive & green solution.
Vamos Travel does not believe in printed
brochures. In the digital age, we provide
clients with word documents & PDFs directly to
their e-mail if required. All our set packages
are directly seen on our website. We feel this
conscious decision is main step forward to
reducing ‘paper waste’.
We actively promote historical, UNESCO areas &
regions of natural beauty – which helps to
support these important places, and sustaining
them in the appropriate way for our childrens’
children to enjoy (in the same way).
We try and help to rebuild tourism in areas of
troubled times. For example, we organise
‘Chernobyl Tours in Ukraine & Belarus.
Our guides educated our guests, whilst showing
them a fun & hospitable time. We truly believe
education is the true steps forward to helping
people grow their green conscience.
In our own offices we use recycled and
recyclable materials whenever possible. We use
an electronic booking system and we make a
conscious decision to minimize the use of our
printing facilities. We re-cycle our office
paper, and also; tins, bottles, jars & plastics
in the kitchen.
Care of the environment is one of our main
concerns, as we want our descendants to enjoy
unspoiled nature as we do today.
Every year we organize last weekend in March on
Saturday free cleaning action ?CLEAN SOCA RIVER
AND ITS BANKS?. We gather around 100 volunteers
in cooperation with tourist, youth and fishing
society, scouts and locals. We advertise our
action on local radio station Alpski val, in
newspapers Primorske novice and Epicenter and
with posters around Tolmin buildings. On the day
of cleaning action we meet all together in front
of our office, where volunteers get information
and equipment for cleaning. Usually we make 5
different groups to clean different areas in
Tolmin (river banks of Soca and Tolminka River,
paths, town centre, places around tourist
spots). Those who clean rivers are moving down
the river in rafts, others are walking. We leave
bags and trashes on a defined spots – next day
Environmental Company collects and drives away.
We finish at the late afternoon.
We do our best to make our guests respect and
enjoy in clean and unspoiled nature. Individual
guests are warned about environmental
responsibility when they sign Declaration of
awareness, liability and joint liability. One of
statement is: PLEASE RESPECT NATURE AND DO NOT
POLLUTE IT! LET YOUR CHILDREN ENJOY IT TOO. We
educate groups who stay in Tolmin one week at
welcome briefings and during their stay here. We
explain them how to use recycle bins, where to
put trashes, to not pollute rivers and waters,
because they are drinkable, not to pick flowers
and not to scare wild animals. We suggest them
to use one towel in hotel more days together,
not just once; take care to switch off lights
and to economize with water while taking shower,
cleaning teeth, washing…
Our staff has every year several trainings and
seminar, like Protection at work, First Aid,
Rescuing from wild water, Survival weekend in
We fight against excessive extraction of river
gravel. In 2005 we organised press conference
“Excessive extraction of gravel from Soca
River”. We invited specialists from
environmental responsibility field, biologists,
Fish society, community and present main
problems. At the same time we protest against
this with distribute among locals T-Shirts with
a caricature (angry digger in the river and
scared fish jumping out of the water) and slogan
“Save the Soca River”. From than nothing really
happen, but we are still fighting – we push
municipality to change legislation about
We fight against development of mass tourism in
our town and we wish to increase the quality of
our offer. We do not support building plenty of
hotels, but small hotels, family pensions and
apartments. We have limited number of people on
activities and per day.
We minimize the impact of our tours as
following: we hike only on marked paths, we do
not disturb wild animals and pick mountain
flowers, we transport our guests as less as
possible to huts and pastures, guides have
always trash bags with them.
In our office we try to print as less as
possible or we reuse paper for printing and we
recycle trash paper. We return empty inks and
batteries back to the companies. We have saving
electric lamps, automatic switch off computer
screen saver after ½ hour non working on it. We
transmit data as much as possible on USB key and
not on CD or DVD.
We love our destinations and the people that
live there, so it is important to Vamos Travel
that they also enjoy the social & cultural
exchanges with our clients. It’s important for
this positive cycle to go round and round. More
than not, our clients are very similar to the
people that work at Vamos Travel. They are keen
to immerse themselves in local language,
traditions and activities.
Whenever asked & whenever possible, we like to
help in local charities and support good causes.
Since Vamos Travel began – we have dedicated a
web page to Chernobyl charities.
In our company we organize open door days and
invite children from kinder gardens to get
acquainted with our work, equipment and attitude
towards nature. We arrange and provide special
programmes for schools how to survive in nature
– how to make meals, make a fire, a campsite,
search for food, to orienteer…
We treat guests as our friends and not as
numbers, leaving us money for supplied service.
We offer work and employment to the local people
and help minimizing brain-drain from small towns
to the capital.
For guests and local people we organize various
fun events, where guests have a chance to meet
locals and our way of living. Every week we
prepare cheese and cottage tasting from our
pastures around Tolmin, where produce origin
cheese Tolminec and Slovenian wine tasting at
top-level restaurant in the area. We invite
guest to visit eco market on Saturday with local
We organize cultural evenings where we present
culinary delights of Slovenia, folklore and
other cultural heritage.
Call our experienced team today:
01926 330 223